Sunday, 23 November 2014

Postcard from the United Kingdom!

Today I got a nice postcard from the United Kingdom! The postcard shows a street view of the popular York Minster. It is a cathedral in York that is one of the largest in Europe. Its official name is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York and it is the seat of the Archbishop of York. The archbishop is the second highest ranking official in the Church of England. The earliest church on the site dates back to the 7th century and the cathedral itself was once a Roman Catholic cathedral. The card is an official Postcrossing card, GB-594206. Thanks Melanie!

Postcard from Finland!

Today I got a nice postcard from Finland! The postcard shows a a beautiful sunset view of Lake Saimaa. It is a lake located in southeastern Finland and at 4,400 square kilometres, it is the largest in the country. It is also the 4th largest in Europe. It was formed during the end of the last ice age due to glacial melting. It has rich asbestos deposits and has an average depth of 17 metres. The card is an official Postcrossing card, FI-2222804. Thanks Terttu!

Postcard from Russia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Russia! The postcard features flowers arranged on a matching tabletop. Russia's national flower is the camomile, which is native to West Asia. It is commonly used for a variety of natural home remedies such as for the relief of bruises and sprains. Other popular flowers in Russia are the locally grown Rhizomatous perennial, Crocus and Arnica Montana. Russia's varying climates allow for a rich variety of flowers to thrive. The card is an official Postcrossing card, RU-3060729. Thanks Tanya! 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Cover & Postcards from the USA!

Today I got a nice cover with a lot of postcards from the USA! The postcards shows multiple places in the state of California. These include the Victorian homes along Steiner Street, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Lombard Street, the iconic crooked street. Alcatraz Island is located 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco It once served mainly as a federal prison until becoming a national historic landmark and recreational site. It also houses the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast of the country. I received these cards as part of the redditgifts postcard exchange. Thanks noshunintended! 

Postcard from Hungary!

Today I got a beautiful panoramic postcard from Hungary! The postcard shows multiple views of Budapest, the country's capital city. One of the buildings shown here is St. Stephen's Basilica. It is a Roman Catholic basilica named after the first King of Hungary. It is the third largest church in Hungary and was made in 1905. Stephen I's right hand is stored in the church's reliquary. The card was sent by my dad who visited Budapest. Thanks Dad! 

Postcard from Slovenia!

Today I got a cool postcard from Slovenia! The postcard shows a view of the unique Velika Planina. It is a high-altitude settlement of herders located in the Big Pasture plateau. It is in the Kamnik Alps in the Upper Carniola region. Its distinctive huts are made from wood and have only a single room and an oval roof that almost reaches the ground. They are usually occupied during the summer months. During the winter, the area attracts tourists for skiing. Thanks Sara! 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Postcard from the USA!

Today I got a nice postcard from the USA! The postcard shows an illustrated map of the state of California along with some of its symbols. Included were its state bird, the valley quail, its state flag, and its state flower, the California poppy. It is the most populous state in the country, with about 38 million people. Its state capital is Sacramento and it is also a top source for the country's fruit and vegetable production. Thanks Alf! 

Postcard from Liechtenstein!

Today I got a beautiful postcard from Liechtenstein! The postcard shows a view of Vaduz Castle. The castle is the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. It also shares its name with its surrounding town, which is the capital of the country. It was built sometime during the 12th century but only came under the possession of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein in the 18th century. It is currently not open to the public. The card was sent by Ruedi from Switzerland who visited the country. A nice Year of the Horse stamp was used! Thanks Ruedi! 

Postcard from Germany!

Today I got a great postcard from Germany! The postcard shows a view of the popular Oktoberfest, which is held annually in Munich. It is the world's largest funfair and has an attendance of over six million people. The whole event lasts for over two weeks and has been held since the early 19th century. It is an icon of Bavarian culture and is held at an area called Theresienwiese. Over seven million litres of beer are served during the event. The card was sent by my dad who went to Oktoberfest. Thanks Dad! 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Cover from the McMurdo Station!

Today I got a cool cover from the McMurdo Station! The station is a US Antarctic research center located on Ross Island in Antarctica. It is the largest station on the continent, with a maximum population of over 1,200 people. It is also the main US station and is operated under the United States Antarctic Program. It has over 100 buildings, three air fields, a harbour, and even an ATM. Supplies are brought in during Operation Deep Freeze through the use of vessels of the US Military Sealift Command.

Postcard from Belgium!

Today I got a nice postcard from Belgium! The postcard shows a scene at St. Michael's bridge in Ghent. Ghent is a city in the Flemish region of the country and was once one of Europe's richest cities. It has an area of about 156 square kilometres and a population of 250,000 people. It is known for its annual festival, which attracts more than 2 million visitors. It is also known for its medieval architecture, which has remained intact throughout the centuries. Thanks Raquel! 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Postcard from the United Kingdom!

Today I got a beautiful panoramic postcard from the United Kingdom! The postcard shows an autumn view of the Milkham Enclosure at New Forest. The New Forest National Park is a large mainly unenclosed tract of pasture land in the country. It has an area of 566 square kilometres and is visited regularly by millions for its numerous paths and walkways. There are several small settlements scattered throughout the area and also hosts several different habitats. Thanks Vaeia!