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Cologne, Germany - 31st August 2008

By: fam-united

Petra, her family and we drove to Cologne today. We met olgamaus and several other toyvoyagers there and had a great day together.

First I want to tell you a bit about Cologne:
Cologne is the fourth-largest city of Germany with about 1 Million inhabitants. It had been founded by Romans in the year 38BC and became the status of a Roman city in 50AD.
Cologne lies on the Rhine River. It is famous for the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), which is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne is one of  Europe’s oldest universities. Cologne is also famous for the Cologne Carnival. Within Germany it is important as a media center, because many radio and television stations are based here.

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I'm in front of the cathedral. Do you see the nice ornaments?
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We still had some time left, before we met Ralf, Petra's husband again, who had to go to the garden exhibition, so we decided to walk down to the River Rhine and take some photos there. Here you see the railway bridge and a cruise vessel.
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Just turning around on our heels we saw a part of Cologne's historic city.
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We tried to find a place for a group photo and found this dry fountain, which just seemed to be the right place. Katja, Petra and Sabrina helped us to sit at the right place.
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Then we walked back to the Cologne Cathedral to meet Ralf and go to have lunch together.
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We walked to a typical Cologne restaurant, which also has a small brewery (Brauerei).
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Of course it was a must to order "Köllsch" and a Malzbier, both typical beers of Cologne.
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After lunch we walked back to the cathedral, because we had no chance to go inside in the morning. There still had been church service in it. Now it was open and we went into this big church with its beautiful windows. I'm sorry, but the photos aren't that great.
The cathedral is a World Heritage Site. It is one of the world's largest churches, the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. It has the scecond-tallest church spires and presents the largest facade of any church in the world. The construction began in 1248 and took until 1880 to complete. It is 144,5 metres long, 86,5 metres wide and its two towers are 157 metres tall.
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Finally Katja and Petra were in need of a cup of coffee and the kids needed something to drink too. So we decided to walk to one of the nice cafes in Cologne and sit down there. We asked Katja and Petra for another group photos- - this time they should be on the photo too. After a short discussion they said "Yes".
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On our way back to the cathedral we took another photo, this time with both towers.
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The Cologne railway station is next to the cathedral. We went there to say "goodbye" to Katja, who got home by trail.
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Then we walked back to the car and drove home too. We needed about 3 hours to arrive at Bruchsal again.

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Rülzheim, Germany - 3rd September 2008

By: fam-united

Petra and two of her kids decided to take us on a short trip today.
First we drove to Rülzheim. There is a large ostrich farm Straußenfarm Mhou.


"Mhou"- is what the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe calls the ostrich. That's where the first ostriches of this farm came from.

Palatinate has an almost Mediterranean climate. The birds live on large green fields and outdoors all year long. The farming system is so successful, that the success rate is higher than that of most African farms. In the meantime farms from Scandinavia to Sicily and in South America work with the Mhou farm.

The youngest ostrich were about 2 or 3 days old
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We were really close to the ostriches, but you can't see it very good on this photo.
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This area, that you see here, is only a small part of the farm
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In the shop you can buy really expensive bags
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Petra loves this lamps made out of ostrich eggs.
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Leimersheim, Germany - 3rd September 2008

By: fam-united

Then we drove to Leimersheim. Petra told us, that there is a maize labyrinth each year and she always liked to go there one day. Ok, if she wants to go there, we have no other chance than going with her. That's what we thought at first - just like her kids. But while we walked through the labyrinth searching for the six stations, be liked it more and more. When we came out of the labyrinth after more than 2 hours - really unbelievable how long we had to search - we were really happy, that we had been there.
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I'm still smiling, although we had to search back and forth and we got really tired, but it was fun.
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Bruchsal, Germany - 21st September 2008

By: fam-united

It's a busy Sunday morning, because Petra has to prepare the batter for many many buttermilk waffles.
Each year they celebrate a feast at their church. It is the feast of the patrons St.Damian and Hugo. Since many years it is tradition for the family club, in which Petra and her family are members, to bake and sell waffles. Each family brings batter for about 70 waffles.
This morning we helped her to  get ready with everything, before she had to run to the parish hall, where they always sell the waffles in a tent. We asked, whether we could join her, but this time she had to say no :(

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Bruchsal, Germany - 11th October 2008

By: fam-united

It was our last morning here in Bruchsal and then our long travel started. We two hope to be with Becka_kate really soon.

Goodbye to everyone

Yentl and Zahli

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Home, Australia - 22nd October 2008

By: becka_kate

Back home again with my lovely wife Yentl and planning our next trip away.

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