The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

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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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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Tennessee

Scan 4This lovely card comes from Terry in Franklin County, Tennessee, USA. She tells me the weather they had this winter there was crazy and I can’t say I hadn’t already heard that! It sounded bad! This card was issues by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and shows some of the most interesting things to do in the area. Lovely card! Thanks Terry!

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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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Jiufen

Scan - Version 4This great card comes from my beautiful friend Clarissa who was on holiday in Taiwan. Here you can see some of the winding back-alleys of Jiufen. Clarissa tells me that this is her favourite place in the whole country and it is full of steps, yummy food and teahouses. The name ‘Jiufen’ actually comes from the Chinese for ‘Nine Portions’ as historically, nine families lived in this town and whenever merchants visited, nine portions of everything would be requested. Fascinating!

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The Ishtar Gate

postcards2_2_2This stunning card comes from Milad in Iraq and was my first from the country! It shows the Ishtar Gate – the eighth gate to the Inner City of Babylon and built c.575BC! Originally, the gate was considered one of the seven wonders of the world, but was later replaced with the Lighthouse of Alexandria in the 3rd century BC. This site here, despite being only a replica of the original (which is now displayed in a museum in Berlin, according to Milad), is considered a UNESCO site. Fantastic card!

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Salisbury

postcards1_2This lovely card comes from Richard on a visit to one of England’s quaintest cities – Salisbury. The only city in the county of Wiltshire, it can trace its roots back to 1220, and that is only as a city. Prior to that, it was home to a settlement dating back to prehistoric times. Full of medieval architecture, Salisbury is perhaps most famous for its enormous cathedral and its stunning city wall – definitely worth a visit if you’re passing by.

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From California, with Love

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From Vanessa in sunny California, USA, comes this sweet card showing some of the state’s most famous sights. The Golden Gate Bridge, an important-looking building (yeah, I don’t know where that is), Malibu and a mountain waterfall. This card certainly made me smile. Thank you Vanessa!

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Washington DC

postcards2This lovely multiview comes from Ginny in the USA, showing the country’s capital. She says that just about every important historical building is shown on this card, but I bet there are more! So, here, starting from the top left corner then going down in rows, you have: the Capitol Building, the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, Ford’s Theater, the Iwo Jima Statue and the Capitol Dome. So, there you have it, your mini-tour of Washington DC.

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Another Jewel in my Postcard Crown

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If you’re a collector who easily feels those twinges of the green-eyed jealousy monster, turn away now, look at this image no more and pretend its just some average card of some average place. Unfortunately though, it isn’t! This beauty comes from Javier in the elusive (in postcard terms at least) country of Panama! This arrived with me on New Years Eve 2013 and was the perfect end to my year! Panama has an infamous postal system, perhaps most notorious for the fact that any address is only two lines long and one of those lines is ‘Panama’. However, miraculously, despite lack of street name, postal code or anything else, this bizarre system seems to work! Javier’s card shows the ruins of the Old Panama Cathedral in Panama City. This site, dating back to the early 1500s, is now listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and has survived through fires, earthquakes and countless pirate attacks! Amazing! Thank you Javier for this gem! I feel very priveliged!

Edit: for those of you interested in stamps (such as Igor), I absolutely love the ones on this card – beautiful aren’t they!

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