The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

The Temple of Poseidon

SounionThis beautiful card comes from Nectaria-Alexandra in Greece. She tells me that the name Nectaria means “the nectar of God”, interesting as we don’t really have an English equivalent of the name. The card shows the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion. Beautiful.

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The Athens Olympic Opening Ceremony


This breathtaking card comes from Milda in Greece and shows the Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2004 games. Milda tells me the stadium is called ‘Spyros Louis’ after the first winner of the modern marathon. What an amazing card!

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A Brush Up On My Greek Mythology

This beautiful view of Santorini in Greece comes from Stella. She tells me that Santorini features in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts. Apparently, when Jason and his companions landed on the island of Anaphe in the Aegean Sea, Euphemus had a dream that he had impregnated a nymph and was told to throw a clod of earth from Anaphe into the sea so she could have a safe place to give birth. When he awoke, he did just that and sure enough the island of Thera (now Santorini) emerged! What a great story, it fitted perfectly on the card too! Awesome!

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Aegina Island

This great card arrived today from Sophie in Greece. She tells me she worked in Ageina Island for a year so chose this card for me. It’s very pretty! I like the dramatic waves! She also says she hopes to visit Guernsey one day – looks like she’s used to the island lifestyle at least!

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A Fantastic Greek View

This amazing card comes from Dimitriy in Greece and shows Meteora Monastery of the Holy Trinity. Dimitriy says although he is from Komotini in the north-east of the country, this UNESCO site is in central Greece. Apparently there are several of these beautiful monasteries placed on top of many staggeringly beautiful rocks. Amazing!




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A Very Welcome Surprise!

These two stunning cards from Athens are my first from Greece and come from long-term Interpals friend, Angelos. He’d been promising to send me these for years, so their arrival was a fantastic surprise! I actually know very little about Ancient Greece, but Angelos has been kind enough to fill me in and tell me the Parthenon is dedicated to Athena and dates to 438 BC. He gives me a little tour of the Acropolis postcard, telling me that the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is still good for concerts even these days. Really lovely cards, with a lovely chatty message!

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