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London, UK - 16th January 2010

By: Apperveilchen

Saturday morning we went to the market on Portobello road. It's largely touristic but there were some good finds along the way, like doll house accessories, unsual stamps or postcards and make-up for very little money.
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After a bus drive we landed near the Temple where we found these charming streets and the court house.
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After two long days in London we boarded our bus again in the late evening to make our way back to Germany.

* Posted Jan 22, 2010, 1:58 pm Last edited Jan 22, 2010, 8:12 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Essen, Germany - 6th February 2010

By: Apperveilchen

I finally got myself some jeans. Here I was measured and they were custom made for me.
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Tadaa!
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* Posted Feb 6, 2010, 7:08 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Isenburg castle, Germany - 7th February 2010

By: Apperveilchen

Today we took a walk to the ruins of Isenburg castle.
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Some Inofrmatio boards were put up in 2002
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Here we are in the main part of the former living areas. The Isenburg was built in 1240 by Dietrich von Isenberg who wanted to reclaim his father's inheritance: some of the profitable land of the convents of Essen and Werden. In 1244 those plans came to an end when the archbishop of Cologne conquered the castle. In the following decades it was the biggest and most important fortification in the area, but not for long. In 1288 it was destroyed and never rebuilt.
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We also walked around the castle, which was built on the heights above Lake Baldeney.
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The rock itself has an interesting structure with little caves.
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* Posted Feb 7, 2010, 6:42 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Essen, Germany - 16th February 2010

By: Apperveilchen

This year we had a lot of snow for this area. I love it! Here I am making a snow angel.

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* Posted Feb 26, 2010, 2:57 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Loemühle airfield, Germany - 20th March 2010

By: Apperveilchen

This weekend there's the PYROFORUM 2010, a meeting of all kinds of professional pyrotechnicians and producers of fireworks.
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On the evening of the 2nd day the producers usually present their current products. Some in the form of a fireworks display, others fire the single products and name each. In the end we saw about 4 hours of fireworks. Here are some pictures with me: Sorry for being so blurry on most:
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(Here a stepped out of the picture during the long exposure.)
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There are all kinds of fire works like fountains, waterfalls, bombs etc. of different sizes and one very nice pinkish color. I also like the saturn-like fireworks (like a ball with a different colored ring around it).
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They also had such huge kites with fireworks on them. They looked great!
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* Posted Mar 21, 2010, 4:42 pm Last edited Mar 21, 2010, 4:54 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Essen, Germany - 4th April 2010

By: Apperveilchen

Happy Easter everyone!

Guess what, I met the Easter bunny today:
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EB agreed to help me with the egg hunt and told me when it got "warmer" or "colder".
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Not the right direction...
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Waaaaaarmeeer....
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Hot!
We had a really good eggy breakfast together after all that work.

* Posted Apr 4, 2010, 11:51 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Homburg, Germany - 11th April 2010

By: Apperveilchen

We had to go back to university for 3 days of exams and stayed in his B&B:

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Mettlach, Germany - 29th April 2010

By: Apperveilchen

I took the train from the station in Merzig:
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I went to Mettlach where boat tours along the bend of the Saar start.
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Here's the statue of Ludwinus.
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You can see a great Panorama Tour if you click on the link on this site.

* Posted May 22, 2010, 3:47 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Essen, Germany - 21st May 2010

By: Apperveilchen

Crush and I found a bird's nest:
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Look how pretty it is, all polstered with feathers
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and covered with moss.
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* Posted May 22, 2010, 3:33 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Düsseldorf, Germany - 29th May 2010

