snakey, Istanbul, Turkey


Posted May 2, 2010, 9:06 am
It;s so nice to be a toy voyager!  :cyclops:
I am a cute baby snake, I love chocolate and love to climb to any places.
I will first explore somewhere around my home and will start my travel very soon~
Can't wait~~~~~ :p

Posted May 9, 2010, 6:53 pm
I was in Central and met a very tall building,
it's IFC,
um.... don't know it take me how long to climb to the very top? :rolleyes:

Posted May 9, 2010, 7:01 pm
I took some photos with the road system today!
I did so because I saw some funny words drawn on the road surface~  :cyclops:

First, it's the zebra crossing, it's yellow colours,
with the green man and red man on the light, oh! they look very strong!

Then I need to cross a road, but there's no zebra crossing this time,
only some words, it's "LOOK LEFT" in English and Chinese,
and at the opposite side, it's "LOOK RIGHT" in English and Chinese!

And I found there's also some words at the bus stop...
And this time it's "BUS STOP" in English and Chinese.

um... don't know if I will find other different words on other roads??  ;)

Posted May 11, 2010, 6:05 pm
On my way back home I saw some large artpieces....
the are some wooden sculpture....
actually all are forest animals in an abstract way!

I was excited and took photos with my friends Ferda & Miegalyte at once.
There are deer, snail, bear and rabbit.
We are having fun with the artpieces!  :D


Posted May 12, 2010, 5:57 pm
Do you know what is fishball? It's just a must-eat item!!!  B)
I tried it today, yummy~
It's one of the well-known street snacks in Hong Kong,
it's the meat of fish, and the fishball is very slightly fried so the surface is a bit yellow in colour.  :)

You can even serve in chilli sauce, mustard, or what ever you like~


Posted May 29, 2010, 9:08 pm
Hello Mum,

Two days ago I arrived in Germany. First Dicker Kumpel gave me a warm welcome.

Then he introduced me to the others TVs here. They all seem to be very nice.

Today we had a big barbecue. Look – so many different kinds of food.

It was so delicious!!!

After it we went into the garden and found so beautiful lilac.

First the white one...

then the purple one.

After it we played a funny game – it is called Plumpsack – we had so much fun -
you see me running aound the others – a great afternoon.


Posted May 30, 2010, 9:44 am
Vi told me it's confirmed that I will go to Germany few days later,
before leaving home,
she took me with Miegalyte & Hypno-dog to have a visit in Hong Kong Park.
It is a big park that locates in a commercial business district.

It is FUN! When we got into the Park, there's an eye-catching fountain in front of us,
and what surprise me is... you can go into the fountain!  B)
Vi told that it's lots of fun inside and will absolutely all wet after going in.

There are some special and funny-looking plants in the Park,
for example, the 400-year-old jujube (also called Chinese date) tree and,
the balloon-like butterfly flower.
The fishes in the pond are so big that I am a bit scared,
it's glad that they wont jump out and bite me!
They are in many colours and got a big big mouth!  :o
In the pond, I can see some tiny black dots, and all dots are actually tadpoles.

Then it's time to have some adventure~
We came to a waterfall and behind it is a rocky cave.
Looking the waterfall from its back is quite interesting,
it really took some time for three of us to climb to the top,
it's hard but we finally made it! Yeah!!  :p :p
I am proud of my climbing skills, heehee~  ;)

Finally we came to the conservatory, inside we saw many special plants and flowers,
I even ride on a snail!  :cyclops:

What a great day!

Posted May 30, 2010, 9:47 am
I am ready to go! Yeah yeah~~
Germany, I am coming~~~~  :D

Posted Jun 5, 2010, 10:32 pm
Hello Mum,

Today we went to Bad Segeberg, a small town near to Sülfeld. It is well known for the Karl-May-Festival. Maybe I will see an Indian?

But first we went to the nice Lake. It wasn't the nicest weather. It was a strange May here in Germany this year.

There were some ducks – but we didn't feed them.

LOOK – what I saw between the trees.

Later we went into the town. There were a train and a car  – and I was allowed to drive them, although I don't have a licence.

There was a really funny – and really big – guy there.

No – I was not in England,  but it looked like it here.

We saw this beautiful big house – I liked it.

Before we drove home, we sat in front of a fountain and talked a lot.


Posted Jun 7, 2010, 8:15 pm
Hi Mum,

some of the guests here will travel to their next hosts soon - but they should see the Port of Hamburg before they leave. Fortunately we had great weather today – and went to Hamburg. We are a lot at the moment – here you can see us.


