Gypsy, Heidelberg, Germany


Posted Feb 5, 2012, 2:38 pm
Today I have read this fable of Äsop and I have to say: I am proud of beeing a mouse, too!

Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. "Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn
some of these days?" The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go. Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. "Was I not right?" said the little Mouse.

Moral of Aesops Fable: Little friends may prove great friends


Posted Feb 7, 2012, 6:37 pm
Oooooh, I have found a map in the computer that shows my home-farm!
...and my village!
...and the town Weilburg!

2.picture can you spot my farm?
3.picture on the right side is Weilburg and on the left side in the edge is Gaudernbach my home-village :-)
The river you can see is the Lahn. It splits the town and the whole country in Westerwald and Taunus.

Posted Feb 7, 2012, 6:56 pm
Today I was allowed to visit a primary school. Each tuesday Noisy is helping some children with their homework.
I looked around in the classroom and found a little teddy sitting there. He told me that the pupil sometimes are very loud and that he's glad when the school is over in the noon at 3:15 pm. But he told me, too, that he has learned a lot of interesting things since he lives in this classroom.
There were posters at the wall showing what to eat in the break and one poster showed me all the big birds I must have an eye on, because they love little mice to eat...

Actually I would begin my journey right after school, but Noisy forgot my travelbox at home. Tststs...*shakemyhead*

So I will start tomorrow, I have booked a bed in the TV-Hotel-Oberlausitz.

Posted Feb 9, 2012, 4:49 pm
Before I start my journey, I have taken some pictures from here around...

There is a village named like my family ;-)
Noisy, the dog
and an overview of my village

On my way to the post-office the radiostation played : Gypsy and the cat -- It's time to wander... great!

Posted Mar 3, 2012, 6:33 pm
Hello mommy!  :D

So you allready heard of the tragedy and so we started again!  :D This is also funny... much more cheese for me!  ;)
AAAAAAAAND surprise, surprise... next week I will do a little and very short ;) trip to... LONDON! Ok, that means I have to leave the TV-Hotel Oberlausitz, but I think it is ok for five days!  :D

To be honest, I overslept my arrival! It was late in the evening, when LadyButterfly picked me up from the post office. The little parcel was to big for the postbox. And because I slept I havn't recognized my arrival. LadyButterfly called my name again and again, but I havn't heard her. So she used a trick!

Ahhhhh cheese... yummi! That waked me up! And voila.... Gypsy arrived!

And dissappeard as fast as he arrived in the cheese-bag! I was soooooo hungry of the trip!

When the bag was empty I gave LadyButterfly the presents I had with me. She was so happy, mommy and I should say you a big, big thank you!

The magnet got a place of honor on the refrigerator, because she collects this stuff!

Befor I leave the kitchen again I watched into the pots. LadyButterflys boyfriend prepared for the dinner... it smells very good! Maybe I will also get a little piece of the dinner!  ;)

But there was no chance to leave the kitchen... I stood eye in eye with Mary Lou Muffin the housecat. But I havn't forgotten the fable and so I shared it with Mary and she promised not to eat me, during my stay here.

Then it was time to check in the TV-Hotel Oberlausitz. My bed was ready and I was happy, because my trip was very exhausting!
This is the big sign on the top of the hotel!

There are very cool pictures of the Oberlausitz in the hotel. So I got a small impression where I am right now!

And then I could fall into my bed! It was so great to feel this soft bed and I fall asleep immediately!

But there was one last thing to do!
The outside of the hotel is handmade by many TV-members, because all postcards are on the wall outside the hotel and now there is one card more... mine!  :D

So my arrival was very exciting and I hope the next month will much more exciting! Well let's see!

Many greetz to you mommy!
I miss you very much!


Posted Mar 5, 2012, 6:38 pm
Heyho mommy!  :D

Ohhhhhhhh the days pass soooooooo slowly!  :(
I'm so excited of my big travel to London and so happy I won't travel in a little parcel, but it takes so long until thursday, when we will fly!
But now it is time for me to tell you, what I have done the last days!  :D

On saturday evening all TVs get together to watch the big fight of Klitschko in television! LadyButterfly is such a big boxing-fan and so we took some chocolate and all sat around the television!