By: Apperveilchen

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Today is Japan day in Düsseldorf, the city with the largest Japanese community in Germany. My host took me along because it was a great day and she wanted to kno how authentic some of the demonstartions were, now that she had a Japanese native with her.
We had to wait in line in the car park for a car to leave so the next one could go in, even though the system outside had told us there were free spaces. It was several stories below earth and a bit scary, with it's low ceilings and so many cars. When we got out and arrived at a small harbor close to the film museum.
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The old own of Düsseldorf was very crowded but I saw some narrow old houses, one with a carrion.
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And the town hall where we could breathe for a change and stop without being run into.
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We got to a square directly at the Rhine where stages were set up, a camera constantly took in the scene and a Japanese children's choir was performing at that moment.
It got more and more crowded along the food booths and we saw lot's of people dressed up as manga characters, or dressed in kimonos.
It was too full of people for my taste, so we got a little reprieve from the people and from the sun in some side streets.
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Back on the Rhine promenade we saw these kids with different rhythmn instruments. They made a racket and their sense of rhythmn didn't seem all that coordinated, yet.
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The promenade is very nice, though. These houses look over the Rhine.
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Here's the Rhine river with the TV tower and one of the bridges:
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We saw some demonstartions of Kendo and Aikido.
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And spent some time squeezing through the crowd (you really had to watch out for your children or the got hurt) but finally gave up and went back home.

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Essen, Germany - 8th July 2010

By: Apperveilchen

In the garden are lots of currants which Crush and I had to pluck and decided to make into little cakes.
We made a dough of yoghurt and maple syrup with some flour, eggs, a little salt and butter and added the currants. It looked a little like big white caviar.
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I put them in the oven while Crush adjusted the temperature
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and voilà, here's the first load.
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The sides aren't burned, it's just the juice that got so dark.

* Posted Jul 9, 2010, 5:32 pm Last edited Jul 9, 2010, 5:35 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


the garden, Germany - 11th July 2010

By: Apperveilchen

It is very warm here these day, up to 38°C and I mostly laze around in the garden with Crush.
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The flowers and the grass aren't taking thta much sun and the dry weather all that well.
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But I did discover a spider, trying to spin her web.
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Relief comes va the sprinkler. It's fun to splash through the water.
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To dry off, I hang out with the Cat.
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* Posted Jul 19, 2010, 12:44 pm Last edited Jul 19, 2010, 3:26 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Essen, Germany - 14th July 2010

By: Apperveilchen

I've seen some great sunsets here, even in the city. At the moment the weather is still warm, but it tends to rain for a bit in the late afternoon or evening. So I got to see this great sunset rainbow:
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The intensity of the rain and the light changed a lot and I got to see it shift a little and get stronger or weaker.
I like that it is an actual bow:
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This is where the light came from. I watched it vanish slowly.
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Good night!

* Posted Jul 18, 2010, 2:08 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


A40: Still-Leben Ruhrschnellweg, Germany - 18th July 2010

By: Apperveilchen

I already wrote that Essen or the Ruhr area in general is European Capital of Culture 2010?
The Ruhrgebiet consists of many different cities that kind of flow into one another and make up a "city" with over 5 Mio inhabitants. Through this area, the A40 connects the cities as a fast way to get from one point to another. If there isn't too much traffic at the time.
Today, 60 km of this Autobahn from Dortmund to Duisburg-Häfen hvae been completely closed to motorized traffic and instead one side is for bikes and inline skates and on the other side 20 000 tables built a long row and some groups have staged events like dancing, music, painting... It's called Still-Leben Ruhrschnellweg (still-life Ruhr(the river) Schnell(fast)weg(way/lane) which is an alternative name for the A40)
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To the left is the bus lane, to the right the ingress ramp.
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Someone didn't think very clearly when they chose this very exposed place for the urinals.
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Children can let a bloon fly:
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And this is supposed to be the world's biggest "Arschleder". (ass-leatherand this is a proper term, something coal miners just to slide downinto the pit on, the Ruhrgebiet became what it is because of all the coal mines)
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And here a secondary school is cooking with solar energy.
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On the other side there seems to be a bicycle-jam.
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Some people are even decorating with coal:
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The Gänsereiter (goose riders) are a company of riders that can also be seen at the carnival in Freisenbruch. They wear blue shirts and red scarfs, and dark blue hats sometimes with goose feathers.
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The tables are all marked like this and can be bought on the Hellweg stores for €49.99 (one table + 2 benches).
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Down there people are challanged to do bench presses and kick boxing for small prizes.
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Things have relaxed enough that people can actually enjoy their ride.
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* Posted Jul 18, 2010, 4:59 pm Last edited Jul 18, 2010, 5:03 pm 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.

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