Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Russia: Samovars

A samovar is a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in Russia. Since the heated water is typically used to make tea, many samovars have a ring-shaped attachment around the chimney to hold and heat a teapot filled with tea concentrate. Though traditionally heated with coal or charcoal, many newer samovars use electricity to heat water in a manner similar to an electric water boiler. Antique samovars are often prized for their beautiful workmanship.


Thanks to Ms Tamara.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Malaysia: Lord Murugan Statue

Lord Murugan Statue representing Murugan, is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia and third tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world, after Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue in Indonesia and Kailashnath Mahadev Statuein Nepal. It is also the tallest statue in Malaysia at 42.7 metres (140 ft) in height. It is located at the Sri Murugan Perumal Kovil at the foot of Batu Caves. It took 3 years of construction and unveiled in January 2006 during Thaipusam festival.


Thanks to YS.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mexico : 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: Aerial View

Thanks to Ms Ischa.
Postcard 2: Multi-view

Thanks to Mr Eaaj.

Postcard 3: El Castillo

Thanks to Ramponi  of Mexico.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Japan: Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine

Tōshō-gū is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was initially built in 1617, during the Edo period, while Ieyasu's son Hidetada was shōgun. Together with Futarasan Shrine and Rinnō-ji, it forms the Shrines and Temples of Nikkō UNESCO World Heritage Site. The original five-storey pagoda was donated by a daimyō in 1650, but it was burned down during a fire, and was rebuilt in 1818. Each storey represents an element–earth, water, fire, wind and aether (or void)–in ascending order. Inside the pagoda, a central shinbashira pillar hangs from chains to minimize damage from earthquakes.


Thanks to Ms Neetu and Amar.

Friday, March 8, 2019

USA: Yosemitte National Park.

Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.


Thanks to Ms Peggy.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Philippines: Manila

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a densely populated bay side city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It’s home to the baroque 16th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and former military prison.


Thanks to Ms Rachelle.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Nepal: Everest South Base Camp

The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to save time and energy before beginning the trek to this base camp. However, trekking to Lukla is possible. There are no roads from Kathmandu to Lukla and as a result, the only method of transporting large and heavy goods is by plane. South base camp is at an altitude of 5364m.

Postcard 1


Postcard 2

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya for posting it from of Everest base camp.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Singapore: Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel in Singapore. Described by its operators as an observation wheel, it opened in 2008, construction having taken about 2½ years. The Flyer has an overall height of 165 metres (541 ft) and was the world's tallest Ferris wheel until the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which is 2.6 m (9 ft) taller than the Flyer, opened on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, US, on 31 March 2014.


Thanks to Mr Colin.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Denmark: The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand

Located about 30 km northeast of Copenhagen, this cultural landscape encompasses the two hunting forests of Store Dyrehave and Gribskov, as well as the hunting park of Jægersborg Hegn/Jægersborg Dyrehave. This is a designed landscape where Danish kings and their court practiced par force hunting, or hunting with hounds, which reached its peak between the 17th and the late 18th centuries, when the absloute monarchs transformed it into a landscape of power. With hunting lanes laid out in a star system, combined with an orthogonal grid pattern, numbered stone posts, fences and a hunting lodge, the site demonstrates the application of Baroque landscaping principles to forested areas.


Germany: Erkrath

Erkrath is a town in the district of Mettmann, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Thanks to Mr Volua,

Friday, November 30, 2018

Slovenia: UNESCO Multiview



Thanks to Ms Veronica.

Monday, November 26, 2018

USA: California

California was the 31st  state in the USA; It was admitted on Sept 9, 1850
State Capital: Sacramento
State Nick Name: The Golden State
State Bird: California Valley Quail
State Mammal: Grizzly Bear

Postcard 1

Thanks to Mr Greg
Postcard 2

Thanks to Mr Smith.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Netherlands: Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, located in the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. From 1962 until 2004 it was the world's busiest port, now overtaken first by Singapore and then Shanghai. In 2011, Rotterdam was the world's eleventh-largest container port in terms of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) handled. In 2012 Rotterdam was the world's sixth-largest port in terms of annual cargo tonnage.


Thanks to Ms Ellen

USA: Horse Shoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States. Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from theGlen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page. It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from U.S. Route 89. Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above. The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.


Thanks to Ms Merilyn.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

South Korea: Seokguram

The Seokguram Grotto is a hermitage and part of the Bulguksa temple complex. It lies four kilometers east of the temple on Mt. Tohamsan, in Gyeongju, South Korea. In 1995, Seokguram was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Bulguksa Temple. It exemplifies some of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world.



Israel: Tower of David, Jerusalem

The Tower of David, also known as the Jerusalem Citadel, is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to western edge of the Old City of Jerusalem. The citadel that stands today dates to the Mamluk and Ottoman periods.


Thanks to Ms Julia

Friday, October 26, 2018

Owl: Great grey Owl

The great grey owl or great gray owl (Strix nebulosa) is a very large owl, documented as the world's largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, and it is the only species in the genus Strix found in both Eastern and Western Hemispheres. In some areas it is also called Phantom of the North, cinereous owl, spectral owl, Lapland owl, spruce owl, bearded owl, and sooty owl.


Thanks to Mr Volkes.

Thailand: Karbi

Krabi is the main town in the province of Krabi on the west coast of southern Thailand at the mouth of the Krabi River where it empties in Phang Nga Bay.


Thanks to Tejaswi and Manjunath who were visiting Thailand.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Vietnam: Saigon Opera House

The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon Opera House, is an opera house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is an example of French Colonial architecture in Vietnam. 


Thanks Nandu and Jack.