Monday, January 15, 2018

Winner of the Month - January 18

This month Patrícia was the winner of this game but she thought it was me and sent me this card. 

Fotógrafo: Nuno Felix da Costa © 2002 Edições 19 de Abril
There's not much to say about this card. The picture was taken somewhere in Trás-os-Montes region, northern Portugal, in 1980. 

8th Christmas Meeting - Portugal

Last year, the portuguese Christmas meeting happed exactly one month before Christmas. On November 25th, some of the usual suspects, some new faces and two international postcrossers, gathered in Viana do Castelo.
As for the postcards, they were sent by Zé and Vanesa, Sofia, Inês and Tiago. Ninocas also sent me this card of Lagarteira Fort but I already had it.

desenho da autoria de Tiago Parreira
Tiago got inspired by the valentine's handkerchiefs and and created a special card for this meeting.
Valentine's handkerchief is an handkerchief made from a fine linen cloth or cotton cloth, embroidered with various motifs. It is a piece of handicraft and clothing typical of Minho region, being used by women of marriageable age.
In the old days, a girl in love embroidered her handkerchief and hand it over to the boy she loved when he went away. The handkerchiefs could have embroidered verses, in addition to several designs, some standardized, having their own symbologies.
It was used as a ritual of conquest. Once made, the handkerchief would eventually come to the possession of the beloved man, who would use it in public as a way of showing that he had begun a relationship. If the boy did not use the handkerchief in public, it was a sign that he had decided not to initiate the relationship. 

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 Sofia sent this illustrated version of the typical costumes in Minho region.

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Speaking of which, the bride costume is one of the emblematic and beautiful costumes of Minho. 
The black fabric gives the whole costume the solemnity required of the very ritual of marriage or the few exceptional occasions in which it was worn. To mark these moments, the girl placed all the gold she had on her chest, thus showing her economic power. Ambiened by all the young girls in Minho, this costume was  object of the greatest care and stored in the ark, after the rare apparitions in public, to one day be given to the daughter or the granddaughter, as if it was a jewel. Sometimes this costume was wore, one last time, as a shroud.

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The Cathedral of Viana, although it has a massive Romanesque like structure, is undoubtedly a work influenced by gothic aesthetic, and its construction began in the beginning of fifteenth century. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro, Flores Island - Portugal

A Jurassik Park like landscape!! No dinossaurs here though, only the beauty of nature. 
Ribeira do Ferreiro Lagoon, also known as Alagoinha, is located in the parish of Fajã Grande. 

It is one of the most beautiful places of the Island of Flores, and therefore the visit is mandatory. In this small paradise where vegetation will surround you, there is a small lagoon fed by 20 breathtaking waterfalls falling from the cliffs. 

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Trully amazing and definitely on my must visit list. Lurdes also sent me this 2nd card and I bought the 1st on São Miguel island. 

Flores Island - Portugal

Flores Island  is an island of the Western group of the portuguese archilepago of the Azores. Although Lurdes lives now on Terceira island, she was born on Flores, the most beautiful of the Azores islands, she says. 

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 Fajã Grande, occupying an area of approximately 12.55 square kilometers, is one of the most populated parishes of the municipality of Lajes das Flores. 
About 2 kilometres north of Fajã Grande you’ll find the small village of Ponta da Fajã, its origin to be traced back until 16th century. 

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 Alagoa Bay, located near an uninhabited settlement, it is a natural extension of the Ribeira da Alagoa, the ravine and valley that divides the coast.
Natural Reserve of the Islets of Alagoa Bay and Baixa do Moinho is a site of communitarian interest, that includes an area of 100 meters around the islets of Alagoa, for the protection of marine flora and fauna, and especially for population of Roseate and Common terns. - in: https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC32C28_baia-da-alagoa-flores-acores

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 The Monchique Islet is a small islet, west of the village of Fajã Grande, off the coast of the island of Flores, in the western part of the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. It is the westernmost point of Portugal and if considered part of Europe (although it sits on the North American Plate) it would be its westernmost point as well.
Historically, it functioned as an astronomical (celestial) navigational guide and reference mark for mariners, who calibrated their navigational equipment by referencing the islet on long Atlantic crossings. - in: wikipedia

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The Ribeira das Casas stream is located in the municipality of Santa Cruz das Flores. It's spring is located in an altitude of about 800 meters, in the foothills of  Burrinha Peak It empties into the Atlantic Ocean near the Ponta do Baixio, from the top of a cliff with about 500 meters high.

