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Prague, Czech republic - 21st October 2009

By: misagan

Hello mom!
Today we were playing a board game! It's called Cesko and we could verify our knowledge about the Czech republic in this game. Fantastic! We learned so many new things! And it was so much fun!
Guess who won? :)

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Bye,

Papelbon

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Prague, Czech republic - 22nd October 2009

By: misagan

Today Dottie Mouse is leaving for another adventures. She is going to United Kingdom!

I said good bye to her and gave her a big hug. She is so tiny against me!

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At last before Dottie jumped into prepared envelope me and Wieka waved to her.

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I'll miss her.

Bye
Papelbon

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Prague, Czech republic - 23rd October 2009

By: misagan

Hello!
Finally! Misa took us to see the historic center of Prague! I am so happy because I was looking forward to it very much! We had such a great day and we met some interesting people as well.  :rolleyes:

We started at Namesti Republiky. The square is lying on the boundary of the Old Town and the New Town. Close to it stands The Municipal House which is a concert hall. It's an Art Nouveau building whose construction started in 1905 and it was finished in 1912.

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Next to the Municipal House (in czech called 'Obecni dum') stands another fantastic building. It's The Powder Gate. It's a Gothic gate and one of the symbols of Prague. It leads to The Old Town. Dating from 1475, the Powder Gate was built as one of 13 gates to the city of Prague.

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Later we went by tram to Prague Castle. At first we wanted to see the Royal Garden.

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There is castle Micovna. It's really interesting and beautiful building. It comes from 16th century and it was used for playing ball games.  Really! :o

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On the other side of the Royal garden is Queen's Anna Folly which is also called Belvedere. It comes from the 16th century too and is built in Renaissance style.

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All the old buildings were so beautiful!

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We saw a helicopter!

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It was a day when Joe Biden, the US vice-president, arrived to Prague. The Prague castle was full of soldiers and policemen. That was a really big event. They made many security moves. I was feeling so safe there!  :cyclops:

The US flag is only for you mom!  :D

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Me and flag in castle courtyard.

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Me in courtyard. :)

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Some archeological discoveries.

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And of course The St. Vitus Cathedral. The main dominant of the castle!
It's a roman catholic cathedral and the seat of Archbishop of Prague. It contains tombs of many Bohemian kings. It's the biggest and the most important church in the Czech republic. The present day Gothic Cathedral was founded in 1344.

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As I said we met many soldiers. The one posed just for me! :)

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We saw another church too! This time it was St. George Church with a convent.

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We met a really cool place there! The Toy Museum! I think I am not old enough to be n specimen for museums but I feel the chance that maybe one time...  ;)

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Here we were walking in another garden. It's called Na Valech.

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On the right is St. Nikolas Church.

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And then the beautiful red roofs.

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And this is Senate.

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We were coming to the Charles bridge, a place always full of tourists and a very magical place.

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We met a completely alive wasp! Mmm, how interesting!

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Besides we saw so called Rudolfinum, the concert hall.

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The Old Town Bridge Tower is a tower in the entrance to Charles bridge. No need to tell you how important, old and beautiful building it is. :)

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Here is the Prague castle from the Charles bridge.

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And here is the Charles bridge from the ground.  :)

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And this is Vltava river from another bridge (Jiraskuv)

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Oh, how interesting! There are not only historical buildings in Prague!
Near from Jiraskuv bridge there is so called The Dancing House. It was finished in 1996. It was the first building designed by world famous architects realised after the Velvet Revolution in 1989. The Dancing House is also called Ginger and Fred (after Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire). It is very original, isn't it?

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On the hill over the Vltava river there is Lookout Tower Petrin. It's not a good picture but it is similar to Eiffel Tower in Paris and sometimes it's called Little Eiffel Tower.

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This is the National Theather.

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And this is another famous theather but much smaller. It's called Stavovske.

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Then we continued on our way and we met Haveslke trziste which is a marketplace. You can buy there souvenirs and so on.

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Narrow streets of the Old Town.

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Look who I met there! Krtek the Mole! He is the famous Czech fairy tale character!

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Finally we were in The Old Town Square. In Misa's opinion the nicest place of Prague!

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The Old Town Square is famous mainly because of its old astrological clock called Orloj.
Orloj is mechanical machine also showing calendar and position of some planets, moon and so on. It comes from the 15th century.
There are two small windows above the clock. Every single hour the windows open and show figures of the Apostles. There are also other moving sculptures.

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This is Tynsky chram, the most important Old Town church.

