Saturday, April 30, 2022


Yesterday I came home after a few days on holidays on Madeira island and I was hoping to find a lot of mail in my mailbox but only found 3 cards. Only 3 but nice cards, including this official from Norway, my 5th official from this country and a new card to the FOTW collection.

© concept by 
NO-229166, sent by Marit.
Norway has an area of 385.178 km², a population of 5.214.900 and its capital is Oslo.
 * Longest european coastline - 53.199 km, according to the World Resources Institure;
 * Laerdal Tunnel - 24.5 km, the longest road tunnel in the world, on European route E16;
* Winter Olympic Kings - Norway has won the most medals with a total of 303 medals (107 gold medals);
* The most olympic medals - 451 medals, the higest number of Summer and Winter Olympics per capita;
* Formation - 872, Kingdom of Norway with Harald Fairhair as its first king (872 - 930);
* Ahrensburg culture - 11th to the 10th millennia BC, the first inhabitants of Norway. 

FOTW Northern Ireland

The FOTW collection is getting bigger and bigger. This one from Northern Ireland was sent by Monika.

© concept by 
Northern Ireland has an area of 14.130 km², a population of 1.868.700 and its capital is Belfast.
 * Samson and Goliath - Belfast's twin shipbuilding cranes are the biggest free-standing cranes in the world;
 * 46% under 30 years old - almost 46% of the total population of Northern Ireland is under 30 years old;
* The Pneumatic Tire - invented by John Wood Dunlop;
* The Giant's Causeway - area of about 400000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption;
* Government of Ireland Act 1920 - British Parliament partitioned Northern and Sourhern Ireland, creating Northern Ireland;
* The unfortunate ship Titanic - built and launched from Belfast in 1911.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Greenwich - England

Greenwich is a town in south-east London, England, located in the historic county of Kent and the ceremonial county of Greater London. It is situated 5.5 miles (8.9 km) east-southeast of Charing Cross.
Greenwich is notable for its maritime history and for giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian (0° longitude) and Greenwich Mean Time.
In 1997 Maritime Greenwich was added to the list of World Heritage Sites, for the concentration and quality of buildings of historic and architectural interest. These can be divided into the group of buildings along the riverfront, Greenwich Park and the Georgian and Victorian town centre. - in: wikipedia
GB-1519362, sent by Sally.
Symmetrically arranged alongside the River Thames, the ensemble of the 17th century Queen’s House, part of the last Royal Palace at Greenwich, the palatial Baroque complex of the Royal Hospital for Seamen, and the Royal Observatory founded in 1675 and surrounded by the Royal Park laid out in the 1660s by André Le Nôtre, reflects two centuries of Royal patronage and represents a high point of the work of the architects Inigo Jones (1573-1652) and Christopher Wren (1632-1723), and more widely European architecture at an important stage in its evolution. It also symbolises English artistic and scientific endeavour in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Greenwich town, which grew up at the gates of the Royal Palace, provides, with its villas and formal stuccoed terraces set around St Alphege’s church rebuilt to Hawksmoor’s designs in 1712-14, a setting and approach for the main ensemble. 

 Inigo Jones’ Queen’s House was the first Palladian building in Britain, and also the direct inspiration for classical houses and villas all over the country in the two centuries after it was built.
The Royal Hospital, laid out to a master plan developed by Christopher Wren in the late 17th century and built over many decades by him and other leading architects, including Nicholas Hawksmoor, is among the most outstanding group of Baroque buildings in England.
The Royal Park is a masterpiece of the application of symmetrical landscape design to irregular terrain by André Le Nôtre. It is well loved and used by residents as well as visitors to the Observatory, Old Royal Naval College and the Maritime Museum.
The Royal Observatory’s astronomical work, particularly of the scientist Robert Hooke, and John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, permitted the accurate measurement of the earth’s movement and also contributed to the development of global navigation. The Observatory is now the base-line for the world’s time zone system and for the measurement of longitude around the globe. - in:

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Kinderdijk - The Netherlands

Kinderdjik was one of the many places I got to know about because of postcards. I never had much interrest on windmills, that's something we don't have in my region, but after visiting the Kinderdjik once and the Netherlands twice, I'm an huge fan now. 

The Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout is a group of buildings in an exceptional human-made landscape in which the centuries-long battle of the Dutch people to drain parts of their territory and protect them against further inundation is dramatically demonstrated through the survival of all the major elements of the complex system that was devised for this purpose.

Construction of hydraulic works for the drainage of land for agriculture and settlement began in the Middle Ages and has continued uninterruptedly to the present day. 

NL-5213522, sent by Frieda.
The property illustrates all the typical features associated with this technology: polders, high and low-lying drainage and transport channels for superfluous polder water, embankments and dikes, 19 drainage mills, 3 pumping stations, 2 discharge sluices and 2 Water Board Assembly Houses. The beautifully preserved mills can be divided into three categories: 8 round brick ground-sailers, 10 thatched octagonal smock mills, and one hollow post mill.

NL-4610496, sent by Janneke.
 The installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area demonstrate admirably the outstanding contribution made by the people in Netherlands to the technology of handling water.

© Aad Schenk
NL-2234384, sent by Martha.
The landscape is striking in its juxtaposition of its horizontal features, represented by the canals, the dikes, and the fields, with the vertical rhythms of the mill system. There is no drainage network of this kind or of comparable antiquity anywhere else in the Netherlands or in the world. - in:

Friday, April 22, 2022


I've already posted a few Luxembourg cards here but this is the 1st time I'm posting an official card from this country.

LU-84096, sent by Sandra.
Notre-Dame Cathedral is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Luxembourg City. It was originally a Jesuit church, and its cornerstone was laid in 1613. It is the only cathedral in Luxembourg.
The church is a noteworthy example of late gothic architecture; however, it also has many Renaissance elements and adornments. At the end of the 18th century, the church received the miraculous image of the Maria Consolatrix Afflictorum, the patron saint of both the city and the nation.
Around 50 years later, the church was consecrated as the Church of Our Lady and in 1870, it was elevated by Pope Pius IX to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. - in: wikipedia

DE-11662831 & DE-11662819

Offcial cards from the German states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Hesse.

© Weidelsburg Verlag
DE-11662831, sent by Marion.
The city centre of Neustrelitz is characterised by Baroque architecture. This Baroque church was part of the complex of the Neustrelitz Palace, which was destroyed in 1945. The church was built between 1855-1859.
© Schöning GmbH & Co. KG
DE-11662819, sent by Arno.
The small town of Bad Arolsen has also some examples of Baroque architecture. 
Arolsen Castle is a baroque-style schloss, built during the early 18th century. The castle is now a museum, and is still inhabited by Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and his family.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican

I haven't posted any Vatican postcards here since 2018, it's really not a place where I get many postcards from. However, these last weeks I've received 2 cards from there as officials from other countries, the 1st of these cards as an official from the Netherlands and the French official from the previous post. 
The other postcards in this post were sent by Zé in 2015 and by Ilaria in 2010.
NL-5180774, sent by Caroline.
St. Peter's Basilica is a Rennaisance style church in Vatican City. The basilica was built according to tradition above the burial site of St. Peter, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus and the first Bishop of Rome. To maintain this tradition, Popes are now buried within the basilica. 

Servizio Fotografico de L'Osservatore Romano
Regarded as one of the holiest sites in Christendom, it was built to replace the Old St. Peter's Basilica between 1506 and 1626. It was designed by the greatest Old Masters of the time, including Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Today, the church serves as a symbol of Rennaissance architecture, as well as being an integral site of pilgrimage, it is a papal basilica and not a cathedral, since it is not the seat of a bishop. The Arch Basilica of St. John Lateran is actually the cathedral church of Rome. - in:

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

St. Peter's Square - Vatican

I've been to the Vatican in 2010 and that's when I sent from there my 1st written & stamped card from this independent city-state. The other cards were sent by Rita (2nd) and Eduardo (4th). Eduardo's card is also written & stamped from there. The 3rd card is an official french card which arrived with no stamps

St. Peter's Square is one of the largest and most beautiful squares in the world. It is located in Vatican City, at the feet of St. Peter's Basilica.
The dimensions of the square are spectacular: 320 meters long and 240 meters wide. In the liturgies and more noticeable events St. Peter's Square has held more than 300,000 people.

Photo: Massimo Cirilli
The construction of the square was carried out between 1656 and 1667 at the hand of Bernini, with the support of Pope Alexander XII.
FR-1408273, sent by Philo.
The most impressive part of the square, besides its size, are its 284 columns and 88 pilasters that flank the square in a colonnade of four rows. Above the columns there are 140 statues of saints created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini.

2009 © Copyright by Plurigraf - Narni (Tr) Italy
In the centre of the square the obelisk and the two fountains, one of Bernini (1675) and another of Maderno (1614) stand out. The obelisk, which is 25 meters in height, was carried to Rome from Egypt in 1586.
The most spectacular way to arrive at St. Peter's Square is along the Via della Conciliazione, a long street that begins in the Castel Sant'Angelo. - in:


The Dordogne is a river in south-central and southwest France. It is 483.1 km long. The Dordogne and its watershed were designated Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO on July 11 2012.

