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Travelog for: Isambard

Calne, England - 7th September 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Hello,

I'm Isambard.

I'm named after my Hero - Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He was a great engineer who lived during Victorian times. I want to visit all the things he designed and all the places associated with him.

The photo shows me and a picture of him.

I'd love a hat like that!

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* Posted Sep 10, 2007, 5:39 pm Last edited Sep 10, 2007, 5:48 pm by Steve & Helly [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Madeley, England - 8th September 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Today I went . . . back in time.

I wanted to see what it would have been like to live in Victorian times, like Brunel did. I visited Blists Hill Victorian Town, where everything and everyone is as it was over 100 years ago.

I was very excited as we set off. I sat and looked out of the window. It was a very long journey, about three hours driving.

When we got there the street looked very old and quaint, with an ancient sweetshop, chemist and grocer.

Outside the shops was an old fashioned post box, which I climbed on to have my photo taken.

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* Posted Sep 10, 2007, 5:47 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Madeley, England - 9th September 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Saturday cont:

I did a lot of climbing today. I love climbing - it must be the tiger in me!

Once I'd climbed off the postbox I went exploring the Victorian village further. There was a model of Richard Trevithick's steam locomotive - the earliest steam loco - which was fascinating. I also climbed onto a Victorian Coal Merchant's cart, which would have been pulled by a horse as they didn't have cars in those days.

In the wheelwright's shop I sat on a coffin, although I kept an eye out, just incase I was shut inside.

The most exciting part of the visit was meeting the Victorian policeman. He was very friendly and let me have my photo taken with him. He sat me on his lamp, which warmed my bottom.

Oh, and I almost forgot . . . I had my photo taken inside a 'thunder box'. I wasn't sure what this was at first, it looked like a little brick room in the garden, with a piece of wood with a hole cut in it. It turned out that it was a Victorian toilet. I bet it wasn't very nice in the winter, cold and with spiders and things - yuk!

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* Posted Sep 11, 2007, 6:45 pm Last edited Sep 11, 2007, 7:08 pm by Steve & Helly [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Madeley, England - 10th September 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Saturday cont. again:

To finish the day I went to Ironbridge. I was a little disappointed as I'd got confused and thought that Brunel had designed it. In fact, it was Thomas Telford, about 200 years before Brunel was born.

However, it was a fantastic piece of engineering. I walked across the top but didn't go too near the edge as it was ever so high. I was mindful that I have lots of missions to complete and I didn't want to fall off and drown.

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* Posted Sep 11, 2007, 7:07 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Ludgershall, England - 20th October 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Another 2CV 'raid' today. This time to the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. However, first stop was Ludgershall to meet up with Gary. We parked up and got some photos while we waited.

I stuck my head up to get in the photo. I travelled in the yellow and blue 2CV, Monsieur Alfonse.
Elephonse was in the car and was sulking as he didn't want to go to 'another boring museum'. He said he'd rather go and look for more 'elephant blu's. He decided to bury his head and refused to have his photo taken.

Ludgershall is a funny name, you don't pronounce the 'd' and the 'shall' at the end is pronounced 'shawl'.

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* Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:13 am Last edited Oct 27, 2007, 7:14 am by Steve & Helly [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Basingstoke, England - 20th October 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Milestones Museum is  a museum of time. It starts with various Victorian displays and moves on to the 1930s. I was hoping to learn more about the Victorians, when Brunel was alive.

First stop . . . lots of steam engines! I climbed on and around and over.

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* Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:19 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Basingstoke, England - 20th October 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Next stop, a worker being 'told off' by his boss. Not nice! Working conditions must have been very hard in Victorin times.

'Grr', I'm glad I was born now.

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* Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:21 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Basingstoke, England - 20th October 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Beggers were a common sight.

This little boy was selling matches. He had no shoes, probably hadn't washed for weeks, and looked frozen.

I climbed up into his hand to see if I could warm him up a bit.

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* Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:24 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Basingstoke, England - 20th October 2007

By: Steve & Helly

I needed cheering up after seeing the begger boy. My friend Tony decided it would be funny to put me on the log saw!!

When I realised it wasn't working and that the blade was covered up I relaxed and began to enjoy myself. I even lay at the end and pretended I was about to get my head chopped off! I felt very 'James Bond!'

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* Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:27 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Basingstoke, England - 20th October 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Next, a bit more fun!

I joined a cat who was hissing at a dog.  The poor dog was so scared to see a tiger that I think he made a puddle!!

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* Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:30 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Basingstoke, England - 20th October 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Next stop the coal merchants and a horse and cart - I climbed up to have a closer look at the horse. He had blinkers on, so he wasn't scared of me.

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* Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:33 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Basingstoke, England - 20th October 2007

By: Steve & Helly

In 'olden times' fires were put out using lines of people passing buckets of water along to throw on the fire.They then passed the empty bucket back along the line to be filled up.

Making sure I wasn't about to be thrown on a fire I climbed into a bucket which would have been used by the fire service.

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* Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:37 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Basingstoke, England - 20th October 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Finally, at the end of my exciting day, I wandered down an alley towards the back of a 1930's house.

Seeing a door I guessed that I might see another 'thunder box' (toilet), like I did at Ironbridge.

Well, I neally fell over in my surprise! I didn't expect to see a man sitting there reading a paper!!

'Ooops, sorry!'

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* Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:42 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Calne, England - 7th December 2007

By: Steve & Helly

Hurrah, I'm so excited, I'm off to The Russian Federation today.

I never expected to travel the world and here I am, off on a great adventure.

I wish I had another mission . . . to visit every continent in the world.

Bye for now
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* Posted Dec 7, 2007, 7:39 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Novosibirsk, Russia - 18th January 2008

By: Cosmica

Hurray! My very long journey has come to the end, I'm in Russia now. It's very cold here, everything's covered with snow, huge snow banks all around and trees are all white with frost. However, I see I am welcome here. That's nice.
The first thing I've done here was to make friends with another toyvoager hosted here. It's Archibald and he's a great guy and a rather experienced voyager. I'm not upset, soon I will be as much and even more experienced in toyvoyging as he is  ;)
Tomorrow we're going to an artist's studio. I'm looking forward to meet the artist and her badger-dog named Zlata.
An now we'll drink hot tea with sweets and I'll have a rest after my very long trip to Russia.

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* Posted Jan 18, 2008, 2:34 pm Last edited Jan 18, 2008, 2:51 pm by Cosmica [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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