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It is said that Prague has hundreds of towers. Well, it's true. Here are at least three of them.

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At last we went to Venceslas Square which is the main shopping artery of Prague.

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There is a cafeteria made from two old trams. What a nice place!

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On the top of the square there is a National Museum.

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Oh! What a day! I have seen so much from Prague!

Hugs,
Papelbon

* Posted Oct 25, 2009, 7:08 pm Last edited Oct 25, 2009, 8:16 pm by misagan [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Prague, Czech republic - 28th October 2009

By: misagan

Today is Wieka's first birthday!

I met a new friend. It's a sheep Lily. I made a modest party for Wieka with her.
Lily baked a pizza and I prepared some candies.

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We talked and talked a lot. Me and Wieka were telling stories about our adventures as Toy Voyagers. Lily was amazed and she told she wants to become a Toy Voyager too.
Well, let's see. She is a little young sheep girl and who knows if she summon courage and starts out her own adventures!

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As in the Prague flat weren't much things for celebrations I promised the party continues tomorrow.

* Posted Nov 2, 2009, 12:41 pm Last edited Nov 2, 2009, 6:10 pm by misagan [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Trmice, Czech republic - 29th October 2009

By: misagan

Hi mom!
Today we didn't have the best day at first. We were traveling from Prague to Misa's parents home but there was a traffic jam in streets so we missed our train from Prague to Usti nad Labem and we had to wait one more hour for next train. Luckily the time slipped away quite quickly and we were soon in North Bohemia.
Because of our delay in Prague we missed connecting train to Rehlovice so we decided to walk. When we reached the terminal bus stop in Trmice we looked around and realized that there is a nature around us! What a difference between last days when we saw mostly city!  :)

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The day is not gonna be so bad as we thought at first! :)
We walked in a valley along Bilina river. This river flows into Labe (or Elbe) in Usti nad Labem.
The hills are pretty!

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I saw a bit of the Bilina river! It's not so big.

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Later we saw something really interesting. As we are in borderland (called Sudety, or Sudetenland)  there we saw a bunker! In 30th of the last century, before the WW2, there was built a chain of bunkers for defense purpose. The bunkers stand about one or two kms from each other. In final they weren't allowed to be utilized but they stay here up to now. I was curious how it looks like inside but Misa didn't allow us to watch.  :stare:

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Next to it is this little rock.

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And nearby is a highway.

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We were only about 1.5 Kms from home and we need to go straight ahead.

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By the way we were still walking on border of Ceske Stredohori (Böhmische Mittelgebirge) which is a protected landscape area.

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All our way me and Wieka settled in Misa's coat pocket which was very comfortable. :)

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And in short we reached home! We were so impatient to unlock the door! At first we argued who unlocks but finally Wieka did it and I pushed the handle. Great team work!  :cyclops: 

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Home sweet home!  ;)

* Posted Nov 4, 2009, 4:38 pm Last edited Nov 4, 2009, 6:48 pm by misagan [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Rehlovice, Czech republic - 29th October 2009

By: misagan

The birthday party continues!

Wieka got this great box of chocolates! When he didn't watch I eat almost half of it.  :thinking:
I know I shouldn't eat that much but the chocolate was so yummy!

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Fortunately, the chocolate bonbons weren't the only candies out there!

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Later in the evening - party continues. At first we need to prepare a drink. We helped Misa with preparation of Pina Colada which is her favourite one. Unfortunately, Misa doesn't have the right glass which are being used for drinks like that...

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... but never mind!
It was great anyway!

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We had one, two, ... it's pretty strong for a polar bear!

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Good night!

* Posted Nov 4, 2009, 5:02 pm Last edited Nov 4, 2009, 6:34 pm by misagan [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Rehlovice, Czech republic - 1st November 2009

By: misagan

Hi mom!
At the weekend I was just hanging out in the house. I was reading a book. It was a detective story by Agatha Christie. Thrilling!

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Misa also showed me her collection of little coins from countries all over the world. There are currencies of about 20 countries!
I experienced the feeling when somebody is rolling in money!  :cyclops:

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Bye now,
Papelbon

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Rehlovice, Czech republic - 13th November 2009

By: misagan

Hi!
Today I helped Misa with baking! She was making an orange cake.
At first she needed to make dough from all the necessary ingredients.
I 'put my shoulder on the wheel' and did some whisking.

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Then I moved all the dough to the baking sheet.

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And put it in the oven.
Besides I prepared a frosting... It's made of sugar, squeezed orange juice and orange rind for aroma.

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Later we took the cake out of the oven and poured the frosting on it.

