Pip, Alkmaar, the Netherlands


Posted Apr 29, 2008, 1:26 pm
Hello everyone!

My friend Woezel and i decided to go on trail because we wanna spread joy and happiness all over the world.

We are caracters from a story for children here in Holland.
The woman who brings us to life is Guusje Nederhorst. For many years Guusje played in a soap called "Goede tijden slechte tijden'' (good times bad times).
In 2002 she discovered her real passion: writing stories for children. That was the beginning of Woezel and Pip. Two inseparable dogs who experience funny and sometimes naughty adventures.
The little novels are a big hit here in Holland.
Unfortunally Guusje never had the change to see how many children enjoy the adventures of Woezel and Pip. She got breast cancer and died in 2004. Her husband set up the Guusje Nederhorst foundation as a memory for her creative, headstrong and brave personality.

You can imagine this is a great opportunity for me to have a lot more adventures. Woezel and i decided to each go our own way. When we come home we can tell each other our adventures. How great is that!

Here we are at home and talk to the TV's who are visiting Eva right now. It was great to hear their stories!

Here we are sitting in the book closet. Eva has many stories for children so it's always a pleasure to be here and read those novels.

And this is me (left one) and Woezel (right one).

I can't wait to start my journey!

Big hugs Pip (and Woezel)

Posted Apr 29, 2008, 10:07 pm
Pip his travellist:
1. Mondfalke (Germany)
2. Olgamaus (Germany)
3. Michele_one_L (USA and in July)
4. Vicki (South Africa)

Posted May 8, 2008, 10:30 pm
I finally arrived at my first destination. I am very excited what I can see and do in Hamburg in the next days.
I had a quiet journey although such an envelope is not very comfortable. I arrived in the morning but I had to wait for Jenny to arrive from university in the afternoon. But then she immediatedly took me out and the little things I brought with me!
I hadn't really time to look around until these two ran towards e to say hello. Its Moomin and Sonea and they seem to be very kind! I am missing Woezel a bit because I am not used to be without him but I think I can make a lot of new friends during my travels and tell him when we meet again!
Jenny says that the weather in Hamburg is really brilliant right now and that it would be perfect for going sightseeing!
Now I will take a rest and get some sleep...

Posted May 10, 2008, 5:53 pm
Today I have a lot to tell you. It was a very exciting day for me.
First Jenny showed me some of her favorite books. She has a lot of books and I was very interested because I am from a book myself. Jenny still have a lot of the books she liked as a child!
After that we went to the harbour. There were so many people, it was very crowded. The harbour celebrates its 819th birthday this weekend and there are a lot of shows, ships and other things to see. Also the weather is so brilliant that everyone wants to be out.
First thing we saw was a helicopter show. It showed how to rescue people out of water.
We also saw a lot of ships from different countrys. There were sailing ships, war ships and some smaller ones. This war ship is from Spain.
Then we found this one from Russia.
While we walked along the harbour there was a parade from smaller motor boats.
We saw some more ships from Portugal and from Germany then.
Finally we arrived at another sailing ship.
As Jenny likes this one very much we went on board. She says that this ship is called MIR and that it ofen visits the harbour of Hamburg. It is a ship were Russian sailors learn to sail. It was very interesting to visit this ship and look at everything. I was even able to sit at the wheel!
From the MIR I was able to see the St. Michaelis-Church. It is the main church of Hamburg.
At the end of our trip we visited a Finnish market and had some little fishs. They were really good!
Now I am very tired, it was a long and hot day...

Posted May 16, 2008, 9:41 pm
Today another TV arrived at Jenny's place! It was very exciting for me because I haven't met another TV on my travel until now.
So I waited excitedly until Jenny finally opened the envelope.
And then Claire comes out and I greeted her.
I told her about my days at the harbour last week and introduced her to my new friend Mumim. It was a special meeting for me because Claire has the same mentor that I have. We had a little chat and then went to bed because Claire was very tired.

Posted Jun 29, 2008, 12:35 pm
Jenny took me on a trip to Mülheim/Ruhr with her. She went there to visit some friends and watch Germany-Poland from the European Championship 2008. We had to change trains in Hannover and came through Bochum. Some of Jenny's relatives live there.
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We spent our time on the train by doing some graphic-riddles. It was fascinating to see the pictures slowly appeare.
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At the friend's house I met a new friend called "Washing the Bear" but everyone just said "Washing". He was a really funny person and was looking forward to the soccer match.
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I also met a donkey and a real big elephant.
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Jenny said that I should stay at home when she went watching the game on a public viewing-area. It would have been too dangerous for me with all these people around. We went home the next day. It was a nice trip and I had a lot of fun.
This was my last update from Hamburg. I will go on with my trip through Germany.


Posted Jul 1, 2008, 1:29 pm
Hi Mummy,
I arrived in Remscheid today!

My new host Katja found my envelope when she came home in her lunch break. She even found two envelopes. In the other envelope there was also a ToyVoyager from the Netherlands.


While I waited that someone opened my envelope I heard that the other envelope was already opened. The new ToyVoyager is Sylphide. Then it was my turn to get out of the boring and narrow envelope.

You won't believe who was sitting there on my new host's kitchen work space: DESMOND! And also an eagle named Aquila and Sylphide.



I'm really happy to meet Desmond here, though he is here for already three weeks, so he won't stay much longer. But that doesn't matter. At least we met here.

I brought a postcard from Hamburg and of course my notebook with me.

You'll hear from me soon.


Posted Jul 3, 2008, 6:41 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we visited Müngsten Bridge, one of the touristic highlights in this region.

The Müngsten Bridge is the highest steel railroad bridge in Germany. The bridge is 107 metres  high and spans over the valley of the river Wupper, connecting the cities Remscheid and Solingen. Originally the bridge was named Kaiser-Wilhelm-Brücke (emperor Wilhelm bridge), to honour emperor Wilhelm I. After the end of the monarchy the bridge was named after the district between Remscheid and Solingen.

Here we are on our way to the bridge. In the background you can see a little look-out pavilion. From there you have a stunning view over the valley.


Now you can see us under the bridge.


We walked along the promenade and had to walk uphill. Here you can see the valley with the bridge.


Later we rested in the sun. We were sitting at the bank of the river Wupper.


Here you can see into the other direction.


Close to the parking space we saw this map. I made a yellow marking at the place where we are living at the moment, the red one shows Müngsten Bridge.


It is really hot today. The weather forecast is expecting a thunderstorm in the evening, so we better stay at home.


Posted Jul 3, 2008, 6:50 pm
Hi Mummy,
today I went with Katja into the law firm where she's working. Sylphide and Desmond prefered to stay at home.

It is the last day with her colleage before her going on leave. Katja has to work tomorrow also but her colleague is only working from Monday till Thursday. Katja decided to buy lunch for both of them.




I tasted the veggie patty - it was delicious!


Posted Jul 4, 2008, 9:42 pm
Hi Mummy,
today a new ToyVoyager arrived: Wadworth from England. Wadworth was born in a brewery and wants to taste beer all over the world.



Wadworth is a really small and cute bear.

Katja told us that she would drive to IKEA with a friend. She wanted to take all of us with her, but Sylphide fell into a padding pool yesterday and did not dry completely over night. So Desmond and Sylphide decided to stay at home. Desmond had to write a few things into his notebook, so they wanted to do it together.


Posted Jul 4, 2008, 9:51 pm
We arrived in Düsseldorf. First Katja and her friend Kerstin bought a lot of things: Drapes, a mobile file cabinet, plants, flowers, some food and more. We also had dinner at the IKEA Restaurant.

We were sitting close to the window, so Wadworth and I were sitting on the window frame to have a good overlook.




We were so tired from running through the stores for hours that we sat comfortly in the shopping trolley in the end.


Katja told us that Wadworth arrived in due time because we will travel to Munich in about 10 days. Munich with the Hofbräuhaus. Wadworth will feel like being in seventh heaven!


Posted Jul 5, 2008, 8:13 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we visited Düsseldorf, the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The city is situated on the River Rhine. We went there by train.

Here you can see us in the town centre. Königsallee is the most famous shopping street of Düsseldorf.


We went through the old town looking for postcards. We planned to take a walk along the river Rhine.

Here you can see the old town hall in the middle of the old town.


This historic tower is built on a large space above the banks of the river Rhine.


The view across the river:


Here we are walking along the "Rheinterrassen", a large area with lawns and trees above the river banks. Many people were relaxing in the sun.


Katja and her friend rested in the beer garden of a nice restaurant. They had a drink and dinner there. We are back home now and we are all tired.



Posted Jul 9, 2008, 11:17 pm
Hi Mummy, today we visited Katja's sister. She is living in Remscheid-Lennep, one of the oldest districts of Remscheid. It is more than 770 years old.

We wanted to take some pictures in the old town but unfortunately it didn't stop raining the whole afternoon. We were sitting in the garden for an hour and than it startet raining without an end.

I took a ride with Wadworth in a remote-controlled Hummer.


We also played carousel in a wind wheel.


In the evening Katja and her sister were sitting on the balcony, drinking a beer. We were sitting on the balcony railing, watching them.


Wadworth wants to taste every sort of beer, so he got the chance to taste a new sort. We also tried it, but Sylphide and me did not like it.



Posted Jul 10, 2008, 8:48 pm
Hi Mummy,
today another ToyVoyager arrived: Tilda from Australia.

After opening the envelope we saw gigantic feet first. I thought it had to be a bunny. But it wasn't a bunny, Tilda is a kangaroo.




In the afternoon we took to the muncipal park. The weather was not good, it was very warm and muggy.

Here you can see the observatory at he entrance to the muncipal park.



We went to an old district of Remscheid, then, to Hasten. Here you can see typical houses covered with schist.


This is the museum of local history, a beautiful patrician villa built in 1779 A.D. Katja promised to visit the museum if the weather should stay bad.


In another little park a pillar is built with the crest of the town and the names of the partner towns engraved. Remscheid has partner towns in France (Quimper), England (Wansbeck), the Czech Republik (Presov) and in Saxonia (Pirna), one of the states in the former German Democratic Republik.



Posted Jul 12, 2008, 9:51 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we helped Katja to cook a delicious soup with broccoli. We had broccoli, some deep frozen leek, green peas, vegetable stock, garlic and some spices.


First we put some fat into a pot and steamed leek, garlic and green peas, later we put the broccoli into the pot and added vegetable stock. It had to boil for a few minutes, then it had to be purreed.



We addef salt, pepper and spices like nutmeg, basil, oregano and mixed herbes from the health food shop. When the soup was almost ready, we added some green cheese and sour cream.


The soup was really delicious.

In the late evening we were sitting on the kitchen's window sill, looking outside. We had two candles.


While we were sitting there and talking we broke a secret. We told Wadworth where we will go next week (we were supposed to keep it for ourselves). We will fly to Munich on Tuesday. We will stay there until Thursday.

Katja told me that there are a lot of beautiful parks where little dogs can play and maybe make new friends.


Posted Jul 14, 2008, 10:52 am
Hi Mummy,
today a new ToyVoyager arrived, just in time. It's Barnardo from England.


We have to pack our things now, we will have to be at Duesseldorf Airport at 08:20 am tomorrow. So we will have to get up very early tomorrow.



Posted Jul 18, 2008, 5:23 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we went by train to Duesseldorf International Airport  in the early morning. We were booked on a flight to Munich at 09:05 am. After the check-in we went to the observation deck. We hoped to see a few planes landing or starting.




We then got on board of our plane, an Airbus A 320.



Posted Jul 18, 2008, 5:49 pm
When we arrived in Munich we drove into town by train. We brought our luggage to our lodging and drove into town by subway immidately.

Munich is the capital city of Bavaria, Germany. Munich is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany. The town has about 1.35 million inhabitants.

We startet our visiting tour in the old town.

Here you can see Sendlinger Tor, part of the city's former fortification.


We were hungy and had lunch in a fancy doner kebap restaurant: Dönertier. It was opened by a Germany comedian, part of the famour duo Erkan & Stefan. Katja's daughter Alex was very anxious to visit this restaurant.

Erkan & Stefan created the "Dönertier", an animal that looks like a living kebap on it's spit. Alex wanted to buy such a plushy Dönertier.

Inside the restaurant we found a really exclusive interiour decoration, also many pictures showing the Dönertier.



We found a shop where exclusive chocolates and other sorts of sweets are sold. We bought some delicious pralines and a special bar of chocolate for Katja's son.


We made our way though the old town. Here you can see the new town hall, located at Marienplatz.


We then climbed upon Peterskirche, about 300 stairs. From the church tower you have a good look over the city centre.





Here I am in front of the national theatre.


To the same complex of buildings the Residence belongs, which is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs. You can also find the Court Garden in this complex. In the middle of the park in French style a circular temple (built in 1615 A.D.) is crowned by a statue of Bavaria.


We went to English Garden, one of the world's largest urban public parks. We wanted to have our first beer in the Biergarten at the Chinese Pagoda.

First we rested in the Monopterus, a replication of a classical Greek temple.


We went to the Biergarten then and had a beer.

Katja had a surprise for us. She had contacted another ToyVoyager host who is living here in Munich. We met Pandamo in the evening. She also had some TovVoyagers to show them around.

We met at the German Museum, located on an island in the river Isar.

We saw some interesting things in the inner courtyard of the museum, for example this gigantic turbine, which belonged to a hydroelectric power station in China.


Here you can see a  carousel close to the building of the museum and part of a ship's propeller.


We walked along the river Isar with Pandamo. We made some group pictures with the TVs Mocha, Bestik and Hurley.



We saw the Golden Friedensengel, which is standing on a pillar, 38 metres high. This statue reminds of the peaceful 25 years after the war between Germany and France in 1870/1871.




We walked along the river Isar back to the English Garde. We sat there and had a large beer.

We talked and talked and became really tired.  We went to our lodging in the late evening and went to bed immediately.


Posted Jul 18, 2008, 5:59 pm
Hi Mummy,
in the morning we visited Olympiapark. This is the Olympic Park which was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Parts of the area are covered with a roof made of  plexiglas, hanging on gigantic poles made of steel.

Here you can see us sitting on one of the anchorage points.





At noon we went to the Biergarten in the park. Here in Bavaria everyone is drinking beer already at daytime.


After that we went to the Olympic tower which is 291 m high. At a height of 190 m there is an observation platform. From there you have a stunning view over the town.


We signed the visitor's book here at the Olympic tower!


We went back to the town centre.

Posted Jul 18, 2008, 6:33 pm
In the town centre we visited the Viktualienmarkt, the most famous daily market in the town. You can find about 140 stalls and shops here where they sell all sorts of meat, vegetables, fruits, fish, herbs and spices flowers and more.




We went to the Hofbräuhaus then, the most famous beer hall worldwide.



Katja and Alex had a large beer there and also lunch. Alex hat a Leberknödel soup and Katja had Obazda, a special cheese-mixture from Bavaria, decorated with onions and paprika.




Posted Jul 18, 2008, 6:42 pm
Hi Mummy,
today was our last day here in Munich. Yesterday in the late evening it started to rain heavily. Today it does not look better outside.

In the morning we visited the Residenz, but you are not allowed to take any bag inside the museum. Photos can only be taken without flashlight. We had to stay in Katja's bag at the warderobe.

