Most viewed of February 2012

The top 3 of the most viewed posts in February of 2012 are:

1 - Braga's Municipal Stadium - Portugal, posted in 29-12-2011

2 - The Battle of Chesma - Russia, posted in 25-10-2011

3 - David, Florence - Italy, posted in 30-06-2011


Mother Church in Ponte de Lima - Portugal

© Guia Turístico do Norte


A view of the Mother Church (c. XII / XII) in Ponte de Lima.

"Church built by residents with the consent of King D. João I from 1425 onwards and finished probably in 1446.
Due to the overlapping of multiple styles, for instance the gothic portal crowned by an revivalist 20th century rose window, it is perceptible that it suffered sveral changes and improvements along the centuries.
The Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, on the basis of the bell tower has gothic inspiration and the portico of the Capela do Santíssimo (nowadays Capela Beato Francisco Pacheco) dates from the Renaissance.
The side altars, both from the 18th century, to worship Nossa Senhora das Dores and Nossa Senhora da Piedade (nowadays Nossa Senhora de Fátima) are remarkable due to the richness of the carving works." In:  Waymarking


Cape Peninsula - South Africa

© Arthur English

"Cape Peninsula
The Lido at Sea Port is host to all enjoying the sunshine"

"The Cape Peninsula (Afrikaans: Kaapse Skiereiland) is a generally rocky peninsula that juts out for 75 km (47 mi) into the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western extremity of the African continent. At the southern end of the peninsula are Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. On the northern end is Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town, South Africa." In: Wikipedia


BY-315135 - Water Towers in Grodno

BY-315135 sent by "Nickey"

It shows the Water Towers in Grodno


Postcrossing Meeting in Florida

The Postcrossing Meetings are always great, funny and full of postcards! Last month, "9teen87" was at the Florida Meeting and sent this postcard:

© Distributed by G. R. Brown Co.

"In 1884 Ringling Bros. founded their circus in Baraboo, Wisconsin where they wintered for 34 years, 'till 1918. Eventually absorbed the Barnum & Bailey Circus too."


Catas Altas - Brazil

Marcelo is a Facebook friend and sent some of his favorite spots in Minas Gerais.

© Photo: Sérgio Mourão

Square Monsenhor Mendes in Catas Altas

© Photo: Sérgio Mourão

Chapel Santa Quitéria in Catas Altas


Ilulissat Icefjord - Greenland

© Photo: Jakob Lautrup, GEUS; published by Post Greenland

This is a stunning landscape of Ilulissat Icefjord from Greenland, an offer from "andreaeiko".

"Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord (40,240 ha) is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice, i.e. 10% of the production of all Greenland calf ice and more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. Studied for over 250 years, it has helped to develop our understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology. The combination of a huge ice-sheet and the dramatic sounds of a fast-moving glacial ice-stream calving into a fjord covered by icebergs makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon." In: UNESCO


US-1484527 - Mount Rushmore National Memorial

© Andrew Hogarth (photo) / Dakota News Inc.

US-1484527 sent by "BhiCindy"

"Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres (5.17 km2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level." In: Wikipedia


RU-737192 - Animal Kisses

© Wolf Erlbruch

RU-737192 sent by "spick"

An illustration by Wolf Erlbruch that belongs to a collection of postcards named "Animal Kisses"


Sultan Ahmet Mosque - Turkey

© Keskin Color

This postcard was an offer from "Andreaeiko" from Brazil. It shows an interior view of the Sultan Ahmet Mosque or the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, a world heritage site by UNESCO.

"The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultanahmet Camii) is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire (from 1453 to 1923). The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.

It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. While still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction." In: Wikipedia


DE-1197436 - "Pajama Party"

© Jeffrey Luther / PC Design, published by Hellcat Amazons

DE-1197436 sent by "Capitano"

The cover of the book "Pajama Party" by Peggy Swenson


Ben & Jerry's - Portugal

© Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc, published by Publicards

I like Ben & Jerry's ice creams! "Leninha" sent this ad card about Ben & Jerry's fair trade policy.


Teen Pregnancy - USA

© Christian Witkin (photo), NCPTP

Ad card RR G87-Awareness, sent by "HeatherC"

Front side: "I had sex so my boyfriend wouldn't reject me. Now, I have a baby. And no boyfriend."

Back side: "Four in ten girls get pregnant by age 20. The only way to be sure you don't get pregnant - or get someone pregnant - is not to have sex. But if you do, use protection every time. Sex has consequences. www.teenpregnancy.com"


Mental Health Month - Australia

© Artwork by The National Grid, published by Avantcard

Ad card RR G87 - Awareness, sent by "crizle"


DE-1207703 - The Kiss

© Gebr. König Postkartenverlag

DE-1207703 sent by "evnira"

"The Kiss" 1886 by Auguste Rodin, at Rodin Museum in Paris.


Church of Our Lady of Martyrs in Castro Marim - Portugal

© Michael Howard

RR Portugal x Portugal G17, sent by ninocas

This was the last postcard from this group. "Ninocas" choose this view of Castro Marim, a small town at the Portuguese border with Spain. We can see the Church of Our Lady of Martyrs, the Castle and the International Guadiana Bridge.


Aerial view of Gibraltar

© Estoril Ltd

Gibraltar is a very small country and was visited by "joaninha" last month. It's my first card from this country!

"Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It has an area of 6.8 square kilometres (2.6 sq mi) and a northern border with Andalusia, Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is the densely populated city area, home to almost 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities.

An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession. The territory was subsequently ceded to Britain "in perpetuity" under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. It was an important base for the Royal Navy; today its economy is based largely on tourism, financial services, and shipping.

The sovereignty of Gibraltar is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations as Spain asserts a claim to the territory. Gibraltarians rejected proposals for Spanish sovereignty in a 1967 referendum and again in 2002. Under Gibraltar constitution of 2006, Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defence and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the UK Government." In: Wikipedia


US-1457166 - Palisades State Park, South Dakota

© Steve Mulligan (photo) / Dan Grigg Images

US-1457166 sent by "Tigger2213"

"Palisades State Park
Just Northeast of Sioux Falls, SD

Explore red quartzite pinnacles and chasms along Split Rock River in three parks at Garretson. Back road scenery, geology, history of prairie pioneers and legends of Old West bandits - Jesse and Frank James, are waiting for you to discover."

"Palisades State Park is one of the most unique areas in South Dakota. Split Rock Creek, which flows through the park, is lined with Sioux quartzite formations varying from shelves several feet above the water to 50-foot vertical cliffs. Scenic overlooks and rushing water make Palisades a popular getaway. The park is popular among campers, photographers, sightseers, picnickers, rock climbers and hikers." In: State Parks


Postcrossing Meeting in São Paulo - Brazil

© Alexandre Braga (Photo) / Photophilia

"Andreaeiko" was at the 10th Postcrossing Meeting in São Paulo. She choose this great postcard for me. It shows the Christmas Tree at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, in Rio de Janeiro.

"Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, mostly known as "Lagoa", is a lagoon and district in the Lagoa, Zona Sul (South Zone) of Rio de Janeiro. The lagoon is connected to the Atlantic, allowing sea water to enter, by a canal which is bordered by the park locally known as Jardim de Alá.

The lagoon is surrounded by the districts of Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea, Jardim Botânico, Copacabana, Botafogo, and Humaitá. It attracts quite a number of visitors during the Christmas holidays due to its famous and gigantic Christmas Tree, which is built over a floating platform that moves around the lagoon. The Eva Klabin Foundation is located on the banks of the lagoon. The lagoon will host canoe sprint and rowing events for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and rowing events for the 2016 Summer Paralympics." In: Wikipedia


JP-225545 - Waterfall

JP-225645 sent by "ryoutin"

A beautiful waterfall! But unfortunately I don't know where is located...


