Fanti, sky above Giessen, Germany


Posted Apr 17, 2012, 9:16 am
It was time for a group photo.
There is GustavHH, he told that he has travelled for a long time nw. He was in Belgium, Chile and USA . He told a lot of storys.
And there is Bärndt. Bärndt is quite new on the road - just like me...
...and the funny little monkeys Mooky and Kurt.
Barnabas, Noisys new TV is collecting his first travelogs and want to explore the world, and I belong to SuSi89, Noisys daughter.
The other elefant is called Jethro, he will be the new stay-at- home- TV.
I don't know who has seen this projekt, but we all found it a funny thing to do.
It is called 30 days - 30 cups.

Here are the first photos...

...from christmas...
...Moin-Moin, Jethro...
...I think this could become my new life-time-mission; to look for hats!
...than we wanted to build a tower...
....I swear! I haven't damaged the cups! Even if I am an elefant!

Posted Apr 18, 2012, 4:35 pm
We tried to build a pyramide, but Hessen-Leo couldn't climb to the top, so we all fell down...

Everybody got a ride on my or Jethros back...
Barnabas and Bärndt
GustavHH was toooo heavy for only one little elefant

...aaaand the cup of the day  :D

Posted May 11, 2012, 5:35 pm
...just a photo of the cup of the  day...

...and we have seen another elephant...

Posted May 11, 2012, 6:14 pm
...because Noisy has to work so long we TVs collected a lot of things in the house, all things were yellow. Look, what we have found:

This yellow seed we want to plant in the garden

we found this funny sign, it shows allways the right way  ;)


Posted May 13, 2012, 7:28 pm
...the cup of today...

Posted May 13, 2012, 7:34 pm
...the cup for today...

Posted May 13, 2012, 7:46 pm
Happy Motherday!

Posted May 26, 2012, 7:20 am
A sunny day in the garden with Jethro


Posted May 26, 2012, 7:26 am
SuSi89's sister has spent some days in GB. Look what she brought to show us.

I really like this stuff. Maybe I will get the chance to visit London, too?!

Jethro, Boy and me.

Posted May 26, 2012, 7:31 am
...some of my relatives...

Posted Jun 4, 2012, 10:21 pm
hello mommy ...
after so many days on the road i finally arrived at my hosts' home in berlin.
well, the journey was quite good. but: one toblerone bar is by far much to few! i am an elephant.
some one tried hard to open my travelbox ... "hey, it is dark and narrow in here!" i am an elephant.  :thinking:
finally the box was opened. lots of plushies have come to welcome me: bears, woolfs ...
... and ELEPHANTS.
what were they interested in? heheh! they have seen the nutella jar.
one of the elephants could be a twin of mine. his name is hannibal.  B)
here i showed him the difference. (my god how this tattoo itches!)
hey! while we were talking somebody tried steal the nutella jar!  :o
no no no ... we were faster and stopped them.
then we came together and talked and talked and talked ...

bye bye mommy ... cu  ;)

Posted Jun 5, 2012, 9:38 pm
hello mommy *munchmunch*
today we (hannibal, one of the resident elephants, and i) haven't done much but having breakfast and making plans for my stay in berlin.

cu - fanti  :)

Posted Jun 7, 2012, 10:05 pm
hello mommy!

after a good breakfast (like the other day) hannibal said we should go with my host in his car. hannibal mentioned berlin is a big city. so we took place in the pool position on the dashboard and let us drive the whole day. we rode and rode and rode. all we saw was houses: big houses, old houses, high houses, new houses, and streets. soooo many streets. now i now what a big town is.

cu mommy! blue is cool  :cyclops:

Posted Jun 10, 2012, 11:38 am
hello mommy ...
after a rich breakfast ...
... me and hannibal decided to visit the western town centre of berlin. here you see us on the most famous corner at kurfuerstendamm, main shopping street in the west. behind us is cafe kranzler: you can either sit on the round terrace on top or on the pavement at the street an watch tourists walking by.
this is the fountain of the world, called "wasserklops" (water dumpling).
here we are in the "europa centre" - a shopping mall. behind us is the clock of flowing time. the time is shown by flowing water in glass tubes.
this is also a clock - it's late, let's walk on.
this is the entrance of zoological garden.
a brick rhino.
look, what funny gullies they have: they show the most important sights of berlin.
this is kadewe, the largest department store in continental europe. only harrod's in london is larger.
then we took ...
... the underground ...
... to potsdamer platz, a new business quarter with theatres, cinemas, restaurants, ...
... high office buildings, ...
... and a shopping mall.
since the anual berlin film festivals take place here, they have also build a walk of fame. some stars are still empty, so you can step into them and be a star for some minutes.
a lego giraffe.
this is sony centre.
i could not decide which postcard i should buy.
outch! what a strange sculpture in the railway station.
look: a big red elephant!

this has been a nice walk through the town. hannibal is a good guide.
bye bye mommy ... cu here tomorrow  :cyclops:

Posted Jun 10, 2012, 9:33 pm
hello mommy. elephant speaking!
today me and hannibal went to the very centre of berlin. we started at friedrichstrasse.
this is a small shopping mall.
near by we have seen gendarmenmarkt, ...
... one of the most beautiful squares. on the northern side is the french church, built by the prussian king for the french refugees, that had to leave france due to there lutzeran faith.
in the middle of the square is the concert house.
on the south side opposite to the french church is the german church.
sorry mom, i needed to go to the toilet ...
this is public transport in berlin with beer drinking.
then we went to the ...
... humboldt university, named after two of the most famous german scientists.
state opera house is being refurbished.
this is new guard house, now a monument for freedom and peace.
this is the berlin cathedral.
here you see the old museum, a part of the museum island with a large number of really big museums.
the old national gallery looks like a greek temple.
spree river.
this is hackesche hoefe, an old building complex with many small shops, a cinema and two theatres.
near by we went onto alexander square with the television tower.
ooops ... nobody seems to have told the birds that the concrete wasn't dry enough to walk on ... ts ts ts ...
here on this world time clock you can see what's the time in many big towns in the world. when this clock was errected the people here were not allowed to travel to those places shown on it. it's good that these times are gone!
alexander square has lots of new and high rise buildings.
the television tower does not have an official name, but an inofficial one: tele asparagus. do you know what televions means in english? yes, it's far looking. so this is a far looking tower.
this is the red townhall, the seat of the berlin senate and the mayor.
this is for you, mommy!
behind the townhall we found the rest of the old town of berlin: nicolai quarter.
it is gathered around saint nicolai's church.
the bear is the official animal of berlin. this one was sleeping.
this is the old seal of the town of berlin.
back home we took the ...
... underground. hooooo it gets windy when a train arrives ...

cheerio mommy, cu next time with more pictures - your fanti on tour!  :D

Posted Jun 16, 2012, 8:06 am
hello mommy. yesterday i visited the east side gallery. it is the longest open air gallery in the world: nearly one mile. the paintings have been painted on the left overs of the berlin wall near the town centre. very interesting and funny paintings. the is how the artists have seen the changes that took place in those days.

i have made a couple of pictures. enjoy.
bye bye see you later, *fanti*


Posted Jun 16, 2012, 1:59 pm
hello mommy.
since the wheather is too bad today ad i have been here for nearly two weeks, hannibal suggested to have a look into my to-do-list. ok let's see:
first page: three items are done:
- i have visited a capital city = berlin is doubtless a capital city.
- i have met another elephant = hannibal is one - and here is a whole of other elephants that i have met.
- i have started a collection of blue things = this biro is the first item.
ooops - yet nothing on page two ...
but learning an instrument is an option, such as exploring a castle and going to a flea market.
page three: does a ride on the underground count as a train ride?
last page: i put all the photos into my travelog! of course.

so, there are still some things to do!  :p

be curious, mommy ... *fanti*

@jethro: i will be first!  B)

Posted Jun 21, 2012, 7:27 pm
Hey little Fanti !

I just want to show you this news from SuSi89 :-)

AND I want to tell you, that you are sooooo wrong, because I will be the first :-)

Many greetings from all people and plushies!


Posted Jun 24, 2012, 8:14 pm
hello jethro, my blue fiend, and all the others at home!

the wheather was not to good, so hannibal and i decided to go somewhere else.

so we went to eisleben.

there we met voltaire: napoleon's uncle ...

... and martin luther, the guy that translated the bible into german. he was born here.

eisleben is 28 miles away from berlin, 28 prussian miles, that means 28 houres on horseback.

aehm, i forgot who this was ... sorry ...

here voltaire and i thought we were lost ...

... but then we found a water castle.

before we explored this castle we found an insects' hostel.

this castle has got a café ...

... and a gaol, where thomas muentzer was arrested. you don't know who this was? he was the leader in the 16th century farmers' revolution

look: a frog ... i get hungry.

bye bye everyone at home ... see you tomorrow.  ;)

Posted Jun 24, 2012, 8:41 pm
hello friends at home! hello mommy!

today we (hannibal and voltaire) went to bad frankenhausen.
this town has the most leaning church tower in germany. it leans more than the famous campanile in pisa, italy.
and it has frogs on a fountain. i get hungry again.
but first i had to get an aperol spritz. very tasty.
and than i had a verrrrry dark beer.
later we had a tiny drop of this stuff ... urrrrgh  :o

bye bye see you tomorrow *fanti*

Posted Jun 24, 2012, 9:02 pm
hi folks! this is fanti speaking.
today we left early to visit an old emperor, a very old one.
first we climbed a tower and enjoyed the panorama.
someone told us we would find our old emperor here.
but all we have found were the ruins of a castle.
really mommy, we haven't broken it. it was deserted before!
finally we found good old barbarossa, emperor of the holy roman empire of german nation. so long he must have sat there on his throne that he was petrified.
in the afternoon we reached gotha, a very nice little town ...
... with a big residential palace.
this is the old townhall.
then it was time to return to berlin.

cheerio mommy and everyone at home - see you!  B)

Posted Jul 1, 2012, 2:39 pm
hello mommy.
after a strong coffee in the morning ...
... we (hannibal and me) went to ...
... see an old airport.
tempelhof airport was built in 1936, but hasn't been finished before worldwar two. but for its concept of a then modern international aiport it was called the mother of airports. it has been closed a couple of years ago.
the airport got world famous during the airlift in 1948/49 when american, british and french airforces brought food and other goods to the blocked city of west berlin. here you can see the airlift memorial monument.
and this was the man who organised the airlift: lucius d. clay.
it really is a huge building.
bye bye mommy! see you in a couple of days ...

ps: yesterday we have checked my to-do-list:
i am quite good with it. jethro, my brother, be aware: i will be first!  ;)

Posted Jul 1, 2012, 3:39 pm
hello mommy. hi jethro, old cookie crumbler!
today was the perfect day for something very special.
no perfect day should ever start without a perfect breakfast with friends.
... and jam!
then we went to the town centre.
perfect wheather for a DICE WALK!
all you need is a die, which would tell you were to go. so we marked a die: S for straight ahead, L for left and R for right turn. so you would be lead to areas where you normally would not come to. we have made a lot of photos of buildings, streets and other stuff. not every photo needs an explanation, some are just there to look at them.

