Holy mess with animals

November 24, 2014

005- Please open your baskets. I will go between rows and bless the contents – the priest said.

This time it’s not Easter blessing of food, but blessing of our four-legged friends. Catholic priest squeezes between the benches, peering into each box, patting rabbits, hamsters, dogs and cats.

- Woof, woof, meow, meow – you can hear around. Suddenly we also hear the noises of two horses!

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Statue of Hercules in Kassel

November 10, 2014

007 - KasselThe Statue of Hercules towers over Kassel since 1717 and is the hallmark of the city now. In July 2013 it has even been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (No. 38 in Germany). Kassel once ugly and industrial urban center is transforming into the cultural capital of northern Hessia and attracts thousands of tourists from Germany and abroad.

The cooper sculpture of the Greek demigod stays on a hill in the park called Wilhelmshöhe. Besides the beautiful view from the top the major attractions in summer are illuminated cascades and fountains.

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Hiking to the Cross Peak

November 8, 2014

008 - 140817 - Zlaty Chlum i Krizovy wrchRoute: Rejviz – Zlaty Chlum – Cross Peak – Zlaty Chlum – Rejviz (15 km)

In the Czech Republic, just a few kilometers behind Głuchołazy, the small Polish town on the border where I was born, there is the tiny village Rejviz situated at an altitude of 792 m above sea level. It is famous mainly for winter sports. Besides the numerous cross-country ski routes and ski lifts there are many hiking trails suitable all year round which start here. On one of the last sunny days of autumn we pick a hiking trail to the Cross Peak.

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Castle Trendelburg

October 27, 2014

008 - TrendelburgA visit to Rapunzel

Route: Wülmersen – Trendelburg – Wülmersen (14 km)

Once upon a time there was acouple. The husband wanted to meet the needs of his pregnant wife and stole vegetables for a salad from the garden of a witch. Unfortunately she caught him. In exchange for his life she demanded his future child. The witch took the new born girl and at the age of 12 she imprisoned her in a tower. But the adolescent young lady found a way to keep in contact with the world. She let down her long hair from the window to the ground and the prince climbed secretly up to see her etc….

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From Corvey to Bad Karlshafen

October 21, 2014

018 - WeserradwegRoute: 15 km on foot, 38 km by bike

At 10:30 I’m boarding the small cruise ship sailing the river Weser from Bad Karlshafen to Corvey. On the lower deck I park my bike and start talking to a couple:

- Good morning! How are you? I see you are also travelling by bike?

- Yes! We spend one week holiday in this way. After a short distance on board we will continue our bike trip and discover the area along the Weser river. Every night we sleep in a different place.

I’m jealous. I only have one day off that’s why I want to take the maximum advantage of that.

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Hannoversch Münden

October 19, 2014

013 - Hannoversch MuendenWhile hiking the trail “Weserberglandweg” all we saw of Hannoversch Münden was the memorial stone with a rhyming poem at the confluence of the rivers Fulda and Werra, where the river Weser starts towards the North Sea.

“Where Werra and Fulda kiss each other/ they must let go of their names/, and there through this kiss / originates German up to the sea the Weser River.”

Alexander von Humboldt once said that Hann. Münden (the short name) is one of the seven most beautifully situated cities in the world. To explore the old town we didn’t have enough time on our hiking trip, though. Because of that I use the possibility to take a day off today and to explore the city myself.

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Bad Karlshafen

October 12, 2014

010 - Bad KarlshafenBad Karlshafen is a little baroque town with a long history. It was founded in 1699 by Landgrave Charles of Hessia for Huguenots escaped from France. When the king of France cancelled the Edict of Nantes in the seventeenth century, which guaranteed equal rights for Protestants and Catholics, many Huguenots refused to convert to Catholicism and moved to Karlshafen. Here the religious freedom and the preservation of the language were guaranteed. Today you can discover this chapter of the history in an interesting museum in the center.

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Helmarshausen

October 9, 2014

005 - Helmarshausen - KrukenburgBack to the medieval monuments…

Helmarshausen – now a part of the city Bad Karlshafen was an independent settlement founded over thousand years ago. Why is it so important? In the Benedictine Helmarshausen Abbey the famous Gospels of Henry the Lion was written in the twelfth century. The manuscript containing 266 pages was sold by auction in London for 32 billion DM in 1983. Germans bought one of the most expensive books in the world in context of the protection of the German national heritage treasures. Today the original is kept in the Library of Prince Augustus in Wolfenbüttel.

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Hiking „Weserberglandweg“ 2

September 28, 2014

010 - WeserberglandwegRoute: Sababurg – Bad Karlshafen (19.4 km)

Today we have to manage 19.4 km which is a short walk in comparison to yesterday. Besides we are equipped with GPS and expect to stay on the right track. We begin our trek at the castle of Sleeping Beauty, the Sababurg, where we finished it one day before. In Hessia there are some places associated with fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. These famous fabulists wandered through this area many years ago, listened to stories of Huguenots people and then wrote them down. Today the castle Sababurg houses an exclusive restaurant and a hotel where wedding ceremonies and other big events are held regularly.

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Hiking “Weserberglandweg” 1

September 22, 2014

006- 140719- WeserberglandwegRoute: Hann Münden – Sababurg (officially 27 km)

Hiking along the Weser river on the so called “Weserberglandweg” belongs to a series of tours “on our doorstep”. As already mentioned before you do not have to go far to see and experience something interesting. We take our backpacks, put on comfortable shoes and go by car from Bad Karlshafen to the picturesque castle Sababurg known from the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” of the Grimm Brothers. We park our vehicle in front of the castle and take a local bus to the town Hann Münden, where we start our “march back home”.

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AROUND THE WORLD TOUR 2012-2014

Blog around the world only in Polish here or on Fabian's website (DE/EN)

ABOUT ME

I was born in Głuchołazy, small city in the South of Poland. After finishing high school I went to Berlin. I have graduated History and Society of South and South East Asia at the Humboldt University. As long as I remember I have been travelling a lot.
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NEPAL 2012
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HIMALAYA 2012
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VIETNAM 2005, 2011
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CAMBODIA 2005, 2011
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INDIA 2007
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BURMA 2004
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USA 2007
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