lauantai 29. kesäkuuta 2019

Swedish Royals

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of VärmlandVictoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and  Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland 

The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel 

 The Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and  Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill

Christopher O'Neill, Princess Madeleine, Prince Daniel, Queen Silvia,  Carl XVI Gustaf King of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip and  Princess Sofia

perjantai 28. kesäkuuta 2019

Farm works

Shepherd's work
 Aveyron is a department located in the  region of southern France named after the Aveyron River.  Aveyron is one of the most beautiful villages of France.

travel time 3 days
distance travelled 1,524 km
sent by Manfred, Germany 

torstai 27. kesäkuuta 2019

Traditional costumes

Faces of Nepal. Photo Narendra Pradhan
A Newari girl dressed in traditional Jyapu attires for festive occasion.

travel time 40 days
distance travelled 5,721 km
sent by Ayub, Kathmandu, Nepal

Newar are the historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley and its surrounding areas in Nepal and the creators of its historic heritage and civilisation. Newars form a linguistic and cultural community of primarily Indo-Aryan and Tibeto-Burman ethnicities following Hinduism and Buddhism with Newari as their common language. Newars have developed a division of labour and a sophisticated urban civilisation not seen elsewhere in the Himalayan foothills. Newars have continued their age-old traditions and practices and pride themselves as the true custodians of the religion, culture and civilisation of Nepal.

Akha Hill Tribe, Northern Thailand

travel time 8 days
distance travelled 8,086 km
sent by Kitty, Thailand

The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe who live in small villages at higher elevations in the mountains of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Yunnan Province in China. They made their way from China into Southeast Asia during the early 20th century. Civil war in Burma and Laos resulted in an increased flow of Akha immigrants and there are now some 80,000 living in Thailand's northern provinces of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, where they constitute one of the largest of the hill tribes. Many of their villages can be visited by tourists on trekking tours from either of these cities.

keskiviikko 26. kesäkuuta 2019

Bird’s-Eye Views

Wakkanai City in Hokkaido, Japan
 travel time 18 days
distance travelled 7,731 km
sent by Mana, Saitama, Japan

Wakkanai is a city located in Sōya Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the capital of Sōya Subprefecture, and the northernmost city in Japan. It contains Japan's northernmost point, Cape Soya, from which the Russian island of Sakhalin can be seen.

Hakodate, Night View from Mount Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Hakodate is a city and port located in Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the capital city of Oshima Subprefecture.  The city is now the third biggest in Hokkaido after Sapporo and Asahikawa.
Direct swap sent by Anna,  Tokyo

 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Aerial view of downtown and the city's two stadiums, Heinz Field (foreground) and PNC park (middle left)

travel time 11 days
distance travelled 6,643 km
sent by Julia, Utah, U.S.A.

Pullman, Washington, U.S.A.
Pulman is located near the Washington -Idaho border in southeastern Washington. Pulman is the center of a vast farming empire. It is home to Washington State University, which is cultural and recreation asset to the community.

travel time 12 days
distance travelled 7,426 km
sent by Janet, Washington, U.S.A.

tiistai 25. kesäkuuta 2019


Pink flowers
travel time 5 days
distance travelled 1,228 km
sent by Beate, Hamburg, Germany

Narcissus " Holiday Sun"
travel time 37 days
distance travelled 771 km
sent by Lyudmila, Kirovsk, Russia

Tausendschön roses

maanantai 24. kesäkuuta 2019

Map Monday

Europe (a part of it)

travel time 8 days
distance travelled 1,701 km
sent by Isabella, Germany

U.S.A.  symbols and states

travel time 10 days
distance travelled 6,966 km
Sent by Tom, Virginia, U.S.A.

sunnuntai 23. kesäkuuta 2019

Scenic Sunday

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Roaring Fork River

travel time 15 days
distance travelled 7,086 km
sent by Tessa, Kentucky, U.S.

Roaring Fork is a stream in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, located in the Southeastern United States. Like many mountain streams, Roaring Fork is volatile. While the stream presents as a peaceful trickle on any given day, it quickly becomes a raging whitewater rapid after a mild rain shower. The "roar" of the water is amplified by its echo on surrounding mountain ridges.

Peaks of Mt. Grosser Geiger and  Mt. Maurerkeeskopf. Austria, Salzburg

travel time 12 days
distance travelled 1,625 km
 sent by Karl, Germany

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua, New Zealand
swap sent by Raelyn, New Zealand

lauantai 22. kesäkuuta 2019


Mimosa and Midsummer 
Illustration  Camilla Mickwitz (1937–1989) Finland

Camilla Mickwitz (1937-1989) was a Finnish children's books writer, illustrator and TV animator. She first started her career as a commercial artist, but began working with juvie literature at the end of the 1960's. Her drawing style was unique and easily recognisable for its round shapes and bold, vivid colors.

Mickwitz created more than 20 picture books and almost as many animation movies. She received several prizes for her arts, including the Finnish State Award for children's culture (Lastenkulttuurin valtionpalkinto) in 1987 and the Rudolf Koivu Prize for children's fiction illustration in 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1984. Among her most famous works were books about Emilia, Mimosa and Jason and the theme animation of Finnish little kid's TV show ”Pikku Kakkonen”.

perjantai 21. kesäkuuta 2019

Fairyland Friday

Vera the Mouse by Marjolein Bastin

travel time 5 days
distance travelled 1,572 km
sent by Coby, The Netherlands

"The executioner had never had to do such a thing before, 
and he wasn't going to begin at his time of life. "

Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
Illustration George Soper ( 1870-1942 )
direct swap sent by Mandy, Germany

torstai 20. kesäkuuta 2019

On the way to home...

