Monday, March 19, 2018

Officials from USA

All these officials from USA arrived last week. 

US-5189846, sent by H. J.
Garden Key Light is located at Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas Islands, Florida. The station was first established in 1825. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1876.
The lighthouse is a black iron hexagonal tower.
 In 1912, the station was automated. The light was deactivated in 1924.

Image © by KITTIWAKE card Co
US-5190072, sent by Caitlin.
On the back of the card: Greetings from Boston, MASS - where over 20 million annual visitors travel to see the Freedom Trail, USS Constitution; over thirty colleges; Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, Museum of Fine Arts; Institute of Comtemporary Art; Chrildren's Museum; Boston Aquarium; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; the JFK Library; Museum of Science; the Public Garden, home of the iconic Make Way for Ducklings statues and the $2.50 per-ride swan boats; Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox; and the Boston Garden, home of the Bruins and Celtics.

US-5185955, sent by Juan.
Excalibur Hotel and Casino is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. 
It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.
Excalibur, named for the mythical sword of King Arthur, uses the Medieval theme in several ways. Its facade is a stylized image of a castle.
The 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) gaming area at Excalibur consists of both table games and over 1,200 slot machines. In addition to casino space, the Excalibur resort includes a renovated pool area, a 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m2) spa and fitness center, eight restaurants and a food court, the Chapel at Excalibur, and the Octane Lounge & The Lounge with live music on the weekends.
Excalibur is home to three permanent shows: the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under, The Australian Bee Gees Show, a tribute to the Bee Gees and the medieval themed dinner show Tournament of Kings. - in: wikipedia

US-5188215, sent by Roma.
The Olympic Mountains are a mountain range on the Olympic Peninsula of western Washington in the United States. The mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are not especially high – Mount Olympus is the highest at 7,962 ft (2,427 m); however, the eastern slopes rise out of Puget Sound from sea level and the western slopes are separated from the Pacific Ocean by the low-lying 20 to 35 km (12 to 22 mi) wide Pacific Ocean coastal plain. The western slopes are the wettest place in the 48 contiguous states. Most of the mountains are protected within the bounds of the Olympic National Park. - in: wikipedia

Meeting in São Paulo - Brazil

On February 25, there was held a postcrossing meeting in São Paulo. That same day it was also held in Lisbon another meeting. There was a ocean between us but whatsapp brought us together. We made a video call, Luzia's idea, and for a few minutes we were able to see and hear our friends jn Brazil. Well, we couldn't hear them very well because it was a bit noise where we were. Howecer it was very funny and nice thing to do. 

© Luzia Celeste Rodrigues
Pateo do Collegio is the name given to the historical Jesuit church and school in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The name is also used to refer to the square in front of the church. The Pátio do Colégio marks the site where the city was founded in 1554. - in: wikipedia

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Official from Taiwan.

TW-2472396, sent by Wei Ji.
Along the stretch of road from Jinguashi to Shueinandong is a series of 10 hairpin turns known as Jinshui Road. This section of roadway is only 700 meters long, but it winds like a snake and features beautiful mountain vistas, making it a popular place for automobile commercials. - in:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sun Moon Lake - Taiwan

Two officials from Taiwan with images of the Sun Moon Lake, the largest body of water in Taiwan.

Photo by yuyen
TW-2472397, sent by Emily.
Sun Moon Lake is a lake in Yuchi Township, Nantou County. The area around the lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name.

TW-1370727, sent by Erin.
Sun Moon Lake is located 748 m (2,454 ft) above sea level. It is 27 m (89 ft) deep and has a surface area of approximately 7.93 km2 (3.06 sq mi). The area surrounding the lake has many trails for hiking.
The lake and its surrounding countryside have been designated one of thirteen national scenic areas in Taiwan. - in: wikipedia

Shore Temple - India

This year I've only received a postcard from a new UNESCO site so far, it is not easy to add new places to my collection.
I'm not getting cards from new places but every now and then I received cards from places I'm already familar with. A few days ago I've received an Indian official card with Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram, I'm posting it today together with the postcard sent by Claus in 2009.

 The Shore Temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. As one of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. 

IN-283668, sent by Sachin.
The main Shore Temple (...) is a five-storied structural Hindu temple rather than rock-cut as are the other monuments at the site. Built with sculpted granite stones hauled from a nearby quarry, it is the earliest important structural temple in South India. Its pyramidal structure is 60 feet (18 m) high and sits on a 50 feet (15 m) square platform. 
The temple is a combination of three shrines. The main shrine is dedicated to Shiva as is the smaller second shrine. A small third shrine, between the two, is dedicated to a reclining Vishnu. - in: wikipedia

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Verla Groundwood and Board Mill - Finland

Verla is a well preserved 19th century mill Finnish village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. 
I don't remember who sent the 1st two cards but the last one is a meeting card sent by Heidi. 

Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, located in the northern part of the Kymi River Valley in southeast Finland, consists of the Mill, the associated residential area and the power plants. The mill buildings and the workers' houses mostly date from the 1890s and from the beginning of the 20th century. The property is a very well preserved example of a forest industry settlement of the late 19th century. Similar communities were established in coniferous forest zones in northern Europe and in North America, where wood as a raw material and water as a source of energy were easily at hand.

The first groundwood mill in Verla was founded in 1872 and the board mill began operations ten years later. The existing buildings, which are architecturally harmonious, date back to the turn of the 20th century. The mill itself ceased to operate in 1964, and all the machines and items related to production were left in the mill as they were when the production ceased. The buildings and the machines were carefully conserved and turned into a museum, and the Verla Mill Museum was officially opened in 1972.

The property itself consists of approximately 50 buildings in an area of 23 ha. The Verlankoski Rapids separate the production area from the residential area. On the rapids, there are three water power plants from three different decades, the newest one dating from the 1990s. The mill owner’s residence and a park from the late 19th century dominate the village. The sheer rock face above the rapids bears a prehistoric rock painting, representing fishing and hunting. - in:


A nice maxicard sent as an official from Finland. 
This is Utö Lighthouse, located on Utö island, small island in the Archipelago Sea in the Baltic sea and belongs to Finland's Pargas municipality. 

design: Juha Flinkman * photo: Juha Flinkman
FI-3191909, sent by Ari.
The first lighthouse in Finland was built on Utö in 1753. The round lighthouse building was blown up during the Swedish - Russian war of 1808 - 1809. The present lighthouse was built in 1814 under the supervision of Chief Pilot Gustav Brodd. The lantern and the lights have been modernized several times. The present lens was installed in 1906.
As there was no church on Utö, the islanders furnished the third floor of the lighthouse as a church where services could be held. This lighthouse church is probably the oldest in the world and is mentioned for the first time in 1841. - in: