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February 8, 2015

You Think There Might Be Beliebers In Biberberg?

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Before I take you on a tour of Frankfurt, there is a post that I  forgot to put in earlier, and which my kids in particular found particularly funny.

One of the small villages in the area around Legoland Deutschland and the small village of Ichenhausen,  is called “Biberberg” and naturally the sight of the town’s sign post produced an outburst of giggles from Little Mr and Kiwi Daughter because it looked similar to the name of the teen pop idol singer Justin Bieber.

Neither of my children are fans of Bieber (and I’m quite pleased about that because personally with all of his drug taking and wild antics on both sides of the law, I don’t find him to be a particularly good role model for young kids).

The conversation, punctuated with lots of giggles, involved  wanting to know if the inhabitants of Biberberg might be called  “Beliebers”.  For  those folks not in the know,   “Beliebers”  is the nickname given to the fans of Justin Bieber.

Either way, even if there are no fans of Justin Bieber in this village, at least the name of their home town gave us big smiles and a lot of giggles.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

January 29, 2015

Wheeee!!! …We Are Going To The Crèche !

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I have my family well trained.

Last year whilst on holiday in Germany, and on one of our little detours around the area of   Ichenhausen,  I found  myself looking in one direction and then greeted with a chorus of exclamations from Himself and the kids who were looking in the other direction.

Just like the “pencil house” a few days ago, this one is a real “find” so Himself turned the car around so that we  could get a better view of this rather interesting house “feature” from the other corner of this large corner house.

At first it looked kind of like someone has installed a really fun play attachment  to their house, or  if an eccentric retired fireman couldn’t quite manage the fireman’s pole any more but still wanted the rush of adrenaline of the slide.

Closer inspection turned up an explanation that’s probably a little more mundane: this is a crèche (day care) centre and since the business has been set up in what is (or was once) a residential house and clearly some changes have had to be made to suit commercial requirements.

We assume that this wonderful slide has been installed to meet the fire escape requirements, and that in an emergency this would be a quick and safe exit for staff evacuating babies and toddlers. I’m not sure if it’s used the rest of the time, but either way, it’s a brilliant idea and one totally suited to the business on the site.

Who knows? Maybe on warm spring or summer days the  doors to the shute is opened and staff and children alike enjoy having a ride on a slide on a more epic scale than the little yellow normal one in the garden outside. Just imagine the laughter, whoops and squeals that would have rung out in the garden then.

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January 28, 2015

Kiwi Daughter Doesn’t Waffle Around When It Comes To Getting What She Wants…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This archive post finds us back at our hotel in Ichenhausen, southern Germany.

Our frequent visits to Legoland Deutschland, some sixteen kilometres away has been keeping us busy and so it’s been excellent to collapse at the hotel most evenings and just take dinner in their restaurant.

Breakfasts were taken there too and we were pleased because on the whole we found meals in the Legoland park to be rather underwhelming. (maybe that’s also the risk of coming in the last week of the season).

Legoland did however serve up two exceptions and they were both desserts: the first a mixed berry slice, delicious, and second: waffles with strawberries and chocolate sauce, or plain with cream and ice-cream.

We should have taken the hint when we saw the enormous queue, tucked in the Pirate section of the park, seats around it were also limited, so when one came free, Little Mr, Kiwi Daughter and I took a seat to save ourselves a sitting place whilst Himself joined the queue to order the food.

You think we would have learned by now, Himself asked who wanted a waffle and only Little Mr and I did. Kiwi Daughter was adamant that she wasn’t hungry.  We made sure to ask her more than once.

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She got annoyed at the repetition and insisted that she didn’t want one. Stupidly we listened to her and only ordered two portions.

Needless to say, after a very long wait in the queue, when my waffle arrived Kiwi Daughter moved in like a hawk and picked up my fork.

I intercepted that one quickly and reminded her that she’d insisted that she didn’t want to order one, so then began the typical kid attempt at using every trick in the book to get what she wanted.

This game involves a no-holds-bared approach on the part of the kid: wheedling, cajoling and when that didn’t work,  everything from cunning, tantrums and cute.

In the end (sigh) I just wanted enough peace and quiet to sit and enjoy what I had been looking forward to eat so caved in told her I would share.

Kiwi Daughter actually had the gall to complain that she would rather have  it all to herself, but enough was enough, then I really put my foot down and told her off for that, telling her in no uncertain terms that one more word of descent and ingratitude and she would not even get her first bite.

She was finally sensible enough to get the message and quickly changed her attitude.

It ended up being a two edged sword because the waffle was delicious and I wished I’d had all of mine after all. Kiwi Daughter’s earlier drama at the table had left us little appetite to endure the long wait again for a second helping or for Himself to face the still long queue of people that we wistfully passed by as we left this area.

At least back at the hotel there were no queues at the breakfast tables and everyone enjoyed the pretzels and other delicious items on offer.

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Above is my  our waffle before the addition of the chocolate sauce, and below, after it…

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Both kids loved these…

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January 27, 2015

Checking Out The Local Vicinity…

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We are staying in the small southern town of Ichenhausen and it’s a village full of character. During our stay I made sure to keep the camera bag handy and to get as many photographs of the village and outskirts as I could manage. In this photographic post we take a tour…

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January 26, 2015

Bovine Portraits In The Main Street…

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During our holiday visit to Legoland Germany last year we stayed in the small town of Ichenhausen which stands in the rural countryside of south Germany.  It’s rural roots are so clear that there are some farming sheds right on the main street and one of them, a shed of bobby calves, instantly got the attention of our children. I loved the facial expressions of the calves and how the overbite of the top lip makes them look rather comical. It was just a short distance from our hotel room and the short walk to the hotel restaurant took us past them most evenings. Let’s meet our  new bovine friends…

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Hello there…

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Yes I know I’m beautiful… did you ever doubt it?

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Shall I Mooove over this way just a little?

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Make sure you are getting my best side!!!

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Group shot!

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So Mrs Photographer, this is my open mouthed smile…

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… or do I look better with my closed mouth one?

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Wry smile from a shy one…

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Cheese! … Milk!  (err no, that’s from our dairy cousins…)

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We did so well, let’s take a bow!

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January 25, 2015

The Bottle That Couldn’t Face It’s Unmasking And Bottled It…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

At this stage of my archive posts, Family Kiwidutch are back at our accommodation  in  the Autenrieder Brauereigasthof hotel  located in Ichenhausen, and enjoying a slow “catch up morning”  where I rest up with every pillow in the family room under my foot to relieve my foot pain and Himself and the kids make good use of the hotel swimming pool.

They still want to go to Legoland again today but I will see if I end up going with them or not.

Himself had a drama by the car and is not in the best of moods, here is the tale of the sad saga: Himself likes very dark beers and nice wines (not together obviously) and loves nothing better than hunting down a locally made wine from each country we visit if that is at all possible.

Having spotted a little shop in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein that looked like it sold bottled goods, he made a speedy detour and after a conversation in German came back triumphant with what he thought was an actual Liechtenstein wine (even though vineyards were not anywhere in evidence).

Mind you, in a tiny country a vineyard would be correspondingly tiny so seeing rows of vines is neither here nor there.

The downside was that the bottle had cost him Euro 25,–  an amount he would not usually consider paying for a general run of the mill dinner wine that only he would be drinking. (My strong pain medications ruling out any alcohol consumption in the last four and a half years).

He was so delighted that he had discovered a real “Liechtenstein wine” that he bit the bullet and paid up… bringing the bottle back to the car with a huge smile on his face.

Once back at our hotel, getting our stuff out of the car he looked closer at the bottle and gave an annoyed mutter about his expensive purchase: even if the label really made it look like it was a Liechtenstein wine, the fine print right at the bottom actually revealed it to be Austrian, so clearly not the rare find he thought had scored.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

He was annoyed that the shopkeeper hadn’t pointed out that it wasn’t really  a Liechtenstein wine when he must have known (but Himself did admit that there is a small possibility this might  also have been the fault of cross-purpose communication his part).   That said, Himself’s German is more than passable and so personally I’m inclined to think that the seller in this case took advantage of a tourist customer in a hurry to get rid of a more expensive stock.

In a fit of pique and to save on carrying unnecessary luggage back and forth to our room, Himself left the offending full bottle of wine in the boot of the car where he tried hard to put it out of mind whilst he simmered down over it’s price tag.

He was in the back seat making space in our seven seater for the baggage a few days later, and with the boot open, and some of the extra seats folded down, pushed a large box of Lego over to fit in a suitcase, to be greeted by the sickening sound of breaking glass which then reminded him of where the Liechtenstein (a.k.a. Austrian) wine had been stashed.

He exited the car and went around to the rear where a red puddle of wine was on the concrete pavement along with a lot of broken glass. He managed to clear up the glass but of course the wine was well and truly lost and he came back to our room with a woeful tale of the accident and mutterings about Murphy’s Law that it had to be that expensive bottle that fell out of the boot of the car.

