Today I got a cool postcard from Germany! The postcard shows a scene at Völklingen Ironworks, which is located in the town of Völklingen. It first started operating in 1883, but plans were made for it many decades earlier. It remained in continuous operation for a little over 100 years. Today, the plant is a science museum. The card is an official Postcrossing card, DE-3711806. Thanks Mina!
Monday, 8 December 2014
Today I got a beautiful panoramic postcard from the Czech Republic! The postcard shows the Holy Trinity Column, which is located in the historic city of Olomouc. The sculpture, which was built in the early 18th century, was created as a Catholic monument to God. It took almost forty years to complete and is considered a prime example of Baroque art. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks Martina!
Today I got a nice postcard from Switzerland! The postcard shows multiple views of the city of Bern, which is located in the Canton of Bern. It is the country's capital, also called the Bundesstadt. It has a population of nearly 140,000 people and its main language is Swiss German. Interestingly, a dialect called Bernese German is spoken here. Its historic part or old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The card is an official Postcrossing card, CH-216516. Thanks Annic!
Today I got a cool postcard from the USA! The postcard features a cartoon illustration of Hell, Michigan. Hell is an unincorporated community in Livingston Count in Michigan. The area was first settled in the early 19th century. The exact origin of its unique name is still unknown. It currently has a population of a little less than 300 people. The card features an interesting postmark and a burn mark! Thanks Derek!
Today I got a nice postcard from Taiwan! The postcard shows an illustrated map of the country. The map features some data such as the different products of the regions, the minerals, and other valuable commodities. The island of Taiwan lies 180 kilometres from mainland China and is about 36,193 square kilometres. To the east, there are many mountains and ranges while the west is generally flat. A nice aquatic stamp was used! Thanks sunoceana!
Today I got a nice postcard from Belarus! The postcard shows different illustrations of the country's national costumes according to region. Due to the country's climate, the clothes are all closed and warm. Wool is a common fabric used and it shares some similarities with Ukrainian and Russian costumes. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, BY-1448816. Thanks Katya!
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Today I got a nice postcard from Germany! The postcard shows a view in Warnemuünde. Warnemünde is a seaside resort located in the city of Rostock. Located by the Baltic Sea, it lies at the mouth of the river Warnow. It has been a fishing village for many centuries and only became a resort in the 19th century. The lighthouse was built in 1897 and is the resort's main navigational aid. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, DE-3690608. Thanks Carolin!
Today I got a nice postcard from China! The postcard shows a scene in the historic Chinese opera. Chinese opera evolved from multiple forms of drama throughout China's long history. Several forms exist due to regional differences but the Beijing opera is the most popular. Today, it is mostly performed in formal Chinese opera houses. It is rarely performed in public. The card is an official Postcrossing card, CN-1453642. Thanks Pascale!
Today I got a nice postcard from Poland! The postcard shows a winter view of the observatory located in the Tatra Mountains. Tatra National Park is located in Tatra county near Slovakia. Its main center is the town of Zakopane and a similarly named park exists in neighboring Slovakia. The highest peak in the country is in this mountain range. The range is characterized by numerous rock formations and sharp peaks. Used were cool stamps showing the Polish military! Thanks Paulina!
Today I got a nice postcard from Spain! The postcard shows a night view of the University of Salamanca. The university, which is located in the town of Salamanca, is the oldest university in Spain. It is also the fourth oldest continuously operating university in all of Europe. It was founded in 1134 and given royal charter in 1218. Today, the university has about 28,000 students and is known for its Spanish courses for non-native speakers. One of its most popular graduates is Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. The card is an official Postcrossing card, ES-326104. Thanks Lola!
Today I got a nice postcard from Vietnam! Throughout Vietnam's experiences of war, the militiawoman has been the icon for Vietnamese women. During the war, Vietnamese women enlisted and fought. They also helped in logistics and in cooking. Some of them took over the farming tasks in the rural areas in order to help the war effort. Women also fought on both sides. Thanks Jo!
Saturday, 6 December 2014
Today I got a nice postcard from the USA! The postcard shows an illustrated map of the state of California. It also shows the seal of the state, its flag, and some icons and landmarks. The distinctive flag of the state is also called the "Bear Flag." It was first officially adopted in 1911 and was based on the flag flown during the Bear Flag Revolt. Thanks Michell!