Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Take Me to Church

France - Nohant-Vic

Sent by: Bibiche
From: France
For: Private swap
Notes:  Nohant-Vic is a commune in central France, consisting of two villages, Nohant and Vic. I thought at first that this was the Church of Saint-Martin; however, after researching it a bit more, I realized that this church looks similar, but is not the same one as it is a bit smaller and the tower is shorter.  I'm not sure of the name of it, but I did find a photo on TripAdviser that says it is on the grounds of the Auberge de la Petite Fadette hotel.   

Nohant-Vic is probably most famous as the home of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, the novelist better known by the pseudonym George Sand.  Bibiche wrote quite a bit about her on the back of the card. It sounds like she was a rather interesting and scandalous person. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Riddle Me This

USA US-1117768 received 05-13-2011

Sent by: karxoslu
From: Ohio, USA
ID number: US-1117768
Notes: I bet you can guess the answer to this riddle.  I mean, the answer is right there.  The back of the card claims that this is the state's favorite riddle.  I doubt that's really true.  In fact, I'm fairly certain that people from Ohio are actually pretty sick of it.  

Anyone have a better riddle?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

F is for...

Finland FI-2075254 received 04-21-2014

Sent by: Katalonia
From: Finland
ID number: FI-2075254
Notes: This lovely dome is inside the Uspenski (or Uspensky) Cathedral, an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki, Finland. The name comes from the Old Church Slavonic (the first Slavic literary language) uspenie, which signifies the Dormition (death) of the Virgin Mary.  The cathedral was built between 1862 and 1868, and is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary).  It is the largest orthodox church in Western Europe.

France - Eguisheim

Sent by: MILYA
From: France
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 608
Notes: To me, this town almost doesn't look real, but rather more like a movie set.  All those flowers are gorgeous!  This is the town of Eguisheim, located in the Alsace region of eastern France.  In May of 2013, it was voted the "Favorite French Village", a title that annually passes from town to town in France.  Alsace is a wine-producing region, and Eguisheim apparently produces a high quality Alsatian wine.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Browns and Balloons

USA US-999079 received 02-11-2011

Sent by: silencedogwood
From: Columbus, Ohio, USA
ID number: US-999079
Notes: This stadium was simply known as Cleveland Browns Stadium until 2013, when FirstEnergy purchased the naming rights.  It is now known, not surprisingly, as FirstEnergy Stadium.  It opened in 1999, and as I'm sure you've already guessed, it is home to the Cleveland Browns NFL team.  As of the 2014-15 season, it is one of only two stadiums in the NFL that has never hosted a playoff game or a Superbowl.  The other stadium is Levi's Stadium, the current home of the San Francisco 49ers, which just opened in July of 2014.  Since the Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999, they have only made the playoffs once (in 2002), and they lost in the first round to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh.

Ohio - Balloon Rally, Coshocton

Sent by: tdkeirns
From: Athens, Ohio, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: Every year, there is a hot air balloon rally at the Coshocton Fairgrounds in Coshocton, Ohio.  Coshocton is a city of over 11,00 people located in east central Ohio.  It is next to the former Ohio and Erie Canal, and features Roscoe Village, a restored town of the canal era that is now a tourist attraction.  There is also a horse-drawn boat that gives rides on the canal.

In case anyone is interested in going, this year's balloon rally will take place June 4-6.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Them Bones

Ethiopia ET-1124 received 06-30-2014

Sent by: anamedina
From: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ID number: ET-1124
Notes: Receiving a postcard from anywhere in Africa is a fairly rare event, so that makes this card pretty special.  The sender is originally from San Diego, but works as a teacher at an international school in Addis Ababa.  The card shows AL 288-1, more commonly known as Lucy.  It is a 40% complete skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis female, who lived about 3.2 million years ago.  She was found in 1974 in the Awash Valley in Ethiopia, and is now preserved in the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.