Sewu temples

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My second Indonesia card comes from Anis. 🙂

Sewu Temple is an 8th-century Buddhist temple, it is also the second largest Buddhist Temple complex in Java after Borobudur. Although originally only around 249 temples are present, the name in Javanese translates to ‘a thousand temples,’ which originated from popular local folklore – The Legend of Loro Jonggrang. The original name of this temple compound is probably Manjusrigrha.

Alphorns from the Bavarian Alps

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This gorgeous card picturing alphorn players with traditional Bavarian costumes comes from Sebastian. 😀

The alphorn is mainly known for its use in Switzerland. However, similar wooden horns were used for communication in most mountainous regions of Europe, from the French Alps to the Carpathians. Although it is uncertain when alphorns were first used, there is archaeological evidence to show that the oldest surviving alphorns date back to 1400 A.D. Other sources suggest that the Celtic tribes that first settled the northern Alps, some 2000 years ago, first used these instruments. While in the past, the Swiss shepherds used the alphorn as a way of communication; today the alphorn is mostly played by musicians.

The City of Angels

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This card came from Kim who lives in LA. 🙂

Los Angeles, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second-most populous in the United States, after New York City. Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States.

Pictorial map of Japan

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My very first postcard from Japan comes from Kyouyo. And what a cute postcard that is! 😀

Japan, The land of the rising sun,  is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which together comprise about ninety-seven percent of Japan’s land area. Japan has the world’s tenth-largest population, with over 126 million people. HonshÅ«’s Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents. A major economic power, Japan has the world’s third-largest economy by nominal GDP and the world’s fourth-largest economy by purchasing power parity.

Also, at least as far as I’ve heard, it’s one of the few countries where you could buy real Bulgarian yogurt (which don’t have much to do with the “yogurt” they have in Western Europe :P).

Mpumalanga

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Another great postcard from my dearest postcard friend Ruhan. This card is from a trip he took a few months ago; a trip of which he promised to show me some photos… and he still hasn’t. So I guess this postcard will do. On the postcard you could see (from left to right): The Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Berlin Falls, The Pinnacle, Blyde Dam. With this card, I got the feeling that he is trying to sell South Africa as a touristic destination. And I can only say: South Africa is already sold. 😀

Ohio Buckeye Candy

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My first recipe card came as a surprise from Laura. To be honest, I’m not really into cooking. It’s not that I’m not good at it – I’m obviously great at it :D, but I’m too lazy. Hopefully I’ll soon find the strength and motivation to try this recipe and I’ll share the results with you. 😛

Monumento O’Traballo – Vigo

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This surprise postcard came from Veronica who lives in Santiago de Compostela.

Vigo is a city and municipality situated in north-west Spain, in the Spanish autonomous community of Galicia, and on the ria, or bay, of the same name, on the Atlantic Ocean. Vigo is the most populous city in Galicia, and the 14th in Spain.

 

The Afghan Girl

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This postcard with the very recognizable picture of the afghan girl was sent to me by Edwin. It came all the way from Bahrain and her face is a little damaged from the travel, but still – both Edwin and I agree that this is a “must have” postcard. 🙂

Sharbat Gula is an Afghan woman who was the subject of a famous photograph by journalist Steve McCurry. Gula was living as a refugee in Pakistan during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when she was photographed. The image brought her recognition when it was featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic Magazine at a time when she was approximately 12 years old. Gula was known simply as “the Afghan Girl” until she was formally identified in early 2002. The photograph has been likened to Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa and is sometimes popularly referred to as “the Afghan Mona Lisa”.

The Copper State

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This sweet card came from Maura from USA.

State symbols:

  • Arizona state amphibian: Arizona Treefrog (Hyla eximia)
  • Arizona state bird: Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
  • Arizona state butterfly: Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata)
  • Arizona state colors: Federal Blue and old gold
  • Arizona state fish: Arizona Trout (Oncorhynchus gilae apache)
  • Arizona state flag: Flag of the State of Arizona
  • Arizona state flower: Saguaro blossom (Carnegiea gigantea)
  • Arizona state fossil: Petrified wood
  • Arizona state gemstone: Turquoise
  • Arizona state mammal: Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus)
  • Arizona state motto: Ditat Deus (Latin God enriches)
  • Arizona state neckwear: Bolo tie
  • Arizona state reptile: Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi)
  • Arizona state seal: Great Seal of the State of Arizona
  • Arizona state slogan: Grand Canyon State
  • Arizona state songs: “Arizona March Song” (by Margaret Rowe Clifford) and “Arizona” (by Rex Allen, Jr.)[82]
  • Arizona state tree: Palo Verde (Parkinsonia)
  • Arizona state gun: Colt Single Action Army revolver

La Tour Eiffel

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My very first Eiffel tower postcard is pink, how awesome is that! 😀 This card came as a surprise from Melanie from France.

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world.