Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Iceland: Aurora Borealis

The Aurora is an incredible light show caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. The lights are seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.

Thanks to Ms Mircea.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

China: Kulangshu

The Gulangyu, Gulang Island or Kulangsu is a pedestrian-only island off the coast of Xiamen, Fujian Province in southerneastern China. A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the island is about 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi) in area, and is reached by a 5-minute ferry ride from downtown Xiamen. Although only about 20,000 people live on the island, Gulangyu is a major domestic tourist destination, attracting more than 10 million visitors per year, and making it one of China's most visited tourist attractions. Gulangyu not only bans cars, but also bicycles. The only vehicles permitted are small electric buggies and electric government service vehicles.

Thanks to Mr Chen Zhan

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Japan: Nation Museum of Western Art

The National Museum of Western is the premier public art gallery in Japan specializing in art from the Western tradition. The Museum is located in the museum and zoo complex in Ueno Park in Taito, central Tokyo. The Main Building was designed by the Swiss architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887–1965), who is more popularly known as Le Corbusier. In July 2016 UNESCO listed 17 works by Le Corbusier as World Heritage Sites, including the 1959 National Museum of Western Art building.

Thanks to Ms Bie Hao. Nice postmark depicting the museum used. This postcard was missent to Laos.

Poland: Tarnowskie Mines.

The Historic Silver Mine, (Polish: Zabytkowa Kopalnia Srebra), is a mining museum in Tarnowskie Góry, in Silesia in Poland. The mine and the neighbouring Black Trout Adit are remnants of a silver mining industry. The museum is an Anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage. In 2017 it became a UNESCO world heritage site.

Thanks to Mr Bordex.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Philippines: Mt Hamiguitan

Mount Hamiguitan is a mountain located in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. It has a height of 1,620 metres (5,315 ft). The mountain and its vicinity has one of the most diverse wildlife populations in the country. Among the wildlife found in the area are Philippine eagles and several species of Nepenthes. The Mount Hamiguitan range, with an area of 6,834 hectares (68.34 km2), was declared a national park and a wildlife sanctuary in 2003. In 2014, the park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thanks to Jan of Philippines.

China: Ho Xil

Hoh Xil or Kekexili, (Mongolian for "Blue Ridge", also Aqênganggyai for "Lord of Ten Thousand Mountains"), is an isolated region in the northwestern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China. On July 7, 2017, the Hoh Xil in Qinghai was listed among the World Heritage Sites as "the largest and highest plateau in the world".

Thanks to Ms Ichen Zhan.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Japan: Matsushima

Matsushima is a group of islands in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. There are some 260 tiny islands (shima) covered in pines (matsu) – hence the name – and is ranked as one of the Three Views of Japan. The card shows Fukuura Islands And Fukuura Bridge.

Thanks to Neetu, Amar and Kashyap.

Japan: Kamakura Daibutsu

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amitābha Buddha located at the Kōtoku-in Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The bronze statue probably dates from 1252, in the Kamakura period, according to temple records. It was preceded by a giant wooden Buddha, which was completed in 1243 after ten years of continuous labor, the funds having been raised by Lady Inada (Inada-no-Tsubone) and the Buddhist priest Jōkō of Tōtōmi.

Thanks to Amar, Neetu and Kashyap.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cambodia: Angkor Wat

Angkor wat is the largest religious monument in the world. It was built in 12th century by Khmer king Suryavarman II. It was first Hindu temple, then subsequently a Buddhist temple.

Postcard: 1

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya for sending it from Cambodia

Postcard: 2

Thanks to my friend Mr Vishwanath Kamath who was visiting there.

China: Yun Tai

The Yuntai Mountain is situated in Xiuwu County, Jiaozuo, Henan Province of People's Republic of China. The Yuntai Geo Park scenic area is classified as the best scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. Situated within Yuntai Geo park, with a fall of 314 metres (1,030 ft), Yuntai waterfall is claimed as the tallest waterfall in China.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya who was visiting China.

Paintings: Amsterdam Canals

Thanks to My cousin Laky and Radhika, who was visiting Amsterdam.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Japan: Mount Fuiji

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige.

Thanks to my uncle K.Diwakar Pai who was visiting Japan. Nice Cancellations used.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Portugal: Bom Jesus De Monte, Braga

Bom Jesus do Monte is a Portuguese sanctuary in Tenões, outside the city of Braga, in northern Portugal. Its name means Good Jesus of the Mount. The Sanctuary is a notable example of pilgrimage site with a monumental, Baroque stairway that climbs 116 meters (381 feet). It is an important tourist attraction of Braga.

Thanks to Ines.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

USA: Virginia

Virginia was the 10th state in the USA; it became a state on June 25, 1788.
State Capital - Richmond
Largest City - Virginia Beach
State Nickname - Old Dominion
State Motto - "Sic Semper Tyrannis" (Thus Always to Tyrants)
State Bird- Cardinal

Thanks to Ms Alyssa.

China: Bronze Chariot, Xian

Two large scale-models of bronze chariots and horses came unearthed in December, 1980, about 20 meters east of the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. They were tagged Chariot No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Both required extensive restorations, over two and half years, before displayable in public. No. 2 was unveiled first -- in 1983, then No.1 -- in 1988. These were encased in a wooden box measuring 6.8 x 2.1x 2 meters for over two thousand years. And the box was buried 8 meters down in a trench. The trench runs 7 meters east to west, with a width of 2.3 meters. These are half size scale-models of real chariots and horses, faithfully copied down to the last detail, complete with horses and people. They are constructed with bronze and cast bullion. There are 1,720 gold and silver pieces, weighing 7 kilograms. No. 1 chariot is in the lead, with a four-horse team. It has been painted white by conservation workers.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. Cancellation from Xian depicting Chariot.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

USA: Native American Symbols

USA: Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. The small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1934 until 1963. Beginning in November 1969, the island was occupied for more than 19 months by a group of Native Americans from San Francisco who were part of a wave of Native activism across the nation with public protests through the 1970s. In 1972, Alcatraz became part of a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Portugal: April Bridge, Lisbon

The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left (south) bank of the Tagus river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966, and a train platform was added in 1999.

Thanks to Ms Ines.

Portugal: Trams

The Lisbon tramway network serves the municipality of Lisbon, capital city of Portugal. In operation since 1873, it presently comprises five urban lines.

Thanks to Ms Ines.

India: Tabla

The tabla is a South Asian membranophone percussion instrument, consisting of a pair of drums, used in traditional, classical, popular and folk music. It has been a particularly important instrument in Hindustani classical music since the 18th century, and remains in use in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

Thanks to Mr Shafath Ahmed for sending it from a Postcrossing Meetup.