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 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.