Sunday, August 7, 2016

Cuba - Havana - El Christo de La Habana (Two Postcards)

Cristo de La Habana / Christ of Havana
Obra monumental de la escultora cubana Jilma Madera, elaborado en marmol de Carrara e inauguarado el 24 de diciembre de 1958.  Ubicado sobre las alturas dominantes de la ciudad, en la orilla este de la Bahia de La Habana. 

Monumental piece of the Cuban sculptures Jilma Madera, created in Carrara marble and inaugurated on December 24th, 1958.  Located on the dominant heights of the city, at the east shore of Havana Bay. 

This unused postcard has raised images.  I bought it in Havana, Cuba in 2016. 

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This statue of Jesus is about 20 metres (66 ft) high including a 3-metre (10 ft) base and it weighs approximately 320 tons. 
El Cristo de La Habana
La Habana

(The Christ of Havana)

Colorado - Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor Resort Complex

An aerial view of the magnificent Broadmoor Resort Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Builtin 1918, The Broadmoor has retained its original majesty and charm while adding to its complex the facilities which make it unique in the world.

Photo by Don Stotts
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An aerial view of the magnificent Broadmoor Resort Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Builtin 1918, The Broadmoor has retained its original majesty and charm while adding to its complex the facilities which make it unique in the world.

Both of these postcards are from 2016.

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The Broadmoor is a hotel and resort that is a member of Historic Hotels of America of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Colorado - Colorado Springs, Focus on the Family (Three Postcards)

Focus on the Family
Administration Building Entrance
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Focus on the Family
Aerial View 
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Focus on the Family
Welcome Center and Pikes Peak

8605 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920

All three postcards are from 2016.

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From their website:

Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God's design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

No matter who you are, what you're going through or what challenges your family may be facing, we're here to help. With practical resources - like our 1-800 Family Help line (1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459), counseling and websites – we're committed to providing trustworthy, biblical guidance and support.

Alaska - Seward, 1968

Seward, Alaska, on the Kenai Peninsula is the southern terminus of the Alaska railroad and one of the stops in the Western Alaska Marine Highway System.  This picture shows Main Street, rebuilt after the 1964 tidal wave.

Color Photo by Reggie Hibshman
Color by Mike Roberts

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The 1964 Alaskan earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan earthquake and Good Friday earthquake, occurred at 5:36 P.M. AST on Good Friday, March 27.  Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing structures, and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused about 139 deaths.

Lasting four minutes and thirty-eight seconds, the magnitude 9.2 megathrust earthquake was the most powerful recorded in North American history, and the second most powerful recorded in world history. 

Alaska - Native Whaling Boat


Native Whaling Boat
Inupiaq subsistence whalers paddle their umiak, or bearded seal skin boat, to find passing bowhead whales traveling though the open lead, during spring whaling season, Chukchi Sea, offshore from Barrow, Arctic coast of Alaska.

Photo: Steven J. Kazlowski

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The Iñupiat (or Inupiaq) are an Inuit, Alaska Native people, whose traditional territory spans Norton Sound on the Bering Sea to the Canada–United States border.  (The old word for Inupiat is Eskimo.)

Barrow is a city that is located above the Arctic Circle in Northern Alaska.

Alaska - Mount Healy in Mount McKinley (Denali) National Park

Mount McKinley National Park, Alaska
Sunset on Mt. Healy - 5,716 Feet,
As views from the Park Hotel

Photo by W. Alan Cole.

The sender writes:
As you can see, the sunsets are brilliant in color up here.  Sometimes you can't get to sleep because in the summer it doesn't get dark until midnight.  I often think of you.   You would just love to be able to read until then.  The Eskimos and Indians are very interesting people.  They make lovely handicrafts.  

Aland - Jarso-NATO Archipelago

Photo: Niklas Bidarkiv

The sender writes that this is Nato, Alandia and that there are beautiful spring flowers all around but very little butterflies.

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Järsö-NATO is an archipelago area in Åland. Jarso has a population of 201, and Nato has 87 people (as of 2015). 

Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Water Street Breweries

Water Street Breweries
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Water Street, located in the heart of Milwaukee's downtown, is a frequent spot for nightlife in Milwaukee.  A number of specialty breweries and restaurants spot the area.

Photos: Terrell Creative

Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson Museum and Headquarters

The Harley-Davidson Museum opened in July 2008 and displays a large collection of Motorcycles along with history about Harley-Davidson.  The Iron Horse Hotel, a boutique hotel catering to motorcycle enthusiasts, is located one block south of the museum. 

Photos by William H. Jacobs

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The Harley-Davidson Museum opened on July 12, 2008 and is a celebration of the more than 110-year history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The 130,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) three building complex on 20 acres (81,000 m2) contains more than 450 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and hundreds of thousands of artifacts from the Company's history.
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Here is one more from Milwaukee...
Harley Davidson Motorcycle
With the corporate headquarters of Harley Davidson Motorcycles in Milwaukee, it is not surprising to see a number of these cycles cruising the streets.

Photo by Steve Gibson

Finland - Utsjoki Flowers and Scenery

Tunturissa nahda ja kokea monenlaista voi!
uuvana - sielikko

Uuvana, Diapensia lapponica, Fjellpyrd, Fjallgrona
Maisemaa tunturista.
Sielikko, Loiseleuria procumbens,
Greplyng, Krypljung, Duolbadanas

I think this translates to something like:
You may see and experience a variety of Tundra!
diapensia - Kalmia procumbens (alpine azalea)
The second part might be the names of flowers??  Or perhaps the name of these two flowers in different languages??

The sender writes:
Greetings from Utsjoki.  This summer we have mostly admired flowers!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Monaco - Monte-Carlo, Casino & Hotel Paris 1951

La Cote D'Azure

Monte-Carlo - Le Casino et l'Hotel de Paris

Italy - Pisa, Piazza Del Duomo

Piazza Del Duomo

Italy - Pisa, The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower
The construction was begun in 1174 from the architect Bonanno Pisano and finished in 1350 from Tommaso Pisano.  The height is m. 58.36 (100 braccia pisane)  The weight is t. 14.453.  The vertical yielding is of approximately m. 2.36.  The maximum slope from the top to the center or the base is m 5.22.  The increment of slope until 1993 was off mm. 1.2 every year.  After consolidation jobs during 11 years the Tower reopens the 15/12/2001 whit (should read with?) an inclination reduced of cm. 38.

It is constituted from 8 shelves comprised the bell cell where there are 7 bells that reproduce 7 musical notes (Assunta Crofefisso san Ranieri, Pasquareccia, Dal Pozzo, Terza, Vespruccio).

The top of the Tower is caught up with a helicoidal scale of 293 steps.

From the top of the leaning Tower Galileo Galilei carried out its experiments around the gravity laws.

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This is the most confusing postcard I've ever read!

Italy - Pisa, The Leaning Tower of Pisa at Sunset

Il Campanile

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Italy - Pompei, Shaped Letters

Pompei (Pompeii)
Il Tempio De Giove (Temple of Jupiter)

The sender writes:
This place is amazing!  It's so sad though.