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Remscheid-Lennep, Germany - 19th September 2015

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,

today we went to Remscheid-Lennep. My host lived in Remscheid since late summer 2014, and she grew up in the district Lennep.

Lennep is the second largest district of Remscheid with about 25.000 inhabitants. Lennep once was one of the most important cities of the region Bergisches Land.

Lennep has an historical city core based on a medieval structure. There were several large city fires, the last one in the year 1746 which destroyed most of the city. It was rebuilt afterwards. Lennep received its town charter between the years 1259 and 1276- In 1929 Lennep was annexated to Remscheid.

Katja's parents are still living here; her father in his appartment, her Mum in a nursing home. First she showed us the school she attended.

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Next we went to the historic old town. Most houses are framework houses or they are (partly) covered with slate, traditionally with green shutters and a green door.

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This church once belonged to a convent, nowadays it is used as a place of cultural interest, there is also a well-known restaurant.

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Isn't this a lovely view, all those picturesque houses?

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Here you can see Anton Bär and me sitting on the remains of the original city wall. It was used until about 1790, than the population were growing too large for the small city core. The city had to be enlarged and parts of the city wall were pulled down.

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We found this fountain showing the heraldic animal of Remscheid, the lion.

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We strolled through the old town and its narrow lanes. Here we came closer to the market place, you can also find one of two churches here.

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This is a cozy place, it seems to invite you to sit down and order coffee :D But it is a private house, so no coffee is offered :D :D

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A famous person was born in Lennep. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, who produced and detected what is nowadays known as x-rays in 1895, was born in 1845 in Lennep. His birth house is still existent, but it was under construction and respectively hidden under a scaffolding. But they have a museum here dedicated to Roentgen.

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The museum has a large new annex with a large ...

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... X in front of it.

The  building on the right side was an indoor swimming pool once, it was re-built to a youth center in the late 1970 years. When Katja moved to Lennep with her family in 1971, it was still a swimming pool, later she liked the youth center :)

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We went to a nice park then.

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As we had still enough time to spend until Katja could visit her Mum in the nursing home, she even took us to the outside of the city core. Here the houses were completely different, of course due to their later origin.

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Soon we reached the end of the outskirt.

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Behind those houses there just was green landscape waiting for us :)

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Back to civilization.

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Then it was time for Katja to meet her Mum and even later we met Katja's daughter who is living in Lennep with her boyfriend. That was a really exhausting day :)

Love
Mishuta

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Owschlag, Germany - 2nd October 2015

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,

we took off today for a short vacation in Northern Germany. We will stay in Owschlag for a few days. Owschlag is a small town in the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde, in Schleswig-Holstein. We will live in the house of Katja's friend's parents. We arrived here in the afternoon and took a walk.

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There are lots of lakes in the surroundings, from our house we can see the so-called Heideteich. The lake on the next photos is from a gravel plant.

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Back home :)

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Bye
Mishuta

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Eckernförde, Germany - 3rd October 2015

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,

today we visited Eckernförde, a city on the coast of the Baltic Sea, exactly at the Eckernförde Bay. First we took a walk along the promenade to the harbour and later into the city centre.

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In the spa gardens I found this sculpture.

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There were lovely ships in the marina.

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This is the market place.

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Behind this building the church is hidden.

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Then it was time for a walk along the shore! We drove to a parking lot just at the end of the city. We had to walk through the forest for a few minutes to reach the sea.

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Here in this region there are forests close to the shore.

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Forests gave way for meadows.

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Katja and her friend enjoyed a beer in a bar on a nearby camping ground. Afterwards we had to walk the same way back to the car.

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There were large rocks along the beach which made it difficult and exhausting to walk there.

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Everyone was tired then.

Bye
_Mishuta_

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Sylt, Germany - 4th October 2015

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,

today we made a day trip to Sylt. We went by train to Germany's northernmost island, located in the North Sea. In 1927 a dam was built

Sylt is connected to the German mainland by the Hindenburgdamm, a causeway with a railway line on top. We left the train in Keitum. Keitum is located on the Wadden Sea side of the island.

Houses like this are traditional in Nordfriesland.

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This is the Wadden sea side of the island, the eastern coast. The Wadden Sea is famous for its rich flora and fauna, especially birds. In many areas you can even find seals. The Eastern coast of the island is partly rather flat.

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We found a map of Sylt.

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We rested for a while in a  Strandkorb. You can find them everywhere along the German coast.

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In the dunes there were lots of roses bushes, all with rosehips now.

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We reached another interesting area, heathlands this time.

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Wooden paths were leading through this area, you were not allowed to leave them.

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It must be a lovely view when all the heather is blooming.

