The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

The Amah Rock

AmahRockThis amazing card comes from Nancy in the USA but actually shows Amah Rock in Hong Kong which has a fascinating legend behind it. Story has it that many years ago, a woman would carry her son to the top of the hill on her back to wait for her fisherman husband when he came back from fishing the oceans. Unbeknownst to her, he had died at see and would never return, but as a repayment for her faithfulness, the Sea Goddess turned her and her child to stone so that their spirits could eternally be together. Such a sweet story. And a lovely card!

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An Engraving of Klaipeda

KlaipedaThis beautiful card comes from Simona in Lithuania and shows the coastal city of Klaipeda in an engraving from 1684. Simona tells me that she is studying interior design and architecture – sounds awesome! Great card! Love it!

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A State Map Of Virginia

VirginiaI love state map cards, so this one from Tom in the USA is no exception. He tells me he works in Washington DC and that Virginia is the birthplace of many American presidents. Something I didn’t know was that it was named after Queen Elizabeth I – the Virgin Queen of England and that Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in North America. Fascinating!

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Funerary Gloves

FuneraryGlovesThis fascinating card comes from Finland and shows golden funerary gloves from the Chimu culture in Peru, which is fascinating to see! I have so much love for Peruvian archaeology so it’s a great card to receive from snowy Finland, where I already have many cards from the local cultures. Love it!

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A First From Mauritius!

MauritiusThis spectacular card comes from Tasneem in Mauritius. I love it for several reasons – firstly because it shows true natural beauty, secondly because it is a rare country and thirdly because the postcard is a cool size/shape and has the feel of the smaller, no-sharped corners vintage postcards that I have a few of, but it isn’t vintage! Awesome! Tasneem tells me that the picture shows Blue Bay located on the South-West of the island, a place where she used to go diving. Beautiful!

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Mosque Hassan II

MosqueHassanIIThis spectacular card showing Hassan II Mosque comes from Anas in Morocco. He tells me that it is the symbol of his city and even the country as it is the third largest mosque in the world and is built on the Atlantic Ocean. Amazing! I always love to learn about the image shown on the card, so it’s great that Anas took the time to explain! Beautiful card!

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Inuit Ducks

InuitDuckThis wonderful card comes from Shelley in Canada and shows a beautiful piece of Inuit artwork. Apparently this image was made using stonecuts and stencils. Amazing and really very beautiful!

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The Municipal Museum of Andreas Thaler

WeirdChildrenThis card arrived from Genesio in Brazil as a bit of a surprise! Apparently it shows the Municipal Museum of Andreas Thaler (an Austrian) but there is no other explanation. Mystery! Anyone who knows anything about it is welcome to tell me more!

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A Furry Moomintroll!

furrymoominThis adorable Moomins card comes from Irina, a Russian living in Finland. In fact, Moomintroll is actually furry to the touch – very cute! Irina tells me that she had never heard of Guernsey before so is glad to know of it now. She also says she’s a teacher and a dog person! Awesome!

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A Valentine’s Card!

ValentinesThis adorable card comes from Pasha in Belarus as part of a direct swap. He sent it to me on Valentine’s Day from his fourth postcrossing meet-up. He’s also drawn a ‘Happy Valentine’s’ picture with the words ‘love is in the air’! Haha, brilliant!

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