Walking along the boardwalk over the swamp.
Photo Pentti Pirttilä, Finland 

along the avenue of cedar trees

Finally at home under an old hornbeam 
travel time 4 days
distance travelled 1,912 km
sent by Anita, Switzerland

keskiviikko 19. kesäkuuta 2019

Castle and Aqueduct

 Sandal Castle, Wakefield, UK / watercolor painting
travel time 5 days
distance travelled 1,719 km
sent by Pauline, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Sandal Castle is a ruined medieval castle in Sandal Magna, a suburb of the city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England, overlooking the River Calder. It was the site of royal intrigue and the setting for a scene in one of William Shakespeare's plays.

Chirk Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal. Wales
travel time 6 days
distance travelled 1,820 km
sent by Susan, East Anglia, United Kingdom

The Llangollen Canal is a navigable canal crossing the border between England and Wales.  In 2009 an eleven-mile section of the canal from Gledrid Bridge near Rhoswiel through to the Horseshoe Falls, which includes Chirk Aqueduct and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

tiistai 18. kesäkuuta 2019


Fröhliche Weihnachten
Christmas Angels
travel time 11 days
distance travelled 1,571 km
sent by Heike, Bavaria, Germany

"Spring angelic concert"  Nataliya Derevyanko, Ukraine. Direct swap

maanantai 17. kesäkuuta 2019

Map Monday

travel time 25 days
distance travelled 489 km
sent by Sasha, Russia

Antalya is the eighth-most populous city in Turkey and the capital of its eponymous province. Located on Anatolia's southwest coast bordered by the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast with over one million people in its metropolitan area.

Northumberland, Great Britain
travel time 8 days
distance travelled 1,579 km
sent by Stuart,  Whitley Bay, Northumberland

Northumberland is a county in North East England, the northernmost county of England.

sunnuntai 16. kesäkuuta 2019

Baltic states

Estonia, Tallinn 
sent by my daughter

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland in Harju County. From the 13th century until 1918 , the city was known as Reval. Tallinn's Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Latvia, Riga
travel time 3 days
distance travelled 648 km
sent by Olivia, Riga, Latvia

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava river. Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga's historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture

travel time 11 days
distance travelled 908 km
sent by Indrė, Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and its largest city. It is in the southeast part of Lithuania and is the second largest city in the Baltic states. Vilnius is known for the architecture in its Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

lauantai 15. kesäkuuta 2019


Stormy sea
Photo Pierre-Hugues Polacci
travel time 36 days
distance travelled 2,270 km
sent by Louise, France

Beach stones stacked
Photo Chris Hackett
travel time 15 days
distance travelled 1,416 km
sent by Martina, Germany

perjantai 14. kesäkuuta 2019

Fairyland Friday

Russian fairy tale
 “The Apples of Youth and the Living Water”
Illustration Nikolai Kochergin

travel time 12 days
distance travelled 1,050 km
sent by Anna, Russia

Alice in Wonderland
She had not been walking a minute 
before she found herself face to face with the Red Queen....
Illustration by Sir John Tenniel, 1927

travel time 11 days
distance travelled 7,928 km
sent by Ellen, Hong Kong

torstai 13. kesäkuuta 2019

Earth-Friendly Transportations

Provence, France
travel time 3 days
distance travelled 2,389 km
sent by Jessica, France

travel time 16 days
distance travelled 1,215 km
sent by Ksenia, Russia

Artist Seth Jordan, Uganda
sent by my nephew

Donkey transportation
Just  take the first exit on the roundabout......
Authentic Greece, George Meis Collection

keskiviikko 12. kesäkuuta 2019

New Zealand nature

Glowworm, Cave World, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand. It is known for its population of Arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm species found exclusively in New Zealand. This cave is part of the Waitomo Caves system that includes the Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Cave.

New Zealand, The Champagne Pool,  Wai-O-Tapu

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland showcases New Zealand’s geothermal topography at its most dramatic and colorful. Located along the Reporoa Caldera within the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the park’s lava-sculpted landscapes are punctuated by hissing geysers, swirling sulfur lakes, and bubbling mud pools.

Direct swaps sent by Lyn, Wellington

tiistai 11. kesäkuuta 2019

Greeting from Münster

 Prinzipalmarkt, Münster, Germany.

travel time 7 days
distance travelled 1,462 km
sent by Anja, Germany

Münster is an independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is in the northern part of the state and is considered to be the cultural centre of the Westphalia region. Münster is The Bicycle capital of Germany.

Münster's historic center

travel time 6 days
distance travelled 1,473 km
sent by Boris, Münster, Germany

maanantai 10. kesäkuuta 2019

Map Monday

Brittany, France
travel time 16 days
distance travelled 2,178 km
sent by Sylvie, Rennes, France

Brittany is a cultural region in the northwest of France, covering the western part of what was known as Armorica during the period of Roman occupation.

Northern Black Forest region
travel time 7 days
distance travelled 1,576 km
sent by Judith, Cologne, Germany

The Black Forest (German: Schwarzwald)  is a large forested mountain range in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany.