perjantai 17. marraskuuta 2017

Tatra Mountains

The Tatra Mountains, Tatras or Tatra, are a mountain range that form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. They are the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains. 

Beautiful mountain flowers ( Rosebay Willowherb, Fireweed - Chamerion angustifolium)

 High Tatras, Slovakia
National Park High Tatras (Vysoke Tatry) is situated in the north of Slovakia, shared partly with Poland. The only mountains of Alpine type in the whole Carpathian Mountain range are often called "the smallest alpine mountains in Europe".

travel time 9 days
distance travelled 1,530 km
 received on 27 May, 2016
sent by  Daša, Slovakia



 Crocuses in the Chocholowska Valley, Tatra mountains, Poland

travel time 14 days
distance travelled 1,437 km
received on 4 Jul, 2016
sent by Ivona, Poland




The Valley of Five Lakes, Dolina Pięciu Stawów, Tatra National Parks, Poland

 travel time 8 days
distance travelled 1,442 km
received on 16 Dec, 2014
sent by Magda, Poland


Tatravuoret sijaitsevat Slovakian ja Puolan rajalla. Tatravuoret muodostavat Karpaattien korkeimman vuoriston.

torstai 16. marraskuuta 2017

Today's mail

 Classroom. Photo Christopher Lefebure, France

French language lesson
Ranskan kielen oppitunti

travel time 5 days
distance travelled 172 km
Received 16 Nov, 2017
Sent by Merja, Finland



 Niagara Falls.  Majestetic Canadian Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls, also known as Canadian Falls, is the largest of the three waterfalls which collectively form Niagara Falls on the Niagara River along the Canada-US Border.

Niagaran putoukset on kolmen vesiputouksen muodostama ryhmä Niagarajoessa, Yhdysvaltojen ja Kanadan rajalla itäisessä Pohjois-Amerikassa. Putouksista suurin eli Horseshoe Falls on jaettu maiden kesken, kaksi muuta ovat Yhdysvaltain puolella.

travel time 10 days
distance travelled 6,371 km
 Received 16 Nov, 2017
Sent by Diana, Canada



Venetsianov Alexei (1780-1847 ) Reapers. Elonkorjaajat 1820

Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov was a Russian painter, renowned for his paintings devoted to peasant life and ordinary people.

Aleksei Gavrilovitš Venetsianov oli venäläinen taidemaalari, joka on parhaiten tunnettu hänen talonpoikaiselämää ja tavallisia ihmisiä kuvaavista teoksistaan.

Received 16 Nov, 2017
travel time 9 days
distance travelled 8,104 km
Sent by Gala, U.S.A




Wartburg castle in winter. Eisenach, Germany

The Wartburg is a castle originally built in the Middle Ages. It is situated on a 410 meters precipice to the southwest of, and overlooking the town of Eisenach, in the state of Thuringia, Germany. In 1999, UNESCO added Wartburg Castle to the World Heritage List.

Wartburgin linna on eräs Saksan kuuluisimmista keskiaikaisista linnoista. Se sijaitsee Thüringenissa Eisenachin kaupungissa 410 metrin korkuisella kukkulalla. Wartburgin linna valittiin vuonna 1999 Unescon maailmanperintökohteeksi.

travel time 4 days
distance travelled 1,825 km
Received 16 Nov, 2017
Sent by Dagmar, Germany


keskiviikko 15. marraskuuta 2017

Mesa Verde


Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, U.S.A. UNESCO World Heritatge

travel time 22 days
distance travelled 8,663 km
 received  on 9 Oct, 2017
sent by Alix, U.S.A

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States


Mesa Verden kansallispuisto
Colorado, USA

Mesa Verden kansallispuistossa sijaitsee lounais-Coloradossa. Puisto on tunnettu erityisesti muinaisten pueblointiaanien rakentamista taloista ja kylistä. Kuuluisimmat näistä ovat luoliin ja kallionkielekkeiden alle rakennetut rakennukset. Kansallispuistossa sijaitsee Yhdysvaltain suurimmaksi oletettu ”kielekerakennus” Cliff Palace.  Mesa Verden kansallispuisto valittiin 1978 Unescon maailmanperintöluetteloon. Unescon mukaan Mesa Verden muinaisjäännös todistaa pohjoisamerikkalaisten intiaanien muinaisisesta perinteestä.


tiistai 14. marraskuuta 2017

Cathedrals

Winchester Cathedral

travel time 4 days
distance travelled 8,197 km
 received 9 Nov, 2017
Sent by Lin, Taiwan, 
card sent from United Kingdom


Winchester Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral in Winchester, Hampshire, England. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. Dedicated to the Holy Trinity, Saint Peter, Saint Paul, and before the Reformation, Saint Swithun. The cathedral was founded in 642 on a site immediately to the north of the present one. This building became known as the Old Minster. It became part of a monastic settlement in 971.

Gloucester Cathedral 
Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, 
Gloucester, England

travel time 7 days
distance travelled 1,869 km
received 7 Dec, 2015 
sent by Steph, Gloucester, United Kingdom

The Cathedral stands in the north of the city near the River Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter. 


maanantai 13. marraskuuta 2017

Yuso Monastery


Yuso Monastery 
Monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla. UNESCO World Heritage Site

travel time 40 days
distance travelled 2,717 km
received on 13 Oct, 2017
sent by Carmen, Spain

The monastic community founded by St Millán in the mid-6th century became a place of pilgrimage. A fine Romanesque church built in honour of the holy man still stands at the site of Suso. It was here that the first literature was produced in Castilian, from which one of the most widely spoken languages in the world today is derived. In the early 16th century the community was housed in the fine new monastery of Yuso, below the older complex, it is still a thriving community today.

San Millán on kahden luostarin paikkakunta Riojan alueella Espanjan pohjoisosassa. Luostareista tuli pyhiinvaelluskohde 500-luvun puolessavälissä. Suson luostarin sanotaan olevan paikka, jossa espanjan ja baskin kieliä on ensi kerran kirjoitettu. Susossa on jäljellä romaanista tyyliä edustava kirkko tuolta ajalta. 1500-luvulla lluostarin veljestö muutti uudempiin tiloihin Yuson luostariin, alamäkeen edellisestä luostarista. Yhteisö on oedelleen elinvoimainen. Luostarit ovat UNESCOn maailmanperintökohde esimerkkinä puolitoista vuosituhatta jatkuneesta luostariperinteestä, ja eräänä espanjan kielen kehittymisen ja vaalimisen tyyssijana.

lauantai 11. marraskuuta 2017

Reflections

Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord, by Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude. 1848

Travel time 16 days
Distance travelled 796 km
Received on 17 May, 2017 
Sent by Sissel in Tromso, Norway

Adolph Tidemand ( 1814 – 1876) was a noted Norwegian romantic nationalism painter. Among his best known paintings are The Haugeans, 1852 and The Bridal Procession in Hardanger,1848.

Hans Fredrik Gude (1825 – 1903) was also a Norwegian romanticist painter is considered  to be one of Norway's foremost landscape painters. He has been called a mainstay of Norwegian National Romanticism.  Tidemand and Gude collaborated on several other paintings, all of which featured people in boats and Norwegian nature.

Cesar Buenaventura.  (1922-1983) Nipa Hut, 1940, UST Museum Manila

Travel time 27 days
Distance travelled 8,998 km
Received on 25 Aug, 2017
Sent by Kirsten, Philippines

Cesar Buenaventura was a Filipino painter known throughout his home country for his vibrantly colorful and thickly painted depictions of landscapes and people of the Philippines. Buenaventura often depicted farmers plowing fields or fisherman coming back from the sea, focusing on quiet scenes of everyday domestic and agrarian life. 

The Nipa hut is a type of stilt house indigenous to the vast majority of lowland Austronesian cultures of the Philippines. It often serves as an icon of Philippine culture or, more specifically, Filipino rural culture.

For more postcards, check Maria's  Postcards for the weekend 60: Reflections







perjantai 10. marraskuuta 2017

Pearl Islands/ Las Perlas

Fishermen and Pearl Island,  Panama

travel time 87 days
distance travelled 9,721 km
received on 30 Oct, 2017
sent by Javier, Panama

The Pearl Islands is a group of 200 or more islands and islets (many tiny and uninhabited) lying about 30 miles (48 km) off the Pacific coast of Panama in the Gulf of Panama. Earlier the Islands were always reserved for the rich and the famous and mostly inhabited. Until recent years a direct ferry from Panama City to the Pearl Islands could take you their for a affordable price. Las Perlas is now opening its unexplored nature for tourist all around the world. Recently, the Pearl Islands have been featured in three seasons of the reality-TV show Survivor.

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