US-1207729, sent by Nancy.
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California.
This serial property of 111 small individual sites encompasses the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements in and around the Alps built from around 5000 to 500 B.C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands. Excavations, only conducted in some of the sites, have yielded evidence that provides insight into life in prehistoric times during the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Alpine Europe and the way communities interacted with their environment. Fifty-six of the sites are located in Switzerland. The settlements are a unique group of exceptionally well-preserved and culturally rich archaeological sites, which constitute one of the most important sources for the study of early agrarian societies in the region. - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/1363
This is my 1st card from a meeting in Sweden. The card shows a view of Grundsund, a small fishing village on the west coast of Sweden.
The Königssee is Germany's third deepest lake. It is located in the state of Bavaria, near the border with Austria. Large parts are comprised by the Berchtesgaden National Park. This card was sent by Sandra.
The lake is noted for its clear water and is advertised as the cleanest lake in Germany. For this reason, only electric driven passenger ships, rowing and pedal boats have been permitted on the lake since 1909. Due to its picturesque setting, the lake and surrounding parklands are very popular with tourists and hikers. In addition, the lake's position surrounded by sheer rock walls creates an echo, which is known for its clarity. On boat tours, it has become traditional to stop and play a flugelhorn or trumpet to display the echo; formerly demonstrated by shooting a cannon, it could be heard reflected up to seven times. - in: wikipedia
St. Bartholomä, a famous pilgrimage church, originally dating back to the 12th century. It can only be reached by boat. Neighboring the chapel stands the former hunting lodge of Berchtesgaden's provosts and Bavaria's kings, today an idyllic location for an inn.
Many visitors to Finland come with hopes of seeing the Finland Northern Lights, which is a natural phenomenon that is also known as the Finland Aurora Borealis. The best place to see the Northern Lights in Finland is in the northern Lapland region, which is almost entirely located within the realm of the Arctic Circle. During the dark winter months here, when the sun rarely peaks its head over the horizon, you can expect to see the Finland Northern Lights with regularity, and other peak seasons include February through March and September through October. If you have never seen the Northern Lights wherever they commonly occur in the world, then chances are good that you will be amazed the first time that you lay eyes on them. Swirling shades of blue, green, and red are most common when it comes to the Finland Northern Lights, and as one might expect, clear nights are best for viewing them.
For those who are wondering what causes the Northern Lights in Finland, solar flares are largely responsible. These flares effectively cause solar winds and solar storms, which create lingering atmospheric particles or matter upon colliding with the earth’s atmosphere. As such, scientists can often accurately predict when the best times are for viewing the Northern Lights in Finland by keeping an eye out for solar flares. As mentioned, Lapland is the best place to see the Finland Aurora Borealis, with the Kilpisjarvi area offering the most abundant opportunities. The best time of the day to see the Finland Northern Lights is between 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., though they are certainly not restricted to this time frame. - in: http://www.destination360.com/europe/finland/northern-lights
"Situated at 2,000 m in the Andes, 60 km to the east of Rancagua, in an environment marked by extremes of climate, Sewell Mining Town was built by the Braden Copper company in 1905 to house workers at what was to become the world’s largest underground copper mine, El Teniente. It is an outstanding example of the company towns that were born in many remote parts of the world from the fusion of local labour and resources from an industrialized nation, to mine and process high-value natural resources. The town was built on a terrain too steep for wheeled vehicles around a large central staircase rising from the railway station. Along its route formal squares of irregular shape with ornamental trees and plants constituted the main public spaces or squares of the town. The buildings lining the streets are timber, often painted in vivid green, yellow, red and blue. At its peak Sewell numbered 15,000 inhabitants, but was largely abandoned in the 1970s." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1214
"The Dorset and East Devon Coast has an outstanding combination of globally significant geological and geomorphological features. The property comprises eight sections along 155 km of largely undeveloped coast. The property's geology displays approximately 185 million years of the Earth's history, including a number of internationally important fossil localities. The property also contains a range of outstanding examples of coastal geomorphological features, landforms and processes, and is renowned for its contribution to earth science investigations for over 300 years, helping to foster major contributions to many aspects of geology, palaeontology and geomorphology. This coast is considered by geologists and geomorphologists to be one of the most significant teaching and research sites in the world." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1029
"San Cristóbal de La Laguna, in the Canary Islands, has two nuclei: the original, unplanned Upper Town; and the Lower Town, the first ideal 'city-territory' laid out according to philosophical principles. Its wide streets and open spaces have a number of fine churches and public and private buildings dating from the 16th to the 18th century." -in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/929