Chatanooga Choo Choo

USA - Tennessee - Chattanooga Choo Choo

Chatanooga Choo Choo
Chatanooga, Tennessee

Staverden Castle

Netherlands - Staverden Castle

Staverden Castle

Netherlands - Staverden Castle stamps

 

Ukraine - Great Lavra Belltower

 

Great Lavra Belltower
Kiev, Ukraine

Ukraine - Great Lavra Belltower stamps

Dromedary Camels at Guelta Archei

Switzerland - Camels

 

Dromedary Camels
Guelta Archei, Sahara, Chad

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/parks-and-nature-places/cave-canyon-desert/chad_gueltaarchei/

Switzerland - Camels stamps

Gurten Train

Switzerland - Train

 

Gurtenbahn Funicular Train
Gurten Mountain, Switzerland

Switzerland - Train stamps

Victoria Kirdiy

I am enchanted by Victoria Kirdiy’s cat paintings

and have received a few of her postcards!

This video is wonderful – Enjoy!

Dom Tower – Utrecht, Netherlands

Dom Tower

Utrecht, Netherlands

A personal photo from a penpal – taken from her balcony

The Dom Tower (Cathedral Tower, Dutch: Domtoren) of Utrecht is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands, at 112.5 metres (368 feet) in height, and the Gothic-style tower is the symbol of the city. The tower was part of the Cathedral of Saint Martin, Utrecht, also known as Dom Church, and was built between 1321 and 1382, to a design by John of Hainaut. The cathedral was never fully completed due to lack of money. Since the unfinished nave collapsed in 1674 the Dom tower became a free standing tower.  The tower stands at the spot where the city of Utrecht originated almost 2,000 years ago. Read more – click here

Poznan Goats

 

Poznan Goats – Poland

These goats are on the Poznan Town Hall.  They emerge each day at noon and butt heads.

From Wikipedia :

Today the mechanical goats’ butting display is performed daily at noon, preceded by the striking of the clock and the playing of a traditional bugle call(hejnal). At other hours between 7 am and 9 pm the same call is played on a carillon, installed in the tower in 2003. The daily appearance of the goats is one of Poznań’s best-known tourist attractions.

A legend behind the original addition of the goats to the clock mechanism states that a cook, while preparing a banquet for the voivode and other dignitaries, had burnt a roast deer, and attempted to replace it by stealing two goats from a nearby meadow. The goats escaped and ran up the town hall tower, where they attracted the attention of the townspeople when they began to butt each other (according to some versions, this drew attention to a fire which might otherwise have done significant damage). Because of the entertainment provided, the voivode pardoned both the cook and the goats, and ordered that two mechanical goats be incorporated into the new clock being made for the building.

Another legend is associated with the hejnał. This says that Bolko, son of the tower’s trumpter, once took care of a crow whose wing had been shot through. The boy was then awoken at night by a gnome wearing a crown and purple cape, who thanked the boy for his kindness and handed him a small gold trumpet, telling him to blow it when in danger. After these words the gnome transformed into a crow and flew away. Years later, after Bolko had taken his father’s place as trumpeter, when an attacking army was scaling Poznań’s walls, Bolko remembered the present, ran to the top of the tower and began to play the trumpet. Dark clouds began to gather on the horizon, which turned out to be an enormous flock of crows that fell upon the attacking army and forced it to retreat. The trumpet was lost when Bolko dropped it in his astonishment, but the call which he played is still performed.

This magnificent card comes from a Postcrossing pal in Poland

Raciborz, Poland

 

Raciborz, Poland

From a Postcrossing pal in Poland.

A web cam of the market square – http://www.raciborz.pl/main/rynek_kamera_podglad.html

Rudolf Stefan Weigl is the biologist who developed the vaccine for typhus.