Map of the Oregon Trail - USA

© Illustration: Phil Timper; Smith-Western, Inc

Used, sent by Sapic12

"The Oregon Trail is a 2,000-mile (3,200 km) historic east-west large wheeled wagon route and emigrant trail that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon. The eastern part of the Oregon Trail spanned part of the future state of Kansas and nearly all of what are now the states of Nebraska and Wyoming. The western half of the trail spanned most of the future states of Idaho and Oregon.

The Oregon Trail was laid by fur trappers and traders from about 1811 to 1840 and was only passable on foot or by horseback. By 1836, when the first migrant wagon train was organized in Independence, Missouri, a wagon trail had been cleared to Fort Hall, Idaho. Wagon trails were cleared further and further west, eventually reaching all the way to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. What came to be called the Oregon Trail was complete, even as improved roads, "cutouts", ferries and bridges made the trip faster and safer almost every year. From various "jumping off points" branched in Missouri, Iowa or Nebraska Territory, the routes converged along the lower Platte River Valley near Fort Kearny, Nebraska Territory and led to rich farmlands west of the Rocky Mountains." In: Wikipedia


Map of Tenerife, Islas Canarias - Spain



Canary Islands is composed by seven islands. The postcard shows mainly Tenerife and some of the closest to Tenerife.

"Tenerife is the largest and most populous island of the seven Canary Islands; it is also the most populated island of Spain, with a land area of 2,034.38 square kilometres (785 sq mi) and 898,680 inhabitants, 43 percent of the total population of the Canary Islands. About five million tourists visit Tenerife each year, the most of any Canary Islands. Tenerife hosts one of the world's largest carnivals and the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is attempting to become a World Heritage Site. Tenerife is serviced by two airports, Tenerife North Airport and Tenerife South Airport, and is the tourism and economic centre of the archipelago." In: Wikipedia


Ponta das Contendas Lighthouse, Angra do Heroísmo, Azores - Portugal

© Photo: Rodrigo Bento

Sent by Lurdes

"Located along the maritime coast, in the south-east corner of the island of Terceira, called Ponta das Contendas, it is situated in an elevated zone, resulting in a focal point that is 54 metres above sea level. Although protected by a wall, the lighthouse (ARLHS AZO-007; PT-745; Admiralty D2664; NGA 23532 is on the edge of a high cliff, and accessible only from the Estrada 509, alongside several agricultural fields." In: Wikipedia


Dragon Boat Race - Macau

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Unused, sent by Blicas Blocas

Information on the back side: "One of the most colorful celebration of the Chinese calendar usually held in June at the Praia Grande Bay with local, regional and international team participation."


Map of Turkey

© Keskín Colors

Used, sent by "Sapic12"

"Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country, located mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia and on East Thrace in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south; the Aegean Sea is to the west; and the Black Sea is to the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance." In: Wikipedia


Rochester falls - Mauritius

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"Rochester Falls is a waterfall on the Savanne River. It is famous for the strange rectangular form of its rocky flank.

It is located approximately 2.5 km (1.6 mi) from Souillac. The falls tumble from the Savanne River from a height of about 10 m (33 ft) where constant erosion has fashioned the basalt rock into upright columns. Youngsters often perform dare-devil dives into the water below." In: Wikipedia


Mount Shasta, California - USA

© Erich Ziller (photo) / Eastman's Postcards-West

Unused, sent by PilotOne

"Mount Shasta (Karuk: Úytaahkoo or "White Mountain") is an active volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California and at 14,179 feet (4,322 m) is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California. Mount Shasta has an estimated volume of 85 cubic miles (350 km3) which makes it the most voluminous stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc.

The mountain and its surrounding area are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest." In: Wikipedia


Iguazu Falls, Paraná - Brazil

© Mundial Com. Postais
 Unused, sent by "Sapic12"

© Anízio L. de Miranda (photo) / Mundial Com. Postais

"Iguazu Falls, Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls or Iguaçu Falls (Portuguese: Cataratas do Iguaçu; Spanish: Cataratas del Iguazú) are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentinian province of Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River rises near the city of Curitiba. The river flows through Brazil for most of its course, although most of the falls are on the Argentine side. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil.

The name "Iguazu" comes from the Guarani or Tupi words "y", meaning "water", and "ûasú ", meaning "big". Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. The first European to find the falls was the Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541.

On November 11 of 2011, Iguazu Falls was announced as one of the seven winners of the New Seven Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation." In: Wikipedia


Palacio Real (Royal Palace), Madrid - Spain

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Unused, sent by Cláudia Ferreira

"The Palacio Real de Madrid (literally: Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies. King Juan Carlos and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace, choosing instead the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid. The palace is owned by the Spanish State and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional, a public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency. The palace is located on Calle de Bailén (Bailén Street), in the Western part of downtown Madrid, East of the Manzanares River, and is accessible from the Ópera metro station. Several rooms in the palace are regularly open to the public, except during state functions.

In Spanish, it is sometimes incorrectly called "Palacio de Oriente" by confusion with the "Plaza de Oriente", the square which lies to the East (Oriental) side of the palace." In: Wikipedia


Unawatuna beach - Sri Lanka

© Anver Deen

Unused, sent by "PilotOne"

"Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle district of Sri Lanka. Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals. It is a suburb of Galle city which is situated about 5 km southeast to the city center." In: Wikipedia


Tróia - Portugal

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Sent by Flora.

"Tróia is a peninsula located in Grândola Municipality (parish of Carvalhal), Portugal, next to the Sado River estuary. Tourism is the peninsula's main activity due to its long beaches facing the Atlantic. There is a ferry boat connection between the peninsula and the city of Setúbal. Tróia has important archeological sites dating from the time when the peninsula was an island called Acalá, settled by the Romans." In: Wikipedia


Drunken Dragon Festival - Macau


Unused, sent by "Blicas Blocas"

Information on the card: "An unusual local festival in which celebrates duly intoxicated perform a drunken dance with carved heads and tails of wooden dragons."


Fortress of Suomenlinna, Helsinki - Finland (UNESCO WHS) (Postcrossing Meeting)

UNESCO#583; © Pentti Harala Ky, Espoo
Sent by dollart from the Postcrossing Meeting in Helsinki, 14/02/2012

UNESCO#583; © ?

Sent by dollart from the International Postcrossing Meeting in Helsinki, 03/08/2013

"Built in the second half of the 18th century by Sweden on a group of islands located at the entrance of Helsinki's harbour, this fortress is an especially interesting example of European military architecture of the time."In: UNESCO


Map of Hotel-Residence Klosterpforte, Marienfeld - Germany

© Klosterpforte

Used, sent by Sapic12

"Hotel-Residence Klosterpforte opens its doors to guests in the romantic setting of an ancient monastery. More than 800 years old, Marienfeld Monastery was founded by Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages and quickly became the foremost monastic order in Northern Germany. Nowadays, the church with its numerous art treasures and an atmosphere of calm and reflection attracts visitors from far and wide.

A large stone gateway at the entrance gave our hotel its name. The former monastery gate is now the main access to the estate." In: Hotel-Residence Klosterpforte
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