Saturday, 12 April 2014

Cover, Keychain, & Bracelet from Peru!

Today I got a nice cover with some souvenirs inside from Peru! The Peru-themed bubble envelope features a view of Machu Picchu, arguably the country's most famous landmark. Inside were two souvenirs, a red suede bracelet featuring traditional art and a nice leather keychain featuring Peruvian dance and song. Peru, officially known as the Republic of Peru, is a country in South America. It is the home of many ancient cultures, including the Incan Empire. Its capital and largest city is Lima and the country has a population of about 30,000,000 people. Thanks Evgeniya! 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Postcard from Palestine!

Today I got a beautiful postcard from Palestine! The postcard shows a nice view of Bethlehem, known as the birthplace of Jesus and also known as the City of David. It is also the location of the Basilica of the Nativity. The postcard was sent from the Bethlehem Post Office on the day after Christmas, December 26, 2013. The stamp was issued by the Palestinian National Authority, which has managed postal services since 1994 in its territories. The Palestinian National Authority has since been called the State of Palestine, following a 2013 United Nations vote to include it as a non-member observer state. It was formed in 1994 as part of the Oslo Accords between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Israel. It governs areas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Thanks Mirna! 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Postcard from the Republika Srpska!

Today I got a beautiful panoramic postcard from the Republika Srpska! Republika Srpska, also known as the Bosnian Serb Republic, is one of two political entities in Bosnia & Herzegovina. It is an independent and legal entity that has its own judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government. It has a population of about 1,300,000 people. The postcard shows a nighttime view of Banja Luka, its capital and largest city. Thanks Anja! 

Postcard from Kyrgyzstan!

Today I got a great postcard from Kyrgyzstan! The postcard shows an evening view of Ala-Too Square in Bishkek, the country's capital city. The square's primary feature is the statue of Manas, a Kyrgyz epic hero. Manas is the hero in the Epic of Manas who fought to unite the tribes of Kyrgyz people and reclaim their ancestral land. He is regarded as a national hero and an icon for national identity. The epic is more than 500,000 lines long and is often performed publicly. A performance can take up to 13 hours and some people claim that it is the longest oral epic in the world. Thanks Karina! 

Postcard from the Turks and Caicos Islands!

Today I got a beautiful postcard from the Turks and Caicos Islands! The postcard features a nice aerial view of the Grand Turk Cruise Center. The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory located in the Caribbean. Its capital is Cockburn Town, which is located in Grand Turk island. The islands have a total land area of about 430 square kilometres and a population of about 31,000 people. It is known primarily as a tourist destination and is also known as an offshore financial center. A nice space stamp was used! Thanks Robinsons! 

Postcard from Russia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Russia! The postcard features an illustration from the series of stamps commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. This particular card shows a submachine gun from the 2009 issue of the series, which features small arms. Car stamps from the same series issued in 2012 were used! Thanks Sergey! 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Postcard from Cambodia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Cambodia! The postcard shows a scene in Banteay Srei Temple. The temple was built in 967 and is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is mainly built with red sandstone and is known for its elaborate wall decorations. It is located in Angkor and is unique because of the miniature scale of its structures. The temple is a popular tourist destination. A nice 2013 stamp was used! Thanks Luis! 

Postcard from Seychelles!

Today I got a beautiful postcard from Seychelles! Seychelles, officially known as the Republic of Seychelles, is a country in the Indian Ocean. It is an archipelago composed of 155 islands and it has a population of about 90,000 people. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1976 and its capital and largest city is Victoria. Tourism is a significant industry in the country and it has many nice beaches, like the one we see on the card. Two nice stamps were used and they were postmarked in the Central Post Office in Victoria. Thanks Tian! 

Postcard from Russia!

Today I got an interesting panoramic postcard from Russia! The postcard features artwork depicting an oprichnik. An oprichnik was a member of an organization formed by Tsar Ivan the Terrible. The organization is regarded as the forerunner of Russian and Soviet secret police forces and was responsible for internal threats. Used were four nice car stamps issued in 2012 from the Weapons of Victory series! Thanks Sergey! 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Postcrossing Meet-Up Card from France!

Today I got a nice Postcrossing Meet-Up card from France! The card was sent from the Postcrossing Meet-Up in Chartres, which was held on March 8, 2014. Chartres is a commune in northern France. It has a total area of about 16 square kilometres and has a population of about 40,000 people. It is located on a hill by the Eure River. It is most known for the Cathedral of Chartres, which we can see in one of the views on the card. It is a historic and popular Gothic cathedral and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks Maud! 

Cover & Art from Egypt!

Today I got a nice cover from Egypt! Inside, a beautifully made painting on papyrus depicting an Egyptian pharaoh was included. Papyrus was the first form of paper invented by ancient Egyptians and is very fragile. Nice stamps were used on the cover, including a stamp featuring Tutankhamun and one featuring Senusret I. Tutankhamun was a pharaoh of the 18th dynasty while Senusret I was a pharaoh of the 12th dynasty. Thanks Sara! 

Postcard from Latvia!

Today I got a beautiful postcard from Latvia! The panoramic postcard shows multiple night winter scenes in Riga, the country's capital city. One of the buildings seen is the House of the Blackheads, which is located in the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 1300's but was bombed during World War II. It was reconstructed and restored in the 1990's. Thanks Vera!