Nikita, Nuremberg, Host Home, Germany


Posted May 29, 2012, 4:54 pm
Hello world!

This is me, Nikita!

I was found by a dear friend of my hostmum. I call her "grand ma"  :)

Grandma knew that hostmum has a big heart for plushies, so she brought me to her. I spent a few month on the sofa to calm from my former life as a not loved plushy. Now I am regenerated and feel strong enough to see the world!

Yours in love, Nikita

Posted May 30, 2012, 4:39 pm
Hello, world, it´s me again!

On my first day as a toyvoyager I received a invitation from Russia! Oh hhow happy can a rabbit be? Moscow is the city of my dreams!

I looked for some pictures from my destination. Such a nice city!

But it also means to say goodbye to my friends :(

Byebye duck Trudi, Baerbel, Joschka and Bierle!

Special huggie for Baerbel, she is like a mummy for me!

Byebye Lissy, Mick and Knabber, the mouse family!

Byebye Weisbart, Weisbaertle and Victualia!

Victualia is like a wise aunt with a lof of life experience, she is 576 years old! She gave me a lot of suggestions for my journey.

Now it´s time to hop in my package!

Adventure, I am coming!

Yours in love, Nikita


Posted Jun 16, 2012, 2:46 pm
Hi, mom!
I arrived to Russia today at last! Ooh, it was long travel...
At first I got out of my box and looked round. Where are everybody?
I brought gifts! Useful, beautiful and lovely!
Oh, finally! My new friends came! I can learn much more about life in Russia from the same travelers, as well as me. How exciting!
I made friends with Kioko - he is such a good giraffe. He presented to me a tasty chocolate to make more cheerful to me to get used to the new house. Thank you!

Posted Jul 3, 2012, 8:58 pm
Hi, mom!
Today we decided not to limit ourselves by beautiful photos, but also to have spiritual development! A host invited me to a concert of organ music in Lutheran the Peter and Paul Cathedral. This cathedral is one of two operating official Lutheran churches in Moscow. Parish of the church is one of the oldest Lutheran parishes in Russia.  :stare:
But at first we should stop and look at this fantastic building - Embassies of Republic of Belarus in the Russian Federation. It is an ancient palace of count N. P. Rumyantsev. It was constructed in 1782, can you believe? It was reconstructed several times, belonged to various people and firms, but remained a beautiful memorial of Russian architecture.
I turn my head and... What does it stand beyond the trees?  :rolleyes:
A few more steps. And here we stand near a fine stone cathedral!
The cathedral always played important role not only in religious, but also in cultural life of Moscow — in it outstanding Russian and foreign musicians acted. Now the body accompanies church services every Sunday and holidays, and also concerts of an organ music are passed.  :)
The first Lutherans appeared in Moscow in 1530s, among the handicraftsmen doctors and merchants invited from Northwest Europe. The church community was created a bit later, between 1560 and 1565, and in 1576 on the bank of Yauza, in the German settlement the small wooden church consecrated for the sake of sacred Saint Michael the Archangel was constructed. In 1626 the community was divided after the scandal caused by quarrel between wives of military and merchants. The officers as a majority of new community built church in the center of Moscow, in the White city. But the new building, as well as a building of church of a merchant community, by order of tsar Mikhail Fedorovich in 1643 was broken down - because of discontent of the orthodox priests arguing that foreigners not only put "grumbles" near “God's churches”, but also bought up much land.  :mad:
Only in 1817 the parish could buy the land and begin construction of the new temple. It was several times destroyed, was restored on community money. Only in 2004 money were sufficed to construct such remarkable belltower.
From within the cathedral is even more beautiful, than outside. I was especially amazed by stained-glass windows - there are represented sacred people, and in the center - Peter and Pavel.
And the most important, for  what we are here - organ! The historical organ of firm "Wilhelm Zauer" the Evangelic and Lutheran Cathedral in Moscow is one of the 4th church organs in Moscow, the 5th by number of registers in Moscow, and also one of the oldest organs in Russia. It’s small, but its sound is fantastic!  :D
Sacred Peter and Pavel's cathedral begins its concert history since May 4, 1843 when Franc Liszt's organ concert was held in it. As you can see, the organ is behind us on gallery. In order that we could see the masterly musician, the screen goes down and there is an online translation of performance. So unusual!  :cyclops:

Posted Jul 5, 2012, 9:53 pm
Hi, mom!

Today we decided to visit one of the most well-known church of Russia - Cathedral of Christ the Saviour! With an overall height of 105 metres (344 ft), it is the tallest Orthodox church in the world.  :stare:
When Napoleon Bonaparte retreated from Moscow, Emperor Alexander I signed a manifest, 25 December 1812, declaring his intention to build a cathedral in honor of Christ the Saviour "to signify Our gratitude to Divine Providence for saving Russia from the doom that overshadowed Her" and as a memorial to the sacrifices of the Russian people.  :)
The cathedral took many years to build and did not emerge from its scaffolding until 1860. The painting were overseen by Evgraf Sorokin and thereafter some of the best Russian painters continued to embellish the interior for another twenty years. The cathedral was consecrated on the very day Alexander III was crowned, 26 May 1883.
After the Revolution and, more specifically, the death of Lenin, the prominent site of the cathedral was chosen by the Soviets as the site for a monument to socialism known as the Palace of the Soviets. This monument was to rise in modernistic, buttressed tiers to support a gigantic statue of Lenin perched on top of a dome with his arm raised in the air.
On December 5th 1931, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was dynamited and reduced to rubble. It took more than a year to clear the debris from the site. Some of the marble from the walls and marble benches from the cathedral were used in nearby Moscow Metro stations. For a long time, these were the only reminders of the largest Orthodox church ever built.  :(
The construction of the Palace of Soviets was interrupted owing to a lack of funds, problems with flooding from the nearby Moskva River, and the outbreak of war. The flooded foundation hole remained on the site until, under Nikita Khrushchev, it was transformed into the world's largest open air swimming pool, named Moskva Pool. :mad:
Finally, in February 1990, the Russian Orthodox Church received permission from the Soviet Government to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The restorer Aleksey Denisov was called upon to design a replica of extraordinary accuracy.
A construction fund was initiated in 1992 and funds began to pour in from ordinary citizens in the autumn of 1994. In this year the pool was demolished and the cathedral reconstruction commenced. About one million Muscovites donated money for the project.  B)
The Spaso-Preobrazhensky belltower located in the lower part of Cathedral is constructed in 1998.  The white limestone brought from Bethlehem was used at construction.
The Cathedral has 4 belltowers, and each is used according to its own destination. The Spaso-Preobrazhensky belltower is used at a meeting of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia and at commission of religious processions.
The monument is located in the city center therefore you can enjoy such beautiful views of the old, not reconstructed quarters of Moscow around!  :rolleyes:
Especially I like this bridge - very popular place for wedding ceremonies and simply walks.  :D
On the right you can see one of the chocolate factories oldest in Moscow, and also Peter the Great notorious statue on a ship. So many people consider that it is ugly, but it can't be demolished. The designer Zurab Tsereteli is known as a friend and favorite of Moscow's former Mayor, Yury Luzhkov, and the artist has received many municipal art commissions in recent years, such as the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
The Peter the Great Statue in Moscow was designed by the Georgian designer Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy, which was started by Peter I of Russia. At 94 metres, it is the eighth tallest statue in the world.
And at the left - a view which is often printed on postcards - the Kremlin ashore. Do I need to say anything else? Fantastic!
And the monument to emperor Alexander II the Liberator of Russia from a serfdom, in fact, from slavery, is located near the temple. Alexander is represented in a military uniform and with an imperial cloak.
The five-meter bronze figure is placed on a stone pedestal with a graceful colonnade. Behind the back of the emperor two bronze lions sit. They, as a plan of author Alexander Rukavishnikov, symbolize old traditional Russia.

Posted Jul 10, 2012, 9:46 pm
Hi, mom!

Today the weather is so fantastic and warm that we decided to go to park. Do you remember that Moscow isn’t just megalopolis but also a green and pretty place? I do now!
We chose a park called “Park of Friendship” :)
In the 1957th year in Moscow passed the VI World Festival of Friendship between nations. Planting of trees by participants was an every year tradition of such festivals. In Prague, at the V Festival Avenue of Friendship was open. In Moscow the whole park was decided to open. Now park very well-groomed, avenues are laid out by gravel or asphalt, trees and bushes are beautifully cut, there are playgrounds, cafe.
There are endless amount of flowers here. I don’t know its names, but look fantastic!.
Also there are a hundred of monuments and sculptures. As it’s the Park of Friendship, all monuments are devoted to one subject.
Opening of this monument took place in 1981 within the cultural program "Days of Madrid in Moscow". During the same time "Days of Moscow" in Madrid took place. Twin-cities exchanged gifts - copies of sculptures from monuments of well-known national writers. Thus in Madrid the monument to A.Pushkin, and in Moscow - a monument to Miguel de Cervantes were constructed. This bronze statue - an exact copy of a statue in Madrid (1835).
Two-figured decorative sculptural groups "Fertility " - two female figures, in difficult spiral movement the holding over the heads basket of fruits.
The Kirghiz national hero Manas the Magnanimous, according to the legend, united all Kirghiz many years ago. And now his task - to connect the people of two friendly countries, the Kirghiz Republic and the Russian Federation.
In April, 1975, in 30 anniversary commemoration from the date of liberation of Hungary from fascist aggressors armies by Red Army, Budapest Park of Friendship and the monument of the vengero-Soviet friendship was open. In day of solemn opening of the monument citizens of Budapest decided to transfer a copy in gift to Moscow; and exactly in one and a half years, on September 15, 1976, in the Moscow Park of Friendship there was constructed a "twin" of the Hungarian monument.
The friendship between Russia and Hungary is displayed in a material choice for a monument also. It is revetted with tiles of pirogranit. This ceramic material, is made only in the Hungarian city “Pech”.
As we are walking nearby, it is necessary to visit the river station!
The North River Terminal or Rechnoy Vokzal (River Station) is one of two passenger terminals of river transport in Moscow. It is also the main hub for long-range and intercity routes. It was built in 1937.
This station is an example of communistic constructions. The stateliness of new communistic religion is emphasized with the sculpture "Waterway" meeting us at the entrance in park. There are no more places in Moscow where are such strong and exciting snow-white girls holding in a hand model of the yacht moreover with a wave. :cyclops:
The park near the River station is full of children attractions. Aaaaah, who is it? :o
This Spiderman is the cutest Spiderman I’ve ever seen!
And again, flowers, flowers, flowers!! I feel spring in the air!
The building is costructed in the form of the huge ship. The most characteristic architectural elements of the building — a high spike and a wide central ladder. The spike is topped with a star which in 1935 — 1937 was on the Spassky tower of the Moscow Kremlin. The sickle and a hammer are inlaid with the Ural semi-precious stones.
The entrance is decorated with maiolicas representing «Moscow of the future».
What a fine view of the dormitory areas of Moscow! If I live nearby, I would walk in this park every day!

Huge cruising motor ships constantly depart from the mooring to St. Petersburg, Astrakhan, Rostov-on-Don. My host told me that she floated by such motor ship several times - for a week and more - to the different cities of Russia. Ah, I hope, I can travel thus too!
We are leaving this fine park. I am lucky that I was in Moscow in the spring and could visit such peace and cozy place. :D

Posted Jul 17, 2012, 10:47 pm
Hi, mom!

Today my host took me into bowling! Oh, I’ve never visit it before, I hope, it would be fun!
First of all, look, what an amazing building it is! Everybody can understand that there is something exciting inside  :cyclops:
Which ball should I choose? Mmmm... I will take the pink one!
Let's aim…  :stare:
Come on, little ball!!
I can't understand, am I winning or not?
I am sure that I won!  B) And therefore it is necessary to celebrate! Traditional Russian food... oh, no, it isn’t cooked here. Well, sushi then? How can I pick them up...
And let’s drink a cranberry mojito. Looks great.  ;)
In this building there is an excellent desktop hockey. I will beat you, Kioko!
And while we are here, I can ride in a car. Speed-up, speed-up!!  :o

Posted Jul 24, 2012, 10:17 pm
Hi, mom!
This weekend we’ve visited Kremlin!
Wow, I think, I should come to Moscow again, because it is such a wonderful place and has such an interesting history! My host thought that I should know everything about it, but of course, now I can remember only a small part.  ;)
This is the Troitskaya Tower - the tallest tower of the Moscow Kremlin. Its current height on the side of the Alexander Garden together with the star is 80 m. Today, the gate of the tower is the main visitors' entrance into the Kremlin. And the view is so beautiful!
Here you can see the Kremlin Senate, a building within the grounds of the Kremlin. Initially constructed from 1776–1787, it originally housed the Moscow branch of the Governing Senate, the highest judiciary and legislative office of Imperial Russia. Currently, it houses the Russian presidential administration and is a highly secured and restricted area closed to the public. At present, only the southern corner façade, opposite the Tsar Cannon can be viewed.
Then we saw the most interesting exhibits of this museum – the Tsar-Bell and the Tsar-Cannon.  :o
The Tsar-Bell was made of bronze and it is currently the largest bell in the world, weighing 201,924 kilograms, with a height of 6.14 metres and diameter of 6.6 metres, and thickness of up to 61 centimetres. The bell is decorated with relief images of baroque angels, plants, oval medallions with saints, and nearly life-size images of Empress Anna and Tsar Alexey. Unfortunately, before the last ornamentation was completed, a major fire broke out at the Kremlin in May 1737. The fire spread to the temporary wooden support structure for the bell, and fearing damage, guards threw cold water on it, causing eleven cracks, and a huge (11.5 tons) slab to crack off. The broken piece weighs 11,500 kilograms, you can compare it with the crowd around – it’s as tall as a man! Some people believe that on Judgement Day, it will be miraculously repaired and lifted up to heaven, where it will ring the blagovest (call to prayer).  :)
The Tsar-Cannon was cast in 1586 in Moscow, by the Russian master bronze caster Andrey Chokhov. Mostly of symbolic impact, it was never fired in war. Per the Guinness Book of Records it is the largest bombard by caliber in the world. The very low ratio between its calibre and the length of its barrel makes it technically not a cannon, but a stylized mortar. The Tsar Cannon weighs 39.312 tones and has a length of 5.34 m. Its bronze-cast barrel has a diameter of 890 mm, and an external diameter of 1,200 mm. The spherical cast-iron projectiles located in front of the cannon - each of which weighs 1.97 tons, were produced in 1834 as a decoration.  :cyclops:
Of course, there are many other cannons in Kremlin, but they don’t look so impressive, do they?
Then you can see The Ivan the Great Bell Tower - the tallest of the towers in the Moscow Kremlin complex, with a total height of 81 metres. It was built in 1508 for the Russian Orthodox cathedrals in Cathedral Square, which do not have their own belfries, and is said to mark Moscow's precise geographic centre. The Ivan the Great Bell Tower today contains 22. Of these, 18 small bells hang in the base and in the middle of the bell tower. Of the four large bells, one is named the Upsenskij Bell, and weighs 65.5 tons. It rings traditionally among the largest religious festivals such as Easter, and was made in the early 16th century.
Next building with great triangle golden roof and domes is The Cathedral of the Annunciation (Blagoveschensky sobor). It was originally the personal chapel for the Muscovite tsars, and its abbot remained a personal confessor of the Russian royal family until the early 20th century. Compared with the other major Kremlin cathedrals, the Annunciation Cathedral has slightly smaller dimensions. It is also built in a more traditional style, as it was created by local architects from Pskov, rather than Italian expatriate architects. The most characteristic feature of the building is its nine golden domes, and roof with rich kokoshnik ornamentation in an ogive form.  :stare:
This beautiful cathedral with frescos is The Cathedral of the Dormition (Uspensky sobor). The Cathedral is regarded as the mother church of Muscovite Russia. In its present form it was 1475-79 at the behest of the Moscow Grand Duke Ivan III by the Italian architect Aristotele Fioravanti. From 1547 to 1896 it is where the Coronation of the Russian monarch was held. In addition, it is the burial place for most of the Moscow Metropolitans and Patriarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church. However, one of the most important cult images of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Theotokos of Vladimir kept at the Cathedral from 1395-1919 is now at the Tretyakov Gallery. Near the south entrance to the Cathedral is the Monomach Throne of Ivan IV (1551).
Verkhospassky Cathedral with eleven small golden domes was constructed by tsar Michael Fedorovichem in 1635-1636. From this temple the ladder conducted to a seigniorial platform where decrees, orders of the tsar were read to boyars, and the tsar presented boyars and near people birthday pies. Divine services in it aren't made. :(
The Cathedral of the Archangel is a Russian Orthodox church dedicated to the Archangel Michael. It was the main necropolis for members of the Tsars of Russia until the relocation of the capital to St. Petersburg. It was constructed between 1505 and 1508 under the supervision of an Italian architect Aleviz Fryazin Noviy on the spot of an older cathedral, built in 1333.
The Grand Kremlin Palace was built from 1837 to 1849 on the site of the estate of the Grand Princes, which had been established in the 14th century on Borovitsky Hill. Designed by a team of architects under the management of Konstantin Thon, it was intended to emphasize the greatness of Russian autocracy. The Grand Kremlin Palace was formerly the tsar's Moscow residence. Thon's palace is 125 meters long, 47 meters high, and has a total area of about 25,000 square meters. It includes the earlier Terem Palace, nine churches from the 14th, 16th, and 17th centuries, the Holy Vestibule, and over 700 rooms. Now it carries out a role of smart president residence of Russia. Important nation-wide ceremonials pass in its halls, such as delivery of the state awards or credentials. You can see that big national flag is lowered on the spike. It means that Russian president is out now, but he could come back every minute!  :p

Posted Aug 5, 2012, 8:33 am
Hi, mom!
My host tells me that now it’s time to leave Russia.  :thinking: Well, she said, we spent fantastic days together, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. She gave me some presents, so I’ll not be boring in my travelling. Farewell, Russia!  :(
Of course, I’m kidding!!  :cyclops: Me and my host are going on holidays to Turkey!  :stare: We’ll have amazing tan, swim in the Mediterranean Sea, eat a lot af fruits and have fun!  B) My host tells me that she is too tired (she found a new job 3 month ago and she is working  there like a slave), so this time no excursions, no running, just sleeping on the beach and drinking cocktails.  ;) We are going to be there till Sunday, so please, give me your address, and I can send a postcard to you!  :)

Posted Aug 21, 2012, 3:29 am
Hi, mom!
Now the day has come when I and my host are going to the airport! It is the new small terminal of the Sheremetyevo airport and in spite of the fact that my host already about 20 times was the abroad; she flies for the first time from this terminal! In my opinion, it isn't very convenient yet - few seats for the rest, only two cafes. :thinking: But you can't stop the progress, of course!
As it is necessary to come to the airport in 3 hours (mother of my host very cautious person and always is afraid to be late) what shall we do before the departure? To eat, of course! Here, the last time we will try a traditional borsch and Russian salad. Now it is possible to fly. B)
Oh, when people will understand, what it is wrong to take water in the airport, because it can't be taken out? Well, why to bring 1-liter bottles? :o
At last our plane arrived. It looks impressively, isn't it? And the luggage is brought there!
Ladies and gentlemen, please, fasten your belts, the plane prepares for take-off! :D
Finally, we are in our hotel in Turkey. Its name is MegaSaray. Very amusing fact: in Turkish, Saray means a palace. Whereas in Russian Saray means a barn. My host laughed a lot, when she chose the hotel! ;)

Posted Sep 1, 2012, 1:53 pm
Hi, mom!

Today we decided to play tennis together! Certainly, not at afternoon, when the sun is so hot, but early in the morning - perfect!
Rackets and balls can be taken free on a reception. I decided to play with Peeta - in my opinion, he is a very bad tennis player.  ;)
I extremely liked this rest spot - there is an automat with tea, coffee and coca-cola, convenient chairs, a fine look and THE TREE GROWS DIRECTLY THROUGH THE ROOF. Minus 10 to protection against a rain, but plus 20 to originality  :cyclops:
So, I am ready to begin the game!!!!!  B)
I even have a team of fans. It is a pity that I didn't manage to make ribbons with my name.  :rolleyes:
Oh, we are soooooooo tired... I agree for a draw.
Let's drink on a glass  Coca-Cola to celebrate the beginning of my sports career!  :p

Posted Sep 15, 2012, 4:01 pm
Hi, mom!
Today I want to describe you amazing Mediterranean Sea. To swim there is a real pleasure. Water is very warm, sun is hot, people are polite and pleasant  :D
The best pastime - to lie, sunbathe, get a tan and drink cocktails!
I like to build sand castles, there are many shells for an ornament on a beach    :)
Mother of my host helps me to float on a rubber ring because I am very small and can fall in a hole  :o
Nearby in the sea there is a floating platform where it is possible to climb up, take a rest and sunbathe. And during a storm it's very cheerful to drive!
The fantastic pier is on a beach. There are trees, plank beds, mattresses and chairs on it.
So soft and convenient!  :cyclops:
Also there are lifebuoys - if somebody needs help. Don't worry, while I am here, everybody are in safety  B)
And surely flags - Turkish one, hotel's one and the guarding organization's one
If you got hungry - there is a small and free cafe with a buffet on a beach. Can you imagine, it is possible to sit and admire the sea and eat a lunch! But  I will tell you about food next time, this subject simply can't be passed!  ;)

Posted Sep 15, 2012, 8:52 pm
Let’s speak about food. Really, I can’t count how many times we could eat during a day.  :stare:
First of all - a breakfast. It passes in the central restaurant with a buffet. Here something easy is served - cheeses, salads, eggs, sausages. For children there is a pizza. It’s really funny that when you choose a piece of cheese – there are no names on cards (like Camembert, Roquefort, Blue). They are called round, square, rectangular – by the way they were sliced.  :cyclops:
Closer to the noon we went to drink coffee in a small coffee house. There is a conditioner; it is pleasant to sit in a cool. It is possible to take liqueur or a cake with coffee, to read the book in silence.  :rolleyes:
It’s still the whole hour till a dinner, so it is time to have a bite! Especially it’s important for children - they shouldn't start to complain! Here is a decision - a hamburger with a potato in the open dining room.
It is possible to have dinner at the central restaurant and at restaurant on a beach. But I’ve already wrote about it, so I pass to snacks.
I understood that I adore Gözleme - a savoury traditional Turkish handmade and hand-rolled (right behind you) pastry. Fresh pastry is rolled out, filled and sealed, then cooked over a griddle.
The name derives from the Turkish word göz meaning eye. Traditionally, this is done on a sac. Gözleme varieties in this hotel include: spinach, minced meat, cheese, potatoes and sugar. And from drinks ayran best of all approaches with it. Ayran or laban is a cold beverage of yogurt mixed with cold water and sometimes salt. The next snack before a dinner - a doner kebab or shawarma, as my host called it. Shawarma is a meat preparation, where lamb, chicken, beef or mixed meats are placed on a spit (commonly a vertical spit), and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shavings are cut off the block of meat for serving, and the remainder of the block of meat is kept heated on the rotating spit. Hurrah, the dinner began! In time, because I just got hungry!  :D Let’s go in the central restaurant! There is usually an entertaining show for children near a bar in the evening. I am not the big fan of such shows but what prevents me to have a bite of candyfloss?  ;) It’s absolutely dark already therefore we go on a reception to drink cocktail. What a beautiful place! And how it is possible not to give tip to such a charming waiter? Have a good night!  ;)

Posted Sep 23, 2012, 11:02 pm
Hi, mom!
Today I want to tell you about the most amazing part of our hotel, that I like most of all. But firstly, let me remember you, where we are.
It is obvious that this sign is created in order that everybody will take photo. Hardly imagine that you wake up in the morning and can't remember, where you are; then go to walk, see this sign and tell yourself: wow, I’m in Megasaray!  B)
Here is a hotel plan. As you can see, there is the central multistoried building and many small bungalows. We live in the central building; there is a very convenient road from there to a beach.
Plus, so lovely pictures are hanged on walls. Aren’t they sweet?
But I distracted. The most beautiful things in our hotel are pools! You saw on the plan, there are a lot of them and they are absolutely different!
The first and the biggest one - central. It consists of several parts. It is possible to swim here quietly. We came at sunrise, when there are no people and I can swim for a while on a rubber circle with my pleasure. So peaceful, I like to dream...  :rolleyes:
The water park with three tubes is in other part. It is dangerously to float here – you should look, that somebody could fell down on you the head!  :o
And long connecting channels. Children adore floating here - much more interesting, than to move forward and back on the common pool. And the bridges standing on these channels are so beautiful!  :D
I can see one hundred plank beds near the pool. Perhaps, someone would like to lie on a grass near the pool instead of lying on sand near the sea. And it’s closer to the restaurant and the bar. But I definitely prefer a beach!
If you love outdoor activities near the pool, it is possible to play ping-pong. it is necessary to dive into water for catching a ball, but for the rest - it is excellent idea!
The second pool - the small round pool with a star. It’s smaller, isn't intended for active swimming. But it is possible to play with a ball here, to teach your child to swim.
The third pool is even smaller. There is no entrance for children, it is impossible to run and play noisy games. Only for adults, tired people who want silence and peace. Look, the remarkable umbrellas protect from the sun much better than the beach ones.
The fourth pool is for children. Here everything is clear. If you have a baby, it will have a lot of fun in this place. The main thing - you will be bored to death.  :(
And the last, but not on value - the covered pool. Probably, sometimes  there are rains in Turkey, and it is necessary to sit under a roof. Or you are afraid of an infection in more visited open pools. Or you want to swim absolutely alone. Honestly speaking, I don't see any "normal" reason to swim in this pool. And don't forget about the sea! Who swims in the pool, when there is a sea?  :cyclops:

Posted Oct 6, 2012, 3:20 pm
Hi, mom!
Today I will finally describe you our hotel. The thing that impresses me so much is global gardening of that place. Can you imagine that each small stalk here is planted manually and is fed with water from tubes specially carried out underground! Palm trees, pines, bushes, flowers... It is impossible to present, how much work is made to transform this stony beach into the small paradise garden suitable for a relaxation. :o
Walls are twisted with ivy here; all paths are surrounded with bushes. If someone wants to walk in the evenings, instead of to sit in a bar, walking paths are fantastic! :D
Also I see a set of fruit-trees. Eh, it is a pity that now pomegranates and oranges aregreen. In late autumn, I think, it would be possible to walk and take a couple!  :cyclops:
And this beautiful stone pine that is native to the Mediterranean region. Do you know that stone pines have been used and cultivated for their edible pine nuts since prehistoric times? They are widespread in horticultural cultivation as ornamental trees, planted in gardens and parks around the world. The tree in height is about 20-30 meters, lives till 500 years. :stare:
Certainly, there should be palm trees on the seashore! Small ones and bigger ones and huge ones - they are absolutely everywhere. Also don't forget about figs! :)
To diversify the nature, a set of bright flowers grow here. On fences...
on bushes…
or simple on beds. Let's be photographed! B)
Here is our hotel. All buildings were grouped in the center…
left all other place for beautiful postcard views :rolleyes:

Posted Oct 18, 2012, 7:53 pm
Hi, mom! How are you doing?  :)
Do you remember tons of different food that I show you in this hotel? Well, can you believe that we want more?  :cyclops:
Owners of hotel provided very useful option for people who bothered to eat in the general dining room. You can choose restaurant a la card twice a week! There are a lot of them - a grill, fish, Arab, Japanese... As my host is a vegetarian - we chose Italian one.  B)
Look, a real menu! And linen napkins! And cloths! And the food is carried by the real waiters! I started to forget all this magnificence for a week of a food in buffet! And the best thing - visit of restaurant is included in accommodation cost!  :o
So, what will we take? I suggest beginning with salad with mushrooms. And on snack - toasts with garlic. And do not forget about the most tasty olives!  :rolleyes:
And the most delicious and popular Italian dish… pasta!
Which one do you prefer? Creamy Pasta with Shrimp (non-vegeterian) or Pasta Arabiata (translated as angry pasta)?  :stare:
Owners really tried to bring a spirit of Italy in this restaurant! When you think about this country, what best-known photo comes to your mind? Certainly, I Hold the Tower of Pisa! Well... We tried to fix it together... But nothing helps!
Ah-ah-ah! It seems that falling, we broke the well-known Italian amphora! What a pity that wine wasn't in, because that end of day would be ideal!  ;)
Anyway, when we went out of doors, it was very dark, therefore illumination was turned on for a fountain. It blinked white, yellow, red, green, blue... Sometimes it is pleasant to simply stand and look at a beautiful view at few minutes... Especially, if your stomach is full of a yum-yum!  :p

Posted Nov 3, 2012, 11:06 pm
It is our last day in Turkey therefore we decided to do something interesting. What can be more exciting than an excursion? After all, we arrived to another country; we don’t want to lie on a beach!  :D
So, we choose a journey to one of the most famous sights of Antalia - The Ecological Natural Park. It covers the territory of 40 000 m2 and is the first flora and herpetofauna (plant, reptile and amphibian) park establishment in the world. Ekopark now is a shelter for many plants and reptiles that are under danger of extinction.  :thinking:
Thus, professor Selami Tomruk created a new home for rare plants and reptiles and expose their unique beauty and importance to the public.  All in all Mr. Selami Tomruk devoted 36 years of his life to studying reptiles and amphibians.  :stare:

For some reason, the first animal which we meet in the Ekopark is a chicken.  :o It’s a Silkie - a breed of chicken named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot (most chickens only have four). They are often exhibited in poultry shows, and come in several colors (red, gold, blue, black, white, and partridge).
In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament.  :) Among the most docile of poultry, Silkies are considered an ideal pet. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and make good mothers.

Next animal is… a chicken again. Well, OK, it a turkey. :p Did you know that despite their weight, wild turkeys, unlike their domestic counterparts, are agile fliers?  :o Their ideal habitat is an open woodland or savanna, where they may fly beneath the canopy top and find perches. They usually fly close to the ground for no more than a quarter mile (400 m).

Ok, it's is going to be something interesting - a reptile! A giant snake, if you want to be clear. I think they are so dangerous!  :cyclops: Although pythons are typically afraid of people due to their high stature, and will generally avoid people, special care is still required when handling them. A three-meter long Burmese python can easily kill a child and a five-meter long (around 16.5 feet) Burmese python is certainly capable of overpowering and killing a fully grown adult.  :(

This one belongs to the same breed, but looks completely different! Its albino form is especially popular and is the most widely available morph.

And the next creature is even scarier – a cobra! Turks call it Naja. Although several genera share the common name, Naja species are the most recognized and most widespread group of snakes commonly known as cobras. All species in the genus Naja are capable of delivering a fatal bite to a human. Most species have strongly neurotoxic venom, which attacks the nervous system, causing paralysis, but many also have cytotoxic features which causes swelling and necrosis, and has a significant anticoagulant effect.  :( Some also have cardiotoxic components to their venom.

Who is as terrible as cobra? Crocodile! It’s so huge! What is the most famous and curious thing that you know about crocodiles? That they cry when eat their victims!  :stare: The expression comes from an ancient anecdote that crocodiles weep in order to lure their prey. An alternate explanation for the expression's origin is that crocodile tears cannot be authentic because crocodiles cannot cry; they lack tear ducts. Yet this is a myth: Crocodiles possess lacrimal glands which secrete a proteinaceous fluid, just like in humans, though tears will only be visible after a crocodile is out of the water for a prolonged period of time, and the eyes begin to dry out. However, while crocodiles can and do generate tears, they do not actually cry.  :cyclops:

And the last animal that gave me a chance to take a good photo is a green iguana! And what a great shot, don’t you think so? First I decided that it is really tamed and it doesn’t care about people and TV.  B) But then my host told me that if cornered by a threat, the green iguana will extend and display the dewlap under its neck, stiffen and puff up its body, hiss, and bob its head at the aggressor. If threat persists the Iguana can lash with its tail, bite and use its claws in defense. The wounded are more inclined to fight than uninjured prey.  :o

There is a small restaurant Near this Ekopark – Botanik. I think that its owners pay to excursion bureau, so each guide brings tourists here after Ekopark visiting.  ;)

It looks so unusual! First of all, IT STANDS IN A RIVER!

If you have enough time and money, you can catch a trout in this river for yourself! The water is so clear you can literally see fish!  :stare:
But we don’t want to wait, so we prefer free salad and especial unleavened bread. Looks bright!  :)

Who else like bread? Geese! Oh, they look scary! I’d better give them everything.  :o

So, it was only first part of our excursion, we will see Tahtalı Mount with its height of 2365m which is the mountain closest to the sea on the southern coastline of Turkey!  B)

Posted Nov 8, 2012, 8:42 am
Hey Mommy,

after a long journey from Moscow to Berlin I finally arrived.  :cyclops:
My TV brother Relaxo and sister Ronya welcomed me.
They bought some flowers for me and were waiting already.

It was so great to see them after the long darkness in my travel box. I had a postcard and a cereal bar with me and I shared the bar with both. While we were eating we spoke about our experiences.

I saw much more then the other two TV´s and they were very impressed.  B)

Unfortunately I found out that Relaxo will leave us soon. It is soo sad...  :( But I think that I will have a lot of fun with Ronya too. So we will prepare a "Good Bye Party" for him.

You will see some more pictures soon.

Kisses to you.
Greetings Nikita

Posted Nov 14, 2012, 12:21 pm
Dear mommy,

today host mommy and me did a small boat trip. :) YEAH!
The weather wasn´t the best, but the boat was heaten. So everything was fine.

We took the boat from Berlin Wannsee to Berlin Kladow and it took us about 20 minutes. At the lake we could see a lot of sailing boats and some small ducks and swans.

See the photos below.

Next week we are going to Potsdam. :) So I will see some more interesting places here.

Greetings to you.

Posted Nov 29, 2012, 8:59 am
Dear Mommy,

how are you doing? I´m very well here in Berlin and I enjoy my time with Ronya. She is a lovely seal.  :cyclops:

At the last weekend we went to Eberswalde. It is about 30 minutes to the east of Berlin and we went by train. It was very foggy and cloudly a typical autumn day.

After we arrived in Eberswalde we went to the small city center to go shopping. We didn´t find something special but it was nice to see another city then Berlin.

You can see me with Ronya at the photos.  B)

We did some more photos during our stay in Eberswalde and I will show them to you tomorrow.  :D

A big hug to you dear mommy,
yours Nikita

Posted Nov 29, 2012, 9:08 am
Hey Mommy,

we are still in Eberswalde and we did a small walk along the Finow Canal. In the summer it is very beautiful here host mommy told me and a lot of tourists coming to Eberswalde to see the zoo and to take a bike trip along the canal. But now it is not the time to go by bike. :( What a pity.

Nevertheless I enjoyed the walk with host mommy, daddy and Ronya.

See some pictures of us below. :D

Kisses Nikita

Posted Dec 11, 2012, 4:53 pm
Hey mommy,

what´s going on? I have one party after the next one with Ronya, Lucas and Biff.  B) So cool here.

