This stunning card is also from Albania and comes this time from Dritah, a friend of Nevila. This time it shows Berat in south-central Albania – their hometown. Similarly to Korçë, Berat also has a very rich history first occupied in the 6th century BC by the Greek tribe Dexarioi. The town is renowned now for its beautiful architecture and is often referred to as the Town of a Thousand Windows due to the specific architectural style of its hillside houses. Berat is also home to a castle, a church and a mosque as well as this stunning natural beauty. Wonderful card!
This beautiful card is my first from Albania and comes from the beautiful Nevila. Here you can see the Resurrection Cathedral in the city of Korçë – the main orthdox church in the city, built in 1992. The city itself is in the middle of the Morava Mountains and has a population of about 105,000. Occupation at the site seems to date back to 4000BC and has a rich history. Although Nevila says it is very cold in winter, it looks stunning!
Another card from David in Germany, this one shows a Dresden snow-scene. Although perhaps more famous for its more recent history and heavy bombings during WW2, Dresden has fantastically rich history from earlier periods with the area initially being settled around 7500BC by Neolithic tribes. By the late 12th century a Slavic settlement – Drez’dany – had been established. Although it likely looked nothing like today’s city, it is safe to say that this has remained one very popular area throughout history!
This spectacular card once again shows an area I did not know existed! All the way from Barbel in Germany, here you can see Mainau Island in Lake Constance in the very south of the country. The island is maintained primarily as a garden island and is renowned for being extremely eco-friendly. Unsurprisingly, it is very popular with tourists, but also has a rich history with the order of Teutonic Knights before being passed into private ownership. Beautiful!
This fun card comes from Maryana in the Ukraine. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, I just LOVE Ukrainian stamps, they are always so jolly! I recently posted about Spanish Galicia, however, Lviv used to be the capital of the other Galicia – a geographical and historical area of Eastern Europe. With all the turmoil and suffering in Ukraine at the moment, I think it’s important to look at its rich history and beauty and Lviv certainly incorporates both of those. Situated in the west of the Ukraine, the city itself dates back to the 5th century and is now regarded as one of the country’s cultural centres and boasts a rich history. I hope I can visit one day!
This pretty card comes from Maya in Indonesia and shows Istana Bogor – one of the six presidential palaces in the country. Originally built in 1744, the palace has been constantly added to over the years and attracts a modest 10,000 tourists per year. It also holds an art collection and is home to a herd of spotted deer originally brought over by the Dutch! Great card, thanks Maya!
From German Susi, after a trip to Florence in Italy, I was lucky enough to receive this card. I just love this stunning skyline and the beautiful cathedral! Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region but has a population of only 370,000 – sounds perfect to me! Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence attracts thousands of history-loving tourists every year. I can see why! The domed cathedral – the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower – is probably its most famous landmark and took over 100 years to build (1296-1436), those were the days! Thank you Susi for this wonderful card!
This card, arriving a day after Milad’s first card, shows the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, Iraq. It is considered the third holiest location for the Shia branch of Islam as Muhammed’s cousin, the first Imam is said to be buried there. Although the site has survived through a lot in its time, especially in recent years, it has retained its glory and beauty effectively. Thank you so much Milad, I love this card!
This stunning card comes from Milad in Iraq and was my first from the country! It shows the Ishtar Gate – the eighth gate to the Inner City of Babylon and built c.575BC! Originally, the gate was considered one of the seven wonders of the world, but was later replaced with the Lighthouse of Alexandria in the 3rd century BC. This site here, despite being only a replica of the original (which is now displayed in a museum in Berlin, according to Milad), is considered a UNESCO site. Fantastic card!
This lovely card comes from Richard on a visit to one of England’s quaintest cities – Salisbury. The only city in the county of Wiltshire, it can trace its roots back to 1220, and that is only as a city. Prior to that, it was home to a settlement dating back to prehistoric times. Full of medieval architecture, Salisbury is perhaps most famous for its enormous cathedral and its stunning city wall – definitely worth a visit if you’re passing by.