Sunday, 30 October 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM GERMANY

My Dutch friend Bertie sent me from Netherlands this German lighthouse postcard.
The island of Sylt is located on the German North Sea coast, in the area known as North Frisia, near the Danish border. North Frisia is part of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost state. This area was ruled by Denmark until 1864. There are three surviving lighthouses established under Danish rule on the island of Sylt.  The List West Lighthouse is one of these lighthouses built in 1858 by the Danish government to guide ships through the channel between Sylt and the adjacent (and still Danish) island of Rømø. The 11 m (36 ft) white cast iron tower is the northernmost lighthouse in Germany and also the oldest lighthouse on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein. Automated in 1977, the light is located at a long sand spit which is a protected natural area, at the northwest corner of the island.   55° 03` 10" N  008° 24` 05" E
Dutch Post issued on March 2, 1999 a set of four stamps presenting important parks in the Netherlands. The 80¢ stamp celebrates the centenary of the Sonsbeek Park in Arnhem, the most famous park in this city and also the first monumental city park in the country. The 67 hectare park is largely wooded with an ancient beech forest and contains a great variety of trees and plants, numerous ponds, fountains and two waterfalls.  The park hosts on summer Sundays free cultural festivals with theater, music and dance performances.
Drawing and cartoon techniques were used on the 80c stamp issued on May 15, 1998 to celebrate the 16th FIFA Soccer World Cup held in France in 1998. 

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