Thursday, 26 July 2012

Postcard Perfect 052: The Free State of Saxon, Germany

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A mapcard showing the whole entire Freistaat Sachsen, or the Free State of Saxon, in Germany.

The map card also shows the two cities of the Free Saxon state, Leipzig and Dresden (which is also the capital of the state), as well as the different places of interest spread across its ten districts.
Here are interesting information about the Free State of Saxon:
The Free State of Saxony (German: Freistaat Sachsen is a landlocked state of Germany, bordering Brandenburg, Saxony Anhalt, Thuringia, Bavaria, the Czech Republic and Poland. It is the tenth-largest German state in area, with an area of 18,413 square kilometres (7,109 sq mi), and the sixth most populous of Germany's sixteen states, with a population of 4.3 million. Located in the middle of an erstwhile German-speaking part of Europe, the history of the state of Saxony spans more than a millennium. It has been a medieval duchy, an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire, a kingdom, and, from 1918 to 1952 and again from 1990, a republic. - Wikipedia
The Free State of Saxony represents an area of unrivalled natural beauty, a rich cultural landscape, and centuries old traditions. In addition to world famous craftsmanship from the Ore Mountains, people also maintain Sorb traditions, and the Vogtland dialect. - Source

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Sunday Stamps 060: Ski-jumping in 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

I am praying my entry is acceptable for this week's theme which specifically asks for Olympic Games stamps, this year's or the previous years. Well, mine is... here, you be the judge:

Ski jumping, one of the sports events in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.  This stamp, along with the rest in the series,  was especially issued on Oct. 2011, in honour of the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 in a special ceremony at the host city.
I know, I know... this stamp is for the next Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in the year 2014. I am quite "ahead" (ahem) but sure qualifies under the Olympics theme :)

 Here are great details about the stamp that I found via

The new XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Olympic Winter Sports stamps follow on from last week's release of the XII Winter Games in Sochi Tourism on the Black Sea Coast of Russia, which consists of four stamps featuring Krasnaya Polyana, the Harbor Station, the Watchtower at the Bolshoi Akhun and the Volkonsky Quoit at the Sochi  National Park.
The latest collection of three stamps features one for cross-country skiing, another for ski jumping (as shown above), and the final one for short track, and as the information on the stamps is given in six languages, they are the most multilingual stamps in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. - StampNews.Com

Monday, 16 July 2012

Postcard Perfect 051: A vintage horse tram in Kraków

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This postcard came in via private swap with a fine young lad named Sebastian. The postcard features one of the pleasure rides in Kraków, a vintage horse tram.

I think riding this vintage horse tram adds romance when sightseeing in Kraków.

Kraków is Poland's second largest and one of its oldest cities. As a matter of fact, online travel sites say Kraków is one of Europe's most beautiful and historic cities. 

The city is a treasure trove of centuries-old landmarks, specifically of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Landmarks  include its elegant Old Town and medieval market square, cathedrals, castles and dungeons, the vibrant Jewish quarter Kazimierz (where the Schindler's Factory is located)  - all of which were included in the first UNESCO WHS list in 1978 as Kraków's Historic Centre. In the same year, by the way, the Archbishop of Kraków, Karol Wojtyła, was elevated to the papacy as Pope John Paul II.

All of these above-mentioned landmarks are within walking distance from one another and the bulk of 
Kraków's Historic Centre was turned into a pedestrian area. Getting around is easy and not a big fuss. Visitors can go on foot or rent one of these vintage horse trams, which is my choice of transpo if ever I go visit Kraków. As you can see it looks lovely and comfy and it is properly ventilated so ceiling fans are not necessary. It definitely ups the romance factor.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Just for laughs

Okay, just a quick breather from blogging.
I was having my breakfast toast when I saw this on a friend's Facebook wall and promptly choked. It instantly hit my funny bone, lol. It doesn't? Come on, don't be so prudish. It's just for a chuckle. 

I showed this to my husband and we both had a good laugh.
Granny does think she still has IT.  Judging from his reaction, clearly, Pops didn't like it! Lol.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Postcard Perfect 050: Dragon-head of Thang Long

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Eversince our host at Postcard Perfect announced the new schedule for this meme, I had only posted two, including today's entry. I'm ashamed to say that in both instances I posted late *cringe* After the Wimbledon, I joined my husband in the veranda garden, pulling out weeds and sweeping dead leaves. Luckily we do not have a lawn, becase we live in an apartment, so I don't have to worry too much about grass.  Otherwise, I would really demand a push reel mower to make my life easier, lol.

 No more excuses though. Time for the postcard... here's one showing an important artifact, and still intact, that was discovered in the relic site at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A well-preserved terracotta dragon head (Ly dynasty, 11th-12th century) is one of the hundreds of  artifacts excavated at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.
The central sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi, which has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage, covers about 18,000m2, consisting of the archaeological site at No. 18, Hoang Dieu Street and the area of the old Hanoi Citadel. -      Discover Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi,
This postcard, although showing a Vietnamese relic, was sent to me by my friend Cheerful, aka, the Postcrossing Mom, who is now based in Thailand. She seldom updates her postcard blog now due to  her mommy duties but, I assure you, she is still a very active postcrosser. You can find her blog link on my blog list, on the right sidebar. Khap khun kaa, Che.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Sunday Stamp 059: Fairies on Greek postage stamps


Wimbledon is finally over. Although the result did not favour my favourite players, the staying-up late at nights is over and I can now go back to my normal routine, hah. 

Gee, I want to go for some much needed R and R but holidays are still two months away. I am already dreaming of the refreshing seabreeze, fresh seafoods, and the comfy log bed of my favourite lodge in the southern coast of the country. Well, that is really worth looking forward to! 

 On to the stamp, here's one of my favourites, from Greece:

"The Fairies", one of the five-set of stamps issued in 2008 under the "Fairy Tales" series.
In December 2008, the Hellenic Post released its Fairy Tales series stamp issue consisting of five whimsically-designed stamps each featuring five popular children's fairy tales.

The five stamps from this series are: The Fairies (above), The Mermaid and Alexander the Great, Little Red Riding Hood, The Girls with Matches,  and Arion with the Lyra.

Don't you just love it when characters in folk tales, myths or legends grace the postage stamps? I do! They remind me of all the fairy tales I loved back in the old days :)

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Postcard Friendship Friday 074: Belgrade, the City of White

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I'm late, I'm late. I got carried away reading the "tweetings" of THE GOAT, aka, PseudoFed and other parody Twitter accounts of tennis players that I missed yesterday's PFF. What can I say, it's the Wimbledon and the slots for the final matches for the gentlemen's singles and ladies' doubles were being contested last night. Oddly enough that my reserved emergency Christmas Candy remains unopened despite the exciting action... Lol. 

Anyways, here's a postcard from Belgrade, Serbia. The hometown of tennis player and world number one Novak Djokovic. He lost to Roger Federer, aka THE GOAT, in last night's first half of Wimbledon semi-finals. I am no Novak fan but, yeah, you could say that I chose this postcard with him in mind. As a consolation, perhaps.

No info about this view but I am taking a guess that this building can be found in Belgrade's Republic Square.

Belgrade is the beautiful capital and the largest city in Serbia. It sits strategically at the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers, much similar to Phnom Penh which is also located at the confluence of the mighty Mekong, Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac. According to Milan the sender, it's English name is derived from Beli Grad, meaning white city, and is a Slavic name written for the first time in the 9th century. Belgrade is putting its tumultous past behind. These days, the city is a modern metropolis and enjoys a new era of freedom and prosperity.  

Unfortunately, there was no information at the back of the postcard nor from the sender to tell me which building is this.  A quick Google search yielded nothing.  Anyone knows?

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Postcard Perfect 049: Colourful Corfu

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Back to joining weekly meme's again. I hope I can keep up. Here's my entry for this week:

Corfu is one of the most popular and favourite destinations in Greece and the Greek Islands.
It is a beautiful island, the biggest and the greenest part of the Ionian Islands. It boasts of a beguiling landscape and lush vegetations, amazing beaches, superb venetian architecture, picturesque villages, lively nightlife and a great cosmopolitan way of life.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Sunday Stamps 058: Russell Falls, Tasmania's pride


I'm joining Viridian's Sunday Stamps again (theme: scenic natural areas) after several weeks of hiding away under a rock - just kidding about the rock thing ^_^

Russell Falls' beautiful three-tiers are framed by a lush vegetation.
The above stamp is part of the definitive stamps issued by the Australian Post in 2008. This issue is consisted of four of the stunning natural features found around Australia.

The Russell Falls is located in Mount Field National Park,  one of the oldest and most popular national parks in Tasmania, and is one of the iconic scenic features there. The waterfalls were discovered in 1856. They became a popular tourist attraction in 1885 and the Falls Reserve was established to protect them. In 1916 Mount Field National Park was declared. So scenic are the falls that in 1899 they were selected as one of eight images to be used on postage stamps to promote the colony. The park contains a variety of different habitats and supports many species of wildlife, including the Tasmanian Devil. (Source)
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