sunnuntai 31. heinäkuuta 2016

Garden on Wheels

Natalina Marcantoni, Mouth & Foot painting artist.
Jardin con Ruedas

This card comes from Tenerife, Canary Islands sent by Fernando. 
Distance: 4,704 km
Travel time: 6 days

An other garden on wheels.
 On our vacation at Tilos island in Greece. 

perjantai 29. heinäkuuta 2016

Glimpses of The Past

A girl in traditional Dutch clothes in Schagen, Netherlands

Monique in Alkmaar sent this pretty postcard.
Distance: 1,507 km
Travel time: 8 days

Ladies in traditional costumes of Walcheren knitting on the beach

Johanna in Zeeland sent this summer memory from1956.
Distance: 1,645 km
Travel time: 13 days

keskiviikko 27. heinäkuuta 2016

Glimpses of The Past

 Elizaveta Merkuryevna Bem or Boehm or Böhm (Russian: Елизавета Меркурьевна Бём; 1843–1914) was a Russian painter, a popular designer of postcards.

This cute card came from Tyumen, Russia sent by Nastya
Distance: 2,430 km 
Travel time: 14 days.

Portrait of  a girl. Russian school (XIX century)

This sweet rosy cheek girl  came from Moscow sent by Nadezda.
Distance: 1,171 km
Travel time: 13 days

maanantai 25. heinäkuuta 2016

Glimpses of The Past

Girls Knitting by Cornelis Jetses (1873-1955)

This card was in my wishlist and came from Amsterdam sent by Loesje. 
Great add for my Jetses collection.
Distance: 1,513 km
Travel time: 8 days

Country Blacksmith  by Anton Pieck  (1895-1987) His works are noted for their fairy tale-like character and are widely popular, appearing regularly on cards and calendars.

Annet sent this nostalgic illustration of country life. 
Distance: 1,473 km
Travel time: 5 days

sunnuntai 24. heinäkuuta 2016

Chyverton Garden

Chyverton Garden, Cornwall, England
Photo: Jürgen Becker - Romantische Gärten ( Romantic Gardens )

This beautiful card comes from Vera in Leipzig, Germany 

Distance: 1,410 km
Travel time: 16 days

perjantai 22. heinäkuuta 2016

Peaceful Sceneries

Hoodoo rock formations in Heping Island Park  (also known as Peace Island Park),  Keelung, Taiwan

Sent by Emma in Kellung City, Taiwan
Distance: 8,020 km
Travel time: 23 days

Poperechnoe Multinskoe lake, Altai Republic - Alexandr Ermolitsky Photography

Sent by Kate in Moscow, Russia
Distance: 1,171 km
Travel time: 15 days

keskiviikko 20. heinäkuuta 2016

Peaceful Waters

Gorgeous mountain scenery of the Julian Alps, Slovenia
Came from Tina in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Distance: 1,908 km
Travel time: 7 days

 Austria. Alpine lake Almsee near Grünau
Private swap from Mandy

Finland, Olaf's Castle, Savonlinna
From my granddaughter on her vacation.

maanantai 18. heinäkuuta 2016

Peaceful Waters

Los Gigantes, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Dorrit from Austria spent her last vacation in Tenerife. 
She liked the warm weather and beautiful and varied landscapes.
But these waters are not always quite this peaceful.  
 Distance: 1,688 km
Travel time: 44 days

The Schooners Lannon, Ardelle &Fame in Essex, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 

Came from sitiaishah in Boston, U.S.A.
Distance: 6,060 km
Travel time: 16 days

Song River - Vang Vieng. Laos

Sandra was working and traveling for few months in South-East- Asia in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Thank you Sandra I'm so glad I can add a new country in my list :)
Distance: 1,558 km
Travel time: 20 days

Li Jiang, China
Lijiang, an attractive tourist destination in Yunnan Province, is considered a fairyland blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snowy mountains and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by friendly people. 
This beautiful scenery was sent by Double-Plus. 
Distance: 7,898 km
Travel time: 69 days

perjantai 15. heinäkuuta 2016


Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, Bangkok

 Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade.

