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Remscheid-Lennep, Germany - 8th June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we visited Katja's parents. Her father was celebrating his 78th birthday today. Katja's parents are living in Remscheid-Lennep, that's one of the oldest districts of Remscheid. The historic city centre is really old, some houses are built in 18th century. Origininally it was far older, but the city centre burnt down almost completely several times during the last centuries. On the photos you can see that the houses are built in small distances to the next houses. When one house caught fire usually the neighbour houses also caught fire, then the next houses and so on.

Katja's parents are living in a flat in the seventh storey. From the balcony you have a stunning view over the old town.

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Percy was very happy. He met a lot of owl friends. Katja's mum is collecting owls. She has owls made of glass, of ceramics, wood, stone, plush and many other materials.

Later we walked to a restaurant for dinner. On our way we walked through the old town.

Here the farmer's market is helt twice a week.

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This is one of two churches.

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We walked through some quite, narrow lanes.

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We saw this beautiful old front door. The brass hand is a knocker.

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Here you can see an old water pump. Percy almost fell into the water underneath the pump.

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Now we are standing in front of the restaurant.

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We were all very hungry. We were waiting for our dinner quite long.

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I tasted a beer. It was very refreshing.

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Later we drove home by bus. Now we are playing with the pet rats.

Bye
Bertie


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Remscheid, Germany - 10th June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today Katja showed us a little more of the town centre. She had an hour off in her lunch break. Besides the weather forecast says we will have bad weather the next days, so we wanted to see more with sunshine and a blue sky.

This are two really nice old  houses. You can see that there are many trees in the town centre.

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In the background you can see the town hall. The shopping mall will be enlarged in a few months.

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This is one of Remscheid's schools, a grammar school.

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Here you can see the central bus station.

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We are now standing in front of the building of the local newspaper "Remscheider General-Anzeiger". The statue is made of copper. It is the figurehead of the newspaper which is existing since 1889 A.D. It´is called "Tüpitter". That comes from an early column called "Niet te bang - Tü Pitter". This language is German. but the dialect of Remscheid. It means "Don't be afraid - pull, Peter". This is relating to the bell. In German they have a byword "etwas an die große Glocke hängen" which means to shout something from the rooftops.

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Here you can see the backside of the shopping mall, again the tower of the town hall and on the left side the theatre.

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We are now standing in front of the public library. We rested a little bit on the sculpture in front it. We only had a very short rest because the metal was really hot. We almost burnt our backsides.

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This is the shopping street with the pedestrian area.

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Here you can see more of the town hall. The tower had to be restored and it had a scaffold for months. Now the scaffold will be removed soon.

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Katja went into the law firm where she's working and we kept her from working too much. We wanted to answer the phone but she said our German is not good enough. Not yet. I already learned to croak in German:

"Quaaaaaaak!"

Bye
Bertie

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Remscheid, Germany - 11th June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
two ToyVoyagers arrived today, owl Desmond and eagle Aquila. We are now four birds here, three of them raptors (poor pet rats!)

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Katja wanted to take a walk with a friend. So she took us with her. In front of the house we waited for her friend to arrive. We were sitting on a wall, you can see the front door in the background. The house I am now living in is an art-nouveau-house, built in 1904 A.D.

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We walked along the "route of tools", a lane for pedestrians and biker, built on a closed railroad bed. It was sponsored by the local industry. Along the lane you can find many signs of  those companies.

The first sign that we saw is showing the crest of Remscheid.

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Later we rested on a bench that was made of a huge screw clamp.

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We went into a wooded area. Although Remscheid seems to be an industrial town you can see many trees, valleys and wooded areas.

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We walked through the muncipal park on our way back home. We  saw a playground there. We went on the swings.

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We four birds want to play a little bit now.

Bye
Bertie

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Remscheid, Germany - 13th June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
the weather has gone really bad. It’s raining sometimes, but that’s not the worst thing. It became cold, 7°C (44°F) in the morning. I did not want to leave my warm bed today. In the afternoon the weather became better and in the early evening we took a little walk along the route of tools. Katja wanted to convince us that Remscheid is not only consisting nice flowers in the muncipal park, forrests and cam side roads but it is also an idustrial town.

