Opatija, Croatia

My friend Anna visited the region of Istria a few weekends ago and brought me back this lovely postcard.

It’s from the town Opatija, located right on the coast of the Adriatic sea, in the Gulf of Kvarner. It’s a popular summer and winter resort, with average temperatures of 10°C (50°F) in the wintertime, and around 25°C (77°F) during the summer.
It’s a very pretty town, but I personally didn’t enjoy the amount of traffic going right through the middle of the town. Also, even though it has beaches, they’re not the kind I like – I really, really don’t like the large pointy rocks. How do you chill there? Where do you put your towel? How do you not hurt your feet trying to get in and out of the sea? I don’t know. :(

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Novigrad, Croatia

Recently I’ve been getting more and more Croatian postcards. Quite cool, honestly, as it’s mostly smaller places that I’ve never been to, even though they’re part of my country.
Today, I’m sharing this Novigrad postcard.

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Novigrad is historic little town on the southern side of the Novigrad sea and is situated in a narrow bay. The Novigrad sea is abundant in fish and shellfish, which is why Novigrad fishermen are well known. The town has preserved its Mediterranean architecture, and partially also its system of fortification. The vicinity of the Zrmanja River allows for attractive canoe, kayak or rafting excursions.

Cute, isn’t it?

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.

Louisiana & Oregon, USA

Isn’t it obvious who sent these beautiful postcards? O’Neal, of course. :)

This first one is showing the bald cypress tree. The little printed description on the card says, “The bald cypress three was made the official state tree of Louisiana in 1963. This tree can be found in many areas of the state, but it prefers swampy areas. Its shape depends on the amount of flooding in the area. It can be columnar, conical or bottle shaped.” Bottle shaped? I wonder what a bottle shaped tree looks like. :)

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This second postcard is showing the scenic Oregon coast at sunset. I can see myself getting a towel and spending a day on this beach on a nice sunny day. Yup, I can. :)

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Awesome stamps on both postcards, as always. :) Thank you, O’Neal! Your postcards are always very appreciated! :)

Australia

These two lovely postcards came from my friend/pal Janelle. She picked them up last year when she visited Australia. She also mailed them to me last year after her trip, but I was lazy and forgot to upload them. :)

The first postcard is showing Sydney Harbour.

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The second postcard is from Albany, Auckland. It’s one of the fastest growing areas in greater Auckland. Nice looking place! And I noticed Burger King in one of the pictures, ha ha! :)

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Thank you Janelle! :)