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And that's all. Nothing complicated but yummy!  :p

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It was good fun!
Now I will be very busy ... I have to eat it all!  :cyclops:

Your Pappy

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Rehlovice, Czech republic - 16th November 2009

By: misagan

I have just left Misa and I am on way to Austria.
Luckily I can write updates from the envelope so the journey slips away faster :)
Next update will be from Austria!

Pappy

* Posted Nov 16, 2009, 4:50 pm Last edited Nov 16, 2009, 4:53 pm by misagan [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Graz, Austria - 27th November 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

Today I finally arrived here in Austria. When I was leaving my "aircraft", there was a welcome-committee of the other TVs and my new host mom.
There are 3 other TVs here now: Atta, Mr. S and Sandi Rose.

We talked a bit of our adventures, the countries we have visited and our former host parents.

Then our host mom decided to bake. The other TVs told me that she really likes to cook and bake and that they have learned quite a few recipes. Today we made an Italian cake that is traditionally eaten in the time before Christmas. It's called Panettone. It's made of a yeast-dough and actually quite some work...it needs to rise a few times before baking. But well, the result was worth it and the cakes were delicious!

A delicious first day! :D

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Graz, Austria - 29th November 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

It was such a nice day today, so we decided to go to the Stadtpark. That's a huge park in the city with lots of old trees and benches where you can relax, where kids and also older kids  ;) play sports in the summer.

Now there are small mountains of leaves everywhere and we really wanted to jump right in. But there were the gardeners there and I'm sure they wouldn't have appreciated it.

And there's something else in this park: There are so many squirrels jumping around there, searching for nuts! They are called "Hansi" here in Graz. I don't know why and my host mom doesn't either. But she told me, that they have always been called that and nobody really know why anymore....

You have to look carefully at the pictures so you can see the sqirrels there. I marked them in a few pictures (the pics are black and white and the squirrel is colored.)

They were sooooo cute  :D

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Graz, Austria - 29th November 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

Another TV arrived today! It's a Canadian eagle- he even has a maple-leaf on his foot! He brought us chocolate and a cute TV-calendar-postcard!

He arrived just in time for some decorating for Christmas! Here in Austria they have a tradition: They have a special wreath here, called Advent-Kranz in German. It has 4 candles on it, one for each Advent-Sonntag (Advent-Sundays)- that are the Sundays before Christmas! You can see me decorating! We put the candles on the wreath and then some bows- they have moose on it!

That was fun!

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Graz, Austria - 30th November 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

We started baking cookies today!

First we made a shortcrust dough! It had to rest then for a while. After resting we took the rolling pin to make the dough really thin. With a cookie cutter we made some small boots- these will be some delicious cookies!
While they were in the oven we made the dough for some macaroons. It was really tasty! We were even allowed to try it!

We also made other cookies called "Florentiner". I guess they are named after the city of Florence, Italy. They are made of dried and candied fruit, with almonds and honey. Then you dry it in the oven.

Phew- it was really hard work!

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Graz, Austria - 30th November 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

We started baking cookies today!

First we made a shortcrust dough! It had to rest then for a while. After resting we took the rolling pin to make the dough really thin. With a cookie cutter we made some small boots- these will be some delicious cookies!
While they were in the oven we made the dough for some macaroons. It was really tasty! We were even allowed to try it!

We also made other cookies called "Florentiner". I guess they are named after the city of Florence, Italy. They are made of dried and candied fruit, with almonds and honey. Then you dry it in the oven.

Phew- it was really hard work!

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Graz, Austria - 1st December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

We did some shopping in the city center today and went to the Landhaushof. That is a courtyard in the inner city. In the summertime, there are often concerts or open air movies. And now, in the weeks before Christmas there is a nativity set there, made of huge ice cubes! I guess it is hard work to built this every year and then, when the weather gets warm, the nativity set melts away  :(

We also went to the Kunsthaus, which is a museum for modern art and photography. It was built for Graz 2003, when Graz was cultural capital of Europe. The building has a very unusual form and is therefore also known as "friendly alien". You can see the building from different angles. We took a break on a model of the Kunsthaus. It was made for the blind so they can feel what the building looks like.

Then we went on to the Murinsel - the island in the Mur. The Mur is the river that divides the city in 2 parts. The island was also built for 2003 and has a small amphi theatre and a café.

We also had a look at the clocktower - you can see it up on the Schlossberg, a small mountain in the city center. The stairs you can see are called Russiansteps.

And we found another nativity set there on display: made of wood.

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