Friday, 25 March 2011

Slovenia. Maribor and Sečovlje.

Sender: beki 
Solt works of Sečovlje.

The village was once the centre of Slovenian salt producing, now its main source of income is tourism at the Sečovlje Salina nature park. (Wikipedia)

Sender: jakainpetra 

Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia. It lies on the river Drava at the meeting point of the Pohorje mountain, the Drava Valley, the Drava Plain, and the Kozjak and Slovenske gorice hill ranges. Maribor's coat of arms features a white dove flying downwards above a white castle with two towers and a portcullis on a red shield. (Wikipedia)

This card was sent by a 10-year-old boy.  His only message on the back side of the card was hand-written and it was so cute to read it!

Germany. Island Rugen

Sender: Bommelfisch 
Island Rugen. Cape Arkona

Rügen is Germany's largest island located in off the north-eastern coast of co untry in the Baltic Sea. It is much mythologised in the German national imagination. Frequented in the late 19th and early 20th century by the country’s good and great, including Bismarck, Thomas Mann and Einstein, its chalk coastline was also immortalised by Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich in 1818. 

Cape Arkona is the tip of the Wittow peninsula, just a few kilometres north of the Jasmund National Park. 
(Wikipedia and

China. Beijing

Sender: Susan-S 
Beijing. Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill (60 meters high) and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. The central Kunming Lake covering 2.2 square kilometers was entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill. In the Summer Palace, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures. The Summer Palace started out life as the Garden of Clear Ripples in 1750. (Wikipedia)

Belorus. Minsk

Sender: lohmatiy 
Belarus. Minsk.  Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and St.Joseph Chathedral

The Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Spirit is actually the former church of the Bernardine convent. It was built in the simplified Baroque style in 1642–87 and went through renovations in 1741–46 and 1869.

St.Joseph Chathedral is formerly affiliated with the Bernardine monastery, built in 1644–52 and repaired in 1983.

Sweden. Gotland, Lärbro.

Sender: xiaolu 
Gotland, Interior of a church in Lärbro (Lärbro kyrka).

Gotland is a county, province, municipality and diocese of Sweden and the largest island in the Baltic Sea. It has sometimes been called the Pearl of the Baltic. The island is the home of the Gutes (the tribal name of the Gotlandic people).

Lärbro kyrka is one of Gotland's largest churches. It was built of stone earlier then XII cent: remnains from XI cent were found in the north portal. The interior is counted as the most beautiful on Gotland. Church was restored in 1953-1955 after a proposal by the architect Olle Karth. (Wikipedia and

One more card with a story: in was sent for Canada from Sweden (Stokholm) by a Chinese guy.

Estonia. Pärnu

Lighthouse RR #56
Sender: Lissel (card sent from Germany)
Estonia. Pärnu. Mole
Pärnu - is a city in southwestern Estonia on the coast of Pärnu Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Riga in the Baltic Sea. It is a popular summer vacation resort with many hotels, restaurants, and large beaches. The Pärnu River flows through the city and drains into the Gulf of Riga. (Wikipedia)

I LOVE Estonian cards! They are so peaceful and just lovely :)

Russia. Nizhniy Novgorod

Just viewcards RR #80
Sender: Gerbera
Nizhny Novgorod. Nizhnevolzhskaya Embankment, Elias Mountain and Kremlin.

Nizhny Novgorod is a fifth most populous city in Russia. Located in the heart of the East European Plain at the confluence of rivers Oka and Volga . Oka divides the city into two parts - the upper to the lower Diatlovy (Woodpeckers) mountains and on her left low-lying coast. In the period from 1932 to 1990, the city was known as Gorky after the writer Maxim Gorky who was born there.

The stone Kremlin of XVI cent.on the historic center of N.Novgorod is two kilometers red-brick fortress with 13 watchtowers. There were many churches in the Kremlin, but till today, only Archangel Michael Cathedral, built no later than the middle of the XVI cent. and rebuilt in 1628-1631, is the oldest surviving building. The historical center of N.Novgorod, located on the mountainous part of the city, despite significant restructuring has kept a significant number of historic civil structures XVIII - early XX centuries, including the numerous monuments of wooden architecture. (Wikipedia)

Russia. St.Petersburg

Sender: mr_krevch
St.Petersburg. Palace bridge.

Palace bridge is a road traffic and foot bascule bridge spanning the Neva River in Saint Petersburg between Palace Square and Vasilievsky Island. Like every other Neva bridge (except for Big Obukhovsky Bridge), it is drawn by night, making foot travel between various parts of the city virtually impossible. The total length of Palace Bridge is 260.1 meters, width is 27.8 meters. It is actually composed of five spans, the southernmost joining Palace Embankment between Winter Palace and Admiralty and leading to Palace Square. Construction of the cast-iron bridge was started in 1912, but the work was delayed by World War I and the bridge was not opened to the public until December 23, 1916. (Wikipedia)

Finlandю Petäjävesi

Sender: Huppu68 
Petäjävesi Old Church (1764)
Petäjävesi Old Church is a wooden church located in Petäjävesi, Finland. It was built between 1763 and 1765. The clock tower that has been built in 1821 is connected to it. UNESCO considered it to be a representative Lutheran church of the Scandinavian tradition, mixing Renaissance with older Gothic architectural elements. (Wikipedia)


Sender: snowleopard
Izumo Taisha Shrine: Kiccho shinju.
Izumo Taisha is one of the most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan. No record gives the date of establishment. Located in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, it is home to two major festivals. It is dedicated to the god Ōkuninushi (Ōkuninushi-no-mikoto), famous as the Shinto deity of marriage. (Wikipedia)