Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Monthly Fav. Surprise RR * September'16

In September's RR I've received cards from Lithuania, Russia, China and Australia. 

Foto © Antanas Varanka
In September I've got another card from Ieva, this one from Vilnius with the Gates of Dawn. 
The Gates of Dawn is one of the most visited shrines in Vilnius that is famous not only in Lithuania but also abroad, worshipped by the representatives of other creeds too. This is the only surviving gate of the first original five gates in the city wall that was built between 1503 and 1522.
The gates were first mentioned in 1514. At first the Gates of Dawn were called the Medininkai Gate, as it is on the road to Medininkai, in Polish Ostra Brama, the “Sharp Gate” because they were in the southern end of the city, which was called the Sharp. - in: http://www.vilnius-tourism.lt/en/what-to-see/places-to-visit/churches/gates-of-dawn

This beautiful building in Nizhny Novgorod may look a palace but actually is a bank. Its definitely the most beautiful bank I've ever seen. The card wa sent by Irina.
The State Bank was built in 1913 so as to commemorate the three hundred years of the Romanov dynasty following the project of architect V. A. Pokrovsky. It is an original construction that reminds both of a medieval castle and an Old Russian wooden house. The interior of the bank was painted according the drawings of painter I. Bilibin. - in: http://www.baikalnature.com/info/landmarks/230
The building is occupied by the Nizhny Novgorod branch of Central bank of Russia.

This beautiful snowy view of Malaya Sadovaya Street in St. Petersburg is not only a RR card but also a meet-up card. Alyona sent it and 5 other postcrossers also signed it.
The shortest street in St. Petersburg runs between Nevsky Prospekt and Italianskaya Ulitsa - all 179 meters of Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. However, despite its diminutive size, Malaya Sadovaya generates an indescribable atmosphere that attracted even Emperor Alexander II, who used to enjoy walking here. At the end of the 20th century, this street was made entirely pedestrian and adorned with numerous monuments and sculptures, and Malaya Sadovaya became an even more popular destination for walks and meetings for both St. Petersburg's residents and visitors. - in: http://www.saint-petersburg.com/streets/malaya-sadovaya-street/

I don't remember exactly when but Twinkle already sent me a card of a chinese water town and I really loved it. This card is from another water too and I also love it. 
Wuzhen Water Town, lying in the northern part of Tongxiang City, Zhejiang Province, is a typical ancient town in southern China. It is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from both Hangzhou and Suzhou, and 87 miles (140 kilometers) from Shanghai.
As one of the top six ancient towns in the southern region of the Yangtze River, Wuzhen boasts more than six thousand years of history and has always been a fertile land with abundant rice, fish and silk. It preserves the ancient appearance well and oozes charm of the water town itself. The small town, with houses made of black bricks and gray tiles contrasting sharply with the white walls, making it appear like a Chinese ink wash drawing. Stone bridges are seen here and there. Small boats with black awnings are floating on the murmuring rivers. Whether wandering along the riverside or strolling in the lanes paved with blue flagstones, you will be deeply impressed by the picturesque scenery and slow lifestyle. - in: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/zhejiang/hangzhou/wuzhen.htm

© SCANCOLOR Australia
September's last card is from Australia and it was sent by Alison.
The Grampians National Park is a national park located in the Grampians region of Victoria, Australia. The 167,219-hectare (413,210-acre) national park is situated (...) 260 kilometres (160 mi) west of Melbourne and 460 kilometres (290 mi) east of Adelaide. Proclaimed as a national park on 1 July 1984, the park was listed on the Australian National Heritage List on 15 December 2006 for its outstanding natural beauty and being one of the richest indigenous rock art sites in south-eastern Australia.The Grampians feature a striking series of sandstone mountain ranges. - in: wikipedia

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