Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day Two Hundred Fifteen

Spain - Palacia de la Magdalena, Santander

Sent by: MarioGV
From: Spain
For: Private swap
Notes: Construction on the Palacio de la Magdalena began in 1908 by the local government of Santander with the purpose of building a seasonal residence for the royal family.  In 1977, the palace was sold back to the city of Santander, and it was declared a historical monument in 1982.  Today, it is used as a conference and meeting hall.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day Two Hundred Fourteen

Netherlands NL-334228 received 05-01-2010

Sent by: antonpieter
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-334228
Notes: This card's...ummm...colorful.  The caption on the back says "Kermis aan de Maas", which Google translates to "Funfair on the mesh".  Not really sure if that is the correct translation, and if it is, I have no idea what it means

Monday, September 29, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirteen

Spain - Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid

For: Take Two Round Robin
Notes: I received this card in an envelope with a number of other cards, and I could take two and replace them with two of my own cards, then send the envelope on to the next person.  As the envelope went to a few people before me, I have no way of knowing who put this specific card in the envelope, and therefore I cannot give credit to anyone.  

As for the photo on the card, as you probably already know ('cause the card says so), this is the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain.  It is a monumental gate (as opposed to a practical one), commissioned by King Charles III around 1774 to replace a smaller gate nearby.  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day Two Hundred Twelve

Fleur de Lis

Sent by: Nitrocat
From: Illinois
Notes: Nitrocat is a letterboxing friend, and she was kind enough to send a couple of postcards to me when she took a trip to New Orleans a few years ago, including this interesting explanation of the fleur de lis.

Netherlands NL-340211 received 05-10-2010

Sent by: granaet323
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-340211
Notes: According to the caption on the back of the card, this is "The 'Flower (Tulips) automatiek' a typical Dutch vending machine".  A vending machine that dispenses flowers?  Well, that's different!  I'd love to see one of these in action.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eleven

Russia RU-206658 received 09-06-2010

Sent by: OurSous
From: Russia
ID number: RU-206658
Notes: This lovely building is the Grand Peterhof Palace, and the fountains are part of the Grand Cascade.  The Grand Palace sits atop a bluff, and is the centerpiece of the Peterhof complex.  The golden statue in the center of the fountain depicts Samson prying open the jaws of a lion.  It represents Russia's victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War.

Spain - Cueva el Soplao, Cantabria

Sent by: MarioGV
From: Spain
For: Private swap
Notes: Cueva el Soplao is a 17-mile long cave in Cantabria in far northern Spain.  It is one of 6,500 caves in the Cantabria region.  It was accidentally discovered during drilling for mining, and was subsequently exploited for its minerals.  Today, 6 miles of the cave are open to the public, where formations such as the ones shown here can be seen.