Marathon of Postcards and a Hello from Germany
June 8, 2016 12:42pm CST
I have experienced a marathon of postcards over the last two weeks to which my postman said this morning: "this is my favourite postbox" A few years ago after we had made new friends of our tour group from Europe, we sent SA postcards to so many that one day I got a message from a Michigan post-office (Richmond) to say they would love an Animal card as well. Of course I obliged. I know that many post offices have a board where they put any "congratulations" and "good wishes" on a poster board. Well I am happy because today a beautiful postcard arrived from Heidelberg in Germany. Heidelberg is classified as Germany at its most Romantic! I have been told that it is a place that M.L. @MALUSE lived as a young lady - Imagine that! "Heidelberg is a town on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany, in the Rhine Rift Valley, known for its distinguished 14th-century university. Built, destroyed and partially restored over several centuries, red-sandstone Heidelberg Castle stands beside the river on Königstuhl hill. Visitors can ride the Bergbahn funicular to reach the castle and its gardens, which have sweeping views over the river and the baroque Altstadt (Old Town). In the 5th century BC, a Celtic fortress of refuge and place of worship were built on the Heiligenberg, or "Mountain of Saints". Both places can still be identified." Some other facts on Heidelberg which were brought to my attention by the postcrossing postcard writer Willi: "Heidelberg is known for its institutions of higher education. The most famous of those is Heidelberg University. Founded in 1386, it is one of Europe's oldest institutions. In fact, Heidelberg is the oldest university town of today's Germany" I tapped into the cuisine to see what whould be on offer and the restaurant that took my fancy was the Zum Roten Ochsen, where the names of famous visitors such as Mark Twain, Marilyn Monroe and Franka Potente are to be found in the over thirty guestbooks, making this a Heidelberg institution. You can be sure that I shall ask for a plate of German Noodles with a meaty stew to accompany it. I have already decided after reading all the history on Heidelberg Germany, I have it earmarked for my next tour of the region. Absolutely fascinating place it seems. The stamps are also beautiful and those will be for another post.
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8 Jun 16
You've forgotten one very important fact, namely, that *I* lived and loved in Heidelberg for six years!! I studied there. First I lived on the Main Street (that's the name of the main street!) for two years, about 100m away from the restaurant Red Ox, and then above the castle for four years with a view of the park of the castle and the river. I think it's high time I posted my story.
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• South Africa
8 Jun 16
That is a very important fact and I shall edit it in asap. Oh how wonderful to know that you loved and lived in this beautiful place. I cannot believe that our friends took us all the way to the Black Forest and back up to Belgium and bypassed such a Historical place - I will have a chat with her, she missed a very special place it seems.
• United States
9 Jun 16
I don't know my postman but I know the one behind the counter at the post office and he always turns my cards over and looks at all my embellishments. I never say anything about it but it amuses me. It looks like he is reading them. Isn't it wonderful how a simple postcard has educated you and broadened your life?
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13 Jun 16
This is the place I have always wanted to visit but until now not done it yet. Heidelberg is popular in the Filipino literature because Jose Rizal, our Philippine hero who was executed by the Spaniards when Philippines was still a colony of Spain, wrote a poem A Las Flores de Heidelberg ( The Flowers of Heidelberg ) when he was studying in the University of Heidelberg. Thanks for reminding me one in my travel list.