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Today’s post had two cards in store for me, one from Russia and one from South Korea ,which I’m rather chuffed about as it’s the first card I received from there.

And here it is, depicting a lovely painting by Lee Myung Shin. It’s called A Winter Evening Scene at the East-side Gate. The stamps were very cool, too – one of the South Korean flag and the other of a scelidosaurus.

Lee Myung Shin: A Winter Evening Scene at the East-side Gate, 2008

Komapsumnida catherinesword!

 

The card from Russia shows St. Isaac’s Square, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Monument to Nicholas I in St. Peterburg.

St. Isaac's Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Monument to Nicholas I in St. Petersburg, Russia

Spasibo Lina3000!

 

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There were six cards waiting for me when I opened our letterbox today. Yay! ūüôā 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 f√ľr 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 f√ľr 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. ūüėČ

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‚Äď1944)¬†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‚Äď1903) arrived from Germany.

Paul Gauguin: Woman with Fan, 1902

Paul Gauguin: Woman with Fan, 1902

Vielen Dank f√ľr die Karte Lolobili!

 

The second card depicts a painting by French painter and poet Francis Picabia (1879‚Äď1953), whose work I wasn’t familiar with. I love discovering¬†“new” artists through Postcrossing. ūüôā

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.

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Thanks so much for the card petnan!

I received six lovely cards today: two from Japan  and one each from Finland , Russia , France  and USA .

This gorgeous autumnal view depicts Shinnyo-do temple in Kyoto, Japan. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Shinnyo-do Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Shinnyo-do Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Domo arigato april16!

 

Also in Japan, this card shows Lake Inawashiro, which is located in the middle of Fukushima Prefecture. It is also known as “Sky Mirror Lake” and is said to have the cleanest water in Japan. In winter swans migrate to the beaches of the lake and stay there until spring. I guess that’s why there are so many swan-shaped boats in this card. ūüėČ Mount Bandai, which is actually¬†a volcano,¬†is also visible in the background.

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Lake Inawashiro and Mount Bandai, Japan

Domo arigato evitayueh!

 

Another autumnal view arrived from Moscow today. It depicts the Church of the Ascension in¬†Kolomenskoye, a former royal estate just outside Moscow.¬†¬†The church was built in¬†1532 to commemorate the long-awaited birth of an heir to the throne, the future Tsar Ivan IV (“Ivan the Terrible”). One of the earliest examples of a traditional wooden tent-roofed church on a stone and brick substructure, it had a great influence on the development of Russian ecclesiastical architecture. The church was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1994.

Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye, Russia

Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye, Russia

Spasibo vinnie!

 

This lovely card shows Turku, the oldest city in Finland and its first capital city (1809-1812). Turku is situated on the southwest coast of Finland, where it is a notable commercial and passenger seaport city with over three million passengers travelling through the port of Turku each year to Stockholm and Mariehamn.

Turku, Finland

Turku, Finland

Kiitos paljon MaHaKo!

 

Also among today’s post were two art cards. The first shows a beautiful painting by one of my favourite artists, Pierre-Auguste Renoir¬†(1841-1919).

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: On the Terrace, 1881

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: On the Terrace, 1881

Thanks so much for the card bluesunshine!

 

The second art card and today’s final card shows artwork by another French artist, Eug√®ne Delacroix (1798-1863).¬† A French Romantic artist,¬†Delacroix was¬†regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. His use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists.

Eugène Delacroix: Jeune orpheline au cimetière, 1824

Eugène Delacroix: Jeune orpheline au cimetière, 1824

Merci beaucoup thaddee_calisson!

Amongst today’s post were two art cards. Funnily enough both feature a nude theme.

The first card shows a painting by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).¬† As one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art, he is best known for co-founding Cubism. Picasso was born in the Andalusian city of Malaga in southern Spain. Here’s something I never knew about Picasso and I bet you didn’t either. His full name was Pablo Diego Jos√© Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Mar√≠a de los Remedios Cipriano de la Sant√≠sima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Wow! ūüėģ

Pablo Picasso: The Two Brothers, 1906

Pablo Picasso: The Two Brothers, 1906

Thanks so much for the card tobiejonzarelli!

 

This painting by Czech artist G√ľnter Hujber¬†(born 1966) very much reminds me of Salvador Dal√≠. Unfortunately I don’t speak¬†Czech so I can’t understand what the title of this painting is. Anyone out there who could translate it for me please? It says “Don Quiote se snaŇĺ√≠ pod ps√≠m hradem zvednout dodńõl√°vaj√≠c√≠ duhu.” If you know what this means, please leave a comment with the English translation. Thanks very much! It was painted in 1998 and depicts Don Quiote trying to raise The Dying Rainbow under the Dog Castle. Thanks very much G√ľnter for translating the title into English! ūüôā

G√ľnter Hujber: Don Quiote, 1998

G√ľnter Hujber: Don Quiote is trying to raise The Dying Rainbow under the Dog Castle, 1998

Tusen takk for postkort Lorentze!

