11 Jun 2018

Miami Beach, Ocean Drive, Florida, USA



This great postcard shows the famous art deco hotels on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, beautifully lit with neon lights. Right in the centre is Colony Hotel, which counts as the most photographed art deco hotel. Ocean drive is the centre of the Miami Art Deco district which has over 900 preserved buildings many of which you may have seen in tons of movies. At night the street becomes an El Dorado for people wanting to out, have fun and enjoy a good meal.
Thank you Denise  for this wonderful postcard !

Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy (UNESCO)







Ravello is a small town an a rock 350 meters above the Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy. It was the perfect place for a shelter from barbarian invasions in 5th century. 400 years later it became once again a refuge, this time for several rebelious noble families fleeing the authority of the Doge. In the 11th century Ravello's importance rose due to the production of "Celendra Wool" but then declined again under the Norman rule. This change in fates, however drastic, could never destroy the town's breathtaking beauty and charm. Quite a number of celebrities fell in love with Ravello, like Greta Garbo, Winston Churchill, Richard Wagner and a lot more.
Today it is a major tourist attraction also because of the spectacular view down to the Amalfi coast. In 1997 it was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the site Costiera Amalfitana.
Thank you so much Giulio Fragonara for this wonderful postcard !!!

10 Jun 2018

Presidential Guard, Athens, Greece



The Presidential Guard stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Syntagma Square and at the Presidential Mansion in Athens, formerly the Royal Palace until the abolition of the Greek monarchy. Every Sunday they raise and lower the flag on the Acropolis. They are also known as Evzones. The name derives from several historical elite units in the Hellenic army. Their uniform with plaited kilts are very distinctive and handmade with intricate detail. The design evolved from clothes worn by Klephts, who fought against the Ottoman occupation.
The guard was established in December 1868.
This card I sent home from a visit in Athens.

8 Jun 2018

Palacio Salvo, Montevideo, Uruguay



My very first card from Uruguay! It shows Palacio Salvo located in the capital city Montevideo. It was designed by Italian born architect Mario Palanti. Construction started in 1925 to be completed only 3 years later. It was intended as a hotel but this plan never succeeded. Originally the building had a lighthouse on top which was soon replaced by an antenna. During that time it counted as South America's tallest building reaching 100 meters. The antenna was permanently removed in November 2012 leaving the palace at a height of now 95 meters. The building how houses various offices and private residences,
Thank you very much Angelica, for adding a new country to my collection with this beautiful card !!!

3 Jun 2018

Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, California, USA



Undoubtedly, Emeral Bay is the most beautiful place on Lake Tahoe, California. In 1969 the bay became a National Natural Landmark. The surrounding waters of Emerald Bay became part of the Emerald Bay State Park in 1994,  making it the first underwater park in the state, thus protecting the bay's bottom where wrecks and other items are to be found.
Thank you Linda for sending this beauty my way !!!

1 Jun 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, USA



Beautiful Large Letter postcard showing the skyline of Atlanta, capital of Georgia, USA, at dusk.
Thank you very much Amanda Hakkarainen !!!!

Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music), Barcelona, Spain (UNESCO)



What a fantastic evening view of the the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. This really exceptionel concert hall was designed by Lluis Dommènech i Montaner in Catalan Art Nouveau style and opened in 1908. The facade is made from brick and is richly decorated with mosaics, sculptures and stained glass. The inside is just as wonderful.
There are concerts throughout the year from classical, syphonic and chamber music to jazz and traditional Catalan music.
In 1997 the Palau de la Música Catalana was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Hospital de Sant Pau.
Thank you Tatiana for this fantastic postcard !!

31 May 2018

Arctic Circle Centre, Norway



This postcard shows the Arctic Circle Centre in Norway. The Arctic Circle is northernmost circle of latitude. It marks the area where for at least one day per year, the sun won't set (June 2) or rise (December 21). From this point the continuous day or night increases until you reach North Pole with 6 months per year in daylight followed by a 6 months long period of darkness.
Thank you Inge for this great card !!!

30 May 2018

Egypt Mapcard



Holiday greetings via postcard are so delightful :)  This one was sent by my daughter and her family while on holidays in the beautiful country of Egypt. A few years ago I enjoyed a wonderful cruise from Luxor to Assuan, a dive into ancient history as well as a relaxing time on a great ship with company just as great. Last year I had the opportunity to visit the Pyramids and the breathtaking island named Giftun, an hour off the coast near Hurghada. So this mapcard brings back a whole lot of cherished memories.
Thank you Carina !

27 May 2018

Albi, Episcopal City, France (UNESCO)



The Episcopal City of Albi is located in the south of France. In 2010 the city around the cathedral Sainte-Cécile was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The cathedral is a masterpiece of the Southern Gothic style and considered as the largest brick cathedral in the world. The Palais de la Berbie, now accomodating the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum,  was completed in the late 13th century, which makes it even older than the Palais des Papes in Avignon. The Old Bridge, as seen on the card, is still the one that was originally built in 1035 when Albi expanded to the oposite side of the river Tarn. It spans 151 meters and rests on 8 impressive arches. Later it was clad in brick and reinforced.
The city's most famous son is Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The French painter and illustrator was born in Albi in 1864.
Thank you Axel van Looy for this fantastic postcard !!!!

Latvia Mapcard



Colourful mapcard of Latvia, an independent republic in the Baltic region with Riga as its capital and largest city.. On May 1, 2004 Latvia joined the European Union.
Thank you Jolanta for this great addition to the mapcard section of my collection. !!