But the fight was over befor we got warm with cheering on. We hadn't even the chance to open the chocolate, but that was ok for me, I prefer cheese!

Yesterday we made our first London travelinggroup photo. I think that will be a really nice trip and we will have so  much fun together! Maybe I find a new ear piercing for my other ear with the Union Jack on it!  ;)

Together we decided we want to know a little bit more about London and so we googled a little bit! Ranil and PinkyHH told us everything we have to know!
We allready know, London is the capital city of Great Britain! With 7.825.200 people London is a city with the most people in the EU!
It was founded in the year 47 by the romans and was called Londonium. In the 2. century it became the capital city of britain.
Today London is one of the biggest city for cultur, financial and trade!

This is the blazon of London!

Now you want to know how big the distance will be that I travel, am I right mommy?
Can you see the red spot on the picture? This is London! And the hand? This is Ebersbach, where I am now. The distance between Ebersbach and London is 1197 km and I'm happy I musn't walk it! We fly from Berlin!  :D

Another very important thing for London is the weather! We all took a look on a british homepage!

What do you think mommy? Does the weather look good? Ok a little bit rainy on saturday and sunday, but maybe we have much luck and it won't rain! Who knows!  ;)

But today the weather was wonderfull! Sunny... the whole day long, so I decided to go on the balkonie and took a little sunbath!

And in the afternoon we used the nice weather to took a walk to the spring of the Spree! There are three springs of the Spree, but we visited the oldest, that named "Spreeborn"!
Today there was build a pavillion around the spring so visitors can take a rest and watch this beautifull place!

Time vor another big groupphoto! Together with LadyButterflys TVs. We all sat on the Spreeborn, but because it is winter the spring was closed, so it couldn't get damaged!

Here you can see one of four inscriptions!
This one means:
"Waterlevel of the Spreeborn
387,26 m
over the Eastsee"

And last but not least... the blazon of saxony! With two lions... if have to think of the fable again!  ;)

Wow mommy that was such a wonderfull day, sunny and warm and interessting! But I still miss you a little bit!


Posted Mar 15, 2012, 6:20 pm

Wow what a amazing trip, I still can't believe I traveled to London. It was so cool there, the city was so biiiiiiiig and loud and the people were so friendly.
But wait... everything step by step! Today I will tell you of my first day in London, so don't worry there will follow more pictures!

It was very hard to sleep befor thursday. I had to go to bed very early, because our trip starts at 2 am, but I can't sleep. So I got up again and helped LadyButterfly with the luggage. We looked if we have forgotten anything and prepaired the luggage for the flight!

Very important was also to count the money a last time. I made this and everything was perfect. It is funny on all coins and notes is the face of Queen Elisabeth! Also very strange is the fact... the 2 pence coin is much bigger then the 20 pence coin. Funny british people!  ;)

LadyButterfly did a great job with our travelplan, she also made a handout for us.
Also very important and usefull was the book. But I recognized also, if you look a little bit lost in London, someone will ask you, if he could help you. The british people are very friendly!

Later and deep in the night, our journey started with driving to the airport Berlin Schönefeld. I fell asleep on the trip and awaked when we arrived the airport. The checkin and the security check was very quickly over and so we took this photo in the transitzone, when we waited for our plane!

I took just 1 1/2 hour until we arrived Great Britain. On the Gatwick airport we took our first steps on british ground. Outside I found a cool welcome sign!

From Gatwick we took the train to London which was 50 km away and then we brought our luggage to the hotel, befor we started with sightseeing.
Our first tour goes to the Baker Street, yes you hear right, the real Baker Street where Sherlock Holmes lived!
I took a photo together with PinkyHH!

Outside of the underground station we met the one and only Sherlock Holmes!

Near the Baker Street is Madam Tussauds, but sadly we can't took any photos! There was no chance to, because there were so many people... classes and tourists and it was even hard for LadyButterfly to take one picture.

So after Madam Tussauds we took a little rest in the Regent's Park. This is one of the royal parks of the Queen and its very big and very beautifull. Even the weather was great so it was cool just to sit outside and watch the wild animals.
Ok they weren't really wild, because they know the people and that they will be feeded by the tourists. We hadn't that much time to watch the park, but what we saw was amazing!

