Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Aktru Mountain

The place is called The Aktru Mountain which is translated as "White House'. It is the highest part of Northern Chuisky Range, about 4,000 metres high and very popular among hikers and mountain climbers.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Leipzig of Germany

The postcard shows a piece of Leipzig's city center. 

Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. 
Leipzig is derived from the Slavic word Lipsk which means "settlement where the lime trees stand. In 1937, under the ruler of Nazi government, the city was then renamed as Reichsmessestadt Leipzig. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Portrait of Yekaterina Khrushcheva and Pricess Yekaterina Khovanskaya

Portrait of Yekaterina Khrushcheva and Yekaterina Khovanskaya

This oil painting is keep in the Russian Museum, St Petersburg

Dmitry Levitsky (1735 - 1822), the painter.

According to what I had read in Wikipedia, Levitsky died in poverty in 1822, even he had many commissions, but all was poorly paid.  

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Niagara Falls - Chutes Niagara

 A December sunrise enhances the majestic beauty of the Horseshoe Falls. It is called as Horseshoe Falls because it is in the shape of a horseshoe. 

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States. 
Many years ago, people would go over the falls in barrels! 
Now, it's illegal. 

If anyone dare to across the Niagara Falls on tight ropes ?

YES ! In 2012, Nik Wallenda did that. Wallenda became the first person to cross directly over Niagara Falls on a high wire. 

Brave ? Wacky ?

Checkout the Map Postcard here

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ride on the Red Trolley

I received this lovely Salem Trolley postcard from LizD of Boston. Salem is a city on the north coast of Massachusetts above Boston. Salem Trolley is operated since 1982 and it is kinda like the "hop-on,hop-off" shuttle service and with the total of 14 stops and claims as one of the best option to explore Salem.  

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Another Moomin card, Tove 100

 I'm so happy to have another Moomin postcard in my collections. 
Paula told me that she store her postcards in a big metallic tea box. 

Before we left, Grandmother talked a lot about the arctic night we would fly through. ‘Isn’t it a mystical word, “arctic”? Pure and quite hard. And meridians. Isn’t that pretty? We’re going to fly along them, faster than the light can follow us… Time won’t be able to catch us.
Tove Jansson, from her book Art in Nature.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Doors and Windows of Peranakan Penang Houses

I always found fascinating of the design of the doors and windows for the houses in Penang. Peranakan in the Malay language means the child of those who are descendants of an intermarriage between a Malay and any other ethnic group. Some houses display the stylistic trends of front facade in different periods. In early 20th Century, the houses in the Straits Settlements (Penang or Malacca) adopted Western architectural styles, full length timber shutters, an arched transom over the window opening. Some of the riches during that time, even had a coloured tile on the walls and floors of the front facade.