perjantai 30. syyskuuta 2016

Singapore Flyer

The Majestetic Singapore Skyline glittering in Marina Bay with the new icon of Singapore, The Singapore Flyer.

From Jonathan in Singapore.
Distance: 9,443 km
Travel time: 8 days

The Flyer has an overall height of 165 metres (541 ft) and was the world's tallest Ferris wheel until the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which is 2.6 m (9 ft) taller than the Flyer, opened on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, US, on 31 March 2014. 

Singapore Flyer on maailman toiseksi suurin maailmanpyörä. Se on 165 metriä korkea ja sijaitsee Singaporen Marina Centre -alueella. Suurin maailmapyörä on 167.6 m korkea  Las Vegasissa  U.S.A.ssa 


torstai 29. syyskuuta 2016

Malaysia


Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks in Penang, Malaysia. It is located in Air Itam, which is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the city centre of George Town. The name Penang Hill covers a number of hills, with the highest point at Western Hill which is 833 metres (2,733 ft) above sea level. It is now a popular tourist destination in Penang. There are many ways to visit Penang Hill one is this funicular train.

Sent by Yeoh in Penang, Malaysia
Distance: 8,866 km
Travel time: 29 days


The Penang Island Ferry Service not only links the island to the mainland but offers scenic views of the harbour and Penang Bridge.

Sent by yen chew in Kelang, Malaysia
Distance: 9,171 km
Travel time: 21 days

keskiviikko 28. syyskuuta 2016

Indonesia

The Baduy tribe in Indonesia

From Wahyu in Jember,Indonesia
Distance: 10,901 km
Travel time: 19 days

Baduy is an inland tribe at the corner of Banten Province of Indonesia. The Baduy people are known for their indigenous traditions and beliefs of living in simplicity.

tiistai 27. syyskuuta 2016

Philippines, Bacolod

 "Best Place to Live in the Philippines"

Bacolod  City is one of the best destinations in the Philippines. Great food, peaceful and serene community, easy access to basic needs, hospitable people — Bacolod  is all these and more. Known for being a relatively friendly city, it bears the nickname “City of Smiles.” Bacolod  City is the capital and the largest highly urbanized mid-size Philippine city of the province of Negros Occidental. Having a total of 499,497 inhabitants as of August 1, 2007, it is the most populous city in the Western Visayas Region. Bacolod City serves as the entrance of the sugar-rich cities and towns of the Province.

The card comes from our friend Mikko in Bacolod.

maanantai 26. syyskuuta 2016

Brunei Darussalam


The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
With its soaring minarets and golden dome, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is an oasis of tranquility within the bustle of downtown Bandae.

This card comes from Maria in Kuala Belait, Brunei, wich is a quite "rare country" on Postcrossing,  only 67 members and about ten of them are active.

Distance: 9,669 km
Travel time: 30 days

Brunei or Brunei Darussalam is sultanate located on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is surrounded by the South China Sea and Malaysia. Brunei has 400 000 inhabitants and it is a wealthy oil state, which is part of the Commonwealth of Nations. It is dominated by autocratic sultan, whose family has been in power for centuries. 

Brunei eli Brunei Darussalamin valtio on 400 000 asukkaan sulttaanikunta, joka sijaitsee Borneon saarella Kaakkois-Aasiassa. Sitä ympäröivät Etelä-Kiinan meri ja Malesia. Brunei on varakas öljyvaltio, joka kuuluu Brittiläiseen kansainyhteisöön. Sitä hallitsee itsevaltainen sulttaani, jonka suku on ollut vallassa jo vuosisatojen ajan.




lauantai 24. syyskuuta 2016

Fall Colors


Fall is upon us. The air is turning crisp and foliage is taking on beautiful golden, red  and orange hues. 

 Autumn in a misty valley
This beautiful autumn card comes from Maria in Hannover, Germany
Distance: 1,359 km
Travel time: 8 days


 Colorful Schwarzwald comes from Gisella in Hof, Germany
Distance: 1,503 km
Travel time: 4 days

" A Rye Field"  1878 by Ivan Shiskin comes from Alina in Moscow, Russia
Distance: 1,171 km
Travel time: 31 days


And then finally this super exquisite, my favorite! - Autumn Light, Photo: Bernhard Bügging
This beautiful card comes from Verena in Hannover, Germany
Distance: 1,355 km
Travel time: 6 days


This is my entry to Maria's  "Postcards for The Weekend" on her "Connections to the World-blog" and the theme for this week is Fall.

perjantai 23. syyskuuta 2016

Beaches and Hula Skirts


This card comes from Simon. 
He lives in California and had a short holiday in Hawaii -  the weather was perfect!

