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Remscheid, Germany - 29th November 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
I arrived in Remscheid today! Unfortunately my host Katja was very busy today, but at least we took a welcome photo with all the other ToyVoyagers here. They are Luc Zeke, Voi Nam, 3*Euro, Kevin Kiwi, Little T.B., Arimbi and Lady Katherine, who also arrived today.


The weather outside is not great, the weather forecast promised snow for the weekend. Let's see!


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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 2nd December 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
it snowed during the night!


Katja promised that we would go out later.


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Remscheid, Germany - 2nd December 2012

By: olgamaus

We went out about two hours later. Unfortunately it was not cold enough for the snow, it already was melting slowly when we went out. But nontheless we had a lot of fun in the snow. Soon I was wet and cold :D (hopefully I will not get a cold!)


We walked along the so called "Route of Tools", a former track for freight trains. Many tracks were closed and were built to lanes for pedestrians and cyclists. Remscheid is an industrial city, famous for the tool producing industry here. Building the route was sponsored by local companies, so it was called "Route of Tools".




The route is about 5 km long, following the former track from the central station to the district Hasten. You can find a lot of industrial complexes along the route, as well newer ones as historical ones. This complex was a slaughterhouse once.


The closer we came to Hasten, the route was crossing more dwellings than industrial sites.


Someone is collecting souvenirs from the former railway track :)



You can also find signs with the logos of sponsoring companies here.


Later we went home through the municipal park.



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Remscheid, Germany - 7th December 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
last weekend's snow melted away really soon, but today it started to snow again. Today it is about freezing point outside, so the snow will not melt too soon.



We went to the municipal park. Here you can see one of the churches in the city centre.


Soon we reached the park. All those snow covered trees and bushes are looking beautiful.


I played in the snow with  Kevin Kiwi and  3*Euro.




Back home we all took place on the heating to get dry :)


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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 7th December 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
on Friday usually two or three friends are visiting us, Katja's knitting friends. Today I also met one of Katja's pets - she is keeping three ferrets. Ferrets are cute little predators, really playful, curious and cheeky pets. This one is Zaehnchen, sitting on the lap of Katja's friend, enjoying liver sausage paste.


Later Katja prepared eggnogg for her friends.


Eggnogg is a popular winter drink in Germany, you can often get it on Christmas markets. To make it you need milk, cream, egg liqueur, rum, triple sec and amaretto.


First you have to mix and heat milk, cream and egg liqueur - it must not boil!


Than you add the spirits and fill it into glasses. Served hot with whipped cream on top it is perfect :)



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Remscheid, Germany - 11th December 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we took a short walk in the city centre in our lunch break. Katja's work place is close to the city hall with a skating rink and a small Christmas market in front of it.


This is the main entrance of the shopping mall.



We went to the public library than to return a DVD.



This building was the company building of the local newpaper "Remscheider General-Anzeiger" once.  There is still a little statue, showing the emblem of the newspaper.


This is the central bus station.


An adult education centre is situated in this modern building.


We had to return to work than.


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Remscheid, Germany - 12th December 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we went to a DIY-store to buy a new lock for the letter box.

The shopping street is beginning here.


All the trees on the space around a church are decorated with pretty yellow stars.


We walked to the station area next.



There are large industrial complexes around the station.


The station was built only a few years ago. The old building was demolished and the new "station" is only a small waiting zone along the track. But at least the whole area around the station was also rebuilt with a small shopping mall and a bridge for pedestrians to reach the city much easier.


When we reached the DIY-store the whole outdoor facilities were full of snow shovels and road salt.



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Duesseldorf, Germany - 15th December 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we made a fantastic trip to Duesseldorf, the capital city of the German state North-Rhine-Westphalia. We went there by train and walked from the station towards the old town with all the Christmas markets.


Ah, this is already looking like a larger city. And they do not have snow here.



We reached the shopping streets than.



A few minutes later we reached the old town. Christmas markets everywhere!



You can buy all sorts of Christmas decorations, arts and crafts items, socks, herbs and spices and of course all the traditional food like potatoe pancakes, battered fish, sweets like sugarroasted almonds and nuts, candied fruits, gingerbread hearts, candyfloss and all those hot winter drinks like hot wine punch and eggnogg.



We went into a shop in this quarter and spend some minutes there.


When we came out a miracle had happened - the sun was shining and we had only a few steps to take to reach the river Rhine.



We went along the Rhine promenade with lots of bars and restaurants. In the background you can see the Burgplatz with a Ferris wheel.



We walked closer to the Burgplatz.


We decided to take a walk into the opposite direction, towards the parliament which is situated close to the Rhine.

We reached the parliament building soon, a fantastic complex situated close to the Rhine promenade.


Here you can see an overview photo of it.


This is what you see when you look to the North, towards the old town. In the foreground you can see the "Rheinkniebrücke", one of three bridges crossing the Rhine in the city area.


We took a group photo on the lawn in front of the parliament building.


We walked around the building than.


This is the entrance area.


Later we went back to the old town to have lunch. Because it is getting dark so early we decided to have lots of fun with eggnogg, beer and mead without taking any more photos :D


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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 24th December 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we are celebrating Christmas. Katja's kids will visit us later, we will have dinner together.

