Hot air balloons from Germany

Receiving a lovely postcard like this one from Germany reminds me why I enjoy(ed) Postcrossing so much!

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It’s one of the postcards sold by the postsallove.com web site – and I honestly had no clue they had any type of postcards other than those Greetings from… collection. Any day I learn something new is a good day! I’ve been looking through their web site for the last hour and I can pretty much say I WANT THEM ALL. I’m not going to order any because I have way too many blank postcards already and, well, my self control is great… and so on. ;)

Also, stamps! The bunny one is just awesome!

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Hamburg, Germany & I <3 San Diego & hot air balloons

I’ve changed my profile/wishlist on Postcrossing about two weeks ago because I felt it was just not specific enough and I was getting a lot of postcards that… well, honestly, are not the kind that I actually enjoy. Every postcard I get is very much appreciated, there’s no doubt about that, but a lot of them just didn’t have the “WOW!” effect when I pulled them out of my mailbox. So I added some specific themes and stuff that I like… and it seems to be working!

First, this great view card from Hamburg, Germany! Unfortunately, it got a little tear at the top, but it’s nothing major and the postcard is still in a good condition!

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Second, this cute “I <3 San Diego” postcard! The sunglasses on the little heart are funny!Slika

And third, this awesome hot air balloon postcard from Finland!

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Rubber duck & Lviv, Ukraine & Denmark

While I’m looking at the clouds slowly creeping my way (it’s supposed to snow later today/tonight) and contemplating whether my Johnny (yep, I named my camera Johnny) still works since I haven’t touched it in over a month… I thought I might just as well update this postcard blog. So let’s start.

First, we have a cute rubber duck postcard that came all the way from Germany. It’s not long ago that I added “rubber ducks” to my wishlist on Postcrossing and I already got three! :)

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This second postcard is showing a wonderful view of Lviv, a city in western Ukraine. Lviv is now regarded as one of the main cultural centres of today’s Ukraine. The historical heart of Lviv with its old buildings and cobblestone roads has survived World War II and ensuing Nazi and Soviet occupation largely unscathed. The historic city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Last but not least, a postcard from Denmark. I think this is the second postcard from Denmark I’ve ever received. Maybe I’m wrong… but I don’t think so. :) It’s nice to look at pictures of sunsets when you’re cold…. ;)

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Gengenbach (Germany) city hall

Another sweet postcard from the lovely Petra, Germany. We already swapped before and finding this postcard in my mailbox was a really nice surprise.

Gengenbach is a town in the district of Ortenau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and a popular tourist destination on the western edge of the Black Forest with about 11,000 inhabitants.

This postcard is showing the town’s city hall, which is decorated as an advent calendar during holidays. As the building has exactly 24 windows on its front side, each window is decorated, and every day from Dec. 1 until Dec. 25 one window is opened. Just like you do it on those children’s advent calendars that hide a little chocolate behind each date… except this is a building and there is no hidden chocolate. :)

It’s a really cool thing, I must say!

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!