Monday, 1 September 2014

Postcard from the USA!

Today I got a nice postcard from the USA! The postcard features a scene at Haystack Rock, which is located in the state of Oregon. It is a sea stack that stands at about 72 metres and it sits just outside Cannon Beach. It is primarily made up of basalt and was formed from a volcanic eruption more than ten million years ago. The rock is accessible via foot during low tide and its tide pool and rock surface serve as a home and nesting site for many different animals. Thanks Anna!  



Postcard from Lithuania!

Today I got a great postcard from Lithuania! The postcard features a map of the country's Baltic coastline and the views in the area. Lithuania is one of the three countries that face the Baltic sea. Of the three, it has the shortest coastline along the sea, with only 38 kilometres. Its main warm-water port is Klaipeda, which is situated by the Curonian lagoon. Used was a nice stamp issued in 2009 commemorating the Tall Ships' Races held at Klaipeda in 2009. Thanks Ieva! 



Postcard from Taiwan!

Today I got a cool postcard from Taiwan! The postcard features a scene in the Dajia Matsu Holy Pilgrimage. The event is Taiwan's most important religious festival and is done to celebrate Matsu, the goddess of the sea. The pilgrimage is spread out over three counties with the participation of about 80 temples. At 300 miles for a full trip, it takes about eight days to complete the trip. Traditional Taiwanese folk performances are common throughout the trip. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, TW-1323621. Thanks Mio! 



Postcard from Germany!

Today I got a nice postcard from Germany! The postcard features a night view of the famous Cologne Cathederal. Cologne Cathedral is located in the city of Cologne and was first made in the 13th century but was only completed in the 19th century. The cathedral is an example of Gothic architecture and was once the tallest structure in the world in the late 19th century. It is Germany's most visited landmark and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, DE-3388002. Thanks Maren! 



Sunday, 31 August 2014

Postcard from the Czech Republic!

Today I got a nice postcard from the Czech Republic! The postcard shows two old panoramic views of Lidice, a village in the Czech Republic. The village as it stands today is actually located near the original village. The original village was destroyed during the Second World War as retribution for the assassination of a high-ranking Nazi official. The Lidice Memorial was made to remember the lives of innocent civilians that were lost. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, CZ-491946. Thanks Dana!  



Postcard from Japan!

Today I got a cool postcard from Japan! The postcard shows a scene in the Ise Grand Shrine. The Ise Grand Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the city of Ise. It is dedicated to the goddess Ameterasu-ōmikami and the shrine is more commonly known as Jingū. The shrine is actually a large shrine complex with two main shrines. It is considered to be one of Shinto's holiest shrines and access is mostly restricted. The chief priest must come from the Japanese Imperial family. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, JP-572243. Thanks Hiroshi! 



Postcard from Poland!

Today I got a nice postcard from Poland! The postcard shows a beautiful shot of the interior of St. Mary's Basilica. St. Mary's Basilica is located in Kraków and is also known as the Church of Our Lady Assumed Into Heaven. It was originally built in the 13th century and features Gothic architecture. It is known for its intricate wooden altarpiece and for the hourly trumpet signal played from one of its towers. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, PL-925604. Nice stamps were used! Thanks Adrianna! 



Saturday, 23 August 2014

Postcard from the USA!

Today I got a nice postcard from the USA! The postcard shows a view of the city of Pittsburgh, which is located in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh has a population of 300,000 people and is the second largest city in Pennsylvania. It is sometimes referred to as the "Steel City" because of its many steel businesses and it is also sometimes called the "Bridge City" because of its more than 400 bridges. The city covers almost 60 square miles and its downtown sits at the confluence of three different rivers. Thanks Derek! 



Postcard from South Africa!

Today I got a beautiful postcard from South Africa! The postcard shows an illustration of South Africa, which includes its popular sights, attractions, animals, and other activities. South Africa, officially known as the Republic of South Africa, is the 25th largest country in the world and has a population of about 53 million people. Its culture and its people are very diverse, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Land of Contrast. A nice lion stamp was used! The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, ZA-52606. Thanks Ilzeb! 



Postcard from Russia!

Today I got a great postcard of Russia! The postcard features a black and white portrait of Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin. Yuri Gagarin was born in 1934 and was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He is most known for being the first human to travel to outer space. This took place on April 12, 1961, when his Vostok spacecraft orbited the Earth. He was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union award and later taught at the Cosmonaut Training Center. Thanks Nastia! 



Postcard from the USA!

Today I got a cool postcard from the USA! The postcard shows two views of the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. U.C. Berkeley, as it is often called, is a public research university that was founded in 1868. It has about 31,000 students of all levels and its faculty includes Nobel Prize winners and members of the National Academy of Sciences. On the card, we see the U.C. Campanile/Sather Tower, which is the campus' most noticeable landmark. Thanks Paige! 



Postcard from Latvia!

Today I got a nice postcard from Latvia! The postcard shows multiple views and scenes of the country. Latvia is a country in Northern Europe that was once a Soviet Republic. Its folklore dates back to over 1,000 years and its cuisine features fish, due to the country's location near the sea. Other local ingredients like potatoes and wheat are often used and their food generally does not have spices. The card was sent by Nastya from Russia who was in Latvia for vacation. The postcard is an official Postcrossing card, RU-2879983. Thanks Nastya!