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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 29: My Neighbours

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 29: My Neighbours - More than just an Excursion

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 29: My Neighbours

More than just an Excursion

A recurring group of figures that you can find in ‚Heidelberg wimmelt‘ is a group of travel-happy women. With a city map in hand, even though all of the ladies have smart phones, they explore the most beautiful places in Heidelberg. These are my neighbors.

Whether as working women or enjoying retirement, they untertake a trip to a different city once a year. Friday afternoon usually after 2pm they start off from Braunschweig. The trips are planned a few months in advance, the train tickets booked as a group ticket and a small, 3 or more star hotel selected and reserved. The trips were initiated by a neighbor to provide for good vibes in the neighborhood and a few days without our husbands.

I admire my five neighbours who take over the travel planning. During their travels they visit a cabaret, usually on the second evening, because the first evening is arrival and until the group gets to the hotel, checks in, unpacks and meets again in the lobby, a few hours have already passed. When I go with them, it sometimes takes longer... I often don't notice how time flies and need more time to have than actually agreed upon. Fashionably late. No matter. It's a mini-vacation anyway.

Have you ever gone on a group trip? Just like in those reality programs on tv, the group personality types emerge. There are the group leaders, the go-along types, the one-for-all-and-all-for-one types, the indecisive ones and the ones who like to stir things up. (Guess which part I play).

We've already been to Potsdam, Bremen, and Berlin. I didn't go on this past year's trip. My work had priority.

At the train station everyone is in happy mood. My neighbor, who lives in the row behind our house, distributes small bottles of sparkling wine on the train, someone always has chips or some other snack. You have to, because experience has shown that the trains tend to have delays.

It is nice to be part of the group, but at the same time it does feel a little taxing for me. I must confess, oh wonder, that I am actually an introverted lone wolf. In small groups of 2 or 3, I socialize best; to speak in front of a larger group can bring out the best in me; but, making small talk with others just brings me across the threshold of my limits. And maybe that's why I'm happy to go.

Have you ever gone on a group trip? Just like in those reality programs on tv, the group personality types emerge. There are the group leaders, the go-along types, the one-for-all-and-all-for-one types, the indecisive ones and the ones who like to stir things up. (Guess which part I play).

When I'm traveling, I love to visit museums and galleries. I like to sit down to draw something or someone. And I don't like to ride a bus if it can be avoided. My neighbours like to make city tours on the bus. I already feel ill when I think about the bus jostling up and down. So I apologize to the group and paint while everyone is doing the tour and we meet afterwards for coffee and cake. What do you like to do when you take a short vacation? Tell me about it in the comments.

Two of the group are always willing to accept the group's suggestions. They just want to have a nice trip and experience something new. It becomes problematic only when two wishes are on the table, such as museum visits or shopping at a chain clothing store.

In reality, my neighbours have not travelled to Heidelberg yet (except one). It is something we will have to do together.

There's just so much to see in Heidelberg. I believe that a visit to the castle would appeal to everyone in the group. And a city tour in the Cabriobus would be perfect for them (whereas I'm not sure it would be right for me, on the one hand I don't do well on busses, generally, on the other, it is a Cabriobus with an open roof and it is Heidelberg). The pedestrian zone has quite a lot to offer and also has great cafes and restaurants.

And there are also the tourists' ships on the Neckar. I took a river cruise two years ago with my relatives and found the tour surprisingly very relaxing and a bit 'romantic' seeing at all these old castles from afar. Take a look at the slides below, you'll see some of my private photos from Heidelberg. I find the structures of the sandstones of the castle beautiful and the bustle on the market simply fascinating.

With so much to see, to experience, to explore, to taste, to do... who would not feel drawn to Heidelberg?

If you haven't taken a trip to Heidelberg yet, I recommend my book, ‚Heidelberg wimmelt‘. Explore it as a form of preparing for your trip or simply go on a discovery trip and surf from your sofa with my wimmelbook. which you can get from your favorite book seller, directly from the Silberburg-Verlag publishing house, or from an online bookstore of your choice. Make up some I-Spy quizzes, e.g. Who can find the neighbor who likes to take very nice photos?. Do you have questions about my picture stories? Write them down in the comments section. I'll be happy to answer your questions.

Valentine's Day is almost here!

If you have a favorite animal (or favorite person) you want to have drawn, get in touch with me. Valentine's Day is soon and an illustration for your sweetheart is guaranteed to be a beautiful gift. Just send me a request. By the way, I also draw portraits of people.

