Archive for the ‘postcards’ Category

Blue Ridge Parkway

I got this nice official card of Blue Ridge Parkway from Mike, USA.

Parkway, a totally new word to me. It is not a National Park but a National Scenic Byway, which is famous for its beauty view. Nevertheless, land on either side of the road is maintained by the National Park Service.

Blue Ridge is a major mountain chain of the Appalachian Mountains. Most of the Blue Ridge Parkway is along the ridge. It was built to connect Shenandoah National Park(northern terminus) to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park(southern terminus). The Blue Ridge Parkway is most visited unit in the United States National.

I also found a great Blue Ridge Parkway route map

Mike wrote, he likes exploring the trails from the park.(Did he mean the Shenandoah National Park?) Exploring in it, Mike said ‘as if the forests belong only to me’. Oh, What an amazing place to go. It reminds me the famous song of John Denver, Take Me Home, Country Roads.
Almost heaven
West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains
Shenandoah River
Life is old there…

Oh, wasn’t he singing about the beautiful place showing on the card? My heart has flied there.

village of Positano

Recently I received this lovely card of Positano from dear Ilaria, Italy. It’s on in Costiera Amalfitana, which is an UNESCO WHS of Italy.

Ilaria lives not far from there, but there is only one road to access, which often full of traffic in the holiday seasons. Although an important tourist destination nowadays, Positano was a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the 20th century. It began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s.

Ilaria  told me the colorful houses and hotels are separated by narrow little streets with winding stairways that connect the town.  Hummm, a typical seaside village of southern Europe in my mind.

I also find out an interesting novel about the village, it’s Finding Positano, a love story, by William James. How enjoyable if I could sit in the sunshine of Positano reading this novel.

Kakadu National Park in Australia

Yesterday I received a postcard of Kakadu from Phillipa, Australia, via private swap. And lovely koala stamp.

Thank you.

This is one of my favorite type of postcard to receive, as it’s a national park as well as an UNESCO  Word Hertitage Site. And I really love the stunning view with green color.

Kakadu is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 171km southeast of Darwin. It’s the size of  Slovenia(Wow) and the Ranger Uranium Mine, one of the most productive Uranium mines in the world, is contained within the park.

The name Kakadu comes from the mispronunciation of ‘Gagadju’ which is the name of an Aboriginal language spoken in the northern part of the Park.

I don’t realize its danger untill Phillipa told me that there are many saltwater crocodiles. Then I remembered the TV program Man vs Wild, Bear Grylls once explored his advanture in Northern Territory of Australia, where he said it’s one of the most dangerous places in world. He encoutered many many freshwater crocodiles there. And it’s Kakadu! Actually there are two species of crocodile occur in Kakadu: the Freshwater Crocodile (Crocodylus johnstonii) and the Estuarine, or Saltwater Crocodile (C. porosus). Both of them are protected by law.

That’s Kakadu, danger hides under its gorgeous outside.

New landmark of Guangzhou

Canton Tower, officially called 广州塔 in Chinese, but most of people like to call it as 小蛮腰(Sanjan exercise for pot belly, means slim waist). It became operational on September 29, 2010 for the 2010 Asian Games. The tower is the tallest tower in the world, replacing the CN Tower in Canada, which previous held the title for 34 years.

photo of Canton Tower took by my boyfriend.

I swap postcards with Jelena in Croatia, she like nightview especially. And she want the card of Nanjing road I once sent.

But I don’t have one anymore, so I suggest another nighview card of Guangzhou, this is it.

I hope she would like it too.

Great swap from Natsumi, Japan

Natsumi is a high school student in Japan. Her handwriting is beautiful both in English and Chinese. I enjoy it very much.

I swapped three cards with her and received them the day before yesterday.

Another wonderful hello kitty I received from Japan, I love it especially the green background. But I’ve promised to give it to a friend 思佳. I slept with it one night and gave it as a gift to 思佳. If possible, I want to have this lovely one another day in future.

But I got another one related to hello kitty, Natsumi gave me as a gift, surprise!

It’s a postcard of sanrio 50th anniversary!

The second card from Natsumi is classical view of Mt. Fuji with cherry blooming, isn’t it fascinating?

The last one is about Maiko. I tole her that I want a card of kimono, so she picked this one for me. It’s charming, there are so many things attact me in Japan.

Although I like postcard without envelop, but she insist using it because of safety. And she picked the beautiful Christmas stamps for me.

Last but not the least, thank Natsumi for the lovely stickers of hello kitty. Different faces of Hello Kitty.