I saw a heron very close to me!

After that very hard day we all went to a pub called "The Goose", it was very old and comfortable and I had my first ale ever there.

That evening I had no problems to fall asleep! I cuddled with my TV-friends and slept the whole night long!

That was my first day in London and the next days will follow soon!


Posted Apr 14, 2012, 2:00 pm
Hi mommy!

Today i arrived in Laubach. I heard a voice calling " Zingoz Maaaaaaaaaan!"..sounds a bit crazy!

Then a big yellow smiling face looked right into my envelope...

I crawled out of the envelope and said hello to everybody.

They welcomed me very friendly. These 3 TV's are guests here, too. The yellow one is Wacky-Z, the little leopard is called *Paul* and the bear-lady is Cilly.

Okay, let's look around and see where i will life for the next weeks...
Oh it seems that a cat is living here..

Oh yes! There is definately one cat! But this scratching post is sooo huge, so i guess there will be more cats. Maybe two or three  :thinking: I hope they do not like rat-meat..

Hello?.. Is anybody home?

Oh, i found one cat! Hello!
Wacky-Z told me her name is Cami and she is very nice.

Hi Cami! Please be so kind and do not eat me.. i'm not very tasty!  :cyclops:

Well, she's not very interested in me.. phew! I think we'll become good friends ;)

Oh wow.. there is another cat! A red male cat! Hmm, mommy, you know what they say about red cats! They are insane!  :stare:

Wacky told me this cat-guy is cool. His name is Eloy.
Hi Eloy!  :D Please don't eat me and we'll have a lot of fun together  :p

That's all for now. The other TV's are very nice, the cats are nice. I think i will have a great time here  :D

See you soon mommy!

Posted Apr 14, 2012, 2:40 pm
Hi mommy,

today i did a roadtrip with Wacky-Z thru the area around Frankfurt/Main.

First we drove to Offenbach.

Eustachia had to work, so we walked around at the shopping street.

And we ate icecream! Yummy!

Wow, these buildings here are veery huge!

This is the city hall. Hmm, not that pretty!

And this is a church. Looks much better than the city hall  :p

Some steps later we found a Polizeiladen (Police store). Hehe, i really don't know what it is, but it sounds funny  :D

We continued our journey and it began to rain.

Let's see what they got here in Offenbach.. A Burger King and a Pitstop..

Very long and broad roads..

An E-Center (supermarket), an OBI (do-it-yourself store) and a shell gas station..

As you can see, nothing special  :p

Posted Apr 14, 2012, 2:45 pm
Then we passed a brigde and drove to Mühlheim.

What's up with these street signs?

Oh wow, the fuel is a bit cheaper today!

Take a look at this amazing clouds.. It looks a bit frightenig.

Posted Apr 14, 2012, 2:51 pm
On our way back home we passed a biogas plant.
It looks amazing with these orange laces fluttering in the wind..

Posted Apr 14, 2012, 2:55 pm
And we passed Hungen. Every town at this area is a bit rural.

This is the Hochwals-food-factory! They produce milk products.

Posted Apr 14, 2012, 2:57 pm
Back at home!

That was a great day and Wacky-Z and me, we had a lot of fun.

Talk to you soon!

Gypsy  :)

Posted May 1, 2012, 2:18 pm
Hello mommy :)

Today i did a roadtrip to Aschaffenburg with my hostmom Eustachia, and two other TVs: *Paul* and Cilly.

Here are some impressions of the city

This is the railroad station

There in the background you can see the Johannisburg Castle.

It's coming closer!

It looks beautiful, we should visit it!

And here we are!  :D

We had luck, today is a market. So we walked around and bought some sweets  :p

This castle is soo beautiful!
It was erected between 1605 and 1614 by Georg Ridinger. Until 1803, it was the second residence of the prince bishop of Mainz. It is constructed of red sandstone. Red Sandstone is the typical building material of the area around Aschaffenburg.

But first of all.. let's have a little break and eat some sweets. We bought roasted almonds and chocolate popcorn. Yummy!

In the back you can see a little herb garden.

This view is so beautiful!

Time for a group photograph!  B)

Here you can see the Main river.

