Monday, December 28, 2009

I am back!

Hi! I am back from my eastern Europe trip. Back at work, back to the hectic life … well back to the same old routine. Holidays are always too short eh!

During this short absence, I received many nice covers and I promised to post them here soon. Meanwhile, here are some awesome postcards that I posted to myself during the trip... definitely bringing back the good memories!

The first 2 postcards were sent from Striezelmarkt in Dresden, Germany. The Striezelmarkt is one of Germany's oldest documented Christmas markets. It was first mentioned in 1434, under Friedrich II, an Elector of Saxony, when it was held the Monday before Christmas on the Altmarkt square. Over the centuries it has developed into a huge event with 250 stands, taking up a large part of Dresden city centre and lasting throughout the Advent period. Today the Striezelmarkt attracts 2 million visitors a year from all over the world.

Striezelmarkt

Dresden City
The beautiful stamps franked on the above postcards were issued in 2008 to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swedish author, Selma Lagerlöf. These stamps illustrate characters from her popular children's book "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils".What is worth mentioning are the special postmarks; commemorating 575 times the Striezelmarket opens since 1434!
Postbox in Striezelmarkt
The next 2 beautiful postcards were sent from Prague, Czech Republic. They depict St Vitus' Cathedral and Golden Lane at the Prague Castle respectively. The stamps used on the postcards belong to the Czech-Belgium "Stoclet house" Joint Issue, issued in 2007.
The last 2 postcards for today were sent from the capital of Hungary, Budapest! They feature Széchenyi Chain Bridge, a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest, and was opened in 1849. The two Hungarian stamps franked on both cards belong to the "Chairs" definitive series, issued in 2000 and 300th Anniversary of the Diet of Marosvasarhely (2007).That's all folks! Talk to you again!

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