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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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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!

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 twice as many cards as yesterday. 😉

The first two cards arrived from Russia , both showing amazing views of its capital Moscow. The building in the top photo is Russia’s House of Government, while the bottom photo depicts the Arch of Triumph and Poklonny Hill.

Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

Spasibo Alyss!

 

This lovely view shows the State Historical Museum and Red Square.

Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

Spasibo acereta!

 

I also received a card from Italy  today, more specifically from Padua in the north-east of the country. It depicts the Prato della Valle, a 90,000 square meter elliptical square, which is the largest square in Italy, and one of the largest in Europe. Today, the square is a monumental space of extraordinary visual impact with a green island at the center (l’Isola Memmia)surrounded by a small canal bordered by two rings of statues.

Padua, Italy

Padua, Italy

Grazie mille per la cartolina Edo!

 

Today’s final card arrived from Middelburg in the south-western Netherlands. It is the capital of the province of Zeeland and dates back to the early 9th century or possibly the late 8th century.

Middelburg, Netherlands

Middelburg, Netherlands

Dank u zeer voor de briefkaart Eucalypta!

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!

There were “only” three cards today. I think having received twelve cards in one day a couple of days ago has raised my expectations. 😉 I also think I might write less about what each card depicts and let the images speak for themselves. Anyway, there’s always Wikipedia… 😉

The first card is a gorgeous view of the Vassily-the-Blessed cathedral in Moscow . It looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale, doesn’t it?

Moscow, Russia

Vassily-the-Blessed cathedral in Moscow, Russia

Spasibo vinnie!

 

I also received an animal card from Washington state, USA , showing two baby red foxes in the snow. Maybe soon there’ll be cards like that in London, seeing as there are thousands of foxes in the capital…

 baby-red-foxes-in-wa-us

Thanks so much for the card hootnoodle!

 

The final card is an art card from Australia , depicting artwork by Australian artist Margaret Preston (1875-1963). It’s called Sydney Heads (2) and is a woodcut from 1925, black ink, hand coloured with gouache on thin cream laid tissue. Enjoy!

Sydney heads (2), 1925

Margaret Preston: Sydney heads (2), 1925

Thanks so much for the card hellamellagrella!

Today’s post brought four cards: two from Lisbon, Portugal , one from Moscow, Russia  and one from Nida, Lithuania . I think I’ll let the beautiful images on the cards do the talking today. 🙂

Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, Portugal

Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, Portugal

Muito obrigada para postal valdagua!

 

Praça Dom Pedro IV (Rossio) in Lisbon, Portugal

Praça Dom Pedro IV (Rossio) in Lisbon, Portugal

Muito obrigada para postal geminiscp!

 

Red Square in Moscow, Russia

Red Square in Moscow, Russia

Spasibo Alyss!

 

Nida, Lithuania

Nida, Lithuania

Ačiū Kotryna!

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