Happy 2014!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This postcard comes from Mieke in Belgium. I love this countdown to the new year postcard a lot but I am blogging about it a tad late, as one cannot always count on the South African Post Office to deliver mail on time. But anyway, this is a jolly postcard, so, Happy New Year to you too Mieke!

Macau! Macau! Tooky Tooky!

Senado Square, Macau

Senado Square, Macau

My first ever postcard from the former Portuguese colony of Macau comes from Kunn. I have to say that I was quite excited getting this postcard as I have been looking for this island for quite some time. The postcard shows Senado Square, which is part of the “Historic Centre of Macau” UNESCO World Heritage Site. Senado Square is a paved area that is surrounded by buildings such as Leal Senado, the General Post Office and St. Dominic’s Church. I’ve never known much about Macau but it really seems like a place worth knowing. Thanks Kunn!

Happy New Year?

Happy New Year?

Happy New Year?

This cute little postcard comes from Olga from St. Petersburg, Russia. She tells me that this postcard is a New Year’s postcard but since my Russian extends as far as Da and Nyet, I really cannot say that this postcard screams “Happy New Year” with any form of conviction. So, as per usual, I shall need you, the lovely reader of this post, to help me. What exactly does this postcard say right here? Thank you Olga!

A Late One

Happy Festive Season

Happy Festive Season

This postcard comes from Tirza from The Netherlands. It arrived slightly late, i.e. almost a month late but I am always happy to receive my postcards, regardless of how long they take. The Prettige Feestdagen on the postcard pretty much translates to “Happy Festive Season.” But for those of you who like to message me to dispute my translations with direct, yet linguistically incorrect translations in English, it directly translates to “Fun Festive Days.” Thank you so much Tirza! It really is a cute postcard.

A Sight Worth Seeing

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Not once have I ever looked at a postcard showing an aerial view of Hong Kong and not wished I’d been there. The magnificent beauty that is Hong Kong’s skyline has always tickled my fancy. This postcard comes from Kun Hu, who is from this stunning place. I have blogged quite a number of times about Hong Kong, so for now, I will not add to those previous posts and just let you enjoy the beauty of this postcard. I can never have enough postcards of the great cities of the world!

Best of Bratislava

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

This great postcard comes from Martina in Slovakia. It shows the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. I just have to mention that I very often find that the names of places draw me to them and this is just one of them. I really do love a good name for a place for some reason. Bratislava, Belgrade, Kishinev, Kaiserslautern… All place names that I just love. The name of the city also has an interesting history in that it actually came from a misinterpretation of texts. Until 1919 the city was known as Pressburg. [Oh, so that’s where it is.] People have been know to live in the area for over 7000 years and the wine-making traditions started by the Romans in the 1st century AD survive in the area to this day. With a population in excess of 660 000 in its metropolitan that stretches over 2000 square kilometers, I am not so sure that the nickname “Little Big City” is quite accurate. This is truly a magnificent postcard though, thanks so much Martina!

Beautiful Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai, Thailand

This beautiful postcard of Chiang Rai comes from Anna-Mae in Thailand. The city of Chiang Rai is located in Northern Thailand, as shown on the map. It was founded in 1262 by King Mangrai and was subsequently annexed by Burma. It remained under its control until 1786 and was once again annexed by Thailand (then Siam) in 1899. The city has a population of an estimated 200 000 people. The city (and region) clearly has many wonderful places to see. Thanks for a great postcard, Anna-Mae!