Sapic12 made a lottery game at the Postcrossing forum, and this postcard of Paris was the prize.
In French: "Paris et ses merveilles...
L'arc de triomphe de l'Etoile (1806-1836) point central de la place ronde d'un diamètre de 240,86 mètres."
In English: "Paris and it's wonders...
The Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile (1806-1836) is the midpoint of the round square with a diameter of 240,86 meters."
"The Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile) is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. There is a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe (in English: "Triumphal Arch") honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I." In: Wikipedia
"Pacific Ocean: Apo Island Marine Reserve, Philippines. Green sea turtles at the time of dinosaurs"
This beautiful turtle was sent from Portugal by Flora. I love it!
"The Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), also known as green turtle, black (sea) turtle, or Pacific green turtle, is a large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. It is the only species in the genus Chelonia. Its range extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Their common name derives from the usually green fat found beneath theircarapace (upper shell).
The green sea turtle is a sea turtle, possessing a dorsoventrally flattened body covered by a large, teardrop-shaped carapace and a pair of large, paddle-like flippers. It is usually lightly colored, although parts of the carapace can be almost black in the eastern Pacific. Unlike other members of its family, such as the hawksbill sea turtle and loggerhead sea turtle, C. mydas is mostly herbivorous. The adults commonly inhabit shallow lagoons, feeding mostly on various species of seagrasses." In: Wikipedia
"The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Francesco, Latin: Basilica Sancti Francisci Assisiensis) is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor—commonly known as the Franciscan Order—in Assisi, Italy, the city where St. Francis was born and died. The basilica is one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy. With its accompanying friary, the basilica is a distinctive landmark to those approaching Assisi. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
The basilica, which was begun in 1228, is built into the side of a hill and comprises two churches known as the Upper Church and the Lower Church, and a crypt where the remains of the saint are interred. The interior of the Upper Church is an important early example of the Gothic style in Italy. The Upper and Lower Churches are decorated with frescoes by numerous late medieval painters from the Roman and Tuscan schools, and include works by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti and possibly Pietro Cavallini. The range and quality of the works gives the basilica a unique importance in demonstrating the development of Italian art of this period." In: Wikipedia
"The Castle of Xabier (in Basque: Xabierko Gaztelua; in Spanish: Castillo de Javier) is located on a hill in the town of Javier(Navarre, Spain), to 52 km east of Pamplona and 7 km east of Sangüesa. Built in the 10th century. In this castle was born and raised the Saint Francis Xavier, son of the Lords of Xavier, and from there took his surname." In: Wikipedia
There are some games at the Postcrossing Forum. This postcard is a prize of a Hangman game. It was sent by PilotOne and shows the Santa Cruz Beach in Terres Vedras.
"Perhaps because of the rare natural beauty of its beaches, Santa Cruz is one of the most sought after seaside resorts of the western region.
Santa Cruz and its outskirts are favoured with a group of beaches with extensive miles of golden sands, surrounded by majestic cliffs.
More than 20 Beaches along the Coast Even though many opt for a refreshing swim in the Atlantic or simply relaxing the body by sunbathing.Along more than 20km of coast, from Assenta to Porto Novo, there are more than twenty beaches at your entire disposal some in proximity of inviting picnic grounds or rest areas." In: Praia de Santa Cruz
"Adobe" loves to promote the beauties of Arizona! This time is the Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
Text on the back side: "Navajo farms add peaceful contrast to the dramatic red sandstone walls of Canyon del Muerto."
