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Die Knuipe

Moving bears and elusive butterflies

Posted by Mervi on May 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Photo by Vesa - March 2008


Dear friends! Again so much is happening in our wonderful world of animals. Ranzo is now living in Vienna and hopefully he will soon have a wonderful time with Lynn. Yoghi didn't look so happy in the latest photos but let's hope even our Prince Charming will be a happy, charming bear again. While we're following our bears we can see the birds, bees and butterflies flying around telling us the Summer is around the corner. Goodbye Michelin outfits!! 8)

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Reply caren
10:27 AM on May 9, 2014 
Good Afternoon, Dear Alle and Welcome Weekend!

Dumba - I will immediately reserve one of the rooms in Hotel Berlin ZOO without knowing the prize to make it a surprise hotel stay. They fireplace is very promising, as in December it is mighty cold in the CCC :D :D :D

Knuti-Judi - you are a realy Knuipe Olympic as you won all the three top prizes :)

Annemarie - I do not know what to write but please know that I am in deep sorrow for you!
It cannot be right to consider your duties as more important than your health. Nobody will give you a cent, a prize or a THANK YOU when your health is completely deteriorated. Please take care !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris - we do have typical April weather today. Cold, warm, sunny, rainy, now clouds as thick as a hidden place for the moon.

Mervi - I do not know how often I have already watched your baby bear pics and the video, it is so delightful on the one hand but also sad on the other, because the little cutie was abandonned by its mother and all this is also overshadowed by Jehu's tragedy. It seems that the little bear does everything to forget the sad aspects of the story.
Reply Chris
10:08 AM on May 9, 2014 

Danke für das neue Thread, MERVI.
VESA´s Foto von Knut ist niedlich. :)

Wünsche allen KNUIPIANERN einen
guten Start ins hoffentlich sonnige
Wochenende! :)

ANNEMARIE - paß auf dich auf! :(
Reply knuti-judi
9:16 AM on May 9, 2014 
Hallo, dears....

Mervi & caren,
Thanks for my prizes!

Thanks for the info
on Hotel Zoo....I have
fond memories of
staying there....

Weird things, indeed...
Ally McBeal was a funny
show! And Boston is
a great city to visit...

Many soft hugs to you...

Hi, TBM & Yeo!

I'm off to Bean Town!

xo k-j
Reply Dumba
8:33 AM on May 9, 2014 

The photo of "HOTEL ZOO" you can see in below link is in the not yet renovated state!
I just had a telcon 'on your behalf' with the phone number given in their homepage,
and did get the following information:
- hotel will still only be opened November 1st, 2014
- as you already did conjecture it then will be a FIVE STAR HOTEL
- consisting of 7 categories
- lowest category is EURO 150.-- for the room (irrespective whether 1 or 2 persons)
- highest category, price unknown is 105 square-meter, 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms, with fireplace
- Hotel is designed by a female designer from LOS ANGELES ! !

Na, denn bucht ma schoen! ;)
Reply Mervi
8:02 AM on May 9, 2014 
Annemarie - I hope you can leave the office very soon! Please, take it easy with the house hold work. You need rest and relaxation!
Reply Dumba
7:57 AM on May 9, 2014 
RALPH - May be, you did mean this - See picture 2 = "Capital Beach am SpreeUfer":
I believe this bar is still there!
Most possibly it was only not visible from my points of view
at the opposite side of the Spree (side of main station itself!),
and in addition it was not yet warm enough for deck chairs on the lawn . . .

ANNEMARIE - Take good care of yourself, PLEASE!
Reply Annemarie
7:33 AM on May 9, 2014 
Land unter im Office. Bin so kaputt, dass ich bald nach Hause gehen werde, denn da wartet schon die vielel HH-Arbeit, Waesche waschen, putzen etc. Grrr!
LG an alle.
Reply ralph
6:27 AM on May 9, 2014 

Thank you for coming back. Sorry I was not explaining too well.

What I remembered was actually down on the banks of the Spree opposite the Hauptbahnhof they had a row of temporary snack places bars and cafes where you could sit overlooking the river and of course the Hauptbahnhof itself. In your photos I noticed they had all been tidied away and there are now only benches for people to sit. 2011 is a long time ago so I imagine the owners have set up on other parts of the Spreeufer.

Thanks for the various links which I shall add to my Berlin collection. I have a lot to do trying to save links on the Knuipe, but I suspect that my not get done as I still focus on the main Polar Bear sites (and then only things that are easy to download)

Semper Knut!
Reply Mervi
6:27 AM on May 9, 2014 
Ralph - I liked your comment about our Ranua report 2. Thank you! - Harrison Fors as Lloyd and Calista Flockhart as Valeska.... :D - I wish you and mother Ursula a pleasant weekend. Hopefully the weather will be less humid!

Dumba - The Hotel Zoo looks the same - at least the exterior. I wonder what the hotel rates will be when it opens again. I doubt they will be as low as before.
Reply Dumba
5:41 AM on May 9, 2014 
RALPH - I am very sorry not to know, which cafes you may think of
at "Hauptbahnhof Berlin".
I made a search with various key words
but unfortunately wasn't successful with this either.
May be those links will help you further!?:

Café am Zoo (not 'Hauptbahnhof' but 'Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten':

Aticle of 18.11.2013 in "Der Tagesspiegel"

MERVI - K-J - TBM - CAREN: Contains also a photo of "HOTEL ZOO":

Berlin views - some historical:

Reply ralph
5:05 AM on May 9, 2014 
Vesa's picture of Knuti is a lovely way to start a new thread.

I had a good day yesterday at the market despite the rain. I bought a Tchibo Childrens light up Globe with animals marked in their habitats, all the Polars round the top of course. I also bought a little cuddly Polar Bear adult plush from my usual ladies as wel as a little enamel Polar badge. On another theme I bought some little toy cars from the 60s of American types.
I used to love the American shows when I was young.

K-J Years ago I bought a little ceramic cityscape ornament in a shop in Cologne. I found out a lot later that it was in fact Boston. I also remember the TV series about lawyers set in Boston where weird things kept happening. The lady who starred is now married to Harrison Ford. She was very thin, so there is hope for some of our Polars. Harrison Ford always reminds me of Lloyd, so that would make Valeska... have a good journey to Boston and drink a few coffees (Irish?) for me.

Dumba I am still on my virtual holiday in Wuppertal and Berlin thanks to your wonderful Picasa Gallery, which I am able to download to watch on my own laptop at home as well.
I am still wondering if the cafes on the Spree bank opposite the Hauptbahnhof moved a long time ago. I used to meet a friend of mine there and have a pizza and some beer.

My drinking chum yesterday is always amused by my Polar bears but as he has a house full of cats (Burmese amongst others) and his wife is a top garden designer and grower he has plenty to come back with.

The pictures of Nela and Nobby are super. I am still wondering when they will start swimming, or have I missed something. Lale seems to already enjoy playing with mum in the water.

Will try and look in again tomorrow.
Reply Mervi
4:05 AM on May 9, 2014 
Good morning! Guten Morgen! Dear fluffy angel - a very happy Friday to you!

Knuti-Judi - Congratulations! It was a tripple win for USA! :D Since you're going to Boston your reward will be a wonderful weather during your stay - a clear blue sky, a bright sun - well, I think the sky will be decorated with a couple of white polar bear shaped clouds. Who could put up with a weekend without our fluffy friends? :D Enjoy your trip!

Caren - It was a wonderful surprise for us to even see the baby bear. We really didn't count on that! Once again it's been proved - miracles DO happen! :D The baby bears - no matter if they're white, off-white or brown with a white necklace - seem to have never ending energy.

Yeo - How nice to meet you here, too! I wish you a happy, relaxing weekend, too.

Teddybärenmutti - Is it still cold in Finland?

Dumba - You made me exhausted before I woke up properly! :D I need a big pot of Hercules before I can even watch photos of runners - let alone run myself. :D - Thank you for your kinds words!

Annemarie - I wish you a 'pleasant' day in the office - as pleasant as possible at least. Take care!

I have now published the 'brownie report' from Ranua in KWM. Maybe I should announce a cuteness warning....

I wish everybody a nice Friday and a wonderful weekend!
Reply Dumba
3:50 AM on May 9, 2014 
MERVI - You found nice words as topic for your new thread
in KNUTITOURS' "Die KNUIPE", accompanied by a very nice
and typical KNUTi-photo, taken by your KNubby VESA.
Thanks to the both of you.

- - -

New (?) challenges for LUDMILA and UWE :
See 7 pics!

- - -

Have a nice day EVERYONE
whether sunny or rainy (as in the CCC)
Reply caren
3:37 AM on May 9, 2014 
Good Morning, Dear Alle!

Mervi - Thank you for the new thread - I like Vesa's pic of Knut very much! --And thank you so much for posting the cute little bear in KWM. The video is hilarious. The little bear is as agile and active as are Nela&Nobby!
I do wish the little one all the best and her keeper a lot of luck and success !

Knuti-Judi - Congratulations: you are numero uno, dos and tres ! :) So you won GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE :)

The fresh Hercules is waiting at table #5 !
TGIF, enjoy!
Reply Teddybärenmutti
2:56 AM on May 9, 2014 
Lieber fluffiger Engel!

Mervi - Danke fuer das neue Titelblatt.

Yeo - winke, winke, winke
Reply Yeo
12:44 AM on May 9, 2014 
Good morning, everybody!

Dear Mervi, thank you for the new thread! I will the story read later.
I wish you all a pleasant Friday and a good start in the weekend!


Reply knuti-judi
5:33 PM on May 8, 2014 
Thank you, Mervi
for this new thread...
Reply knuti-judi
5:30 PM on May 8, 2014 
Oh, joy!
Reply knuti-judi
5:29 PM on May 8, 2014 
Numero uno?