Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire is African country with beach resorts and rainforests, and it is world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans. Prior to its colonization by Europeans, Ivory Coast was home to several states. It was colonized by France in 1893, and achieved independence in 1960.

Fun fact: Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s largest city, is the city with the third largest French speaking population anywhere in the world.

Ivory Coast postcard

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Wexford, Ireland

Wexford is a town in Ireland. The town was founded by the Vikings in about 800 AD, and for about three hundred years it was a Viking town, a city state, independent from Irish king. Today Wexford is known for its medieval lanes and the opera festival held in the modern National Opera House.

Fun fact: The food of Wexford is distinct from the rest of Ireland, due to the local cultivation of seafood, smoked cod, mussels and rissoles being token dishes in the region.

Ireland Wexford postcard

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Al Abbas Mosque, Iraq

During ancient times, lands that now constitute Iraq were known as Mesopotamia (“Land Between the Rivers”), a region whose extensive alluvial plains gave rise to some of the world’s earliest civilizations. Pictured on this card is Al Abbas Holy Shrine, which is located in the center of the old city of Karbala in Iraq. Tens of millions of people who visit it annually during pilgrimage.

Iraq postcard

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Borobudur, Indonesia – the largest Buddhist temple

Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Central Java, Indonesia. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Indonesia postcard

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Isle of Man

Similar to Guernsey, the Isle of Man (also known as Mann) is a self-governing British Crown dependency. It is located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. Interesting fact: island’s currency is Sterling – but the island prints its own notes and coins which are not acceptable in the UK, although Pounds Sterling are accepted on the island.

Ile Of Man postcard

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Volcanoes in Iceland

Iceland is an island country, and it is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Iceland has around 130 active and inactive volcanoes! The eruption under Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 is most remembered one today because the volcanic ash disrupted air travel in Europe for several weeks.

Iceland volcano postcard

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