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These lagoons, White, Black, Long and Dry, are 4 of the 7 lagoons located in the Flores Caldera.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Europe RR - Group 53 * Castles

This was the 1st time I joined this RR and decided to take part in 2 groups, castles and churches. The churches group is still not complete.
The castles group was a group with 5 persons from 5 different countries, each one of us was supposed to get 4 cards but only 3 arrived to our mailboxes.

Susi from Austria sent this card with a water castle in Kottingbrunn. Couldn't find much information about the castle. 

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From Slovakia a card with Bratislava castle sent by Laco. 
Bratislava Castle, the landmark overlooking the Capital, was built in the 9th century. As an agelong symbol of the city, it proudly stands on the hill above Danube river. Eleven kings and eight queens were crowned in Bratislava in the past. - in: http://www.slovakia.com/castles/bratislava-castle/

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I believe this is my 1st card from Hanau, a town located 25 km east of Frankfurt. 
One of the most beautiful places in Hanau is the Baroque palace of the XVIII century Philippsruhe Palace off the coast of the Main river. The castle, the construction of which began in 1700, served as the summer residence for Count Philipp Reinhard of Hanau. Over time an extensive park was created around the palace with an orangery and a tea house and the building was significantly expanded. Today Philippsruhe houses the history museum. - in: https://tourism.restaurantsworld.com/germany/place/philippsruhe-palace/
The card was sent by Svea. 

Kilauea - USA

Volcanoes are dangerous but beautiful at the same time. Well, is easy to say this because there's no active volcanoes nearby!!

Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It is a shield-type volcano that makes up the southeastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii.

 The volcano rises 4,190 feet (1,227 meters) above sea level and is about 14 percent of the land area of the Big Island. The summit caldera contains a lava lake known as Halema`uma`u that is said to be the home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele.
To the casual observer, Kilauea appears to be part of the larger volcano Mauna Loa, but geological data indicates that it is a separate volcano with its own vent and conduit system. Kilauea has had 61 recorded eruptions in the current cycle, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and has been erupting on a continuous basis since 1983.

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DE-3961332, sent by Lisa.
The long-lasting eruption has destroyed more than 200 structures, including the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park visitor center, the Royal Gardens subdivision and many homes and buildings in the town of Kalapana. For the last few years, lava from Pu`O O`O crater mostly streamed south toward the ocean. But on June 27, 2014, flow erupted from a vent on the northeast flank of the crater. - in: http://www.livescience.com/27622-kilauea.html

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When I first saw this card, I thought this was Brooklyn Bridge but I was wrong, this is Manhattan Bridge. 
Manhattan Bridge, suspension bridge over the East River connecting southeastern Manhattan with western Brooklyn in New York City. The bridge first opened to traffic in 1909, eight years after construction started.

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US-4966804, sent by Elizabeth.
The bridge is newer than the Brooklyn Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge, the other two suspension bridges that span the East River, and often acts as an alternate route due to its proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge. The Manhattan Bridge, which is 6,855 feet (2,089 metres) long, consists of a double-deck motorway with four lanes on top and three lanes on the bottom that are designed to change direction when necessary to assist traffic flow. In addition to cars, the bridge carries four subway lines, a pedestrian lane, and a separate bikeway. Nearly 80,000 vehicles and more than 320,000 people use it (via public transportation) each day. - in: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Manhattan-Bridge