Chelly National Monument was established
on April 1, 1931 as a unit of the National Park Service. It is located in
northeastern Arizona within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Reflecting one
of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, it preserves
ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area, including the
Ancient Pueblo Peoples (also called Anasazi) and Navajo. The monument covers
83,840 acres (131.0 sq mi; 339.3 km2) and encompasses the floors and rims of
the three major canyons: de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument. These canyons
were cut by streams with headwaters in the Chuska mountains just to the east of
the monument. None of the land is federally owned." In: Wikipedia
Queluz National Palace (Portuguese: Palácio Nacional de Queluz) is a Portuguese
18th-century palace located at Queluz, a freguesia of the modern-day Sintra
Municipality, in the Lisbon District. One of the last great Rococo buildings to be
designed in Europe, the palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro
of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece,
Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration for Queen Maria
as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's death
in 1786. Following the destruction by fire of the Ajuda Palace in 1794, Queluz
Palace became the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent, John VI,
and his family and remained so until the Royal Family fled to Brazil in 1807
following the French invasion of Portugal.
" In: Wikipedia
Used, sent from Milano (Italy) to Paço d'Arcos (Portugal) with postmark of 05-10-1976. Bought in Lisbon (Portugal) in 2011.
the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major
maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary
architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by
some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto,
Veronese and others." In: UNESCO
This gorgeous thunderstorm in Manhattan was sent by "ilove2smile".
"New York City is the most populous city in the United States, with is metropolitan area ranking among the largest urban areas in the world. For more than a century, Manhattan has been one of the world's major centers of commerce and finance."
This big waterfall was a surprise postcard from Shinta! She lives in Indonesia and knows that I collect postcards with waterfalls! This is time is the Tawangmangu waterfall in Surakarta.
is located 40 km east of Solo, this recreational resort offers fresh weather;
scenic views, swimming pools, bungalow style hotels and restaurants. Tawangmangu,
a mountain resorts at an elevation of almost 1 km above sea level, which
promises a cool escape from the city's heat. It lies on the slopes of Mt.,
Lawu, at an elevation of 1300 m above sea level. A cool splendid hill resort
also on the slope of mount Lawu, at about 1400 M height above sea level. The
road from Solo via Karangpandan is a fine trip thru magnificent green terraced
hills. Tawangmangu has all kind of facilities, hotel, camping ground, forest
tourism, etc. The climate is fresh and one can enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Other features include nearby temples, a national park and 40m in high
waterfall of Grojogan Sewu.
It is a 100
M high waterfall; the pool at the bottom has very chilly water. In front of the
gate to Grojogan Sewu, horses for rent are available to ride around
Tawangmangu." In: Indonesia Turism
Castle was probably built in the 14th century by D. Vasco Fernandes Coutingo,
lord of Couto de Leomil. This small unusually shaped castle (with prism towers
and pyramidal battlements) is actually an excellent viewpoint. Castle’s
restoring works lasted until 1953. (National Monument)" In: Lifecooler
This is my first postcard from Peru, although this one wasn't sent from there...It was sent from UK. Anyway, it's an amazing postcard!
Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain
forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most
amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls,
terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous
rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes,
encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna." In: UNESCO
Once again, Nectaria sent this great postcard from Athens: a winter view of the Acropolis (UNESCO WHS).
Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical
spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic
complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the second half of the
fifth century bc, Athens, following the victory against the Persians and the
establishment of democracy, took a leading position amongst the other
city-states of the ancient world. In the age that followed, as thought and art
flourished, an exceptional group of artists put into effect the ambitious plans
of Athenian statesman Pericles and, under the inspired guidance of the sculptor
Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill into a unique monument of thought and the
arts. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon,
built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the
Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike." In: UNESCO
is said that the construction of Soure castle began in the 11th century. It was
immediately destroyed by the Moors during a battle. One century later, it was
donated to Count Fernando Peres de Trava, who rebuilt it. In the 20th century
it was given to Soure Town Hall. Despite a rather complicated process regarding
the deeds and the ownership of the castle, the castle became property of Soure
Town Hall. The dominating architectural styles are: Medieval, Romanic, along
with Gothic and Manueline influences. It is a simple castle of small
dimensions. Remains of the citadel can still be seen, defined by four towers in
the angles, a Suevi-Visigoth door and a Mozarab window." In: Lifecooler
at Wolonggang, Nanyang City, the Wuhou Temple is a place where Zhuge Liang once
lived and tilled. Inside the temple, there is a lifelike image of Zhuge Kongming
with elegant expression, wearing a feather fan and a scarf of black silk
ribbon." In: Cultural China
(Latin: Abila and Óbila) is a Spanish city located in the autonomous community
of Castile and León, capital of the province of the same name.
de los Caballeros" is an honorific title of the city. Another is
"Ávila del Rey" and yet another "Ávila de los leales" are
all present in the flag of the city.