We helped Katja to wrap some presents. These are handmade socks for her daughter's boyfriend - he already asked for warm socks in reggae colors. Katja knitted socks like a maniac this week :)


I wish you a Merry Christmas!


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Wuppertal, Scharpenacken, Germany - 29th December 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we met Katja's friend Kerstin and took a walk with her and her dog.

We went to Wuppertal, to Scharpenacken, a former army training area. This area was used for military purposes until 2004 A.D as a shooting range. Today there is a local recreation area with vast open areas, but also woodland.


The whole area will be renatured in the coming years.


A lot of people come here with their dogs to let them run and play.



Katja told me that Pepe, the dog, in summer usually is taking a bath in the creek which is running through the meadow.



Bye for now

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Remscheid, Germany - 31st December 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we went to Katja's sister-in-law's family today to celebrate the last day of the year. When we arrived, there already was everything prepared for Raclette.


There were lots of vegetables like sweet pepper, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, than there was beef and chicken meat, prawn, bread, potatoes and much more. Of course there was a lot of cheese :)

Later we called a tile-based game called "Rummikub". Do you know it?

At midnight we all had a glass of sparkling wine when we went outside for the fireworks.


Happy New Year!

Iit was raining the whole time, so the fireworks did not show up as nice as they could have had.



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Wuppertal, Germany - 2nd January 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we made a trip to the neighbour city Wuppertal.

One of the city’s greatest attractions is the suspended monorail (Schwebebahn), which was established in 1901. The tracks are 8 m above the streets and 12 m above the Wupper River. The Schwebebahn is crossing some streets and even a motorway!


Here you can see one of 20 stations along the 13,3 km long route. This one is nearby the local court and district court.It was rebuilt last year in its original historic style. It is the one we just had left.


Katja told us that we would make a side trip, outside the city centre, just for ME! We went to the Botanical Garden.


The Botanical garden is situated high upon a hill called "Hardt" and we had to climb stairs after stairs for what felt like an eternity.

You can find the former country house of a textile manufacturers named Eller, which contained a villa (built 1820), orangery, residential and farm buildings, and the Elise Tower (built 1838) which provides the garden's focal point.


Katja took me into one of the greenhouses. Fighting with fog on the camera we found a banana plant!


Okay, it was green and looked like a banana plant, but where were the bananas? I would have liked a banana than. Katja told me that there were bananas in summer, they probably would have been harvested in the meantime. And indeed, we found a photo which was taken with Alberto this summer.


Katja showed us a special tree in the garden, this one.


It looks more or less like a dangerous animal, but not like a tree. It is a monkey puzzle tree, (Araucaria araucana). It originally came from South America, from Chile and Western Argentinia. Due to similar climate conditions it can grow here.


Because a Botanical garden is not so exciting in winter we walked back to the city centre because we had only about 90 minutes until it would get dark.

Walking stairs downhill was much more fun :)


In the city centre we saw that Wuppertal is much larger than Remscheid. The pretty city hall was hidden behind a scaffolding.



We saw the Schwebebahn again, next to a bank and a car park.


Here you can see one of the other stations, a modern one this time.


Later we met Katja's daughter here and we spend some hours in the shopping streets.


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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 9th January 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
the weather is still ugly, nobody wants to go outside. Instead we helped Katja to prepare a veggie dinner.

First we fried zucchini and dryed tomatoes in a pan and added tomatoe sauce. Than we prepared feta to scallop the vegetables with it.


We cut the remaining feta into pieces and fillend them into a jar with garlic, herbs, spices and dried tomatoes.


We filled the jar with olive oil than to preserve the cheese.



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Remscheid, Germany - 11th January 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,

today we had the first day without rain since mid December! That's why Katja  already planned to take a walk in the afternoon, but first a new guest arrived, Stoker.


We walked to a nearby valley.


Soon we left the streets and walked towards the forest, through a rural hamlet. I met Cameroon sheep here.



This pretty house is hidden in the valley. Katja told me that those half-timbered houses were typical for this region.


It was rather cold - about freezing point!


We reached the district Luettringhausen than, one of the historic districts of Remscheid. When we came here the sun came out for a few minutes.


The weather forecast said that we would have better weather soon, even with sunshine at the weekend. Let's see!


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Remscheid, Muengsten Bridge, Germany - 13th January 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
the weather forecast was right - we are having fantastic weather. We decided to visit Muengsten Bridge, Germany's highest railway bridge.

Here you can see river Wupper, marking the border between Remscheid and the neighbour city Solingen. Muengsten Bridge is crossing this valley. Before it was built, it took people more than 40 km to get to the nearby neighbour city by train.


Here you can see the bridge overspanning the valley.


First we walked uphill on the Solingen side of the valley.



Muengsten Bridge was built of steel, completed in 1907. It is about 480 m long and 107 m tall. There are extensive repair works going on in the last few years, and there will be more this year from April till at least October.

All the puddles along the path are frozen!


Later we crossed river Wupper here at this small bridge.


We walked back on the Remscheid side of the valley than.



On the very first photo you can see an outlook pavilion. We came here on the way back and had a fantastic overview across the valley.



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