Thursday, October 30, 2014

Many Themes RR * Group 1597 (Val-Natalia)

Mant Themes RR is a big RR, whuch as its name indicates, has many groups and I've already joined a few. In group 1597 we were supposed to send cards from other countries. Natalia lives in Russia and she sent cards from China, Croatia and Montenegro.  

This is the chinese card but i've no idea what building is this. 

Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia. Although its population barely exceeds 40,000, it's one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
Today Dubrovnik is the proudest feather in Croatia's tourist cap, an elite destination and one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean.
 Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. - in: wikitravel

Foto: Dragan Bosnic
Petrovac is a coastal town in Montenegro, within Budva Municipality.
Petrovac is located on the coast between Budva and Bar, where the old mountain road from Podgorica reaches the coast. It has a 600 metre long sandy beach and it is a popular tourist destination. 
Between the two world wars, Petrovac was famous as a popular destination for wealthy tourists from (the former) Yugoslavia. Petrovac is today a popular summer beach resort, its visitors coming predominantly from Montenegro and Serbia. - in: wikipedia

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Wow, this postcard is so beautiful! Canada is on my must visit list because of landscapes like this one of Peyto Lake. 

© Published & Distributed by The Postcard Factory
CA-465924, sent by Carlie.
Peyto Lake is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake itself is easily accessed from the Icefields Parkway. It was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.
During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise colour. Because of its bright colour, photos of the lake often appear in illustrated books, and area around the lake is a popular sightseeing spot for tourists in the park. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefields Parkway. - in: wikipedia

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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When I 1st saw this card I thought that building was a church!! No, no, that's not a church and not church related. This is one of the many horse farms in Kentucky, the Horse Country. I really like the autumn colors. 

© Souvenir Factory, Inc. 
US-2978273, sent by Shel.
Maybe nothing defines the culture of Kentucky better than the state's obsession with horses. One visit to Kentucky's Horse Country, and the thoroughbred affection is apparent in everything from the fields of grazing horses and racetracks to Kentucky horse farms & tours. Central Kentucky is home to more than 450 working thoroughbred horse farms.  These farms cover miles of beautiful rolling hills of the heart of our Bluegrass Region.
 It is also the undisputed international centre of Thoroughbred horse breeding. Horses live better here than most aristocracy, in cupola-topped barns and handsome stables with hand-forged gates, stained-glass windows and impeccable housekeeping.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Atlantic Forest in Paraná - Brazil

If you like to travel by train, in the Brazilian state of Paraná you can take one of the most  exciting train tours in the world across the Serra do Mar, one of the best-preserved Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest areas. 
Along the 110 kilometres of rail, the train traverses 14 tunnels, 30 bridges, and several mountains and viaducts.  Another unforgettable sight is a 70-metre waterfall called Véu da Noiva, which means ‘bride’s veil.’ - in: http://www.thetravelword.com/2011/04/07/one-of-the-worlds-most-important-coastal-ecosystems-parana-brazil/
On the right side of this card sent by Luzia, there's and arrow pointing to one of this railway tunnels and on the left side there's a picture of the Véu da Noiva waterfall. 

Fotos: Carlos Renato Fernandes; Denis (?) Ferreira Netto
The Atlantic Forests (Southeast) contain the best and largest remaining examples of Atlantic forest in the southeast region of Brazil. The 25 protected areas that make up the site display the biological richness and evolutionary history of the few remaining areas of Atlantic forest of southeast Brazil. The area is also exceptionally diverse with high numbers of rare and endemic species. With its “mountains to the sea” attitudinal gradient, its estuary, wild rivers, karst and numerous waterfalls, the site also has exceptional scenic values. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/893/

Mundaí Beach - Brazil

David's requested my help to surprise his wife family with some cards because his mother-in-law was portuguese and from my region. Of course I helped him but he also surprised me with his cards, especially this one from my last missing UNESCO site from Brazil. Mundaí Beach, in Porto Seguro, Bahía State, is one of the many beaches along the Discovery Coast. 

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Considered the starting point of the Brazilian history and culture, the Discovery Coast was declared World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, in 1999. Surrounded by several natural attractions – such as beaches, bays, inlets, cliffs, coral reefs, mangroves and navigable rivers – the region has favorable conditions for adventure tourism and ecotourism.
For more than 500 years this region has been visited by various explorers seeking for the most unusual products. Nowadays, the explorers are better known as"tourists", that look for high doses of adrenaline and lots of history, in a scenery composed by sun, sea and tranquility. - in: http://bahia.com.br/en/destinos/discovery-coast/

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Minas Gerais Cities - Brazil

Brazil is more than sun & beaches, I'm more interrested in it's history and architecture. I've been saving money to cross the Atlantic and Minas Gerais state and it's colonial towns are one of my options. 
These cards from Tiradentes and Ouro Preto were sent by David. 

Foto: Sérgio Ricardo de Freitas
Tiradentes is one of the smallest yet best preserved colonial towns in the brazilian State of Minas Gerais. It has been acclaimed as an unspoiled example of colonial architecture.  It has a population of about 6000 and boasts some fine examples of 300-year old buildings, like the impressive gold-filled St. António Church, built in 1710. 

Foto: Sérgio Ricardo de Freitas
Ouro Preto was the stronghold of the Inconfidentes, early fighters for Brazil’s independence from colonial rule. This treasure house of Baroque architecture has remained amazingly intact over the centuries and was classified as UNESCO WHS in 1980.
The Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao (Immaculate Conception) was built between 1727 - 1746. 

Ahu Tongariki - Easter Island

My penpal Telma knows how much I like postcards and on her last letter she enclosed this card from Easter Island, showing 2 of the 15 moai in the Ahy Tongariki stone platform. 

© HISPAPEL LTDA
Ahu Tongariki is the largest Moai site of Easter Island. It has 15 moai lined up and includes the largest moai ever erected on the island. The biggest moai on this card has a pulao (red hairknot) on its head. Originally the others also had them though now they are just lying on the ground closer to the entrance.
The fifteen Moai (with their pukao) were toppled in the 17th century (as were all other Moai on the island) during a tribal war.
The platform was totally destroyed in 1960 when a massive tsunami, triggered by an earthquake in Chile, swept across this corner of the island, dragging the platform blocks and the statues 90m inland – a remarkable distance, given that the statues weigh up to 30 tonnes each. In October 1992 an agreement was signed between the Government of Chile and the Moai Restoration Committee of Japan to restore the Moai of Ahu Tongariki to their original standing positions. Work was finally completed in 1996 after help from Chilean archaeologists, Japanese archaeologists as well as that of a group of people of Easter Island.