perjantai 17. marraskuuta 2017

Tatra Mountains

The Tatra Mountains, Tatras or Tatra, are a mountain range that form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. They are the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains. 

Beautiful mountain flowers ( Rosebay Willowherb, Fireweed - Chamerion angustifolium)

 High Tatras, Slovakia
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".

travel time 9 days
distance travelled 1,530 km
 received on 27 May, 2016
sent by  Daša, Slovakia



 Crocuses in the Chocholowska Valley, Tatra mountains, Poland

travel time 14 days
distance travelled 1,437 km
received on 4 Jul, 2016
sent by Ivona, Poland




The Valley of Five Lakes, Dolina Pięciu Stawów, Tatra National Parks, Poland

 travel time 8 days
distance travelled 1,442 km
received on 16 Dec, 2014
sent by Magda, Poland


Tatravuoret sijaitsevat Slovakian ja Puolan rajalla. Tatravuoret muodostavat Karpaattien korkeimman vuoriston.

torstai 16. marraskuuta 2017

Today's mail

 Classroom. Photo Christopher Lefebure, France

French language lesson
Ranskan kielen oppitunti

travel time 5 days
distance travelled 172 km
Received 16 Nov, 2017
Sent by Merja, Finland



 Niagara Falls.  Majestetic Canadian Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls, also known as Canadian Falls, is the largest of the three waterfalls which collectively form Niagara Falls on the Niagara River along the Canada-US Border.

Niagaran putoukset on kolmen vesiputouksen muodostama ryhmä Niagarajoessa, Yhdysvaltojen ja Kanadan rajalla itäisessä Pohjois-Amerikassa. Putouksista suurin eli Horseshoe Falls on jaettu maiden kesken, kaksi muuta ovat Yhdysvaltain puolella.

travel time 10 days
distance travelled 6,371 km
 Received 16 Nov, 2017
Sent by Diana, Canada



Venetsianov Alexei (1780-1847 ) Reapers. Elonkorjaajat 1820

Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov was a Russian painter, renowned for his paintings devoted to peasant life and ordinary people.

Aleksei Gavrilovitš Venetsianov oli venäläinen taidemaalari, joka on parhaiten tunnettu hänen talonpoikaiselämää ja tavallisia ihmisiä kuvaavista teoksistaan.

Received 16 Nov, 2017
travel time 9 days
distance travelled 8,104 km
Sent by Gala, U.S.A




Wartburg castle in winter. Eisenach, Germany

The Wartburg is a castle originally built in the Middle Ages. It is situated on a 410 meters precipice to the southwest of, and overlooking the town of Eisenach, in the state of Thuringia, Germany. In 1999, UNESCO added Wartburg Castle to the World Heritage List.

Wartburgin linna on eräs Saksan kuuluisimmista keskiaikaisista linnoista. Se sijaitsee Thüringenissa Eisenachin kaupungissa 410 metrin korkuisella kukkulalla. Wartburgin linna valittiin vuonna 1999 Unescon maailmanperintökohteeksi.

travel time 4 days
distance travelled 1,825 km
Received 16 Nov, 2017
Sent by Dagmar, Germany


keskiviikko 15. marraskuuta 2017

Mesa Verde


Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, U.S.A. UNESCO World Heritatge

travel time 22 days
distance travelled 8,663 km
 received  on 9 Oct, 2017
sent by Alix, U.S.A

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States


Mesa Verden kansallispuisto
Colorado, USA

Mesa Verden kansallispuistossa sijaitsee lounais-Coloradossa. Puisto on tunnettu erityisesti muinaisten pueblointiaanien rakentamista taloista ja kylistä. Kuuluisimmat näistä ovat luoliin ja kallionkielekkeiden alle rakennetut rakennukset. Kansallispuistossa sijaitsee Yhdysvaltain suurimmaksi oletettu ”kielekerakennus” Cliff Palace.  Mesa Verden kansallispuisto valittiin 1978 Unescon maailmanperintöluetteloon. Unescon mukaan Mesa Verden muinaisjäännös todistaa pohjoisamerikkalaisten intiaanien muinaisisesta perinteestä.


tiistai 14. marraskuuta 2017

Cathedrals

Winchester Cathedral

travel time 4 days
distance travelled 8,197 km
 received 9 Nov, 2017
Sent by Lin, Taiwan, 
card sent from United Kingdom


Winchester Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral in Winchester, Hampshire, England. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. Dedicated to the Holy Trinity, Saint Peter, Saint Paul, and before the Reformation, Saint Swithun. The cathedral was founded in 642 on a site immediately to the north of the present one. This building became known as the Old Minster. It became part of a monastic settlement in 971.

