The remains of the Palaestra at ancient Olympia, Greece, the site of the first Olympic games which were held in honour of Zeus. Over the centuries the site was buried under alluvial deposits and in 1766 it was discovered by Richard Chandler, an English antiquarian but it took till 1829 that the excavations finally began, carried out by the French.
My parents sent me this great card when cruising the Mediterranean.
A surprise card received from Tom Hoey,. showing the historic tram that links Glenelg with Adelaide. Glenelg, with its great beaches has become a popular tourist destination with nice hotels and restaurants. The historic tram is in use during the weekends while on the other days service was taken over by more modern trams.
Beautiful postcard of the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark to the French Marie Cavallier, now Princess Marie of Denmark.
This postcard was sent for the Postcrossing Favourites Tag.
Originally the Hagia Sophia was built as an orthodox church, later changed to a mosque and now is a museum in Istanbul.
Construction started in 532 and until 1453, with a brief intermezzo as Roman Catholic Cathedral, it was the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople (Istanbul's former name). Until 1931 it was a mosque and then turned into a museum by the first Turkish president Kemal Atatürk.
This beautiful card was sent by my parents during their Mediterranean cruise in October 2013
A great addition to my ship collection. The SS Sörlandet is one of the 3 Norwegian Tall Ships and also the oldest full rigged tall ship of the world still in operation.
The card was sent by Tone Fjosne for the WiP June General Swap.
Wonderful surprise card from Monika and Dieter Pech from their trip to Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. In 1996 the Augustinian Monastery, where Martin Luther was at home for a while, first as a monk and later as owner, as well as various Luther and Melancthon memorials were inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996.
Eger is a city located in northern Hungary. It is known for its beautiful castle, the thermal baths and lots of historical buildings. It also has the northernmost Turkish minaret in the world. The red wines and dishes of the region are another nice reason to pay a visit to the city and area.
This nice city view was sent by Bernadett Csimar for the WiP December General Swap.
Beautiful view of the Ross Fountain in Butchart Gardens. The fountain was completed in 1964 to mark the 60th anniversary of Butchart Gardens.
The card was sent by Donna Rabinovich for the WiP Freshwater Swap.
The Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey is the nation's only training center for Coast Card Recruits.
This great card was sent by Rose Davenport for the WiP Military Swap
The Family Names of Ireland in a great mapcard sent by Claudia Busse for the WiP Map Swap. The card shows the leaduing Gaelic and Norman Irish names with the arms of the main clands and the locations of other families.
Really nice evening view of Ventura, officially City of San Buenaventura, in California, USA.
The Chumash Indians were the original inhabitants of the area where the city is now located. In 1782 Father Junipero Serra founded the mission of San Buenaventura which later became the city.
This beautiful card was sent by Susan Pierce for the WiP ABC Letter V swap.
Odd shaped Saguaros as found in Arizona, USA. This cactus species can grow to heights of up to 20 or more meters and have quite a long lifespan. Usually they grow their first "arm" at the age of 15-20 years, some never grow any arms at all.
This great card was sent by Susan Pierce for the WiP ABC Letter A Swap.
Raluca Marila sent me this beautiful card showing the Orthodox Cathedral in Timisoara, Romania. It is dedicated to the Three Holy Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. Construction started in 1936 and was completed 5 years later in 1941.
From the back of the card: "The Mummers Parade is an American tradition held each New Year's Day in Philadelphia. It is thought to be the oldest folk festival in the United States. Local clubs compete for thousands of dollars in prizes in one of four categories: comics, fancies, string bands and fancy brigades. Participants labor almost a full year preparing elaborate costumes, music, and pageantry for this parade which starts in South Philly and travels up Broad Street. The Mummers Parade is as much a part of Philadelphia history as the Liberty Bell and cheese steaks"
This beautiful card was sent by Rose Davenport for the WiP January General Swap.