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Bruchsal, Germany - 6th March 2009

By: fam-united

Today Mousy Mouse, Cassiopeia and I decided to take a bath. Of course the other toyvoyager guests wanted to jump into the bath tub too, but Petra told them to leave us alone.














We had a lot of fun and then we took a nap on the heater in the livingroom.

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Bruchsal, Germany - 8th March 2009

By: fam-united

Sabrina and Petra decided to make soap today. So they invited us to take part and help. I can tell you, the soap smells heavenly and it is really bubbly.


I helped to cut the basic soap into pieces.


Then we had to melt it in the microwave.


I tried to help with the Asian letters.


Then Sabrina added some red colour and vanilla perfume.



At last we added blue colour.


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Bruchsal, Germany - 14th March 2009

By: fam-united

Today we helped to make some "Schichtsalat" for Petra's sister's birthday. Usually you should prepare it the evening before.

1 leek, finely sliced
1 small tin of sweetcorn, drained
1 small tin of pineapple chunks, drained
150g cooked ham, diced
1 small glass of celery salad, drained (hmm, very German, you could replace it with gherkins)
2 apples, cored and diced
200g Gouda, cubed
3 hard boiled eggs, diced or sliced
1 glass of Miracle Whip (can you get this in the UK? It is mayonaisse, I can check the quantity tomorrow for you)
Place the ingredients in a bowl in the order of the above list. Do not stir. Place in fridge overnight.
Stir just before serving.
You can replace the pineapple with mandarine oranges if you prefer.
This makes a bowl for about 8-10 portions.














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Bruchsal, Germany - 14th March 2009

By: fam-united

Right before we started to prepare the dough for our Donauwellenkuchen Tito arrived in Bruchsal. The first place, that he saw, was the kitchen.



At first he had to tell a lot about Mexico and everyone told him about their lifes as a toyvoyager, but Petra said, that we would have more time to tell stories, but now we would have to get ready with our work.


So he climbed on Cassiopeia's back to have a place with a good view over everything.


At first we added white and then brown dough into the baking dish.



Then we added morello cherries.



While the cake was in the oven, Petra showed us the snowdrops in her backyard.


Because it just didn't rain, she thought, it would be a good idea to go to the church, which is only a few meters from our home. We all were happy to see something else than the house.

We saw the call box next to the church and I thought about calling one of my other toyvoyager friends, but Petra told me, that it will be too expensive to do it.


This is the church St. Peter. It is a baroque church and I think, it is really nice. Maybe we can take a photo, when it is sunny, too.
The Church of St. Peter is an original building of the 18th century and was not destroyed during World War II. The church was designed by the world famous baroque architect builder Balthasar Neumann.
The cementery behind it is a beautiful place for peaceful, contemplative walkds and its numerous memorials also rovide an insight into the history of Bruchsal and its people.



We found a stone about the Baden Revolution. It is a reminder of the citizens of Bruchsal, who were victims of the Baden Revolution. It was erected on the initiative of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and dedicated on 1st November 1900. Here, next to the church you can see the grave of Johann Baptist Bekk, He was Minister of the Interior in Baden during the years of the Revolution and found his final resting place in Bruchsal. (www.bruchsal-erleben.de)



The roofs belong to an old part of Bruchsal. Most old parts were destroyed during World War II. In the far you see a big grey building. It is a private grammar school founded by patres of the Pallotti order.


When you stand in front of the entrance of the church and just turn around, you have this nice view.


After we came home again, we had to get ready with the cake. First we had to make a butter cream and then we had to make a chocolate icing. This time Petra was really unhappy, that the icing didn't look nice.




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Bruchsal, Germany - 16th March 2009

By: fam-united

Today it was time for Cassiopeia and Mousy Mouse to say goodbye to everyone.


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Heilbronn, Germany - 22nd March 2009

By: fam-united

Petra and her family decided to visit the railway museum in Heilbronn. They asked friends to join them and of course, they didn't forget to take us with them too.
We all were fascinated by those big locomotives and I hope, you aren't too disappointed, that there will be no explanation about each single one.









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Bruchsal, Germany - 6th April 2009

By: fam-united

I want to show you some of the flowers in Petra's garden behind the house. I love those flowers.





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Merklingen, Germany - 8th April 2009

By: fam-united

Today we decided to go on a day trip to see a model railway. We drove to Merklingen (near Ulm), where they say, that they own Europes most beautiful model railway.


I also saw a real Ralf Schumacher Formel 3 race car.


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Göppingen, Germany - 8th April 2009

By: fam-united

On our way home we stopped at Märklin museum in Göppingen. Petra and her family go there about one or two times in a year. Today seems to be a model railway day.





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Untergrombach, Germany - 9th April 2009

By: fam-united

Today we drove to the Michaelsberg, a small hill, which belongs to Untergrombach. Untergrombach is one of Bruchsals suburbs. There are Untergrombach, Obergrombach, Heidelsheim, Helmsheim and Büchenau.

On top of the Michaelsberg there is a chapel called Michaelskapelle. Next to the chapel is a restaurant, where you have a nice view over the Rhine valley.

Petra loves to go on the Michaelsberg to show the Rhine valley to her guests and to show them the edge to the Kraichgau. Today she told us, that she wanted to go there, because she wanted to watch the sunset.


The houses you can imagine on the right side belong to Bruchsal. And you see a part of the quarry pond of Untergrombach too. On the horizon you can imagine two small small towers, which belong to the nuclear power reactor of Philippsburg.


Here you see Untergrombach down the hill.


Here we look in direction, where you come to Karlsruhe, which is in the Rhine valley too. You maybe can imagine the edge to the Kraichgau with its small hills.


I love this last view to the chapel in the evening sun.


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Pforzheim, Germany - 14th April 2009

By: fam-united

Martin, Sabrina and Petra took us for an outing today. We drove to Pforzheim to visit the wild park. It was founded in 1968, is about 16 ha large and there live more than 400 mammals.

Just a few minutes after our arrival, Petra stumbled over a roundwood and fell on her two hands. She was happy, that she had time to relax before she had to drive again - but she didn't expect, that she had broken her right thumb and torn a ligament there too.

I listened to different bird songs and tried to find out, which bird it was.


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Bruchsal, Germany - 10th May 2009

By: fam-united

Rainy days with thunder and lightning in Bruchsal, so we sat together in Petra's bedroom and read her current favorite book.



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Bruchsal, Germany - 11th May 2009

By: fam-united

Another thunderstorm


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Heidelberg, Germany - 24th May 2009

By: fam-united

My host family drove to Heidelberg, because their son begins with work experience at a medical laboratory tomorrow. So they thought, if would be a good idea to look where this laboratory is and then go to see the castle. But it was so crowded at the castle, that we turned around and decided to go there sometime later. So we only had been able to take a photo of the bridge.


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Büchenau, Germany - 25th May 2009

By: fam-united

When Petra read the newspaper today, she saw a photo on the first page with a large poppies field. She asked us and her son, if we want to come with her to take a look, if we could find this beautiful field and get some photos taken there. So we drove to Büchenau, which is one of Bruchsal's suburbs. It is a small town with about 2200 inhabitants. Just enjoy the photos.




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