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Two lovely envelopes with gorgeous stamps greeted me today when I opened our letterbox. One arrived from Finland and one from China .

This absolutely stunning view from Finland is actually the view from mikkomi74’s home. Wow! Talk about idyllic, huh?

Kiitos paljon mikkomi74!

 

The envelope from China contained two cards. Both amazing views. The first card is titled “An Exhibition of World Architecture” on the back. The front reads “Enjoying life under the roofs”. Isn’t that nice?. 🙂

The second card from China depicts a village in Fujian province. The text on the back reads “The Eight-Diagram Fort is located at Dongping Village, Shentu Town, Zhangpu County. It is not a single earthen building but a resident house in Eight-Diagram form with five-ring style.” Apparently it can hold more than 100 people.

Xie xie barbra0527!

 

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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!

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.

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Thanks so much for the card petnan!

There were only two cards in today’s post. The first is a stunning view of Hangzhou in China . The city is located in the Yangtze River Delta and is about 180km southwest of Shanghai. Apparently it’s one of China’s hottest tourist attractions and Lucy, who sent me the card, said it’s one of the most beautiful cities she’s ever been to. I have to admit this postcard actually makes me want to visit Hangzhou. There’s a saying in Chinese: “Above is heaven, below are Suzhou and Hangzhou.” It has a similar meaning to the English phrase “heaven on earth”.

Xinyi Lane in Hangzhou, China

Xinyi Lane in Hangzhou, China

Xie xie Lucy!

 

This vintage reprint shows the skyline of the upper city of Bergamo in Italy . The town, which is located about 40km northeast of Milan, has two centres: the upper city (Città alta) and the lower city (Città bassa). The Città alta is a hilltop medieval town, surrounded by 17th century Venetian walls and forms the historic centre of Bergamo. The two parts of the town are connected by cable cars, roads and footpaths.

Bergamo (Città alta), Italy

Bergamo (Città alta), Italy

Grazie mille per la cartolina pHabietto!

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!

The next batch of today’s cards arrived from China  and Singapore .

This night view of Singapore’s skyline shows the Singapore Flyer. Standing at 165m from the ground, it is the world’s tallest observation wheel. In contrast, the height of the London Eye is “only” 135m. But that’s still equivalent to 64 red telephone boxes piled on top of each other. 😉

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Vielen Dank für die Karte sputzie!

 

Another stunning view, this card from China shows the Pudong skyline in Shanghai.

Pudong skyline in Shanghai, China

Pudong skyline in Shanghai, China

Kiitos paljon AKS!

 

The other card from China depicts Wuhou Temple in Nanyang.

Wuhou Memorial Temple at Nanyang

Wuhou Memorial Temple at Nanyang

Xie xie DJK!

Three more cards arrived today, one each from the US , China  and Slovenia .

 

I received my second card of Atlanta, GA in two days. What a gorgeous view!

Atlanta GA, USA

Atlanta GA, USA

Thanks so much for the card sfcalvo!

 

Another gorgeous view arrived from China today. This wintery scene shows Chengxian Street (now known as Guozijian Street) in Beijing. The Imperial Academy (Guozijian) and the Temple of Confucius are located in this street.

Chengxian Street in Beijing, China

Chengxian Street in Beijing, China

Xie xie linying!

 

Today’s final card is lovely a multi view of Kranj in Slovenia. The big picture on the right shows a statue of the poet France Prešeren (1800-1849).

Kranj, Slovenia

Kranj, Slovenia

Najlepša ti hvala tinkara!

There were three cards in today’s post – one each from Finland , China  and USA .

The card from Finland shows a beautiful painting by Alfons Mucha (1860-1939), the Czech Art Nouveau artist. Although I’ve never really liked Art Nouveau that much, I really like this one. 😉

Flower, 1897

Alfons Mucha: Flower, 1897

Kiitos paljon ikamuur!

 

Unfortunately there was no information about the artist on the Chinese card, apart from the Chinese characters, which I don’t understand… So, if anyone recognizes this artwork and has information about its title and artist, please leave a comment. Thanks!

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Xie xie mayi5!

 

The final card shows a couple of longhorns, the official “large animal” of the State of Texas.

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Thanks so much for the card BuddyAllen!

I received five cards today, three of which came from China . The first is a panoramic view of Tian’anmen Square in Beijing.

Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China

Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China

 

Here’s another scenic view of Beijing, more specifically of the Imperial Academy. Gorgeous view, don’t you think? I’d love to visit Beijing!

Imperial Academy in Beijing, China

Imperial Academy in Beijing, China

Xie xie for both cards liminghan!

 

The third card depicts West Lake Park in Shenyang. I love the water lilies!

Shenyang, China

Shenyang, China

Xie xie jyxzn!

I received two fabulous cards and stamps from Beijing, China  today, all with an Olympic theme.  

The 2008 Olympic Games were held in Beijing last month and the first card shows the National Aquatics Center, which was built specifically for this year’s Summer Olympics. It is also known as the Water Cube but despite its nickname, the building is a cuboid (rectangular box), not a cube. 

Beijing National Aquatics Center, China

Beijing National Aquatics Center, China

Xie xie jeffspace!

During the 2008 Olympics, 25 world records were broken at the Water Cube. Wow! That’s impressive.

The other card continues the water theme and shows Beibei, one of five official mascots of the Beijing Olympic Games. Beibei is a fish symbolizing water and the blue Olympic ring.

Beibei

Beibei

Xie xie jeffspace!

The official website says this about Beibei:

“In China’s traditional culture and art, the fish and water designs are symbols of prosperity and harvest. And so Beibei carries the blessing of prosperity. A fish is also a symbol of surplus in Chinese culture, another measure of a good year and a good life.”

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