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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!

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!

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!

This absolutely stunning view of Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga, eastern South Africa , was amongst today’s cards. The back reads: “Sunset softens the sheer cliffs of the Drakensberg and casts a golden glow over this scenic realm of South Africa.”

Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Thanks so much for this card Protea!

 

The next card shows the Porta Nigra, a large Roman city gate, in Trier. The oldest city in Germany , Trier was founded in 16 BC. The Porta Nigra was built between 180 and 200 AD, and was transformed into a church around 1034-42. In 1986, the Porta Nigra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with other Roman monuments in Trier and its surroundings.

Porta Nigra, Trier, Germany

Porta Nigra, Trier, Germany

Vielen Dank für die Karte Icelady!

 

This lovely multi view shows the beautiful city of Budapest, capital of Hungary . I’ve never actually been to Budapest, but we drove past it once on our way from Germany to Serbia and I’ve wanted to visit the city ever since. I hope I will soon…

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Köszönöm szépen missfishyy!

Even though I “only” received three cards today, they’re all special as each one is my first card from their respective countries.

This beautiful card from Canada  arrived today. It shows Jasper National Park. With 10,878 km2of mountain wilderness, it is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

MLake and Spirit Island in Jasper National Park, Canada
Maligne Lake and Spirit Island in Jasper National Park, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for this card afpwilson!

 

Another beautiful card arrived from slightly warmer climes – Thailand . It shows Khao Lak Beach in Phang-Nga. I wouldn’t mind lying on that beach now or anytime really.

Khao Lak Beach in Phang-Nga, Thailand

Khao Lak Beach in Phang-Nga, Thailand

Khop Khun Mak Fernet!

 

I received another beach card today, one that is much closer to home. It shows a beautiful image of the Isle of Lewis, Scotland . It’s perhaps not the kind of beach you see yourself lying on but I could totally imagine taking a stroll in my wellies. Actually, that’s rather easy to imagine in this weather… 😉 

Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Thanks so much for this card asgerd!

Among all those postcards today were two beautiful cards from Venice . The city stretches across 118 small islands (formed by about 150 canals) in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. Venice is probably best known for its canals. The islands on which the city is built are connected by about 400 bridges. In the old center, the canals serve the function of roads and every form of transport is on water or on foot. Venice and its lagoons was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Grazie mille per la cartolina ildoge!

 

Canal Grande in Venice, Italy

Canal Grande in Venice, Italy

Grazie mille per la cartolina Lady_Keyras!

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