The Carpathian Mountains

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Although not as high as the Alps, the Carpathian Mountains extend over 600 miles in Romania, in the shape of an arch. They are divided into three major ranges: the Eastern (Oriental) Carpathians, the Southern Carpathians (also known as the Transylvanian Alps), and the Western Carpathians. Each of these ranges feature a variety of landscapes, due to the different types of terrain (glacial, karstic, structural, and volcanic).

Romania’s mountains are a great destination for numerous outdoor activities including: climbing, hiking, biking and river-rafting. Some of the most popular ski resorts are Poiana Brasov, Sinaia, Predeal, Vatra Dornei, Lake Balea and Paltinis.

This card came from Vlad and is another one of my personal favorites. 🙂

A little something from Belarus

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This card came from Elena from Belarus.

The most curious thing about this belarusian postcard is why there is a greek Diskobolus on it. 😀

In the right corner is the most popular belarusian sight – the Mir Castle, which is on the UNESCO World heritage list. The construction of this castle began at the end of the 15th century, in Gothic style. It was subsequently extended and reconstructed, first in the Renaissance and then in the Baroque style. After being abandoned for nearly a century and suffering severe damage during the Napoleonic period, the castle was restored at the end of the 19th century, with the addition of a number of other elements and the landscaping of the surrounding area as a park. Its present form is graphic testimony to its often turbulent history.

Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater

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The Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet is the oldest theater in Odessa, Ukraine. The Theater and the Potemkin Stairs are the most famous edifices in Odessa. The first opera house was opened in 1810 and destroyed by fire in 1873. The modern building was constructed by Fellner & Helmer in neo-baroque (Vienna Baroque) style and opened in 1887. The architecture of the luxurious audience hall follows the late French rococo style. The unique acoustics of the horseshoe-designed hall allows to deliver even a whisper-low tone of voice from the stage to any part of the hall. The most recent renovation of the theater was completed in 2007.

This card came from my lovely friend Maya, who somehow survived her trip to Ukraine. 😀

Zagreb

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A postcard from Zagreb, Croatia. I have absolutely no idea what is on the postcard, so if anyone knows I’d appreciate if you could tell me.

But I can share my thoughts on croation post workers. They’re my least favorite post workers so far. This is the first sort of ripped postcard I receive. It’s so frustrating… 😦

The card came from Lidija from Zagreb. 🙂

Stockhorn

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Stockhorn, which has a height of 2,190 meters, is the highest peak of the Stockhorn Range. The mountain consists of a nearly vertical slab of rock, so that it appears either wide or pointed, depending on your perspective. The region is the starting point for numerous summer activities like hiking, Nordic walking, climbing, fishing, paragliding and bungee jumping.

This card came from my pen pal Ivana from Montenegro. 🙂

Valtenesi

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Valtenesi is an area between Lake Garda and the province of Brescia.

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It is a popular holiday location and is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan.

This card came from Michela from Brescia. 🙂

I can’t really think of a proper title… :D

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I wasn’t going to post this one but Ruhan said he’s bored and I’m not providing him with enough reading material, so… Here you are, a reading material. Whole 2 sentences. 😀

My friend Velislava brought me this card after her summer in Cyprus. And I absolutely love it. On the back it says “I got you this one because it’s pink and cynical.” It’s like it was made specially for me. 😀

Zion National Park, Utah

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Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah close to the Arizona and Nevada borders.  Zion is roughly a 3-hour drive away from Las Vegas, Nevada and is one of the major attractions along the “Grand Circle Tour” — a hit list of national parks that includes Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the Grand Canyon.

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Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park’s unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park’s four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest.

Both cards came from my pen pal Megan. 🙂

Vijfentwintig gulden

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This card came from Britt from Den Haag. 🙂

The Dutch gulden was the currency of the Netherlands from the 17th century until 2002, when it was replaced by the euro. The Dutch name gulden was a Middle Dutch adjective meaning “golden”, and the name indicates the coins were originally made of gold.
The exact exchange rate, still relevant for old contracts and for exchange of the legacy currency for euros at the central bank, is 2.20371 Dutch guilders (NLG) for 1 euro (EUR). Inverted, this gives EUR 0.453780 for NLG 1. So I guess my 25-gulden postcard equals about 11 euro. 😀

Freiburg

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This card was sent to me by my lovely pen pal Katharina. 🙂

Center: Freiburg Minster (German: Freiburger Münster) is the cathedral of Freiburg. The last duke of Zähringen had started the building around 1200 in romanesque style, the construction continued in 1230 in Gothic style. The minster was partly built on the foundations of an original church that had been there from the beginning of Freiburg in 1120. In 1827 the Minster became the seat of the Catholic archbishop of Freiburg and thus a cathedral.

Left, above: The Martinstor (English: Martin’s Gate), a former town fortification on Kaiser-Joseph-Straße, is the older of the two gates of Freiburg im Breisgau that have been preserved since medieval times. Both gates, the Martinstor and the Schwabentor, are located in the city centre. In medieval times the Martinstor was also known as Norsinger Tor.

Left, below: Historical store. Between 1520 and 1532, Lienhart Müller constructed the department store located on Münsterplatz for the municipal market management. The emblems and the statues on the main façade created by Hans Sixt von Staufen depict a reverence to the house of Habsburg.