The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

Dolphins!

 

Scan 1This cheery card comes from Karin in the Netherlands and shows a cute family of dolphins. Widely regarded as one of the most intelligent species of animal in the world, these little guys are incredibly social and love to play with each other and just about anything they can wrap their little snouts around. Adorable!

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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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Japan in 1595

 

Scan 1 - Version 3This amazing card comes from Asami in Japan and shows an old map of her country way back in 1595 – during one of the most turbulent times in Japanese history. Warlords had fought for centuries over territories, but by the end of the 16th century, things were beginning to become more peaceful and the country was starting to become the united Japan we know today. Fantastic card!

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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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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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Sochi!

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This beautiful card is one of my favourites! Sent to me way back in March, just after the amazing Sochi Winter Olympics, Nadya in Russia really hit the nail on the head with this one – AND even used a commemorative stamp! For some reason, this was the first year I really got into the Winter Olympics and I honestly got hooked! My favourite: the snowboarding! Amazing! And there’s no doubt about it – despite all their controversies the Russians can certainly put on a good show.

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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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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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Arnhem

 

Scan 2 - Version 3This lovely card comes from Chris in the Netherlands and shows the city of Arnhem which has an incredible history and prehistory. First mentioned in literature in the 800s, human settlement in the area has been dated to at least 70,000 years ago with the find of two ancient fire-stones. Amazing. In more modern history, it was the site of a WW2 battle and now is one of the largest Dutch cities. Here you can see Sonsbeekpark.

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Hollywood

 

Scan 2 - Version 4This cool card comes from the USA, of course and shows one place name everyone knows! Hollywood. Situated in California, it is of course an area famous for, well… fame! In 1870, however, it was just a small community and it wasn’t until after its merge with Los Angeles in 1910 that its film industry began to emerge, eventually dominating world films! Awesome card – and it also came with some of the new Harry Potter stamps too, which is even more awesome!

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