Friday, 25 July 2014

Postcard from Hungary!

Today I got a cool postcard from Hungary! The postcard shows the iconic Budapest Castle Hill Funicular, also known as Budavári Sikló. It is a funicular railway in the country's capital city, Budapest. It was opened in 1870 and takes passengers up the Buda Castle Hill from the Adam Clark Square. It offers passengers panoramic views and is a top tourist attraction. Thanks Szalina! 



Postcard from Japan!

Today I got a cool postcard from Japan! The postcard shows the painting called "One Hundred Celebrated Places of Edo-Shower at Ohasi Bridge." It was made by the artist Utagawa Hiroshige in the Edo Period. Hiroshige was a ukiyo-e artist and is widely considered to be the last of the great masters of that style of painting. After his death, there was a decline in the traditional art. This particular painting is housed in the Tokyo National Museum. The card was sent by my dad who was on vacation in Japan. Thanks dad! 



Postcard from Brunei Darussalam!

Today I got a cool postcard from Brunei Darussalam! The postcard shows a view of Kampong Ayer, also known as the Water Village. It is located in the country's capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, above Brunei River. All the structures here were built on stilts and roughly ten percent of the country's population lives here. It is the world's largest water village and is often called the "Venice of the East." Thanks Saedah! 



Chain Postcard from Singapore, Taiwan, and China!

Today I received my chain postcard from Singapore, Taiwan, and China! The theme of the chain was tropical fishes. I used a card depicting Philippine Diving, which is known for high levels of biodiversity. Two Singaporean stamps were used. One showed the Yellow-faced Angelfish and one showed the Pearlscale Butterflyfish. One Taiwanese stamp was used and one Chinese stamp was used. Thanks to everyone who participated! 




Postcard from Russia!

Today I got a great panoramic postcard from Russia! The postcard shows a panoramic view of the city of Murmansk. Murmansk is a port city in Kola Bay, which is in the northwestern part of Russia. The city has the northernmost trolleybus system in the world. It has a population of about 300,000 people and is the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, RU-2812741. Thanks Dasha! 



Postcard from Sweden!

Today I got a cool postcard from Sweden! The vintage postcard shows H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and the Queen Silvia of Sweden. The photos were taken at the Royal Palace in Stockholm in 1976. King Carl XVI Gustaf was born in 1946 and is the current reigning king of Sweden. Through a law establishing absolute primogeniture, his heir apparent is Crown Princess Victoria, the couple's firstborn. Thanks Jenna! 



Postcard from the United Kingdom!

Today I got a beautiful postcard from the United Kingdom! The postcard features multiple views and scenes of Scotland, including a traditional piper, a highland cow, Loch Tay in Perthshire, Melrose Abbey, and Glen Coe. On the upper left part of the card we see Urquhart Castle. It is situated beside Loch Ness and dates back to the 13th century. It played a role in the Wars of Scottish Independence. Sadly, the Royal Mail applied a sticker on the middle of the card. Thanks Bronagh! 



Postcard from Japan!

Today I got a nice postcard from Japan! The postcard shows an interior view of the Sanjūsangen-dō temple in Kyoto, Japan. The temple is a Buddhist temple located in the Higashiyama District of the city. The name translates to the "hall with thirty three spaces between columns", which describes the exterior styling of the building. It was first built in 1164 and was rebuilt in 1226. On the card we see a row of Kannon statues, which are as tall as the average person. The card was sent by my dad who was on vacation in Japan. Thanks dad! 



Cover & Postcards from the USA!

Today I got a great cover with three postcards inside from the USA! The cover had the Abraham Lincoln stamp and stamps commemorating the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC. The first postcard shows the iconic skyline of Detroit, also known as the "Motor City." We see one of its iconic landmarks to the right, the Renaissance Center. The next postcard shows Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team, which has a capacity of 40,000 seats. Lastly, we see a card showing the Presque Isle County Courthouse, which is located in Rogers City. Thanks Chayah! 





Thursday, 24 July 2014

Postcard from Latvia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Latvia! The postcard shows a view of the Karosta St. Nicholas Maritime Cathedral, which is located in Karosta, Liepaja. The cathedral, which was built in the 17th century Russian Orthodox style, was designed by the architect Kosyakov. It was consecrated in August 1903, which was attended by Tsar Nicholas II. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, LV-151736. Thanks Guna! 



Postcard from Japan!

Today I got a nice postcard from Japan! The postcard was made with an uncommon material that is similar to cloth. The edges are frayed and the texture is very soft. The postcard features traditional Japanese ukiyoe depicting geisha. Geisha are also known as geiko and geigi. They are Japanese female entertainers who are trained in performing classical dances and music. The card was sent by my dad who was on vacation in Japan. Thanks dad!



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Postcard from China!

Today I got a cool postcard from China! The postcard shows a view of the Terracotta Army, one of China's most popular icons. Also known as the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, it was originally built as funerary art to protect China's first emperor in the afterlife. It was discovered in 1974 and it is estimated that there are about 8,000 soldiers and over 600 horses. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks Sally!