Peaks of Otter, Virginia

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This lovely card came as a surprise from the awesome Brook. 🙂

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a U.S. state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States. Virginia is nicknamed the “Old Dominion” and the “Mother of Presidents” after the eight U.S. presidents born there.

State symbols:

  • flower – American dogwood
  • bird – cardinal
  • dog – American foxhound
  • shell – oyster shell
  • tree – dogwood

Origin of name: In honor of Elizabeth “Virgin Queen” of England

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Brooklyn Subway

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This card comes from Gabby who lives in NYC. 🙂 The NYC subway is so terribly complex, with so many lines and stations, that it would be impossible to fit on a single postcard. So I guess I’ll have to collect the different boroughs one by one. 😀

The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York. It is the most extensive public transportation system in the world by number of stations, with 468 stations in operation (421, if stations connected by transfers are counted as single stations). The New York City Subway is also one of the world’s oldest public transit systems. Overall, the system contains 337 km of routes. In 2012, the subway delivered over 1.65 billion rides. By annual ridership, the New York City Subway is the busiest rapid transit rail system in the United States and in the Americas, as well as the seventh busiest rapid transit rail system in the world.

Budapest Metro

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This card comes from Edit from Budapest. 🙂

The Budapest Metro (Hungarian: Budapesti metró) is the rapid transit system in the Hungarian capital Budapest. It is the second oldest electrified underground railway system in the world, only the City & South London Railway (now part of the London Underground) of 1890 pre-dates it. Its iconic Line 1, dating from 1896, was declared a World Heritage Site in 2002.

M1, the oldest of the metro lines operating in Budapest, has been in constant operation since 1896. The original purpose of the first metro line was to facilitate transport to the Budapest City Park along the elegant Andrássy Avenue without building surface transport affecting the streetscape. The National Assembly accepted the metro plan in 1870 and German firm Siemens & Halske AG was commissioned for the construction, starting in 1894. It took 2000 workers using up-to-date machinery less than two years to complete. Completed by the deadline, it was inaugurated on May 2, 1896, the year of the millennium (the thousandth anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars), by emperor Franz Joseph. One of these original cars is preserved at the Seashore Trolley Museum.

Vienna U-Bahn

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This card I bought for myself when I was in Vienna a couple of years ago. My friend Michaela was joking that I’ve spent half my stay there in the U-bahn, so when we saw this card we thought it would be the perfect memory to take home. 😀

The Vienna U-Bahn is the rapid transit (metro) system for Vienna. The first section of the modern U-Bahn opened on 8 May 1976. Before the October 2013 opening of the 4.2 kilometres, 3 station extension of the U2 line, the five line U-Bahn network consisted of 74.6 kilometres of route, serving 101 stations. It is the backbone of one of the best performing public transport systems worldwide according to UITP (International Association of Public Transport) in June 2009. More than 1.3 million passengers rode the Vienna U-Bahn every day in 2009, and 534.4 million passengers utilized the U-Bahn in 2010. The network is undergoing expansion.

Munich U-Bahn

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I received this mapcard from Marion, via Postcrossing. 🙂

The Munich U-Bahn (German: U-Bahn München) system is an electric rail rapid transit network in Munich, Germany. “U-Bahn” is the German contraction for Untergrundbahn or “subway”. The Munich U-Bahn began operation in 1971. The Munich U-Bahn system currently comprises seven lines, serving 96 stations (100 stations if four connecting/transfer stations are counted twice), and encompassing 95 kilometres of routes.

Washington Metro

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This card was originally sent from a Chinese girl to Irina, who lives in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I mentioned I collect subway map cards, so Irina thought I’d enjoy this card more than her, and she sent it to me. So sweet of her! 😀  

The Washington Metro, commonly called Metro, and unofficially Metrorail, is the rapid transit system in Washington, D.C., United States, as well as its surrounding suburbs. Metro is the second-busiest rapid transit system in the United States in number of passenger trips, after the New York City Subway. Since opening in 1976, the Metro network has grown to include five lines, 86 stations, and 106.3 miles (171.1 km) of track

Barcelona Metro

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This card came via Postcrossing. It was sent from Ann who lives in Khabarovsk, Russia. That’s near the border with China – on the other side of the world. 😀

The Barcelona Metro (Catalan and Spanish: Metro de Barcelona) is an extensive network of electrified railways that run underground in central Barcelona and above ground into the city’s suburbs. Since September 20, 2011, Barcelona Metro system consists of 11 lines with 163 stations and 123.7 km in total. In 2002 ATM announced that two additional lines would built in the near future, L12 and L13. There have been 3 driverless lines since 2009: Line 11, Line 9 and Line 10, in chronological order.