The city is
notable for having a complete medieval city walls, romanesque.
It is also one of the cities with the highest number of
churches (romanesque and gothic) and catering establishments in relation to the
number of its inhabitants.
considered by many as the city of «Pebbles and Saints». It said the writer José
Martínez Ruiz «Azorín», after writing «The Castilian Soul» which was «perhaps
the most 16th century city of Spain»." In: Wikipedia
(or harbour) seal (Phoca vitulina), also known as the common seal, is a true
seal found along temperate and Arctic marine coastlines of the Northern
Hemisphere. They are found in coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and
Pacific Oceans, as well as those of the Baltic and North Seas, making them the
most widely distributed of the pinnipeds (walruses, eared seals, and true
seals are brown, tan, or gray, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils. An adult can
attain a length of 1.85 meters (6.1 ft) and a mass of 132 kilograms (290 lb).
Females outlive males (30–35 years versus 20–25 years). Common seals stick to
familiar resting spots or haulout sites, generally rocky areas (although ice,
sand and mud may also be used) where they are protected from adverse weather
conditions and predation, near a foraging area. Males may fight over mates
underwater and on land. Females are believed[according to whom?] to mate with
the strongest males and generally bear a single pup, which they care for alone.
Pups are able to swim and dive within hours of birth, and they develop quickly
on their mothers' fat-rich milk. A fatty tissue layer called blubber is present
under their skins and helps to maintain body temperature.
global population is 5-6 million, but subspecies in certain habitats are
threatened. Seal hunting or sealing, once a common practice, is now illegal in
many nations within the animal's range." In: Wikipedia
"Joaninha" offered me this great postcard of the Multnomah Falls.
Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, located
east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, along the Historic Columbia River
Highway. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542
feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21 m), with a gradual 9 foot (3 m)
drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is
conventionally given as 620 feet (189 m). Multnomah Falls is the tallest
waterfall in the State of Oregon. It is credited by a sign at the site of the
falls as the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States but that
claim is debated among waterfall experts." In: Wikipedia
Ticino or Ticino is the southernmost canton of Switzerland. Named
after the Ticino river, it is the only canton in which Italian is the sole
official language. Ticino borders the Canton of Uri to the north, Valais to the
west (through the Novena Pass), Graubünden to the northeast, Italy's regions of
Piedmont and Lombardy to the south and it surrounds the small Italian exclave
of Campione d'Italia. Together with areas of the canton of Graubünden
(Grigioni) it makes up the so-called Italian Switzerland." In: Wikipedia
"Oporto is of outstanding universal value as the urban fabric and its many historic buildings bear remarkable testimony to the development over the past 1,000 years of a European city that looks outward to the West for its cultural and commercial links.
The historic centre of is a townscape of high aesthetic value, with evidence of urban development from the Roman, medieval, and Almadas periods. The rich and varied civil architecture of the historic centre expresses the cultural values of succeeding periods - Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, neoclassical and modern. The active social and institutional tissue of the town ensures its survival as a living historic centre. Military, commercial, agricultural, and demographic interests converged here to shelter a population capable of building the city. It is a collective work, not accomplished at a particular moment but the result of successive contributions. One of the most relevant aspects of Oporto is its scenic character, resulting from the complexity of the landform, the harmonious articulation of its roads, and the dialogue with the river. It also represents a successful interaction between the social and geographical environments" In: UNESCO