Fruit market in Guadeloupe

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This very colorful card came from Olga from Guadeloupe. First of all, I was very happy to receive a card from such a hard-to-get country. And on top of that – just look how pretty this postcard is! It’s one of my favorite ones! 😀

Guadeloupe is a Caribbean island located in the Lesser Antilles, with a land area of 1,628 square kilometres and a population of 403,977 inhabitants. It is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department.

As part of France, Guadeloupe is part of the European Union and the Eurozone; hence, as for all Eurozone countries, its currency is the euro. However, as an overseas department, Guadeloupe is not part of the Schengen Area. The official language is French, although many of its inhabitants also speak Antillean Creole (Créole Guadeloupéen).

During his second trip to America, in November 1493, Christopher Columbus became the first European to land on Guadeloupe, while seeking fresh water. He called it Santa María de Guadalupe de Extremadura, after the image of the Virgin Mary venerated at the Spanish monastery of Villuercas, in Guadalupe, Extremadura. The expedition set ashore just south of Capesterre, but left no settlers behind.

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Hanover Zoo

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This card came as a surprise from Carola. 🙂

Hanover Zoo is located in the city centre of Hanover, Germany. It is the fifth oldest German zoo. It was established on May 4, 1865, and comprises an area of 22 hectares. Currently, it is home to about 3,414 animals in 237 species, which are cared for by more than 400 employees in the summer season (stocktaking 2010).

Sri Mahamariamman Temple

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This card came as a surprise from Lim. 🙂

The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest and richest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was founded in 1873, but Lim says it was only opened to public in the 1920s. In 1968, a new structure was built, featuring the ornate ‘Raja Gopuram’ tower in the style of South Indian temples. From its inception, the temple provided an important place of worship for early Indian immigrants and is now an important cultural and national heritage.

Keep calm and love pink things

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I received this card via postcrossing. It was sent to me by Chun who lives in Hong Kong. In my profile I’ve written that I’d be happy to receive “something pink and/or girly”, that’s why Chun chose this card for me. On the back he has written “Is it pink enough?”. Yes, yes it is! 😀 The girly girl in me leaped for joy when I received this pink beauty 😀

Evzoni

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Another gorgeous Greek card from the very sweet Milda. 🙂

The Evzones, or Evzoni,  is the name of several historical elite light infantry and mountain units of the Greek Army. Today, it refers to the members of the Presidential Guard, an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Mansion and the gate of Evzones camp in Athens. The Evzones are also known, colloquially, as Tsoliades.

The unit is famous around the world for its unique traditional uniform, which has evolved from the clothes worn by the klephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece. The present-day ceremonial uniform consists of the following items:

  • Farion (φάριον), a scarlet fez with a long black silk tassel, with the national emblem on the front.
  • Doulamas (plural: doulamades) (ντουλαμάς, plural: ντουλαμάδες), a long tunic which is the everyday uniform. There are winter and summer versions. The basic color of the winter doulamas is navy blue and it closely resembles the service uniform worn until 1910, while the summer version is light khaki, and similar in design to the field uniform adopted by the Evzone regiments after that date.
  • Foustanella (φουστανέλα), a cotton kilt made from 30 meters of white cloth, with 400 pleats (Greek: πιέτες), representing the 400 years of Ottoman occupation. The foustanella derives from the traditional uniform of Continental Greece.
  • Ypodetes (υποδήτης), a white shirt with very wide sleeves.
  • Fermeli (φέρμελη), the waistcoat. Various traditional designs are embroidered on it in white or gilt thread. The yellow stripes (if any) indicate the military rank of the wearer. Sergeants have two stripes and corporals have one.
  • Krossia (κρόσσια), fringes in blue and white, the colors of the Greek flag.
  • Epiknemides (επικνημίδες), unofficially called kaltsodetes (καλτσοδέτες), the garters. They are made of black silk.
  • Periskelides (περισκελίδες), white woollen stockings, two on each leg.
  • Anaspastos (Greek: ανάσπαστος), inside garter which holds the periskelides in position.
  • Tsarouchia (τσαρούχια, singular: τσαρούχι), red leather clogs with black pompons (φούντες, foundes; singular: φούντα, founda). Under the sole, depending on the size, there are 60 to 120 nails. On average each tsarouchi weighs 3.5 kilos.
  • A black leather cartridge belt which has a bayonet belt holder case.
  • When it is very cold the Evzones wear a dark blue cape (κάπα).