Friday, May 6, 2016

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One more card from the Netherland and no, I haven't been to 's-Heerenberg. 

NL-3407439, sent by Rina.
Huis Bergh is a castle in 's-Heerenberg and is one of the largest castles in the Netherlands.
The building history dates back to the 13th century. The main parts of the castle are from the 14th, 15th and 17th century. In the beginning of the Dutch Revolt the house got damaged by war. In 1735 the castle burned down.
In 1912 Huis Bergh and all belongings became the property of Jan Herman van Heek, an industrialist from Enschede.
He restored the buildings. In 1939 there was another major fire. Thanks to the help of locals most of the furniture was rescued. Renovation began the same year and was completed in 1941. - in: wikipedia

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Marken's Lighthouse - Netherlands

During my trip to the Netherlands, I've also been to Marken, a village with a population of 1,810 in the municipality of Waterland in the province of North Holland. Unfortunately I didn't get to see the lighthouse as I didn't spend much time there. 

 Foto © Depositphotos/selitbul
NL-3408513, sent by Peter.
The Marken Lighthouse can be found on the IJsselmeer, rising from the easternmost point of the Dutch peninsula of Marken. There had been a lighthouse on this location since the early 1700s but the current structure was built by J. Valk in 1839. 

NL-2600545, sent by Ellen.
This monumental lighthouse consists of a 54-ft. (16m) tower attached to two pyramidal-roofed houses. The lighthouse is now a private residence. - in: http://www.yenbaet.com/p653115085/h55CDEAFC#h55cdeafc

Delft - Netherlands

Delft is a lovely dutch town between Rotterdam and Den Haag. I've been there last year!! 
Almost every trip has a not so happy moment and on this trip to the Netherlands, that moment happed in Delft when I got to the Market Square and realized that the New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) was under renovation work and the façade was covered. Damn it.... I hate when that happens. I couldn't take decent pictures and I wanted to buy at least a card of the church because I though I didn't have any. How much did I have to pay for a normal size card? 1€! Damn it again. 
I thought I didn't have any cards of the Nieuwe Kerk but I actually already had one, an official that arrived in 2012. Last week got another one with several images of the city. The 3rd of these cards is the one I bought there.

© TROPHEE B. V. www.trophee.nl
NL-3404984, sent by Lisette.
Delft's picturesque Old Town is ringed by canals and home to many churches and old houses. In addition to being a university city, it has long been associated with trades and industry, in particular the manufacturing of Delftware, a world-famous form of pottery that has been around since the 17th century and is now experiencing a comeback (much of the town's most significant architecture dates from the 1700s when the pottery's popularity was at its peak). Delft is also well known as the birthplace of 16th-century scholar and statesman Hugo Grotius; painter Jan Vermeer, whose famous View of Delft is in the Mauritshuis in The Hague; and 17th-century scientist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek. Today, the city is a vibrant cultural and tourist hub, home to many fine museums and numerous entertainment opportunities.

Van Leer's - Print Web & Design
NL-1469438, sent by Wilma.
In Delft's spacious Market Square (Markt), the majestic New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) is, in fact, anything but new. Built between 1396 and 1496, this splendid church's Gothic tower rises 108 meters above the large square, offering great views and pleasant chimes from its 17th-century carillon. Of note is a monument to King William I, who died in Berlin in 1843, as well as a memorial relief of Prince Frederick William of Orange, who died in 1799. A marble monument of Hugo Grotius, along with his burial place, can also be visited. 

 The church's most important feature, however, is the magnificent tomb of William I of Orange (William the Silent), one of the great masterpieces of Dutch Baroque sculpture made by Hendrick de Keyser between 1614-21. Richly decorated under a white canopy borne on black marble columns is a white figure of William surrounded by bronze allegorical figures including Justice (with scales), Freedom (with scepter and hat), Valor (clad in a lion's skin), and Faith (with a book and a model of a church). In a vault below the tomb 41 princes and princesses of the house of Orange are buried (including Queen Wilhelmina, who died in 1948). - in: http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/delft-nl-zh-del.htm

Brussels Cathedral

These cards bring me back some good memories of my trip to Belgium and the great time I had there with Susana and Raquel.  
The 1st card was sent by Zé Pombal last March and the 2nd is one of the many cards I bought in Brussels. 

© Edit. Thill, S. A. 
The St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Michel or Sint-Michiels Kathedraal) in Brussels is named for the patron saints of Belgium and is the primary church of the country.
After the Cathedral of St. Michael was completed circa 1047, the Duke of Brabant transferred the relics of Saint Gudula here. Very little is known about this daughter of a 7th-century Carolingian nobleman, but her relics are still sheltered in the cathedral.

In the 13th century, the cathedral was renovated in the Gothic style. The choir was constructed between 1226 and 1276. The facade was completed in the mid 15th century.
Today, the Cathedral of St. Michael and Gudula is the episcopal see of the Archbishop of Mechlin-Brussels and therefore the leading Catholic church in Belgium. All royal weddings and christenings take place here. - in: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/belgium/brussels-cathedral-st-michael-gudula

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Warnemünde Lighthouse is a lighthouse situated on the estuary of the Warnow river in Warnemünde, a district in the borough of Rostock. The lighthouse has a height of 36.9 metres (121 ft) and was put into service in 1898.

DE-5012076, sent by Olaf.
In 1862 it was decided to replace the old 8-metre-high stormlamp in Warnemünde with a new lighthouse. The construction of the lighthouse was officially approved in 1863, however, as a result of serious disagreement between its financiers, the town of Rostock, the district administrator (estates of the country: parliament of patricians and knights) and the Mecklenburg railways (the latter had owned the ferry boat route to Gedser in Denmark since 1886), the project did not actually start until 1897. It was commissioned one year later in October 1898. The building was planned and erected by the director of harbour construction, Friedrich Kerner. - in: wikipedia

Heidelberg - Germany

I want to visit Nuremberg, I want to visit Dresden and I want to visit Heidelberg. I want to visit a lot of places in Germany!! Deutschland ist schön...
Three of these cards are officials and one, the 3rd one, was sent by Déa. 

© Schöning GmbH & Co. KG
DE-4909965, sent by Renate.
A former residence of the Electorate of the Palatinate, Heidelberg is the location of Heidelberg University, the oldest in Germany, well known far beyond Germany's borders. Heidelberg is a popular tourist destination due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape, including Heidelberg Castle and the baroque style Old Town.
It is no secret that Heidelberg is a jewel among German travel destinations.

Fotos: Walter Nitschke
DE-2374066, sent by Gaby.
 During WWII, the city was almost completely spared allied bombings which destroyed many of Germany's larger inner cities. As a result, Heidelberg has retained its baroque charm of narrow streets, picturesque houses and of course the world-famous Schloss (castle ruins). After World War II, the US Army built large barracks at the southern end of the city. Heidelberg's 147,000 inhabitants thus include not only 28,000 students at the university but also nearly 30,000 US citizens, almost all of them soldiers and their families. With hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to the city annually, Heidelberg is truly a culturally diverse and international destination, despite its small size. - in: wikitravel 

Heidelberg Castle can be reached by the Bergbahn, a mountain railway running from the Kornmarkt, or via a 15-minute walk from the old town. Built of red Neckar sandstone on the terraced hillside some 195 meters above Heidelberg, this 16th-century castle is one of the best examples of German Renaissance architecture. After its destruction by the French, who devastated the Palatinate in the 17th century, it has remained the largest and most picturesque such ruin in Germany. The castle is home to many excellent festivals, most held in its evocative courtyard, as well as theatrical performances, concerts, and firework displays. One of the most popular is the Heidelberg Castle Festival from June to August, which boasts an eclectic mix of theater, choral music, chamber orchestras, jazz, folk, and opera.

 Foto: Bildearchiv Edmund v. König
DE-2817942, sent by Verana.
Also known as the Old Bridge, Heidelberg's spectacular Karl Theodor Bridge has been immortalized in numerous poems and paintings, testament to the romanticism that surrounds the structure. Spanning the Neckar and joining the two sides of historic Heidelberg, the famous bridge with its lovely sculptures is named after the man responsible for designing and building its nine red sandstone arches in 1788 as a replacement for the numerous wooden bridges that came before. The bridge is well worth strolling along for its views of Heidelberg and its sister bridge, the twin-towered Brückentor. - in: http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/heidelberg-d-bw-hei.htm

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dresden - Germany

I want to visit many, many cities in Germany, Dresden is definitely one of them. 
The 1st of these cards was from a friend, the 2nd was sent by Sandra and the 3rd is an official that I got last week.

Before World War II, Dresden was called “the Florence of the Elbe” and was regarded as one the world’s most beautiful cities for its architecture and museums. 
At the end of the war, Dresden was so badly damaged that the city was basically leveled. A handful of historic buildings–the Zwinger Palace, the Dresden State Opera House and several fine churches–were carefully reconstructed out of the rubble, but the rest of the city was rebuilt with plain modern buildings. - in: http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-dresden

 In the last months of World War II, Allied bombers from the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force conducted several major bombing raids on the eastern German city of Dresden. Beginning on the night of February 13, 1945, more than 1,200 heavy bombers dropped nearly 4,000 tons of high-explosive and incendiary bombs on the city in four successive raids. An estimated 25,000 people were killed in the bombings and the firestorm that raged afterward. More than 75,000 dwellings were destroyed, along with unique monuments of Baroque architecture in the historic city center. - in: http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/02/remembering-dresden-70-years-after-the-firebombing/385445/

Photo: F. Ihlow, H. Voigt, F. Exss, Verlag
On the left bank of the Elbe is Dresden's historical centre with buildings from the Renaissance, the Baroque and the 19th century. Despite being devastated in the Second World War, the Altstadt (Old Town) has kept or regained its attractive buildings.
The most well-known symbol of the rebuilding of the city centre is Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the magnificent domed Baroque church which again dominates the Dresden skyline. After the Second World War, Neumarkt square and the symbolic ruins of the Frauenkirche remained almost untouched for half a century before also coming up for construction.

© Schöning GmbH & Co. KG
DE-5174131, sent by Manuela.
The Altstadt is the centre of city life: it is home to the city hall, the Saxon state parliament and important cultural institutions from the Old Masters Picture Gallery, Semper Opera House and the State Theatre to the Green Vault. Between Altmarkt and Neumarkt squares, Prager Strasse and Postplatz you will find plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. - in: https://www.dresden.de/en/tourism/attractions/sights/old-town.php