But wow.. what is that there in the background.. semms to be a huuuuge play field.. woaaa, i wanna go right there!

Time for another break. Let's relax at a bench and enjoy the sun.

And hey, Eustachia brought us some merci chocolate.  :D

And another group photograph with the Main river in the back.

There were some oarsman. Wow, they are fast!

I love this picture! The huge castle with the clearblue sky!

This is no drinking water! But a funny place to take a picture  :p

And this is the view of the courtyard.

In front of the castle is a little park, to walk around or have a seat and relax.

A very nice place!

Bye bye Aschaffenburg...

Time to drive back homeward.

I hope you like the pictures. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun.


Posted May 1, 2012, 2:25 pm
Hi mommy :)

Sorry for long time no update. But my hostmom had some stress, so we couldn't do any trips.

But today we visited a wild animal park :D

As we arrived, the rabbits and guinea pigs got their food. So there was some action!  B)

These plushy little guys are called raccoon dog. Awww, they look sooo sweet!

Hello little donkey  :D

Waaaah, mommy  :( you wouldn't believe what happened to *Paul* the next 5 minutes... He wants to cuddle a cute little donkey, he was shaking his ears and *Paul* felt right into the donkey bawn!  :o

Eustachia was getting very nervous, because he was too far away to pick him up. But i think, for *Paul* it was fun!  :p

She tried to touch him with a stick, but it was too short. Then she talked to the donkeys to nudge me that i can move closer to the fence. Hahaha.. and so it happened. One donkey went closer to *Paul*, looked at him and snuffled at him with his huge snout. Hihi, that looked ticklish  :D

Then he picked *Paul* up with his mouth and throwed him nearby the fence.  :rolleyes: Omg, i think for Eustachia it was hell on earth :p

This is the friendly donkey who helped *Paul* out of the bawn.

And this is the proof... donkey are not dumb, as everyone says. They are very clever and helpful  ;)

This funny guy with the beautiful eyes is a guanaco, some sort of camel.

Hello little goats!

In the end of our visit we were so hungry. So we decided to eat a pesto-pastry, some salat and a baked potato with curd cheese.

What an exciting day! We had so much fun.

Gypsy  :D

Posted May 5, 2012, 4:03 pm
Hi mommy.

Today we visited my hostmoms sister to do handicrafts  :D

Eustachia bought this things a few weeks ago but she never had the time to do it. Today she got many assistants  B) So let's start!

I chose a bag with a cat. Hahaha, funny  :p but hey... i like cats!

And i got some help from Eustachia's niece.

First i had to glue the eyes and hair at the cat-head.

Uuuhh this will be so beautiful!

Then i had to sew.. thread some gems.. fill the cats head. Hahaha, that was fun!

Hmm.. it's late and the bag is still not finished. Maybe i will finish it tomorrow. It's enough for today. Phew, this was more work than i thought. But we had fun!

See you next time... with the finished bag  ;)

Posted May 5, 2012, 4:13 pm
Today i said goodbye to *Paul*.

How sad! He really became a good friend of me. But now it's time for him to continue his travel.

Byebye Paul and take care of you!

Maybe we'll meet one day again  :D

Posted May 6, 2012, 2:53 pm
Hi mommy  :D

Time to continue my handicraft.

Today i have to sew all parts together and add the holders.

Sew, sew, sew...

It was a bit tricky but i think i did a good job  :)

All ends of twine are sewed up.

Woow, the bag looks pretty! What do you think?

Hey Eloy! You're lying at the holders! I need them to finish the bag, so please release them!

Some final stitches..


What do you think, mommy? I love this bag!

That was fun!


Posted May 13, 2012, 12:04 pm
Hello mommy  :D

Today was an exciting day! Purple Tentacle invited us to learn archery...

So first we went to the fields nearby our house.

And this is our target, there in the back. It is made of straw.

Hahaha, Purple Tentacle is a very funny guy. He wants to take on the world  :p And from his point of view we need to learn how to fight. Today with bow and arrow  ;)

Cilly, Wacky-Z and me payed attention on what he said.

This is our bow. It is a horsemans bow.

Hahaha, look at him how he lift up his little arm, while talking to us  :D

And these are the arrows.

