29 Apr 2010

Moose

The leather bookmark with a moose from my friend Liuda (also a bookmark collector) from Norway.





Moose (or elk) are found in large numbers throughout Norway.
Moose collisions with vehicles and trains cause more damage to property and injuries to people, sometimes even death. One must be careful when driving on remote country roads at dusk (the time of day when you’re most likely to hit one).
One more bookmark from Norway with moose here

28 Apr 2010

Warwick Castle

The leather bookmark from England.



Warwick Castle is a medieval castle in Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire, England. It sits on a bend on the River Avon. The castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068. It was used as a fortification until the early 17th century, when Sir Fulke Greville converted it to a country house. Warwick Castle was opened as a tourist attraction from 1978.

27 Apr 2010

Pig

The funny bookmark with a pig from the Netherlands.



Some interesting facts about pigs:

*Pigs do not have functional sweat glands. They use water or mud for the purpose of staying cool in hot weather.
*Pigs do not prefer to sit in mud. Infact, they prefer cleanliness much more than other animals. They use the mud only as a coolant in summers, that too out of necessity.
*Mud also provides the pigs protection against flies and parasites, apart from being used as a form of sunscreen, which protects their skin from sunburn.
*A female pig is called a sow, while the male is called boar. The baby of a pig is called piglet.
*Pigs have such a well developed sense of smell that they can easily find things underground.
*Many experts consider pigs to be more trainable than dogs or cats.
*The scream of a frightened pig can measure 115 decibels, higher than the taking off noise of a jet engine (113 decibels).
*Even though pigs have four toes on each hoof, they walk on only two of the toes. This makes them look as if they are tiptoeing.

26 Apr 2010

Breakfast at Tiffany's

The handmade double-sided magnetic bookmark from the USA. It is adorned with a different Audrey Hepburn print from the movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' on each side.









Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. The film was directed by Blake Edwards and released by Paramount Pictures. It was loosely based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote.

20 Apr 2010

Eeyore

The plastic bookmark with a donkey from Japan.



Do you recognize this donkey?
It's a character in the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne, named Eeyore (pronounced /ˈiː.ɔr/). He is generally characterized as a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, miserable, old grey stuffed donkey who is a friend of the title character, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Liege

The bookmark with the photo of Liège from Belgium.



Liège is a city and municipality of Belgium located in the province of Liège, of which it is the administrative capital, in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium.

The city is situated in the valley of the Meuse River, near Belgium's eastern borders with the Netherlands and Germany, where the Meuse meets the Ourthe. The Liège municipality includes the former communes of Angleur, Bressoux, Chênée, Glain, Grivegnée, Jupille-sur-Meuse, Rocourt, and Wandre.

13 Apr 2010

Delft

The bookmark with the photo of New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) in Delft from the Netherlands. My friend (who sent me this bookmark) told that she had to climb 365 steps to reach the very top of the chuch, it was very tiresome but the view from the top was amazing.



Delft is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. It is located in between Rotterdam and The Hague. Delft is primarily known for its typically Dutch town centre (with canals); also for the painter Vermeer, Delft Blue pottery (Delftware), the Delft University of Technology, and its association with the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau.

Nieuwe Kerk is a landmark Protestant church in Delft, the Netherlands. The building is located on Delft Market Square, opposite to the Delft City Hall. In 1584, William the Silent was entombed here in a mausoleum designed by Hendrick and Pieter de Keyser. Since then members of the House of Orange-Nassau have been entombed in the royal crypt. The latest are Queen Juliana and her husband Prince Bernhard in 2004.

7 Apr 2010

Porto

The bookmark from Porto, Portugal.



Porto is Portugal's second largest city and the capital of the Northern region.
The city was built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary, and its historical center was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996. Porto has always been a mercantile city, and this is evident in the style of buildings. The center of town, unlike other major Portuguese cities, which tend towards the baroque, is granite and monumental. The city is extremely hilly, with many buildings built into a cliff face that overlooks the river. Stairs cut into the stone run up and down the cliff face and offer a laborious but rewarding walking tour.
Citizens of Porto, while definitely Portuguese, hold themselves apart culturally from the rest of the country, as is expressed in the often heard phrase "o Porto é uma nação" (Porto is a nation).

6 Apr 2010

Bronze Horseman

The bookmark with the photo of the Bronze Horseman from Saint Petersburg, Russia. My husband found this bookmark in airport, on his business trip.



The Bronze Horseman is a monument to Peter the Great. It stands on Senate Square, in Saint Petersburg, in Russia. The statue, created by the famous French sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet, depicts Peter the Great as a Roman hero on horseback, pointing the way for Russia, while his horse steps on a snake, which represents the enemies of Peter and his reforms.
The Bronze Horseman is the also the title of a poem written by Aleksandr Pushkin in 1833. The statue came to be known as the Bronze Horseman due to the popularity of the poem.
The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg, in much the same way that the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of New York City.

2 Apr 2010

Happy Easter!

The wooden bookmark with a cock from Lithuania.





You'd better don't look up for the meaning of the word 'cock' in Google. Weird... it's very far from the Easter theme;)
Anyway, Happy Easter!!! Do you celebrate? and how? Feel free to leave your comments in my blog.

By the way, we have decorated eggs for Easter - margučiai:

1 Apr 2010

Pagoda

The bookmark from Japan with a geisha and pagoda.



A pagoda
is the general term in the English language for a tiered tower with multiple eaves common in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other parts of Asia. Most pagodas were built to have a religious function, most commonly Buddhist, and were often located in or near temples.

Metal S

The metallic bookmark from Finland.



Oh... I put the letter in the wrong way :)

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