Francine McKenna-Klein

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For centuries grape pickers and other workers did not have watches, so kept track of time with a sundial, and this is the "WEHLENER SONNENUHR". Built in 1842, its dial has no number 7 as the sun never struck the face at that hour, and compared to standard time, which was introduced 1893, it also runs late by about a half an hour.   One of many sundials in wine growing regions, the Sonnenuhr is in a steep-sloped Wehlen vineyard, in Bernkastel-Kues on the Middle Moselle, Rhineland-Palatinate.

For centuries grape pickers and other workers did not have watches, so kept…

BURG LINN a 12th century "Wasserburg", castle surrounded by a moat, in Linn, Krefeld, NRW. Looking much as it would have done in 1683 when 13 Mennonite and Quaker families left there on the first leg of their journey to America. They settled the first German colony in America; Germantown near Philadelphia.

BURG LINN a 12th century "Wasserburg", castle surrounded by a moat, in Linn, Krefeld, NRW. Looking much as it would have done in 1683 when 13 Mennonite and Quaker families left there on the first leg of their journey to America. They settled the first German colony in America; Germantown near Philadelphia.

German Bread May 5 is Tag des Duetschen Brotes. the Day of German Bread and it celebrates the country's 3050 different registered breads. bakers are hoping their craft will be recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage

Heartbreaking image by an Iraqi artist taken in an orphanage. This little girl has never seen her mother. Brought to you by war criminals, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others.

BLAUSEE, literally Blue Lake, a small but deep crystal-clear lake, 900 meters above sea level. Set in a nature park in the idyllic landscape of Kandersteg, the Kander valley, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

BLAUSEE, literally Blue Lake, a small but deep crystal-clear lake, 900 meters above sea level. Set in a nature park in the idyllic landscape of Kandersteg, the Kander valley, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

Schloss Chillon, Switzerland.   An island castle on the shore of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps and 3 km from Montreux. The oldest parts have not been definitively dated, but the first written record of the castle's existence is in 1160 or 1005, and it consists of 100 separate buildings that were gradually connected. "Switzerland's most visited historic monument" it has always inspired artists and writers, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Victor Hugo and Lord Byron, from Delacroix to…

Schloss Chillon, Switzerland. An island castle on the shore of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps and 3 km from Montreux. The oldest parts have not been definitively dated, but the first written record of the castle's existence is in 1160 or 1005, and it consists of 100 separate buildings that were gradually connected. "Switzerland's most visited historic monument" it has always inspired artists and writers, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Victor Hugo and Lord Byron, from Delacroix to…

The Welterbeblick Skywalk - 360 meters above one of Austria's most famous lakes with a panoramic view of the alpine village of Hallstatt, a World Heritage site of unbeatable natural beauty

The Welterbeblick Skywalk hovers 360 metres above one of Austria's most famous lakes with a panoramic view of the alpine village of Hallstatt, a World Heritage site of unbeatable natural beauty.

Home of “Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel”, awarded the  World Beer Cup award in 2004, 2008 and 2012 for the best Dunkel beer in the world.  Kloster Weltenburg, on a peninsula in the Danube River, Weltenburg, Bavaria.   A Benedictine monastery believed to be Bavaria's oldest monastery, and originally founded around 620 by Scottish or Irish monks.   Brewing began there in 1050, so it could  also be the oldest monastery brewery in the world.

Home of “Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel”, awarded the World Beer Cup award in 2004, 2008 and 2012 for the best Dunkel beer in the world. Kloster Weltenburg, on a peninsula in the Danube River, Weltenburg, Bavaria. A Benedictine monastery believed to be Bavaria's oldest monastery, and originally founded around 620 by Scottish or Irish monks. Brewing began there in 1050, so it could also be the oldest monastery brewery in the world.