Friday, October 17, 2014

Highest Hotel

"Schneefernerhaus Hotel (8696 ft.) on Germany's highest mountain Zugspitze near Garmisch-Partenkirchen" this post card reads on the back.


Hum...Germany's highest mountain would mean Germany's highest hotel.  It seems wedged into the side of the mountain with various stories, and lots of windows.  A sky-lift appears to rise to the top. [Would not want to pay the heating bill here!]

Does anyone know if this "Highest Hotel" is still in existence?  My Dad once spent the night there in 1946.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Berchtesgaden 1946

The "THIRD US ARMY 'TOURS' " provided this post card to my Dad in 1946.


On the back it reads: "Berchtesgaden, with Watzmann Mt. (8,150 ft.) in background.

The card goes on to read: "Watzmann offers unique view of rugged chalk mountains encircling this area and lesser Tyrols".

Chalk mountains indeed it is.  Can anyone update us on this city?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Hunter

Family photos kept by my Dad are special.  Some 68 years ago the following picture was taken.


Who actually took the photo is unknown, but on the back is written "P-47 to P-51 behind me."  One can see the name "Hunter" angled on the P-47.  The P-51 has a large "A" placed near the tail, and a distinct marking on the tail with a thick dark stripe angled behind three stars.  Other markings can not be clearly visualized. 

Does anyone know the history of these planes?  The "Hunter" it says.  This would be the 9th Air Force, just after WWII in Germany.   Are there any historical hunters out there?

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Bavarian Lake 1946

Third US Army "Tours" it states on this post card from 1946.


"Koenigssee (Royal Lake) near Berchtesgaden, the most beautiful of Bavarian lakes, is entirely surrounded by steep walls of rock.  The lake is 582 ft. deep" is the information on the back of this card.

I don't know how many Bavarian lakes there are.  Does anyone know?  This is one pictured from 1946. My Dad brought this card back home.  A beautiful memory it is.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

King On The Mountain

The post cards continue.


"Picture of Garmisch..." it begins on the back..."this is a cable car taking you up to the top of the mountain - I was on this cable car and at one place it is five hundred feet from the ground."  Hum...500 feet above the ground in a little cable car... I guess you would have to be in the Air Force to get a charge out of this.

The card reads "Blick auf Garmisch-Partenkirchen und Zugspitzgruppe (2964 m) wahrend der Fahrt auf den Wank (1780 m)".  This must be the names of the mountain peaks in the distance and their heights in meters.  A picture taken out the window of the cable car I suppose.

Now on the top of the mountain this card reads, "Wankkreuz (1780 m) gegen Zugspitzgruppe (2964) which must be a view of the mountain peaks shown on the card above.


I guess after this ride you might want to give thanks for making it to the top...hum...to the King On The Mountain.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Upon The Roof

Travel to Switzerland after time in war torn Germany 1946 must have been special.  A collection of post cards kept by my Dad have been shown in many of the last posts.  This post card is "Roof Garden - Restaurant".  Up on the roof I thought.  It is taken at "La Residence - Geneve", and one can see the steeples of a large church in the background. [upper left]  It would seem a good place to eat and gaze about the world of Geneva in a peaceful setting.  I suspect that there were not a lot of roofs still standing on the other side of the border.


The next picture shows my Dad standing on another roof.  It might be viewed as a "roof" of the world.


High in the Alps... mountain peaks rising in the distance...a snow ball in the hands instead of bullets...who would have guessed snow balls instead of bullets...upon this roof.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lake Geneva 1946

On leave from occupied Germany 1946, my father collected a number of post cards from his travels.  A trip around Lake Geneva seems to be one of the activities.

The "Port du Mont-Blanc" seems the place you got on board to travel around the lake.  The ship with the central smoke stack seems the one to take.  "Mont-Blanc" towers centrally in the picture shown above.
Moving on down the bridge shown above, you must have come the port from which the ship boarded.  The position of "Mont-Blanc" has moved to the left of center.  The fountain is now visible spraying into the air.
A little wider angle shows the ship leaving the port.  The card reads: "Geneve, La Rade, le Jet d'Eau et le Mout-Blanc."  Sort of the big picture I suspect.  "La Rade" may have been the name of the ship.  The fountain is called "le Jet d'Eau", and of course "le Mont-Blanc" is shown.
On the return trip you must have passed closer to "le Jet d'Eau" which is stated on the card at "90 m".  Lots of buildings are around the lake, and "le Mont-Blanc" stands proudly in each picture.  Hum...Lake Geneva 1946...the white mountain...and a fountain of hope...wonder how it has change since this trip around the lake.