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Remscheid, Germany - 17th May 2008

By: olgamaus

Hello,
next week my journey will start. Together with Dottie Mouse I will travel to the Netherlands. My first host is Eryah.

I'm so glad!


My travel list:

1. Eryah - The Netherlands
2. BlackCat - Germany
3. alleycat - Israel
4. Penvmbra - United Kingdom
5. dandilion - The Netherlands
6. Blurchen - Austria
7. kiskis - Japan
8, Luv_Lioness - USA

* Posted May 17, 2008, 4:58 pm Last edited Sep 29, 2008, 3:36 pm by olgamaus [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


in his, envelope - 30th May 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi,
I'm on my way to the Netherlands. I'm travelling with Dottie Mouse to Eryah.

Bye
Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 10th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hi mommy!

Today Dottie Mouse and i arrived finally in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. It's great here and pictures comes soon. I wanna show you everything :)

Bigs Hugs Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 10th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hello!

Here i am again.
I wanna show you the pictures of my arrival.
Dottie Mouse and i heard several voices outside the envelope.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b65/Eryah/toyvoyagers/aankomst001-1.jpg

Dottie was scared to come out, but i'm not! I wanna see who they were so i jumped out of it.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b65/Eryah/toyvoyagers/aankomst002-1.jpg

I told Dottie that it wasn't scary at all and that other lovely TV's are whaiting for us. That gave him the trust to also come out the envelope.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b65/Eryah/toyvoyagers/aankomst003-1.jpg

Let me introduce you to the others. This are from the left to the right:
* Summy
* Me
* Count
* Ambrosius
* Margarida
* Dottie
* Roberto (the monkey lying in front of us)
* Lumi (the little white bear)
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b65/Eryah/toyvoyagers/aankomst005-1.jpg

I think we are gonna be great friends!
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Big hugs Nepomuk

* Posted Jun 10, 2008, 4:39 pm Last edited Jun 10, 2008, 4:41 pm by Eryah [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 12th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hello!

Because Eva isn't able to go outside at the moment we decided to show you information and sites about Alkmaar at another way. I hope you enjoy it!

Cheesemarket:

This cheese market is open every Friday morning between 10 and 12 from the first Friday in April until the first Friday in September. Market activities are explained in Dutch, German, English and sometimes Japanese. There are four teams (vemen) of cheese-porters (kaasdragers), who can be recognised by their differently coloured straw hats: red, blue, green and yellow. Two porters bring cheese on stretchers to the weighing house (Waag) - a typical stretcher "weighs in" at about 160 kilograms. Merchants sample the cheeses and decide on a price using a barter system called handjeklap, literally clapping hands.

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Ruin church in Bergen:
This picturesque ruin church in Bergen once was the biggest church in Noord-Holland. From the 16th century church there is only a ruin left now, because the Beggars started a fire here. Only the choir of the church was rebuilt, so from the original church you can now only see the ruins.
In the village Bergen in Noord-Holland there are many beautiful old houses situated around the old village church.
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Big church
During building the largest medieval church in Alkmaar, the church was already called the big church, because of its size. The big church is not only the largest and highest church in Alkmaar, but also the church which trough the centuries, stood most and called the jewel of the city. Originally the church was dedicated to Saint Laurens. That’s why, for centuries, the church is called The Saint Laurenschurch.

The church was probably designed by architect Anthonius Keldermans (Belgium) (1440-1512)

Beside Anthonius Keldermans brother, also his son was involved in the disign of the church, in which 26 freestanding columns support the roof. The Saint Laurens church is a basilica,

The outside walls rest on a fundation which is just below the ground. Built in the Brabant’s gothic style, which is bigger and more massive in its form than the French gothic. The building is 35 meters high and has a cross length of 85x56 meters. The outside walls rest on a one meter broad foundation which is just below thethe ground, and gradually becomes broader to a depth of tree meters. The last resauration of in-and exterieur was accomplished in 1996.

The large saint Laurens church counts two, world famous organs: Van Covelens organ (also called choir organ) and it VanHagerbeer/Schnitger or large organ. The choir organ descends from 1511 and has been placed against the northern wall of the church. The last restoration of this old, still playable, organ in the Netherlands, was completed in the year 2000. In 1636 arose the idea for the construction of a large organ in the church. Several organ builders have worked on it, but in 1645 Jacobus Caltus van Hagerbeer completed the large organ. Jacob Van Campen devised the organ cupboard and in 1643  Caesar Van Everdingen got the task to paint the doors of the organ cupboard with the ‘triomfe van den Coninck Saul’. This painting belongs to his first large work. Above the organ the painter Romeyn de Hooghe painted in baroque striking, (‘de deugd, die de ondeugd verplettert’)" virtue crushing the vice". From 1723 up to 1725 the large organ was restored and extended by Frans Caspar Schnitger. In course of time there have been several restorations on this organ.