I looked out of the train window – it is beautiful out there.

Here you can see me in front of the famous church Michel in Hamburg. I know, you love this church.

And there was this funny statue next to it.

Later we went to the Port. There were a lot of ships.

The white ship is the Cap San Diego – in the other direction you can see a big sailing ship – called Rickmer Rickmers.

What a wonderful day in Hamburg!


Posted Jun 12, 2010, 2:32 pm
Hi Mum,

the weather was nice – and we made a nice trip with the bike. What a long way!

Most of the time we sat here – it was a nice place, too. And safe!

We made a stop next to a small lake. I relaxed in the sun.

And found beautiful flowers.

This was the old school in Sülfeld.

Now the mayor is working here. You can see the emblem of Sülfeld on the sign.

The last place for this day was the wonderful old church of Sülfeld. Isn't it beautiful?


Posted Jun 13, 2010, 9:25 pm
Hi Mum,

It is the World Championship in Soccer at the moment. This evening Germany plays versus Australia.
We decided to watch it in the TV. 

Here you see us on our chair, before the games started. Nori wasn't very interested and looked into the wrong direction...

We went onto another chair – closer to the TV. It started really well for Germany – with a first goal. We all sat there, but Topple is so big that you maybe cannot see all of me.

But here I am alone. RikeH took the photo when it was time for the second goal for Germany

Germany won 4 :0. So RikeH's boy-friend was very happy!

We celebrated it back on our chair – and this time Nori celebrated it with us.

Ole ole ole ola!!!!

Posted Jun 20, 2010, 10:26 pm
Hi Mum,

Dicker Kumpel had his birthday this week.

We decided to celebrate it – and made a nice trip this week-end. We drove to Malchow. The first place we visited was a nice big forest where a family of Barbary Apes are living. It was fun to watch them.

This is the townhall of Malchow.

I had a nice view over the Fleesensee. A really nice place.


Posted Jun 21, 2010, 8:48 pm
Hi Mum,

on Saturday we played in the garden of the Hotel. There was a nice pavilion with music.

You can see our hotel in the background.

Look – there is a nice little river in the garden – the others put their feet into it – I have no feet – so I put my tongue into it. It was pretty cold.

After playing in the garden, we all relaxed in this great chair – next to the Fleesensee.


Posted Jun 24, 2010, 9:04 pm
Hi Mum,

look – we had nice flowers in our room.

But we had to leave. Before we drove back to Sülfeld we decided to work on one of Captain Caramel's Life Missions and we made a nice trip with a boat. Here you see me on the boat.

It was too cold outside, so we decided to go into the boat.

It was nice to see the nature outside – and sit in the warm room.

In another small city called Plau am See we made a short walk and saw the town hall.

Here you see me in front of our boat.

It was a great trip!


Posted Jun 26, 2010, 9:15 pm
Hello Mum,

yesterday we met a new ToyVoyager. He is called Bussi and Dicker Kumpel met him in the garden. He will go on a trip with us.

Today we started our trip. We drove with a really fast train called ICE to Passau. Here you see us having lunch.

This is inside the train – we drove really fast sometimes – about 200 km/h.

I looked out of the window. It was really interesting.

I won't be online for many days now. But don't worry, I am safe on the ship.


Posted Jul 16, 2010, 10:02 pm
Hello Mum,

we will start our trip in the afternoon – and made a walk in Passau. It was really hot. There are three rivers in Passau – here is one of it.

Here is the place where the rivers flow together. We enjoyed the view and relaxed in the sun.

This it the way we will go in the afternoon.

There was a photo of the place – I wanted to show you.

Look at these wonderful flowers.

There is a big castle in Passau.

and a colorful town hall.

It was so hot – I needed more water – fortunately there was a fountain.

Later we went onto the ship – I will show photos of it later. But look what happened when RikeH opened the luggage.

We found Topple and Captain Caramel.

We were really happy that they come with us!!! (not sure about RikeH...)

I will tell you more later.


Posted Jul 17, 2010, 2:16 pm
Hi Mum,

great News – we went to the Zoo today. First we saw this beautiful buildung.

There were really big hippos – lying lazy in the sun.

The rhino was really big, too.

huh – really big birds – all animals are big in this Zoo.

We saw a polar bear ...

and some swimming penguins.

They came out of the water – so we made this photo with all of us.

Then we met some of my relatives.

I asked them to come with me and become ToyVoyagers, too. They didn't want it, and RikeH told me, that they are not toys, and too heavy to carry around. So they will stay in the Zoo and watch the people going around there.

