keskiviikko 25. toukokuuta 2016

Teples and Towers

 Kinkaku-ji / Golden Temple, Kyoto, Japan
World Cultural Heritage featuring a shining golden pavilion and a pond-centered garden.
Temppeli liitettiin muinaisen Kioton muiden kulttuuriaarteiden kanssa Unescon maailmanperintöluetteloon vuonna 1994.

This postcard comes from Yoshiyuki Yoko in Sakai-city, Japan 
Distance: 7,690 km
Travel time: 16 days

Ancient archery tower, Rampart Tower
Xian City, Shaanxi, China.
Xi'anin kaupunginmuurin tasanne  ja vartiotorni.

The Xian City Wall is the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defence system in China. 
There is a rampart every 120 meters. The ramparts are towers that extend out from the main wall. The ramparts were built to allow soldiers to see those enemies who would try to climb the wall. The distance between two ramparts is just within the range of arrow shot from either side. This allowed soldiers to protect the entire wall without exposing themselves to the enemy. They are altogether 98 of them on the wall; each has a sentry building on top of it.

 This postcardcard comes from Myra in Weinan, China
Distance: 6,507 km
Travel time: 38 days

maanantai 23. toukokuuta 2016


 Two more funny Inkognito cards for my collection.

Inkognito 28624
Nastja Holtfreter "Zebra auf Streifen" / Zebra on stripes

This card was sent by Gerlinde in Netherlands. She also likes Inkognito cards and her children picked this card for me, they chose these cute stamps too :)

 Distance: 1,541 km
Travel time: 16 days

Inkognito 4752
Rudi Hurzlmeier. "Ein Kleines Lied" / A little song

This card with great stamps came from Canada.
 Suzeroo hopes this card makes me smile - yes it does :)

Distance: 6,619 km
Travel time: 9 days

sunnuntai 22. toukokuuta 2016


Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland.  It is part of the Finnish Capital Region, and most of its population lives in the inner urban core of the Helsinki metropolitan area, along with the cities of Helsinki, Vantaa, and Kauniainen. The city is on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, in the region of Uusimaa. Wkipedia

More about Espoo here

The Espoo Cathedral is a medieval stone church and the oldest parts of the church were completed in the 1480s, thus it is the oldest preserved building in the city. The bell tower is from 1767. Inside the vaults and walls there are nice murals from the 1510s. 

Espoo City Museum, Glims Fatmstead Museum

Glims Farmstead Museum is situated in the well preserved cultural landscape of Karvasmäki village, where farms and holdings were already established in the Middle Ages. The buildings in the large yard area at Glims are in their original locations. The oldest ones are the storage shed and the old dwelling, both from the 18th century.

Glims was still a working farm at the beginning of the 20th century. Glims served as an inn and hostelry from 1778 to 1822 and from 1891 to 1901. Glims has been a museum since 1958. The permanent exhibition contains of 11 old farmstead buildings. Glims also features temporary exhibitions in the main building.

These cards came Pirkko in Espoo.
Distance: 295 km
Travel time: 4 days

perjantai 20. toukokuuta 2016


Three postcards by Jaana Aalto.  

Jaana Aalto, the postcard designer is known for her natural themes, soft colours  and variety of items. These images are spray painted, as are many of the artist's beloved Christmas cards. In addition to postcards and printed condolences, Jaana Aalto has illustrated children's books and TV series.  

Bluebell girl

 In the Garden

Summer Evening

keskiviikko 18. toukokuuta 2016

Mstera Lacquer Art

The village of Mstera located on banks of Klyazma river in a beautiful scenic spot some 60 miles(100 km) from the old Russian town of Vladimir. More about Mstera lacquer art here

Russian lacquer boxes originated in Russia in the 17th century, these lacquered boxes are a prime example of Russia’s true talent in painting miniature boxes while capturing the finest level of detail. These boxes are typically made of papier-mâché, using oil or tempera paints, painted with brushes having no more than one rabbit hair, and polished many times. The boxes originate from four primary villages: Palekh, Fedoskino, Kholui, and Mstera. Each village is unique and has its own style which is reflected in the Russian miniature art. Russian lacquer boxes are painted by such artists like Kritov, Zotov, Solodilov and many other famous artists. The Russian boxes are considered the prime Russian gifts and souveniers that are famous world-wide. 

I bought these cards from a flee market in Tallinn, Estonia.

L.G. Zuikov. Playing Ping-Pong. Casket 1971

Yu. M. Vavanov. Penny-Farthing, Casket, 1971

L.A. Fomichev. Battle by the Golden Gates. Box, 1966

L.A. Fomichev. Restoration of the Cathedral of the Assumtion in Vladimir. Casket 1960s

Fedoskino Laquer Art here

maanantai 16. toukokuuta 2016


I am a huge fan of Inkognito postcards. They are always interesting, quirky and surrealistic. So I'm especially happy when I get one in the mail! 

Inkognito 13951 by Ernst Kahl
 I got this funny example called  "Prinzessin auf der Erbse" - "Princess and the Pea"  from  Yasemen in Belgium. 
Distance: 1,640 km
Travel time: 6 days

 Inkognito 1461 by Hadered is called "Please Smile". 
This card was a direct swap and sent by Liga in Holland. 

 Inkognito 6001, Gerhard Glück, "Clover field"
This card came from Germany sent by Simon, Mona and Malina in Mainz
Distance: 1,645 km
Travel time: 11 days

perjantai 13. toukokuuta 2016

Kevät / Spring

Today three beautiful spring postcards by Finnish illustrators. 

Minna Immonen

Anita Polkutie

 Katja Saario

Valkovuokot kukkivat meidänkin puutarhassa.
Anemones are blooming in our garden as well.

This is my entry to Beth's  Postcard Friendship Friday.

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