Monday, October 24, 2016

Spain - Barcelona, Gaudi, Map


1. Fanals Pl. Reial (1878 - 1879)
2. Casa Vicens (1878 - 1885)
3. Finca Guell (1884 - 1887)
4. Teresines (1888 - 1890)
5. Palau Guell (1886 - 1891)
6. Sagrada Familia (1884 - 1926)
7. Bellesguard (1900 - 1902)
8. Casa Calvet (1898 - 1904)
9. Casa Batllo (1904 - 1906)
10. Parc Guell (1900 - 1914)
11. Casa Mila (1906 - 1910)
12. Colonia Guell (1898 - 1915)

This postcard is from 2009.

Spain - Barcelona, Sagrada Familia Cathedral

Sagrada Familia
Barcelona, Spain
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Gaudi Barcelona
Facana del Naixement (Nativity Facade)
Temple de la Sagrada Familia
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Gaudi Barcelona
Temple de la Sagrada Familia

All three postcards are from 2009.


I've walked down these very tight circular stairs.  There are a few hundred of them, with little places to walk out and take pictures and see the city.  This is an amazing place!

Spain - Spanish Dancers with a Fabric Dress

This is a postcard with the dress sewn on.  The skirt has three layers and is very large. Then there is a postcard back glued on to this front layer.

It comes with an envelope to mail, but the back has lines for an address and place for a stamp.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ukraine - Kyiv, St. Oleksandr Kostel (Catholic Church)

St. Oleksandr kostel (Roman Catholic Church), architect is unknown,  construction finished headed by F. Miekhovych, 1817-1842 yr.

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The St. Alexander Cathedral is the oldest Catholic Church in Kiev.

Tunisia - El Haouaria, Kerkouane

El Haouaria


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UNESCO declared the Punic Town of Kerkouane and its Necropolis a World Heritage Site in 1985, citing among other things that the remains constitute the only example of a Phoenicio-Punic city to have survived.  (The Punics were a people from Ancient Carthage.)

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El Haouaria is a coastal town and commune in Tunisia. As of 2004 it had a population of 9,273.

South Korea - Cheju Island, Woman Divers

 Diving Women in Cheju Island
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Woman Divers

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Haenyeo (sea women) are female divers in the Korean province of Jeju. They are known for their independent spirit, iron will and determination.

Traditionally, girls started to train to become haenyeo when they were 11 years old.  Beginning in shallow water, trainees worked their way up to more challenging depths. After about seven years of training, a girl was considered a "full-fledged" haenyeo.

All together, the tools of a haenyeo consist of a wetsuit, goggles, gloves, chest weights (to assist diving) an L-shaped weeding hoe, and a net attached to a floatation device.  The haenyeo stash their catch in these nets until they are done for the day.

Massachusetts - Boston, City Hall and Government Center

Faneuil Hall, City Hall, and Government Center, Boston

Modernistic buildings illustrating Boston's faith in the future contrast dramatically with colonial Faneuil Hall.  In the City Hall, the J.F.K. Federal Building public servants work to preserve the "new" ideas of freedom introduced in Faneuil Hall long before the American Revolution.

Ireland - The Irish Farmer

Irish Farmer.
"From Galway came his dad,
His mother hailed from Clare,

He was the shrewd old lad,
When selling at the fair."

This vintage postcard is No. 7299 from the Lawrence Publisher in Dublin, Ireland. 

Ireland - Benburb Castle

Service Priory, Benburb, Co. Tyrone

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Benburb Castle is a castle situated in Benburb, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It was built in 1611 by Sir Richard Winfield.

The castle is in excellent condition having been recently restored and now used by the Servite Priory, a religious order based in the village.

India - Mahabalipuram, Madras, Shore Temple


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 In 1969, Madras State was renamed to Tamil Nadu, meaning "Tamil country".

Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hong Kong - Sha Tin District, Amah Rock

The Amah Rock Mentioned in Local Folklore.

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Amah Rock is a naturally shaped rock located on a hilltop in southwest Sha Tin District, Hong Kong.

According to a legend, the faithful wife of a fisherman climbed the hills every day, carrying her son, to watch for the return of her husband, not knowing he had been drowned at sea. In reward for her faithfulness she was turned into a rock by the Goddess of the Sea so that her spirit could unite with that of her husband. 

Hong Kong - The Island from Tsim Sha Tsui

Hong Kong Island from Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
This spectacular view of Central and the island is from the Masterpiece apartment block on Hanoi Road, home also to the Hyatt Regency hotel.

Photography:  Keith Macgregor in 2010.

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I believe the helicopter pads are located on the top of The Peninsula Hotel.

The Cruise Ship line is Star Cruises.

The building in the far left of the postcard that juts out on the water is The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Germany - Leipzig, Monument to the Battle of the Nations

Messestadt Leipzig

Monument in memory of the great battle of Leipzig

Farbfoto: Kuhn, Leipzig

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The Monument to the Battle of the Nations is a monument to the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, also known as the Battle of the Nations. It was completed in 1913 for the 100th anniversary of the battle.

Gabon - School Kids on The Ogooué River

Sur L'Ogooue - Ecolieres en pirogue
(On Ogooué - Schoolgirls in dugout)

This vintage postcard is form the Societe des Missions Evangeliques - (Evangelical Missionary Society)

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The Ogooué River (or Ogowe), some 1,200 kilometres (700 mi) long, is the principal river of Gabon in west central Africa.

Eduador - Otavalo, Hiladora, Yarn Spinning Machine

Otavalo - Hiladora

Foto: Bodo Wuth

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Otavalo, capital of Otavalo Canton, is a largely indigenous town in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador. The town is surrounded by the peaks of Imbabura (4,630 metres (15,190 ft)), Cotacachi (4,995 metres (16,388 ft)), and Mojanda volcanoes.

 The Hiladora is also known as the spinning jenny.  It is a multi-spindle spinning frame invented in 1764 by James Hargreaves to produce yarn.