Budapest

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This is a beautiful view of the Hungarian Parliament building standing directly on the banks of the Danube. It is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary and the largest building in the country. Did you know that the banks of the Danube are a UNESCO world heritage site?

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The above postcard shows an aerial view of the Matthias Church at the heart of Buda’s Castle District.IMG_0001

This gorgeously artistic postcard was sent to me by one my friends in Budapest and shows the St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest. It is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary and is a really impressive building.

I had the luck to travel several times to Hungary and was visiting Budapest once. I can only recommend to everybody to visit Hungary and meet these lovely and welcoming people. Hungary and Budapest have a long history and there is a lot to explore. Did you actually know that Budapest was only formed in 1873 when the cities Buda, Pest and Obuda were unified?

Have you been to Hungary? What was your favourite memory?

Berlin

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This beautiful card shows one of the main tourist attractions and buildings in Berlin, the Branderburger Tor. Many people see this gate as a symbol for the reunification of Germany as it was here where the Berlin Wall was standing and nobody was allowed near the gate for 3 decades.

Berlin, my old hometown and capital of Germany. I spent about 3 years living in Berlin during my apprenticeship. For me, this city is still very close to my heart and I always like to return and see how it has changed. Berlin is so diverse and a city full of history. Additionally, I really love the restaurant and bar scene in Berlin. I also cannot think of a city that has 2 major opera houses and so many theatres like Berlin. Berlin is a very special place and I can only recommend to you going there for a few days. It is my favourite city in Germany and maybe after London in the world. If you come to Germany don’t visit Munich or any other city but go to Berlin to the heart of Germany and experience this vibrant, multi-national and quirky metropolis. 

When you have visited Berlin and let me know what you think.

 

Flag of Serbia

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Thanks to Una from Belgrade, I did receive the flag of Serbia on a postcard.

The flag of Serbia is a tricolour consisting of three equal horizontal bands, red on the top,blue in the middle and white on the bottom. The same tricolour, in altering variations, has been used since the 19th century as the flag of the state of Serbia and the Serbian nation. The current form of the flag was officially adopted on November 11, 2010.

The Pentagon

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This postcard shows an aerial view of the Pentagon, headquarters of the national defense establishment. As a symbol of the U.S. military, “the Pentagon” is often used metonymically to refer to the U.S. Department of Defense rather than the building itself.

Designed by American architect George Bergstrom (1876–1955), and built by general contractor John McShain of Philadelphia, the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943, after ground was broken for construction on September 11, 1941. General Brehon Somervell provided the major motive power behind the project; Colonel Leslie Groves was responsible for overseeing the project for the U.S. Army.

The Pentagon is a large office building, with about 6,500,000 sq ft (600,000 m2), of which 3,700,000 sq ft (340,000 m2) are used as offices. Approximately 28,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel work in the Pentagon. It has five sides, five floors above ground, two basement levels, and five ring corridors per floor with a total of 17.5 mi (28.2 km) of corridors. The Pentagon includes a five-acre (20,000 m2) central plaza, which is shaped like a pentagon and informally known as “ground zero,” a nickname originating during theCold War and based on the presumption that the Soviet Union would target one or more nuclear missiles at this central location in the outbreak of a nuclear war.

On September 11, 2001, exactly sixty years after the building’s groundbreaking, a Boeing 757-223American Airlines Flight 77, was hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the western side of the Pentagon, killing 189 people (the five hijackers, 59 others aboard the plane, and 125 in the building). It was the first significant foreign attack on the capital’s U.S. government facilities since the Burning of Washington by the British during the War of 1812.

 

Vienna

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This is a postcard I recently found when going through some old boxes which shows the beautiful city of Vienna, capital of Austria. Unfortunately, I have never managed to visit it. Additionally, I learned from reading about Vienna that it is the second biggest German speaking city after Berlin.

One of my colleagues, will move to Vienna next week and hopefully i will be able to visit this historic city soon. Please let me know what I need to see and maybe tell me place that is a secret thing to visit in Vienna.

 

Golden Bauhinia Square

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This lovely card from Hong Kong arrived today as well. Thank you to Polly from Hong Kong who has chosen it. The postcard shows the Golden Bauhinia Square (Chinese: 金紫荊廣場) outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the waterfront in Wan Chai. The square was named after the giant statue of a golden Bauhinia blakeana at the centre of the area, where the ceremonies for the handover of Hong Kong and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was held in July 1997. A flag-raising ceremony is held every day at 8:00am.

The sculpture, a gilded flower bauhinia, is 6 meters high. The major part is composed of a bauhinia on a base of red granite pillar on a pyramid.

I would really love to visit Hong Kong soon.

 

Flag of Lithuania

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This wonderful and colourful flag card has arrived today from Leeds. Thanks to Laima who generously agreed to swap some cards with me and will complete Lithuania with postcards of the flag and from Vilnius. Looking forward to it.

The flag of Lithuania is actually a very young flag compare to many other European countries. The flag of Lithuania consists of a horizontal tricolour of yellowgreen and red. It was re-adopted on March 20, 1989, almost two years before the re-establishment of Lithuania’s independence following the end of the Soviet Union and the end of the Soviet occupation of 1944-1991. It was first used in Lithuania’s first period of independence (in the 20th century) from 1918-1940, which ceased with the occupation first by Soviet Russia and Lithuania’s illegal annexation into the Soviet Union, and then by Nazi Germany (1941-44). This flag (1918-40) had lighter colours. During the post-WW2 Soviet occupation, from 1945 until 1989, the Soviet Lithuanian flag consisted first of a generic red Soviet flag with the name of the republic, then changed to the red flag with white and green bars at the bottom. The last alteration to the current flag occurred in 2004 when the aspect ratio changed from 1:2 to 3:5. The flag is identical to the flag of the Danish island Ærø, also located by the Baltic Sea.