Peloponnese Mapcard, Greece



Peloponnese is a peninsula in southern Greece, separated from the mainlaind by the Isthmus and Gulf of Corinth. The name derives from the Greek mythology and means Island of Pelops. Pelops was king of Pisa, an ancient Greek town which included Olympia, and claimed to have conquered the whole peninsula.
Peloponnese is mainly known for Olympia, the place where the Olympic games were born, but, besides breathtaking landscapes and beautiful beaches,  there are many historic places to see on this peninsula. In the north, for example,  the Myceneans, who played a major part in developing classical Greek culture, founded a city which became one of the greatest cultural centres of their time, Mycenae.
Also Corinth, Sparta, Epidaurus and many more places known from ancient Greek history are found on Peloponnese.
This card I sent home for my collection during a cruise.

26 May 2018

Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet, China (UNESCO)



This postcard shows Potala Palace, in Lhasa. Until the Tibetan Uprising in 1959, Potala Palace was the residence of the Dalai Lama. During the uprising the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India. Potala Palace has been turned into a museum and in 1994 it was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Construction began in 1645 under the 5th Dalai Lama on a 3,700 meter high mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley
Thank you Twinkle for this spectacular card !

Geirangerfjord, Norway (UNESCO)



This is one of the places that are still on my "Must See" list. Geirangerfjord in Norway is one of the countries most visited tourist sites. The 15 km long fjord is surrounded by some of the steepest mountains of the entire west coast, which leaves very little room for settlements. At the end of the fjord there is the small town Geiranger.
In 2005 Geirangerfjord was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List together with Naroyfjord.
Thank you Jörg for this wonderful postcard !!!

25 May 2018

Salt Lake City, Assembly Hall and Temple, Utah, USA



This postcard shows two of the main buildings in Salt Lake City, capital of Utah, both owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints. On the left, there is Assembly Hall, which has a seating capacity for 1,400 people. Construction began in 1877 and was finally completed in 1882. The building is designed in the then very popular Victorian Gothic style.
On the right you can see the spires of Salt Lake Temple. Construction of this massive building took about 40 years. It was dedicated in April 1893.
Thank you Judy Andreason for this beautiful postcard !

Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), London, U.K. (UNESCO)



I already have several cards showing the Palace ofWestminster, butfor me this is easily one of the most beautiful.
It is located in the city of Westminster in central London. The first royal palace in this place was built in 11th century and was the residence of the kings of England until 1512 when a fire destroyed much of the complex. It was rebuilt, and became home of the Parliament until another fire almost completely destroyed the palace in 1834. The only parts of the original building are Westminster Hall, the Jewel Tower, the cloisters of St. Stephen and the Chapel of St. Mary Undercroft.
The palace is in possession of the crown and for ceremonial purposes still functions as a royal residence.
Together with Westminster Abbey and St. Margret's Church, the Palace of Westminster was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List (1997)
Thank you Claire for this beautiful view !!!

24 May 2018

Penguins on Snares Islands, Subantarctic Aotearoa / New Zealand (UNESCO)



Another treasure sent by my postcard hero Rod Eime :)
The subantarctic islands of New Zealand, or Aotearoa in Maori language, have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. The Snares Islands (Tini Heke in Maori language) are located southwest of Stewart Island. The Snares crested penguin is endenic to the island along with 3 other land birds. The islands have the distinction of being the only forested group of Subantarctic islands with no introduced mammals.
Thank you a lot Rod Eime for this awesome card !!!

Kolyvanskoye Lake, Golden Mountains of Altay, Russian Federation (UNESCO)



Beautiful Kolyvanskoye lake in the Golden Mountains of Altay, a massive mountain range in Siberia. The name Altay comes from the Mongolian word "Altan" which translates as Golden. They are among nature's most marvellous gems, rich in diversity and beauty. The Altay covers an area of 845.000 square kilometers.
Thank you Vera for this beautiful card!!

8 May 2018

Venice and Grand Canal, Italy (UNESCO)





The Grand Canal is one of the most important water-traffic corridors of Venice. It is 3.8 kilometers long, up to 90 meters wide and the average depth is 5 meters. The banks are lined with more than 170 buildings, palazzos dating back to 13th up to 18th century. They rise out of the water without pavement, so the only way to reach them is by boat.
A major attraction for tourists are gondola rides along the canals of Venice.
Thank you Edoardo Galletti for this amazing evening view !!

6 May 2018

Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti (St John of the Hermits), Palermo, Sicily, Italy (UNESCO)



St. John of the Hermits is located in Palermo, the capital city of the beautiful island of Sicily, which is part of Italy. I won this card in a Facebook lottery, and when checking on the church I was surprised to find out it was a missing UNESCO Site in my collection. Big smile !
The origins of the church go back to the 6th century. It was later converted into a mosque, then again back into a church. In 1136 it was entrusted to the Benedictine monks of Saint William of Vercelli.
It was remodified a few times, but somehow the architects always kept to the quite distinct Arab style. It was named the Arab-Norman Culture. Around 1880 the church was restored again, this time attempting to return it to the medieval look. The red domes, though, still make it very clear that there was a strong Arab influence.
St. John of the Hermits is part of the UNESCO Site Arab-Norman Palermo and Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale.
Thank you very much Beate Di Guardia for this beautiful card !!!