Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Official from Poland with the cathedral of Pelplin, a town in northern Poland. 

Fot. K. Mania
PL-1632640, sent by Ewelina.
The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption or Pelplin Abbey was founded in 1258 by Sambor II, Duke of Pomerania, as "Samboria", and was a daughter house of the Cistercian Doberan Abbey.
Work on the Brick Gothic building (length 80 m, height 26 m) began in 1289. The church was finished in 1323; additional work was completed in 1557. Currently, it is one of the largest church buildings in Poland. - in: wikipedia

Vasa Museum - Sweden

As I said before, I'm not a museum kind of person but Vasa Museum was on my must visit list when I visited Stockholm in June. The idea of seeing a ship that was underwater for more than 300 years was way too exciting. My 1st expression when I saw it was "wow, amazing!!". 
The card was sent by Damien.
The Vasa Museum is located in the royal parkland, Djurgården. This is one of the most visited museums in Scandinavia; around 1.5 million visitors every year enjoy the exhibitions in the museum, which describe the warship Vasa's history and life at the time; how, after 333 years at the bottom of Stockholm bay, the ship was rediscovered and salvaged. - in:

Photo cover: Magnus Svensson ©
Vasa is a Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628. The ship foundered after sailing about 1,300 m (1,400 yd) into its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628. It fell into obscurity after most of her valuable bronze cannon were salvaged in the 17th century until it was located again in the late 1950s in a busy shipping lane just outside Stockholm harbor. The ship was salvaged with a largely intact hull in 1961. 
During the 1961 recovery, thousands of artifacts and the remains of at least 15 people were found in and around the Vasa's hull by marine archaeologists. Among the many items found were clothing, weapons, cannons, tools, coins, cutlery, food, drink and six of the ten sails. The artifacts and the ship herself have provided scholars with invaluable insights into details of naval warfare, shipbuilding techniques and everyday life in early 17th-century Sweden. - in: wikipedia

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Victor Horta Museum - Belgium

I must confess that I'm not a museum kind of person, unless it is a museum about something I really enjoy. When I went to Brussels I wanted to visit this museum, just because it was a UNESCO site, not because I was especially interested in Art Nouveau. I didn't think it was going to surprise me but I actually loved it and is now my favorite museum.
Recently Tiago went to Belgium and I suggested that he visited this museum. He followed my advice and liked it a lot too. He and Raquel sent me a postcard from there, the interior view card. The other, with a matching stamp, was sent by me during my trip.

 Victor, Baron Horta (6 January 1861 - 9 September 1947) was a Belgian architect and designer. John Julius Norwich described him as "undoubtedly the key European Art Nouveau architect." Indeed, Horta is one of the most important names in Art Nouveau architecture. Four of the buildings he designed have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

© Photo Basin & Evrard
The Horta Museum is a museum dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta and his time. The museum is housed in Horta's former house and atelier, Maison & Atelier Horta (1898), in the Brussels municipality of Saint-Gilles. In the splendid Art Nouveau interiors there is a permanent display of furniture, utensils and art objects designed by Horta and his contemporaries as well as documents related to his life and time. - in: wikipedia

Monday, November 25, 2019


I've been to Utrecht last year but didn't see this mill, I didn't even know it existed. I should have received this card in the beginning of last year. 

NL-4494556, sent by Marianne.
The De Ster (the star) sawmill, in Utrecht’s Lombok district, is the last fully-intact mill of its kind.
The De Ster sawmill was built in 1739 and was in use as a timber business for centuries. In 1991, wind power was replaced by electricity, and the windmill on the roof was demolished. When, in the 1980s, the sawing work permanently came to an end, new plans were made for the reconstruction of the mill.
More than ten years later, these plans came to fruition: in September 1998, the mill hull was put in place, and on 22 June 1999 the mill was officially opened. - in:


I've received this card 1 month ago but only yesterday realized that Freiberg, where this card is from, is on the UNESCO list as part of the Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region, a site shared by Germany and Czech Republic, inscribed this year. Is not a new site in my collection but is always nice to get cards from those sites that have multiple locations or monuments. 

© Schöening Verlag
DE-8629772, sent by Eric.
Freiberg is Saxony‘s oldest and most important mining city. It was founded in 1186 when an immense deposit of silver ore was discovered at the site where the city is now located. Freiberg’s wealth and fame sprang from silver mining and its heritage is present wherever you go. The charming cityscape mirrors the profound influence of the wealth developed during the mining period. 
Among Freiberg’s best museums and collections are the Municipal History and Mining Museum and the Mineral Collection of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg - the latter world famous and thus another definite must.
Today nobody digs for silver any longer, but the “Rich Colliery” (Reiche Zeche), which is the oldest, biggest and last complete mine of Saxony, is open to the public. Entering the world of a miner by lift dressed in miner‘s gear, riding on a train and crawling around tiny, narrow aisles is an unforgettable and unique experience. Another mine that can be visited is the Old Elizabeth, which is also an important example of the mining culture Freiberg bears. - in:

Happy Postcrossing from Germany

I've recently decided to start collecting these Happy Postcrossing from... cards by papersisters. It is a beautiful, colorful and very well designed collection.
As I said, I started this collection not long ago and so far I only have postcards from Portugal and Germany.
This is the 3rd edition of the German card. I've just seen the 1st edition of the card and I like this one better, especially because of that little cow up there. 
It was sent by Bianka who proposed a swap of the German card for the Portugal.
Et voilá, a new collection begins. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wadden Sea - Germany

The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. In Germany this UNESCO site covers three Wadden Sea National Parks:
 - Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park, comprising the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein and the North Frisian Islands; 
 - Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park, extending from the mouth of the Elbe to the tiny islands of Neuwerk and Scharhörn, part of Hamburg;  
- Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park, comprising the northern coast of Lower Saxony and including the East Frisian Islands.

© Schöening Verlag
In 2009, the Wadden Sea was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in recognition of the ‘Outstanding Universal Value’ of the area and the progress made in protecting and managing it for more than a generation. - in:
Card sent by Tanja.

© Schöning GmbH & Co. KG
DE-6366764, sent by Silke.
It is a large, temperate, relatively flat coastal wetland environment, formed by the intricate interactions between physical and biological factors that have given rise to a multitude of transitional habitats with tidal channels, sandy shoals, sea-grass meadows, mussel beds, sandbars, mudflats, salt marshes, estuaries, beaches and dunes. 

The area is home to numerous plant and animal species, including marine mammals such as the harbour seal, grey seal and harbour porpoise.
Card sent by Simone.

DE-699741, sent by Udo.
Wadden Sea is one of the last remaining large-scale, intertidal ecosystems where natural processes continue to function largely undisturbed. - in: