Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Neuschwanstein Castle - winter

Neuschwantstein Castle must be one of the most unmistakeable and most photographed castles in the world. they must do a roaring trade in postcards because it doesn't look like anyone could take a casual snapshot very easily.  The airways around it must be buzzing with helicopters.

Although the castle is of course in Germany, the card came from Russia and was published in Russia.  I like this dramatic winter view.  Six years ago (so long!!) I posted another card showing it with autumn colours on the trees.

Monday, 23 February 2015

County Clare in Ireland

Map of County Clare, Ireland, with inserted views

It's a map so it must be Monday!

As you can see on the card, County Clare is on the west coast of Ireland.  Clare is probably best known for the Cliffs of Moher, also pictured on the card.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Welsh Sheep

I haven't received any Year of the Sheep stamps yet so I've had to settle for this PHQ stamp card.  It was issued as a Wintertime series in 1992.  The others in the series showed a fox, a deer, a redwing and a hare, but these are Welsh Mountain Sheep, a hardy breed.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, in its new home at See it on a Postcard! As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Onze Lieve Vrouw kerk in Laken, Brussels

I studied this card carefully because I thought there must be some sort of optical illusion going on, or could there really be a road passing underneath the church?  In fact, after much searching, I found out that there is an underpass but it comes to the surface well before the church.

The church in question is Onze Lieve Vrouw in Laken, Brussels, known for the Royal Crypt and its beautiful cemetery.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Art Nouveau

Two beautiful examples of the style of art known in English as Art Nouveau which flourished between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.  It is known by different names in different languages: Jugendstil in Germany for instance.  Curiously in France it was given the name Modern Style.

The top card is one of Alfons Mucha's famous posters while the lower one is a perfume label from Russia.  Both were sent from Germany.

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

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

St Ursanne, Switzerland

Medieval bridge over river to old town houses

Saint Ursanne is exactly the sort of place I'd love to visit. It's in the Jura canton of Switzerland, almost in France.  Although France also has a Jura département, it is Doubs which adjoins the Jura Canton.

St  Ursanne is a medieval village with an old abbey and outstanding cloister.  The houses date from the 14th to 16th century.  It owes its name to an Irish monk, Ursan, whose hermitage can be visited if you wish to climb the 180 steps up to its cave.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Map of Bulgaria

I don't have very many cards from Bulgaria so I'm delighted that this arrived recently, sent by a Russian living in Bulgaria.
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