Friday, 11 July 2014

The Dolomites, Italy (UNESCO)

The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of nine areas that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems. It is characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The property also features one of the best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records.

Sender: Gosia,  Sent on: 30 Jun, 2014, Received on: 10 Jul, 2014, Travel time: 10 days

City of Verona, Italy (UNESCO)

The historic city of Verona was founded in the 1st century B.C. It particularly flourished under the rule of the Scaliger family in the 13th and 14th centuries and as part of the Republic of Venice from the 15th to 18th centuries. Verona has preserved a remarkable number of monuments from antiquity, the medieval and Renaissance periods, and represents an outstanding example of a military stronghold.

Sender: Gosia,  Sent on: 30 Jun, 2014, Received on: 10 Jul, 2014, Travel time: 10 days

Curonian Spit, Lithuania (UNESCO)

Human habitation of this elongated sand dune peninsula, 98 km long and 0.4-4 km wide, dates back to prehistoric times. Throughout this period it has been threatened by the natural forces of wind and waves. Its survival to the present day has been made possible only as a result of ceaseless human efforts to combat the erosion of the Spit, dramatically illustrated by continuing stabilisation and reforestation projects.

Sender: MonikaValentaite,  Sent on: 30 Jun, 2014, Received on: 10 Jul, 2014, Travel time: 10 days

Monday, 7 July 2014

Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains, Romania (UNESCO)

Built in the 1st centuries B.C. and A.D. under Dacian rule, these fortresses show an unusual fusion of military and religious architectural techniques and concepts from the classical world and the late European Iron Age. The six defensive works, the nucleus of the Dacian Kingdom, were conquered by the Romans at the beginning of the 2nd century A.D.; their extensive and well-preserved remains stand in spectacular natural surroundings and give a dramatic picture of a vigorous and innovative civilization.

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque, Malaysia

The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is the state mosque of Selangor, Malaysia. It is located in Shah Alam. It is the country's largest mosque and also the second largest mosque in Southeast Asia after Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta in Indonesia. Its most distinguishing feature is its large blue and silver dome. The mosque has four minarets, one erected at each of the corners.

Sender: Manila,  Sent on: 3 Jun, 2014, Received on: 2 Jul, 2014, Travel time: 29 days

Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Germany (UNESCO)

The ‘Roman Limes’ represents the border line of the Roman Empire at its greatest extent in the 2nd century AD. It stretched over 5,000 km from the Atlantic coast of northern Britain, through Europe to the Black Sea, and from there to the Red Sea and across North Africa to the Atlantic coast. The remains of the Limes today consist of vestiges of built walls, ditches, forts, fortresses, watchtowers and civilian settlements. Certain elements of the line have been excavated, some reconstructed and a few destroyed. The two sections of the Limes in Germany cover a length of 550 km from the north-west of the country to the Danube in the south-east. The 118-km-long Hadrian’s Wall (UK) was built on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian c. AD 122 at the northernmost limits of the Roman province of Britannia. It is a striking example of the organization of a military zone and illustrates the defensive techniques and geopolitical strategies of ancient Rome. The Antonine Wall, a 60-km long fortification in Scotland was started by Emperor Antonius Pius in 142 AD as a defense against the “barbarians” of the north. It constitutes the northwestern-most portion of the Roman Limes.

Postcard 1 : Saalburg Castle

Sender: Xiaoi,  Sent on: 24 Jun, 2014, Received on: 2 Jul, 2014, Travel time: 8 days

Tassili n'Ajjer, Algeria (UNESCO)

Located in a strange lunar landscape of great geological interest, this site has one of the most important groupings of prehistoric cave art in the world. More than 15,000 drawings and engravings record the climatic changes, the animal migrations and the evolution of human life on the edge of the Sahara from 6000 BC to the first centuries of the present era. The geological formations are of outstanding scenic interest, with eroded sandstones forming ‘forests of rock’.

Sender: Nihad,  Sent on: 9 Jun, 2014, Received on: 2 Jul, 2014, Travel time: 23 days

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Flag of Singapore

Two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white; near the hoist side of the red band, there is a vertical, white crescent (closed portion is toward the hoist side) partially enclosing five white five-pointed stars arranged in a circle; red denotes brotherhood and equality; white signifies purity and virtue; the waxing crescent moon symbolizes a young nation on the ascendancy; the five stars represent the nation's ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice, and equality.

Sender: Janetblythe,  Sent on: 7 Jun, 2014, Received on: 24 Jun, 2014, Travel time: 17 days

Bergischer Löwe (Bergischer Lion), Düsseldorf, Germany

Sender: Singalarius,  Sent on: 17 Jun, 2014, Received on: 24 Jun, 2014, Travel time: 17 days

Flag of Hessen, Germany

The civil flag of Hesse consists of a bicolor of a red top and a bottom white stripe, in the proportion 3:5. The state flag is similar, except it is defaced with the coat of arms in the centre, and may only be used by government departments and services. It is the reverse of the flag of Thuringia and, apart from the proportions and the shades of red, identical to the flag of Indonesia and the flag of Monaco.

Sender: hsjoerdis,  Sent on: 10 Jun, 2014, Received on: 24 Jun, 2014, Travel time: 14 days

Aurora from the Murmansk (Russians Arctic Territory), Russia

Sender: murman2014,  Sent on: 9 Jun, 2014, Received on: 24 Jun, 2014, Travel time: 15 days

Chicago, USA

35 East Wacker Drive (left), 1926   -   United of America Building, 1962

Sender: wingy,  Sent on: 11 Jun, 2014, Received on: 24 Jun, 2014, Travel time: 13 days

New York State Map, USA

Sender: Mikayla,  Sent on: 11 Jun, 2014, Received on: 24 Jun, 2014, Travel time: 13 days