Christmas Island

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This gorgeous card is now part of my collection thanks to Christmas Island Tourism Association. (You should also visit their Facebook page.) 😀

The Territory of Christmas Island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of 2,072 residents who live in a number of “Settlement areas” on the northern tip of the island: Flying Fish Cove (also known as Kampong), Silver City, Poon Saan, and Drumsite. It is called Christmas Island because it was discovered on Christmas Day.

The island’s geographic isolation and history of minimal human disturbance has led to a high level of endemism among its flora and fauna. 63% of its 135 square kilometres is an Australian national park. There exist large areas of primary monsoonal forest.

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I absolutely love how the Christmas Island postmark has a huge crab on it! 😀

The Christmas Island red crab, Gecarcoidea natalis, is a species of land crab that is endemic to Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. Although restricted to a relatively small area, it has been estimated that 43.7 million adult red crabs lived on Christmas Island alone, but the accidental introduction of the yellow crazy ant is believed to have killed about 10–15 million of these in recent years. Christmas Island red crabs are well known for their annual mass migration to the sea to lay their eggs in the ocean.

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Kazakhstan – Girl on a horse

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My first Kazakh postcard comes from Oxana. 🙂 It pictures girl on a horse – a paining by the Kazakh artist Galymmzhan Tleubergenov.

Kazakhstan is a contiguous transcontinental country in Central Asia, with its smaller part west of the Ural River in Eastern Europe. With 17 million people (2013 estimate) Kazakhstan has the 62nd largest population in the world, though its population density is less than 6 people per square kilometre. The capital is Astana, where it was moved from Almaty in 1997.

Kazakhstan is ethnically and culturally diverse. Kazakhstan has a population of 16.6 million, with 131 ethnicities, including Kazakh, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Uzbek, Tatar, and Uyghur. Around 63% of the population are Kazakhs. Kazakhstan allows freedom of religion.

Bishkek

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My first card from Kyrgyzstan comes from Anna. 🙂

Bishkek, formerly Pishpek and Frunze, is the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan. The name is thought to derive from a Kyrgyz word for a churn used to make fermented mare’s milk (kumis), the Kyrgyz national drink. Founded in 1825 as a Khokand fortress of “Pishpek”, on 4 September 1860 the fortress was seized by Russian forces led by colonel Zimmermann. In 1926 the city was given name Frunze, after the Bolshevik military leader Mikhail Frunze. In 1991, the Kyrgyz parliament again changed the capital’s name to Bishkek.

Bishkek is a city of wide boulevards and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks surrounding interior courtyards and, especially outside the city centre, thousands of smaller privately built houses. It is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by narrow irrigation channels that water the innumerable trees which provide shade in the hot summers.

Heidelberg

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This lovely card comes from Milena who’s originally from Slovakia but moved to Germany some time ago. 🙂

Heidelberg is a city in south-west Germany. The fifth-largest city in the State of Baden-Württemberg, Heidelberg is part of the densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. In 2011, over 149,000 people lived in the city. Heidelberg lies on the River Neckar in a steep valley in the Odenwald.

A former residence of the Electorate of the Palatinate, Heidelberg is the location of Heidelberg University, well known far beyond Germany’s borders. Heidelberg is a popular tourist destination due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape, including Heidelberg Castle and the baroque style Old Town.

African penguins

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This gorgeous postcard comes from my South African friend Ruhan who, by the way, has a birthday today. So, happy birthday! 😀 The card was a great surprise because some time ago I had mentioned that I’d like to have a card with the African penguins, so it was very thoughtful of him to send me one.

Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon’s Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay. It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.

The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), also known as the Jackass Penguin and Black-footed Penguin is a species of penguin, confined to southern African waters. It is also widely known as the “Jackass” Penguin for its donkey-like bray, although several related species of South American penguins produce the same sound.

The Buckeye State

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This card comes from Laura. 🙂

A few facts about Ohio:

  • State Abbreviation – OH
  • State Capital – Columbus
  • Largest City – Columbus
  • Area – 44,828 square miles [Ohio is the 34th biggest state in the USA]
  • Population – 11,570,808 (as of 2013) [Ohio is the seventh most populous state in the USA)
  • Origin of the Name Ohio – Ohio derives from the Iroquois Indian word meaning “good river” or “large river.”
  • State Nickname – Buckeye State
  • State Motto – “With God, All Things Are Possible”
  • State Song – Beautiful Ohio

Sidi Bou Said

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My first card from Tunisia comes from Arslan who’s originally from Denmark but was on a trip to Tunisia. 🙂

Located just north of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, is the town of Sidi Bou Said. The entire town is located on top of a steep cliff, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The view from Sidi Bou Said is absolutely phenomenal. The entire town is simply beautiful, with flowers draped from almost every wall and doorway, and beautiful flowing vines hanging throughout the entire area. Sidi Bou Said is so beautiful, in fact, that many artists have taken up residence here.The town is also said to have inspired famous artist Paul Klee, and famous writer Andre Gide.