Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Belarus: Mirsky Castle

Mirsky castle is located near the village of Mir. I was constructed by Duke Yuri IIinich in the 16th century. It withstood many wars and was declared UNESCO Heritage site in 2000.

Postcard 1

Thanks to Ms Irina.
Postcard 2

Thanks to Ms Elena. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Poland: Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz is a city in northern Poland, on the Brda and Vistula rivers. Bydgoszcz is the eighth-largest city in Poland. Bydgoszcz is an architecturally rich city, with neo-gothic, neo-baroque,neoclassicist, modernist and Art Nouveau styles present, for which it earned a nickname Little Berlin. The notable granaries on Mill Island and along the riverside belong to one of the most recognized timber-framed landmarks in Poland.

Thanks to Ms Anitha.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Germany: Saxon Switzerland

The Sächsische Schweiz (English: Saxon Switzerland) is a former district (Kreis) in the south of the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Saxon Switzerland is a hilly climbing area and national park around the Elbe valley south-east of Dresden in Saxony, Germany. Together with the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic it forms the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The Bastei  is a rock formation with observation deck in the Saxon Switzerland on the right bank of the Elbe .

Thanks to Ms Gabi.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Thailand: Phuket

Phuket is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country's largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea.

Thanks to my cousin Laky and his wife Radhika fro sending this from Phuket.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Japan: Omagari Fireworks.

Omagari is located in Akita prefecture, and Omagari Fireworks takes place in August every year. It is one of the major and traditional fireworks competition festivals in Japan.

Thanks to 'Vesperuth'.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Reunion: Multiview

Réunion is an island and region of France in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and 175 kilometres (109 mi) southwest of Mauritius. The island became an overseas department of France in 1946. As elsewhere in France, the official language is French. In addition, the majority of the region's population speaks Réunion Creole. Réunion hosts many tropical and unique beaches. Hermitage Beach is the most extensive and best preserved lagoon in Réunion Island and a popular snorkelling location. Réunion is home to a variety of birds such as the white-tailed tropicbird. Its largest land animal is the panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis. Much of the West coast is ringed by coral reef which harbours, among other animals, sea urchins, conger eels and parrot fish. Sea turtles and dolphins also inhabit the coastal waters.

My First card from Reunion. Feels Great!. Thanks Ms Emilie. An official Postcrossing Card!.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Malaysia: Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang

The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is located at Leith Street in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The mansion's indigo-blue outer wall makes it a very distinct building in the area, and it is often popularly referred to as The Blue Mansion. The c. 1880s mansion built by the merchant Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of the 19th century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. It served as Cheong's private residence as well as the seat of his business activities.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Malaysia: Langkawi

Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah, is a district and an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of north western Malaysia.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Japan: Kimono

The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment. The word "kimono", which actually means a "thing to wear" has come to denote these full-length robes. The standard plural of the word kimono in English is kimonos,but the unmarked Japanese plural kimono is also used. The kimono is always worn for important festivals or formal occasions. It is a formal style of clothing associated with politeness and good manners.

Thanks to Amar, Neetu and Kashyap.
The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is a historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. Bo-Kaap is traditionally a multicultural area. The area is known for its brightly coloured homes and cobble stoned streets.

Thanks to dr Kiran Acharya.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Canada: Columbia Icefield

The Columbia Icefield is the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains of North America. Located in the Canadian Rockies astride the Continental Divide along the border of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, the ice field lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and partly in the southern end of Jasper National Park.

Thanks to Mr Glen Moores.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Malaysia: George Town Street Art.

Making strolling through Georgetown’s streets just a little bit more exciting, in 2012 Penang’s municipal council hired London-trained Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic and charged him with breathing new life into some of the atmospheric Chinese shop-houses around the inner city. An effort to spawn awareness of the rich history of the streets, the project was a success with Zacharevic turning certain areas into thriving tourist destinations that also became the much-talked about object of attention among locals. His artwork is spread out across Penang’s city centre, along roads like Muntri Street, Weld Quay, Lebuh Leith, Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street and more.

Postcard 1

Postcard 2

Postcard 3

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya for sending me these beautiful cards. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

South Africa: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is a state of the art cable car transportation system offering visitors a five-minute ride to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. It is one of Cape Town's most popular tourist attractions with approximately 900,000 people a year using the Cableway. In February 2016, the Cableway welcomed its 25 millionth visitor. A Norwegian engineer, Trygve Stromsoe, presented plans for a cableway in 1926, and construction began soon after with the formation of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC). Construction of was completed in 1929 at a cost of GB£60,000 and the cableway was opened on October 4, 1929, by the Mayor of Cape Town AJS Lewis.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya for this beautiful wooden card. A great addition to my collection.

China: Paintings

The card shows beautiful painting of Shanghai down town.

Thanks to Ms Xu Chu Chu.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Finland: Seasons

Finland is a country of contrasts, not just in a geographical sense but also in its climate. The country has four distinctly different seasons that transform the white winter wonderland to a green leafy summer in just a few months. Temperatures during the year vary considerably and -30C in winter and +30C in summer are not uncommon!

Thanks to Ritva.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hong Kong: Paintings

Thanks to Vivlez.

South Africa: Giants Castle

Giant's Castle is a mountain peak in the southern African Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. Giants Castle offers visitors to the regions hiking opportunities with panoramic views. The Nature Reserve offers secluded accommodation, bushman rock art with easy access for everyone and about the best base to start a Drakensberg hiking experience.

Thanks once again to Dr Kiran Acharya.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Japan: Tateyama Kurobe

Wishing You All a Happy New Year -2018

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, is a unique and spectacular route through the Northern Japan Alps which is traversed by various means of transportation including cablecars, trolley buses and a ropeway. Completed in 1971, the route connects Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture with Omachi Town in Nagano Prefecture. The section between Tateyama Station and Ogizawa is closed to private vehicles. It is completely inaccessible from December to mid April.

This is a wooden Postcard and was posted by my brother in law, midway on the Alpine route. It is a cross section of a tree branch and one can see the rings of the tree. Also on the stamp is a pictorial postmark of the route. Thanks a lot, Amar and Neetu for the great card.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

South Africa: Map

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans;on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and on the east and northeast by Mozambique and Swaziland; and surrounds the kingdom of Lesotho.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Ukraine: Pechersk Lavra, Kiev

Kiev Pechersk Lavra also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery which gave its name to one of the city districts where it is located in Kiev. Since its foundation as the cave monastery in 1051 the Lavra has been a preeminent center of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe. Together with the Saint Sophia Cathedral, it is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.