Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Toronto Meet Up - October 16th

Did you know that some canadian postcrossers had a meeting last October 16? I didn't!! Like other postcrossing meetings around the world, i bet they had a lot of fun. Marie sent me this card also signed by blind_melonette; roz1025; sugarbooger; scrapbookartist and lindah.

Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome, is Toronto's multi-purpose stadium and is home to the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and the Toronto Argonauts Football Team. The facility's versatility allows it to accommodate a variety of events suited for an arena, a domed stadium or an open-air facility. The Rogers Centre is famous for being the 1st stadium to have a fully retractable motorized roof, as well as a 348-room hotel attached to it, with 70 rooms overlooking the field. The retractable roof takes 20 minutes to fully open or close and rises to a height of 282 feet, high enough for a 31 storey building at the centre.
The Rogers Centre contains 143.000 square feet of exhibition space, allowing it to host a variety of events year round, including large scale rock concerts.

Another Philatelic Exhibition Meeting card

Last week i went to another portuguese meeting and it was great. Not so many of us but sometimes less is more....
But this is a card from the last meeting in Lisbon and it was sent by Susana.

Susana and the others were getting worried because they sent the cards directly from the exhibition wishing to have the 10-10-10 postmark but they were taking too long to be received. Finally, they started to arrive last week.

Thanks Susana :)
Ohhh, today is Susana birthday.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY :D


This is a german official card received last week.

DE-732770, sent by Clemens.
St. Märgen is a german village in the middle of the Black Forest in southwestern Germany.

Monday, October 25, 2010

New swedish unesco sites

The last post of the day is dedicated to 3 new swedish unesco sites in my collection. I got them through a tag and it have been sent by Merja "merjade". Merja is a bit sick right now but somehow she managed to send the cards. I hope she's feeling better by now. Hugs.

"The enormous mining excavation known as the Great Pit at Falun is the most striking feature of a landscape that illustrates the activity of copper production in this region since at least the 13th century. The 17th-century planned town of Falun with its many fine historic buildings, together with the industrial and domestic remains of a number of settlements spread over a wide area of the Dalarna region, provide a vivid picture of what was for centuries one of the world's most important mining areas." - in: www.whc.unesco.or/en/list/1027

"The rock carvings in Tanum, in the north of Bohuslän, are a unique artistic achievement not only for their rich and varied motifs (depictions of humans and animals, weapons, boats and other subjects) but also for their cultural and chronological unity. They reveal the life and beliefs of people in Europe during the Bronze Age and are remarkable for their large numbers and outstanding quality." - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/557

"The Arctic Circle region of northern Sweden is the home of the Saami, or Lapp people. It is the largest area in the world (and one of the last) with an ancestral way of life based on the seasonal movement of livestock. Every summer, the Saami lead their huge herds of reindeer towards the mountains through a natural landscape hitherto preserved, but now threatened by the advent of motor vehicles. Historical and ongoing geological processes can be seen in the glacial moraines and changing water courses." - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/774

Yaroslavl - Russia

Tatyana was offering cards from its hometown Yaroslavl and i needed one for my unesco collection. While i was waiting for the card, i've received another one but i don't mind to have several cards from the same place.
Yaroslavl was founded in 1010 and this year is celebrating it's 1000th anniversary.
This is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

"Situated at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers some 250 km north-east of Moscow, the historic city of Yaroslavl developed into a major commercial centre from the 11th century. It is renowned for its numerous 17th-century churches and is an outstanding example of the urban planning reform Empress Catherine the Great ordered for the whole of Russia in 1763. While keeping some of its significant historic structures, the town was renovated in the neoclassical style on a radial urban master plan." - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/lis/1170

Some beautiful US cards

I really like these cards that i picked from Tim's "manatree" album. USA doesn't fascinate me for its cities but i do love it's amazing landscapes and i didn't know Pennsylvania was this beautiful.

Old Main is the administration building of Pennsylvania's StateUniversity and it was it's the first building of major significance. The stately tower is a familiar landmark and represents Penn State to thousands of people.

Pennsylvania's agricultural industry is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. From modest family plots to expansive commercial acreage, Pennsylvania offers a huge variety of crop products and is a major contributor to the nations agricultural economy. Beautiful fields and landscapes seen throughtout the entire state.

The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, Tioga State Forest, begins south of Ansonia along US Route 6 and continues for approximately 47 miles. The maximun depth of the canyon is 1,450 feet at Waterville, near the southern end. At Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks, the depth is more than 800 feet and from rim to rim is approximately 4000 feet. The exposed rock formations are over 350 million years old.

Overlooking the beautiful Susquehanna River, Hyner View State Park, in the Sproul State Forest in north central Pennsylvania, offers one of the most spectacular views in the eastern United States.

Central Pennsylvania's rolling hills blanketed in brilliant autumn colors.

Little Pine State Park is located in one of the most beautiful sections of the Tiadaghton State Forest in the Appalachian Mountains. Little Pine Lake has 3.3 miles of shoreline and 4.2 miles of stream.

