Robinson, Bruchsal, Germany

fam-united


Posted Jul 6, 2007, 8:59 pm
Finally my "mum" found time to write the first update here. She is very busy with the end of the school year coming, but it is time for her to write something here and to upload some photos before I travel to alleycat in Jerusalem. I'm so looking forward to visiting her soon.
fam-united


Posted Jul 6, 2007, 9:21 pm
We drove through the streets of Bruchsal and I saw the jailhouse, the hospital, the Damianstor (an old city gate) and the area of the palace.
alleycat


Posted Jul 16, 2007, 8:11 pm
Yay! I'm in Jerusalem! I haven't seen anything yet, but at alleycat's home I already met 2 toyvoyagers - a beautiful lady rabbit called Purple Bun, who had come from England, and a cheerful penguin called Tux, who is still planning to travel.

Tux is leaving us soon, but it appears that Purple Bun is staying for 2-3 more weeks, and we'll go to all the interesting places together! I'm very pleased! it should be fun :)

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alleycat


Posted Jul 18, 2007, 11:35 am
Yesterday me and Purple Bun, my travelling companion from England, went to see the city center! Purple Bun is very interested in religious places, so we saw a couple of churches, which are really quite impressive.

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This is The Notre Dame of Jerusalem, located not far from the Old City, is an international pilgrimage and cultural center. It has a web site: http://www.notredamecenter.org

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And here is another one - the Holy Trinity Church, which is a Russian Orthodox Church. It's surrounded by trees, so it's difficult to make a picture. The photographing inside is not allowed, so it would't make much sense to enter even if our host were dressed properly for the occasion.

...more to follow...
alleycat


Posted Jul 18, 2007, 12:26 pm
We dropped by the municipal building, located in a spacey area surrounded by trees.

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Lion is a symbol of Jerusalem, so everywhere you go you can see lion statues and pictures.

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I love all these tropical gardens!

...more to follow...

alleycat


Posted Jul 18, 2007, 12:40 pm
Here's the Jaffa street - one of the central, busiest and oldest streets in Jerusalem.

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No traffic? that's rare!

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A typical house on one of the narrow side-streets - palm trees on the balconies, too!

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Most of the buildings on the central streets are used for little shops, cafeterias, restaurants, clubs etc.

...more to follow...
alleycat


Posted Jul 18, 2007, 1:20 pm
We're on Ben-Yehuda street which is a pedestrian zone, with numerous shops and cafeterias.

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It's quite green...

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and bustling with life - exciting!

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You can see all kind of street scenes. Here's a street musician playing guitar, and nearby the religious Jews are performing the ritual of laying Tefillin.

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Here's a Jewish shop selling ritualistic accessories...

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And an Arab shop selling gorgeous chess sets! and jewellery.

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But it's time to go. We're on King George street (another one of the main Jerusalem streets) on our way to catch the bus. (The big building to the right is a bank).

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Till next time!
alleycat


Posted Jul 23, 2007, 8:47 pm
Today I went with alleycat to her working place (my travelling companion Purple Bun refused to go because she've been there a few times already). We walked by feet (and by wings), it took about half an hour and I was able to see a typical Jerusalem living neighbourhood - not extremely fancy but not poor either.


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We went by a small synagogue - doesn't look like a place of a religious worship, but the small ones usually look very utilitary and low-fuss.

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A typical street - it's a fairly old and quiet neighbourhood, so there's a lot of trees.

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Most of the houses here have 2-4 floors and a few entrances, so there are no private gardens - the garden around the house belongs to all the tenants. But most of the people are comfortable with sharing.

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The lack of gardens is compensated by big balconies.

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Whee, I'm on a vine tree!

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A bird-eye view on the neighbourhood and a small park.


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...to be continued...









alleycat


Posted Jul 23, 2007, 9:03 pm
The campus of the Hebrew University looks more like a park than a working place - so spacey, green and full of flowers.

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One of the main alleys.

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A promenade - hey, looks like a real forest here!

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A local cat naps on the big rocks - it's a quiet and lazy place.

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Most of the trees here are conifers - pines, cedars and similar.

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And another cat, carrying some prey.

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Just trees and rocks - but you still can see the big city on the horizon.

...to be continued...
alleycat


Posted Jul 23, 2007, 9:15 pm
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Back from the forest, admiring the flowers which are all around the place.

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I tried to get acquanted with one cat...

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but apparently she's not interested in parrots.

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Flying around the National Library building.

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Another main alley, now with a temporary tent building built in the middle - we're not sure for what purposes, maybe it's some students' celebration or exhibition. The lawns are usual place for resting, studying and everything, but it's difficult to see on this picture.

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A decorative pool, with some very weird decorations!

...to be continued...
alleycat


Posted Jul 23, 2007, 9:22 pm
Now this is something I couldn't pass - the exposition of birds!

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Hello, pretties!

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You can learn a lot if you just walk around and read notices!

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I think I'm the best bird around. Maybe they will hire me to work here?

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A brief look at some more palm tree goodness...

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and at the Knesset (the parliament) building. It's not far away from here, but the visitors are not allowed - only tourist groups.
alleycat


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 7:26 pm
Today we had quite a tour! First we went to a viewplace on Mt.Scopus to see the panorama of Jerusalem with one of the most famous holy sites - the Dome of the Rock .

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(we arrived by this lonely road)

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The Dome of the Rock is a Muslim shrine built on a sacred stone which is believed to be the spot from which Muhammad ascended for a night-long journey to Heaven in AD 621, and in Judaism the stone is believed to be the place where Abraham fulfilled God's test to see if he would be willing to sacrifice his son Isaac.

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We saw also the Church of Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives - a Russian Orthodox church built by Tsar Alexander III in 1888.

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And just a general view.

...to be continued...
alleycat


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 8:03 pm
Then we visited the Latroun Monastery, founded by a group of monks of Ia Trappe, a Cistercian monastery in Normandy, France. Latroun Monastery is also famous for its winery.

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Around the monastery.

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The park is blooming with flowers.

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This is as close as we could get.

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What you can see in the neighbourhood.

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A monument to 3 distinguished religious figures.

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...to be continued...
alleycat


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 8:31 pm
We passed through Abu Ghosh - an Arab village west of Jerusalem whose inhabitants are known for their friendly relations with their Jewish neighbors.

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So I stopped to see a mosque.
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The place is a bit crowded because of a few restaurants nearby.

...to be continued...
alleycat


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 8:58 pm
And finally, Sataf gardens.

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The place provides great views at the neighbourhood of Jerusalem. The big building on the hill is the Hadassa Ein Kerem hospital.

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There's also a monastery or church but we were not sure what's the name.

...to be continued...
alleycat


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 9:20 pm
It was fun to see and taste all the fruits growing here - especially the grapes!

(whoa, 5th post for today!)

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alleycat


Posted Aug 2, 2007, 2:59 pm
Today we had a walk around one of the new neighbourhoods of Jerusalem - built within the last 10 or so years.

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This tree is big, which means we're still at the edge of the old neighbourhood.

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All the houses in Jerusalem are built of special white stone, to maintain the consistent look of the city.

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The place is quiet; the trees didn't have time to grow yet, but there are green lawns.

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The architects try to design interesting and various shapes for the houses.

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A view on the shopping center (permanently under construction).

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The building on the background is a hospital.

...to be continued...
alleycat


Posted Aug 2, 2007, 3:17 pm
Further away from the main streets...

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No skyscrapers here - these houses are among the tallest ones.

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Still a lot of empty space - probably will eventually be turned into a construction site, which would be a pity...

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The weather was too hot, grass had dried out.

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A playground! so empty... probably it's too far and the weather is too hot to play.

...to be continued...
alleycat


Posted Aug 2, 2007, 3:28 pm
Purple Bun and Robinson - friends forever!

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And here's another, bigger and more busy street.
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A typical "big" house entrance.

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And a small playground on our way home - the message says "for children under 3 years". Well, we just dropped by for a minute, so it's ok!
alleycat


Posted Aug 26, 2007, 5:51 pm
During alleycat's vacation, I've visited a beautiful place - a moshav (village, farm) near Naharya, north of Israel, close to Lebanon's border.

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Entrance to the house (2 floors; every house belongs to one family, in the village you don't have to be stuck with neighbours)

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Streets are narrow and pretty much free of traffic!

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Flying around the house - there's a lot of space for that!

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Kids have their own playground in the yard.

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Lebanon border on the horizon...
alleycat


Posted Aug 26, 2007, 5:57 pm
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A lot of trees for me to sit!
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Mmmm tasty...

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Here's a cactus to be taken seriously!

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These houses look so nice...

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alleycat


Posted Aug 26, 2007, 6:04 pm
I met many different animals:

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horses,

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sheep,

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hens and roosters,

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geese,

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and of course cats,

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and dogs (this dog might look dangerous, but she's the quietest and friendliest dog ever!)
alleycat


Posted Aug 26, 2007, 6:16 pm
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A grove of banana trees.

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Argh - not ripe yet...

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Vines...

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Fruit trees (oops - forgot which ones)

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Tomato fields...

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I just loved to spend so much time outside, breathing fresh air!
alleycat


Posted Aug 26, 2007, 6:28 pm
Today I visited a Mediterranean beach in Tel-Aviv. It was a bit too crowded and hot, but nevertheless nice!

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There was hardly any free space on the beach...
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except the patch of the wet sand right near the sea.

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The water was very warm - around 28°C - so there was a lot of swimmers.

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Shallow water "pool" - ideal for small kids.

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alleycat


Posted Aug 28, 2007, 9:58 am
Goodbye, Jerusalem. I'm off to Hungary to continue my journey! :excited:
Szandra


Posted Sep 13, 2007, 7:26 am
Hello!!!
I have already arrived to Hungary! Sorry for haven't updated my blog earlier, but Szandra had busy days, then she became a little ill and I nursed her!:)
Today she felt herself better, so we decided to make a little excursion and see the main sights of Budapest. We had fickle weather, but we didn't give up our trip because of a little rain!;)
At first we went to see the Heroes sqare, there was a big ceremony with a lot of soldiers and policemans, so I was a bit shy... I asked Szandra to visit first the Castle of Vajdahunyad and go back to the square when it will be calmer.
I enjoyed walking in the park of the castle. There wasn't many people, and I could meet with some friendly birds!:) When I got tired, I lied down into the grass...hmmm..it was very soft!

Szandra


Posted Sep 13, 2007, 8:01 am
Then, we returned back to the Heroes square. Just in the great time, the soldiers started to leave the place.
On the square I saw the Millennium Monument.
The monument created as a memorial to 1000th anniversary of the Hungarian settlement, is a determinant work of art of the Heroes' Square. 14 renowned figures of the Hungarian history found their place in this composition, which has been redesigned on several occasions. In the middle the spirit of victory personified by Archangel Gabriel stands on top of a 36 metre-tall column.
Szandra


Posted Sep 13, 2007, 8:03 am
After that, we saw the Széchenyi Thermal Bath. I have to say, the weather was so cold, that I didn’t wish to go inside and swim…

Szandra


Posted Sep 13, 2007, 8:05 am
We visited the Parliament too. I havn’t thought before that it’s so big, 268 metres in length and 118 metres wide. From the Parliament we didn’t have to go far to see the Danube. Wow, I was surprised that the water-level is so high. I heard that it generated some troubles, but now it stared to fall off.

Szandra


Posted Sep 13, 2007, 8:08 am
Now, we are travelling for a week to Spain!!! After I returned back, I'll share you my experiences!:)
Szandra


Posted Oct 9, 2007, 5:21 pm
Finally I have time to write you!!! I'm so sorry that I haven't given any infos about me for a long time ago, but don't worry, I'm ok!

On the first pic that I would like to show, I'm in the airport of Budapest!
Szandra


Posted Oct 9, 2007, 5:24 pm
Spaaain, here I come!

Szandra


Posted Oct 9, 2007, 5:33 pm
Lying on the hot sand, sunbathing, swimming and seeing the sunny sky, I can't tell you how great was that! B)
I tried to record myself in almost every position! :D
But nooo...you can't see me swimming, that's my secret knowledge! B)
Szandra


Posted Oct 9, 2007, 5:37 pm
In the evenings generally we went for long walks. There was a beautiful see side, and when there was nobody there, I crawled in to a boat! I was Captain Robinson! ;)
Szandra


Posted Oct 9, 2007, 5:43 pm
I was very lucky because this was a 2 in 1 journey, I had occasion to see also Andorra! We just travelled and travelled... I had to sit in the car for long, but finally when we arrived, I was happy that didn't stay in the hotel room.

Szandra


Posted Oct 9, 2007, 5:52 pm
I enjoyed the trip to Barcelona, however unfortunately one day was too short to explore everything!
But you can see me in front of the Sagrada Familia, we walked thru the famous La Rambla, saw the statue of Colombus and visited the Aquarium:



Szandra


Posted Oct 13, 2007, 6:11 pm
Before I left Hungary I went to see Lillafüred which is also a part of the city where Szandra lives. There was a beautiful big lake and the place was sorrounded by forests. There were nobody there, we set down and saw the water. Than I shew how perfect I'm in flying and took wing into a big tree!  B) I'm happy that I could see that place.
After that I said good bye, Switzerland here I come!!! I continue my journey!
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 14, 2007, 7:11 pm
Switzerland here I am!! I arrived 2-3 days ago. Traveling in my little box has been very awful because I couldn't stretch my wings. :(
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 14, 2007, 7:14 pm
At Swiss Sunshine's I met another Toy: Sylphide. We had some time together before she go on her journey.

I don't know what Sunshine and I will do but I'm already looking forward to visiting Switzerland.
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 19, 2007, 11:56 am
Yesterday was a busy day! First I met Sunshine's birds. But this meeting was not successful, we were scared of eachothers... Then I help her to read "Robinson Crusoe" like me!!!!
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 19, 2007, 12:02 pm
In the afternoon, we went for a walk. I saw the cathedral of Fribourg and its huge tower, the town hall then a part of the old city from the modern city. There is a swimming pool in Fribourg but I couldn't go there, it was tooo cold for an exotic parrot like me!
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 19, 2007, 12:13 pm
This is a sign of a street called "Rue des épouses" or Wife's street. We can see a couple and under them a message written in French and in Swiss German from Fribourg. As mummy speaks German, this is what it says "Hüt! Freu di Hochzitter, du guete Ma. Morn het am End D'frau dini Hose a." The french version does not say the same...
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 19, 2007, 12:18 pm
Jean Tinguely, born in Fribourg, and her wife, Niki de Saint-Phalle, are famous artists dead now. They lived in Fribourg some years ago. Sunshine showed me a statue created by Niki. There is also a sculpture made by Jean in Fribourg but I haven't seen it yet.
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 26, 2007, 12:21 pm
Yesterday I went to a big amusement park in Germany because there is no amusement park in Switzerland! We drove 2h30mn to Rust, where there's the Europa Park. Sunshine already went there this year with Sylphide!
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 26, 2007, 12:25 pm
It's soon Halloween and the park has been decorated with many many pumpkins everywhere and even EuroSat, a big ball that contains a rollercoaster, has been wrapped into a "pumpkin papper!" I also met a skeleton in the middle of a fountain. Very scary!
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 26, 2007, 12:27 pm
Rollercoasters were scary too!! Here are the Splash, the Euromir, the Boat and the biggest one the Silver Star!
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 26, 2007, 12:32 pm
Europa Park is divided in some areas and each of theme represents a country! I saw a dutch mill, an italian gondola, a beach from the North of Germany...
swiss_sunshine


Posted Oct 26, 2007, 12:36 pm
And I met Mäusli, the mascot of the park, a princess, an earless seal
swiss_sunshine


Posted Nov 4, 2007, 9:30 am
Last week Sunshine forced me to do sport with her. We went in the forrest to run and do some exercices. Aargh I don't reall like sport. That's why I prefered sleeping!
swiss_sunshine


Posted Nov 4, 2007, 9:35 am
One or two weeks ago, Sunshine received post from Annbear This box was very intriguing.......