And another loooong monologue about arrows and how to use them correctly...

Then he told us, that we have to strike the target right in the middle.. Who'd have thunk?  :p

I was the first archer! Did i score?

Oh nooo, no success...  :(

But where are my arrows?

Ah, here they are!

As i arrived at the group, Wacky-Z jubilated to me. So nice!

Then i gave the bow to Wacky-Z. His shots were much better than mine.

Congrats, Wacky! That was a great job!

Cilly was the next one. She didn't scored, too. But the arrows were very close to the target.

Heey Cilly! Well done!

And now our master wanted to show us how to do that...
But he didn't scored..
Well, he shot the little shack, but not the straw target  :p

Purple Tentacle:
So my friends. As you can see, we have to practice! Then one day we score with every shot! We have to practice, practice, practice aaaand PRACTICE!

Cilly, Wacky-Z and Gypsy chorus: Yes, we will!

Hahaha, i think this is no job for a little girl like me. But, i said "yes we will!" to make Purple Tentacle happy. But don't tell him  ;)

After some more shots we enjoyed the sun..

..and relaxed a bit. Phew, archery is very exhausting!

See you soon,
Gypsy  :)

Posted May 13, 2012, 12:23 pm
Hello mommy!  :D

Today we did a little roadtrip with my hostmom Eustachia.

First we drove to Marburg.

And Eustachia bought some new stuff at an archery store.

Unfortunately we had no time to visit the city and take some photos. Maybe next time  ;)

Then we continued our travel to Frankenberg, and Biedenkopf...

Posted May 13, 2012, 12:46 pm
In Biedenkopf we visited the castle.

What a beautiful view over Biedenkopf!

As you can see, the crazy Purple Tentacle was here too. And.. it's just what i expected.. he wants to force the castle  :D

To scale this castle wasn't that easy, but my purple friend was very motivated!

And so we tried to keep up with him.

Only one more step...

We just managed it! Phew.. that was hard!

Hmm, yes, now we had a better view..

But that wasn't enough for Purple Tentacle. He told us, that he wants to assault the tower too! Oh my god.. This guy is insane!  :thinking:

Here is some Information about the castle keep.

After some more steps we arrived at the top.

Woooow, this view is sooo great!

It was a bit stormy, so we have to cuddle up with everyone.

And finally Purple Tentacle wanted to capture the flag. Oh my goodness! Fortunately we could hold him back.  :thinking:

This is Biedenkopf. It looks much more beautiful from above  :p

Time to step down...

.. with Purple Tentacle as our leader  ;)

That was a funny day!

I miss you mommy and wish you a nice weekend.
Gypsy  :)

Posted May 15, 2012, 2:47 pm
Today i have to say goodbye.

I will continue my travel and my next stop is Berlin. I'm so excited!  :D

Aww, look at this. Everybody came to say goodbye.

Byeeee Eloy! You're such a freaky cat, but i love you *kiss*

Bye Wacky-Z, i will miss your funny way of life!

Goodbye Purple Tentacle. Hahah, you freaky guy. Thanks for teaching me archery  :D and take care!

And finally goodbye Cilly. My good friend Cilly. I will miss you and our conversations. You're a beautiful girl. Take care!

Bye byeeee and thanks for everything!


Posted May 19, 2012, 7:28 pm
Mommy, I arrived in Berlin!
I heard some voice, then my envelope shook a lot.
When it stopped to turn I jumped out of it. I got a lovely welcome by Crawfish, DuDette (she's a mouse, too!!!) and Alex. I think they are nice guys.

Meow & purr

Posted May 22, 2012, 9:07 pm
Hello Mommy,

I went out early in the morning, about 5.30am!
On this picture you can see the famous Ku'damm (short form of Kurfürstendamm)! It is one of the most famous avenues in Berlin. The street takes its name from the former Kurfürsten (prince-electors) of Brandenburg. This very broad, long boulevard is full of shops, houses, hotels and restaurants. In particular, many fashion designers have their shops there! The avenue with four lines of plane trees runs for 3.5 km (2.2 mi) through the western Berlin. As you can see, nobody except me was on the street! All were sleeping!

