Friday, February 29, 2008

Pas De La Casa - Grau-Roig - Andorra

Pas De La Casa - Grau-Roig, a ski resort in Andorra. A surprise card sent by Carla.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sagres Fortress - Portugal

"The village of Sagres is situated on Europe's most south-western corner near Cabo do São Vicen. Due to its position on the southern side of the cape, Sagres is well protected against the rough Atlantic Ocean and strong westerly winds. It was this exposed location that made Sagres the starting point of numerous expeditions during past centuries. The age of the Portuguese Discoveries began back in the 15th century, initiated by Henry the Navigator." - in: http://www.algarve-portal.com/en/cities/sagres/
Card sent by Paula "geminiscp".

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Copenhagen - Denmark

"Copenhagen Citadel, once an important fortress to protect the Copenhagen citizens from attack, was used to take evening walks.King Frederik VII in the mid-19th century was particularly fond of walking the walls with his commoner wife, Countess Danner, and the tradition of walking the walls on Storbededag is said to be his invention - to show himself to the common Danish crowd." - in: http://english.saxo.ku.dk/calendar/citadel_walk/. Card sent by Dorthe.

"High up on Bispebjerg in the north-western part of Copenhagen stands Grundtvig's Church, which on account of its size and position can be seen far and wide in the northern area of the city.It was constructed in the years 1921-40 and was the last sizeable church to be built under the influence of the national-romantic movement. The yellow brickwork church - of cathedral proportions - is an impressive edifice, which combines historical forms with functionalistic simplicity." - in: http://www.musikhistoriskmuseum.dk/reg/kbh_grundtvig_forsidex.htm. card sent by "paolandia".

Friday, February 22, 2008

Budapest - Hungary


Royal Palace, Elisabeth Bridge, Matthias' Fountain and the "Buzogány" Tower.

"St Stephen's Basilica it is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose mummified fist is housed in the reliquary.
Along with the Hungarian Parliament Building, it is the tallest building of Budapest (96 m). It has a width of 55 meters, and its length is 87,4 meters. It was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction. Much of this delay can be attributed to the collapse of the dome in 1868 which required complete demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up.
The architectural style is neoclassical and the interior is laid out in Greek cross." -
in: wikipedia. Both cards were sent by Edina "apoletta".

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sal Island - Cape Verde

Sal (Portuguese for “salt” — from the mines at Pedra de Lume) is an island in Cape Verde. It belongs to the northern group of islands, called Barlavento.
Sal Island has 350 days of sunshine. Winds mainly blow from the northeast.

The island is 30 km long by 12 km wide. It is one of the three sandy eastern islands (Sal, Boa Vista and Maio) of the archipelago, with white sandy beaches and fairly flat. The highest elevation of 406 m at Monte Grande. Serra Negra has a height of 92 m.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Portugal, Brazil, USA

Today i've received 4 cards. 3 from Setúbal, Portual sent by Américo and a surprise card from Brazil sent by Ralf.

Setúbal Cathedral.

Convent of Jesus in Setúbal.

Convent of Jesus interior.

Panoramic view of Porto da Barra Beach in Salvador da Bahía - Brazil. I had to copy this image from the net because the card was too big to scan, it has the size of 3 normal cards :o

I've received this card yesterday. Ziggurat Building in Sacramento, California and it was sent by Keri "kairbear" - "i'm addicted to postcards tag".

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

RR Portugal X Benelux

Goes in Netherlands, sent by Jetske.

Liege Opera House - Belgium, sent by Emma "teerunesh".

Hoppipicking in former days - Belgium, sent by Gilles.

Friday, February 15, 2008

3 countries, 1 envelope

Today was a nice day. I've got 6 cards, 4 in 1 envelope sent from Israel with 2 cards from Israel, 1 from Egypt and 1 from Jordan, a new country in my collection. All this cards were sent by Yohai "euclid".

"Acre is a historic walled port-city with continuous settlement from the Phoenician period. The present city is characteristic of a fortified town dating from the Ottoman 18th and 19th centuries, with typical urban components such as the citadel, mosques, khans and baths. The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact, both above and below today's street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1042

"Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D. It was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). The camps, fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1040

"The Sinai Peninsula or Sinai is a triangle-shaped peninsula in Egypt. It lies between the Mediterranean Sea (to the north) and Red Sea (to the south), forming a land bridge to Southwest Asia." - in: wikipedia.