Our flight back home was at 3:15 p.m. so we had to leave Munich early.

Here we are at the airport in Munich.


This is our plane, again an Airbus A 320.


I really enjoyed our trip to Munich.



Posted Jul 19, 2008, 8:24 pm
Hi Mummy,

yesterday Hendrieke arrived, a ToyVoyager from England. Hendrieke is a goose.


today we helped my new host Katja to prepare  her "Rumtopf" (fruit in rum).

We needed cherries (500 g), white rock candy (500 g) and a bottle of rum with 54 % alcohol.


First we had to clean the cherries and to pit them.


Then we had to layer cherries and rock candy into the ceramic pot. Then you have to add rum until cherries and sugar are complete covered.



We put the lid on the pot and put in into the cellar, where it is dark and cool. In two weeks we will add apricots and peaches.


Posted Jul 22, 2008, 9:33 am
Hi Mummy,
today I met Felix. Felix is the main character of a popular children's book series. Felix is a travelling toy, just like me. The first book is called "Letters from Felix".

Have a look at Felix and me.


Letters from Felix - A little bunny on a journey round the world.


Here you can see how this story begins. Little girl Sophie is on an airport for starting her vacations with her family. Felix somehow disappeared ... Can you see what happened?


When Sophie recognized that Felix was not there she was very sad of course. But then, a few weeks later, a letter arrived. The letter was from Felix!


Felix had travelled to England on his own. He wrote a letter to Sopie. This is very cute in this book. On one page you have the printed envelope, on the backside you have a real envelope with a real letter in it.




More letters arrived in the following weeks. From France for example, this time even with a postcard, ...



... from Italy ...


... from Egypt ...


... from New York


A few days later the door bell rang and Felix was standing outside. He was carrying a suitcase full of souvenirs. You can find some real stickers in his suitcase.


Of course Sophie was very happy that Felix returned and that he had such great adventures.

If Sophie had thought that Felix would stay forever with her now, she had been wrong ...  Felix had become adventurous. You will see more his adventures later.


Posted Jul 22, 2008, 3:06 pm
Hi Mummy,
I showed the other ToyVoyagers Felix' book today. We all read his second book with new adventures.


Because Felix travelled around the whole world already he decided to explore other interesting areas, space for example. He writes a letter to Sofie from space.



… and from the jungle …


… and from other interesting locations like the sea bottom.

When he arrives safely at home Sophie is happy but Felix will leave soon for further adventures.

Felix is like a ToyVoyager. I also hope to get home safely when I finished my adventures.

Here in Remscheid it is raining. On Thursday the weather will be better, the weather forecast says.


Posted Jul 23, 2008, 9:12 pm
Hi Mummy, hi Dad,
today Katja took us to the town centre in the afternoon when it didn't rain any longer. On the first photo you can see me and Wadworth at the central bus station.


Here you can see the building of the local newspaper, Remscheider Generalanzeiger.


This is the public library.


This is one of the churches in the town centre. In the foreground you can see part of the tracks of a tram. Remscheid had a tram system once until the late 1960s. This piece of track remained as a memento.


This is a really funny fontain. Especially children love it because you have so much to discover there. There are many water wheels and other moving things


Here we are in the Allee-Center, the shopping mall.



We bought a mug for Katja's son. He is 18. (18 years, not 18 months  :p)



Posted Jul 24, 2008, 8:38 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we went to Hitdorf with Katja's parents. Hitdorf is a small town located at the river Rhine. We took a walk along the river there.

Here you can see a ferry dock. The cable ferry is crossing the Rhine the whole day to bring cars, pedestrians, cyclists and biker to the other side.






We rested on a bank.


This is the river mouth of the Wupper. The river Wupper is opening into the Rhine here.


On the other bank a flock of sheep is grazing.





Posted Jul 26, 2008, 3:45 pm
Hi Mummy,
I'm coming home soon ....


Posted Aug 21, 2008, 9:44 pm
Pip arrived home safely :D