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! 

Postcard from Germany!

Today I got a nice postcard from Germany! The postcard features multiple views of Mönchengladbach, a city located near Düsseldorf and the Netherlands border. The city was originally named Gladbach. However, to differentiate it from another city of the same name, its name was modified. It covers an area of 170 square kilometres and has a population of about 250,000 people. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, DE- 3283574. Thanks Michael! 

Postcard from Indonesia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Indonesia! The postcard shows three women performing a traditional dance called the peacock dance. Originally from the 1950's and 1960's, it is a type of dance common in Java. The costumes are distinctive because of their color and design, which are supposed to emulate the peacock's feathers. It is a very jovial and positive dance and is often used to welcome guests. Thanks Zwesty! 

Postcard from Japan!

Today I got a nice postcard from Japan! The postcard features the night view from the Umeda Sky Building. The Umeda Sky Building is located in Osaka City and is one of the city's most recognizable   landmarks. It has two separate towers that connect at the uppermost level. On the card we see the Floating Garden Observatory, a rooftop observatory. The card was sent by my dad who was on vacation in Japan. Thanks dad! 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Postcard from Canada!

Today I got a cool postcard from Canada! The postcard features the popular Musical Ride of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Musical Ride is a formal equestrian show put on by Canada's "Mounties", as they are popularly called. It was made to showcase the equestrian skills of members of the force and to promote national identity and cultural heritage. Members come from the regular force and stay with the Musical Ride for three years. The earliest Musical Rides featured British cavalry drills and these still form the backbone of the show. Thanks Rose! 

Cover from the USA!

Today I got a nice cover from the USA! The cover was sent from aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The USS Abraham Lincoln is a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in the United States Navy and is part of the US Atlantic Fleet. Its home port is at Norfolk, Virginia and it is currently undergoing refuelling and overhauling. Its motto is "Shall Not Perish" and it can carry up to 90 aircraft. It was built by Newport News Shipbuilding for almost $5 billion. The ship was commissioned on November 11, 1989.

Postcard from Japan!

Today I got a nice postcard from Japan! The postcard features traditional art found in Kyoto's Nijō Castle. Nijō Castle covers 275,000 square meters and is known for its two concentric fortifications. Each contains a wall and a wide moat. The sliding doors and walls of Ninonmaru Palace, which is located between the two fortifications, were decorated by artists of the Kanō school. The card was sent by my dad who was on vacation in Japan. Thanks dad! 

Postcard from Russia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Russia! The postcard shows a view of Vladivostok, a city in Primorsky Krai in Russia. The city is also Russia's largest port on the Pacific Ocean and is the home of the Russian Pacific Fleet. It is located at the head of Golden Horn Bay near the border with China. The card is an official Postcrossing card, RU-2773701. Thanks Tanya! 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Postcard from Hong Kong!

Today I got a nice postcard from Hong Kong! The postcard shows the iconic view of Hong Kong's skyline at night. Used were two great stamps with a special postmark commemorating the Hong Kong Museum Collection. The stamp on the right comes from a 2014 series on dinosaurs and features Daxiatitan binglingi. The stamp on the left was issued in 1997 to commemorate the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, which is celebrated on July 1 annually. Thanks Jerry! 

Postcard from Pakistan!

Today I got a beautiful postcard from Pakistan! The postcard shows a nice view of Rakaposhi, a spectacular mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. Its name translates to "snow covered" but it is also called Dumani or "Mother of Mist." It is currently the 27th highest in the world but it is known more for its beauty. It was first climbed in 1958 by a British-Pakistani team. Nice stamps were used! Thanks Patrick! 

Postcard from Japan!

Today I got a nice postcard from Japan! The postcard shows a great view of Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto.  It is located in eastern Kyoto and is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an independent Buddhist temple that was originally founded in 798. Its current structure was made in the 17th century and is unique because no nails were used in its construction. Its name translates to "clear water." The card was sent by my dad who was on vacation in Japan. Thanks Dad! 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Postcard from Sweden!

Today I got a nice postcard from Sweden! The postcard shows multiple views of the province of Småland in southern Sweden. Its name literally means "small lands", which came about because it was originally made up of small independent lands. It spans an area of 29,000 square kilometres and has three national parks. A Swedish dialect known as Småländska is spoken here by its 720,000 inhabitants. Thanks Jessica!