Monday, March 31, 2008

USA, Iceland

A new USA capital city and a new country.

Peachtree Plaza - the world's tallest hotel, pierces the skies of Atlanta as its mirror-like exterior walls reflect the city which surrounds them. The towering glass cylinder climbs a staggering 723 feet above street level, standing as a giant sentinel for the city below.

Card sent by Susan, "carise".

Lake Mývatn are, famous for its great variety of volcanic phenomena. in the background the extinct volcano Reykjahlidarfjall.

Card sent by Huldis.

Friday, March 28, 2008

A new country + Germany

I'm happy today. I've received cards from a new country, Peru, sent from Chile, thanks to nice Veronika "clarividence", all of them unesco and also a german unesco card sent from Brazil by Maria Gabriela "averuca".

Plaza de Armas with the Government Palace.
"Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru. Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as the City of the Kings. It became the most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru and, after the Peruvian War of Independence, the capital of the Republic of Peru. Today around one-third of the Peruvian population lives in its metropolitan area.
The Historic centre of Lima was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 due to its large number of historical buildings dating from the Spanish colonial era." - in wikipedia.

"Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city." in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/273


"The Cologne Cathedral is a World Heritage Site, being one of the best-known architectural monuments in Germany, and Cologne's most famous landmark, described by UNESCO as an "exceptional work of human creative genius". Cologne Cathedral is one of the world's largest churches, being the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. For four years, 1880-84, it was the tallest structure in the world. Construction of the Gothic church began in 1248 and took, with interruptions, until 1880 to complete – a period of over six hundred years." - in: wikipedia.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Postcards from friends

Today, i've received cards from 3 of my friends, Essi, Jocelyn and Wendy :)

This one is from Essi "hadassah" and it shows her city. The Bell Tower, the main street, the harbour and some old buildings up in the fortress.

This one was a lovely surprise from Jocelyn "nowaglas" and Wendy "wendzefx" from their mini-meeting in Ocho Rios. Here we can see a pair of dolphins swim through Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Italy, Spain, Portugal

These are the cards i've received today.

Politeama Theatre in Palermo, Sicily. The theatre was built between 1867 and 1874. Nowadays, the town's Gallery of Modern Art is accommodated here. This card was sent by Elisabetta "isabetta". - in: wikipedia.

"Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres Province, in Extremadura, Spain. Caceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 because of the city's blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles, fruit of the many battles fought there throughout history. An amazing 30 towers from the Muslim period still stand in Caceres, of which the Torre del Bujaco is the most famous." - in wikipedia. The card was sent by Joana "joaninha".

This card was also sent by Joana "joaninha". It's a cork card and it shows the Giraldo Square in Évora, Portugal.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Missing Zagreb


I wish i could visit Zagreb again one day.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sunset in Prague

I got these cards from a friend.

Old town towers.

Charles Bridge.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Cayman Islands

"The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory located in the western Caribbean Sea, comprising the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. It is an offshore financial centre and one of the leading tourist scuba diving destinations in the world. The Cayman Islands were first sighted by European eyes when Christopher Columbus, on 10 May 1503, encountered them during his disastrous fourth and final voyage to the New World. He named them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles there." - in wikipedia.

Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands and contains the capital George Town. This card was sent by Jocelyn "nowaglas".

The Cayman Parrot is the national bird of the cayman Islands. Laws also protects it from beeing poached.

KY - 48 sent by "tealeaf."

Friday, March 21, 2008

Adapazari - Turkey


"Adapazarı is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of Sakarya Province. The province itself was originally named Adapazarı as well. The city has a population of 283,752.
Adapazarı is the location of a large automobile factory owned by Toyota Motor Corporation. Silk and linen industries, and an export of tobacco, walnut-wood, cocoons and vegetables catering to İstanbul market is also considerable." -
in wikipedia.
Cards sent by Nihan.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Manila - Philippines

"The City of Manila is the capital of the Philippines and one of the cities that make up the greater metropolitan area of Metro Manila. Manila is the center of government in the country and one of the central hubs of a thriving metropolitan area home to over 14 million people." - in: wikipedia.
The card was sent by Marie "renegade_cavalcade".

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Bulgarian Beaches

"Sunny Beach is a resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, located approximately 35 km north of Burgas in Nesebar municipality, Burgas Province. It is the biggest and most popular holiday resort of the country." - in: wikipedia.

"The southern Bulgarian coast is washed by the Black Sea. 380 km marvelous strech of beaches, calm and safe sea, clear water and healthy air, fine golden sand and natural dunes, mineral water springs, blue flag winning resorts, holiday villages and campsites. Average air temperature in the summer is about 28°C, water temperature - 25°C. There are more than 240 hours of sunshine in May and September and more than 300 hours in July and August." - in: http://south-bulgaria.hit.bg/about.htm
These cards were sent by Stefka.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Unexpected cards

During this week i've received 2 cards i wasn't expecting, 1 from Brazil and the other was from France.

Valéria "Vbformig" sent be this interior of São Francisco card in Salvador because she sent be a double card a few days ago. This church is located at the historic centre of Salvador da Bahia, an Unesco World Heritage Site. It's interior is covered with gold, it has beautiful portuguese tiles and the front barroc façade is from 1723.
This Montmartre card was sent by Valerie "octabis" and Tina "athena125" during their meeting at Paris.
"Montmartre is a hill which is 130 metres high, and also the name of the surrounding district, in the north of Paris in the 18th arrondissement, a part of the Right Bank, primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacr Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district. The other, older, church on the hill is Saint Pierre de Montmartre, which claims to be the location at which the Jesuit order of priests was founded. Many artists had studios or worked around the community of Montmartre such as Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh." - in: wikipedia.

Friday, March 14, 2008

RR Portugal x Asia

Tsing Ma Bridge a famous landmark in Hong Kong. It links Tsinp Yi Island and Ma Wan Island. Card sent by Tommy.

Jade Belt Bridge in Guangdong province, China. Sent by Linying.
The awe-inspiring Petronas Twin Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is 88 storeys high and connected by an aerial bridge at the 40th floor. At 451.9 meters above sea level, it's the tallest building in the world. Card sent by Yadienza.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Unesco RR "ORC" - Group 92

Today i've received the last card related to this RR.

This one is from Brazil, it's really beautiful but i already had it :( The card was sent by Valéria "vbformig".
"The Pantanal Conservation Complex consists of a cluster of four protected areas with a total area of 187,818 ha. Located in western central Brazil at the south-west corner of the State of Mato Grosso, the site represents 1.3% of Brazil's Pantanal region, one of the world's largest freshwater wetland ecosystems. The headwaters of the region's two major river systems, the Cuiabá and the Paraguay rivers, are located here, and the abundance and diversity of its vegetation and animal life are spectacular." - in http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/999

This one from Moscow was sent by Nataly "ElSol". "Inextricably linked to all the most important historical and political events in Russia since the 13th century, the Kremlin (built between the 14th and 17th centuries by outstanding Russian and foreign architects) was the residence of the Great Prince and also a religious centre. At the foot of its ramparts, on Red Square, St Basil's Basilica is one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox monuments." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/545

Monday, March 10, 2008

Tikal National Park - Guatemala

Today i've received a beautiful card from a new country, Guatemala. It was sent by Paul "pkrause". This National Park is an Unesco World Heritage Site.


"In the heart of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation, lies one of the major sites of Mayan civilization, inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. The ceremonial centre contains superb temples and palaces, and public squares accessed by means of ramps. Remains of dwellings are scattered throughout the surrounding countryside." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/64

Saturday, March 8, 2008

India

Nejati Subhashchandra Bose Building - Bangalore.

"Hoysaleswara Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built in Halebidu by the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century during the reign of King Vishnuvardhana. The construction was completed in 1121 CE. During the early 14th century Halebidu was the sacked and looted by Muslim invaders from northern India and the temple fell into a state of ruin and neglect." - in wikipedia.
Both cards were sent by Pallina.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Lausanne - Switzerland

These are just 2 of the cards my brother brought me from Lausanne while he was there with our family.

"Lausanne is a city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and facing Évian-les-Bains (France) and with the Jura mountains to its north. Lausanne is located some 50 km (31 mi) northeast of Geneva. It is the capital of the canton of Vaud and of the district of Lausanne." - in: wikipedia.

"Both impressive and fragile, the Cathedral of the French-speaking city of Lausanne is commonly described as Switzerland's finest and most representative example of Gothic architecture. Covered wooden stairs lead up to the Cathedral from Place de La Palud, the most typical square of Lausanne. A walk around the well-proportioned exterior walls give a first impression of what an architectural jewel the building is, with its most distinctive feature, a giant Gothic stained glass rose, overlooking the lake on its south façade.
The building was consecrated in 1275 as a place of Catholic worship but its initial structure remains unfinished to this day. For centuries a large crowd of pilgrims flocked to its doors and came to kneel in front of a golden and reputedly miraculous statue of the Virgin that gave her name to Notre Dame de Lausanne."
- in: http://www.askoxford.com/languages/culturevulture/france/lausanne/