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Meet more chipmunks, maybe in a zoo.

Meet Theodore again.

Eat lots of nuts

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Remscheid, Germany - 6th May 2009

By: olgamaus

I wanted to visit Theodore today but he is already travelling home. I was too late!

We met in the municipal park in winter, we had a lot of fun. Katja told me that I could have more fun, travelling around the world, looking for Theodore. That's a good idea! I've got an invitation to visit Bristol in England, so I'll start travelling tomorrow.

My mentor has a lot of plushy mice and rats. One of them is coming with me, maybe she will also start travelling, maybe she will stay at my first host's home. We'll see.

I think I'll take some little chocolates with me.


These are the rats, the white one decided to come with me.


I'm so exited that I cannot sleep at night, I'm afraid.

Claire T.

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Bristol, England - 12th May 2009

By: DeliciousJu


Well me & 'Rattie' have arrived to Bristol, England! We got greeted by Julie & her other TV's - Mr Bananas, Baubles & Pisoni who is staying with Julie from Spain.

Today we went with Julie to where she works & where Mr Bananas used to work before he became a TV! We got to experience the bus journey & then sat with Julie while she worked away! Luckily managed to get out on her lunch break though & hung out in the tree's:) 

This weekend we are off on adventure around Bristol - lot's of places for us to visit around here with beautiful scenery, lots of tree's & countryside - cant wait to send over some more pictures for you:)

Then next weekend Julie is taking us to see Girls Aloud in concert in the city of Birmingham, then we are going to the theme park Alton Towers too - all very exciting!! Her friend who we are staying with has a dog, 2 cats, horse & hamster .... lots of animals for us to meet, we cant wait:)

Here are some pictures of our journey so far ....

Lots of Love

Claire & Rattie xxxx

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* Posted May 12, 2009, 7:37 pm Last edited Jun 3, 2009, 2:31 pm by DeliciousJu [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bristol, England - 18th May 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Hi Mum,

What a great weekend!!! Me, Rattie & Pisoni said farewell to Mr Bananas (on his way to Canada) & Baubles (on her way to Spain) on Saturday!

The 3 of us that are left then went around Bristol - we learned quite allot as we were going round about the History of the city, it is the largest City in the South West area of England! Bristol dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, and was started by a small settlement, Bristol was formally known as  ‘Brigstow’.

Bristol has got some lovely green area’s & parks, I wanted to just run around all the tree’s, but the weather wasn’t very nice at all so decided I will do that another day! We headed through this beautiful park - Victoria Park, then walked along by the Harbourside in centre of Bristol - we found some ducks & swans to feed - Swans are known as the Queens animal & are protected!

The Bristol Harbour used to be used allot, but as ships got bigger there wasn't enough room & they had to close it back in the 1800's! They moved to docks to where the Bristol Channel meets the Severn Estuary - now called Avonmouth / Royal Portbury Docks!

We did get rained off though for a while - horrible English weather! We decided that would be a good time to stop off & get some food – peanuts were lovely!!

From there we went to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge - it is right above the Avon Gorge, it was amazing, with brilliant view of Bristol! We were so high up though - nearly thought i was going to fall off! In 1753 a Bristol wine merchant, William Vick, left £1,000 in trust in order that when the fund had grown to £10,000 it should be used to build a bridge. It was won by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1830 - He was only 24! He died in 1859 and the bridge was completed and opened five years later in 1864. The bridge is 1352 foot long, the span between the piers is 702 feet long and it is three feet lower on the far side to counteract an optical illusion.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, did more than anyone to shape the face of modern Bristol today, his legacy also includes the boat SS Great Britain, and Temple Meads Old Railway Station.

We then went to College Green - there was a huge Council building & Cathedral there which dates back to 1140!!!

We saw a real castle too - After the Norman Conquest of 1066 this castle was built on what is now known as Castle Park.

On our way home we found an actual dinosaur - glad he was in his cage & not runny round the streets after me, ha ha!

We are all off to see Girls Aloud this week & then to theme park! Never been to a concert before – there will be so many people there, we are sat on the floor area in the middle – only 17 rows away from the front – wow!!!! Then we are going to mission around the Midland part of the UK for the rest of the weekend – me & Rattie will have such as great time with Pisoni. Julie & her friends!! One of her friends has 2 cats, hopefully Rattie wont be too scared to meet them!

Lots of Love & smiles

Claire & Rattie

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Birmingham, England - 26th May 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Hi Mum!

Wow - what a fantastic week away on our travels we have had! Following your advice we have left Rattie all locked up @ Julie's house while me and the other TV Pisoni on our adventure:)

Wednesday we went on a train & travelled from Bristol to Birmingham to see Girls Aloud in concert in Birmingham National Indoor Arena - we staying in nice hotel, walked along the canal to get to the arena - it was huge - thousands of people there & we were only 17 rows away from the front - had the best night ever!!

Here is some info on the history of Birmingham that you may find of interest:

Anglo-Saxon tribes started to settle in the region around 700 A.D. Tribes such as the Hwicce and Anglian Mercian's started to make the area their permanent home. Evidence of Saxon settlement is apparent from the name endings of some of Birmingham's well known localities. The suffix -ley means clearing in a forest. The town of Birmingham was a hamlet hence ending in ham. In 1166 when Peter de Birmingham bought the right to hold a weekly market in his castle. The market prospered and Peter laid the foundations of the town of Birmingham. 

By mid 1300's the town was listed as third town in size in the county of Warwickshire. Coventry and Warwick were larger. Aston, once the larger settlement now became Aston beside Birmingham. The Birmingham market grew from strength to strength with traders selling their cloth ware and metal goods. In 1511 the Clerk of Ordinance placed an order for horseshoes and weaponry for the Royal Army. Trade links were being forged with East Anglia and Bristol.

In the mid 1600's, with a population of some 7000 inhabitants, William Westley by 1700 drew up a town plan and calculated the population of Birmingham as 15,000. In 1801, at the time of the first census Birmingham had a population of 73,670, which meant it was one of Britain’s largest and most important towns.

In the 19th century industry in Birmingham was still dominated by metalworking. The workers of the town still made nails, brass goods (such as bedsteads), nuts and bolts, screws and buttons. They also made pen nibs and toys. There were also jewellers and gunsmiths in Birmingham. In the late 19th century railway carriages were made in Birmingham. So were bicycles. Glass making was also an important industry. From the end of the 19th century there was also a cocoa and chocolate industry at Bourneville.

Interesting Events in History Time Line:
1832 The Botanical Gardens opened
1852 The first public baths opened
1856 The first public park in Birmingham opened
1879 The Council House was built
1885 Museum and Art Gallery opened in
1889 Birmingham was made a city
1837 A railway from Birmingham to Manchester and Liverpool was opened
1838 Birmingham was connected to London by rail.
1861 The first public library in Birmingham opened 
1873 horse drawn trams ran in Birmingham.
1874 The first modern fire brigade in Birmingham was formed
1879 The first telephone exchange opened in
1882 The town gained its first electricity supply
1890 The first electric trams ran
1885 A Municipal School of Art opened
1891 Municipal Technical School opened
1909 Birmingham University was founded in
1913 Birmingham Repertory Theatre was built 
1960-1971 An inner ring road was built
1971 New Street Station was rebuilt
1973 a shopping centre was built over the station
1980s it was refurbished and renamed the Pallasades
1987 The Pavilions Shopping Centre opened
1987 the City Council unveiled a new City Centre Strategy, the city centre was to be rebuilt and refurbished
1991 The International Conference Centre and Indoor Arena opened in 1991.
2000 Mailbox Shopping Centre opened
The Bull Ring shopping centre was built in 1964 & the re-developed & re-built in 2001
Today industries in Birmingham include car manufacture, engineering, finance and also tourism.
Today the population of Birmingham is 1,025,000.

**On Thursday from Birmingham we travelled to Burton Upon Trent where Julie's friend Jo picked up & took us to her house in Swadlinlicote**

We drove past the Coors Beer factory in Burton upon Trent - it is really famous in this area - look what i found out:
Burton upon Trent is a lovely market town which is most famous for its Brewing Industry. In 2002, Coors acquired the England and Wales business of Bass Brewers and created Coors Brewers Limited (CBL), the United Kingdom's second largest brewer with more than 20% market share. With the number one brand in the UK, Carling, CBL is a solid presence in the seventh largest market in the world. The company employs approximately 2,500 people in the UK, 9,500 worldwide and has breweries in Burton, Alton and Tadcaster.

On March 31st, 2009, Coors Brewers changed its name to Molson Coors Brewing (UK) Ltd. This is a move which clearly signals the companies™ parentage and recognises the significance of both Molson and Coors families in co-creating one of the worlds™ most significant brewing organisations, with operations spanning the globe from the United States, Canada and Mexico through Europe to China and Japan.

Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Timeline
1744: William Worthington starts brewing in Burton-on-Trent, UK.

1777: William Bass starts his own brewing business in Burton, UK.

1784: British ales were exported to St. Petersburg and the Baltic's.

1799: Exports to North America.

1839 to 1944: The introduction of the Birmingham to Derby and Midland Railway provides the opportunity for fast transport and new lines.

1850: Bass production tops 100,000 barrels.

1876: The Bass triangle is registered as Britain's first trademark.

1877: Bass produces more than 1 million barrels a year.

1900: There are more than 32 breweries in Burton, including 87 miles of private brewery track and 36 level crossings in town.

1926: Bass and Worthington breweries merge.

1940s: A declining overseas market for Burton beers and the effects of two world wars lead to a spate of brewery mergers from the 1940s onward. With the aid of new technology, the remaining breweries are able to concentrate on fewer sites.

1954: Carling Black Label launched in the UK. First brewed at Hope & Anchor Brewery, Sheffield.

1960s: A new series of mergers leads to the creation of Bass Charrington, the UK's largest brewer.

1969: Bass Charrington is renamed Bass Plc.

1998: Carling Black Label re-branded as Carling.

2000: Interbrew acquires Bass Brewers.

2002: Coors acquires the England and Wales-based business of Bass Brewers from Interbrew and creates Coors Brewers Limited, the UK's second largest brewer with more than 20% market share.

2003: Carling becomes first and only UK beer to achieve sales of 5 million UK barrels per year.

2006: Carling is the UK's biggest selling beer brand.

2009: Coors Brewers Limited changes it's company name to Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Limited.

SWADLINLICOTE - here is what i found out about this town which we drove around:
Swadlincote is the main ‘town’ in South Derbyshire, with a population of around 30,000. The town also includes the settlements of Church Gresley and Newhall. It dates back as far as 1086 where it is described as Siuardingescotes, a small manor which was part of the parish of Church Gresley.
It was once a coalmining area - documents have been found to date back as far as 1294!! But it was not until the late 18th century that coalmining and clay extraction took place on a large scale. Over the next century a number of collieries, brickworks and potteries sprang up, including Sharpe’s Pottery in 1821 where the world’s first rim-flushing toilet was made, Bretby Art Pottery, and T G Green Pottery, famous for the highly collectable Cornish Ware Range. As the industry grew, the skyline became dominated by chimneys and kilns. At one time it was possible to see up to 70 chimneys from almost anywhere in the town without turning your head.

In the mid 1900 more than 6,600 men were employed in the mines and production averaged 2.7 million tons a year. Output peaked in 1964/65 at 3.7 million tons. But production declined from the late 1960s by which time Swadlincote was suffering from a shortage of stable building land and had become scarred by colliery spoil heaps, and clay holes. By 1982 there was only one colliery remaining in South Derbyshire, Cadley Hill.

Swadlinlicote lies at the heart of the National Forest. The National Forest is a forest in the making, transforming 200 square miles of central England. Already more than 7 million trees have been planted and woodland cover has increased from 6% to nearly 18%.
It is an inspiring example for the country, in the face of climate change and other environmental pressures
It is a place of enjoyment and learning for its residents and visitors
It is a place of contrasts, where people find quiet relaxation and active leisure
It is a working forest providing new and sustainable livelihoods.

**We got to meet Jo's pets when we arrived - Sooty & Smokey the cats, and Millie the dog. We went to Brittish Car Auctions where Jo works ..... it was huge, wanted to find a nice car to ride in but instead found a wicked motorbike - i loved sitting on that - it was huge & goes really fast!

Me & Pisoni went & sat in an actual Fire Engine - it was huge, the fireman were very nice though - we want to try & find a nice policeman to have picture taken with but they are allot scarier then the fireman!

I begged Julie & Jo to find me a friend, so we went in to a little pet shop & actually got to meet another Chipmunk - it was amazing, i am much bigger then what she was, but she was very nice, it was such a shame we couldn't of taken her home with us!

Saturday we went to Alton Towers - it's a massive Theme Park in the middle of the country side in the Midlands area of England! It was a little scary to go on the actual rides & no seats were small enough to strap us in & we didn't want to get dropped of lost, but we managed to have our pictures taken on 2 of them - The Water Rapids & The Log Flume - they were great, thankfully we didn't get wait, phew  :o

The weekend ended with a great breakfast & cuppa on Sunday!