In the afternoon, when my host finished work, we visited some other nice places.
I saw the famous tv tower "Fernsehturm". It was constructed between 1965 and 1969 and with its height of 368 meters, it is the tallest structure in Germany. There is a visitor platform and a revolving restaurant in the middle of the sphere. The tower is part of the World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT). And the other building on the picture is St. Mary's Church (Marienkirche). It was first mentioned in German chronicles in 1292. It is presumed to date from earlier in the 13th century. The church was originally a Roman Catholic church, but has been a Lutheran Protestant church since the Protestant Reformation.

Then I jumped into a bus. It stopped at the Nikolaiviertel (Nikolai Quarter),  the reconstructed historical heart of the German capital.

Then we passed the main river of Berlin: Spree. In the background you can see the famous Berlin Cathedral.

I jumped out of the bus at Potsdam Square (Potsdamer Platz). It is an important public square and traffic intersection in the centre of Berlin. It is named after the city of Potsdam, some 25 km to the south west, and marks the point where the old road from Potsdam passed through the city wall of Berlin at the Potsdam Gate. After developing within the space of little over a century from an intersection of rural thoroughfares into the most bustling traffic intersection in Europe, it was totally laid waste during World War II and then left desolate during the Cold War era when the Berlin Wall bisected its former location. Since German reunification, Potsdamer Platz has been the site of major redevelopment projects. Look, the buildings are so high!


Posted May 22, 2012, 9:27 pm

We did a road trip!

DuDette, Crawfish and I jumped into the car and whoohoooo...
We started at one of the Berlin highways.

After a while we passed the state line of Saxony-Anhalt. Sad, it's not allowed to stop next to the sign.

Then we crossed the big river Elbe. Can you see the small brown sign?

Munich seems to be so far away, about 290 miles.

Have a look to the sky! Isn't it beautiful??? All the shafts of sunlight and the clouds!

We left the highway and used a street through the forest. I'm not sure if there are any animals living. I didn't see any.


Posted May 24, 2012, 7:32 pm
Hello Mommy,

we did a bike tour today to the neighbor village called Möhlau. There are lots of lakes around, like in the whole area. We stopped at the biggest one where it is also allowed to go swimming.

This is a really flat area, but look, there are also small hills. We got so much speed downhill.

It was a sporty day!


Posted May 24, 2012, 8:25 pm
Hi Mum,

today when we girls relaxed in the park Alex invited us to his garden.

He showed us that there are many healthy things to eat. First we found a pieplant.

We cut one stack and brought it to our picnic place.

Alex cut the bottom. He told us that it is not eatable.

He also cut the big leaf, because we couldn't eat it, too.

Alex peeled the stack and put it around us. Crazy kitty! He cut the rest of the stack into pieces that all of us had enough to eat.

It was delicious and not as sour as we thought it could be.

Then we walked through the garden and the noses of DuDette and me found something interesting.

Crawfish and Alex opened the roof and we jumped in! Lots of fresh and tasty salad!

We took some leaves to the picnic and DuDette and I cut the salad into pieces.

We made rolls that it was easier to eat it. Delicious!

After so much food we were too tired to walk back home. So we used the car.

First we used a fast street where some chickens were watching us! Can you see them?

Then we used the freeway. Crawfish drove so fast!

Love you!


Posted Jun 2, 2012, 9:27 pm
Hello Mommy,

finally the weather is better than the last days, so I did a short stop-over next to the street. Finally a blue sky!


Posted Jun 7, 2012, 10:47 am
Hello Mommy,

today I visited the park of Wörlitz, which is a part of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm. The central Wörlitzer Park lies adjacent to the small town of Wörlitz at an anabranch of the Elbe river. It was laid out between 1769 and 1773 as one of the first English gardens on the continent. According to the ideals of Duke Leopold III the park would also serve as an educational institution in architecture, gardening and agriculture, therefore large parts were open to the public from the beginning. Most buildings were designed by Erdmannsdorff, while the gardens were laid out by Johann Friedrich Eyserbeck. The gardens are protected from floods of the Elbe river in the north by a dam which is also a belt-walk offering numerous views along the park's sight lines.
Wörlitz Palace finished in 1773, residence of Duke Leopold and his wife Louise of Brandenburg-Schwedt, was the first Neoclassical building in present-day Germany. The palace and its interior with valuable cabinets from the studio of Abraham and David Roentgen as well as a large collection of Wedgwood porcelain were publicly accessible. Louise had her private home in the adjacent Graues Haus (Grey House). At the eastern rim of the palace's garden stands the Wörlitz Synagogue built in 1790 as a rotunda modelled after the ancient "Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy. The Neo-Gothic St Peter's Church in the west with its 66 m (217 ft) tall steeple was finished in 1809.
The philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the aesthetic of Johann Joachim Winckelmann underlie the design of the park. Wörlitz Lake featured an island atop which was a model of Mount Vesuvius. The duke would stage fireworks that seemed to issue from an erupting volcano to entertain his guests. At the foot of the mountain on the island was a building intended to suggest William Hamilton's home at Pompeii.
Few years ago my host worked as a tour guide in the castle and the park.

This is the Wörlitz Palace.

This is St Peter's Church. We could see the tower 10 minutes before we arrived to that village!

This is the rock island with the volcano Vesuvius and Villa Hamilton on it.

Look how high the church is!


Posted Jun 10, 2012, 7:54 pm
Hello Mommy,

today I visited the area around another castle. We saw the castle from outside and went to its gardens. The Gardens had its origin in the 17th century, when the marriage of Leopold's great-grandfather Prince John George II of Anhalt-Dessau to the Dutch princess Henriette Catharina, in 1659 brought a team of engineers and architects from the Low Countries to lay out the town, the palace and a Baroque garden in the former settlement of Nischwitz, which was renamed Oranienbaum in 1673. The Dutch influence remained prevalent in the Principality of Anhalt-Dessau for many decades. Oranienbaum Palace was finished in 1683 as the summer residence of Henriette Catharina, where she retired after the death of her husband in 1693. From 1780 on Duke Leopold III had the palace and the park rebuilt in a Chinese style with several arch bridges, a tea house and a pagoda. In 1811, the orangery was built, with 175 m (574 ft) in length one of the largest in Europe, which still serves to protect a wide collection of citrus plants. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, opened a new gallery this year.

And there are lots of palm trees in the park.

We found a nice wagon where we could relax a little bit.

Then also found a lovely nostalgic bridge. It looks really special!

Look, the Chinese pagoda is so beautiful when the sun is shining.

We also visited the Chinese tea house. Can you see us?


Posted Jun 10, 2012, 8:23 pm
Hey Mum,

back to the capital!
Today I visited the Brandenburg Gate. It is one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany.

I went to the Museum Island, the northern half of an island in the Spree river in the central Mitte district of Berlin. It has about 5 big famous museums and is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
I took a picture in front of the Old National Gallery. It is a gallery showing a collection of Neoclassical, Romantic, Biedermeier, Impressionist and early Modernist artwork.

Then I went to the government area. I saw the German Bundestag which is located in the Reichstag Building. The centrepiece of the building is the generously glazed chamber that is crowned by the dome. A funnel with panes of mirror glass reflects the daylight from above into the chamber.
If you want to visit it, you have to ask for an entry few days before and give them your name and passport number. Poor me, I don't have a passport.


Posted Jun 10, 2012, 8:49 pm
Hello Mom,

today we did a walk through the forest.

After a while we saw this beautiful bridge...

We went to the middle of the bridge and enjoyed the wonderful view over the lake.


Posted Jun 10, 2012, 9:35 pm
Hello Mommy,

today we "felt" some speed!
First Alex showed us the city highway of Berlin. Maybe we're allowed to travel with his car on it one day...

Then we heard some noise. A plane crossed our view. It was so close and SO BIG!

Alex showed us another place where we could get a really cool picture with a big plane. We had to wait a little bit longer and during this time we decided to take another lovely picture.

Then we heard the noise and whooohooo... Have a look!


Posted Jun 21, 2012, 10:01 pm
Hello Mommy,

I did another little sightseeing tour.

First I visited the Victory Column. It is a major tourist attraction to the city of Berlin. Berliners, with their fondness for giving nicknames to buildings, call the statue Goldelse, meaning something like "Golden Lizzy".

