The Hills are Alive

Austria

Austria

 

From Thomas in the land of the Sound of Music, I received this great postcard showing what appears to be a palace of some sort. Thomas did not tell me anything about this place and it appears as though the information on the postcard has been covered by postage stamps. Austria has always been a place that I have wanted to see. I would be very interested to know the name of this place. If you do know the name of the place and maybe have some wisdom of what its historical significance is, I urge you to comment on this post. It would be deeply appreciated.

Clear Across the Continent

Tunisia

Tunisia

From Belhassen on the polar opposite side of the African continent, in the great nation of Tunisia, I received two great postcards. The top one is of the Sufutela ruins in the historic city of Sbeitla. These ruins predate the Arabic invasion of Tunisia. At the bottom one can see a postcard of the clearly beautiful city of Tabarka. Now, this really does look like some resort city! Belhassen tells me that this city is known for having a “special architecture” and is also unique in that it is the only city in Tunisia where it snows. Having lived on the African continent all my life, I do know that anywhere that snow falls, has to be special!

The Saviour of Moscow

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Spasskaya Tower

From Ramilya in Moscow, Russia, I received a postcard of Spasskaya Tower or “Saviour Tower” in English. It is located on the Eastern walls of the Kremlin and overlooks the infamous Red Square. It was constructed in 1491 and was designed by an Italian architect. Its steaple originally had 2 eagles on it but was replaced by a red star under the Soviet government in 1935. Very cutely Ramilya says at the end of her message “Don’t worry, be happy!” Don’t worry Ramilya, I’ll be happy!

Ware is this Place?

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The River Lee

From the people that brought you the Magna Carta. From the land that brought you 4 o’clock tea. From the queen that gave us gin o’clock. From the empire on which the sun never sets. From the kingdom of topless queens-to-be. England! Glorious England! The first of (I hope) many postcards that I have received from England. The second from Monica, a postcard that I really adore. This postcard is from the town of Ware in Hertfordshire, which is wonderful, as the chances of me getting one from there again, are slim to none. The town is apparently famous for its canal, which has lots of swans and gazebos. Always glad to receive a rare type of postcard!

Sightly Stockholm

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Stockholm, Sweden

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From Arthur, I receieved 4 of the most amazing postcards from Stockhol, Sweden. It is yet another country that really fascinates me. The 3rd Scandinavian country in my collection, I rank these postcards among my favourites! On these postcards one can see the Old Town, the royal palace and the Swedish government buildings! After having looked at these postcards again, I think I must pack my bags and go to this magical city!

Beautiful Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic

Three great postcards from The Czech Republic. Vladimir sent these 3 postcards to me. From what I can see, this country sure does take pride in what it has. The dam on the top postcard really looks stunning! Vladimir tells me that he used to bathe in this dam and by that, I sure hope that he meant “swim”. The bottom postcard is of the town of Chrudim in Eastern Bohemia. The town was established in 1276, thus making it a culturally rich and quite historical place. Chrudim is home to only about 23 500 inhabitants, thus making it but a speck on a map. Lovely country indeed!

Aruba! Aruba!

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Green Iguana

I nearly fell over when I got this postcard through Postcrossing! It was sent by Daphne, who is originally from The Netherlands but is currently living in Aruba. It is the 158th postcard sent from Aruba, using Postcrossing! Apparantly the Iguana is a common creature on this Caribbean island. Two species of iguana are included in the genus iguana, the green iguana and the Lesser Antillean iguana. The former being the one on the postcard and the latter being an endangered species due to habitat destruction. The green iguana grows up to 1.5 meters in length and eats babies. Naaaah, I’m just messing with ya! It’s a herbivore. Anywho, I was pretty darn glad to get this postcard!

Frosty Finland

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Finland

Seija from Helsinki, Finland says that she chose this card for me because she is sure that I have not seen much snow in my lifetime. She would be quite right! Snow does not come often in this part of Africa. I really do appreciate it when a complete stranger on Postcrossing puts that sort consideration into a postcard and that is what makes this one so special. I do hope that I will get the opportunity to visit frosty ol’ Finland someday!

Stamp, Stamp, Stamp

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Minsk, Belarus

My first postcard from Belarus was sent to me by Milla, who lives in Minsk. From what I can see here, it does look rather pretty. I must wonder if the people in these pictures were held at gunpoint and asked to look tranquil? I have never seen so many postage stamps on a postcard in my life. There are a total of 16 postage stamps on it. Now, besides the 16 postage stamps, it was stamped another 9 times! Poor Milla hardly had any space left to write once the post office was done with her.

Divine Beauty

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St Isaac's Cathedral

I have always wanted to go to Russia but Dmitry from St Petersburg has made it a priority in my life! This stunning snowy picture of St Isaac’s cathedral really does impress. I thought it might just be the snow that flatters the building… I was wrong. This place is truly stunning! It took 400 000 men no less than 40 years (1818-1858) to build the colossal building. I also did not realise how big it was, until I saw those tiny little cars out front. It is big enough to hold 14 000 people and is surrounded by 112 monolithic granite columns. What an amazing place!