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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 28 – Heidelberg’s Peregrine Falcon

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 28 – Heidelberg's famous peregrine falcons above the Holy Spirit Church

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 28 – Heidelberg's Peregrine Falcon

In Heidelberg, high up in the tower of the Holy Spirit Church live peregrine falcons which you see in my illustration wearing red Christmas hats. Heidelberg is proud of its peregrine falcons.

Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II

Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II's "About the Art of Hunting with Birds" Two Falconers (source Wikipedia)
Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II's "About the Art of Hunting with Birds" Two Falconers (Source: Wikipedia)

Historically, falconry has always been a noble art. The Hohenstaufen Emperor Friederich II even kept journals about it. He loved the falcon hunt and he practically developed his hobby into a science. He invited many Egyptian and Arabian Falconers to his court, had Arabic hunting literature translated and collected many works on the science of birds. Friederich himself wrote a book called 'De arte venandi cum avibus' (About the Art of Hunting with Birds), which later became the definitive work for zoology in the 13th Century. This work was considered so valuable that the manuscripts were stolen by citizens of the besieged city of Parma in 1248.

"Goosezilla"

The peregrine falcons in Heidelberg have a hard time reproducing, because the Egyptian geese, who have made themselves at home in Heidelberg, often fly into the falcons' nest box and scare off the brooding parents.  But in 2016 scientists from Bonn developed a smart nesting box, which works with image recognition. It is programmed to frighten away the Egyptian geese with flashes and noises emulating a storm. Unfortunately it was not mentioned on the ag-wanderfalken.de page 2016 whether the modern nest box was successful or not.

This missing information felt almost like a cliffhanger in a movie, because on the day that I visited the ag-wanderfalken.de homepage there was no further entry in the submenu about how the saga went on in 2017.

But I later discovered a glimmer of hope: a recording of the webcam from 27.12. 2017. The falcon sits alone and listens to the tower bells ringing in the early morning. I decided to ask Mr. Gäng, who is responsible for the website. He said "Goosezilla" was successfully repelled. I think we can all breath a sigh of relief. The peregrine falcon chicks are really sweet and fluffy, who can resist them? Nevertheless, this current reprieve from the Egyptian goose doesn't mean real 'peace' for the falcons. They need your help.

Who can resist such cute fluffy balls of feathers? Photo ©Hans Martin Gäng, Verein AG peregrine Falcon Heidelberg, photo of the peregrine falcon with its chicks

The Association for Peregrine Falcons AG Heidelberg

The peregrine falcons are native to Heidelberg and the Association for Peregrine Falcons Heidelberg supports them with nest boxes, not only in the Holy Spirit Church but throughout the region. This work is time-consuming and also means that the association needs donations to keep the nest boxes in order. The NABU Heidelberg accepts donations for this. If you want to help this noble bird that has accompanied Heidelberg throughout history, visit www.ag-wanderfalken.de. There you will find information about donations and the issuing of donation receipts. Besides, this website is incredibly fascinating.

Just as fascinating are the stories in 'Heidelberg wimmelt', many of which are based on true stories. Go on a voyage of discovery through my wimmelbook, 'Heidelberg wimmelt', which you can get from your favorite book seller, directly from Silberburg-Verlag publishing house , or from an online bookstore of your trust.

Once you have it you can ask each other I-spy questions, e.g. who can find the Egyptian geese and where? (Tip, not at the Holy Spirit Church – not anymore). You can also ask your own questions about the picture stories in the comments section below. I'll be happy to answer them.

If you have a favorite animal you want to have drawn, just get in touch with me. Valentine's Day is soon and an illustration for your sweetheart is guaranteed to be a beautiful gift. Just send me a request. By the way, I also draw portraits of people, too.

See you next week!

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Auch in Heidelberg wimmelt wimmelt es vor Hunden. Zwei kleine Hunden beschnuppern sich auf dem Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt.

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 27 – It’s a Dog’s World

"Heidelberg abounds" Wimmelsuchtipp of the week 27 – Dogs in Heidelberg wimmelt this Illustration shows two dogs at the Heidelberg Christmas Market, who are sniffing each other.

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of week 27 – It's a Dogs World

The Christmas school holidays are almost over, but the days are still short and the nights are dark. Even though we want to try to do more sports in the New Year and get up off the couch more often, the darkness acts like a guard that incites our weaker selves against us. The Germans call our weaker self an "inneres Schweinehund", literally a pig-dog.

If you own a dog, you have to face that beast – your own pig dog – in order to face the elements. Even if it rains. Even if it snows, no matter what weather... if the dog's gotta go… he's gotta go. And then Mom or Dad grabs the leash, layers their clothing according

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