Sunday, 28 September 2014

Postcard from Slovakia!

Today I got a great postcard from Slovakia! The postcard shows multiple views of Bratislava, the country's capital city. Bratislava is unique because it is the only capital city that borders two different countries, Austria and Hungary. It covers an area of about 368 square kilometres and was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary. It only received its modern name in 1919. It was known by its German name of Pressburg before this. On the card we see the Bratislava Castle, the Danube River, the Main Square, and the Blumental Church. Thanks Jana!

Postcard from Russia!

Today I got a nice panoramic postcard from Russia! The postcard shows multiple views of the unique Novoslobodskaya station. The station is a part of the Moscow Metro and it lies on the Koltsevaya Line. It is located in the Tverskoy District and was first opened in 1952. It is known for its distinctive stained glass panels, which were made by Latvian artists. We also see the mosaic entitled "Peace Throughout the World", which is located at the end of the platform. Thanks Ulya! 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Postcard from the USA!

Today I got a cool postcard from the USA! The postcard shows a map of the state of Montana along with some illustrations of the state's symbols. The states is located in the western part of the country and has many nicknames. It has been called "The Land of Shining Mountains", "Big Sky Country", and "The Treasure State" among other names. It is known for its majestic mountain ranges, expansive skies and forests, and other geographical features. It contains Glacier National Park and parts of Yellowstone National Park. Its capital city is Helena and has a population of about 1 million people. Great stamps were used! Thanks Jason! 

Postcard from Hong Kong!

Today I got a nice postcard from Hong Kong! The postcard features Peak Tower, which is located near Victoria Peak. It is primarily a leisure shopping mall and it also houses the terminal of the Peak Tram. Both the tram and the shopping center are owned by the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Group. It was first opened in 1997 and it has 7 floors. The designers, who wanted to have a distinctive effect on the skyline but did not want to interrupt the natural landscape, restricted its height and constructed it at a natural dip. Thanks Silvia! 

Postcard from Namibia!

Today I got a great card from Namibia! The postcard features a scene with two gemsbok at Etosha National Park. Interestingly, the gemsbok still maintain a seasonal migration from east to west despite the park being fenced. Namibia, officially known as the Republic of Namibia, is a country in the western portion of southern Africa. It borders the Atlantic Ocean and it gained its independence from South Africa in 1990. Its capital city is Windhoek and it has a population of 2.1 million people. Nice stamps featuring birds were used! Thanks Irene! 

Postcard from Belgium!

Today I got a nice postcard from Belgium! The postcard shows a nighttime aerial view of the sprawling Espace Léopold complex. The complex houses the parliament buildings of the European Parliament. It was first completed in 1995 and has since had many extensions. It is located in the eastern part of Brussels and it has 17 floors. Interestingly, it is not the official seat of the parliament, which is in Strasbourg. Since many other European institutions are in Brussels, this complex was built in order to have the parliament in closer proximity to the other institutions. Most of the activities are held here. Thanks Bonnie! 

Postcard from Croatia!

Today I got a beautiful postcard from Croatia! The postcard features a great view of Šibenik, a town in Dalmatia. The town is considered the political and tourist center of the surrounding country. It sits by the river Krka and the Adriatic Sea. It has population of about 46,000 people. On the card we can also see the historic Cathedral of St. James, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built over 100 years during the 15th and 16th centuries and is the most important Renaissance structure in the country. Thanks Tomislav! 

Postcard from the Netherlands!

Today I got a nice postcard from the Netherlands! The postcard features an illustration of Netherlands' borders along with its flag. It also features a Postcrossing design! The country's lands are fairly low and flat all throughout. It borders Germany, Belgium, and the North Sea. The country's coastline spans 1,275 kilometres. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, NL-2650468. Thanks Lobke! 

Friday, 26 September 2014

Postcard from the USA!

Today I got a nice postcard from the USA! The postcard shows a view of the iconic Willis Tower, a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. The building was once called the Sears tower and stands at 442 metres. It was once the tallest building in the world for 25 years. It is currently the second highest building in the country and its largest tenant is United Airlines. It is also the city's most popular tourist destination, with over one million people visiting its observation deck annually. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, US-2928491. Thanks Paula! 

Postcard from Austria!

Today I got a nice postcard from Austria! The postcard shows multiple views and scenes in Maria Waldrast, which is located in the Austrian state of Tyrol. It is a monastery and is a popular pilgrimage site. It is located in the Mühlbachl valley, where several small chapels also reside. The inn of the monastery is a popular starting point for hikes in the surrounding mountain area and for winter sports. The monastery is located 1683 metres above sea level and is one of the highest in Europe. The card was sent by Matty from Italy who went there on a pilgrimage. Interesting stamps were used. Thanks Matty! 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Postcard from Malaysia!

Today I got a great postcard from Malaysia! The postcard shows a nice view of the Petronas Towers, Malaysia's world-famous landmark. Known also as the Petronas Twin Towers, it is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital city. It was once the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004. It houses commercial offices and was designed by César Pelli. Between the 41st and 42nd floors there is a 2-story skybridge that is 58 metres long. Thanks Cendy! 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Postcard from Spain!

Today I got a cool postcard from Spain! The postcard shows an aerial view of Camp Nou, the famous football stadium located in Barcelona, Spain. It is the home of Futbol Club Barcelona, which has occupied it since 1957. It seats almost 100,000 people, making it Europe's largest stadium. It has hosted two UEFA Champions League finals, among many other major events. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, ES-309992. Thanks Luis!