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travel to Graceland, Memphis
(Complete)

go to an Elvis in Concert event - no impersonators, please
(Incomplete)

stay in contact with my family
(Complete)

travel to Bad Nauheim
(Incomplete)

travel to Hawaii - to places, where Elvis had been
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Travelog for: TeddyK

Bruchsal, Germany - 10th June 2011

By: fam-united

So here is my first post. I thought, that you maybe like to get some ideas of what is interesting for me to do and see. But be sure, that these are only some hints for you, everything will be fine for us as long as it is the way, that children can read it.

If you have any problems, please contact my owner. She surely will help you.

Please try to add the longitude and latitude to your update, so the map shows the places I visited.

Suggestions:

-Sit on a horse
-Cook with someone in Russia
-Collect recipes
-Ride the swanboats in Boston, MA
-Attend dragon festivals
-Attend dragon boat festivals
-Have my photo taken with someone dressed in Geisha-clothes
-Go on a fishingtrip
-Join a typically Polish holiday/party/dinner/game
-Eat pasta with a family from Italy
-Have my picture taken in front and inside of any store
-Visit churches
-Eat an icecream with my host in a warm country
-Go to an American Football game
-Join a family anywhere in the world for a boardgame
-Go to an icehockey match
-Watch the view from the top floor of a very high building
-Dance a traditional dance
-Go to a bookstore in Finland
-Have my picture taken with the flag of the country I am in, in as many countries/states as possible
-Have my picture taken with a policeman or anyone else in uniform
-Meet some girls in Harajuku fashion
-Meet a (local) famous person
-Go to a concert
-Read the newspaper in the countries I visit
-Read children books
-eat with chopsticks and try calligraphy in China
-To walk in the park Gaudi
-Spend with you one day in the institute / work / college / school
-Visit zoo / national park
-Touch sequoia and eucalyptus
-See the cherry blossoms and Fuji in Japan
-See the geyser or volcano
-Play football in Brazil or Argentina
-Take a picture with a person in national costume
-Play baseball in the U.S.A
-Get photos taken at the post office or/and mailbox
-Learn about flowers, trees and animals


To see:
-houses - not sightseeings
-Old houses in as many countries as possible
-Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
-The London eye
-Christmasmarket in Germany
-Chinese wall
-New York City
-Petronas twin towers, Kuala Lumpur
-The most beautiful sight in Denmark
-Leaning tower of Pisa
-Route 66
-Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
-The northern light
-Surfers on the beach
-Sydney opera
-Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
-Scotland
-Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro
-Machu Picchu
-Nile and Cairo
-Nature, nature, nature...


You maybe want to know, how to do the updates and thing with the photos. So here I want to try to help you:

There are two possibilities to upload the photos. You can resize your photos on your computer via irfanview or photoscape or something similiar. Then you can upload the photos to the toyvoyager site directly. But you also can upload the photos to flickr or something and then you have the possibility to write a text - add a photo - write text - add another photo and so on. If you do it the first way - uploading to toyvoyagers site directly- you can only write a text and add all photos at the end. I hope, you know, what I mean. It's not that easy to explain in another language:), but I will try it again, if you didn't understand.

It is nice, if the photos aren't too small, but they also shouldn't be too large:)

Usually a toyvoyager stays for a month, but if you have any trip planned or even something else, of which you think, that it could be interesting, just let me know and the toyvoyager can stay with you a bit longer - as long as we stay in contact. I had toyvoyagers, that stayed at the same place for one year and we saw some great updates. One hint for the photos: The toyvoyager should be on each of them - only if you have to zoom (which should be seldom), then of course it would be too blurry with it. I usually hold the toyvoyager in armlenght in front of me and the camera close to me, so it isn't blurry. I try to take photos with more than an ear of the toyvoyager, if you know, what I mean - I saw many photos, which show only a small feathery edge of the toy:)

* Posted Jun 23, 2011, 7:29 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hannover, Germany - 11th June 2011

By: fam-united

Something exciting happened yesterday. We sat there and waited for our host to come home from school. When she arrived, she took us and --- everything got dark. Then we felt, that she carried us outside the house into the car. For a long time it was only dark. In the early early morning - it might have been short after midnight - we were carried away again. Still we didn't know, what had happened.
We were so tired from all this waggling in the car, that we fell asleep - we even didn't know, where we were.
But this morning we awoke in this bed - fresh and fit for the day. Our host told us, that we were on the way to Denmark and that we slept at a motel in Hannover. The bed was a bit hard, but nevertheless much better than a night on a resting place along the autobahn.

Here you see us all still sleeping and then playing after we woke up. We already had a lot of fun.


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Our room was right above the entrance - a place, where everyone had been able to look on the bed from the outside:( and a place, where you could smell the smoke of all cigaretts the other guests smoked in front of the entrance:(

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Bye, TeddyK

* Posted Jun 30, 2011, 8:33 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Nørre Vorupør, Denmark - 23rd June 2011

By: fam-united

I'm here in Nørre Vorupør since a while, but today is the most exciting day, because we will drive to Graceland Randers. I will travel on my own then.

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Randers, Denmark - 23rd June 2011

By: fam-united

After a one and a half hour drive we arrived at Randers. There is a rainforest - I only believed it after I've seen it. There are three big big domes with three different rainforest themes: Asia, Africa and South America. Click on the link, if you want to know more about it. You will find more information, if you go to THE EXPERIENCE. I can tell you, it was hard for the camera - so sticky hot and humid. Not only the camera had problems, but I too. It was so hard to breath and you know, I have a fur, so it was even more hot to me than to the others maybe except the other toyvoyagers, of course.

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But we also saw many beautiful fishes.

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From here we drove to Graceland. Yes, you've read it right. But I mean Graceland Randers, which of course isn't the real Graceland, where Elvis lived. Nevertheless I enjoyed to be here. Petra told me, that it maybe is the only chance for many people in Europe to see something similiar like the real Graceland. So I tried my best to understand it and I really liked the exhibition there.

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I decided to wait for someone to pick me up on this chair. It's a funny chair, I think, and I'm so excited now, if really someone will come and help me on my journey.

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* Posted Aug 3, 2011, 9:45 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Graceland Randers, Denmark - 24th July 2011

By: Graceland Randers

TeddyK was found at Graceland Randers in Randers, Denmark!  :D
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* Posted Aug 17, 2011, 4:29 pm Last edited Aug 17, 2011, 5:31 pm by Graceland Randers [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Graceland Randers, Denmark - 16th August 2011

By: Graceland Randers

TeddyK has been passed on to someone very special! He went home to Tennessee with none other than Barbara Hearn Smith, the former girlfriend of Elvis Presley!

Here TeddyK is having dinner with Barbara Hearn Smith and Glen D. Hardin, Elvis' piano player, who appeared on the satellite-transmitted "Aloha From Hawaii" among other things.

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Trenton, Tennessee, United States - 18th August 2011

By: Gretchen

Barbara, her husband, and I left Randers on 17 August, but didn't arrive in Tennessee, one of the fifty states of America, until the 18th. And boy, were we tired? If I can answer my own question, you bet! It took many, many travel hours by automobil and airplane to arrive at Barbara's home, Holly Tree Manor, a bed and breakfast in Trenton.  Early on the 17th of August we departed Randers by automobile...kindly chauffeured by Jess Rasmussen of Graceland Randers...for Billund.  There, we boarded an airplane and flew to Amsterdam, Holland (52.23*N, 04.54*E).  After a short wait, we boarded another plane and flew to Detroit, Michigan, USA (42.38*N, 83.09*W).  And then, we even had to board another plane for Nashville, Tennessee (36.17*N. 86.78*W).  Here, we stayed overnight at Barbara's sister's home.  The next day we drove to her home in west Tennessee. 
    I must say that I've entoyed my stay with Barbara and her husband during the past three months.  Their home is beautiful and the the grounds interesting, as are their four horses.  The driveway is about one half mile long, and is bordered by more than two hundred American holly trees.  Surrounding the house are fields and fields of cotton. which were in full bloom and looked like snow when I first arrived, but have now been harvested. 
    This past Halloween I had a great time at To The Last Drop Coffee Shop in Trenton.  Lots of kids from Trenton came by for "Trick or Treating" and they all thought I was wonderful, of course.  I got a bit of a tummy ache from all the candy, but it was great fun taking photos, laughing, and visiting with the children.  The weather was perfect. 
    But now, I believe it is time for me to continue my journey.  Barbara and Jim have suggested I visit Sandi Pichon in Memphis, Tennessee, the hometown of Barbara and Elvis Presley, so that I could see Graceland, Memphis. Sandi has been to Randers so I should feel right aat home with her.  And she knows Elvis' Memphis inside and out.  Decision made.  Sandi, here I come.

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Memphis, Tennessee, USA - 23rd November 2011

By: fam-united

I'm with Sandi Pichon now. We had a tasty Thanksgiving dinner.

