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Two new cards came in today’s post for me, one from Canada  and one from Belarus .

The card from Canada is a flag card, which makes a great new addition to my flag collection. The text on the card reads “The newly designed Canadian flag was flown for the first time on February 15, 1965”. Seeing as that was before my time, there’s no shame in admitting that I don’t actually know what it looked like before.

Thanks so much for the card Draven!

The Mir Castle Complex in Belarus has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

Dziakuju Klemochka!

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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!

 

I received a couple more cards from Germany today, as well as one card from Belarus .

The Belarusian card isn’t a postcard exactly. The back has descriptions in Belarusian and English of the image on the front with no space for a personal message or the receiver’s address. It’s oversized as well. It does feel like a postcard though.

The picture on the front shows the National Library of Belarus in Minsk, the country’s capital city. There’s too much text on the back to type up. If you’re interested in the “diamond” as the building is nicknamed, you can read up on it over at Wikipedia. Just click on the link and it’ll take you straight there.

National Library of Belarus in Minsk, Belarus

Dziakuju Vixit!

This card depicts Würzburg Residenz, which is a palace in Würzburg, Germany. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1981.

Vielen Dank für die Karte moonwalker!

 

Another German multiview, this card depicts the town of Bernkastel-Kues, which is a well-known winemaking centre on the Moselle river.

Vielen Dank für die Karte Kugusch!

 

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!

Three more cards from Germany arrived today.

The first is a lovely multiview of Hamburg. It’s been so long since I visited Hamburg but seeing this card makes me want to go again. Perhaps I will…

Vielen Dank für die Karte Mondfalke!

 

Staying in Northern Germany, the next card depicts a UNESCO World Heritage Site, namely the statue of Roland in Bremen.

Roland in Bremen, Germany

Vielen Dank für die nephrotranz!

 

And last but not least, I received my second Ocho Loco Press card – I should upload the first card at some point. It is printed on brown cardboard,  which gives the card a somewhat green and eco feel to it, and the artwork is retro-themed. Both very much my cup of tea. 😉

Vielen Dank für die Karte nordbaer!

I signed up for a couple of round robin groups in the German community on the Postcrossing Forum so I will be receiving quite a few cards from Germany this month. The first two arrived today.

This card depicts the Reichstag dome, a glass dome on top of the Reichstag building in Berlin.

Reichstag dome in Berlin, Germany

Vielen Dank für die Karte mesalina!

The second card depicts a gold bracelet, which belonged to the Prince of Rodenbach. It is dated around 400 BC. The bracelet is part of an exhibition about Celts at the Völklingen Ironworks, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Völklinger Ironworks

Vielen Dank für die Karte Linus58!

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!

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. 😉 Mount Bandai, which is actually a volcano, is also visible in the background.

lake-inawashiro-and-mt-bandai-jp

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, Eugène 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!

Wow! My letterbox was full today. 😀 I received thirteen postcards from eight different countries. In no particular order, the cards came from Gibraltar , Belgium , Belarus , Brazil , Japan , Norway , USA  and Germany . I wonder what our postman thinks when he delivers our post…

I absolutely love this card from Gibraltar. It’s pretty self-explanatory. 😉

gibraltar-airport-gi

Muchas gracias por la tarjeta Penelopi!

 

This card shows the market place in Brussels, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in1998. Brussels is both the capital of Belgium and of the European Union. It also hosts the headquarters of NATO.

brussels-be

Muito obrigada para postal Ferro!

 

This impressive building is the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany’s capital city. It was built between 1884 and 1894 to hosue the Reichstag, the first parliament of the German Empire, which it did until 1933, when it was severely damaged in a fire. In 1999, the Reichstag became the meeting place of the Bundestag, the modern German parliament.

berlin-reichstag-de

Vielen Dank für die Karte xtlera!

 

My first Belarusian card arrived from Minsk, the capital city of Belarus. The card depicts a “monument to all generations’ architects in the year of the 940th anniversary of Minsk“. I believe it is situated in front of Hotel Minsk.

Minsk, Belarus

Minsk, Belarus

Dziakuju felis!

I received my first cards from Bulgaria  today, along with cards from Italy , all of which maggie_is_here sent in return for cards of the British Royal Family, which she collects.

The first card is a multi view of Shumen in northeastern Bulgaria.

Shumen, Bulgaria

Shumen, Bulgaria

 

This card shows Plovdiv, the second-largest city in Bulgaria. The couple in the picture on the left wear Bulgaria’s national costume.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

  

The final card from Bulgaria depicts Rila Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983), the country’s largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery. The monastery was destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century and rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. It is a characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th century).

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

 

A stunning view of Venice, this card shows St. Mark’s Basilica, the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture.   

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy

  

The remaining cards are all views of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites in northern Italy. The town is a popular winter sport resort and hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

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 Blagodaria ti mnogo maggie_is_here!

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