US-1481796 - The Silver Turban by Dorothy Wilding

© The Royal Photographic Society

US-1481796 sent by "steviewren"

A beautiful black and white photo by Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976) named "The Silver Turban" (1930).

"Dorothy Wilding (10 January 1893 - 9 February 1976) was a noted English society photographer from Gloucester. She wanted to become an actress or artist but this career was disallowed by her uncle, in whose family she lived, so she chose the art of photography which she started to learn from the age of sixteen.

By 1929 she had already moved studio a few times and in her Bond Street, London, studio she attracted theatrical stars and shot her first British Royal Family portrait of the 17-year-old Prince George (later Duke of Kent). This sitting was eventually followed by the famous Wilding portrait of the new Queen Elizabeth II that was used for a series of definitive postage stamps of Great Britain used between 1953 and 1967, and a series of Canadian stamps in use from 1954 to 1962. A previous portrait sitting of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Queen Consort of King George VI had turned into a double portrait of the royal couple and was adapted for the 1937 Coronation issue stamp. That portrait led to her being the first woman awarded a Royal Warrant to be the official photographer to a King and Queen at their coronation. She opened a second photo studio in New York in 1937.

An autobiography In Pursuit of Perfection was published in 1958." In: Wikipedia


RU-716961 - Cat and it's friends by Veronika Kirdi

RU-716961 sent by "nikes"

I'm don't have a clue what is written at the card, it's all Russian... I don't even know the name of this work, only the author Veronika Kirdi.


DE-1175308 - Raccoon-Dog

© Blickwinkel / Meyers

DE-1175308 sent by "pichiciego"

"The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides, from the Greek words nukt-, "night" + ereutēs, "wanderer" + prokuōn, "before-dog" [but in New Latin used to mean "raccoon"] + -oidēs, "-oid"), also known as the magnut[2] or tanuki, is a canid indigenous to east Asia. It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes. It is considered a basal canid species, resembling ancestral forms of the family. Among the Canidae, the raccoon dog shares the habit of regularly climbing trees only with the North American gray fox, another basal species. The raccoon dog is named for its resemblance to the raccoon (Procyon lotor), to which it is not closely related." In: Wikipedia


NL-968612 - Bert and Ernie from the Sesame Street

© Sesame Workshop

NL-968612 sent by "Hartendief"

Finally I have a card with the two great buddies from The Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie!


Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

© D.Allen (photo) / PhotoSafari


"The Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park contains one of the world's most spectacular waterfalls. The falls and associated gorges are an outstanding example of river capture and the erosive forces of the water still continues to sculpture the hard basalts. The complex of conservation areas in Zimbabwe covers over 1,846,700 ha excluding forest reserves. The park abuts Dambwa Forest Reserve in Zambia. The falls are the most significant feature of the park, and when the Zambezi is in full flood (usually February or March) they form the largest curtain of falling water in the world. During these months, over 500 million litres of water per minute go over the falls, which are 1,708 m wide, and drop 99 m at Rainbow Falls in Zambia. At low water in November flow can be reduced to around 10 million litres per minute, and the river is divided into a series of braided channels that descend in many separate falls." In: UNESCO


ES-146398 - Gran Via in Madrid

© L. Dominguez S.A.

ES-146398 sent by "Dryddha"

"Gran Vía (literally "Great Way") is an ornate and upscale shopping street located in central Madrid. It leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de Cibeles, to Plaza de España.

The lively street is one of the city's most important shopping areas, with a large number of hotels and large movie theaters; it is also noted for the grand architecture prevalent among many of its buildings. Now, most of the theaters are being replaced by shopping malls.

It is considered a showcase of early 20th century architecture, with patterns ranging from Vienna Secession style, Plateresque, Neo-Mudéjar, Art Deco and others." In: Wikipedia


NL-973890 - Chickens

© Franck Schmitt (photo) & Nouvelles Images S.A.

NL-973890 sent by "Vidocq"

A wonderful postcard with chickens!

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