Monday, May 11, 2009

Germany - Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Here's another wonderful card received in the UNESCO tag, which can be very addictive :))) And when this one is inactive for a while, I try another tags, because I tell myself that they require sending less cards than the Round Robins, but in fact it's not true, because I can't help the temptation to tag more than once :))

These views of Upper Middle Rhine Valley look really breathtaking, with all these castles and forests. According to the sender, the Maus Castle is now a home for falcons and eagles. And of course Rhine is a very beautiful river with many meanders. I think I've already told you that I swam in Rhine once, but that was in Switzerland, where this river is still quite clean :)

The 65km-stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, with its castles, historic towns and vineyards, graphically illustrates the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape. It is intimately associated with history and legend and for centuries has exercised a powerful influence on writers, artists and composers.

The Middle Rhine Valley is an outstanding example of an evolving traditional way of life and means of communication in a narrow river valley. The terracing of its steep slopes in particular has shaped the landscape in many ways for more than two millennia. However, this form of land-use is under threat from the socio-economic pressures of the present day.

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