The Smurfs Movie - USA

© ?

Sent by "chanellejoann"

"The Smurfs is a 2011 American 3D family film based on The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo and the 1980s animated TV series it spawned. It was directed by Raja Gosnell and stars Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Sofía Vergara. It is the first CGI/live-action hybrid film to be produced by Sony Pictures Animation and in The Smurfs trilogy. During early production the film was known as The Smurfs Movie.

The film tells the story of the Smurfs as they get lost in New York, and try to find a way to get back home before Gargamel catches them." In: Wikipedia



Flemish Béguinages in Brugge - Belgium (UNESCO)

© Utig. Thill

Unused, offered by Martinha

"The Béguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. In the 13th century they founded the béguinages , enclosed communities designed to meet their spiritual and material needs. The Flemish béguinages are architectural ensembles composed of houses, churches, ancillary buildings and green spaces, with a layout of either urban or rural origin and built in styles specific to the Flemish cultural region. They are a fascinating reminder of the tradition of the Béguines that developed in north-western Europe in the Middle Ages." In: UNESCO


Monument of Discoveries in Lisboa - Portugal

© Papyrus

Sent by gracinha

"Padrão dos Descobrimentos ( Monument to the Discoveries) is a monument on the northern margin of the Tagus River estuary, in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon. Located along the river were ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries." In: Wikipedia


NL-1358236 - Haarlem

© Uitgeverji van der Meulen bv Sneek

NL-1358236 sent by "Ellis"

"Haarlem is a city and municipality in the Netherlands. It is the capital of the province of North Holland, the northern half of Holland, which at one time was the most powerful of the seven provinces of the Dutch Republic. Haarlem lies in the northern part of the Randstad, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe.

By the end of 2011 Haarlem had a total population of 151,853. The municipality of Haarlem also comprises part of the village of Spaarndam, a newer housing estate of this village forms part of the neighboring municipality of Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude." In: Wikipedia


Piazza S. Marco in Venice - Italy (UNESCO)

© Archivio Storico (photo) / Storti Edizioni

Sent by "joaninha"

"Piazza San Marco (often known in English as St Mark's Square), is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as "the Piazza". All other urban spaces in the city (except the Piazzetta and the Piazzale Roma) are called "campi" (fields). The Piazzetta (the 'little Piazza') is an extension of the Piazza towards the lagoon in its south east corner. The two spaces together form the social, religious and political centre of Venice and are commonly considered together. 

A remark usually attributed to Napoleon calls the Piazza San Marco "the drawing room of Europe". (The attribution to Napoleon is unproven).It is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic." In: Wikipedia


St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin - Ireland

© Liam Blake (photo) / Real Ireland Design Limited

Unused, offered by "fisherman"

"Saint Patrick's Cathedral (Irish: Árd Eaglais Naomh Pádraig), or more formally, the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Patrick is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Dublin, Ireland which was founded in 1191. The Church has designated it as The National Cathedral of Ireland. It is the larger of the Church's two cathedrals in the city and is the largest church in Ireland with a 43metre (140 feet) spire. The other cathedral, Christ Church, is the diocesan cathedral of the diocese of Dublin and Glendalough." In: Wikipedia


Luso - Portugal

© Oswaldo Santos (photo) / Edição Papelaria Ferreira / Felicita Editores

Sent fom Luso 26/05/2012

"Luso is a Portuguese town of the municipality of Mealhada, Aveiro district, renowned by its mineral waters. Águas do Luso, one of the largest Portuguese companies providing mineral water is based there." In: Wikipedia


Warnemünde - Germany

© Herst. u Verlag Schöning & Co

RR Portugal x World G25, sent by Olívia

"Warnemünde (meaning Warnow mouth) is a sea resort and northmost district of Rostock in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, situated on the Baltic Sea in the northeast of Germany at the estuary of the river Warnow." In: Wikipedia


Bairrada suckling pig from Mealhada - Portugal

© Guia Turístico do Norte

Sent by PilotOne

"Bairrada suckling pig is beyond any doubt the king of meat varieties in the Central region of Portugal. It is considered one of the most outstanding roast courses of Portuguese cuisine. What makes this speciality so distinctive is the animal’s age that must be one month or one month and half years-old, along with the roasting art itself." In: Lifecooler


Ravenna - Italy (UNESCO)

© Edizioni Salbaroli

Sent by "chihuahua", it shows some views of several of the early Christian monuments in Ravenna

© RotalSele / Edizioni Salbaroli

Sent by Alexie, a sepia photo of Basilica of San Vitale 

"Ravenna was the seat of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and then of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century. It has a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. All eight buildings – the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistery, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Arian Baptistery, the Archiepiscopal Chapel, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Church of San Vitale and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe – were constructed in the 5th and 6th centuries. They show great artistic skill, including a wonderful blend of Graeco-Roman tradition, Christian iconography and oriental and Western styles." In: UNESCO


Map of Íle d'Oléron - France

© Éditions Valoire-Estel-Blois

Sent by "Octabis"

"Île d'Oléron (English: Island of Oleron) is an island off the Atlantic coast of France (due west of Rochefort), on the southern side of the Pertuis d'Antioche strait.

It is the second largest French island after Corsica (not counting French overseas collectivities)." In: Wikipedia


Piccadilly Circus in London - United Kingdom

© Kardorama

Sent by Mónica Castro

"Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. In this context, a circus, from the Latin word meaning "circle", is a round open space at a street junction.

Piccadilly now links directly to the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as the Haymarket, Coventry Street (onwards to Leicester Square), and Glasshouse Street. The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End. Its status as a major traffic intersection has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of an archer popularly known as Eros (sometimes called The Angel of Christian Charity, but intended to be Anteros). It is surrounded by several noted buildings, including the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre. Directly underneath the plaza is Piccadilly Circus tube station, part of the London Underground system." In: Wikipedia


St Rose of Lima College - Macau

© Yat Cheung Leung (photo) / The Hor Tai Book Shop

unused, bought in Lisboa (Portugal)

The Saint Rose of Lima College is a private catholic college in Macau.


Calçadão da 13 de Julho in Aracajú - Brazil (Postcrossing Meeting)

© Edson C. Delgado (photo) / Cluposil Artes Gráficas

Sent by Déa, from the Postcrossing Meeting in Sergipe (23/06/12)

"Aracaju is the capital of the State of Sergipe, Brazil, located in the northeastern part of the country, about 350 km (217 mi) north of Salvador. It has a population of 570,937 inhabitants, which represents approximately 33% of the state population. The coast of Aracaju has many unspoiled beaches, such as the ones in Santa Luzia Island, and urban beaches, such as the Atalaia. These coastal neighborhoods include playgrounds, squares, football fields, volleyball and basketball courts, residential buildings, bars, nightclubs, restaurants, banks and hotels.

Aracaju, one of the first cities to be planned in Brazil, was built with the intention of becoming the state capital. It was founded in 1855, as the capital of Sergipe." In: Wikipedia


Horta, Açores - Portugal

© Foto Jovial

Sent by Lurdes

Information on the card: "A view of the town with the Pico Island at the background."


Holašovice - Czech Republic (UNESCO)

© Vydavatelství Ivan

unused, offered by Martinha

"Holašovice is an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a traditional central European village. It has a large number of outstanding 18th- and 19th-century vernacular buildings in a style known as 'South Bohemian folk Baroque', and preserves a ground plan dating from the Middle Ages." In: UNESCO


Vineyard Terraces in Lavaux - Switzerland (UNESCO)

© Novy, Vevey

unused, bought in Braga (Portugal)

"The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, stretching for about 30 km along the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva from the Chateau de Chillon to the eastern outskirts of Lausanne in the Vaud region, cover the lower slopes of the mountainside between the villages and the lake. Although there is some evidence that vines were grown in the area in Roman times, the present vine terraces can be traced back to the 11th century, when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the area. It is an outstanding example of a centuries-long interaction between people and their environment, developed to optimize local resources so as to produce a highly valued wine that has always been important to the economy." In: UNESCO


Vila Nova de Milfontes - Portugal

© Forways

Sent by Ninocas

"Vila Nova de Milfontes is a parish in the Odemira municipality of Portugal. It is cornered between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mira River, in the Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina Natural Park.