All the pictures of my travels will be updated in next day or 2 - Julie has problems with her laptop going very slow at the moment - grrr!!! I hope you like them when they are up though  :rolleyes:

Julie is going to Amsterdam in Holland on 12th June, a 12 hour party on the beach - party & dance kind of music! Will be great to travel over there & go on a plane where i am not stuffed in an envelope - will be able to look out the window & see the sights  :D

And then in July if i am still here there is another concert on the beach at Weston Super Mare near Bristol - pop & commercial music - Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris, The Gossip, Metro Station, The Enemy are some of the names that have been released so far :p

NattNoy the Blue Nose Bear is on his way to England to stay with us - cant wait to meet him - we will all have so much fun!**

Hope you are ok back home? Miss you lots!

Lots of Love & Smiles, Claire  ;) xxx

* Posted May 26, 2009, 4:30 pm Last edited May 26, 2009, 4:34 pm by DeliciousJu [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Birmingham, England - 26th May 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Here are all my pictures from my adventure weekend:)

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* Posted May 26, 2009, 10:14 pm Last edited Jun 10, 2009, 10:04 am by DeliciousJu [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bristol, England - 28th May 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Hi Mum!

Well we ended up going to the cinema last night to watch Night At The Museum 2 - it was very funny! We even stopped off for a McDonalds on the way there ..... could just about manage a few fries, was more happy playing with a toy we found in the box - he was Rex - a charactor from the film, i wasn't scared of him though! Julie bough me a big bag of sweets to eat when were watching the film too, yummy!!!

When when we got back we noticed a pracel by the door - guess who it was? Natt Noy, a new TV that has come to stay with us!

It was getting late so we all quickly went off to bed as we were getting up early & going with Julie to work as she wanted everyone to meet Natt Noy!

We went on the bus again, and even stopped off in the supermarket - there we soooooooo many nuts, i could barely contain myself!!

Pictures to follow soon .....

Lots of Love, Claire:) xxx

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Bristol, England - 28th May 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Here are my pictures for you to see  :D xxx

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Taunton, England - 2nd June 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Hi Mum,

Another great weekend - First of all we said farewell to Natt Noy who has gone off on an adventure for a few days to see where he was born, and then our adventure began - me, Pisoni & Julie's new TV Co Co Rabbit ..... back on the train again as we went to Taunton to see Julie's family - she had to babysit her little brother for the day! We did get to see much of Taunton this time though - but hope to see a little more next weekend as we are back down again to see Julie's best friend from school, Helen, it's Helen's, and her daughter Amelie's birthday!

But did learn a little about Taunton while we were there:

Taunton began as a Saxon village in Somerset. It was called Tone Tun. The Saxon word tun means farm or estate. The word Tone is Celtic and may mean roaring river.

By the early 13th century there was a fulling mill in Taunton. After wool was woven it was fulled which means it was pounded in water to clean and thicken it. From the 13th century Taunton was famous for its wool industry. By the 15th century wool from Taunton was being exported to France, and by the late 16th century it was being exported as far away as Africa

In 1451 during the civil wars known as the wars of the roses a battle was fought at Taunton. In 1497 a man named Perkin Warbeck attempted to overthrow Henry VII and make himself king. His men occupied Taunton Castle but they fled when a royal army approached. There is now a pub named after Perkin Warbeck in the centre of Taunton!

The Market House was built in 1682 with assembly rooms over it. The assembly rooms were used for events like balls and card games. Martket House is still a centre point of Taunton, with pub below & rooms still used for events upstairs!

In the late 18th century wool manufacture in Taunton declined but silk making was introduced into the town in 1778. The railway reached Taunton in 1842. Queens College was built in 1843. It was named after Queen Victoria. Taunton school opened in 1847. Kings College opened in 1880.

In 1974-75 a motorway was built past Taunton - the M5. Today the population of Taunton is 61,000. It is in the country of Somerset & just half an hour away from Bristol on the train.

