Greetings from… Russia

Postallove again, you say? Yes!
Having one of these Greetings from… postcards actually sent from the country of origin makes it so much better than going online and buying a blank one (which I, luckily, didn’t do, although it was heavily considered at one point).


All the interesting facts about Russia & this beautiful image in the background, wow! :)
I really appreciate the sweet Tanya’s effort to send me one of these, especially knowing how they can only be bought online & how some of them are even sold out on the web site. I’m still not a die-hard I-must-have-all-of-them kind of fan of Greetings from… postcards, but every single one of them is greatly appreciated and I really enjoy reading them & then adding them on my wall to look at! :)


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.


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.


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


St. Petersburg, Russia

This is the official Postcrossing postcard (RU-1183336) that came from St. Petersburg, Russia. A really nice night view of the Palace Bridge, the spire of the Admirality and the dome of St Isaac’s. Cute stamps, too. I haven’t scanned them, but they are showing a rabbit, and a deer. :D


(late) Christmas greetings :)

This Christmas postcard from Russia took exactly 45 days to arrive. 45 days!!! It was an interesting thing to find it in my mailbox though, since Christmas was over a month ago. :) I’m curious if a Christmas (post)card will ever get SO lost that I find it in my mailbox in the middle of summer! XD


St. Petersburg, Russia (RU-487813)

I have several postcards with the similar view of The Palace Bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia so I’ve written informations on it before… This time I just wanted to share this awesome view. I LOVE the colors in the sky. Love love love!!! <3