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Ronneburg, close to Gelnhausen, Germany - 2nd May 2009

By: AnjaM

Ronneburg - the inside of the castle! (finally  :p)

Hi Mommy,

now we finally got to see the inside of the castle! And it was really exciting!

In the castle gate, they sold swords

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and tiny toys, just about the size of me

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There were some really nice people, all dressed up in medieval clothes

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and then we finally got to see all the historical stuff!

An old piece of armor

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a smithy

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and the smith's tools

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a spinning wheel, where you make wool

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an old cannon

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a perfect fit, isn't it?  ;)

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The castle yard

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and another stocks  ;)

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the castle kitchen

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where we got to taste some spiced wine (delicious!)

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some nice furniture and wall hangings

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and even a picture of the count!

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In the castle, there was even an apothecary's store

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and a chapel

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We all loved the miniatures of daily life in the middle ages!

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and the miniature of the great castle fire of the 17th century

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After so much history, we just needed a break!!!

So we wandered in the castle gardens, admiring a peacock

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doing some more shopping

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and meeting beautiful ladies in self made costumes

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who even did a dance for us! Well, not for us alone... but we enjoyed it very much!

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On the way back to the car, we even saw an old wooden trailer

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Wow, what a day!!!

We went straight to bed when we got back! But it sure was worth it!

Hugs and kisses

Harold

* Posted May 9, 2009, 11:09 am Last edited May 9, 2009, 11:22 am by AnjaM [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Oppenheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany - 8th May 2009

By: AnjaM

Medieval Market in Oppenheim

Hi Mommy,

today, Anja and her friends went to another medieval market - this time in Oppenheim, in Rhineland-Palatinate.

The first thing we saw was a booth selling gingerbread! Our little friend Sweetsy was in heaven! And - would you believe it - he ate the whole piece of gingerbread all by himself!!! Look at the smile on his face!

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This was a lovely market, and we saw many nice things:

placques made of stone (Anja bought the dragon that is hanging on the wall)

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knights the size of us

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and many dragons

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Would you believe Anja actually fed me to a dragon????  :o

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But thank goodness the dragon was not hungry!  :p

So we could go on to enjoy the sights.

Musicians


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a medieval tent city where many people actually stayed the weekend


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a demonstration of the weapons of the time

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a lady playing the harp

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a shield with nordic writing

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and a suit of chainmail. Would you believe such a suit of chainmail consists of about 36.000 rings??? And it takes one person two weeks to make, if he has lots of practice.

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Then we had some nice food. Stuffed pork roast with garlic sauce, a salad and a roll - and a drink called "Radler", which is a mixture of beer and Sprite. Quite tasty!

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Later on, it started to rain, so we all had to stay in Anja's rucksack. This was nice and dry, but of course we could not see anything...

What a lovely day!

Hugs
Harold

* Posted May 9, 2009, 11:29 pm Last edited May 10, 2009, 12:13 am by AnjaM [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Oberursel near Frankfurt, Germany - 10th May 2009

By: AnjaM

A Lazy Day

Hi Mommy,

today was beautiful sunshine, and we all spent the day on Anja's balcony, enjoying the lovely weather.

This is the view from the kitchen window

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and this is the view from the balcony on a lovely spring day

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You can see the Messeturm (exhibition tower) of the skyline of Frankfurt in the distance.

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Now, can you find the Messeturm on the picture above the one taken with the zoom? Hint: you need very good eyes, and you have to remember the two tall buildings...  ;)



Here we are enjoying a snack on the lawn chair

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and poking our nose into Anja's book

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Anja said she felt like a real "daughter of the sun" enjoying a rest on the lawnchair with her book. But she would not let us take any pictures of her....  :p

Sunny regards

Harold

* Posted May 15, 2009, 9:31 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Oberursel near Frankfurt, Germany - 14th May 2009

By: AnjaM

A Going Away Party for Twix

Hi Mommy,

Anja said that Twix, her very first Toy Voyager guest, would soon travel to Maelle in Belgium, so we all threw a going away party for him.


Anja got us some real Hessian and Southern German specialties for the party:

Apple wine, the Hessian special drink and Laugenbrötchen (lye rolls).

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OK, lye rolls sounds disgusting, and the dough is really dipped in food-grade lye, but these are really really tasty!

Lye Pretzel recipe

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However that may be, once the rolls or pretzels are baked, they are safe to eat, and they are delicious.

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Of course, the apple wine was tasty, too  ;)

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After our dinner, we had a big surprise for Twix. We had bought him a piece of strawberry cake!

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Being a nice guy, he insisted on sharing it with us

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What a lovely party!  :D

Hugs
Harold

* Posted May 15, 2009, 10:16 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Around the World, Germany - 16th May 2009

By: AnjaM

A Trip Around the World

Hi Mommy,

tooday, Anja took us on a trip around the world!  :D

First, we took the S-Bahn (subway) from Oberursel-Stierstadt, where Anja lives.

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This is a map of the public transportation system in Frankfurt. Sure looks confusing, don't you think?

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We got out at the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (main train station).

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and Anja bought a nice sandwich. Look at all this tasty food!

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Then we finally got to see the train, an ICE (Inter City Express). This thing goes over 300 km (160 miles) an hour!!!  :o Looks like a rocket, don't you think?

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It is very nice and comfortable inside

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and I shared a seat with the other TVs

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When the train started moving, Anja unwrapped her sandwich, and we all had chicken sandwich and coffee

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This sure is a nice way to pass the time!  :D

We got a glance of Cologne on the way

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Finally, the train stopped, and we all got out. 

What the heck was this? We were in China!  :o

We had come to a place called Kota Radja! 

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It had a very nice city wall

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but it was guarded by a terrible dragon, who tried to eat me!  :o

(Will you please tell Anja to stop feeding me to dragons all the time!  :mad:)

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Thank goodness a nice Buddha rescued me!

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And he allowed me to see the city and the beautiful flowers

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We even got to play with a lion!



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It sure was exciting in China, but I was still a little scared of this hungry dragon, so I didn't mind it when we left.

But then we got out of the frying pan, and into the fire. :o

Because next we went to India, to the Temple of Rats!  :o

Ooooh, look at the nasty rats guarding the place!!!

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They scared the living daylights out of me, but they told me they don't eat TVs. What a relief!

The other rats there were much nicer! We found a band of rats that played music for us

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and finally we had fun and played games with some funny rats

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What an exciting day!!! All around the world in just one day!!!  :D

.... Well Mommy, I must admit I told a fib: we did not go to China and India at all, but instead to Anja's friend Ratta in Hagen, where we played with Ratta's rat collection and visited a Chinese restaurant  ;)

But it was a fun day nevertheless!  ;)

Hugs

Harold

* Posted May 27, 2009, 10:55 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Oberursel near Frankfurt, Germany - 20th May 2009

By: AnjaM

My Home is My Castle

Hi Mommy,

today, Anja received a large package. Inside was the most beautiful castle I have ever seen!

How considerate of Anja!
After taking us to all these nice medieval markets, she buys us a castle of our own!  :D

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There was something else in the package too: a toy rat!
Ah well, we'll share our castle with him, it's big enough after all.  :D

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But what is this? A REAL rat?  :o

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He enters the castle like it's his property - and he starts sniffing us!  :o

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And here come two more rats!

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My goodness, an invasion of rats!!! Take up the drawbridge and fill the moat with crocodiles!!!  :mad:



Too late...

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Help, the rats have taken over the castle!!!!  :o

They are attacking! They are attacking!
Survived the dragons to be eaten by giant rats! Help!!!

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Oooooh, I hear the cavallery in the distance!
And the rats are leaving!!

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We are saved!!!  :D

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Hurray!!!  :D :D :D

...............

"Cavallery, my foot!" Anja laughs.
"I just called my boys to dinner! After all, it is their new castle that you are playing with, so of course they want to take a look!"  :D



What?
Anja keeps giant rats as pets, calls them "my boys" and buys them a castle?  :o

This sure is a weird place you sent me to!  :p
But exciting....

Hugs
Harold

* Posted May 28, 2009, 9:24 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Oberursel near Frankfurt, Germany - 27th May 2009

By: AnjaM

Terry is coming - and Garry and Wusch are leaving

Hi Mommy,

today, a new toy voyager arrived at Anja's house: Terry the Tiger!