Distance: 8,692 km
Travel time: 10 days


Helen  Mellor poses in  a Hawaiian grass skirt, a gift from husband FC Donald Mellor upon his return home from the Pacific in 1945.
Reprint of a vintage card.

From Eliza Illinois, U.S.A.
Distance: 6,832 km
Travel time: 6 days

torstai 22. syyskuuta 2016

Casinos and Skyscrapers


Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalk and beach. The city was the inspiration for the American version of the board game Monopoly, especially the street names.

From Patricia, Maryland, U.S.A.
Distance: 6,674 km
Travel time: 9 days

Peachtree Plaza hotel, Atlanta 

Atlanta, the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Georgia, is home to at least 37 skyscrapers over 400 feet (122 m) tall.  The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta is a skyscraper hotel on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. At 220.37 m (723.0 ft) and 73 stories and a 57 m (187 ft) diameter, the tower is the second-tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, and the 17th tallest all-hotel building in the world.

From Agnieszka in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Distance: 7,527 km
Travel time: 13 days

keskiviikko 21. syyskuuta 2016

Bridges andr Rivers

 Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (C&D Canal)  connects the Delaware River with the Chesapeake Bay in the states of Delaware and Maryland in the United States. Considered one of the world's busiest canals - over 22,000 vessels sail through each year.

From Gabriela, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Distance: 6,433 km
Travel time: 6 days

Clements Stone Arch Bridge over Cottonwood River.  The bridge was built in 1887 of native limestone and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge is now open only to pedestrians. 

From Marty, South-Carolina, U.S.A.
Distance: 7,381 km
Travel time: 12 days

tiistai 20. syyskuuta 2016

Balloons


Balloons over Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Connecticut's premier Hot Air Balloon Festival in Bristol

The annual Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by the town’s fire company, attracts thousands of spectators to what organizers consider one of the biggest and last remaining balloon festivals in the Northeast.

From Carol in Bristol, Connecticut
Distance: 6,232 km
Travel time: 7 days


Washington Balloons and Balloonist Prayer
Expanding around the world, hot-air ballooning is a fast growing sport.

From Becky in Seattle, Washington
Distance: 7,392 km
Travel time: 11 days

maanantai 19. syyskuuta 2016

Greetings and statues


Postallove, Greetings from U.S.A.

From Nicole, Cologne, Germany
Distance: 1,595 km
Travel time: 9 days

The Statue of Liberty  is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. 

View of Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A

 Direct swap from Redonna in Birmingham, Alabama

The Vulcan statue is the largest cast iron statue in the world, and is the city symbol of Birmingham, 
Alabama, reflecting its roots in the iron and steel industry. The 56-foot (17 m) tall statue depicts the Roman god Vulcan, god of the fire and forge. It was created as Birmingham's entry for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 World's Fair) in St. Louis, Missouri. 

sunnuntai 18. syyskuuta 2016

Chinese Bridge

Palladian Bridge or Chinese Bridge in Schwetzingen  Palace Garden

Schwetzingen Palace is a schloss in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.  It is situated in Schwetzingen,  and is most notable for its spacious and ornate gardens. Other than these exceptionally well preserved gardens and the palace proper, the compound also features the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen, the principal venue for the annual Schwetzingen Festival.

This beautiful green garden was sent by Richard in Herforg, Germany
Distance: 1,399 km
Travel time: 5 days

lauantai 17. syyskuuta 2016

Flowers



Blue flowers by Minna Immonen. 

The artist Minna L. Immonen was born in Posio, a municipality of Finland which is located in the province of Lapland.  She has designed several of Finland's stamps, held many exhibitions, and illustrated several books and postcards. 


Summer Bouquet by Kaarina Kaila

Kaarina Kaila is a Finnish painter and illustrator and famous for her illustrations for childrens books but above all she is a talented painter.

This is my entry to Maria's  "Postcards for The Weekend" on her "Connections to the World-blog" and the theme for this week is Flowers

perjantai 16. syyskuuta 2016

Public transport

 River boats in Amsterdam 

From Calvin in Bussum, Netherlands
Distance: 1,524 km
Travel time: 17 days


Cable Car in San Francisco

From Soobin in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Distance: 6,784 km
Travel time: 10 days

Red buses in London

From my friend on her vacation to London.

Or do you prefer private transport, perhaps a water limousine...

Venice Taxi Boats
From Elena, Russia
Distance: 1,758 km
Travel time: 21 days 

keskiviikko 14. syyskuuta 2016

Reflections

 Piran, the dream city

Sent by Maruša in Begunje, Slovenia
Distance: 1,936 km
Travel time: 18 days

Piran is a town in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. The town has much medieval architecture, with narrow streets and compact houses. Piran is the administrative centre of the local area and one of Slovenia's major tourist attractions.


 Vitsebsk. St. Assumption Cathedral on the  mouth of river Vitba

Sent by Olesia in Navapolatsk, Belarus
Distance: 879 km
Travel time: 9 days

Vitebsk or Vitsebsk is a city in Belarus and the capital of the Vitebsk Region. Artist Marc Chagall was born in Vitsebsk in 1887.


Amsterdam Canals

Sent by Kin&John in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Distance: 1,525 km
Travel time: 5 days

Amsterdam has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges.  Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings. The 17th-century canal ring area were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010 contributing to Amsterdam's fame as the "Venice of the North"


maanantai 12. syyskuuta 2016

Mountains

Colorado. Longs Peak

Received from Debra. Nebraska U.S.A.
Distance: 7,449 km
Travel time: 11 days

Longs Peak is a high and prominent mountain summit in the northern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America.  Longs Peak is the northernmost fourteener in the Rocky Mountains and the highest point in Boulder County and Rocky Mountain National Park. ( fourteener is a mountain peak with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet) 


Vysoké Tatry, High Tatras Slovakia

From Otto in Kosice, Slovakia
Distance: 1,553 km
Travel time: 12 days

National Park High Tatras (Vysoke Tatry) is situated in the north of Slovakia, shared partly with Poland. The only mountains of Alpine type in the whole Carpathian Mountain range are often called "the smallest alpine mountains in Europe".


New Zealand. Sunset over Mount Taranaki

Direct swap from Lyn in Wellingron, New Zealand

Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, is an active but quiescent stratovolcano in the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.  The 2518-metre-high mountain is one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world.

sunnuntai 11. syyskuuta 2016

Monplaisir palace garden in Peterhof

Peterhof. The Lower Park. The Chinese Garden

The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens located in Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russia, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. These palaces and gardens are sometimes referred as the "Russian Versailles". The palace-ensemble along with the city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This beautiful garden was sen by Julia in St. Petersburg, Russia
Distance: 538 km
Travel time: 15 days

lauantai 10. syyskuuta 2016

Bright Colors and Joan Miró

Many years ago before my "postcrossing-time"  I bought this little PostcardBook, a set of  Joan Miro's postcards and there are still some of them left in my art collection.

  Blu II 1961
"Blue is the color of my dreams"  Miro

  Landscape 1924/25

Dancer 1925

The Lark's Wing, Encircled with Golden Blue, Rejoins the Heart of the Poppy Sleeping on a Diamond-Studded Meadow 1967

The work of Joan Miró is immediately identifiable by his unique style, bright colours and signature shapes. He was at the forefront of Spanish modern art and internationally acclaimed artist.

Joan Miró i Ferrà (1893 Barcelona – 1983 Palma de Mallorca) oli katalonialainen taidemaalari, kuvanveistäjä ja keraamikko. Mirón töitä on kuvattu surrealistisiksi, lapsenomaisiksi, katalonialaista kansallisylpeyttä ilmentäviksi ja alitajuntaa peilaaviksi.

Joan Miro at the age of seven

This is my entry to Maria's  "Postcards for The Weekend" on her "Connections to the World-blog" and the theme for this week is Bright colors. 



torstai 8. syyskuuta 2016

Knights and Cavallers

Turku Castle, Finland   

Bran Castle ("Dracula's Castle"  ), Romania
From Nadiut in Brasov, Roamania

 Festes de Sant Joan -  A Unique Summer Solstice Festival in Spain on a Small Historic Island of Menorca.




 My favorite knight, our son :)





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