Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifty-Three

Poland PL-250202 received 08-16-2011

Sent by: violent
From: Poland
ID number: PL-250202
Notes: Mielno is a village of 2,200 inhabitants in north west Poland.  Its beaches on the Baltic Sea, like the one shown here, are a tourist destination.  Violent, the sender, calls Mielno "the best and most crazy town in Polish seaside".  She doesn't say what makes it so crazy though.

As you can probably see, the top of this card is not a straight line but rather rounded.  You can even see one of the stamps peeking out on the left side.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifty-Two

Netherlands NL-488150 received 11-23-2010

Sent by: mariannehees
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-4668150
Notes: Texel is an island off of the northern coast of the Netherlands.  It is the largest of the Frisian Islands in the province of North Holland.  It can be reached by ferry (as pictured) or by air, and bicycling is a big form of transportation around the island.  I'm guessing that the sheep pictured here are Texel sheep, a breed that originated on the island.  

The caption below the name translates to "Discover the island feeling". 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifty-One

Poland PL-246349 received 07-27-2011

Sent by: sandra_opole
From: Poland
ID number: PL-246349
Notes: If the trees weren't in the way, you could see a beautiful castle on this postcard.  Moszna Castle is located in southwest Poland, not far from the Czech border.  Construction on the castle started in the 17th century, but excavations in the 20th century have revealed evidence of much older buildings. Today the castle is a Public Health Care Center for Therapies of Neuroses, but the building and the surrounding park are also popular with tourists.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifty

Netherlands NL-501090 received 12-14-2010

Sent by: chappievan
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-501090
Notes: Tulips.  Windmills. Canals. Cows. Cheese. Women wearing traditional costumes who are most likely wearing wooden shoes. What more could you ask for on a card from Holland??  :D  I'm fairly certain that the windmills are the same as on the wooden shoe shaped card from the 20th, the Kinderdijk windmills.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Day One Hundred Forty-Nine

Poland PL-85674 received 04-30-2010

Sent by: beciaa
From: Tychy, Poland
ID number: PL-85674
Notes: Tychy is a city of about 130,000 people in south central Poland.  This card shows the oldest church still standing in Tychy, St. Mary Magdalene Church. It was built in 1782.  This photo makes it look white, but several daytime shots that I found of it during my research shows that the exterior is yellow  in color, with a reddish roof.

Poland PL-47634 received 10-05-2009

Sent by: Hania38
From: Poland
ID number: PL-47634
Notes: The Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland was the official residence of the Polish monarchs.  Construction was started in 1598 and completed in 1619.  It was demolished in 1655-56 by the Swedish army and subsequently rebuilt.  It burned during the German bombings in 1939, and was plundered during the German occupation.  What remained was then blown up.  It wasn't until 1971 that the decision was made to rebuild it again.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Day One Hundred Forty-Eight

Netherlands NL-374983 received 06-30-2010

Sent by: Tjitske
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-374983
Notes: While the name of this city, 's-Hertogenbosch, may look like it has a typo to many of us, I assure you that it is correct.  's-Hertogenbosch translates to "The Duke's Forest", and is colloquially known in the Netherlands as Den Bosch.  This cards shows various views of the Cathedral Church of St. John.  The building of the cathedral was started in 1220 but not finished until 1530.  Sheesh, and we think construction workers are slow today!  Ha!!

Netherlands NL-388301 received 08-13-2010

Sent by: resi58
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-388301
Notes: Hoensbroek Castle is on the of the largest in the Netherlands, having at least 67 rooms and halls..  It is a watercastle between the Rhine and Meuse Rivers in the far southern part of the country.  The round tower is the oldest part of the castle, built around 1360.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Day One Hundred Forty-Seven

Poland PL-44892 received 11-02-2009

Sent by: Aestas
From: Poland
ID number: PL-44892
Notes: This is Old Town in Lublin, Poland.  The tower in the middle with the green top is the Cracow Gate.  You can't see it from this angle, but there is an archway at the base of the tower to allow people to pass through.  The white building with the black tower to the left of the gate is the town hall.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day One Hundred Forty-Six

Netherlands NL-303536 received 03-15-2010

Sent by: sjoiis
From: Tiel, Netherlands
ID number: NL-303536
Notes: Meet Flipje, the mascot of the city of Tiel.  Tiel is located in central Netherlands, in an area that produces fruit such as apples, pears, plums and cherries.  The city was once  home to a large jam factory, and Flipje starred in the comic advertisements for the jam.  In addition to the statue, Flipje and his comic friends are also the subject of a museum in the city.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day One Hundred Forty-Five

Poland PL-183220 Card 2

Sent by: cosmusibycwolne
From: Poland
ID number: PL-183220
Notes: Here you can see the library in Pszczyna Castle in Pszczyna, Poland.  The castle was built in the 12th century, and then reconstructed or remodeled four more times.  It has been owned by the Polish government since 1936, and a museum since 1946.  Many of the rooms still contain the original furnishings.  

