While you might be imagining a Lord of the Rings style landscape with a sky full of bungee jumping daredevils, for the next instalment of our Postcards series Kate McLeod takes us on a far more realistic tour of her hometown.

Photographer Michael George tunes into the finer points of life, while pedaling across the continent, making a pilgrimage in an unknown land or just pottering about his hometown of Brooklyn.

a stripy seaside village

3:00pm Monday, 04 Nov.

Forget Disneyland – we reckon this little town is the closest you can get to living in a fairytale.

Egill Bjarki takes us on a tour of his newly adopted city, showing what life in the fast-paced capital is like through the eyes of a well-travelled expat.

view from above

9:00am Friday, 31 May.

There's something quite seductive about these snaps of Venetian hotel balconies from photographer Luigi Bonaventura.

Who else wants to hotfoot it to the airport and jet straight over to the Dutch countryside, so they can frolic amongst a rainbow of blooming bulbs?

Antwerp may be known for being a high-end fashion hub, home to the world's largest diamond-cutting industry and the centre for an always-humming club culture, but long-time resident Mieke Verbijlen is more interested in the day-to-day details.

japan's wondrous wisteria tunnel

9:00am Friday, 05 Apr.

We imagine that walking through the haze of purples, pinks and blues would feel a little like living in Fantasia, and to be honest, it would be disappointing if dancing mushrooms and pirouetting fairies didn't appear.

ponies in sweaters

3:00pm Monday, 28 Jan.

These two sweater-wearing ponies are the official ambassadors for Scotland's 2013 tourism campaign, The Year Of Natural Scotland.

Wowsers it's hot. You know what you need? A beach. Maybe several different ones over the course of a weekend. And you know what you therefore also need? This complete guide to what you should pack on a road trip.

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