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I received quite a mix of cards today: two map cards,  another elephant card 😉 and a UNESCO WHS card; three from Germany and one from the US .

 

This fabulous map of Southern California is a new card for my collection.

Thanks so much for the card emotis!

 

Another new addition to my map card collection arrived from Germany. It’s this great map of Iceland. Here are some facts about Iceland from the back of the card:  “Iceland – 103.000 km², 39.768 square miles. Coast line 4.970 km, 3.750 miles. Population ca. 283.000”

Vielen Dank für die Karte midnatsol!

 

My elephant  collection just keeps growing and growing. 😉 Here’s another gorgeous card to add to it.

Vielen Dank für die Karte Mausbaer47!

 

And last but not least, I received this card of the mines of Rammelsberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.

Vielen Dank für die Karte Helga_Ni!

 

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Today’s post brought four cards from four countries, namely Austria , Germany , USA  and Russia .

My elephant card collection keeps growing. I received this lovely card from Austria today. I already have the card actually but unwritten to send out so I’m happy that it was sent to me. The card came with a fabulous Madagascar stamp.

Vielen Dank für die Karte erlkoenigstochter!

This Berlin bear card also arrived today. The bear has been Berlin’s heraldic animal since 1280.

Vielen Dank für die Karte michigirl!

Also among today’s post was this lovely card from Mississipi depicting live oak trees. The back of the card reads “Two Golden Eagles – Live oak trees in the median of U.S. Highway 90 (Beach Blvd.) in Biloxi, MS that died as a result of Hurricane Katrina received new life from award winning sculptor Martin Miller. Miller, a Ft. Walton Beach artist, carved the two golden eagles located near the entrance of The University of Southern Mississippi in Long Beach.” Those trees remind me a little bit of the Owl tree in Cassiobury Park in the UK.

Thanks so much for the card TeamBearCat!

The last of today’s cards comes from Russia. It’s certainly not your typical viewcard as it depicts building sites. There’s some text on the back about a construction company so I’d say that explains the pictures. 😉

Spasibo galina-shvarova!

Today was another good post day; I received nine cards altogether. Among them were three animal cards, one each from Germany , Switzerland and the Netherlands .

 

Seeing the elephant card from Germany was somewhat of a déjà vu feeling as I received the exact same card yesterday. Oh well, I do like elephants so I don’t really mind having it twice. I guess one of the cards will just go into my son’s postcard box. He, too, likes elephants. 🙂

Vielen Dank für die Karte Kugusch!

 

A rather different elephant card arrived from the Netherlands. Interesting perspective. 😉

Dank u zeer voor de briefkaart MissMaple!

 

These bears arrived from Switzerland. Quite fitting seeing as the bear is the heraldic animal of Bern, Switzerland’s capital city.

Vielen Dank für die Karte egni!

Three postcards awaited me today, two from Germany and one from the USA .

I really like map cards, they’re just fab – and so great for little ones to find out about their world. This is a US state map card of Pennsylvania, whose nickname is “The Keystone State”.

The back of the card reads “The birthplace of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and the second of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution in 1787 Pennsylvania is now the 5th ranking state in population, and one of the leading states in manufacturing, agriculture and tourism. Capital: Harrisburg, state flower: Mountain Laurel, state bird: Ruffed Grouse, state tree: Hemlock.”

Thanks so much for the card PPC!

The first card from Germany is another elephant card. It shows an African elephant with its young.

Vielen Dank für die Karte sine!

And the second card from Germany is a wintery view of a tree with a quote by Goethe.

Vielen Dank für die Karte Dadaismus!

Today was a good post day. A multicultural at that. I received six cards from six countries: Austria , China , Germany , Poland , Russia and Ukraine . I love post days like that. Who wouldn’t?!

 

From Austria, I received a lovely view of the Belvedere Castle in Vienna.

Vielen Dank für die Karte oldieoma!

 

A rabbit card arrived from China. Quite fitting as 2011 is the year of the rabbit.

Xie xie julia_jery!

 

This is a somewhat unusual and rather cool card of Berlin. It is certainly very different to the typical viewcards of Germany’s capital city.

Berlin, Germany

Vielen Dank für die Karte Linus58!

Back to typical viewcards. 😉 This nice view shows the old town square of Wodzisław Śląski in Poland.

Wodzisław Śląski, Poland

Bardzo dziękuję za śliczną widokówkę romanek!

What looks like a fairytale view is a card depicting the Vydubychi Monastery as seen from the Botanical Gardens. The historic monastery is located in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

Vydubychi Monastery in Kiev, Ukraine

Diakuyu tobi dlia lystivka Bebekka!

My multicultural post day ends in Russia with a view of the cupolas of the Kremlin in Moscow, which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1990.

Kremlin in Moscow, Russia

Spasibo So_nata!

I received three postcards today, two from Germany and one from the US . Funnily enough all three cards are animal cards.

 

As you probably know by now, my favourite animals are elephants. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that I absolutely love this “little rebel” card.

Vielen Dank für die Karte mesalina!

 

A sweet baby brown bear with his mummy adorn this card. So nice to look at but I wouldn’t want to bump into them…

Vielen Dank für die Karte moonwalker!

 

This pretty multiview of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (what a fabulous name!) depicts (from left to right) Grotto Falls, sunset near Charlies Bunion and an American Black Bear.

Thanks so much for the card CaptainSoul!

I received an official card from Poland today, along with a dolphin from Florida, USA …and more cards from Germany , which I’ll show in a separate post.

 

The card from Poland shows a multiview of Konin, a town in central Poland on the Warta river.

Konin, Poland

Bardzo dziękuję za śliczną widokówkę pannakac!

 

And this lovely dolphin card was a trade for my worst card, which I never thought I would send anyone but Lori seemed happy to receive it. 😉 I think I have another pretty bad card that I might just send her, too… Lori must have read in my profile that I really like elephants so she used a gorgeous African elephant herd stamp on the envelope and very kindly sent along an elephant stamp from Guinea. So sweet of her.

Thanks so much for the card – and stamps – Lori!

Did I mention I would get loads of cards from Germany this month? Well, two more arrived in today’s post.

The first card shows two African elephants. It’s such a beautiful picture.

African elephants

Vielen Dank für die Karte dogma7911!

The second card, a vintage map of Asia, is every bit as fabulous as the first. Today was certainly a happy mail day. 🙂

Map of Asia

Vielen Dank für die Karte Mimi1778!

There were six cards waiting for me when I opened our letterbox today. Yay! 🙂 And it’s just as well because there’s a bank holiday here tomorrow and we won’t get any post.

The cards came from five different countries, two from Germany and one each from USA , Belarus , Finland  and Norway .

The first card from Germany shows the Common Archduke, a beautiful butterfly that is found in the Indomalaya ecozone.

Common Archduke

Vielen Dank für die Karte TimeGypsy!

And here’s a lovely view of the Regensburg Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2006.

Regensburg Cathedral, Germany

Vielen Dank für die Karte Abendstern!

From the US, I received a new addition for my map cards collection: a state map of New Hampshire.

Map of New Hampshire, USA

Thanks so much for the card maryellie!

This grand building is the General Post Office in Minsk, Belarus. It was opened in 1955. Looks more like a concert hall or a theatre to me. I wouldn’t mind buying my stamps there. 😉

General Post Office in Minsk, Belarus

Dziakuju podshapnik!

The Finnish card depicts doors of Turku. Funny how doors in different countries look so  different.

Doors of Turku, Finland

Kiitos paljon mirmar!

Although not a postcard, this greeting card of Edvard Munch‘s (1863–1944) The Scream (1893) is just fab! I’ve always liked this painting.

Edvard Munch: The Scream, 1893

Tusen takk for postkort kunstmeyer!

Today I received six cards from six different countries, namely from China , Italy , Wales , Germany , USA  and Canada Canada.

The card from China is a beautiful nightview of Shanghai Concert Hall.

Shanghai Concert Hall, China

Shanghai Concert Hall, China

Xie xie Sharih!

 

This lovely and sunny view is of the middle Cagnan at Piazza Santa Maria dei Battuti in Treviso, northern Italy.

Treviso, Italy

Treviso, Italy

Grazie mille per la cartolina fragility!

 

My first card from Wales, this view depicts Bryn Cader Faner, an ancient stone circle. It is one of the wonders of prehistoric Wales, and one of the most unusual Bronze Age sites in Britain. The small cairn (a manmade pile of stones, often in a conical form) measures 8.5m wide and stands less than 1m high. The stones all appear to be of slate and many of the cairn stones had prominent quartz veining. 

Bryn Cader Faner and Snowdon, Wales

Bryn Cader Faner and Snowdon, Wales

Thanks so much for the card miapearl!

 

The first of today’s two art cards, this painting by Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) arrived from Germany.

Paul Gauguin: Woman with Fan, 1902

Paul Gauguin: Woman with Fan, 1902

Vielen Dank für die Karte Lolobili!

 

The second card depicts a painting by French painter and poet Francis Picabia (1879–1953), whose work I wasn’t familiar with. I love discovering “new” artists through Postcrossing. 🙂

Francis Picabia: Deux nus, 1941-1942

Francis Picabia: Deux nus, ca. 1941-1942

Thanks so much for the card RoseofSharon!

 

Last but not least, I received an animal card from Canada today. The dog on the card, Phoenix Dagda, recently passed away due to cancer. In order to celebrate his life and share the joy he spread, his owners are sending his picture around the world.

ca-42328

Thanks so much for the card petnan!

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