Monday, October 10, 2016

Chile: Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago.

Santa Lucía Hill  is a small hill in the centre of Santiago, Chile. It is situated between Alameda del Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins in the south, Santa Lucía Street in the west and Victoria Subercaseaux on the east. An adjacent metro station is named after it. The hill has an altitude of 629 m and a height of 69 m over the surrounding area. The hill is the remnant of a volcano 15 million years old. The hill comprises a 65,300 square metre park adorned with ornate facades, stairways and fountains. At the highest point there is a viewpoint popular with tourists visiting the city.

Thanks to Ms Ramon. She says she is a regular visitor to my blog. I am really overwhelmed because  of the thousands of  cards I have received, only 3 or 4 have arrived just looking at my blog. Thanks once again, your cards are on its way.

Italy: The Palace of Duke Federico, Urbino

Urbino is a walled city in the Marche region of Italy, south-west of Pesaro, a World Heritage Site notable for a remarkable historical legacy of independent Renaissance culture, especially under the patronage of Federico da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino from 1444 to 1482. The Ducal Palace is a Renaissance building in the Italian city of Urbino in the Marche. One of the most important monuments in Italy, it is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thanks to Mr Alessandro

China: Jinan University.

Jinan University is a public research and comprehensive university based in Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. It is one of the oldest universities established on mainland China tracing back to the Qing dynasty.

Thanks to Dr Krishanand Bhandarkar.

Brazil: Altar at St Franscisco Church, Olinda

Olinda, is an historic city in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, located on the country's northeastern Atlantic Ocean coast, just north of Recife and south of Paulista. Olinda features a number of major tourist attractions, such as a historic downtown area (World Heritage Site), churches, and the Carnival of Olinda, a popular street party, very similar to traditional Portuguese carnivals, with the addition of African influenced dances.

Thanks to Mr Studart,

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Vietnam: Spring Flavours

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya.

India: Mangalore Postcrossers Meet.

The second Mangalore Postcrossers meet was held at Head Post office, Mangalore, Karnataka.

Thanks to Mr Mansoor and other Postcrossers.

Mexico : El Castilo, Chichen- Itza

Chichen Itza was a large pre Columbian city built by the Maya people. El Castillo, also known as temple of Kukalcan, is a Mesoamerican style pyramid that dominates the centre of the Chichen Itza archaeological  site. This magnificent structure of Toltec influence is 24 meters hight with stairs on each side with additional 6m for the temple.

Postcard 1

Thanks to Mr Eaaj.

Postcard 2

Thanks to Ramponi  of Mexico.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

New Zealand: Milford Sound

Milford Sound / Piopiotahi is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.

Thanks to my friend Chacko who was visiting New Zealand.

Germany: Trabant

The Trabant is an automobile that was produced from 1957 to 1990 by former East German auto maker VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau in Zwickau, Saxony.

Thanks to Kess.

New Zealand: Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

Whakarewarewa  is a geothermal area within Rotorua city in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of New Zealand. This was the site of the Māori fortress of Te Puia, first occupied around 1325, and known as an impenetrable stronghold never taken in battle. Māori have lived here ever since, taking full advantage of the geothermal activity in the valley for heating and cooking. Whakarewarewa has some 500 pools, most of which are alkaline chloride hot springs, and at least 65 geyser vents, each with their own name. Seven geysers are currently active. Pohutu Geyser, meaning big splash or explosion, erupts approximately hourly to heights of up to 30 m.

Thanks to my friend Chacko who was visiting New Zealand.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Liechtenstein: Flag

Liechtenstein's flag was officially adopted on June 24, 1937. The flag's blue and red have been representative of Liechtenstein since it was part of the Holy Roman Empire in the 17th century. The golden crown is symbolic of its independence, and its recognition as a principality.

Thanks to Ms Rosemarie.

Vietnam: Ha Long Bay

Hạ Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Hạ Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long Bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà Island to the southwest. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya.

Monday, August 15, 2016

China: Longmen George

Longmen Scenic Area is located in Longmen Town, which lies about 30 kilometers north of Hancheng City. Dragon Gate is a gorge along the Yellow River and is well-known as one of the "Small Three Gorges in Northern China". It is said that only a divine dragon is able to jump over this gorge, which accounts for its title "Dragon Gate".

Thanks to Mr Park.

USA: San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is the capital and most populous municipality in the Common wealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States.

Thanks Yash Nayak for the great card.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Zealand: Sky Tower, Auckland

The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand. It is 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland's skyline due to its height and unique design.

Thanks to my friend Joseph Chacko.

New Zealand: QueensTown

Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shore of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. The surrounding Central Otago region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, and for adventure sports. In winter, there's backcountry skiing and the country’s highest vertical drops. Summer brings paragliding, mountain biking and bungee-jumping (Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge is among the sport's original sites).

Thanks to my friend Mr Joseph Chacko.

New Zealand: Mt Taranaki

Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, is an active but quiescent strato volcano in the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island. The 2518-metre-high mountain is one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world. There is a secondary cone, Fanthams Peak (Māori: Panitahi), 1,966 metres (6,450 ft), on the south side.

Thanks to my friend Mr Chacko who was visiting the island.

Poland: GF Card

Thanks to Ms Anne.

UN: Geneva

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations (second to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City). It is located in the Palais des Nations building constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938 at Geneva in Switzerland, and expanded in the early 1950s and late 1960s.

Thanks to Duedi.

USA: Hawai

Hawaii was the 50th state in the USA; it became a state on August 21, 1959. 
State Capital: Honolulu
State Bird: The Hawaiian Goose.
State Flower: Hibiscus.

Thanks to Ms Alyssa.