This card comes from  Suchada in Bangkok
Distance: 8,043 km
Travel time: 14 days

The Grand Palace on suuri muurien ympäröimä temppelialue. Kuuluisimmat nähtävyydet tällä kuninkaallisella palatsialueella ovat Suuri Palatsi ja kaikkein pyhin temppeli Wat Phra Kaew (Smaragdibuddhan temppeli). Alue on noin neliökilometrin suuruinen ja pitää sisällään yli sata rakennusta. Rakennusten seinät ovat päällystetty kullalla, mosaiikeilla ja kaiverruksilla. Noin 150 vuotta sitten palatsialueella asui kuninkaan ja hänen hovinsa lisäksi myös koko maan hallituksen päättävä elin.

 Wat Phra Kaew on luultavasti tärkein buddhalainen temppeli Thaimaassa . Temppelin valmistustyö aloitettiin vuonna 1785, kun kuningas Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) muutti kaupunkiin. Temppelin päärakennuksessa sijaitsee Smaradgibuddha, joka pienestä koostaan (korkeus 45 cm) huolimatta on yksi tärkeimmistä ikoneista thaimaalaisille. Legenda kertoo, että patsas on alkuaan peräisin Intiasta, josta se ajautui Thaimaahan. Patsas ei ole nimestään huolimatta smaradgikiveä, vaan vihreää jadekiveä, joka on päällystetty kullalla.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet,
 Old Buddhist Temple, Ayutthaya, UNESCO World Heritage Site

 From Amp in Bangkok
Distance: 8,066 km
Travel time: 12 days
Thailand post issued a set of commemorative stamps dedicated to the National Children's Day 2014. The stamps feature boy & girl cartoons with the greeting gestures and words from different nations. 

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang.
 The arcitecture of Shan or Tai Yai style in the northern part of Thailand.

Came from Tanawan in Thailand
Distance: 8,066 km
Travel time: 11 days

This stamp was issued on 13th November 1997, commemorating the Royal Barge Procession.
 Royal barges have been a tradition in Thailand for several centuries.

keskiviikko 13. heinäkuuta 2016

Taipei Station and Skyscraper

 Taipei Main Station came from Erica, Taiwan
Distance: 8,008 km
Travel time: 13 days  

Originally opened as Taipei Railway Station in 1891, the complex is one of the most popular meeting places in Taipei City. The area surrounding the station is primarily a commercial district very popular with tourists, students, and commuters as Taipei Main Station is the primary interchange station for the city.

Taipei 101 came from Kate in  Xi'an, China and traveled quite a long time
Distance: 6,499 km
Travel time: 113 days

Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center – is a landmark supertall skyscraper in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building was officially classified as the world's tallest in 2004, and remained such until the completion of Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2009. In 2011, the building was awarded the LEED platinum certification, the highest award according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, and became the tallest and largest green building in the world

And this came from YiJu, Taiwan
Distance: 8,196 km
Travel time: 18 days

Taipei 101 on pilvenpiirtäjä ja maamerkki Taipeissa, Taiwanissa. Rakennuksen korkeus on 508 metriä ja se oli maailman korkein pilvenpiirtäjä vuodesta 2004 alkaen, kunnes vuonna 2010 Burj Khalifa valmistui Dubaissa. Rakennuksessa on 106 kerrosta, joista 101 on maan päällä – tästä tulee myös rakennuksen nimi. Rakennus otettiin käyttöön 31. joulukuuta 2004.
Rakennuksen suunnitteli taiwanilainen arkkitehti C.Y. Lee. Rakennus on vaaleanvihreä ja muistuttaa bambukasvia. Tornin rakentaminen kesti kuusi vuotta ja maksoi 1,8 miljardia Yhdysvaltain dollaria. Tornissa on myös maailman toiseksi nopeimmat hissit (nopeimmat Burj Khalifassa), jotka kulkevat pääkerroksesta 89. kerroksen sisällä sijaitsevalle näköalatasanteelle 37 sekunnissa. Hissi kulkee noin 17 metriä sekunnissa, eli noin 63 kilometriä tunnissa. Hissit rakennukseen toimitti Toshiba ja niiden koneisto on suomalaisen Koneen.

maanantai 11. heinäkuuta 2016


AZ Tower

The AZ Tower is a skyscraper in the city of Brno, Czech Republic. The tower is 111 m (364 ft) high and it has 30 floors. It is currently the tallest building in the Czech Republic. The construction of the building was started in 2011 and it was completed in April 2013. The building has floor area of over 17,000 m2 (180,000 sq ft). It is used as office, retail and residential spaces.

