неделя, 9 февруари 2014 г.

UZBEKISTAN. 1/4. Samarkand

Another fantastic postcard which adds to the previous one of Samarkand. What is special about it is that I received it from my swap friend Joerg from Germany and it's a photo of his which he printed as a postcard and sent from Germany.
Again, like the previous time that I got the other one blank from the ebay seller, it's not like the real thing - travelling directly from Uzbekistan, written and stamped. But without Joerg I wouldn't have managed to have it travelled at all! :)

Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures

The historic town of Samarkand is a crossroad and melting pot of the world's cultures. Founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrasiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries. The major monuments include the Registan Mosque and madrasas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir ensemble, as well as Ulugh-Beg's Observatory.
 

PHILIPPINES. 2/5. Baroque churches - Miag-ao

Again thanks to my swap friend Jennifer!

Tentative. GERMANY. Schwetzingen

JERUSALEM

A postcard which obviously from the photos has sufferred a lot during the long journey. Just like Jerusalem itself. :)

Tentative. MALTA. Mdina

Thanks to my fellow Bulgarian Valya :)

Tentative. TURKEY. Pergamon

Thanks to my mother-in-law and her sister I've got these fantastic postcards! :)

ITALY. 5/49. Venice

Posted from Netherlands, a postcard depicting the famous festival in Venice and one of the notable buildings in the city.
I hope that the recent restrictions of big cruise ships entering the lagoon would help preventing the city from sinking.. I don't mind cruises, I love them, but I wouldn't visit a place with the full awareness that my entrance to the place damages it almost irreversibly. I'd rather use the old-style of planes or buses or cars... 

Venice and its Lagoon

Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others.