Sunday, September 14, 2014

NL-2600545

It looks like a normal size card but actually, this is a A5 card. It cames from Netherlands and it shows the Marken Lighthouse, also known as Horse of Marken because of its shape.

NL-2600545, sent by Ellen.
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. 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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

German officials

My officials have been travelling for quite some time, sometimes more than a month but in the 2 last days a few of them were registered. I hope this is a sign that things are getting better.  

 Heinz Lothar Stutte * Fotografie + Bildkunstverlag
DE-3371334, sent by André.
An oldish card from Schrammsteine, long, strung-out, very jagged group of rocks in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains located east of Bad Schandau in Saxon Switzerland in East Germany. 

 Photo: Klaus Ender
DE-3372629, sent by Julia.
This is the Ralswiek Palace in Rugen Island. 
Schloss Ralswiek sits on a location occupied by noble families since the Middle Ages. Today’s neo-Renaissance schloss dates from 1891 and was designed to resemble a French Renaissance château.
The estate was built by Hugo Sholto Douglas, earl of Douglas. Of Scottish ancestry, he made his fortune by mining in Germany. He fought in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and was awarded the Iron Cross.
The schloss was confiscated from the Douglas family after World War II and turned into a nursing home and home for the handicapped for the German Red Cross.
In 1999, renovations began for its new life as a hotel, finally opening its doors to guests in 2002. - in: http://castleandpalacehotels.com/countries/germany/germany_regions/mecklenburg_western_pomerania/ralswiek.html

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DE-3385458, sent by Karin.
A lovely snowy view card from Ramsau in the Bavarian Alps, located in the district of Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria, close to the border with Austria. The church of Ramsau, parish church of Saint Sebastian, is often on postcards and looking at this card I can understand why. 
The church consecrated is to the saints Sebastian and Fabian. It was built in 1512 under provost Gregor Rainer and was extended in 1692 in the baroque style. It has a tower with baroque onion shaped tower which is covered like the whole church with wooden shingles. - in: http://www.berchtesgaden-online.com/cities/ramsau/parish-church.htm

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DE-3395329, sent by Bernhard.
A view of Kirchdorf, a village on the Poel Island, a german island in the Baltic Sea. It covers an area of 36.02 km² and has 2873 citizens. Satellite pictures show that most of it is used as farmland. With its good air, clean water, fine beaches and sheltered harbours, it is also popular recreational area. - in: wikipedia

DE-3371339, sent by Manuela.
Different views from Münich: Café Luitpold, Nymphenburg Palace, Viktualienmarkt, Marienplatz, musicians, Theatine Church and Brauereigespann. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Maria Laach Abbey - Germany

I'm still not done with Paulo's cards, there's still a few to show. This one shows the beautiful Maria Laach Abbey in Germany. 

The abbey church of Maria Laach is considered a masterpiece of German Romanesque architecture, with its multiple towers, large westwork with arcaded gallery, and unique west porch.

Maria Laach Abbey (in German: Abtei Maria Laach, in Latin: Abbatia Maria Lacensis or Abbatia Maria ad Lacum) is a Benedictine abbey situated on the southwestern shore of the Laacher See (Lake Laach), near Andernach, in the Eifel region of the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. 
The abbey was known for nearly 770 years as "Abtei Laach" ("Abbatia Lacensis" or "Laach Abbey", meaning the "Lake Abbey") until 1862 when the Jesuits added the name "Maria".
Founded in 1093 as a priory of Affligem Abbey (in modern Belgium) by the first Count Palatine of the Rhine Heinrich II von Laach and his wife Adelheid von Orlamünde-Weimar. - in: wikipedia

Vignale Monferrato - Italy

I had a great mail day yesterday, 5 cards and a big stationery package from Netherlands. One of the cards was this one from Italy, a new UNESCO site in my collection. I only need 2 more cards to have cards from 800 UNESCO sites and I took care of that yesterday. In a few days I'll get 5 new sites from 3 african countries. I can't wait to get them.
But for now, I've this card from the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, which includes 6 separate areas: Langa of Barolo, Grinzane Cavour Castle, Hills of Barbaresco, Nizza Monferrato and Barbera, Canelli and Asti Spumante and Monferrato of the Inferot. Vignale Monferrato is a town located in Monferrato of the Inferot. 
This is Italy's 50th UNESCO site and the card was sent by Marina. 

This landscape covers five distinct wine-growing areas with outstanding landscapes and the Castle of Cavour, an emblematic name both in the development of vineyards and in Italian history. It is located in the southern part of Piedmont, between the Po River and the Ligurian Apennines, and encompasses the whole range of technical and economic processes relating to the winegrowing and winemaking that has characterized the region for centuries. Vine pollen has been found in the area dating from the 5th century BC, when Piedmont was a place of contact and trade between the Etruscans and the Celts; Etruscan and Celtic words, particularly wine-related ones, are still found in the local dialect. During the Roman Empire, Pliny the Elder mentions the Piedmont region as being one of the most favourable for growing vines in ancient Italy; Strabo mentions its barrels. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1390

Thursday, September 11, 2014

St. Peter's Square - Vatican

Here comes my 2nd written & stamped card from the Vatican. I've sent the 1st card 4 years ago and last tuesday I've received this card sent by Eduardo. I knew he was visiting the Vatican City but I didn't know he would send me card. It was a nice surprise. 

209 © Copyright by Plurigraf - Narni (Tr) Italy
St. Peter's Square is a massive plaza located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, the papal enclave inside Rome, directly west of the neighbourhood or rione of Borgo.
At the centre of the square is an Egyptian obelisk, erected at the current site in 1586. Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed the square almost 100 years later, including the massive Tuscan colonnades, four columns deep, which embrace visitors in "the maternal arms of Mother Church." A granite fountain constructed by Bernini in 1675 matches another fountain designed by Carlo Maderno in 1613. - in: wikipedia

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Swiss old man

Last week Óscar sent me this card thinking about my old people collection. 

Photo Edition Darbelley S. A. 
It looks like this old men went hunting and its possible because most of the swiss federal hunting reserves are located in the canton of Valais, where this card is from. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

FR-416783

An official from Paris with a picture taken by Anna, the sender of the card. 

Now France's most instantly recognizable landmark, the Eiffel Tower was built in Paris during 1887-1889 by Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), a French engineer, for the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
For this momentous occasion, for which a huge exhibition, Exposition Universelle, was planned, Eiffel wished to erect something extraordinary made from modern materials.
His design, a structure of wrought iron ribs, held together by rivets and resting on a solid masonry foundation, was initially denounced by some as a "tragic lamppost," but its elegance has come to be recognized by most.

Photo by Anna.
FR-416783, sent by Anna.
It stands 985 feet 11 inches (300.5 meters) on a square base measuring 328 feet (100 meters) on each side.
The first story platform is at 189 feet (57.6 meters), with sides 232 feet (70.7 meters) long. The second story platform is at 379 feet (115.5 meters), with sides 134 feet (40.8 meters) long.
There is an intermediate platform at 643 feet (196 meters) -- this is only a point to change elevators. The third story platform is at 905 feet (275.8 meters).
Later a 66-foot (20-meter) television antenna was attached, which extended the tower's total height to 1052 feet (320.7 meters). - in: http://topics.info.com/What-are-the-dimensions-of-the-Eiffel-Tower_773