Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Loreley, Burg Rheinfels, Burg Maus, Burg Katz

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The Lorelei (also spelled Loreley)is a rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine near St. Goarshausen, Germany, which soars some 120 metres above the waterline. It marks the narrowest part of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea. A very strong current and rocks below the waterline have caused many boat accidents there.

Burg Rheinfels
Burg Rheinfels is a castle ruin located in Sankt Goar, Germany overlooking the Rhine river. It was started in 1245 by Count Diether V of Katzenelnbogen and was partially destroyed by French Revolutionary Army troops in 1797. It is the largest castle overlooking the Rhine, and historically covered five times its current area.

Burg Maus
Burg Maus (meaning Mouse Castle in German) is a castle above the village of Wellmich (part of Sankt Goarshausen) in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It lies on the east side of the Rhine, north of Burg Katz (Cat Castle) in Sankt Goarshausen and opposite Burg Rheinfels at Sankt Goar across the river.Burg Maus was never destroyed, though it fell into disrepair in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Burg Katz
Burg Katz is a castle above the German town of St. Goarshausen in Rhineland-Palatinate. The magnificent setting for the castle is on a ledge overlooking the Rhine. It was first built around 1371 by Count Wilhelm II of Katzenelnbogen. The castle was bombarded in 1806 and was re-built between 1896 - 98.
It is now privately owned, and not open for visitors.

Monday, July 26, 2010

All Hallows by the Tower

The Sanctuary Area, All Hallows by the Tower

The High Altar shown against Brian Thomas mural of the Last Supper and the restored Communion Rails. In the floor can be seen four of the Memorial brasses.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Burgruine Aggstein

Aggsbach Dorf

Today, the ruins of about 55,000 visitors annually Aggstein with one of the most visited tourist attractions of Lower Austria.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The New York City

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I have this card of old New York City.

1. The Empire State and World Trade Center Buildings
2. Lower Manhattan skyline showing the twin towers of The World Trade Center
3. Times Square in the heart of the theater district.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sardegna Tharros, Italy


The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia has always had a strategic position and has been historically connected with Spain, especially along the western coasts.

the region is typical for its rugged territory, comprising the mountains called Limbara, Supramonte, Ogliastra, Gennargentu, Iglesiente and Sulcis, and characterized by a very different geological aspect from the rest of Italy; here also there are unique archeological remains dating back to thousands of years ago, called "nuraghi". The coastline is mostly high and rocky, and surrounded by many smaller islands, such as Asinara, the Maddalena group, Tavolara, San Pietro and Sant'Antioco.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010


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What makes Seattle so special?

First of all, Seattle has always been an international type of joint. This vibrant port city has always been a trading hub for the Pacific North West of the United States. Seattle made its name as the last major port on the shipping route to Alaska in the last century and as a port for shipping lumber and manufactures across the Pacific to Asia. In fact, historically, prospectors had to prove they had 12 months of supplies before being allowed to go to Alaska. Accordingly they 'stocked up' in the Seattle markets before entering Alaska's inside passage. It also seems that many also visited Seattle's numerous red light establishments near the Pike markets before undertaking the cold and lonely journey north to the Artic circle.

Secondly, Seattle has had its fair share of local companies who have gone onto bigger and better things on the international stage. Of course, there's The Boeing Company, the inventor of the jumbo jet, and in more recent times, Internet giant, Microsoft and consumer global brands like Amazon and Starbucks.

Thirdly, it has been a centre of innovation and creativity. Seattle is big in 'tunes, toons and TV'.
In music terms, Seattle has produced many great rhythm and blues and rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles and Robert Cray. And more recently there's Pearl Jam and Nirvana boosting Seattle's proud bragging rights as the birthplace of grunge.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Interior view of the Cathedral Church



Terveisiä Turusta! (Finnish) = Hälsningar från Åbo! (Swedish) = Greetings from Turku!
(Thank you Tuomo)

The postcard shows the interior view of the cathedral. The oldest parts of the church date back to the 13th century. Nowadays, it's a Lutheran church but originally (before reformation in the 16th century) it was catholic.
It's dedicated to Virgin Mary and St. Henrik, the missionary martyr bishop (12th century).

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Livorno, Italy


The Venice district retains much of its original town planning and architectural features such as the bridges, narrow lanes, the noblemen's houses and a dense network of canals which once linked the port to its storehouses. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Livorno, by then grown up and open to the world, had a lively appearance marked by neo-classical buildings, public parks housing important museums and cultural institutions, "Liberty" villas with sea views and the market.

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