Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Day Sixty-One

Sent by: teele
From: Suure-Jaani, Estonia
ID number: EE-41675
Notes: These pictures show the Church of John the Baptist in the small town of Suure-Jannia, Estonia.  The sender was 7 years old at the time (I received the card in 2009), and the card was published by her father.  She included three puffy heart stickers on the back of the card.  I'm truly surprised that they didn't get ripped off at some point in its journey through the postal system.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Day Sixty

Sent by: binmilk
From: Guangzhou, China
ID number: CN-203314
Notes: Here is another interesting rock formation from China, and fortunately, I CAN tell you more about this one.  This is Imperial Brush Peak in Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area.  There are more than 3,000 narrow sandstone pillars and peaks like this in the park.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Day Fifty-Nine

Sent by: tammmeelis
From: Estonia
ID number: EE-108695
Notes: Have you ever seen a city with a long leg and a short leg?  Well, you have now!  The photo on the left shows The Long Leg, and the photo on the right shows The Short Leg.  Both streets connect the Lower Town of Tallinn with Toompea, a limestone hill in the center of the city.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Day Fifty-Eight

Sent by: Xiashasha
From: China
ID number: CN-154989
Notes: This poor card got a bit beat up in the mail...there aren't really cracks in the river.  The photo is of the ancient village of Likeng in Wuyuan County, Jianxi Province, China.

Sent by: appleart
From: China
ID number: CN-176973
Notes: I really wish I could tell you something about this card, but the caption on the back just says "Stone memorial in the sea".  I tried to search for more information, but unfortunately failed to find any.  

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Day Fifty-Seven

Sent by: zvezdulka
From: Russia
ID number: RU-520017
Notes: This is a Greenpeace card, showing the Gotta Abu Ramada reef in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt.  The yellow fish are blue-cheeked (or masked) butterflyfish, which can grow up to about 9 inches in length.

Sent by: Rumandcoke
From: Estonia
ID number: EE-94549
Notes: These are four churches in Tallinn, Estonia.  The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the newest of the four, having been built in the late 1800s.  On the other hand, the St. Olaf's was originally built in the 12th century,  and St. Nicholas and the Dome Church (also known as St. Mary's Cathedral) were originally built in the 13th century.  

Friday, April 25, 2014

Day Fifty-Six

Sent by: zizhou
From: China
ID number: CN-411059
Notes: Here is a winter scene from Hangzhou, China.  As I am actually writing this in February, I am totally sick of snow and just wish it would go away.  Hopefully by the time this posts, I will actually be able to appreciate what a lovely scene this is.

FYI, this is also the 666th Postcrossing card that I received.  But it isn't evil.  I hope...

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Day Fifty-Five

Sent by: ondraslo
From: Czech Republic
ID number: CZ-49182
Notes: You may recognize that face on the wall.  That is John Lennon, and this is the Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic.  It has existed since the 1980's, when the grievances, poetry and art were drawn on the wall as a form of passive resistance against the communist regime.  The owners of the wall allow the grafitti, and people continually add to it.  This particular Lennon portrait has since been covered by many layers of paint.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Day Fifty-Four

Sent by: fuzhu
From: China
ID number: CN-333656
Notes:  According to the caption on the back of the card, this is a live water garden in Suminen.  I'd love to tell you more, but every search I do for Suminen only returns results for Suominen, which is Finnish.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Day Fifty-Three

Sent by: Sarrinka20
From: Czech Republic
ID number: CZ-54556
Notes: This is the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic.  As you can probably guess from the dates at the bottom, it was 700 years old in 2008.  It doesn't look like the area around the cathedral changed much in the century between 1908 and 2008 though!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Day Fifty-Two

Sent by: zeroro
From: Beijing, China
ID number: CN-688515
Notes: This is the Great Bell Temple in Beijing.  Yes, there actually is a great bell.  It weighs over 46 tons and is inscribed inside and out with Buddhist mantras (over 227,000 characters!).  I can imagine that it is quite loud when it rings.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Day Fifty-One

Sent by: ivetka-vrabcak
From: Czech Republic
ID number: CZ-102237
Notes: The is the Brevnov Abbey in Prague.  It is a working Benedictine abbey that was founded in 993 A.D.  It fell into disrepair during the communist era, but has since been restored.

