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Travelog for: Madison

Ingelheim, Germany - 28th October 2011

By: Jules28

Hello world!  :D

Yesterday I was bought from a local toy store and asked by Jules if I wanted to be a ToyVoyager.
Sure, I said, let's go!
When I arrived in my new home I had to learn that this won't be where I will return to as Jules is moving soon. You can see me inspecting the boxes on the picture.

The other one shows me in a bonsai ficus forest.

So now I'm really excited and expectant to learn where I will go first!

* Posted Oct 28, 2011, 3:14 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Ingelheim, Germany - 28th October 2011

By: Jules28


I visited the vinyard to get to know Rheinhessen a bit better before I leave. It's autumnal and the leaves are turning to brown. What a lovely sight!

* Posted Oct 28, 2011, 4:06 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Ingelheim, Germany - 30th October 2011

By: Jules28

I'm ready to start my journey.


My first host is MA_17, and so I'm going to Berlin!
Jules says it's a wonderful city, so I'm really excited to see it.


* Posted Oct 30, 2011, 7:04 pm Last edited Oct 31, 2011, 6:39 pm by Jules28 [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

at hosts home, Germany - 1st November 2011

By: MA_17


I just want to say that I arrived save to my first stop on my journey. I'm still in the envelope, because my host won't be here before Friday.


* Posted Nov 1, 2011, 6:26 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Z'witz / Dessau, Germany - 4th November 2011

By: MA_17

Hello Mummy!!!

Today Squab, Chrissy and my host arrived. Squab and Chrissy helped me out of the envelope. I was a good guy and didn't eat the goodies. My host is sending a lovely thank you for the sweets!
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While Squab packed his luggage for his first trip, my host took me and Chrissy and did a small tour through Dessau, because she needed some flowers. We didn't have so much time to stop, but we saw a lot.
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When we were back to the hosts house, we had dinner with Squab. He shared his big cookie with us which he got from his mommy. Then we had to say goodbye. I hope he will enjoy his first journey.
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When the dinner was over, Squab crawled into his envelope and we welcomed some new tvs: Hippo & Emilia.

Maybe we are going for some sightseeing tomorrow!

Bye for now

* Posted Nov 4, 2011, 10:22 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Wörlitz, Germany - 5th November 2011

By: MA_17


Today it was such a sunny day. We took the car and went to Wörlitz to visit the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm. We also went through Oranienbaum.

The church of Wörlitz is biiiiig!

We walked through a part of the garden and saw Mount Vesuv, Gothic House, the big lake etc.
We couldn't watch the castle, because it is totally covered by tissues in case of construction work. 

Can you see me sitting in front of the synagogue?

Chrissy and I climbed up to the top of a hill, where we could see the big church. Hippo didn't want to walk. He decided to use the travelbag.

After taken the picture in front of the whole church, me and Chrissy jumped down into the garden. It was about 6 meters to the ground! But it was really funny!

There were some swans. One of them wanted to bite me!

The big horse was nicer to me.

On our way back, we stopped in "the city of iron" called Ferropolis.

In the evening we went to Berlin, but it's already dark outside.
I'll get back to here soon.


* Posted Nov 5, 2011, 7:43 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Berlin, Germany - 6th November 2011

By: MA_17

Hei Mum!

Today my host had to work the whole day. But I was allowed to go with her! On our way to the work, we crossed the famous Kurfürstendamm.
I'm going to see more of the city the next days. I'm so excited!

At work I wanted to help my host. First I tried to do everything around the cash point, but I had some problems with the paper of the electronic calculator.

~wrong again

~correct I think

My host decided it would be better if I would stitch the papers together. But I left a big chaos!

So I did, what raccoons do: finding something to eat. I found some eggs in the fridge. Really nice guys. But when I climbed into their bowl and stood on them, they started to get angry. I think I'll become a vegan raccoon!


* Posted Nov 6, 2011, 10:12 pm Last edited Feb 27, 2012, 12:12 am by MA_17 [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Berlin, Germany - 7th November 2011

By: MA_17

Hello Mummy!

Today I visited a little bit of Berlin. It was so cold outside! Brrrr.
For the first picture you need lots of imaginations! The tall buildings behind me, if you can see them, belong to the Potsdamer Place. Maybe I'll go there closer this week. I heard you can find lots of snow there!

