Thursday, March 31, 2011

Royal Wedding Lunch

~ Royal Wedding Lunch ~

AUSTRALISS would like to invite you to come and watch the
Royal Wedding and enjoy a two course Mediterranean Style Lunch with complimentary glass of prosecco.

As it is a royal wedding, please come and join in the fun and wear a tiara of any description.
There will be a prize for the best tiara and the worst tiara..............

Friday, 29th of April, 2011
11am onwards....................

The lunch will be held under Australiss at Martin-Luther-Platz 5, Erlangen, in the beautiful historical cellar.
Cost per adult is 15 euro.

The money raised from this event will be donated to the Friends of the Libarary, Erlangen.
(For the purchase of english books for Erlangen City Library.)

Ticket Sales:

Seeking a Toddler Group in the Herzogenaurach area!

Seeking a "Toddler's Group" (Mother and Toddler play group) in the Herzogenaurach area for the mother of a 10 month old, who does not have a car...

If you know of one, please use the "Contact Me" form to get in touch!

If you are also interested in one - please also use the "Contact Me" form to get in touch!  If there is enough interest in one, we can help organize it!


Miss shopping on Etsy? Or maybe you do not know Etsy, but you are a lover of crafts and handmade, unique items?  Feel like you are missing the ability to shop in fun little boutiques for gift items and home decorating?

Well, let the trumpets sound...

You CAN shop on Etsy!

What Is Etsy? (from their website...)

Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers.
Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice:
Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.

Where is Etsy?

The Etsy community spans the globe with buyers and sellers coming from more than 150 countries. Etsy sellers number in the hundreds of thousands.
If each of these sellers stood outside at night with a really bright flashlight pointed towards the sky, it might look something like the image below.

Many, if not most Etsy vendors will ship internationally, at rates that are frequently lower than regular retailers.  I also found that by running a search for vendors in Germany that Etsy had to limit my search results to 100!  And there are shops all over Europe... You can run your own search by using the link below...

here are just a couple shops I found (and love...)

I could easily go on and on...

New Classifieds Listings for Used Items

was just informed about this website - much like but has specific search areas, so that you can focus your search into a smaller area than Nuremberg!  Other features also make it a bit easier to use.. check it out!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Forward!

Don't forget to set your clocks forward an hour tonight!

Gnomeo and Juliet 3D!

Need something fun to do with the kids since the sun disappeared?

Thanks to for their movie listings!

New in theatres this week is "Gnomeo and Juliet 3D" from director Kelly Asbury. Based on William Shakespeare's classic love story, the film follows two garden gnomes from warring families and their quest to be together.

Gnomeo and Juliet 3D (minimum age: 6)
Thu-Wed 8:30pm
Fri-Wed 1:15pm

Cine Citta
Gewerbemuseumsplatz 3, 9 04 03 Nuremberg
Tel. 09 11 – 20 66 66

Friday, March 25, 2011

This weekend...

Disco in Nürnberg

The next “Muckibude”, a disco event at the famous music club “MUZclub”, is certainly the right event for disco lovers! Visit for their complete program. Where? Nürnberg, Fürther Str. 63; When? 26 March starting at


Concert with Francois Buffaud

This well know French artist who is not only a composer and performer but also an

author will come to Fürth to present his new album “Les cabines de plage”. Tickets

cost Euro 8,--. Where? Lim-Haus, Gustavstr. 31, Fürth, phone: 0911-97798999;

Creative day in Nürnberg

“Südpunkt” Nürnberg is a centre for education and art in the south of Nürnberg.

Their “Kreativtag” (creative day) offer the possibility to try out music instruments,

games, art projects etc. The event is free, Visit for

more information. Where? Pillenreuther Str. 147, Saal 17, Nürnberg, phone: 0911-

23114340; When? 26 March at 2pm
When? 25 March at 7.30pm.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Splurge on bags and shoes... and other fun stuff.

Just found this shop today in Nuermberg, which I must have walked past 100 times before... my eye caught these adorable shoes in the window, and voila!  new shop I love, and must post about!  Granted the price point was in the "splurge" category (for me anyway) but everybody gets a splurge every now and then, right?  And so much fun to look.  They have 2 "shops" in the same location; one with only shoes, and the other with handbags and other fun, funky trinkets and accessories.

Castros Bags & Lifestyle - faces Konigstr. just across the bridge from the Hauptmarkt.

I'm thinking they must have hired a new buyer since they took these pictures, because the shop has a totally different look and feel now.  Still lots of bags, but trendier ones, and lots more funky bits and bobs (change purses, baby shoes, plastic toys, notebooks, postcards, etc. lots of fun stuff!)  There seem to be more tables now, and they were just chock full of assorted eye candy.

The shoe store is through the passage on the river side of the building.  Prices start around 100 Euros.  Mens and womens.

KÖNIGSTRASSE 1 - 90402 NÜRNBERG - TEL + 49 (0) 911 20 47 35
MO TO FR: 10-19  AND SA: 10-18

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Festival der Marionetten - Fürth

Pick a warm, sunny day and go see a marionette show at 4pm on any day in the next week.  Performances are on the Kirchweiheplatz in Unterfarrnbach, Fürth.  (An address is included below which should work in Google maps and a sat-nav system.)  And the different shows are listed below...

Donnerstag, 17., und Freitag, 18. März: Rumpelstilzchen - Rumplestiltskin
Samstag, 19., und Sonntag, 20. März: Hänsel und Gretel - Hansel and Gretel
Montag, 21., und Dienstag, 22. März: Der Froschkönig - The Frog Prince
Mittwoch, 23., und Donnerstag, 24. März: Der gestiefelte Kater - Puss in Boots
Freitag, 25., und Samstag, 26. März: Rotkäppchen - Red Riding Hood
Sonntag, 27. März: Kasperle und der Riese 

Unterfarrnbacher Straße
90766 Fürth

Red Alert! Old El Paso at Rewe!!

Stop the Presses!!!!  SHRIEK!

My husband and I went in to Rewe, to pick up our weekend groceries today, and finally (after the usual go-rounds of "What do YOU want?"s) decided to have chicken quesadillas for dinner.  And just as we rounded the corner, lo and behold, here is the Old El Paso "guy" setting up a special display, with fajita samples simmering away on a hot plate!  Oh yeah.  (OK, I know it may not be the best, but it's better than 'En Rico' or whatever they had before!)

I asked the representative, and he said that it was being carried in all Rewes as far as he knew.

They have:

  • corn taco shells
  • flour tortillas - large and small
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • con queso
  • refried beans
  • jalapeños
  • Taco seasoning
  • Guacamole seasoning
  • fajitas kits
  • burrito kits
  • taco kits
  • enchiladas kits
It certainly isn't cheap (6 large tortilla shells are 2.99) - but worth it if the craving is bad enough!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Benefit Concert for Japan - St Martha Kirche

The University of Nuremberg Music Department is hosting a Charity Concert (Hochschule fuer Musik in Nuernberg,) in aid of Japan,  this Saturday, 19:30 March 19th, at Martha Church in Nuremberg. Japanese students and teachers (Mariko Takazoe, Ai Koda, Tae Koseki, Arisa Kobayashi, C. Kawashima u.a.) as well as other students and faculty of the University of Nuremberg will be performing for Japan. We hope that many of you will join. 

St. Martha's church is tucked away behind buildings along the street, and is easily missed when walking by.  The church itself is also historically significant to the city, with beautiful stained glass windows which date to 1390. 

Weekend Activities!

Diga Gartenmesse - Heinrich Lades Halle, Erlangen - Fri 12-6, Sat and Sun 10 - 6
     Visit this indoor / outdoor garden show to see special displays on gardening which include show gardens and plants, gardening tips, garden furniture, tools, art and accessories.

Click Here for Details


Activities for Kids
     Loads going on this weekend... Catch the children's opera "Ritter Eisenfrass;" try the "Bibi Blocksberg Super Show"  or "Rotkaeppchen" (Red Riding Hood) in Bamberg; or keep it low key with a "Music Afternoon" for children in the School Gym (Schulturnhalle) Kalchreuth.  Details on all of these and more in Fritzi Magazine.

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Family Magazine - FRITZI!