The last animal we saw was this one – a Panda!! He was so cute – but RikeH had problems to make a good photo of us together.

After visiting the Zoo, we met a trip in a small train  around the Castle Schönbrunn. Here is a view from far away.

Here we stood next to it.

We had so much fun together.

We went back to our ship – there were two sister ships next to it.

This is my Ship – the Arosa Mia!

Love Snakey

Posted Jul 18, 2010, 8:22 pm
Hi Mum,

today we had to get up early – because we will arrive in Budapest- and this should be a nice. You see me on the Ship. I am so excited, because being on the River Danube in Budapest is one of my life missions!

Here is one of the biggest buildings – the Parliament.

The view to the other side.

This was the Castle.

A big place – for the heroes. I don't know for which heroes – maybe for the brave ToyVoyager-Heroes?

Budapest is famous for his baths – this is one of it.

We went onto a hill and had a great view over Budapest – what a beautiful city.

We saw our ship from the hill – far away!

Back home I relaxed in the sun. You can see the hill, where we took the last photos.

And the last photo of the day shows the view out of our cabin – in the night – really great!


Posted Jul 18, 2010, 10:48 pm
Hello Mum,

we made a trip called paprika and Wine today.  We started with this beautiful old house.

Inside were very colorful drawings on the walls.

Here is the red paprika– a nice red – I liked it.

One of the machines in the museum.

We played together in the Paprika.

Later we went to another village. There are houses like this full of Wine.

In these barrels they have the Wine.

We bought some wine and drank it at home.

yours Snakey

Posted Jul 22, 2010, 9:01 pm
Hello from the Capital of Serbia,

we started our trip in Serbia with this beautiful church.

They are not ready with building it inside. But we can imagine how it will look like, when it is ready.

In the old city of Belgrad.

an important monument with a big horse.

After the city we wisited the Fortress.

We had a great view from the hill.

Bye Snakey

Posted Jul 24, 2010, 9:28 pm
Hello from the Danube,

we had a nice route today – this Part of the Danube is a Gorge near to the Iron Gate – and was really beautiful. Here you see me on the ship.

I enjoyed the sun with Nori.

We drove through a very big lock:

A cruise is really interesting.


Posted Jul 25, 2010, 4:55 pm
Hello Mum,

we  visited a very big house today – it is the Parliament now – and called the Palace of the Parliament. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Palace is the world's largest civilian administrative building, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building.

And you can see me in front of it.

We were not allowed to take photos inside, but here is a look, when we stand on the balcony. A very nice street with many fountains and flowers.

Then we made a tour through the city.

We had a great place – in the first row. And a big box with food, water and wine.

Our last stop was next to this beautiful church.

yours Snakey

Posted Jul 25, 2010, 5:08 pm
Hello from the Ukraine,

we went by a little boat to the Danube Delta today. It was great weather – as always on this trip.

The typical view from the boat:

And then we did it – we sailed the Danube. Behind me, you can see the big 0 (really small on the photo). It is the kilometer 0 of the River Danube.

We celebrated it with fish and a wodka!

Now we will travel back to Passau – with some stops, of course.

Love Snakey

Posted Jul 25, 2010, 6:18 pm
Hello from Bulgaria,

we started out trip visiting a Monastery. The rock monastery “St Dimitrii of Basarbovo” is situated in the picturesque valley of the Rusenski Lom River amidst a number of rock cloisters. It lies about 10km away from the town of Rousse and carries the name of a near-by village. First a look out of the garden – and some nice flowers.

More views of the Monastery.

Then we went to Ivanovo. The village is famous for the Rock-hewn Church, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Inside there were wonderful paintings...

and we had a nice view over the Valley.


Posted Jul 25, 2010, 6:20 pm
Hello Mum,

we had a day on the River without stops, so I want to show you some views here.

It was nice to sit on the deck and watch the nature around.

We had fun with the Shuffleboard...

...and played Chess.

Can you see me in the life belt?

What a nice day on the Ship.


Posted Jul 25, 2010, 6:22 pm
Hi Mum,

today we visited our last country in this holiday – there were a lot of it – did you count them? Well – it is Slovakia.

We made a walk in Bratislava, a nice town with beautiful buildings.

This guy was really  funny.

But back to sightseeing.

I loved this tower – it is so beautiful.

Back on the ship it was time to say good-bye to our cabin. RikeH had to pack the bags, we ToyVoyagers sat together and talked and talked and talked – as always, when we sit together.

Mum, I really loved this cruise!


Posted Jul 29, 2010, 8:19 pm
Hi Mum,

We went to work with RikeH today – because her colleague has a big motorbike and we were allowed to play on it.