Gloucester Cathedral 
Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, 
Gloucester, England

travel time 7 days
distance travelled 1,869 km
received 7 Dec, 2015 
sent by Steph, Gloucester, United Kingdom

The Cathedral stands in the north of the city near the River Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter. 


maanantai 13. marraskuuta 2017

Yuso Monastery


Yuso Monastery 
Monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla. UNESCO World Heritage Site

travel time 40 days
distance travelled 2,717 km
received on 13 Oct, 2017
sent by Carmen, Spain

The monastic community founded by St Millán in the mid-6th century became a place of pilgrimage. A fine Romanesque church built in honour of the holy man still stands at the site of Suso. It was here that the first literature was produced in Castilian, from which one of the most widely spoken languages in the world today is derived. In the early 16th century the community was housed in the fine new monastery of Yuso, below the older complex, it is still a thriving community today.

San Millán on kahden luostarin paikkakunta Riojan alueella Espanjan pohjoisosassa. Luostareista tuli pyhiinvaelluskohde 500-luvun puolessavälissä. Suson luostarin sanotaan olevan paikka, jossa espanjan ja baskin kieliä on ensi kerran kirjoitettu. Susossa on jäljellä romaanista tyyliä edustava kirkko tuolta ajalta. 1500-luvulla lluostarin veljestö muutti uudempiin tiloihin Yuson luostariin, alamäkeen edellisestä luostarista. Yhteisö on oedelleen elinvoimainen. Luostarit ovat UNESCOn maailmanperintökohde esimerkkinä puolitoista vuosituhatta jatkuneesta luostariperinteestä, ja eräänä espanjan kielen kehittymisen ja vaalimisen tyyssijana.

lauantai 11. marraskuuta 2017

Reflections

Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord, by Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude. 1848

Travel time 16 days
Distance travelled 796 km
Received on 17 May, 2017 
Sent by Sissel in Tromso, Norway

Adolph Tidemand ( 1814 – 1876) was a noted Norwegian romantic nationalism painter. Among his best known paintings are The Haugeans, 1852 and The Bridal Procession in Hardanger,1848.

Hans Fredrik Gude (1825 – 1903) was also a Norwegian romanticist painter is considered  to be one of Norway's foremost landscape painters. He has been called a mainstay of Norwegian National Romanticism.  Tidemand and Gude collaborated on several other paintings, all of which featured people in boats and Norwegian nature.

Cesar Buenaventura.  (1922-1983) Nipa Hut, 1940, UST Museum Manila

Travel time 27 days
Distance travelled 8,998 km
Received on 25 Aug, 2017
Sent by Kirsten, Philippines

Cesar Buenaventura was a Filipino painter known throughout his home country for his vibrantly colorful and thickly painted depictions of landscapes and people of the Philippines. Buenaventura often depicted farmers plowing fields or fisherman coming back from the sea, focusing on quiet scenes of everyday domestic and agrarian life. 

The Nipa hut is a type of stilt house indigenous to the vast majority of lowland Austronesian cultures of the Philippines. It often serves as an icon of Philippine culture or, more specifically, Filipino rural culture.

