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Travelog for: Polki

Remscheid, Germany - 24th July 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we took a walk in the outskirts of Remscheid today. It was raining in the morning, also in the early afternoon. Later the sun came out and went out to meet Katja's friend Birgit.

We walked through the municipal park to the district Hasten, which is one of the oldest districts of Remscheid.

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Here you can find many of the typical houses with green shutters. The houses are usually timber-framed houses, often partly or completely covered with slate.

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Here you can see that a lot of green is around the town.

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We reached Morsbach (Morsbach creek) in the valley. Here you still can find many old factory buildings.

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This part of the town is called "Westen", which simply means "West".

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From here we went into the rural areas of Remscheid.

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Really rural :D

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In the background you can see the city centre of Remscheid, situated on a hill. You can see the tower of the city hall and the water tower.

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We went home than and watched TV in the evening.

Bye
Polki

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Remscheid, Germany - 31st July 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we took a long walk today. We went to Muengsten Bridge, Germany's highest railway bridge.

We walked along a railway track for a while.

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We went through a small district than with pretty houses, partly old houses, partly new houses.

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That's looking great!

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We came a little bit closer than ...

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We walked downhill for a while and reached River Wupper.

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Do you know this board game? It's Nine Men's Morris, engraved into a rock.

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We crossed River Wupper here.

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We walked through a forrest again, uphill and downhill.

Finally we reached Muengsten Bridge.

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Muengsten Bridge is made of steel. It is 107 m high and spans the valley of river Wupper, which is marking the border between Remscheid and the neighbour town Solingen.

The bridge is 465 m long and was completed in 1897 A.D.

A leisure park was built underneath the bridge a few years ago. You can relax on the lawns, play in the water and they have playgrounds for the kids. You can cross River Wupper with a ferry here.

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I must admit that we went home by bus.

Bye
Polki

* Posted Aug 1, 2009, 3:50 pm Last edited Aug 15, 2009, 8:32 pm by olgamaus [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


at home, Germany - 9th August 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we helped Katja to bake muffins today. They are not sweet muffins, but savoury muffins with chives. We want to eat them for dinner with a salad of green beans and something with tomatoes.

Katja found a receipe in a cooking book.

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We had to mix 250 g flour with 2 tsp. baking powder and 1 tsp. salt in a bowl. In another bowl we mixed 200 ml milk, 80 ml oil and one large egg. Then the flour had to mixed with the liquid ingredients. Finally we added the chopped chives and filled the dough into cups with those paper things you use for baking muffins.

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After baking for about 25 - 30 minutes /200°C they were ready.

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They are really looking good.

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Bye
Polki

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Remscheid, Germany - 14th August 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
Katja took a walk today to meet her friend Kerstin. Roo and I went with her.  We wanted to meet Kerstin in a valley halfway between the city centre and Kerstin's  home.

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A wonderful outlook, isn't it?

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We were walking through allotment gardens.

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We walked further downhill. This road is so steep that trucks are not allowed here.

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We crossed a creek  here.

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We did not see any ducks but goose instead.

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Those signs are showing walking and jogging routes.

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I saw those pretty flowers.

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Bye
Polki

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Stuttgart, Germany - 18th August 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we travelled to Stuttgart today. We got here by plane from Duesseldorf. We are visiting Katja's friend
fam-united. Her husband picked us up here at Stuttgart Airport and we drove to Bruchsal than.

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Bruchsal, Germany - 18th August 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we arrived at Bruchsal after an hour.

Bruchsal is a city at the western edge of the Kraichgau, about  20 km Northeast of Karlsruhe in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

We met Katja's friend here. Soon we took a walk.

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Soon we reached he most significant church in Bruchsal, St. Peters Church, where the last of the Bishops of Speyer were laid to rest.

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I had a good overview over this street with old houses from here.

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We went to the city centre than and took a look at some pretty old houses.

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River Saalbach is running through Bruchsal. This river is an Eastern feeding river to River Rhine.

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On our tour through the city we came back to the church, this time from the rear side, where you can find a graveyard.

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We went home than for a while, because it was too hot outside.

In the evening we went out once more and went to Belvedere, which was originally designed as a Manor for fun and games, to which a shooting house was added for use in the shooting competitions often held by the Court.

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Belvedere is situated high above the city centre. We had a great overview across the city from here.

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Here you can see me with those ToyVoyagers hosted by olgamaus and those hosted by fam-united. Penny-Bo and Carlisle went with us to Bruchsal, but they are now hosted by Petra.

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That's all for today.

Bye
Polki

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Muenzesheim, Germany - 19th August 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
in the morning we visited an Asian garden in Münzesheim. This garden belongs to a therapy center for alcohol and drug addicts. This garden is one of the most impressive Asian gardens in Europe. All buildings and works of art are made by patients of the therapy center based on antique models. The garden is about 5.000 m² large, it is open for patients and visitors.

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First we saw a pond with water lilies. It was surrounded by a fence with pretty little sculputres sitting on the balustrade.

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Almost everything is made of ceramics; the benches, figures, statues and more.

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We entered the "Blue Grotto" than. It is a small round room, which is almost completely blue inside. The ceiling is made of blue glass bottles, which were put into the concrete with their bottoms to the outside, the walls are covered with blue tiles and the floor also. Have a look ...

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Here you can see the bottles. Daylight is coming into the grotto through those bottles and creates a surreal atmosphere.

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In a surrounding wall there are holes with special stones from all parts of the world. Volcanic rock, flintstone, a piece of Berlin Wall and more. Here we found a piece of rock from Grand Canyon.

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I saw a lot of ducks on the handmade floortiles.

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On an island in a pond you can find a cafe.

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Of course you can find a wooden red bridge here.

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I really like this garden.

When we went back to the car we realied that there was also a little zoo. I met an Indian runner duck here.

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I also saw more ducks.

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somewhere, Germany - 19th August 2009

By: olgamaus

We are on our way to Heidelsheim now. We stopped the car here to show you the beautiful landscape.

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Heidelsheim, Germany - 19th August 2009

By: olgamaus

We went to Heidelsheim than. Here we saw an old standpost.

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We saw pretty old houses here.

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Here you can see the city gate.

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The next photo is showing the Katzenturm "(cat tower). It was the home of the warder. It was built in 14th century at the highest point of the town. It was the warder's job to watch the town and warn the people if there was a fire or enemimes coming.

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This is one of the churches here.

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Michaelsberg, Untergrombach, Germany - 19th August 2009

By: olgamaus


In the evening we went to Michaelsberg, which is a hill in the district Untergrombach, about 270 m high. A chapel was built there in 14th century, the one you can find there nowadays was built in the 1740 years. Michaelsberg is a pilgrimaga site.

This area is one of the first nature protection areas. It is a landmark at the Upper-Rhine.

We went here for having dinner in a nice prestaurant. After we ordered our meals, we took a look around.

Here you can see the restaurant and on the left side part of the chapel.

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This is the chapel.

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We had a fantastic overview from Michaelsberg.

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Than we returned to the restaurant.

Dinner is coming - yummy!

What is looking like the left-over of a storm-flood are delicious Maultaschen (muzzle bags), a Swabian (Baden-Württemberg) specialty food, consisting of an outer layer of pasta dough with a filling traditionally made of minced meat, spinach, bread crumbs and onions and flavored with various spices. Because Katja is a veggie, she ordered Maultaschen with a spinach-an-leek-filling, with onions and topped with melted cheese.

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It's wonderful, I can tell you :D

In this region they also make a lot of wonderful beer. We had a large beer in a stein.

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As you can see it was already getting dark than, so we went to the edge of the hill once more to enjoy the sunset.

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That's all for today
Polki

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Bruchsal, Germany - 19th August 2009

By: olgamaus


Hi Mummy,
it's our last day here  with Katja and fam-united. So we went into town to visit the baroque castle.

We went there through the city centre.

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In this pretty buiding the local tax office is situated.

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We reached the castle than. Sorry, it is called "Château", which really sounds better.

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The Château of Bruchsal was built in the baroque style of the mid 18th century starting around 1720 and served as the official residence of the bishops of Speyer. Its center was a three-winged building. In World War II the Château was badly damaged as a result of the aerial bombings aimed at Bruchsal and burned out completely. The large central part of the building was reconstructed (well into the 1970s) as a museum.

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In the park we saw fountains and statues.

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There are four statues symbolizing the four seasons. This is the statue for autumn.

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Another four statues are symbols for the four elements. As a water bird I was interested in the one which stands for water.

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FoxForce decided to come with us. We was staying with fam-united for some time. Now it's time for him to move to another place.

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All ToyVoyagers which visited Bruchsal today were sitting on this tree.

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We went back home than. It was so hot that it was hard to bear. On our way home we walked through another park. Here we saw the old keep of a medieval castle.

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We also saw this statue here. Is is a symbol for international understanding.

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We hurried home than. We had to pack our things and lunch was waiting for us. In the afternoon we have to get back to the airport.


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Bruchsal, Germany - 19th August 2009

By: olgamaus

When we came home Petra's kids had filled the pool. Katja made a paper boat for us, so we could take a boat ride in the pool.

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Stuttgart Airport, Germany - 20th August 2009

By: olgamaus

In the afternoon we went to Stuttgart airport to fly home again.

From the roof of the car park we could see the famous Bosch-Parkhaus (Bosch-car park). It spans across the motorway A8.
The car park has space for 4200 vehicles on five stories. The logo is the second largest illuminated sign in the world and the biggest logo in the world after the unlit Hollywood Sign.

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We went to the airport than, checked in and went to the visitors terrace. From here we could see some planes landing and starting.

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On the visitors platform they have an exibition of old planes and helicopters. We had a look at them.

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At 17:15 it was time to go to our gate than. From Duesseldorf we went home by train.

Bye
Polki

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Oberursel near Frankfurt, Germany - 3rd September 2009

By: AnjaM

I arrive at Anja's house and find new friends!

Hi Mommy,

today, I arrived at Anja's house in Oberursel, close to Frankfurt, Germany.

I was met by Terry the Tiger, Bree and Ninni.

They very much liked the nice postcard I brought from Olgamaus in Remscheid, and the delicious snack Olgamaus packed for us, which we all shared.

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Then I got to sit in the Anja-cup, where most of Anja's TV guests get to sit when they arrive.  :D

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The other TVs told me a lot  about Anja's "boys" and the nice medieval festivals. Can't wait to see what we will do next!

Hugs
Polki

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Oberursel near Frankfurt, Germany - 6th September 2009

By: AnjaM

Nice breakfast with frosted flakes!

Hi Mommy,

today, Anja and we had a very nice breakfast. Lots of little packages with cereal, and even some frosted flakes!

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Ooooh, that stuff was good!  :D

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Hugs
Polki

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