Thursday, March 5, 2015

Moscow Kremlin

The name Kremlin means "fortress inside a city"

The Moscow Kremlin is a historic complex at the heart of Moscow, Moskva River. 
It is the best known of Russian citadels (kremlins) comprises of five palaces, 
four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers.

Interesting Moscow Kremlin Map

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Russian Federation Emblem

Coat of arms of the Russian Federation

The two main elements of Russian state symbols 
(the two-headed eagle and the mounted figure slaying the dragon) 
predate Peter the Great. 

The current coat of arms was adopted officially on November 30, 1993. 
The imperial crowns on each head stand for the unity and sovereignty of Russia
both as a whole and in its constituent republics and regions. 
The orb and scepter grasped in the eagle's toes are traditional 
heraldic symbols of sovereign power and authority. 

Thanks to Tatiana from Kazan , Russia for this postcard. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 Chinese Zodiac

I received a very nice & warmth postcard from Motoko. 
She lives in Kanazawa , Japan. 

 The postcard is made of a layer of think white felt embossed at the background

2015 is a year of Goat (or Sheep / Ram), is a year of Wooden Goat in precise. The "Wood Goat" is according to Chinese Five Element (Earthly Branch) Theory. 
A "Wood Goat" year occurs every 60 years. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Map of Europos

Received from Gintare from Lithuania. 
She told me that from Jan 1,2015 , Litas (Lithuanian Currency) 
was replaced by Euro. 

This made Lithuania, the last three Baltic states to adopt the euro, 
after Estonia (2011) and Latvia (2014).

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Marvelous Peacock

Received this marvelous postcard from Claire. 

Love the way she describe her life :)

She told me  about the temperature @ Thunder Bay / Ontario / Canada 
From November and ends in May, during this cold season the temperature is 
rarely above zero and can drop to -35 degree. 
Summer starts at the beginning of June and ends in the beginning of September, 
temperature is usually above 10 degree but hardly ever rise above 20 degree.   

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Latvian National Dolls

Thank you to Patricia for this Doll Postcard from Latvia. 

Latvian ethnography ~ 
color palette, traditionally used materials and the beauty 
of understanding is an inexhaustible source of inspiration

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Kizhi Wooden Church, Russia

Thank you to Vladko sending me this amazing postcard from Russia. 
Not to forget also the Vladko's neat writing, 
Gorgeous stamps and the lovely masking tape pasted. 

Kizhi is an island on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. 
There are dozens of historical wooden buildings build during the 1950s. 
Kizhi Pogost is one of the most famous (out of 80+) historical wooden structures.

The Kizhi Pogost enclosure holds two wooden churches and an octagonal 
bell tower built during the 18th-century. 
The Church of the Transfiguration was intended for use only during the 
summer as the church has no heating, and winter in Russia is terribly bitter. 
It was not uncommon in Russia to have paired churches, for summer and winter. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Windmills at Kinderdijk

The postcard that I received from Caroliene. 

The windmills at the dutch village of Kinderdijk are 
an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Street of George Town

This is one of my favorite postcard. 

The organised chaos on the street of George Town, the capital of 
Penang Island from those days.  

The projected signboard is a way to attract the customers from far. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Land of the Head Hunters

photo : Susan K.Jacobson

I bought this creepy postcard many years back from Sabah.
So happen that I dig all my postcards out and thought of to let go some of precious 
to next postcrossers, and this piece will go to Olga Korzhavina, Russia.

Headhunting used to be a tribal rite in Borneo and skull houses were an essential part 
of traditional life. Skull houses can still be seen these days, but of course the practice of headhunting stopped many years ago.