Sunday, November 23, 2014

DE-3644029, DE-3494244 & DE-3494248

Officials from different parts of Germany. 

© Werbeverlag R.
DE-3644029, sent by Heike.
Bad Endorf is a municipality in the district of Rosenheim in Bavaria in Germany. The relatively small town is located about 15 km outside of Rosenheim and is in close proximity to the Chiemsee lake and its larger shore towns, Prien, Gstadt, and Seebruck. - in: wikipedia

© Schöning GmbH & Co. KG
DE-3494244, sent by Julia.
Westerhever lighthouse is located at the northwestern corner of the Eiderstedt peninsula, in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The lighthouse is a major landmark on the peninsula which is surrounded by salt marshes.
It was built in 1908 and is still active. The round cast iron tower is 40 m (131 ft) high, with lantern and double gallery, mounted on a 1-story concrete base and flanked to either side by two 1-1/2 story keeper's cottages. Lighthouse painted with red and white horizontal bands; lantern, watch room, and galleries painted black. 
 This beautiful tower is one of the best-known lighthouses of the German North Sea coast. It is such a popular site for weddings that one of the keeper's cottages is a registrar's office; the other is a national park office. - in: http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/deu2b.htm

Foto by Michael Pasdzior
DE-3494248, sent by Bettina.
Bunthäuser Spitze light was built in 1914 and has been inactive since 1977. The  hexagonal pyramidal wood tower is 7 m (23 ft) high with lantern and gallery; an external stairway provides access to the gallery. The tower painted green, the lantern is red and the gallery railing is white. 
The Bunthäuser Spitze is a narrow point of land dividing the Norderelbe and Süderelbe, the northern and southern branches of the Elbe, on the southeast side of Hamburg. The lighthouse marked this point for boats bound downstream. The tower now houses equipment used for monitoring the flow rate of the river. The building was restored in 1989 as part of the celebration of the 800th anniversary of Hamburg harbor, and it was repainted and repaired in 2007. - in: http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/deu2a.htm

Saturday, November 22, 2014

DE-3654451 & US-2051824

 I also have to visit the Neuschwanstein castle in a future visit to Germany. I actually think I need to travel to Germany several times to visit everything I want!! 

Copyright: Foto Studio Verlag Kienberger
DE-3654451, sent by Lotte.
The castle is located in Bavaria, near the town of Fussen. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “Fairytale King”.
King Ludwig was a great admirer and supporter of Richard Wagner, the world - renowned composer.
Neuschwanstein Castle was built in his honor and many rooms in the castle's interior were inspired by Wagner's characters.
The third floor particularly reflects Ludwig's admiration of Wagner's operas.The Singers Hall, which occupies the entire fourth floor of Neuschwanstein also contains characters from Wagner's operas.
Neuschwanstein literally means “New Swan Castle” referencing of “the Swan Knight” one of the Wagner’s characters.
The Neuschwanstein Castle really looks like a fairytale castle. Neuschwanstein is a castle of the paradox. It was built in the 19th century in Bavaria, in a time when castles no longer had strategical and defensive purposes.

Alpiner Kunstverlag Hans Huber, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
US-2051824, sent by Louise.
While Neuschwanstein's look is that of a medieval castle, it was equiped inside with state of the art technology at that time. For example on every floor of the castle there were toilets with automatic flushing system, as well as an air heating system for the whole castle. Water was supplied by a nearby spring situated at only 200 meters above the castle.
This fairytale look of the Neuschwanstein castle inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom. Today, Neuschwanstein is the most visited castle in Germany, and one of the most popular tourist destination in the world. Every year over 1.300.000 people crosses its gate. - in: http://www.neuschwansteincastle.net/

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nuremberg - Germany

Last month Ara sent 3 days in Nuremberg and she said the city is lovely. I must agree and I've to put it on my must visit list. Actually, I've just checked the map to see exactly where the city is located and not only the city itself is very interresting but there's also another worth to visit places nearby. Humm... now I'm thinking I should go to Germany again soon ;) 

 © Schöning GmbH & Co. KG  * Foto: s. Gödecke
Weinstadel half-timbered building set along the River Pegnitz.
The building was erected 1446/48 to house lepers who were allowed into the city for three days at Easter, during which time they received food and clothing and medical attention.
After ca 1571, the building was used to store wine - hence the name. It later served as workhouse and spinnery and to lodge poor families. In 1950 it was turned into student housing, whereby the internal structural substance was virtually obliterated. - in: http://tourismus.nuernberg.de/en/sightseeing/places-of-interest/further-places-of-interest/d/weinstadel.html

5th International Bielefeld Meeting

The 5th International Postcarossing Meeting in Bielefeld took place almost a month ago. Like in the previous years, many postcrossers, from many countries, joined the meeting and had lots of fun. This year I've received this 2 cards, the 1st sent by Paula and the 2nd by Grace. 

 © Schöning GmbH & Co. KG 
On this card is possible to see the Old Town Hall, the Old Market Square, Marien Church, Linen Weaver Statue, Sparrenburg castle and two other constructions that I can't identify.

Foto: Andreas Lechtape
Münster is also a city in North Rhine-Westphalia.
St. Paul's Cathedral was built in the 13th century in a mixture of late Romanesque and early Gothic styles. It was completely restored after World War II. It includes an astronomical clock of 1540, adorned with hand-painted zodiac symbols, which traces the movement of the planets, and plays a Glockenspiel tune every noon. - in: wikipedia
The tall, dark tower belongs to St Lambert's Church (1375). 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

La Gruyère Lake - Switzerland

Last month I complained I wasn't getting enough cards and just because of that, Óscar sent me this one!! That was very kind of him and I trully liked the card.

Edition G. Fleury
Lake Gruyère is one of the prettiest artifical lakes in Switzerland. 
Lake Gruyère is a lake in the La Gruyère region of the Canton of Fribourg. 
The reservoir was formed between the cities of Bulle and Fribourg, by building the Rossens Dam on the Sarine river in 1948. 

Colmar - France

Last September Óscar spent a weekend in Colmar with his wife and kid. He said the town is very interresting and the Saint Martin church is worth to visit. 

Éditions VALOIRE - ESTEL - BLOIS
Built between 1235 and 1365 the Saint Martin’s collegiate church is an important example of Gothic architecture in Alsace. Because of a fire in the south tower in 1572 the framework and all the roofs were destroyed. The tower was replaced three years later by the original lantern bulb (a construction on the top of the dome which has the form of a lantern) which gives the Church its characteristic silhouette. The church has been restored several times. In 1982 during the most recent restoration, foundations of a church from the year 1000 and traces of extensions from the 11th and the 12th centuries were found.
The inhabitants of Colmar consider for a long time the Saint Martin’s collegiate church as their cathedral (in German “Münster”). But in fact it was really a cathedral only about ten years, from Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1790) to the Concordat of 1801. The two constitutional bishops who followed one another were not able to assert themselves and to organize a diocese, because it was in the two thirds still devoted to Rome. - in: http://www.ot-colmar.fr/en/architectural-heritage/F235007704_saint-martin-church-colmar

Monday, November 17, 2014

Aix-en-Provence - France

Not so long ago Luzia has been to Provence in France and she  sent me this card from Aix-en-Provence. The city is located in the south of France, in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Photo: Moirenc / Wallis
The church on the card is the Church of Saint-Jean-de-Malte, named after the Knights of Saint-John of Jerusalem.
Built outside the ramparts in the 13th century, this was the first Gothic construction in Provence. It used to contain the graves of the Counts of Provence in its side chapels.