Four new cards arrived in today’s post from Finland , Netherlands , New Zealand¬† and Germany .

This lovely card from Finland depicts the four seasons. I particularly like the small picture of the butterfly.

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Kiitos paljon mummeli!

 

What a stunning night view of Den Haag (The Hague in English)! Although not the capital of the Netherlands, Den Haag is the seat of the Dutch government. All foreign embassies and government ministries are located in the city, as well as the Supreme Court. Den Haag is called the city of peace and safety.

Den Haag, Netherlands

Den Haag, Netherlands

Dank u zeer voor de briefkaart atimmerman!

 

I received my first card from New¬† Zealand today! It shows Whakaari/White Island, which is an active volcano. The full Maori name for the island is “Te Puia o Whakaari”, which means “the dramatic volcano”. It was named White Island by Captain Cook in 1769 because it always appeared to be in a cloud of white steam. Here’s what the back of the card says: “This is New Zealand’s classic marine volcano in the Bay of Plenty. It is always mildly active and sometimes erupts in bigger and better ways.”¬†

Whakaari/White Island, New Zealand

Whakaari/White Island, New Zealand

Thanks so much for the card LilzGold!

 

Last but not least, this lovely art card arrived from Germany. It shows¬†a painting by P.S. Kr√łyer¬†(1851-1909), a Norwegian-Danish painter whose work I wasn’t familiar with before receiving this card. He is one of the best known and undeniably the most colorful of the Skagen Painters, a community of Danish and Nordic artists who lived, gathered or worked in Skagen, Denmark, especially during the final decades of the 1800s. Kr√łyer was the unofficial leader of the group. The painting shows his wife, Marie Kr√łyer, and Anna Ancher (one of the Skagen painters) on a summer evening Skagen’s southern beach.

P.S. Kr√łyer: Summer evening on Skagen's southern beach (Anna Ancher and Marie Kr√łyer), 1893

P.S. Kr√łyer: Summer evening on Skagen's southern beach (Anna Ancher and Marie Kr√łyer), 1893

Vielen Dank f√ľr die Karte Goyesca!

Today’s post brought seven cards, four of which came from Europe.

Two of the cards arrived from Germany . The first one shows a gorgeous view of Reichsburg Cochem, a medieval castle in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany.

Reichsburg Cochem, Germany

Reichsburg Cochem, Germany

Vielen Dank f√ľr die Karte TG250607!¬†

 

The second card from Germany is a multiview of CentrO, Europe’s biggest shopping and leisure centre. It’s located in¬†Oberhausen, which is about 35km north of D√ľsseldorf. It was nice to receive this card as I’ve actually been on shopping trips to CentrO before. Although I do wonder if it’s still the biggest shopping centre in Europe, now that Westfield has opened in London…

CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany

CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany

Vielen Dank f√ľr die Karte Trisa!

 

This beautiful view of Lake Triglav in Slovenia¬† arrived among today’s cards. The lake is situated¬†in¬†Triglav National Park, the only Slovenian national park. The park was named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the heart of the park, which is also the highest summit in Slovenia (2864 m). The mountain is a true national symbol and is featured on the national coat of arms and the flag. The view is just idyllic,don’t you think?¬†

Lake Triglav in autumn colours (Twin Lakes, 1676 m), Slovenia

Lake Triglav in autumn colours (Twin Lakes, 1676 m), Slovenia

NajlepŇ°a ti hvala tinkara!

 

This lovely card from France  depicts the Place de la Cathédrale in Colmar in 1933. It was painted by Jean-Jacques Waltz (1873-1951), also known as Oncle Hansi or simply Hansi . 

Place de la Cathédrale, Colmar, 1933

Jean-Jacques Waltz (Hansi): Place de la Cathédrale, Colmar, 1933

Merci beaucoup Doumik!

Four cards from far afield arrived today, namely from Australia , USA , China  and Malaysia .

What a cool multi view of Melbourne!¬†The pictures, from left to right, show the Crown Entertainment Compex; Yarra River;¬†Melbourne sports precinct; Bathing Boxes, Brighton; Little Penguins, Phillip Island; The Twelve Apostles near Port Campbell; Flinders St station; Yarra by night; Cooks’ Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens.

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Thanks so much for this card aussiebear!

 

This idyllic view is of Bella Vista in Arkansas, USA. This is what the back of the card says: “Bella Vista is a planned recreation and retirement community in northwest Arkansas. Bella Vista has fishing lakes, sports center, medical facility, shipping complex, condominiums, apartments, and single family houses. Bella Vista is also home to the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, designed by the internationally known Arkansas architect E. Fay Jones.” I really like the look of the chapel!

Bella Vista AR, USA

Bella Vista AR, USA

Thanks so much for this card bluesunshine!

 

I suppose this card from China counts as an art card. It depicts a porcelain vase with multicoloured glaze from the Qing Dynasty. The Qing Dynasty is also known as the Manchu Dynasty. It was the last ruling dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1912.¬†I wonder how old this vase actually is…

Porcelain vase, multicoloured glaze (Qing Dynasty)

Porcelain vase, multicoloured glaze (Qing Dynasty)

Xie xie Yeelu!

 

Today’s final card is also an art card, more specifically an Islamic art¬†card. It depicts a lacquer painted door panel of the Standard Chartered Ottoman Room, Syria, 18th century. The card is from the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

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Lacquer painted door panel of the Standard Chartered Ottoman Room, Syria, 18th century (Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia)

Terima kasih charlie_dale!

Today’s post brought four cards, two each from Ukraine¬† and Finland .

The first card from Ukraine shows a beautiful view of Kiev, more specifically of the Andriyivsky Descent, which is described as the city’s most romantic street.

Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine

 

Another beautiful view from Ukraine, this card depicts the island of Anti-Circe in Sofiyivka Park in the central Ukrainian city of Uman. What a view!

Sofiyivka Park in Uman, Ukraine

Sofiyivka Park in Uman, Ukraine

Diakuyu tobi dlia lystivka raven!

 

This gorgeous night view shows the medieval castle Häme Castle (Hämeen linna in Finnish) in the Southern Finnish town of  Hämeenlinna.

Häme Castle in Hämeenlinna, Finland

Häme Castle in Hämeenlinna, Finland

Vielen Dank f√ľr die Karte pimennys!

 

This art card depicts a sculpture by Finnish/Dutch geometric abstract sculptor Lucien den Arend. Meduusa, who sent me the card, said that no matter how hard she tries, she can’t figure out why this sculpture is art and what its point is. I have to admit that¬†I don’t get it either – no offence.¬†According to Wikipedia, “In his sculpture¬†[den Arend]¬†avoids composition. As is the case with concrete art, his work is not modelled after any existing object – his sculpture represents only itself.” Does that help?

Gothic II, Noordpark, 1981-96

Lucien den Arend: Gothic II, Noordpark, 1981-96

Kiitos paljon Meduusa!

Today’s cards are all different from one another and don’t fit the same categories. So, instead of posting each card individually, I decided to show this colourful mix together in one post.

The first card arrived from Canada ¬†and is a real vintage card. It’s even older than I am, albeit only by a few years (I won’t tell you how many years exactly though ūüėČ ). It shows a Swedish stamp depicting the portrait of the singer Jenny Lind. The stamp was issued on 25 March 1975 in connection with the International Women’s Year 1975. In fact, wackystuff, who sent me the card, originally posted it to himself from Sweden¬†¬†in 1976. The postmark is very clear and the exact date on it is 6.6.1976. I am very impressed by this card!

A real vintage card from 1975

A vintage card from 1975

Thanks so much for this card wackystuff!

 

I also received my first card from Brazil¬† today. It shows the Planetarium in Fortaleza, which is the state capital of Cear√° in Northeastern Brazil. Luana, who sent me the card, told me about how Brazil got its name. Basically, the Portuguese named the country after redwood trees, of¬†which there were many, when they arrived in Brazil¬†in 1500.¬†Redwood trees, or Brazilwood as they are also known,¬†are called “Pau-Brasil” in Portuguese. Hence, Brazil.

Planetarium in Fortaleza, Brazil

Planetarium in Fortaleza, Brazil

Muito obrigada para postal LuanaBessa!

 

This wintery card from Hinterzarten¬†in Germany ¬†arrived today, too. Hinterzarten is a resort village in the Black Forest in Southwestern Germany. It’s mostly famous for its ski jumpers. It looks nice, doesn’t it?

Hinterzarten, Germany

Hinterzarten, Germany

Vielen Dank f√ľr die Karte Mondfalke!

 

A couple of cards from the US ¬†were also among today’s cards. The first arrived from Utah and shows a beautiful autumnal scene.

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Utah, USA

Thanks so much for this card utahgirl!

usa_0030usa_0031Utahgirl, who sent me this card, chose some really cool stamps for me: two “Vintage Black Cinema” movie poster stamps. The first shows the movie poster for 1921 silent film The Sport of the Gods, based on a novel of the same name by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). The second shows the poster for 1929 film Hallelujah!, which earned King Vidor an Academy Award¬†nomination for Best Director.

 

The second card from the US¬†is an art card, depicting a beautiful painting by Claude Monet (1840‚Äď1926).

The Seine at Argenteuil, 1872

Claude Monet: The Seine at Argenteuil, 1872

Domo arigato Chieusa!

usa_0033usa_0032Chieusa also chose very cool stamps for me, namely Marvel Super Heroes stamps. One depicts Wonder Woman (I absolutely love Wonder Woman and couldn’t be happier about receiving this stamp ūüėÄ ), while the other shows Green Arrow. Wow, so many cool stamps in one day!

 

Last but not least, today’s final card arrived from Ukraine¬† and shows a lovely view of Lviv¬†in Western Ukraine. The city is regarded as one of the main cultural centres of the country.

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Diakuyu tobi dlia lystivka raven!

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