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Travelog for: Wadworth

Devizes, England - 23rd June 2008

By: Steve & Helly

Hello,

I'm Wadworth. I'm a little bear with a big heart and a 'THIRST' for travel.

I was born in Devizes, in Wadworth's brewery. The place where the brewery is found is affectionately known as Waddy's Corner. The beer is still delivered to the local pubs by shire horse and it's a wonderful sight, although they're much larger than me and I think I'd be a bit scared if I met them for real!


Wadworth's is also the home of '6X' and 'Henry's IPA', one of Helly's favourite - shh, don't tell anyone but her ABSOLUTE favourite is 'Speckled Hen', not a Wadworth's brew at all!

I would like to travel the world, having adventures and tasteing other country's beers to see how they compare. I'd like to visit beer festivals too and if there's some food thrown in so much the better. A little bear has to eat!

Please let Helly know if you'd like to host me, my original guardians at Wadworths will be watching to see where I go.

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Remscheid, Germany - 4th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
I arrived in Remscheid today. I heard my host talking to her daughter while I was sitting inside my box. My new host Katja thought that my package might be the filled matchbox from another forum menber, so she did not know if she should open it or if she should wait until all participators of the matchbox challenge received their packages.

I made a lot of noise inside my box. I jumped up and down in my box so Katja could see the package move on the kitchen table. She thought that a filled matchbox should better not move alone. She opened the package immediately and was surprised to find me. She thought that I had to be larger! Okay, I will eat a lot and then I will grow a few inches.

I was welcomed by Sylphide, Desmond and Pip.

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My Mum made a beautiful little card for my host. She really loves it.

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Bye
Wadworth

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IKEA Düsseldorf, Germany - 4th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
in  the afternoon I went to IKEA in Düsseldorf with Katja and her friend Kerstin. We also took Pip to IKEA. Desmond and Sylphide stayed at home, because Sylphide was wet. Pip told me that Sylphide fell into a  padding pool yesterday. Desmond also stayed at home so Sylphide would not have to be alone.

The two ladies bought a lot of stuff: A mobile file cabinet, plants, flowers, drapes and a lot more. We also had dinner at the IKEA Restaurant. We were sitting close to the window, so Pip and I were sitting on the window frame to look outside.

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After almost four hours running through the store we were really tired. We sat comfortably in the shopping trolley among the things Katja and Kerstin had bought.

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Katja promised that I will taste my first German beer in the evening.

Bye
Wadworth

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Katja's desk, Remscheid, Germany - 4th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
I tasted my first German beer: A König Pilsener. The König brewery is located in Duisburg, The brewery was established in 1858 by Theodor König.

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It's really good :D

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You can buy a teddy bear at the brewery's shop!

Bye
Wadworth

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Düsseldorf, Germany - 5th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we visited Düsseldorf, the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The city is situated on the River Rhine. We went there by train.

Here you can see us in the town centre. You can see the most famous shopping street of Düsseldorf, Königsallee.

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We went through the old town looking for postcards. We planned to take a walk along the river Rhine.

Here you can see the old town hall in the middle of the old town.

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This historic tower is built on a large space above the banks of the river Rhine.

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The view across the river:

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Here we are walking along the "Rheinterrassen", a large area with lawns and trees above the river banks. Many people were relaxing in the sun.

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We went over a bridge to cross the river and walked back on the other side of the river.

Katja and her friend rested in the beer garden of a nice restaurant. They had a drink and dinner there.

I tasted an Altbier, a dark beer, which is brewed only in the region of Düsseldorf. Katja ordered a large beer because she knew that she would not drink it alone ...

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We are back home now and we are all tired.

Bye
Wadworth

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Remscheid, Germany - 8th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy, hi Dad,
I tasted a really funny beer today - Berliner Weisse.

First I thought:

This is beer? Good Lord, it's GREEN!


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Sure it is not water from an aquarium, sure it is not toxic?

Katja becalmed me and explained that it is a special sort of beer, brewed in Berlin, with woodruff syrup. That's why this beer is green.

It tastes good, not really like beer, of course much sweeter, but although very refreshing.

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Sylphide and Pip also tasted it and they also liked it.

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Bye
Wadworth

* Posted Jul 8, 2008, 7:46 pm Last edited Jul 9, 2008, 11:29 pm by olgamaus [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid-Lennep, Germany - 9th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy, hi Dad,
today we visited Katja's sister. She is living in Remscheid-Lennep, one of the oldest districts of Remscheid, more than 770 years old.

