Monday, June 30, 2008

Nice cards to start the week

And those nice cards were 5, not bad, but now i'll show 4 of them.
This 1st card was a surprise card sent by Zé "zepombal", he's kind of the surprise-man in the portuguese community, he's always sending surprise cards and this one, with a matching stamp, is from his holidays in Algarve, south of Portugal.

"Cape St. Vincent, next to the Sagres Point, on the so-called Costa Vicentina (Vincentine Coast), is a headland in the municipality of Sagres, in the Algarve, southern Portugal. This cape is the southwesternmost point in Europe.
Approximately six kilometers from the village of Sagres, the cape is a landmark for a ship traveling to or from the Mediterranean. The cliffs rise nearly vertically from the Atlantic to a height of 75 meters.
The cape is a site of exuberant marine life and a high concentration of birds nesting on the cliffs, such as the rare Bonelli's eagle, peregrine falcons, kites, rock thrushes, rock pigeons, storks and herons.
According to legend, the name of this cape is linked to the story of a fourth-century martyred Spanish priest St. Vincent whose body was brought ashore here. A shrine was erected over his grave; according to the Arab geographer Al-Idrisi, it was always guarded by ravens. King Afonso Henriques had the body of the saint exhumed in 1173 and brought it by ship to Lisbon, still accompanied by the ravens." - in: wikipedia.

These Dortmund cards were sent by my friend Liliana.

"Dortmund is a city in Germany, located in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the Ruhr area. The Ruhr river flows south of the city.The Dortmund-Ems Canal also terminates in the Dortmund Port, which is the largest European canal port, and links Dortmund to the North Sea. Dortmund is known as Westphalia's "green metropolis". Nearly half the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture and green spaces with spacious parks such as Westfalenpark and the Rombergpark. This contrasts with nearly a hundred years of extensive coal mining and steel milling within the city limits." - in: wikipedia.

Finally, a new unesco card sent by Gabriela "zimtscheneck".
"This magnificent Baroque palace – one of the largest and most beautiful in Germany and surrounded by wonderful gardens – was created under the patronage of the prince-bishops Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl von Schönborn. It was built and decorated in the 18th century by an international team of architects, painters (including Tiepolo), sculptors and stucco-workers, led by Balthasar Neumann." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/169

Friday, June 27, 2008

Unesco cards... again, and...

Another great day :P 2 new unesco cards sent by Anne "nanou" and a tag card sent by Suvi "suzie". Amazing cards, all of them. Thanks Anne and Suvi.


"The Place Stanislas is a large pedestrianized square in Nancy, Lorraine, France. Since 1983, the architectural ensemble comprising the Place Stanislas and the extension of its axis, the Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance, has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The square was a major project in urban planning imagined by Stanisła Leszczyński, Duke of Lorraine and former King of Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth. The square would also be a place royale to honor his son-in-law, Louis XV. The design linked two handsome buildings that already existed, the Hôtel de Ville, now centered on its grand square, and the Hôtel du Gouvernement. The seat of city government and the seat of ducal government faced one another as complements through a series of rational, symmetrical, yet varied urban spaces unequalled in Europe at the time.
Construction began in March 1752 and ended in November 1755." in:
wikipedia.


"The Völklingen Ironworks is located in the German town of Völklingen, Saarland. In 1994, it was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
In 1873, Julius Buch began planning of a steel works near Vöklingen on the banks of the Saar river. However, this planned work was not completed. In 1881, Carl Röchling began new construction. Two years later the the first smelter began operation.
Today, the Völklinger Hütte is a museum. The Ferrodrome is an interactive science center focusing on the making of iron. Visitors can tour the production areas. In addition, temporary exhibits, on a variety of topics are hosted in the large power halls. In the summer, there are occasional concerts held. In 1986, operation ceased." - in:
wikipedia.

Isn't this cute little one just adorable??! I love animals but i don't like animal cards that much but..... i loved this one!! 2 months ago i've seen and touched an hedghog for the 1st time and i completely fell in love for these animals, they are so cute. I guess Suvi read my mind :P

Thursday, June 26, 2008

More Unesco Cards

Today was a nice day. I've received 2 worderful cards sent from Poland by Waldeck "kasandra". 


"Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London (and historically as The Tower), is a historic monument in central London, on the north bank of the River Thames.
The Tower of London is often identified with the White Tower, the original stark square fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1078. However, the tower as a whole is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat.
The tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison (particularly for high status and royal prisoners, such as the Princes in the Tower and the future Queen Elizabeth I). It has also served as a place of execution and torture, an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, the Royal Mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom." - in:
wikipedia.

"The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in the town of Wieliczka, had been until 2007 in continuous operation, producing table salt, since the 13th century. It was one of the world's oldest operating salt mines. Active mining was discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and mine flooding. Currently the mine is a major tourist attraction.
The Wieliczka salt mine features a 3.5-km. tour for visitors (less than 1% of the length of the mine's passages) that includes statues of historic and mythical figures, all sculpted by miners out of rock salt. Even the crystal chandeliers are fashioned out of rock salt. Also featured are beautifully carved chambers, chapels, an underground lake, and exhibits on the history of salt mining. The mine is frequently referred to as "The Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland."
To get down to the 150-meter level of the mine, visitors must walk down a wooden stairway of some 400 steps. After the 3 kilometer tour of the mine's corridors, its chapels, statues and lake, visitors take an elevator back up to the surface. The elevator holds 36 people (9 per car) and takes roughly 30 seconds to reach the surface.
In 1978 the Wieliczka salt mine was placed on the original UNESCO roster of World Heritage Sites." - in: wikipedia.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

RR Portugal x Portugal group 43

I've received today the last card of this RR. It was a great RR because all the cards are great.

This card was sent by Joana "juca" and it shows one of my favorite cities. I love my city but if i had to move to another one, it would be to Coimbra.

Another one from Coimbra. This one was sent by Raquel "kel" and it shows the University of Coimbra, the oldest university of Portugal. "The University of Coimbra, founded in Lisbon in 1290 by King Dinis I, was transferred to the premises of Coimbra Royal Palace in 1537 by King John III. Built in the 18th century, the Joanina Library (Biblioteca Joanina), a Baroque library, is other notable landmark of the ancient university. The Baroque University Tower (Torre da Universidade), from the school of the German architect Ludovice and built between 1728 and 1733, is the city's «ex-libris».
Coimbra has been called A cidade dos estudantes (The city of the students) mainly because of the university. Nowadays, it has students from 70 different nationalities; almost 10% of its students are foreigners, making it Portugal's most international university." - in:
wikipedia.

And this beautiful card from Sintra, showing gorgeous details of some old houses, was sent by Ana "ninocas".
"Sintra is both a town and a municipality located in the district of Lisbon. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its 19th century Romantic architecture.
The town of Sintra refuses to be promoted to City Status, despite being the center of the second most populated municipality of Portugal." - in:
wikipedia.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

USA, Portugal

These are 2 of the 3 cards i've received today. The american card was sent by Heather "heatherc" and the portuguese is from a private trade with Susana "SusanaPortugal".

"The New York State Capitol is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of New York. Housing the New York Legislature, it is located in the state capital of Albany on State Street in Capitol Park.
The Capitol was constructed between 1867 and 1899 and inspired by the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in Paris, France. Three teams of architects designed it. The building is constructed in both Romanesque and Renaissance styles. This has led some historians to dub it "The Battle of the Styles." Notable architectural features include its interior "Million Dollar Staircase" and massive, 166 foot long exterior Eastern Staircase. The Capitol exterior is made of white granite from Hallowell, Maine, and the building incorporates marble cut by state prisoners at Sing Sing. The granite structure is 220 feet (67 meters) tall at its highest point, and it is one of ten U.S. state capitols that does not have a domed roof." - in
: wikipedia.

"Church of Saint John of Alporão (Igreja de São João de Alporão): Built between the 12th and the 13th centuries by the Knights Hospitallers, this church is a fine example of transitional architecture, with a Romanesque main portal and an early Gothic main chapel and vaulting. The arches of the ambulatory of the main chapel show Arab (Mudéjar) influences. The church now houses a small Archaeological Museum. Its most important piece is the flamboyant Gothic tomb of Duarte de Meneses, missed in a battle in North Africa in 1465. His magnificent tomb is empty." - in: wikipedia.

