Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The horse drawn carriages of Emperor Qin Shihuang

carriage and four horses made of bronze

I had heard of the Terracotta Army, I suppose most people have, but I hadn't realised until I received this card that there was much more to it than the name implies - terracotta soldiers.  There is indeed the army of 6000 or so soldiers but that is just in Pit 1 of the excavated sites.  There are three other pits, the second containing cavalry and chariots, and the third is a command post.  The fourth is empty.

It is said that going to China and not seeing the Terracotta Army is like going to Egypt and missing the pyramids.

The card shows one of the two carriages excavated from the site.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


I've always wished to visit the Alsace region of France and this beautiful postcard from Colmar confirms at least one reason why.  Another reason for visiting could be that Colmar is the capital of the Alsace wine region and is situated on the 170 km long wine route, la Route des Vins d'Alsace.

Colmar, along with much of Alsace, alternated between being French and German through its history. As a result, there are both French and German influences in food, drink, crafts, and even in the spoken language.

Monday, 20 October 2014


Unfortunately I know little about Estonia and even less about Raplamaa, one of the 15 subdivisions or counties of Estonia. It lies slightly to the west of central Estonia.

A map for Monday.

Sunday, 19 October 2014


The beautiful colours of autumn on the card please me so much that I have in fact posted it before (two years ago) but Sunday Stamps gives me the opportunity this time to show the stamp.  I'm showing the se-tenant strip because I think it's both attractive and clever.  All four seasons are shown, trees reflecting on water.  Not only that, the names SUOMI and FINLAND are shown in reflection on the two stamps and so too the denominations.

Other seasonal stamps I've found have been mainly mushrooms.

From Poland, the Mushrooms in Polish forests series, issued in August 2012

From Taiwan, the Wild Mushrooms series, issued in March 2010

One of  a set of 4 values showing Edible mushrooms, issued in September 2013

That made my mouth water so I had mushrooms for lunch, but they weren't wild.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. Click on the button to visit her blog and other participants.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Apples and Books

When I chose this card I felt it had an autumnal atmosphere, the apple harvest having been good this year and I'm looking forward to reading by the fireside.  On closer inspection however the apples at the bottom left, and possibly the books on the right, seem to be partially buried in snow.  Oh well, it did come from Russia.

A post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth Niquette on her blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Hradec nad Moravici - White Castle

I haven't received many shaped cards but here is a recent one from the Czech Republic.  I'm always slightly surprised that they get through the postal systems without being damaged.

The card shows the White Castle of Hradec nad Moravicí, in the Moravian Silesian region (Moravskoslezský kraj) which is in the north east of the Czech Republic. The coats of arms belong to the towns of the area, with the larger one at the top for the region itself and the bottom one is for the town of Hradec nad Moravicí.

Monday, 13 October 2014

A map of Cracow

The extent of the old city centre of Cracow or Krakow, shows very clearly on this map card.  It really is ancient - it dates back as far as the 7th century.  the entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been since 1978.

The numbers refer to places of interest which are listed on the reverse of the card.
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