Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Snow Day

Well it's snowing here again in southern Alberta, Canada. It snowed yesterday and temperatures are in your boots. It's just miserable. Where is summer? Oh well, I guess it's a good day for postcards and blogging. Without further ado the cards.
Today's first card comes from Skopje, Macedonia. Of course it has to be from Ana , as I know no one else in Skopje. The card shows the St. Pantelejmon Monastery . This is one of the oldest and most important churches in Macedonia. The monastery was built in 1164 and contains a treasure trove of Byzantine art within its walls. Located 770 metres up Mount Vodno, it offers a superb view of the city of Skopje. Ana used 2 stamps from 2005 which are both new to my collection. They are a set of 2 that features different types of Transport, in this case an automobile and a glider. Thanks Ana , it's always good to get a card from you.

The next two cards are from Slovenia and both were sent as a result of a private swap with a member of Postcrossing. We have also exchanged a few stamps and souvenir sheets and hope to do so again. The first card is a great view of the capital Ljubljana and the river running through the city. The stamps on this card , the left stamps is from a 2007 definitive set of 17 values and the right stamp is from 1 2009 set of 3 featuring insects.The second card from Slovenia shows Triglav National Park. It is the only Slovenian national park . It is named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the park and also the highest in Slovenia at 2844 metres. The mountain is a national symbol and is featured on the national coat of arms and the flag. The stamp on the left is from 2010 and is 1 of a set of 3 featuring flowers. The other stamp , from 2009, is 1 of 2 Europa stamps featuring Astronomy. Thanks for these, you know who you are.

Now a card from Singapore. Here's an interesting question. What do you get when a building in Singapore is designed by an Irishman, working for a British firm, is surrounded by roads with Omani and Afghan names, and was funded by Malays, Bugis, Javanese, Indians and Arabs? The answer of course is Sultan Mosque. It is one of Singapore's oldest mosques. The first Sultan Mosque was built about 1824, however the present mosque as shown was started in 1925 and completed in 1928. This card was sent by Janet, another Postcrosser. The stamp that Janet used is the 2010 Year of The Tiger stamp . Thanks Janet.

Today's final card comes from Romania. It is a postcard of Peles Castle. This is a historical monument situated in the Carpathian Mountains , near Sinaia, Romania. The castle was built between 1875 and 1883. Emil sent along this card and wants to swap cards every now and then. Sounds like a good idea to me. The stamp on the left is from a 2005 definitive set of 7 pottery stamps. The other stamp is from 2007 and is 1 of 4 showing ceramic objects. Thanks Emil and I look forward to other cards from you.

That's my update for today. Hope you readers enjoyed what I had today. Of course , if you don't leave a comment, I'll never know. So come on , tell me.


Ana said...

oh, even if I dont leave a comment, I always enjoy your posts (ok, probably im biased towards the one today due to that first card :P) is snowing there???? at the end of May? ok, we are not having the greatest weather here either but snow! just feels shocking!

btw, got your great card from Costa Rica on Friday :) Thanks a LOT!!!

Leslie said...

Oh, I agree, the first card is definitely the best. ;) But the Singapore card is definitely very fascinating, too!

Welcome back from your cruise - I have received three cards (2 from Mexico that are scanned to my blog, and one from Costa Rica that is yet to be scanned) - thank you very much for remembering me! They are all wonderful cards!