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Enzklösterle, Germany - 14th August 2009

By: fam-united

Today we drove to Enzklösterle. At first we played Adventure Golf and had a lot of fun.


Then we had lunch at a restaurant, where the Krippena is located. We saw the world largest wood carved Christmas crib and a Christmas tree.


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Rüdersdorf, Germany - 7th June 2010

By: Sammy

Dear Mommy,

Today I arrived in Rüdersdorf. My host Jen welcomed me nicely. She helped me to get out of my traveling envelope and patted my head to welcome me.

I have showed her the postcard you wanted me to give to her and she has been happy.


I also was welcomed by two of my host's TVs. Well actually they told me they are just plushies, but they got curious and consider to start their own travels soon.


See the girl above? She's a little lady. The first thing I noticed was that she likes jewels. I hope she won't be bitchy. Well, she welcomed me nicely and so did my new buddy.

Have a look at this:


The two of us got along from the very first moment. We acted like we would have a little buddy fight.

It's been such fun to move after having to travel in that little envelope.


Haha and I tried to do a good leapfrog, but I failed so I accidently jumped onto my new friend. I'm glad that he wasn't mad.


After we chatted away for a while, Jen took me out to her yard. There she showed me some strawberry plants. It's been interesting to see green strawberries. My host told me, they still would have to grow, before we could get them. Hmm... I'll wait!



Now I'm really tired from my journey and from getting to know so many new friends.

I'll go to bed soon. My new friends and I will share a room so I bet there's going to be a little more chatting, before we will fall asleep.

I love you, Mommy!
Please don't worry about me.
My host is pretty nice and she takes good care of me. She also told me we might travel to Heidelberg on Friday. If we'll go there, I'll make sure to have her take some pictures of me.  ;)

* Posted Jun 7, 2010, 7:49 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Heidelberg, Germany - 11th June 2010

By: Sammy

Hi Mommy,

My host took me along on a weekend trip to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is located in Baden-Württemberg and it's known as a university city. About 20% of its inhabitants are students and its university is the oldest on German ground. It also is a very old city.

We have travelled by train and our departure was from Ostbahnhof, Berlin.


We didn't travel first class, so we had to share a cabin in the train with 4 other people. The cabins were made for 6 people, but since my host was in the company of her mom, we already took two seats. (I prefered to remain cuddled up to my host.)


We arrived in Heidelberg in the late afternoon. Our hotel was located in the area Ziegelhausen and we got welcome candy, which was placed on our pillows.


I had the candy first, because it was yummy. The hotel crew also was very sweet. They all welcomed us warmly.

First of all I've checked the hotel room. It wasn't very big, but it didn't matter. It was comfortable to stay in there.



I was curious about the bath room. The quality of a hotel room often shows by how clean the bathroom is, but our's had been very neat.



Most of all I liked the view from our little balcony. It's been so great!




It's been such a hot day and we all were a little tired from the journey, so we decided to just enjoy the view from our hotel room, get some rest and check out the mini bar.



My host isn't much into alcohol and we decided it would be better to have non-alcoholic drinks, so we went on orange juice.


Later on we went out to buy some postcards of Heidelberg. We also had dinner at an Italian restaurant, but it wasn't very delicious.  :(

However the night view from our balcony was absolutely great. There were lots of lights and it all looked very romantic.
Sadly that's the best picture I was able to take:


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Heidelberg, Germany - 12th June 2010

By: Sammy

Today has been my second day in Heidelberg.

We had to get up early and after we have had a shower, I went to have breakfast in the breakfast room of the hotel. Afterwards I left the hotel together with my host, who took me onto a little bus trip.

We rode from Heidelberg Ziegelhausen to the Old Town of Heidelberg. Since no one of us knew the way, we had to figure it first. It turned out that it had been the best solution to go to the station "Bismarckplatz" first. 
We arrived at the station "Bismarckplatz" soon and went to search for a bus, which would take us to the station "Universitätsplatz", because we wanted to go to the local University and it's located there. (In winter there also is a huge Christmas fair at this place.)

It has been a hot day, but all of a sudden the sky turned dark and it started to rain heavily. That's why it was hard to get decent pictures. Either the pictures turned out so dark that no one could have seen the buildings, or I had too much flashlight all over my tiny body.  :(

I already have mentioned that the Old University of Heidelberg is the oldest on German territory. The Ruprecht-Karls-Universität has been founded in 1386. A really old building, huh?  I'm saying "Old University", because I found out there's a new one, too.  :rolleyes:


One could see a few people carrying umbrellas, but a lot of them (we included) got surprised by the rain.



After we had enjoyed the sight of the Old University, we wanted to check out the new one, in which the students are studying nowadays.

Do you see the covered building? It's the new university. We have asked a nice man on the street and he told us there were constructions going on so that's why we couldn't see it very well.  :( 


After we have been to the Universitätsplatz, we walked around and found this:


It's an old alley called "Steingasse" and the flags you can see have different meanings. For example we have the flags showing various tools. Those are old symbols for guilds and the shops or workshops.
Other flags we often were able to see were those, which symbolized the students' fraternities. We had wondered about those before someone told us that those students' fraternities try to move into the nicest buildings in the area and use to hang up their flags.


The "Steingasse" also leads to the "Old Bridge" of Heidelberg on which we could see this:


It's a memorial of "Karl Theodor" (1724-1799), who led re-build the formerly destroyed bridge made of wood, by using stones.

That's a picture which was taken on me on the "Old Bridge". In the background you can see the famous "The Castle" of Heidelberg.


When we have been all soaked up by the rain, we returned to the hotel and I insited to have some peanuts with salt and honey.


It's been a nice day and I enjoyed to see a little bit of Heidelberg, although I hope to go there again, bringing more time to visit more sights.

* Posted Jun 18, 2010, 3:15 pm Last edited Jun 18, 2010, 3:46 pm by Sammy [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Mannheim, Germany - 13th June 2010

By: Sammy

Hi Mommy,

Sadly there's not much to say about my last day in Heidelberg.

I wanted to write a postcard to you, so I got the one I had picked for you on my first day in Heidelberg and started to write.
My host also wrote postcards and I was surprised because she wrote nearly 30 postcards.


Then we had to check out.
We drove to the central station of Mannheim, from which we have started our journey back to Rüdersdorf.


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Rüdersdorf, Germany - 23rd June 2010

By: Sammy

A new Toy Voyager arrived here today: TobiHH. My new friend was travelling with lots of snow and ice so I thought I'd show two pictures of us.
We were playing with the nice cold snow. It's been fun, because lately the weather got pretty hot over here.



* Posted Jun 30, 2010, 8:19 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Rüdersdorf, Germany - 3rd July 2010

By: Sammy

FIFA World Cup 2010

Today's been the game Argentina - Germany.

Our host took us to the home of her parents. There we watched the game on the big TV of her dad.


TobiHH and I so wished to be able to play with that ball as well. I'm sure it would have been fun.


Because it's been such a hot day, I decided on apple spritzer. The cold soda has been really refreshing.  :p


* Posted Jul 31, 2010, 11:24 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bruchsal, Germany - 7th February 2013

By: fam-united

I arrived at home after a long travel. I will take a short rest now and then sort out, where I will go next.

Thank you for hosting me.

* Posted Mar 29, 2013, 4:11 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bruchsal, Germany - 29th March 2013

By: fam-united


I decided to take part in the Big German Round Robin and I'm really curious to learn more about the Federal States of Germany. At first I had to read about my own Federal State Baden-Württemberg.

I had to learn, that there are 16 Federal States and Baden-Württemberg is the third largest of them and is located in the southwestern part of the country to the east of the Upper Rhine.


10.7 million inhabitants live here. The state capital is Stuttgart.

The sobriquet Ländle ("small land" or "dear land" in the local dialect) is sometimes used as a synonym for the Swabian part of Baden-Württemberg, but I live in the Baden part of Baden-Württemberg. The capital city of this part is Karlsruhe.

I really tried to go there, but the weather was so terrible, that my mum said, that we will go there, when I'm back at home again.

This sign says, that we can everything - except High German :)


Here's the coat of arms and the flag of Baden-Württemberg.





I read some statistics about Baden-Württemberg, too.


There are many administrative divisions.


There are two low mountain ranges in Baden-Württemberg: Schwäbische Alb and Schwarzwald. On the photo you can see Kraichgau and the green Rhine valley. I live at the border of Rhine valley to Kraichgau.


Maybe you heard about Stuttgart 21? It's about the railway station in Stuttgart - and it costs a lot of money.


Baden is the brown coloured part in the next map.


One famous cake is the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte - the Black Forest Cake.


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Remscheid, Germany - 4th April 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
I arrived in Remscheid in North Rhine-Westphalia today. Nosyblue and I were happy that it was such a fast trip.

Another ToyVoyager, Easy and my new host Katja gave us a warm welcome.


The weather outside is not good, so we stayed at home today.

In the early evening I met Katja's newest pet, ferret Manfred, who moved in four weeks ago.


Manfred is a predator like I am, so I'll have a close look at his food. I heard that my host is a veggie, but ferrets are not veggies :D


* Posted Apr 6, 2013, 1:16 pm Last edited Apr 6, 2013, 1:17 pm by olgamaus [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Remscheid, Germany - 6th April 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
in the late afternoon we took a walk in the city. We went to the district Hasten, one of some historic districts of Remscheid.

Katja told me that you have been here already when you visited her :)

Here you can find many traditional houses. These are timber-framed houses or they are covered with slate, sometimes you can find both in one house. Both types usually have green shutters.



This Patrician villa, built in late 18th century by a rich factory owner, is a museum nowadays. You can see how people lived than, it is furnished in it's original style.




From here we walked to the municipal park. Katja showed us this memorial, dedicated to the dead of several wars before WW I.


An observatory is also situated in the park.


There is a small pond in the park, ducks and turtles are living here. There is still some ice left!



We left the municipal park to walk home. We came along another park, a really small one :) It is situated in front of the police headquarter. The pillar is showing the coat of arms of Remscheid and its twin city Quimper in France.


In this quarter there are also lovely old houses.


In the background you can see the tower of the city hall.


Almost home ...


We are living here at the moment, opposite of the park. When we look out of the kitchen window, we can look across the park.



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Remscheid, Germany - 7th April 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we took a walk in the morning with Katja's friend. We parked the car close to a hotel above motorway A1.


Only a moment later we reached Eschbach dam, Germany's first dam to be built for drinking water supply. It was opened in 1891.


Soon we left the path around the dam, we came to a rural area with a good overview to the Southern districts of Remscheid.




We also walked through a forest, enjoying the spring sun in a soft moss bed.


Later we reached the dam again and walked around it. It is not too large, you need about 40 minutes to get around it.


In the background you can see the concrete dam and the hotel.


This was a nice trip, now we only want real spring!


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Remscheid, Germany - 11th April 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today finally we had better weather. We met one of Katja's friends to take a walk in the surroundings of Remscheid. So we went to the district Rath to pick up her friend.

Rath is a district close to Morsbach valley which partly is the border to the neighbour city Wuppertal, but there are also more Remscheid districts at the opposite side of the valley.

We went towards the valles and left the housing area.


In Morsbach valley you can find a lot of industrial complexes, partly historic ones and also newer buildings. Industrialization startet here in middle ages with smitheries and tool producing companies.


In the outskirts you can find those lovely houses.


Soon we reached another forest.


At a restaurant we found this funny sign :)


We saw fish ponds in the valley.


These are tinder fungus, a special sort of fungus which is growing on trees.


This lovely house belongs to a museum estate.


We followed the valley along the creek ...


... until we reached another lovely hamlet, hidden in the valley.



Even here we found an historic factory building with distribution grounds.


From here we had to walk uphill for more than 40 minutes to get back home.


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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 12th April 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
having capricious weather today we stayed at home and helped Katja to cook delicious jam. She bought pineapple, oranges and physalis. We already prepared the jars.


First all the fruits were cut into small pieces ...


... than mixed in a large bowl ...


... and cooked with gelling sugar.

Soon we had several glasses with a delicious jam.



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Remscheid, Germany - 18th April 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today my host was really busy, but at least we took a few photos when we went home at lunch time.

This is the city hall with its tower, about 48, high.


Close to the city hall you can find a water tower, for drinking water supply for the people in the city centre.



Bye for today

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