Tuesday, 17 March 2009

On blog leave

I'm off to the land of million elephants, Laos, tomorrow, via Phnnom Penh-Stung Treng-Pakse-Vientiane-Luang Prabang-Vientiane route. The husband and I will be on a two-week holiday -- a much anticipated R and R. As I am looking at more time spent on rural areas where internet access is rare, I might not be able to update as much as I'd like to. I will, however, give you a detailed account of my road trip, with pictures, when I return. Ciao!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Thank you!

I know I was gushing like a 14-year old at the 3D hologram postcard from Greece. Please pardon my girlish streak :) Anyways, in my earlier post, I also featured the stamps featuring the popular Greek products. In the spirit of fun, I challenged my readers to name them.

Greek produce FDC

The following are the correct answers:

top: feta cheese, mastic, pistachio nuts
bottom: olive oil, ouzo, and honey

So congratulations to Muse Swings. Except for two, you guessed the items correctly. You can find her answers in the comment section this post. Congratulations, and as a token of my appreciation, I'm going to send you a Cambodian postcard.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday 006: The Delphi, Greece

The Delphi, Greece
The Delphi
Sent in an envelope, postmarked Komothni
Dated 03 March 09

I couldn't contain my excitement and giddiness when I opened the brown envelope. It contained two postcards, including the one above. I can't help but admire this special 3D hologram postcard (awesome!) depicting the Tholos ruins (one of the many great ruins) at the Delphi archeological site. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient Greeks believed that Delphi was the navel of the earth, the centre of the ancient world. The Delphi is best known to be the site of the Oracle. You know, like the Oracle in The Matrix movie. The Oracle at Delphi was consulted by the rich and mighty and common people alike. Delphi was, the ancient Greeks believed, a spiritual place where the gods were able to speak to mortals through a medium, such as a priest/priestess.

Tilting the postcard, you see the Tholos (a reconstruction) in its old glory - a circular platform supported by 20 Doric columns. The interior is also circular in shape, with 10 Corinthian columns supporting the walls. The Tholos was built in the 4th century BC by the architect Theodoros of Samos and it is made from marble from Penteli and black porous stone. The three pillars that you see above were restored making it a popular spot for tourists to take pictures.

I can only imagine the amazing structures built and the ancient people who have once lived there, and the ravages of time and nature had brought to this place. French archeologists discovered this site in 1892 and it was said that a whole village had to be removed, err, moved, before excavations could start. And because of that labor, we are now able to see this world wonder.

Thank you very much Nopi for this awesome postcard. I forgot to mention that the stamps featuring Greece's produce are equally awesome too!

Greek produce FDC

Don't you agree?
Can you guess what are these popular Greek traditional products? Answers I will post later :)

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Friday, 6 March 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday 005: Belgium map-card

It's Postcard Friendship Friday once again and I had almost forgotten to post my entry today.

I have always been fascinated by maps. I can sit and browse through map books and atlases for hours without getting bored.

I think my fascination with maps started when my father brought home a copy of the world map to help me with my homework when I was in grade school. It was with great pleasure that I thumbed through every country, fascinated by names of places which were new to me at that time. It also helped that we had encyclopedia books at home. The encyclopedias not only fed my mind with fascinating information about the countries, the people and their unique cultures, but also fueled my desire to travel and see the world. So from then on, maps have always been a part of my life and eventually spawned my postcard collecting and pen-pal writing hobbies.

Imagine my surprise when I opened J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Lord of the Rings years ago - it contained fictional maps and geographical descriptions where the story occurred!! How cool is that!!

So I was glad that Gerda allowed me to choose from her private swap collection, and, of course, I had to get this one:

Mapcard - Belgium

My first map card and also the first ever coming from Belgium. Thanks very much, Gerda.

The Postcard Friendship Friday meme is held every Friday of the week and hosted by the gracious Marie of Vintage Postcards.

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