The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

International Women’s Day

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To celebrate International Women’s Day in March, Spanish Vero sent me this great card – my first of its kind. Created to commemorate historic suffrage, International Women’s Day is celebrated primarily in Europe to represent equality and was designed to raise both political and social awareness of issues surrounding sexism. A fantastic holiday for women, who, in the words of Vero, are “strong, beautiful, smart, skilled, fighters and lovers…”. Great card!

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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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A Galician Dance

postcards1This beautiful card comes from Vero in Spain and shows a traditional children’s dance in the region of Galicia – an autonomous community in the north-west of the country, just north of Portugal. It is a region that can trace its human habitation back to the Middle Palaeolithic and boasts the remains of Neanderthal material culture. Now, it has a very distinctive culture and from the looks of this card, a very beautiful one!

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The Hanging Houses of Cuenca

postcards_3I just love this spectacular card from Aurora in Spain. It shows the hanging houses of the UNESCO town of Cuenca which used to be very common in the area. They now host museums and restaurants in this fantastically historical city and I think the lighting really shows their beauty at night too! Aurora tells me that her favourite meal is paella but that she also enjoys sushi. Great card – and very educational too!

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Lanzarote

LanzaroteThis fun card comes from Sandra in the UK who tells me she took a trip to Lanzarote in January where it was sunny the whole time – jealous! January here was horrible! Awesome card!

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The Aran Valley Pond

Vall d'AranThis striking card comes from Cristina in Spain who tells me that her partner has a little cottage in the Pyrenees where they often stay. It is situated in the Aran Valley, very close to this beautiful pond (Oles Pond) which she tells me contains many frogs, toads, trees and other wildlife. Sounds idyllic! Beautiful!

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A Gaudi Dragon

This card comes from Nana in Barcelona, Spain. She uses interpals, but actually contacted me over my blog to arrange this swap! She tells me Guell Park (where this card is from) is one of the top 10 places to visit in the city and the place was designed by Antoni Gaudi – I can’t remember whether I went or not when I visited! She says this dragon guards the entrance and is made of broken tile shards called ‘trencadis’ and is usually surrounded by tourists taking photos – I’m not surprised! Great card and really informative! Love it!

 

 

 

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Some Beautiful Barcelona Architecture

This spectacular card comes from Jordi in Spain. He tells me the building shown is called La Casa Batllo and was built by Gaudi in the early 1900 and that the front is decorated with glass fragments and ceramics. A really informative card which is intriguingly type-written directly onto the postcard itself! Reminds me of my trip to Barcelona several years ago now… such a gorgeous city!

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My First From Spain!

Somehow, despite having even been there myself, I didn’t have a Spanish postcard in my collection until today! This beautiful one comes from Luis who tells me he lives in a little village in the north-east of the country not far from France (and in fact, I think its pretty close to where I visited a few years ago!). Lovely card!

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