Sunday, 22 March 2015


...and here is the second postcard I received from Phyllis from her holiday last year. :) She does travel quite a bit - she'll be going away again on Tuesday. I'm not jealous at all, nooo... :P

Not that much to say about this... except that the views do look gorgeous and I wouldn't mind visiting Barbados at all. :D

The ancient fishing port of Aberdeen, Hong Kong

A slightly different view of Hong Kong. I really like this one and was really happy to receive this from Natalie of Hong Kong. ...and I also really love the heart stamp she used! :)

Aberdeen is an area and town on the Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. Administratively, it is part of the Southern District. This town is named Aberdeen in memory of George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1852-1855) and former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1841-1846). 'Aberdeen' can refer to the areas of Aberdeen (town), Wong Chuk Hang, Ap Lei Chau and Tin Wan, but it is more often used to refer to the town only. According to the Population Census conducted in 2011, the total population of Aberdeen area is approximately 80,000. (Population : 20033, Aberdeen town; 26260, Ap Lei Chau; 17426, Tin Wan; 16012, Wong Chuk Hang.)

Aberdeen Harbour is the harbour between Aberdeen (town) and Ap Lei Chau, and is one of the nine harbours in Hong Kong. It is well known for its view and is a popular tourist spot. During fishing moratorium and the typhoon weather, Aberdeen Typhoon Shelters are the parking spot for fishing vessels owned by local fishermen.

Aberdeen Centre is a well-known private housing estate located in Aberdeen town, owned by Hutchison Whampoa Limited company. The twenty buildings (blocks), providing 2,788 private apartments, have been the accommodations where mainly Hong Kong middle-class families lived in for more than thirty years.

Aberdeen is famous to not only tourists but also Hong Kong locals for its floating village and floating seafood restaurants located in the Aberdeen Harbour. The Tanka people, who used to live on boats in the Aberdeen Harbour are generally associated with the fishing industry, and there are still several dozens of them living on boats in the harbour.

Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, Japan

A lovely Unesco card from Japan I received some time ago. This place looks absolutely gorgeous!

Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains on a peninsula in the southernmost part of mainland Japan, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, three sacred sites – Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, and Koyasan – are linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto. Together these sites, the connecting pilgrimage routes, and surrounding forests form a cultural landscape that reflect the fusion of Shintoism, rooted in the ancient tradition of nature worship in Japan, and Buddhism, which was introduced from China and the Korean Peninsula. The sacred sites are connected by 307 km of pilgrimage routes which cover a total area of 495.3 ha. With the surrounding forest landscape, they reflect a persistent and extraordinarily well-documented tradition of sacred mountains maintained over 1,200 years.

Greetings from Holland!

A slightly different 'greetings from' postcard! :D This is one of the many wonderful postcards I received when I was the 'winner of the month' on the Postcrossing forum back in September 2013.

This is SUCH a cool postcard, I love all the little details and the fact that there are explanations as well as I would have no clue otherwise as to what some of these things are. Miffy is still one of my favourite things from the Netherlands. Well, that and gouda cheese. :D

Greetings from Estonia

This postcard only arrived last week. I'd been looking for this one for quite a while... Thank you SO much for the swap, Janne!

Ohhh, and the new 'Greetings from' postcards should be out any time now. I really hope this time more have been printed than before so that they won't be sold out within a day/a few hours like seems to have happened before. Surely the designer/shop owner should realise by now how popular these postcards are and print enough?! Also, it seems like this time it could be pretty much impossible to get some of the cards written and stamped from their country of origin. :/

I think I'd read somewhere before that Skype was invented in Estonia. It's SUCH a lovely invention, too, I'm forever grateful to the Estonian programmers as it means I can talk to my family in Finland without having to spend a fortune on phone credit. ...even if we can't really use the video feature as well because it tends to screw up the calls, but that must be because there's something wrong with our internet connection. Hmmm... Not very nice, but at least I can still talk to my parents.

Posázavský Pacifik, Czech Republic

This is one of the postcards I've received through 'Postcard United' (with postcard ID 'CZE-825). I haven't received any more for a while now but I still got way more than received. I wonder if any more are on their way...

This is a famous rail route in Czech Republic, called Posázavský Pacifik. I found some information on this website:

Posázavský Pacifik is the name for a recreational historical route following the Sázava River, which courses through the hilly countryside of Central Bohemia, southeast of Prague. The route’s name originates in the tramping sub-culture. Various cottages along the route were named after places from the Pacific Coast of America.

You can read more on that website, it's quite interesting as well. :)

a tiny post office, North Carolina, USA

This is a slightly older card, received six year ago as an official. I'd been meaning to post it here for ages but something was always playing up with Flickr when I tried. Well, here it is now.

What a cute little post office! It's located in Salvo in North Carolina, USA. The sender told me that it looks more like a child's playhouse and the post mistress is an elderly lady.

Salvo is a census-designated place located in Dare County, North Carolina, on Hatteras Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Originally (with Rodanthe and Waves) part of the settlement of Chicamacomico, Salvo was originally known as Clarks or Clarksville.

