20/10/2017

Stop 57: Oklahoma City, the US

Our 57th postcard has been headed for Oklahoma City, the capital of the US state of Oklahoma, almost 7,500 km away!


Hope our American friend Briana will like this card featuring Rafael Cachaldora's vibrant illustration of Rúa Lepanto from which you have charming views of Ourense's cathedral:



Click DISCOVER OURENSE to read about this emblematic street in Ourense. Visit EXPLORING PLACES to learn about Oklahoma City!

Exploring Places LXXXIII: Oklahoma City, the US

Postcard 57 has been sent to Oklahoma City!

Oklahoma City skyline

WHERE IS OKLAHOMA CITY?

Location of Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the American state of Oklahoma with a population of almost 600,000. Oklahoma City has the largest municipal population of any city in the Great Plains region of the central United States as well as all neighboring states to Oklahoma excluding Texas and Colorado.

OKLAHOMA CITY IS FAMOUS FOR…
… having one of the world's largest livestock markets. Oil, natural gas, petroleum and related industries are the largest sector of the local economy. The city is in the middle of an active oil field. The federal government employs large numbers of workers at Tinker Air Force Base and the  US Department of Transportation’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (these two sites house several offices of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Department's Enterprise Service Center, respectively).

Tinker Air Force Base

… being the birthplace of well-known filmmaker Ron Howard, who directed films as popular as Cocoon (1985), Apollo Thirteen (1995), A Beautiful Man (2001) and The Da Vinci Code (2006).

Ron Howard


PLACES TO VISIT

Oklahoma State Capitol

Oklahoma State Capitol

The Oklahoma State Capitol is the house of government of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It is the building that houses the Oklahoma Legislature and executive branch offices. It is located along Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City. The present structure includes a dome completed in 2002.

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Oklahoma City Memorial

The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a memorial in the United States that honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. The memorial is located in downtown Oklahoma City on the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which was destroyed in the 1995 bombing. This building was located on NW 5th Street between N. Robinson Avenue and N. Harvey Avenue.

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Chesapeake Arena

Originally known as the Ford Center from 2002 to 2010 and Oklahoma City Arena until 2011, it is an arena located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. It opened in 2002 and since 2008 has served as the home venue of the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
In addition to its use as a sports venue, Chesapeake Energy Arena hosts concerts, family and social events, conventions, ice shows, and civic events. The arena is owned by the city and operated by the SMG property management company and has 18,203 seats in the basketball configuration, 15,152 for hockey, and can seat up to 16,591 for concerts.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

Oklahoma Botanical Garden

This is a zoo and botanical garden located in Oklahoma City's Adventure District in northeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The zoo covers 119 acres (48 ha) and is home to more than 1,900 animals. It is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The Oklahoma City Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums.

Watch this video to find out more about Oklahoma’s capital city:


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13/10/2017

Greetings from Southampton!!

Eva Pousa, our secretary and head of the English department, has sent us a lovely postcard from Southampton, the town she has travelled to in order to attend the course "School Management and Quality Evaluation" after having received an Erasmus + mobility grant.



We are thrilled to hear that she's learning so much from instructors and fellow participants. Here are some photos of her stay. Visit our school'sErasmus+ blog to find out more about Eva's stay.










Thanks a million, Eva!

29/09/2017

Breathtaking views to start the weekend!

We have received this postcard from Novorcherkassk, a town located in the Southwest of Russia, 3759km away!




Thanks Elena for this beautiful card showing one of the most popular outdoor activities in your region, paragliding.



If you want to find out more about Novorcherkassk, click EXPLORING PLACES.

Happy weekend!!


Exploring Paces LXXXII: Novocherkassk, Russia

A new postcard has just arrived from Novocherkassk, Russia. Thanks Elena!

Aerial view of Novocherkassk

WHERE IS NOVOCHERKASSK?
Novocherkassk is a city in Rostov Oblast, Russia, located on the right bank of the Tuzlov River and on the Aksay River.