I walked through the famous Brandenburg Gate. It is one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany.

Another famous landmark of Berlin is the television tower near Alexanderplatz. It was constructed between 1965 and 1969 and with its height of 368 meters, it is the tallest structure in Germany. There is a visitor platform and a revolving restaurant in the middle of the sphere. The tower is part of the World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT).

From City East I used the bus to go to City West. I stopped at KaDeWe shopping center. It is the most famous department store of Berlin and the largest department store on the European continent, famous above all for its gourmet food department on the sixth floor.

Because it was so cold outside, I went into the KaDeWe to find some warm clothes for me!
First I tried a bathing suit, but I think I shouldn't wear something like this! I'm a male raccoon and it's also to cold outside. So I tried a sweater. There was a scarf included! And finally I found some pants. I like them. There was an adapted jacket, too. With this clothes I look like a Bavarian raccoon. I wanted to buy all that stuff, but at the cash point I noticed that I didn't have money in my pocket. :stare: So I left without any clothes.

In the afternoon I went to my hosts work, again. Today I wasn't allowed to help so I decided to do a lovely greeting card for you with today's pictures. I hope you like it!

Yours, Madison

* Posted Nov 7, 2011, 11:17 pm Last edited Feb 27, 2012, 12:08 am by MA_17 [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

at hosts home, Germany - 11th November 2011

By: MA_17

Hey Muuuuuum!

I hope you are not angry about me that I didn't entered more pictures of Berlin. But we couldn't go outside the last days. Our host was ill and in bed all the days. Next week I have another chance B)

Today me and Chrissy went with our host to her second home. It was packing day!
First we closed the envelope for Hippo & Emilia. They will go on to Munich.

Then we had to unpack a red envelope. It was Beate. She arrived from Austria.

And then there was a black box. Something came out and I was a little bit afraid! But when I saw what was inside I smiled. It was a tiny lion called Tapsi.

We showed them the area around. On our walk we all were very hungry and I found some black berries for us to eat. They were tasty.

And then I saw these delicious chicken! But I could not go into their garden. I shouldn't eat so many berries before. I was a little bit too fat.

So we found some other berries - frozen strawberries! Cooooold!

While the others were eating the frozen berries, I saw some apples! I climbed up to these fruits and ate all of them! Hmmm yummi!

Nothing more to eat we found some decorations! Tapsi got the idea to decorate Chrissy with all the stuff! Crazy tiny lion!

It was so cold outside! Now I'm happy to be back in a warm house.

Love, Madison

* Posted Nov 11, 2011, 4:54 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany - 12th November 2011

By: MA_17

Hello Mum,

today me and the other tvs visited Lutherstadt Wittenberg. We used the car to go there.

First we visited the market place. Here you can find the ancient town hall, the statue of Martin Luther and the town church.

We did a walk around the town church. The streets are tiny! Near the church we found the statue of Johannes Bugenhagen and an old fountain.

When we walked from one church to the next we saw many backyards. Some of them owns restaurants, some museums.
We wanted to go to one of the restaurants but we couldn't read the menu. There wasn't enough straw to build a "tower" to climb up to the menu.

So we went to the next backyard. We found a fountain of 1558 and we also saw Lucas Cranach the Younger painting a picture. We helped him a little bit.

In the third backyard we found the museum of history. There was a picture of the old money of the GDR. It looks really colourful.

Finally we arrived at the most famous building of Wittenberg, the castle church. It is so huge!

Here you can see me sitting in front of the door where Martin Luther posted The Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 1517.

We also went inside the church. Wow, everything was so impressive!
I think there are also living some other mice around

After this sightseeing tour I was tired! Our host decided to do the last part by car. We went to the Hundertwasser school which was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. It looks colourful and funny!

It became dark when we went back home. And we saw a wonderful sunset!

Now it is time to go to bed!

Yours, Madison

* Posted Nov 12, 2011, 10:14 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Berlin, Germany - 14th November 2011

By: MA_17

Huhuuuuu Mum,

today I visited the city again. It was so cold outside!
I started at Breitscheidplatz where I saw the Europa Center. It owns many shops, an Irish pub which shall be really good, some restaurants & cafes and a theatre "Die Stachelschweine".

