This postcard was actually sent from Cracow and it arrived one day after Mónica's arrival back in Portugal. It shows a few aspects of Cracow:The Town Hall Tower and the Cloth Hall, the Florian's Gate, the Juliusz Slowacki Theatre, the Barbican.
Mónica is friend and is also a college at my work. We also participate as volunteers in some events related to cancer. This year she made an InterRail travel at some European countries. She also likes postcards and she bought me a few from each country. From Hungary she gave me:
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A multiview postcard with some places from Hungary: Esztergom, Debrecen, Hévíz, Pécs, Keszthely, Budapest and Sopron.
This lake view is from Heidiland and shows the Lake Walen. Sent by carolisha
"Heidiland, named after the Heidi books, is an important tourist area in Switzerland, popular especially with the Japanese. Maienfeld is the center of what is called Heidiland; one of the villages, formerly called Oberrofels, is actually renamed "Heididorf." Heidiland is located in an area called Bündner Herrschaft; it is criticized as being a "laughable, infantile cliche" and "a more vivid example of hyperreality." In: Wikipedia
the corner of Zhongshan Rd and Dongmen St, Hsinchu City God (Cheng Huang)
Temple is known as the highest-ranking of all Taiwan City God temples.
Completed in 1748, Hsinchu Cheng Huang Temple is renowned as Tier-Two
historical site with flourishing incense and many Taiwanese snacks in front
forming a vivid scene. It is a Taoist temple where hundreds of colorful
wall-paintings can be seen with a distinctive arched entrance structure.
Cheng Huang, the city god of justice is responsible for the
final judges of each soul who die within his jurisdiction. Cheng Huang was
honored “Wei-Ling Kung” by Emperor Guangxu of Ching Dynasty and appointed Cheng
Huang Temple as one of the royal temples.
Each year on November 29th of the Lunar Calendar is the
birthday of Cheng-Huang, which a birthday ceremony is being held on the eve of
the big day through the 29th. There will be traditional parades and
firecrackers. Also, on the 2nd of July of the Lunar Calendar, worshippers will
gather around Hsinchu City God Temple to see some believers wearing paper-made
triangular shackles on their necks for bliss and wellness." In: Sinotour
From the Alien RR from the Postcrossing Forum, "geminiscp" sent this lovely postcard with the commom bottlenose dolphin that also lives in Portugal at Sado River (Setúbal)
"Tursiops truncatus, commonly known as the Common Bottlenose Dolphin, is the most well-known species from the family Delphinidae.
Common bottlenose dolphins are the most familiar dolphins due to the wide exposure they receive in captivity in marine parks, dolphinarias, in movies, and television programs (for example Flipper). T. truncatus are the largest species of the beaked dolphins. They inhabit temperate and tropical oceans throughout the world, and are absent only from polar waters. The bottlenose dolphins previously known as T. truncatus, but recently the genus has been split into two, T. truncatus and T. aduncus. Although this species has been traditionally called the Bottlenose Dolphin, many authors have used the name Common Bottlenose Dolphin for this species since a second bottlenose dolphins species, the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin, was described. The Common Bottlenose Dolphins inhabit warm and temperate seas worldwide. Considerable genetic variation has been described among members of this species, even between neighboring populations, and so many experts believe that there may be multiple species included within Tursiops truncatus." In: Wikipedia
From a swap with "ilove2smile" I got this cool postcard from the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey.
"African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) Size: 26-27" tall and weighing 4.4 to 11 lbs Habitat: Found on the south-western coast of Africa on islands between Namibia and South Africa Fun Fact: They can swim at an average speed of 7km per hour and stay submerged for up 2 minutes"
From a swap with "ilove2smile" I've got this recipe of Fried Chicken from Maryland.
"Maryland's chicken industry is concentrated in rural sections of the lower Eastern Shore, where one grower can raise thousands of birds in a single barnlike "house". The business is Maryland's largest agricultural endeavor, contributing almost $1 billion to the state's economy."
Hengchun Town of Pingtung County, Taiwan, Hengchun Chuhuo (Eternal Flame) is an
ecological wonder that is about 5 minutes away from the East Gate of Hengchun
Old Town. Chuhuo, meaning releasing fire in Mandarin is also known as ghost
fire for these burning flames looking rather mysterious in the dark.
distinctive sceneries, Hengchun Chuhuo is one of Hengchun’s unique treasures,
which is fueled by natural gas that rises through cracked mudstone under the
earth’s surface. These distinctive flames can be seen year-round and are
best-viewed drying the dry seasons. During rainy season and days, the
still-burning flames are sometimes temporarily concealed by the falling rain
filling the mudstone cracks.
Chuhuo is mostly visited by travelers in the evening for a clear view. For
visitors visiting in the evening, one may want to bring torches as there are no
lightings in the area. In addition, popcorn, sweet potatoes, or eggs are
available at the stalls at the entrance to have some fun at Chuhuo area." In: Sinotour
I've already visited Ferrara, but I don't find any postcard from there... I'm guessing that they are lost... But finally I received a card from there! "Chihuahua" and Alex sent this view of the Savonarola Monument and the Castle Estense.
taki means "dragon head waterfall" in Japanese. The name comes from the
shape of the falls, which resembles the head of a dragon. The waterfall is
located on Yukawa River, shortly before the river discharges into Lake
Waterfall is flanked by many trees which turn yellow and red during the autumn
leaf season, adding to the fall's fiery, dragon-like appearance. Probably
because of its shadowy location, Ryuzu Waterfall is one of the first spots in
Nikko to see autumn colors. It is usually best in early October.
waterfall is viewed free of charge from a small observation deck in the back of
a rest house that also contains a souvenir shop and a food stand. It is
possible to follow the river upstream for about 300 meters along a walking
trail and enjoy more views of the impressive river as it rushes towards the
lake. Further beyond, the trail continues towards the Senjogahara
Marshlands." In: Japan Guide
District, also commonly known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region
in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous not only for
its lakes and its mountains (or fells) but also for its associations with the
early 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth and the other Lake
majority of the area was designated as the Lake District National Park in 1951.
It is the largest of the thirteen National Parks in England and Wales, and the
second largest in the UK (after the Cairngorms). It lies entirely within the
modern county of Cumbria, shared historically by the counties of Cumberland,
Westmorland and Lancashire. All the land in England higher than three thousand
feet above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, the
highest mountain in England. It also contains the deepest and longest lakes in
England." In: Wikipedia
Photo by George Hadjimenikou published by Amnicard
This is my third swap with Nasia from Cyprus. This time she sent this ancient mosaic of Leda and Swan in Nicosia.
the Swan is a motif from Greek mythology in which Zeus came to Leda in the form
of a swan. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces,
children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra,
children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta. In the W.B. Yeats
version, it is subtly suggested that Clytemnestra, although being the daughter
of Tyndareus, has somehow been traumatised by what the swan has done to her
mother (see below). As the story goes, Zeus took the form of a swan and raped
or seduced Leda on the same night she slept with her husband King Tyndareus. In
some versions, she laid two eggs from which the children hatched. In other
versions, Helen is a daughter of Nemesis, the goddess who personified the
disaster that awaited those suffering from the pride of Hubris." In: Wikipedia