Friday, April 16, 2010

Three more today!

Yay!!  What a nice surprise to find three postcards today in the mailbox! 

Our first one was Jacks favorite for today, and it came from Belarus! 

He loves the picture of the wild boars!! 
The card came from Brest, formerly also Brest-on-the-Bug and Brest-Litovsk.  It is a city (population 312,950 in 2008) in Belarus at the border with Poland opposite the city of Terespol, where the Western Bug and Mukhavets rivers meet.
Being situated on the main railway line connecting Berlin and Moscow, and an intercontinental highway (the European route E30), Brest became a principal border crossing since World War II in Soviet times. Today it links the European Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Our second postcard comes from the Netherlands! 
Totally cute!  I love cows, and Jack thought it was funny it was wearing wooden shoes!
It was from a young lady in Ternaard....
Ternaard is a small village in Dongeradeel in the province Friesland of the Netherlands and has around the 1400 citizens.

Our third postcard came from Réunion!

Réunion is a French island of about 800,000 people located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, about 120 miles south west of Mauritius, the nearest island.

Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas départements of France. Like the other overseas departments, Réunion is also one of the twenty-six regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic with the same status as those situated on the European mainland.
Réunion is an outermost region of the European Union and, as an overseas department of France, is part of the Eurozone. Due to its location in a time zone to the east of Europe, Réunion was the first region in the world where the euro became legal tender.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another two postcards today!

Hooray!   We received two postcards today!! 

Our first came from Germany, although the woman who sent it is from Turkey!

Look at this beautiful castle!!  It's called Schloss Neuschwanstein....Neuschwanstein Castle  is a 19th-century neo-romanticist palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. 

The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.

Our second postcard came from Kenya!
It's a photo of a young Masai Girl...The Maasai (also called Masai) are an indigenous African ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. Due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa, they are among the most well known of African ethnic groups.They speak Maa, a member of the Nilo-Saharan language family that is related to Dinka and Nuer, and are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania: Swahili and English. The Maasai population has been variously estimated as 377,089 from the 1989 Census or as 453,000 language speakers in Kenya in 1994 and 430,000 in Tanzania in 1993 with a total estimated as "approaching 900,000".   Estimates of the respective Maasai populations in both countries are complicated by the remote locations of many villages, and their semi-nomadic nature.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Two more this week!

This week we received two postcards!  The first one is from China!

It's a nutcracker!!  Jack really liked this...he always loves when the nutcrackers are out in the stores at Christmas time!


Our other postcard is from Portugal!

It's from the beautiful city of Evora.  I love the old architecture and the bright colors!!  Due to its well-preserved old town center, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple, Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.