Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Russia


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Chersonese, St. Vladimir's Cathedral

This card features St. Vladimir's Cathedral in Chersonese, near Sevastopol' in Crimea, the Russian occupied part of Ukraine.  The city was a Greek colony in antiquity and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The cathedral is supposed to be built upon the place that St. Vladimir was baptized.

The card was sent from Pyatigorsk, Russia closer to the Russian-Georgian border.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ukraine


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This very old postcard is of the opera house in Odessa, Ukraine on the Black Sea.  The image may look a bit like the opera house in Vienna, but that's probably because the same person built it as well! 

The card also comes with these awesome Ukrainian stamps, including a Ukrainian Postcrossing stamp on the left.


Monday, January 16, 2017

USA - Texas


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Stop & Shop Magnolia Market in Sunny Waco, Texas

This card is pretty awesome.  If it looks a bit unusual on the scan that's because it is a non-paper postcard.  It is literally made of a thin piece of wood!  Apparently the store featured on the ad is well known and is or was on featured on a reality tv show in the US.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Turkey


My friend Neslihan from Ankara sent me this card of a pigeon!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Australia


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Flowers of Communism

This card comes from not Russia or even Georgia, but from Australia.  The text, written in Georgian and Russia reads "Children's Week- children are the flowers of communism.  The poster the card is based upon is included from "Russian Revolutionary Posters 1917-1924" by an unknown artist.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spain


Barcelona

This card is of the Explatory Temple of the Holy Family from my friend Laura who lives in Barcelona.  Possibly best known in English as Sagrada Família, the temple broke ground in the 1880s and will not be finished until probably around 2028!

Monday, January 9, 2017

France


The Large Hadron Collider - At Discovery's Horizon

So, I have a friend, Kate, who has worked at CERN in Switzerland and has worked with the Large Hadron Collider which, according to Wikipedia "is the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, the largest, most complex experimental facility ever built, and the largest single machine in the world."

She found a bunch of LHC postcards and sent me one from what she affectionately calls Switzerfrance.  Thanks again, Kate!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Iceland


My Vacation in Iceland

Iceland is a fairly rare Postcrossing country.  I've so far only sent ONE card there and never received an official postcard from there.  Even trying to arrange a private, direct swap with Icelanders has proven difficult.

However, my friend Alma from Houston, Texas traveled to Iceland in 2016 and was willing to send a postcard to me from there! 

This card lists various activities that people do in Iceland from Steaming in a sulphuric pond to "catching an Icelander" and trying pickled ram parts. 

Alma actually put "x"s towards the ones that she tried or did while there.