Sunday, 31 August 2014

Wetlands and amphibians






I had to turn to amphibians because I've shown snakes from Taiwan, and with the Petit Prince, dinosaurs from the Jurassic Coast, all sorts on the Origin of Species.  And could find no more reptiles.

I was quite pleased that the amphibian stamps arrived on cards from places I think of as, well, damp.  Finland is often called the Land of 1000 Lakes; Ireland has rivers and lakes galore, and in my mind Denmark comes somewhere between them.

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

Friday, 29 August 2014

Hola!


Arrived today from Spain, exactly the sort of shop I'd love to explore.

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.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Mappa Mundi


I was in Dover Castle (Kent, UK) on Saturday and spotted an old map on the wall so I was pleased to find a postcard of the map in the Castle shop.  The map on the wall is a replica but I haven't been able to find out of what.  On the back of the card it says it is "the Mappa Mundi" but there are several of them.  According to Wikipedia, any map of the world made during the Middle Ages is a Mappa Mundi.

It shows Europe to the left, Africa to the right and Asia at the top.

A Mappa Mundi for Monday.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Solovetsky Islands




This card of Solovetsky Monastery arrived recently with part of a mini-sheet of stamps showing points of interest on the Solovetsky Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The islands are in the White Sea to the north west of Russia.

The full sheet which is made to look as though the stamps were printed on a parchment map, can be seen here.  I can remember making maps of that sort when I was at school, maybe a history lesson or to illustrate Treasure Island.

There was another stamp too, this one showing Petropavlovskiy Sobor, the Peter and Paul Cathedral  in St Petersburg:


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

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Moldovița Monastery


I have been having a major reorganisation of my cards recently, trying to anyway, and I came across this beautiful picture of the Church of the Annunciation of Moldovita Monastery in Romania.  It is one of the eight painted churches grouped together and listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  These were all built during the 15th and 16th centuries and all have amazing frescoes on the outside walls.

The others are:
Church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin of the former Humor Monastery
Church of the Holy Rood of Pătrăuti
Church of St. Nicholas and the Catholicon of the Probota Monastery
Saint John the New Monastery of Suceava
Church of St George of the former Voronet Monastery
Church of the Resurrection Sucevita Monastery

Monday, 18 August 2014

The Blue Danube


Second only to taking a river trip from Moscow to St Petersburg would be a trip along the Danube.  I don't think it will be any easier to realise.

A Map (from Hungary) for Monday (rather late)

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Artist's Family

The Artist's Family by Henri Matisse 1911

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French artist but this card was sent to me from Russia because this painting, The Artist's Family, is in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.  I really like the domestic image of the family relaxing together.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.

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