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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Map of Estonia

After sending several Postcrossing cards just last week, I was surprised that I have received one myself in such a short time. This lovely postcard came to me from Estonia!

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I’m a sucker for maps (seriously, you should see how many road maps I have, haha) so, of course, a map card is a great thing to find in my mailbox. And if it’s from a country I honestly don’t know that much about – it’s even better! Of course I know where Estonia is and I know what its capital city is, and some other basics… but I never really sat down to look at a map of Estonia. So, this was a great chance! Plus, the sender mentioned the name of their town and I was curious to see where it’s located. Took me some time to find it, haha, but I did eventually. ;)

Keep calm & appreciate the little things in life.

It’s been an interesting week & there are several interesting postcards to share! If I were only more active on Postcrossing, good mail days would probably come more often than they do now, haha! #sigh

First thing I’d like to share is this awesome “Keep calm and send a postcard” postcard from the USA, sent by Shannon (who has a cool Postcrossing username: happy_face! I just had to share this one, I like “happy”-anything things.)
IMAG5481I absolutely adore this postcard! Not too long ago, I added “Keep calm” postcards to my wishlist on Postcrossing, in hope someone might have some extra and would want to share them with me, and this is actually the first one of those that was sent my way. And it’s an awesome one!!! ::happy happy::

The second thing I wanted to share is not really a postcard, but it was sent to me through the official Postcrossing & I quite like it, so I’m not being picky about it. Two photographs were sent my way by Sylvia & Batiste, packed in a cute coffee themed handmade envelope. I’m sharing both photographs here, one is showing the lavender field (typical for the particular region of France where Slyvia & Batiste come from, if I understood it correctly), and the other is a vintage black and white beach themed photo. As a photography geek myself, I can appreciate both! :)
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I have a few more postcards to share, but I gotta run now & do real-life things. So, I’ll post something new soon! :)

Matrioshka dolls from Russia

 

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This is a postcard I got through Postcrossing today, showing matryoshka dolls.

A matryoshka doll, also known as Russian nesting/nested doll, refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. They are sometimes incorrectly referred to as “babushka dolls” (grandmother doll) . The first Russian nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme, aside from the typical traditional peasant girls, the themes vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders.

There’s Kremlin in the background of the photo… but somehow it doesn’t seem important in this particular postcard! :D

Russia & Taiwan

So, official Postcrossing time.

This first postcard came from Russia, and it’s a cute illustration of The Round Tower in Vyborg.

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The second postcard came from Taiwan and is showing Sun Moon Lake. It’s the largest body of water in Taiwan as well as a tourist attraction. Situated in Yuchi, Nantou, the area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes in Taiwan.  Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name.

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If you have some time, check out the photos of the lake on Google. It looks so beautiful!!