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Travelog for: Mister Snow

Bruchsal, Germany - 3rd February 2008

By: fam-united

Mister Snow's travel plan:
Missslady in Springfield, VA, USA

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Bruchsal, Germany - 4th February 2008

By: fam-united

Today evening we will go to a family carnival celebration. First we helped to prepare a carrot salad. It was a bit difficult to cut the carrots, because Hoppity had been very, very hungry.
My friends - the toyvoyagers Yuri Gagarin, Ollie Marmot and Chocolate Moose - ran to me and told me to hurry and come and help them to get Hoppity away from the carrots. And whether you believe it or not, Hoppity only saw me standing there and jumped down next to me. Hoppity is so sweet. She told me, that we can meet again, if I will be a toyvoyager too and after some days of thinking over it, I decided, that it is a very good idea. So here you see my first seconds on a photo with our toyvoyager guests.

I decided to join my friends on that carnival celebration.
In the evening we danced a little and once I jumped into the photo, so you can see, that I had been with them. It was too dark to find me on the other photos. And yes, you see me with some "Berliner", that they like to eat on carnival.

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Göppingen, Germany - 5th February 2008

By: fam-united

Today we were in the Maerklin railway museum in Göppingen. My hosts are big fans of toy-trains and since a long time they wanted to go to this museum together. They asked us, whether we would like to join them and we all wanted to go there, of course.
So we got ready with breakfast and jumped into the big rucksack, that Petra always carries around. Happily we were allowed to crawl out of it soon. Sabrina played with us during the drive.
While we were in the museum, we saw many toy trails and other things, that were created by Maerklin.
On our drive home Petra took some more photos with us. You see a photo of the big road works and some other impressions of our drive. The bridge, that you see over the autobahn, is a parkhouse, which is next to the airport of Stuttgart in Leinfelden.

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Frankfurt a.M., Germany - 10th February 2008

By: fam-united

Today is my last day with my family in Bruchsal. Because we still had beautiful weather and Petra felt much better again, we decided to make a trip to Frankfurt a.M., which is about one hour away from Bruchsal.
At first we thought, that we could visit the zoo, but then we decided to visit the airport. Everyone was really excited, but unhappily we had no chance to join the family while the had a bus sightseeing tour there.
Hasi, Sabrina's own toyvoyager, took some photos for me, so I hadn't been to sad, that I had to wait in the rucksack in a bus on the parking place.

Now I know, that Frankfurt a.M. has the third biggest airport in Europe after London and Paris. Nearly 70 000 people work at this airport. Due to more than 51 Mio passengers, nearly 480 000 flights and 1.75 mio tons of air cargo this airport belongs to the biggest international airports.

I feel so so excited after I saw so many airplanes. I will fly to the USA soon and I can't tell you, how nervous I am.


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resting place, Germany - 10th February 2008

By: fam-united

We all were hungry and of course we toyvoyagers wanted to talk about that airport, because Hasi and I had been allowed to go into the visitor bus. So we had a rest at a resting place of the freeway.


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Darmstadt, Germany - 10th February 2008

By: fam-united

Petra told us, that there is a house created by Friedensreich Hundertwasser in Darmstadt. We still had some time, so we drove there and found this house. I just can tell you, that it is very very beautiful and interesting.
It is called "Waldspirale", what means something like wood spiral. It was created between 1998 and 2000 and seems to be like a fairy-tale castle. No window is like the other.
It has space for 105 appartments.
There are lime trees, beeches and maple trees on top of the roof. A playground and a similated river are part of the garden in the inner part of the spiral. In the tower on the southeast corner is a restaurant with cocktailbar and in the opposite tower a café.
Sadly Hundertwasser died in February 2000 short before the building was completed.


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Bruchsal, Germany - 11th February 2008

By: fam-united

Goodbye, little Mister Snow.

We are sure, you will have a wonderful time with your first host missslady in Springfield, VA.

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Springfield, VA, USA - 19th February 2008

By: missslady

Mister Snow has made it safely to Springfield, VA. What a long journey. Let's see, we're not sure what's going on this weekend. Hopefully something fun!

Photo: Mister Snow at the post office


* Posted Feb 22, 2008, 2:39 am Last edited Feb 22, 2008, 2:40 am by missslady [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Washington, DC, USA - 2nd March 2008

By: missslady

Update on Mister Snow

Mister Snow has been hanging out with Joey lately – since I’ve been too busy working on website projects.

