Saturday, May 31, 2014

Day Ninety-Two

Sent by: joutikki
From: Finland
ID number: FI-879962
Notes: At 1328 meters above sea level, Halti is the highest place in Finland.  The summit, at 1365 meters, is actually across the border in Norway.  The monument at the summit is shown in the smaller photo.

Sent by: Kissatati
From: Finland
ID number: FI-949516
Notes: This church is in what used to Sahalahti, Finland.  The town became part of Kangasala in 2005.  I was actually unable to find any information on the church.  I don't know if I wasn't searching for the right name, because I know sometimes the names are different in English than they are in Finnish, but it was pretty baffling to me.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Day Ninety-One

Sent by: Suilaruin
From: Wassenberg, Germany
ID number: DE-1004856
Notes: I don't think I can tell you much about this card.  There is no caption on the back, the sender didn't give me any information and I was unable to figure out what any of the locations were by searching on the internet.  I do know that Wassenberg is a city of about 17,000 in west central Germany, near the border with the Netherlands.  Other than that, I'm stumped!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Day Ninety

Sent by: Darpsa
From: Finland
ID number: FI-855290
Notes: The wooden pot is not a planter.  Instead it is used in a sauna to hold the water that is thrown on the stones.  Apparently, while in the sauna, you also hit yourself (gently) with the birch branches.  According to Darpsa, saunas are an essential part of life in Finland.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Day Eight-Nine

Notes: One of the places I visited while in Germany in 1997 was the Salzbergwerk in Bertchesgaden, right across the border from Salzberg, Austria.  It's a salt mine that has been in operation since the 1500's.  We rode on the tram like the one pictured for part of the tour, and yes, we were all given outfits to wear to keep our clothes clean.  I don't remember getting a hat though.  

I normally only post one card on weekdays, but as it is my birthday, I can do whatever I want! 

Notes: We also got to ride on this boat across the lake in the mine.  As you can probably guess, the lake is salt water.

Notes: Wheeeeeee!  There are a number of these slides in the mine, and they were another reason that we were given special clothes to wear.  My mom opted to use the stairs, but my dad and I slide down the slides with some others from our group.  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Day Eighty-Eight

Sent by: tiinav
From: Oulu, Finland
ID number: FI-864246
Notes: This card is from the Ähtäri Zoo in Ähtäri, Finland.  The zoo features animals in their natural environments.  The first animal at the zoo when it opened in 1973 was a moose.  As you can see, they now have other animals such as foxes and wolves and bears (oh my!)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Day Eighty-Seven

Notes: I spent two weeks in Germany and Austria in 1997, and visiting Neuschwanstein was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.  Seriously, I wanted to move in.  The castle was built in the late 1800's by King Ludwig II of Bavaria.  I like this particular shot because you can see Ludwig's childhood home, Hohenschwangau Castle, in the background on the right.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Day Eighty-Six

Sent by: Toita
From: Seinäjoki, Finland
ID number: FI-1477647
Notes: This card shows various locations in Seinäjoki, Finland.  The top center photo is the interior of the Lakeuden Risti Church, and tower on the left is the bell tower for the same church.  I believe the sculpture in the middle has something to do with the railroad.

Sent by: tuulamummu
From: Tampere, Finland
ID number: FI-1339899
Notes: Anybody want to go for a ride?  Then go to Särkänniemi Adventure Park in Tampere.  The park consists not only of the amusement park, but also an aquarium, a planetarium, a childrens' zoo, an observation tower, an art museum and the world's northernmost dolphinarium.  Wow!  Definitely something for everyone there!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Day Eighty-Five

Sent by: Juneau22
From: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
ID number: DE-316951
Notes: Gelsenkirchen is a city of over 250,000 in western Germany.  
-  The Himmelstreppe, which means Stairway to Heaven, is built out of stones from old coal mine buildings, and it sits on a hill of sand and stone dug out of the mines.  
-  The Rhein-Herne Canal connects the Rhein River with the Dortsmund-Ems Canal, and has a series of locks to raise the water level over 100 feet.
-  The Zeche Nordstern, aka the North Star Mine, is an old coal mine.  It ceased operating in 1982.
-  Wissenschaftspark means Science Park.  The Wikipedia page I found about it was in German, and the translation didn't make a whole lot of sense.  I think that the park is home to companies researching energy technology, information and communication technology and health care.  The 300 meter long glass building hosts receptions and exhibitions, and there is a neighborhood park adjacent to the building and the lake.
- Veltins-Arena is the home of the Schalke 04 Football (SOCCER!) Club.
-  Schloss Berge is a castle which has been converted into a hotel and restaurant.
-  Newmarkt means New Market, and not surprisingly, a market is held on the street.

Sent by: minitraum
From: Germany
ID number: DE-428116
Notes: There is no caption or any other information on the back of this card, so please just enjoy the lovely hot air balloons.  (Almost typed hot hair balloons.  Wonder what those would look like!)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Day Eighty-Four

Sent by: Kaisla70
From: Finland
ID number: FI-1484315
Notes: As the card says, this is the Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights.  Auroras are caused by the collision of charged particles high in the atmosphere.  I know they have occasionally been seen as far south as the continental United States, but normally they can only been seen in the more northern latitudes.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Day Eighty-Three

Sent by: BirgitLay
From: Germany
ID number: DE-904801
Notes:  This is Mannheim Palace in Mannheim, Germany.  It was originally the residence of the Prince-electors of the Electorate of the Palatinate of the House of Wittelsbach.  Umm...yeah, that's what it was.  It is now used by the University of Mannheim at its central building complex.  Can you imagine going to college in a palace?  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Day Eighty-Two

Sent by: mikkeeli
From: Finland
ID number:  FI-1344610
Notes: As you can probably guess by the logo in the upper left corner, this is a World Wildlife Fund card to support conservation.  I'm sure a lovely clean stream flowing through the woods is exactly the type of thing that WWF would like to conserve.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Day Eighty-One

Sent by: EliElfe
From: Germany
ID number: DE-652085
Notes:  Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an 18th century philosopher and composer from the Republic of Geneva (now part of Switzerland).  Philosophy is not something I purport to understand, so I won't try to explain Rousseau's beliefs.  You can read about them here.  The caption on the front says "The trees, the bushes, the plants are the jewelry and the garment of the earth."  At least that's what Google Translate came up with.  The photo shows the Silberstrasse in Annaberg, in the Saxony region in eastern Germany.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Day Eighty

Sent by: Veskari5
From: Timola, Finland
ID number: FI-1692759
Notes:  It's the Finnish flag flying over a lake.  Umm....yeah, that's about it!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Day Seventy-Nine

Sent by: floradeluna
From: France
ID number: FR-195170
Notes: The chateau of Sully-sur-Loire was built in the 14th century at a strategic crossing on the Loire River. The river flows through the Loire Valley, which is known as the Garden of France, as it is filled with vineyards, orchards, and fields of artichokes and asparagus.  

Sent by: kirsty34
From: Montpellier, France
ID number: FR-137569
Notes: Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is located in a narrow valley between the Gellone and Hérault rivers.  It was a stop on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Day Seventy-Eight

Sent by: Jenni01
From: Finland
ID number: FI-1106813
Notes: This card shows the late Finnish cross-country skier Mika Myllylä.  He won 3 medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and 3 more, including a gold, at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.  Unfortunately, he was suspended in 2001 for using EPO.  He retired from skiing in 2005, and was found dead in his home in 2011.  His death was ruled an accident.

Sent by: annekatariina
From: Finland
ID number: FI-1514958
Notes: I'm dumb.  I typed the quote on this card into Google Translate so I would be able to tell you what it says.  Then I turned the card over and realized that annekatariina had already translated it for me.  *sigh*  The good news is that Google Translate did a very good job of giving me an accurate translation.  I suppose you want to know what it says, huh?  It says: "You can find the treasures of the ocean if you dare to leave sight of the shore."

Friday, May 16, 2014

Day Seventy-Seven

Sent by: Lia69
From: Netherlands
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 310
Notes: This card shows the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, so it's a bit confusing to me why someone from the Netherlands sent it to me.  Perhaps it is just me being grumpy, but I think that cards should come from the country that the Postcrosser actually lives in!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Day Seventy-Six

Sent by: MermaidMaria
From: Vaasa, Finland
ID number: FI-1212074
Notes: Here you can see various landmarks in Vaasa.  I'm not sure what the top building is, but I have found other views of it that show the name C.J. Hartman on top of the building.  Along the bottom of the card are the Tropiclandia Resort, the Raippaluoto Bridge, which is the longest bridge in Finland, and the Trinity Church.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Day Seventy-Five

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle, Washington
Notes: This is another card sent to me by my friend Ryan while he was on one of his hikes.  In this particular case, he was hiking El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in 2012.  He picked up this card of Cajarc, a medieval city along the Lot River, on day nine of the hike, after having started from Le Puy, France.  According to Ryan, it was 100 degrees that day.  UGH!  I can't stand heat like that, and I certainly wouldn't want to try hiking in it.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Day Seventy-Four

Sent by: brkip
From: Turku, Finland
ID number: FI-763749
Notes: Although this card does not specify which buildings are shown, I believe I have figured it out with the help of Wikipedia.  Actually, I have identified a lot of buildings on postcards by going to the Wikipedia page for the city and looking at pictures.  Anyway, the top two pictures are of Turku Cathedral and the Turku Museum of Art, and the bottom two are the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum and the Turku Castle.  

Monday, May 12, 2014

Day Seventy-Three

Sent by: DariaBu
From: Yekaterinburg, Russia
ID number: RU-1083229
Notes:  While the sender was originally from Russia, she was living in France for a month when she said this card to me.  It shows the traditional costumes of Boulogne-sur-Mer, a city on the English Channel in the north of France.  It is the country's largest fishing port, specializing in herring.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Day Seventy-Two

Sent by:  marzze
From: Finland
ID number: FI-764146
Notes: Pretty kitty!  This is a lynx at the Helsinki Zoo.  Interestingly, the genus and species for this animal is Lynx lynx.  Yeah, so that name won't score many points for originality.  

