Monday, 25 May 2015

Postcard from Botswana!

Today I got a cool postcard from Botswana! The card features an illustration of the many animals that can be found in the country's wetlands. It was issued by the Botswana Post. Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, is a country in southern Africa. It gained independence from the British in 1966 and has had relatively stable development since then. Its capital city is Gabarone and it has a population of 2.1 million people. Thanks Tian! 




Cover & Postcard from China!

Today I got a nice cover with a postcard from China! The postcard depicts a male actor in traditional Chinese opera. He is playing the role of Pei Yuanqing in the play Burning Pei Yuanqing. Today, Chinese opera is only performed in formal opera houses. These are often staged during the Chinese Ghost Festival. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, CN-1512647. Thanks Wenhua! 



Postcard from Antigua and Barbuda!

Today I got a great postcard from Antigua and Barbuda! It shows a view of the city of St. John's as seen from Michael's Mount. St. John's is the country's capital city and is located on the main island of Antigua. Located in the Caribbean sea, the country was once a former British colony and is heavily influenced by that history. Its population is about 80,000 people and it is sometimes called the Land of 365 Beaches. Thanks Ash! 



Postcard from Russia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Russia! The postcard shows a view of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, which is located in the town of Sergiyev Possad. It is the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church and is the country's most important monastery. It is home to some 300 monks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, RU-3232592. Thanks Inga! 



Postcard from Canada!

Today I got a cool postcard from Canada! The postcard shows the Flag of Canada proudly flying in the air. The postcard was issued by the Canada Post to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the flag. A matching preprinted stamp is also seen on the card. The flag, also sometimes known as the Maple Leaf, was designed by George Stanley. It was inspired the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, CA-509993. Thanks Nazar! 




Postcard from New Zealand!

Today I got a great postcard from New Zealand! The postcard shows an aerial view of the Southerner. The Southerner was an express train that served South Island for about 30 years. It was once one of the best trains in New Zealand and it also served what was once the southernmost passenger train station in the world, Invercargill. On the card we see plenty of sheep and Mt. Puketapu in the background. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, NZ-115469. Thanks Lee! 



Postcard from Germany!

Today I got a nice postcard from Germany! The postcard shows the ruins of Weißenstein castle. It is located in the Bavarian Forest. The forest is a low-mountain region along the border of the Czech Republic. Its main river is the Regen and its highest peak is the Großer Arber. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, DE-3711848. Thanks Petra! 



Postcard from Ukraine!

Today I got a nice postcard from Ukraine! The postcard shows a winter scene in the country. The country has a temperate continental climate throughout most of the country. The southern areas have a more subtropical climate. Some regions have significantly more precipitation than others and winters are colder inland. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, UA-1215660. Thanks Olga & Vika! 



Postcrd from Hong Kong!

Today I got a nice postcard from Hong Kong! The postcard shows an aerial view of the city. Today, it is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. It is inhabited by mostly ethnic Chinese who came from the Guangdong province during the many wars in China's history. It has a highly autonomous form of governance under the principle of "one country, two systems." The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, HK-300931. Thanks Veronica! 



Sunday, 24 May 2015

Postcard from Indonesia!

Today I got a great postcard from Indonesia! The postcard shows Pura Taman Ayun in Bali, one of thousands of temples on the island. The island is sometimes called the island of Gods since it has about 20,000 puras or temples. The capital of Bali is Denpasar and the province has a population of over 4,000,000 people. It is a very popular tourist destination. Thanks Agnes! 



Postcard from the USA!

Today I got a nice postcard from the USA! The postcard shows a view of the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse. It was built in 1840 and served the  Presque Isle Harbor for 30 years before it was replaced with a bigger lighthouse. It is currently privately owned and operates as a museum. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, US-3167215. Thanks Chris! 



Postcard from Finland!

Today I got a cool  postcard from Finland! The postcard shows a view of Olavinlinna, a 15th century stone castle. Also called St. Olaf's Castle, it is the oldest surviving northernmost stone fortress. It is located in a strait in Savonlinna and has three towers. It hosts the Savonlinna Opera Festival. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, FI-2336108. Thanks Mervi!