dinsdag 17 september 2019

Tourist views!

I love tourist cards! They bring the world
right at my doorstep.

Kuan (Wide) Alley and Zhai (Narrow) Alley,
 Chengdu, China

The history of Wide and Narrow Alley can be dated back to the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD). At that time, the area was a city within the Chengdu city called Mancheng City or Shaocheng City, where the court quartered troops. As time passed by, the city decayed and only the Wide Alley and Narrow Alley were left. In 2003, renovation work of the two alleys began, aiming to build a complex cultural and business street with the functions of tourism and recreation. On June 14, 2008, the newly renovated Wide and Narrow Alley were opened to the public, located in the current Qingyang District. Nowadays, Wide and Narrow Alley is a popular entertainment and nightlife block as well as a famous tourism site, with lots of restaurants, pubs, teahouses, and stores selling featured souvenirs.

Gran Canaria, Spain

The Cathedral of Santa Ana  is a Roman Catholic church located in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. The structure is considered the most important monument of Canarian religious architecture. 

Asturias, Spain

The Cathedral of San Salvador of Oviedo today displays an array of architectural styles, 
from Pre-Romanesque, to Baroque, including Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance parts.
It began as a large Pre-Romanesque basilica in the present location of the Gothic cathedral, 
built by order of King Alfonso II of Asturias, but nothing else is known about that first building.

Demre, Turkey 

Myra was an ancient Greek, then Roman Greek, then Byzantine Greek, then Ottoman Greek town in Lycia, which became the small Turkish town of Kale, renamed Demre in 2005, in the present-day Antalya Province of Turkey. In 1923 its Greek inhabitants had been required to leave by the Population exchange between Greece and Turkey, at which time its church was finally abandoned.

St. Nicholas Church is a museum and an ancient Byzantine Greek Church. It is notable for being the burial place of St. Nicholas of Myra, a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop of the ancient city of Myra, an important religious figure for Eastern Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics and the historical inspiration for Santa Claus. The Church is on UNESCO's tentative list to become a World Heritage Site.

Karlovac, Croatia

The Dubovac Castle overlooks the Croatian city Karlovac. It's square tower was probably built during the 13th century. In the 15th century, the castle was rebuilt in a renaissance style. The castle had various owners—from Slavonian nobleman family Sudar to famous Croatian counts and dukes Frankopan and Zrinski. From 1671 until 1809, the Dubovac was owned by the Karlovac generals. In 1837, a new owner, Count Laval Nugent, rebuilt the castle in the spirit of romanticism. Dubovac was once again renovated in 1952 using references from the end of the 18th century.

The castle was used for several years as a hotel, and the damage done to the interior to accommodate rooms is now being repaired. There are museum exhibits and a large model of the countryside. Evidence indicates that the fortress was built on a hill constructed by the people in order to maximize defenses and views of the surrounding areas.

woensdag 9 januari 2019

Postcrossing meeting cards

Just a bunch of meeting cards I want to share. 
Some you probably saw on my blog already, 
but I just got these, all in one envelope, 
from the same person. (Except for the last one,
that one came on its own.)

dinsdag 30 oktober 2018

All kinds of mail

Got some nice mail to share. 

I am a big fan of Cardcaptor Sakura, 
and when I saw these cards from my favorite characters,
I had to have them. 

The sender put some extra decoration on the backs, I just love it. 

This beautiful mini sheet from China was on the envelope.
Any information about this mini sheet is welcome.

 I received this card from a friend who went on vacation to Japan.

I love that Japan issues a stamp for
the International Letter Writing Week 
every year. This one is from 2017.

 This postcard arrived via swap-bot. 
It was a mail art swap with a theme, 
can you guess which one? 

A while ago I read something about youvegotmail.club 
on another blog (I am sorry I don't remeber which one).
And I decided to take a look, as I am always curious
to try new snail mail related things. 
It is a bit like Postcrossing, but you send envelopes instead. 
I sent a "surprise" to Italy and got one from Sweden in return.
The photos don't do it justice, there was so much in the envelope!  
I guess this is fun to do once in a while. 

woensdag 10 oktober 2018

Some members of the Royal family from Belgium

A new post already! But then again,
I don't receive four cards with 
Belgian royals every day. 

King Boudewijn and queen Fabiola. 

They had no children, so when king Boudewijn
passed away unexpectedly, the king's brother,

King Albert II

and his wife, queen Paola took the throne.

 This is their only daughter (they have two sons)
Princess Astrid 
and her husband, archduke Lorenz.
With three of their children, 
prince Amedeo, prince Joachim and princess Maria Laura.
They have five children, the youngest born in 2003.

King Albert II gave up the throne in favor of his son,
king Filip in 2013.

dinsdag 9 oktober 2018

Small update

I am pretty sure I received more postcards,
but the cat decided to sleep on my writing table
and these are the ones I managed to get from 
under her behind.

Postcrossing meeting in Gouda, the Netherlands

Two cards from the Czech Republic

I actually saw this clock in action 
when I was 18, that's 12 years ago already...

Next in line:

 A viking bracelet (ca. 800-850 AD), 
found in the Netherlands, Wijk bij Duurstede
The name 'Wijk bij Duurstede' means 'Neighbourhood by Duurstede'. Duurstede is the name of the nearby castle/ruin, also called Dorestad, where the bishop of Utrecht used to live. Wijk bij Duurstede is located at the place where Dorestad used to be, an important Frisian trade settlement during Carolingian times, that was pillaged around 850 by the Vikings.

York, UK

I have no information about this
stamp, but wanted to share anyway.

donderdag 24 mei 2018

Swaps and meeting cards

I am more into swapping postcards than sending them
through the official Postcrossing system lately, 
and I seem to have a bit of a theme going on. 
Can you guess what it is? 

Isn't this a cutie? 

 Beautiful, traditional Chinese themes

I love these stamps, but I am having some trouble
finding more information about them. 
Help is always welcomed. 

 I got a lot of meeting postcards lately! 
Two more to add to my growing collection, 
the first from Charleroi, Belgium


And the second from Lisbon, Portugal

The thing that excited me the most about this card
was the cancellation mark. A special Postcrossing
mark for the meeting! 

This nice postcard from Prague, Czech Republic was 
sent to me through a project 
to write and receive a postcard from a child.
I love this type of projects, where children
are learning about and through the mail. 


This postcard was sent to me by a friend from her 
vacation in Uelsen, Germany

maandag 14 mei 2018

All illustrations... except for one

Let's start with the Easter card I received 
and never managed to show here till now.

This card from Russia is absolutely gorgeous!
Unfortunately my scan doesn't show 
the beautiful golden shiny details.

I also added the back of the card here, 
as it is just too pretty.

I love Japanese/Chinese style art.

A kitty with a fishy

The best advice! 

Another truth.

These are not postcards, but the sender was so kind
to add them to our swap when she noticed I love anime.

These are the postcards I swapped with her,
six in total! 

The only real photo in this post, 
but such a cute one. 

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