Wednesday 21 March 2018

Cape Otway Lighthouse

This card, sent to me by reinholdo from Germany, shows the Cape Otway Lighthouse, located in Victoria, Australia.
The lighthouse was built in 1848 and it was the second lighhouse ever built in Australia. Later in the 19th century, it also housed the first telegraph line connecting mainland Australia to Tasmania. It was decommissioned in 1994 and replaced by a low powered solar light in front of the original tower.
It is Australia's oldest working lighthouse and nowadays it's a local tourist attraction. You can even spend a few days at the old keeper's cottage. It's also located near an American radar bunker, built in 1942 during World War II and currently open to the public.
I think it looks absolutly amazing - I wouldn't mind visiting it at all but then again I do have a thing for lighthouses....

Tuesday 16 February 2016

All the pretty flowers

This beautiful card was sent to me from Max, from Germany. He writes in the back that an international stamp in Germany costs about the same as:
- 3 bananas;
- 1l of petrol;
- 0,1l of bavarian beer at the Outoberfest in Munich.

I thought that was amusing. The Outoberfest is a beer festival held annualy in Munich. It atracts a lot of attention, and a lot of tourists attend it. I am not a fan of beer but I would definitely be interested in seing it.

Friday 30 March 2012

3D Card

My first! And of New York, no less. Great card sent by marc, from the Netherlands.

Thursday 29 March 2012

Catherine Palace

This card, sent by nikita, from Russia, shows the beautiful Catherine Palace, located in the town of Tsarksoye Selo, close to St. Petersburg.
It was initially built in 1717, by orders of Catherine I of Russia and was projected by Johann-Friedrich Braunstein, as a summer palace. In 1752, Empress Elizabeth had it demolished and replaced with a much grander edifice. It was finished in 1756, by architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli.
Gold was used in the façade and there were rumors that the palace's roof was made of gold.
It was once again renovated by Catherine the Great.
On the retreat after the siege of Leningrad, the German forces had the palace intentionally destroyed. It's reconstruction was completed in 2003, but there is still work going on.
It looks so wonderful. I would love to visit it one day.

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Sweet Sunset

Such a beautiful sunset sent by angor54, from Finland. I like the whole feeling of it. It makes me happy...

Rotterdam Rail Road Bridge

This card, sent by maick, shows a bridge called Dehef which means "The lift". According to maick, the middle part can go up and down to let ships pass. It's not in use anymore.
I loved the look of this card: the traditional looking houses against the metalic structure of the bridge.
The Netherlands are a dream tourist destiny for me, so hopefully I'll get to see it live soon. Let's just all hope so :)
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