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Hambach Castle, Germany - 15th March 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

Today was nuriayasmin's only day off this week and as the weather was really beautiful we made another excursion. This time we visited Hambach Castle near Neustadt/Weinstrasse in Rhineland-Palatinate. The castle is known as the birthplace of modern Germany because it was host of the Hambach festival which took place in 1832. On that occasion, over 30,000 people from all ranks came together to protest for national unity and liberty. Even though the festival had no immediate results, it's nowadays seen as the "cradle of democracy" in Germany.

We didn't take the direct way to the castle but chose a small hiking path from where we enjoyed some stunning views on to the surrounding mountains and the city below. Unfortunately it wasn't allowed to take photos at the exhibition but we learnt a lot about German history.









Last not least we posed for the obligatory group photo:


Lots of love,

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Heidelberg, Germany - 16th March 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

A new TV has arrived. His name is Nils and he's the white bear on the right. We spent a wonderful afternoon on the balcony while nuriayasmin was working.



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Heidelberg, Germany - 20th March 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

Today we bought flowers for the balcony and planted them.



Afterwards we all relaxed in the sunshine.


Sunny greetings from Kit-Kat

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Luisenpark Mannheim, Germany - 21st March 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

It was a gorgeous day, there were almost no clouds in the sky. So the whole ToyVoyager gang went to Mannheim and invaded the Luisenpark. The Luisenpark origins from the late 19th century and has been continously extended since then. It's obviously one of Germany's biggest and most beautiful parks.

Nature is slowly becoming more colourful again, I really like that.

I wasn't sure whether I liked this piece of art or not. It looked quite interesting, though.

There a also some animals living at the park and this pelican came very close.

The lake with the television tower in the background.

The tree behind me looked quite unusual.

More sculptures:


In summer one can ride on this train to get from one end of the park to the other.

I also met some cattle.

And goats:

And rabbits:

The Chinese Tea House was built in 2001 and looks absolutely beautiful.

Here I am in a small artificial cave in the Chinese Garden.

Before we left, we posed for a group photo:


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Heidelberg-Handschuhsheim, Germany - 24th March 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

Today nuriayasmin visited a friend in Handschuhsheim, a suburb of Heidelberg, and we took some photos along the way. Handschuhsheim was first mentioned in the codex of the monastery of Lorsch in 765 but people had already settled there for centuries.

This is the Friedenskirche (Peace Church). It's an evangelical church which was built between 1908 and 1910.


The church is situated next to the Tiefburg, a castle from the early Middle Ages which used to be surrounded by water.



There are still a lot of old houses in Handschuhsheim and this one looks quite enchanted, doesn't it?


Nuriayasmin's friend lives in a small street like this one.



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Heidelberg, Germany - 27th March 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

The weather is still warm and sunny so I had a huge piece of icecream. Yummy...


Then it was time to say good-bye to Sylvia who will start her first journey and travel to Finland.



Nuriayasmin will start working night-shifts this evening so there'll be no more time for outdoor activities this month ... but April is coming soon and meanwhile I'll relax at home and have a good time with the other TV's.


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Heidelberg, Germany - 29th March 2012

By: nuriayasmin

It was time to say good-bye to Tamina who'll be visiting olgamaus next. Have a good journey, little rhino.



Greetings from Kit-Kat

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Homburg/Saar, Germany - 2nd April 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

We went to Homburg, a small city situated in the German state of Saarland.

This is the youth hostel we stayed at.


However, before we went to the hostel, we had some delicious icecream.


I'm sure that you've already noticed that nuriayasmin loves castles and old things, so the reason we went to Homburg had something to do with history, of course, we wanted to see the ruins of Hohenburg Fortress.

So we climbed up the hill and had a nice view over the city.


There's a hotel next to the castle and I met one of its employees:


Then I read some information about the fortress and the region. The fortress was built around 1200 and destroyed by the French in the early 18th century.


Here are the photos we took while exploring the ruins. Hope you like them.







And here's something even older than the fortress: the fossil of a dinosaur. Hope you can see a bit of it in the stone behind me.


As there was still time when we came back to town, we strolled through the park near the hostel and played on the playground.





It was a great day but I was very tired in the evening.


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Kaiserslautern, Germany - 3rd April 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

After a good night at the youth hostel in Homburg, we went to Kaiserslautern. No castle this time but we visited the Japanese Garden.





Afterwards we went to the Dinosaurs and Garden Park where we spent the rest of the afternoon.





This is the "Weidenkirche", a church where even services regularly take place in spring and summer.


That was another great day.


* Posted Apr 4, 2012, 9:35 pm Last edited Apr 4, 2012, 9:36 pm by nuriayasmin [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Heidelberg, Germany - 4th April 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

When we returned home from our trip to Homburg and Kaiserslautern, two small packages were waiting for us: Two more ToyVoyagers had arrived. The funny purple creature is Woozy and the cute little tiger is Tiger Lilly.


Hope to have a lot of fun with them.


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Heidelberg, Germany - 8th April 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Happy Easter, Mum!!


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Heidelberg, Germany - 14th April 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

How are you doing? I'm fine and today I went on a nice excursion with the whole ToyVoyager gang. We had a great day.

This is one of the smaller train stations of Heidelberg. I just had a look, we didn't take a train. Today was a walking day :-).


First we went to the cemetary "Bergfriedhof". It was opened in 1844 and consists of a Christian and a Jewish part. It's quite a large area and we saw only a small part of it.



Here we're all sitting on the grave of the Jewish author Hilde Domin. She was born in 1909 in Cologne and died in 2006 in Heidelberg. In 2004 she became a honorary citizen of the town.


After leaving the cemetary we walked through the forest for about three hours.



We rested on this interesting table.


This totem pole was standing next to the eagle table so we actually felt a little like in the USA.


We were pretty tired after all that walking but as we had to go down to the city centre, anyway, to catch a bus back home, we decided to take some photos at the castle which is situated about 80 m above the city in the mountains.


Here you can see two of the fountains in the castle's garden.



The view down to the city, the Old Bridge and the river Neckar is really stunning.


Heidelberg Castle was built in the early 13th century and destroyed in the 17th and 18th century. Its remains and ruins are nowadays the city's most popular tourist attraction.





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In an envelope, Between Germany and Lithuania - 17th April 2012

By: nuriayasmin

Dear Mum

Nuriayasmin was a bit in a hurry this morning so there was no time to take photos but I said good-bye to everyone in Heidelberg and am on my way to Lithuania now. Hope my journey won't last too long and you will surely hear from me as soon as I've arrived.

Lots of love,

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Vilnius, Lithuania - 19th April 2012

By: coraline

Hello, Mummy!
After 2 days of travelling I finally reached my new host's house. I was very happy to see a teddy bear from Lithuania and another guest from Germany - little mouse - here too! They both gave me a friendly hug and Virgo showed us his home again.




After that, I felt really tired and we all went to our little beds. We still didn't want to sleep and Virgo told us a story how Vilnius city was "born". It all began with a Gediminas' (he was a famous duke) dream, where he saw an iron wolf howling. One smart fortune teller told him that Gediminas should build a castle in the place where he'd seen the wolf and then build all the city. And now it's the capital of the country :)


I hope one day I'll dream something unforgettable. Maybe a castle of  mices :) Good night, mum, I hope I'll have a great time in here!


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Vilnius, Lithuania - 22nd April 2012

By: coraline

Yesterday was a very creative day and we all had a lot of work to do. I've seen my host-mum school and helped her to decorate the walls for "Art Week 2012". My suggestion won - we draw a cat! I was glad to take a picture next to my almost relative :)



After that, me, Virgo and Dottie Mouse went to a mall. It was called "Panorama". We've seen an expo with bikes, went to all kind of stores and took a moment to sit on the benches. They were also painted by artists! I liked to be in the mall and I hope to see more of them in Lithuania.


Then we all went outside! It was very sunny, so we played in the grass and helped our mum to clean the car.


Later that day Virgo told us that he's going to visit my homeland Germany. I was happy for him and also sad, but Virgo told us that his mum will take a great care of me and Dottie Mouse. It's funny how good the relationship between me (a cat) and Dottie (a mouse) is! I think we will have great time in Vilnius. Bye, mum! :)

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