Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Monday, 27 May 2013
Two equal horizontal bands of blue (top) and red; a white equilateral triangle is based on the hoist side; the center of the triangle displays a yellow sun with eight primary rays; each corner of the triangle contains a small, yellow, five-pointed star; blue stands for peace and justice, red symbolizes courage, the white equal-sided triangle represents equality; the rays recall the first eight provinces that sought independence from Spain, while the stars represent the three major geographical divisions of the country: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao; the design of the flag dates to 1897.
Sender: Joseph, Sent on: 3 May, 2013, Received on: 24 May, 2013, Travel time: 21 days
White with a blue cross extending to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag); the blue represents the thousands of lakes scattered across the country, while the white is for the snow that covers the land in winter.
Sender: Riutsi, Sent on: 11 Apr, 2013, Received on: 24 May, 2013, Travel time: 43 days
Friday, 17 May 2013
Three equal horizontal bands of white (top), blue, and red. There is no official meaning of colors, but they say that white means peace, innocence, perfection or Liberty blue means faith, loyalty, constancy or the Blessed Virgin red means energy, power and blood, which was given to Motherland or Autocracy.
Sender: Vitaly, Sent on: 16 Apr, 2013, Received on: 16 May, 2013, Travel time: 30 days
The 'Venice of the North', with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, is the result of a vast urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. Later known as Leningrad (in the former USSR), the city is closely associated with the October Revolution. Its architectural heritage reconciles the very different Baroque and pure neoclassical styles, as can be seen in the Admiralty, the Winter Palace, the Marble Palace and the Hermitage.
Postcard 1 : The Palaces and Parks Ensembles of the Town of Peterhof
Sender: Julius_Dee, Sent on: 14 May, 2014, Received on: 6 Jun, 2014, Travel time: 22 days
Postcard 2 : The Small Throne Room, the Winter Palace
The Small Throne Room of the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, also known as the Peter the Great Memorial Hall, was created for Tsar Nicholas I in 1833, by the architect Auguste de Montferrand. Following a fire in 1837, in which most of the palace was destroyed, the room was recreated exactly as it had been before by the architect Vasily Stasov.
Designed in a loose Baroque style, the throne is recessed in an apse before a reredos, supported by two Corinthian columns of jasper, which contains a large canvas dedicated to Peter I with Minerva by Jacopo Amigoni. In the room proper above dado height the walls are lined with crimson velvet embellished with double-headed eagles of silver thread, above which is a shallow vaulted ceiling.
Sender: Marina234, Sent on: 15 Sep, 2013, Received on: 7 Oct, 2013, Travel time: 22 days
Postcard 3 : St. Isaac's Cathedral
Sender: Irina, Sent on: 5 Apr, 2013, Received on: 16 May, 2013, Travel time: 41 days
The historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. In the 1990s conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural features, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement. The reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities.
Sender: A. Baran, Sent on: 22 Apr, 2013, Received on: 10 May, 2013, Travel time: 18 days
Green with a large yellow diamond in the center bearing a blue celestial globe with 27 white five-pointed stars; the globe has a white equatorial band with the motto ORDEM E PROGRESSO (Order and Progress); the current flag was inspired by the banner of the former Empire of Brazil (1822-1889); on the imperial flag, the green represented the House of Braganza of Pedro I, the first Emperor of Brazil, while the yellow stood for the Habsburg Family of his wife; on the modern flag the green represents the forests of the country and the yellow rhombus its mineral wealth; the blue circle and stars, which replaced the coat of arms of the original flag, depict the sky over Rio de Janeiro on the morning of 15 November 1889 - the day the Republic of Brazil was declared; the number of stars has changed with the creation of new states and has risen from an original 21 to the current 27 (one for each state and the Federal District).
Sender: Alisson, Sent on: 10 Apr, 2013, Received on: 10 May, 2013, Travel time: 30 days
Three equal horizontal stripes of red (top), blue, and white - the Pan-Slav colors representing freedom and revolutionary ideals; charged with the coat of arms of Serbia shifted slightly to the hoist side; the principal field of the coat of arms represents the Serbian state and displays a white two-headed eagle on a red shield; a smaller red shield on the eagle represents the Serbian nation, and is divided into four quarters by a white cross; interpretations vary as to the meaning and origin of the white, curved symbols resembling firesteels or Cyrillic "C's" in each quarter; a royal crown surmounts the coat of arms.
Sender: Ertan, Sent on: 19 Apr, 2013, Received on: 10 May, 2013, Travel time: 21 days
Ranakpur is a village located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan in western India. Ranakpur is one among the most famous places to visit in Pali, Rajasthan. Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, said to be the most spectacular of the Jain temples. There is also a small Sun temple which is managed by the Udaipur royal family trust.
Sender: Parul K., Sent on: 4 Apr, 2013, Received on: 16 May, 2013, Travel time: 42 days
Three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), black, and white; various interpretations are linked to the flag colors; blue represents faith, loyalty, and devotion, while also reminiscent of the sky, sea, and lakes of the country; black symbolizes the soil of the country and the dark past and suffering endured by the Estonian people; white refers to the striving towards enlightenment and virtue, and is the color of birch bark and snow, as well as summer nights illuminated by the midnight sun.
Sender: Janne, Sent on: 25 Apr, 2013, Received on: 16 May, 2013, Travel time: 21 days
The Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia. It contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. It also holds great scientific interest as the habitat of species such as the dugong (‘sea cow’) and the large green turtle, which are threatened with extinction.
Sender: Figen M., Sent on: 5 Apr, 2013, Received on: 16 May, 2013, Travel time: 41 days
The first and real Scottish flag is a silver cross on a blue background, with the cross going from corner to corner, and it is known as the saltire. It is also known as St Andrews Cross. St Andrew was one of the twelve disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is believed that he too was crucified. The story goes that the Romans were threatened by Andrew, as they said he was spreading wrong ideas among the people, so they decided to crucify him. Andrew apparently did not feel he was good enough for that so asked for a different cross than Jesus. The cross was in the shape of an X which became the shape on the flag.
The second flag ,The Lion Rampant or the Royal Standard of Scotland (or Coat of Arms). This was a flag that was used when the monarch was around. At one time it was an offence for this flag to be flown anywhere, other than for royalty. The "Lion" represents strength and nobility and therefore this is seen a suitable symbol for our royalty.
Sender: Sandra, Sent on: 2 May, 2013 Received on: 16 May, 2013 Travel time: 14 days