Upcoming Swaps in World in Postcards (WiP)

Upcoming Swaps in my Yahoo Group "World in Postcards":


Hexenlochmühle, Furtwangen, Black Forest, Germany

The Hexenlochmühle is a beautiful old sawmill in the Black Forest near the city of Furtwangen. It was built in 1825 and is still in family hands.
I sent this card myself when visiting the area.

Gondwana Praehistorium, Dinosaur Park, Schiffweiler, Germany

This card I sent myself when visiting the Dinosaurpark Gondwana in Schiffweiler. We had a great time there, lots of wonderful recreations of dinosaurs in their natural surroundings.


Le Cinque Terre, Italy (UNESCO)

Le Cinque Terre is a breathtaking part of the Italian coast. I visited there in May this year during our cruise and I was absolutely amazed by the beauty of this area. It was raining when we arrived, how much more beautiful it would have been in bright sunshine!
The "Five Lands" consist of 5 villages, Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Corniglia and Manarola. The villages, coastline and the surrounding hills are the Cinque Terre National Park which was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
I sent this card to be part of my collection.


St. Petersburg, Church of the Resurrection of Christ, Russia (UNESCO)

Alisa sent me this great card with a winter view of the beautiful Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Saint Petersburg for the Postcrossing Favourites Tag.
The church was built on the same place where Czar Alexander II was fatally wounded in 1881. Which explains the official name of the church "Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood".


Sultanahmet Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey (UNESCO)

Wonderful evening view of the Sultanahmet Mosque in Istanbul, also called the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles decorating the interior walls. It was built in 1609-1616. As a young girl I visited there with my parents during a short trip to Istanbul. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Areas of Istanbul, inscribed in 1985.
The card along with fond memories of this beautiful city was sent by Nihan Irmak for the Postcrossing Favourites Tag.

Placa Reial, Barcelona, Spain

The Royal Plaza in Barcelona is quite a wonderful place. It is located in the Barri Gotic of Barcelona, next to the famous Rambla. We visited there during our Western Mediterranean cruise.

Maiko-Girl, Japan

This awesome card I received for a Postcrossing Round Robin. It fits perfectly well into my Geisha collection. I could never imagine walking in those fancy shoes :)

Herkules, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel, Germany (UNESCO)

Wonderful view down from the Hercules Statue to the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, a unique landscape park in Kassel. Historian Georg Dehio once said:  "possibly the most grandiose combination of landscape and architecture that the Baroque dared anywhere!.
The park was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013. This card I sent home from a stopover in Kassel on our was to Frankonia.


Disneyland Paris, France

Normally I am not into Cartoon cards, but this one is really dear to me. It was sent by my grandsons Lucas and Nico when they were spending a few days at Disneyland Paris :)

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Crown Prince Frederik and his wife, Australian born Crown Princess Mary. Mary is wearing the Danish Ruby Parure, which consists of a tiara, a huge necklace, earrings, brooch and a bracelet. Mary added a ring to the set. The history of this parure is quite interesting as it goes back to the days of the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte. He gave quite an amount of money to his marshals so that they could buy fancy jewels for their wifes. The Ruby Parure was bought by Jean Baptiste Bernadotte (who later became king of Sweden) for his Desirée.  The Swedish princess Louise brought it to Denmark in 1869 as a wedding gift when she married  future King Frederick.
Minna sent me this beauty as an official Postcrossing card from Finland.

Playa de las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

This card I sent myself during our cruise to the Canary Islands and Madeira.  Las Canteras is the largest of the city beaches. I loved the walk we had along the promenade, enjoying the wonderful warm weather while at home in Germany people were already deep into autumn and wearing warm clothes :)

Cabo da Roca Lighthouse, Portugal

Cabo da Roca marks the westernmost point of the European mainland. Contruction of the lighthouse began in 1758 and it was first lit in 1772.  Several years ago my husband and I visited the area and took a trip to the cape. Visiting the lighthouse and walking up to the very top was really fun.
Thanks to Miceu for this beautiful postcard and the memories of a wonderful holiday time.


Ivory Town Erbach, Germany

This card I sent home to be added to my collection. It shows the castle of the Counts of Erbach-Erbach.  The palace looks like it was constructed from sandstone, but in fact most of it is sheeting and wood coloured to look like sandstone.

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand (UNESCO)

Wonderful sunset card from my postcard buddy Rod Eime. Without him my collection and especially my UNESCO collection would be a lot smaller and less exotic !!!
This time I received a sunset from Khao Yai National Park in Thailand which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site  Dong Phayayen Kaho Yai Forest Complex inscribed in 2005


Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas, Gifhorn, Germany

This is really interesting. I received this card as an official Postcrossing card from Russia and first thought it was a Russian church in Russia. But no ! It is located in the German city of Gifhorn. It is a copy of a Russian stave church and was erected in the International Wind- and Watermill Museum. It was consecrated in 1995 by the Patriarch of Moscow, Alexijj II.

Trutnov, Czech Republic

Great evening view of the Krakonosovo Square in small Czech town Trutnov. The card was sent by Valerie as an official Postcrossing card.

Finkenherd, Quedlindburg, Germany (UNESCO)

This really small half-timbered house in Quedlinburg was built 1530 and  was declared a historic monument. It is located right below the castle hill. Legend has it that Duke Henry of Saxony was informed of his election as King of Germany right where the Finkenherd house is now standing.
The historic centre of Quedlinburg was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1994. I sent this card myself when visiting the city.


Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples, Italy

The Piazza del Plebiscito is a large square in cental Naples with the Church of San Francisco di Paola. I sent this card myself when visiting Naples during our Mediterranean cruise.


The Hobbit - Thorin Oakenshield

My Lord of the Rings / Hobbit collection keeps growing nicely :)  This card showing Thorin Oakenshield was sent by Mia for the Postcrossing Favourites Tag.

Great Blue Heron, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, USA

Beautiful picture of a Great Blue Heron in flight. The card was sent by Ruth Smith for the WiP December General Swap.