Sent by: Gabolka
From: Czech Republic
ID number: CZ-45144
Notes: Hlubolká Castle is considered one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic, and is a National Culture Monument.  The first castle on the site was built in the 13th century.  This version came about in the 19th century when the owner had it reconstructed in the style of Windsor Castle in England.  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Day Fifty

Sent by: talkingheads
From: China
ID number: CN-544707
Notes: Here you can see a view of Xiamen, China.  There is no caption on the back.  Instead, it says "Hey! I'm swimming to you!" with a pictograph of a fish.  Not sure what that's about...

Sent by: Raikki
From: Guangzhou, China
ID number: CN-691048
Notes: This is the first Postcrossing postcard that Raikki sent.  It shows a Guangzhou building with a portico.  When a number of buildings in a row have these porticos, they form a pedestrian corridor.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Day Forty-Nine

Sent by: tereza1
From: Hlinsko, Czech Republic
ID number: CZ167987
Notes: These buildings are part of an open-air museum in Hlinkso.  It sounds like an interesting place to visit, as I enjoy museums that include reenactments and demonstrations of life in past centuries.  I think perhaps I'd prefer to visit when it is a bit warmer than in this scene though.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Day Forty-Eight

Sent by: danbo120
From: China
ID number: CN-531287
Notes: Let's see, what can I tell you about this card?  Well, it appears to be from a zoo.  There are some elephants, giraffes, zebras, chimpanzees, flamingos and several other animals.  And that's about all I know, because I can't read Chinese, and no where on the back of the card does it say where exactly this card is from.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day Forty-Seven

Sent by: Jones
From: Croatia
ID number: HR-20745
Notes: Here are scenes from the Istria region, which is shared by Croatia, Italy and Slovenia.  It is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, and according to both the card and the sender, it is a magical place.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day Forty-Six

Sent by: LiJingwen
From: China
ID number: CN-420773
Notes: As you may have guessed, this is part of the Great Wall of China.  This particular section is near Wohushan.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Day Forty-Five

Sent by: Atmajian
From: Zagreb, Croatia
ID number: HR-12013
Notes: I mention in my Postcrossing profile that I enjoy reading the messages on the back of the cards as much as I like photos on the front.  Atmajian really took that to heart and wrote nearly 150 words on this card!  (Yes, he wrote quite small.)  He told me that the cathedral in the background of this photo dates back to the 11th century, and stands as the tallest high-rise in Croatia.  It was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1880, but rebuilt.  Apparently there is a pizza place across from the cathedral that is pretty good. :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Day Forty-Four

Sent by: yaner199
From: China
ID number: CN-177145
Notes: This is the interior of the Dianchun Hall (Spring Hall) in the Yuyuan Garden in the Old City of Shanghai. Beautiful!

Sent by: wanmengyuan
From: China
ID number: CN-531205
Notes: The sender took this photo herself when she and her family went to Tanzhe Temple in Beijing to burn incense and pray in the first month of the lunar year.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Day Forty-Three

Sent by: shirley_cr
From: Costa Rica
For: Private swap on Flickr
Notes: This beach is one of four in Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica.  The park is rather small (only about 3 square miles) but it boasts 109 mammal species and 184 bird species!

Sent by: edorajh
From: Croatia
ID number: HR-5781
Notes: It was a bit difficult to scan this card, as it does not have four straight edges.  Even so, I love cards that have a cut-out shape like the heart on this one.  And, of course, the views of Vukovar, Croatia are nice too.  I was curious about that tower in the bottom middle photo.  It is a water tower that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence in the early 1990's.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Day Forty-Two

Sent by: west2600
From: China
ID number: CN-228877
Notes: This is the Liulichang Culture Street in Dalian, China.  Sounds like it would be a great place to visit if you are into antiques, books and crafts.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Day Forty-One

Sent by: Grazyna
From: São Paulo, Brazil
ID number: BR-74112
Notes:This stadium is called Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho.  That's is quite a mouthful, which is probably why it is known as Estádio do Pacaembu.  Interestingly, the sender calls it a soccer field.  The U.S. is one of the very few countries where the sport is known as soccer rather than football or futbol, so I give props to the sender for being culturally aware enough to use that term.  I do try to do the same when I'm sending cards, particularly when referencing distances...miles vs. kilometers.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Day Forty

Sent by: Longjan
From: China
ID number: CN-232384
Notes:  This card shows fireworks being set off on the Pearl River in Guangzhou, China. The ever-so-informative caption on the back of the card says "Fireworks scene at night".  Wow, I never would have guessed that! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Day Thirty-Nine

Sent by: manepipoca
From: Brazil
ID number: BR-101040
Notes: Here are the very impressive Iguassu (or Iguazu or Iguaçú) Falls.  They span the river of the same name between Brazil and Argentina.  The longest drop is about 270 feet, and there are around 275 discrete falls.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Day Thirty-Eight

Sent by: free-spirit
From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
ID number: CA-323051
Notes: This is the skyline of Edmonton at dawn.  Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, and you can see the Alberta Legislature building on the left (with the dome).  I know I visited Edmonton when I was young.  The only think I remember was the West Edmonton Mall, which was the world's largest mall until 2004.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Day Thirty-Seven

Sent by: Sati
From: Brazil
For: Private Swap
Notes: Wow, this museum has very impressive landscaping!  This is the Museu Paulista of the University of São Paulo, a museum of Brazilian history also known as the Museu do Ipiranga.  

Sent by: analeticia
From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For: America to America Round Robin - Group 4
Notes:  According to the caption on the back of the card, Maracanã Stadium holds 170,000 people.  According to Wikipedia, it currently holds 78,838 people.  I'm not sure which one to believe.  Either way, it's a big stadium that was originally built for the 1950 World Cup.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Day Thirty-Six

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle
Notes: This card was sent to me by my friend Ryan, who kindly sends me cards from various places he visits.  He even included an Olympic stamp because, as he put it, I have "an unhealthy obsession" with the Olympics.  Oh yeah, Ryan?  Well, I think you have an unhealthy obsession with walking!

Sent by: hatikvah
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ID number: CA-98733
Notes:  On this card, you can see Casa Loma, City Hall, Old City Hall, the Parliament building, and the CN Tower and the Roger's Centre.  I have visited Casa Loma, which was beautiful, and the Roger's Centre back when it was known as the SkyDome. The temperature was in the 90's while I was there in 1995.  That wasn't as bad as the 105+ temperatures back home though!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Day Thirty-Five

Sent by: carlosraffaeli
From: Brazil
ID Number: BR-105921
Notes: One of the most famous locations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is Copacabana Beach.  And here it is!  The guy on the right hasn't been out in the sun too long.  That's a bronze statue of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, a 20th century Brazilian poet.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day Thirty-Four

Notes: There is no "sent by" on this card as it is another that I purchased myself, this time while on a Caribbean cruise.  The Baths were formed by volcanoes that deposited the granite which formed these giant boulders.  As you can see, they are rather impressive.  Unfortunately, we had to leave early because there was a tropical storm heading our way and the cruise ship needed to get out of port. Pfft!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Day Thirty-Three

Sent by: felipecontenda
From: Contenda, Brazil
ID number: BR-151335
Notes: Curitiba is a city in southern Brazil. It is the capital of the state of Paraná.  The card shows the Wire Opera House, the botanical gardens, Tanguá Park, and the Federal University of Paraná.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day Thirty-Two

It's been a month since I've started blogging postcards again, and you know what?  I've had it.  I'm done.  I don't want to do this anymore.  I'm sick of it and the time it takes out of my incredibly busy schedule.

You know what else??

APRIL FOOLS!!!  Yeah right, like I have a busy life. ;)

Sent by: Moon77
From: Brest, Belarus
ID number: BY-14588
Notes:  This is the railroad station in Brest, Belarus, which is on the main rail line between Berlin and Moscow.  This is also my last Belarusian card for now, and that's no April Fool.