Dubrovnik, Croatia

I’ve had these two postcards of Dubrovnik for a while now, I just never posted them here on the blog.

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Dubrovnik is a town in Croatia located on the shores of the Adriatic sea. It’s one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean sea.

According to historians, Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century on a rocky island named Laus, which is said to have provided shelter for refugees from the nearby city of Epidaurum. For more detailed history of Dubrovnik, CLICK HERE.

A feature of Dubrovnik is its walls (910.584 visitors in 2014) that run almost 2 km (1.24 mi) around the city. The walls run from four to six metres (13.2 to 19.8 feet) thick on the landward side but are much thinner on the seaward side. The system of turrets and towers were intended to protect the vulnerable city.
The walls of Dubrovnik have also been a popular filming site for the fictional city of King’s Landing in the HBO television series “Game of Thrones”. In 2016, the historic centre of Dubrovnik will also be used as a set for the new movie in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Also worth mentioning is that  the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.



UPDATE: Since I mentioned how bits of the new “Star Wars” movie will be filmed in Dubrovnik, I’ll just leave THIS , THIS and THIS here for you to click on. ;)

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Madrid, Spain

My dear friend Ena went to Madrid a while ago and brought back some lovely souvenirs, including a nice magnet for my fridge and this wonderful postcard.

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It’s a multiview of Madrid, the capital of Spain. The postcard is nicer in real life, the colors are more vibrant…. this is a poor quality photo taken with my phone camera because, honestly, it’s too much work to go to the other side of the room and just scan it. Sorry, I’m lazy like that sometimes. :D

Thank you, Ena! :)

Lopud, Croatia

A friend of mine, Marija, visited the island of Lopud during the summer and she was kind enough to bring me this lovely postcard back.

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Lopud is a small island, approximately 4.63 square kilometers (1,79 square miles) in size, located just off the off the coast in the southern Dalmatia. It is the second largest island of the Elaphiti islands, and is mostly known for its beautiful sandy beaches. One of the easiest ways to reach Lopud is by boat, it’s a short boat ride from Dubrovnik.

Plitvice lakes, Croatia

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Just a quick post showing the beautiful Plitvice lakes. :)

I got a chance to visit it yesterday, after several years of planning and failing to do so – and yes, it’s still as beautiful as it was the first time I was there. We had awful weather though, it’s been raining pretty heavily the entire time. Imagine, water falling from the sky (you know, rain) and water also coming from any other direction you can imagine. Thanks wind, thanks many, many waterfalls! You’ve done a great job keeping us soaking wet. ;)
We didn’t get the crappy weather ruin our trip so all in all – it was fun. I have quite a lot of photos from the trip – I’ve posted some on my Instagram account already, and I’ll keep posting them until I get tired of them. :)

I have to comment on two things:
1. I loved how clear the water was. I mean, the lakes were this wonderful bluish color and you could clearly see all the way to the bottom of the lake (unless it was too deep, of course). And so many fish, haha! Tiny fish, bigger fish, curious little things! So of course I took way too many “look at my old sneakers next to the clear water & the fish” photos. :D

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2) The selection of postcards is horrible. Just plain bad. I’m not sure whether I became superpicky lately. but honestly – I haven’t seen more than two decent postcards that I could take and say, “yes, I like these!” It makes me so sad. :( I got I think 4 to send to my friends and 1 for my own collection, but I’m far from happy with what I got.

Anyway, one of my best friends got married on Saturday & the combination of the wedding and this trip to Plitvice yesterday pretty much got me exhausted. I’m off to take a nap now, I think I deserve one. :)

Budapest & Balaton, Hungary

A few weekends ago, I had a wonderful chance to visit Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Such a wonderful city, with so many things to see! I was there only for two days and it wasn’t nearly enough to visit every location I was interested in seeing, but I had a chance to walk through the city centre, explore a little & just have a fun trip! And to get a few postcards for my friends – and I’m sad to say I still haven’t had a chance to mail any of them. :( Also, I must admit I’m rather disappointed by the choice of postcards they sell. I’m sure there are places that offer wonderful postcards, but the ones I saw are…. not impressive. I mean, those were still postcards, but if you’re slightly OCD like I am (and also, if you appreciate photography like I do) you’d notice how poor the images are, how they’re not sharp and in general how off most of them are. #sadface
I got the few good ones I could find, so at least that’s something. ;)

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Also, on our way back, we made a stop by the lake Balaton. It’s the biggest lake in Hungary, also commonly known as the “Hungarian sea”. Popular among tourists, as far as I know. I know a lot of Hungarian people drive down to Croatia & the Adriatic sea during the summertime, but Balaton definitely seems like a good alternative to have a vacation & enjoy some water activities.
My disappointment in the postcard department continued there as well, this time because they could all fit into these categories: a) childish (with many cartoon characters or drawn animals wearing sunglasses and playing with beach balls), b) boobs (literally boobs), or c) multiviews (but the kind of multiviews that make you dizzy because they somehow managed to fit like 50 tiny pictures on a single 10×15 cm postcard). Again, I got the best I could get. :)

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Anyway, it was a fun trip, good times. I wish I can travel like that more often! :)

Canada

Here’s the second part of postcards by Janelle. I figured I’ll skip the whole long “descriptions and whatever” thing, write down the basic what-is-what and just let you enjoy the postcards. :)

1. Stanley Park totems, Brockton Point, Vancouver, Canada – The totem pole is unique to the BC Northwest Coast First Nations. Each pole tells a story, either real or mythical, and is carved from Western Red Cedar. In the 1920’s the Vancouver Parks Board started buying totems to put in Stanley Park to represent the vast influence of First Nations in the park and in British Columbia. They were originally located at Lumberman’s Arch and in the early 1960’s the pole were moved to their present location near Brockton Point. More HERE!

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2. Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, Alberta – the longest and deepest limestone canyon in the Canadian Rockies. More HERE!

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3. Jasper, Canada. More about the city of Jasper, HERE!

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4. The Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano Bridge. The current bridge is 140 meters long and 70 meteres above the river. It draws more tha 800,000 visitors each year. More about the bridge, HERE!

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5. False Creek / Granville Island, Vancouver.

scan0009That’s it! Thank you, Janelle, for the wonderful postcards! I’m still very, very jealous of your trip, haha! :)

A few postcards from the UK

These following postcards did not come from the same sender, but I decided to post them together since they’re from the same part of the world. :)

This first one came from one of my new pals, Bryony, and it’s showing the Cardiff Castle, Wales. It dates back to the first century, said Bryony! Wow, that’s old! :)
Great postcard, by the way! I love how it looks!
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The second postcard arrived just this morning, from my – not so new – pal, Kathryn. She’s traveling in Europe and is visiting the UK. The postcard is showing the Historic North Yorkshire, or more specifically: (top row, left to right) Byland Abbey, Castle HOward, Helmsley Castle, Pickering Castle, (bottom row, left to right) Rievaulx Abbey, Mount Grace Priory, Scarborough Castle, Whitby Abbey.
Great postcard as well!
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Last but not least, from my pal Ugne – London! Oh, London! <3 The postcard is showing the red buses crossing the Westminster Bridge. Can I say it once more? Oh, London! <3
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Thank you girls so much! <3