Sunday, July 30, 2017

March Alternative RR (II)

On this 2nd round of the March Alt. RR, I've cards from the USA, Germany and Netherlands.

Photo: Alan Schein, NYC
On the back of the card: With its huge dome, the Capitol is the most impressive building in Washington, housing the legislative branch of the Government. 
This nice card was sent by Mimi.

Foto: Ullstein-Bild
Marina sent a card with Brandenburg Gate and the infamous Berlin Wall. 
The Berlin Wall enclosed West Berlin from August 13, 1961 to November 9, 1989, cutting a line through the entire city center. It was supposed to prevent East Berliners and citizens of East Germany from fleeing to the West, but the Wall was unable to entirely stop the mass of people from fleeing. Consequently, in 1961, the SED, the ruling Communist Party in East Germany, began adding more border fortifications to the Wall, creating a broad, many-layered system of barriers. In the West people referred to the border strip as the “death strip” because so many people were killed there while trying to flee. With the downfall of East Germany in 1989, the Berlin Wall that the SED had for so long tried to use to maintain its power, also fell. The fall of the Wall marked the definitive end of its dictatorship. - in:

Also from Germany, a card sent by Manu with Herrenchiemsee Palace. 
In 1873 King Ludwig II of Bavaria acquired the Herreninsel as the location for his Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee (New Palace). Modelled on Versailles, this palace was built as a "Temple of Fame" for King Louis XIV of France, whom the Bavarian monarch fervently admired.
The actual building of this "Bavarian Versailles", which was begun in 1878 from plans by Georg Dollmann, was preceded by a total of 13 planning stages. When Ludwig II died in 1886 the palace was still incomplete, and sections of it were later demolished. - in:

Foto: Laura Visser
A beautiful snow view of Oranjepark in Apeldoorn, a city in the province of Gelderland in the centre of the Netherlands.
The card was sent by Franciska.

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