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We reached the town Kampen then.

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Here we crossed to island to get to the opposite coast, the western coast. We saw broad dunes here, with lovely houses hidden in them.

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We walked towards the beach then (through dunes forever, it seemed to me).

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Finally the sea came into sight.

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Here we found a broad sandy beach and a beautiful cliff line.

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We decided to rest for a while in the beach bar you can see in the background.

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Cheers!

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We walked further towards Westerland, the most famous town on this island.

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In Westerland a special event was taking place - the Windsurf World Cup Sylt 2015. The award ceremony was going on when we reached th is place.

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The promenade was crowded with people, it was a bit difficult to get through.

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I found this statue on the promenade of Westerland.

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My host and her friend were starving, so they only thought of getting something to eat :D

Bye
_Mishuta_

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Schleswig, Germany - 5th October 2015

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,

today we visited Schleswig, a town in the northeastern part of Schleswig-Holstein. The city lies at the western end of the Schlei Förde.The town history of Schleswig goes back to the year 804 when it was mentioned first.

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We walked along the water and saw the cathedral.

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We visited Holm, a historic quater where fishermen once lived and worked. The small houses were lovely.

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Church and churchyard in the centre of the quarter.

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Next stop was the cathedral.

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There is an outlook platform in the tower, about 55 m high. Katja took me and Anton Bär up there.

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Ah... the harbour!

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Later we strolled through the city for a while.

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Water from a higher located pond was flowing downhill over this water wheel.

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Bye
Mishuta

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Schwedeneck, Germany - 6th October 2015

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,

today is the last day of our trip to the Baltic Sea. Tomorrow we will have to go home. So today Katja and her friend wanted to take a walk along the coast outside the Eckernförde Bay. We drove to Schwedeneck, a small place at the coast.

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Sailing boats were lying on the beach.

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It was rather stormy, the sea churning.

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We had to leave the beach and had to walk on the cliff through the forest instead.

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Back on the beach ...

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Back on the cliff because the waves were overflowing the beach.

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Here we left the coastline and walked towards the inland.

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We walked through a small village which was surrounded by farmland.

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Later we walked back to the beach and then back to the car.

Bye
Mishuta

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Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany - 31st October 2015

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,
today we visited Nordpark, a large landscape park in the district Barmen. They have fallow deer in an enclosure there and you can feed the animals.

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We bought food and waited for the deer to come.

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We did not have to wait too long.

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Yummy!

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Isn't he beautiful?

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Good-bye, deer!

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Then we took a walk in the large park.

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The overview across Barmen is fantastic.

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Here you can find an area with a soccer field and playgrounds for kids.

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Strunki was with us, her guests are also saying Hello!

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Wait until you see what a great Halloween party we are having tonight!


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Halloween-Party at home, Germany - 31st October 2015

By: olgamaus

Welcome to my Helloween-Party!

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I have a fantastic costume - I am the "Mummy in the soup bowl".

I invited Strunki's guest to visit me this evening to enjoy lots of nasty looking delicacies, while spiders, bugs and cockroaches were crawling around the table.

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Look - bloody eyes in pus sauce - Yuck!!!

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Stabbed mice and coloured skulls.

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Rat brains, also in pug sauce.

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This is Helmut.

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My guests are also looking great  :D :D :D

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Uuuuhhhh .... too scary! (Please turn the light on!!!)

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Everyone was enjoying the ugly food.

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Bye
Mishuta

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Wuppertal, Germany - 21st November 2015

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,

we made a trip to Wuppertal-Barmen today, the second largest district of Wuppertal.

Of course we went there by Schwebebahn.

Here you can find the "Historic centre" with the house where Friedrich Engels grew up, a social scientist and journalist, one of "Marx and Engels", founder of Marxist Theory. He lived from 1820 till 1895. Nowadays the Museum for early industrialism is also located here, with an adjoining park along the main street.

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This is old man Friedrich Engels.

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We went to the city then and saw the opera house.

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This is the central Schwebebahn station in Barmen.

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Can you see the bridge in the background? Katja told me that this bridge belongs to "Nordbahntrasse", which I already visited in summer.

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Nextwe visited the city hall of Barmen and the farmer's market which is held every Saturday on a space behind it.

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The christmas market is waiting to be opened.

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This is the farmer's market.

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Afterwards we went to the Nordbahntrasse because Jasper wanted to see the city from above.

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We walked just a few minutes there, then we strolled around a district called Rott, with lots of lovely old houses. We also found an architectural feature here, a residental area called "Waldhof", completed in 1928 with arcades and houses like "towers", nearly destroyed in World War II and re-built later.

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This is one of several hospitals, having a lovely old building and lots of annex including a high-rise building.

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Another highlight - the Lego Bridge!

The Lego Bridge is a concrete beam bridge of the Nordbahntrasse which crosses over the Schwesterstraße. In 2011, the bridge was repainted by a graffiti and street artist. The work was awarded the Deutscher Fassadenpreis Advancement Prize in 2012.

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It looks incredibly real  :D

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From here we took the chance to visit a special market in Schwesterstraße, a mixture between flea market and farmer's market, mostly run by immigrants. We bought lots of vegetables here.

Bye for today
_Mishuta_

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Wuppertal, at home, Germany - 28th November 2015

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,
outside it is raining cats and dogs, so Katja just went shopping. She bought a few things for preparing christmas presents. She bought a large piece of ginger, untreated lemons and a bottle of vodka. We prepared lemon-ginger-liqueur.

We had to remove a really thin layer of lemon peel, the lemons were pressed, a large piece of ginger was also peeled and cut into slices. Lemon peel, lemon juice, ginger and sugar had to cook for 10 minutes. This mixture had to cool down then and was filled into a large jar and finally the vodka were also added.

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Now the mixture has to rest for two weeks and will be re-filled in smaller bottles then.

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Katja said that this stuff was just wonderful!

Bye
_Mishuta_

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Wuppertal, Germany - 3rd December 2015

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,
in the afternoon we took a long walk with dog Jule. We went to a nearby hill, called "Kiesberg". On our way there we walked along a lovely house, it belonged to a facitry owner once.

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We had a good view to the university area. The university was built in the 1970s years and is constantly enlarged. Almost everytime you can find a building site there.

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The city was lying underneath the hill then.

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Jasper and I enjoyed the lovely weather.

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Later we walked along a memorial grove, dedicated to the dead of World War I.

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Bye for today
Mishuta

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Wuppertal, at home, Germany - 21st February 2016

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,
in two days we will go on a holiday trip! We will go to Tenerife.

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Tenerife is the largest and most populous island of the seven Canary Islands. We will stay in Puerto de la Cruz, a city and municipality in the northern part of the island.

Bye
Mishuta

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Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain - 24th February 2016

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,

Greetings from Tenerife!

Mishuta

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Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain - 24th February 2016

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,

we travelled to Tenerife yesterday. Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands, the largest one of seven islands. Tenerife is a rugged and volcanic island sculpted by successive eruptions throughout its history. The island is located in the Atlantic ocean, about 300 km from the African coast, and approximately 1,000 km  from the Spanish mainland.

We stayed in Puerto de la Cruz, a vivid city in the North-West of Tenerife. You can find lots of large hotel complexes here, but also a lovely old town with typical narrow streets and plazas.

Our hotel is situated at Playa de Martiánez, with a fantastic view across the beach and towards Orotava valley. Can you see the yellow spot? It is marking our balcony. Today we started a long walking trip in the Orotava valley.

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First we had to walk uphill to leave the city area. The coasts of Tenerife are typically rugged and steep here in the North of the island, so you cannot just walk along the beaches.

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Agriculture is centred on the northern slopes, tomatoes and bananas are cultivated, usually in plastic enclosures. In Orotava valley you can walk though banana plantations for hours.

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There are overlook points everywhere, official ones are called "Mirador". The view across the coastline is always a spectecular one.

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The North and South of Tenerife similarly have different climatic characteristics. While the South is mostly sunny, you have more rain in the North, due to the topography of the island. Today the weather was changing constantly, sunny on the last picture and a bit later the sky was full of clouds.

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Our walking route took us high above the valley.

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Later in the evening we took a walk in the city of Puerto de la Cruz.

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Some houses are painted in vivid colors.

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Katja enjoyed barbequed mussels.

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In the evening we walked back to the Hotel, along the promenade with lots of historical buildings.

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Bye for today
Mishuta

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Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain - 25th February 2016

By: olgamaus

Hi Mum,

today we visited the Botanical Garden in Puerto de la Cruz.

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We saw the most insteresting plants here, like this fig tree for example. The figs are growing directly from the trunk.

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This beautiful flower is called Bird of Paradise.

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These trees are like a forest full of airial roots.

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Tenerife is well known for its dragon trees. This is one of them. They can become hundreds of years old.

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These are banana plants.

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This tree is covered by lichen-

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Later we walked to another park in the city.

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Again we had to walk steep uphill to get there.

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Our next destination was Playa Jardin, one of the few sandy beaches.

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All the sand is black due to its volcanic origin. It is looking fantastic!

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Around Playa Jardin a park with palm trees and cactus is created.

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Tomorrow a hiking tour in the mountains is planned.

Bye
Mishuta

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