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Saargau, Germany - 24th April 2009

By: Apperveilchen

Here we are in an area called the Saargau. There's the vlley around the Saar and hills rising round it.

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Homburg, Germany - 30th April 2009

By: Apperveilchen

Tomorrow is a holiday, Tag der Arbeit (='Day of Work'), here. It's a funny name, because for most people there is no work on that day. Anyway, that makes it a long weekend and we baked a cake for it.
It's called Russischer Zupfkuchen, basically it's a cheesecake with a cacao base and topping.
First we mixed flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar and cacao.
Then we added an egg and butter,
mixed it well
and put half of it on the bottom of the form.
Next came the cheese part: We took something called Quark, sugar, vanilla pudding powder, 3 eggs, and cooled off butter
and put it on the base layer.
Then we added the rest of the dough on top. It's a bit much, we should have put more in the bottom and less on the top so the cheese filling is still visible.
Then we put it in the oven for an hour at 180°C.
Guten Appetit!

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Saarland, Germany - 9th May 2009

By: Apperveilchen

Just an update to let ou know that I haven't gotten lost. I am at home with a big pot of tea, a mount of tissues and all kinds of pills. This changing weather must have gotten to me. I'll show you more when I get better.

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Merzig, Germany - 12th May 2009

By: Apperveilchen

I went out today. The weather was really bad, it rained a lot. You can see it in the first picture if you look at the dark backgrounds.
I saw the former main entrance to the psychiatric hospital.
whne I cam home, I got the mail and look what I found among a few letters and postcards: Synapse!


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Wolfspark, Germany - 20th May 2009

By: Apperveilchen

Today was a wonderful day and we decided to visit the wolf-park after work. There's a man who hand raises wolves and joins them in their habitats regularly.
He also studies their behaviour. This shows some of the signs of anger or fear, wanting to explore, be imposing or attack...

Here's an arctic wolf:
and a Lithuanian one (on the platform behind the warter), more are hiding around it. They were probably really warm today.

There are several observation towers.
From this one we couldn't see wolves, because of reconstruction of the fences but we saw nisting boxes for birds. Those are loud during this time of the year.

What a beautiful day! There are premium hiking paths around here and a way where plants are explained.

Here's a rosa canina (Heckenrose):

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Merzig, Germany - 22nd May 2009

By: Apperveilchen

Today is another wonderful warm and sunny day. We got out of work a bit earlier and we ran some errands in the city.
Here's us on top of a postbox. Behind us you can see the late Romanesque chruch of St. Peter, built around 1190-1230. It's the most famous Romanesque chrch in this state. Maybe we'll go inside another day and have a look at the cross and the murals.

Here's the town hall in the middle of the pedestrial zone. Quite a nice old building. Most offces are located in a newer building behind it, though.

This is tiny Fellenberg castle. Originally there was a mill that was restructured into this little castle in 1858 by Wilhelm Tell von Fellenberg.
Von Fellenberg didn't have any children, so in the mid-twentieth century the building was used as a nursing home and maternity ward. In 1980 it became a museum for regional history.

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Saarland, Germany - 23rd May 2009

By: Apperveilchen

It's warm here with 27°C and very humid. I just wanted to show you some flags I saw here. There's barely any wind, so they aren't all that visible. The first it the European flag, then middle one the German flag and the one on the right is the Saarland flag, basically the German flag with the Saarland coat of arms in the middle. you can see that one a bit better.
Synapse is interested in history, so here's some about the Saarland:
The Saarland is the smallest non-city state in Germany. It has about 1 000 000 inhabitants total.
The earliest signs of habitation are dated to about 100 000 years ago. Celtic walls and burial sites are uncovered. There were Roman settlements in this area esp. along the major trade routes through Europe. In the 9th century ist was part of Lotharii Regnum, part of the Carolingian Empire under Lothair I. In the late middle ages it was devided into different territories (that changed size, location and lord many times over time). Some of them arenow represented in the coat of arms: the silver lion of the Grafschaft (= county as in belonging to a count) Saarbrücken with the silver crosses of the Grafschaft Saarbrücken-Commercy, the red cross of the Electorate of Trier, the Alérion of the duchy of Lorraine and the lion of the duchy Pfalz-Zweibrücken.
In the late 17th century France formed a département Sarre. Things were mixed up again during the French revolution when everything left of the Rhine became French and the territories went to Prussia, the kingdom of Bavaria, Oldenburg and Sachsen-Coburg- Saalfeld after after te congress of Vienna. Next came the German/French war and the battle of Spichern in 1870/1, together with the start of the German Empire and the following annexation of  Elsaß-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine) it became the 3rd biggest center for heavy indutry in the German Empire, mainly due to its coal mines and iron and steel industry. After WWI and the Treaty of Versailles  the socalled Saarbeckengebiet became partly autonomous under the League of Nations and was goverened by France for 15 years. In 1935 it bacame part of the german Empire gain due to a referendum. After WWII it was once again partly independet but governed and economically directed by France. In 1955 people decided against becoming a European territory as planned in the Saarstatut with 67.7% majority. In 1957 it became the 10th Bundesland of the Federal Republic of Germany.


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