Wednesday, May 24, 2017

USA: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. It forms the parish seat of East Baton Rouge Parish and is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. The card also features the Louisiana State Capitol which is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Louisiana and is located in down town Baton Rouge. At 450 feet (137 m) tall and with 34 stories, it is the tallest building in Baton Rouge, the seventh tallest building in Louisiana, and tallest capitol in the United States.

Thanks to Ms Erin.

USA: Utah

Utah was the 45th state in the USA- It became a state on January 4, 1896.
State Capital - Salt Lake City
State Nickname - Beehive State
State Bird- California Sea Gull
State Animal- Rocky Mountain Elk

Thanks to Ms Linda

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

International Day, May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity

Diversity in species, ecosystems and landscapes attracts tourism and promotes economic growth. In turn, a well-managed tourist sector can help reduce threats to key wildlife populations, and can maintain or increase biodiversity, through tourism revenue. The celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism” is an opportunity to raise awareness of the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation of biodiversity.

Post card 1

Thanks to Ms Pam

Postcard 2

Thanks to Ms Anitha

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

USA: Kansas

Kansas was the 34th state in the USA; it became a state on January 29, 1861.
State Capital - Topeka
Largest City - Wichita
State Nickname - Sunflower State
State Bird- Western Meadowlark
State Animal- Buffalo 

Thanks to Mr Ruth.

USA: Huston

Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States. With a census-estimated 2014 population of 2.239 million within an area of 667 square miles (1,730 km2) it is also the largest city in the southern United States and the seat of Harris County.

Thanks to Ms Shelby.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Japan: Fireworks

Thanks to Ms Shino of Japan.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Internatioanl Day, May 10- World Migratory Bird Day

This is the second year that the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) participates in the World Migratory Bird Day campaign to raise awareness about the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats in particular, and about environmental issues in general throughout the world.

Thanks to Ms Anuette from Germany.

International Day, May 10 : "Vesak", the Day of the Full Moon

"Vesak", the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away.

I posted this card when I visited Nepal.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mauritius: Multiview

The avifauna of Mauritius include a total of 119 species, of which ten are endemic (eight on Mauritius Islands and two on Rodrigues Island), five are native indigenous species, twenty-one have been introduced by humans and thirty are rare or accidental.

Thanks to Mr Joseph for sending this card.

Mauritius: Multiview


Thanks to My Friend Joseph for sending this from Mauritius.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hungary: Tokaj

Tokaj , is a historical town in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, Northern Hungary, 54 kilometers from county capital Miskolc. It is the centre of the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine district where Tokaji wine is produced.

Thanks to Ms Ferenc.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Austria: Zell Am See

Zell am See is the administrative capital of the Zell am See District in the Austrian state of Salzburg. The town is an important tourist destination known as Zell am See-Kaprun and is a transportation hub for the region. The Zell Valley is a corridor in the Kitzbühel Alps, connecting the Saalfelden Basin of the Saalach River in the north and the Salzach in the south. 

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya

Austria: Krimml Waterfalls

The Krimml Waterfalls, with a total height of 380 metres (1,247 feet), are the highest waterfall in Austria. The falls are on the Krimmler Ache river and are located near the village of Krimml in the High Tauern National Park in Salzburg state.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Austria: Salzkammergut

Salzkammergut is an Austrian region of lakes and Alpine ranges near Salzburg. In the south, the pastel houses of Hallstatt crowd the shore of Lake Hallstatt, which is ringed by mountains. Above town, exhibits at Salzwelten illuminate an underground salt mine’s thousands of years of history. Natural ice formations fill the Ice Cave on Dachstein Mountain. Nearby, 5 Fingers lookout offers sweeping lake and Alpine views.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya

South Africa: Robben Island

Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 km west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa. The name is Dutch for "seal island." Robben Island is roughly oval in shape, 3.3 km long north-south, and 1.9 km wide, with an area of 5.07 km². It is flat and only a few metres above sea level, as a result of an ancient erosion event. Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid. Robben Island is both a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thanks to Ms Charalette

Friday, April 21, 2017

Russia: Cuisine of Russia

Russian cuisine is a collection of the different cooking traditions of the Russian people. The cuisine is diverse, with Central European, Middle Eastern and Central Asian influences as Russia is by area the largest country in the world. Russian cuisine derives its varied character from the vast and multi-cultural expanse of Russia. Moreover, it is necessary to divide Russian traditional cuisine and Soviet cuisine, which has its own peculiarity. Its foundations were laid by the peasant food of the rural population in an often harsh climate, with a combination of plentiful fish, pork, poultry, caviar, mushrooms, berries, and honey. Crops of rye, wheat, barley and millet provided the ingredients for a plethora of breads, pancakes, pies, cereals, beer and vodka.

Thanks to Ms Timofey.

Hong Kong: Peak Tram

The Peak Tram is a funicular railway in Hong Kong, which carries both tourists and residents to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island. Running from Garden Road Admiralty to Victoria Peak via the Mid-Levels, it provides the most direct route and offers good views over the harbour and skyscrapers of Hong Kong.

Thanks to Shrikanth and Sandhya who were visiting Hongkong.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Italy: Florence Cathedral

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence, Italy. Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style with the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade by Emilio De Fabris. The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile. These three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic centre of Florence and are a major attraction to tourists visiting Tuscany.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya.

Mauritius: Multiview

The country of Mauritius includes the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues and the outer islands (Agalega, St. Brandon, two disputed territories, and a number of smaller islands.) The main island of Mauritius (called Mauritius) is only 28 miles wide and 40 miles long. It is of volcanic origin and is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs. Mark Twain wrote “Heaven was copied after Mauritius.”

Thanks to my friend Chuck who was visiting Mauritius.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

England: Roses

The rose is the national flower of England, a usage dating back to the English civil wars of the fifteenth century (later called Wars of the Roses), in which a red rose represented the House of Lancaster, and a white rose represented the House of York. The Tudor dynasty created the Tudor rose, which united both the white and the red roses, a symbolism dramatized by Shakespeare in his play Richard III. The traditional ballad "The Rose of England" (Child 166) recounts the seizure of the crown by Earl of Richmond (who became Henry VII of England, the founder the Tudor dynasty), using the "red rose" as an allegory for Henry.

Thanks to Ms Rassa Bhat