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!

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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!

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 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!

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!

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 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!

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