In the middle of all these Pennsylvania card, there's this New Hampshire card with beautiful Mt. Washington seen from Conway Lake.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cradle Mountain - Australia

Kimberley helped me to get rif of some cards and in return sent me this beautiful Cradle Mountain card. The cards shows a rainforest stream, the Lake Dove Boat Shed built in 1940 and the Waldheim Chalet, built in 1912 by Gustav and Kate Weindorfer. This chalet was used for accomodation until 1974. After a fire, it was beyond repair and demolished. It was rebuilt in 1976.

"Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mt - Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands, buttongrass and stands of colourful deciduous beech provide a range of environments to explore. Icy streams cascading out of rugged mountains, stands of ancient pines mirrored in the still waters of glacial lakes and a wealth of wildlife ensure there is always something to captivate you. The area is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania.
Cradle is the starting point for the world-famous Overland Track, a magnificent 6 day walk through the heart of some of the finest mountain terrain." - in: http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3297

Derbent - Russia

Derbent is a russian city in the Republic of Dagestan, close to the Azerbaijani border. It's citadel, ancient city and fortress are classified as an Unesco World Heritage Site since 2003.
This card is a new unesco site in my collection and it was sent by Ivan "JoyM". I've 440 different sites now.

"The Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent were part of the northern lines of the Sasanian Persian Empire, which extended east and west of the Caspian Sea. The fortification was built in stone. It consisted of two parallel walls that formed a barrier from the seashore up to the mountain. The town of Derbent was built between these two walls, and has retained part of its medieval fabric. The site continued to be of great strategic importance until the 19th century." - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/1070

Neues Rathaus - Leipzig

This beautiful building is the New City Hall in Leipzig. The card was sent by Detlef "stadtshcreiber".

The new city hall was built upon the remains of the Pleißenburg, a castle that was the site of the 1519 debate between Johann Eck and Martin Luther in 1519.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

As Syakirin Mosque - Kuala Lumpur

This malaysian card was sent by Aina, one of the 30 involved in the Special Education Program in Bandar Tasik Selatan Primary School in Kuala Lumpur. Each kid will received a card from a differente country, i'll send the portuguese card. The objectiv of this program is to improve their writing skills and build their interest in human communication.
I liked this card, i hope Aina likes mine too.
The As Syakirin Mosque is a newly constructed mosque in Kuala Lumpur city centre. It was built in 1998 it is situated near the public park adjacent to the famous Petronas Twin Towers.
The mosque features interesting architecture of West Asia specially Uzbek design combined with a taste of East Asia and was built by Uzbekistan craftsmen using marble and granite. The mosque has intricate carvings and calligraphy on the interior walls as well as on the dome internals.
Being located in the vicinity of the park near the famous Petronas Towers, it is nicknamed 'Jewel in the Park'. Its location also makes it a tourist attraction for all those who visit the twin towers.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

More portuguese cards

These cards were sent by Maria http://www.tesourinhosdados.blogspot.com/. She's a postcard collector but she also collect other stuff, like antiques, pocket calendars, coins, stamps.... I've sent her cards and stamps, she sent me these 5 cards.

This is the Poço of Santigo Bridge, in Pessegueiro do Vouga, an old railway bridge inaugurated in 1913. It has a height of about 28 metres, making it the highest stone bridge in the country. In 1972, the traditional machine trains were replaced by railcars and in 1990 the line was closed. Today, the bridge still stands in the place where it has always been, but the rails were ripped off and so it seems unlikely to ever see again a train here.

These are typical granaries in Peneda Mountain, the 5th highest mountain in portuguese mainland.

Monção is a city in northern Portugal. This is the Deu-la-Deu Square.

Paredes de Coura is also a city in nothern Portugal. This town is well known for it's alternative music summer festival.
At last, a very portuguese card from Barcelos with a girl in a typical costume and the famous Barcelos pottery, which includes de Barcelos rooster.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Washington cats

Aren't these cats just amazing? I specially like the mountain lion but the other 2 are great too.
This was one of my favorite cards from the US and it was sent by fire.maggie.

The card shows a lynx, a mountain lion and a bobcat.

World Philatelic Exhibition Meeting - Lisbon III

This card from Peniche is also a meeting card and it was sent by José "piloteOne".
Besides those already mentioned on the ninocas card post, this card was also signed ny "gracinha" and "ludovico".

This rock formation is called the "Nau dos Corvos".

World Philatelic Exhibition Meeting - Lisbon II

Graça "gracinha" didn't signed Ninocas card but she was also at this meeting.
This exhibition celebrated the 100 years of the Portuguese Republic and it was available a serie of stamps dedicated to this event.
Graça made this card and created a maxi-card.

She also sent me this card with the Navy school ship Sagres.
The NRP Sagres is a tall ship and school ship of the Portuguese Navy since 1961. It is the third ship with this name in the Portuguese Navy, so she is also known as Sagres III.

World Philatelic Exhibition Meeting - Lisbon

Last saturday some portuguese postcrossers had a meeting in Lisbon. They decided to have a meeting because of the World Philatelic Exhibition that took place in Lisbon from October 1 till October 10. The exhibiton displayed about a million stamps from around the world, corresponding to 600 philatelic collections of 77 countries. This was a great occasion for a meeting.

Ninocas sent me this card, issued by the portuguese mail, signed by her and her son Dudu, piloteOne, joana122, leninha, susuna.portugal, joaninha, nelinha and csofiatorpes.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Toroweap - Grand Canyon

No cards today :( I really don't like to see my mailbox empty. Yesterday i've sent a bunch of cards, now i'm also waiting for a bunch of cards.
I wasn't waiting for this card, it was a surprise from Carol. She went camping to the Grand Canyon and send the card from there. I like camping and i bet i would love to camp in such an amazing place like Grand Canyon.

"Toroweap (also called Tuweep) is remote lookout point in the Grand Canyon backcountry. The view is dramatic because the cliff is nearly vertical, dropping almost straight down some 3,000 feet to the Colorado River. The viewpoint offers a dramatic view of the middle part of the Grand Canyon." - in: http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/grand_canyon/toroweap.htm

Monday, October 11, 2010


Another official but this one if from Newport News, a city in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia, located at the south-western end of the Virginia Peninsula, USA.

US-848796, sent by Barrett.
On the back of the card: "The history of Newport News began in the arly 1600's. It is named for Christopher Newport, who was the Captain of the Discovery, one of the original ships that brought the Jamestown setlers to New World. The city is located on the Virginia Peninsula overlooking the famous James River."

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sarah's cards 2

These are the other 5 cards Sarah sent me for my used stamps.

"Augsburg is a city in the south-west of Bavaria in Germany. It is, as of 2008, the third-largest city in Bavaria with a population exceeding 264,000 citizens. After Trier, Augsburg is Germany's second oldest city.
Augsburg is the only German city with its own legal holiday, the Peace of Augsburg, celebrated on August 8 of every year. This gives Augsburg more legal holidays than any other region or city in Germany." - in:

Finland is a country of thousands of lakes and islands – 187,888 lakes (larger than 500 m2/0.12 acres) and 179,584 islands. Its largest lake, Saimaa, is the fourth largest in Europe.

This is a card of Delfshaven, an historic harbor and one of the oldest places in Rotterdam.
One of the interesting sites in Rotterdam’s is it's brewery, located in the former city hall of Delfshaven, and the historic mill called De Distilleerketel. The mill processed malt which was used in the distilleries to produce genever, the alcoholic traditional liquor of the Netherlands.

Also from the Netherlands, an Eindhoven card showing the Museum Kempenland, a regional museum, which documents the history of the Kempenland region in objects, documents, paint and educational activities.

The last card is from London with the St. Paul's Cathedral.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sarah's cards

Sarah "swillson" opened a thread on the forum offering some of her cards from used stamps and i contacted her to propose a trade. She sent me 10 great cards for 40 of my stamps.
The cards are from the USA, Russia, Macedonia, Netherlands, UK, Finland and Germany.

I don't know if she checked my card wishes but she sent great cards including a missing US capital city and a missing unesco site. This is a card from Augusta, Maine's capital city.
"The Maine State House, located in Augusta, Maine, united States, was completed in 1832, one year after Augusta became the capital of Maine. Built using Maine granite, the State House was based on the design of the Capitol building for Massachusetts." - in: wikipedia

A few days ago i've arranged a trade with a girl from Russia for a card from Yaroslavl, a Unesco whs missing in my collection. On the same day i send my card to that girl, i've received Sarah's envelope with this card showing the belfry of the Church of the Savior Monastery in Yaroslavl.
"This monastery constructed in 1506—1516 on the foundations of the original edifice dating back to 1216—1224. In the 16th century, the first stone wall is built around the monastery. It is from this monastery that an army of volunteers led by Minin and Prince Pozharsky set out to liberate Moscow from Polish invaders. In 1787, the monastery was closed and converted into a residence of the Yaroslavl and Rostov bishops." - in: wikipedia
This is also a card from a russian unesco site, Kolomenskoye. On the card there's the Water Tower from the 2nd half of the 17th century and the Bell Tower of St. George from the 1st half of the 16th century.

And now a card from Skopje, Macedonia's capital city, showing a street in the old town.
Skopje's "Old Town is situated in an area between the Stone Bridge and the Bit Bazaar, and between the Kale fortress and the Vardar River. In the past all economic activities in the city were taking place in this part of it. In the period between the 16th and 17th centuries, the Old Town reached its urban and economic zenith, developing into one of the largest and most significant oriental old bazaars in the Balkans. It is full of bustling shops that beckon visitors. This bazaar is an interesting mixture of Eastern and Western culture. Although Islamic architecture is predominant in the bazaar, there are several churches as well." - in: wikipedia