The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains

 

Scan 2This beautiful card comes from David in Germany and shows the stunning Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The range straddles Germany and the Czech Republic and is full of spectacular scenery such as that above. The stunning sandstone peaks were formed millions of years ago when the area was beneath the sea and are now eroded into these eery pinnacles of rock. Absolutely beautiful card, thank you David!

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The Wastwater

 

Scan 3 - Version 2This stunning panorama of the Lake District came from my mum on one of her English holidays. She and my family climbed Great Gable, a peak behind where the photographer must have been standing. The Wastwater lake is more than 3 miles long and more than a third of a mile wide. At 79m deep, it is England’s deepest lake. Spectacular!

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Little Pine State Park

 

Scan 1 - Version 4This beautiful card comes from Leslie in the USA and shows a beautiful view of the Tiadaghton State Forest  – specifically the Little Pine State Park. The forest alone covers 215,000 square acres, which for me, at least, seems enormous! Little Pine is most famous for this beautiful lake, which was created through damming and is very popular for fishing, boating and, of course, swimming. Gorgeous!

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Ukrainian Carpathians

 

Scan - Version 4This beautiful card comes from Yuroslava in the Ukraine. Here you can see the stunning Carpathian mountains. Running through Central and Eastern Europe, the Carpathians are the second longest European mountain range and they really captivate my imagination. The forests, the isolation. I just love them! The name ‘Carpathians’ is though to originate from the Dacian tribe the Capi. Pictures like this take my breath away!

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Mount Taishan

 

Scan - Version 3This spectacular card comes from Bee in China and show Mount Taishan, which I am ashamed to admit I had not even heard of – which is why postcrossing is so great! The mountain was first inhabited during the Neolithic times and for the last 3000 years has been worshipped as a sacred spot, with countless local myths, legends and histories occurring there. In case you were wondering, there are about 6000 steps (carved from granite) if you fancy walking to the top! Amazing! And totally beautiful!

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Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

Scan 7Another stunning card from Vero – this time showing the stark contrast in geography on Tenerife. This beautiful island is 785 miles square with a population of almost 900,000. The Canary Islands supposedly got their name when Berber King Juba II discovered particularly vicious dogs there (canaria). The Romans, meanwhile, called Tenerife Nivaria, referring to the snow covered peak of the Teide volcano (seen in this image). By the 14th century, writings refer to the island as Isla del Infierno, or ‘island of hell’, in relation to volcanic eruptions. Tenerife, as it is known today, is so named for the volcano ‘tene’ (meaning mountain) and ‘ife’ (meaning white). Bet you didn’t know all that when you woke up this morning!

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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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Spis Castle

Scan 1 - Version 2This spectacular card of Spis Castle in Slovakia has to be up there in my Top 20 cards… it is stunning! This comes from Martina who says she thinks this site is beautiful and man, is she right! Spis Castle, a UNESCO site, is one of the largest castles in Central Europe. Built in the 12th century, in place of a previous castle, Spis Castle has technically been a part of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Slovakia in its time! However, there is no debating that this beautiful ruin, nestled on its mountain top, has always been an imposing sight. Fantastic card!

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Beautiful Carpathians

ScanThis wonderful card comes from Katerina in the Ukraine and shows an impressive scene of the Carpathian mountains. Considering these mountains are the backdrop for the book I am writing at the moment, pictures like this really inspire me. I just love rolling hills and mountains like this as one thing island life really lacks is the feeling of ‘getting lost’. Beautiful. And of course, being Ukrainian, it also has beautiful stamps.

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Berat

postcards3_2_2This 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!

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