Monday, June 30, 2014

Day One Hundred Twenty-Two

Korea KR-31421 received 02-18-2012

Sent by: oversmile
From: South Korea
ID number: KR-31421
Notes: This is one of only two cards I have received from South Korea, and one of only a handful of cards sent by oversmile.  As with a number of cards from Asian countries, the back of the card is meant to be written vertically rather than horizontally, so my address is actually at the bottom of the card instead of the right-hand side.  I was looking at the landmarks shown on this card and one of them made me do a double take to make sure I was reading it correctly.  See if you can figure out which one.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Day One Hundred Twenty-One

Sent by: iSteven
From: Pennsylvania, USA
For: Lottery for Round Robin Hosts
Notes: I actually won this card, along with 5 or 6 others, in a lottery on the Postcrossing forum for people who ran round robins, which I did at the time.  It shows the Plattentheke in Munich in 1962.  These four very stylishly-dressed young people seem to be listening to some records like those on the wall behind them.  

Sent by: Yoko1504
From: Cologne, Germany
ID number: 1141615
Notes: This lovely evening scene (I suppose it could be dawn...I don't know for sure) of Colonge shows the Hohenzollern Bridge (bless you!) in front of the Cologne Cathedral.  The bridge, which was destroyed during WWII and subsequently rebuilt, crosses the Rhine River.  Instead of automobiles, the bridge carries rail traffic.  
Construction of the cathedral began in 1248, but was halted in 1473.  Construction resumed in the 1800's and was completed in 1880, making the cathedral the tallest building in the least until 1884.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Day One Hundred Twenty

Japan JP-68641 received 06-04-2009

Sent by: nyokirin
From: Japan
ID number: JP-68641
Notes: The Toyko Imperial Palace has been the Japanese Emperor's residence since 1869, leaving the Kyoto Imperial Palace, shown here, vacant.  In 1877, the preservation of the Kyoto palace was ordered.  Today, the grounds are open to the public, and the Imperial Household agency leads tours through the buildings.  I'm not sure if this photo shows a wall or one of the buildings.  It's not identified on the card.

Japan JP-157459 received 03-24-2011

Sent by: errielle
From: Japan
ID number: JP-157459
Notes: This is Osaka Castle, as seen from Nishinomaro Garden.  The castle played a major role in the unification of Japan in the 1500's.  The main tower is shown here.  It is 5 stories above ground with another three below.  I love how this photo makes it look like the castle is the tallest thing around.  Perspective is everything.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Day One Hundred Nineteen

Sent by: Stinie
From: Trier, Germany
ID number: DE-550248
Notes: Trier claims to be the oldest city in Germany, having been founded as August Treverorum in about 16 B.C. by Emperor Augustus.  The four photos across the bottom show: A. Porta Nigra, a large Roman city gate.  B. High Cathedral of St. Peter in Trier, the oldest cathedral in the country.  C. The Basilica of Constantine, which was built around 310 A.D.  D.  Ruins of Roman baths.  All four locations are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighteen

Japan JP-174324 received 06-16-2011

Sent by: kiki_lala
From: Toyko, Japan
ID number: JP-174324
Notes: At its opening in 1983, Toyko Disneyland was the first Disney theme park outside of the U.S.  It, along with Toyko DisneySea nearby, are the only two Disney parks not wholly owned by the Walt Disney Company.  The sender, kiki_lala, said she visited Disneyland in California also and was surprised at how much smaller Sleeping Beauty's castle was compared to Cinderella's castle in Toyko.  Never having seen either one, or any Disney park for that matter, I can't really comment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Day One Hundred Seventeen

Sent by: Victoria
From: Goldberg, Germany
ID number: DE-566842
Notes: Another card from Germany, another castle.  Although technically this one is a palace - Schwerin Palace, to be precise.  The palace sits on a island in the main lake in the city of Schwerin.  It used to be home to dukes and grand  dukes, but it currently serves as the seat for the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state parliament.  It's also apparently haunted, but fortunately Petermännchen is a good-natured spirit.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixteen

Italy IT-124437 received 02-28-2011

Sent by: calzabanda
From: Italy
ID number: IT-124437
Notes: This is an ad card for a cultural association, with the caption "Snapshots from the Party".  I think it was an art exhibition.  There must have been a lot of people at that party, because that's a LOT of pasta!  I'm the the sender picked this card for me because one of my requests is food postcards, especially with food typical of the sender's country.  I certainly do think of pasta when I think of Italy.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifteen

Sent by: decowoman
From: Germany
ID number: DE-578045
Notes: Eltz Castle is located in western Germany, and is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach River.  It is actually still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century.  That's over 30 generations in the same family! Even though it is privately owned, it is open for public tours.  

The sender was nice enough to include an old purplish stamp on the card, as purple is my favorite color. The value on it is listed in Reichsmarks, which have not been in use since 1948.  That gives you an idea of just how old it is.  It looks like this, except it is dark purple in color and is worth 2 marks instead of 3.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Day One Hundred Fourteen

Italy US-480560 received 08-21-2009

Sent by: owlman
From: Austin, Texas
ID number: US-480560
Notes: This is one of those cards that was sent from a different county than it depicts.  The Piazza di Spagna is a the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy.  If you ask me, though, it looks like the photo actually shows the Spanish Steps instead of the plaza at the bottom, so the caption is confusing.

Italy - Columns and Trellis, Capri

Sent by: Unknown
Notes: Yet another card from the mystery sender.  This lovely scene is from the island of Capri, which is located off the west coast of Italy in the Tyrrhenian Sea.  The extremely informative (sarcasm) caption on the back tells me that the pictures shows columns and a trellis.  Wow, I never would have guessed!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirteen

Sent by: Tina22Germany
From: Germany
ID number: DE-888447
Notes: As I mentioned in a previous entry, I visited Neuschwanstein Castle in 1997.  One of the members of our group was allowed to play a bugle in the Hall of the Singers (the room on the lower left).  The acoustics were amazing!

Sent by: Yogastar
From: Germany
ID number: DE-603170
Notes: This is another card that is more about the quote on the front than the location in the photo.  I can't tell you where this photo was taken, but I can give you a rough idea of what the quote says, thanks to a combination of translations from the send and Google Translate"  "Happiness is not to be found in the ever laughing sky, but in fine little things from which we build our lives."

Friday, June 20, 2014

Day One Hundred Twelve

Italy - Stalactites, Interior of the Grottos, Pertosa Caves

Sent by: Unknown
Notes: Another day, another cave postcard from a mystery sender.  This time, the card shows the Pertosa Caves near Pertosa, Italy.  Like the Castellana Caves, the Pertosa Caves are a karst cave system.  That means they were formed by water flowing through soluable rock.  There is still a lot of water in the cave due to the proximity of the Tanagro River.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Day One Hundred Eleven

Sent by: azuka
From: Germany
ID number: DE-1516804
Notes: Honestly, I'm not sure that this postcard shows a location IN Germany, as there is absolutely no information on it.  So I guess we'll just have to appreciate the scenery.  Or perhaps be creeped out by the rock on the left that looks like an alien's head. :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Day One Hundred Ten

Italy - Stalagtites, Castellana Caves

Sent by: Unknown
Notes: This card might have been sent by the same person who sent the cathedral postcard on Monday, although I can't really prove it because I have no idea who sent either one.  These are stalactites in the Castellana Caves.  The caves were discovered in 1938 and have since become one of the most famous show caves in Italy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Day One Hundred Nine

Sent by: angelikapa
From: Germany
ID number: DE-1481922
Notes: This photo makes the church look like it is in the middle of nowhere.  It is actually located just outside of Schwangau, which is probably most famous for Neuschwanstein Castle.  The church is named for Coloman of Stockerau, who was an Irish pilgrim on his way to the Holy Land.  He was mistaken for a spy and hanged in Stockerau, near Vienna, in 1012.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Day One Hundred Eight

Italy - Salerno

Sent by: Unknown
Notes: Somehow I have no information on who sent this card to me or why.  The sender wrote nothing on the card.  I do know that it is a panorama of Salerno, Italy, which is located in southwestern Italy.  The body of water is the Gulf of Salerno, part of the Tyrrhenian Sea.  Salerno was home to the first medical school in the world, the Schola Medica Salernitana, which was founded in the 9th century in the dispensary of a monastery.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Day One Hundred Seven

Sent by: kusselbear
From: Germany
ID number: DE-634725
Notes: Water is very important in the city of Kiel, as you can probably tell by the fact that most of these pictures contain water.  Kiel is located in northern Germany on the shores of the Baltic Sea, and it's one of the traditional homes of the Germany Navy fleet.  Shipbuilding is an important industry, and the University of Kiel is home to the Liebnitz Institute of Marine Sciences.  U-995, one of only a handful of WWII U-boats left in the world, is house at the Laboe Naval Memorial.  

Sent by: MrsEK
From: Germany
ID number: DE-1463394
Notes: This castle near Cochem, in western Germany, was built in the 12th century, but destroyed in the 17th century.  It lay in ruins until 1868, when a businessman purchased and restored it.  I was interested in the mural that is on the tower, but couldn't really tell what it was.  I found a another blog that had a close-up of it.  It is St. Christopher, with the Christ child on his shoulder.  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Day One Hundred Six

Sent by: aurora81
From: Milan, Italy
ID number: IT-94826
Notes: Here are various locations in Milan.  I was able to identify most of the.  At the top left is Porta Sempione, a gate that includes a triumphal arch known as Arco della Pace (the Arch of Peace).  Next is the Milan Cathedral, which took nearly six centuries to complete.  It is the 5th largest cathedral in the world.  I'm not sure what the first picture in the second row shows, other than a river.  But next to the river is Santa Maria delle Grazie, a Catholic church and Dominican convent.  Finally, the bottom row shows San Siro Stadium, La Scala Opera House and Sforza Castle.

Sent by: vaya
From: Italy
ID number: IT-131214
Notes:  This is the famous Grand Canal in Venice.  The boats are part of the Historical Regata, which takes place on the first Sunday of September.  The bridge in the background is the Rialto Bridge, the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal.  The central portico of the bridge is open, but shops line the ramp on either side.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Day One Hundred Five

Sent by: andy321
From: Germany
ID number: DE-533981
Notes:  The foundation for Wartburg Castle was laid in about 1068.  From 1521-1522, Martin Luther took refuge in the castle after his excommunication from the Catholic Church.  The castle was renovated many times, but in the 1950's and 60's, the East German government restored it to its 16th century appearance.  In 1999, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as an "Outsanding Monument of the Feudal Period in Central Europe".  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Day One Hundred Four

Sent by: mick88
From: Ireland
ID number: IE-4513

Notes:  I'm sure you would never, EVER be able to guess that this card shows the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.  Ok, unless you're illiterate, you probably did guess that.  Liffey means life, so I guess that means that it is the River of Life.  The bridge in the front looks like the Ha'penny Bridge, a pedestrian bridge made of cast iron.  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Day One Hundred Three

Sent by: Helga_Ni
From: Germany
For: Geography "Any Letter" Tag
Notes: Leer is a city of just under 35,000 in Lower Saxony, Germany.  There is evidence that there has been a settlement in the area since 3200 B.C.  Haus Samson, the building on the upper right, has been in existence since 1643.  It was a wine shop, and is now a museum.  Haneburg, in the lower left, is a castle that is currently owned by the city and used for offices, and also conferences and art exhibitions.  The Waage, lower center, was a scale house for the trade in the harbor and is now a restaurant and cafe.  Finally, the Amtsgericht, in the lower right, means local court.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Day One Hundred Two

Sent by: dustblue
From: Hong Kong
ID number: HK-28275
Notes: The sender, dustblue, attended Chung Chi College, which is one of the colleges that make up the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  It was founded in 1951 by representatives of Protestant churches in Hong Kong, making it the only college in CUHK to have a religious background.  You can just see the top of the chapel peeking up above the trees on the left side (right above the bridge).

Monday, June 9, 2014

Day One Hundred One

Sent by: Mirko70
From: Dresden, Germany
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 319
Notes: As the caption says, this card shows palaces and castles around Dresden.  You could read that, right? :)  Albrechtsburg sits above the Elbe River, and was built from a fortress that originated in the 10th century.  Königstein Fortress is also along the Elbe River, has over 50 buildings, and was used for centuries as a state prison.  Pillnitz Castle was the summer residence for the electors and kings of Saxony.  Moritzburg Castle sits on a symmetrical artificial island, and the surrounding lake and woods were favorite hunting grounds of the kings of Saxony.  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Day One Hundred

Sent by: destinity
From: Greece
ID number: GR-11976
Notes: This is the first card, and one of only two, that I received from Greece.  As it says, it shows the city of Athens, which I'm sure most people have heard of.  In the center of the photo is the Acropolis, with its most famous ruin, the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena.  Below the Acropolis, towards the bottom of the card, is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a theater built in 161 A.D. in memory of the wife of Herodes Atticus.  

