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Mannheim, Germany - 5th September 2010

By: fam-united

Today we visited my families aunt and uncle in Mannheim. It is a beautiful city, but we haven't seen a lot of the sightseeings. We were at the garden of aunt and uncle and ate some cake and enjoyed the lovely flowers.

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This river is the Neckar.

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Bruchsal, Germany - 5th September 2010

By: fam-united

In the early evening we enjoyed the lights of the sunset.

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Bruchsal, Germany - 3rd October 2010

By: fam-united

Today we have lovely weather. So my host decided to show me some nice places in Bruchsal. Some other toyvoyager friends joined us.

At first we walked through the Bürgerpark - citizens park- , which was created at the end of the 1980s. It is home to three monuments, which are dedicated to Bruchsal's twin towns and to victims of the Second World War and the Nazi regime.


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Here you see the medival keep of the old castle. It's the only building of this time in Bruchsal.

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Then we walked to the "new" palace of Bruchsal.
Schloss Bruchsal is one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Germany and the only episcopal Baroque residence on the Upper Rhine. The foundation stone was laid in 1722 by Cardinal Damian Hugo von Schönborn, Prince Bishop of Speyer, who made the palace the centre of his absolutist dominion. Read more here: Schloss Bruchsal.


Here you see the tower of the church St. Damian and Hugo, where my hosts usually go to service on Sundays.

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The left building is the church, so you see the the tower is at another place. The church inside was also baroque, but the most part of the palace and so the church were destroyed during the Second World War. The rebuilt it in the 1970s, but not the church inside. It is modern style now - to disappointment to most visiters.

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The palace garden: Today, the palace garden continues to provide an atmospheric setting for open-air concerts and the Bruchsal Summer Festival of Music and Drama.

At first we went to the pond, where usually are many ducks. Today it was so crowdy, that we stayed away a bit just to take nicer photos.

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Here is the rose garden. It was a bit difficult to take photos here, because of the sun
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This is a chestnut avenue with really old trees. It was also such an old avenue on the other side of the park, but they say, that the trees were too old. So the planted new trees, which are still a lot smaller.


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I collected some chestnuts for a nice photo. I hope you like it.

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Here is a photo of the back side of the palace main building.

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This is the front side of the palace main building. This building houses the the magnificent dome, Marble Hall and Prince's Hall. The staircase designed by Balthasar Neumann is considered to be an architectural tour-de-force and has been described as the "finest staircase in the world". There also is the German Museum of Musical Automata, which thanks to its acquisition of more than 100 valuable instruments from the Carlson collection of Königslutter, is now among the largest such collections in the world.

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This map shows, that the area is really big. We added points to places, where we took photos.

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I read a long long text about the palace, much too long for writing it here.

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That's the left wing of the main building. There is the chamber music hall.

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We walked to the Damian Gate now. Today, the local art society "Das Damianstor" stages various exhibitions of contemporary art in the sections of the building directly above the gate arch.

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We took a look at the long Schönborn street, which leads through a part of the palace area.

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We walked to the Amalienbrunnen, so called Schneckenbrunnen (snail fountain), which is in front of the county court. To be true, I didn't read the whole text here.

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Here you see me with one snail.

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Now we had to walk some stairs up and a street up to come to the Stadtgarten - city garden. It's the third large park besides the Bürgerpark and palace garden.

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I saw a nice old house. I'm sorry, but the light was a bit difficult for taking photos.

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I love this lime tree:)

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This fountain is called Ferdinand Keller Brunnen. It was built in 1912 and is dedicated to the Bruchsal innkeeper Ferdinand Keller. The building behind it belongs to a grammar school.

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The Belvedere is on the edge of the Stadtgarten. It was built by Leonhard Stahl in 1756 as a hunting lodge for Prince Bishop Franz Christoph von Hutten. The location was chosen so that the lodge would command an unspoiled view of the palace, town and Rhine rift valley beyond. Today the Belvedere is used as a venue for concerts and theatre productions.

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Next to the Stadtgarten is a place, from which we had a wonderful view over Bruchsal. Do you see the church with the two towers? It is a baroque church St. Peter, which is close to the place where I live right now. The white/orange building close to me is a part of the older people's house.

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The place were we stood was next to that Wingerthäusle - vineyard house. We tried to take a photo of the sign with me, but it was too dark to read it. So we just took a photo with hand and camera, but nevertheless you will see the house as white dot above the stairs of the Andreasstaffel:)

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Here you can read about the stairway, if you want to.

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The Huttenstraße is one of those streets with really old buildings. Many many buildings were destroyed during Second World War, so you don't see many old buildings in Bruchsal.

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After a long walk I'm nearly back home again. Here are some other older houses and the baroque church St. Peter.

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Bearsden, Glasgow, Scotland - 22nd October 2010

By: moragp

Hello from Scotland! Things have been very busy since I arrived here as the host family have three small children and they are all busy with after school activities, homework and so on during the week. My host mum has promised though that we'll do something exciting at the weekend and she'll update my travelogue to tell you all about it.

I have met another toy voyager who is here at the moment! DotDog is from Hong Kong and has been all around the world! He is telling me all about his adventures while we look out of the window and hope the rain stops soon...

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* Posted Oct 22, 2010, 2:31 pm Last edited Oct 22, 2010, 2:32 pm by moragp [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Bearsden, Glasgow, Scotland - 31st October 2010

By: moragp

Happy Halloween!! We have had a really busy day getting everyone organised to have fun tonight. All the children in the family are getting dressed up and we have Batman, a witch and a cute little pumpkin in the house! Some friends are coming over later with their children and there will maybe be some games, and lots of sweet treats!

I tried on the witch's hat but it was too big for me. I wasn't very sure about the pumpkin lantern either, I tried to talk to him but he wasn't very friendly.

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