ok, let's start! first corner, the die said "left".
so we started at the former postfuhramt. it is where all parcels and lettres came into town from abroad and had been packed to cars to be delivered to the people. now it is an art gallery.
on our way we have seen a lot of funny graffitis.
next corner: the die said "right".
sometimes when throwing the die it tells you to go through a backyard. well: dice walk is dice walk.
"claichens ballhaus" - an old beer garden and a ball room in a run down house. time for a little beer.
next corner: "straight".
"straight" again.
time for a coffee at "hackbarth's".
after the coffee we had to turn left.
oh, look: the television tower at alexander square.
next turn - left again.
what ever this would mean ...
hey, there is still an R on the die!
sometimes people see stars in this town.
left ...
... but first - a short break in the sun. thanks to who ever placed this sofa out here!
left again.
oooohoooo - spooky.
next corner: left ...
hm ... let's see.
this was a short cut to the next street.
have you ever heard of "toylets"? is it a restroom for toysvoyagers?
what an exquisite colour!
hey: "sopie's corner" - let's have a drink and continue.
left ...
saint sophie's church was closed for renovation.
berlin's smallest beergarden. time for another beer? yes, of course!
a chilled beer is a good base for a burger.
then: right turn.
the rules say: at each corner you haveto throw your die. this is to round for being called a corner, isn't it?
yes: me too!
next corner: S for straight ahead.
what a pity. left looks also interesting.
this is a little detour ...
... to a CTM - a cookies teller machine. yummy cookies.
this is "new synagogue". we were inside. but photos wre not allowed. well it is only the entrance left over. the prayer hall was destroyed in 1938.
"water for the dogs" - hey can't anybody imagine, that elephants are also thirsty sometimes?
"tacheles" - a riun of world war two, now an alternative art project, then a large shopping passage.

here we finished our dice walk. we have seen many unknown interesting places. it really was fun!
bye bye, see later!

Posted Jul 6, 2012, 10:19 pm
hi mom.

yesterday i joined an elephant party. and guess whom i met: jethro, my old brother!
(see his travelog entry: jethro's travelog.)
we have had a lot of fun!
well, next morning was not that good. but hey! we had fun together.

bye bye - see you soon.


Posted Jul 6, 2012, 10:27 pm
hello mommy.
today i was sitting with my new friends here and we were discussing about what to do this weekend.
suddenly the two big elephants brought a heavy parcel.
they placed it right in the middle.
then we opened it.
inside was a little fluffy bunny. he introduced himself as kuzma from russia.
hey, another toyvoyager and he brought chocolat from switzerland where he was staying before.
we talked the whole evening.

bye bye mommy, many kisses from your fanti

Posted Jul 9, 2012, 6:56 am
hello mommy. yesterday was an interesting day: we went to frankfurt on the oder.
but first: a good brealfast, you know!
we were there together with gwenelle and kuzma who are also staying at my host's.
we have made a sightseeing walk through the town.
this is the tower of saint mary's church.
and this is the door ... let's go inside.
it was fun to walk on the model of the church.
here you see the old townhall.
this is the river oder. on the other side is poland.
this is saint nicolai's church.
then we had the idea to cross the river ...
... and visit slubice in poland.
view back to frankfurt
not far away from frankfurt we found something very interesting: kostrzyn, a former german town, but totally destroyed in the last world war.
here you could only find some streets and some left overs of the buildings.
stairway to heaven?
very spooky!
on our way back to berlin we stopped at these beautiful sunflowers.

mommy, see you soon *fanti*

Posted Jul 12, 2012, 9:22 pm
hello mommy.
today my host took me and hannibal to his office. it was so boring there. then we discovered the photo copier. hey it is not so easy to make photocopies of yourself ... but we made it!

hey jethro, this is number 94 of our 100 things to do!  B)

Posted Jul 14, 2012, 11:07 am
hello mommy. yesterday we have visited the citadel in spandau - hey jethro: this was my SECOND REAL CASTLE! hehehehe ...
but first: BREAKFAST!
the citadel is the best preserved renaissance fortress in germany.
this is albrecht the bear, the first german marquis of brandenburg many many years ago. when lived here, this fortress wasn't even built.
here they stored lots of counts, marquises and kings. they have got so old, that they were petrified. and now nobody knows were to put them.
some even have lost their head. poor guys. it is so sad if nobody wants you because you are old.
this is the old palace, the main building of the citadel. you can see, that it was refurbished a lot: some windows have been closed and removed, some have been added.
the citadel also had a secret little harbour.
and a smith's workshop.
this is the main tower of the citadel: julius's tower.
we decided this was a good time and place for a pic nic. (jethro: this is number 73 of my to-do-list.)  ;)
gwenelle and kuzma joined us.
ok: plate is empty, let's move further.
look what we found: a pilory. an ancient punishment instrument: in the hole they put the hand of a delinquent, in the middle his head and in the right his foot. an uncomfortable position! good that we are too small for this.
the prussian eagle: FR stands for fridericus rex. every second of the prussian kings were called fridrich. the others were called wilhelm. some could not decide, they were called friedrich wilhelm.

