Klaus, München, Germany


Posted Feb 20, 2007, 9:53 pm
Hi there,

I am Klaus, just found/born around Christmas time. My guardian has been a bit slow to activate me (she is even worse with pics) but then I've already had a nice trip in Germany. She seems to be the active type, going on and off on trips. So it does not look too bad for a toyvoyager being with her for a while.
More later,
see you


Posted Feb 20, 2007, 10:11 pm
Took a train to Frankfurt and met up with Klaus (the guy with whom I am supposed to go on a round the world trip). And guess what? I found out that it's going to take me years to fulfill one of my life missions .... wait till you see the photo of Klaus, then you'll know. But I have to say, he looks really cute. I guess, I'll just have to be patient for a while.

Posted Feb 20, 2007, 10:15 pm
We have moved further North and now I am celebrating New Year's Eve on the island of Wangerooge (North Sea). I had a lot of walks at the beach. However, there is a lot of wind and I hardly venture out of my guardian's pockets.

Posted Feb 20, 2007, 10:23 pm
Today we walked from Starnberg to the Maisinger See - a nice little lake in the South of Munich. It was great being out and having the sun shine on my fur.

Posted Apr 15, 2007, 9:57 pm
Had to go to Heidelberg because my guardian took a course in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Well, the theory was ok but when she started practising acupuncture on me and sticking a ton of needles into my body I was not so convinced if this really cures illness  :(

Besides learning all those acupuncture points I also had time to do a bit of sight-seeing. This is the Heidelberg castle.

Posted Apr 15, 2007, 10:15 pm
It was a nice day for March and I cycled round the Ammersee with the bike today. I was really exhausted - hadn't trained in months ...

Posted Apr 15, 2007, 10:29 pm
We went out with the S-Bahn today to Possenhofen at the Starnberger Lake. It was a great sunny day. When we were walking there we found a spot with lots of Bärlauch - or bear's garlic in English. I could not prevent it - my guardian started picking heaps of bear's garlic.
Later in the day we met up with Pandamao's friends in Starnberg and strolled along the lakeside. They said that probably bear's garlic tastes nice ... but it (or the smell of it) can make Pandamao very lonely - the whole car smelled like garlic on the way back to Munich  ;)

Posted Apr 15, 2007, 10:37 pm
Had cannelloni filled with mozzarella, cream cheese and loads of bear's garlic today  :D Great taste! Can't wait to have the bear's garlic quiche tomorrow .... even if I'll be lonely for a while.

Posted Apr 16, 2007, 9:47 pm
I had to get up early today and drive South to go hiking. We went all the way up to the "Seeberg". Th weather was exceptionally good for the Easter weekend  and I had a lot of fun. Here are some views from the Seeberg.

Posted Apr 16, 2007, 9:55 pm
The weather is great - warm and sunny, not like the usual April weather. So I've been dragged out again on a hiking tour. We went to the Tegernsee and made a tour to the Riederstein. From the bottom it is impressive to see that little chapel right on top of the rock. Pandamao told me it is only 90 minutes walking - ha, ha, it was quite steep for a little leopard and what I did was more like crawling up this moutain. But I made it and had a wonderful view from the top.

.... and guess what happened .... we passed another spot with bear's garlic ..... I had to carry the smelly bag with bear's garlic all the way back to Munich

Posted Apr 16, 2007, 10:10 pm
The weather still felt like summer and I was told that we would have a lovely day at the "Osterseen" (Easter lakes). These are about 19 little lakes in the South of Munich, about one hour drive. They constitute a nature reserve but there are still a lot of people walking, cycling and even some places where you can swim. Because it was so warm there were even now some people trying to swim in the lake - and it's only mid April! We walked for several hours from lake to lake passing the little village of Iffeldorf. What a great day!

Posted Apr 22, 2007, 6:19 pm
No trip this weekend but I had a nice chat with some of my extended family - this Sunday was family day. The pic shows me in the right front - on the left is my twin sister Klaudia. The one in the right corner in the back is my oncle (can you see the family resemblance?). The others are distant cousins.

Posted Apr 26, 2007, 9:57 pm
Today my cousin Manfred came to see me. Usually he is busy all the time, always working overtime. To be quite frank with you, I think he is quite a snob, carrying a golf ball all the time. He pretends to be a big guy in the security business, keeping all the company secrets in Pandamao's office safe.

Posted Apr 27, 2007, 4:15 pm
Today when I went to get the mail there was a small and bulky envelope stuffed into the mail box! Who is it? Who is visiting? Alpina and I could hardly wait to welcome our first traveling toyvoyager friend. It was Björn Bangsi. He said he was very happy to be back in Munich.

Posted Apr 29, 2007, 9:18 pm
Strolled down the Isar river with Björn Bangsi and ended up in the Flaucher Beer Garden. We had a Mass (that is one litre of Beer) each and Björn told me some stories of his student days in Munich. Alpina had not joined us as she was trying on her jewellery.

Posted May 1, 2007, 2:50 pm
Today the three of us (Björn Bangsi, Alpina and I) went out for a stroll - no work on May 1st, great! On our way to the Auer Dult we passed the German Museum.

Posted May 1, 2007, 2:53 pm
Then Alpina, Björn Bangsi and I went to the "Auer Dult". It's an old Munich tradition, the Auer Dult takes place outdoors on Mariahilfplatz three times a year for 8 days. It is a colorful fair with antiques and junk, you can buy all kinds of stuff. And we met some really weird guys  :stare:

Posted May 8, 2007, 11:25 pm
Today Alpina left for France ... it took quite a long time to convince her not to take all that jewellery and make-up .... girls!  :rolleyes: But I hope she'll have a good time. Well, then there are Björn Bangsi and Cute Knut left to keep me company.

Posted May 17, 2007, 1:37 pm
Today we (Cute Knut, Björn Bangsi and I) rushed out of work with Pandamao, grabbed her bike and set off to go to Bernried. First we took the S-Bahn to Tutzing, then we continued by bike to arrive finally at Kloster Bernried. Kloster Bernried is a monastery run by Benedictine nuns.

Posted May 17, 2007, 1:49 pm
At first I was afraid the nuns wouldn't let us in (us = Björn Bangsi, Cute Knut and Klaus .... all of us being male) but we did not get problems and were allowed to stay for one week and join Pandamao with her Qigong training course. The photo shows the view from the seminar room.

Posted May 17, 2007, 1:56 pm
During lunch break we took the bike and headed out to the Bernrieder Park. It is a nice park right at the lake side with lots of beautiful and big trees. The sun was out and we took a nap in the sun.

Posted May 17, 2007, 2:15 pm
After a great week we had to get back to Munich (sigh) and cycled back from Bernried to Starnberg all along the lake side of Starnberger See ("See" is the German word for lake). Isn't it a great view with the mountains in the background?

Posted May 18, 2007, 7:08 pm
This morning Cute Knut left us in the post office to travel to Malaysia. So Björn Bangsi and I continued shopping without him. First we went to the Stachus where the biggest shopping area in Munich starts. We walked the whole thing and ended up at Sendlinger Tor and down the Sendlinger Straße.

Posted May 18, 2007, 7:18 pm
Pooooh, all this shopping is exhausting ... so for a change we did a cultural thing and stopped by the Asam Church in Sendlinger Straße. From the outside you would not guess how it looks inside.

Posted May 18, 2007, 7:22 pm
On the way home we passed the Viktualienmarkt ... but we didnt'buy anything. And then we also saw a Tchibo Shop (one of many here) where Fuzzinella (Björn Bangsi's mom) used to buy coffee and stuff ... at least, that's what Björn Bangsi told me.

Posted May 20, 2007, 8:12 pm
We went shopping in the morning. The picture shows us at the Gärtnerplatz - opposite is the opera building.
Later in the evening we watched the sunset at Wörthsee, but we did not take photos.

Posted May 20, 2007, 8:19 pm
Although it was Sunday (and the evening before we ended up in a beer garden at Ammersee after the sunset) Pandamao forced us out of bed and we dragged our still sleeping bodies to the S-Bahn at Marienplatz. Just when we arrived the glockenspiel started to chime and some figures were dancing.

Posted May 20, 2007, 8:28 pm
When we arrived at the Starnberger See and Tutzing we started to walk to the Deixlfurter Seen. On the way we passed the Waldschmidt Schlucht (Waldschmidt gorge). Björn Bangsi said that it's nice walking there but not as impressive as some of the scenery in Iceland. One day I want to visit Iceland, too.

Posted May 20, 2007, 8:32 pm
Again .... some little lakes, the Deixlfurter Seen. This area must be full with lakes. I wanted to take a swim in one of those lakes but was told that they are only for fishing.

Posted May 20, 2007, 8:40 pm
Finally we came out of the woods and took a rest at the Ilkahöhe - with view of the Starnberger See (what else would we see - another lake of course).
After a rest in a beer garden we took the S-Bahn back home. Tonight we will have a good rest after several hours of walking. Even if we have been carried part of the way in the backpack it's still tiring to be out in the sun.

Posted May 29, 2007, 7:56 pm
This week Klaus (the one of my life mission - trip around the world) visited me in Munich. He's changed a bit since the last time I saw him, getting bigger, more active - he actually starts moving around. We got on together really well, planning our future world trip and enjoyed to play together. It seems he likes me a lot. He is so cute and his smile is having much more expression since he's got five teeiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeek!!!!!! :o :o :o

Posted May 30, 2007, 7:37 pm
Luckily I was rescued by Pandamao and Klaus had not done vital harm to my limbs (I was just very wet from the drooling :rolleyes:). So I still was able to join Björn Bangsi for a walk. Börn Bangsi and I went towards the Marienplatz, past the Residenz (royal residence) into the Hofgarten (adjoining garden to the residence). We ventured into the Residenz to take a look - these days there are no more Bavarian kings and the building is a museum. I heard that the last Bavarian king was nuts and drowned in a lake.

Posted May 30, 2007, 8:41 pm
We continued our walk in the Englischer Garten, that's a huge park starting right in the city center, close to Hofgarten. Björn Bangsi was happy to see the beergarden with the Chinese Tower again.

Posted Jun 3, 2007, 8:27 pm
Went on a short trip to the Oberpfalz .... this spot full of red poppies was most impressive.

Posted Jun 7, 2007, 8:23 pm
Today we found a parcel in front of the door, the whole gang couldn't wait to open it. Wonder who will be in it? We expect IZ A Dorable and IZ A QT .... and yes, here they are, happy to be out of the travel box. Now we have two pairs of twin bears.

Posted Jun 7, 2007, 10:47 pm
Today I had to say good-bye to Björn Bangsi. He's continuing his travels. I hope he'll come back one day as he turned out to be a good friend. I'll miss you, Björn!  :(

Posted Jun 19, 2007, 8:15 pm
As the weather was bad we helped Pandamao to clean up ... tomorrow we want to get up early and go on a trip to the Chiemgau in the South of Bavaria. And the twin bear girls checked a book on baking cakes. What a yummy, homemade cake!

Posted Jun 20, 2007, 6:46 pm
Like promised on Saturday we all went on a weekend outing to the Chiemgau in the South of Bavaria. We went to a city called Traunwalchen and stayed in a little, old house next to the Frauenbrunn Chapel. The Frauenbrunn Chapel was built 400 years ago to cover a spring. It is said that the holy water healed many, many people from illnesses, mainly problems of the eyes. Even today there are people doing a pilgrimage to this place and pray for health and other wishes. I pulled the pump and when the spring water came out, we bathed our eyes in it!

Posted Jun 20, 2007, 8:53 pm
We spent the night in the little house next to the Frauenbrunn Chapel. The house is more than 200 years old - really old. The rooms upstairs were tiny but nice (in photo: we had the room left window upstairs). The others and I slept very well in the old bed but Pandamao moaned a bit .... seems people had been of a shorter built in the past and she could not stretch out as usual  ;)

Posted Jun 22, 2007, 5:48 pm
During the day we visited Perstenstein Castle - a nice, small castle. We saw the Chapel (another statue of Mary - she is very popular in Bavaria) and had a look on all the other rooms and places.

Posted Jul 4, 2007, 9:48 pm
Today there were two big, big envelopes lying on our guardian's door step. We all gathered to see who's inside - it was nearly like Christmas .... unpacking and finding something (someone) nice  :)
Candy Cotton came from the UK and Tamaly arrived from Australia - and imagine - both come from the same home in Australia. How extraordinary to meet in Germany!

Posted Jul 8, 2007, 9:06 pm
Another parcel arrived today and we all were really curious who is going to climb out .... it was Elisabeth and her little travel companion! Welcome!

Posted Jul 16, 2007, 9:27 pm
We all went swimming in the Starnberger See as it was very hot. We took the S-Bahn to Possenhofen. We saw Possenhofen Castle. In this castle Princess Elisabeth von Bayern, later Empress of Austria, spent her youth. These days the castle has been turned into private apartments.

Posted Jul 19, 2007, 10:10 pm
A little parcel arrived - Galen is visiting!

Posted Jul 26, 2007, 10:23 pm
On Monday Pandamao took us on a business trip. As she could not get group travel rates (we were 10 including Pandamao) we had to squeeze hard into the suitcase. Luckily no broken seams or bones!

Later in the evening we went for a walk in the city center. There is lots of water ..... also from above, it was raining all evening. But we still managed to see from far the Kungliga Slottet (Royal Castle), Gamla Stan (Old City) and walked to Skeppsholmen Island where a lot of museums are located. The strange creatures in the photo must belong to the Modern Art Museum! We walked for quite a while until it was getting dark.

Posted Jul 26, 2007, 10:49 pm
When it was dark we took the T-Bane back to the hotel. The Kungsträdgarden station is extra-ordinary, just look at the painted ceiling.
Finally we all went to bed after a long day.

Posted Jul 27, 2007, 6:30 pm
Today the weather was much better so we all went out for a stroll in Gamla Stan (Old City). We saw the Royal Castle, walked through the small streets and enjoyed ourselves a lot.

Posted Jul 27, 2007, 7:06 pm
Who says business trips are fun? After a long day in the office (we waited crammed into the trolley again) we took off to Warsaw. When we finally arrived in the hotel we immediately fell asleep.

Posted Jul 29, 2007, 7:31 pm
Just before the flight back to Munich we had a few minutes to rush through Warsaw's old city center.

Posted Aug 12, 2007, 7:41 pm
After long days of rain it finally was sunny again. So we went out to see Nymphenburg Castle, a summer residence with a large park. Today lots of people use it for a walk or jogging, and there are always a lot of tourists.

Posted Aug 13, 2007, 7:59 pm
I also visited Amalienburg, a beautiful rococo building in the park of Nymphenburg castle.

Posted Sep 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
Today we have a new TV here to visit - Florence who has arrived from Prague, just in time for the Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest started today and there were already lots of people dressed in traditional clothes in the subway.

Posted Sep 30, 2007, 9:37 pm
Today I went for a walk as it was sunny. I passed by the German Museum (Science and Technology Museum). Outside there are several exhibits - like this huge turbine.

Posted Sep 30, 2007, 9:58 pm
Then I went swimming in the Müller'sches Volksbad. The Volksbad is a beautiful Art Nouveau building and is still in use as an indoor swimming-pool.

Posted Sep 30, 2007, 10:15 pm
On the way back home I walked along the Isar river. I saw a fountain at the Isar riverside - and wonder why it's name is "Father Rhine"?
And I also saw the Isartor (Isar gate) which in former times was one of the old town gates.

Posted Oct 5, 2007, 7:43 pm
Today I went to Oktoberfest. First I had to take the subway to get there. And it was so crowded already ..... there are masses of people going there. Then - the real thing. It is so huge, you cannot imagine. I got some photos outside of the Oktoberfest. Inside the tents everybody has fun, drinking a lot of beer, singing, dancing on the benches .... can you believe that one tent can hold several thousand persons?

Posted Oct 16, 2007, 9:32 pm
As the weather was nice, we all went for a nice walk. First we took the S-Bahn to Herrsching at the Ammersee (lake). From there we walked more than one hour to the Andechs monastery. It is a huge complex as you can see in the photo.

Posted Oct 16, 2007, 9:49 pm
The forest was really nice in all the autumn colors. I enjoyed the walk from the Andechs monastery through the Kiental back to Herrsching. In Herrsching I saw a golden statue of the Virgin Mary. There are a lot of those statues in this area.

Posted Dec 1, 2007, 1:01 pm
I accompanied my host to the Kloster Bernried (Bernried monastery) close to the Starnberger See to get one week of Qigong training. Very nice and relaxing even though the weather was foggy. Sometimes I though I would sit in a white cloud when looking out of the window.

Posted Dec 1, 2007, 2:10 pm
Today I went to Marienplatz - the Christmas market has started and everywhere is the smell of cookies and mulled wine  B)
I also saw the Hofbräuhaus again - I'm always amazed what a huge beer hall it is!

Posted Dec 10, 2007, 9:19 pm
I went strolling around town - oh god, there were masses of people doing their Christmas shopping. So I prefered just to take a photo of the Stachus (Karlsplatz) where there was a skating rink set up and later some more photos of different  market places in the dark

Posted Dec 10, 2007, 9:40 pm
On Sunday we went for a walk along the Ammersee (lake south of Munich). After 2 hours we decided that it's time for a mulled wine at the Dießen Christmas market. This Xmas market is held only at one weekend at Dießen. And there is no electricity allowed and the goods sold are solely hand-made. It was great when it was getting dark and everything was lit by little candles. In the middle of the market a real blacksmith was working on the metal. It's a pity that the camera could not take photos in the dark.

Posted Dec 27, 2007, 10:13 pm
Visited the famous Nuremberg Christkindl market.

Posted Dec 28, 2007, 10:34 pm
Today my host said that I should have a mulled wine to taste. The usual mulled wine is made with red wine and spices. For this occasion I got a special one - made with elderberry wine! Mmmmh, delicious  :p

Posted Jan 3, 2008, 8:00 pm
Yesterday we went up all the way from Munich to Wilhelmshaven - a seven hour train ride. Today we all go on a ferry to go onto one of the East Frisian Islands in the North Sea - Wangerooge.

Posted Jan 4, 2008, 10:33 pm
We had a nice New Year' party last night. Today we just have an easy day walking around the island.

Posted Feb 3, 2008, 8:54 pm
Today the weather was really nice so we all went to Munich's city center, Marienplatz and Neuhauser Straße. Lots of people were out to celebrate carneval - it's called "Fasching" here.

Posted Feb 3, 2008, 9:14 pm
When we came close to the Stachus we saw a strange creature flying --- we had a nice chat and talked about toyvoyaging. But no way this creature will become a toyvoyager, the postage would be enormous  :(

Posted Feb 5, 2008, 8:53 pm
I passed the German Museum (a science museum) when I went shopping with my host. We all sat in front of a big part of a turbine which is used in hydro power plant. Imagine, how big this plant is!

Posted Feb 8, 2008, 6:50 pm
There was a knock on the door and when we looked outside there were two little packages sitting on the doorstep. Visitors! Sylphide, Tenderheart Bear and Snegovik!

Posted Feb 10, 2008, 11:43 pm
Today Barthélémy wanted to visit the "Alter Südfriedhof" (Old South Cemetery) so I just came along.

This is what I read about the cemetery:

It is a little known fact that Munich's oldest green area is 450 years old, that it's in the heart of town and that it's a cemetery - the Alter Südfriedhof. The cemetery is something of a conservation area and bears unique testimony to the city's cultural history. Its romantically overgrown graves, tombs and mausoleums pay homage to distinguished Munich figures - artists, architects, master builders and scientists.

In the plague year 1523 graveyards within the city walls were so overfilled that a new cemetery - the "Äußerer Freithof" - was opened outside the city gate at the Sendlinger Tor. The cemetery wall and all the buildings were later destroyed as a preventative military measure in the Thirty Years War. Well into the 18th century the cemetery was looked on as a poor man's burial ground. In 1844, a new section designed by Gärtner was added and it continued to be Munich's central burial ground up to 1868.

Posted Feb 11, 2008, 12:12 am
The cemetery suffered severe bomb damage in 1944-45. Today, only a quarter of tue graves are identifiable and many are in urgent need of renovation. Work is underway.

Posted Feb 11, 2008, 12:50 am
Even if the cemetery is not in use anymore many people were walking there. It is like a park nowadays. We saw little spring flowers blossom and sat on a bench in the sun.

Some of the graves are inside the back wall of the houses. And windows pop up between the statues on the graves.

Posted Feb 11, 2008, 2:49 pm
Our host had bought red cabbage ... because she could hardly eat 2 kg of it on her own we decided to prepare and preserve it. Sylphide did the research and found a nice recipe. Then our host had to cut the onions and red cabbage. We sprinkled everything with salt and now it has to rest for a whole night.

Posted Feb 12, 2008, 9:03 pm
After one night we washed and dried the cabbage, filled it in glass and filled the glass with vinegar (prepared with oranges and spices - mmmh, great smell). I helped to close the lids. Now the cabbage has to rest for 3 or 4 months - too bad, because I'll travel and not be able to test the taste.

Posted Feb 16, 2008, 9:57 pm
For the weekend we visited our Pandamao's dad. He lives in a small town in the North-East of Bavaria. I took a walk in the city center - nice houses. The battery of the camera was low so I only took photos of the houses.

Posted Feb 18, 2008, 7:23 pm
The weather was sunny but cold. We went for a walk (together with half of Munich's inhabitants) to Nymphenburg Castle and park.


Posted Mar 22, 2008, 3:51 pm
It's been a long time since I last was out. Today I went for a little walk and saw the German museum (Science and Technic museum). It is built on a little island in the Isar river.

Posted Mar 24, 2008, 11:22 pm
Today it's Easter Monday and Pandamao went to this little town in the Oberpfalz to see her dad and she took me along.
We walked along the street and wondered what was going on in that little park opposite. When we came closer we saw that it was an "Easter fountain". In this part of Bavaria it's the custom to decorate the fountains with Easter eggs. There must be hundreds or thousands of eggs here. They really look beautiful.

Posted Mar 28, 2008, 11:06 pm
I did some more sight-seeing with the other TVs today and went to the area where the Hofbräuhaus is located. The first photo shows the Orlando House and then I pose in the front of the nearby Hofbräuhaus. It is a huuuuuuuge beerhall.
I also met some local bears. We had a nice conversation about TVs and traveling the world but the Bavarian bears did not want to join. Seems, that they would miss their Sunday morning beer Stammtisch (regulars' table) at the Hofbräuhaus too much.

Posted Mar 28, 2008, 11:21 pm
Then I took a look at the "Alter Hof", which was the first residence of the Wittelsbach dynasty, built in the 13th century.

Posted Mar 30, 2008, 10:15 pm
Today I went to the Perlach Cemetery to see the graves of Hans and Sophie Scholl.
But who are they? This is an example of what I found in the internet.

"During Hitler's reign over Germany in the 30's and 40's, few people stood up against him and those who did were quickly snuffed out. The punishment for treason against the Reich was severe and public. Everyone knew what would happen to them if they were caught. But even with the knowledge of what would happen to them, a group of college students called the White Rose (die Weiße Rose) began distributing anti-Hitler flyers around Munich in 1941. They protested against hate; using graffiti and printing leaflets against the Nazis with messages to rebel against Hitler and to stop him. The White Rose distributed their flyers all over the country, mailing them from different cities, leaving them in trains and shops, risking their lives to try to save Germany.
The leaders were in their 20's: Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie, Willi Graf, Alex Schmorell and Christoph Probst. One of their greatest influences was a philosophy professor at the University of Munich, Kurt Huber.

The group had created five leaflets and distributed hundreds of copies of each by February of 1943. That month a high-ranking officer gave a speech at the University of Munich that caused an uproar among the students. The next day Hans and Sophie decided to distribute pamphlets at the university, but were caught by a janitor, who saw them throw flyers from a balcony. In less than a week, Hans, Sophie, and Christoph were tried, convicted, and sent to the guillotine. In the next year, many others in the group followed the same path.

The members of the White Rose possessed bravery that few people have. They gave up their lives rather than live and remain silent when such awful things were going on. Because of their efforts, many average citizens found out more about what was actually going on, and people were encouraged that others thought like they did. Many started doing small things to hinder the Nazis goals. Today there are many schools in Germany named after members of the White Rose, so people can be reminded that anyone can help destroy tyranny."

Posted Apr 30, 2008, 9:31 pm
I took a tour to Feldafing at the Starnberger See (Starnberg Lake). First I had to cross the golf course - in the background you can see the lake. Then I helped my host to pick some bear's garlic which grows there wild.


Posted Apr 30, 2008, 9:56 pm
I took a nice walk along the lake side (Starnberger See). The sun was shining, it was a beautiful spring day and I could even see the Alpes.

Posted May 6, 2008, 10:43 pm
As it was a nice spring day we all went out for a walk to Türkenfeld. It's about 45 minutes with the train outside of Munich. The colours of the tree leaves are beautiful, you only find this colour in spring time.

Posted May 6, 2008, 11:02 pm
Our host is very interested in herbs so we helped her to search for them. We found lots of blooming wild violets and helped our host to pick them because she wanted to make sirup of them. If we would not have helped her she surely would have needed a long time to fill the small container.
Later we also found woodruff which will be dried and used for tea and food flavouring.

Posted May 7, 2008, 9:57 pm
We went out for another walk to pick herbs at Türkenfeld. We found chickweed, deadnettle, chervil and lots of other herbs.

Posted May 7, 2008, 10:34 pm
Yesterday we had sorrel soup for dinner (delicious!!) and today we used the herbs for chickweed salad, then deadnettle lasagna and wild herb quiche ... I could not resist and tried every single dish. For the quiche I helped to collect more than 10 herbs: chickweed, deadnettle, silverweed, yarrow, sorrel, stinging nettle, dandelion, meadow sweet, ribwort, beech leaves, daisies, chervil, violet leaves .... I think that's about all of them. And all of the dishes were really tasting great.  :p

Posted May 23, 2008, 10:14 pm
I made a trip to Frankfurt on the weekend. The photos show the view of the Frankfurt skyline taken from a bridge over the Main river.

Posted Aug 5, 2008, 10:13 pm
Pandamao took me to a trip to beautiful Provence in France. We stayed in a little holiday cottage in the middle of the mountains.

Posted Aug 5, 2008, 10:22 pm
Unfortunately the weather was not good - lots of rain for quite a few days. So I did not venture out often. The photos show a bit how the area looks like.

Posted Aug 5, 2008, 10:34 pm
One evening I visited La Motte, a little town.

Posted Aug 6, 2008, 10:15 pm
On the weekend I had a short day trip to one of the lakes south of Munich, the Ammersee. It was a great summer day and I enjoyed walking along the lake side. We found a tree xylophone - nice sound.

Posted Aug 8, 2008, 12:08 am
Surprise!!! Some traveling toyvoyagers were in town and I met up with them and their host olgamaus. We had a nice walk along the Isar river, saw the Friedensengel ("angel of freedom" statue) - the fountain shows a rainbow! - and ended up in the beergarden of the Chineses Tower inside the English Garden (that's a large park in Munich).ö

Posted Aug 8, 2008, 10:23 am
On the weekend Pandamao traveled to Sulzbach-Rosenberg to visit her dad. I also came along and took a walk in the city center.

Posted Aug 8, 2008, 10:30 am
This week the Auer Dult takes place. I loved to take a stroll over there.

This is some information about the Auer Dult:
The Auer Dult is characteristic of Munich, the Bavarian capital. The history of the popular fair with its folkloric flair can be traced back to the Middle Ages.

Three times a year, the locals flock to the Mariahilfplatz, in the part of town called the "Au", which means "meadow" or "pasture": here they can walk around at leisure, shop for bargains, have a bite to eat and enjoy a good time. During the "Dult", the fairground, which spreads over 20,000 square meters, becomes an island in the heart of the city, alive with conversation and congeniality. Children young and old enjoy going on the bumper cars, the boat-like swings, the merry-go-round or the ferris wheel.

The Auer Dult is Europe's largest market for tableware and all kinds of pots and pans. New-fangled household products are proudly praised as "kitchen marvels". The junk dealers' wares conceal many a treasure, sometimes art and sometimes kitsch. Whether glass or porcelain, wax or wicker, cloth or leather, whether it's candy or an old-fashioned herbal remedy you're looking for: your heart's desire awaits you at the Dult. This is open-air shopping with a smile.

Posted Aug 8, 2008, 4:29 pm
I am so exited - I'm going to Nürnberg for the Bardentreffen.

Some info from the website:
33rd Bardentreffen
Singer-Songwriter Festival, Nuremberg 2008
Friday 1 August to Sunday 3 August, 2008
Finns are brilliant in school, some are a bit bizarre. This we gather from PISA Studies and Kaurismäki films. But who knows that in Finland, the tango is popular? Or what a "Kantele" sounds like? You will be able to hear it during the 33rd Bardentreffen singer-songwriter festival. This year, Finland will be the focus of Germany's biggest free outdoor world music festival. Of course, the bizarre Leningrad Cowboys are a must. As is the Master of the Singing Saw, "La Sega del Canto". All in all, the festival will feature about 60 bands and musicians from all over the world, including Joan Armatrading.

I arrived in the afternoon and headed out right away for the music .... besides the "official" groups and singers lots of other people come to make music on the streets.

Posted Aug 8, 2008, 4:37 pm
As the concerts start in the afternoon I used the morning for a bit of sight-seeing. I had a look at the Lorenzkirche and strolled along Königstraße (King Street). In the background of the second and third photo you can spot the castle of Nürnberg.

Posted Aug 8, 2008, 10:14 pm
Today is the last day of Bardentreffen. I was great to have been here. I even managed to see the Leningrad Cowboys play. I stayed till the very end and met with Pandamao's friends at the Tiergärtnertorplatz. The last photo shows the house of Dürer (wich is at Tiergärtnertorplatz).

Posted Aug 8, 2008, 10:30 pm
On Monday I stopped at Regensburg on the way back to München for sight-seeing. Regensburg is inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list. The Old City of Regensburg still shows the character of the medieval times.

Posted Aug 10, 2008, 10:08 am
We visited the dome of Regensburg and the basilica.

Posted Sep 11, 2008, 10:26 pm
Today we went for another hiking tour - this time we were out all day for a 25 km tour. We started in Aying and then walked all the way to Kirchseeon. On the way we passed several lakes and had a stop-over and a swim at the Steinsee (stone lake).

Posted Sep 11, 2008, 10:32 pm
Tonight I'm checking some hiking tour books of my host. Tomorrow we want to go on a short hike South of Munich.

Posted Sep 13, 2008, 11:57 am
Third day of lakes  - today a walk to the Deininger Weiher. Today I did not swim, the wind was too cold even if the sun was still out a lot.

Posted Sep 13, 2008, 12:05 pm
I went shopping on the nearby market - and it turned out that it is a famous market in Munich where lots of tourists go - the Viktualienmarkt.

Posted Sep 13, 2008, 12:11 pm
Probably it's one of the last summer weekends so I decided to go to Possenhofen at the Starnberger See (Starnberg lake). The water was still warm enough for a swim and I sunbathed close to the lake.

Posted Sep 13, 2008, 12:31 pm
The weather has changed - so no more swims in a lake. Instead we went sight-seeing in the Munich city centre. First we walked to the Residence, the Residence court and strolled through the English Garden to the Chinese Tower Beergarden.

Posted Sep 17, 2008, 10:10 pm
At first we were afraid when suddenly Maggy (our host's dog) jumped on the sofa. But then we realized that Maggy only wanted to play. She even offered her chewing bone. What a nice dog!

Posted Sep 20, 2008, 10:57 pm
Today we went for a walk at Schloß Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Castle). It was a sunny day and great to see the castle. Unfortunately we had forgotten our camera, so no pics to see  :(

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 8:04 pm
This morning we went for a walk with the dog. And just when we passed the bridge close to Deutsches Museum a lot of horse-drawn carriages rode along. The horses were beautifully made up and the carriages with nice decoration.
It is the beginning of the Oktoberfest (large beer festival) and on this Sunday there was a tour of the city of horse carriage, traditional costume clubs and they were just heading off for the meeting point ... when we came home we saw the same carriages at TV which showed the city tour.

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 8:19 pm
The weather was really nice so we headed out for a longish walk. First we took the S-Bahn to Weßling, then hiked along the Weßling lake over the fields into the forest and finally hit the Wörthsee (another lake). We went for a swim in the lake and it was great!!! Sun, blue sky, sailing boats, warm water ... and a day off from work with our host. Perfect! When we came back to Weßling we had walked about 18 km and then really enjoyed a relaxed evening on the couch.

Posted Sep 21, 2008, 9:29 pm
Our host took us out for a longish walk on the countr-side. We started in Aying for a nice round-trip over fields and into forest.

Posted Sep 28, 2008, 8:52 pm
Today we had to get up really early - the train left at 7:42 a.m. to Geitau.
From there we walked about 3 hours to the top of the mountains to see the Soinsee (a mountain lake). When we came back in the evening all of us were really tired! Seven hours of hiking in the mountains!

Posted Sep 28, 2008, 9:33 pm
Today was another beautiful autumn day ... sunny, warm, a perfect day to go for another hike in the mountains. Today we went first to Schliersee (lake) and walked to the Gindelalm (Gindel alp) where we had a rest. Then we crossed the mountains and walke to another lake, the Tegernsee. The sceenery is great as the photos will show.

Posted Oct 30, 2008, 11:06 pm
Today I got out for a hiking tour on the weekend. so, here I am, in Füssen. First we took a walk in town to see the monastery and sights of the city.

Posted Nov 11, 2008, 10:25 pm
After sight-seeing we went for a hike in the mountains. The sky was blue, the sun shining .... all set for a great day! On top of the mountain we could watch paragliders take off for a flight.

Posted Dec 17, 2008, 3:48 pm
We went for a walk with Maggy along the Isar river and also passed the German Museum (Nature and Science Museum).

Posted Dec 17, 2008, 3:50 pm
Today I went for a short trip to the Viktualienmarkt (victuals market) and Marienplatz.

Posted Jan 7, 2009, 9:07 pm
I wanted to show the other TVs some more sights of Munich before their leaving Munich so I went to the city center: Maximilian street (that's where the rich people shop), the opera and Theatiner Church.

Posted Jan 7, 2009, 9:26 pm
Today we went to a small Xmas market which is set up in the court-yard of the formen Bavarian King's residence. After drinking a hot mulled wine we walked through the area of the king's residence (Feldherrnhalle, Hofgarten - garden attached to the building and back to Marienplatz). It was cold and the battery of the camera had problems - so unfortunately no photos with me.

Posted Jan 7, 2009, 9:45 pm
We hugged Ninni good-bye, hope she will have great travel experiences.

Posted Jan 20, 2009, 9:26 pm
Our host went to Nürnberg to show us some sights - Nürnberg is in the Northern part of Bavaria and hosts a famous Xmas market. But today we were only taking a stroll through the shopping area ... and saw a real horse postal carriage!

Posted Jan 20, 2009, 9:51 pm
Today we visited the famous Nürnberger Christkindlmarkt (Nuremberg Xmas market). It is located in the middle of the city in the market place. There were masses of people and Maggy (our host's dog) was really scared. But the market is very nice.

Posted Feb 1, 2009, 4:13 pm
Today we walked over the Christkindlmarket - look at all the glittering, bright things for Xmas! Beautiful!

Posted Feb 1, 2009, 4:22 pm
In the evening we traveled to Sulzbach-Rosenberg, in the North-Eastern part of Bavaria, to be exact: the Oberpfalz. It was already dark when we arrived so there was not much to see.

Posted Feb 1, 2009, 4:39 pm
With day-light the town looks much better than at night - this is the town center (much smaller than Nürnberg or München).

Posted Feb 8, 2009, 9:46 pm
We went for an early morning walk with the dog. The sun was not yet fully out and in the dim light we crossed the brigdge alongside the German Museum and went down to the Isar river. When we arrived we saw that all was covered with ice.

Posted Feb 8, 2009, 10:11 pm
We walked over the ice - very carefully because it is easy to slip and fall. On some areas the ice cracked when we crossed over.

Posted Feb 21, 2009, 8:53 pm
Then we took a rest on a tree and in the Rosengarten, sitting on a bench in the morning sun  :D

Posted Feb 21, 2009, 9:23 pm
Sometimes we take Maggy, our host's dog, for a walk close to the European Patent Office. We are wondering why all those straw bales are tied around the trees?  :thinking:

Posted Feb 21, 2009, 10:00 pm
We passed by the Königsplatz today. We saw the Lenbachhaus (museum for art - they are showing Kandinsky right now) and the Propylaeum.

Posted Feb 21, 2009, 10:25 pm
The weather has changed and it snowed a lot. Now all the ice along the Isar river is covered with snow.

