Saturday, June 7, 2008

Adelaide, Australia

My first RAS received card!!!!!!!!! You know what RAS is, right? :)

This one comes from Bernie in Australia. I sent her an official card and she was so pleased and happy to receive a card from Macedonia, since it was her first one, she wanted to keep trading with me....but she sent me a RAS card instead....and due to how all was hectic lately, i havent even sent her anything yet :( :( :( Shame on you Ana, shame on you....but next week once all the dust settles at least a bit down, ill take care of those things...
One thing I absolutely LOVE about this card is that its a multiview AND on the back it states what every single picture represents, so i dont have to struggle comparing pictures, wondering if this is what i think it is or no :))))))))

Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia. It is a coastal city beside the Southern Ocean and is situated on the Adelaide Plains. Named in honour of Queen Adelaide, the consort of King William IV the city was founded in 1836.

Picture 1, top left corner, shows the Adelaide Railway Station. It is the central terminus of the Adelaide Metro Railway System. All lines approach the station from the west, and is a "dead end" station. Almost all trains on the metropolitan network either depart from or terminate here. It has nine platforms, all with a broad gauge track. Until 1984 Adelaide station was the terminus for country and interstate passenger trains, but there are no longer any regular country train services in South Australia.

Picture 2, top middle, shows the Art Gallery in Adelaide. It is located on the cultural boulevard of North Terrace in Adelaide and is the premier arts institution in South Australia. With a large collection of more than 35,000 works of art and more than 510,000 visitors annually, the AGSA is renowned for its leading collections of Australian art, European art and Asian art, as well as for its innovative exhibitions. The gallery was established in 1881, and has existed at its current location since 1900. It was known as the National Gallery of South Australia until 1967 when the current name was adopted.

Picture 3, top right corner, shows the Adelaide Arcade. It was built in 1885, and originally comprised of 50 shops, where the shops would retail from the ground floor and use the space on the first floor as a work or storage room. It is situated between Rundle Mall and Grenfell Street. A distinctive feature of Adelaide Arcade is the coat of arms which adorns its Rundle Mall facade. It is similar to the official Australian coat of arms, but the kangaroo and emu are on opposite sides of the shield. The Adelaide Arcade version has grape vines and wheat surrounding the animals representing Australia as the land of opportunity. Its shield is in four sections containing a sheep, a ship sailing across the ocean, an anchor and a pick and shovel symbolising a hardworking, pioneer spirit. Above the shield is a setting sun and below a scroll with the words 'Advance Australia'.

Picture 4, bottom left corner, shows St. Peter's Cathedral. It is an Anglican Cathedral, situated on one acre (4,000 m²) of land. The foundation stone was laid on 29th June 1869 (St. Peter's Day), the church was completed in 1901 and officially opened in 1904. The south face has similar features to the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, including an ornate rose window above the main entrance which depicts stories of South Australia and the Bible.

Picture 5, middle bottom, shows the Palm House of the Adelaide Botanic Garden. The Palm, or tropical, house is a Victorian Glass House located to the west of the main lake. It was imported from Bremen, Germany in 1875 , opened in 1877 and restored in 1995. As of 2007 it held a collection of Malagasy arid flora.

Picture 6, bottom right corner, shows the Old Parliament House. The Old Parliament House is historically very significant as the focus for colonial and democratic government in South Australia in the period 1854 to 1939. The site is also of significance because it contains the remains of the earlier Legislative Council Chamber of 1843. The building is architecturally significant as an example of the Victorian Exotic style which is influenced by Dutch architecture. In this way the old parliament building is a precursor to the Federation Anglo-Dutch Revival style. The building is also important as an indication of the early scale of North Terrace and as a contributing element to the streetscape of public buildings along North Terrace. The old parliament house building has a long and varied history. The basic shape of the building as it is now dates from 1875, but the site has seen continuous European occupation since 1841. The current building was built over an earlier 1843 legislative council building and the remains of this earlier building exist below the current building. The existing building was constructed in 1854-55

huuuuhhhhhh....after this EXTENSIVE post, i think you're fed up of reading, so this is the last card for now and ill give you a break for a few days :D
well, thats just a lame excuse of not being able to update this again for a day or two due to work overload :/


Jane said...

Hi Ana, I just wanted you to know that I received your card today :D Hope you also like mine. your postcard pal from Philippines, Jane

Ania said...

And for those who do not know what a RAS is .....