Taunton also has a a vast military history too:

UK Forces:The Royal Marines are the amphibious commando force of the Royal Navy. In recent times, the Royal Marine Commandos have been deployed to Afghanistan and played a major part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. They have a marine base at Norton Manor Barracks, Taunton, Somerset. 6 Riffles Army Regiment, Taunton: 6 RIFLES, formerly the Rifle Volunteers, comprises over 450 territorial officers and soldiers and covers the Southwest. The Battalion has Company Headquarter locations in Truro, Exeter, Taunton, Dorchester and Gloucester and provides the population of the West Country with the opportunity to be part of an increasingly active and operationally capable Territorial Infantry, illustrated recently with tours to Afghanistan and Iraq. The 6th Battalion will provide support to Regular Rifles Battalions on operations and training, ensuring that The Rifles establishes itself as a truly integrated national Regiment. 

The Castle Hotel: The Castle at Taunton is steeped in the drama and romance of English history. Once a Norman fortress, it has been welcoming travellers to the town since the 12th century.

Over the past 60 years, the Castle has been owned and run as a luxury hotel by the Chapman Family. The Castle Restaurant is ranked among the top 40 best places to eat in Britain by The Good Food Guide.

Somerset County Cricket Club: Is based in Taunton. It hosts many tournaments. It is on just on the Rover Tone, and was founded in 1875 . It is having allot of redevelopment done to it at present to add more seats, extend the restaurant & to add a conference centre to the grounds!

The weather was so lovely! We sat outside with Julie in the back garden & did a little sunbathing, but it got a little too hot for me & my fur so i went back inside & played some Mario on the Nintendo DS - that was great fun! We got to meet Julie's cats - Charlie & Hixxy, they are very cute - Charlie had the right idea by curling up in the sink - nice & cool in there for her, ha ha!!

On our way home we stopped of at the Somerset Cricket Ground, didn't get to see much of a good view of the inside - but was still nice to say we had been! They have a whole stand named after the famous player Ian Botham! We also stopped off at the beach - was such a lovely view just as the sun was going down! We had a ice-cream & sat on the deck chairs to relax! We wanted to go on the Pier, but it got burnt down last year - they are going to build another one though, maybe i will get to see that one day!

Back to Julie's before bed time & i had enough time to squeeze in another ice-cream to help me cool down - we had early start the next day so needed to get my rest:)

On Sunday we went with Julie up to the 'Downs' - it was beautiful - 400 acres of grassland stretching from the very cliffs of the Avon Gorge to the edges of the Victorian-built suburbs. It is just at the top of area called Clifton in Bristol - it's a very posh area of the city!! There were so many people up there playing football & having BBQ's as the weather was great again! We weren't there to eat though, we were there to go on a bike ride with Julie! We ended a great bike ride & weekend with a little drink - perfect:)

Anyway, that is enough from me for now - i am shattered after my weekend, don't realise how much the heat takes it out of you!! Going to rest up in the Julie's room as nice & cool in there until Friday when we are off again on our travels!

Hope you are ok, Lots of Love, Claire:) xxx

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* Posted Jun 2, 2009, 9:54 pm Last edited Jun 10, 2009, 10:06 am by DeliciousJu [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bristol, England - 8th June 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Hi Mum,

Well the BBQ ended up being cancelled, Julie's friends daughter was ill so had to stay at home in Bristol!

Instead we went to watch England football qualifier game for the World Cup next year against Kazakhstan! We went with Julie, her boyfriend & her friends! It was good fun great to watch the game, England won - i am not sure if i should be happy or not as i am German, but i am living in the UK? Damien kept speaking about this one time when England beat Germany 5-1 in a match .....  :thinking:

I decided to do a little research on England Football Team & here is a brief summery for you:

England Stats:

England's first official International Match: England vs Scotland, 30th Nov 1872. At West of Scotland Cricket Club at Partick, near Glasgow.
Biggest Win: 1882 - Ireland 0 - 13 England
Biggest Defeat: 1954 - Hungary 7 - 1 England
World Cup: 12 Appearances & Winners in 1966
European Championships: 7 Appearances & best result - 3rd in 1968 & Semi Finals in 1996
Most Caps: Peter Shilton (125)
Top Scorer: Sir Bobby Charlton (49)
Home Stadium: Wembley (opened in 1924 in a match against Scotland, closed them in 2000 . The new 90,000 seater Wembley costing £800 million, hosted its first match on June 1 2007)
Traditional Colours: Home - white shirts, navy blue shorts and white socks. Away - red shirts, white shorts and red socks
Current Captain: John Terry - (Plays in Premiership for Chelsea)
Current Coach: Fabio Capello (Appointed 14 December 2007, Qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa his objective.)

Because of a disagreement with FIFA over payments to amateur players, England did not enter the World Cups in 1930, '34 and '38.

After the Second World War, England rejoined FIFA and duly entered the World Cup in 1950, hosted by Brazil. England, hampered by climatic conditions, failed to progress beyond their qualifying group. And it didn't really egt any better for the years on from that either: In the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, England fared better, losing in the quarter-finals to Uruguay. Four years later, England drew all their group games and failed to qualify for the knock-out phase. In 1962, England progressed to the quarter-finals where they were beaten by Brazil.

However - England's finest international hour came four years later in 1966, when Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet trophy at Wembley on 30 July 1966. Grouped with Uruguay, Mexico and France, England drew one game and won the others to progress to the quarter-finals where Argentina lay in wait. England won a bruising encounter 1-0 and then beat Portugal 2-1 in the semis. In the final, England won 4-2, after extra time, with Geoff Hurst scoring a hat-trick, the only man to do so in a World Cup Final - how amazing is that?

Unfortunately though England's next-best performance wasn't until the World Cup was in 1990 when losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-final!

England also enters the UEFA European Football Championship (formerly the European Nations Cup).

England first entered in 1962/63, losing in the first round to France. In 1968, England fared better, getting to the semi-finals, a feat they repeated in 1996.

Following the arrival of Sven-Goran Eriksson as Head Coach in January 2001, the England team enjoyed a period of inspired form, recording 5 successive World Cup victories against Finland, Albania (twice), Greece and Germany, before securing dramatic qualification for the Finals with captain David Beckham's last minute equaliser against Greece.

At the Finals in Korea and Japan, England qualified from the 'group of death' recording a memorable victory of Argentina in the Sapporo Dome.  A three-nil win against Denmark in the pouring rain set up a quarter-final against Brazil and Michael Owen gave the Three Lions great hope when he opened the scoring early-on. However, goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldinho sent England home and crushed their hopes of lifting the World's biggest prize.

England also reached the quarter-finals at Euro 2004. having negotiated a tricky group involving France, Croatia and Switzerland, England crashed out on penalties to hosts Portugal.

In their last World Cup, in Germany, it was almost a case of Deja Vu as Portugal again knocked England out of the competition on penalties at the quarter-final stage. That game marked Eriksson's last in charge and new Head Coach Steve McClaren took over as England looked towards their Euro 2008 qualification campaign.

Steve McClaren was in charge of the Three Lions for 18 games, winning nine, but after missing out on qualification for Euro 2008 his contract was terminated on 22 November 2007.

Julie's camera decided to give up over the weekend though so no pictures to show you  :( She is getting it fixed for this weekend though as on Friday afternoon we are all flying over to Amsterdam for Defqon 1, the dance festival on a beach @ Almere Strand - i wont be far away from home actually will i?

I cant wait - i am hoping the weather will be good as it has done nothing but rain all weekend here - there have even been problems with flooding and even a block of flats catching on fire in London due to lightning - this is crazy for June????

Off again for now, will post up all of my adventures from Amsterdam when i get home next week - we are away till next Monday!

Lots of love, Claire xxxx

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Amsterdam, Holland - 17th June 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Hi Mum,

Wowwee - my last weekend with Julie was great!! I have rested up for a few days now, were so sleepy after all the walking around & partying in Amsterdam, here is what i have been up too .....

On Thursday before we went to Amsterdam Natt Noy arrived back with his new friend Gulliver - Natt had been away to the Tatty Teddy Factory, we sat up & listened to their stories of their adventure to Chichester .... sounds like that had a great time!

Then we all helped Julie pack her bags ready for Amsterdam - had to make sure all the important bits were packed - i was in charge of checking her passport - don't want to forget that!! Julie showed us where we were going on the map - she had set out a few places for us to visit ..... we were all so excited!!! We even helped Julie decide on her outfit for the the party we are going too on Saturday - Defqon 1, she showed us a video of the party on her laptop - wow!!!

Friday we headed off to Bristol International Airport to get out flight - it is only an hour long & was really nice to be in the people area & have out own seat too - seatbelts on, checked the safety leaflet too - always best to be prepared!!