"Petra is an archaeological site in southwestern Jordan, lying on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. It is renowned for its rock-cut architecture.
The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was famously described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate prize-winning sonnet by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage."In 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage Site. It is one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World"." .
in: wikipedia.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fernando de Noronha - Brazil

Today i've received more cards but i can't scan them, my scanner isn't working :( I just copied this one from Prisciladb album. I was 1 of her lottery winners and i've chosen this unesco card.

"Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, around 220 miles (354 km) offshore from the Brazilian coast. The islands of this archipelago are the visible parts of a range of submerged mountains. Consisting of 21 islands, islets and rocks of volcanic origin.
In 2001, UNESCO declared Fernando de Noronha, with Rocas Atoll, a World Heritage Site." - in wikipedia.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Jerusalem

"Jerusalem is the capital and largest city of Israel. Located in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern tip of the Dead Sea, the city has a history that goes back as far as the 4th millennium BCE, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem has been the holiest city in Judaism and the spiritual center of the Jewish people since the 10th century BCE. The city contains a number of significant ancient Christian sites and is widely considered the third-holiest city in Islam." - in: wikipedia.
Card sent by "alleycat".

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Trolls of Norway

I bought these in Lisbon during the Expo 98.

Trolls of Norway. Title: sunrise surprise. Location: Oslofjorden - Oslo.

Trolls of Norway- Title: the gnarly old tree. Location: a valley in the middle of troll country.

Trolls of Norway. Title: Frost mist and yellow mountains. Location: Jsfjorden - More og Romsdal.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Cape Reinga - New Zealand

"Cape Reinga is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Cape Reinga is located over 100 km north of the nearest small town of Kaitaia. There is a road all the way but the final 19 km are 'metal' road (which is to be ugraded to a standard seal within the next years). The name of the cape comes from the Māori word 'Reinga', meaning the 'Underworld'. Another Māori name is 'Te Rerenga Wairua', meaning the leaping-off place of spirits. Both refer to the Māori belief that the cape is the point where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld.
As of January 2007, Cape Reinga is on the tentative list of UNESCO waiting to receive World Heritage Site status." -
in: wikipedia.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Slovakia

"Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe with a population of over five million and an area of about 49,000 square kilometres (almost 19,000 square miles). The Slovak Republic borders the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. The largest city is its capital, Bratislava." - in wikipedia.
Card sent by "bajuska1".

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Havana - Cuba

"Havana is the capital city, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba.
Havana, founded in 1515, is one of the oldest cities founded by Europeans in the Western Hemisphere. The city was protected by walls and fortificaions as it was often attacked by pirates and French corsairs. Its economy first developed on the basis of its location, which made it one of the early great trade centres in the New World. By far is the leading cultural centre of the island, offers a wide variety of features that range from museums, palaces, public squares, avenues, churches, and fortresses (including the largest fortified complex in the Americas dating from the 16th through 18th centuries)." - in wikipedia.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Cards in portuguese


Tourism office in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte - Brazil. BR - 27636 sent by Natasha.

The Cathedral of Braga is one of the most important monuments in the city of Braga, in Northern Portugal. Due to its long history and artistic significance it is also one of the most important buildings in the country. Card sent by "Zepombal".

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Carcassonne - France

France has a lot of Unesco whs, Carcassonne is just one of them.


"Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne is also of exceptional importance because of the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of the modern science of conservation."
I won this card on a lottery and it was sent by "pazzolina".

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Cozumel - Mexico

"Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen.Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.
The island is about 48 km (30 miles) north-south and 16 km (10 miles) east-west, and is the largest Atlantic island of Mexico. (It is the third-largest island in Mexico." -
in wikipedia.
The card was sent by Jocelyn "nowaglas".

Friday, February 1, 2008

Luanda Island - Angola

A new country in my collection, Angola. This surprise card was sent from Portugal by Ana "ninocas".

Luanda Island, next to the capital city, Luanda.