What a bit guy!!! We were a little scared of him at first, but he told us he does not eat other TV's.  :D What a relief! I did not survive the dragons to be eaten by a tiger!  ;)

Here we are all together:

myself, Wusch, Terry, Garry and Sweetsy (from left to right)

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And then it was time for Garry and Wusch to leave Germany. Anja says they are going to Hong Kong next! WOW!!!!!

So we waved goodbye to them and wished them a good journey and lots of exciting adventures

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Hong Kong, wow!  :D

But I bet it won't be boring at Anja's place, either.  :D

Hugs
Harold

Oh, Anja says she will make some updates later, because there are still some adventures to tell  :D

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Kronberg (near Frankfurt am Main), Germany - 31st May 2009

By: AnjaM

Medieval Market in Kronberg

Hi Mommy,

yesterday, Anja took us to the medieval market in the castle in Kronberg.

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Kronberg lies at the foot of the Taunus, flanked in the north and southwest by forests.

Also worthy of mention, besides the well preserved, compact Old Town with Kronberg Castle (or Burg Kronberg, with its keep, which is the town's oldest building) from the 13th to 16th centuries, are the Schloss Friedrichshof (a stately home built as a widow's residence for "Empress Frederick" and now home to the Schlosshotel Kronberg), the Recepturhof (Mainz Electorate's administration building), the town park, Saint John's Evangelical Church (Kirche St. Johann, 1440), the "Streitkirche" ("Dispute Church", 1758) and the "Hellhof", a noble seat built by the Kronberg Knights (first mentioned in 1424), nowadays partially converted into a gallery.
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First, we went to pick up Anja's friend Laura, and we smelled the wonderful roses in her garden

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Then we drove to Kronberg, which has a lovely old city center with many timber houses

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and we soon found signs for the medieval market at the castle Kronberg

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Have you noticed Anja's new dress?  :D
She is very proud of it, and - in addition - people in medieval dress get free or discounted access to most medieval markets and fests.

We walked up to the castle, and soon we were there

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From the castle walls, you have a beautiful view

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This medieval knight was nice enough to have his picture taken with us

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and this is "medieval lady" Anja

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who had to fix her dress now and then  :D

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Within the castle, there was music, songs and medieval dances

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and we met the loveliest little princess

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and her grandmother (who had made the beautiful dresses herself)

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Now, I also wanted a medieval dress! And Anja was glad to oblige  :D

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We wandered around the fairground, admiring a tent with weapons of the time

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and doing some shopping and window shopping (or rather stall shopping  ;))

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After a wonderful and exciting day, we went home and slept like babies!

Hugs
Harold

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Oberursel near Frankfurt, Germany - 4th June 2009

By: AnjaM

Wieka arrives!

Hi Mommy,

when Anja came home from work today, she brought an envelope with her. Of course, we all crowded around it, from the left: myself,  Sweetsy and Terry the Tiger

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Inside it was Wieka, a sweet little bat

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She brought a lovely picture postcard with baby foxes

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Anja has some bats in the house already, so Wieka felt right at home:

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Terry showed her a picture postcard of Frankfurt and said that, with two visitors from overseas (myself and Terry), Anja was sure to go into Frankfurt to show us the sights.

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Ooooh, I can't wait!

But first we got a train trip coming up.
Tomorrow, Anja will take us on the ICE (Inter City Express) to Hannover, where she will visit a friend. Of course, I am a seasoned traveller on the ICE already, but Terry and Wieka are all excited.  :D

Hugs
Harold

* Posted Jun 4, 2009, 9:02 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hannover, Germany - 5th June 2009

By: AnjaM

A Trip to Hannover

Hi Mommy,

today, Anja took me and her other TV guests on a train trip to Hannover.

Sweetsy and I are seasoned travelers here in Germany, so we did not document the whole train ride, only the nice sandwich that we all shared with Anja

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Soon, we arrived at Hannover train station, which looks like a palace
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Right in front of the train station, there is a statue of King Ernst August of Hannover, on a horse

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This is the favorite meeting point of the people of Hannover. They always meet "unter dem Schwanz" = under the tail (of the horse)  :D

Let's see what adventures I will have tomorrow  :D

Hugs
Harold

* Posted Jun 10, 2009, 6:41 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hameln (Hamelin), Germany - 6th June 2009

By: AnjaM

Hameln (Hamelin) - A lovely old City - with a Story!

