Diarise Seeing Diriyah

Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

This postcard of Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, came all the way from Ian in Saudi Arabia. Diriyah is located near the country’s capital, Riyadh. It served as the first Saudi dynasty’s seat and capital of Saudi Arabia from 1744 to 1818. The city, however, dates back much further back to somewhere between 1446 and 1447. I don’t know about many places like this that are still standing in the world, it definitely looks like something one would have to see before trading the temporary for the eternal. I’ll have to add it to my future travel plans. Thank you Ian!

Victoria’s Jubilee Station

Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus

Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus

My first postcard from India come to me all the way from Som. The postcard shows a UNESCO World Heritage Site named Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. It is an old railway station that was completed in 1887 and built by Frederick William Stevens in the Bori Bunder area of the city in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. I cannot imagine her getting anything in commemoration of anything in my country and if she did, I’d rather not know about it. The final design of the railway station resembles St Pancras Railway Station in London. It really does seem like an amazing place worthy of its UNESCO status. Thank you Som!

China’s Eden

Suzhou Classical Gardens, Beijing, China

Suzhou Classical Gardens, China

Li Xia from China sent me this cool postcard. It is one of very few postcards I have received of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s always great to get those, as I trust UNESCO to rank only the most awesome of places as World Heritage Sites. In 1997 and 2000, 8 of these magnificent gardens were added to the list. Li tells me that the stunning building on the postcard is known as the Summer Palace. The palaces in this area were built during the 18th & 19th century as the residence of the Qing Dynasty. China does seem to have a magnificent history. It would suit me well to dig into some of that in the near future!

Philippines at Last

The Phillipines

The Banaue Rice Terraces

From Jomanne in the Phillipines, I received another wonderful postcard of the rice fields in her country. Since this is my first postcard from his country, he wrote down, in the tiniest handwriting that I have ever seen, a number of interesting facts about the country. The Republic of the Philippines consists consists of 7107 islands and is home to 20 active volcanoes. She also tells me that the country is the only predominantly christian country in Asia and has 4 major cultural heritages, including: Asian, European, American and Mexican. He goes on to tell me that Filipinos are always among the happiest people in the world, of course, with such a beautiful country, who wouldn’t be? About the rice terraces he tells me that they were carved into the side of a mountain 2000 years ago with their hands and that if these terraces were put side-to-side, they would stretch across half the globe! This is certainly a stunning postcard to behold and of course, the Banaue rice terraces deserve their place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Love it! Thanks Jomanne!

The Beauty that is Thailand

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Ayutthaya, Thailand

I received this postcard from Mark, who is originally from England but has been living in Thailand for 10 years. This postcard is from Ayyuthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former capital of Thailand. According to the Buddhist calendar (When this was sent), it is now the year 2555, which means the buddhists have been laughing at the Mayans’ “2012” since 1469. Mark ends off the postcard with the words “May the force be with you”. Now I must beg the question, do buddhists actually say that to each other or was that just a quote from Star Wars? Can somebody that knows please enlighten me?