OOOOh Great!! It was new voyagers!! Fusco and Ms. LilaBunz!
swiss_sunshine


Posted Nov 4, 2007, 9:42 am
3 days ago, we had tea and biscuits together. We ate a special swiss cake. And this morning she's prepared a breakfast with milk, honey, swiss cheese and a special sweet swiss bread called Tresse in French, Zöpf in German and Treccia in Italian, which simply means plait or braid (according to my french-english dictionary!)
swiss_sunshine


Posted Nov 7, 2007, 1:39 pm
Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh I'm the voyager of the week :p
Sushine has promised this morning that she'll organize a little party for me with Fusco and Ms. LilaBunz but she has not said when it will take place! I like surprises!!
annbear


Posted Dec 12, 2007, 10:23 pm
Hello,
What a tiring flight but finally I am here and ready for more snow fun!!Photos to follow. Watch this space.....
annbear


Posted Jan 2, 2008, 7:51 pm
Deck the halls with nice little parrots tra la la la la la la la
annbear


Posted Jan 2, 2008, 7:53 pm
Went off to Anzeres for a ski weekend - look at all the snow. One important question - should parrots board or ski???Or perhaps a toboggan??
annbear


Posted Jan 7, 2008, 9:50 am
I made a lovely cake today but the greedy humans ate it all :mad: But they all complimented me and gave  me some nice bird seed instead. It´s much better than cake for parrots apparently. I was so tired with all the mixing and baking that I decided to go to bed early. Phew! I´m exhausted :p
Mood


Posted Mar 31, 2008, 7:14 pm
Well ... It seems I slept a long time !!!? And I woke up this morning in a new house where I was welcomed by two funny guys : Auggie (the alien) and Blue Rat (the rat)
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As they told me Bonjour! I understood we were in France, near Toulouse in fact ...

It seems we are going to make a visit of the town soon, according to what told me Blue Rat.. I can't wait for it!
Until that, I've already found my roost
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Even if this one size me better don't you think???
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In fact, Blue Rat was coming back from Guadeloupe, and brougth back this "Oiseau de Paradis" ...  especially made for me !!!!!!

He also brought back a bottle of Rhum blanc and some chocolate
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Of course, we all had to taste this !!!
Mood


Posted Apr 5, 2008, 9:33 pm
What have you in your basket ???

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Happy Easter every one !!!

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Mood


Posted Apr 5, 2008, 9:54 pm
Today, I have visited the Pink town and here are my pictures :
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This the Place du Capitole (behind me is the Capitole, where sits the townhall).

and here are the arcades around the place :
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This tower is the Donjon of the Capitole :
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and here is the Musées des Augustins :
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Close to one of the main streets : Rue Alsace-Lorraine
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and if you continue, here is the Pont Neuf :
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But the weather was really bad, so we came back home before getting soaked.

At home, Auggie asked us to learn him how to say hello, here is my first lesson :
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and look, I learnt how to say hello in russain thanks to Blue Rat :
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Then we started a new game called : Dessiner c'est gagner (some kind of pictionary), we had to guess what was drawn..
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Easyyyy !!!!

Will you guess this one ???
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a self portrait (!!) by Stripey, the artist of the house ...
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then, here is mine :
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.. Well, we played a long time... but this drawing is still a mystery ...
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"Just art" said Stripey !!!



The day after it was time to say goodbye to Blue Rat
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ANd we found ourselves together Auggie and I .. and the weather was still so grey .. So we played Scrabble
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Well .. I TRIED to play scrabble with Auggie .. as you can see, it wasn't easy !!
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I'm not sure Auggie understood the rules ... and his strange vocabulary is not in my dictionary !!!??


Mood


Posted Apr 22, 2008, 12:22 pm
We had a new guest today, called Bestik ...
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He's coming from Swiss..
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He learnt some words of German so we talked together .. and he told me he might go to Belgium ... so, I asked Mood if I could go with them ... but it's not sure??

Meanwhile, as the weather was great, we went back in Toulouse by bus...
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Here we are : Auggie, Bestik and I
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and we went for a guided tour of the Saint Sernin basilic, the New bridge ...
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Mood


Posted Apr 22, 2008, 12:53 pm
Hello Petra,

Here I am in Bruges !!!!!
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I finally went with Bestik in Belgium !!!!

In fact we took the plane from the airport of Pau
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and after our check-in ...
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... we took on board
Look, this is our plane (with people from the previous flight coming down)
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As bestik wasn't at its ease, I tried to reassure him reading the security notice
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fasten our seat belts ...
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and here we are, ready to take off
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and after only one hour we landed in Bruxelles Charleroi
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Here are some pictures of Bruges which is a really beautiful town !!!
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This is Jan Van Eyck plein
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On the Markt
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with the famous Belfry
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Mood


Posted Apr 22, 2008, 1:06 pm
We also visited Bruxelles
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This is the great place
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Mood


Posted May 27, 2008, 3:33 pm
pheeeewwwwwwww !!!!!!!!!!!!! Robinson had a narrow escape!!! Fortunately, everything has returned to normal!!
I explain: Robinson was on his way to Ondrejliska, his next host since one month (he was sent on 23dr April), and still no news ...
Until today: I had a note from the post office aslking me to get back a damaged parcel :

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ow! ouch! said a small voice from the inside...
I was sure it was Robinson, so I quickly opened the parcel and yet:

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Poor Robinson !!! he managed to get out, and at last! stretched his wings !!! (Mumble encouraged him)

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In fact, the parcel went to Czech Republic as it was mentionned on the labels ...

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and then back to France!!?
I'm sure Robinson has a homing pigeon in his blood!!!

Anyway, he's now resting ... but as soon he recovers, he will start again!!!
ondrejliska


Posted Jun 16, 2008, 1:20 pm
I finally arrived to Ondřej's place.  ;)
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After such a long time spent in a parcel, I feel a bit flatenned.
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I hope I'll see all those famous Prague monuments soon!
ondrejliska


Posted Jun 19, 2008, 7:50 pm
Wow, that's great! From now on, I have a roommate - Fusco, a French rabbit!
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ondrejliska


Posted Jul 8, 2008, 12:38 pm
Have you ever heard about St. Nicholas' Church on Lesser Town Square? Fusco and I went to visit its belfry.
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Prague is often called "city of hundred spires". Right upon my head, you can see Old Town Hall, which is famous especially for its Astronomical Clock (horologium in Latin, orloj in Czech).
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This church is dedicated to St. Thomas.
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The sun was shining, so we decided to sunbathe a little. Behind us, you can see Petřín outlook-tower, a copy of Eiffel Tower.
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There was an exhibition inside the belfry, part of which was this etching from 1740.
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kristl


Posted Jul 28, 2008, 5:43 am
Hello -- I've finally arrived to the host and rainy Moscow :)
ChristinaB


Posted Sep 26, 2008, 5:22 pm
I had a quick flight over to Vienna where I arrived today. Unfortunately it is raining today but my host told me that we'd maybe start sightseeing tomorrow.
kristl


Posted Nov 30, 2008, 9:39 am
Finally I found some time to update my travelog! I'm relly sorry I haven't made it before :(

On the 3d of September we visited the centre of Moscow:

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Here I'm near the State Historical Museum:

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Towers of Kremlin, the one with white stripes - Nikolskaya - a really beautiful one:

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And here's the entrance to the Red Square, unfortunately it was closed :(

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There were some preparations for the Day of Moscow:

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Then we came to the Red Square, though we could not walk on it, it was closed, but we could watch everything:

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Then we saw GUM - the most famous shopping centre and even walked through it!

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And here you can see the famous Spasskaya Tower:

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and the wonderful St. Basil's Cathedral:

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fam-united


Posted Aug 4, 2011, 4:40 pm
After a long stay in Vienna, I'm back at home again.


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fam-united


Posted Aug 6, 2011, 4:52 pm
Petra's camera had been at the shop to get rid of the amount of sand in it. So we had no chance to take photos in the meantime.

Today it was warm and now there are heavy clouds at the sky. We wait for more rain.


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fam-united


Posted Aug 19, 2011, 7:48 pm
Today we took a photo of nearly all tvs, which stay here right now. There are several tvs of our host: Aaron, Schnuffi, Scotty, Cassiopeia, Simba Leon and me. Then there are the regular guests: BarryO, Bubo, Henry, Sanji, Tuffy, NiliHH, Jack, Chuckle, WillyW. All the others are tvs, which stayed with hosts, who had some problems and no chance to send them on to their owners or the next host, including me. It is the biggest amount of toyvoyagers I ever had around me:)
fam-united


Posted Sep 7, 2011, 6:14 pm
A thunderstorm is coming.

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fam-united


Posted Jan 28, 2012, 10:22 am
I like this Christmas decoration on the window. It's on the same place each year. If you like it too and want the originals to cut them out for yourself, please send a note to Petra.
It's a nice place for us toyvoyagers, too. It is warm and you can see everything that's going on on the street
:)

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The first photo is without flash, just to show you, how dark it is outside although it is early midday. If Petra hasn't done a mistake, then there are 26 toyvoyagers sitting together. Some are her toyvoyagers, some her daughters and some are rescued toyvoyagers, which still are at her place and of course some are guests, who will move on again.
fam-united


Posted Jan 28, 2012, 11:04 am
After the big group photo session the guests finished the stars.

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Of course we other toyvoyagers were really curious and came to take a look at the beautiful stars.

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Later a group of starsingers visited our house, but we just had been too slow, so we aren't on this photo. Nevertheless we thougth, that it is a good idea to show you, how starsingers can look like. They don't carry one of our stars, though. They belong to the church region, were our hosts live, but our hosts go to another church, where they lived before. It's a bit complicated:)

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In the afternoon we all helped our Petra to bake two cakes. She told us, that tomorrow isn't only Epiphany, but also her husbands 50th birthday and that we will go to the parish hall and carry cakes with us. At first we baked a Hermann cake. It is a cake like a round robin, that's how it seems for me. Petra told us, that she received a part of the cake a few days ago and that she had to stir it and to feed it and that now it is ready to get baken. Of course we added some more stuff like flour, sugar, almonds, cinnamon, chocolate pieces.

We read the recipe.

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Then we had to get some more dishes for the "kids" of this cake.

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We had been really busy.


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We also added some apple pieces.

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We wondered, if this dish would be big enough and decided, that it wasn't. So we took a star for the dough of Hermann.

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fam-united


Posted Apr 29, 2012, 3:59 pm
Finally I found time to read these two pages of two different newspapers of the week. The one is about Bruchsal asparagus. Bruchsal is famous for its asparagus fields and auctions.

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The other newspaper page is about the baroque palace of Bruchsal. I think, you have a good view to many different parts of the main building with the church tower, but still many houses are missing.

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fam-united


Posted Apr 30, 2012, 6:27 pm
We have typical April weather in Bruchsal. There is sunshine and the next moment there is hail and thunder and rain.

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fam-united


Posted Jun 2, 2013, 2:13 pm
Wow! We have another sunny day! I really had no chance to see the flowers in the garden behind the house until now, because the weather was that bad. I can't remember, that we had springweather like this before. All flowers are blooming at the same time and the trees got leaves within minutes it seems.

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fam-united


Posted Feb 20, 2015, 6:59 pm
There will be a big event in this family this year: the wedding of one of the sons. Petra is happy, that she is allowed to bake the wedding cake. It will be a cake with strawberries and maybe some marzipan. She still doesn't know the other ingredients, so she has to try some cakes and find out the best version. And of course we are part of this.
Here's the first cake - I can't remember the ingredients anymore, I'm sorry.
:)

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