mommy, see you soon *fanti*  B)

Posted Jul 15, 2012, 4:34 pm
hello mommy.
yesterday after the heavy rain i have visited the town centre and the government district together with hannibal. he always knows where to go and what to explore.  :D
first station was the world famous brandenburg gate.
this was the viewfrom the gate down the boulevard "unter den linden" (under the linden trees). far behind you can see the television tower at alexander square.
many tourists. they all wanted to see the gate.
then we went to the reichstagsgebaeude, the building of the german federal paliament. many puddles were in front of it due to the rain this morning.
here we were at the new built berlin main station.
it is a very big station: some platforms are underground ...
... some are overground.
ooooooh ... this is deep!
view from the station to the government district.
here you see spree river. what looks like a giant washing machine there behind is the federal chancellory, where the chancellor works: "huhu, angy!"
then we found the "kongresshalle" (conference hall), built in the 1950s as a present of the u.s. american people to the city of berlin. very nice present.
the berliners call this building the "pregnant oyster" LOL! some say it looks like the smiling mouth of jimmy carter.
we have also seen bellevue castle, where the federal president resides. yes, germany also has a president.
next to bellevue (means "good view") we found the victory column withe golden angel on top.
then we reached the culture forum with the berlin philharmonic building.
ooops, how strange is this?
we ate a good dinner at sony centre.

bye bye mommy, see you soon *fanti*  :)

Posted Jul 15, 2012, 4:56 pm
by the way: besides seeing all the sights of this big town i have had some other things to do:
my new friends taught me how to play the ukulele. ok, not alone, as a small elephant you need help from your friends.
here we have given a small concert.
i have also learnt to play the accordion.
the two strong green mammoths were to make the air for our music session.
when the weather was not too good we played board games. sometimes i won!
and i was allowed to cook yummy things - hmnjamnjamnjamnjamnjam ...
there was something else i have done during my time here:
i have writen a love lettre to my mommy.
i have put a nice little poem in it, which i have learnt the other day.
hannibal helped me to roll it ...
... and fasten it ...
... put it into a bottle to be sent to you mommy!
can you imagin how good it feels to write a love lettre to your mommy?

fanti loves you mommy!

Posted Jul 16, 2012, 7:31 am
hello mommy. yesterday was my fare well party. this morning i departed back home to you.

it was a nice get together - everybody came to say goodbye. here i have found really good friends!

see you this week. *fanti*

Posted Jul 16, 2012, 7:43 am
hello mommy. early in the morning. time to start my flight home.
hannibal and the two big blueelephants helped me to pack my things.
- my blue things -
by the way: this is my collection of blue things so far. hey jethro, what have you collected?
i put everything into my blue travelbag ...
... and the bag into the basket of a HOT AIR BALLOON!
the blue bottle with the message to will also go with me in the balloon.
then we carried the balloon and the stuff up to the roof.
and then i started.
my elephant friends looked sooooooo sad! hey boys, maybe i can return some time. don't be sad.
slowly i gained height.
and then i moved on towards home!

mommy, i am coming!!! *fanti*  :cyclops:

Posted Jul 20, 2012, 7:06 pm
Ooooh, I really hope, I will find the right way home.....

Posted Jul 20, 2012, 7:08 pm
...the right direction....

Posted Jul 20, 2012, 7:11 pm
....I don't know, if I am on the right way...

*sing* blowing in the wind

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must the white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?

Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they are forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?

Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?

Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

Posted Jul 20, 2012, 7:15 pm
The wind has to change the direction or I have to land not at home...

Posted Jul 20, 2012, 7:18 pm
...yeah... wind blow and I will find my home...