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. 😀