Postcrossing meeting in Krasnoyarsk #2


Banana, banana! 😀 This card comes, of course, from my pen pal Tina who went to yet another Postcrossing meeting in Krasnoyarsk and decided to surprise me with this lovely minion. 😀 Let me share a random fact with you: the notification tone on my phone is a minion saying “No, no, no! Papoy!” So yeah, I really like those yellow creatures. 😀




This card comes from my pen pal Tina. 🙂

Novosibirsk is the third most populous city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg and the most populous city in Asian Russia, with a population of 1,523,801 (2013 est.). It is the administrative center of Novosibirsk Oblast as well as of the Siberian Federal District. The city is located in the southwestern part of Siberia on the banks of the Ob River adjacent to the Ob River Valley, near the large water reservoir formed by the dam of the Novosibirsk Hydro Power Plant. The city is informally known as the “Capital of Siberia”.

Novosibirsk, founded in 1893 at the future site of a Trans-Siberian Railway bridge crossing the great Siberian river of Ob, first received the name Novonikolayevsk, in honor both of Saint Nicholas and of the reigning Tsar Nicholas II in place of Krivoshchekovskaya village, was founded in 1696. The bridge was completed in the spring of 1897, making the new settlement the regional transport hub. The importance of the city further increased with the completion of the Turkestan-Siberia Railway in the early 20th century. The new railway connected Novosibirsk to Central Asia and the Caspian Sea.

Moscow Zoo



This lovely card comes from Natalya. 🙂

The Moscow Zoo is a 21.5-hectare (53-acre) zoo founded in 1864 by professor-biologists, K.F. Rulje, S.A. Usov and A.P. Bogdanov, from the Moscow State University. In 1919, the zoo was nationalized. In 1922, the ownership was transferred to the city of Moscow and has remained under Moscow’s control ever since. The zoo had an area of 10 hectares (25 acres) when it first opened, with 286 animals. In 1926, the zoo was expanded to adjacent lands, increasing the area to 18 hectares (44 acres). The zoo’s original buildings were wooden, built in the old Russian style with intricate wood trims.

Kizhi Museum Folklore and Ethnographic Theater



This card comes from Alessandra via Postcrossing. 🙂

The Kizhi Open Air Museum is the world famous museum of wooden architecture, a particularly valuable object of cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation. The main exposition is located on the island of Kizhi in Onego Lake. The basis of the museum collection is the architectural ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost, a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site. General and thematic tours, demonstration of traditional crafts, the folklore and ethnography theatre performances, festivals on Kizhi Island, bell ringing and a souvenir shop are offered to visitors of the island.

Postcrossing meetings in Krasnoyarsk


Those two lovely meeting cards come from my dearest pen pal Tina. This pinkish beauty arrived just yesterday, and the meeting was held in February. I can honestly say this became one of my favorite cards, it’s so cute! 🙂




And this card is from a Postcrossing meeting that was held in September. But as you all know, I’m always behind with uploading my received postcards here. 😀

This card pictures the Stolby reserve. Thanks to the Stolby Nature Reserve, Krasnoyarsk became known throughout the world. This unique piece of nature can truly be called the pearl of Siberia. Stolby Nature Reserve is stretched along the right bank of the Yenisei River, in the north-western slope of the Eastern Sayan. Here, in the taiga, syenite rocks of bizarre form are towering in the territory of 47 thousand hectares.

Vintage: Leningrad


Yet another postcard without a date. But I do love this one!

Saint Petersburg, previously known as Leningrad is Russia’s second largest city. On November 7, 1917, the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, stormed the Winter Palace in an event known thereafter as the October Revolution, which led to the end of the post-Tsarist provisional government, the transfer of all political power to the Soviets, and the rise of the Communist Party. After that the city acquired a new descriptive name, “the city of three revolutions”, referring to the three major developments in the political history of Russia of the early 20th century. And that’s where the name Leningrad (literally “The city of Lenin”) comes from. Talking about the communistic megalomania… 😀

Nu, pogodi!


— Слышу, слышу.
— Ну, заяц, – погоди!

How many of you remember this legendary Soviet animated series? 😀 And for those of you who have never heard of “Nu, pogodi!” – that was the “Tom and Jerry” on the other side of the Iron Curtain. My parents grew up with Volk and Zayats, I grew up with them too, even though I was born after the fall of communism. That’s how big they were! And this card, well, it’s one of my all time favorites. Big thanks to Natalya, who sent it to me. 😀

Vintage: 20 years since Yuri Gagarin’s flight



A 1981 commemorative postcard with matching stamps and a first day cover – what a gem! 😀

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

In his post-flight report, Gagarin recalled his experience of spaceflight, having been the first human in space: “The feeling of weightlessness was somewhat unfamiliar compared with Earth conditions. Here, you feel as if you were hanging in a horizontal position in straps. You feel as if you are suspended.”

Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honour.