nanu in germany
As it was just a few days to christmas everything was nice with christmas trees and lights. The weather was a little gray but Jenny said that it was typical for Hamburg. But the sky was somehow interesting this day. After the Alster we had a look at the town hall from Hamburg.
In front of the towm hall was the biggest christmas market from Hamburg but as it is always really crowded we weren't able to take any photos there. But we were in a shop afterwards and found the city of Lübeck entirely made from marzipan (a paste from almonds and sugar). It was really amazing to look at. Lübeck is a small but interesting town near Hamburg.
We went home afterwards. I was really curious to see more of Hamburg!
11th January 2009 - Hamburg, Germany
We had a beautiful christmas here in Hamburg. It was a bit confused and we forget to take any photos. Some days after christmas we went to Cologne to participate in a Postcrossing meeting. We didn't see much from Cologne but we visitied the cathedral from Cologne. It was really impressing, it is so big and very beautiful.
Afterwards we met with all the postcrossers in a cafe and they wrote so many postcards, I couldn't believe it. Here are only some of them but there were so many of them.
Jenny told me that we will go on a trip in the new year again to watch a skijumping competition somewhere in Germany. I am very curious how that will be.
12th January 2009 - Hamburg, Germany
As long as Jenny forgot the batteries at home when we went to the skijumping competition in Braunlage, we could take only one photo. It shows me with the skijumping hill.
As you can see we had lots of snow, I really liked it. But it was very cold, too. The skijumping hill was on top of the Wurmberg and there was lots of wind, too. It was really fun to see the skijumpers flying dowm there. I hope I can see this again.
13th February 2009 - Hamburg, Germany
Today we went to see the harbour of Hamburg. This is perhaps the most famous part of Hamburg and was really excited to visit it finally. We went there by public traffic and when we left the station we had a great view over the harbour. There was some snow in Hamburg these days which is really untypical. And we had grey weather with some more snow and rain which is typical for Hamburg.
There were some bridges down to the ships and we went along one of them.
But it started to rain heavier by then and Jenny decided to show us the old tunnel underneath the river lbe and the harbour from the other side of it.
As the rain had stopped then we had a little picknick in the snow and watched some ships going by. The yellow one is the ferry to the musical "The Lion King" which is located in the harbour. But the ferries are used for normal trips when they are not needed to carry visitors to the theater.
3rd March 2009 - Hamburg, Germany
This is my last entry from Hamburg. Today I will travel on to Bruchsal to see more of Germany.
I hope that my time in the envelope will be short and that I can update here soon!
While the cake was in the oven, Petra showed us the snowdrops in her backyard.
Because it just didn't rain, she thought, it would be a good idea to go to the church, which is only a few meters from our home. We all were happy to see something else than the house.
We saw the call box next to the church and I thought about calling you, but Petra told me, that it will be too expensive to do it.
This is the church St. Peter. It is a baroque church and I think, it is really nice. Maybe we can take a photo, when it is sunny, too.
The Church of St. Peter is an original building of the 18th century and was not destroyed during World War II. The church was designed by the world famous baroque architect builder Balthasar Neumann.
The cementery behind it is a beautiful place for peaceful, contemplative walkds and its numerous memorials also rovide an insight into the history of Bruchsal and its people.
We found a stone about the Baden Revolution. It is a reminder of the citizens of Bruchsal, who were victims of the Baden Revolution. It was erected on the initiative of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and dedicated on 1st November 1900. Here, next to the church you can see the grave of Johann Baptist Bekk, He was Minister of the Interior in Baden during the years of the Revolution and found his final resting place in Bruchsal. (www.bruchsal-erleben.de)
The roofs belong to an old part of Bruchsal. Most old parts were destroyed during World War II. In the far you see a big grey building. It is a private grammar school founded by patres of the Pallotti order.
When you stand in front of the entrance of the church and just turn around, you have this nice view.
16th March 2009 - Untergrombach, Germany
Today we drove to the Michaelsberg in Untergrombach. Untergrombach is one of Bruchsal's suburbs with about 6000 inhabitants.
3500 to 2600 BC there were frist human signs on the Michaelsberg, which gave this culture the name "Michaelsberger Kulturkreis"
1502 AD Joss Fritz from Untergrombach planned the "Bundschuhaufstand" during the time of Peasant's Wars.
The chapel is on top of the Michaelsberg.
In the far (right side) you see some houses, which belong to Bruchsal.
Bruchsal and also Untergrombach are located at the edge to the Kraichgau. Here you see the Rhine Valley. If the weather is sunny, you can see the Palatinate Forest in the far.
I learned something about "Magerrasen" (neglected grassland), which is typical for the Michaelsberg. Behind the sign you see so-called "Steinriegel" (field clearance cairn), made by people working on their fields a long long time ago. They threw the big stones from their fields to the border of the neighbour's field, so that in the middle all stones were accumulated. Many animals and flowers love this gaunt places and that's why a few weeks ago, people cleaned the Steinriegel from all the earth, that came between the stone during the many many years and from all the other plants, that love to grow in earth.
The nature reserve sign
Petra and her family decided to visit the railway museum in Heilbronn. They asked friends to join them and of course, they didn't forget to take us with them too.
We all were fascinated by those big locomotives and I hope, you aren't too disappointed, that there will be no explanation about each single one.
5th April 2009 - Germersheim, Germany
Today Petra's family met members of their familyclub from church. They meet about 2 times a month and go somewhere together. Today they drove to Germersheim to visit the street museum. We saw old machines, which they needed to built streets, but also other machines like this old copy machine.
6th April 2009 - Bruchsal, Germany
I want to show you some of the flowers in Petra's garden behind the house. I love those flowers.
