Sunday, September 24, 2017

Lisbon - Portugal

A few weeks ago, Joana, a portuguese postcrosser living in France, was on holidays in Portugal and she wanted to meet a few portuguese postcrossers. They had a meeting in Lisbon. Ninocas sent me this card also signed by Joana, Paula, Ana Maria, Inês Brito, Luís, Zé, Rui and Caroline, a Swiss postcrosser also in holidays in Portugal and that I met a few days later in Porto. 

Foto: Nuno Antunes * Design: Catarina Roque
Lisbon overlooking the castle of São Jorge. On the back of the postcard it says that the castle is the most emblematic monument of Lisbon, I actually don't agree, for me the most emblematic monument is the Belém Tower or even the Jerónimos Monastery. Anyway, as it says on the postcard, the castle has witnessed all the historical moments of the city - from the Iron Age, through the Phoenicians, Carthaginian, Roman and Muslim occupations.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Winner of the Month - August (II)

The portuguese cards that I got thanks to this game.

 Fotos: Manuel M. Pinturache, David de Abreu
Sofia sent a card with a few recognizable portuguese images, most of them from Lisbon and Porto. 

A very recognizable image of Lisbon is this one with the 25th of April Bridge and Tagus River. This river is one of the most extensive rivers in the Iberian peninsula and the largest in Portuguese territory, with a total course of about 1100 kilometers.
The card was sent by Ninocas.

 © FORWAYS, Lda
A card from Castelo Branco sent by Zé.
The Church of S. Miguel, which is the beautiful Cathedral of Castelo Branco, probably dates back to the thirteenth or fourteenth century. But it suffered numerous damages in the last quarter of century XVII. Missing the means to build a monumental work, it was D. Martim Afonso de Melo, Bishop of Guarda, who rebuilt it in the last quarter of the seventeenth century, bearing most of the expense in its reconstruction. The façade has almost no ornaments.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies in Lamego is the main attraction of this city. The card was sent by Ana Rita. 

Rui sent a postcard from Ferreira do Zêzere with a landscape of the Ursa Valley. Unfortunately part of this landscape was destroyed by the fires this summer.

A reproduction of a postcard of São Brás de Alportel in 1930. 
The 2017 postcard was sent by Tiago.

© Instituto dos Museus e da Conservação, I. P. / Palácio Nacional de Queluz - Fotografia: Luís Pavão
Inês Brito sent this postcard with an image of the dressing room of Princess D. Maria Francisca Benedita in the Palace of Queluz. Just like me, when Inês went to the palace, she discovered some furniture that would be perfect to store postcards!! 

Winner of the Month - August (I)

In July Inês came up with the idea of opening a "Winner of the Month" game in the portuguese speaking community forum. This game basically consists of sending a postcard to a randomly chosen winner among the participants in that month game. In August I was the winner and received 12 postcards as prize. 

Foto © MABBOM
 São João and Ipiranga avenues signs in São Paulo sent by Luzia.

 Foto: Rafael Gushiken
Exactly one year ago I was in Brazil. The Cathedral of São Paulo was one of the monuments I visited in this big city. The postcard was sent by Maria Gabriela.
The construction of the Cathedral as we see it today began only in 1913. The temple was inaugurated on January 25, 1954, to commemorate the 4th Centenary of the City of São Paulo, still without the two main towers.

Photo: Christian Fehr
Jericoacoara is a village in the municipality of Jijoca, 300km from Fortaleza, on the west coast of Ceará state.
The Pedra Furada, the rock formation on the beach, is one of the famous attractions of the village and is thirty minutes walk from the beach of Jericoacoara.
Postcard sent by Edson.

A few weeks ago Ines went on vacation to Greece. For this game she chose to send me a postcard from the Greek capital.
I want to go to many places in this world but I must say that Athens is not on the top of my list. 

Editions D'Art
Dani decided to send a french card. This is the Salon d'Hercule (also known as the Hercules Salon or the Hercules Drawing Room), on the first floor of the Château de Versailles and connects the Royal Chapel in the North Wing of the château with the grand appartement du roi. - in: wikipedia

PT RR - Group 49 * Water

This group was dedicated to precious water. I've received cards from Brazil and France, sent by Joelma and Zé Pombal. 

Fotografia: Carlos Ney Schuch
Snow is not something that we associate with Brazil but the truth is that in some southern states, from time to time it snows, as can be seen here in this postcard of Gramado in Rio Grande do Sul state.
The Lago Nego - Black Lake was initially called the Valley of Bom Retiro. After a fire that devastated the immense forest existing in the region, Leopoldo Rosenfeldt built a lake in 1953, decorating its banks with trees imported from the Black Forest of Germany, hence its name, Black Lake. Its waters are deep and of a dark green, reflecting the high of the pine trees that alternate with the color of the azaleas in the winter and the blue of the hydrangeas in the summer.

The white cliffs and three natural rock arches of Etretat are some of the best-known sights in Upper Normandy in France and a popular day-trip destination.
These natural wonders are freely accessible, as is the white pebble beach. Claude Monet and other Impressionists famously painted the arches and cliffs in the nineteenth century. - in: https://www.european-traveler.com/france/see-white-chalk-cliffs-arches-etretat-normandy/

Sunday, September 17, 2017

St. George - Bermuda

Here comes a card from a new UK UNESCO site and it was sent by Christina.
I had to check a map to see where Bermuda is located.  This island is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. The Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications was added to the WHS list in 2000. 

The Town of St George is of Outstanding Universal Value as an authentic and the earliest example of the English colonial town in the New World. Its associated fortifications graphically illustrate the development of English military engineering from the 17th to the 20th century, adapted to take into account the development of artillery over this period. Some of these are unique as surviving examples of the first defensive works built by early European colonists, few examples of which now remain intact. The later associated forts represent an excellent example of a continuum of British coastal fortifications. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/983

Annual Meeting in Ingersoll - Canada

Another meeting card. This one is from Canada and like all the meetings cards I get from Canada, it was abviously sent my dear Marie. 

"Poscard background" by Cutbush
This was the 6th annual meeting in Ingersoll. It was a really nice idea to put on a card pictures from the previous meetings. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

US-4766665

Kansas, California, Utah and now Kentuchy. 

Photo by Glenn Durham
US-4766665, sent by Emily.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is a Kentucky state park located in Powell and Wolfe Counties (...). Its namesake natural bridge is the centerpiece of the park. The natural sandstone arch spans 78 ft (24 m) and is 65 ft (20 m) high. The natural process of weathering formed the arch over millions of years. The park is approximately 2,300 acres (9 km2) of which approximately 1,200 acres (5 km2) is dedicated by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission as a nature preserve. In 1981 this land was dedicated into the nature preserves system to protect the ecological communities and rare species habitat. - in: wikipedia

Canyonlands National Park - USA

Beautiful cards from Canyonlands National Park sent by Nova, Katie and Carol. 

"Canyonlands National Park is located in the American state of Utah, near the city of Moab and preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character. 

Photographer: George H. H. Huey
US-4765146, sent by Katie.
The park covers 527.5 mi² (1,366 km²). Canyons are carved into the Colorado Plateau by the Colorado River and Green River. Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as "the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth -- there is nothing else like it anywhere."" - in: wikipedia

Angel's Arch in the Needles District is called Angel Arch because of its resemblance to a winged angel at rest, head bowed and leaning against a graceful harp.

San Francisco - USA

From Kansas to California with two cards from São Francisco received in 2011. 

 US-1135820, sent by Prows Family.
"San Francisco it is the fourth most populous city in California and the 13th most populous city in the United States, with a 2010 estimated population of 805,235.
San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination, renowned for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Brideg, cable cards and Chinatown." - in: wikipedia
The card shows 4 of the San Francisco landmarks, the victorian houses, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Lombard Street.

This card, sent by Suzanne "stadler", shows the famous Painted Ladies, a row of Victorian houses at 710–720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square park, in San Francisco, also known as "Postcard Row." The houses were built between 1892 and 1896.
"Painted ladies" is a term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies - San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians
About 48,000 houses in the Victorian and Edwardian styles were built in San Francisco between 1849 and 1915 (with the change from Victorian to Edwardian occurring on the death of Queen Victorian in 1901), and many were painted in bright colors.
During World War I and World War II, many of these houses were battleship gray with war-surplus Navy paint. Another sixteen thousand were demolished, and many others had the Victorian decor stripped off or covered with tarpaper, brick, stucco, or aluminum siding.
In 1963, San Francisco artist Butch Kardum began combining intense blues and greens on the exterior of his Italianate-style Victorian House. His house was criticized by some, but other neighbors began to copy the bright colors on their own houses. Kardum became a color designer, and he and other artists such as Tony Cataletich, Bib Buckter and Jazon Wonders began to transform dozens of gray houses into Painted Ladies. By the 1970s, the colorist movement, as it was called, had changed entire streets and neighborhoods. This process continues to this day. - in: wikipedia

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kansas State Capitol - USA

These are 2 of the 3 cards I've from Kansas and I got them 6 and 7 years ago!! 
The 1st card was sent by Ron and the 2nd is an official. 

The Kansas State Capitol, known also as the Kansas Statehouse, is the building housing the executive and legislative branches of government for the U.S. state of Kansas. It is located in the city of Topeka, which has served as the capital of Kansas since it became a state in 1861. It is the second building to serve as the Kansas Capitol. - in: wikipedia

US-1051033, sent by "buzz_lightyear".
The building is home to one of the largest capitol domes in the United States - even surpassing that of the United States Capitol.
The land for Capitol Square was donated by Cyrus K. Holliday via his Topeka Town Company in 1862. Construction began during 1866 and took 37 years to build at a cost of $3.2 million. Today that figure would not even buy the marble floor. The building was placed on the National Register in 1971.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Postcrossing Meetings in São Paulo - Brazil

Didn't I say that postcrossers are becoming more creative and professional with their meetings cards?! Brazilian postcrossers in São Paulo created these cards for the meetings in April and July. Both cards were sent by Luzia. 

The São Paulo Museum of Art is an art museum located on Paulista Avenue in São Paulo. This 1968 concrete and glass structure designed by Lina Bo Bardi, is considered a landmark of the city and a symbol of modern Brazilian architecture.  

São Paulo os the most populous city in Brazil as weel in the southern hemisphere. The city's metropolitan area of Greater São Paulo ranks as the 11th most populous on Earth, with a population of 21.1 millions inhabitants and the largest Portuguese speaking-city in the world.