Friday, 29 May 2015

Suomi Finland Map Postcard

Mitä kuuluu? (MEE-ta KOO-loo?) means "How are you" in Finnish. 
My first Map Postcard received in 2015 via Postcrossing portal. 
This Map Postcard incorporates Things-to-Do and Flora fauna of Finland. 
Finland (in Swedish) and Suomi (in Finnish). Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north and Russia to the east

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Iconic Map of Turkey

Sandy from Hong Kong sent me an Iconic Postcard.
It's obvious that the country shows in the postcard is the Republic of Turkey as the country's coastline bordering the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea.  

Sandy pasted some beautiful Hong Kong stamps showing the Po Pin Chau , Collared Scops Owl and Year of Horse.   

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Map and Scenery of Saône-et-Loire, France

 A very cute postcard I received from Anne, France. 
The puppy holding a calligraphy pen :)

Beautiful Saône-et-Loire is located at south of Burgundy. The place is well known for its Romanesque church and castle. The gastronomic specialties such as Charolais beef, the Bresse poultry and Maconnais Wines.

If I have given a chance to visit this place, I would like to include Roche de Solutré (Solutré Rock) ~ a prehistoric site and The Paray-le-Monial basilica (remarkable Romanesque art) in my travel plan. 

The French stamp depicting Marianne, designed by Ciappa & Kawena

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Lithuania adopt Euro

Received from Gintare from Lithuania. 
She told me that starting from Jan 1,2015 , Litas (Lithuanian Currency) 
was replaced by the Euro. This made Lithuania, the last three Baltic states to adopt the euro, 
after Estonia (2011) and Latvia (2014).

The postcard received and posted on my sister-blog 
from 2009, 2010 & 2011 showed the stamps in Lithuanian Litas (LT) unit. 

Monday, 11 May 2015

National Park : Bayerischer Wald

The postcard was sent by Gigi on Feb 2015 and pasted the matching flora fauna stamp on the postcard. She mentioned in the postcard that there was a lot of snows in Feb.

This postcard shows the Bavarian Forest National Park during winter time and  Bayerischer Wald (Wald is meant as 'forest' in German) is the first National Park in Germany. The National Park extends to Czech side.  

Friday, 8 May 2015

Shanghai Map Postcard

I was over the moon when the postcard from Ming of China delivered to my doorstep on Mar 2015. This is an uneven shaped postcard, roughly measured 19 x 13cm 

The blue lake is known as Shichaihai (大运河~什刹海) which comprising of Qianhai (前海)、
Houhai (后海) and Xihai (西海). The brown-ish square icons, old buildings once lived by famous people like Former Residence of Song Ching Ling, Mao Ze Dong, Feng Guo Zhang, Zhang ZhiDong, Guo Mo Rou, Mei Lan Fang scatter in this area.

What amaze me about this postcard is the detailed drawing of each building, especially on the roof design. Most of the old buildings are adopting Hsuan-Shan (悬山) rooftop construction, which is considered commonly used in traditional civil building in China since the Song Dynasty (about 10th Century A.D.). 

The reason of Hsuan-Shan rooftop is widely used in southern China due to it's rainproof functionality.    

This little map postcard surely will help me and you if you are planning to travel to Shanghai. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Map of Belarus's famous Architecture

The image of architecture of Belarus in anticlockwise direction, start from 9 o clock.. 
Mir Castle Complex, Kosava Castle, Palance and Park Ensemble in Homiem St Barbara's Church AND
Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radzivils in Niasviz at the middle