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Bruchsal, Germany - 26th May 2009

By: fam-united

It's raining again.



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Letzenberg/Malsch, Germany - 29th May 2009

By: fam-united

On our way home from Heidelberg - we drive this way each day now, because Fabian is there - we stopped by at the chapel on top of Letzenberg. It is really beautiful. It was built in 1902. They say, that there already was a pilgrimage chapel around 1300.
You have a great view to the Rhine valley and Kraichgau.





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Münzesheim, Germany - 29th May 2009

By: fam-united

Then we drove to Münzesheim to visit the Japanese Garden again, which belongs to the therapy centre against alcohol and other dependencies.


There are some rules we have to follow.












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Koblenz, Germany - 1st June 2009

By: fam-united

Petra and her family visited Ralf's aunt and uncle in Koblenz today. They also invited Ralf's parents to join them - and us, of course.

Koblenz is a city situated on both banks of the Rhine at its confluence with the Moselle, where the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and its monument (Emperor William I on horseback) are situated.

It is the third largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate, with a population of c. 106,000 (2006).

Here you see the confluence of Rhine (right side) and Moselle (left side).

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
(German: Festung Ehrenbreitstein) is a fortress on the mountain of the same name on the east bank of the Rhine opposite the town of Koblenz.

It was built as the backbone of the regional fortification system, Festung Koblenz, by Prussia between 1817 and 1832 and guarded the middle Rhine region, an area that had been invaded by French troops repeatedly before. The fortress was never attacked.

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Luxembourg, Luxembourg - 2nd June 2009

By: fam-united

We are really really busy now, that my hosts are on holiday. Today we drove again about 3 hours until we arrived at our destination. At first I saw many high buildings, mostly belonging to banks.

We visited Luxembourg City today. The casemates are Unesco World Heritage.


We saw the casemates there, very impressive. The first casemates of Luxembourg had been built in 1644, during spanish rule. They were about 23 kilometers long (since 1867 only 17 km) and reach about 40 meters into the deep. Because of this fortress Luxembourg got the byname "Gilbraltar of the north".



We also visited the cathedral Notre Dame.




Then we went to see the other part of casemates, but this time we didn't go inside.




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Wasserbillig, Luxembourg - 2nd June 2009

By: fam-united

On our way home we has to refuel and because it is much cheaper in Luxembourg than in Germany, we did it there. We also bought some coffee and chocolate, but this time we waited in the car for our hosts to come back.


Then we drove back to Germany. You see the signs over the bridge.



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Igel, Germany - 2nd June 2009

By: fam-united

We had a short stop at Igel to take a photo with the Igel Column, also Unesco World Heritage. The brothers Lucius Secundinius Aventinus and Lucius Secundinius Securus built it around 250 for them and deceased relatives. It shows scenes of daily life of cloth merchants and of mythology.

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Pallien/Trier, Germany - 2nd June 2009

By: fam-united

Then Petra had the idea to show us a great view over one of her favorite cities: Trier. Because it was early evening and we wanted to take photos, they decided to drive to St. Mary's Column on the Pulsberg. It was built from 1859-1866 in neo-Gothic style.


You have a wonderful view over the Moselle valley and Trier.

(Uuups, we forgot to take a photo of me here, sorry.)

Because Petra's camera is rather good, she zoomed in, so I can show you some more Unesco World Heritage places. It was too late to go closer, I'm sorry.

Portra Nigra

Cathedral of Trier

Constantine Basilica



St. Matthias' Abbey


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Heidelberg, Germany - 4th June 2009

By: fam-united

Today we drove to Heidelberg.
Heidelberg is a city in Baden-Württemberg. About 140 000 people live in the city's area. It lies on the river Neckar at the point, where it leaves its narrow, steep valley in the Odenwald to flow into the Rhine valley. The river Neckar joins the river Rhine at Mannheim.

Approximately 1 000 000 years ago the "Heidelberg Man", whose jaw-bone was discovered in 1907, the earliest evidence of human life in Europe, died at nearby Mauer.

Our hosts love to take photos of the castle and the view to the Neckar. Every now and then they go there - just for some photos. They are crazy, but to tell the truth: I love Heidelberg. I lost my heart in Heidelberg - like many others before.





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Bruchsal, Germany - 20th August 2009

By: fam-united

FoxForce decided to stay with olgamaus for a while. He still has his second home with fam-united and will come back again some day, but he is a toyvoyager and so he was very frustrated, that he had to stay at the same place for such a long time.

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Bruchsal, Germany - 20th August 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
it's the last day of olgamaus' visit  here in Bruchsal. So we went into town to visit the baroque castle, which she has not seen yet.

The Château of Bruchsal was built in the baroque style of the mid 18th century starting around 1720 and served as the official residence of the bishops of Speyer. Its center was a three-winged building. In World War II the Château was badly damaged as a result of the aerial bombings aimed at Bruchsal and burned out completely. The large central part of the building was reconstructed (well into the 1970s) as a museum.

When olgamaus was taking photos with BellaKitten, Polki, Cutie and Mister_Right I asked her if I could come with her for a while. That was the easiest way to see more of the world. Olgamaus agreed and took me with her. Here is my first photo with the other four ToyVoyagers.



I saw some statues here.



All ToyVoyagers which visited Bruchsal today were sitting on this tree.




We went back to Petra's home than. It was so hot that it was hard to bear. On our way home we walked through another park. Here we saw the old keep of a medieval castle.


We also saw this statue here. Is is a symbol for international understanding.


We hurried home than. We had to pack our things and lunch was waiting for us. In the afternoon we have to drive to the airport. Olgamaus is living in another part of Germany. She came here on Tuesday by plane.

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Stuttgart Airport, Germany - 20th August 2009

By: olgamaus

In the afternoon we went to Stuttgart airport to travel home.

From the roof of the car park we could see the famous Bosch-Parkhaus (Bosch-car park). It spans across the motorway A8.
The car park has space for 4200 vehicles on five stories. The logo is the second largest illuminated sign in the world and the biggest logo in the world after the unlit Hollywood Sign.



We went to the airport than, checked in and went to the visitors terrace. From here we could see some planes landing and starting.


On the visitors platform they have an exibition of old planes and helicopters. We had a look at them.



At 17:15 it was time to go to our gate than. From Duesseldorf we went home by train.


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Remscheid, Germany - 21st August 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
Katja showed me around the city centre today. When she finished work she showed me the entrance of the shopping street. These giant forceps are a symbol for the tool producing industry which is very important for Remscheid.


In the background you can see the city hall.


The city hall was built in 1905, it was destroyed than nearly completely in World War II and rebuilt later in a more modern style. It's tower is 48 m high.


Here you can see the market place in front of the city hall. The pillar on this place is showing a lion, the heraldic animal of Remscheid.


Katja promised to show me more soon.


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Solingen-Balkhausen, Germany - 22nd August 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we took a walk today in the neighbour city Solingen. We walked along the River Wupper for about 6 km and than back.

First we went buying some things in a nearby wholefood-shop. We parked the car and had a look across the valley, where our trip will start.


I saw lamas on a meadow, but they did not come closer. Katja has to cuddle every animal in sight :D


This is River Wupper.


You can find many old houses in the valley, they are called "Bergische Häuser" (Bergisch houses) because this reason is called "Bergisches Land". Those houses are usually timer-framed houses or covered with slate, often with green shutters.


This house (house?!) is completely overgrown with Virginia creeper. It was a factory building once.


This is a really pretty landscape.


This hamlet is called "Unten-Rüden". This seems funny because "Rüde" is the German word for a male dog.



It is a rural area here.




The first acorns!


Behind those flowers River Wupper is flowing. Do you also know impatients in England? They are also called "Touch-me-not".


After a 10-km-walk we finally rested on a thick branch for a while (Oops - River Wupper is flowing underneath our feet).


I must admit that they have beautiful landscapes in Germany. Rural districts means lots of chicken, hopefully unattended ....


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Remscheid, Germany - 28th August 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,

we took a walk today in one of the oldest districts of Remscheid. It is called "Hasten" and is situated in the North of the municipal, leading into a valley. In a nearby park Katja showed us a pillar which is dedicated to the first town twinning of Remscheid and Quimper in France. The pillar is also showing the coat of arms of Remscheid.


We played a bit on a small playground in the park.


Katja told us that we would walk through the municipal park to get to Hasten. Here we are on our way to the municipal park.


From here we had a first look to Hasten, in the valley.


The pink coloured house is an old factory building, you can find many of them between the tenements.


We reached Hasten than, a district surrounded by woodland.
We saw a lot of old houses and really narrow streets here.





We saw a beautiful Patrician villa here, built in 1798. A museum which is showing life, furniture and so on of the last centuries is situated nowadays here, also  the German Tool Museum.




The area behind the villa belongs to the Tool Museum.


We decided to walk home than, this time uphill for some time :D




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