Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Durban to the Drakensberg

Sender: Credo
Text on card: Durban to the Drakensberg - South Africa
Durban - Kwazulu/Natal - South Africa
City, harbour and hinterland...from shoreline to snowline some 200-300km away! On a clear day you can see forever!


Sender: Hootnoodle
The massively proportioned Agra Fort.

'A; is for 'Agra Fort'. The Agra Fort is a 16th-century Mughal monument built alongside the Yamuna river and stretches almost 2.5 km. It consists of a wall built in red sandstone and several buildings inside. Hootnoodle writes that she visited the Fort last May. I think that Hootnoodle has many great cards of places I should visit. I want to be well-travelled like Hootnoodle! :)
Fantastic display of stamps!

Oriental Parade, Wellington

Sender: Lyndle
Oriental Parade, Wellington, New Zealand
This popular residential suburb with its expansive views of the magnificent Wellington Harbour, is situated conveniently close to the city.

Piper's Opera House

Sender: Superkt13

Piper's Opera House: Built in the 1880's, this outstanding architectural structure was the cultural and entertainment centre of Virginia City.

I read that major stars and companies played exclusively in this opera house then.

A Turquoise Lake

Sender: Annet013
Darashkol Lake and the Katun Ridge
Darashol Lake is a high mountain lake located in the Altai Mountains, Russia. The Katun Ridge is part of Belukha Mountain which is the highest peak of Altai Mountains.

Fontana di Trevi

Sender: Elifus
Rome: Fontana di Trevi / Fountain of Trevi, the largest and most famous Baroque fountain in Rome. The legend of the fountain states that a foreigner launching three coins in the fountain behind his shoulders ensures his return to Rome.

Maidan Nezalezhnosti

Sender: Slan
Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) is the central square of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. This nightview of the square is lovely. Must be during Christmas time?


Sender: Kluifje
'A' is for 'Amsterdam'. And yes, Kluifje, the view is definitely different from my hometown! :)

Grandfather Mountain

Sender: Vejoyce
'G' is for 'Grandfather Mountain'
Text on card: Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Range at 5,964 feet. The Mile-High Suspension Bridge connects the two peaks and offers a thrill to the visitor.

A superb view from the suspension bridge, I bet. But I wonder when will I ever dare walk on those kind of bridges! :P

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pamukkale The Travertines

Sender: Minnosh
Denizli, Turkey
Pamukkale The Travertines

Pamukkale means "cotton castle". It is Turkey's foremost mineral-bath spa because of its natural beauty: hot calcium-laden waters spring from the earth and cascade over a cliff. As they cool they form travertines of hard, brilliantly white calcium that form pools like shell-shaped basins. Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It looks spectacular to me and I wish to see it!

The Sunken Cemetery

Sender: Ritz
Text on Card: Sunken Cemetery, Barangay Bonbo, Catarman, Camiguin. A huge cross was installed in 1982 to mark the communities cemetery that sank during the eruption of Mount Vulcan Daan in 1871. Every November, a fluvial procession is held in honour of the watery graves of their forefathers and thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.

I read that the whole of Camiguin, with its cemetery, was sunk under the sea and that the large cross was built on solidified lava to mark the site. Now, it is one of the world's most unique diving sites.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

So happy!

Sender: Maglia
An illustration by K. Majewska, A. Tylkowski
A happy girl lying on a grassy bed with flowers! It really gives me a happy feeling!!

Demolition Temporarily Halted

Sender: Cruzin
Demolition Temporarily Halted
Bruce McCall ~ Serious Nonsense.

Demolition Temporarily Halted! Why? Because wonders of wonders! They discovered a building with Egyptian hieroglyphs!! :D

Bruce McCall is a satirist and an illustrator. He is known for his "serious nonsense" illustrations.

Portrait of an Unknown Woman

Sender: Irichka
Portrait of an Unknown Woman
Ivan Khrutski (1810-1885)

I wish this card is not creased this way but it reached me in this condition!

Monet's Rouen Cathedral

Sender: Hootnoodle
Claude Monet: Rouen Cathedral, Portal and Tour d'Albane in the Morning 1892-1894
'R' is for 'Rouen Cathedral'


Sender: Wildfire
A Puffin Book cover. I have never read this book. Should be an exciting read for kids!

Snow Queen

Sender: Constanze
"Snow Queen"
Printed using vegetable inks!

"Die Schone Maria"

Sender: Lena
Germanic Museum Nuremberg. Peter Vischer. "Die Schone Maria" 

Vintage Rotterdam

Sender: Yessica
'R' is for 'Rotterdam'

Rovos Rail

Sender: StarrySky
Rovos Rail Carriage Interior, Gauteng

A luxury train coach with wood panelling, handsome furniture and an elegant writing table. Do you fancy experiencing Africa in this relaxed and elegant fashion? I do!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

What size?

Sender: Cardsgoround
Text on card: I do not have size twelve feet

Well, neither do I, dear!!  :D

Cardsgoround sent this excellent ad-card for the Weird RR. At the back it's printed: You don't have to be a man to be a Firefighter. Thousands of women enjoy rich and varied careers in the Fire and Rescue Service. All you have to be is fit, healthy and looking for a challenge. Women make great firefighters.

Come to think of it, I've never seen women firefighters in my own locality. Or even featured in our local news. Maybe there aren't any. You have to be brave to be one, I'm sure. So, kudos to all women firefighters in the whole wide world. You are all awesome!!


Sender: MichelleW
Text on card: I said STOP and I mean it!

That is so masterful, smack in the face of an oncoming armoured tank! Michelle writes that this will only happen in bad Hollywood movies. But this card brings to mind the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989.
A poem on the sticker!

Bonded Together In Sleep

Sender: Seropi
'R' is for 'Relaxed', writes Seropi. So true! A pair of very relaxed seals! Sleeping so close together like Siamese twins!

My Beautiful Eye Make-up

Sender: Ezbub
Text on card: The Raccoon: A highly intelligent mammal that is primarily nocturnal.

I think the raccoon looks adorable all the more due to its natural "eye make-up". But if I try to look pretty by using excessive eye make-up to create the same "smokey effect", I'll only end up looking like a rabid raccoon! Unfair! :D

Alphonse Mucha - Prague

Sender: Sylvia & Dennis
Alphonse Mucha 1918 - 1928. Prague, 1928. 83.8 x 121 cm / 33 x 47 5/8 in.

My first Alphonse Mucha card! Yippee!!  Alphonse Mucha was a Czech Art Nouveau painter. By the end of his career he had created advertisements, postcards, paintings, illustrations and designs. I'm now a fan and hope to get more of his cards!!