Friday, February 24, 2017

Kluane National Park - Canada

This beautiful card arrived from Canada last November and it was a new card for my UNESCO collection. It was sent by Jason.

Kluane National Park, plus neighbouring parks Tatshenshini in British Columbia and Wrangell-St. Elias and Glacier Bay in Alaska, make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the world's largest international protected area.

© 2015 Canada Post
The 22 000 square kilometre Kluane National Park is set like a jewel in the southwestern corner of the Yukon between northeastern British Columbia and the tidewaters of the Alaskan panhandle. Much of the park's 129 kilometre northern boundary is made up of the Alaska Highway and the Haines Road. The Alsek River, known for its big water rapids created by the tremendous volume of water it drains from the St. Elias Mountains, is so swift it appears that native people have entirely avoided using it for travel or trade routes. Lowell Glacier's immense and spectacular advances and retreats have periodically blocked the Alsek causing flooding that over the centuries has greatly affected the vegetation and wildlife in the low-lying valleys. - in: http://www.canadianparks.com/yukon/kluannp/index.htm

Saturday, February 18, 2017

CA-696156

St. Catharines is the largest city in Canada's Niagara Region and the sixth largest urban area in Ontario. The city is known for its many gardens, parks and trails but this card only shows churches and it wasn't easy to identify them. 

Photos by All & Burgie Ludlow
CA-696156, sent by Michelle.
On the left side there's St. George's Church; Welland Avenue Methodist Church in the middle and St. Catharine's Cathedral. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

US-4463211

Remember that I said that Sherri sent me an envelope with 4 cards? Besides the Victoria Falls card from Zimbabwe, these are the other 3 cards she also sent. It was very generous of her to send me so many cards. Thank you again. 

US-4463211, sent by Sherri.
It snowed here a few days ago, unfortunately it wasn't enough to ride a snowmobile like these guys are doing in Fairlee, a town in Orange County, Vermont. Fairlee is home to Lake Morey, which claims to have the longest ice skating trail in the United States. 

Photo © Paul Rezendes
The Windmill Point Light in Vermont is the northernmost lighthouse on Lake Champlain. 
The first lighthouse on this site was privately erected in 1830. In 1858, the Lighthouse Service contracted with the Ellis and O'Neil firm to erect the present octagonal tower, which is connected directly to the keeper's house. It remained in service until 1931. The keeper's house was transferred to the customs service for use in battling smuggling during Prohibition. 
In August 2002 a new solar powered beacon was installed in the old tower. The light is still in service and remains an active aid to navigation. - in: wikipedia

Photo © Bob Grant
View of Sherman Adams Building, Weather Observatory, from the summit of Mount Washington. This is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288.2 ft (1,916.6 m) and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.

RU-5405900

These are official cards from Russia but none of them is from there. Nastya sent me an envelope with these cards from USA and Ukraine and also a tea bag. 

RU-5405900, sent by Nastya.
Annisquam Harbor Light Station, formerly known as Wigwam Point, was first established in 1801 and is now one of the oldest light stations in Massachusetts. The original wooden octagonal tower was replaced around 1897 by the existing brick tower. The site includes elements of the original light station complex (completed by 1814), such as the keeper's house and an oil house. An elevated wooden walkway leads to the 41-foot tall, cylindrical tower, which rests on a stone foundation. An enclosed brick passageway provides access to the tower. The lighthouse protects mariners from dangerous obstacles including long sandbars and a rocky shore along the Annisquam River. - in: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/maritime/ann.htm

The constrution of the Church of Saint Theodore Stratelates in Alushta, Crimea, began in 1833. The temple was built in the Gothic style and reminded a rural church in England.
The temple doors were closed in 1964. The building was rebuilt several times, the bell tower was destroyed and the former temple lost its original appearance. A few decades later the church was reconstructed and appeared in all its glory. 

Diamantina - Brazil

When I've been to Brazil I've visited 3 of the 4 UNESCO sites in Minas Gerais state, Diamantina, where this card is from, was the only one I didn't get to visit because it was too far from the places I was staying. 
The card was sent by Luzia. 

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Blacks, was built in 1731 by the Brotherhood with the same name. It is one of the oldest temples of Diamantina. It has a simple facade, however, it keeps an altar clad in gold.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Machu Picchu - Peru

It's impossible to go to Peru and not going to it's most famous attraction, Machu Picchu. 
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Besides the Titicaca card, Ara also sent me a Machu Picchu card. The other one was sent by Veronika a few years ago.

Fotografia: © Hennry Abanto
Embedded within a dramatic landscape at the meeting point between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin, the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere and the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization.
 Built in the fifteenth century Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century. It was not until 1911 that the archaeological complex was made known to the outside world.
The approximately 200 structures making up this outstanding religious, ceremonial, astronomical and agricultural centre are set on a steep ridge, crisscrossed by stone terraces. Following a rigorous plan the city is divided into a lower and upper part, separating the farming from residential areas, with a large square between the two. 

To this day, many of Machu Picchu’s mysteries remain unresolved, including the exact role it may have played in the Incas’ sophisticated understanding of astronomy and domestication of wild plant species.
The massive yet refined architecture of Machu Picchu blends exceptionally well with the stunning natural environment, with which it is intricately linked. Numerous subsidiary centres, an extensive road and trail system, irrigation canals and agricultural terraces bear witness to longstanding, often on-going human use. The rugged topography making some areas difficult to access has resulted in a mosaic of used areas and diverse natural habitats. The Eastern slopes of the tropical Andes with its enormous gradient from high altitude “Puna” grasslands and Polylepis thickets to montane cloud forests all the way down towards the tropical lowland forests are known to harbour a rich biodiversity and high endemism of global significance. Despite its small size the property contributes to conserving a very rich habitat and species diversity with remarkable endemic and relict flora and fauna. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/274

Lake Titicaca - Peru

One of my friends and I have constantly been talking about a trip to Peru, it's one of those trips we want to do together, just don't know when, not this year for sure. My friend went to Bolivia last summer and has been to the Titicaca Lake, I'm pretty sure she wants to visit the peruvian side of the lake too.
Ara has been there last October and that's when she sent me the 1st of these cards. The 2nd was sent by Mery in 2008. 

Fotografia: © Hennry Abanto
Located between Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is one of the most fascinating lakes in the world. It is situated at a very high altitude, at over 3800 meters above sea level, and a tour at Titicaca is definitely an unforgettable experience for any visitor. 

When visiting Lake Titicaca, the town of Puno is the best place to stay, on the Peruvian side of the lake.
The town of Puno is an interesting place to visit as it is the capital of folklore of Peru.
Lake Titicaca is a sacred place for the Inca civilization, as the Incan mythology says that the first Inca king, Manco Capac, was born here. According to the Incan mythology, this is the place where the world was created from, when the god Viracocha came out of the lake and created the sun, the stars and the first people. 
You will have many places to discover on the shore of Lake Titicaca, as well as on the many islands that exist on the lake. - in: http://laketiticaca.com/