Sent by: raspa
From: Espoo, Finland
ID number: FI-817495
Notes: Another pretty kitty!  This is a lynx as well.  I just love those tufts on top the of the ears.  

I had to do a bit of research on the stamp on this card.  It's a potato with a face, and it's holding a letter in its hand.  Apparently, the Finnish postal service issued stamp of vegetables, and they included a sheet of body and face parts to customize the stamps!  Seriously!  How cool is that?  Dear USPS, please make our stamps fun like that!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Day Seventy-One

Sent by: Shotted
From: France
ID number: FR-133659
Notes: The is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world, Notre Dame in Paris.  It was one of the first buildings in the world to have flying buttresses.  Stop snickering, it's a architecture term. :)  The cornerstone of the cathedral was laid in 1163, and construction was finished in 1345.  Several bouts of rioting, including one during the French Revolution, damaged the cathedral, and World War II caused even more damage.  A restoration project was started in 1991, and expected to last 10 years, but was still going as of 2010 (according to Wikipedia).

Friday, May 9, 2014

Day Seventy

Sent by: explosive92
From: Finland
ID number: FI-789208
Notes: I think this card is pretty self explanatory.  It has a pretty stamp on it - a fairy stamp like this.  Her wings are glittery. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Day Sixty-Nine

Sent by: Vinie
From: Grenoble, France
ID number: FR-85972
Notes: I'm not sure if this photo is actually of a mountain near Grenoble, or if it's just a generic photo.  I'm thinking it's just a generic photo, as the caption on the back just says (in French): Mountain image.  The spectacle of winter.  Wow, thanks, that's really helpful!  By the way, the name on the front of the card, René Gérard, is the name of the photographer.  I spent WAY too long trying to figure that out, until I finally looked at the publication info on the back of the card.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Day Sixty-Eight

Sent by: Fin-Xena
From: Kemi, Finland
ID number: FI-803527
Notes: This postcard shows what to me looks like a frozen lake.  There is no caption on it, and the sender doesn't mention the location...if she even knew what it was.  It IS pretty generic.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Day Sixty-Seven

Sent by: Marieuh
From: Valenciennes, France
ID number: FR-105643
Notes: This appears to be a park in Valenciennes.  I really wonder what that little building on the island is for.  Is it a bird feeder for the waterfowl?  Is it a house for fairies?  It is a Lilliputian vacation home?  I couldn't find any information on it, so we may never know...

Monday, May 5, 2014

Day Sixty-Six

Sent by:  Mimmi01
From: Finland
ID number: FI-745271
Notes: This church is in the town of Alavieska, Finland.  The sender was 8 years old (at the time), and she wrote the message on the card herself.  I really like receiving cards from kids.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Day Sixty-Five

Sent by: SaintEx
From: France
ID number: FR-161294
Notes: Belfort is in north eastern France, not far from the border with Switzerland.  The Savoureuse River runs through the city, as you can see in several of the pictures.  The Lion of Belfort, on the upper right, is a famous sculpture by Frédéric Bartholdi, who also created The Statue of Liberty. The lion is made of red sandstone, and it stands near the Belfort Citadel.

Sent by: VAL-SAMU21
From: France
ID number: FR-64693
Notes: Lac Kir is a manmade lake in Dijon, in the Burgundy region in France. It was created in 1964 by the mayor of Dijon, Félix Kir.  I think you may be able to guess where the lake got its name.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Day Sixty-Four

Sent by: Sunshinegirls
From: Finland
ID number: FI-531835
Notes: This is Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland. Construction on the castle was started in 1475, and the city was founded 1639 because of the brisk trade business generated by the castle.  The castle itself is on an island, and has three towers (which you can see in the photo).  

Sent by: mervi
From: Lohja, Finland
ID number: FI-1087425
Notes: Lohja is a city of almost 40,00 people in southern Finland.  The main focus of this photo is apparently supposed to be the church amidst the trees on the right, as that is what the caption on the back of the card references.  It is the Church of St. Lawrence, and dates to the 15th century. 

I'm glad I double-checked this entry before it posted today.  I had both images showing the same card.  Oops!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Day Sixty-Three

Sent by: Triinanna
From: Estonia
ID number: EE-76116
Notes: This card came from a young girl named Anna, who wrote her own name very nicely and also drew some flowers for me.  The photo is of Ammende Villa, a hotel in the city of Pärnu, Estonia. The villa was built in 1904 by a local magnate merchant for his daughter's wedding.  The building has had a varied history, having been a summer casino and club, a health establishment, a library, and during Soviet times, a dental clinic.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Day Sixty-Two

Sent by: jeanetta
From: Tampere, Finland
ID number: FI-561410
Notes: Tampere is the third largest city in Finland, with a population of over 220,000 people.  By comparision, Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, has a population of over 2.7 million people. As you can see from this photo, there aren't many tall buildings in Tampere.  In fact, the only building over 200 feet tall in Tampere is the Hotel Ilves at 208 feet.  (In case you are wondering, the Willis Tower in Chicago is 1,451 feet tall.)