The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

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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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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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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Helsinki

 

Scan 1 - Version 2This cool card comes from Paulina in Finland and shows the country’s capital: Helsinki. What you might not know about the largest Finnish city is that its name actually derives from the tongue of the original Swedish settlers (as with many places in Finland) and in fact was named after an area in central Sweden – Hälsingland! Fascinating!

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Penang Meet Up

 

Scan 2This beautiful card comes from Violet in Malaysia along with some other postcrossers at a meet up. I particularly like how this card was clearly designed and printed specifically for the event – which makes it very unique. On it you can see: Penang Hill Fenicular Train, Penang Bridge, Komtar and the Kek Lok Si Temple. Great card! Thanks Violet!

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Turku

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This great card, from Maria in Finland, shows the coastal city of Turku. Here you can see the castle which dates back to the 13th century and is unsurprisingly a hot tourist spot. Maria says she even had her prom there which is very cool! Turku itself is Finland’s oldest city and is full of beautiful history.

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A Fiacre

 

Scan 1 - Version 3This lovely card comes from Monika (great name…) in Austria and shows one of their famed carriages, or fiacres in front of the Hofburg. Vienna’s palace where, once upon a time, emperors and empresses lived – one of the most famous being Sissi in the 1800s. Now, Monika tells me, it is used as a library, museums and presidential offices. Awesome card!

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Sultan Abdul Samad Building

 

Scan 1 - Version 2From Grace in Malaysia, I got this lovely card showing the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Perhaps predictably, it is named after the reigning sultan at the time of construction in the late 1800s. Now it is decorated in beautiful lights as part of Kuala Lumpur’s lovely urban nightscape!

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Dortmund

 

Scan - Version 2This awesome card, from Sandra, comes from Germany’s 8th largest city: Dortmund. Sandra tells me it is most famous for its football team Borussia Dortmund, but it is also full of historical and cultural buildings as can be seen from this card. Lovely multiview!

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Mexico City

 

Scan 1From David in Mexico comes this card of one of (in my opinion) the most fascinating cities in the world: Mexico City. Founded in 1521 on the pre-existing Aztec city of Tenochtitlan (built c. 1325), the city has an excitingly rich history and new sites and treasures are still being discovered there today. Here you can see El Castillo de Chapultepec (top right), (bottom left) La Torre Mayor and El Angel De La Independencia. Beautiful.

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