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Melk, Austria - 8th September 2008

By: Blurchen

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Today we have been to the Melk Abbey in the city Melk.  We made a guided tour and learned a lot about the history from the building and the monks, who lived there. Some´re still living there.

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We´re waiting for the guide to come and show us arround.
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Inside of the Abbey

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Here we´re in the backyard of the Abbey.
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Maria Taferl, Austria - 10th September 2008

By: Blurchen

Next to my hosts hometown there´s this church on a hill. It´s a pilgrim place and a lot of people walk there up during the year. Luckily we could go on the hill by car - otherwise it would´ve taken us quite a long time to get there! ; )

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Here you can see  me in front of the church.
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Sadly we couldn´t go in, because the church´s in a re-building phase, but we enjoyed sitting in the sunshine and those great view we got from there!

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It´s me and the Danube! =)
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On the way back home we stopped for a minute to have a look to the castle of Persenbeug.

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Petzenkirchen, Austria - 12th September 2008

By: Blurchen

Sadly the time passed really soon and so I had to leave again. But before my host brought me to the post office she helped me to write about our adventoures in  my book.

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Goodbye Petzenkirchen!

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London, England - 20th September 2008

By: tea_rose

Look - I've arrived in London!  I miss Austria - it is so different here - but being a Toy Voyager I am eager to explore.  Tea Rose and Friedrich took me into Central London today to do some sightseeing.  I explained that I didn't know how many indigenous animals I'd get the chance to meet right in the centre of town, and my new friend Friedrich indignantly asked whether a Galapagos tortoise and professor of Philosophy was not enough for me.  No, I explained - I am here to meet indigenous animals and that doesn't include an American tortoise.  But secretly I'm rather glad he's here to keep me company in a strange new country.  Here we are on the train together.

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And here's me wondering where on earth we were going!

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It was a little difficult for me to see the changing view, at first - but my new friend helped me out.

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What a sweetie.

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Piccadilly Circus, London, England - 20th September 2008

By: tea_rose

You'll never believe it Mum - we're in Piccadilly Circus!  It's so busy and noisy and different to what I'm used to but I just love it  :)  Tea Rose tells me that the phrase "it's like Piccadilly Circus" is commonly used in the UK to refer to a place or situation which is extremely busy with people. It has been said that a person who stays long enough at Piccadilly Circus will eventually bump into everyone they know.  I wonder if the same is true of a little German dolphin?

This is the Shaftesbury Monument Memorial Fountain commonly known as Eros, but actually depicting Anteros, the Greek god of requited love and avenger of unrequited love.  Tea Rose said it's a common place to meet friends.  But so busy!

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I took a closer look.

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Look at the huge red London buses and black taxi cabs lining up along the street.

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Here I am in front of the illuminated advertising signs.

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I looked at the London Pavilion. It was built as a theatre but today houses a shopping arcade, and is part of the London Trocadero.

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No one seemed to know quite where they were!  I think they were travelling, just like me.

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Central London, England - 20th September 2008

By: tea_rose

Before we left Piccadilly Circus, we stopped off in the Rainforest Cafe.  Tea Rose told Friedrich and I to stay in her bag as she was anxious not to lose us among all the other animals - check them out!

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Friedrich was trying to speak to this poor guy but he wasn't having much luck.

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Next, we made our way over to Leicester Square, a short walk away.  Tea Rose explained that this is the heart of London's cinemaland and where film premieres are often held.  But rather disappointingly I couldn't see a celebrity anywhere.

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I saw these phone boxes and thought about calling home.  But I didn't think I could reach to dial the number!

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Next we found ourselves in Chinatown in Soho.  Tea Rose explained that by the late 1960s, Chinatown was truly established as a centre for London’s Chinese community – now numbering in the tens of thousands as more and more Chinese workers arrived from Hong Kong. The area became home to a Chinese supermarket, a Far Eastern travel agency and many restaurants.  Chinese Gates, street furniture and a Pavilion can be seen today.  I loved the pretty red lanterns above the street!

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Covent Garden, London, England - 20th September 2008

By: tea_rose

Look - this is me in Covent Garden!

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Tea Rose explained how in this area, the Abbey or Convent of St. Peter, Westminster, maintained a large kitchen garden throughout the Middle Ages to provide its daily food. Over the next three centuries, the monks' old "convent garden" became a major source of fruit and vegetables in London.  Today  Covent Garden is the only part of London licensed for street entertainment with performers who must audition to perform there.  The central building houses cafes and shops selling clothes, toys and novelty items.  Here I am checking them out.

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Here I am again, looking at some postcards

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Friedrich and I took a seat for a while to rest

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before moving on to see what else London had to offer.

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We stopped for a coffee afterwards to recharge before continuing our walk.  But the cup was almost big enough for me to swim in!  Don't worry - I stayed on dry land.

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Trafalgar Square, London, England - 20th September 2008

By: tea_rose

After we stopped in Covent Garden and had coffee, we took a double decker bus to Trafalgar Square.  We decided not to get out of the bus as we were so tired after walking around all afternoon.  But we could see plenty from the bus.  (Tea Rose says sorry the pictures are a little out of focus).

This is me approaching Trafalgar Square and looking for the famous 4 bronze lion statues that guard Nelson's Column.  You can just see one of the fountains in the background and if you look carefully, one of the lions on the right!

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Oh, there's one of the lions!  Again, it was quite busy.  Tea Rose explained that a couple of years ago, the square was famously full of pigeons.  But now that it is illegal to feed them, they have largely disappeared.

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Another bus had stopped to look, next to ours.  You can just see the base of Nelson's Column on the left.

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Tired and happy, we started to make our way home.  But just then, we drove past Parliament Square and I got to see Big Ben! 

Did you know the Clock Tower is the world's biggest four-faced, chiming clock? The structure is situated at the north-eastern end of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. It is often colloquially referred to as Big Ben, which is actually the nickname of the 13 ton bell housed within the tower.

As it was a Saturday evening when we were there, Parliament was not in session.  We knew this because the clock face wasn't illuminated. 

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British Museum, London, England - 27th September 2008

By: tea_rose

Today we went to the British Museum!

First we travelled by train...

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...and then we went on the Tube

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At long last we arrived.  We began our visit in the Great Court, looking at the spectacular architecture and marvelling at all the people!

The Great Court, reopened after extensive refurbishment by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, stands at the heart of the British Museum.  It was once an open courtyard, but at 2 acres is now the largest covered public square in Europe, enclosed under a glass and steel roof. Surrounding the well known Reading Room, the court contains several sculptures from different countries and eras.

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I spotted two very tall totem poles.  Below it you can see lots of people eating their lunch.  But there was no time for us to eat - we had too much to see!

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I could just see an interesting looking lion in the distance, and we decided to go and have a closer look.

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This fearsome creature is the Lion of Knidos.  The inscription said: 'Weighing more than 7 tons, this colossal lion comes from a tomb in the ancient cemetary of Knidos, a coastal city in South West Turkey.  The tomb stood on the edge of a cliff overlooking the approach to Knidos harbour. The building itself rose some 18 metres, and its pyramid roof was topped by the lion.  It is carved of marble brought across the Aegean sea from Mount Pentelikon near the city of Athens.  The lower jaw and front paws are missing, and the eye sockets are now empty.  These were once filled, probably with metal or glass, to catch the light. The reflection of light may have been an aid to sailors navigating the notoriously difficult coast.'

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Next we had a look at some Egyptian sculptures.  These four granite figures are of the goddess Sakhmet, from about 1360 BC, from Thebes, Temple of Mut.  Her name means 'She who is powerful'.  Many similar figures remain in the temple today.  The sign told us 'Sakhmet was a leonine (lion-like) goddess who was regarded by the Egyptians as a bringer of destruction to the enemies of the sun-god Re.  She appears to have been an object of special veneration to King Amenophis III, who caused an enormous number of statues of her to be erected in his mortuary temple in Western Thebes and in the Temple of Mut at Kamak."

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Then I said hello to this lovely lady...

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but I was a little afraid to go too close to these imposing figures!

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Before we left, I tried to read hieroglyphics!

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The sign said 'Limestone stela of Sobkhopte, about 1400 BC.  The scribe of the wine-seller Sobkhopte and his wife worship Osiris and Anubis in the upper register.  They receive offerings from their children in the lower registers.'

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London, England - 2nd October 2008

By: tea_rose

While I've been here in London, I've been helping Tea Rose cook.  We took some photos of a couple of meals I helped to make.  Tea Rose said that when it comes to cooking, she needs all the help she can get! 

Baked sweet and regular potatoes and salad with balsamic vinegar dressing

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Noodles and stir fry (with orange juice)

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Yum :)

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The 02 Arena, London, England - 4th October 2008

By: tea_rose

Today I visited the 02.  It is a huge dome-shaped building on the Greenwich peninsula in South East London.  It was originally built to house an exhibition called the Millenium Experience, which I'm sadly too late to see, but Tea Rose told me she visited.  The building was then called the Millenium Dome. The interior of the building was demolished after the exhibition closed at the end of 2000, and there was a long debate as to what the building should become.  Can you guess what it is?

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It's a pretty strange looking building, isn't it?  It had rained and rained all morning, so we went inside to investigate.

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The best way I can describe it was that it was a little like being outside, inside, or in a huge shopping mall.  Various buildings are housed within the dome structure including the O2 Arena (opened by Bon Jovi last year) and an Entertainment Avenue consisting of restaurants, cafes, shops and bars. There is also a huge, very high tech cinema. 

Today we were there to support runners in a half marathon which started and finished outside the 02.  Luckily we spectators could shelter from the rain inside!

After the race, we had a look around outside.

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These tents outside are to do with the race. Can you see the umbrellas?

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It was still raining. Luckily there was a covered walkway back to the station!

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Later that day we went to Frankie and Benny's for dinner.

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We caught the bus home afterwards. Here I am with my ticket.  It had been a very long day!

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Bushy Park, South West London, England - 5th October 2008

By: tea_rose

Today I went on a long walk in Bushy Park

The park is 1,099 acres and the second largest of London's Royal Parks.  It became a royal park in 1529 when Cardinal Wolsey gave it to King Henry Vlll as part of a gift that also included Hampton Court. Until then, the park had been agricultural land.

Here I am in the landscaped area called the Woodland Gardens.  It's really beautiful there and I saw rabbits very close by - they did not seem to be afraid of us.

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Later we left the Woodland Gardens and walked through the main area of the park.  We saw some very old trees.  Can you see me in this picture?

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Here I am :)

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We discovered some toadstools growing wild in the park. 

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I thought this one was quite beautiful.

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We wandered on

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and wondered who might live in this house.  Tea Rose said she'd rather like to live in the middle of the park surrounded by all the trees and wildlife.

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We were a little apprehensive walking through this bracken, as there were warning signs at the entrance of the park telling us not to.  I wonder why?

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There are many ponds and streams in the park.  The website says:

King Charles I had the idea of creating an artificial waterway in the Park because Hampton Court Palace (which is nearby) was always short of water. There was nowhere locally with a sufficient fall of water and so the Longford River was built exceeding 19 kilometres in length. It was designed by Nicholas Lane in 1638-39. It was built by hand, took 9 months to complete and cost £4000!  Apparently the 12 mile long Longford River runs from north of Heathrow Airport to the Palace.

I thought about going for a quick swim, but wasn't sure.

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We continued on our way

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Just then we spotted some indigenous animals!  Can you see them in the distance?

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Or here, under a tree, just right of the centre of the picture?

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How about now?

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They're deer!  We couldn't get much closer to take a photo.  When we did get closer, they were very skittish and quickly moved away from us.  The Park's website tells us:

Red and Fallow Deer still roam freely throughout the Park, just as they did when Henry VIII used to hunt here. There are currently about 325 deer and their grazing is essential to maintain the high wildlife value of the Park's grasslands. Unlike cutting, grazing creates more variation in structure and plant diversity and does not damage the anthills, which add further diversity and character to the grassland. The herds are kept out of the Woodland Gardens and other protected plantations in order to protect the trees and shrubs there. The Red Deer are the largest mammal native to the British Isles and in the summer their coats are glossy red. Fallow deer, introduced by the Romans, are smaller and their summer coats, usually spotted, vary from a cream to darkish brown colour.

Tea Rose explained that the deer are usually far less skittish and it is easier to approach them, although they are not tame.  But today was rutting season.  It was actually frightening to hear the biggest stags roar.  We took care to keep our distance, and not disturb them.  This was why we weren't supposed to walk through the bracken.

We walked home past this lovely willow tree

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Again I thought about having a quick swim, but decided the water looked far too cold for that!

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London, England - 9th October 2008

By: tea_rose

Today a very special new Toy Voyager arrived... can you guess who?

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It's Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I!  Her Majesty, who now lives with AbbyB in Canada, had been visiting Australia with becka_kate.

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Here I am, a little overawed at my first sight of royalty!

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I bowed to Her Majesty as she walked slowly down the red carpet towards me.  Dolphins can't curtsey, you know!

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Her Majesty said, "Arise, young dolphin!"  I did as she asked.  I think we just might be friends!

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* Posted Oct 9, 2008, 8:51 pm Last edited Oct 9, 2008, 8:53 pm by tea_rose [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


London, England - 22nd October 2008

By: tea_rose

Today I spent some time in the City of London.  Here I am enjoying a coffee break.  You can just see the Guildhall outside the window in front of me.  Parts of the current building date from 1411 and it is the only stone building not belonging to the Church to have survived the Great Fire of London in 1666.

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I liked the star shape in chocolate on Tea Rose's cappuccino.

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* Posted Oct 26, 2008, 12:13 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


London, England - 23rd October 2008

By: tea_rose

Today we helped my host shop for clothes.  It was long and boring and I didn't like all the waiting around!  Here I am with Fritzi and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I, waiting for Tea Rose to try on endless pairs of very similar trousers. 

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At least all the waiting around gave us time to get to know each other better!  Fritzi and I had a lot of catching up to do as we have met before  ;)

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Later that day I spent my last evening at home with the other Toy Voyagers.  We said our goodbyes and wished each other good luck.

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* Posted Nov 15, 2008, 1:45 pm Last edited Nov 15, 2008, 1:46 pm by tea_rose [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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