Simba goes for “American” food in Hannover, Germany

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Posted by puma | Posted in Germany | Posted on 17-09-2013

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Simba pays a visit to Jerry’s American Bar and Restaurant in the old part of Hannover, Germany.

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Unfortunately the camera battery died on Simba so he doesn’t have any photos of the food to share. But what Simba can tell you is that it was very good. The burgers were large 1/2 pounders and were super tasty and the fries were perfect. The service was good too. Unfortunately the dessert menu was rather limited though with only a chocolate brownie on offer. Simba says he would definitely eat there again.

Simba visits Hannover’s Neues Rathaus “New City Hall”

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Posted by puma | Posted in Germany | Posted on 16-09-2013

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Simba checks out the view of the Neues Rathaus from the park on the backside.  It was originally completed in 1913 during the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The dome at the top is over 100 meter high and has observation platforms at the top from which you can see for miles. The elevator going to the top of the dome is rather unique and the only of its kind in Europe. It actually tilts and travels at an angle following the inside of the dome to the top. Behind the Rathaus is the 10 hectare Maschpark and the artificial lake the Maschsee.

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Simba on the front steps of the Rathaus checking out the stine lions holding supporting the pillars.

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Simba checking out the 3D models of how Hannover looked at different times in history. This is how Hannover looked in 1939.

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Hannover in 1945. Almost 90 percent of Hannover was destroyed by allied bombing raids and fires during the war. Today Hannover has been rebuilt and is now a beautiful city with lots of parks and green spaces.

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Simba peeks out one of the windows in the dome of the Rathaus.

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Simba admiring the view of the Maschpark and a 78 hectare artificial lake called the Maschsee. The Maschsee was created during the 1930s mosrly using the labor of the unemployed. It was one of Hitler’s projects to create employment for the jobless. During the second world war it was sometimes covered up with nets with foliage to hide it to confuse allied bombers as to where they were. Pilots at the time relied heavily on landmarks for navigation. No GPS in those days.

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Simba checking out view of Hannover’s main stadium from the dome of the Rathaus. This is where Hannover’s Soccer team “Hannover 96″ plays.

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Another view of Hannover from the dome of the Rathaus. The large building by Simbas paw is a museum.

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Simba looking down towards the front of the Rathaus from the too of the dome.

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After enjoying the view Simba climbs down the narrow spiral staircase from the top of the dome to the angled elevator that takes him back down.

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Simba looking back at the Rathaus from the bridge going towards entrance of the Niedersachsen Landtag “Lower Saxony state legislature building”.

Simba checks in for his flight to Frankfurt at Vancouver Airport

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Posted by puma | Posted in Canada, Canada - British Columbia | Posted on 19-08-2013

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Simba being a king only flies first class. Simba is flying to Frankfurt today and then on to Hannover. He is looking forward to making lots of new friends in Germany.

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Simba goes through security at Vancouver Airport. Sorry the photo is blurry.

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Simba is now on board. Next stop the first class lounge at Frankfurt am Main Airport in Germany.

Simba visits The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California

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Posted by puma | Posted in United States, USA - California | Posted on 07-08-2013

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Simba checks out where he was originally created and where all the magic of Disney is made. Walt Disney’s Studios is located 500 South Buena Vista Street in Burbank California.

Simba visits the Grand Canyon

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Posted by puma | Posted in United States, USA - Arizona | Posted on 29-07-2013

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Simba visits the Four Corners

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Posted by puma | Posted in United States, USA - Arizona, USA - Colorado, USA - New Mexico, USA - Utah | Posted on 29-07-2013

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Simba checks out the four corners monument, where the borders of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet. This is the only place in the United States where four states share a common boundary. The four corners monument is surrounded by Indian lands. The land on the Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah sides belongs to the Navajo Indians and the land on the Colorado side of the monument belongs to the Ute Mountain tribe.  Who says you can’t be in four places at once? Simba can!

Life size Lion King adult Simba stuffed animal at the Four Corners monument

Simba visits his birthplace – Douglas Cuddle Toys in Keene, NH

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Posted by puma | Posted in United States, USA - New Hampshire | Posted on 21-07-2013

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Douglas Cuddle Toys is the company who made the Simba featured in this photoblog. Douglas has been in the stuffed animal business for over fifty years and makes some of the nicest plush animals. They especially do a great job of capturing the character of the animal in the faces. Simba was made by them 19 years ago when The Lion King was originally released. Simba has not been available for many years and is quite hard to find today. Since Simba was in the area he just had to go pay a visit to his birthplace. The staff at Douglas were very friendly and were glad to meet Simba. Simba even was able to meet his original designer who has been with Douglas for over 35 years. A special thank you to Douglas and their staff for their time and for making so many beautiful animals and for making Simba too.

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Simba jumping in the air at Douglas Cuddle Toys headquarters in Keene, NH

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Simba and his friends having their photo taken inside Douglas’ conforence room.

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Simba meeting another Simba at Douglas owned by his original designer.

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Simba and friends at Tri-State border marker (South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota)

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Posted by puma | Posted in United States, USA - Minnesota, USA - South Dakota | Posted on 13-07-2013

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The Big Simba is sitting in Iowa. While the Simba on the right is in Minnesota and the one on the monument is in South Dakota.

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Simba vists the 2010 Olympic torch in downtown Vancouver, BC

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Posted by puma | Posted in Canada, Canada - British Columbia | Posted on 10-07-2013

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