So here you see me in front of it.

I really would love to drive with it, but I am too small.

So I decided to relax and take a nap.


Posted Jul 29, 2010, 8:22 pm
Hi Mum,

We drove to Hamburg – and went to see a great lake called Alster. It is in the centre of the city.

This is the view to the town hall.

At the end we went into a big shopping mall.


Posted Aug 1, 2010, 10:05 pm
Hi Mum,

I have to leave Germany, but we made a nice trip before.

Dörte – another TV invited us. We visited her on a Campsite and had a Barbecue.

We looked around on the table and found Salad, too.

Dörte worked hard.

Hey – it looked yummy – and it was delicious.

Really yummy – and we all ate too much.

Later we made a walk – and had a look over the Campsite.

We made a rest and were allowed to choose an ice-cream.

I had this one – called Chocolate Kiss.

It was a great day – we said goodbye to Dörte.

At home I had to say goodbye to the others.

They gave me a big hug.

Then I had to say good-bye to Dicker Kumpel. He was such a great host. I will miss him.

Now I am on my way to Turkey.


Posted Aug 18, 2010, 12:07 pm
Hello Mommy!
Today I arrived in Istanbul. But I wasn't the only one who received today. :D
I helped the other Toyvoyagers to get Belka out of her package.
We both became immediately friends and I hugged her. :rolleyes:

Also the other TVs warmly welcomed us and I am really looking forward to spend time with them and discover some parts of Turkey with them.

Until then
Your Snakey

Posted Sep 28, 2010, 3:19 pm
Hello Mommy,

I am really sorry for not writing for such a long time. Jeanne has been really busy. Currently, I am in Germany but I still have to add my adventure in Istanbul to my blog.

We went by car to Halic (with is the Golden Horn in Turkish).
I like Istanbul a lot and I watched out of the car window, and saw the Istanbul city wall.

We went up the hill by the cable car.

The hill is named after Pierre Loti.

The Golden Horn

Oh we had some rest and I also drunk some Turkish coffee.

Panoramic view:

The cable care

After that we also went to Eyüp. Which is a really holy place for Turkish Muslims.

I hope, you liked the photos.
I will write soon.

Have a nice time.



Posted Oct 3, 2011, 6:25 pm
Hello!  It seems to have been a very interesting year for me, hasn't it?  I even changed shape.  And now I am in the USA on a Round Robin!

In October everyone seems to be getting ready for Fall and Halloween!  There are pumpkins for sale everywhere.

Look, these silly ones are almost my size!  They are painted with funny faces.

And of course with Halloween coming, there is so much candy for sale!  Some of it looks so yummy, but all of it together would make even someone bigger than me sick, I bet!  :p

Mel has a secret plan for all of us toys for Halloween costumes.  I picked mine, and she said it would be perfect.  I can't wait to see it!  :D

Posted Oct 11, 2011, 6:17 pm
Justin took me geocaching with the family!  It was a lovely perfect autumn day!  :D

We went to 5 different caches and found them all.  After the last one we just enjoyed the walk and scenery in Kimbal Pines Park. 

Posted Oct 23, 2011, 6:59 pm

Hello!  Here I am almost ready to move on, but the kids wanted to take me to the library and show me a puppet show!  It wasn't much of a show, but it was funny and fun playing with the kids.  A few other kids even joined in, and we all laughed so much!  I even got to go on stage and play a bit myself.  :)  It was a fun way to end my stay in Michigan.

Posted Nov 2, 2011, 8:43 pm
Hello Mum,

Finally I arrived in Germany.

Immediately Murph opened my envelope.

I climbed out of the envelope.

The same day another envelope arrived. Murph and I opened it and we looked into it.

A blue bird came out of the envelope – it was  Buzz.

Buzz brought something!

A wonderful postcard from Gizalba and gifts.

Soon I will show more photos.

Many greetings

Posted Nov 6, 2011, 12:07 pm
Hello friends,

It is RikeH’s birthday today. Buzz, Murph and I created a card for her. I can remember RikeH – I visited her years ago, when I was a snake.

First we decided which theme we wanted to have.

Difficult! Murph loved the mice.

Buzz and I wanted the hippo.

Okay, RikeH loves hippos. So we took the hippo.

We started.

Murph took the glue.

Buzz and I pressed the paper.

The card was finished.

I signed the card.

And now we all are singing for RikeH


Have a wonderful birthday!


Posted Nov 9, 2011, 8:50 pm
Hi Mum,

today I went into a great forest with Murph and Buzz. There were old trees and wonderful rocks.

