The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

Moritzburg

 

Scan 6 - Version 3This cool card comes from Sebastian in Germany and shows Moritzburg Palace. 8 miles from Dresden, this old Baroque castle dates to the 1500s and was built for its exceptional hunting grounds. Named after Duke Moritz of Saxony, the old hunting lodge is now a beautiful tourist attraction!

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Passau

 

Scan 3 - Version 3From Martina on a trip to Germany I received this card showing the city of Passau. Home to 50,000 people, more than 20% of the population of this city are students. Also known as the City of Three Rivers, Passau is the meeting point of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. As such, most of the touristic spots in Passau are located along the river. Very pretty card!

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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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Baghdad

 

Scan 2 - Version 2This great card is from Milad in Iraq and shows Liberation Square and the Freedom Monument on the left and a sunset over the Dijla (Tigris) River on the right. Liberation Square is the largest square in Baghdad and commemorates the 1958 establishment of the Republic of Iraq. The river runs close by. Lovely card!

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Wild Aus!

Scan Scan - Version 2 Scan - Version 3 Scan 3From my old friend Michael in Australia came this awesome parcel. Normally I don’t scan anything more than cards and the occasional stamp, but I had to include the message that came with the items in the package since it really cracked me up! This actually took FIVE and a half MONTHS to reach me after taking a detour via Spain (presumably due to confusion with the Canary Islands and Channel Islands? Who knows!). Michael also wrote an essay on the back of the above 3 cards! Made my day! Here though, you can see: a young wedge tailed eagle with its prey, two frilled lizards which are found in northern Australia and actually spend most of their lives in trees and finally a view of Esperance, where Michael often works and stays at Orleans Bay Caravan Park. Strangely this card obviously makes him think of me since he sent me the same card way back in 2012! Thanks Michael, loved this parcel!

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Hogback Tombs

 

Scan 2 - Version 2This stunning card comes from my dad during the aforementioned trip to the Lake District. These beautiful Hogback Tombs can be found in Gosforth church. What is particularly fascinating about this seemingly non-descript little church hidden in the Lake District is that it is teeming with Anglo-Scandinavian (read: Viking-style) motifs and carvings, including these beauties! Amazing!

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Coimbra

 

Scan 2 - Version 3This cool card comes from Teresa in Portugal and shows the city of Coimbra. With a magical library and a university that was established in 1290, this city is just full of culture and history! Hidden in the city’s depths you can also stumble across Roman structures and buildings that date back to the days when this was actually Portugal’s capital. Amazing!

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Lange Jaap

 

Scan 1 - Version 4This cool card from Bo in the Netherlands shows Lange Jaap: the tallest non-skeletal, cast-iron lighthouse in the world. Well now, I bet you didn’t know that! Built in 1878, Lange Jaap is 63 metres tall and believe it or not it has 17 floors and 284 steps! Ouch! Wouldn’t want to work up there!

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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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Antigua

 

Scan 2 - Version 2This cool card from a new country in my collection is from Ante in Antigua and well, it is awesome! Definitely makes me want a holiday! This 108 mile square island relies hugely on its tourism as its primary economy, but I can see why! Just look at that beach! Thanks Ante!

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