Friday, 23 November 2012

Skopje, Macedonia

This postcard comes from Macedonia. It is a view of the city Skopje from Skopje Plaza. The stone bridge built across the River Vardar is a symbol of the city. Built between 1451 and 1469 during the Byzantine Empire's rule, this bridge has a long history. The Warrior on a horse statue is that of Alexander the Great. In the background, you can see the Skopje Fortress. It has been standing there since the 6th century!

Here is the stamp that was used on the back of the card.

Thank you Delinikolov for such a wonderful card!

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

I haven't been updating my blog for a while. So, here's one: a postcard from France. The envelope is a very beautiful one. This is the front view:

And this is the back.

The postcard shows the famous Eiffel Tower in France. I like contrast of the bright Tower against the dark blue sky! 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Shampan, Bangladesh

Here is a card from Bangladesh. It shows a few "shampans", which is actually a kind of boat that the locals use for their transport.

Thank you Ishaque for the swap!

Deoksugung Palace and 'Hanok', Seoul, South Korea

Finally, postcards from South Korea! I had been on the lookout for people from South Korea who were willing to exchange postcards with me and my efforts have finally paid off. Here are 2 different cards from 2 different senders from South Korea.

This is a picture of the Deoksugung Palace in Seoul. The Palace is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the Kings of the Joseon Dynasty (July 1392-October 1897). It was heavily destroyed during the colonial occupation of South Korea. Today, only about one third of the original complex remains.

Here are the beautiful stamps that were used:

Thank you Aicha for the wonderful card and stamps!

The next card depicts a "Hanok", which is a Korean traditional house. It is made entirely of wood and cray. I remember seeing some of these houses when I went on a tour to South Korea sometime ago. They are really unique structures aren't they?

Here are the stamps that were used:

Thank you Ji-Hyun for the wonderful card that you've sent!