Murph showed me this rare mushroom.

Can you see these beautiful rocks?

And the wonderful old trees.

We climbed up the rock. What a nice forest!

There was a look-out in the forest.

We thought about climbing up the tower.

And decided to go – we wanted to see the surrounding from the tower.

The view was brilliant!

There was a little church.

We felt like being in a big castle.

It was a wonderful trip!

Many greetings


Posted Nov 15, 2011, 7:37 pm
Hi Mum,

Today Murph showed us Bad Salzdetfurth. It is an old mining city.  Here you see a photo of the emblem.

This is a museum with many old machines of the mining time.

Can you see us?

There were Salines in the Park. The people used them to produce salt in the Past.

This was a  Summstein.

Murph told us, how it works. You should stand in the Stone and hum. Then your Body tingle.  Of course we tried it out.

There is a street of planets In Bad Salzdetfurth. All planets are in the correct distance to the sun all over the city. We found the Earth.

It is a really beautiful city.

Then we drove to this funny sculpture. Do you know these two guys?

They are Max and Moritz.

Wilhelm Busch wrote about their story in a book. He lived here.

Many greetings

Posted Nov 20, 2011, 5:42 pm
Hello Mum,

Today we made a trip to the wisent park in Springe. We saw a lot of animals there.

First we saw these beautiful birds.

They were almost as beautiful as Buzz.

This is a hotel for bugs.

We met moose…

… and many deer.

These lazy animals gave the name for the park. (No - not the nice ones in the front - look behind us!)

More beautiful animals!

It was a great trip.



Posted Nov 30, 2011, 5:04 pm
Hello Mum,

It was cold and windy today, but we wanted to make a nice trip to Alfeld.

In Alfeld everything is decorated for Christmas.

I would love to see this old tower in the summertime – I think that it will be more beautiful then.

On the marketplace there is a funny monument.

And a beautiful fountain.

The marketstreet and the townhall.

What a shock! I thought that the church burned.

Luckily it was only smoke from a factory behind the church.

I found this wonderful house – the old Latin School.

Near to it there was another statue.

On our way back we saw this big angel. I wanted a photo with it.

At home we we lightened the first candle of the Advent wreath.

We were not able to celebrate the first Advent for a long time. Buzz will travel to his next host tomorrow  – fam-united is waiting for him.

He climbed into his envelope.

Have a good trip, Buzz.

Many greetings


Posted Dec 8, 2011, 6:39 pm
Hello Mum,

today I show you our Advent calender. Yes – it is right – we have our own calender for TVs.

Murph found the number one – but he was too small, so I helped him.

What will be in there?

So many sweets.

I searched the number 2 and I found it.

Then we all searched for the number 4.

Stoker found it.

What a wonderful  Advent calender!

Many greetings

Posted Dec 12, 2011, 10:12 pm
Hello Mum,

on Thursday I was allowed to open a gift out of the Advent Calendar.

Today we went into the forest with Murph. We searched Mushrooms. First we found a lilac mushroom.

Murph told us that it was eatable.

The mushroom was a wood blewit.

We loved this too, it is called hair ice.

Unfortunately this mushroom was frozen.

Oyster mushroom, really yummy!

This big mushroom is eatable, too.

This is a trooping funnel mushroom. Sadly it was too big for our basket.

There were many of these mushrooms.

We searched for these mushrooms, but they were too small.

Their name is velvet foot. We found bigger ones.

We cut them and put them into our basket.

Then we went home  with our full basket.

At home I said good-bye to the others.

I will travel to my next host.

It was a lovely day with Murph and the others in the Forest.



Posted Dec 15, 2011, 8:14 pm
Hi Mummy,
today I reached my new destination - Remscheid in North Rhine-Westphalia. I had to wait in my envelope in a staircase until my new host came home from work. Thankfully I was loaded wth chocolate, so at least I did not starve :)

My new host Katja and a whole bunch of ToyVoyagers gave me a warm welcome.

There are Clyde and Aslan from the USA, Franz-Ferdinand and Tatanka from Germany. Katja told me that there should also be Krystal from Canada, but it seemed that she was hiding somewhere.

All the TVs told me that the weather was ugly here, rainy, stormy and quite cold. The we weather forecast is warning gave out a storm warning for tomorrow. Let's see ...

Bye for now

Posted Dec 17, 2011, 8:45 pm
Hi Mummy,
we are still having ugly weather here in Germany. In the morning we went to buy a newspaper and bread rolls. We took the chance to take two photos in the vicinity of my current home.