The route of tools is made on a closed railway track, I already told you. Along this route you can find many industrial companies and also abandoned factory buildings.

These are two old railway cars. On one of them a funny picture is drawn, it is an advertise for a company that peeled potatoes and sold them to restaurants and canteens.

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This is one of the abandoned buildings.

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Here they are still working, but large parts of this complex of buildings were torn down in the last months. A big smoke stack is still standing, it will be blown up some day. We hope we can be as close as possible to it when it will happen.

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This complex of buildungs formerly contained the local slaughterhouse. Now there are offices and other companies in the buildings wich are now under monumental protecion.

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Here we are sitting on a bench that is made of really old parts. One of them is the axis of a historic water wheel.

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Oh yes, we saw a completely different town today. No more trees and flowers but factories like that.

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And this,

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We went back home then, into the district with trees, flowers and nice old houses. We had to hurry because it started raining again. But we reached our home save and dry. Later we will watch TV.

Bye
Bertie

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Remscheid, Lobachtal, Germany - 14th June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,

today we took a walk with Katja’s brother-in-law and his dog Bertie. Yes, the dog’s name is also Bertie. Bertie is an Entlebuch mountain dog.

First we had a look at the building site of the new central railway station.

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We walked for about an hour through the forrest. Here you can see two Berties. Unfortunately Bertie was not patient enough to sit calmy for a photo with me.

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The weather was not too good, so there was not enough sunlight for really nice photos. Here is the creek that’s running through the valley.

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Here we are sitting on a fence in front of a house in the valley.

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In the valley you can only find some houses, this part of the town is really in the middle of nowhere (in German you say “Am A***h der Welt).

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Bye
Bertie

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Gelpetal between Wuppertal and, Remscheid, Germany - 15th June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,

today the weather became better and we took a walk from Wuppertal-Ronsdorf back to Remscheid. We went with Katja’s fried. We walked through the forrest along the dam of Wuppertal-Ronsdorf back home. The dam is a really small one.

Here you can see us having a little rest on a pile of trunks.

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Along the path you can find some charts with information about the forrest. This one is about different trees and their leafes.

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This is the concrete dam. You can see here that the dam is really a small one.

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Here you can see a popular country inn. It’s existing here for about 100 years.

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This is a fish pond in the middle of the forrest. Really large trouts are swimming in it.

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We are now at “Steffenshammer”, a historical location with a museum. On the right side you can see a water wheel, that was driving hones in ancient times.

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This is another building that belongs to this complex. It is typically “Bergisch”. We are here in the region that is called “Bergisches Land”, butn ot because of the many hills and valleys, but it is named after the earl vom Berg who reigned over this region in the early medieval times.

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We are all sitting in a big wheel in the front garden of one the houses here.

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I will show you some more photos of typical houses, either with schist or truss walls, in any case with green shutters.

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But the weather became bad again. We reached the house of Katja’s friend and it started raining again. That’s not nice.

Bye
Bertie

* Posted Jun 15, 2008, 7:40 pm Last edited Jun 15, 2008, 8:31 pm by olgamaus [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid, Germany - 16th June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we are watching the UEFA European (Football) Championship on TV just now. Germany is playing against Austria. For Germany it's neck or nothing.

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Bye
Bertie

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Remscheid, Germany - 17th June 2008

By: olgamaus

today Katja showed us the town hall. The scaffold at the tower is still not dismanteled completely.

This is the view from the market place in front of the town hall onto the tower and the pillar with a lion. The lion is the heraldic animal of Remscheid.

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When we arrived back home we took a look at today's newpapers. Yesterday Germany has won 1 : 0 and will play in the quarter-final.

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After reading the sports news Katja and me added a few pictures to my notebook, also the football results.

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Later we added some funny stickers, we had a lot of fun doing it.

Bye
Bertie

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Wuppertal, Germany - 21st June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,

today we made a wonderful trip. First we went to Wuppertal by bus. We did not stay in Wuppertal but we had to change from bus to train there to get further to Essen, our real destination.