Hi Mommy,

today, we got up early at Anja's friend's house and went to the train station in Hannover, where we met with a lot of nice people - all pet rat owners, like Anja is.

We all boarded a train - and Tamara, Anja's friend, took out a bag of curious snacks: marshmallow mice  :o Weird, but tasty...

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Soon, we arrived at Hameln (Hamelin) train station

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and all the rat owners got all excited. What the heck?  :rolleyes:

Hameln is a beautiful old city with many lovely old timber houses, dating from 1500 A.D. or even before. The city is just celebrating 725 years of existence.
And somehow, this place is full of rats  :rolleyes: And funny dressed men with pipes :rolleyes:

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Look at the age of some of these houses!  :o

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Hameln even has an old city wall with towers

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Surely a very nice place. But what about all the rats?  :rolleyes:

After a walk though the city, Anja sat us down to tell us all about it.

..... to be continued

* Posted Jun 10, 2009, 8:03 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hameln (Hamelin), Germany - 6th June 2009

By: AnjaM

Hameln (Hamelin) - The Story of the Pied Piper

Hi Mommy,

like I said, Anja finally sat us down to tell us the story of the Pied Piper of Hameln (Hamelin):

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In 1284, while the town of Hamelin was suffering from a rat infestation, a man dressed in pied appeared, claiming to be a rat-catcher. He promised the townsmen a solution for their problem with the rats. The townsmen in turn promised to pay him for the removal of the rats. The man accepted, and thus played a musical pipe to lure the rats with a song into the Weser River, where all of them drowned. Despite his success, the people reneged on their promise and refused to pay the rat-catcher. The man left the town angrily, but returned some time later, seeking revenge.

On Saint John and Paul's day while the inhabitants were in church, he played his pipe yet again, this time attracting the children of Hamelin. One hundred and thirty boys and girls followed him out of the town, where they were lured into a cave and never seen again. Depending on the version, at most two children remained behind (one of whom was lame and could not follow quickly enough, the other one was deaf and followed the other children out of curiosity) who informed the villagers of what had happened when they came out of the church.


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Since that time, Hameln has been called the "Rattenfängerstadt" = literally "rat catcher city" or the city of the Pied Piper.

And references to this story are everywhere in Hameln.

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In the "Hochzeitshaus" (wedding house), a lovely old building, there is even a mechanical display that shows this story several times a day.

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First the Pied Piper comes out, leading the rats away

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Then - after the town people refuse to pay him - he comes and leads the children away

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Only the lame child and the blind child are not quick enough, so the mountain closes before they can reach it, and they return home to tell the story (in Anja's memory, it was a blind child, not a deaf child  :D)

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After a long day of walking and seeing all these nice things, we had a surprise coming up in the train on the way home:

A small party of young ladies entered the train, one dressed as an angel and the others dressed as devils. They walked all through the train and sold little items. This was a bachelorette party. What fun!  :D

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Well, Mommy, that was Hameln and the story of the Pied Piper. I hope you liked it. I certainly did  :D

Hugs
Harold

* Posted Jun 10, 2009, 8:40 pm Last edited Jun 10, 2009, 8:41 pm by AnjaM [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hannover, Germany - 7th June 2009

By: AnjaM

Us and KISS in Concert!

Hi Mommy,

would you believe we met the Rock band KISS and played a concert with them?

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Afterwards, we all went to a big party together

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I will write a better update about the great weekend we had as soon as I have recovered from all the s** and dr*** and Rock N Roll  ;)

Hugs
Harold

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Hannover, Germany - 7th June 2009

By: AnjaM

KISS and us in Concert!!! :D

Hi Mommy,

today was a most exciting day!!!

We started out early from Anja's friend Tamara's house in Hannover, driving our own little cars

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Would you believe we went to a concert by the rock band KISS

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We got to meet all the guys from KISS in person

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and they even allowed us to play in concert with them!  :D

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Wow, and what a concert that was!!!

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After the concert, we were stars, and we were rich, so the first thing I did was to buy a new car

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and then we drove my new car to a big party with the guys of KISS

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Would you believe we actually went to the Playboy Mansion?  :D

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Wow, what a party!!!

I certainly needed some good, strong coffee after that!