I am living in a quarter which was not destroyed in World War II, so here are still a lot of lovely houses which were built in early 20th century and earlier.

A lot of houses are covered with slate, they usually have green shutters.

Later it began to rain again :(

In the afternoon Katja decided that she would like to make some Christmas cookies. Tatanka suggested to try an old secret family receipe (now it in not a secret receipe any longer ;) )

We needed a lot of dark couverture, butter, nuts and marshmallows. Everything was on hand.

I decided to help him. You should never leave a male alone in the kitchen, they will probably cause a terrible mess.

We melted butter and couverture and added chopped nuts. In the meantime we cut the marshmallow into small pieces.

The chocolate mass had to cool down, we placed it close to the open window to cool it down faster.

We added the marshmallows and filled the whole mass into a cake setting frame.

We decorated the chocolate mass with white couverture and brought the it to the really cold attic. Hopefully tomorrow everything is set and we will be able to cut in into pieces.

I can't wait to taste it!



Posted Dec 18, 2011, 9:33 am
Good morning Mummy,
it's the fourth Advent Sunday!

We tasted the wonderful chocolate stuff we made yesterday. It is simply wonderful!

It snowed a bit during the night.

Have a pleasant Sunday

Posted Jan 1, 2012, 10:29 am
Hi Mummy,
today is Christmas Eve! First we had a fantastic dinner with fish, homemade hash brown and savoy cabbage with porcini. Yummy!

Afterwards we helped to open the Christmas presents.

Bye for now

Posted Jan 1, 2012, 10:31 am
Hi Mummy,

Merry Christmas to you!

Today we went to Katja's sister to meet the family, Katja's parents, an aunt and her sister's family. Only the three smallest TV guests were invited to come with her, Krystal, Muggel Rainbow and I.

Now there is a new plushy family member, a little fennec :)



Posted Jan 1, 2012, 10:38 am
Hi Mummy,
today we thought we had to go for a walk, although the weather is still horrible. There is fog and drizzling rain, but nontheless we went outside.

We went to the municipal park to the district Hasten.

Hasten is one of the oldest districts of the city, with a lot of lovely old houses. You can find those typical houses which are covered with slate, also half-timbered houses.

The German Tool Museum is situated in Remscheid-Hasten. Its outdoor facility with large machines is freely accessible.

This is "Haus Cleff", also a museum. It is a Patrician Villa, built in late 18th century.

We were glad when Katja told that we had suffered enough rain than :) On our way home ...



Posted Jan 8, 2012, 5:11 pm
Hi Mummy,
after work we went to Katja's friend Kerstin today, to take a walk with her dog in Scharpenacken, a former army training area. This area was used for military purposes until 2004 A.D as a shooting range. Today there is a local recreation area with vast open areas.
In the background you can see a housing area in Wuppertal, famous for its exquisite villas built by factory owners.

Not long since we started our walk it began to rain again.

In the middle of the forest you can find a lovely landscape park, built by the former owner of the Vorwerk Company. Katja told us that this would be a lovely place in spring time, summer and autumn, but now it is a only muddy place.

When we went back to the car on a more rarely frequented path we found one of the old warning signs :)

No need to be afraid nowadays, you only might drown here today.



Posted Jan 8, 2012, 5:21 pm
Hi Mummy,
we went to Katja's sister-in-law's family today to celebrate the last day of the year. When we arrived, there already was everything prepared for Raclette.

There were lots of vegetables like sweet pepper, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, than there was beef and chicken meat, salmon, bread, potatoes and much more. Of course there was a lot of cheese :)

Later we called a card game called "Dominion".

At midnight we all had a glass of sparkling wine.

Happy New Year!


Posted Jan 8, 2012, 6:03 pm
Hi Mummy,
we visited friends in Wuppertal today, Katja is knowing them for ages. They also have ferrets as pets. Although the weather is still really bad we took a short walk in the city centre before we went to the friend's apartment.

Here you can see the "Schwebebahn", a suspension railway. It travels along a route of 13.3 kilometres (8.3 mi), at a height of about 12 metres (39 ft 4 in) above the river Wupper. At some places it is crossing streets, even the motorway A 46.

Due to the not ending rain the river Wupper is carrying much more water than usual.

One of the shopping malls is overspanning the street.

In the background you can see the historical city hall of Wuppertal.

A train was leaving the station.

This is the station you could already see on the last picture.

Each of the 20 stations is built in a different style, this one in a modern style.

We hurried to visit the friends than, we already sere soaking wet and were afraid that we might catch a cold.