Posted Feb 22, 2009, 9:54 pm
I passed the European Patent Office again and guess what the bales of straw are for - they're used as bumpers for the kids of the neighborhood going down the little slopes with their toboggans so they do not get hurt (if bumping into a tree)

Posted Mar 17, 2009, 8:44 pm
Today the weather was cold and rainy - so I refused to get out of the nice and comfy backpack and get a photo taken at the Stachus (Karlsplatz).

Posted Mar 17, 2009, 9:14 pm
As usual I went for a walk with Maggy, our host's dog. We were very surprised when the meadows along the Isar river was suddenly dug up. Later we heard that this part of the Isar close to the German Museum is "under renaturation". In the seventies many rivers were put straigth, now they are put back into the previous natural state.

Posted Mar 17, 2009, 9:46 pm
I accompanied Pandamao to her home town. Sulzbach-Rosenberg is a small town in the North-East of Bavaria. Pandamao showed me the town centre, a former cloister, the castle and town-hall.

Posted Apr 10, 2009, 9:29 pm
When we went to our host's home town we saw a well decorated with Easter eggs. Here it is the custom to decorate bushes and wells with lots of colourful eggs for Easter time. Pandamao told me that it is still early and that for the Easter week-end there will be many more eggs there.

Posted May 3, 2009, 10:27 pm
Today we all visisted the castle of Burghausen, it is the longest castle in Europe, 1043 meters long.

Posted May 4, 2009, 11:45 am
Today we visited Gut Aiderbichl - it is a large farm where rescued animals can spend the rest of their life. A great idea - check out more on www.gut-aiderbichl.com

Posted May 4, 2009, 8:52 pm
Later during the week-end we visited the small town Marktl - it became well-known because it is the place where the current pope was born and spent his youth.
Then we moved on to Altötting. Altötting is a famous place for pilgrimage.

Posted May 4, 2009, 9:32 pm
Today I passed the German Museum. Some of my fellow TVs left here to go wild.

Posted May 9, 2009, 11:08 pm
Our host wanted to pick wild Bears Garlic. So we went to Feldafing at the lake of Starnberg and collected a bag full of Bears Garlic.

Posted May 9, 2009, 11:23 pm
Another trip to the Starnberg Lake - I saw the castle of Possenhofen, that's the castle where Sisi - the later Empress Elisabeth of Austria - has spent her youth.

Posted May 10, 2009, 7:51 pm
Today I went for a trip to Türkenfeld to collect more wild herbs. The photo shows us with wild anemone.

Posted May 10, 2009, 8:05 pm
The weather was great, sunshine, blue sky and so I took a walk along the Starnberg Lake.

Posted May 10, 2009, 8:24 pm
As we could not eat all the Bears Garlic we had picked, we cut it and put it into olive oil - it will be used for pesto later.

Posted May 27, 2009, 9:51 pm
Today I helped my host to put plants on her balcony. There are two small cherry trees, a rose bush, some other small plants. And now tomatoe plants will also grow there - some rare old sorts named: Egg of Phuket, Yellow Dattelwein, Green Zebra and Litschi Tomatoe. We also got one physalis plant. My task was to put basil, salad and other herb seeds in the pots.

Posted May 27, 2009, 10:03 pm
The sky went dark, wind started blowing and before I realized it a heavy storm was over this part of town - I heard some crashing noises outside on the balcony, I quickly hurried on the balcony and tried to protect the poor little tomatoe plants. Within 5 minutes I was drenched to the bone and went inside again. Poooh, the thunder was very loud and it rained so hard.

Posted Jun 15, 2009, 8:48 pm
This week-end I went back to the small town in the Oberpfalz for a family visit. We went by train and got a seat close to the window so we could watch the landscape passing by.

Posted Jun 15, 2009, 9:09 pm
Thursday we traveled to the Weissensee in beautiful Kärnten, Austria. We were lucky as the weather got better after a week of cold and rain - just look at the photos of the beautiful lake in the sunshine!

Posted Jun 15, 2009, 9:19 pm
After a good night's sleep we got up early to hike to the Alm hinterm Brunn (alm behind the fountain). It was a nice hike, the landscape is great.

Posted Jul 16, 2009, 8:25 pm
We  went for a nice long walk on the country-side. We passed the monastery of St. Ottilien.

Posted Jul 16, 2009, 8:43 pm
On Sunday we had to get up very early. First we got on the BOB train and after one hour got out at Geitau. From there we started our hike into the mountains. Luckily it was not very hot so we did not suffer from the heat whilst going up these steep mountain paths. The landscape was great and after 3 hours we reached the Rotwand. We were not alone - some grazing cows were our companions  :D

Posted Jul 16, 2009, 8:57 pm
We took a rest at the beautiful Soinsee (Soin lake). Then we picked some herbs - there were heaps of wild Frauenmantel (lady's mantle). It is famous as a medicinal herb.
After a long day we finally reached home late in the evening - very tired but also very happy and relaxed  :D

Posted Jul 20, 2009, 11:16 pm
Some time ago we planted little tomatoe seedlings - look how they have grown! The have invaded Pandamao's balcony and taken up all the space. But because of all the rain they are late and only one little green tomatoe is growing  :(

Posted Oct 6, 2009, 10:01 pm
I accompanied Pandamao to one of her acupuncture courses to Heidelberg. This time we stayed in the city center close to the river. We had many nice evening walks.

Posted Oct 6, 2009, 10:16 pm
Today I talk a walk along the Main river in Frankfurt. Unfortunately the weather was a bit cloudy.

Posted Oct 6, 2009, 10:25 pm
Luckily the weather changed and there was a lot of sunshine. So we went again for a walk along the river and watched the Frankfurt skyline.

Posted Oct 6, 2009, 10:37 pm
Today is our last day at Frankfurt. We visited the city center with the old houses.

Posted Oct 9, 2009, 10:44 pm
Here we are with the newcomer Cilly on the balcony and Maggy, the dog.
There are a lot of plants on the balcony, even tomatoe plants. We picked some of them.

Posted Oct 26, 2009, 10:53 pm
wow, finally my first trip alone and then even to another continent. I look forward to meet BunTraveler, Wourpet and her friends.

Posted Nov 2, 2009, 9:40 pm
There was a street festival in Schwabing. We also met a faun playing the flute - strange guy  :stare:

Posted Nov 3, 2009, 8:45 pm
For the week-end we went to the Allgäu. We walked around the Hopfensee (hopfen lake). It was nice autumn weather and the landscape was very beautiful. We saw meadows full with nice flowers.

Posted Nov 3, 2009, 8:56 pm
The evening we spent in Füssen. Füssen has a very nice old city center.

Posted Nov 3, 2009, 9:14 pm
Today we did a hiking tour along the Alpsee and the castles of King Ludwig of Bavaria. We were standing on a bridge and had a great sight of Schloss Neuschwanstein.

Posted Nov 4, 2009, 8:38 pm
At the end of our hiking tour we passed by another castle - Hohenschwangau.

Posted Nov 4, 2009, 9:05 pm
Today we went to see the famous Oktoberfest. When we got out of the sub-way everywhere it was full with people. Large crowds were walking on the Theresienwiese, enjoying the attractions. We did not go into a tent - it was just too crowded to even enter the door to a tent.

Posted Dec 13, 2009, 3:45 am
Helloooooooo -- I have made it to Colorado.  And it snowed - and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed.  Tomorrow I hope to go outside.

Piyo is still with me and now Obie has joined the group.  Wourpet says there are TVs that live here too so maybe I will meet them soon.


Posted Dec 31, 2009, 11:18 pm
Here we are still in the house.  It has stopped snowing and the sun is shining but wourpet has told us it is still far too cold to play outside yet. 

Obie and me and Piyo are watching out the window for warnmer weather to come.


Posted Dec 31, 2009, 11:30 pm
Today I finally ventured outside.  It has warmed up a little but is still very cold.  Piyo and I played on a rock in the sun for awhile and wourpet told us it is usually much warmer than this.  We are going to be decorating for Christmas later today.


Posted Jan 6, 2010, 5:15 am
Today was a very quiet day but I was allowed to play in the Christmas tree.  There were some new ornaments that came from other TVs and mentors. 





Posted Mar 2, 2010, 12:27 pm
Hi Mom!

Yesterday our flight landed at the Albert J. Ellis Airport in Richlands, North Carolina! The first thing we noticed is it is very cold here! Usually the weather is already up in the 60s but lots of weird storms have been going up the east coast of the US!  Here I am getting out of my envelope!


Here I am with my North Carolina postcard! North Carolina is famous for its Lighthouses around the Seashore!! Cape Hatteras is world famous and is located on the Outer Banks.


Next the rest of the Toy Voyagers that are visiting come over and greet us!!


We next meet my hosts dog who is a very small and spoiled Chihuahua named Sombrita.  She likes to find warm places to sleep and does not like to be disturbed LOL


I am a bit tired and I am going to go take a nap! all the traveling has worn me out!! hope you are having a great day mom!!

Posted Mar 18, 2010, 7:42 pm
Hi Mom!! This last weekend I went down to Wilmington for a car show.  My host belongs to a big car club and every year they put on a big show down at the beach.  I had fun checking out all the old cars and talking to the owners!!

Here we are with my host's friends 1957 Thunderbird.  This car was made famous in the movie *American Graffiti*


Here we are with a beautiful 1939 Ford Delivery.  This car also won Best in show at the car show. 


Here we are with a beautiful 1954 Ford Truck.  The paint job on this thing was spectacular!!


Their were some clowns walking around and we asked if we could take a picture with them.  We told them all about TVs and how we were traveling and they both said *Cool*


Here we are inside of a Azalea Festival cup.  The Azalea festival is a HUGE deal in Wilmington.  They have a fantastic parade and carnival during this time.  My hosts said we are not going to attend as the crowds are horrible and HUGE!!


A new TV from Australia arrived today!! he is a kitten and here we are greeting him as he gets out of his envelope!!


Well I am off to go cook dinner.  We are having a dish called *Taco Rice* and it is super yummy!!

Posted Apr 12, 2010, 3:49 pm
My host has told me that it is now time to leave the USA trail.  I have had a lot of fun traveling around the USA and hope to see it again real soon!! I am now waiting for my next hosts address and have my bags packed and ready to go to the airport :)

Posted May 8, 2010, 2:58 pm
Hello Mum,

I am back in Germany – and now I am on the German Trail. This is great. I start it in the North of Germany with RikeH. First Dicker Kumpel gave me a warm welcome.


Then he introduced me to the others. Bart is here – a TV from my former host.


I went outside and met Terri – a funny hippo.


I saw wonderful flowers.


After it I met three funny birds – first these two guys...


...and this great bird.


At the end I rest next to these flowers.


I am sure that I will have fun here.

Love Klaus

Posted May 13, 2010, 8:33 pm
Hello Mum,

the weather looked sunny – so we jumped in RikeH's bag and went to Hamburg with her.

Here you see us in the train.


First I looked out of the window...


...then I helped to write some postcards.


In Hamburg the weather wasn't so nice, but we went to the Town Hall. A wonderful building.



We went to the other side of the Town Hall.




On the way back to the place where RikeH works we saw these nice Arcades.


In the evening we went to see a game of handball.This is outside of the hall.


And here you see me inside.



Our team won 31:19 – it was a great day and evening!


Posted May 16, 2010, 8:23 pm
Hello Mum

It is Sunday and we made a nice trip to Bad Segeberg, a nice small town.

On the way we stopped next to this field of rape.


The yellow is beautiful.


We went to the Lake – can you see the Monument? It is an Apache.


Here is the Lake – and we have sunshine today!



After the walk went to eat some icecream – it was delicious.



Posted May 20, 2010, 9:21 pm
Hi Mum,

we drove to Hamburg with RikeH. We had the plan to visit the Cruiseship Terminal – a nice ship will be there. But first RikeH had to work and I explored the office. Funny guys are living here:


And these Easter Bunnys. They were out of chocolate, but I was not allowed to eat them.


The it was time to go to the Terminal. Look what happened – the ship was in the wrong direction for a nice photo. I would have loved to see the front.


So I looked over the Port.


We walked over the ground there – two nice buildings.



We managed to have another look at the ship – but it was not so easy - and I made a little nonsense, when RikeH tried to take a nice picture.



We went to a playground and played on this great ship.


After playing I was able to make some more sightseeing.
There are nice new and modern buildings in this part of the Port.



Here are new buildings and old ships – really interesting.



They will build a big theatre for classical music. Here were some informations about it - and you see me here – listening to some music.



We went back to work – to tell the truth, only RikeH worked – but on our way we saw these beautiful old buildings. Hamburg is a really wonderful city.




Posted May 26, 2010, 8:02 pm
Hello Mum,

it is Saturday evening and we went to Hamburg again. RikeH told us that will go into the CCH – and see a funny man. Maybe you know him? Well – we were so excited.

But before we went to an Australian Restaurant. I had a delicious cocktail – it was called Mai Tai – have you ever heard about it? It was so yummy...


...but very strong for a little Toyvoyager.


We went into the theatre – and found out that we were not allowed to take photos.
But one should be okay, before it started...


Mum, I had so much fun and laughed a lot – and not only because of the Mai Tai.

Back home we had a look in the web – and look – this was the funny man – called Jürgen von der Lippe. Do you know him?


A nice evening. It is great to be a Toyvoyager.


Posted May 29, 2010, 10:37 pm
Hello Mum,

Some new guys arrived in the last days. To celebrate it we had a big barbecue. Look – so many different kinds of food.


It was so delicious!!!


After it we went into the garden and found so beautiful lilac.

First the white one...


then the purple one.


After it we played a funny game – it is called Plumpsack – we had so much fun -
you see me running aound the others – a great afternoon.



Posted Jun 3, 2010, 10:35 pm
Hi Mum,

I will travel to my next host tomorrow. Fortunately we had great weather today – and went to Hamburg to visit the Port. We are a lot at the moment – here you can see us.


I looked out of the train window – it is beautiful out there.


Here you can see me in front of the famous church Michel in Hamburg. RikeH loves this church.


And there was this funny statue next to it.


Later we went to the Port. There were a lot of ships.


The white ship is the Cap San Diego – in the other direction you can see a big sailing ship – called Rickmer Rickmers.



Home in Sülfeld it was time to say good-bye. First I had a long talk with Dicker Kumpel – he was such a great host.


The others gave me a big hug –


and now I am on my way to the my next host. I will write soon.


Posted Jun 5, 2010, 6:56 pm
When I arrived in Aach today, nobody was a t home. But when my new host, Sissi, came back I was very warmly welcomed by her and her other guests:

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Sissi showed me a bit the garden next to her house:
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Her father-in-law has some great poppy flowers!! They're much bigger than I am!!!  :o

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Posted Jul 5, 2010, 10:33 am
Hello - I'm back from the family vacations  :D

We spent some days at the island Langeoog. Langeoog is one of the seven inhabited East Frisian Islands at the edge of the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea in the southern North Sea, located between Baltrum Island (west), and Spiekeroog  (east). The name Langeoog means Long Island in the Low German dialect.

We drove 8 hours by car to Bensersiel in northern Germany. We spent the time in a suitcase and slept most of the time. There we went over to Langeoog by a ferry and finally we took the train to arrive at the village.

Sissi and her family rented a small appartment. Here are some photos.




The first days the weather was not so good so we had fun reading all these books.

But fortunatelly on Monday the sun came out and we could go to the beach.




Look - we found a couple of mussels:

The week went by so soon. Every morning and avery evening we spent at the beach.
We also rented such a beach chair they have there:

and Sissi bought some stuff to play in the sand.

Julian had t sleep from 12 to 2 every afternoon so we hang around at the balcony:

One day we also went to the Water-tower - the landmark of Langeoog.

From there we could look down to the dunes and the north sea.

One day at the beach we also found strange traces. Do you know whom they belong to???

They belong to a duck:


I really had lots of fun here at the other end of Germany.

Posted Jul 27, 2010, 12:40 pm
Hello  :D

Today we made a walk / trip around Aach.
We took the car  ;)


We tried to find a street without any big cars because Julian (almost 2 yrs old) went with us. (In fact it's his car we used ;) )
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We found a street where no cars and no motorcycles are allowed. You can see the sign here:
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We walked a bit around and took the car in between. Here are some impressions:

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Then we went to a playground and hang around there a bit before going home.
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Posted Aug 4, 2010, 6:00 pm
Hi Mummy,
I arrived in Remscheid today. I was welcomed by bad weather and also by my new host Katja. At home there were waiting three more ToyVoyagers for me, camilla from Italy, Squirt whose Mummy is now liviing in the USA and Bussi vom Northern Germany.


Of course we were allowed to taste some of the sweets.


I had a quick look outside. It was still raining.


Let's see what we will do in the afternoon. Katja told me that she already knew what she would do later. She is knitting socks as a birthday present and she would like to finish them not later than tomorrow.



Posted Aug 11, 2010, 10:55 pm
Hi Mummy,
we met Katja's friend Erika today to take a walk together. We picked up Erika at her house. Erika is living in the district "Hasten", one of the oldest districts in the municipal area. You can find lots of typical "Bergische Häuser" here, usually half-timbered houses or those which are covered with slate.


We walked through a garden area, I saw blackberries here, not ripe yet.




I have a new furry friend now, his name is "Lumpi".


We walked towards the forest than.



In the garden of this house I found parts of historic machines.


We reached the forest than.


I saw some trail markings here. Katja explained that the encircled "R" and "W" mean hiking routes around the cities of Remscheid and Wuppertal, about 59 and 110 km long. The other marks are marking shorter hiking trails, usually between 5 and 15 km long.


This is a fish pond.


We rested on this pile of tree trunks for a while.



We decided to walk back home than. This did not mean that we would be home within a few minutes. First we had to walk back to the bottom of the valley and than walk back uphill to the city centre.

We saw old factory buildings when we crossed the road in the valley.



We walked through a hamlet where I found beautiful flowers ...


... and also a stony friend.


What a lovely old house!


When we walked towards the city centre we had to walk uphill for ages, like it seemed to me.



This is a small park, situated in front of the police headquarter.


This column in the park is dedicated to the town twinning with Quimper in France.


When we walked home Katja told me that she will visit the ferret shelter tomorrow and maybe she will bring a third ferret home. I will show you the ferrets soon. I am not afraid of them because my teeth are as sharp as theirs :D And they share dinner with me.


