Sunday, March 14, 2010

Prater

Heidi "dollart" went to Austria on an educational trip but she also had time for a mini postcrossing meeting. She met "oldieoma", "robin67" and "amaterasu98".
I might go to Vienna this year and i may not have a lot of money but i think i can afford a few cards, well.... i hope!!


"The Wiener Prater is a large public park in Vienna's 2nd district Leopoldstadt. The Wurstelprater amusement park, often simply called "Prater", stands in one corner of the Prater and includes the Riesenrad.
The Riesenrad is a ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park. It is now one of Vienna's most popular tourist attractions, and symbolizes the district as well as the city for many people.
The Riesenrad was one of the earliest Ferris wheels, erected in 1897 to celebrate Emperor Franz Josef I's golden Jubilee, and has an overall height of 64.75 meters(212.4 ft).
The wheel originally had 30 gondolas, but was severely damaged in the World War II, and when it was rebuilt, only 15 gondolas were replaced. The spokes are steel cables, in tension, and the wheel is driven by a circumferential cable which leaves the wheel and passes through the drive mechanism under the base." - in: wikipedia

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