Sunday, January 25, 2015

Day Three Hundred Thirty-One

Georgia - Atlanta multiview

Sent by: deltiologist
From: Georgia, USA (at the time)
For: Private swap
Notes: It's probably no big surprise that this card shows various scenes around the city of Atlanta, Georgia. I mean, the card does say "Atlanta" in big letters at the top.  Along with the scenes of downtown, there are three stadiums - Turner Field (formerly Centennial Olympic Stadium), Atlanta-Fulton Country Stadium (which was demolished in 1997), and the Georgia Dome.  The statue in the lower right corner is of Hank Aaron, who played for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves from 1954-1974.  Obviously, the fruits are peaches, and I believe the flowers at the bottom are Cherokee roses, the state flower of Georgia.

Georgia - Centennial Park, Atlanta

Sent by: deltiologist
From: Georgia, USA (at the time)
For: Private swap
Notes: This is Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta.  It's a 21 acre park that was built as a gathering place for the 1996 Olympic Games.  Unfortunately, it is probably best known as the site of the July 27, 1996 bombing that killed one person (a second died of a heart attack) and injured 111 people.  The fountain in this photo is the Fountain of Rings, which features computer-controlled water jets and lights set to music.  Every summer, the park hosts a summer concert series, as well as an Independence Day concert and fireworks.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day Three Hundred Thirty

Lithuania LT-154879 received 10-21-2011

Sent by: Jacob0223
From: Lithuania
ID number: LT-154879
Notes: Verkiai Palace is an 18th-century mansion located in Vilnius, Lithuania.  It has been called the "Versailles of Vilnius".  It was severely damaged during Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812, but was rebuilt and restored by Prince Ludwig Wittenstein.  After World War II, the palace buildings were used as educational institutions and an art museum.  This card, which is dated 1983, shows a 16th century credenza and the ceiling in the Renaissance Hall.

Lithuania LT-126544 received 06-07-2011

Sent by: Daivam
From: Vilnius, Lithuania
ID number: LT-126544
Notes: Trakai Island Castle is a castle (really?) on an island (duh!) in Lake GalvĂ© in Lithuania.  Construction on the castle began in the 14th century, and continued in phases through the 16th century.  During wars in the 17th century, the castle was damaged and not reconstructed until the 20th century.  The major reconstruction started after World War II, and finished in 1961.  The castle is now a major tourist attraction.  

The end of my year of posting cards is rapidly approaching, but I think I will try to continue posting after the year is up.  I will be putting up a few polls to gauge what might work better.  The first one is on the top of the column to the right.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Day Three Hundred Twenty-Nine

Georgia - Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Sent by: deltiologist
From: Georgia, USA (at the time)
Notes: Chris, the sender, took this photo himself.  He didn't give me the name of where the photo was taken; instead he gave me the coordinates: 34.3410, -83.8485.  I entered the coordinates into Google Maps, and it showed the location as Thompson Bridge Road in Gainsville, Georgia.  The bridge crosses the Little River.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Day Three Hundred Twenty-Eight

Italy IT-7440 received 07-17-2007

Sent by: gio_anna
From: Rome, Italy
ID number: IT-7440
Notes: This is a card that I have had for quite a while.  In fact, it is the sixth card I ever received from Postcrossing, way back in 2007.  I don't think I have ever posted it to my blog before, or if I have, it has been so long that I have forgotten. If it is a repeat, well, TOUGH!  I like it, mostly because of  how the cat is sitting there having its photo taken in front of the Colosseum just like a tourist.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day Three Hundred Twenty-Seven

Florida - Sarasota

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 7
Notes: From a distance, these may look like real dolphins, but they are actually part of the fountain on Island Park in Sarasota, Florida.  Sarasota is located along the west coast of Florida, south of Tampa Bay and north of Fort Myers.  It has a population of over 53,000 people, and the city's area includes several barrier islands between the mainland and the Gulf of Mexico.