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Memphis, Tennessee, USA - 24th November 2011

By: fam-united

The Friday night was a Christmas tree at Marlowe’s…Marlowe’s is a bbq restaurant/Elvis themed and where Sandi works. She manages the gift shop.

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* Posted Jan 30, 2013, 5:46 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Memphis, Tennessee, USA - 11th August 2012

By: fam-united

Teddy went with Sandi to do a book signing at the Clarion Hotel!

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* Posted Jan 30, 2013, 6:25 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Memphis, Tennessee, USA - 16th August 2012

By: fam-united

I sat on the wall of Graceland. Do you see the writings on it? The wall is covered with writings of all the fans, who visited Graceland. I heard, that they clean the wall sometimes, but their are always fans, who write on it again. It is really fascinating, that the wall is so small partly, that you can even look over it.

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* Posted Jan 30, 2013, 6:34 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Bruchsal, Germany - 22nd June 2013

By: fam-united

I'm happy, that I'm at home again. I'm not sure, but maybe I'm the first wild released toyvoyager, who came back home one day.
I'm surely one of the happiest toyvoyagers, because I had been with two very nice and friendly women, who knew Elvis Presley. I'm even more a fan of him now and I'm surely a fan of Barbara Hearn Smith and Sandi Pichon. Thank you very much for letting me stay with you.

Kind regards,
Teddy K.

* Posted Aug 25, 2013, 12:34 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Ulm, Germany - 3rd August 2013

By: fam-united

Today we drove to Ulm. Ulm is a city in Baden-Württemberg,  located at the border of Swabian Jura to Bavaria and was founded around 850, but the oldest traceable settlement of the Ulm area began in the early Neolithic period, around 5000 BC. . Ulm lies at the point where the rivers Blau and Iller join the Danube.
Internationally, Ulm is primarily known for having the church with the tallest steeple in the world, the Gothic minster (Ulm Minster, German: Ulmer Münster) and as the birthplace of Albert Einstein.

The Minster is a Lutheran church. Although sometimes referred to as Ulm Cathedral because of its great size, the church is not a cathedral as it has never been the seat of a bishop.

It is the tallest church in the world, and the 4th tallest structure built before the 20th century, with a steeple measuring 161.5 metres (530 ft) and containing 768 steps. From the top level at 143 m (469 ft) there is a panoramic view of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg and Neu-Ulm in Bavaria and, in clear weather, a vista of the Alps from Säntis to the Zugspitze. The final stairwell to the top (known as the third Gallery) is a tall, spiraling staircase that has barely enough room for one person.

We had a wonderful view around, but the weather was not as nice as we would have liked it. It even started to drop.
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Here you see the river Danube. The houses in my back belong to the so called Fischerviertel (fishermen's quarter), where we will go later. The houses on the other side of the river belong to the Bavarian city Neu-Ulm.

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Blaubeuren, Germany - 4th August 2013

By: fam-united

Today we drove to Blaubeuren. Blaubeuren has about 12 000 inhabitants. At first we visited the Blaubeuren Abbey, which was a house of the Benedictine Order. The monastery was founded in 1085.
I love the halbtimbered houses.



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I'm sorry, but there was only a bit of battery left in my host's camera, so we had to safe it for the next place and couldn't take a photo inside the abbey. I'm also sorry, but there is no photo with me and the second halftimbered house - it was too blurry. Nevertheless I wanted to show you this beautiful house, that's why there is one with Tsukumo.

* Posted Aug 25, 2013, 2:39 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Blautopf in Blaubeuren, Germany - 4th August 2013

By: fam-united

The Blautopf (German for Blue Pot; "blau" means blue, "topf" means pot) is a spring that serves as the source of the river Blau in the karst landscape on the Swabian Jura's southern edge.

Numerous legends and folk tales refer to the Blautopf. Its characteristic colour was explained by the account that every day someone would pour a vat of ink into the Blautopf. Another myth stated that every time someone tried to measure the Blautopf's depth with a leaden sounding line, a water nix stole the sounding line. Therefore, it was not possible to determine the depth of the Blautopf.

The entry to the Blauhöhle lies at a depth of about 18 metres (approximately 60 ft). Therefore, access is restricted to experienced and well-trained divers. The size of the Blautopf depends greatly on the level of rainfall, though it never entirely dries out. The Blautopf is the second largest spring in Germany, after the Aachtopf.

he water's blue color is the result of chemical properties of limestone densely distributed in the water.

We only could take one "bunch" photo due to the battery problem and because it started to rain.


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