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In the spirit of mail sometimes taking the scenic route to their destinations, this blog post is a little late… but as they say, better late than never! It’s been a while since the Little Mail Carriers made a visit to Patricia (Angelthecat) in Germany, which they did in time for World Postcard Day in 2021. We’ve been keeping this delightful blog post from you since then, so let’s waste no more time and let them tell you all about their adventures and the many postcrossers they met along the way…

Hello all, this time we travelled to Franconia. Patricia (aka Angelthecat) hosted us for some time and showed us some really wonderful places together with Manuela (Manu86), Antje (KiwiAngie), Verena (vvsmurfy) and Tanja (Gaiasduhter).

We started at Herzogenaurach.

Three photos, showing a tower on the left, the Mail Carriers standing on a stylised metal drawing of the town, and a statue/fountain on the right

The town with approximately 24,000 inhabitants is situated about 25 kilometers north-west of Nuremberg and is especially known in the world of sports. Herzogenaurach is for example the home of Adidas, one of the leading sportsware producers worldwide. The history of manufacturing sports’ shoes started in the 1920s. In 1924, the first firm was registered and named “Dassler Schuhfabrik”. When the brothers Dassler split up after WWII, Adolf Dassler established his firm today known as “Adidas AG” in 1949. The firm’s name is an acronym made of the Adolf Dassler’s nickname “Adi” and the first three letters of his last name. The Adidas soccer shoes became worldwide attention with the “wonder of Bern”, when the German national soccer team wore shoes with three stripes and innovative soccer cleats when winning the World Cup in 1954.

A football dominates the horizon... and in front of it the Little Mail Carriers are sitting and admiring the view

After a long city stroll, we were really hungry in the evening, and therefore got invited to try a typical dish of the region: The Aischkarpfen (carp from the river Aisch). Very yummy!

The Little Mail Carriers figure out how to tackle a large battered fish!

Of course, we also took some time to write some postcards and prepare for World Postcard Day!

The Little Mail Carriers help to write postcards for World Postcard Day, showing the 2021 postcard design, an illustration of someone writing 'hello' on a postcard The Little Mail Carriers show off a first day cover with a man on a horse carriage on the stamp design

The next day it continued: On October 2nd, 2021, there was a Postcrossing meet-up in Ansbach. It was wonderful again.

The name “Ansbach” has its origin probably in an inflow of the river Rezat, called “Onoldsbach”. In the year 748, a monastery was founded in its estuary, the roots of the later town Ansbach. It was mentioned on a document in 1221 for the very first time. This means we got here on time for its 800th jubilee – great!

When walking through the town, we noticed that there are also other funny statues, like this man with a suitcase:

Statue of a man with a suitcase, it's spiky and stylised rather than realistic and looks like it's made of steel

And we took a look at the Saint Gumbertus church in Ansbach:

Saint Gumbertus Church, seen from below looking up toward the spires

We also highly recommend visiting the castle garden in Ansbach. It’s beautiful!

The castle gardens in Ansbach, with lots of flowers and paths around them Another angle showing the building as well as some of the flowers and lawns

And of course, we helped with writing postcards again afterwards…

After a long day, we needed a good rest, but the next week we went to explore Nuremberg, the home of Angelthecat and Gaiasduhter! First of all, we climbed the castle hill, and were able to enjoy the beautiful view over the city.

The Little Mail Carriers look down on Nuremberg, with church spires and the roofs of houses and shops far below

It’s not very clear when Nuremberg was founded. It was mentioned the first time in a document called the “Sigena Urkunde” issued by emperor Henry III in 1050. Probably there were some smaller settlements as well as a castle. This castle became an imperial seat and was soon important for the whole empire of that time. In 1219, Nuremberg was acknowledged as a free imperial city by Frederick II. Today, Nuremberg is known for toys, gingerbread and the world famous “Christkindlesmarkt” (Christchild’s Fair). Nuremberg was also the stronghold of manufacturing pencils!

Some of the sights of Nuremberg: two towers, and the distinctive style of some of the houses with shutters on the windows

We also discovered something very cool, and exactly the right size for us: a model of the Nuremberg castle and the city area of that time!

A miniature model of the town that looks like it's made of brassy metal, with the Little Mail Carriers standing in front of it The Little Mail Carriers stand in the miniature city, on the roofs

Of course, we also visited the famous Nuremberg painter, graphic artist, mathematician and art theorist Albrecht Dürer. Maybe you even already received a postcard with one of his works? World famous are the “Young Hare” or the “Praying Hands”.

The statue of Albrecht Dürer

We even ran into him in person (sort of)…

A Playmobil figure of Albrecht Dürer alongside his self-portrait, holding a paint palette

After that, we visited the main market square (Hauptmarkt). The “Frauenkirche” (Church of our Lady) on the main market square was built by emperor Charles in the time of 1352 to 1362. It is known internationally for its so called “Männleinlaufen” (a mechanical clock that commemorates the Golden Bull of 1356). Every day at noon, 7 electors come from the right door, go towards the emperor, and turn to him. The figure of the emperor welcomes them with his scepter—it’s a bit complicated to explain, but wonderful to see: there’s a video here on Youtube that lets you catch a glimpse!).

