The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

Beautiful Tenerife

Scan 6 - Version 3This beautiful calendar card comes from Spanish Vero, on her holiday to Tenerife. Whilst Tenerife is not its own country, and is a part of Spain, it is part of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, and attracts 5 million tourists a year. With its spectacular geography and Mediterranean climate, its hardly surprising! So take a moment to enjoy these 12 beautiful images. Thanks Vero!

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postcards3_2This 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!

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These beautiful cards come from Vanessa in the USA and show three stunning views of Oregon. First is Portland, not the state’s capital (that’s Salem), but its most populous city, known as the City of Roses for its ideal rose-growing climate! Then there’s a lovely sea-viw of Face Rock, one of the most scenic places in the state. There is a sad native American legend of this place that after a feast, the evil sea spirit stole away a princess and although her dog and kittens tried to save her, by the time her father found her, they were all turned to stone, unable to turn away from the moon. Finally, there is a card showing some of Oregon’s stunning mountains. Stunning selection, thanks Vanessa!

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Berlin Christmas Market

postcards1_3_2_2From Jürgen in Germany comes this awesome card showing the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin full of Christmas market stalls – one of the most famous in the country. It’s safe to say that Germany is famed for its wonderful Christmas markets where one can find all sorts of delicious foods and intricate treasures. Lovely seasonal card, thanks Jürgen!

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Gauja National Park

postcards3_2From my wonderful friend Maija who was visiting her family back in Latvia comes this awesome card showing Gauja National Park – the largest national park in the country, earning its name from the Gauja river which flows through it. Maija visited the town of Sigulda, from where all the park administration is dealt with. Here you can see Sigulda Medieval Castle – which dates to 1207 – and the Turaida Castle – translating to ‘Thor’s Garden’, a recent reconstruction of a medieval castle which burned down in the 1700s. The area is renowned for having the greatest concentration of castles in the whole of eastern Europe, due to the importance of the Gauja river during the Crusades. Wonderful card! Thanks Maija!

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postcards3From Anis, Indonesia, comes this lovely card of Bali, which is supposedly one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Although, to be honest, I think that a lot of islands could claim that! Although it is perhaps the most famous, Bali is actually Indonesia’s smallest province, but still has a population of over 3 million, swelling enormously in tourist season. It is also home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority. Fascinating. Beautiful card too!

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Neuschwanstein Castle

postcards_2Another posctard of what appears to be Germany’s most famous castle (well, I think it must be anyway!), Neuschwanstein, this one came as a wonderful surprise from Sebastian. Dating to the late 1800s, it stands as a very popular tourist attraction in the south-west of Bavaria and I just think it is stunning! Like something out of a fairytale! Sebastian says he is lucky enough to live quite near to this place and I am jealous!

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Saint Malo

postcards2_2_3From one of my best friends, Maija, on holiday in Saint Malo, France, I received this beautiful card. A lot of people in Guernsey visit Saint Malo since there is a direct ferry, but for those of you who don’t know, Saint Malo is an old walled city on the coast of Brittany, dating back to the Middle Ages and this card shows the main castle and National Fort. I’ve never been, but would really love to! Maija tells me she has indulged herself in walks, wine, eating cakes, eating seafood and more wine! Lucky girl!

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Something Weird

postcards_2This card arrived with me with just the message “something weird” from postcrosser Ans in the Netherlands. It is apparently an ad card for the new Citroen C2. Well, it is definitely weird!

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Beautiful Belgium

postcards_2I quite often play the game ‘what do you think of when you think of X country?’ and it’s always great to get cards like this one from Anne-Catherine in Belgium, which really open my eyes! This stunning view is just not what I imagine of the tiny country, although my memories do go back to a rather dreary year 8 history trip in autumnal drizzle. This fantastic card shows the Aiguilles de Chaleux – a beautiful area popular with rock climbers. I can’t find much more about it online though, so if anyone knows anything about the actual place in this photograph, I’d love to know more! Anne-Catherine has also been kind enough to send this from a meeting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Post Europ, so it has a unique cancellation stamp on it too! Wonderful!

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