LOVE that name!  Fritzi is a new (free) magazine focusing on the family and family activities in the Herzogenaurach and greater Erlangen area.  I stumbled across it at my doctor's office last week, and was very impressed by what I found!  The copy I picked up is just the second issue, but on top of articles on various subjects (fun foods, baby toys, ADHS (ADHD,) etc.) it included a list of all the second hand basars in the area, which is definitely the best assembly of area basars I've seen in a single publication (29!!); and it has 6 full pages of activities for kids from March through May - from Erlangen to Herzo, to Hoechstadt and Neustadt a.d. Aisch; AND some great ideas for family outings... like the Wildpark Hundshaupten, a bicycle tour from Erlangen to Obermembach and some Biergarten tips...

I will be featuring some of the family activities as weekend ideas in later posts, but to check out the calendar as well as the rest of the magazine vistit their website and download a copy at

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Like English Books?

The Friends of the Library, Erlangen has organized a Launch Event in conjunction with the Erlangen Library during their upcoming youth week.  If you have little avid readers; or you find yourself sick of reading the same books over and over again; or you just like to support a great cause -  please think about helping out in one of several ways...

1. "Become a member today."  Email for details.
2. Donate books your kiddos no longer need... Books can be left at the library, or at Australiss, Martin Luther Platz 5. (just make sure to keep a couple books to swap with if you plan on attending the launch event!)
3. Join us at the book launch event April 4th or 9th - entertainment for the little ones, and "represent" (especially 3pm on the 4th, when the press will be there!) Schedule and details below.
4. VOLUNTEER for the book launch... Help needed listed below...
5. Make a $monetary$ contribution!  Email for details if you are $interested$. :)


Launch Event –  Monday, April 4th, 2011  at the Library,  youth week  “Meine Sprache/ Deine Sprache”  HELPERS NEEDED – SIGN UP SHEET BELOW or please come along with your kids and support us:

·         3pm We will hold our public launch in the library foyer, with the librarians, the Erlangen press and the Bürgermeisterin Elizabeth Preuß.

·         Our planned book swap will then start – HELP NEEDED:  WE NEED SECOND HAND ENGLISH BOOKS for our book swap (start up stock), if you  have books you would like to donate please drop them off at the FOL,E donation boxes located at Australiss, Martin Luther Platz 5 (Moiras shop) or the library, in the childrens section. HELP NEEDED: We need helpers to supervise the book swap. See sign up sheet below.

·         3.30pm Fur, feathers, scales and fins: English storytime for Kindergarten kids. HELP NEEDED: We need readers!  See sign up sheet below.

·         4.30pm The Adventure hour: English books and activities for 6-10 year olds. HELP NEEDED: We need readers! See sign up sheet below.

·         5.00pm (for older children /youth) onwards we will be screening the short film adaptation of the book ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan.  The film runs for 15 minutes and will be screened 2 or 3 times with an opportunity for discussion after each screening.

·         We will repeat the program on Saturday, 9th April from 10am to 1pm. HELPERS NEEDED.  See sign up sheet below.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Friends of Erlangen Library - Walk and Book Drive! Sunday!

This Sunday (the 6th)the Friends of Erlangen Library members are planning a 'book raising' event to acquire English language children's books for the Erlangen library. The aim of this charity is to create a well stocked English section in the city library in Erlangento benefit all of us. To this end, they have arranged a good Sunday morning walk for adults and kids. The 'price' of entry is to bring along five English books per family. (A small cash donation will suffice in lieu of five books, should your own book collection necessitate a good library stock....)

Please come out for this good cause, enjoy the weather and maybe meet some new faces!
The plan is to meet in the car-park in Atzelsberg beergarden at 10 00 and set off on the circular route which is highlighted in the attached photo from google maps. It should take between 90 minutes and 120 minutes and practically all of it is off road on cross-country paths. A good pair of walking shoes for adults and children is advisable as is a camera. On this walk you should see various wildlife including deer and hares in the woods, a horse farm, the smallest church in Franconia (and lets face it, there is some tough competition for that title) and the 'lake' in the quarry behind Marloffstein which is quite famous for its fossils . There are a few areas to stop along the way so maybe a flask of hot beverages would be a good idea. Afterwards we have reserved a room in Atzelsbergs for lunch which should start at approximately 11.30 to 12.00ish If the weather is anyway sunny - as I expect it to be - it is possible to sit outside in their grounds. This is a Nintendo-free walk!