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Today’s post brought a postcard from the United States . It depicts the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin. What a grand building!

Thanks so much for the card ScienceMom77!

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!

 

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!

I received some fabulous map cards from Australia and the United States today.

First is a gorgeous card of Rottnest Island, which is located 18km off the coast of Western Australia. It is one of Perth’s most popular holiday destinations. Heather, who sent me the card, writes that “Rotto”, as the island is called, is a half-hour ferry ride into the Indian Ocean. One can holiday there but not live there. I think I’d like to spend a holiday there one day…

Heather also mentioned that the island is home to the Quokka (pictured on the card), a marsupial that is related to the kangaroo but the size of a cat. I’ve got to admit I’ve never even heard of Quokkas before. That’s actually one of the reasons why I love Postcrossing. There are so many things to learn and discover! 🙂

 

Very kindly Heather sent me two cards. This map compares the size of Australia to the United Kingdom & Ireland , Japan , the United States , Europe, New Zealand and South East Asia. Australia is a big country indeed.

Thanks so much for the cards hmassese!

 

From the US, I received a state map card of Kentucky, which is nicknamed the Bluegrass state. The capital is called Frankfort. I wonder if it is named after the German city of Frankfurt…

Thanks so much for the card MeSo!

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!

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!

Seems like most of the cards I receive these days come from the USA , Finland  and Germany . Just like the cards that arrived today. 😉

This is a lovely view of Philadelphia, PA. The back of the card reads “The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (foreground) opened its doors in 2003 as Philadelphia’s premier eco-tourism attraction. The overall theme of this environmental education center nestled beside the Schuylkill River is ‘Water In Our World.’ The exhibits for this world-class project focus on the urban watershed and the incredible history of this site. The Philadelphia Museum of Art (background) features an impressive collection of European art housed in a stately, neoclassical building.”

Thanks so much for the card Dar!

This  fab map card shows Northern Scandinavia, comprising Finland , Norway and Sweden . One can just make out Russia in the East.

Map of Northern Scandinavia

Kiitos paljon Helena_of_Troy!

I also received a card of Sweden from a Danish lady living in Germany . Not bad, huh? By the way, Hälsningar is not the name of the village on the card. It’s Swedish for greetings.

Vielen Dank für die Karte LoneMatz!

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!

Today’s post also brought one card each from Japan and USA .

I absolutely love this Hello Kitty map card of Japan. It is simply kawaii. And it even came with a matching Hello Kitty stamp. So cool!

Hello Kitty map of Japan

Domo arigato Hanako!

And this beautiful card shows Cincinnati’s famous skyline view. On the right one can see the city’s famous Fountain Square, which is located in the heart of downtown.

Thanks so much for the card emotis!

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!

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