Posted Aug 13, 2010, 10:08 pm
Hi Mummy,
we took a walk today on a pilgrimage trail, the Way of St. James. We had planned to walk to Altenberg Abbey, but it was too far away. So we followed the trail for about an hour and than we walked back to the car. We followed this lovely valley most of the time.




Close to a restaurant in a small hamlet I saw this barn, it was decorated really nice.


Next stop was a place called "Markusmuehle".



We played "Hide and Seek" in this stack of wood :)




Posted Aug 13, 2010, 10:22 pm
Hi Mummy,
we took a walk today on a pilgrimage trail, the Way of St. James. We had planned to walk to Altenberg Abbey, but it was too far away. So we followed the trail for about an hour and than we walked back to the car. We followed this lovely valley most of the time.




Close to a restaurant in a small hamlet I saw this barn, it was decorated really nice.


Next stop was a place called "Markusmuehle".



We played "Hide and Seek" in this stack of wood :)




Posted Aug 14, 2010, 9:46 am
Hi Mummy,
we went to Duesseldorf today to take a walk with three dogs along River Rhine. We parked the car in Duesseldorf-Niederkassel.
The Rhine is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, about 1,232 km long. The Rhine is divided into sections, here in Duesseldorf it is called "Lower Rhine" (Niederrhein).


We saw transport ships.


We played in the sand, we even found shells!



I took a look to the dike.



This is a look behind, towards the city centre.





White willows are growing here, really close to the waterside.


We reached a marina. We left the strand and walked to the dike to return to the car than.




Posted Aug 24, 2010, 8:31 pm
Hi Mummy,
after a week with horrible weather we went to  Katja's friend Kerstin to take a walk in one of the rural districts of Remscheid, close to the Wupper dam. On our way to Kerstin's house we took a short walk in the district Luettringhausen's pretty old town.


We saw this historic mail box which is still in use.





Later in the afternoon we took another walk with dog Pepe.


We walked along a really narrow path between some fields.


We reached Wupper dam than.


Katja told us that there was not much water in it. Usually cou cannot see this "bridge"  between the water in the foreground and the background.


We soon left the dam area and walked back to the car, again along harvested fields.


This corn is not ready yet.


Bye for now

Posted Aug 26, 2010, 5:44 pm
Hi Mummy,
we visited an arboretum today. An arboretum is a collection of trees, sort of a botanical garden containing living collections of woody plants intended at least partly for scientific study. We went to "Staatsforst Burgholz", a woodland area which is situated in both urban area of Wuppertal and also the urban area of Solingen, but only a small part of it. When World War II was over, there were nearly all trees felled for rebuilding of destroyed city areas and also as firewood.

Searching for fast-growing forest species trees from foreign counties were planted than in this area to study their growth in local weather conditions. Plants from North America, South America, Asia and Europe were planted.

There are several walking paths through the arboretum, of course we chose the longest of them, about 6 km long, displaying a variety of trees from Europe, America and Asia.

We went to Wuppertal by bus and had to walk for about 15 minutes to reach the starting point of today's walk.


We saw an information board, showing some facts about this district of Wuppertal, Cronenberg.


We reached the forest than and also the starting point of our walking-tour.



We had to follow the yellow marking, showing a pine cone.


We saw lots of interesting trees, this one showing cork tissue instead of the usual bark.



From here you can see the L 74, a highway, feeder road to the motorway A 46.


We rested here for a while.


Here you can see an overview across part of this forest.


Due to the really bad weather during the last week we also saw lots of mushroom. Katja said that these were looking really funny. I don't know why, I t hink they look they an average mushroom.




This tree is a coast Douglas fir, usually growing at the West coast of North America ...


... and its cone.




We walked to a section of the forest where trees from Asia were growing. This "false cypress" is originally growing in Japan.




This is a beech, usually growing in South America.


You can see this tree growin in German gardens sometimes, it is called "Monkey-Puzzle", growing in Chile and Argentina.


We were sitting in the middle of our walking path here, it is completely covered with grass.


Do you know Katsura trees? They are called "Kuchenbäume" in German (cake trees), because in autumn their withering leafes smell like gingerbread.


This was a really interesting trip today :)


Posted Sep 3, 2010, 3:50 pm
Hi Mummy,
we went to town today because the sun was shining - at least a little bit :)

First Katja showed us the city hall. Its tower is 48 m high. The city hall was nearly destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt in a more modern style than it originally was.


On a pillar on the place in front of the city hall a lion is sitting - the lion is the heraldic animal of Remscheid.


On Thurday evenings they are playing music here. Some beverage carts are already here.


... Inside the shopping mall ...


... and the exit.


Here you can see the company building of the local newspaper "Remscheider General-Anzeiger" ...

... nearby the central bus station.



The Volkshochschule (adult evening classes) is situated in this modern building.


Here you can see all at once: the city hall, the newspaper building and the Volkshochschule.


Here you can see one of the churches in the city centre.


You can also find a funny fountain here.



We went along the shopping street than.


This is the main entrance of the shopping mall.


In the afternoon it started to rain again :(



Posted Sep 7, 2010, 9:00 pm
Hi Mummy,
we took a really long hiking tour along the River Wupper today. We went to Leichlingen, a small town in "Rheinland", by train.


From here we followed the River Wupper for about 17 - 20 km.

River Wupper is flowing through the city centre of Leichlingen.



This is a typical house of this region. Old houses are often covered with slate, you can also find lovely half-timbered houses.


We followed the river until we reached the historical grindery Wipperkotten. It was first mentioned in the documents in early 17th century, situated close to the River Wupper. It burned down and was rebuilt several times, survived even both World Wars. It was supposed to be dismantled in 1955, but it was saved, restored and is unter monument protection now.  Today they were celebrating their annual "Schleiferfest".

Here you can see the old grindery buildings with the double-waterwheel.


The waterwheels were running, driving the machines inside.


Here you can see one of the historical workplaces.




Outside again ...


We continued walking towards to Solingen. River Wupper is damed by a weir here.


We walked through a lovely hamlet than, it is called "Rueden", which is the German word for a male dog.






We walked along lovely flowers.



When we had to cross a road we saw this lovely vintage car.


We walked through another hamlet, Balkhausen.


In Balkhausen there is another historical grindery. a museum is situated here.




We walked until we reached Solingen-Unterburg. High above this district you can find the medieval castle "Schloss Burg", built in early 13th century. I hope I will vist this castle some time, Katja promised to take me there if possible. You can see the castle in the background of the next photo and a zoomed photo.



A chair-lift is leading uphill to the castle.


We took a last group photograph in Unterburg.



This was a fantastic trip, but my feet are hurting now (not only my feet, I suppose ;) )


Posted Sep 13, 2010, 9:17 pm

Hi Mummy,
in the afternoon we went to Katja's friend Kerstin to take a walk with her and her dog. We went to an area where the city limits of Remscheid and Wuppertal meet. We walked through a small hamlet with old houses.



We decided to walk to a nearby dam, "Ronsdorfer Talsperre". We walked though a rural area.


If the weather had been better you could have seen the city centre of Remscheid far in the background of the next photo.


We reached the dam soon.


I read some information on about the dam. Katja told me that it was restored a few years ago.




We walked downhill towards a pretty valley. By the way, Kerstin's dog decided to run away for some time here, so we had enough time to take photos.


The creek which is running through this valley is backed-up to fishing ponds. Here is one of them. What a lovely scenery.


We saw this pretty restaurant in the valley. Katja told me that is here for more than 100 years.


Did you ever see such a parking place?


We walked back when it started to rain. We all got wet!


Posted Sep 18, 2010, 8:30 pm
Hi Mummy,

Not only in Munich, but also in Remscheid.




Posted Oct 12, 2010, 8:01 pm
Hi Mummy,
Katja showed us Schloss Burg, a medieval castle in the neighbour city Solingen. It is situated high upon a hill above the River Wupper.


Schloss Burg was built in 1133 by Count Adolf I von Berg on a hill above the river Wupper.That's why this region is called "Bergisches Land". Many people believe that it's name refers to the landscape with hills and valleys. (For those who do not speak German: The German word for mountain or hill is "Berg", so many people think that the name "Bergisches Land" means "land with many hills" )

About a hundred years later it was enlarged by Count Engelberg II von Berg. This is the guy on the horse in the courtyard.

In Thirty Years War (17th century) many parts of the castle were destroyed. It was rebuilt then, but it was used for industrial purposes for many years. In the end of the 19th century they began to rebuild it as it appears today.

In the castle courtyard you can find souvenir shops and shops whose owners are doing an "old" handcraft. For example someone makes soap, another makes brushes, then you can buy things that were used by knights for the kids, like swords and helmets. 



This monument is showing Count Engelberg II von Berg.



From this high point you have a great overview across the landscape.




After visiting the castle we took a walk in the surrounding forests.


There is a pretty outlook pavilion.



When we walked back to the car we saw those planted shoes - real shoes  :D


A sawmill is situated here.




Posted Oct 12, 2010, 8:32 pm
Hi Mummy,

we visited Altenberg Abbey today. We took a long walk to get there, from Wermelskirchen to Altenberg, about 18 km. In August we walked a large part of this trail so I decided to take a nap in Katja's rucksack.


Altenberg Abbey  is a former Cistercian monastery in Altenberg, now a part of Odenthal in the Bergisches Land. It was founded in 1133 as a daughter house of Morimond Abbey.

It is called "Altenberger Dom" although Altenberg was never the seat of a bishopric, so this is not technically accurate), is now an interdenominational church used by both Roman Catholics and Protestants.

On the abbey area you can find some nice restaurants. We had coffee and cake in this one.


We visited the abbey than.


The West front was illuminated by sunlight.


There are more buildings on the abbey ground.



We had a look inside the church.





This church in the middle of the green is a really lovely sight.



Posted Oct 16, 2010, 8:37 pm
Hi Mummy,
I'm coming home now. I'll bring a little raccoon with me, iluaP ruhtrA.


Posted Oct 27, 2010, 10:56 pm
I'm back home now!

Posted Oct 27, 2010, 10:57 pm
I showed the Marienplatz to my fellow traveling toyvoyager  :D

Posted Oct 27, 2010, 11:01 pm
I showed the Marienplatz to my fellow traveling toyvoyager  :D

Posted Nov 6, 2010, 10:18 pm
Today the sun was shining and we decided to skip the household chores, hopped in the car instead and went to Uffing at Staffelsee. We had a wonderful time walking along the lake side and see all the great mountains in the back-ground. Unfortunately we have no pictures because the computer was making problems again (we could not empty the memory of the camera and therefore not take anymore pictures)  :( :(
After 4 hours of walking we took a rest in a beergarden. Unbelievable, it is November and we could still sit outside  :D

Posted Nov 17, 2010, 11:59 am
The weather was wonderful again - warm sunshine like in autumn despite it being November already. We simply had to go out and walk for a few hours east of the Starnberger See (lake).

Posted Nov 17, 2010, 12:02 pm
After our trip to the country-side we helped our host with the shopping on the Victuals Market. On our way back we visited also the Isartor.

Posted Nov 17, 2010, 12:15 pm
Today we made a walk to the Auer Dult, it is a large fair with lots of household stuff and wonderful things to eat  :p

Posted Nov 17, 2010, 12:28 pm
Maggy, the dog, showed us the Isar river.

Posted Nov 17, 2010, 6:59 pm
Wow, it is 18 degrees (Celsius) outside in the sun, it does not feel like the middle of November  :D
We took the car and went to the village of Klamm near the Tegernsee and hiked up to the Schwarzentenn Alm. On the way up we found some patches covered with snow - amazing! It was a great day, I enjoyed it very much. And then the moon came out in full daylight.

Posted Jan 10, 2011, 10:03 pm
The weather forecast said it would be a fine day so we took the car and went down South in the area of the Murnauer Moos, near to the mountains. We have chosen a nice walk in the sun with great views ..... the snow was nearly gone and the paths were really shiggy ... Maggy, the English Setter dog changed colour - from white with black dots to black with some white spots. Guess who took  a shower when we were back after 4 hours walking?

Posted Jan 10, 2011, 10:08 pm
We walked along the Isar and passed the German Museum (Science and Nature), later we took a rest. Luckily we have furs and so did not freeze in the snow.

Posted Feb 27, 2011, 9:50 pm

Posted Feb 27, 2011, 9:56 pm
Today we strolled through the main shopping street leading along nice old houses in Heidelberg's old city centre.

Posted Feb 27, 2011, 9:58 pm
Winter is back!

Posted Mar 4, 2011, 10:57 am
It was foggy this morning when I walked the dog along the Isar river.

Posted Mar 4, 2011, 11:09 am
After the walk I helped to take care of my host’s plants. Pandamao loves plants and flowers and she has a lot of African violets.
I learnt that it is easy to reproduce African violets. You have to cut a leave from an older plant and put it into soil.
Then you have to wait and some weeks later little green leaves will peep out of the soil. When they are strong enough you can take them out, separate them into their own pot.

Posted Mar 4, 2011, 11:31 am
There are lots of different varieties of African violets. I did not know that because in the garden centers you only get two or three different varieties. There are hybridizers that have specialized in African violets, mainly in the USA and Russia.
I want to show you some of Pandamao’s varieties.

This one is called Optimara Millennia (hybridizer Holtkamp).

Here is Ness’ Forvever Pink (hybridizer D. Ness)

The Russian hybridizer Elena Korshunova also has
beautiful varieties like EK-Dyhanie Grozy. The flowers are about 6 cm.

And  another Russian one:  Buket Nevesti (Hybridizer Morev). Buket Nevesti can be translated to “bridal buket”. It is still a very young plant and just starting with the first blooms.

African violets come in different sizes – large, standard, semi-miniature and minituare. Here is a minituare one, called Baby Jay (hybridizer Gall). You can see that it is really tiny.

Posted Mar 6, 2011, 10:25 am
We are starting on a trip from Munich main station.

Posted Mar 6, 2011, 10:38 am
From Panadamao's window we had a good look of the little village of Rosenberg.

Posted Mar 23, 2011, 11:02 pm
A small envelope arrived - I am curious what is inside. I opened and watched .... first some kind of claw reached out, then more body parts came out but .... :o ..... no head on the body, horror!! Well, in the end it turned out to be Lazarus, another toyvoyager, who had mislaid his head due to heavy traveling. Welcome Lazarus!

Posted Apr 19, 2011, 9:18 pm
Spring has come!

Posted Apr 19, 2011, 9:37 pm
I went on a trip to the North-East of Bavaria - Amberg. It is a nice little town and I strolled through the old city center.


Posted Apr 19, 2011, 9:44 pm
There are some really nice old houses.

Posted May 5, 2011, 10:40 pm
For the Easter weekend we went back to Sulzbach-Rosenberg. For Easter wells are decorated with painted eggs and ornaments. We visited a well near the house - really nice decorations!

Posted May 7, 2011, 10:12 pm
I was invited to a day trip to the Bavarian mountains. I had to get up early and take the train to Tegernsee.
There are a lot of traditional houses, nice to look at. But we did not stay in town but hiked up to the mountain top. It was great to take a rest in the sun ... with beautiful view.

Posted May 7, 2011, 10:23 pm
After our rest we climbed up to the top of the Riederstein. On top of the Riederstein there is a small chapel. It is just space enough for the chapel and a small bench to sit on and admire the view down to the Tegernsee.

Posted May 19, 2011, 8:25 pm
I spent a nice week-end in the garden and helped my host to set up some mulch beds for the garden.

Posted Jun 3, 2011, 5:10 pm
The weather was nasty, rainy and cold so we helped our host to repot the african violets. Pandamao showed us some of her african violets that were in bloom.

Posted Jun 3, 2011, 5:41 pm
I went shopping on the Victuals Market. In the middle of the market there is a beer garden - good for recovering the strength :D

Posted Jun 12, 2011, 1:12 pm
Pandamao spent another week-end in the Upper Palatinate (North-East bavaria) to renovate the old house. We also took some nice walks around the house. It is close to the forest, very nice and calm, I can hear lots of birds here.

Posted Jun 12, 2011, 1:17 pm
Tomorrow I'll go on vacation with Pandamao, some other TVs and Maggy, the dog. We have to get up really early to drive to France. We'll spend 10 days in the mountains of Provence.

Posted Jul 25, 2011, 8:00 am
We got up very, very early and drove all day long to a mountain area in Haute Provence. When we arrived it was already dark and totally knackered we sunk in our beds.

Posted Jul 25, 2011, 8:07 am
When I am not participating in a course on herbs in traditional chineses medicine, I like to go for a walk in the surroundings. It is a nice place, lots of green.

Posted Jul 25, 2011, 8:13 am
In the evenings we enjoyed a glass of red wine and were singing while Red Navel played the guitar - a very talented TV  :D

Posted Aug 8, 2011, 7:46 pm
After one hour drive we reached the small town of Nyons. There was the weekly market, it was very lively and lots of stands to look at. I bought some herbs, dry lavender flowers, honey and typical sausages, yummy  :p

Posted Aug 8, 2011, 7:58 pm
Another walk in the evening

Posted Oct 18, 2011, 9:23 pm
the weather forecast said it would be a great, sunny day so we headed out of Munich to the mountains. But when we arrived at Kochelsee (Kochel lake) there was fog everywhere  :(
We walked around the lake nevertheless, the view was still nice and I enjoyed the hike.

Posted Oct 18, 2011, 9:30 pm
In the afternoon the fog lifted and the sun came out. I really like to see the cows out in the fields with the mountains in the background.

Posted Oct 18, 2011, 9:48 pm
We traveled to the Allgäu for the weekend and did some tours in the Allgäu Alps. ´Today we went up the Senkele mountain.

Posted Oct 18, 2011, 9:55 pm
another day - another mountain  :D the view was spectacular.

Posted Oct 18, 2011, 10:07 pm
When we were back from the mountains we just had enough time to visit Füssen's castle before it was getting too dark.

Posted Oct 20, 2011, 8:08 pm
the day started with sunshine and a walk around the Schwansee (swan lake) and Alpsee (alp lake). I had my photo taken at the lake side. In the background you can see a very tiny Neuschwanstein castle. I zoomed in with the camera to show you how it looks like.

Posted Oct 20, 2011, 8:22 pm
We continued our walk around the lake.

Posted Oct 20, 2011, 8:32 pm
We arrived in Hohenschwangau - in the background you can see Hohenschwangau castle.

Posted Oct 20, 2011, 9:15 pm
this weekend there will be the streetlife festival in Schwabing. I strolled through Leopoldstreet to watch dance groups, singers, all kind of performances. It was great!