Tuesday, January 25, 2011


 It's a painting by a mexican painter, Diego Rivera (1886 - 1957). It's called Mandragora. I don't know why, but I am sure that  the woman on it is Frida Kahlo, who was his wife at that period.

Friday, January 21, 2011



As it is written on the back side, the purchase of this card has helped UNICEF ensure a girl attend school.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, is an entirely voluntarily funded organisation committed to using its 60 years experience to ensure every child's right to health, education, equality and protection.

Monday, January 17, 2011


This colourful postcard came from Taiwan. Red train, rocky landscape, time of day - looks like sunrise or sunset. And on the postcard it is written, that it is Mt. Ali. So - what I found out about all this.

First about railways. Taiwan railway systems were constructed in the early years of the Kuang Hsu period of the Ching Dynasty from a request by the Taiwan Governor Liu Ming Chuan. The construction of first railway between Keelung and Taipei started in 1887, and was finished in 1891.

The Alishan National Scenic Area is a mountain resort and natural preserve located in the mountains of Chiayi County in Taiwan. It is 415 km² in area. It includes, among other things, mountain wilderness, four villages, waterfalls, high altitude tea plantations, the Alishan Forest Railway and several hiking trails. The area is popular among tourists and mountain climbers, and Alishan or Mount Ali  itself has become one of the major landmarks associated with Taiwan. The area is also famous for its production of high mountain tea and wasabi. Alishan is well known for its sunrises, and on a suitable morning one can observe the sun come up on a sea of clouds in the area between Alishan and Yüshan.

The Alishan Forest Railway is an 86 km network of 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) (narrow gauge) railways running up to and throughout the popular mountain resort. The narrow gauge lines were originally constructed by the Japanese Colonial Government in 1912 to facilitate the logging of cypress and Taiwania wood, however today the line caters mostly to tourists. Passenger carriages were first added to the trains in 1918. The locomotive on the picture is the diesel one.

Taiwan's government has listed the forest railway as a potential World Heritage Site. However, Taiwan's exclusion from the United Nations means it is unlikely to be formally recognized as a WHS in the near future.


Summer in Finland


It's a postcard from Poznan', Poland. 
Poznan' is one of the oldest cities of Poland. Sometimes it is called the first capital of the kingdom of Poland. 

Poznań Town Hall or Ratusz is located in the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek) in the centre of the Old Town neighbourhood. It served as the city's administrative building until 1939, and now houses a museum. The town hall was originally built in the late 13th century following the founding of the medieval city in 1253; it was rebuilt in roughly its present-day form, in manneristloggia, by Giovanni Battista di Quadro in 1550–1560. The display of mechanical fighting goats, played out daily at noon above the clock on the front wall of the building, is one of the city's main tourist attractions. style, with an ornate.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Yesterday I was surprised by receiving this postcard. First - again from South Africa, I thought this country is quite rare.And then - it is a thing I dream to see one day. It's a whale. As Sue, who sent me this card, wrote, the whales like this come to the southern coast of South Africa every year from September to November, and they go away.

And a stamp of 2008 with heelwalkers, designed by Ellena Shmitz. It was issued as a commemoration of he 2008 International Entomology Conference (ICE), which took place in Durban, South Africa from 6-12 July 2008, and this insect was chosen as the logo of this conference.

More info about this stamp and heelwalkers


When I write that I like French music, or music in French language - I don't mean that I like all kinds of music. But I received this card. It is an advertisement of a concert of french music in Hamburg. Very colourful! :)

And stamps, new for me :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Embellished surfaces by Molly Green Lieberman


Aurora Borealis

I saw it once, on the New Years Eve in Levi, Finland :) 


This postcard arrived from Portugal. It is a painting by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn - Self-portrait as the apostle Paul. It is kept in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.


Le Mont Saint Michel from Russia
This French postcard arrived from Moscow. The girl, who sent it to me, also likes Bruno Pelletier, so she decided to send me such card. I like this view on this place. 
And stamps from Russian Kremlins series.


Holland, anno 2020

A piece of "black humour" from Holland. Not the best perspective for such a nice country...


In two days after holidays I received 6 postcards!
This one came from China. I will call it "postal", as it shows an envelope and stamps from different countries on it.

And two stamps - one with a fish, and on the second one something is written, but I don't know Chinese...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I know that there are a lot of postcrossers in Finland, so I was a little surprised by not receiving cards from there. A finally - here is the first one! It is from Hameenlinna. It is a nice winter view, so nice to receive such cards during New Year holidays :)

And a beautiful stamp, with glitters.


This card is one of the first ones that I received in the new year. It is from Minsk. One picture shows a building in micro-district Uskhod, the second one - the National library of Belarus. What's interesting - my mother works in a National library of Ukraine in Kiev :)

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