8th April 2009 - Merklingen, Germany
Today we decided to go on a day trip to see a model railway. We drove to Merklingen (near Ulm), where they say, that they own Europes most beautiful model railway.
I also saw a real Ralf Schumacher Formel 3 race car.
8th April 2009 - Göppingen, Germany
On our way home we stopped at Märklin museum in Göppingen. Petra and her family go there about one or two times in a year. Today seems to be a model railway day.
9th April 2009 - Untergrombach, Germany
Today we drove to the Michaelsberg, a small hill, which belongs to Untergrombach. Untergrombach is one of Bruchsals suburbs. There are Untergrombach, Obergrombach, Heidelsheim, Helmsheim and Büchenau.
The first photo shows a view to Obergrombach.
On top of the Michaelsberg there is a chapel called Michaelskapelle. Next to the chapel is a restaurant, where you have a nice view over the Rhine valley.
Petra loves to go on the Michaelsberg to show the Rhine valley to her guests and to show them the edge to the Kraichgau. Today she told us, that she wanted to go there, because she wanted to watch the sunset.
The houses you can imagine on the right side belong to Bruchsal. And you see a part of the quarry pond of Untergrombach too. On the horizon you can imagine two small small towers, which belong to the nuclear power reactor of Philippsburg.
Here you see Untergrombach down the hill.
Here we look in direction, where you come to Karlsruhe, which is in the Rhine valley too. You maybe can imagine the edge to the Kraichgau with its small hills.
I love this last view to the chapel in the evening sun.
14th April 2009 - Pforzheim, Germany
Martin, Sabrina and Petra took us for an outing today. We drove to Pforzheim to visit the wild park. It was founded in 1968, is about 16 ha large and there live more than 400 mammals.
Just a few minutes after our arrival, Petra stumbled over a roundwood and fell on her two hands. She was happy, that she had time to relax before she had to drive again - but she didn't expect, that she had broken her right thumb and torn a ligament there too.
I listened to different bird songs and tried to find out, which bird it was.
10th May 2009 - Bruchsal, Germany
Rainy days with thunder and lightning in Bruchsal
So we sat together in Petra's bedroom and read her current favorite book
11th May 2009 - Bruchsal, Germany
12th May 2009 - Bruchsal, Germany
Today we saw a beautiful rainbow
24th May 2009 - Bruchsal, Germany
Finally the weather is better again, so we went outside to take some photos of the beautiful flowers in Petra's garden.
24th May 2009 - Heidelberg, Germany
My host family drove to Heidelberg, because their son begins with work experience at a medical laboratory tomorrow. So they thought, if would be a good idea to look where this laboratory is and then go to see the castle. But it was so crowded at the castle, that we turned around and decided to go there sometime later. So we only had been able to take a photo of the bridge.
25th May 2009 - Büchenau, Germany
When Petra read the newspaper today, she saw a photo on the first page with a large poppies field. She asked us and her son, if we want to come with her to take a look, if we could find this beautiful field and get some photos taken there. So we drove to Büchenau, which is one of Bruchsal's suburbs. It is a small town with about 2200 inhabitants. Just enjoy the photos.
26th May 2009 - Bruchsal, Germany
It's raining again.
29th May 2009 - Letzenberg/Malsch, Germany
On our way home from Heidelberg - we drive this way each day now, because Fabian is there - we stopped by at the chapel on top of Letzenberg. It is really beautiful. It was built in 1902. They say, that there already was a pilgrimage chapel around 1300.
You have a great view to the Rhine valley and Kraichgau.
29th May 2009 - Münzesheim, Germany
Then we drove to Münzesheim to visit the Japanese Garden, which belongs to the therapy centre against alcohol and other dependencies.
There are some rules we have to follow.
There is a round room with many many blue bottles as roof.
1st June 2009 - Koblenz, Germany
Petra and her family visited Ralf's aunt and uncle in Koblenz today. They also invited Ralf's parents to join them - and us, of course.
Koblenz is a city situated on both banks of the Rhine at its confluence with the Moselle, where the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and its monument (Emperor William I on horseback) are situated.
It is the third largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate, with a population of c. 106,000 (2006).
Here you see the confluence of Rhine (right side) and Moselle (left side).
2nd June 2009 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
We are really really busy now, that my hosts are on holiday. Today we drove again about 3 hours until we arrived at our destination. At first I saw many high buildings, mostly belonging to banks.
We visited Luxembourg City today. The casemates are Unesco World Heritage.
We saw the casemates there, very impressive. The first casemates of Luxembourg had been built in 1644, during spanish rule. They were about 23 kilometers long (since 1867 only 17 km) and reach about 40 meters into the deep. Because of this fortress Luxembourg got the byname "Gilbraltar of the north".
We also visited the cathedral Notre Dame.
Then we went to see the other part of casemates, but this time we didn't go inside.
2nd June 2009 - Wasserbillig, Luxembourg
On our way home we has to refuel and because it is much cheaper in Luxembourg than in Germany, we did it there. We also bought some coffee and chocolate, but this time we waited in the car for our hosts to come back.
2nd June 2009 - Igel, Germany
We had a short stop at Igel to take a photo with the Igel Column, also Unesco World Heritage. The brothers Lucius Secundinius Aventinus and Lucius Secundinius Securus built it around 250 for them and deceased relatives. It shows scenes of daily life of cloth merchants and of mythology.
2nd June 2009 - Pallien/Trier, Germany
Then Petra had the idea to show us a great view over one of her favorite cities: Trier. Because it was early evening and we wanted to take photos, they decided to drive to St. Mary's Column on the Pulsberg. It was built from 1859-1866 in neo-Gothic style.
You have a wonderful view over the Moselle valley and Trier.
Because Petra's camera is rather good, she zoomed in, so I can show you some more Unesco World Heritage places. It was too late to go closer, I'm sorry.