From Martina, Brno Czech Republic
Distance: 1,534 km
Travel time: 7 days 

Little Rock Central High School
President Clinton speaks at the 40th anniversary of desegregation of Little Rock Central High School

A very  historic high school in Little Rock.  Almost 60 years ago there was a major integration conflict. On the morning of September 23, 1957, nine African-American teenagers held the line against an angry mob protesting integration in front of Little Rock's Central High School. As the students met their new classmates for the first time inside the school, outside violence escalated and the Little Rock police removed the Nine from the school for their safety. The next day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division into Little Rock to escort the nine students into the school. 

 From Susannah, Little Rock, Arkansas
Distance: 7,742 km
Travel time: 9 days

Luce Memorial Chapel, Tunghai University, Taiwan

This Christian Chapel on the beautiful campus of the Tunghai University in Taichung was designed by the artist Chen Chi-Kwan together with I. M. Pei, the most famous Chinese-born architect of the 20th century. It is one the most impressive sacred spaces in Taiwan. The chapel is named after the American Rev. Henry Luce, a missionary who was active in China in the late 19thcentury and father of publisher Henry Luce Junior. 

From Penny, Taiwan
Distance: 7,995 km
Travel time: 9 days

perjantai 8. heinäkuuta 2016


Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
This beautiful view came from Edith in Lausanne.
Distance: 2,039 km
Travel time: 8 days

The steep slopes and terraced vineyards of Lavaux on the northern shores of Lake Geneva form one of the best-known wine producing regions of Switzerland. The Lavaux appellation area is 830 hectare and spread over 23 communities between Lausanne and Chateau de Chillon past Montreux in Villeneuve. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views of the vineyards, Lake Geneva, and the Alps.
Terraces have been protected by UNESCO since 2007.

Lavaux on viininviljelyalue Sveitsissä Vaud’n kantonissa, Genevejärven pohjoisrannalla. Alueeseen kuuluu 830 hehtaaria pengerrettyjä viljelmiä, jotka benediktiini- ja sisterssiläismunkit rakensivat noin 800 vuotta sitten. Pengerrys ja järvestä heijastuva säteily ovat luoneet lähes Välimeren seutua muistuttavan suotuisan mikroilmaston ja aluetta kutsutaankin  oikeutetusti Sveitsin Rivieraksi. Täällä myös Freddie Mercury, Charlie Chaplin ja Mannerheim nauttivat elämästä vanhemmilla vuosillaan.. Alue on Unescon maailmanperintökohde.

keskiviikko 6. heinäkuuta 2016

Ilmen Nature Reserve, Russia

Direct swap from Nikolai, St. Petersburg

Ilmen Nature Reserve  that was created by decree of Vladimir Lenin, in 1920 as a mineralogical nature reserve. It is the site of deposits of many rare-earth minerals - 16 minerals were first discovered here, including Ilmenite (named for the site), Monazite, Cancrinite, and Samarskite. There have been over 400 mines in the area over the years. The Reserve's geological museum is one of the largest in Russia. The forest cover is pine and larch forest on low hills of the Ilmen mountains and foothill ridges on east side of the south Ural Mountains. The reserve is situated just north and east of the city of Miass, in the Chebarkulsky District of Chelyabinsk Oblast.

The Ilmensky Mountains. UNESCO tentative, Date of Submission: 11/08/2008

maanantai 4. heinäkuuta 2016

Glimpses Of The Past

The art of Anuar Dan
This card came from Mee Ling, Malaysia
Distance: 9,170 km
Travel time: 20 days

Anuar has cleverly put together local artifacts and the Malay architecture to give rise to works depicting the Malay heritage. His innovative use mixed media and effect of aging that he creates add charm to his works.  In the context of modern living his works are reminder of days gone by.

perjantai 1. heinäkuuta 2016

Country life

Greece... Always in my heart 💙

Some photos from our vacations  to Greece

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