Thursday, February 11, 2016

It's a Real Bear...Lake

USA US-3632683 received 10-08-2015

Sent by: aneleveld
From: Northglenn, Colorado, USA
ID number: US-3632683
Notes: This is the third of the missing cards.  It is a linen card with a scalloped border, and it shows Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  The lake was created by glaciers during the ice age, and it sits at and elevation of 9,450 feet (2,880 m).  The mountain in the background is Longs Peak, which was named in honor of explorer Stephen Harriman Long.  It is 14,259 ft. (4,346 m) tall, making it the tallest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, but still only the 13th tallest peak in Colorado.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fly Your Flag

Netherlands NL-3037447 received 07-07-2015

Sent by: Lisabosch
From: Bunnik, Netherlands
ID number: NL-3037447
Notes: As you can probably guess by where the sender of this card lives, this is the flag of the Netherlands.  Variations of it have been used since 1572, making it the oldest tricolor national flag still in use.  It is very similar to the flag of Luxembourg, but the blue on the Luxembourg flag is a lighter shade.  The Netherlands flag may also be confused with the flag of France, which has the same colored stripes, but vertically instead of horizontally.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

L.A. La Land

California - Los Angeles Skyline

For: North American Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 94: States from A-L Viewcards
Notes: I'm sure the city of Los Angeles is familiar to most people because of Hollywood.  The skyline has also been featured in many movies and television shows (NCIS: Los Angeles for example).  This is the downtown district, which is home to over 500,000 jobs.  The round building towards the right is the U.S. Bank Tower, which is the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River.  The black and white building next to it is the Aon Center, the second tallest in California.  

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy New Year...Four Years Late!!

Taiwan TW-451464 received 02-08-2012

Sent by: meji
From: Taoyuan, Taiwan
ID number: TW-451464
Notes: Today is the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year.  We leave the Year of the Goat behind, and start the Year of the Monkey, specifially the Fire Monkey (as opposed to the Water, Wood, Earth or Metal Monkey).  This card is from the Lunar New Year in 2012 - the Year of the Dragon.  You can see the dragon's body forms the numbers 2012.  Based on the twelve year cycle, the next Year of the Dragon will be 2024, and the next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.  The element of the next Year of the Monkey will be Earth.

meji wished me a Happy New Year on this card - Gong Xi Fa Chai.  That is the Cantonese pronounciation.  Usually in the U.S., we hear the Mandarin version - Gong Hei Fat Choy.  Both use the same Chinese characters.  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Oh, the Pain!!

Netherlands NL-3171538 received 10-10-2015

Sent by: amyvynwijk
From: Woensdrecht, Netherlands
ID number: NL-3171538
Notes: This is another of the missing cards that I mentioned the other day.  I still have not found them, even after I looked under the couch.  They'll turn up eventually, I'm sure.  

Although I usually preview viewcards (postcards that show real places), I really like cards like this type of card from Nouvelles Images.  I have several others, showing chocolate, cheese, and foods from Morocco.  This one, obviously, shows bread, known as 'pain' in French.  They all seem to be loaves of what we would call artisan bread.  No Wonder Bread here!