Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Postcard from the Netherlands!

Today I got a nice postcard from the Netherlands! The postcard shows a view of the lighthouse in Vlieland. Vlieland is a municipality and island in the northern part of the country and is one of the least densely populated in the country. The island was separated during St. Lucia's Flood in 1287 and consists mainly of dunes. It has an area of 315 square kilometres and a population of about 1,100 people. The card is an official Postcrossing card, NL-2676548. Thanks Maud! 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Postcard from Australia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Australia! The postcard features an aerial view and description of the Three Sisters formations in the Blue Mountains of Australia. The formation is the most visited tourist destination in the Blue Mountains. We see a small bridge on the left portion of the formation, which leads to the Giant's Staircase. This path leads to the base below. The blue haze of the mountains comes from the tiny oil droplets in the air, which act on the sun's rays to give off the blue color. These droplets evaporate from the eucalyptus leaves below. Nice dog stamps were used! Thanks Don! 

Postcard from Finland!

Today I got a great postcard from Finland! The postcard shows the Northern Lights as seen from one of the country's wintry forests. The Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are a natural display of lights typically seen from the extreme northern or southern latitudes. They are caused by the entrances of charged particles into the atmosphere, which then react to emit these lights. Higher altitudes produce red auroras but green auroras are more common throughout the region. The card is an official Postcrossing card, FI-2209774. Thanks Minna! 

Postcard from Austria!

Today I got a beautiful panoramic postcard from Austria! The postcard shows multiple views of the city of Salzburg, where the popular composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. On the upper left part of the card, we see the actual birthplace of Mozart, which is now a museum. The building, located at No. 9 Getreidegasse, was where the Mozart family resided from 1747 to 1773. Mozart was the seventh child of Leopold Mozart, an accomplished musician. Numerous items are on exhibit, including some of Mozart's first instruments. The card was sent by my dad who visited Salzburg. Thanks Dad! 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Postcard from Switzerland!

Today I got a nice postcard from Switzerland! The postcard shows views of the city of Geneva. Geneva is the country's second most populous city and is its French-speaking center. It is mostly known for all the different international organizations it houses, such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the Red Cross. It has a population of almost 200,000 people and an area of 16 square kilometres. Seen on the card is the iconic Jet d'Eau. The card was sent by my dad who visited the city. Thanks Dad! 

Friday, 24 October 2014

Cover & Stamps from Ukraine!

Today I got a great cover and stamps from Ukraine! The cover had some nice stamps issued in 2012, some of which commemorate the film Man With a Movie Camera, which was a critically acclaimed  experimental film released in 1929. Included inside was a stamp issued in 2013 commemorating 1,025 years of the baptism of Kyivan Rus. This stamp was also jointly issued by Russia and Belarus. Lastly, a beautiful stamp booklet featuring Ukraine's 2009 Europa release was included! The two stamps feature the astronomer Galileo Galilei to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his pioneering use of the telescope. Thanks Anna! 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Postcard from Austria!

Today I got a cool postcard from Austria! The postcard shows multiple scenes in Salzburg, where the popular film The Sound of Music was shot in. The film was released in 1965 and was directed by Robert Wise. The iconic musical film included Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film was highly acclaimed, winning the Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The equally popular soundtrack was also nominated for the Grammy Awards. The film was primarily based on the Broadway musical of the same name. The card was sent by my dad who visited Salzburg. Thanks Dad! 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Postcard from Mexico!

Today I got a nice postcard from Mexico! The postcard features an illustration of the Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata Salazar. Zapata was a prominent figure in the revolution and headed the peasant revolution in Morelos. Today, he is a popular national symbol and icon. He proposed novel land reforms that would redistribute lands to the peasants. Thanks Nat! 

Cover & Postcards from the USA!

Today I got a nice cover with great postcards from the USA! The first postcard showed a map of the state of North Carolina along with its different views and its state bird, the Cardinal. The second card showed Fort Bragg, the home of the US Army Special Operations Command, the 82nd Airborne Division, and other Army units. The third postcard shows a view of the football stadium in Charlotte, with a capacity of 72,000 people. Lastly, we see a postcard with a view of Gatlinburg, a city in the state of Tennessee with a population of about 4,000,000 people. Thanks Svetlana! 

Cover from Germany!

Today I got a cool cover from Germany! On the cover were two football-related stamps with a matching postmark. The stamp on the right and the postmark both celebrate Germany's historic fourth win of the FIFA World Cup in the 2014 World Cup. Interestingly, five million copies of the stamp were printed even before the finals were held. It was designed by Lutz Menze. It does not feature any specific players in order to honor the whole team. Thanks Antje! 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Postcard from Russia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Russia! It shows a nice view of the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir, also known as the Assumption Cathedral, which is a cathedral built by Andrew the Pious. It was once the mother church of Russia in the 13th and 14th centuries and was also the country's largest for quite some time. It was originally built in the 12th century and was expanded in the 19th century. The card is an official Postcrossing card, RU-2983003. Thanks Maria! 

Postcard from China!

Today I got a nice postcard from China! The postcard shows a picture of Cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms, which are also sometimes called Sakura, are flowers of the Japanese Cherry of the genus Prunus. They were originally native to the Himalayas but have since been propagated in various locations with similarly cold temperatures. In China, they are more common in the middle and souther portions of the country near the sea. The card is an official Postcrossing card, CN-1358028. Thanks Daisy!