Saturday, July 23, 2016

Monthly Favorite Surprise RR - April'16

In April I got 4 cards from 4 different countries, Finland; Czech Republic, Belarus and Switzerland. 

Foto: Kalevi Asplund
Pyhä-Luosto National Park is a national park in Lapland, Finland. It was established in 2005 when Finland's oldest national park, Pyhätunturi National Park (established in 1938) was joined to Luosto. This makes Pyhä-Luosto Finland's oldest but at the same time newest national park. The new park covers 142 square kilometres (55 sq mi). The most important features are geological specialities, old forests and wetlands.
The park's base is formed by Finland's southernmost, 12-peak tunturi line. The tunturis are remnants of Alp-like mountains of 2 billion years of age. 200-year-old or older pine tree forests grow on the hills. The highest tunturis are Noitatunturi, 540 m (1,772 ft), and Ukko-Luosto, 514 m (1,686 ft). - in: wikipedia
The card was sent by Minna.

Foto: Jan Stepnicka
Castle cards from Czech Republic are always welcome. This is not a new castle in my collection but its a beautiful card. It was sent by Radana.
Kost is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the Czech Republic and is considered the second most important. Popular legend has it that the castle was given the name Kost, because he was captured more than once, as it was as hard as bone. The origin of the castle dates back to the 13th century and the building was probably started by Benes of Wartenberg, who built a long hall and the tower as a defensive fortress. - in:

Nika sent me a beautiful and look at the stamp's postmark, its a Postcrossing postmark!! 
The Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Borisov, Belarus, was built of red bricks in 1874 by architect P. Merkulov at the place of the wooden Resurrection church, built in 1620 or in 1640 (the church burnt down in 1865 or in 1867).
The temple was built to the honour of God’s Resurrection. This architecture memorial is in retrospective-Russian style with Moscow church architecture styling of the 17th century. It presents a cross-form temple in its basement and has 9 domes. The facades are richly decorated with decorative elements: kokoshniks, arch framing of windows and doors, triangle and semicircular pediments, corner pilasters. The main arch entrance is stressed by a large portal looking as a profile arch positioned at 4 barrel-looking columns. The temple is lit by 2 tiers of windows. - in:

© photoglob Zürich
Grace sent me a card of the swiss capital city.
Wandering through the picture-postcard Old Town, with its provincial, laid-back air, it's hard to believe that Bern (Berne in French) is the capital of Switzerland – but it is, and a Unesco World Heritage Site to boot.
Bern’s flag-festooned, cobbled centre, rebuilt in distinctive grey-green sandstone after a devastating 1405 fire, is an aesthetic delight, with 6km of covered arcades, cellar shops and bars, and fantastical folk figures frolicking on 16th-century fountains. From the surrounding hills, you’re presented with an equally captivating picture of red roofs arrayed on a spit of land within a bend of the Aare River.
In a nutshell, Bern seduces and surprises at every turn. Its museums are excellent, its drinking scene dynamic, its bear park utterly unique, and its locals happy to switch from their famously lilting dialect to English – which all goes to show that there’s more to Bern than bureaucracy. - in:

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