Friday, May 30, 2008

Surprise + lottery card

2 cards today, a Montréal card sent by Sue and a London card sent from Milan by Irene "saphira555".

Like i said to Sue, i liked the card but i loved the marten stamp. I've a marten as avatar in the postcrossing forum and that's because marten in portuguese is marta.... my name is Marta :)
This card shows The Place D'Armes with it's masterpiece Notre-Dame Basilica and the statue of Paul de Chomedey, "Sieur de Maisonneuve" who founded Montréal in 1642.

"Trafalgar Square is a square in central London, England. With its position in the heart of London, it is a popular tourist attraction; its trademarks are Nelson's Column, which stands in the centre, the four lion statues that guard the Column, and the large amount of pigeons that live in the square. The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars. The original name was to have been "King William the Fourth's Square", but George Ledwell Taylor suggested the name "Trafalgar Square"." - in: wikipedia.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Surprise Trade round 2

Only 1 card today. I've now received all the cards related to the Surprise Trade round 2.

"Red Deers" by Franz Marc sent by Martina.

Australian Capital Cities. Clockwise from top left: Darwin, Northern Territory; Brisbane, Queensland; Sydney, New South Wales; Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; Melbourne, Victoria; Hobart, Tasmania; Adelaide, South Australia; Perth, Western Australia.
The card was sent by Jaime "JMSilver."

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Skopje - Macedonia

I've received only 1 card today but a nice one sent by dear Ana.
"Skopje is located at on the upper course of the Vardar River and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens.
Skopje is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Macedonia, with more than a quarter of the population of the country, as well as the political, cultural, economic, and academic centre of the country." in:
wikipedia.

The card shows the Kale Fotress, built in the 6th century to serve as protection but also as a nice place to observe the surroundings. In the background there's the Vodno Mountain, known for having the Millennium Cross (constructed to commemorate 2,000 years of Christianity in Macedonia and the world. The Millennium Cross is the highest structure in the Republic of Macedonia) on its top, the biggest Christian Cross on earth. On the left side of the card there's the Macedonian National Theatre.

Thanks Ana :P

Monday, May 26, 2008

Nice cards

These are the great cards i've received today. My 1st official card from Spain - ES-21804 - sent by a forum member Luis "luiseme" and a card from UK sent by Paola "paolandia" - "you choose used cards tag".

"Casa Batlló is a building restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in the year 1877 and remodelled in the years 19051907; located at 43, Passeig de Gràcia, part of the Illa de la Discòrdia in the Eixample district of Barcelona.
The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), and indeed it does have a
visceral, skeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona.

The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.
It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the sword of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon." - in:
wikipedia.

"Chichester Cathedral in Chichester, West Sussex, England is an Anglican Cathedral.
Chichester Cathedral has superposed "Norman" (English Romanesque) arcades in the nave and choir, with much Early English (Early Gothic) building. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner rated it 'the most typical English cathedral' (Buildings of England: Sussex). The nave is unusual in that its aisles were doubled in the 13th century. Chichester is the only mediæval cathedral in England with a separate bell tower, like a campanile, and also the only one visible from the sea.
The Cathedral was founded in 1075, after the seat of the bishop was transferred to the town from nearby Selsey. It was consecrated in 1108 under Bishop Ralph de Luffa but a subsequent fire created a need for substantial rebuilding, which was not completed until 1184." - in:
wikipedia.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Tulips fields - Netherlands

RAS card from Laura "lauraarual".

NL - 26419
"The tulip originated over ten decades ago in Persia and Turkey, where it played a significant role in the art and culture of the time. Most likely commenting on the Turkish tradition of wearing tulips in one’s turban, Europeans mistakenly gave tulips their name, which comes from the Persian word meaning turban. As Europeans began taking to tulips, the flower’s popularity spread quickly, particularly in the Netherlands where a phenomenon dubbed tulip mania set in at one point during the 17th century. Tulips became so highly-prized that prices were sent soaring and markets crashing. Tulips are now grown throughout the world, but people still identify cultivated varieties as "Dutch tulips." The meaning of tulips is generally perfect love." - in: http://www.proflowers.com/flowerguide/flowermeanings/tulip-meanings.aspx

Friday, May 23, 2008

Official cards

My mail today, 3 official cards.

FI - 297468 sent by a forum member "peramuru".
"The Helsinki Cathedral is an Evangelical Lutheran cathedral and the seat of the Diocese of Helsinki, located in the centre of Helsinki, Finland. The church was built as a tribute to the Grand Duke, Nicholas I, the Tsar of Russia and until the independence of Finland in 1917, it was called St. Nicholas' Church.
A distinct landmark in the scenery of central Helsinki, with a tall green dome surrounded by four smaller domes, the church was built in 1830-1852, representing the neoclassical style." - in:
wikipedia.

This card was sent by Cristina but she forgot to write the ID. It shows the Church of Our Lady of Conceição in Campinas, a city located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

CN - 15430 sent by "lachlan", a chinese boy in Shanghai.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This is a card sent by my best friend Liliana. She moved a few weeks ago to Germany. The card shows the Old City Hall of Dortmund.

This is the fort on the Pampus Island, one of the 42 Defence Line of Amsterdam - Unesco whs - fortifications. The card was sent by Jetske.

"Extending 135 km around the city of Amsterdam, this defence line (built between 1883 and 1920) is the only example of a fortification based on the principle of controlling the waters. Since the 16th century, the people of the Netherlands have used their expert knowledge of hydraulic engineering for defence purposes. The centre of the country was protected by a network of 45 armed forts, acting in concert with temporary flooding from polders and an intricate system of canals and locks." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/759


CN - 15429. My first official card from China.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Plitvice Lakes National Park - Croatia

Today i've only received this beautiful card sent by Gosia, a new unesco site.

"The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. These geological processes continue today. The forests in the park are home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/98

Friday, May 16, 2008

Unesco RR "ORC" Group 105

When i was having dinner my father gave me an envelope that ended up in my neighbours' mailbox. Now this RR is completed for me. I've received cards from Finland and Japan sent by "bimbim75" and Germany and Estonia from Anne "nanou".
"Verla at Jaala, Finland, is a well preserved 19th century mill village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The first groundwood mill at Verla was founded in 1872 by Hugo Nauman but was destroyed by fire in 1876. A larger groundwood and board mill, founded in 1882 by Gottlieb Kreidl and Louis Haenel, continued to operate until 1964.
The historical paper mill turned museum of board mill technology. The historical machines were preserved in their places (except for several pieces brought from other buildings), so a guided tour to the mill follows the technological process from timber cutting and pulp production to board drying, sorting, and packing." - in:
wikipedia.

Byodo-in Temple in Kyoto.

"Lübeck – the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League – was founded in the 12th century and prospered until the 16th century as the major trading centre for northern Europe. It has remained a centre for maritime commerce to this day, particularly with the Nordic countries. Despite the damage it suffered during the Second World War, the basic structure of the old city, consisting mainly of 15th- and 16th-century patrician residences, public monuments (the famous Holstentor brick gate), churches and salt storehouses, remains unaltered." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/272

"The origins of Tallinn date back to the 13th century, when a castle was built there by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order. It developed as a major centre of the Hanseatic League, and its wealth is demonstrated by the opulence of the public buildings (the churches in particular) and the domestic architecture of the merchants' houses, which have survived to a remarkable degree despite the ravages of fire and war in the intervening centuries." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/822

GTKY lottery 3 prize

Finally at the end of the week, some nice stuff arrived in my mailbox :)
I was the Getting to Know You thread lottery lucky winner and Relie sent me all of these things.


Postcards.

And a Winnie the Pooh notebook, aeroplanes clips, bookmarks and Betty Boop stickers.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Forbidden City - China

This is a new Unesco card showing the Hall of Preserving Harmony and Hall of Central Harmony part of the Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang. The card was sent by "lingmusic".

"Seat of supreme power for over five centuries (1416-1911), the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its landscaped gardens and many buildings (whose nearly 10,000 rooms contain furniture and works of art), constitutes a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty in Shenyang consists of 114 buildings constructed between 1625–26 and 1783. It contains an important library and testifies to the foundation of the last dynasty that ruled China, before it expanded its power to the centre of the country and moved the capital to Beijing. This palace then became auxiliary to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. This remarkable architectural edifice offers important historical testimony to the history of the Qing Dynasty and to the cultural traditions of the Manchu and other tribes in the north of China." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/439

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Vancouver - Canada

"Vancouver is a coastal city and major seaport, located on the mainland of southwestern British Columbia. It is bounded by the Strait of Georgia, the Fraser River, and the Coast Mountains. Vancouver is named after Captain George Vancouver, a British explorer.
Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the three most livable cities in the world." -
in: wikipedia.

Vancouver Canada Place sent by Samantha "Jaid332".
Canada Place, a mixed-use commercial facility, is home to the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Pan Pacific Hotel, The Vancouver Port Authority Corporate Offices, Cruise Ship Terminal, The CN IMAX Theatre, World Trade Centre Office Complex and Citipark parking facility.

Aerial view of downtown Vancouver and the snowy North Shore mountains. Included in this view is Stanley Park, B.C. Place, GM Place and Yaletown along False Creek.

Sent by Paige "towhateverend".

Friday, May 9, 2008

New York - USA

These are the great cards i've received today, all of them sent by Linda "linda718".

"The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States by the people of France in 1886. It stands at Liberty Island as a welcome to all visitors, immigrants, and returning Americans. The copper patina-clad statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886, commemorates the centennial of the United States and is a gesture of friendship from France to the U.S. Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi sculpted the statue, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel engineered the internal structure. Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was responsible for the choice of copper in the statue's construction and adoption of the repoussé technique." - in: wikipedia.
Since 1984 is classified as Unesco World Heritage Site.

Statue of Liberty and multiple scenes of New York.

"The World Trade Center in New York City, was a complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan. It was initiated in 1960 by a Lower Manhattan Association. The World Trade Center, New York, like most World Trade Centers located around the globe, belonged to the family of World Trade Centers Association.
All seven original buildings in the complex were destroyed by terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda on September 1, 2001."
- in: wikipedia.

"The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, stretches 5,989 feet (1825 m) over the East River connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. On completion, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. Since its opening, it has become an iconic part of the New York skyline. In 1964 it was designated a National Historic Landmark." - in: wikipedia.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

San Juan - Puerto Rico

This is an used Puerto Rico card i won in a lottery and it was sent from Norway by "BenteA".
Before postcrossing i thought Puerto Rico was a country but is a semi-autonomous territory of the United States.


This is "the Castillo de San Cristóbal is a Spanish fort in San Juan. It was built by the Spaniards to protect against land based attacks on the city of San Juan. It is part of San Juan National Historic Site (includes colonial-era forts, bastions, powder houses, and three fourths of the old city wall - classified as an Unesco World Heritage Site since 1983.)
Castillo de San Cristóbal is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. When it was finished in 1783 it covered about 27 acres of land, basically wrapping the city of San Juan. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal's double gates. After close to one hundred years of relative peace in the area, part of the fortification (about a third) was demolished in 1897 to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the walled city." -
in: wikipedia.