A few days ago it was my 10th Postcrossing Anniversary. After 10 years I still love Postcrossing and I'm pretty sure that this lovely addiction to cards will last many, many years.
RU-5022113, sent by Alexander.
Kaluga is a city located on the Oka River 150 kilometers (93 mi) southwest of Moscow. Alexanders says that there are a lot of old churches in the city, one of them is the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the 18th century.
RU-4840330, sent by Xenia.
I couldn't find much information about this church in Belgorod. It is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Sorrows and Xenia wrote on the card that it was built in the 19th century.
This last card is from Tula, a city located 193 kilometers (120 mi) south of Moscow. On the card is possible to see part of the city's Kremlin but the focus of the card is the building on the center of the card, Tula Museum of Samovar. A samovar is a metal container used to heat and boil water in the home, particularly for tea.
The samovar is the center of the traditional Russian home, and Tula is the center of the Russian samovar industry. Tula was a major center for weapons production and skilled metalworking until the 18th century, when the craftsmen of the area decided to beat their swords into plowshares, using their metalworking talents to create samovars instead of cannons. The Russian phrase "bringing a samovar to Tula" is equivalent to the English phrase, "carrying coal to Newcastle."
The Tula Museum of Samovars commemorates the history of the samovar with exquisite examples of Tula's tradition of artistry over the last few centuries. - in: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tula-samovar-museum