We (after he had simmered down) made jokes along the lines of “that wine knew it was less loved because it wasn’t a real Liechtenstein wine after all, so may have jumped rather than been pushed” or “maybe it knew that it’s taste wasn’t up to it’s Euro 25,– price tag so it did all it could not to have added insult to injury”.

It was a sore point for a while as he tried not to let the whole incident get him down but in the end he chalked it up to one of life’s experiences that you have to live and learn from.

The rest of the day went well, and I didn’t say a word when Himself opted for a beer instead of wine with that night’s dinner…

January 7, 2015

Red Sky At Night…

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Sunsets are tricky things to photograph. At least they are tricky for me to photograph, so when I get one right I’m first of all amazed and then delighted. Here is one close to our accommodation in Ichenhausen, Germany taken on our Legoland trip…

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January 3, 2015

Colourful Wit As Sharp As A …. Pencil !!!

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Another archive post about our trip to southern Germany and to Legoland Deutschland.

Our accommodation was located about sixteen kilometres away from the theme park and on several occasions we decided to take a scenic route through some of the local villages to get there.

Sometimes this was planned and other times it was due to our “amazing”navigational skills, the less said about which the better.

Over the last six years my children quite often complain that I’m “taking blogging photographs again…” but on this occasion it was them and not me who not only spotted the attraction in question but also started squealing excitedly for Himself to please turn the car around so that Mama could please get out and get pictures.

I had no clue what they had seen until the car stopped and they let me out. (Looks like I have them well trained after all). They got out for a better look too, and you will quickly see why… “Quirky” doesn’t even begin to cover the decoration on this house! We all have smiles on our faces, it’s a house that is inspiring, witty and it’s all been done with great skill and an eye for design.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There is a sign hanging outside, there’s a name with a number that might be a phone number underneath,  and I’m not certain if it’s  an advertisement for a business or the name they have given to the house.

Mainly we are trying not to be too intrusive because there is nobody home and we don’t want to look like peeping toms or burglars casing the joint.

Somebody here is a serious artist and I’d hazard a guess that “maybe” their preferred  medium of choice is pencil?

I love that at the bottom of the pencils in the two gates, they have recycled the metal from old tin cans to be the metal holder of the pink “eraser” at the bottom of the pencil, it’s stunningly thought out and brilliantly put together.

It wasn’t just the window boxes and the gates that got the pencil treatment, the theme was followed through on the garden planter too.This artist clearly has an eye for detail, colour and a brilliant sense of humour… all of us in the Kiwidutch family just loves  this house!

It’s in a tiny village, (stupidly I didn’t get which one)  it’s off the main roads, it’s close to Legoland Germany, it’s full of fun and it’s a wonderful find! I dare you to smile as broadly as we did…

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January 2, 2015

The Day We Tried Pancake Soup!

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Each night after a day out in Legoland Germany, we head back at our accommodation at the Autenrieder Brauereigasthof hotel in Ichenhausen, and enjoy the evening meals.

Kiwi Daughter has even tried a schnitzel and liked it enough to order it once or twice, Little Mr decides that having Spätzle every day is almost as good as having pasta every day, and an item on the English menu is especially intriguing because it’s listed as “pancake soup”.

We  ask our friendly waitress if this is maybe a translation error ?, but no, she confirms that it’s really a “pancake soup”.

Himself and I are now really curious, so we order it … it’s interesting, actually rather good, the pancake in the soup has been cut into thin strips and sits in a clear vegetable bouillon, we determine after tasting that we would order it again if we fancied soup but it would never take the place of our favourite soups.

We tried the local specialities too, like the warm cherries that were served with ice-cream for dessert (I loved it, the rest of the family left me to it), the kids enjoyed ice-cream sundaes and to say that we ate well was an understatement because the portions were larger than we could manage some nights.  Here is a photo montage of our evening meals…

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This is pancake soup…

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January 1, 2015

Some People Are Really Live Wires…

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The next unusual sight we see around the area of Legoland Germany was found in a field close to the road we were travelling on. There was a row of electricity pylons and for the first time ever we have seen men working on the wires. I know that some linesmen work when the lines are still live, but I’m not certain if that is the case on pylons that carry this kind of serious voltage. Either way it looks like dangerous work and even if you have the courage to work with this level of electricity, you also have to have a very good head for heights. Hmm… that rules me out for the first bit and Himself out on the second, so our admiration for the people who do this work sours.

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