Here you can see me in front of the concert hall.

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The penguin is one of about 200 penguins that were designed in 2006 A.D. for a campain because of the125-year existance of the Wuppertal zoo.They could be bought by companies for benefit of the zoo. They were designed and painted. You can find many of them in the town now. This is one of them.

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From here we went to Essen by train. Essen is a town in Ruhr District.


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Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany - 21st June 2008

By: olgamaus

When we arrived in Essen we were welcomed by another ToyVoyager host – BlackCat. She also carried some ToyVoyagers with her.

First we went by streetcar to Zeche Zollverein, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany.

The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is a large former industrial site in the city of Essen. It was inscribed into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in December 2001 and is one of the anchor points of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

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Outside there is a 3D-model of the whole complex. Here you can see the four of us and BlackCat’s TVs Burrimul Memu, Chocolate Moose and Hueso. She also had three of her own toys with her.

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We went into the visitor centre. You could get there by escalator or by walking up relly long and steep stairs. The banister illuminated with orange light. We rested a little bit there.

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Outside we saw many information charts. This is one of them.

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Then we went to Gruga Park.


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Gruga Park, Essen, Germany - 21st June 2008

By: olgamaus

The Gruga Park is a large park which is existing here since the 1902s. In 1965 the German Federal Garden Show took place here. It was designed then the way it appears today.

This is the entrance area.

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This is the Hundertwasser house. It was built for parents of critically ill childred who are getting medical care here.

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I saw many exitic plants from all over the world.

A plant with giant leafs ...

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Cactuses ...

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A plant with red giant leafs ...

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and plants from my home, the Canary Islands ...

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I met a lot of ducks here. They came really close to me.

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Of course we also had lunch.

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We had a lot of fun today but we are very tired now. We better go to bed early because tomorrow we have to get up at 5:30 am! We will fly to Stuttgart in South Germany tomorrow. Katja has to join a meeting of the rat keeper’s association. I am really excited to fly in a plane without being stucked into an envelope.

Bye
Bertie

* Posted Jun 21, 2008, 9:23 pm Last edited Jun 22, 2008, 10:08 pm by olgamaus [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany - 22nd June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we had to travel to Stuttgart in South Germany. We went to Düsseldorf airport by train. After the check in we had time to go to the observation deck for visitors.

Here you can see me in the terminal and on the observation deck.

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I am now on the obersever deck.

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Stuttgart, Germany - 22nd June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,

Katja had to join a meeting in Stuttgart. We did not have much time to explore the town. What we saw from driving through the town looked very nice. We only had an hour to have a little walk before we had to go to the central station to get home by train.

This is the central station.

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We made the following photos while we walked around a little bit. The pedestrian area is looking like every pedestrian area, but we also found some old and more interesting buildings.

This is a castle built by Wilhelm I, king and emperor of Germany who lived from 1797 until 1888.

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Now I will show you some nice old houses in Stuttgart.

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We went home by train. We returned at about 09:00 pm.

Bye
Bertie

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Remscheid, Germany - 25th June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we are prepared to watch the first semi final of the UEFA European (Football) Championship between Germany and Turkey.

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It will begin in a few minutes.

Bye
Bertie

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Remscheid-Hasten, Germany - 27th June 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we took a last walk with four TVs. The sun was shining again though in the morning it was raining.

We walked to Hasten, one of the oldest districts of Remscheid.

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This district is surrounded by wooded areas.

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On our way back home we walked along the route of tools. Here are many blackberry bushes, they are full with blackberry flowers. They will have many blackberries here in late summer.

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Katja told us that she made a delicious liqueur with blackberries last summer. Therefore you need vodka or another "white" hard liqueur. Into one bottle of this stuff you put about 200 g blackberries and 200 g white rock candy. Then you keep it in a cool and dark place for at least two months. The rock candy has to be dissolved completely. Then you strain it into a new bottle and then enjoy it chilled.

Maybe we should come back in winter to taste it  ;)

Tomorrow I will pack my things and travel to Switzerland.

Bye
Bertie

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