Tuesday, July 10, 2012
|The Castle of the Moors is an UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|From left to right, the three heroes are Dobrynya Nikitich, Ilya Muromets and Alyosha Popovich.|
Ilya Muromets is perhaps the most famous of all the three Bogatyrs, known for integrity and love of his homeland. He too fought at least one dragon, this one with three heads. But he is most famous for two other things. He seemed to do a lot of defending people against invading armies, often seeing off the attackers with suspiciously little help. He also managed to capture, then kill the infamous Nightingale the Robber. This was a half bird-half man, who would attack passers-by with his immensely powerful whistle. Ilya though it seems, had made sure he packed some very good cotton wool for his ears.
One of Hamilton's most-recognized landmarks, Dundurn Castle is a National Historic Site that illustrates the life and times of Sir Allan Napier MacNab (1798 - 1862).
Dundurn Castle was constructed over a three-year period, and completed by 1835. Designed by a young English Architect, Robert Wetherall, Dundurn was built around the brick shell of Colonel Richard Beasley's colonial home. Designed as a fashionable Regency style villa, Dundurn (Gaelic for "strong fort") was nicknamed "Castle" by the citizens of Hamilton. The Castle, with its gardens, grounds and many unusual outbuildings, was one of the finest estates in the province.
Today, Dundurn Castle has been restored to the year 1855 when MacNab was at the height of his career as a lawyer, landowner, railway magnate and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-56). Over forty rooms, above and below stairs, have been furnished to compare the life of a prominent Victorian family with that of their servants. Costumed staff guide visitors through the home, illustrating daily life from the 1850s.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Built on the foundations of a medieval fortress in the heart of Touraine, the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is the creation of a wealthy financier of François I, Gilles de Berthelot. Standing in the centre of a romantic park, this masterpiece of 16th-century architecture has preserved, with the passing years, all the refinement, elegance and grace of an exceptional Renaissance château. On the Unesco World Heritage list.
There is a lot to see in this beautiful collage postcard of Toledo, Ohio. First off let me point out my favorite animal the Giraffe :) You can also see Tony Packo's, Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, Toledo Speedway and Sauder Farm & Craft Village among other sites.
I love receiving Amish postcards. One thing that I really like about this one is that it doesn't show any faces. The Amish don't like being photographed and especially photos that the person is recognizable. Photos from the side or back are okay.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
|Traditional Bahrani teapot over looking famous Grand Mosque|
The Al-Fateh Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. It can accommodate 7,000 people at a time!
Postcrossing there is a tag for postcards featuring cows. Actually you can find a tag for just about any type of postcard you like. This one came from Siberia.
How do you make my whole family happy? By sending a postcard that appeals to the whole family of course! The kids and I love the postcard itself and hubby is over the moon that we received a Star Trek card.
Trondheim is the 3rd largest city in Norway. It was founded in 997 as a trading post and was capital of Norway until 1217.
The picture on the bottom right on the postcard is the Old Town Bridge or Gamle Bybro in Norwegian. It was constructed in 1681. It was built near the original Elgester Bridge which was then allowed to decay and collapse. Originally Gamle Bybro was constructed of wood, but the wood was supported on three stone piers. In the middle of the bridge, an iron gate was placed. This remained a guarded city gate until 1816. At each end of the bridge was a toll and guardhouse.
Gamle Bybro is also known as Lykkens portal (Gate of Happiness), after the lyrics of the popular waltz Nidelven stille og vakker du er ( "Nidelven quiet and beautiful you are") by Norwegian composer Oskar Hoddø (1916-1943). According to tradition, Hoddø wrote the waltz about the Nidelva River one night in late April 1940 while he was standing at Gamle Bybro. Oskar Hoddø was a member of the resistance movement against the Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany. He was executed in Trondheim on 17 November 1943.
The middle picture is the city's central plaza. On top of the obelisk in the center is a statue of Olav Tryggvason. (The founder of Trondheim) The statue base is also a sun dial.
The picture on the upper right is Nidaros Cathedral. It was built in 1070 and is the most important Gothic monument in Norway. It was Northern Europe's most important Christian pilgrimage site during the middle ages. During the Middle Ages, and again after independence was restored in 1814, the Nidaros Cathedral was the coronation church of the Norwegian kings.