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St. Joseph Church
This church was put in use in 1910. Designed by famous church builders and students of PJH Cuypers, the Margry brothers. The church is built in neo-gothic style, which shows by the way the towers are placed and by the arched roofs.

The church is placed beautifully and is in possession of wonderful stained glass windows. The statue of Christ has been placed in 1948, in memory of Alkmaar war-victims. Their names are placed on a memorial plaque on the churches wall.
http://www.alkmaar.nl/monument/monument/foto/Dscn9758.jpg

Big hugs Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 13th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hello!

Today we asked Eva to tell us everything she know about Alkmaar and the Netherlands. She told us some funny stories!

Alkmaar is above all Holland's cheese town. During the season from the first Friday of April to the first Friday of September a traditional cheese market is being held here on Friday mornings between 10 and 12.30. The cheeses are sold by dealers on a clap of hands. Thereupon the 400 year old cheese porters' guild goes into action, carrying the cheese off on barrows after the lot has been weighed at the Waag (the official scales). In the Waaggebouw - in which the scales are housed - a cheese museum that tells everything about dairy farming has been established.
Cheese has been weighed in Alkmaar since 1635.

Alkmaar is historical with around 400 monuments. The Waag, dating back in its earliest form to the 14th century, the 16th century town-hall, Grote St. Laurens Church and the many courtyards, facades and canals give the town an ambience all of its own. With the past as a setting, the town has a modern stock of shops offering a wide choice. Besides the predominantly small shops in the old centre, the Noorder Arcade with large scale shopping facilities stands by the side of the Noord Holland Canal.

Alkmaar is the biggest town in the region. Relaxation can also be found in the Geestmerambacht recreational area close by.
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The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland]) is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in the Caribbean. The Netherlands is a parliamentary democratic constitutional monarchy, located in Western Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east.

The Netherlands is often called Holland. This is formally incorrect as North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces. As a matter of fact, many Dutch people colloquially use Holland as a synecdoche, being well aware of the widespread use of this name. For more on this and other naming issues see terminology of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying and densely populated country. It is popularly known for its traditional windmills, tulips, cheese, clogs (wooden shoes), delftware and gouda pottery, for its bicycles, its dikes and surge barriers, and, on the other hand, traditional values and civil virtues such as its classic social tolerance. But primarily, the Netherlands is a modern, advanced and open society. An old parliamentary democracy, the country is more recently known for its rather liberal policies toward recreational drugs, prostitution, homosexuality, abortion, and euthanasia. The Netherlands is also one of the most densely cabled countries in the world; its internet connection rate is 87.8%, the 2nd highest in the world.

The Netherlands has an international outlook; among other affiliations the country is a founding member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, and has signed the Kyoto protocol. Along with Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands is one of three member nations of the Benelux economic union. The country is host to five international(ised) courts: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. All of these courts (except the Special Tribunal for Lebanon), as well as the EU's criminal intelligence agency (Europol), are situated in The Hague, which has led to the city being referred to as "the world's legal capital."

A remarkable aspect of the Netherlands is its flatness. Hilly landscapes can be found only in the south-eastern tip of the country on the foothills of the Ardennes, the central part and where the glaciers pushed up several hilly ridges such as the Hondsrug in Drenthe, the stuwwallen (push moraines) near Arnhem and Nijmegen, Salland, Twente and the Utrechtse Heuvelrug.



Religion
Main article: Religion in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is one of the more secular countries in the Western Europe, with only 39% being religiously affiliated (31% for those aged under 35), although 62% are believers (but 40% of those not in the traditional sense). Fewer than 20% visit church regularly .

According to the most recent Eurobarometer Poll 2005, 34% of Dutch citizens responded that "they believe there is a god", whereas 37% answered that "they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force" and 27% that "they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, god, or life force".

In 1950, before the secularisation of Europe, and the large settlement of non-Europeans in the Netherlands, most Dutch citizens identified themselves as Christians. In 1950, out of a total population of almost 13 million, a total of 7,261,000 belonged to Protestant denominations, 3,703,000 belonged to the Roman Catholic Church, and 1,641,000 had no acknowledged religion.

However, Christian schools are still funded by the government, but the same applies for schools founded on other religions, nowadays Islam in particular. While all schools must meet strict quality criteria, from 1917 the freedom of schools is a basic principle in The Netherlands.

Three political parties in the Dutch parliament (CDA, ChristianUnion and SGP) base their policy on the Christian belief system.