Posted Jan 17, 2012, 2:56 pm
Hi Mummy,
this is my first day here with fantastic weather, a great reason to take a hiking trip, so we took a long walk along the river Wupper today, in Solingen, the neighbour city. We started our trip in Balkhausen, a small hamlet in this rural area. Here we saw a lot of those typical half-timbered houses.

We also saw cattle, I don't know which sort of them.

Finally we reached river Wupper, it is flowing towards river Rhine.

We reached a hamlet with a funny name: It is called "Rüden" because of the tale of one of the formerly reigns of this region (eventually in middle ages) who met with a riding accident and was saved by his dog.
("Rüde" is the German word for a male dog.)

We decided to walk back.

We found an old machine.

Unfortunately we had no more sunshine on the other side of the valley.

We crossed the river here.



Posted Jan 22, 2012, 4:32 pm
Hi Mummy,
when Katja came home from work we decided to take a walk - who knows how long we'd have such great weather.

We went to the municipal park first, only a few minutes to walk.

There is a pond in the park, ducks and turtles are living here.

The observatory is situated in the municipal park.

We walked to the district Hasten than.



Posted Jan 22, 2012, 4:38 pm
Hi Mummy,
the weather is still ugly (again ugly) here with lots of rain. Nontheless my host Katja decided that we would take a walk. We went to a woodland area. There is a creek in the valley, usually a really narrow one.  It is carrying much more water than usual.

These rain detention basins are usually empty, now they are filled. (It is raining for about six weeks now.)

We were happy when we reached our home.

Later we watched Katja's daughter prepare a torte. Her boyfriend is celebrating his birthday today, she is going to take it to the birthday party. She made a torte with cream, chocolate cream and strawberries.

She prepared the chocolate cream with egg yolk, butter and melted chocolate.

First the layers of the torte were filled with strawberry jam, than there is a layer of whipped cream and finally the chocolate cream.

Than the torte was decorated with more cream, strawberries and chocolate hearts.

It's looking good, isn't it?

Maybe I will manage to hide in her bag, so I could also go to the birthday party and taste the torte.



Posted Feb 2, 2012, 2:03 pm
Hi Mummy,
it is extremely cold in Germany - have a look at the thermometer.
- 12°C means 10.4°F. We all need warm clothings now. Katja suggested a warm scarf for me.

... a  little bit later ...

Now we are prepared for the cold outside.


Posted Feb 6, 2012, 8:47 am
Hi Mummy,
we visited Katja's sister today. She is living in one of the historic districts of Remscheid, in Lennep. It is extremely cold.

We took a walk in the late morning, through the suburbs towards a restaurant for lunch.

You can find lots of woodland areas and rural areas in Remscheid.

The A1 motorway is crossing the valley.

All puddles and little creeks in the roadside ditches are frozen.

We reached our lunch destination in an industrial park close to the A1 motorway.

Afterwards we took a walk in the old town of Lennep.

Most of the houses were built after 1746 A.D., when there was the last great fire which destroyed nearly the complete old town. Many houses are under monument protection.

The area around the market place was refurbished in 1989 A.D.

You can find extremely narrow lanes here, no car can pass through.

The founder of the X-rays, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, was born in Lennep in 1845 A.D. The German Roentgen Museum is situated here, the house of his birth is also still existing.

We went back to Katja's sister than, nearly frozen to death.

Bye for now


Posted Feb 6, 2012, 9:02 am
Hi Mummy,
we went to Solingen today, the neighbour city. Katja's daughter had to settle something at work. In the meantime we had a look at the "Südpark" (Southern Park) which was built on a former railway track for freight trains. The buildings are the old goods depots, now you can find artist shops, galleries and bars there, also artwork.

We went to the station than to get back, not home yet, but to Muengsten Bridge to take a walk.

We got out of the train just before Muengsten Bridge.  We walked downhill to the valley of the river Wupper. On our way we found some playgrounds, like those rocking sheep :)

There are "normal" walking paths, meandering down the steep slope, but you can also take the straight way down, with the help of those ropes.

Back on the Remscheid side of the valley ....

There are lots of little creeks running down the slopes, they are all frozen now.

We found an extremely large old beech in the forest, too large to take a photo of it :)

There is a cemetary nearly in the forest, you can find a memorial for the dead of World War I here.

You can see the city centre of Remscheid in the background. Can you see the church tower? We are living really close to it.


Posted Feb 13, 2012, 7:15 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we took a walk in the late afternoon in the city centre. We walked along the "Route of Tools" (Trasse des Werkzeugs), a former railway track, now built to a lane for pedestrians and cyclists. This lane is following the former freight train track from the central station to the district Hasten, many industrial companies were situated along this track, some are still nowadays.

