Monday, October 15, 2018

ITALY - Residences of the Royal House of Savoy

"When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562, he began a vast series of building projects (continued by his successors) to demonstrate the power of the ruling house. This outstanding complex of buildings, designed and embellished by the leading architects and artists of the time, radiates out into the surrounding countryside from the Royal Palace in the 'Command Area' of Turin to include many country residences and hunting lodges." -

Postcard 1: Palazzo Reale
"The card shows the Royal Palace.
The square is beautiful, open and elegant.
The entire City is polished", shares Marta who visits the site
at least once a year.
So fortunate of you Marta to always witness this magnificent place.
Thank you so much for sharing this card with me!

Postcard 2: Palazzo Madama

Postcard 3: Multi View

Thank you so much Jean Pierre for the 2 surprise postcards above!
Great view and great stamps as well!
Take care on your travels!

Postcard 4: Reggia di Venaria Reale
Thank you so much, Chiara for sharing with me this UNESCO postcard!

List of Residences:

In Turin:  

1. Palazzo Reale 
2. Palazzo Madama 
3. Palazzo Carignano 
4. Castello del Valentino 
5. Villa della Regina

 In Piedmont, near Turin 
1. Palazzina di Stupinigi 
2. Reggia di Venaria Reale 
3. Castle of La Mandria 
4. Castle of Rivoli 
5. Castle of Agliè 
6. Castle of Moncalieri 
7. Castle of Racconigi 
8. Pollenzo Estate 
9. Castle of Govone

BRAZIL - Brasilia

"Brasilia, a capital created ex nihilo in the centre of the country in 1956, was a landmark in the history of town planning. Urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer intended that every element – from the layout of the residential and administrative districts (often compared to the shape of a bird in flight) to the symmetry of the buildings themselves – should be in harmony with the city’s overall design. The official buildings, in particular, are innovative and imaginative." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much Nathan for night view card of Brasilia!

Postcard 2: Palace of the National Congress
Thank you so much Carla for this awesome postcard!
The stamps are cute too! ^-^

HUNGARY - Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

"This site has the remains of monuments such as the Roman city of Aquincum and the Gothic castle of Buda, which have had a considerable influence on the architecture of various periods. It is one of the world's outstanding urban landscapes and illustrates the great periods in the history of the Hungarian capital." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much for this card, Klari!

Postcard 2

Thank you so much Zuzana for remembering me
during your trip to Budapest last December 2011!

Postcard 3

Thank you so much Jean Pierre for another surprise postcard
during your trip to Budapest showing the Hungarian Parliament Building!

Postcard 4
Thank you so much, Bernadett for this awesome postcard!
The view looks romatic!

INDONESIA - Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

"The cultural landscape of Bali consists of five rice terraces and their water temples that cover 19,500 ha. The temples are the focus of a cooperative water management system of canals and weirs, known as subak, that dates back to the 9th century. Included in the landscape is the 18th-century Royal Water Temple of Pura Taman Ayun, the largest and most impressive architectural edifice of its type on the island. The subak reflects the philosophical concept of Tri Hita Karana, which brings together the realms of the spirit, the human world and nature. This philosophy was born of the cultural exchange between Bali and India over the past 2,000 years and has shaped the landscape of Bali. The subak system of democratic and egalitarian farming practices has enabled the Balinese to become the most prolific rice growers in the archipelago despite the challenge of supporting a dense population." -

Postcard 1
Rice terraces of Bali...
Looks like the Rice Terraces of Banaue...
Thank you so much for this beautiful card, Heidy!

Postcard 2
Really happy to have this postcard!
Sent from Bali from one of our trusted guides, Joseph,
who went to Bali for an adventure --- and the best part of it was, he was being paid!
Wish you more adventures, Joseph!
Thank you so much for sending me this postcard!
Looking forward to your future travels!

Friday, June 8, 2018

JAPAN - Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

"Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, three sacred sites – Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan – linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto, reflect the fusion of Shinto, rooted in the ancient tradition of nature worship in Japan, and Buddhism, which was introduced from China and the Korean Peninsula. The sites (495.3 ha) and their surrounding forest landscape reflect a persistent and extraordinarily well-documented tradition of sacred mountains over 1,200 years. The area, with its abundance of streams, rivers and waterfalls, is still part of the living culture of Japan and is much visited for ritual purposes and hiking, with up to 15 million visitors annually. Each of the three sites contains shrines, some of which were founded as early as the 9th century." -

Postcard 1: Koyasan
Fudo Hall at Mt. Koya
Thank you so much Hisako for sending me a UNESCO card
as an official postcrossing card!

Postcard 2-A: Yoshino
Cherry Blossoms, Yoshinoyama, Nara

Thank you so much Sandy for this wonderful postcard of Cherry Blossoms!
We also have our local cherry blossoms here in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines called "Balayong" which are in full bloom from Mid February-May... =)

Postcard 2-B: Yoshino
Thank you so much, Akiko for sending me this postcard!
I hope to see this one day!

Postcard 3: Yoshino
"This card shows the inside of Yoshimizu Shrine.
I saw this 2 weeks ago. It's very gorgeous!", shares Keiko.
Thank you so much for sharing this great postcard with me, Keiko!


A. Yoshino and Omine

- Mount Yoshino, mountain
-  Yoshino Mikumari Shrine, Shinto Shrine
-  Kimpu Shrine, Shinto Shrine
-  Kimpusen-ji, Shugendō/Buddhist temple
Yoshimizu Shrine, Shinto Shrine 
-  Ōminesan-ji, Shugendō Temple

B.  Kumano Sanzan

- Kumano Hongū Taisha, Shinto Shrine
- Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Shinto Shrine
-  Kumano Nachi Taisha, Shinto Shrine
-  Seiganto-ji, Tendai Buddhist Temple
-  Nachi Falls, Waterfall
- Nachi Primeval Forest, Forest
- Fudarakusan-ji, Tendai Buddhist Temple

 C. Kōyasan

-  Niutsuhime Shrine, Shinto Shrine
-  Kongōbu-ji,  Shingon Buddhist Temple
-  Jison-in, Shingon Buddhist Temple
-  Niukanshōfu Shrine, Shinto Shrine

D. Pilgrimage Routes

 - Ōmine Okugakemichi, Trail
- Kumano Sankeimichi, Trail
- Kōyasan chōishi-michi, Trail 

VIETNAM - My Son Sanctuary

"Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence." -

Postcard 1
My first and only Touchnote postcard so far...
Thank you so much, DAO! =)

Postcard 2
A real nice postcard of UNESCO My Son...
Thanks much to Phan Vuong...

Postcard 3
 A surprise postcard!
Thank you so much Jean Pierre for your support in this hobby of mine!
You surely contributed a lot and I so much appreciate it!
Enjoy your adventures!

FRANCE - Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

"Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne is also of exceptional importance because of the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of the modern science of conservation." -

Postcard 1
Again, million thanks Nancy! I just love looking at this card! Amazing! =)

Postcard 2
A surprise postcard from Jean Pierre!
Finally! A written and stamped one! Thank you so much! :)

Postcard 3
Another postcard of Carcassonne from Jean Pierre!
Thank you so much for sending me this postcard, JP! ^-^

Postcard 4
Thank you so much, Catherine for this wonderful postcard
 with an amazing stamp showing the Champs Elysees!