Monday, December 27, 2010
When the falaj waters reach the population, the inhabitants draw off their needs and the rest is distributed to agricultural plots according to an exact system of apportioning the hours of the day under the supervision of an elected member of the community. A proportion of the agricultural harvest is allocated as a contribution towards the upkeep of the aflaaj and irrigation ditches.
Since the 1970's the government has taken steps to maintain this precious heritage by restoring aflaaj, and making them more efficient by digging support wells and ensuring an optimum use of water by introducing modern irrigation systems." - in: http://www.omanet.om/english/tourism/eco/falaj.asp?cat=tour&subcat=ecoo1
In July 2006, five representative examples of this irrigation system were inscribed as a World Heritage Site.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The beautiful building on the card is Hamburg's city hall. It is the seat of the government of Hamburg. Constructed from 1886 to 1897, the city hall still houses its original governmental functions with the office of the First Mayor of Hamburg and the meeting rooms for Hamburg's parliament and senate (the city's executive).
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
This card of the S. Martinho street in Santarém was sent by me!!
Friday, December 17, 2010
If you're a postcrosser you probably heard about the Bielefeld meeting and probably received a card or even more than 1 card signed by the all 45 particpants. 45 postcrossers in a meeting must be a record. Heidi "dollart" and Tjistke send these cards.
The participants came from 13 different countries: from Germany: Nordbaer; Anjaaustel; Goyesca; Xtlera; Nordia e Nordia2; Dogma7911; Nephrotranz; Willi; Violanie59; Zimtschnecke; Mausbaer47; Abuarrak; Nearlyperfect; Weltenbummler; Midnatsol; Midnatsol2; Bidi e Isagv . Netherlands: MissMaple; Tjitske; Jetske; Dandilion; Diashaliz; Astrid197 e MarianneJS. Belgium: Lotty. France: Thaddee_Calisson. Austria: Oldieoma. Finland: Dollart e Erjamaarit. Denmark: Gforp. Switzerland: Masito; Jamie1972; Zasa e Giorgis. Russia: Synnin e Bidi2. UK: Duplevista e Mojiwa. Romania: ADolphin and from Slovenia the portuguese Paulo and Ana.
"Kongevagt - The King’s Guard – is exercised when the Queen is in residence – and will be accompanied by the Band of the Royal Danish Life Guards. The guards will departure from Rosenborg Castle at 11:30 and end at Amalienborg palace at 12:00, where changing of the guards takes place. After the parade and shift, the Guards leaves the drum and the Regents Flag on the drill ground in the daytime at Christians VII’s Palace beside the colonnade." - in: http://www.copenhagenet.dk/CPH-Amalienborg.htm
Thursday, December 16, 2010
"Our Lady of Flanders' Cathedral of Tournai is one of the most important architectural monuments in Belgium. It has been classified both as a Wallonia's's major heritage and as a World Heritage Site.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
"The 2,909-ha site near the town of Soufriere includes the Pitons, two volcanic spires rising side by side from the sea (770 m and 743 m high respectively), linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous fumeroles and hot springs. Coral reefs cover almost 60% of the site’s marine area. A survey has revealed 168 species of finfish, 60 species of cnidaria, including corals, eight molluscs, 14 sponges, 11 echinoderms, 15 arthropods and eight annelid worms. The dominant terrestrial vegetation is tropical moist forest grading to subtropical wet forest, with small areas of dry forest and wet elfin woodland on the summits. At least 148 plant species have been recorded on Gros Piton, 97 on Petit Piton and the intervening ridge, among them eight rare tree species. The Gros Piton is home to some 27 bird species (five of them endemic), three indigenous rodents, one opossum, three bats, eight reptiles and three amphibians." - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/1161
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
"Roman exploitation of the countryside is symbolized by the Villa Romana del Casale (in Sicily), the centre of the large estate upon which the rural economy of the Western Empire was based. The villa is one of the most luxurious of its kind. It is especially noteworthy for the richness and quality of the mosaics which decorate almost every room; they are the finest mosaics in situ anywhere in the Roman world." - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/832
"Gough Island, also known historically as Gonçalo Álvares or Diego Alvarez, is a volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is a dependency of Tristan da Cunha and part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helana, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It is uninhabited except for the personnel of a weather station (usually six people) which the South African National Antarctic Programme has maintained continually on the island since 1956. It is one of the most remote places with a constant human presence.
Friday, December 10, 2010
"The romantic ruins of a fairy-tale-like castle are situated on so called Eagles' Nests Trail. Between Czestochowa and Krakow there are several castles and ruins, but Ogrodzieniec belongs to the most picturesque - not only on the trail, but in whole Poland. It was built in 14th century and rebuild in 16th. An italian architect turned the gothic castle into a renaissance residence, at the time almost as splendid as Wawel in Kraków, the King's castle.
Since the last owners family abondoned it in the beginning of the 19th century, the castle left and become a picturesque ruin." - in: http://www.polishculture.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=120&Itemid=46
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This is a card from the Ammergauer Alps in Bavaria, Germany.
Ammergebirgeis a mountain range that partly belongs to Germany, Free State of Bavaria and to Austria, federal state Tirol." - in: http://www.live-like-a-german.com/germany_related_articles/show/Holidays-in-the-Ammergauer-Alps-magical-variety