Katja's nephew is collecting crown caps. He showed them to me. I sortetd out a lot of crown caps from beer bottles. Most of them are from Germany, only a few of them are from Portugal, the Netherlands or Belgium.

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We went into the garden to play. I found a sign at the neighboors garden door that read "Only the strongest survive".

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We took a ride in a remote controlled Hummer.

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We were also playing with a wind wheel.

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Katja and her sister made pizza for dinner. What do you think they got out of the cellar to drink? Correct, a beer, brewed in a town close to Remscheid.

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In the evening Katja and her sister were sitting on the balcony, Sylphide, Pip and me were sitting on the balcony railing, watchim them.

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Of course I tasted this beer, it's really good (like every beer I tasted to far).

Bye
Wadworth

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Remscheid, Germany - 10th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today another ToyVoyager arrived: Tilda from Australia.

After opening the envelope we saw gigantic feet first.Pip thought it had to be a bunny. But it wasn't a bunny. Tilda is a kangaroo.

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In the afternoon we took to the muncipal park. The weather was not good, it was very warm and muggy.

Here you can see the observatory at the entrance to the muncipal park.

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We went to an old district of Remscheid then, to Hasten. Here you can see typical houses covered with schist.

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This is the museum of local history, a beautiful patrician villa built in 1779 A.D. Katja promised to visit the museum if the weather should stay bad.

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In another little park a pillar is built with the crest of the town and the names of the partner towns engraved. Remscheid has partner towns in France (Quimper), England (Wansbeck), the Czech Republik (Presov) and in Saxonia (Pirna), one of the states in the former German Democratic Republik.

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Today I won't have a beer. Katja is afraid that I might come to a bad end as an alcohol addict. What a pity, there are still a few Pilsner and Bavarian beers in the fridge. Katja told me that I will have a lot of Bavarian beer next week. I don't know what this means, but we'll see.

Bye
Wadworth

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A message from Calne, England - 11th July 2008

By: Steve & Helly

Dear Wadworth,

Thank you for our postcard. It's lovely. You seem to be having lots of fun!

Helly's heading past Wadworth's Brewery today so will let the ladies at the visitor's centre see it.

Lots of love

Helly & Steve

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Remscheid, Germany - 11th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy, hi Dad,
today we helped Katja to cook a delicious soup with broccoli. We had broccoli, some deep frozen leek, green peas, vegetable stock, garlic and some spices.

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First we put some fat into a pot and steamed leek, garlic and green peas, later we put the broccoli into the pot and added vegetable stock. It had to boil for a few minutes, then it had to be purreed.

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We addef salt, pepper and spices like nutmeg, basil, oregano and mixed herbes from the health food shop. When the soup was almost ready, we added some green cheese and sour cream.

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The soup was really delicious.

In the late evening we were sitting on the kitchen's window sill, looking outside. We had two candles.

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While we were sitting there and talking the other TovVoyagers  broke a secret. They told me where we will go next week (they were supposed to keep it for themselves). We will fly to Munich on Tuesday. We will stay there until Thursday.

Munich - that means Hofbräuhaus, Biergarten and lots of beer!!!

Sylphide and Tilda were playing with the pet rats but I'm a little bit afraid of them. They are vast, much larger than me. And they have sharp teeth ...

Katja told me that I don't need to be afraid, the rats were like cuddly toys. They always want to be petted and cuddled. We'll see ... maybe I will be brave enough if I had a beer. Here my beer is coming ...

A Veltins Pilsner, brewed in a region called "Sauerland", about 115 km from Remscheid.

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Bye
Wadworth

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Remscheid, Germany - 14th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy, hi Dad,
today a new ToyVoyager arrived, just in time. It's Barnardo from Birmingham.

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We have to pack our things now, we will have to be at Duesseldorf Airport at 08:20 am tomorrow. So we will have to get up very early tomorrow.

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Bye
Wadworth

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International Airport Duesseldorf, Germany - 15th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we went by train to International Airport Duesseldorf in the early morning. We were booked on a flight to Munich at 09:05 am. After the check-in we went to the observation deck. We hoped to see a few planes landing or starting.

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We then got on board of our plane, an Airbus A 320.

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We landed in Munich after 55 minutes.

Bye
Wadworth

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Munich, Germany - 15th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy, hi Dad,
when we arrived in Munich, we drove into town by train. We brought our luggage to our lodging and drove into town by subway immidately.

Munich is the capital city of Bavaria, Germany. Munich is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany. The town has about  1.35 million inhabitants.

We startet our visiting tour in the old town.

Here you can see Sendlinger Tor, part of the city's former fortification.

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We were hungy and had lunch in a fancy doner kebap restaurant: Dönertier. It was opened by a Germany comedian, part of the famour duo Erkan & Stefan. Katja's daughter Alex was very anxious to visit this restaurant.

Erkan & Stefan created the "Dönertier", an animal that looks like a living kebap on it's spit. Alex wanted to buy such a plushy Dönertier.

Inside the restaurant we found a really exclusive interiour decoration, also many pictures showing the Dönertier.

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We found a shop where exclusive chocolates and other sorts of sweets are sold. We bought some delicious pralines and a special bar of chocolate for Katja's son.

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These are Bavarian culinary specialities made of marzipan.

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We made our way though the old town. Here you can see the new town hall, located at Marienplatz.

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We then climbed upon Peterskirche, about 300 stairs. From the church tower you have a good look over the city centre.

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Here I am in front of the national theatre.

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To the same complex of buildings the Residence belongs, which is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs. You can also find the Court Garden in this complex. In the middle of the park in French style a circular temple (built in 1615 A.D.) is crowned by a statue of Bavaria.

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We went to English Garden, one of the world's largest urban public parks. We wanted to have our first beer in the Biergarten at the Chinese Pagoda.

First we rested in the Monopterus, a replication of a classical Greek temple.

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And then ... we finally had our first beer.

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Katja had a surprise for us. She had contacted another ToyVoyager host who is living here in Munich. We met Pandamao in the evening. She also had some TovVoyagers to show them around.

We met at the German Museum, located on an island in the river Isar.

We saw some interesting things in the inner courtyard of the museum, for example this gigantic turbine, which belonged to a hydroelectric power station in China.

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Here you can see a  carousel close to the building of the museum and part of a ship's propeller.

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We walked along the river Isar with Pandamao. We made some group pictures with the TVs Mocha, Bestik and Hurley.

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We saw the Golden Friedensengel, which is standing on a pillar, 38 metres high. This statue reminds of the peaceful 25 years after the war between Germany and France in 1870/1871.

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We walked along the river Isar back to the English Garden to have our second beer, but this time "Ein Maß", the Bavarian word for 1 litre beer.

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We talked and talked and became really tired.  We went to our lodging in the late evening and fell asleep immediately.

Bye
Wadworth

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Olympiapark, Munich, Germany - 16th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad, hi Mummy,
in the morning we visited Olympiapark. This is an Olympic Park which was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Parts of the area are covered with a roof made of  plexiglas, hanging on gigantic poles made of steel.

Here you can see us sitting on one of the anchorage points.

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At noon we went to the Biergarten in the park. Here in Bavaria you are allowed to drink beer in broad daylight.

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After that we went to the Olympic tower which is 291 m high. At a height of 190 m there is an observation platform. From there you have a stunning view over the town.

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We signed the visitor's book here at the Olympic tower!

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We went back to the town centre.

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Munich, old town, Germany - 16th July 2008

By: olgamaus

In the town centre we visited the Viktualienmarkt, the most famous daily market in the town. You can find about 140 stalls and shops here where they sell all sorts of meat, vegetables, fruits, fish, herbs and spices flowers and more.

Katja's daughter tasted original Bavarian white sausages with sweet mustard and freshly baked pretzels. We had our second beer here.

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After that we visited the Beer- and Oktoberfest museum.

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You can see many old beer mugs here and learn a lot about the breweries and the guild of brewers. You can also learn a lot about the history of the Oktoberfest. Many old posters are shown, pictures about acitivies on the Oktoberfest and we watched a movie which showed how beer is made.

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These tools were used in winter to cut ice out of frozen lakes, the forceps was used to grab the blocks of ice. We saw in the movie who they were used.

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These postcards showing the Oktoberfest from the early 1900s until 1990 A.D.

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Even in the past people had some problems relating to beer:

This is a poster of a  travelling exhibition about alcoholism in the year 1907 A.A.  (That will happen to peple and bears who have their second beer in broad daylight, I'm afraid).

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We simply eliminated all thoughts about alcoholism and walked straight to the Hofbräuhaus.



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