We found a resting area, you can find some seats here (it was too cold to sit longer than 30 seconds on the metal bench).

The lane was sponsored by local companies, mostly tool producing companies - that's why it is called "Route of Tools". Remscheid is famous for its tool producing industry for centuries. You can find large signs with the logos of the sponsoring companies.

This is the former slaughterhouse, the whole complex is under monument protection nowadays.

The closer we came towards Hasten, the more the lane seemed to be a park or a walking path in a forest.

I found those funny wrench patterns, stamped into the tarmac.

We left the Route of Tools and went home through the municipal park.

This monument is dedicated to the dead of several wars which took place before WW I.



Posted Feb 16, 2012, 6:49 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we met friends to take a longer hiking tour to the neighbour town Wuppetal. We planned to visit the Wuppertal Brewhouse.

First we had to walk towards the valley between Remscheid and Wuppertal, it is called "Morsbachtal", like the creek (Morsbach) running through it. It seems that all the water on earth's surface was frozen.

This is the Morsbach (Morsbach creek).

This pond in front of an historic industrial site is also frozen.

This cute little house was restored in the last years, Katja told me.

Than we had to climb from the bottom of the valley towards Wuppertal-Cronenberg. Can you see the city centre of Remscheid on the hill in background? We started our trip there :)

This is a typical German garden :D

From now we walked along the "Sambatrasse", also a former railway track, following a route though the forest from Wuppertal-Cronenberg to the zoo quarter in Wuppertal.

This historic train is placed here.

An incinerator is also situated at the Sambatrasse.

This is an access road to the A46 motorway.

We left the Sambatrasse in the zoo quarter. You can find lots of beautiful mansions here.

In the background you can see the Schwebebahn.

Inside a station ...

Here you can see the city hall of the district Wuppertal-Barmen.

The brewhouse is situated close to the city hall, just behind it.

We were really thirsty, so we ordered large beers immediately.

The brewhouse is a former public swimming bath which was in use from 1882 until it was closed in 1993. The brewhouse was opened in the the rebuilt complex in 1997. You can find photos of the former swimming bath here, you have to click the "Historie"-button in the top row.


We went home than by train.


Posted Mar 5, 2012, 2:52 pm
Hi Mummy,

we visited Cologne today. My host had planned to meet a friend, fam-united, there. We went to Cologne by train.

We did not only met Katja's friend, we also met a ToyVoyager who will now stay with Jatja some time. It is Buzz BlueJay from the USA.

The very most important thing you have to see in Cologne is Cologne Cathedral. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and is a World Heritage Site. Cologne Cathedral was built between 1248 and 1880. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe, its towers are about 157 m tall.

Katja promised that later we would prpbably have a look at the inside of the cathedral. So we first went to see River Rhine, also in the picture you can see the Hohenzollern Bridge, a bridge for trains and pedestrians / cyclists.

There are also lots of excursion boats.

We followed the promenade and walked past the old town of Cologne. Those houses were built in 17th century.

Katja had a great idea: We would visit the German Chocolate Museum (Imhoff Schokoladenmuseum) situated in this partly old building.

First we walked around the building.

A view from the roof of the building ...

Inside the museum we saw all the machines which are necessary to make delicious chocolate.

There is a real chocolate fountain! We all got wafers dipped into melted chocolate. Yummy!

These are moulds for chocolate cars :)

Here you can see old billboards.

We went back to the city than.

In the old town you can find narrow lanes and lovely houses.

Than we went into the cathedral.

Look at the fantastic mosaic on the floor.

Unfortunately it was time for getting home than.


Posted Oct 10, 2012, 10:07 am
Hi Mummy,
my current host decided that it would be best for me to go to the FosterCareHome in Finland. She told me that there are already some ToyVoyagers, so I would have lots of fun there. Besides I am not going alone, Tochi will accompany me.

So we packed our things and left Germany today.

I hope to arrive there soon.



Posted Oct 14, 2012, 9:24 am
Warm greetings from wet & windy but beautifully colorful Finland! I arrived with Tochi last Friday and have met the other FosterToys, they said it's going to be really cozy here  :D

EDIT: the photo was taken in 27th Oct when it snowed the first time  B)

Posted May 10, 2014, 4:54 pm
Dear Mommy,

I guess, you are suprised that you read from me since such a long time. I wasn't lost. My host liked me so much, that she didn't want to let me go.

But finally,I can go home !!

I miss you sooooo much!

Hopefully, see you soon!