For more postcards, check Maria's  Postcards for the weekend 60: Reflections







perjantai 10. marraskuuta 2017

Pearl Islands/ Las Perlas

Fishermen and Pearl Island,  Panama

travel time 87 days
distance travelled 9,721 km
received on 30 Oct, 2017
sent by Javier, Panama

The Pearl Islands is a group of 200 or more islands and islets (many tiny and uninhabited) lying about 30 miles (48 km) off the Pacific coast of Panama in the Gulf of Panama. Earlier the Islands were always reserved for the rich and the famous and mostly inhabited. Until recent years a direct ferry from Panama City to the Pearl Islands could take you their for a affordable price. Las Perlas is now opening its unexplored nature for tourist all around the world. Recently, the Pearl Islands have been featured in three seasons of the reality-TV show Survivor.

keskiviikko 8. marraskuuta 2017

Coffee break


 Henri Meunier Belgian (1873-1922)  Rajah Coffee, 1900

Henri Meunier was a Belgian Art Nouveau lithographer, etcher, illustrator, bookbinder and poster designer of the Belle Époque.
My art collection. 

Ladies on a coffee break, writing letters and talking on a telephone.

 Travel time 20 days
Distance travelled 14,789 km
 Received 31 May, 2017 

 Sent by Rosie, Australia

Photobaristas / Espresso Bar, 2010

Travel time 119 days
Distance travelled 1,582 km
Received 8 Nov, 2017

Sent by Raymonda, Netherlands. 
This is her second card, the first one didn't arrive.

tiistai 7. marraskuuta 2017

Papercutting / Scherenschnitte

Papercutting / Scherenschnitte

travel time 23 days
distance travelled 2,061 km
received on 9 Oct, 2017
sent by Veronique, Switzerland

Scherenschnitte is the traditional craft of cutting paper with scissors or a knife. It often features a silhouette or a scene using a delicate and intricate process requiring an immense skill and meticulous attention to detail. 

It is told that paper cutting spread in rural Switzerland, as this hobby helped filling long winter nights. Cutting then was performed with scissors, knifes and even sheep shears. The designs featured landscapes of cows, goats and herdsmen and illustrated the movement of animals up to the mountain pastures and back.



maanantai 6. marraskuuta 2017

Jasna Gora, Poland

Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, Poland,

travel time 20 days
distance travelled 1,371 km
received on 1 July, 2015
sent by Misia, Poland

The Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland, is a famous Polish shrine to the Virgin Mary and one of the country's places of pilgrimage – for many the monastery is a spiritual capital. The image of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa, to which miraculous powers are attributed, is one of Jasna Góra's most precious treasures.


Black Madonna
The holy icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa dressed in special robes.
 Jasna Gora Monastery

travel time 9 days
distance travelled 1,263 km
received on 26 Jan, 2015
sent by Norbert, Poland

Jasna Gora on katolinen luostari eteläisessä Puolassa Częstochowan kaupungin lähellä. Jasna Goran luostari on yksi katolisen maailman tunnetuimpia pyhiinvaelluskohteita. 1300-luvulla perustetun luostarin maalaus, Musta madonna eli Pyhä madonna, on katolisessa kulttuurissa monien tarinoiden ja pelastuskertomusten lähde.

lauantai 4. marraskuuta 2017

Rebecca Dautremer and Alice


 Direct swap from Nadine, France

It was a warm summer day and Alice was getting bored sitting beside her sister, who had her nose buried in a book. 

"... suddenly, a beautiful pink-eyed white rabbit ran close by her...
There was nothing very remarkable in that, nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the rabbit say to itself - Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!"

Rebecca Dautremer is my favourite french illustrator.  Stop by her website to see more her beautiful work!



Audio books are nice entertainment for the long drives. From our city it takes ten hours to go to Helsinki and back. In September we listened Alice ( Liisa ) on the way to Helsinki and Winnie the Pooh on the way back home.

Winnie the Pooh (Nalle Puh ) is our favorite.





perjantai 3. marraskuuta 2017

Mönchengladbach, Getmany

Travel time 13 days
distance travelled 1,579 km
9 Oct, 2017 received from Michael, Germany

Art Nouveau water tower, Mönchengladbach,  Getmany
This building has a special shape, it was built in 1908-09,  it is 51 m high and the architect was Otto Greiß.

Mönchengladbach is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located west of the Rhine, halfway between Düsseldorf and the Dutch border.






keskiviikko 1. marraskuuta 2017

Nida, Lithuania


The House of Thomas Mann and The Fisherman's House,  Curonian Spit, Lithuania

travel time 35 days
distance travelled 929 km
9 Oct, 2017 received from Agne Lithuania

The world-famous German writer Thomas Mann had built a summer house in Nida on the Curonian spit with the money he got as Nobel prize. He spent just two summer seasons there from 1930 till 1932.  The Lithuanian culture and creative people rescued the house from destroying and made it to a multifunctional museum and culture center where now several activities like concerts, workshops, seminars etc. take place. It s located at the Curonian Bay with a marvellous sight high from the hill and inside of the house one can find an interesting exhibition about life and work of this genius Thomas Mann.


The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and its northern within southwestern Lithuania. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by the two countries.







maanantai 30. lokakuuta 2017

Indonesia


Gatotkaca from epic of Mahabharata, India

From Kevin, Indonesia
sent on 21 Sep, 2017
travel time 32 days
distance travelled 10,345 km

The postcad is showing the flying super-man, Gatotkaca holding a giant postcard and parts of other landmarks, including the tip of one of the pyramids of Egypt, the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the outstretched arm of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and many others.

The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana. The Mahabharata is an important source of information on development of Hinduism between 400 BCE  and 200 CE.  Gatotkaca is character in the epic Mahabharata. 


The stamp was issued July 14 as part of a set honoring Postcrossing.


lauantai 28. lokakuuta 2017

Christmas Markets

Nuremberg Christmas Market

Nuremberg is one of Germany's oldest Christmas markets dating back to 1628.  Over 180 traditional stalls, blanketed in red and white cloth, ensure that this extremely popular market remains authentic. Modern and mass-produced goods are strictly prohibited and officials police the stalls to ensure that the vendors are offering the visitors hand-crafted wares in keeping with the tradition of the market. Favourite food delights at the market include the Nuremberg “plum people” (small figures made from prunes), spicy gingerbread, sweets and Nuremberg sausages. 

 Children's Market, provides plenty of family fun, featuring an old-fashioned carousel, Ferris wheel, steam train and Nativity scene trail.


Aachen Christmas Market, Germany 

Aachen’s main Christmas market is concentrated on the large public squares around the cathedral (Dom) and Rathaus in the old town area. The cathedral, is the perfect background to the market and particularly romantic when covered in snow.

 UNESCO declared Aachen Cathedral a cultural World Heritage Site in 1978. 



perjantai 27. lokakuuta 2017

Work

Logger, Romania
Winter Logging with the Oxen, Bucovina
From Anca

Goat shepherd, Greece
My collection

Gardener, Japan
Patently raking patterns in the rock garden of Ryoan- ji Temple, Kyoto
From Mayumi



keskiviikko 25. lokakuuta 2017

Work

 Cobbler at the turn of the century, Philippines
From Pin, Philippines


Fisherman at the turn of the century, Philippines
From Jomanne, Philippines


Trader
Rarity postcard from series "Greetings from Moscow", "Russian types" , "Types of Russia", issued by Moscow publishing houses in 1900-1910, have been reprinted. From the collection of Moscow City Museum. 
From Natalia, Russia

maanantai 23. lokakuuta 2017

Windmills

A unique piece of Dutch history on the River Zaan

The Zaanse Schans., a well-known outdoor attraction, was set up with the intention to preserve the historical heritage. Between 1961 and 1974 many old buildings and mills from the Zaanstreek were transported with low loaders to the Zaance Schans.

From Luise in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands


lauantai 21. lokakuuta 2017

Menorca lighthouses



Menorca or Minorca is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Spain. Its name derives from its size, contrasting it with nearby Majorca.

One of the representative characteristics of Menorca island are the magnificent lighthouses on the top of amazing cliffs. There are many well known lighthouses spread along the coast of the island.


One of them is Favàritx lighthouse




The lighthouse was built in 1922 and is an imposing and impressive structure standing at 47 metres with a light range of 16 nautical miles. The surrounding area of the lighthouse is stunning, with a mix of rugged volcanic rock and slate and not much else. 



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