Hong Kong skyline

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While I was wondering what exactly to write here, I came across a webpage that simply stated “Hong Kong is known to be the city where dreams come true.” And that sounded so beautiful and I don’t really have anything else to add. 🙂

This card came from Candy from Hong Kong.

*Link – summary of the most interesting facts about Hong Kong.

Houston, we have a postcard!

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Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States of America, and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas. Houston is also home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.

And I absolutely love how on the back of the card is typed “Don’t mess with Texas!” 😀 This card came from Arnold who lives in Texas. 🙂

The most dutch postcard ever

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I received this postcard from Karin from the Netherlands via Postcrossing. And my first thought was “The most dutch postcard ever”. 😀 (And later I remembered the most dutch picture ever.)

I’ve written in my profile on Postcrossing that I’d like to receive cards that show something typical for the country and for example I’ve written “If you’re from the Netherlands – send me windmills or clogs.” I guess Karin has taken my example very seriously and this is the result – windmill-shaped card with clogs on it. It’s really awesome! 😀 Thank you, Karin!

Hide your goats, hide your lobsters… ’cause my gator is here :D

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My gator has traveled all the way from Louisiana and is very hungry. He may be cute and all that, but don’t be mistaken – he is really dangerous. A real southern gator. 😀

This is officially my cutest postcard so far, and since I have a soft spot for the Dixie states and them gators I could honestly say that this card is now one of my top 10 favorite postcards. It came from Rose from New Orleans. 🙂

 

Haifa at night

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This postcard was part of the most international envelope I’ve ever received – it was sent from Belfast, via Royal Mail, the sender’s address was in NYC, and inside there was a postcard from Israel. Thank you, Roger! 😀

Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and the major city in the north of the country with a population close to 270,000. Along with its immediate suburbs Kiryat Bialik, Kiryat Motskin, Kiryat Haim, Kiryat Yam, Nesher and Tirat Carmel, Haifa has a population of about 450,000. It is a seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean shoreline, below scenic Mount Carmel.

The phrase “Haifa works, Jerusalem prays, and Tel Aviv plays” refers to Haifa’s reputation as a city of workers. A generation ago Haifa’s image was that of a serious– and somewhat dull– labor city because of its many factories. It still has an industrial area to its north, where one of Israel’s two oil refineries is located.

The must-see landmark of the city are the Bahá’í Gardens and World Center, which were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in July 2008. The World Centre is the holiest site of pilgrimage for the members of the Bahá’í faith, as well as the faith’s central administrative center.

Oh-so-dreamy Cork

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This beautiful card was my first one from Ireland and it came from my pen pal Dorota who is from Poland but lives in Cork. 🙂

The postcard pictures: The Blarney Castle (up on the left), The Church of St Anne (up on the right), Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral (down, on the left) and St. Patrick’s Street (down on the right).

Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork. The castle originally dates from before 1200, when a wooden structure was believed to have been built on the site. Around 1210 this was replaced by a stone fortification. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muscry.

At the top of the castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone.According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The kiss, however, is not casually achieved. To touch the stone with one’s lips, the participant must ascend to the castle’s peak, then lean over backwards on the parapet’s edge.Before the safeguards were installed, the kiss was performed with real risk to life and limb, as participants were grasped by the ankles and dangled bodily from the height.

Saint Petersburg subway

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This card was a really nice surprise – it came from my new Russian pen pal Valentina. 🙂

The Saint Petersburg Metro is the underground railway system in Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast, Russia. It has been open since November 15, 1955. The system exhibits many typical Soviet designs and features exquisite decorations and artwork making it one of the most attractive and elegant metros in the world. Due to the city’s unique geology, the Saint Petersburg Metro is one of the deepest metro systems in the world and the deepest by the average depth of all the stations. The system’s deepest station, Admiralteyskaya, is 86 metres below ground. Serving 2.15 million passengers daily, it is also the 16th busiest metro system in the world.

Inukshuk, anyone?

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This card came from the lovely Danielle from Canada. You should all go check out her blog now, she has quite an impressive postcard collection (of which I’m very jealous). 😀

The postcard pictures the Inukshuk at Vancouver’s English Bay. An Inukshuk is a stone figure built by the Inuit of Arctic Canada, Alaska and Greenland. Inukshuk were placed upon the landscape for different reasons. The Inuit used them as hunting and navigational aids, coordination points, markers and message centers. Some inukshuk-like figures also had spiritual meaning and were the object of veneration. That particular Inukshuk is famous for being the symbol of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.