The Frauenkirche with its rather spiky roof, and a glimpse of the mechanical clock

We also visited the Beautiful Fountain. It was built in 1396 and is situated at the main market next to the town’s hall. Its height is about 19 meters. It is known for its story of the brass ring:

“Master Kuhn, who built the lattice fence around the fountain, had a daughter named Margret, who was adored by the apprentice. As the Master did not want to give his child to a poor man, he prohibited the relationship and threw him out. It is said that Kuhn told the apprentice that he would not get his daughter the same way the young man wouldn’t be able to make rings turning around at the fountain’s lattice fence. When the Master travelled, the apprentice secretly made the rings, to prove his skills. Then he cut the rings and put them to the lattice and hammered and filed until the seams could not be seen anymore. Then he left the town and never came back. When Kuhn was back home, he recognized that he was too strict. But it was too late, and Margret was in tears. One of the rings is seen as a lucky charm. The legend tells that those who touch and turn the ring, will be blessed with children. Most of the tourists think that the ring made of brass is the lucky charm, but lot of people from Nuremberg think that the “real ring” is the one made of iron, and therefore is the lucky charm.”

The Beautiful Fountain in Nuremberg, surrounded by a decorative fence which has lots of swirls and spirals

Before we go on with our trip, we have to relax a bit at the “Museumsbrücke” (museum’s bridge) with view to the Heilig-Geist-Spital (Holy Spirit Hospital):

The Little Mail Carriers sat on the parapet of a bridge, looking over the river and buildings in the distance

The “Heilig-Geist-Spital”, often simply called “HeiGei” by Nuremberg locals, was used to care for the sick and old of the imperial city. The hospital was donated by the richest citizen of that time, Konrad Gross. Still today it is used as a retirement home. The Heilig-Geist-Spital is also the place where the imperial insignia were kept in Nuremberg from 1424 to 1796.

Before we went back to our host’s home, we enjoyed the view over the city again, this time towards the castle:

The Little Mail Carriers look down on Nuremberg

We really enjoyed the time in Nuremberg very much and in case we will get the chance to come here again, we definitely want to eat gingerbread. They are simply a must to eat at Christmas time. Maybe together with our new friends? But for now, we’re on our way once more…

Thank you for hosting the Little Mail Carriers, Patricia, and thanks also to all the postcrossers who spent time with them for welcoming them so warmly!

Since their time in Franconia, they’ve had several other adventures—but that’s a story for another day…

25 comments so far

jjmedusa, United States of America

Thank you for updating us on the Little Mail Carriers! I wonder where they have gone since this trip? Hopefully we will find out soon! :)

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CorgiGirl, United States of America

Always love reading about the Little Mail Carriers. They have such wonderful adventures and hosts. Happy Travels!

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teicher, Germany

In Nuremberg you should also visit the Information center about the time of National Socialist rule in Germany. The message is, that this must never happen again.

Nuremberg is worth a visit.
Lothar

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betslets, United States of America

A very special Little Mail Carriers visit -- I actually lived in the area many years ago and this post brought back so many wonderful memories. My home was in Hauptendorf (a village near the town of Herzogenaurach) and I enjoyed going to the big city of Nurnberg to explore and visit with the German father of an American friend I had worked with in Arizona. This was before Postcrossing. . .would have loved to meet up with Postcrossers there, today.

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mysweetlife63, United States of America

Beautiful architecture & such rich history!
Thank you for reporting Little Mail Carriers.
Would love to visit.

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suegathman, United States of America

Oh, what wonderful adventures! Loved the Nuernberg pictures especially - I was an exchange student there many years ago and remember these landmarks fondly. :)

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Suncrusher, Germany

Great story! Great adventures! Cool to see my home region here.

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GeoClub, United States of America

So fun to imagine visiting all the places with the Little Mail Carriers. Thank you for this opportunity to visit in our minds. Franconia looks delightful!

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Zulhma, Argentina

Thank you very much for sharing this walk, the stories and such beautiful photos. Greetings.

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abqgranny, United States of America

This brought back many wonderful memories. I lived in Ansbach as a teenager [1961-64] and attended high school in Nurnberg. Am glad the little mail-carriers are showing these places to everyone!

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manu86, Germany

I'm happy to met them and show them my city.

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Marcus, Germany

So the Little Mail Carriers were very close to their home...!
As far as I know they were born in Zirndorf, which is a neighboring town of Nuremberg. They are Franconians.

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Demmi, Romania

Always love, love, love reading about the Little Mail Carrier's adventures :) Nice story & Thanks for sharing!

Happy, Happy, Manny "und schön" Travels!

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tassiepenny, Australia

Such a joy to see their travels far and wide. Thank you for allowing us to have a tour of your beautiful city via their little footsteps. Especially I love the Pictorial Postage Mark, these glorious additions to the mail are treasure.

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Flippie, Canada

It's always lovely to see where the guys are going. I hope that they visit The Netherlands one day or even Canada.
For now -Happy Adventures-

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Joerg1971, Germany

It seems the 2 little Mail Carriers have had a great time in my region!!! Next time they visit Franconia again, they should also come to Schwabach or Hilpoltstein and they are of course also welcome to my town Wendelstein! And even then they haven't really seen all of Franconia as we have some more fascination towns like Bamberg or Bayreuth - both places of UNESCO-World Heritage ...

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sealed4ever, United States of America

Following the little mail carriers to their far flung destinations it's always a treat

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Robin67, Austria

How wonderful to read and the photos brought back dear memories of the 2 times I've been to Nürnberg! :-)

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Luborges, Brazil

I can't wait to meet the little Mail Carriers in some beautiful Brazilian city! Come soon!

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NIDUSKA, Finland

Thank You

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cerres, Estonia

So cute. Happy ones :) Thanks for sharing!

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Sylvia_Tamie, Brazil

From Ansbach I remember mostly the Bach monument - I've got a nice postcard of it.
I can't wait to see where to the Little Mail Carriers are going next!

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Matvey-, Belarus

Thanks

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Pangolee, United States of America

The retirement home must be a great place to spend your days in! How cool!

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Lesyk, Ukraine

Wonderful architecture and history !

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