keskiviikko 23. huhtikuuta 2014

Algeria

Northern part of Algeria, private swap from Samir.

Algeria
Capital: Algiers
 Population :  34.46 million (2009)
Surface: 2 381 741 km ², 7.0 x area of Finland
 (90% of Algeria is considered desert)
Government: presidential republic
Language: Arabic, French, Berber dialects
Religion: Sunni Muslim
Currency: Algerian dinar 
Industry: Petroleum, natural gas, light industries, mining
Agriculture: Wheat, barley, oats, grapes; sheep
Exports: Petroleum, natural gas, petroleum products
 
Algeria, in northwest Africa on the Mediterranean coast, is the second largest country in Africa after Sudan. The Sahara covers more than four-fifths of its territory, where the inhabitants are concentrated in oases surrounded by desert. More than 90 percent of Algerians live along the Mediterranean coastlands on only 12 percent of the country's land. The Atlas Mountains cross Algeria east to west along the Mediterranean coast, with the north-facing slopes receiving good winter rainfall; the southern slopes, southern ranges, and interior plateaus get little rain. 

And now it's time for Khaled :) 
C'Est La Vie 



perjantai 18. huhtikuuta 2014

Pussy willows and Easter Bunnies




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Children are picking pussy willows for Easter decorations in Martta Wendelin's cards.
The flowering shoots of pussy willow are used in Finland for decoration on Easter, as a replacement for palm branches, which do not grow that far north.


Easter bunny brings children eggs and candys the night before Easter.
Martta Wendelin ( 1893-1986 )


Olavi Vikainen  (1915–2005)



torstai 17. huhtikuuta 2014

Happy Easter from cheerful Grannies

Inge Löök's ladies are always happy, smiling and mischievous in a hilarious way- the best way to live.

keskiviikko 16. huhtikuuta 2014

Iloista Pääsiäistä Koiramäeltä - Happy Easter from Doghill Farm

Illustration Mauri Kunnas

An ancient Easter dish still commonly eaten in Finland is the cold malt porridge mämmi. It was perfect food to be eaten on Good Friday, when lighting a fire and cooking was forbidden. Nowadays mämmi is mainly eaten as dessert.

More about mämmi here.

maanantai 14. huhtikuuta 2014

Frohe Ostern from Germany

From Jule, Rostock


From Nelly, Schwarzenfeld

From Petra, Munick

From Thorsten, Essen

perjantai 11. huhtikuuta 2014

Landscapes in China

 Mount Huangshan

Huangshan, known as 'the loveliest mountain of China', was acclaimed through art and literature during a good part of Chinese history (e.g. the Shanshui 'mountain and water' style of the mid-16th century). Today it holds the same fascination for visitors, poets, painters and photographers who come on pilgrimage to the site, which is renowned for its magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and rocks emerging out of a sea of clouds.
 
Libo

Amazing landscape in Libo, South China Karst also known as the Libo Maolan Karst Forest, one of the most beautiful forests in China.  It is not only a unique scenic resource, but it also has a great scientific value for its geology and rich biodiversity.

Private swaps from Dong Hang

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