The village dates from the year 1468, founded by the King D. João II. The first inhabitants were prisoners sentenced by minor delicts and fifty years after the village establishment the population was no more than ten families. The village was frequently attacked by pirates and a fortress was built in 1602. The fortress is commonly called Saint Clement's Castle." In: Wikipedia


Prince's Palace of Monaco

© Les Editions "Mar"

unused, bought in Lisbon (Portugal)

"The Prince's Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. Built in 1191 as a Genoese fortress, during its long and often dramatic history it has been bombarded and besieged by many foreign powers. Since the end of the 13th century, it has been the stronghold and home of the Grimaldi family who first captured it in 1297. The Grimaldi ruled the area first as feudal lords, and from the 17th century as sovereign princes, but their power was often derived from fragile agreements with their larger and stronger neighbours." In: Wikipedia



"Veggie wins", Tibits restaurant ad card - United Kingdom

© Wirz Werbung, Felix Streuli (photo); Karin Messerli (styling)

Sent by Mónica Castro

An advertise card of Tibits Restaurant in London

Information on the card: "Everybody loves food. But only the very finest, delicious, healthy food can really love you back. An here at Tibits, that's what we do best. Tibits is a family business, founded by three brothers and Hiltl, the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Europe, since 1898 (Guinness World Records Book)."


River Liffey at night with the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin - Ireland

© Liam Blake (photo) / Real Ireland Design

Unused, offered by fisherman

Info on the card: "River Liffey at night with the Ha'penny Bridge in the foreground"

"The Ha'penny Bridge (Irish: Droichead na Leathphingine, or Droichead na Life), known later for a time as the Penny Ha'penny Bridge, and officially the Liffey Bridge, is a pedestrian bridge built in 1816 over the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland. Made of cast iron, the bridge was cast at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, England." In: Wikipedia


JP-245654 - Disney characters with typical Japonese clothes

© Disney, Sun-star

JP-245654 sent by "pink-riko"

A cute card with some of the Disney characters with typical Japonese clothes.


Postcrossing Meeting in Mafra and Ericeira - Portugal

Once again, some Portuguese postcrossers met to celebrate the Postcrossing Anniversary. This time the meeting was in Mafra and Ericeira.  From that meeting I received these cards:

© (?)
Barcelos Rooster, sent by Blicas Blocas

© (?)
José Franco typical village in Sobreiro, Mafra, sent by Duarte

© Forways
Ericeira coast, sent by PilotOne


Cultural Landscape of Bali Province - Indonesia (UNESCO)

I've sent two RAS cards to Shinta: a market and a UNESCO card. In return she sent me two RAS cards with the new world heritage site in Indonesia: Cultural Landscape of Bali.

© ? (photo) / Berong Postcards

Stunningly beautiful rice terraces, well-watered volcanic slopes

© Erig M. Oey (photo)

Pura Ulin Danu, Bratan. The famous temple dedicated to the goddess of Lake Bratan

"The cultural landscape of Bali consists of five rice terraces and their water temples that cover 19,500 ha. The temples are the focus of a cooperative water management system of canals and weirs, known as subak, that dates back to the 9th century. Included in the landscape is the 18th-century Royal Water Temple of Pura Taman Ayun, the largest and most impressive architectural edifice of its type on the island. The subak reflects the philosophical concept of Tri Hita Karana, which brings together the realms of the spirit, the human world and nature. This philosophy was born of the cultural exchange between Bali and India over the past 2,000 years and has shaped the landscape of Bali. The subak system of democratic and egalitarian farming practices has enabled the Balinese to become the most prolific rice growers in the archipelago despite the challenge of supporting a dense population." In: UNESCO


Rooster - Hungary

© Myletos Art

unused, a cool draw with the sunrise on a farm.


US-1535745 - "Nineteen eighty-four" by George Orwell

© Penguin Books

US-1535745 sent by "prncstigerlilly" 

A book from Penguin Books: "Nineteen eighty-four" by George Orwell (1960)
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