Location of Novocherkassk

NOVOCHERKASSKIS FAMOUS FOR...
… being the capital of the World Cossacks. They have had a rich military tradition, playing an important part in the historical development of the Russian Empire and participating in most of its major wars.


…the Novocherkassk massacre or Bloody Saturday. It refers to events tied to the labor strike of a locomotive building plant in Novocherkassk, a city in the Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. The events eventually culminated in riots of June 1–2, 1962 when reportedly 26 protesters were killed by Soviet Army troops, and 87 were wounded.


PLACES TO VISIT
Ascension Cathedral


Novocherkassk Museum of Don Cossacks History


Alexander Garden


Yermak Statue


Monument to Reconciliation and Agreement


Have a look at the video below to find out more about the city of Novocherkassk.


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22/09/2017

A postcard from Sacramento to start the new academic year!

Hi everyone and welcome to a new school year!
Now that summer holidays are over, we resume our Postcrossing activity with a card received from Sacramento, the capital of California, more than 8,500 km away!


Thanks a million Marlene for this postcard featuring Sacramento’s best-known landmark, California State Capitol, home to the government of California.




If you want to know more about this city in the Western coast of the United States, visit our section Exploring Places!

Exploring Places LXXXI: Sacramento, the US

A postcard from Sacramento to start the new academic year!

Sacramento aerial view           

WHERE IS SACRAMENTO?
Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the seat of Sacramento County. It is at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California's expansive Central Valley.

Location of Sacramento
SACRAMENTO IS FAMOUS FOR...
being home to one major league sports team — the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.

Sacramento Kings
being a major distribution point, a commercial and agricultural center during the American Gold Rush

California clipper

being named "America's Most Diverse City” by the Time Magazine

Sacramento skyline

PLACES TO VISIT
Old Sacramento
The oldest part of the town besides Sutter's Fort is Old Sacramento, which consists of cobbled streets and many historic buildings, several from the 1850s and 1860s. Buildings have been preserved, restored or reconstructed, and the district is now a substantial tourist attraction, with rides on steam-hauled historic trains and paddle steamers.

Old Sacramento logo

The historic buildings include the Lady Adams Building, built by the passengers and ship's carpenters of the ship Lady Adams.Having survived the Great Conflagration of November 1852, it is the oldest surviving building in Sacramento other than Sutter's Fort.

Big Four Building
The "Big Four Building", built in 1852, was home to the offices of Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, and Charles Crocker. The Central Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Railroad were founded there. The original building was destroyed in 1963 for the construction of Interstate 5, but was re-created using original elements in 1965. It is now a National Historic Landmark. Also of historic interest is the Eagle Theatre (Sacramento, California), a reconstruction of California's first permanent theatre in its original location.

Eagle Theatre

The Crocker Art Museum
The Crocker Art Museum is the oldest public art museum west of the Mississippi River. On July 26, 2007, the museum broke ground for an expansion that more than tripled the museum's floor space. The modern architecture is very different from the museum's original Victorian style building.

The Crocker Art Museum

The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge is a Vertical lift bridge across the Sacramento River, linking West Sacramento in Yolo County to the west, with the capital of California, Sacramento, in Sacramento County to the east. It was previously a part of U.S. Route 40 until that highway was truncated to east of Salt Lake City. In 1982, the Tower Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sacramento Tower Bridge

California State Capitol
The California State Capitol is home to the government of California. These Neoclassical structure was completed between 1861 and 1874 at the west end of Capitol Park, which is framed by L Street to the north, N Street to the south, 10th Street to the west, and 15th Street to the east. The Capitol and grounds were listed on the office of the National Register of Historic Places in 1973,[1] and listed as a California Historical Landmark in 1974, with a re-dedication on January 9, 1982 to commemorate the close of the bicentennial restoration project

California State Capitol

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
It is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. It is the mother church and seat of Jaime Soto, the ordinary bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento. The Cathedral is located downtown at the intersection of 11th and K Streets.

If you want to find out more about what Sacramento has to offer, why don’t you watch the video below?



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