Friday, June 30, 2017

Postcards for the weekend 44: City views (day time)

For this weekend's theme, I'm featuring city views at day time from Europe:

Friendship Gift Postcard, Sent from Helsinki
Sent 28 Dec 2016, Traveled 9,259 km

The old buildings in Helsinki City Centre gave me peace and calm. I truly wish I had more than just a 2-day weekend to discover this European capital city. If I'm not mistaken, the tall building in the background is St. John's Church. It stands out tall compared to the rest as it's resting on a hill.

Friendship Gift Postcard, Sent from The Hague
Traveled 10,530 km

Some of you may know that I have a Dutch mom (my biological mother is Filipino but I have a second mom). She sent me this postcard from the city where she works. I will visit Amsterdam this August and I'm figuring out if it's worth it to visit The Hague as well. I like this postcard for showing a contrast of old and new buildings.

Friendship Gift Postcard from Madrid
Traveled 11,374 km

Madrid ranks high on my list of cities I want to explore in depth in Europe. Here's Metropolis Building, an architectural wonder at the corner of Calle Alcala and Gran Via. The building features 4 statues representing Mining, Agriculture, Industry, and Commerce. Its round tower is covered by 30,000 leaves of 24-k gold.

Direct Swap, Sender: Anna
Traveled 10,059 km

Of all these five postcards, this is my favorite. I reckon this picture is taken close to the golden hour. I probably wouldn't have known about Ljubljana if not for this postcard. I don't know how to pronounce this city's name either so I need to ask Google for help. 

Friendship Gift Postcard, Sender: Dr. Arnold
Sent 12 March 2017, Traveled 10,252 km

This postcard steals my attention from that of Ljubljana. The buildings are way so much taller at one part of this city. Excellent vantage point for this postcard!

~ maria

You spoke, and I listened :D Starting this weekend, the time span of the linky is extended to 12 hours more, to accommodate different time zones.


  1. I haven't been to any of these cities.
    Thanks for extending the time span of the linky! :)

  2. Beautiful postcards!
    Of all cities you showed, I've only visited Den Haag / The Hague. I so much love postcards, they give you an opportunity to travel and see sight seeings without leacing our chair!

    From Amsterdam you can travel to Den Haag easily by train. I think it worth a visit (and the train ride is nice, too, to see the flat west part of our country - in march to may it is even nicer as then bulb fower fields bloom).
    I visited Den Haag more than once and the center is old/interesting and pretty (tmho). I said 'visited more than once', however, only last time, a few months ago, I went to see the famous 'Binnenhof' for the very first time in my life! The Binnenhof is inside the older buildings (in front of your card). It is the place where the Dutch government is located. In the modern buildings in the back, the ministries are located. So The Hague is the governmental city, but for some unknown reason Amsterdam is the official capital (while I am told that governmental cities usually are country's capitals :-) )

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse of all these interesting cities!

  3. I agree with Heleen - it's well worth a visit to The Hague. It has a totally different feel and energy than Amsterdam.
    I've gotten a few postcards from Ljubjana and now really want to see that city.

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