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.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Uruguay: Colonia

Colonia is a department of southwest Uruguay, facing Buenos Aires across the Río de la Plata estuary. The departmental capital Colonia del Sacramento is known for its cobbled historic quarter and colonial Portuguese and Spanish buildings. Many house museums, including the Museo del Azulejo, filled with ceramic tiles. The Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, surrounded by the ruins of a convent, offers panoramic views.

Thanks to Mr Jorge Martinez Mutay

Thailand: Phi Phi Island.

The Phi Phi Islands are an island group in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the west Strait of Malacca coast of the mainland. The islands are administratively part of Krabi province.

Thanks to Tejasvi and Manjunath who were visited these islands.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Armenia: Sanahin Monastery

Sanahin Monastery is an Armenian monastery founded in the 10th century in the Lori Province of Armenia.
The name Sanahin literally translates from Armenian as "this one is older than that one", presumably representing a claim to having an older monastery than the neighbouring Haghpat Monastery. The two villages and their monasteries are similar in many ways, and lie in plain view of each other on a dissected plateau formation, separated by a deep "crack" formed by a small river flowing into the Debed river.

Thanks to Mr Ervan.

Czech Republic: Praděd

Praděd is the highest mountain of Hrubý Jeseník mountains, Moravia, Czech Silesia and Upper Silesia and is fifth-highest mountain of Czech Republic. The average annual temperature is about 1°C. A television transmitter is situated on the top, 162 m high. The upper platform is used as a watchtower. The mountain is also a popular area for skiing. 

Thanks to Ms Eva.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Curacao: Willemstad

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Formerly the capital of the Netherlands Antilles prior to its dissolution in 2010, it has an estimated population of 150,000. The city centre, with its unique architecture and harbour entry, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thanks to Mr Karin. My first from this country.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Germany: Postcrossing Meetup, Bremerhaven

Thanks one and all.

UK: Talyllyn Railway, Wales

The Talyllyn Railway is a narrow gauge preserved railway in Wales running for 7.25 miles (11.67 km) from Tywyn on the Mid-Wales coast to Nant Gwernol near the village of Abergynolwyn. The line was opened in 1865 to carry slate from the quarries at Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn, and was the first narrow gauge railway in Britain authorised by Act of Parliament to carry passengers using steam haulage. Since preservation, the railway has operated as a tourist attraction, expanding its rolling stock through acquisition and an engineering programme to build new locomotives and carriages.

Thanks to Aled

Germany: Steam Locomotive

Thanks to Kerstin

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Finland: Postcrossing Meetup, Jarvilinna

Thanks to Ms Mervi and team. The meetup was held on 18 Aug 2018. The names of all participating members are inscribed in the map.

Norway: Jotunheimen National Park

Jotunheimen (“Home of the Giants”) National Park is a national park in Norway, recognized as one of the country's premier hiking and fishing regions. The national park covers 1,151 km² and is part of the larger area Jotunheimen. More than 250 peaks rise above 1,900 metres (6,000 feet), including Northern Europe's two highest peaks: Galdhøpiggen at 2,469 metres, and Glittertind at 2,465 metres.

Thanks to Mortiz from Switzerland who was on vacation to Norway. 

Serbia: Belgrade

Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. Its name translates to White city. The city has a population of 1.23 million.

Postcard 1

Thanks to Ms gordana
Postcard 2

My first post card from Serbia. Thanks to my friend Mr Vishwanath Kamath.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Poland: Zakopane (Shaped Card)

Zakopane is a town in the extreme south of Poland. It lies in the southern part of the Podhale region at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Zakopane is a center of Góral culture and is known informally as "the winter capital of Poland.” It is a popular destination for mountaineering, skiing and qualified tourism.

Thanks to Ms Paula. She says its the most beautiful place in her country. Indeed it looks like one. I would love to do mountaineering in Tatra mountains. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Finland: Northern Hawk Owl.

The northern hawk-owl (Surnia ulula) is a non-migratory owl that usually stays within its breeding range. The northern hawk-owl has a smokey white face with a black border, a flat head, yellow eyes and a yellow curved beak. Three subspecies exist across the northern holarctic. The North American subspecies S. u. caparoch spans from eastern Alaska through Canada to Newfoundland and in some areas extends south into northern United States. The other two subspecies are found in Eurasia: S. u. tianschanica breeds in central Asia reaching Xinjiang (China) and S. u. ulula resides across Eurasia reaching Siberia at its most eastern range.

Thanks to Ms Tiina.