Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Stockholm - Sweden

Last month my penpal Gemma went on holidays to Sweden. She visited many places and of course, she has also been to the swedish capital.
This is a view of Strandvägen, one of the most pleasant boulevards in the city.
Strandvägen is a boulevard created that was created in the second half of the nineteenth century in Stockholm's Östermalm district. The boulevard, which looks out over the water, is lined with grand, almost palatial buildings that were designed by some of the top architects of that time.
Strandvägen ('beach road') has a length of 1200 meters (0.75 mi) and runs east from Nybroplan to the Djurgården Bridge. - in:

Craggaunowen Castle - Ireland

Back to the castles, this one from Ireland.
The card was sent by Aerling. 

Photo: P. O'Toole, John Hinde Studios
Craggaunowen is a 16th-century restored castle and an archaeological open-air museum in County Clare, Ireland.
On the back of the card: It contains part of the Hunt Collection of medieval art objects. In the grounds of the castle is a reconstructed Crannóg - a Bronze Age lake dwelling and a ring fort - a reconstruction of a farmer's house of the 4th century. Archaeological data from many sources were used in the construction of these exhibits. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Giant's Causeway - Northern Ireland

The Giant's Causeway is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. It was classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, and a national nature reserve declared by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland in 1987.
Heidi visited this site last June and sent me a card with a matching stamp. The 2nd card was sent 6 years ago by Morag. 

 © Art Ward
 The Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast is a spectacular area of global geological importance on the sea coast at the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. The most characteristic and unique feature of the site is the exposure of some 40,000 large, regularly shaped polygonal columns of basalt in perfect horizontal sections, forming a pavement. This dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland. Celebrated in the arts and in science, it has been a visitor attraction for at least 300 years and has come to be regarded as a symbol for Northern Ireland.

The property’s accessible array of curious geological exposures and polygonal columnar formations formed around 60 million years ago make it a ‘classic locality’ for the study of basaltic volcanism. The features of the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast site and in particular the strata exposed in the cliff faces, have been key to shaping the understanding of the sequences of activity in the Earth’s geological history. - in:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Westminster Abbey - UK

Four different cards for the very same abbey, the world famous Westminster Abbey.  
The 1st of these 4 cards is an american official card, the 2nd was sent a few weeks ago by Lurdes and the last 2 cards were bought by me. 

 Jarrold Publishing, Norwich
 US-3230274, sent by Manfred.
Westminster Abbey, located near the Houses of Parliament, is more a historical site than a religious site. Since 1066 every royal coronation, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII, has taken place in this church.
On the back of the card: the choir; the west front; window in the Royal Air Force Chapel; angels in the Henry VII Chapel; the south face of the abbey; the grave of the Unknown Warrior.  

 © J. Salmon LTD
The abbey also serves as the burial ground for numerous politicians, sovereigns and artists. The abbey is stuffed with tombs, statues and monuments. Many coffins even stand upright due to the lack of space. In total approximately 3300 people are buried in the church and cloisters. Some of the most famous are Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton and David Livingstone.

A church stood here already in the eight century but the history of the current abbey starts in 1050, when King Edward The Confessor decided to build a monastery. Only a small part of this Norman monastery, consecrated in 1065, survived. 

Most of the present building dates from 1245 to 1272 when Henry III decided to rebuild the abbey in the Gothic style. The building was later significantly expanded: the Chapel of Henry VII was added between 1503 and 1512, while the two West Front Towers date from 1745. The youngest part of the abbey is the North entrance, completed in the nineteenth century. - in:

Anglesey - Wales

Not so long ago, Laerke went on holidays to Anglesey island, a place I've never heard about before.
These are some of the bays on the island, Bull Bay, Trearddur Bay, Red Wharf Bay, Cemaes Bay and Benllech Bay. 

© J. Salmon LTD
Anglesey or Ynys Môn  is an island off the north-west coast of Wales. With an area of 276 square miles (715 km2), Anglesey is by far the largest island of Wales and the fifth-largest island surrounding Great Britain (and the largest outside Scotland). Anglesey is also the largest island in the Irish Sea by area, and the second most populous island in the Irish Sea (after the Isle of Man). The population at the 2011 census was 69,751. Two bridges span the Menai Strait, connecting the island to the mainland: the Menai Suspension Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford in 1826, and the Britannia Bridge.
Almost three-quarters of Anglesey's inhabitants are Welsh speakers and Ynys Môn, the Welsh name for the island, is used for the UK Parliament and National Assembly constituencies. - in: wikipedia

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Chepstow Castle - Wales

Castles, all kind of castles, from all over the world are welcome and highly appreciated in my collection.
This one is from Wales and it was sent by Jason.

© J. Salmon LTD
Chepstow Castle is the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain. Located above cliffs on the River Wye, construction began in 1067 under the instruction of the Norman Lord William fitzOsbern. Originally known as Striguil, it was the southernmost of a chain of castles built in the Welsh Marches, and with its attached lordship took the name of the adjoining market town in about the 14th century.
In the 12th century the castle was used in the conquest of Gwent, the first independent Welsh kingdom to be conquered by the Normans. It was subsequently held by two of the most powerful Anglo-Norman magnates of medieval England, William Marshal and Richard de Clare. However, by the 16th century its military importance had waned and parts of its structure were converted into domestic ranges. Although re-garrisoned during and after the English Civil War, by the 1700s it had fallen into decay. With the later growth of tourism, the castle became a popular visitor destination. - in: wikipedia

Antwerpen's Cathedral - Belgium

Antwerpen's Cathedral is one of the most impressive cathedrals I've ever seen. 
I've been to this belgium city almost 5 years ago and Raquel has been there last month for another Postcrossing meeting. She sent me the 1st of these cards, the 2nd is an official and the 3rd was bought by me. 

Built between 1352 and 1521 as one of the world's tallest buildings, Antwerp's majestic cathedral still dominates the city's skyline. Inside are magnificent canvases painted by Rubens.
The Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kathedraal (Cathedral of our Lady) is a masterpiece of lace work in stone.

© Belgium Heritage
Begun in 1352, it is one of the finest gothic buildings in Europe. The church, which became a cathedral in 1559 replaced a Romanesque church built in the twelfth century. The last vestiges of that church were demolished in 1481. 
The overall design of the Antwerp Cathedral is attributed to Jean Appelmans, also known as Jean Amel de Boulogne, although the construction was most likely headed by De Waghemakere. A nineteenth-century monument at the base of the southern spire commemorates the architect. 
The choir and nave were built first between 1352 and 1411. The west front was built later, between 1422 and 1474.

 © Verlag & Design Simon Sauer
BE-163211, sent by Hildegarde.
The last part, the tower, was finished in 1518. Of the two planned towers, only the northern was finished. The octagonal portion of the tower, constructed between 1501 and 1507 was designed by Herman de Waghemakere. Inside the tower is a carillon with forty-seven bells. The actual spire was built by Domien de Waghemakere, Antoon Keldermans II, and Rombout Keldermans between 1508 and 1518. 

 The cathedral was the tallest structure in the Low Countries for several centuries. Even now, the 123 meter (405ft) tall spire reigns over the city. Partly due to height restrictions in Antwerp, it is still the tallest building in the city. As an example of the aspirations of Antwerp in its golden age, Emperor Charles V laid the first stone of a significant extension, three times the size of the current one, which would make it the largest building on earth. Water damage resulting from a severe fire in the nave in 1533, which destroyed the ceiling and the Gothic furniture, prevented the construction of this megalomaniac project. - in: