China ~ Art Card

China ~ Art Card

Received from a Postcrossing pal

Wildflower – Showy orchis (Orchis spectabilis)


Showy orchis (Orchis spectabilis)

Sent to my Aunt


Carousel Museum ~ Tiger & Lion

International Museum of Carousel Art

Tiger & Lion

Involved and concerned citizens make up the non-profit corporation of the International Museum of Carousel Art, Hood River, Oregon.  Located in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, it is the largest, most comprehensive collection of carousel art in the world.  Hand-carved wooden animals date from c. 1876-1926.

Tiger – Charles I. D. Looff Co, c. 1891

Lion – G. A. Denzell Co, c. 1895

Art Card – Monet Painting in His Argenteuil Garden


Monet Painting in His Argenteuil Garden by Auguste Renior

Oil on canvas, 46 x 60 cm, 1873

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

Oregon ~ Map & Mt Hood

Map of Oregon with Mt Hood




Portland Skyline, Crater Lake, Wallowa Valley, Willamette Valley, Central Cascades, Heceta Head Lighthouse


Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, João Havelange Olympic Stadium

 João Havelange Olympic Stadium

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Specially built for the Pan American games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007.

Sent in an envelope with other cards from a Postcrossing pal in Brazil

From Wikipedia

It is an incredible building – the link has many fabulous pictures of it.

Brazil ~ Rio de Janeiro ~~Ilha Fiscal – Fiscal Island


Ilha Fiscal – Fiscal Island

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Old customs building in gothic style completed in 1889.  Famos for holding “The Last Ball of the Empire”

From a Postcrossing friend in Brazil – she sent three cards in an envelope

The Fiscal Island is located inside the Guanabara Bay, bordering the historic city center of Rio de Janeira in Brazil.

Originally named by Europeans as Rat Island , its current name comes from the fact there have run the post of the Fiscal Guard, which served the port of the then capital of the Empire in the nineteenth century.

The island became famous for having housed the famous dance of the Fiscal Island, the Empire’s last big party before the proclamation of the Republic in November 1889 .

It now houses a museum and cultural history, maintained by the Navy of Brazil .  – Wikepedia – click for more info


Brazil ~ Sao Paulo ~ Museu do Ipiranga (Museu Paulista)

Museu do Ipiranga

or Museu Paulista

Sao Paulo, Brazil

I received three beautiful cards from Brazil from a Postcrossing friend.

The Museu Paulista of the University of Sao Paulo (commonly known in Sao Paulo as Museu do Ipiranga) is a Brazilian history museum located near where Emperor D. Pedro I proclaimed Brazilian independence on the banks of Ipiranga brook in the Southeast region of the city of Sao Paulo, then the “Caminho do Mar,” or road to the seashore. It contains a huge collection of furniture, documents and historically relevant artwork, especially relating to the Brazilian Empire era.

The most famous work of art in the collection is the 1888 painting Independência ou Morte (Independence or Death) by Pedro Americo.

A few months after the Brazilian Declaration of Independence, people started to suggest a monument on the site where the declaration took place, although they were not sure about what sort of memorial construction to build. In 1884, Italian architect Tommaso Gaudenzio Bezzi, who was hired to develop the project, chose to build an eclectic-styled construction similar to the French Palace of Versailles with impressive and perfectly manicured gardens and fountain.  – See Wikipedia for more…

Stamps on the Envelope

Poland ~ Wawel Castle, Krakow


Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland

From a Postcrossing pal in Poland

Beautiful city and amazing castle!

The Gothic Wawel Castle in Krakow in Poland was built at the behest of Casimir III the Great and consists of a number of structures situated around the central courtyard. In the 14th century it was rebuilt by Jogaila and Jadwiga of Poland. Their reign saw the addition of the tower called the Hen’s Foot (Kurza Stopka) and the Danish Tower. The Jadwiga and Jogaila Chamber, in which the sword Szczerbiec, was used in coronation ceremonies, is exhibited today and is another remnant of this period. Other structures were developed on the hill during that time as well, in order to serve as quarters for the numerous clergy, royal clerks and craftsmen. Defensive walls and towers such as Jordanka, Lubranka, Sandomierska, Tęczyńska, Szlachecka, Złodziejska and Panieńska were erected in the same period.

-Wikipedia – click link for more pictures and information

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