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Happy regards
Harold, Superstar  :D

... Well, actually, Mommy, I told a fib:
Anja's friend Tamara is a big fan of the States, and of KISS, so all the pictures were taken at her house  ;) But it sure was fun playing  superstar...

* Posted Jun 10, 2009, 9:29 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Miltenberg, Bavaria, Germany - 11th June 2009

By: AnjaM

The lovely old historical  town of Miltenberg, Bavaria


Hi Mommy,

today is a German holiday, so Anja and her friend Maren went to Miltenberg, Bavaria, to pick up a pet rat for Maren. Of course, we TVs went along. Bavaria, wow!  :D

First we went to see the people who owned the rat.
They lived in a beautiful house with beautiful old furniture.

The lady and her husband painted this lovely old "Bauernschrank" (farmer's cabinet) themselves about 30 years ago

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And they have a guardian angel above the door

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This is the village of Grossheubach where they live

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We left the pet rat with its - now former - owners for a while, because we wanted to go and see Miltenberg.

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Even as far back as prehistoric and early historical times, people knew about the strategic importance of the strait at the Main “knee” between the Odenwald and the Spessart, building mighty ringwalls on the Greinberg above Miltenberg and on the Bürgstadter Berg (mountains). About AD 155, the Romans laid down the almost dead straight “Forward Limes” on the Main. Near today’s Miltenberg, the Limes came up against the Main, which from here northwards formed the Roman Empire’s natural border with Germania. Remnants of two Roman castra can be found nearby, one between Miltenberg and Bürgstadt (Kastell Miltenberg-Ost) and the other between Miltenberg and Kleinheubach (Altstadtkastell).

Under the preotection of the castle of Mildenburg (built about 1200), the town of Miltenberg took hold. It had its first documentary mention in 1237. By about 1379, the two town towers, the Mainz Gate (Mainzer Tor) and the Würzburg Gate (Würzburger Tor) framed in the west and east today’s Old Town, which grew narrow and long between the river and the steep slope. Already by the Middle Ages, Miltenberg bunter was highly sought-after, with things such as grindstones and columns being hewn in the surrounding woods. Even before 1319, the Spital St. Peter (hospital) was founded by Archbishop Peter of Aspelt.

Until 1803, Miltenberg belonged to Electoral Mainz. This is yet manifested in the town’s coat of arms, which bears the Wheel of Mainz as a charge. After the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss, Miltenberg passed to the Principality of Leiningen, with which it was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Baden in 1806. After having become part of the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt in 1810, the town finally became part of Bavaria in 1816.

From Miltenberg come the so-called Heunensäulen, some special sandstone columns meant for use more than a thousand years ago when Mainz Cathedral was being built. The master builder, however, decided that they were unneeded and they never became part of the cathedral. One of them now stands in Mainz’s cathedral square, a gift to the city on the occasion of the cathedral’s thousandth anniversary in 1975. It bears an explanatory plaque.

Miltenberg has an historical Old Town featuring many timber-frame houses.
In 1912 and 1955, Miltenberg acquired lands over on the Main’s right bank to expand the town.


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And it sure was worth the visit!  :D

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This is a patron saint. The people of Bavaria are mostly catholic, and they have Mother Mary and patron saints everywhere.

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Look at the date on this lovely old timber house!

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This is the pedestrian district of Miltenberg

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where we had big fun riding a children's swing

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and looking at the lovely toys in the shop windows

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This is the restaurant and hotel "Zum Riesen" - the oldest inn in Germany!

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While we were window shopping for some booze
("Wildsau-Tropfen" means "wild boar liquor"  ;)  )

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it started to rain, so we went to a lovely old Bavarian restaurant

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and ordered some dark Bavarian beer

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and one of Germany's most beloved dishes:

Schnitzel with french fries


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Ooooh, that was delicious!!!  :D

After our meal, we admired some nice wooden statues in the restaurant

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and then the rain had stopped and we continued our walk

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This is the old town hall - first mentioned in records in 1379 -

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also showing how high the river Main reached during the floods of 1784 and 1945

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What a lovely place Miltenberg is!

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We also visited a shop selling wooden statues of all kinds, such as saints and creches

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and soon we reached the old market place dating from the late 13th century

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One house had a picture of St. Georg and the dragon

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and some of the old city wall is still standing

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... to be continued...

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