Saturday, June 16, 2012
Disneyland! What's not to love about the happiest place on Earth? I haven't been since I has a freshman in high school but I have great memories of that trip.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California.
San Joaquin Valley Oranges
Los Angeles at twilight.
Established in 1961 on nearly 1,700 acres southeast of downtown Houston as the Manned Spacecraft
Center, the bustling core of space activity was renamed in 1973 to honor the late president and
Texas native, Lyndon B. Johnson.
It is from here that NASA flight controllers monitor events occurring on space flights. The space center also serves as a retirement center. Flight hardware that has been retired and too large to store indoors is displayed at Rocket Park.
|An 1873 illustration of Edwin Waller's layout for Austin|
How gorgeous is this photo? I love the colors of the sky at sunset. I can imagine finding a comfy spot on the pier to relax and watch Mother Nature put on a show.
Venice, Florida has been listed in many publications as being the "Shark's Tooth Capital of The World". It hosts an annual festival, the Shark's Tooth Festival, every year to celebrate the abundance of fossilized shark's teeth that can be found on its coastal shores. One of these days I'd love to take the kids here so they can find some teeth of their own or at least give it a good try.
M/V Puyallup is a Jumbo Mark II ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.
From the Puyallup language: "generous people." The Puyallup tribe had a reputation for generosity in dealing with traders and travelers. Early settler Ezra Meeker renamed his town from Franklin in 1877 looking for something unique. Besides the tribe and town, Puyallup is also used on a river and a Mt. Rainier glacier.
Fort Mill was established in 1873. The name comes from a British fort and grist mill on nearby Steele Creek. The Catawba Indians lived in the area for many years.
The town of Fort Mill was the site of the last Confederate Government Cabinet meeting (1865). The last meeting of the full Confederate Cabinet was held at the White Homestead in Fort Mill. Fort Mill's Confederate Park contains the nation's only monument to slaves fighting on the Confederate side of the American Civil War.
Fort Mill is also known for its peach orchards and the Anne Springs Close Greenway. The Greenway is an extensive protected natural area consisting of approximately 2,300 acres of lakes, forests, and pastures that provide trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
|The Old Court of Bucharest|
Rhine Tower in the background and Media Harbor in the foreground. The Rhine Tower houses a revolving restaurant and an observation deck. I bet the views from the deck are spectacular!
|Stamp issued February 3, 2011|
Munich is the capital city of the German state of Bavaria. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany.
The city's motto is "München mag Dich" Munich likes you. Before 2006 it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" (Cosmopolitan city with a heart). The name Munich comes from Old High German Munichen which means by the monk's place. Monks from the Benedictine Order founded the city. The city's colors are Black and Gold, the colors of the Holy Roman Empire, and have been since the time of Ludwig the Bavarian.
Shelter bluffs in the cliffs have revealed evidence of human habitation as far back as 10,000 years! On an 80 foot sandstone cliff near the entrance to the park you can see the remains of a Native American stone wall that was built between A.D. 600-800.
The town is named after the River Leam. The name of the town comes from the Anglo Saxon Leman-tun which means "farm on the River Leam."
Monday, June 11, 2012
According to halakah, Jews must not destroy Jewish graves and in particular it is not allowed to remove the tombstone. This meant that when the cemetery ran out of space and purchasing extra land was impossible, more layers of soil were placed on the existing graves, the old tombstones taken out and placed upon the new layer of soil. This explains why the tombstones in the cemetery are placed so closely to each other. This resulted in the cemetery having 12 layers of graves.
Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic.
According to legends, Prague was founded by Libuse and her husband, Premysl, founder of the dynasty of the same name. By the year 800 there was a simple fort fortified with wooden buildings.
|I adore this postcard!|
The bottom left photo is the Park Guell. It is situated on the hill of El Carmel in Barcelona. It is also an Unesco World Heritage Site.
The bottom right photo is Casa Batllo. The local name for it is House of Bones.
The top right photo is Casa Mila better known as La Pedrera (The Quarry) It was named a Unesco World Heritage site in 1984.
Finally our first official postcrossing.com postcard! We have been waiting weeks to have one to register at the sight. And what a great first one...Moscow! The view is the Northern River Port at Khimki.
The statue of Goddess of Mercy, Kun Iam was designed by Portuguese artist Cristina Rocha Leiria.
The goddess Kun Iam is a Buddhist deity of mercy. This 20 meter high bronze statue is built on top of a lotus flower shaped dome which is home to the ecumenical center. Built on a man-made island, access to the statue is via a narrow causeway. The ecumical center provides information on the local religions/philosophies of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianis.