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Remscheid, Germany - 8th March 2012

By: olgamaus

Hello Mummy,
I arrived at my new host's home today. My host Katja and the TVs Snakey, Buzz BlueJay and Nook gave me a warm welcome.

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It did not take long until a furious furry thing hopped onto the sofa to say Hello to us.

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It was one of Katja's three ferrets, Shiva.

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Bye
Albus Star

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Remscheid, Germany - 14th March 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,

We took a walk today in the district Luettringhausen. We brought Katja's friend's son to the soccer training there. In the meantime we took a walk in the surroundings.

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We found a lovely place, hidden in the valley - an historic hammer mill. Iron and steel was produced here since 15th century.

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A large millwheel was lying on the ground.

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When we walkes further through the valley we saw a lot of meadows.

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I like those houses here.

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Bye for today
Albus Star

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Remscheid, Germany - 17th March 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we went out for a walk in the afternoon, although the weather is no longer that nice as yesterday. Here you can see the street where I am living at the moment, lots of lovely houses built in the early 1900's.

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The next photo was still taken in the city centre.

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Than we walked towards the outskirts of Remscheid, deep in a valley.

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Here you can also find very old houses, much older than those in the city centre.

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You can often find older industrial sites close to dwellings here.

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Snowdrops are blooming everywhere.

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We reached the district Hasten than. Here you can see two museums, the German Tool Museum and a Patrician Villa, built in late 18th century. In this Villa you can see how people lived in those years.

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There is a park behind those museums, built as an outdoor facility. There are several machines outside. (We needed a little rest after walking so long.)

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From here we still had to walk uphill for more than half an hour to get home - it's really exhausting here :)

Love
Albus Star

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Remscheid, Germany - 19th March 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
with the most lovely weather we could not wait to go outside in the afternoon. Out first stop was a small park in front of the police headquarter.

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From here we went to the station. The old station was replaced by a new one about two years ago. A few months ago they finally finished a bridge for pedestrians from the station across a broad road.

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Here you can see the bus station in front of the station. Katja told me that in about two weeks it will be a sea of blossoms. All the trees are Japanese cherry trees.

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We went to the city centre than.

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Katja showed us this coal tub, a present from Remscheid's twin town Wansbeck in Northumberland, England.

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The music school is situated in the nice reddish building.

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This modern building belongs to the adult ecucation centre.

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Here you can see the central bus station. Lots of pupils are waiting to get home :)

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Love
Albus Star

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Remscheid, Muengsten Bridge, Germany - 25th March 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we are having wonderful weather here.

We took a walk today to visit Muengsten Bridge, the highest railway bridge in Germany. The bridge is overspanning a valley between Remscheid and the neighbour city Solingen. We had to walk for about an hour to get there. Our walk took us through a rural area.

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We went into the forest than.

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There was a viewpoint. We saw the bridge here. Katja told us that we would still have to walk some time until we were in the valley under the bridge.

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We were under the bridge than, but still not on the bottom of the valley.

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The bridge is about 480 long, 107 m tall and was completed in 1907. There were restauration works in the last years, but there will have to be more in the following years. The brige was built of steel and it will have to be strengthened.

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Out path led us downhill to river Wupper, flowing in the valley.

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Parts of the soil are covered with anemones.

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We crossed the river Wupper here.

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Finally we reached Muengsten Bridge with a leisure park underneath it.

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A lot of people were here, enjoying the lovely weather and the warmth of the sun.

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Isn't this an impressive view, this bridge growing out of the forest?

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The workshop of an artist blacksmith is situated here. He made some funny things, like the shark.

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We took the bus back home, being a bit tired ;)

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Bye
Albus Star

* Posted Mar 27, 2012, 2:41 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid, Germany - 1st April 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we were really shocked this morning - it was extremely cold outside, about 0C!

At noontime it became a bit warmer, so we took a walk with Katja's nephew and her brother-in-law in Hohenhagen, a district of Remscheid. It is a housing area with access to woodland and a rural area. You can see the outskirts of the neighbour city Wuppertal on the first photo.

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We saw the frist spring flowers :)

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The A1 motorway is passing by. A terrible storm in 2007 destroyed large parts of the forest, so you can see the motorway nowadays.

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We saw deer in the forest. We took a zoomed photo.

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This is the housing area. In the background you can see the water tower in the city centre of Remscheid, about 3 km from here.

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Later we went to Katja's relatives to let her ferrets play in the garden.

Bye
Albus Star

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Solingen, Sengbachtalsperre, Germany - 3rd April 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
my host had a day off work today and we had planned to take a long walk with two friends - and two dogs :)

We went to the neighbour city Solingen to take a walk around a drinking water dam, Sengbachtalsperre.

Nook and I enjoyed the lovely weather and running through the forest.

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Signs warned us not to scare up game because they are having kids now.

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This is Pepe, one of the dogs.

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We even managed to take a group photo :)

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Treats for all dogs!

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The path was going uphill and we were high above the lake than.

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There are also bridle paths.

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The bright spot in the background is Remscheid, we also took a zoomed photo.

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We reached the concrete dam, which is under construction at the moment.

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Katja showed us Schloss Burg, a medieval castle, situated in Solingen-Burg. Unfortunately we did not have time to take a side trip to visit it.

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On our way back to the car we came across meadows with horses and some riding stables.

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Someone found a funny way to use worn out shoes :)

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This was a really lovely trip.

Bye
Albus Star

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Remscheid, Germany - 8th April 2012

By: olgamaus


Hi Mummy,
in the early afternoon we went to Katja's sister to celebrate Easter with the whole family. Today we could see the cherry trees at the station blooming.

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So many delicous sweets!

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Bye
Albus Star

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Solingen, Schloss Burg, Germany - 15th April 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we visited a medieval castle in the neighbour city Solingen, Schloss Burg, It is situated high upon a hill above the River Wupper.

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Schloss Burg was built in 1133 by Count Adolf I von Berg on a hill above the river Wupper.That's why this region is called "Bergisches Land". Many people believe that it's name refers to the landscape with hills and valleys. (For those who do not speak German: The German word for mountain or hill is "Berg", so many people think that the name "Bergisches Land" means "land of many hills" )

About a hundred years later it was enlarged by Count Engelberg II von Berg. This is the man on the horse in the courtyard.

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In Thirty Years War (17th century) large parts of the castle were destroyed. It was rebuilt then, but it was used for industrial purposes for many years. In the end of the 19th century they began to rebuild it as it appears today.

In the castle courtyard you can find souvenir shops and shops whose owners are doing an "old" handcraft, for example handmade brushes, brooms, soap, lovely yarns and wooden knitting needles, toys like swords and helmets and much more.

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The round tower was the powder tower, it was restored about two years ago.

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When we walked back to the car, we saw some of those lovely half-timbered houses which were built in 17th century.

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Bye for now
Albus Star

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Croft, Warrington, England - 12th May 2012

By: Gizalba

I'M HOME! :D Oh, it is all quiet here :( My mum isn't back from university yet, I will have to wait many weeks. However Pinnochio and some others are here to keep me company. I have shown them my wonderful postcards that my last host Olgamaus let me take home, and I think we will have already eaten the chocolates by the time mum gets back :P

Thankyou for hosting me Olgamaus, and please let the other TVs with you know I arrived safely :) I will miss them!

I am on a break now until the end of June, but I will be back B) x

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