once upon a time
The Life Of The Brandls

2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009

August 2004

Rauhenstein: On a sunny day during our holidays we visited the ruins of Rauhenstein at Baden, near Vienna
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September 2004

Eggenburg Mittelalterfest (medieval times festival): During one weekend in September the whole town of Eggenburg changes into an old medieval times town. There are wooden "town walls" where you have to pay to enter the town. On the marketplace and on several other places are crowds of medieval dressed people, simulating the times of old.
Next year we will be dressed too ...
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Riegersburg: Once every year there is a very large fleamarket in Graz. We have been there and on the way back home we had a stop at the Riegersburg. A very large castle in splendid condition ...
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Harry Potter Festival: Teresa organized a Harry Potter Festival at our gardenhouse for her "little" sister Annabel.
Our house has been Hogwards, in our garden was the candyshop of Honeydukes, we had a Quidditch playfield and much more.
This festival was from 2 pm until 9 pm and the boys and girls had lessons in several (dark) arts ...
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Terry organizing ...
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at school
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Dobbie, the house elf
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Hagrid with the
invisible dog
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the book of monsters
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Honey Dukes
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from man to wolf
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to see the future
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other potions
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several books

October 2004

AFOLday Legoland Günzburg: I had an invitation from LEGO to visit the Legoland Günzburg, Germany, on a special day, the AFOLday (Adult Friend Of Lego). There we got free entry to the park and had acces to areas usually closed to the public.
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Legoland Günzburg
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full of technic inside
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distribution unit
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plan of the airport
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airplane to repair
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steam traction model
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model shop
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robots especially from Legoland Windsor - if you ever be there please take one for me!
Salzburg: On my journey back from Legoland Günzburg I made a short stop at Salzburg. Just a walk through the old town centre and up to the castle.
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Hohenfeste Salzburg
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up, up, up ...
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a look from the back of the castle
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a look to the front, the old town centre
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castle yard
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castle towers
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festival ground
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a tree, what else?
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old cemetery
Cinema and ScienceFiction Trade Fair: The organizer of this trade fair asked if we (the friends of StarWars in Vienna) would visit his fair in StarWars costumes. Why not? And so there have been stormtroopers, imperial officer, Tusken Raider, rebel troops, Jedi and much more on this fair ...
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imperial forces
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Terry as Boushh
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imperial vs rebel
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R2Ds made by Steve
"Bricking Bavaria", München: I had an invitation to an exhibition of LEGO buildings of adult LEGO fans near Munich, Germany. As Munich is only 450 km from Vienna and as we all like this town Sissy and Michael attended this exhibition.
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my EasterEggPlotter
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a castle
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pirates nest
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a train
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some heavy haulage
Night of the Museum: Once a year there is a "Night of the Museum" here in Austria. There you can admit several museum with one ticket during the whole night until 01:00 in the morning. So Terry, Annabel and me did the Chocolate Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Marzipan Museum, the National Treasury and the Hofburg (where the emperor once lived).
At the National History Museum there was a guided tour on the roof. You had a marvelous look over Vienna at night!
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Perfume Collectors Fair: As Sissy is collecting miniature perfume bottles this fair is one of her highlights. These pictures shows some of her new perfume bottles ...
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Patchwork and Quilt Exhibition: A visit to an impressive exhibition!
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Grandpa's Birthday: Celebrating the 85th birthday of Opa!
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Halloween: Every year this is one of Brandl's bank holidays, a must be! 
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alice and mad hatter
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the young ones
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the old ones
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chocolate and blood
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friendly witch
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November 2004

The Robots Are Coming:  I have long waited for that exhibition. As proposed there should be the highlights of robotic creatures. But sadly that exhibition was one of the worst I have ever seen.
I was so angry about that I got half the money from our tickets back!
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big - yes, good - no
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on any children carnival you can see better costumes!
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the "original" terminator, plywood, plastics and paper
Donauzentrum LEGO: Once a year there is a LEGO exhibition at the Donauzentrum shopping mall here in Vienna
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Bridget Jones: For the premiere of the second movie of Bridget Jones Terry and me won two tickets for the movie. As special guest there was Hugh Grant live in Vienna at the Vienna English Theatre ...
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Game  Festival Vienna: Every year there is a large game festival at the Uno City in Vienna
Three days time to try every board game for free.
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Xmas hand crafts: Christmas is the time of the year when we do a lot of hand crafts. Here are some pictures of our work.
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Insects at the museum: At our National Science Museum in Vienna there was special exhibition about insects. As a special event there has been a breakfast for the visitors: fried locusts and maggots. Bon Appetit!
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bon appetit!
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the National ...
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... Science Museum
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Itsi Bitsi Spider
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artificial, thanks god!
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little Annabel
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on the hunt
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shoe size 240
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flowers made with gems

December 2004

Happy Birthday Annabel: We celebrated the 15th birthday of Annabel at home and at my parents. 
Lots of presents und much to eat, as usual!
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birthday bunny
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greetings from 
Terry & Dino
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Winnie for cooking
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Naruto birthday cake
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nice decorated
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Khalil, goddess of hands
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Annabel, you know?
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after ...
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... a good ...
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... meal!
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lots of presents
Christmas Market Belvedere: In Vienna it is usual to visit at least one christmas market. This year for the first time there was a christmas market at Belvedere Palace ...
Christmas Market Schloß Schönbrunn: The Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn palace is one of the more sophisticated in Vienna. 
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Christmas at Brandl Jun.: On the 24th of december we celebrate Christmas first at home, light the christmas tree and open our presents. Afterwards we usually visit my parents to celebrate Christmas again ...
On the 25th Sissy's Mother with her friend came for dinner ...
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our Christmas tree
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angels, or not?
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Grandma & girls
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250 cm tall
Christmas at Brandl Sen.: The second part of Christmas eve we usually stay at my parents. First we have dinner, fish and salad, and afterwards we are singing under the Christmas tree ...
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their Christmas tree
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three ages Brandl
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Christmas decorations
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my plate
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Jingle bells, jingle bells ...

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pictures, words and computer time by mike
some additional pictures by Sissy & Terry
email: mike at brandls dot info