I stopped once again at KaDeWe. It is the most famous department store of Berlin and the largest department store on the European continent, famous above all for its gourmet food department on the sixth floor. It's the place where I wanted to buy some clothes without money, remember Mum?

Have a look at these embassies. All the houses are very individual designed. I didn't see all, just a few, but have a look.
Nordic Embassies including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Embassy of Japan
Embassy of Italy
Embassy of India

I did a walk through the famous Tiergarten. It is a huge park in the center of Berlin. I'm happy that I didn't get lost. There was nobody except me! OK, I met Richard Wagner there, but he didn't want to talk to me.

Then I found this wonderful building. It's the concert hall of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Near the Philharmonic I saw the church St. Matthäus.

I finally arrived at Potsdamer Place. There are so many buildings, cinemas, hotels, shopping areas...

Ouh it started to became dark... No problem for me and my sightseeing tour. :)
I visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial. It is a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It consists of a 19,000 square metres site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 2.38 m long, 0.95 m wide and vary in height from 0.2 to 4.8 m.

And finally I arrived at Brandenburg Gate. I have been here before, but one for a short trip. Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate and one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany.
I take a picture from the front and from the back. The Quadriga is looking to the east. ;)

Have a look at this beautiful sky! If you look clearly you can see the "Golden Angel" behind me, at the end of the street. The official name is Victory Column.

Now I arrived to the government area. First I saw the German Bundestag which is located in the Reichstag Building. The centrepiece of the building is the generously glazed chamber that is crowned by the dome. A funnel with panes of mirror glass reflects the daylight from above into the chamber.

The freestanding tower behind me is called "Carillon". It is built face to face with the Reichstag building. Most of the tourists don't see it, but I did. It is a large, manually played concert instrument, comprising 68 bells weighing a total of 48 metric tonnes (almost 106,000 lbs.) connected to a keyboard spanning 5½ fully chromatic octaves; the largest bell weighs 7.8 tonnes (almost 17,200 lbs.). It is one of the largest instruments of its kind in Europe and approximately the fourth largest (by number of bells) in the world.

Can you see me, Mum?

Next to the Reichstag building you can find the "Paul Löbe House". It houses 550 offices for MPs, 19 conference rooms, around 450 offices for parliamentary committees, the Bundestag information service for visitors, and a restaurant that is open to the public.

Across from this building you can see the "Federal Chancellery". The inhabitants of Berlin call it "Waschmaschine" (washing machine).

And I saw another embassy! It's the one of Switzerland.

My last stop was the "Central Station". It is the main railway station in Berlin. 1,800 trains call at the station per day and the daily number of passengers is estimated to be at 350,000! But I don't know how many rats you can find there per day.
From here you can do non-stop travels to Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Novosibirsk (Russia) or Astana (Kazakhstan). It just takes a while until you'll arrive in these cities.

Soon, I'll start my journey to the next city. Maybe it's warmer there!


* Posted Nov 14, 2011, 7:45 pm Last edited Feb 26, 2012, 11:58 pm by MA_17 [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

at hosts home, Germany - 16th November 2011

By: MA_17

Today I left the others.
They cuddled me and gave me something to eat for my journey. My next stop is Hamburg. See you there!

* Posted Nov 16, 2011, 10:14 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Hamburg, Germany - 29th November 2011

By: Dittschie

Madison II helped me with my homework. I have bilingual classes and his English ist excellent, compared to other raccoons, so he could help me a lot! After that we enjoyed watching the sun sink.


* Posted Dec 1, 2011, 10:58 pm Last edited Dec 3, 2011, 12:09 am by Dittschie [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Hamburg, Germany - 2nd December 2011

By: Dittschie

Today, Madison II and I went to visit my cousin (who, as you can see, is very pleased by his attendance) and the Weihnachtsmarkt in Hamburg-Wandsbek.


* Posted Dec 3, 2011, 12:07 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Hamburg, Germany - 6th December 2011

By: Dittschie

We almost died at the way back from school. First rain then snow and rain again. Now Madison sits on the heater. Brrrrrrr...


* Posted Dec 6, 2011, 9:01 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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