Monday, October 9, 2017

GERMANY - Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen

"The Town Hall and the statue of Roland on the marketplace of Bremen in north-west Germany are outstanding representations of civic autonomy and sovereignty, as these developed in the Holy Roman Empire in Europe. The old town hall was built in the Gothic style in the early 15th century, after Bremen joined the Hanseatic League. The building was renovated in the so-called Weser Renaissance style in the early 17th century. A new town hall was built next to the old one in the early 20th century as part of an ensemble that survived bombardment during the Second World War. The statue stands 5.5 m tall and dates back to 1404." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much Lena for sending me a UNESCO card!
I so much appreciate this official postcrossing card! Best regards to you!  =)

Postcard 2

Postcard 3
Surprise postcards (2 & 3) from Jean Pierre of France!
Thank you so much for always remembering me during your trips!

AUSTRIA - Historic Centre of Vienna

"Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks." -

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Many thanks Danubia for sending me a UNESCO card! =)

Postcard 2

A simple yet precious token from Zuzana from Bratislava, Slovakia
who attended a postcrossing meet-up in Vienna...
Thank you so much, Zuzana...

Postcard 3
What a great surprise postcrossing meet-up postcard!
Thank you so much dear Zuzana of Slovakia for sharing with me this one!
I know you had a blast during the meet-up! Take care always!

Postcard 4
Another surprise postcard!
Thank you so much dear Zuzana for showing me again the beauty of Vienna
through this postcard!
Special thanks for using the postcrossing stamp! ^-^

RUSSIA - Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments

"The 'Venice of the North', with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, is the result of a vast urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. Later known as Leningrad (in the former USSR), the city is closely associated with the October Revolution. Its architectural heritage reconciles the very different Baroque and pure neoclassical styles, as can be seen in the Admiralty, the Winter Palace, the Marble Palace and the Hermitage." -

 Postcard 1: Church of the Resurrection (Saviour on Blood)

Postcard 2 : Peter & Paul Fortress

Postcard 3 : St. Isaac's Cathedral. Statue of Tsar Nicholaus I
Thank you so much Vera, Alexandra and Ira for sharing with me these postcards! 
You are all fortunate to be residing in a remarkable place! =)

Postcard 4 : The Catherine Park. The Cameron Gallery. 1782-1786
A very well kept park with beautiful, colorful flowers at Pushkin Town! 
 Thank you so much Natasha for sharing this postcard with me!

Postcard 5 : The Great Peterhof Palace
"Peterhof is a suburb of St. Petersburg.
There is a magnificent imperial palace and a park...", shares Oleg.
Thank you so much, Oleg for this nice postcard!

UNITED KINGDOM - The Forth Bridge

"This railway bridge, crossing the Forth estuary in Scotland, had the world’s longest spans (541 m) when it opened in 1890. It remains one of the greatest cantilever trussed bridges and continues to carry passengers and freight. Its distinctive industrial aesthetic is the result of a forthright and unadorned display of its structural components. Innovative in style, materials and scale, the Forth Bridge marks an important milestone in bridge design and construction during the period when railways came to dominate long-distance land travel." -

Postcard 1
Wow, the bridge is still in use after more than a century!
Thank you so much, JP for this awesome postcard!

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Thank you so much Doyel for sharing with me this UNESCO postcard! ^-^

USA - San Antonio Missions

"The site encompasses a group of five frontier mission complexes situated along a stretch of the San Antonio River basin in southern Texas, as well as a ranch located 37 kilometres to the south. It includes architectural and archaeological structures, farmlands, residencies, churches and granaries, as well as water distribution systems. The complexes were built by Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century and illustrate the Spanish Crown’s efforts to colonize, evangelize and defend the northern frontier of New Spain. The San Antonio Missions are also an example of the interweaving of Spanish and Coahuiltecan cultures, illustrated by a variety of features, including the decorative elements of churches, which combine Catholic symbols with indigenous designs inspired by nature." -

Postcard 1: The Five Mission Sites
My thoughtful sis-in-law and her husband visited this UNESCO Site last March and surprised me with this postcard!
Thank you so much Ban & Ne!
Hope you could visit other Mission Sites too soon!
Ingat kayo dyan and best regards!

Postcard 2: The Alamo
The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero
is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, now a museum in San Antonio.
This postcard completes my UNESCO postcards collection from the USA!
Thank you so much Judy for this wonderful postcard showing the Alamo!

Postcard 3: The Alamo
"The Alamo is the most famous of the San Antonio Missions...", shares Arnold,
a fellow postcard collector.
Thank you so much Arnold for sharing this postcard with me! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

ALBANIA - Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

"Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which was built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. The citadel area numbers many Byzantine churches, mainly from the 13th century, as well as several mosques built under the Ottoman era which began in 1417. Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period." -

Postcard 1: Berat

Postcard 2: Gjirokastra

Thank you so much Lilia for the 2 great postcards above
(with matching stamps) from Albania!
So happy to have them!!! My first two cards from Albania!
Thanks to you!!!

Postcard 3: Gjirokastra
Thank you so much dear Zuzana of Slovakia for your sending me this
postcard during your holidays to Albania!
So thoughtful of you... Hope you enjoyed your stay there!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

PORTUGAL - Historic Centre of Oporto

"The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history. Its continuous growth, linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus, or port), can be seen in the many and varied monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typically Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much for this postcard, Joaquim!

Postcard 2
Thank you so much Miceu for sharing with me a glimpse of your beautiful hometown!

Postcard 3
Thank you so much Miguel for helping me out with my UNESCO collection!
And look at the round stamp! You made me happy!
Thank you so much, again! =)

Postcard 4
 Thank you so much Anna Sofia for this UNESCO postcard!
The stamp is cute too!