Saturday, 30 April 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM GERMANY

 
The Roter Sand Lighthouse is located in the North Sea off the entrance to the Weser, about 10 km east of Wangerooge, Germany. This is one of the world's great waveswept lighthouses and the construction of the tower posed enormous difficulties; the first attempt failed when a storm overturned the incomplete caisson in October 1881. The 28 m (92 ft) round cast iron, brick lined tower painted with red and white horizontal bands was inaugurated in 1885. The light was downgraded in 1964, when Alte Weser took over its function as the landfall light for Bremerhaven and the light was finally deactivated in 1986. Since 1999, after a large restoration, the tower has been open for day tours and overnight stays.
In 2010, Germany celebrates the bicentenary of the Museum of Natural History in Berlin and a commemorative stamp issued on January 2nd, 2010 remembers the date. It one of the world's largest and most important museums of its kind. More than a half million people visit its exhibitions per year, which focus the history of the earth and life, the diversity of life and meteorite research. The 0, 45 € stamp features the 14 meters high dinosaur skeleton and items of the zoological collection.
On November 11, 2010 the Deutsche Post issued a 0, 55 € commemorative stamp to highlight the Alpine World Ski Championships that took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from February 7 to February 20, 2011. The city previously hosted the same competition in 1978. The stamp shows a beautiful image of a ski racer competing in giant slalom. Thank you, Sabine.

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