Monday, August 29, 2011

Shift Happens

Yes, once again, the AQ chat room folks have helped me pick out my postcards and come up with a topic.  We had been discussing shifty things, like Green Tortuga (long story, don't ask), so wassamatta u suggested that as the topic.  And I thought "What is more shifty than California?"  And I mean strictly tectonically, of course. ;)  Although, wassa DOES live in California, so I think that just adds another aspect to the 'shiftiness'.  hee hee hee




Wow, I thought Hollywood had big letters up on a hill, but look at the size of those!  :)  Burbank, like Hollywood, does have a number of movie studios, including The Walt Disney Studios, which is in the foreground of this picture, just above the freeway.  I was in Burbank in 2006 to see a taping of the Ellen Degeneres Show on the NBC lot, before she moved to the Warner Brothers lot.  I received the card from Postcrosser julieditor.






And here I though Burbank had big letters.  But look at those!  I guess it's appropriate for Sacramento to have the biggest letters...it is the capital of California, after all. :)  Postcrosser vchead sent this card to me.


P.S.  I REALLY wish that I could take credit for that title, but alas...that was wassa's idea as well.  *sigh*

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hip Hippo

Finland FI-560517 received 06-05-2009

This is Moominpappa, one of the characters in the Moomin comic strips/books, which are popular in Finland.   Interestingly, even though they originated in Finland, they were originally published in Swedish.  And despite their looks, the characters aren't actually hippopotamuses (hippopotami?) - they are trolls.  The Moomin phenomenon has spawed a number of Moomin TV series and movies, songs, an art exhibition and even a theme park called Moomin World.


I've seen many requests on the Postcrossing forum for Moomin postcards.  They're cute, but they aren't really something I'd go out of my way to collect.  I received this one as an official Postcrossing card from manniul.  Even the stamp has Moominpappa on it (the one on the right here).   :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

300!

No, this post isn't about the 2006 movie starring Gerard Butler (*drool*).  It is my 300th post.  So I thought I should post something special.  But it is another one of those nights where I am REALLY indecisive.  I keep scrolling and scrolling back and forth in my Flickr photostream.  Even my AQ chat room friends were no help, although they did try.


 -a few minutes later-


Ok, I think I finally found one.  This card is rather special because it was the sender's first official Postcrossing card, and only the 175th card sent from her country.  Let's see if you can guess where it is from.




Oh, before you guess, perhaps I should tell you that the location pictured isn't actually IN the country the card was sent from. :)  This is Ramoji Film City in India.  Supposedly, this is a Wild West street.  Umm...I'm not sure that they used paving stones on streets in the Wild West.  I could be wrong though. :)


Anyway, the card was sent to me by Postcrosser asmadi in Kazahkstan.  I'm sure I will probably never receive another card from there, so it is a little disappointing that the card doesn't actually SHOW Kazahkstan.  But at least the stamps and the postmark prove that it was sent from there. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Before Irene

I'm really, really glad that I don't live on the East Coast.  And between the earthquake and now Hurricane Irene, I'm really, really, REALLY glad that I don't live on the East Coast. Hopefully everyone in the path of the hurricane will be smart and evacuate.


According to the news reports, Irene will likely make landfall in North Carolina.  Which, before Irene, looked like this.


North Carolina - Greetings from North Carolina


Hopefully it will still look like this in a few days.  


I received this card from flight 1 of the US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hodge-Podge

A lot of the cards I received (and subsequently post) are single views of locations around the world.  But there are also cards that most Postcrossers refer to as multi-views...cards that have several views of a city or location. They can be nice if the pictures are put together well.  If not, they can be kind of a mess.  I have several that I haven't really been able to think of a reason to post before.  I guess this is my chance. :)




These are scenes from the city of Turku, Finland (Åbo is the Swedish name), including Turku Castle and what I'm guess in the Aura River. The card doesn't have a caption on the back, so I don't know for sure. I received this card as part of group 85 of the 12 Viewcards in an Envelope Round Robin.






Kernavė was the medieval capital of Lithuania, and is now an archaeological site and tourist destination.  This card does have a caption on the back.
"Pensive Christ. A parish home in Kernavė.  The pond 'Lithuania'. The 'Lourdes". 2000 years to the Holy Virgin Mary."
That's the exact caption.  I think it starts with the largest photo on the right, then goes to the upper middle, the bottom left and the upper left.  I think.  Anyway, I received this card from kisto4ka as part of group 82 of the Other Continent Round Robin.


