Cats from Portugal

27 06 2009

Now that I’ve scanned my cat card collection, I can start showing them. Many cat cards are a little bit too cute to my taste, I like them though, cause they show cats! But I prefer the less cute cat cards.

I love the cat cards from Portugal, the cats always seem so relaxed when they are lying in the sun. 🙂

I start with this multi view of four images and five cats:

These two are a good example of  the Portuguese cats their lives:

The ‘guard cat’ 😀

And the best of all cards, isn’t he adorable?


Cards with cats

23 06 2009

I made a decision today, I’m going to scan all my received my cat cards because I have too many that are worth to get shown. 😀

They are already sorted out, the scanning can start! 8)

Holland? USA!

23 06 2009

I find it interesting to receive cards from other countries that show some kind of Dutch ‘heritage’. This card shows the city of Pella, Iowa, USA. It was founded in 1847 when eight hundred Dutch immigrants led by Dominee Hendrik (Henry) P. Scholte settled the area.

In Downtown Pella, the Molengracht (Mill Canal) emerges from under the street by the 1850’s Vermeer Mill and flows the length of the plaza surrounded by 18th centrury Dutch architecture. Unique shops, offices, restaurants, lodging and entertainment facilites line the brick pedestrian walkways.

Maps on postcards: Paris MĂ©tropolitain

20 06 2009

The Paris MĂ©tro or MĂ©tropolitain, in French: MĂ©tro de Paris, is a metro system in Paris, France. It is a symbol of the city and its station architecture is influenced by Art Nouveau. It has 16 lines, mostly underground, and a total length of 214 km. There are 300 stations.

I guess that everyone who has been to Paris has also been in the Paris MĂ©tro. Well, I have travelled by Paris MĂ©tro quite often.

I received two different postcards, both showing Paris MĂ©tropolitain. Here’s the first card:

Here’s a bigger picture of the first card.

And here’s the second:

Here’s a bigger picture of the second card.

A closer look at UNESCO WHS: Golden Mountains of Altai

19 06 2009

Name: Golden Mountains of Altai
Country: Russian Federation
Type: Natural
Year of inscription: 1998
The site in Google Maps

Golden Mountains of Altai consists of the Altai and Katun Natural Reserves, Lake Teletskoye, Belukha Mountain, and the Ukok Plateau. As stated in the UNESCO description of the site, “the region represents the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia, from steppe, forest-steppe, mixed forest, subalpine vegetation to alpine vegetation”. While making its decision, UNESCO also cited Russian Altai’s importance for preservation of the globally endangered mammals, such as snow leopard and the Altai argali.

I have one postcard of Golden Mountains of Altai:

I haven’t visited the site myself but I’ve seen it from the airplane on the way to Beijing, China! 🙂

A closer look at UNESCO WHS: Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn

17 06 2009

Name: Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn
Country: Estonia
Type: Cultural
Year of inscription: 1997, extended in 2008
The site in Google Maps

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is named after taani linnus, which means Danish castle. The Castle in question was built by King Waldemar of Denmark in the 13th century. The settlement quickly developed itself into a busy port. In 1248 Tallinn became a member of the Hanseatic League, a chain of European trading cities.

Tallinn was one of the best fortified cities in Europe, with 66 towers adorning the city wall. Only about 20 of them remain today. Nowadays some are used as restaurants and museums.

Here are the postcards of Tallinn I have received. First an aerial overview, the towers and parts of the city wall can be seen in the front:

The second card is a multieview, this card brings you into Tallinn’s Old Town:

And this is the third card, I’ve recently received. It shows Midsummer nights in Tallinn, including the time.
Estonians celebrate ‘JaaniĂ”htu’ (‘John’s Night’ in English) on the eve of the Summer Solstice (June 23) with bonfires.  On JaaniĂ”htu, Estonians all around the country will gather with their families, or at larger events to celebrate this important day with singing and dancing, as Estonians have done for centuries. The celebrations that accompany JaaniĂ”htu are the largest and most important of the year, and the traditions are similar those of Finland and the southern neighbour Latvia.

Shadow and sun

14 06 2009

For the photography project I blogged about before, I took this photo with the theme ‘shadow’.  The photo was taken just outside the Hospital in Vlissingen. My mother had an appointment and while waiting I took some photos. I think this one turned out to be the best. I like it how the shadow appears on the zebra

For the photo chain, I took this photo of an older t-shirt. I like the bright colours and the blue sky.