Belgium & Belarus – official Postcrossing

This first postcard arrived yesterday from Belgium. It is showing the statue of Jan and Hubert van Eyck.  Jan van Eyck (or Johannes de Eyck) was a Flemish painter active in Bruges and is generally considered one of the most significant Northern European painters of the 15th century. Hubert van Eyck was Jan’s older brother, also a painter.

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The second postcard came from Belarus and – it’s a hockey theme postcard! ::happy happy:: I don’t really know the details about the postcard though, just that it’s a player from Belarus after (obviously) scoring a goal against what looks to be Ukraine. Correct me if I’m wrong. :)

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Belgium & Croatia & Canada

This first postcard is an official Postcrossing card I got on Friday. It’s showing different views of Antwerpen, a city in Belgium. Or, as the sender said: “A city of art, culture, beautiful buildings, world-restaurants, shops and the zoo. One of the largest sea ports in Europe.” And, considering it’s in Belgium, I’d also guess a city with a lot of tasty chocolate. ;)

 

This second postcard is coming from my dear friend Thea, and is showing a city called Karlovac here in Croatia. Quite a charming little city during the day, with four rivers and loads of cafe’s.

Last, but not least – a postcard from my Canadian pal Karen. It’s one of the postcards from Paul Frank’s Love Is The New Black Postcard book. Cute one, too. I’m trying to find out what the rest of those postcards look like, but lately – it feels like Google hates me. ;)

summer swap with Petra :)

Not long ago I did a swap with Petra from Germany, and she suggested we do another – bigger – swap with postcards from our trips and vacations this summer. Recently her postcards reached me and they are awesome!!

This one is showing Tuscany (or in Italian: Toscana), which is a region in Italy, known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and its vast influence on high culture. Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

 

Zeelandic Flanders (Dutch: Zeeuws-Vlaanderen) is the southernmost region of the province of Zeeland in south-western Netherlands. It lies south of the Western Scheldt that separates the region from the remainder of Zeeland to the north. Zeelandic Flanders is bordered to the south by Belgium.

 

Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

 

Dinkelsbühl is a historic city in Bavaria, Germany and a former Free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. Now it belongs to the district of Ansbach, north of Aalen.

 

Rosengarten is a massif in the Dolomites of northern Italy. It is located between the Tiersertal and Eggental in South Tyrol and the Fascia Valley in Trentino.

One peculiarity of the Rosengarten is the pink shade which, due to the presence of dolomite mineral, it takes in the sunset, celebrated in the Bozner Bergsteigerlied as “glowing”. Meaning “Rose garden” in German, the name refers to the legend of King Laurin and his Rose Garden, a traditional story explaining the outer appearance of the mountain range.

 

I loved doing this swap, it was cool to collect nice postcards from my own short trips and choosing the ones I’d send to Petra. :) Hopefully we can repeat the swap one day!