Notes: I purchased this card while visiting Guadeloupe on a shore excursion from a cruise ship.  I was less than impressed with the populated areas, but the natural areas were beautiful.  The photo on the left shows the Carbet Falls in the Guadeloupe National Park.  We took a trip to the base of the falls in a tour bus. I feared for my life...not at the falls, but in the bus.  The bus drivers whip around narrow mountain curves without knowing if there is a bus coming from the other direction.  VERY scary!

Hey, look!  I've made it to 100 days!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Day Ninety-Nine

Sent by: Refi
From: Germany
ID number: DE-1272558
Notes: Sparrenburg Castle in Bielefeld was built before the year 1250 to guard Bielefield Pass in the Teutoburg Forest.  It was heavily damaged during World War II, with only the tower remaining unscathed.  It underwent restoration between 1948 and 1987, and it is now open to visitors.  From 1955 to 1983, the German Museum of Playing Cards was housed in the estate building.  Seriously, there really is a museum for everything!

Sent by: pupsiemanuela
From: Bonn, Germany
ID number: DE-1457944
Notes: Bonn is a city of just over 300,00 along the banks of the Rhine River in western Germany.  It was the capital of West Germany when the country was divided after World War II.  Ludwig von Beethoven was born in the city, and his birthplace is a tourist attraction.  This card shows the city of along the bank of the Rhine in the top photo, and the Bonn Minster Basilica below.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Day Ninety-Eight

Sent by: AgnesP
From: France
ID number: FR-85687
Notes: For the past 97 days, I have been posting cards in the order that I found them in the box.  This card, however, I held back until now.  I think if you look at the date up at the top of the post, you'll see why.  Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy, France.  The Allied invasion began in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, and involved over 160,000 troops and over 5,000 ships.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Day Ninety-Seven

Sent by: edimarie
From: Hamburg, Germany
ID number: DE-914642
Notes: I was able to identify most of these locations from the photos on Wikipedia.  Seriously, what did we do before Wikipedia.  Oh right, books.  Anyway, the tower in the upper left corner belongs to St. Michael's Church, which is the landmark of the city and is dedicated to the Archangel Michael.  Top middle and right are views of the St. Pauli Piers in the Port of Hamburg.  I don't know what the building on the lower left is, but bottom center is the Rathaus or City Hall.  A photo on Wikipedia identified the lower right location as Alsterfleet, but didn't give any further infomation.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Day Ninety-Six

Sent by: Liida
From: Turku, Finland
ID number: FI-656382
Notes: This card shows scenes of Turku Castle.  The room on the left is the king's state room.  The second card I ever received from Postcrossing, back on July 7, 2007, showed that room.  The bottom center photo shows the chapel inside the castle.  The top looks like a museum room, filled with many display cases. 

Hey, guess what?  This is the LAST card from Finland in this box!  YAY!!!!  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Day Ninety-Five

Sent by: Vierna
From: Fulda, Germany
ID number: DE-942871
Notes: Fulda Cathedral was founded as the abbey church for the Fulda Abbey.  The abbey was closed in 1802, but the cathedral remained and is still in use.  It is a burial place of St. Boniface, who is the patron saint of Germany.  He's also the patron saint of brewers, which I'd say is quite appropriate.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Day Ninety-Four

Sent by: Saint
From: Finland
ID number: FI-597322
Notes: These scenes are from the town on Hollola, which is in south central Finland.  On the left is the bell tower of the parish church.  Top right is a local beach.  I found two translations for the building on the bottom right.  One was municipal house, and the other was convention room.  So I guess it is some sort of public meeting place.  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Day Ninety-Three

Sent by: gerschjg
From: Germany
ID number: DE-976786
Notes: This card shows a festival called "Rhein in Flammen" or Rhine in Flames.  It's an annual festival in which brightly illuminated ships convoy down the river on five different days to watch fireworks displays.  This particular scene shows St. Goar on the west bank of the Rhine and St. Goarshausen on the east bank.

Sent by: Buddenbrooks
From: Germany
ID number: DE-957708
Notes: I thought this might be a castle, because I have a card from a castle in Finland with very similar arches.  However, this is actually the Wienhausen Abbey near Celle, Germany.  Before the Reformation in 1517, it was a Cistercian Catholic convent.  After the Reformation, it became a Damenstift - a community for unmarried Evangelical Lutheran women.