São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city proper in the southern hemisphere, in the Americas, and the world's seventh largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among the ten largest metropolitan areas in the world. São Paulo is the capital of the state of São Paulo, Brazil's most populous state. It exerts strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment and a strong international influence. The name of the city honors Saint Paul of Tarsus.
Collection of the most beautiful landscapes of Rio de Janeiro
From our friends on their vacation to Brazil
Rio de Janeirois the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America. There are approximately 6.3 million people living within the city proper, making it the 6th largest in the Americas and 26th in the world. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", identified by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 in the category Cultural Landscape.
Dancing tango in the city, Buenos Aires, Argentina
From Paula - Paz y Amor :)
The history of tango began in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the late 19th century. The dance started in the lower-class districts of Buenos Aires taking place in the periphery of the city, bars, cafes and courtyards. Then tango took the next step into more established Dancing Houses and later inside middle and high class Argentinian homes.
The people of Xhosa Tribe of South Africa have very rich cultural heritage and have played an important part in development of South Africa, especially when the most famous member of Zhosa, Nelson Mandela, became South Africa's first president elected in a democratic election in 1994.
The Menara gardens are gardens located to the west of Marrakech, Morocco, at the gates of the Atlas mountains. They were built in the 12th century (c. 1130) by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu'min. It was established as an orchard of palm, olive and fruit trees
The Menara Gardens are one of the most photographed places in Morocco. It is also a popular place among locals for picnics.
Or perhaps you would like to go to Agadir, Morocco'smost popular beach resort, where the sun shines more than 300days a year. Just lying on the beach and readingthis, at least my friend liked it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nanxun Ancient Town once was the richest among the six ancient towns in the Jiangsu and Zhejiang area. and it is very special for its unique combination of western and Chinese cultures. The Changhusheng (Changxing-Huzhou-Shanghai) Channel, the so called "Oriental Rhine" runs through the town. Nanxun Ancient Town also known as the ‘the land of fish and rice’ and ‘silk market’, is a charming tourist destination.
From Linjo Lee.
The card is showing Dragon Boat Festival in ancient China. The festival is celebrated is a lunar holiday, occurring on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month acording to the Chinese calendar. It is a significant holiday celebrated in China, and the one with the longest history. The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to reach the finish end first.
Simatai Great Wall, 120 km northeast of Beijing, is 5.4 km long with 35 watchtowers. Hanging precariously onto the YanShan Mountains, Simatai Great Wall is known for its steepness, ruggedness and outstanding beauty.
Meli Snow Mountains, Deqin County, Yunnan Province, China
Yong Pan xi from Xiang Tan city sent this beautiful card showing the sunset in Meili Snow Mountain ( Meili Xue Shan ) which is located in the World Heritage area of Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas in south-west China.
Meili Snow Mountain is one of the most sacred mountains of Tibetan Buddhism. 'Kang Karpo Peak' means the God of Snow Mountain in Tibetan, and is a holy land for worshiping. Pilgrims from Tibet, Qinghai Province, Sichuan Province,and Gansu Province come here at the beginning of each winter to worship. Thousands of devout pilgrims worship together and encircle the holy mountain, adding even more mystery to it.
"Mount Lushan, in Jiangxi, is one of the spiritual centres of Chinese civilization. Buddhist and Taoist temples, along with landmarks of Confucianism, where the most eminent masters taught, blend effortlessly into a strikingly beautiful landscape which has inspired countless artists who developed the aesthetic approach to nature found in Chinese culture. "
School in cave of Yellow Earth, with teacher and pupils.
Private swap from Nadia
Scenery of Water Regions
Private swap from Zhua.
Scenery of Water Regions, China,
Environment friendly trasportation
Private swap from Heng Yao
She writes that bicycle is still very important vehicle for people in China . She still remembers when she was sitting on her fathers bike on the way to her school. But after the development in economy many people can afford to buy a car, especially in big cities like Shanghai and Beijing.
This Easter card I received from Nastya who lives in Minsk.
She was waiting for her quests with colorful Easter eggs traditional Babka cake :)
In Belarus a special cake is prepared to celebrate Easter called Babka and it is served with a cheese mixture and that is called Paskha. Babka or Kulic is a tall cylindrical sweet yeast cake. It is flavored with rum soaked raisins and candied fruit. Sometimes Saffron is added to make the cake more yellow.
Crow sent this old poster advertising the German chocolate from the 40's or 50's. Flowers in the card (Potentilla nitita / Potentilla nitida ) are small evergreen, or nearly so, alpine plant with silvery trifoliate leaves and five petalled pink flowers.