maandag 20 december 2010
"Memories of Hawaii"
A beautiful moon illuminates over downtown Waikiki!
So strange that in my mind Hawaii only exists of beaches, learned again today ;-)
Thanks Glennys in Hawaii, USA for this beauty! By the way I received it through Walltype, that's fun too!
dinsdag 14 december 2010
Another card via postcrossing!
"Banff Springs Hotel and Sulphur mountain at nightfall."
When the Canadian Pacific Railway opened the Banff Springs Hotel in 1888, it was the largest in the world. At that time, one could get a room for $3.50 a night, including hot water redirected from the hot springs nearby. Beautiful card, interesting too! Wish I could have seen it in 1888....
Thanks Julie in Canada!
Today I opened my mailbox and found this!!!
Jillian from Norfolk Island (Ext. Terr. of Australia!) sent it to me, quite a trip!
Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean located between Australia, New Zealand and New Caladonia. The island is part of the Commonwealth of Australia, but it enjoys a large degree of self governance. Together with two neighbouring islands, it forms one of Australia's external territories.
This card shows the violent power of Mount Ruapehu in eruption. It creates a magnificent spectacle against the night sky. It looks so dramatic.... Ruapehu is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and the largest active volcano of New Zealand!
Thanks again Jillian, I love it!
maandag 13 december 2010
Bought this card on the www...
Here you can see some of 'our' famous and beautiful Dutch mills!
These are situated at Kinderdijk.
They are drainage-mills of the Kinderdijk-complex, polder "The Overwaard".
Type: Octagonal thatched ground sail mills
Radius: 28.60 metres / Building year : 1740
What an amazing view!!!!
A nightview from Sofia (Bulgaria).
You can see (up - down):
1. View from 'Narodno Sabranie' Square with 'Bulgarian Academy of Science', temple-monument 'Sveti Aleksande Nevski' and parliament.
2. View from 'Narodno Sabranie' Square with Radison Hotel and 'Tzar Osvoboditel' monument.
3. Largoto with the buildings of 'TZUM'. council of ministers, administration of the parliament, presidency and Sheraton Hotel.
I received this card from Len in the Philipines, thanks!
You can see an exhibition of fireworks during the Centennial Celebration on the 12th of June 1998.
Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philipines.
On that day, the country celebrated 100 years of freedom from the Spanish colonizers!
dinsdag 7 december 2010
Madonna del Sasso.
The Madonna del Sasso is a sanctuary in Orselina above the city of Locarno in Switzerland. It is the principal sight and goal of pilgrimage in the city.
The founding of the sanctuary goes back to a vision of the Virgin Mary that the Franciscan brother Bartolomeo d'Ivrea experienced in the night of 14/15 August 1480. The interior is highly decorated, and a platform gives a magnificent view of the city. (Wikipedia)
At this card you can see Buenos Aires at night .... You can see the 'Obelisco' and the Av. Nueve de Julio.
How I'd love to visit Argentina once...and not because our princess Maxima is Argentinan ;-)
Thanks Laura who sent me this card through postcrossing.com
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina and it's the second-largest metropolitan area in South America after Sao Paulo.
Avenue Nueve de Julio is one of the widest avenues in the world; its name honors Argentina's Independence Day.
El Obelisco was built in 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first founding of the city. El Obelisco is one of the main icons of the city, and a venue for various cultural activities (usually sponsored by the city government) and other events. It is the traditional gathering spot for sports fans to celebrate when their favourite team win. (Wikipedia).
zondag 5 december 2010
I bought this card, it's the Euromast in Rotterdam (the Netherlands).
The Euromast is a tower in Rotterdam constructed between 1958 and 1960, designed by Hugh Maaskant. It was specially built for the 1960 Floriade. It is a concrete building with an internal diameter of 9 meters (30 ft) and a wall thickness of 30 centimetres (1 ft). For stability it is built on a concrete block of 1,900,000 kilograms (4,190,000 lb) so that the centre of gravity is below ground. It has a "crow's nest" observation platform 96 meters (315 ft) above-ground and a restaurant. Originally 101 meters (331 ft) in height it was the tallest building in Rotterdam. It lost this position for a while, but regained it when the "Space Tower" was added to the top of the building in 1970, giving an additional 85 meters (279 ft). Euromast is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. (Wikipedia)
vrijdag 3 december 2010
The Novodevichy convent (New Maidens convent), Moscow in Russia.
Thanks Ekaterina (Kuzkate) for this private swap :-)
The convent looks like it's in a fairytale, so mysterious and beautiful....
Novodevichy Convent, also known as Bogoroditse-Smolensky Monastery is probably the best-known cloister of Moscow. Its name, sometimes translated as the New Maidens' Monastery, was devised to differ from an ancient maiden's convent in the Moscow Kremlin. Unlike other Moscow cloisters, it has remained virtually intact since the 17th century. In 2004, it was proclaimed a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The Novodevichy Convent was founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasili III in commemoration of the conquest of Smolensk in 1514. (Wikipedia)
woensdag 1 december 2010
Norway, Aurora Borealis!
Thanks Signe for another private swap! :-)
What an unbelievable sight, surreal!
An aurora (plural: auroras or aurorae) is a natural light display in the sky, particularly in the polar regions, caused by the collision of charged particles directed by the Earth's magnetic field. An aurora is usually observed at night and typically occurs in the ionosphere.
In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman Goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pieree Gassendi in 1621.
Auroras seen near the magnetic pole may be high overhead, but from farther away, they illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the Sun were rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis most often occurs near the equinoxes. The northern lights have had a number of names throughout history. The Cree call this phenomenon the "Dance of the Spirits". In Europe, in the Middle Ages, the auroras were commonly believed a sign from God (see Wilfried Schröder, Das Phänomen des Polarlichts, Darmstadt 1984). (Wikipedia)
The Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
The Parthenon is a temple in the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the Greek Goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its construction began in 447 BCE and was completed in 438 BCE, although decorations of the Parthenon continued until 432 BCE. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered to be the culmination of the development of the Doric Order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek Art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and of Athenian Democracy and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. (Wikipedia)
Found another 'oldie' at a secondhand-store. Vienna must be so wonderful, hope to go there one day!
At this card you can see: "St. Stephen's Cathedral by night".
St. Stephen's Cathedral (German = Stephansdom) is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schonborn,OP. Its current Romanesque and Gothic form seen today, situated at the heart of Vienna, Austria in the Stephansplatz, was largely initiated by Rudolf IV and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches, the first being a parish church consecrated in 1147. As the most important religious building in Austria's capital, the cathedral has borne witness to many important events in that nation's history and has, with its multi-colored tile roof, become one of the city's most recognizable symbols. (Wikipedia)
Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba, Tokyo in Japan.
The Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge crossing northern Tokyo Bay between Shibaura Pier and the Odaiba waterfront development in Minato, Tokyo, Japan.
Construction started in 1987 and was completed in 1993. The bridge is 798 metres (2,618 ft) long with a main span of 580 metres (1,903 ft).
The towers supporting the bridge are white in color, designed to harmonize with the skyline of central Tokyo seen from Odaiba. There are lamps placed on the wires supporting the bridge, which are illuminated into three different colors, red, white and green every night using solar energy obtained during the day. (Wikipedia)
dinsdag 30 november 2010
I just fell in love with this card, the 'Grand Place' in Brussels, Belgium.... So beautiful!
Did I tell you that I lived in Belgium and worked in Brussels? Just standing in the middle of this square was amazing, time and time again! :-)
Thanks Dick in Drachten, you made my day!
Market Place, "the Star", "the Swan" and "the Golden Tree" in Brussels, Belgium. (in 1976)
Main attractions in Brussels include the Grand Place, since 1988 a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Gothic town hall in the old centre, the St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral and the Laken Castle with its large greenhouses. (wikipedia)
Thanks Dick in Drachten for another 'surprise-card'!
Grand Square and Cathedral in Antwerp, Belgium.
Antwerp is a city and municipality in Belgium and the capital of the Antwerp province in Flanders, one of Belgium's three regions. Antwerp's total population is 472,071 (as of 1 January 2008) and its total area is 204.51 km2 (78.96 sq mi), giving a population density of 2,308 inhabitants per km². The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,449 km (559 sq mi) with a total of 1,190,769 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008. The nickname of inhabitants of Antwerp is Sinjoren, after the Spanish word señor, which means 'mister' or 'gent'. It refers to the leading Spanish noble-men who ruled the city during the 17th century.
Antwerp has long been an important city in the nations of the Benelux both economically and culturally, especially before the Spanish Fury of the Dutch Revolt. It is located on the right bank of the river Scheldt, which is linked to the North Sea by the estuary Westerschelde. (wikipedia)
Thanks Dick in Drachten for giving me this card as a surprise! :-)
The lighthouse at 'Schiermonnikoog' by night. (in 1977)
Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. Schiermonnikoog is one of the West Frisian Islands, and is part of the province of Friesland.
The island is only 16 km long and 4 km wide and is the site of the Netherlands' first national park. The only village on the island is also called Schiermonnikoog. Just under 1,000 people permanently reside on the island, making the municipality the least densely populated in the Netherlands. Because the island is small and flat, only 200 islanders have taken out the special licence allowing them to keep their own car, which the result that the few streets are virtually car-free.
Up to 300,000 people visit the island every year, staying in the 5,500 beds available in holiday homes, apartments and hotels. Most visitors, however, are day trippers (about 4,000/day in July and August alone), with the result that after the last ferry leaves at 6.30pm, calm returns to Langestreek, the village high street.
Thanks Dick in Drachten for selling me this card!
I had a private swap with Jim in Hong Kong. He sent me this card. Here you can see: 'Nightview towards Wanchai District'.
The Wan Chai District (literally "Cove District") is one of the 18 districts of Hong Kong, located in the north of Hong Kong Island. It had a population of 167,146 in 2001. The district has the second most educated residents with the highest income, the second lowest population and the third oldest residents, and is also the only district without any public housing estates. It is also affluent, with one in five persons having liquid assets of more than 1 million HKD.
zondag 28 november 2010
dinsdag 23 november 2010
zaterdag 20 november 2010
I received this beauty through 'postcrossing' today!
Northern Lights, Brittish Columbia, Canada.
Those of us who chance to see them know that there is something magical about the Northern Lights. On a clear night in Northern Brittish Columbia there is always the possibility that you just might be treated to a great performance by those celestial dancers.
dinsdag 16 november 2010
Because the Dutch mailmen are on strike today Iam gonna put some 'oldies' here! :-)
'Wat Arun' (Temple of Dawn)
Sent to me on 20/01/1996 by my dad!
'Wat Arun' (Temple of Dawn)
Sent to me on 20/01/1996 by my dad!
Hong Kong night scene!
Also sent to me by my dad on 07/11/1993
Hong Kong by night glimmers like stars
Sent to me on 19/06/1995
Thanks again dad!
And last but not least:
New York skyline at night (USA)
Sent to me by Dick on 09/09/1998
This brings back sweet memories!!!!
zaterdag 13 november 2010
donderdag 11 november 2010
zaterdag 6 november 2010
vrijdag 5 november 2010
The Burj Al Arab (Arabic: برج العرب,"Arab Tower", also known as "Arab Sail") is a seven-star hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure whose shape mimics the sail of a ship.
What a great card and the first I received from the United Arab Emirates. Thanks Inna!