Monday, September 15, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Nine

Russia - Aleksander-Nevski Cathedral of Petrozavodsk and Karelian eparchy

Sent by: emily_v
From: Russia
For: Private swap
Notes: This is the Aleksander-Nevski Cathedral in Petrozavodsk, which is located in northwestern Russia.  It was consecrated in 1832, and reconstructed in 2000.  As with many religious institutions in Russia, the cathedral was turned into a museum during the Soviet era.  It was returned to the church in 1990.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Eight

Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl

Sent by: Sophie1997 (Postcrossing)/Spiderseekers (Atlas Quest)
From: Washington, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: I have seen all of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and of course, the first one is by far the best.  This card is from the first one, The Curse of the Black Pearl, or if you speak French, La Malediction du Black Pearl.  Keira Knightley played, Elizabeth Swann, the daughter of the island's governor and the object of affection for the movie's hero, Will Turner.



Austin Powers - Dr. Evil

Sent by: mandyfaye
From: San Francisco, CA, USA
For: Movie and Television Round Robin - Group 18
Notes: mandyfaye said that she was originally going to send me a Star Wars card, but when she saw I was a Trekkie, she thought maybe that wasn't such a good idea.  She apparently thought that Trekkies and Star Wars fans are rivals and that a person couldn't be fans of both. Silly!  Anyway, she sent this fun pop art card of Dr. Evil from Austin Powers instead.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Seven

Netherlands RU-422840 received 05-27-2011

Sent by: tequila87
From: Moscow, Russia
ID number: RU-422840
Notes: I had this card in the Russia section of my postcard collection, but I realize now that was a mistake.  Sure, it was sent from Russia and has a Russian ID number, but it actually shows the hippopotamuses at the Natura Artis Magistra, or Artis Royal Zoo, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  And yes, hippopotamuses is a valid plural form of hippopotamus. 



Russia - Murmansk Fireworks

Sent by: emily_v
From: Russia
For: Private swap
Notes: Unlike the previous card, this one was not only sent from Russia, but actually shows Russia.  The city of Murmansk, to be exact.  Murmansk is located in the far northwestern part of Russia, not far from the borders with Norway and Finland.  With a population of around 300,000, it is the largest city north of the Arctic Circle.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Six

Melrose Place

Sent by: Sophie1997 (Postcrossing)/Spiderseekers (Atlas Quest)
From: Washington, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The original Melrose Place aired from 1992 to 1999.  It wasn't a show that I watched.  I don't really go for shows that are so soap opera-y.  I believe the woman on this card is Heather Locklear, but I'm not sure who the man is.  I looked at cast photos, and came up with a couple of possibilities, but perhaps someone who actually watched the show can help me out.  Anyone?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Five

Russia - Solovetsky Monastery, Solovetsky Islands

Sent by: emily_v
From: Russia
For: Private swap
Notes: The Solovetsky Monastery on the Solovetsky Islands was established in 1436 by the monk Zosima.  It became an economic and political center in the White Sea region.  After the Bolshevik revolution, the Soviets closed the monastery and incorporated many of the buildings into a prison camp, making it one of the earliest camps in the Gulag system.  Today, it is a historical and architectural museum, and was one of the first sites in Russia on the UNESCO World Heritage list.