I got this beautiful postcard from Austria! Shown is the Hofburg of Vienna, Austria’s capital and largest city, located on the eastern side of the country. The Hofburg, which is in the center of the city, is a palace complex that houses the president’s office/official residence and several other buildings that I’ll talk about shortly. For centuries dating back to the 1400s and only up until 1918, the emperors of the Habsburg dynasty – one of the most notable lines of royalty in Europe – were seated here. Visitors can come check out the museums that offer looks into the life in these estates. For example, there’s the Imperial Apartments, which is where the members of the imperial family stayed during the winter, with each person getting their own apartment. It’s a pretty luxurious-lookin’ place and even has most of its original furnishings (mind you, “original” as in since the early 1900s – I’m pretty sure they renovated a *smidge* since the 1400s). The apartments have since been divided into museums, one of them being the Sisi Museum dedicated to Empress Elisabeth, the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I of the late 1800s. The museum gives authentic insights on the life of Elisabeth (nicknamed “Sisi”), who was known for living a life counter to that of the formal imperial court, such as through personal beauty, the arts and travel. Then there’s the Imperial Silver Collection, which is a large exhibition of items such as utensils and tableware that were used by the court members. On this card is the Neue Burg section of the Hofburg, which features a statue of Archduke Charles, a prominent commander during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic period. And in front of all that are two lovely steeds and a carriage, greeting us before this extraordinary sight! Thank you so much for this awesome card and for your friendship, Marci!