The last weekend Ronya and I baked some christmas cookies. It made so much fun and we ate so many cookies after finishing baking that our stomache hurted a bit.  :thinking: But now everything is fine again.

Host mommy did some pictures from us during the baking. We couldn´t decide which cookie will be the best one and so we did a lot of different kinds of. My favorites were the Ischler Plätzchen - they made with jam and chocolate. SOOOO YUUUMMMMY.  :cyclops: 

Some of the cookies we sent to host mommys and daddys family and they were very happy after receiving the small package. <: )

Host mommy told me today that I have to leave her very soon. On the one hand it is a pity but I´m excited about my new adventures. Host mommy doesn´t want to tell me where I am going. Shall be a christmas suprise. TzTzTz. But it is ok for me. :D

Kisses to you.
Yours Nikita

Posted Dec 14, 2012, 11:03 am
Hey Mommy,

I´m on my way to my next place. I hope that I will have so much snow there like in Berlin. It was very cool. :)

Host mommy went with me to the Kurfürstendamm on my last evening. They have everything lightened.

My stay here in Berlin was short but super. I enjoyed it here and I hope that I can meet Ronya again.

Greetings Nikita

Posted Dec 20, 2012, 1:30 pm
Hi Mommy, Host Mum says sorry for the late update - but she is really busy to buy christmas presents and to prepare for christmas. Looking forwared to go with ICE to her mums home - i am passing by Lichtenfels also :)
I arrived here and already three TV´s waited for me to spend Christmas with me. From left to right its Ape Apina, TezTez and Wink

Enjoy your Christmas Mommy. I will be back her in Nuremberg on 2nd January and will upload more pictures....

Posted Jan 2, 2013, 2:54 pm
Hi Mummy, did you have a nice Christmas ? We had :)
Eearly today wer decorated the Christmas tree. Here is one picture with and without decortation. :) Can you see me sitting in the tree?
For Dinner we had fish , potatos and some sauce with Herbal. It was really tasty.
On the next picture you can see the bunch of presents and the sweets :) Yummy....I eat a lot of sweets. :)

Posted Jan 2, 2013, 3:11 pm
On 2nd Christmas Day we played with the toys of Host Mum´s son.
He got all that for christmas. It was fun. :)

Posted Jan 2, 2013, 3:28 pm
On Saturday we took a walk around the villiage in which host Mum´s parents are staying. Its really small..but we found some animals like monkey and goats there. Sadly we  had not much time to see the other part of the villiage.

Posted Jan 6, 2013, 4:26 pm
Today was a great day. We took a walk to Kaiserburg ( Imperial Castle ). Its a very nice castle.
The best is that its in the middle of the city , so you have a very nice view over the old town and the whole city.
and we went through a dark gateway..uhhh how scary...
on the way back down we saw that miniuatur iron nuremberg..its actually for blind...don´t know how it should work...
While going to the bus stop we made pictures with the St. Sebald (St. Sebaldus' Church)
and the old town hall

Posted Jan 13, 2013, 8:02 pm
Today we have done a trip to Munich, we went to see Sea Life.
It was not allowed to take pictures with flash inside, but good we managed to take at least 2 nice pictures. There were many more fishes to see and it was really nice. We saw even sharks.
back we saw the BMW museum from far...and yes...there was also a lot of
and the olympic tower of the olympic center in munich
and last but not least...we took a short stop in the city of munich and saw that old building at the might be the judge building...hmm....maybe i should see more of Munich one day...

Posted Jan 19, 2013, 4:49 pm
Today a new TV arrived here...Its "Quah" a cute monkey from China.
Oh and as you can see a little boy is on the pictures..That´s host Mum´s Son "Mahesh". We have a lot of fun with him. :)
"Quah" arrived exactly at lunch time. So we had Lunch with him togther. We had salad, chicken and indian dish called "Rajma". Yummy".
After Lunch we went out in the snow. It was so much snowing the last couple of days...
We sad also in a tree at "Duzendteich". The Lake is frozen now, but in summer there are many sailboats on mum told its really beautiful...
Near the Duzenteich is the Documentation Centre Party Rally Grounds)
Here is something about the history of nuremberg....
In 1933, the National Socialists decided that Nuremberg was to be the "City of the Party Rallies". They created a link between the Nazi movement and Nuremberg's glorious past as Free City of the Empire and venue for the imperial diets in the middle ages. This is why they staged the annual NSDAP party rallies here ever year in September, up until 1938. Designed by Albert Speer, in the city's southern districts, the "Party Rally Grounds" were erected as a huge parade ground on an area of 24.5 hectares. Zeppelin Field and Zeppelin Grandstand, the unfinished Congress Hall and a large excavation intended for the planned German Stadium are what remains in the city, as the monstrous stone legacy left behind by this regime of terror.
Back home we went with the tram....

Posted Jan 23, 2013, 3:28 pm
Today two new TV´s arrived here. Its Vassily the cute tennis ball and the mouse UrselHH.
As a welcome for them we got to eat some kind of donut with vanille cream was so tasty...its made here in Germany for carnival...
soon i have to leave here....i am so was so nice here..and i found many new friends..