Then I went to the other side of the city and saw the multi-use indoor arena O2 World. With a capacity of 17,000 people, it is home to the Eisbären Berlin ice hockey club and the ALBA Berlin basketball team, and is used for other ice hockey, basketball and handball matches as well as concerts.

Near this big hall I found the East Side Gallery, the international memorial for freedom, which is a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall. The Gallery consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990 on the east side of the Berlin Wall. Some of the pictures were renewed in 2009.

Mommy, do the cars at home look the same? :o

Yours Gypsy

Posted Jun 23, 2012, 7:03 pm
I enjoyed the last sun of the day.


Posted Jun 24, 2012, 6:52 pm
Hello Mommy,

we did a road trip by car again.  :rolleyes:

We stopped to have a look at these beautiful purple flowers. I really like them.

Then we drove to the vegetable field to check out when it is time to harvest. Hmm, I think we have to wait a few more days.

We stopped again near some flowers and took one into our car. Isn't it beautiful?

Then we drove and drove and drove... until we arrived on a sunny place.

We decided to do a picnic. Alex put lots of stuff to eat and drink into the trunk. Brilliant kitty!

We enjoyed our picnic! We all got some lemonade and fruits. The mice got some cheese. We also had chicken, sausages and cake. Alex decided to drink milk instead of lemonade. ;) It was so delicious!

When we all were full we put the leftovers back into the trunk and drove home. We used a fast street, of course! :cyclops:


Posted Jun 24, 2012, 8:26 pm
Hey Mom,

today I walked along the river Spree. It is the main river of Berlin. It is approximately 400 kilometres (250 mi) in length. One of the many bridges in Berlin is the Moltke Bridge, one of the most beautiful ones I think. The bridge was completed in 1891 and is named after Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800–1891), chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years.

Behind the bridge you can see the "Federal Chancellery". The inhabitants of Berlin call it "Waschmaschine" (washing machine).

Here you can see the Haus der Kulturen der Welt ("House of the Cultures of the World" ). It is Germany's national centre for contemporary non-European art. It presents art exhibitions, theater and dance performances, concerts, author readings, films and academic conferences on non-European Visual Art and culture. This building is a gift from the United States, designed in 1957. John F. Kennedy spoke here during his June 1963 visit to West Berlin. To Berliners it is also known as the Schwangere Auster ("pregnant oyster" ).

This is the Bismarck Memorial. It is a prominent memorial statue dedicated to Prince Otto von Bismarck, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Prussia and the first Chancellor of the German Empire.

Now I'm leaving Berlin. Mommy, one day we'll travel to that city together and I will show you everything.


Posted Jun 26, 2012, 11:20 am
Mommy, I'm on tour again!

Today I left Berlin. Sean also left to his first adventure. All the others cuddled us.

Then we crawled into the envelope and left the city.

You'll here from me in a few days when I arrived at my next host.


Posted Jun 27, 2012, 11:23 pm
Dear Mum

Hello from Heidelberg! Just wanted to tell you that I've arrived safely.

Keep fine,


Posted Jul 4, 2012, 7:43 pm
Dear Mum

Here are some impressions from the river Neckar and the Botanical Garden.


Posted Jul 21, 2012, 7:52 pm
Dear Mum

Today I took a walk in the south of Heidelberg where I saw some horses and a huge maize field.


Posted Jul 22, 2012, 5:54 pm
Dear Mum

Today I had a look around the city centre where I saw a lot of old buildings and walked through narrow streets. I saw the castle from a distance and crossed the Old Bridge.


Posted Aug 1, 2012, 3:38 pm
Today I explored the mountains north of the river Neckar. The "Heiligenberg" was quite a busy place in the past. People of Celtic origin already settled there in pre-historic times and in the Middle Ages two monasteries were built on the mountain. Nowadays it's a nature reserve.


Posted Aug 2, 2012, 5:32 pm
This is the biggest church of the suburb where nuriayasmin lives. The last photo was taken in the church yard.


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 9:42 pm
Hi Mum

Today a new TV arrived. It's Zed Dog from Wales.

Hope to have a great time with him.


Posted Mar 29, 2013, 11:16 am
I sent Gypsy on a long time ago but she obviously never arrived at her destination.