Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Santa Maria da Feira Castle - Portugal

Today i received lots of publicity and this card showing the Santa Maria da Feira Castle. It was sent by Sónia "soniacarvalho".

"The castle was built in the 11th century on the site of a pagan sanctuary dedicated to the god Bandeveluco-Toiraeco, from 1117, one of the most important fairs in Portugal took place here, the castle derives its name from this fair. Santa Maria da Feira's castle is an emblematic military work of the medieval Portuguese architecture." - in: http://www.colonialvoyage.com/viaggi/portugalfeiracastle.html

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is an UNESCO World Heritage site located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes.

Tam Coc is a site of giant limestone karst formations jutting out of the rice paddies that surround the Ngo Dong River about 9km southwest of Ninh Binh, North Vietnam.
Both cards were sent by "Suspiria".

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Salvador da Bahia - Brazil

These are 3 of the brazilian cards i received last week sent by Nanda, from Bahia state.

Salvador da Bahia carnival.

Ordem Terceira of Saint Francisco Church, the only spanish barroc style church in Brazil.

Tiles inside the Ordem Terceira of Saint Francisco Church showing Lisbon before the earthquake (1755); the cloister and the wash-basin of the sacristy with tiles from Macao.


Friday, October 26, 2007

Tag within Europe

No cards today and i only received 1 yesterday.

This card was sent by Nina "buvveskipi" from Finland.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

USA cards

I received 4 cards today from the USA. 3 cards from Kentucky sent by Jackie "Jackiespotlight" and 1 Southwest Cowpoke Chili recipe card from Jocelyn "Nowaglas".

A field of black-eyed susans.

White and pink dogwoods display their magic along a white plank fence

Kentucky is famous for the most prestigious thoroughbred horse racing in the world.

New Mexico, West Texas and Arizona are the playground of the "Chaparral" (paisano) commonly known as the "Roadrunner". The clown of the desert has such a dominate personality they soon capture the love and amazement of everyone.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Lottery cards

Today i received 3 lottery cards sent by Zé "Zepombal", 2 from Portugal, 1 from Spain.

A portuguese map card showing some portuguese monuments and landscapes.

The fire fighters momument in Pombal.

Finally a card from Spain showing the La Mola Lighthouse in Formentera in the Baleares Islands.

Monday, October 22, 2007

PT RR - Nature

One more RR in portuguese. Nature was the theme this time.

Praia Brava, a nudist beach in Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sent by Jucielly "Jucy".

Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal. Sent by Zé "Zepombal".

Sent by Francisco "Ribossoma".

Sent by Isabella "Isabelladuarte".

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol - Thailand

"Wat Yai Chai Mongkol is located near the main Ayutthaya ruins and a short distance from the walls of Ayutthaya. It is famed for an impressively large statue of the Reclining Buddha inside the temple compound. Built by King U Thong (Ayutthaya’s first ruler) in 1357, the temple is also known as "Chao Phaya Thai Temple" and has a large Chedi that dominates the skyline. The Chedi was built in 1592 to celebrate King Naresuan’s single-handed defeat of the then Burmese Crown Prince after an elephant back duel. The size of the Chedi was intended to match that of Phu Khao Thong – a Pagoda purportedly built by the Burmese which is visible in the distance from the temple." - in http://www.discoverythailand.com/Ayutthaya_Wat_Yai_Chai_Mongkol.asp

I bought this card in Lisbon during the Expo 98.

Friday, October 19, 2007

CZ - 5482

This official card from Olomouc, Czech Republic was the only card i received today. This city is full of old churches, fountains, palaces and statues. The Holly Trinity Column is the most famous monument of the city and it's and Unesco wsh. The card was sent by Ivana.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Postcards from Malta

These are just 3 of the 7 cards i received today. I wish all the days were like today.

Auberge of Castille, built by the Knights of St. John. The building is the finest work of the 18th century barroque architecture. It became the office of the Prime-Minister in 1972.

A multiview card from Valletta streets. Jackie says that the steps are very typical of Valletta streets, since the city was built on an hill and the steps lead to the sea.

Another multivew card showing the colorful fishing boats, Mgarr Harbour in Gozo, Mdina, Azure Window also in Gozo, Mosta Dome Church and Vittoriosa in the south of Malta.

I really like these cards. Thanks Jackie.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Ruokolahti - Finland

Like last week, this week starts with a card from Finland, it shows Ruokolahti Church and it was sent by Essi "hadassah".

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Yesterday in my mail box

Yesterday my mailbox had 1 envelope with 2 nice cards sent from Sanela "alenas", both from Italy.

Santa Maria delle Grazie is a famous church in Milan, included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list.
The church is also famous for the mural of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which is in the refectory of the convent.

Lake Carezza in the Dolomites, a section of the Alps.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Athens - Greece

Yesterday i received my 1st card from Athens. This is a lottery card sent by Sara "mypostcrossing" from Spain.

These are the supermodern installations of the Olympic Athletic Center.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Jerusalem - Israel

I received my first cards from Israel thanks to Leeba. These are just 2 of the 4 cards she sent me.


"The Church of All Nations, also known as the Church of the Agony or the Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic church located on Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before the night of his arrest. The chapel was built from 1919 to 1924 using funds from many different countries (hence the title). The symbols of each country are incorporated into the glass of the ceiling, each in a separate, small dome. The front of the church is a facade supported by a row of pillars. Above is a modern mosaic depicting Jesus Christ symbolically as the link between God and humanity." - in wikipedia.

Montefiore Windmill - "In 1860, the British philanthropist Moses Montefiore built new housing on a hill overlooking the Old City to help relieve the congestion and poverty in the Jewish Quarter. This area is called Yemin Moshe. The windmill was originally built to serve the milling needs of the residents of Montefiore's new developments, but it never became operational because of the lack of wind where it was situated." - in http://www.davidpride.com/Israel/IL_Jer_01.htm

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Atacama Desert - Chile

My only card from Chile, sent by Noëlle "Muchachita".

"The Atacama Desert is a virtually rainless plateau in South America, extending 966 km (600 mi) between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is created by the rain shadow of the Andes east of the desert. Its area is 181,300 square kilometers (70,000 mi²), in northern Chile. The Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth, and is virtually sterile because it is blocked from moisture on both sides by the Andes mountains and by coastal mountains." - in wikipedia.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Finland map card

This is the card i got today. It was sent by my birthday pal Niina from Finland.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

London - UK

"The Tower Bridge , named after its two impressive towers, is one of London's best known landmarks. This Victorian Bridge is now more than 100 years old. Designed by Wolfe Barry and Horace Jones, and completed in 1894, the middle of the bridge can be raised to permit large vessels to pass the Tower Bridge. It used to be raised about 50 times a day, but nowadays it is only raised 4 to 5 times a week.
The bridge is 60 meter (197 ft) long and its towers rise to a height of 43 meter. From the top of the towers, you have a great view on the center of London. You can also visit the inside of the tower, where you can observe the original mechanism used to raise the bridge." -
in http://www.aviewoncities.com/london/towerbridge.htm. This card was sent by Kate "Ryubread" - "Capital City Offer".

I bought this one in Coimbra in an a collectors market.

"The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, which is almost always referred to by its original name of Westminster Abbey, is a mainly Gothic church, on the scale of a cathedral (and served as one from 1546 - 1556), in Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs. The Abbey, the Westminster Palace and Saint Margaret's Church are an UNESCO World Heritage Site." - in wikipedia.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Queluz National Palace - Portugal

After 1 week without any cards, finally i got 1 card. It was sent by Ana "Ninocas". Is one of the cards i was looking for to complete my collection of the Wonders of Portugal - the 7 wonders and the candidates.

"In 1747, the Infant D. Pedro (future D. Pedro III - King of Portugal), commissioned the architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira to transform his 17th-century hunting lodge into a Rococo summer palace. The main body of the Palace, built until 1758, was finished after the marriage of D. Pedro with D. Maria Francisca, future Queen D. Maria I (1760). By this time, the wealthy saloons were ennobled, as well as the beautiful gardens with all sorts of baroque fountains, tiles and statues. Jean Baptiste Robillion was the french master in charge of the magnificent Robillion Pavilion, the gardens and the redesign of the Music Room. Nowadays, this palace is used by the Portuguese State as a residence for government and state chiefs that visit Portugal and for special meetings. It is also open to visitors." - in http://www.strawberryworld-lisbon.com/lisbon/places/palacio-queluz.html

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Tallinn - Estonia

This is was my first card from Estonia and it was sent by Ave.

The card shows the Town Hall Square.