Turkey - Multiview 2


This card also came from group 85 of the 12 Viewcards in an Envelope Round Robin.  There is a list of the location on the back, but they seem to be listed in a rather odd order.  Instead of listing them across the top and then across the bottom, or in clockwise order, they are listed upper left, lower left, upper middle, lower middle, upper right and lower right.  That just seems weird to me.  Here's the list of what is on the card.
1. Uçhisar - Cappodocia
2. Antalya
3. Sultanahmet Mosque - Istanbul
4. Life in Anatolia
5. The Grand Theatre - Ephesus
6. Pamukkale


I feel like I rambled a bit tonight.  Sorry about that.  I'll try to be more concise tomorrow night.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On the Right Track

Tonight's theme was chosen by my friends in the AQ chat room: trains.  I don't know what got them on that track, but I didn't feel they could be derailed.  Ok, enough with the puns.  I don't need to get side-tracked.  ;)


I guess trains must be important in Taiwan, because I found I had a number of possibilities just from that one country.  Here are three.




According to the caption on the back of the card, this is "The Scenic Railway of East Taiwan".  Postcrosser yang2978 sent the card to me.






This is the Tamshui Line Chientan Station, part of the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit System. The station was apparently built to look like a dragon boat, according to Postcrosser shiahen.


Finally, we have something essential to any railroad...the track.




This card was sent by Postcrosser sh1992.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Two from Thailand

I was going to add "on Tuesday" to the title, but I didn't want Goofy Girl to think I was copying her. ;)


Want to ride on an elephant?  Thailand is apparently a good place to do that.  Apparently elephants are also used to drag logs for the Thai timber industry.




From Postcrossing member yuphawan.






From Postcrossing member unclepostman.


I received these two cards just over 3 months apart.  They were both official Postcrossing cards, so this wasn't a planned theme or anything. :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pretty Views, Boring Title



Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa.  It is also one of the greenest cities in the world, with around six million trees in the city.  Looks like it also has some wicked lightning.






This is the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa.  It is the most visited tourist destination in the country.  Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa, with Pretoria being the executive capital and Bloemfontein the judicial capital. 


I received both of these cards as private swaps with Postcrosser Protea.  

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Smile!

USA US-429390 received 06-15-2009

From a young Postcrosser named dominiquefaith, who lives near Los Angeles, California.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What Would I Do without AQ?

I would have a lot more trouble writing my blog, that's for sure.  :)  Ok, let me 'splain.  Some random comments in the AQ chat room tonight made Fluffy Cow think of the movie 'Joe vs. the Volcano', which is a movie that I have only seen once a long time ago.  But it gave me inspiration to post a particular card. Which is good, because before that I had no ideas. :) Apparently my blog has become a group effort.  Anyway, here's the card.


Costa Rica - Poas Volcano National Park


This is the Poás Volcano National Park, which as you can probably see, is in Costa Rica.  I received the card from Flickr member 9teen87 (the link is to her postcard blog), who is actually from Florida, but traveled to Costa Rica a few years ago.  She offered to send cards the first 3 people in the Central American Postcards Flickr group who responded to her post.  I was one of the lucky 3. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

PG-13

WARNING: GUNS AND POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE
PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED 


I picked two movie cards for tonight, both of which depict people holding guns.  I thought I would post them together so that I only have to post a warning once.




I have no idea what this movie is about without looking it up, but I'd have to guess by their poses and their large guns that it is not a romantic comedy.  :)




This card is one of four advertising cards I received from Postcrosser alenas for group 9 of the Ad Cards Round Robin.  In case you are wondering, the tagline above is in Italian, as is the quote on the back of the card.




This next card is the one that I have hesitated to post for a while because I thought it might offend some people, especially if they normally like to show my postcards to their children. Obviously, this would be a good night to skip that.  :)




I'm sure many people will recognize that silhouette as James Bond. The movie is Casino Royale, which was Daniel Craig's first outing as Bond, and a movie that I have actually seen.  I didn't want to like Craig as Bond because I liked Pierce Brosnan so much, but he won me over.  I got this card from flight 37 of some round robin, but I'll be darned if I know which one!  

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

D is for....

DINOSAURS!


Colorado - Dinosaur National Monument


The stripey dinos are camarasaurs and the other ones are barosaurs.  Both species were herbivores, as is evidenced by the fact that they are both eating plants.  I received this card from Postcrosser Gymnast as part of the US to US Alphabetical Tag.  Her letter was obviously 'D'. :)  She actually got the card at the Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado.  


Does anyone else remember the Reading Rainbow episode where host LeVar Burton was at the Dinosaur National Monument?  I remember thinking at the time that it looked like a place I would like to visit.  Maybe someday...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Explain Something to Me....


Why is the water in this picture GREEN??  This postcard shows The Bund in Shanghai, China.  I looked up other pictures of it online, and I couldn't find a single other photo where the water was green.  It's the same color as the grass, for heaven sakes!  What the hay???  :)


I received this card from Postcrosser CathyTian. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Tour Around the Netherlands


This postcard doesn't tell me specifically what these pictures show, so the only thing is can tell you is that they are scenes of Roermond, which is a city in the southern part of the Netherlands.  I received the card as a swap with Postcrosser Nicolletjuhhhh. Apparently I sent her a card showing a map of Indiana.




The pillar in the foreground of this picture is the National Monument in Dam Square in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  It was built in 1956 as a World War II memorial.  The large building on the left is the Royal Palace, which was originally built as a city hall in 1655.  Postcrosser Eline90 sent the card to me as an official Postcrossing card.




Finally, we head to Nijmegen, in the eastern part of the Netherlands.  This tower, which was built in 1426, is called the Kruittoren, or Powder Tower.  It stands in the Kronenburgerpark in the center of town.  This was also an official Postcrossing card, this time from a Postcrosser called maps.



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Halcyon

I was in the AQ chat room tonight for the first time in quite a while, and I decided to ask for suggestions of what kind of card to post tonight.  Most of the suggestions I received were no go because I didn't have any postcards that fit.  Aurora did make a number of suggestions, two of which were sun and water.  I think this card satisfies both of those criteria.


USA US-451187 received 07-14-2009


This is the Michigan shoreline of Lake Michigan.  Coincidentally, Aurora is from Michigan, so it all worked out very well. :)  The card was actually sent by Postcrosser Amooyu, who is originally from Michigan, but lived in Oklahoma at the time she sent the card.  

Friday, August 12, 2011

Off Broadway


This is the Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, Brazil.  I received this card from Postcrosser Sati, who must have sent it in an envelope because there is nothing on the back.  If I didn't know it was a theater, I'd think it was a castle, especially with the statue and fountains out front.






Here is another theater, but this one is across the Pacific Ocean.  This is the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.  I received it from a swap with Postcrosser shui.  I sent her a card of one of the two MLB stadiums in Chicago (I don't remember which one) to help her complete her collection.  The stamp panel on the back of the card is HUGE...it takes up about 2/3 of the white space.  shui had to squeeze my address and her message to me in the space that was left. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Peachy

Japan JP-62999 received 04-10-2009

No, those aren't actually peaches.  They are one version of a Japanese confection known as wagashi, and they are traditionally served with tea.  I received the card from Postcrosser Yukimi.  The scan didn't come out very well because the surface of the card is textured.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Oh, Just Pick One Already!

I have been scrolling back and forth through my postcard images, trying to pick one or two for the last half hour. For some reason, I just can't decide. I suppose I could use my indecision as an excuse not to write a post tonight, but since I've already started writing something, it seem's silly to stop. I'm sure that you'd rather I stop blathering and just get on with the postcard, right? There's one that I've been considering posting for a while, but it might offend some people, so I have been hesitant to actually show it. Other cards are cool but I'd feel obligated to include information about the location, and I don't really feel like doing research right now. Argh.


*15 minutes later*


I resorted to flipping through the actual boxes of postcards. I think I found a viable candidate. It doesn't have an geographical location listed, so I don't have to research it, and I'm fairly certain that no one will find it offensive.


Belgium BE-39674 received 08-22-2009


Everyone is ok with a hot air balloon, right?  Ok, good.  I received this particular balloon from Postcrosser Lerik, who hails from Mons, Belgium.


Cross your fingers that I won't be so indecisive tomorrow night.  :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What a Quack!

I'm sure that this grumpy face will be familiar to many people.


Finland FI-543753 received 05-16-2009


Yes, it is indeed Donald Fauntleroy Duck.  Ahhh, I bet you didn't know that he had a middle name, did you? :)  He first appeared in The Wise Little Hen in 1934.  This card, however, appeared in my mailbox in May of 2009.  It was sent by Postcrosser Katiriina.

Monday, August 8, 2011

In the Heights

USA US-353809 received 03-14-2009

The Sandia Peak Tramway is the longest aerial tram in the U.S.  I received this card as an official Postcrossing card from nowaglas.  I have also swapped cards with her several times. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Three of a Kind

Goofy Girl posted 3 postcards on her blog earlier today.  Not to be outdone, I will post 3 as well. ;)  All three of these cards came from the 12 Viewcards in an Envelope Round Robin, as part of a group originated by effemmedia, who lives in Rome, Italy.  First up is the Palazzo Senatorio in the Piazza del Campidoglio.




The piazza is on Capitoline Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, and it was actually designed by Michelangelo.  The statue on horseback is of Marcus Aurelius.




Next up, we have the Pantheon, which dates from 126 AD.




The Pantheon was originally built as a temple to the Roman gods, but since the 7th century, it has been a Roman Catholic church.




Finally, we come to the Castel Sant'Angelo.  (No, I didn't misspell castle there.)




Originally, the tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian stood on this spot.  In 401 AD, the tomb was converted into a military fortress, which seemed to be a bit ineffective, because in 410, the tomb looted by Visigoths and most of the urns containing the ashes of the emperors were lost.  In the 14th century, the fortress was converted to a castle by the Pope, and it has also been used as a prison.


Thus concludes the history lesson. :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fashionably Late

I have to admit that as I write this, it is almost 2 AM Sunday morning.  But we're just going to pretend that it is still Saturday, ok? :)




As you can see, this is Eilean Donan Castle.  It is located on Loch Duich in the North West Highlands of Scotland.  What a fantastic looking place!  It is open to the public as a tourist attraction, after being restored in the early 20th century.  I recommend taking a look at the virtual tour.  I received this card as a swap from Postcrosser happysaz133.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Night Lights

I'm not sure if this picture was taken on a Friday, but it was definitely taken at night, and there are definitely lights.  :)




One of the buildings in the picture is apparently the Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. I'm pretty sure it is the reddish one that is lit up.  Postcrosser Tycik sent the card to me.






This may not LOOK like night, but it is.  And there is definitely light.  Not sure if it was a Friday though.  This card was sent  by Postcrosser darklady in Finland.  

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Neighbors



This is an aerial view of L'Escala on Spain's Costa Brava, which I received as a private swap from Postcrosser cabronada.  No, I don't need to clean my scanner - those dirty smudges in the sky are an unfortunate result of the card's travels through the postal system.


Spain's neighbor to the west on the Iberian Peninsula is Portugal, and here is a view (another aerial view at that) of Portugal's capital, Lisbon (aka Lisboa).


Portugal - Lisboa


I received this card from Amanda from Seattle.  She has postcards on her blog too. :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Zoo Bee Doo Bee Doo


These are the gates of the Tierpark Hagenbeck in Hamburg, Germany.  The zoo was founded in 1907, and is known as the first zoo to have animals in open enclosures surrounded by moats rather than in cages.  I received the card from Postcrosser Lukas-Radik.





This card, from Postcrosser mutejomi, shows some animals at the Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic.  Clockwise from top left:  Red Panda; Southern Cassowary (the big bird in the middle); Amur Leopard; Pudú;  South American Tapir.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Change of Plans

I had two cards all picked out for tonight, one of which was from Washington state.  Then I remembered that I posted a card from Washington on Saturday, and since I don't like to post cards from the same place that close together, I had to go back to the drawing board.  Or rather, to the AQ chat room, where I offered up a couple of suggestions for people to vote on.  I am going with Mississippi because Fluffy Cow "likes the i's".  Yeah....she was the only one who responded to my poll. :)


Mississippi - Mississippi State Historical Museum and old Capitol Building


According to the caption on the back, this is a "View of the Mississippi State Historical Museum and old Capitol Building."  To me, it looks like a road with a monument in the median.  But I guess they are referring to the buildings on either side of the road.  Postcrosser CBear sent me this card for a swap.


Mississippi - Natchez Trace Parkway, Fall Hollow


This is a view of a waterfall in Fall Hollow, along the Natchez Trace Parkway.  I also received this card in a swap, this time with Postcrosser nowaglas.


Sorry about the title.  wassa (aka Mark) sometimes helps me spice up the titles a bit, but he wasn't in good form tonight.  Useless, I tell you, utterly useless! :D