Tower Bridge, London, England - United Kingdom

© Photo: Chris Parker


"Tower Bridge (built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which crosses the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name, and has become an iconic symbol of London.

The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge's present colour scheme dates from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for Queen Elizabeth II's silver jubilee. Originally it was painted a mid greenish-blue colour." In: Wikipedia


Christmas Postcards (II)

© Edições Paulinas

Sent by "profmat" (Portugal).

Selfmade by "martinha" (Portugal)

© Photo: Reinhard Engeln
"Merry christmas and a happy new year", sent by "azzurri". (Switzerland)

© Photo: Frans Lanting / Corbis

Merry Christmas, sent by "dollart". (Finland)

© Ingrid Elf
"Merry Christmas", sent by "sofa". (Germany)


Christmas Postcards (I)

Now time for some Christmas postcards :) All on this post are written and given in hand.

© NorthStar

© NorthStar

© NorthStar

© WHSmith

© WHSmith

© WHSmith

© NorthStar

© Paperchase


Postcrossing Christmas Meeting in Palmela - Portugal

This year I wasn't able to go to the Christmas Meeting (Palmela 07/12/2013), but my mailbox received 3 great cards from this Portuguese reunion!

© Graphic design: João Nogueira
Sent by "PilotOne" 

© Graphic design: João Nogueira
Sent by "geminiscp". 

© Maria da Graça Neto Mendes
Sent by "gracinha"


Chinstrap Penguin, Saunders Island - South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

© Sebatião Salgado/Amazonas images/nbpictures

New, bought from the Sebatião Salgado Genesis exhibition at National History Museum, London

Information on the back side of the card: " Saunders Island is inhabited by penguins of several different species, notably the chinstrap (Pygoscelis antarctica), which number over 150 000 couples." South Sandwich Islands, 2009.


Waterfalls of Ichun-Parara - Venezuela

© Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas images/nbpictures

New, bought from the Sebatião Salgado Genesis exhibition at National History Museum, London

Information on the back side of the card: "The waterfalls of Ichun-Parara, on the Ichun Plateau in the heart of Venezuela's Amazon rainforest, are very isolated and difficult to reach." Venezuela, 2006.


4th International Postcrossing Meeting in Bielefelf - Germany

This is the 4th year in a row that this International Postcrossing in Bielefeld is arranged. Around 50 happy postcrossers having a great gathering from 24 to 27 of October! From there came these postcards:

© Skoko
Sent by "Sofa".


Dock of Vila Nova de Milfontes - Portugal

© Atlanticpost


"Vila Nova de Milfontes is a civil parish in the municipality of Odemira of the Portuguese Alentejo region.

[...]Vila Nova de Milfontes is located along the western coast of Atlantic Ocean on the northern margin of the Mira River, falling within the Nature Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast. Vila Nova de Milfontes is dominated by a large estuary and ecosystem, dominated by the Mira River that gives shelter to several species of birds and marine life, in addition to wild boar and fox in the surrounding woods." In: Wikipedia


Kaszëbskô Norda (North Kashubia) map - Poland

© Wëdôwizna; Photo: J. Ellwart

Used, sent by Sapic12

"Kashubia or Cassubia (Kashubian: Kaszëbë, Polish: Kaszuby, German: Kaschubei, Kaschubien) - is a language area in the historic Eastern Pomerania (Pomerelia) region of northwestern Poland. Located west of Gdańsk (inclusive of all but the easternmost district) and the mouth of the Vistula river, it is inhabited by members of the Kashubian ethnic group. According to the 1999 basic study Geografia współczesnych Kaszub (Geography of present-day Kashubia) by the Gdańsk scholar Jan Mordawski 43 municipalities (gminas) of the Pomeranian Voivodeship have a Kashubian share of at least one third of the total population" In: Wikipedia


International Fireworks Display Contest - Macau

© Macau Tourism Office

New, sent by Blicas Blocas

Information on the backside of the postcard: "On certain September and October evenings, splendid fireworks displays are launched off near Praia Grande Bay with participation of regional and international teams."
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