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Strunkis Garden, Remscheid, Germany - 23rd March 2013

By: Strunki

Hi Mum,

here in Remscheid is is still very cold, the temperatures are hardly about 0 C°. And so we had ice on the pond in the garden and we decided to skate on the ice a little bit.

In the afternoon the ice became thinner (too thin for heavy HelmutBluepant) :cyclops: and so we continued on the thicker ice of the rainwater-tank :)

We had a lot of fun while Soeren pulled our sleigh. :rolleyes:

And before we werde too cold, we went back to the house and enjoyed our hot chocolate with marshmellows :p

See You soon, Love and Kisses
Yours Matcha :D

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* Posted Mar 23, 2013, 9:04 pm Last edited Mar 23, 2013, 9:14 pm by Strunki [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Remscheid, Germany - 24th March 2013

By: Strunki

Hello Mum,

today we made a little round-trip through Remscheid.

Here You can see the historic houses in the Clarenbachstr. near the tool-museum.

The next huge building is the town-hall and on the right hand, almost in the middle of the market-place, a high stone-statue of a Lion, our typical heraldic animal of the Bergisches Land.

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* Posted Mar 26, 2013, 9:07 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Müngsten Bridge, Solingen, Germany - 24th March 2013

By: Strunki

The next stop we took at the famous Bridge of Müngsten.

It is the oldest ironbridge in Germany and almost 100 years old.
It connects the towns Remscheid and Solingen by railway and crosses the valley of the Wupper. Before the bridge was built, people had to go a far way by train. The bridge is still in use, can you see the train above me?

Under the bridge we visited the "Brückenpark" and went a footway along the Wupper.

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* Posted Mar 26, 2013, 9:53 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Schloss Burg, Solingen-Burg, Germany - 24th March 2013

By: Strunki

The third station today was Schloss Burg in Solingen-Burg.

There we visited the old Mediveal Castle of the counts of Berg that was rebuilt in the late 19th. century. The statue you see shows Count Engelbert of Berg. By this noble family the region is named Bergisches Land, not because they have some small mountains and hills here :D

And there we got a typical souvenir: The Burger Bretzel, a sweet small backed Pretzel that is also part of the "Bergisch Coffee Table" as the "Dröppelminna" a huge oldfashioned pot for coffee.

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* Posted Mar 26, 2013, 10:28 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Remscheid, Strunkis Home, Germany - 24th March 2013

By: Strunki

In the late afternoon we went back.

And what a surprise: We had an almost traditional Bergisch Coffee Table, a  Bergische afternoon coffee spread (Kaffeetafel)

So Kaffeetafel is not just an ordinary coffee and cake, but also includes waffles, spread thickly with creamed sweet rice and sprinkled with cinnamon, raisin bread or black bread with butter, sugar beet syrup and Bergisch soft cheese, black bread with smoked jam, cheese, pretzel and zwieback to dip in the coffee. :p And even a Dröppelminna we had for our Coffee.

Unfortenatuly we did not have the sweet raisin bread, but it was sooo much to eat fur us plushies, only Helmut was able to eat the most :cyclops:

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* Posted Mar 26, 2013, 11:33 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Zoom, Gelsenkirchen, Germany - 29th March 2013

By: Strunki

Hello Mum,

today here in Germany is a silent celebration day before Easter, the so called "Good Friday", in German "Karfreitag" when Jesus was crucified.

Altough it is still very cold here, we went to the "Zoom World of Experience" in Gelsenkirchen and I enjoyed watching so much animals in near-by natural habitats.

They have three Areas there, an Asia, Africa and Alaska. Because it was so cold, we saw the most animals outside in the Alaska-Area.

So let´s start our roundtrip and look, what animals I was able to discover:

In Asia I saw the blue crowned pigeon [Goura cristata],
flying foxes [family Pteropodidae],
green wood partridge [Rollulus rouloul],
orang-utan [Pongo pygmaeus] and
grey hanoman-langurs  [Semnopithecus sp.]

In the african area we had the chance to make a trip by boat, although unfortnately the most animals, only the suricats [Suricata suricatta] were not outside, we saw some other inside the african warm-house:
(African) gray parrot [Psittacus erithacus],
common chimpanzee [Pan troglodytes],
hippopotamus [Hippopotamus amphibius]
and some cichlids from the Lake Malawi in a aquarium

And finally in Alaska we saw the most animals outside:
lynx [genus Lynx],
snow owl [Bubo scandiacus],
raccoons [Procyon lotor],
wolfes [canis],
caribou [Rangifer tarandus],
brown bear [Ursus arctos],
Sealions [Otariinae],
polar bears [Ursus maritimus]
and a snow goose [Anser caerulescens]
and last but not least: We found the moose or elks [Alces], so Soeren was able to fulfill one of his life missions and we were very happy for him:)

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* Posted Mar 30, 2013, 3:30 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Remscheid, Strunkis Home, Germany - 30th March 2013

By: Strunki

Hello Mum,

today we did something special for Easter Celebrating:

We ornated some little Twigs with coloured eggs made of wood and paper.

and we coloured some boiled chicken eggs for the Easter breakfeast tomorrow:)

Look, how nice all the colourful things are:)

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* Posted Mar 31, 2013, 9:27 am Last edited Mar 31, 2013, 9:28 am by Strunki [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Remscheid, Strunkis Home, Germany - 31st March 2013

By: Strunki

Happy Easter to all of you and especially for You, Mum :D

Charlotte played Easterbunny togehter with HelmutBluepant and invited Soeren and me to Strunkis Warmhouse where they had hidden some easter suprises for us.

I found a violet bag full with chocolate eggs and a huge paper-egg with a golden chocolate-bunny in it. We had so much fun to look for the chocolate and had a opulent easter-breakfast alltogehter.  :p

And we hope, that spring will still come...

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* Posted Mar 31, 2013, 7:11 pm Last edited Apr 1, 2013, 7:29 pm by Strunki [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Japanese Garden, Leverkusen, Germany - 1st April 2013

By: Strunki

Hello Mum:)

The weather today was very nice, the sun did shine and it was not as cold as the days ago.

In Leverkusen, that´s at the Rhine between Cologne and Düsseldorf, we vistited the japanese Garden inbetween the Bayer-Area, because there the temperatures a few higher than in Bergisch Land and so the vegetation is a little bit more developed.

The japanese Garden there was founded by one of the owners from BAYER in the early 20th Century, who loved the japanese garden architecture and the bonsai very much. And he opened the garden for the public.

We saw very lovely early spring flowers, lots of violet and yellow crocus, liverleafs, tulip, iris, bluestars and some more. And even some kois we saw.

The atmosphere there reminded me at home and so i enjoyed my stay here in Germany very much and i made new friends here, but i will look forward to come back as soon as possible to you, Mum :D

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* Posted Apr 1, 2013, 8:02 pm Last edited Apr 1, 2013, 8:03 pm by Strunki [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Schloss Benrath, Düsseldorf, Germany - 1st April 2013

By: Strunki

Our second visit today was Schloss Benrath in the south of Düsseldorf.

This lovely palais de plaisire was built in the 18th century and a lot of people love the park and its surrounding that is near to the rhine.

We went from the rhine though the park to the palais.

And we had a lot of fun playing on the stone-lions :D

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* Posted Apr 1, 2013, 10:33 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Remscheid, Strunkis Home, Germany - 3rd April 2013

By: Strunki

Hello Mum,

today we gave a farewell to Soeren, the funny elk who pulled our sleigh so nice.

We had our Yoga-lesson with some little balloons when the news came in, that he has an invitation to Denmark. :cyclops:

And so we had a last mousse au chocolate together and waved him good bye. :p

And as Soeren left I felt that it would good to come home back to You and so I told Strunki that although I had a great time here in Remscheid, I have the wish to see You soon as possible and so after this weekend I will go on my journey coming home :D

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* Posted Apr 5, 2013, 4:55 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Remscheid, Strunkis Kitchen, Germany - 6th April 2013

By: Strunki

Hello Mum,

today we had so much work to do in the kitchen :p

First we baked a Applecake Bergisch Style with Raisins and a little bit cinnamon. Strunkis husband loves the cake and because it is his birthdax tomorrow, ist is the present for him from uns plushies :cyclops:

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* Posted Apr 6, 2013, 9:32 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Remscheid, Strunkis Kitchen, Germany - 6th April 2013

By: Strunki

As a second aim we made two salads together, I did a tomatosalad Italian style with mozzarella and fresh basilicum. Helmut helped me and Charlotte did a fresh cucumbersalad with Yoghurt-dressing.

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* Posted Apr 6, 2013, 9:45 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Remscheid, Strunkis Kitchen, Germany - 6th April 2013

By: Strunki

After so much work we recreated and played a popular game "Men don´t worry".


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Tanzbrunnen, Cologne, Germany - 7th April 2013

By: Strunki

Hi Mummy,

Today we had beautiful sunshine with 13°C and we drove to Cologne to the Rhine-Park, especially to the "Tanzbrunnen" (Dance-Fountain) a half open-air area next to the Rhine-Park.

Though the Rhine-Park drove a small mini-railway

There was a plant-market and we enjoyed the sun, the market-stands and the colourful life in cologne.

And I was so happy to see the famous Dome. We had a beautiful view of the Skyline of Cologne from there :D

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* Posted Apr 7, 2013, 10:37 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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