February 12, 2016

2285 FRANCE (Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées) - Landscape from Cevennes

The Cévennes are a range of mountains in south-central France, part of the  Massif Central. They run from southwest (Cause Noire) to northeast (Monts du Vivarais), with the highest point being the Mont Lozère (1702m). Another notable peak is the Mont Aigoual (1567m). The Loire and Allier flowing towards the Atlantic ocean, as well as the Ardèche, the different Gardons to the Rhône, Vidourle, Hérault and Dourbie rivers that flow to the Mediterranean Sea, have their headwaters in the Cévennes.

2284 UNITED STATES (Iowa) - Iowa map

Located in the Midwestern United States, between Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota, Iowa derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many Native American tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration. Its east and west borders are formed entirely by rivers, respectively the Mississippi River, the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River, and a part of its southern border is along the Des Moines River.

February 11, 2016

2283 BELIZE - Caracol Mayan Site

Caracol (which means "snail" in spanish) is the name given in 1938 by the british archaeological commissioner A. H. Anderson to a large ancient Maya archaeological site, located on the Vaca Plateau at an elevation of 500m above sea-level, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. It seems that its ancient name was Oxwitza' (Three-Hills Water), and it covered approximately 200 square kilometers, a lot more than present-day Belize City, and supported more than twice the modern city's population.

2282 RUSSIA (Vologda Oblast) - A log windmill in 1909

A major component of the Volga-Baltic Waterway (formerly called the Mariinsk Canal System), linking Saint Petersburg (therefore the Baltic Sea) with the Volga River basin, is the Sheksna River, which drains the southeastern part of White Lake (Beloe ozero). The original length of the Sheksna was 395km, from White Lake to the Sheksna’s confluence with the Volga at the town of Rybinsk. The Sheksna is now largely hidden by vast reservoirs created in the mid-20th century that submerged the land along the river.

February 10, 2016

0075, 0091, 2281 FINLAND (Uusimaa) - The trams of Helsinki

2281 Tram HKL 184 on line 9, in Helsinki Senate Square, on 20.04.1972

Posted on 16.12.2011, 04.01.2012, 10.02.2016
The Helsinki system is one of the oldest electrified tram networks in the world (1891), and the only one still in use in Finland. In 2013, 38km of double track was in operation with 13 regular lines. Helsinki City Transport (HKL) has up to 124 tram units that can be used in scheduled passenger service (2015). Traditional colors were and remained yellow and green. Several times were tried other combinations, which however have proved unpopular. In the postcard 2281 is the tram HKL 184, which was part of a lot of 6 (HKL 181-186), series A12, manufactured between 1939 and 1941 by ASEA, back then a Swedish company. It was delivered on December 11, 1941, and was in service until April 22, 1974.

0075 Tram HKL 150 on line 1A,
in Helsinki Senate Square, on 27.04.2005

From 1998 to 2003, HKL purchased a new fleet of low-floor Variotram, which proved to be unreliable, so the company was forced to buy 10 second-hand trams from Mannheim (Germany) to cover for the shortage. In the postcard 0075 can be seen even one of them, HKL 150, a 8-axle GT8, manufactured by DÜWAG in 1970, which came into use in Helsinki on May 30, 2004. In 2016 it is the only of this type which is part of the rolling stock of HKL, as a charter tram.

0091 Tram HKL 151 on line 6, on Hämeentie Street, on 20.09.2005

The tram from the postcard 0091, HKL 151, is also one of those buy from Mannheim, more precisely is one of the four 6-axle GT6 (HKL 151-154) manufactured also by DÜWAG in 1970. It was used for the first time in Helsinki on April 18, 2005, and was in service until June 29, 2012. To help pay for the second-hand trams, HKL was allowed to cover six of the extra trams completely in advertising, a sight rarely seen before on the streets of Helsinki.

February 9, 2016

2280 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Débats-Rivière-d'Orpra

Débats-Rivière-d'Orpra is a small and quiet village with only 162 inhabitants, located in the Loire department, at 110 km of Lyon. On the village's territory the Anzon river flows into Lignon du Forez,  which in its turn flows into the Loire.

February 8, 2016

2279 UNITED STATES (South Carolina) - Edmondston-Alston House in Charleston

The Edmondston-Alston House is built on the foundation ruins of Fort Mechanic that was at this location in the later part of the 18th century. Shipping merchant Charles Edmondston, a Scottish immigrant from the Shetland Islands, had purchased the low sandy lot in 1817. The unstable soggy land was unfit for residential construction until a sea wall was built in 1820, and Edmondston then constructed the house, in the English Regency style, between 1820 and 1828.

2278 ROMANIA (Prahova) - Caraiman Monastery in Buşteni

Situated in town Buşteni, at the foot of the massif Caraiman, in a glade which has in its center a fir tree with a unique shape, the Monastery Caraiman is an orthodox monastery, founded in 1998 at the initiative of Father Gherontie Puiu. The Heroes' Cross erected on Caraiman Peak seems to guard the path which leads the steps of the pilgrims towards the monastery. In 2010 the monastic settlement was raised from the rank of skete, to the rank of the monastery.

February 7, 2016

2277 UNITED STATES (Midway Islands) - The aerial view of the islands

Midway Islands is an atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, located roughly equidistant between North America and Asia, as its name suggests. It is near the northwestern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, about one-third of the way from  Honolulu (Hawaii), to Tokyo (Japan). It is an unorganized, unincorporated territory of the United States, inhabited by 40-60 members of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which administers the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

2276 FRANCE (Normandy) - The store À Jeanne D'Arc in Nacqueville before WWII

The village of Nacqueville was originally about 1 km inland, with only a few fishing huts on the long beach. In the beginning of the 20th century, the coastal strip was developed as a resort, along with a picturesque 'Village Normande' for tourists next to the original hamlet. During WWII was almost obliterated by Allied bombardments, because was close to a radar station, and its church was dynamited by the German army. In 1964 Urville-Hague and Nacqueville were united, forming Urville-Nacqueville.