Monday, June 23, 2008

South Korea

Traditional south korean costume sent by "shangrila".

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Swiss Mountains

These cards sent by Barbara "never_summer" show what Switzerland is famous for: mountains.

This one shows the highest mountains in the Bernese Alps: Eiger 3570 m / 13026 ft.; Mönch 4099 m / 13499 ft.; Junfrau 4158 m / 13642 ft..

The Aletsch Glacier is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that also includes the Jungfrau and the Bietschhorn.
"This is the largest glacier in the Alps. Covers more than 120 square kilometres (more than 45 square miles) in southern Switzerland. It descends round the south of the Jungfrau into the valley of the Upper Rhône; at its eastern extremity lies a glacier lake, Lake Märjelen (2,350 meters/7,711 feet). To the west rises Aletschhorn (4,195 meters/13,763 feet). The Rhône River flows along the southern flank of the mountains." - in: wikipedia.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

More unesco cards

Great day today with nice unesco cards, one of them from a new country, Ecuador. Thanks a lot to Violet "violanie59".

"Sangay National Park is a national park located in the Morona Santiago, Chimborazo and Tungurahua provinces of Ecuador. The park contains two active volcanoes (Tungurahua and Sangay) and ecosystems ranging from tropical rainforests to glaciers.
The park has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. In 1992, it was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in danger due to illegal poaching, extensive grazing, unplanned road construction and encroachment of the park's perimeter. It was removed from the list of endangered sites in 2005." - in:
wikipedia.

"Vézelay Abbey (now known as Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine) was a Benedictine and Cluniac monastery in Vézelay in the Yonne département in Burgundy, France. The Benedictine abbey church of Ste-Marie-Madeleine (or Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene), with its complicated program of imagery in sculpted capitals and portals, is one of the outstanding masterpieces of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture, though much of its exterior sculpture was defaced during the French Revolution. The church and hill at Vézelay were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979." - in: wikipedia.

"The Grand Place is the central market square of Brussels. It is surrounded by guild houses, the city's Town Hall and the Bread House. The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels next to the Atomium and Manneken Pis.
The Grand Place was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1998. One of the houses was owned by the brewers' guild, and is now the home of a brewers' museum." - in:
wikipedia.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

1 trade and 1 surprise

Today i've received 2 cards, 1 from a private trade with Minna "cottonella" from Sweden and a surprise cards sent by Ana "subtlelens" from Portugal.

"The royal castle in Stockholm has 605 rooms. It is the biggest castle in world that is still in use by a king. The castle is the workplace for Karl XVI. The royal family lives in another palace outside Stockholm. The castle is built on the old castle Tre Kronor that was destroyed in a fire in the year 1697. The royal castle was designed by the architect Nicodemus Tessin. The castle was ready in the year 1754 and the first king that lived in the castle was Adolf Fredrik with his queen Lovisa Ulrika." - in: http://www.old-town-stockholm.com/royal-castle-stockholm.php

"Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or Sé de Lisboa is the cathedral of Lisbon and the oldest church in the city. Since the beginning of the construction of the cathedral, in the year 1147, the building has been modified several times and survived many earthquakes. It is nowadays a mix of different architectural styles." - in: wikipédia.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Rhodes - Greece

An UNESCO card from Greece sent by Barbara "lilo".

"Rhodes is a Greek island approximately 18 kilometres (11 mi) southwest of Turkey in eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population, with a population of 117,007 of which 53,709 resided in the capital city of the island.
Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today Rhodes is a major international tourist destination." - in:
wikipedia.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Lighthouses

"The Montauk Point Light, located in Montauk Point State Park at the easternmost point of Long Island, is the oldest lighthouse in New York. Construction on the lighthouse was authorized by the Second United States Congress, under President George Washington in 1792. Construction began on June 7, 1796, and was completed on November 5, 1796.
It was the first lighthouse in New York State, and is the fourth-oldest active lighthouse in the United States. The tower is 110' 6" high. The current light, equivalent to 2,500,000 candle power, flashes every 5 seconds and can be seen a distance of 18 nautical miles (33 km)." - in: wikipedia.
This was a thank you card sent by Tina "kraemer-561".