Culture
Erasmus (1466–1536).The Netherlands has had many well-known painters. The 17th century, when the Dutch republic was prosperous, was the age of the "Dutch Masters", such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruysdael and many others. Famous Dutch painters of the 19th and 20th century were Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondriaan. M. C. Escher is a well-known graphics artist. Willem de Kooning was born and trained in Rotterdam, although he is considered to have reached acclaim as an American artist. Han van Meegeren was an infamous Dutch art forger.

The Netherlands is the country of philosophers Erasmus of Rotterdam and Spinoza. All of Descartes' major work was done in the Netherlands. The Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens (1629–1695) discovered Saturn's moon Titan and invented the pendulum clock. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was the first to observe and describe single-celled organisms with a microscope.

In the Dutch Golden Age, literature flourished as well, with Joost van den Vondel and P.C. Hooft as the two most famous writers. In the 19th century, Multatuli wrote about the bad treatment of the natives in Dutch colonies. Important 20th century authors include Harry Mulisch, Jan Wolkers, Simon Vestdijk, Cees Nooteboom, Gerard (van het) Reve and Willem Frederik Hermans. Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl was published after she died in The Holocaust and translated from Dutch to all major languages.

Replicas of Dutch buildings can be found in Huis ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan. A similar Holland Village is being built in Shenyang, China.

Windmills, tulips, wooden shoes, cheese and Delftware pottery are among the items associated with the Netherlands.
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Big hugs Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 14th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hello!

Today it was time to say goodbye to Lumi and Margarida. It's alawys hard see another TV leaving. I hope they both are gonna have a wonderfull trail. Maybe we see each other again, you never know.

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Bye Lumi

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Bye Margarida

Big hugs Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 17th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hello!

Today we were playing in the garden and suddenly Eva had an idea. She wants to do something for us to thank us for our stay here.
Just like the tiles on Hollywood she write down our names. Take a look:
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How great is that? Now she will always remember us :)

Big hugs Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 18th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hello!

We had such a great party last night! We watched the football game were the Netherlands were playing against Roemenia. This was the thirth game they win and all the people in Holland were celebrate it.

The Netherlands have a strange creature that is there mascotte.
It is called a Welpie and they even have a song for it. The national color of the Netherlands is orange so he's orange too.
But dear, he can party!!!!
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b65/Eryah/toyvoyagers/welpie003.jpg

This morning at 6 o clock i finally go to my bed. I dance all night long.

Off course we made a picture together with the Welpie.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b65/Eryah/toyvoyagers/welpie005.jpg

Big hugs Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 19th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hello!

Today it was bad weather here as you can see:
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http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b65/Eryah/toyvoyagers/welpie001.jpg

We decided to each build or own dreamhouse. It was so much fun to do! Here you can see mine:
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Big hugs Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 20th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hello!

Today we said goodbye to Count and Ambrosius. First we were with so many and now suddenly one by one the others goes away. But it's also excited for them to go on. I'm glad i get to know them both.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b65/Eryah/toyvoyagers/CenA001.jpg

Bye Count and Ambrosius!

Big hugs Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 21st June 2008

By: Eryah

Hello!

Today i wanna do something with my life missions.
Eva and i take a look to them and choose to meet the cats that live here.
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This is Luna. Just like me she is black but our caracters are the opposite. She is a very scared cat. The only one she trust is Eva.

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This is Isis. I know she lookes like a monster but she is so sweet! She is old so she can sleep all day long and she is very fluffy.

After that i wanna drive in a black sport car. Eva said she has to dissapoint me because the only black sport car she have is a very tiny one. So unluckely for me i couldn't drive in it, but i really like the car!
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Eva and i decided to play a board game. We choose for 'a look at the century'. It's a game were you have to answer all kind of questions about the 20th century. I won!!
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Big hugs Nepomuk

* Posted Jun 20, 2008, 1:48 pm Last edited Jun 20, 2008, 1:50 pm by Eryah [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 24th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hello!

Today we played in the garden.
It was a lovely weather because it was not to cold or hot.

First we found a beautifull rabbit named Mammoet. He's so sweet and invited us in his house. He shares this house with a guinea pig but he was to afraid to show himself to us.
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After that we found a 'step'. You can go really fast on that! First we were a little bit scared but Mirdin helped us out and learned us how to drive on it.
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We got a little bit tired of all the playing so we decided to search for a place to take a nap. And we found a lovely spot.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b65/Eryah/toyvoyagers/tuin005-1.jpg

Big hugs Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 25th June 2008

By: Eryah

Hellooo!

We are watching the football game Germany against Turkey right now for the Europian Championships. It's so exciting and we are shouting here for our team! Luckely for us Eva supports the German team also because the Netherlands are out the game.

Are you watching to mummy?
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Bigs hugs Nepomuk

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 25th June 2008

By: Eryah

Yeaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE WON!!!



Now we are gonna celebrate it mommy :)

Big hugs

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