Mom: "Since it's a European road trip, shouldn't we visit a castle?"
Dad: "How about a fort? Will a fort do?"
This is Aussois, France where we visited four forts. These are forts from the 1800s when Savoy (now part of France) was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia, which was worried about a French invasion.
In addition to calling me a "Tube of Fur," Mom has started called me a "brave little baguette" because I'm such a mighty hiker. (She should call herself a baguette... you wouldn't believe how many baguettes Mom ate in France!)