Sunday, December 30, 2012

Rome

Received from: Italy
Category: from a friend
Date:  November 2012

Rome has been ranked by GaWC in 2010 as a beta+ world city, as well as the 28th most important global city. In 2007, Rome was the 11th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. The city is one of Europe's and the world's most successful city "brands", both in terms of reputation and assets. Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are amongst the world's 50 most visited tourist destinations (the Vatican Museums receiving 4.2 million tourists and the Colosseum receiving 4 million tourists every year). Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Myra

Received from: Germany
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: December 2012
Distance: 815 km
Time of travelling: 20 days


Myra is an ancient town in Lycia, where the small town of Kale (Demre) is situated today in present day Antalya Province of Turkey. It was located on the river Myros (Demre Çay), in the fertile alluvial plain between Alaca Dağ, the Massikytos range and the Aegean Sea.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Tallinn

Received from: Finland
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: November 2012
Distance: 1310 km
Time of travelling: 4 days


Viru Gate - this pair of picturesque, ivy-covered towers at the beginning of Viru Street – one of the main pedestrian arteries into Old Town – is often the very first glimpse visitors get of historic Tallinn. Anyone passing between them couldn't be blamed for thinking they've left the 21st century behind and landed smack in the middle of the 18th.
The towers are actually only the foregates of what was a much more complex gate system built in the 14th century. It included a large, square tower that stood father back along the street, close to where the city wall can be seen. Most of the gate was pulled down in the 1880s to make room for traffic, but these two towers remained and have since become a symbol of the town.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Bergisches Land

Received from:  Germany
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: November 2012
Distance: 961 km
Time of travelling: 16 days


The Bergisches Land is a low mountain range region within the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, east of Rhine river, south of the Ruhr. The landscape is shaped by woods, meadows, rivers and creeks and contains over 20 artificial lakes. Wuppertal is the biggest town and seen as the region's capital, whereas the southern part nowaday has closer economic and socio-cultural ties to Cologne.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Netherlands

Received from:  the Netherlands
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: October 2012
Distance: 1101 km
Time of travelling: 7 days


Monday, December 3, 2012

Germany

Received from: Germany
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: October 2012
Distance: 930 km
Time of travelling: 11 days


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Taiwan

Received from: Taiwan
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: October 2012
Distance: 8575 km
Time of travelling: 24 days

Friday, November 9, 2012

Finland

Received from: Finland
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: October 2012
Distance: 1149 km
Time of travelling: 9 days

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Canberra

Received from: Australia
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: October 2012
Distance: 15537 km
Time of travelling: 9 days


Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of 358,000, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne. A resident of Canberra is known as a "Canberran". The ACT, like Washington, D. C. in the United States, is independent of any state to prevent any one state from gaining an advantage by hosting the seat of Federal power.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ireland

Received from: Ireland
Category: from a friend
Date: September 2012


Ireland is an island to the north-west of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. To its east is the larger island of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the Irish Sea. Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers just under five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remainder and is located in the north-east of the island. The population of Ireland is approximately 6.4 million. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just under 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Paris

From: France
Category: My collection
Date: September 2012

Notre Dame de Paris  is a historic Roman Catholic Marian cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. Widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most well-known churches in the world ever built, Notre Dame is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris; that is, it is the church that contains the cathedra (official chair) of the Archbishop of Paris, currently André Vingt-Trois. The cathedral treasury is notable for its reliquary, which houses the purported crown of thorns, a fragment of the True Cross and one of the Holy Nails – all instruments of the Passion and a few of the most important first-class relics.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Five Flower Lake

Received from: China
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: October 2012
Distance: 8261 km
Time of travelling: 31 days


Five Flower Lake is a shallow multi-colored lake whose bottom is criss-crossed by ancient fallen tree trunks.
Jiuzhaigou Valley is a nature reserve and national park located in northern Sichuan province of southwestern China. Jiuzhaigou Valley is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares (180,000 acres). It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Its elevation ranges from 2,000 to 4,500 metres (6,600 to 14,800 ft). Jiuzhaigou Valley was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cosmetics

Received from: Russia
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: October 2012
Distance: 1331 km
Time of travelling: 28 days


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Yorkshire

Received from: UK
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: September 2012
Distance: 1589 km
Time of travelling: 20 days


Yorkshire is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom Due to its great size in comparison to other English counties, functions have been increasingly undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform. Throughout these changes, Yorkshire has continued to be recognised as a geographical territory and cultural region. The name is familiar and well understood across the United Kingdom and is in common use in the media and the military, and also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration, such as North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Nice

Received from: France
Category: from a friend
Date: August 2012


The city is called Nice la Belle (Nissa La Bella in Niçard), which means Nice the Beautiful, which is also the title of the unofficial anthem of Nice, written by Menica Rondelly in 1912. Nice is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département and the second biggest city of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region after Marseille.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bali

Received from: Indonesia
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: October 2012
Distance: 10259 km
Time of travelling: 13 days


With a population recorded as 3,891,428 in the 2010 census, Bali is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority. In the 2000 census about 92.29% of Bali's population adhered to Balinese Hinduism while most of the remainder follow Islam. It is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. Bali, a tourist haven for decades, has seen a further surge in tourist numbers in recent years.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Salvador

Received from: Brazil
Category: Postcrossing - official card
Date: September 2012
Distance: 11097 km
Time of travelling: 20 days


Salvador is the largest city on the northeast coast of Brazil and the capital of theNortheastern Brazilian state of Bahia. Salvador is also known as Brazil's capital of happiness due to its easygoing population and countless popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival. The first colonial capital of Brazil, the city is one of the oldest in the Americas. For a long time, it was simply known as Bahia, and appears under that name (or as Salvador da Bahia, Salvador of Bahia so as to differentiate it from other Brazilian cities of the same name) on many maps and books from before the mid-20th century. Salvador is the third most populous Brazilian city, after São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The metropolitan area of the city, with 3.5 million of people, however, is the seventh most populous Brazilian urban agglomeration, and the third in Brazilian Northeast Region.