"The Aveiro or Barra lighthouse is located on the south side of the entrance to the Ria de Aveiro alongside the Barra beach and it was built between 1885 and 1893. It is 62 metres tall rising from the two-storey keeper’s house, stands 66 metres above sea level and is Portugal’s tallest lighthouse (second in Europe and third in the world). The Aveiro light can be seen as far as 48 km out to sea. This tower is unusual in that it has a lift which was installed in 1958. A huge storm caused substantial damage in 1935 and protective sea walls were subsequently built." - in: http://www.aportugalattraction.com/portugal-attractions/aveiro-lighthouse.htm
I bought this card when i was camping in Aveiro.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Countries and Territories

So far i've cards from 86 countries and i'll receive 2 more countries in the next few weeks.

North America: Canada, Mexico, United States of America.

Central America and the Caribbean: Belize; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Guatemala; Honduras; Jamaica; Puerto Rico; US Virgin Islands.

South America: Argentina; Brazil; Chile; Peru; Suriname.

Africa: Algeria; Angola; Cape Verde; Egypt; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; São Tomé and Príncipe; Senegal; Tunisia.

Europe: Andorra; Austria; Belarus; Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Malta; Moldava; Monaco; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Russia; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Vatican.

the Middle East: Cyprus; Iran; Israel; Lebanon; Oman; Turkey; United Arab Emirates.

Asia: Brunei; China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Nepal; Philippines; Singapore; South Korea; Thailand; Uzbekistan; Vietnam.

Australia and Pacific: Australia; New Zealand.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Snowy Bulgaria

Some winters views from Bulgaria sent by Stefka.

"Bulgaria has a temperate climate, with cool and damp winters, very hot and dry summers, and Mediterranean influence along the Black Sea coast. The barrier effect of the Balkan Mountains influences climate throughout the country: northern Bulgaria gets slightly cooler and receives more rain than the southern regions.

Precipitation in Bulgaria averages about 630 millimetres per year. Drier areas include Dobrudzha and the northern coastal strip, while the higher parts of the Rila and Stara Planina mountains receive the highest levels of precipitation. In summer, temperatures in the south of Bulgaria often exceed 40 degrees Celsius, but remain cooler by the coast. A site near Plovdiv has recorded the highest known temperature: 46.7 degrees Celsius." - in: wikipedia.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dunns River Falls - Jamaica

I've only received this card today. It was sent by a portuguese postcrosser Dúlio "luso". He went on a cruise for his honey moon and he visited Jamaica.

"Dunn's River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios and a major Caribbean tourist attraction. The falls empty into the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the very few rivers in the world that actually fall directly into the sea.
The waterfalls are staggered and span some 600 feet, several small lagoons exist interspersed between the vertical sections of the falls. Climbing up the waterfalls is a popular tourist activity and is often, but not exclusively performed with the help of tour guides from the park. The falls can be walked up with relative ease, often a human chain is used snaking up the falls behind the tour guide."

Parts of the James Bond movie Dr. No were filmed at the Falls, including a scene of Ursula Andress walking onto the beach. - in: wikipedia.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Portugal, Spain

4 cards today, 3 from Portugal sent by Américo "valdagua" and a new unesco whs from Spain sent by Aimar "ArwenUndomiel".

Night view of Santiago do Cacém.

Traditional way to make cheese.

Baking a traditional cake.

"Vizcaya Bridge straddles the mouth of the Ibaizabal estuary, west of Bilbao. It was designed by the Basque architect Alberto de Palacio and completed in 1893. The 45-m-high bridge with its span of 160 m, merges 19th-century ironworking traditions with the then new lightweight technology of twisted steel ropes. It was the first bridge in the world to carry people and traffic on a high suspended gondola and was used as a model for many similar bridges in Europe, Africa and the America only a few of which survive. With its innovative use of lightweight twisted steel cables, it is regarded as one of the outstanding architectural iron constructions of the Industrial Revolution." in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1217