Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy new year!

I know I'm a bit late but I wanted to wish everyone who reads this blog a happy new year! If you happen to be a snail-mailer I wish you lots of postcards, letters and parcels for this year! (: Also I want to apologize for leaving the blog behind, I know in my last posts I've said the same but I was really busy and moving from  one place to another but now that I'm all settled I hope to update periodically because I still have lots of interesting postcards to show to you!
There are many interviews from snail-mailers around the globe to come, lots of postcards to write about, some new sections and this year I'll be holding lotteries for all the readers of this blog who would like to win a card from Mexico! So keep tuned! :D 

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A bit thank you and my best wishes for 2014 to everyone who visits!

Gotochi - Tochigi

This is my second Gotochi card but the first one sent from Japan! (The other one I have was sent from Hong Kong)

Gotochi cards are from Japan, they portray something that's characteristic from every japanese prefecture, in this case we have gyozas from Tochigi. 
Gyozas are fried dumplings often filled with meat and vegetables and served with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce. With a chewier, thicker skin than a wonton, a gyoza is a variant of the popular Chinese potsticker. Utsunomiya, capital city of the Tochigi Prefecture, is famous for its gyozas, featuring over 200 restaurants that serve the popular dish.

Arigato Nicole!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

San Marino

A postcard from a "hard to get" country! Along some of my favorite stamps, they are very colorful and lovely

San Marino (officially the Republic of San Marino) is the third smallest state in Europe and claims to be the world's oldest republic. According to tradition, it was founded by a Christian stonemason named Marinus in 301. San Marino's foreign policy is aligned with that of Italy, which surrounds it. Social and political trends in the republic also track closely with those of its larger neighbor.
San Marino is made up of a few towns dotted around the mountain sides. The capital of San Marino is itself called 'San Marino' and is situated high up on a mountain top. The capital is surrounded by a wall and three distinct towers overlook the rest of the country. The site "San Marino: Historic Centre and Mount Titano" has become part of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. It lies 657 m above sea level with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and Adriatic coast.
The towns surrounding the capital are more industrial and generally not as attractive as the main city.

Grazie Luca!


This is my first and only card from Latvia! It's a very original card showing one of the typical dresses of the country as well as some coats of arms on the stamps.

Latvia is a European state which is situated on the coast of Baltic Sea. One of the three Baltic states, Latvia is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, Belarus on the south east, and the Baltic Sea on the west. The most famous travel spot is the capital Riga, a World Heritage Site. There are also many other great places to see, both urban and rural, such as Liepaja with its unique former secret military town of Karosta and a magnificent beach.
Tourists can also enjoy the wild beauty of Latvia's unspoilt sea coast, which is 500 km long and consists mainly of white, soft sandy beaches. Forests, which cover approximately a half of Latvia's territory, offer many nature trails and nature parks.
Because of a tribal past and divisions between occupying nations, there are regional differences between parts of Latvia which are interesting to explore.

Paldies Svetlana!


This is a lovely and colorful illustration of Bandung along a curious stamp of a kangaroo... yes a kangaroo from Indonesia...

This is one of Indonesia's megacities (the Bandung conurbation is home to almost eight million people). Bandung attracts workers, intellectuals and students from across the archipelago, and its industries, restaurants and cafes throb with life. Today, grandiose art deco buildings, heaving market stalls, becak and multiplexes jostle for space in the city. For travellers, the city does make a good base for daytrips to the surrounding countryside, high volcanic peaks, hot springs and tea plantations are all within easy reach.

Terima kasih Jennifer!

La passion du chocolat

For my first post of 2014 we have chocolate!

*Religieuse à l'ancienne
*Tartes au chocolat
*Moule à chocolat
*Forêt noire
*Décor en chocolat
*Mousse aux trois chocolats
*Chocolats brut

Aitäh Jalutaja!