Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Postcard from Ukraine!

Today I got a nice postcard from Ukraine! The postcard shows a winter shot of St. George's Church. The church is located in Drohobych and is one of the oldest timber churches of Galicia. The church was first built in the early 1500's and was renovated in the 17th century. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, UA-1200156. Thanks Julia! 




Cover & Postcard from the USA!

Today I got a cool cover and postcard from the USA! The cover features nice stamps commemorating certain events of the Second World War. Interestingly, the Christmas-themed postcard was postmarked at the special Santa's Workshop Station. Used a Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer stamp. Thanks Eric! 




Postcard from China!

Today I got a nice postcard from China! The card shows the Temple of Heaven, a Daoist temple located near the center of Beijing. Built in the early 15th century, it was visited regularly  by emperors in order to send prayers to heaven for good harvest. On the card we see the central building called the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks Sophie! 



Postcard from Finland!

Today I got a nice postcard from Finland! The postcard shows a view of the Helsinki Cathedral. Centrally located in the city, it is a cathedral of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. It was originally built in 1852 as a tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. It has enough capacity for 1,300 people and features a Greek cross lay-out. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, FI-2303125. Thanks Pirjo! 



Postcard from Portugal!

Today I got a nice postcard from Portugal! The postcard shows a traditional Portuguese windmill. These windmills are unique because they are sounding windmills. They feature earthenware vessels that produce different sounds depending on the strength of the wind and the type of weather. These are primarily used for aesthetic purposes but are also used to notify the miller of any changes in wind or weather. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, PT-366107. Thanks Rita! 



Postcard from Russia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Russia! The postcard shows an aerial black and white photo of Theatre Square in Moscow. Also known as Teatralnaya Square or Sverdlov Square, it is located in the Tverskoy District. It got its name from the three theatres located on the square. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, RU-3220383. Thanks Svetlana! 



Postcard from Germany!

Today I got a nice postcard from Germany! The postcard shows a view of the interiors of the Cologne Cathedral. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and is the country's most visited landmark. It was intended to be used as the place of worship of the Holy Roman Emperor. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, DE-3961919. Thanks Impe! 



Postcard from South Africa!

Today I got a beautiful panoramic postcard from South Africa! The postcard shows a view of Cape Town's waterfront with Table Mountain in the background. Cape Town is the second most populous city in South Africa and is the legislative capital of the country. It is located on Table Bay and was first used by the Dutch East India Company. Table Mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks Magda! 



Postcard from the USA!

Today I got a nice postcard from the USA! The postcard shows a view of Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry is where three states, namely West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, meet. On the card, we see the Potomac River and the CSX railroad bridges. The area is considered a National Monument. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, US-3135695. Thanks Nellie! 



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!