When we arrived he went straight to the hotel, dropped off our bags & went for a long walk around Amsterdam - 1st stop was the De Gooyer windmill, also known as the Funenmolen is now a charming brewery and popular gathering place. The Netherlands is famous for its windmills - Amsterdam only has six that have survived the times, of which the De Gooyer mill is the closest near the historic center. It towers over the Nieuwevaart Canal, Molen De Gooyer was built in 1725

We also found a massive clog outside a gift shop - we saw it & had to have a picture taken right away with it. We walked around all the canals & headed over to the Anne Frank House too, it was getting dark by then so didn't manage to get any pictures of that, but it was very interesting reading up all about it!

Off to bed we went, had early start the next day ..... it was the day of the party Defqon 1 - Julie packed us her in backpack & off we went on the train at about 11am, it was very busy - we guessed there must of been about 150,000 people at least, 8 different rooms, lots of bars, food stalls & music everywhere - it was mad, was such a beautiful day too - the sun shined all day for us!!! We had such good fun, Julie bought us 'go fast' energy drink to keep us going through the day, he he:)

We didn't get back to the hotel till gone midnight according to Julie, none of us toys knew though as we fell asleep in Julie's backpack on the train, and we didn't wake up till the next day for breakfast!

Our final day in Amsterdam and another walk around Amsterdam to see what sights we can find .... Julie took us for a coffee first to wake us up! We walked through the Red Light District & was the ladies in the windows 'working' - was very odd to see but glad we went through it as it is such a huge part of the lifestyle in Amsterdam! We also went to the Hemp Museum, Vodka Museum & Sex Museum! And not forgetting the 'coffee shops' where they sell & smoke marijuana ..... so much to see over here that i don't think i could see anywhere else - what a great day out!!

After all that we went to get out bags at the hotel & were on our way back to Shiphol Airport for out flight home:)

Going to have a quiet few days chilling at Julie's now till Saturday when she can get to the Post Office & sends me off to my next destination - Spain with -María- - i am very excited, Julie has been telling me about the times she has been to Spain & it sounds great, looking forward to it so much, although will miss Julie & her toys!

Lots of Love, Claire:) xxx

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Amsterdam, Holland - 17th June 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Here are my pictures from my weekend away  :p

Group 1 Natt home.jpg
Group 2 list.jpg
Group 3 map.jpg
claire 1 passport.jpg
Group 4 defqon.jpg
Group 5 outfit.jpg
Group 6 suitcase.jpg
Group 7 airport.jpg
Group 8 seat.jpg
Group 9 safety.jpg
claire 2 easyjet.jpg
Group 10 shiphol.jpg
claire 3 gooyer.jpg
Group 11 clog.jpg
Group 12 beach defqon.jpg
claire 4 defqon.jpg
Group 13 coffee.jpg
Group 14 hemp.jpg
claire 5 redlight.jpg
claire 6 damrak.jpg
claire 7 coffee.jpg
Group 15 damrak.jpg
Group 16 casa.jpg
claire 8 train.jpg
claire 9 cow.jpg
claire 10 tulip.jpg
Group 17 car.jpg
claire 11 nuts.jpg

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Bristol, England - 19th June 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Hi Mum,

Well today was my last day in England - it was busy day as we had a new arrival - Chance - who had been staying with you, he bought us lots of sweets, thank you!!! Although we all felt a little sick after eating them so quickly  :stare:

We went to Julie's work again today so Chance could meet everyone, there is a great view of a little pond right by where Julie sits, would of looked nicer if the sun was shining!

But, now i am off to bed, me & Co Co (who is also leaving on her travels tomorrow)  said our goodbyes, we have an early start tomorrow at the Post Office, i am very excited to be going to my new home ..... hope Maria is as excited as me :p

Lots of Love, Claire  :D xxx

Chance envelope.jpg

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Bristol, England - 20th June 2009

By: DeliciousJu

Hi Mum,

I am officially on my way to Spain  :p :p :p

Will update you as soon as i get there!

Lots of Love, Claire xxxxx

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Santiago de Compostela, Spain - 23rd June 2009

By: -María-

Hola mami!

I just arrived at María's home in Santiago de Compostela and I wanted to let you know that I am fine and will start my new adventure very soon.


Hope everything is going great at home,


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Santiago de Compostela, Spain - 30th June 2009

By: -María-

Hi mom! =)

I'm sorry for not updating before but we had some bad days here in Santiago de Compostela and I couldn't do many interesting things or, at least, things that would be worth posting them in my travelog =) Anyway, today I went with María to the uni because she had to do a Literature exam and I took some pictures there...it is a very nice place actually, and it would have been crowded with people if the weather was better...







I'll write again soon. Hugs!

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