The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

A Fiacre


Scan 1 - Version 3This lovely card comes from Monika (great name…) in Austria and shows one of their famed carriages, or fiacres in front of the Hofburg. Vienna’s palace where, once upon a time, emperors and empresses lived – one of the most famous being Sissi in the 1800s. Now, Monika tells me, it is used as a library, museums and presidential offices. Awesome card!

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A Vienniese Delight

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This yummy card comes from Marina and Igor in Austria. They tell me that the ‘coffee culture’ is big in Vienna, the capital city. Here, you can see a cappuccino (called melange there) and a particularly scrummy looking slice of Sacher cake – a local delicacy made from chocolate, meringue and apricots and served with whipped cream. Anyone else drooling?!

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A Panoramic Belvedere Palace

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This is actually one, very long, fold-out postcard from Daniel in Austria, but my scanner wasn’t big enough to scan it all in one, so I had to make do with doing it in two parts. This beautiful card shows Belvedere Palace (now an art museum) which Daniel says is one of the most beautiful buildings in Vienna. He tells me this is proof that there’s more to see in Austria than just mountains and Almdudler (a fizzy grape and apple juice which I’d already talked about with him, since I tasted it when I visited Austria)! Great card!

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Mount Dachstein

Mount DachsteinThis stunning card comes from Claudia and shows Mount Dachstein – the highest peak in her area in the Eastern Alps – which is 3004m. She tells me she loves to visit it to ski and cross-country ski. She’s also attached a beautiful Christmas stamp showing the nativity and tells me that her favourite girls’ names are Katharina and Riosa and for a boy Valentin. Really gorgeous card, very chatty which is lovely!

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A First From Austria!

This beautiful card comes from Austrian Sandra as part of a direct swap. She tells me it shows a variety of castles from her area. Definitely brings memories back from my trip to the country a few years ago. Lovely card!




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A Card From Home

This funny card came as a total surprise from my mum, back home in England. She says she thinks I’d be the perfect recipient for the many (unwritten) postcards she inherited from my grandparents and great-grandparents. She hazards a guess that this one was bought by my Granny when her father was stationed in Austria after the war as she often talked about going down the saltmines in Salzburg. As my mum points out, these four look like they’ve just left a beer festival!

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