Thursday, June 9, 2011

Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese Garden

Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden

I was delighted to receive this postcard from my blog buddy Lynn. It's a view of the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis. The Chinese Garden is modeled on the “scholar’s gardens” of the southern Chinese provinces near the city of Nanjing. It commemorates the exchanges between the Botanical Garden and Chinese botanical institutions, as well as the relationship between St Louis and its sister city Nanjing.

The Chinese Garden is said to be a showcase of craftsmanship. Among its special features are a pavilion built in traditional colors, a handcarved white marble bridge and marble balustrade. Among the plants are pines, bamboos, lotuses, willows, plum trees, forsythia, hibiscus, wisteria, rhododendrons and azaleas.

USPS stamps: adopt a shelter pet, Hawaiian rainforest

I think Lynn overstamped the card... lucky me :) The stamps on the left are two of the 10 from the USPS Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet issue, which was the postal service's social awareness stamp campaign of 2010. The stamp on the right is from the Hawaiian Rain Forest pane, a print of an acrylic painting by John Dawson. There are 10 stamps of flora and fauna in the pane. Very cool.

by liberal sprinkles

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cupcake Royale, Washington state

Postcard from jenwaters in Seattle. Thanks, Jen!

postcard of Cupcake Royale, Postcrossing US-1115296

The postcard is a view of Cupcake Royale, a popular cafe that started operations in Bellevue, Washington, in 2003 and now has cafe/bakeries in four other locations. It bakes its cupcakes from scratch using mostly organic and local ingredients. Cupcake Royale also serves Stumptown Coffee.

by liberal sprinkles

St Basil's Cathedral, Vasilievsky Spusk (Slope)

A postcard from Russia.

postcard of St Basil's Cathedral and Vasilievsky Spusk, Postcrossing RU-405165

Ths postcard is of Vasilievsky Spusk (Slope) and St Basil's Cathedral, an Moscow landmark on Red Square, which is considered the central square in Moscow and Russia. Main roads lead from Red Square to other parts of the capital.  The walls of the Moscow Kremlin, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, can be seen on the left of the card.

St Basil's official name is the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat. "St Basil" actually refers to Basil the Blessed, a Muscovite "holy fool" who was buried in the Trinity Cathedral that once stood at the site before the present cathedral was built. The construction of St Basil's was ordered by Ivan the Terrible (the Grand Prince of Moscow) to commemorate the capture of Kazan in 1552 and Astrakhan in 1556 from Mongol forces. The building was completed in 1560.

Here's a picture of a postcard of St Basil's from the early 20th century.

St Basil's Cathedral, postcard from early 20th century
(wikimedia commons, public domain)

These are the stamps on my postcard.

stamps of Russian kremlins

Russian stamps are so beautiful. I love these stamps, different ones of kremlins (fortified complexes) in Russia. My first Postcrossing card from Russia also had Kremlin stamps on it.

Related links
Kremlin stamps (wikimedia commons)

by liberal sprinkles

Boys playing on the beach (Albert Edelfelt)

I received this card last week from Saija in Finland. Thank you!

postcard of Boys playing on the beach by Albert Edelfelt, Postcrossing FI-1082078

The postcard is of an 1884 painting by 19th century Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt called LeikkiviƤ poikia rannalla (Boys Playing on the Beach). It's so realistic, looks nearly like a photo, doesn't it? Edelfelt is one of the first Finnish artists to achieve international fame, he lived in Paris for some time. About half his paintings are portraits.

Here's a link to some of Albert Edelfelt's paintings (at Google Images). Posters of his paintings are for sale at I like these

A boy crouching on a rock
by Albert Edelfelt
A woman and child in a sunlit interior
by Albert Edelfelt

Finnish aurora borealis stamp

I like this stamp of the aurora borealis (one of the natural wonders of the world I hope to one day see); it even has coordinates on it! Aurora borealis (northern lights) was named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by French astronomer/philosopher/mathematician/scientist Pierre Gassendi in 1621.

Useful resources
Google translate
northern lights info at fairbanks site

by liberal sprinkles

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

postcard of Brandenburg Tor, Berlin. Postcrossing DE-905693

This postcard was sent to me by Sonja in Leverkusen. The Brandenburg Gate is of course one of the most famous landmarks in Germany. It is a familiar sight to me. I stayed in two hotels just off the gate at different times and I once spent two months in Berlin, during which one of my favorite activities was walking down Unter den Linden, a linden tree-lined boulevard, visiting the landmarks and the fabulous museums in the area. If you had only one day to spend in Berlin, I would recommend this as your destination. There's a lot of iconic architecture in a grandiose setting.

by liberal sprinkles