Thursday, July 30, 2015

SE-85245

An official from Sweden. 

Foto: Börje Lejon
SE-85245, sent by Anette.
Tranemo Church, built in the 1880s, is one of Emil Langlet’s twelve central churches.
The interior was given a more oblong shape in the 1930s, but in 1993 the original idea was readopted, namely to make baptism and communion visible at the centre of the church interior.
Two of the galleries that had previously been removed were reconstructed and later the church was also given its freestanding altar table. - in: http://www.svenskakyrkan.se/kyrkrundansjuharad/tranemo-church

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dublin - Ireland

I'm counting the days for my next holidays in September but those won't be my last holidays of the year. In November I'll travel again and I'll go to Ireland. I doubt I'll get such a blue and clear sky but I might get lucky!! 
Christ Church Cathedral will be one of the monuments I'll visit in Dublin but my travel plans include other places and monuments nearby. 
Heidi has been to Dublin last June for a postcrossing meeting. Who knows, maybe I'll get to meet some postcrossers there too. 

© Liam Blake
Standing on high ground in the oldest part of Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral is one of the city's finest historic buildings. Part of the Anglican Church of Ireland, the cathedral is the mother church for the diocese of Dublin and Glendalough.
The first Christianized Danish king, Sitric (Sigtryggr Silkbeard), built a wooden church at this site in 1038. On the brow of a hill inside the city walls, it was the most commanding position in Dublin. The present stone cathedral was begun in 1172 after the conquest of Dublin by Strongbow (a.k.a. Richard de Clare), a Norman baron. Construction continued well into the 13th century, so a transition from Norman to Early English Gothic styles can be seen in the architecture.
The cathedral's vault collapsed in 1562, bringing down the south side of the nave with it. It was rebuilt in the 17th century.
Funded by the distiller Henry Roe, the cathedral was heavily restored by architect G. E. Street in 1871-78. As with many Victorian renovations, the work was important for preserving the ancient building but also robbed the cathedral of much of its medieval character. The exterior was entirely refaced and the interior was fully renovated in a Victorian Neo-Gothic style. Street also rebuilt the tower and added external buttresses. - in: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/ireland/dublin-christ-church-cathedral

Sunday, July 26, 2015

GB-664568

A beautiful snowy landscape with the scotish Blair Castle. 

© Copyright www.allanwrightphoto.com
GB-664568, sent by Vikki.
 Blair Castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders
Blair Castle is nestled in the dramatic landscape of Highland Perthshire and has been home to 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War and from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden following Bonnie Prince Charlie's own stay in the castle. You'll hear how the lucky inheritance of a smuggler-infested island helped turn the castle into a comfortable home and how a visit from Queen Victoria led to the creation of Europe's only surviving private army, the Atholl Highlanders.
More than 30 rooms are on display, full of Scottish cultural history, architectural design, period furnishings, family portraits, landscape paintings and a colourful military past. - in: http://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/blair-castle-gardens-p250571

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Glasgow - Scotland

A card from Glasgow sent by Damien. The nice ship is Glenlee and the modern building is the Riverside Museum. 

© Colin Baxter
The Riverside Museum provides an exciting new home for Glasgow's transport collection and replaces the Museum of Transport previousy located at the Kelvin Hall. The development has a riverside location on a site where the River Clyde meets Glasgow's other main river, the Kelvin, and will be adjacent to Glasgow Harbour.
The much-acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid created the design for the Riverside Museum, which has already been dubbed 'Glasgow's Guggenheim'.
The new museum houses collections not previously on display at the Museum of Transport, and for the first time allows the proper interpretation of Glasgow's important maritime history.
With more than 3,000 objects on display, from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams, velocipedes to voiturettes, there is something for visitors of all ages. - in: http://www.clydewaterfront.com/projects/greater-govan--glasgow-harbour/leisure/riverside_museum
Moored outside is the 19th-century sailing ship, Glasgow's Tall Ship, the Glenlee.
The Tall Ship: SV Glenlee is a major visitor attraction in Glasgow and has welcomed over half a million visitors since opening in 1999.
She was built in 1896 and worked as a cargo ship for over 20 years, circumnavigating the globe 4 times. SV Glenlee is now the only remaining Clyde-built sailing vessel afloat in the UK and is an icon of Glasgow’s ship building heritage.
The Tall Ship officially became an accredited museum in 2008 and she is recognised as part of the Core Collection of historic vessels in the UK, offering an exciting programme of family events, education projects, exhibitions and tours. Visit the Captain's Cabin, the children's play area, engine room and cargo hold cinema!  - in: http://www.glasgowsleadingattractions.com/attractions/the-tall-ship/ 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PC Meeting in London

The Mons Postcrossing meeting was in late march and in the begginning of May, Raquel attended another meeting, this one in London. Laerke also sent me a card from this meeting. 

Fisa
Even if this card had no identification where it was from, I bet everyone would say it was a card from London. The double decker buses, the underground sign, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, London Eye, the red phone booths and the Queen's Guards are some of the most famous London icons. 

 © British Library Board
Laerke sent a card issued by the British Library showing habits of English ladies in the years of 1735, 1745 and 1755. 

Mons - Belgium

It was on March the 28th that the belgium city of Mons hosted a Postcrossing Meeting. Raquel was there and she sent me this card signed by other 14 postcrossers. 

© Edit. Thill, S. A., Bruxelles
Mons, also known as the cultural capital of Wallonia and the actual capital of the Hainaut Province, is located in the southwest of Belgium, 1 hour by train from Brussels. 
Together with the Czech city of Plzeň, Mons is the European Capital of Culture in 2015.
I can't identify the building on the bottom left corner but the other images are the Town Hall, the belfry, the guardhouse money, a local festivity, maybe the Lumeçon fight, where Saint George confronts the dragon and Saint-Waudru Collegiate Church. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

NL-3068992, NL-3069013 & NL-3069000

Last monday I've got not 1, not 2 but 3 official cards from the Netherlands. 

 Foto © Depositphotos/Merial
NL-3068992, sent by Janny.
This is Gouda's Town Hall, a very beautiful bulding that I didn't get to see properly because of the weekly market :( 
It is one of the oldest and most impressive Gothic secular buildings in The Netherlands. 
The Gothic Goudse stadhuis was already in use by 1450 but many alterations have been made through the centuries. In the 17th century it was added a staircase leading to the entrance as well as the balcony at the rear of the building on which offenders could be mocked and denounced by the people. It was on this balcony that in 1860 the death penalty was executed for the last time in The Netherlands.

NL-3069013, sent by Monique. 
The biggest church in Amsterdam, built 1619 – 1631, the Westerkerk – English: The Western Church, is the most important Protestant church in the city, while its bell tower – the Westerkerk Tower - Dutch: Westertoren, remains until today the pride of Amsterdam, regarded by many, as the city symbol. - in: http://www.amsterdam.info/westerkerk/

NL-3069000, sent by Hester.
Ommen is an Hanseatic city in the Vecht valley of the Salland region, which is at the heart of the province of Overijssel in the eastern Netherlands.
Omemn has five windmills, this one on the card is Besthem mill, from 1862 and recently renovated. The Besthem mill houses the Nature Information Centre with expositions about Ommen's diverse landscape and ecosystems.