Thursday, February 22, 2018

Venice - Italy

Venice is probably one of the most famous and visited cities, not only in Italy, but in the world. My penpal Anne visited it last month. Today I'm posting her card and another one that Irene sent me back in 2009. 

Santa María della Salute is one of the most important religious edifices in Venice. Its striking dome is depicted in most of the city’s postcards. 

© FLORENTIA MINOR S. N. C. - Fiesole (FI)
Salute, as it is commonly known, was founded in 1631. The basilica was built to commemorate the end of a terrible outbreak of the plague that began in 1630, and killed a large portion of the Veneto population. It was dedicated to Our Lady of Health (Salute in Italian).
The architect, Baldassare Longhena, was commissioned to design the church and had also been responsible for the construction of the Ca’ Rezzonico. Santa Maria della Salute took 56 years to build and was completed in 1687. 

The Basilica’s interior is octagonal with small chapels on each side of the building. Although the church’s decoration is quite plain, there are several impressive paintings by Titian and Tintoretto.
The most magnificent canvas is called “Marriage at Cana” by Tintoretto. It is located in the sacristy.
Every 21 November, the Venetians celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Virgin (Festa della Madonna della Salute). It is one of the most popular festivals in Venice. It involves crossing an improvised bridge over the Grand Canal to the Salute Basilica in recognition of freeing Venice from the plague. - in:

The Auvergne Volcanoes - France

I've said it before and I say it again, I like volcanoes. These are 3 wonderful examples of volcanoes cards. All of the are from Auvergne, the land of volcanoes in France. Two were sent by Valérie and the other is an official card. 

Volcanoes, a term which in France is automatically associated with Auvergne in the Massif Central, which was formed 60-million years ago, when the African and European tectonic plates collided. However, the European plate slipped under the African plate.
The thrust weakened it and provoked the appearance of faults lines in the area we today call Massif Central.
Some 25 million years the magma began to rise to the surface in the northern part of the Massif Central. 
There are 450 volcanoes spread in the Chaîne des Puys, Cantal, Monts Dore, Monts d' Artense, Monts du Cantal and Monts du Cézallier (between the Monts Dore and Cantal).
You can discover these volcanoes in the Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne. - in:

Photo: Joël Damase
FR-983131, sent by Elisabeth.
The Chaîne des Puys is a volcanic alignment of 80 volcanoes that stretches nearly 32 km long and 4 km wide. It is here that the study of volcanoes is born. This natural site includes all forms of volcanism and is a fascinating visual spectacle.
Its highest point is the lava dome of Puy de Dôme, located near the middle of the chain, which is 1,465 m (4,806 ft) high.

Formed between 95,000 and 8,400 years old, the puys chain is the youngest volcanic ensemble in metropolitan France. It is precisely because these volcanoes are young, that they propose a large variety of forms.
The volcanoes of the Chaîne des Puys have not had time to erode, their forms remained pure and easily interpretable. 

Morella - Spain

Last November Celina visited the beautiful town of Morella in Spain and sent me a card from there. It didn't get to my mailbox in the following weeks and we both thought it got lost. However it didn't get lost, it must have been forgotten somewhere in the local post office because altought it has been sent in November, it has a January postmark.

© Ediciones A. M. * Fotografia: AEROPTOPVISIÓN
Located in the northern tip of the Valencian Community and just 60 kilometers from the coast, Morella is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Its 16 towers, six doors and almost two kilometers of wall (walls 10 and 15 meters high, and two meters thick) are the characteristics of Morella, crowned by the castle.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ourense's Roman Bridge - Spain

Another postcard from Vanesa. She started to send offcial cards again and to celebrate, she opened a lottery. I was the lucky winner and got this card with the Roman Bridge in Ourense. 

Together with the Burgas, thermal springs and the Cathedral, the Roman Bridge is one of the three symbols of the city of Ourense.

© Ediciones Paris
The Roman Bridge of Ourense on the River Minho, was built in the first century A.D. 
According to tradition, it dates from the time of Trajan, however, its constructive characteristics are close to the time of Augustus.
During the twelfth century the main arch of the bridge gave way to a series of interminable repairs that only ended in the seventeenth century when the final reform gave the bridge its present medieval appearance while retaining its original Roman elements.
Of the original 11 arches, only 7 are left.
At present the bridge measures 370 meters long, with a central arch of 43 meters wide by 39 meters high, classified as the largest of the Roman Empire.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Meeting in Entroncamento - Portugal

It's not easy for me to go to postcrossing meetings because I work on weekends but last month I made it to the meeting in Entroncamento. The idea of this meeting was to visit the National Railway Museum, which has its headquarters and main base in Entroncamento. This city is a major hub of the Portuguese rail network and the location of railway workshops. The museum is a postcrossing member
For the 1st time in a meeting, most of the participants were newbies, this was their 1st meeting ever. 

Museu Nacional Ferroviário / Doação Varela Pécurto
As in every meeting, we sent some cards. This one was sent by Vanesa who was in the meeting.

Carlos Pinto
This one was sent by me. It shows the historical train with the E214 locomotive in Carrazedo. This old locomotive, built in 1923, was the last of the steam engines to leave the railroad in Portugal and is considered a rarity because it is articulated and, at the time, it was the most powerful in the Corgo metric line.

Torres Novas - Portugal

I'm not really sure how this postcard got to my mailbox, because it has no stamp. It must have fallen during its trip from Alcanena to Guarda. It was sent by Carolina, who I met during the meeting in Entroncamento last month.
In Torres Novas I've only been to the shopping centers next to the highway and honestly, I don't know much about the city.
The card shows a night view of one of the city's square, the windmills of Pena and the castle with a statue of D. Sancho I, the king who founded the city in 1190.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cabanas / Conceição Church - Portugal

The postcard says as you can see, that this church is located in Cabanas, however when doing a search on the net, its location is in Conceição de Tavira. In 2013, the parish merged into the new parish Conceição e Cabanas de Tavira, this might explain the confusion. 
As for who sent this postcard, there's no confusion at all. It was sent by Leninha after winning her lottery on FB.

© al-garbdistri
This church goes back to the first quarter of the 16th century. The façade's portico features a late-Gothic Manueline decoration.