The name "Salvo" allegedly stems from the American Civil War, during which a passing Union vessel spotted the settlement, which was not marked on their maps. The commanding officer ordered an attack, and a sailor marked the site on his map with the word "Salvo." The name was formally given to the town when it received a post office in 1901. The Salvo post office, zip code 27972, one of the smallest postal facilities in the United States, was damaged by an arsonist in 1992. A new post office was constructed later in the decade for all of Chicamacomico. Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 damaged much of the Outer Banks area including Salvo.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Lundy Island

I only recently found out about Lundy Island and the fact that it has its own stamps (with 'puffin' values). I suppose you could call it cheating when I organised a couple of postcards to be sent to myself from there without going there myself but oh well. :P

One thing I wanted to say as well... When organising these postcards to be sent to me, I exchanged some emails with the Lundy Postmaster. I guess the clue should have been in the name ('mister', not 'mistress') but I'm not very bright sometimes and as the Postmaster's name sounded female, I used the title 'Ms', thinking I was being polite. Well, it turned out the Postmaster is 'MR'. I was SO embarrassed when I found out! Lundy Postmaster, if you happen to be reading this for some reason, I wish to apologise wholeheartedly. I never meant to offend. ...and I'm also kind of glad that titles aren't that commonly used in Finland. :P

Lundy is the largest island in the Bristol Channel. It lies 19 km off the coast of Devon, England, about a third of the distance across the channel from Devon, England to south Wales. Lundy gives its name to a British sea area and is one of the islands of England. Lundy has been designated by Natural England as national character area 159, one of England's natural regions.

In 2007, Lundy had a resident population of 28 people, including volunteers. These include a warden, ranger, island manager, and farmer, as well as bar and house-keeping staff. Most live in and around the village at the south of the island. Most visitors are day-trippers, although there are 23 holiday properties and a camp site for staying visitors, mostly also around the south of the island.

In a 2005 opinion poll of Radio Times readers, Lundy was named as Britain's tenth greatest natural wonder. The entire island has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and it was England's first statutory Marine Nature Reserve, and the first Marine Conservation Zone, because of its unique flora and fauna. It is managed by the Landmark Trust on behalf of the National Trust. You can read more about Lundy here.

Dubla Island, the Sundarbans, Bangladesh

My dear friend Wanda visited Bangladesh a little over a year ago. I was cheeky and asked if she could send me some postcards, and she did. :) I've already posted one here before, but here's another. This one is actually a Unesco site as well!

The Sundarbans is a natural region in Bengal. It is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The Sundarbans covers approximately 10,000 square kilometres of which 60 percent is in Bangladesh with the remainder in India. The Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans delta in the Indian state of West Bengal. Sundarbans South, East and West are three protected forests in Bangladesh. This region is densely covered by mangrove forests, and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger.

Greetings from Portugal

This was one of the trickier 'Greetings from' postcards to get hold of - and then I ended up receiving two, with exactly the same stamp as well! :D I've picked the one where the stamp was cancelled for this post.

I like the fact that Paulo Magalhães, the founder of the Postcrossing project, is mentioned on the card. ...and the project has been ongoing for so long now! I wonder if there's going to be something a bit bigger this summer to celebrate the 10th anniversary?

Also, a random fact from myself: Portugal was the first foreign country I ever visited. I was about seven years old at the time, though, so I can't remember *too* much. I do remember having a wonderful time, though, and would love to go back one day.

Auschwitz Birkenau, Poland

A rather creepy card for now... I don't think I'd ever be able to stomach visiting this place, I think it would just be way too much. On a slightly different note, I don't want to get too much into politics here as this isn't the place, but I find it odd how there doesn't seem to be nearly the same level of outrage at the fact that concentration camps still exist in North Korea. I've read a couple of really, really grim books on the topic recently and was pretty horrified. I mean there's Holocaust Memorial Day and everything (and for a good reason, too), but why isn't there more campaigning against the ones that still exist - how can you have a slogan like 'Never Again' in these circumstances?? Unless I've missed something...

Auschwitz Birkenau
German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

The fortified walls, barbed wire, platforms, barracks, gallows, gas chambers and cremation ovens show the conditions within which the Nazi genocide took place in the former concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest in the Third Reich. According to historical investigations, 1.5 million people, among them a great number of Jews, were systematically starved, tortured and murdered in this camp, the symbol of humanity's cruelty to its fellow human beings in the 20th century.

Tbilisi, Georgia

This postcard was actually sent from Spain but it's still one of my only postcards of Georgia. Such a nice night view, too!

Tbilisi, formerly known as Tiflis, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Mtkvari River with a population of roughly 1.5 million inhabitants. Founded in the 5th century by the monarch of Georgia's ancient precursor Kingdom of Iberia, Tbilisi has since served, with intermissions, as the Georgian capital. Formerly, the city had also served as the seat of the Imperial administration of the Caucasus during the Russian rule from 1801 to 1917, the capital of the short-lived Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic in 1918, of the Democratic Republic of Georgia from 1918 to 1921, of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1921 to 1991, and the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic from 1922 to 1936.

Located on the southeastern edge of Europe, Tbilisi's proximity to lucrative east-west trade routes often made the city a point of contention between various rival empires throughout history and the city's location to this day ensures its position as an important transit route for global energy and trade projects. Tbilisi's varied history is reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, classical, and Soviet structures.

Historically, Tbilisi has been home to people of diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, though it is overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox Christian. Notable tourist destinations include cathedrals like Sameba and Sioni, classical Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue, medieval Narikala Fortress, pseudo-Moorish Opera Theater, and the Georgian National Museum.