Greetings from… Russia

Postallove again, you say? Yes!
Having one of these Greetings from… postcards actually sent from the country of origin makes it so much better than going online and buying a blank one (which I, luckily, didn’t do, although it was heavily considered at one point).

Pozdrowienia-z-Rosji

All the interesting facts about Russia & this beautiful image in the background, wow! :)
I really appreciate the sweet Tanya’s effort to send me one of these, especially knowing how they can only be bought online & how some of them are even sold out on the web site. I’m still not a die-hard I-must-have-all-of-them kind of fan of Greetings from… postcards, but every single one of them is greatly appreciated and I really enjoy reading them & then adding them on my wall to look at! :)

Matrioshka dolls from Russia

 

Check this out!scan0002

This is a postcard I got through Postcrossing today, showing matryoshka dolls.

A matryoshka doll, also known as Russian nesting/nested doll, refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. They are sometimes incorrectly referred to as “babushka dolls” (grandmother doll) . The first Russian nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme, aside from the typical traditional peasant girls, the themes vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders.

There’s Kremlin in the background of the photo… but somehow it doesn’t seem important in this particular postcard! :D

Russia & Taiwan

So, official Postcrossing time.

This first postcard came from Russia, and it’s a cute illustration of The Round Tower in Vyborg.

scan0001

The second postcard came from Taiwan and is showing Sun Moon Lake. It’s the largest body of water in Taiwan as well as a tourist attraction. Situated in Yuchi, Nantou, the area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes in Taiwan.  Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name.

scan0003

If you have some time, check out the photos of the lake on Google. It looks so beautiful!!