Photo Edition "France Regard"
FR-1503509, sent by Pascal.
The Dordogne river is one of the most popular destinations in France. The low flow in most parts of the river makes it ideal for a kayak or canoe trip as you can easily descend and visit many beautiful villages and impressive chateaux on the way. The enchanting scenery on the banks of the river includes picturesque villages like Beynac, La Roque Gageac and Domme as well as local flora and fauna near Bergerac. - in:

Valencia Cathedral - Spain

Esther from Spain contacted me a few years ago saying that she didn't have any postcards from Portugal and she would like to trade with me. Of course I said yes and she sent the card showing the Virgin Square with the Turia Fountain, the Virgin's Basilica and the cathedral. 
The 2nd card was sent by Debs and it shows the Puerta de los Hierros. 
 ©  Editorial Fisa Escudo de Oro
Valencia Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic parish church in Valencia, Spain. It was consecrated in 1238 by the first bishop of Valencia after the Reconquista, Pere d'Albalat, Archbishop of Tarragona, and was dedicated by order of James I the Conqueror to Saint Mary. It was built over the site of the former Visigothic cathedral, which under the Moors had been turned into a mosque. Gothic architecture, in its Catalan or Mediterranean version, is the predominant style of this cathedral, although it also contains Romanesque, French Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical elements.
One of the supposed Holy Chalices in the world is revered in one of this cathedral's chapels; this chalice has been defended as the true Holy Grail; indeed, most Christian historians all over the world declare that all their evidence points to this Valencian chalice as the most likely candidate for being the authentic cup used at the Last Supper. It was the official papal chalice for many popes, and has been used by many others, most recently by Pope Benedict XVI, on July 9, 2006. This chalice dates from the 1st century, and was given to the cathedral by king Alfonso V of Aragon in 1436. - in: wikipedia
© Ediciones A. M. * Fotografia: A. Murillo
Puerta de los Hierros - Irons Gate, is the most modern door of the three that make up the Cathedral, standing out for its great beauty and value, being one of the few examples of Italian baroque architecture in Spain, as it follows the style of Bernini,
Its construction began in 1703 by Konrad Rudolf, a German architect and sculptor. The name of the door is due to the baroque iron grille that surrounds the entrance hall. 
Over 36 meters high, it gives the impression of being in front of a large altarpiece, despite covering a very small space, as it was designed to be seen from the narrow street of Zaragoza.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Madeira Embroidery

A few weeks ago Paula visited Madeira for the 1st time. In less than two weeks I'll visit Madeira for the 3rd time. After two and a half years, I'll fly again and I can't wait to see myself at the airport again!! I'm counting the days. This will be my 3rd visit to the island and I'm pretty sure I'll come back in the future. I'll still have a lot to see and do. 
My 1st visit was in 2010 and this was one of the cards I got there, now I've it written and stamped and I like it even more. 
The hand embroidery of Madeira is generally recognised as being the finest of its kind available in the world, and is part of the history and culture of Madeira.

Copyright by Fotoverlag Huber
The origins of Madeira Embroidery dates back to the early days of colonization of the Madeira Islands.
However, it was only after the second half of the 19th century that this product was acknowledged not only on regional and national basis, but also internationally, since some English traders established in Funchal exporting embroidered pieces to England.
With about 150 years of history, Madeira’s Embroidery production process continues with the same authenticity since its beginning and it is estimated that about 30 companies currently exist in the region manufacturing Madeira Embroidery, as well as, around 3000 Embroiderers who dedicate themselves to the art of embroidery on a daily basis. - in:

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Happy Postcrossing from Canada

Happy Postcrossing from Canada is card #13 in my HP collection. Still a lot missing but I'm not in a hurry. Got it thanks to Mèlanie.
Niagara Falls, maple syrup and poutine, CN Tower, lakes and mountains, killer whales and bears, there's no doubt this is a card from Canada. 

Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque - Mexico

Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque in Mexico was added to the UNESCO WHS list in 2015 and this is a new site in my collection. It was sent by Óscar.

The aqueduct of Padre Tembleque, named after the friar Francisco de Tembleque, was constructed between 1555 and 1572 and constitutes a hydraulic system located between the states of Mexico and Hidalgo in the Mexican Central Plateau.

The heritage canal system encompasses its water catchment area, springs, main and secondary canals, distribution tanks, arcaded aqueduct bridges, reservoirs and other auxiliary elements, which extend over a maximum distance of 48.22 kilometres. The aqueduct structures were built with supporting structures of earthen adobes in the Mesoamerican construction tradition, but at the same time referencing European models of water conduction developed during the Roman era.
The hydraulic system is an outstanding example of water conduction in the Americas and integrates along its 48 kilometres’ extent impressive architectural structures, such as the main arcaded aqueduct at Tepeyahualco, which reaches a total height of 39.65m, with its central arch of 33.84m height. The system was built by Franciscan friars with support from the local communities and as a result is a unique representation of the ingenious fusion of Mesoamerican and European construction traditions, combining the mestizo tradition with the tradition of Roman hydraulics. As an ensemble of canals and auxiliary structures, the system is exceptionally well-preserved and one branch remains operational up until today. - in:

Friday, April 1, 2022


Is not every day that you get an official from New Zealand and getting an Antarctica card is even rarer. So rare that this is only my 4th card from the Earth's southernmost continent.

© Sarah Wu

Cape Adare is a prominent cape of black basalt forming the northern tip of the Adare Peninsula and the north-easternmost extremity of Victoria Land, East Antarctica. 
Captain James Ross discovered Cape Adare in January 1841 and named it after his friend the Viscount Adare. - in: wikipedia