The Saar polygon is located on the Duhamel mine dump in Ensdorf, the mine dump of the Saar mine, which rises around 150 meters above the Saar valley. The steel sculpture is reminiscent of the hard coal mining in the Saar area, which finally ended in June 2012, and at the same time shows the many directions of possible further development of the Saar industry.
The Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat is nestled like a bird's nest under the peaks of the 1236 meter high Montserrat mountain. Barcelona is about 45 km away, but the distant view of the Catalan hinterland allows views almost as far as this beautiful city, if it were not obscured by the Conserolla mountains.
You can reach the monastery by cable car (technology from Leipzig) and get a remarkable impression of the exclusive location of the monastery as you drive up.
The emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is the largest species in the penguin family (Spheniscidae) and, together with the king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus), belongs to the genus of the great penguins (Aptenodytes). [Wikipedia]
by Dr. Michael Wenger, Switzerland
Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Michael Wenger, Schweiz
The Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) is a species of penguin common along the entire coast of the Antarctic continent, which is its only habitat. It is the most widely spread penguin species, as well as the most southerly distributed of all penguins, along with the emperor penguin.
Der Zügelpinguin (Pygoscelis antarctica), auch Kehlstreifpinguin genannt, ist eine Art aus der Gattung der Langschwanzpinguine. Er ist nah verwandt mit dem Adéliepinguin (P. adeliae) sowie dem Eselspinguin (P. papua). (Wikipedia)
Fotos: Mit freundlicher Genehmigung
von Dr. Michael Wenger, Schweiz
Geocaching in winter is sometimes a challenge and in Lapland there is also the short duration of daylight in winter. This was actually an advantage in Rovaniemi, because when it was already dark at 3:00 p.m., we were able to find and sign many interesting geocaches almost unnoticed.
The fjells Luosto and Pyhätunturi together form an approximately 35 km long mountain range in Lapland. The highest peak of Pyhätunturi is called Noitakero, other peaks are Kultakero, Ukonhattu, Laakakero, Peurakero and Soutaja. [Wikipedia]. Both areas have popular slopes for skiers and there are also trails for cross-country skiers.
We traveled to the Hotel Aurora in Luosto to take pictures of the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights, as you can get a mobile phone when you check in, on which you get a northern lights alarm. Unfortunately that didn't work in our case as we had snowfall and overcast skies for a week.
Regardless of whether you prefer to avoid tourist attractions, do not believe in Santa Claus or hate shopping - when driving from Rovaniemi to the north, a stop in Santa's village on the Arctic Circle is a must. After the bus with 100 items whizzed over the icy slopes of Lapland and initiated the braking maneuver long before the destination, the time has finally come - you have arrived at the Arctic Circle and trudge full of expectations through the snow towards the festively illuminated houses. Does it exist or not.