Saturday, May 24, 2014

Day Eighty-Five

Sent by: Juneau22
From: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
ID number: DE-316951
Notes: Gelsenkirchen is a city of over 250,000 in western Germany.  
-  The Himmelstreppe, which means Stairway to Heaven, is built out of stones from old coal mine buildings, and it sits on a hill of sand and stone dug out of the mines.  
-  The Rhein-Herne Canal connects the Rhein River with the Dortsmund-Ems Canal, and has a series of locks to raise the water level over 100 feet.
-  The Zeche Nordstern, aka the North Star Mine, is an old coal mine.  It ceased operating in 1982.
-  Wissenschaftspark means Science Park.  The Wikipedia page I found about it was in German, and the translation didn't make a whole lot of sense.  I think that the park is home to companies researching energy technology, information and communication technology and health care.  The 300 meter long glass building hosts receptions and exhibitions, and there is a neighborhood park adjacent to the building and the lake.
- Veltins-Arena is the home of the Schalke 04 Football (SOCCER!) Club.
-  Schloss Berge is a castle which has been converted into a hotel and restaurant.
-  Newmarkt means New Market, and not surprisingly, a market is held on the street.

Sent by: minitraum
From: Germany
ID number: DE-428116
Notes: There is no caption or any other information on the back of this card, so please just enjoy the lovely hot air balloons.  (Almost typed hot hair balloons.  Wonder what those would look like!)

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