Friday, December 15, 2017

Sion - Switzerland

I'm back after my holidays in Vienna and Budapest. I returned with new postcards and while I was traveling I've received a few more.
Last month Óscar received his 200th official postcard and to celebrate he opened a lottery. I won the lottery and received a postcard from Sion, which I'm posting here now with another card with the Basilica of Valère and also sent by Óscar.

© Photo Edition darbellay CH - Martigny
Sion, the capital of the Canton of Valais, is known as the most sun-blessed town of Switzerland. Thanks to its central location, the small town abounding with culture is also an ideal starting point for exploring the summer and winter holiday resorts in the Valais side valleys.
Sion is recognizable from afar thanks to the high towers of Castle Tourbillon and the Castle of Valeria. These landmarks guard the capital of Valais and its 30,000 inhabitants. Past and future blend in one of Switzerland’s oldest cities. Sion, which boasts a 7,000-year history, is today the economic center of Valais and an important traffic junction with its own international airport. 
Particularly charming are the many historical monuments in the Old Town, the shopping area, and the new modern and convenient municipal facilities. Here one feels a little closer to the south. A visit to one of the numerous museums lets you discover the varied history of the city. - in: https://www.myswitzerland.com/en/sion-sitten.html

Edition PERROCHET S. A.
The Valère basilica, also called Valère castle, is a fortified church situated in Sion in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.
The church (Notre-Dame de Valère) was built during the 12th and 13th centuries and obtained the rank of minor basilica at the time of the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1984.
The organ on the west side of the Valère basilica, believed to have been built in 1435, is one of the oldest in the world. Its pipes are arranged to form a rough outline of a church; the larger pipes form two towers, and the smaller ones create a triangular church roof. - in: wikipedia

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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The ID of this card is german but the castle is swiss. Leuk is a town in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. 

Foto: Roland Gerth
DE-6649589, sent by Klaus.
Until the 19th century Leuk was one of the ecclesiastical and cultural centres of the Valais. Defiant towers, castles and fine patrician houses bear witness to the former strength, self-confidence and determination of the Leuker community. The emblematic Bishop’s castle (built 1254), town hall, late-gothic St. Stephen’s Church (with its Romanesque tower and Roman fire place) and baroque Ringacker Chapel can be seen for miles around. - in: https://www.valais.ch/en/destinations/other-destinations/leuk-susten/activities/bishop-s-castle

Bayeux Cathedral - France

Zé Pombal's 1st grandson was born a few weeks ago and to celebrate his birth Zé held a lottery. All the participants won and got the choose a postcard. I chose this one with Bayeaux Cathedral.

Editions Normandes LE GOUBEY - CAEN
Bayeux Cathedral, also known as Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayeux, is a Roman Catholic church located in the town of Bayeux in Normandy, France. A national monument, it is the seat of the Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux and was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry. It is in the Norman-Romanesque architectural tradition.
The site is an ancient one and was once occupied by Roman sanctuaries. The present cathedral was consecrated on 14 July 1077 in the presence of William, Duke of Normandy and King of England. It was here that William forced Harold Godwinson to take the oath, the breaking of which led to the Norman conquest of England. - in: wikipedia

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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A spanish card sent as an official from Russia. 
Summer view of mountain resort, sanctuary and reservoir in Vall de Nuria. Vall de Nuria is a valley coming down from the crest of the Pyrenees within the municipality of Queralbs, province of Girona, community of Catalonia.

RU-5968421, sent by Lina.
The valley lies about 2,000 metres above sea level and is accessible from the south via a rack railway (the Vall de Núria Rack Railway) or by foot, and from France to the north by footpaths. There are no roads to access the valley.
The place is historically notable for the 1931 drafting of the first Catalan Statute of Autonomy, in the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Núria. - in: wikipedia

Mallorca - Spain

This summer my friend Vera went on holidays to Mallorca, the largest island in the Balearic Islands, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean. 

© Ediciones Costa de Mallorca, S. L. 
Vera visited all the places on the card except Valldemosa. If it was me visiting the island, Valldemosa would be on the top of my must see list because this village is located in the Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. 

Monte do Trigo - Portugal

This postcard was sent from the north of the country by Inês but it is from the south. Monte do Trigo is a parish in the municipality of Portel, in Alentejo region. 

The Church of St. Julian dates from the 20th century. It was built on the same place of a 16th century church that disappeared in 1946/47.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Meeting with Miguel in Lisbon

In September Miguel was in Portugal for a few days, travelled a bit and met a few postcrossing friends. We met here in my city and visited three Historical Villages nearby. A few days later he was in Lisbon and met Vitória, Gracinha, Paula, Joaninha, Zé Guedes aka Zé Piloto, Inês Brito and Phoebe, a postcrosser from Hong Kong, if I'm not mistaken. Gracinha and him sent me these postcards.

Centro de Caridade de Nossa Srº do Perpétuo Socorro - Porto
Arriving in Lisbon on a cruise ship must be a great way to get to our capital. Last year 522,000 tourists  arrived at the port of Lisbon. Speaking of which, last September the port of Lisbon was voted 'Best Cruise Port of Europe' at the World Travel Awards Europe of 2017.

Foto: Sérgio Duarte * © 2014 - Ed. 19 de Abril: 135
A tram ride is a must do in Lisbon. Yellow or red (I prefer the red ones), trams have been in service since 1901 and all of them, except those of the 15E route, maintain the original wooden interiors.
Lisbon has an extensive network of trams that cross vast areas of the portuguese capital, which are not served by metro or buses. There are, in total, five distinct tram routes and, in general, go to east (towards Alfama and Graça) or west (towards Belém and Campo de Ourique).