Monday, March 31, 2014

Day Thirty-One

Sent by: maribeiro
From: Brazil
ID number: BR-172666
Notes: Paraty (pronounced Par-a-CHEE) is a colonial town near Rio de Janeiro.  The town was founded in 1667, and these buildings date to that time.  Paraty was an important gold export port after very rich gold mines were found nearby in 1696.  Do you think that is the reason that the doors are that (hideous!) gold color?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Day Thirty

Sent by: Cheyenne-Blue
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-252173
Notes:  Here you see the St. Mary-Magdalene Church in Minsk.  I'm not sure if I'm more fascinated by the tower on the right or that bright green roof.  That's definitely not a color that I would have chosen.

Sent by: sauchuk
From: Brest, Belarus
ID number: BY-66126
Notes: These are scenes from the city of Brest, which is in southwest Belarus.  It had previously been part of Poland, the Russian empire, and the Soviet Union.  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Day Twenty-Nine

Sent by: windexpress31
From: Santos, Brazil
ID number: BR-172309
Notes: This is the Museu de Café in Santos.  In case you don't know Portuguese, that translates to Coffee Museum.  Apparently there is a museum for everything!  As I don't drink coffee, I can't say that this would be a museum I'd really enjoy, but in the interest of learning something new, I would probably go.

Sent by: luizasette
From: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
ID number: BR-221435
Notes: This is  the Praça da Estação (Station Square) in Belo Horizonte.  The building is an old train station that is now the Museum of Art and Workmanship.  It's certainly bright!  The clock on the tower is the first public clock in the city.  I'm not sure why Wikipedia felt the need to include that tidbit, but it's one of only 3 lines in the article about the square.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Day Twenty-Eight

Sent by: Nelie
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-346461
Notes:  What a sweet face!  And those little fingers!  I'm not sure which species of monkey this is (possibly Capuchin?), but it sure it adorable.  This card is from the Grodno Zoo.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Day Twenty-Seven

Sent by: Teodoro
From: Andradina, Brazil
ID number: BR-156205
Notes: This is the city of Andradina.  I could not find very much information on it.  Wikipedia only has two lines, and most of the other information is in Portuguese, which I don't read.  There is apparently a soccer player who was born in the city whose nickname is Andradina. He, however, plays for a team in Poland.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Day Twenty-Six

Sent by: Camomilic
From: Belarus
ID number: BY-54449
Notes:  This is a drawing of the Mir (or Mirsky) Castle Complex in Mir, Belarus.  The card must have come to me in an envelope, as the entire back of the card is covered with a message from the sender.  I like it when people write more than just "Happy Postcrossing!"  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Day Twenty-Five

Sent by: sonjastupar
From: Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina
ID number: BA-2084
Notes: This is the one and only card that I have ever received from Bosnia and Herzegovina.  According to the sender, the photo is of a pedestrian street called Gospodska in the center of Banja Luka.  It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1969.  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Day Twenty-Four

Sent by: koritsa
From: Belarus
ID number: BY-160084
Notes: The sky behind the St. Virgin Mary Church in Zaslauye (or Zaslawye), Belarus in this photo almost looks more like a painting than a real sky to me.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Day Twenty-Three

Sent by: MiloKaiser
From: Belgium
ID number: BE-111870
Notes:  This lovely building is the Church of Saint-Jacques in Liège, Belgium.  The church was originally meant as a stop for pilgrims on the road to Santiage de Compostela in Spain.

Sent by: rafabiglia
From: São Paulo, Brazil
ID number: BR-165712
Notes: The current São Paulo Museum of Art building was built in 1968, and stands 8 meters (a little over 26 feet) above the ground.  There are also several underground floors.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Day Twenty-Two

Sent by: unbendable
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: 49593
Notes:  Here you see the Church of St. Roch in Minsk, also known as the Church of the Holy Trinity.  It was finished in 1864, and closed in the 1930s, when all of the valuables were removed by Soviet authorities. 

Sent by: Jozzy
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-225219
Notes: This building is a bit more modern than on most of the other Belarus cards I have been posting.  It is actually a cinema house where the sender goes to see movies.  Now, I do occasionally go to the movies, most of the time at one of my local AMC Theatres.  I certainly can't see anyone making postcards showing any of those buildings, so this card struck me as rather unusual.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Day Twenty-One

For: Around the World Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 55 (Churches/Cathedrals)
Notes: Ok, so this card came in the traveling envelope that was supposed to have all cards of churches and cathedrals.  However, in researching these buildings, I have realized that neither of them is actually a church or a cathedral.  What a gyp!  :)  The building on the left is the King's House.  The building on the right, which is across the Market Place from the King's House, is the Town Hall.  And of course, in the middle is the oh-so-classy Manneken Pis statue. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Day Twenty

Sent by: Tattty
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-52361
Notes:  This is the entry gate of the same castle that I posted on Tuesday.  To me, it's a very unusual looking castle because of the yellow stucco facade.  I guess I'm used to castles with stone walls.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Day Nineteen

Sent by: violine
From: Belgium
ID number: BE-60065
Notes: I wish I could tell you what this building is, but I have no idea.  The card has a long message from the sender on the back.  The message was typed on a computer, printed, cut out and pasted on the card, thereby covering up any caption that might give me a hint of what the card shows.  While a long message is nice, I'm fairly certain it is the same message that the sender put on all of the cards she sent, making it rather impersonal.  I prefer to write something specifically to each person receiving a card I send.  Plus I make sure to never cover up the caption.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Day Eighteen

Sent by: STALKER2
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-565283
Notes: This is Niasvizh (or Nesvizh) Castle.  According to the sender, Philip, it is the most mysterious castle in Belarus because of the legend of the Black Lady.  I was able to find a bit about the legend.  Supposedly the Black Lady is Barbara Radziwill, who was married to King Sigismund II Augustus.  He married her for love, which angered his mother, who wanted a more politically beneficial marriage.  The legend says that his mother poisoned Barbara, and so her ghost haunts the castle.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Day Seventeen

Sent by: monsieurvalentine
From: Belgium
For: Ad Cards Round Robin - Group 9
Notes:  This isn't a true postcard, as there is no room on the back for an address, stamps or a message.  Instead, it is an ad for a real estate company.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Day Sixteen

Sent by: mfomich
From: Minsk, Belarus
For: Private swap
Notes: This is the National Academic Big Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.  Not a place I'd be interested in visiting (I'm not a fan of opera or ballet), but it's definitely an interesting looking building.

Sent by: Vlad-Cat
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: 529846
Notes: This is the Corpus Christi Church in Niasvizh (or Nesvizh), Belarus.  When it was finished in 1593, it was one of the first Jesuit churches in the world.  Check out the inside - there is a lot going on there!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Day Fifteen

Sent by: carlabean 
From: Japan
ID number: JP-75022
Notes: This is an image from the Sreepur Village in Bangladesh.  The sender, who is originally from the U.K., was teaching English in Japan.  She purchased this card to support a charity while in Bangladesh for a conference.  

Sent by: katriona
From: Belgium
ID number: BE-11502
Notes: This photo on this card was taken by the sender when she was in Bangladesh as a volunteer.  She didn't say what kind of volunteer work she did, but as she mentions that Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, I would guess it was some sort of humanitarian effort.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Day Fourteen

Sent by: Alexico_Neko
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-371638
Notes: This is St. Peter and Paul Church in Minsk.  It was built between 1611and 1613.  Yeah, that's about it. :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Day Thirteen

Notes: Hey look, I'm past the A's. :)  This is another card that I purchased myself.  I went to Dolphin Encounters as part of a shore excursion while on a Caribbean cruise 10 or 12 years ago.  Somewhere I have a picture of myself being kissed by a dolphin named Sean.  Yes, I really do remember his name.  Sometimes the random facts that stick in my brain baffle and amaze me.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day Twelve

Sent by: emmae
From: Melbourne, Australia
ID number: AU-156651
Notes:  This is the Flinders Street Station in Melbourne.  Actually, I think the caption on the back of the card says something else as well, but there is a platypus (stamp) covering it up.  There is also a stamp with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's engagement photo.  Lovely!

Hey, I think this is my last Australia card.  Well, at least in the box of 4x6 cards...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day Eleven

Sent by: Beate
From: Vienna, Austria
ID number: AT-13737
Notes:  Hey look, it's an Austrian card that I didn't buy myself...mostly because I didn't make it to Vienna.  The buildings on this card include St. Stephan's Cathedral, parliament and the opera house.  I don't know which is which because the card doesn't specify.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Day Ten

Sent by: HBomb
From: Sydney, Australia
ID number: AU-48162
Notes: Yes, it's another shot of Sydney Harbour.  But this one has BOTH the Harbour Bridge AND the Opera House.  Hey, with a view like that, it's not a surprise that Australians want to show it off.  

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Day Nine

Notes:  This is another of my purchases from my trip to Austria.  We spent a little bit of time in this pretty village (or as their sign boasts, the most beautiful village in Austria).  I remember going inside the church (see below), but not much else about it.

Notes: This is the interior of the Church of St. Oswald in Alpbach.  This is unfortunately not a very good photo of it though.  It looks very yellow here, but it wasn't.

As I have been going through my postcards, making sure that all of the descriptions and tags are as accurate as possible, I have done some research on the locations on the cards.  Occasionally, I'll learn something that really interests me.  In the case of researching more information on Alpbach and this church, I found out that Edwin Schrödinger is buried in the churchyard.  Yes, the Schrödinger's cat guy.  As a fan of The Big Bang Theory, I'm now upset that I didn't actually get a photo of his grave while I was there.  Of course, in 1997, I had never heard of him.  Oh well.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Day Eight

Sent by: MisterBen
From: Australia
ID number: AU-121872
Notes: This is the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, Australia.  It is one of Australia's Big Things - tourist attractions that are basically large statues of ordinary things.  We have oddities like that here in the U.S.  You can find out if there is one near you by checking Roadside America.

Sent by: Bae
From: Australia
For: Private swap
Notes: This is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Australia - Uluru, aka Ayers Rock. It's a popular destination for climbers.  I love how the rock changes colors depending on the lighting.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Day Seven

Notes: This is another card that I purchased when I was in Austria.  I really don't remember why we went to this town.  I'm fairly certain that it was just a day trip - we didn't actually stay there.  But it certainly was beautiful.  Seriously, look at that view!  I would totally love to live in this area...except for the fact that I don't speak German.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Day Six

From: Around the World Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 55 (Churches/Cathedrals)
Notes: The reason I didn't list a sender on this one is that it doesn't have one.  A traveling envelope round robin means that there is an envelope with (usually) 10 cards in it that travels from person to person in the group.  Each person can take a few cards and then replace them with the same number of cards of their own.  I'm sure there was some person from Australia in this particular group that added this card to the envelope.  I just have no idea who it was. 

FYI, this is the Trinity Garrison Church in Millers Point, Sydney, Australia.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Day Five

Notes:  I don't have any "Sent by" information on this card because it was never actually sent.  I purchased this card myself when I was in Salzburg, Austria in 1997.  This is the Cathedral of Salzburg.  It was completed and consecrated in 1628.  The interior is actually much more impressive than it looks in the photograph.  

As you can see, I decided to take a break from Australia.  I'll try to alternate more in the future instead of having so many posts from the same country in a row.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day Four

Sent by: bronwens
From: Australia
ID number: AU-135940
Notes: Every photo I see of Sydney makes me want to visit more.  Someday I will go there.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Day Three

Sent by: Bae
From: Australia
For: Private swap
Notes: Bae used to live in Darwin, which is known as "The Storm Capital of Australia".  I'm sure she saw a lot of really cool lightning like this.  The four locations listed on the back of the card are: East Point, Fannie Bay, Channel Point and Nightcliff Jetty.

You've probably noticed that the cards I have posted recently have all been from Australia.  One of my tasks on my checklist was to go through my postcard boxes and make sure they are on Flickr, the scan of the card looks good, they are in all the pertinent sets and groups, and they have all the proper tags.  So I have been going through my boxes of postcards doing this, and as I come across cards I haven't blogged, I post them here.  Since the boxes are organized alphabetically by country, you're going to be seeing countries that start with A for a while.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Day Two

Sent by: Lp1115
From: Sydney, Australia
ID number: AU-70627
Notes:  The sender, whose name is Danhong, is from China, but was in Australia to study at the University of Sydney. Looks like a great place to go to school.  I wonder how often the sunrises are so colorful?

Sent by: KathyS24
From: Australia
ID number: AU-74136
Notes: The sender got a hot-air balloon ride over the Yarra Valley (pictured) for her birthday.  That had to have been such an awesome ride - the scenery is clearly breathtaking!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Day One

Sent by:  Unknown
From: Australia
For: Unknown
Notes: I thought the caption on the card was appropriate.  The change is that I'm blogging again!  By the time this actually posts (I'm writing this on January 16th), I hope to have at least a month's worth of posts as a backlog.  I'll see how long it lasts.  I'm using a daily checklist app on my phone to help me get organized and do all those tasks that I've been meaning to do for so long. Checking off those little boxes after I complete something every day is satisfying and motivating, so I'm hoping I can keep it going. Slow and steady, spoonful of sugar, etc. etc.

Anyway, I don't remember who sent this card to me or when I received it.  It's not even a real postcard - it's an ad card for the Australian Conservation Foundation. But I think the image is very cool.

Sent by: Dorrie
From: Tasmania, Australia
ID number: AU-89038
Notes: This is actually a photo attached to a purple note card.  The photo was taken by the sender out of her dining room window.  Wow - nice view!