Here is Mister Snow with Joey - they seem to be getting along very well.  :)

But today – we’re heading to Washington, DC.  My mother-in-law has brought us (her grandkids, my husband and I) tickets to see Peter and the Wolf at the Kennedy Center.

But first breakfast at Bob Evans

I think this is Mister Snow first time at Bob Evans. Hmmm breakfast --- yummy!

Off to the Kennedy Center.




Mister Snow checking out the view (background Georgetown)

I believe Mister Snow had a lovely time at the Kennedy Center.

Stay tune for our next outing. I think we're heading to Red Lobster


* Posted Mar 7, 2008, 5:11 pm Last edited Mar 7, 2008, 7:19 pm by missslady [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Fairfax, VA, USA - 25th March 2008

By: missslady

It has been fun hosting Mister Snow. Last night Joey (aka the dog) and I handed Mister Snow over to * wmphimu *.


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Fairfax, Virginia, United States - 25th March 2008

By: wmphimu

Hello from Fairfax Virginia! I arrived last night, and was welcomed by all of the other Toy Voyagers. After a well deserved nap (traveling wears me out!) I woke up today to a sunny day and new friends! Here we all are sitting in the sun and watching the birds out the window!

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Washington DC, United States - 29th March 2008

By: wmphimu

What a day! This weekend started the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the U.S. and is a huge festival every year when the trees bloom along the tidal basin. So we all went into DC today to see the trees and the Jefferson Memorial!
Here I am in front of the Washington Monument on the way to the Cherry Blossoms:
And here you can see the trees and the crowds:
Here I am in front of one of the beautiful trees:
And here I am along the Tidal Basin with the Jefferson Memorial in the background!

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Fairfax, Virginia, United States - 9th April 2008

By: wmphimu

Well, Mara (my host) has been feeling bad - she has been working hard, so she hasn't had too much time to take me sightseeing. So I volunteered to come to work with her today to help out. There is lots to do - she is working at a CPA firm, and with tax day coming soon, there are tons of files to go through and lots of returns to assemble. I'm a small snowman, but I did a lot of work today! Here I am checking to see what needs to be done today...
Then, I went to see which files were ready to go
Next I tried to help assemble the returns...
...but playing hide-and-go-seek with the bindings was much more fun! Then we filed the folders that we were working on

After a hard day of work, Mara needed to do some grocery shopping. I thought I could help with that too. Her grocery store is much different than the stores at home. Look at the produce section!
Here I am helping to weigh the squash for dinner tonight:
Of course, I couldn't resist a little romp through one of the frozen food cases!

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Burke, Virginia, United States - 20th April 2008

By: wmphimu

Hi! Tonight I went to my first ever seder! Mara's family is Jewish, and they celebrate the first two nights of Passover with a seder. Last night I traveled with them to her sister's house for a seder (but we forgot to take pictures!), and tonight we went to her parents' house. First, I made some new friends - her parents love snowmen, and I found lots to say hi to! Here I am with my new friends:
Then Bloem (who arrived yesterday, just in time for Passover!), Plaid Moose, and I helped to set up for the seder. Here I am putting horseradish on the seder plate:
Next the three of us read from the Haggadah, where we learned about the Passover story & symbols:
And I got to taste matzah too!

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Fairfax Station, VA, United States - 26th April 2008

By: wmphimu

Hi from sunny Virginia! The weather is finally getting nice, and even though I'm a little nervous about the warm weather (I AM a snowman, after all!), it is nice to be able to go outside and play! Yesterday we played outside in Mara's yard - here I am in front of the dogwood tree in her yard!
I learned that the dogwood is the state tree and state flower of Virginia! They are really pretty - Mara has them in her front & back yard, and they are in bloom everywhere!

Today we decided to see a little of the history that is nearby. I learned that this was a really important area in the Civil War - there are historical markers everywhere we go. So today we went to Fairfax Station. This is where Clara Barton helped the wounded soldiers after the Second Battle of Manassas. Countless Union soldiers guarded the Orange and Alexandria Railroad stop against raids by JEB Stuart and JS Mosby. It's a museum now all about trains & Civil War history.

Then we went up the road to St. Mary's Church. This is where Clara Barton nursed the soldiers back to health. I also learned that Clara Barton went on to start the American Red Cross! Here I am in front of the plaque and the church!

* Posted Apr 26, 2008, 9:09 pm Last edited Apr 26, 2008, 9:20 pm by wmphimu [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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