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Schellenberg forest, Germany - 20th February 2011

By: Apperveilchen

We went to Schellenberg forest, a mainly beech forest in the city of Essen. Lots of people were walking ther dogs or going for a walk or a ride on their bikes here.
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It was quite cold, which was perfect for me, but Crush wasn'T too happy. We climbed on a hill to get warm.
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The rangers are very active here, but they also leave a lot of the cut off branches or older dying trees around for different animals and other parts of the natural eco-system. See these great mushrooms?
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Here's a restaurant in an old house. This is a very expensive neighborhood.
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This is Schellenberg Castle.
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Unfortunately we aren't in the picture because we could not stop to take pictures and couldn't be held because someone insisted on gathering all sorts of branches and we and our host's left arm, were sqeezed in under hazle, beech, chestnut and, most importantly, magnolia.
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Düsseldorf, Germany - 1st March 2011

By: Apperveilchen

This is the former "Ständehaus" in Düsseldorf, meaning it was the state parliamentfrom about 1880 until 1988.
Now it's the K21, the modern art museum of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The internal architecture has been changed to make room for big exhibits that through the big glass roof it gets a lot of natural light.

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Essen, Germany - 5th March 2011

By: Apperveilchen

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Zollverein coal mine complex, Germany - 6th March 2011

By: Apperveilchen

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Today we had wonderful weather and decided to go to the old Zollverein coal mining complex.
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It's a huge complex within the city of Essen and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was once called the most beautiful and modern coal mine in the world.
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Here's a model of the complex:
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First construction of mine shaft 1 and 2 began in the middle of the 19th century.
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The coking plant with its 6 chimneys:
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The coking plant was built in 1057 to 1061.
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Now there's a solar power plant that also powers this ferris wheel.
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Some of the huge machinery in here could be moved on rails.
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The six distinctive towers are directly in a row, so you see 5 of them as one here:
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Over 1000 people could produce roughly 8600 t of coke per day.
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The best-known shaft 12 was built in 1930 and around that time the mine expanded exponentially. Shaft XII and the accompanying buildings were meant to be functional and beautiful and the cubistic architecture of the time.  All the processing of the coal centered around this mine shaft. It was a prestige object of mechanical processing as well as architecture and drew international visitors.
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The 55m high double tower if Schacht XII is also called the "Eiffeltower of the Ruhrarea". The pit below it is over 1000m deep.
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At one time, over 5000 people worked here.
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Coal mining on Zollverein was stopped in 1986 after only 55 years.
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It was first meant to be dismantled but was eventually turned into an exposition and design center over 10 years. Since last year, the Ruhrmuseum, a museum of archeology and industrial culture is housed here btu there are still places for offices, the red dot (design) expo and all kinds of exhibitions as well as nature walks and bicycle routes.

Nature is clearly regaining control over the area and biologists have studied the developing eco system where special kinds of frogs live in the brackwater and alpine birds nist in the towers.
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* Posted Mar 6, 2011, 4:34 pm Last edited Apr 24, 2011, 6:59 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Oberhausen, Germany - 3rd April 2011

By: Apperveilchen

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We went to a Dutch fabric market today. Unfortunately it started to rain soon after we arrived. It was good for buying things because it got less crowded, but we couldn't get any good pictures. We saw some nice and cheap fabrics, though.

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Essen, Germany - 8th April 2011

By: Apperveilchen

We were invited to a birthday celebration and got some home-made black forest gateau, among other good things (like cappucino-spice cake):
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I will try to get someone to show me how to make these before I leave here.

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Black Forest, Germany - 22nd April 2011

By: Apperveilchen

I am spending Easter in the Black Forest. We started out early this morning and got into some holiday traffic, but most was concentrating on the roads north, looks like a lot of people are aiming for the sea. We enjoyed the very nice weather with a long walk after our arrival.
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The dogs were happy to play in the little streams. It was nice and cool.
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Gernsbach, Germany - 22nd April 2011

By: Apperveilchen

In the evening we set out again to visit the old town of Gernsbach, the town where we stayed.
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The even had funny Easter decorations.
The Old Townhall:
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Rastatt, Germany - 23rd April 2011

By: Apperveilchen

This is me on the market place of Rastatt. The weekly farmer's market is pretty busy. Peoply buy most of their vegetables, fruit and flowers here, as well as spices, bread and Easter specialties.
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* Posted Apr 25, 2011, 10:42 am Last edited Apr 25, 2011, 10:43 am by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Baden-Baden, Germany - 23rd April 2011

By: Apperveilchen

Baden-Baden has been a spa town since the Roman times. There are some old ruins, and there's also a rather well-known race-track for horse racing, but we didn't visit any of those. We saw the more modern parts of the town. It became popular as a spa town again in the late 18th century.
Here I am in the spa gardens:
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This is the hall where you can get the spa water. It's called Trinkhalle (drinking hall).
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The water is warm and very salty and I didn't like it at all. I needed a gum afterward to get the taste out of my mouth.
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Here's the theatre:
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The town was busy on this nice Saturday before Easter:
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* Posted May 8, 2011, 4:00 pm Last edited May 8, 2011, 4:17 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Black Forest, Germany - 23rd April 2011

By: Apperveilchen

We got a little cool down on a house boat as it was a warma nd sunny day.
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Careful when diving, though, the boat is secuared by metal ropes.
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Black Forest high road, Germany - 23rd April 2011

By: Apperveilchen

Two panoramic roads lead diagonally through the Black forest: the high road and a valley road. We took the high road to Freudenstadt and the valley road on the way back.
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Freudenstadt, Germany - 23rd April 2011

By: Apperveilchen

Freudenstadt is a small town featuring the largest market place in Germany, surrounded by arcaded houses. Originally there was meant to be a palace in the square in the middle of the town, but the regent's reign ended before those plans were realized.
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This fountain was pretty funny, but I fear you cannot see the details in the picture.
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This one wasn't funny of itself, but Crush really fancied a swim:
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This church at one corner is funny because it is built around a corner, too. The altar is in the middle and men sit on one side, women on the other and they cannot see each other (so as not to be distracted).
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Essen, Germany - 24th April 2011

By: Apperveilchen

Happy Easter, everybody!

You see me and my easter presents: some heard boiled, colored eggs, chocolate easter bunnies and a fir cone from the Black Forest, made of candy. Oh, and everything in the new home-made breadbasket!

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Essen, Germany - 11th May 2011

By: Apperveilchen

I helped to make a quick dinner today. We took veal cutlet, washed and dried it, covered one side with mustard, salami/peperoni and cheese, folded them over and fixed them in place with toothpicks.
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Peeled and cut up potatoes we mixed with a bit of olive oil salt and pepper and put into the oven.
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The meat came on the grill (a pan also works). And we mixed up a salad. Voila, dinner.

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