Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lascaux - France

In August of 2010 I've received my 1st card from Lascaux. Exactly 7 years after that 1st card sent by Patrick, I've received another card sent by Damien.

  Photographe © Editions René
Lascaux is famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings, found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France, because of their exceptional quality, size, sophistication and antiquity. Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings consist primarily of large animals, once native to the region. Lascaux is located in the Vézère Valley where many other decorated caves have been found since the beginning of the 20th century.

Lascaux is a complex cave with several areas (Hall of the Bulls, Passage gallery) It was discovered on 12 September 1940 and given statutory historic monument protection in december of the same year. In 1979, several decorated caves of the Vézère Valley - including the Lascaux cave - were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. - in: http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/lascaux/

Monpazier - France

Damien always sends me nice cards and I especially like this one. 
Monpazier is a village in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwest France. The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association. 

Photo Edition "France Regard"
This beautiful village is a bastide. Bastides are fortified new towns built in medieval Languedoc, Gascony and Aquitaine during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries...
Some of the first bastides were built under Raymond VII of Toulouse to replace villages destroyed in the Albigensian Crusade. He encouraged the construction of others to colonize the wilderness, especially of southwest France. Almost 700 bastides were built between 1222 and 1372.
The bastides were so successful against their opponents in the Hundred Years War that the English adopted them for themselves, first in France and later in Wales. - in: wikipedia
Monpazier dates back to 1285. It was founded and built by King Edward I of England, who was also Duke of Gascony. It was home to Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard II of England for a time.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Hermione - France

Hermione is not only the name of an Harry Potter's character, is also the name of a french frigate. 
The card was sent by Damien.

Avec l'aimable autorisation de Francis Latreille
The Hermione is a 32-gun Concorde-class frigate fitted for 12-pounder guns, completed in Rochefort by the Asselin organisation in 2014. She is a reproduction of the 1779 Hermione, which achieved fame by ferrying General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 to allow him to rejoin the American side in the American Revolutionary War. - in: wikipedia

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Begur - Spain

Gemma is my Spanish penpal and she lives in Barcelona. Fortunately today she was not even in the city, but she's obviously sad with this hideous attack, we all are ☹
Today, as in June when he sent me this postcard, she's in Costa Brava, far from the chaos and terror that hit Barcelona.

Triangle Postcards * Foto: © Jordi Puig
Begur is a town in the province of Girona, Catalonia. Sa Tuna, one of it's beaches, is considered one of the most prestigious in Costa Brava.

Ourense - Spain

A few months ago Vanesa moved to another town and she sent me this card to let me know about her new address. 

Ourense is a city in northwestern Spain, the capital of the province of the same name in Galicia.

The card shows views of the Plaza Mayor with its arcaded shops and the Town Hall; a night view of the cathedral and Puente del Milenio, a bridge inaugurated in 2001. 

Paredes da Beira - Portugal

This the private chapel of the Lemos and Azevedos family residence in Paredes da Beira. 

The chapel is a remarkable example of eighteenth-century architecture. Dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, the small temple (aka the Holy Martyrs) is an impressive monument of ornamental and decorative art of the second half of the eighteenth century. The facade, picturesque and scenic, combines fantasy and decorative opulence with the plasticity of the ornaments and trim (Rococo & joanina) of the final end of the Baroque. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

GF Viseu

I know many postcrossers collect GF cards but this one you won't find it in postallove site. It was designed by Sofia's nephew, (I think). 

Some facts abot Viseu:
- Viseu, the capital city of Viseu's district, was voted the best city to live;
- The city has an area of 507.10 km2;
- Over 128 of its 99 274 inhabitants are postcrossers;
- The municipality is crossed by three rivers, Dão, Paiva and Vouga;
- If you like to shop, in Viseu you'll find the 3rd largest shopping center in Portugal;
- The city is often called the "City of roundabouts". Why? There are 197 in the city;
- São Mateus fair, held every year in Viseu, is the oldest fair in the Iberian Peninsula.