This is actually the second card cosmusibycwolne sent to me.  The first took longer than expected to get to me, so she sent me a second one.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day One Hundred Forty-Four

Netherlands NL-921198 received 12-31-2011

Sent by: thaSushi
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-921198
Notes: Breda is a city in southern Netherlands  with a population of about 180,000.  The tower behind the buildings along the canal belongs to the Grote Kerk, also known as the Church of Our Lady.  The tower is over 300 feet tall.

This card has a stamp on it, like this one.  Several other places, including the country of Belarus and the island of Guernsey have also issued Postcrossing stamps.  Hello, USPS?  Yeah right, like that would ever happen!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Day One Hundred Forty-Three

Poland PL-176292 received 02-22-2011

Sent by: AnnaMariaMagdalena
From: Poland
ID number: PL-176292
Notes: This is...a rocky shoreline.  No, but seriously, I have no idea.  There is no caption, and the sender didn't say whether this was a location near her or just a stock image.  I actually did a search for rocky shorelines in Poland, and while a saw a lot of pictures of lovely scenery, I didn't find anything like this particular scene.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Day One Hundred Forty-Two

Netherlands - Roadside Cow, Friesland

Sent by: HenkPeelen
From: Netherlands
For: Private swap
Notes: Apparently there are cows statues like this all over in the Netherlands - along paths and roads, in gardens, even in hospitals.  The sign next to this cow basically says "Don't sit on the cow."  The caption written by the sender, who made this card, says "So what?  Then we'll go sit on the bike."  All I have to say is "MOOOOO!!!"

Netherlands NL-1006784 received 01-31-2012

Sent by: Albunea
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-1006784
Notes: Windmills in a wooden shoe.  All it needs is a few tulips to complete the trifecta!  Yes, this card is actually shaped like a wooden shoe.  That doesn't leave a lot of room on the back for a message, but the sender did quite well.  She told me that these are the mills of Kinderdijk, they date from 1735-1740, and they are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The UNESCO website tells me that the there are 19 mills at this site, and while they went out of use in the 1940's, they are all still maintained in operable condition.    

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Day One Hundred Forty-One

Norway - Vardøhus Festning

Sent by: Sussel(?)
From: Norway
For: Private swap
Notes:  The Vardøhus Fortress is located on the island of Vardøya in the Barents Sea off far northeastern Norway.  The first fortification on this site was built in 1306, and this second was erected between 1450 and 1500.  However, it never actually saw enemy action until the 20th century when it was captured by Nazi Germany.  

I like that they didn't go with the standard rectangular walls for this fort.

Philippines PH-28044 received 08-15-2011

Philippines PH-32053 received 12-31-2011

Sent by: abbyaguas and eros07
From: Philippines
ID numbers: PH-28044 and PH-32053
Notes: No, I didn't post the same card twice.  I actually received two different cards with the same image.  You can tell they are different cards because they each have different flaws on them from going through the postal system.

As the cards say, this is the Coconut Palace in Manila, Philippines.  It was commisioned in 1978 by former First Lady Imelda Marcos as a government guest house.  It's an octagonal-shaped palace made of several types of hardwood, coconut shells, and a specially engineered coconut lumber.  In 2011, the palace became the official residence and principal workplace of the Vice President of the Philippines.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Day One Hundred Forty

Netherlands NL-723768 received 07-27-2011

Sent by: Nijnatten
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-723768
Notes: Slot is the Dutch word for castle, so this is Castle Loevestein.  It was built between 1357 and 1397 by knight Dirc Loef van Horne.  Up until the second World War, it was part of the Hollandic Water Line, which was designed to flood certain areas as a defense against enemy troops.  Now the castle serves as a museum and function center.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirty-Nine

Norway - Tromsø

Sent by: Fnatten
From: Norway
For: Private swap
Notes: This is the same city that was on Tuesday's card.  Here you can see a little more clearly that it sits on an island, which is 8.8 square miles in area.  The last letter part of the city's name come from the Danish ø, meaning island.  In the city are the world's most northerly university, botanical garden and planetarium.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirty-Eight

Netherlands NL-741215 received 08-20-2011

Sent by: jackie63
From: Duiven, Netherlands
ID number: NL-741215
Notes: Zutphen is a city in east central Netherlands. It received town rights between 1191 and 1196, although the area was first settled around 300 A.D.  I would love to be able to tell you about the buildings shown on the card, but I don't know what they are!  I spent considerable time scrolling though photos of Zutphen on both Yahoo and Google, and while I saw some similar buildings, I didn't find any exact matches.  It doesn't help when the card has no caption on the back. Sorry!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirty-Seven

Norway - Tromsø by night

Sent by: Fnatten
From: Norway
For: Private swap
Notes: Tromsø is the largest city in northern Norway, with a population of around 72,000 people. Most of the city is on the island of Tromsøya in the Tromsøysundet Strait.  It is 217 miles north of the Arctic Circle, and so experiences constant daylight in summer and near constant darkness in winter.  It is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, as you can see from this photo.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirty-Six

Netherland NL-590816 received 03-19-2011

Sent by: Bootjes
From: Noordwijk, Netherlands
ID number: NL-590816
Notes: Noordwijk aan Zee (or just Noordwijk) is a town in western Netherlands in an area known as the "Dune and Bulb Region".  It was founded in about 1200 A.D. as a fishing village.  Fishing was the primary industry until the 19th century, when the beaches began to draw larger numbers of tourists.  The beaches are popular in the with swimmers and sunbathers in the summer, and in the cooler months, with kitesurfers.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirty-Five

New Zealand NZ-63259 received 02-11-2012

Sent by: sbg
From: New Zealand
ID number: NZ-63259
Notes: This card shows Jervois Quay along Wellington Harbour as seen from Frank Kitts park.  Frank Kitts was the longest-serving mayor of Wellington, from 1956-1974, and the park was opened in 1976.  The white sculpture in the foreground is actually a fountain called The Albatross. I'm not seeing an albatross there, but maybe it's the angle of the photo.

New Zealand NZ-34006 received 01-30-2010

Sent by: Melon303
From: New Zealand
ID number: NZ-34006
Notes: The bird in the center is a kiwi, a flightless bird that is the symbol of New Zealand.  the city on the upper left is Auckland, with the Sky Tower rising high over the rest of the buildings.  The rest of the images on the card are all part of the New Zealand experience (meaning I don't have enough information to accurately identify them).

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirty-Four

Netherlands NL-551806 received 02-12-2011

Sent by: silverwing
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-551806
Notes: One of the things I'm sure you think of when thinking about the Netherlands are windmills.  And this is one of them.  Unfortunately, I don't know which one as there is no specific information on the card.  And since there are over a thousand windmills in the Netherlands, it would be rather difficult to find the right one based solely on this photo.

Netherlands NL-610294 received 04-09-2011

Sent by: Sieneke92
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-610294
Notes: A field of...dandelions?  Yeah, I would have expected tulips too.  But not this time.  This is the first card ever sent by Sieneke92, and it's actually a folded greeting card rather than a postcard.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirty-Three

New Zealand - Auckland Museum, Auckland

Sent by: SunSeaSmoothie
From: New Zealand
For: Private swap
Notes: The Auckland Museum is located in the Auckland Domain, a 185 acre park.  The museum has collections of New Zealand artifacts, natural history artifacts, and military history artifacts.  The museum also serves as a war memorial to those who lost their lives in World Wars I and II.  This building was completed in 1929, although the museum collection has existed in various forms since 1852.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirty-Two

Netherlands NL-582458 received 03-12-2011

Sent by: Jangalene
From: Leek, Netherlands
ID number: NL-582458
Notes: Leek (pronounced Lake) is located in northeastern Netherlands, and clearly this card shows what it looks like in winter.  Most of the photos are fairly generic, but the building in the upper right is Nienoord Castle. The original manor house, built in 1508, was destroyed by fire in 1887 and subsequently rebuilt.  It now houses the National Carriage Museum.  

I have to admit, everytime I see or hear the work leek, there is only one thing I can think of. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirty-One

Malaysia MY-53388 received 12-22-2010

Sent by: Moody123
From: Malaysia
ID number: MY-53388
Notes:  The Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar is one of Malaysia's most beautiful mosques.  It was constructed in 1917 after being commissioned by the Sultan as thanksgiving for recovery from an illness.  It is the royal mosque for the state of Perak, and the smaller building to the left is the Al-Ghufran Royal Mausoleum. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Day One Hundred Thirty

Lithuania LT-49697 received 10-19-2009

Sent by: exccgmenn
From: Lithuania
ID number: LT-49697
Notes: The word pajūris means seaside in Lithuanian, so this card shows various locations around the Lithuania seaside.  The sea, in this case, is the Baltic.  As I have no specific names to research, I can't really tell you about the locations on the card.  I do like the stamp on the back, which looks like this.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Day One Hundred Twenty-Nine

Sent by: hannah2
From: Greifswald, Germany
ID number: DE-461013
Notes: I'm sure you can probably see that these are all churches.  All four are located in the city of Greifswald, which is in north east Germany on the coast of the Baltic Sea.  Hannah, the sender, told me that the Marienkirche, or St. Mary's Church, was built in 1260, and the other three are "some years younger" (her exact words).  St. Mary's still has cannonballs in its walls from a 17th century war when Greifswald was still part of Sweden.

Hey, guess what?  This is my last card from Germany out of this box.  Whew!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Day One Hundred Twenty-Eight

Lituania LT-73345 received 05-17-2010

Sent by: vonioje
From: Lithuania
ID number: LT-73345
Notes: This is the Church of St. Johns (John the Baptist and John the Evangelist) in the Old Town section of Vilnius, Lithuania.  The tower, which is separate from the church itself, is the tallest building in Old Town at 226 ft. in height.  The sky looks rather ominous to me in this photo.

Lithuania LT-120661 received 03-25-2011

Sent by: eileithya
From: Lithuania
ID number: LT-120661
Notes: The statue is called Poilsis, or Rest.  It is located in Druskininkai, a spa town in southern Lithuania.  The name of the town comes from "druska", the Lithuania word for salt.  It is the salt and other minerals in the local water that prompted Czar Nicholas I of Russia to bestow the status of spa to the town in 1837.  By the early 20th century, it was one of the most popular resorts in the area.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Day One Hundred Twenty-Seven

Sent by: dagol
From: Germany
ID number: DE-492914
Notes: Heidelberg Castle is a partially ruined castle on a hill's a surprise...the city of Heidelberg in southwestern Germany.  It has been destroyed and restored many times over its history.  Even though part of it is in ruins, the castle attracts over 3 million visitors a year, mostly from the US and Japan.  I have visited it, although I was far less impressed with it than I was with Neuschwanstein. 

Sent by: SilentPhoenix
From: Germany
ID number: DE-473593
Notes: It's Christmas in July!  This is the Christmas market in the town of Goslar in central Germany.  The caption on the back of the card, which is in German, says that the market is in front of the town hall.  I'm not exactly sure which building is the town hall, but rest assured that it is one of them!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Day One Hundred Twenty-Six

Latvia LV-14245 received 03-26-2010

Sent by: silviabrice
From: Latvia
ID number: LV-14245
Notes:  This is a rather unusual church to me.  Not because of its appearance, but because of its name.  It is the Biķeri St. Catherine's Evangelical Lutheran Church.  I was raised Lutheran, so I know that Lutherans don't believe in the saints.  That is why it strikes me as very odd (almost typed ood!) that this Lutheran church is named after a saint.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Day One Hundred Twenty-Five

Sent by: Mi-Shelly
From: Germany
ID number: DE-936052
Notes: Bad Kissingen is a spa town in central Germany, and all of the photos on this card seem to have something to do with spas or parks. I was stymied for a little while on what the statue had to do with either.  Apparently it depicts the two men who discovered the Rakoczy or (Rákoczi) spring - neither of whom are named Rakoczy.  Rather, they named the spring after Francis II Rákoczi, a Hungarian freedom fighter, who was popular at the time.  He never actually visited Bad Kissingen though, so why the two men chose to name the spring after him is a bit baffling to me. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Day One Hundred Twenty-Four

Latvia LV-15937 received 05-11-2010

Sent by: ElinaAndis
From: Riga, Latvia
ID number: LV-15937
Notes: This card shows various locations in Riga.  The left and center photos show parts of Riga Castle, clearly before the large fine in June, 2013 that destroyed a good portion of it.  The castle had been undergoing reconstruction at the time.  The fire-fighting effort involved 79 people, 11 tanker trucks and 3 ladder trucks.  

The upper right photo is a statue of Big Kristaps, a legendary ferryman who would carry people from one bank of the Daugava River to the other.  One stormy night, a child asked to be taken across the river.  Halfway across, the weight became almost too much for the ferryman to bear, but he managed to get across.  The child turned out to be the Christ Child, and so the ferryman was giving the name Kristap (Christopher).

I was I could figure out how to get the metallic writing on this card to show up gold instead of black.  Stupid scanner.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day One Hundred Twenty-Three

Sent by: Soray
From: Germany
ID number: DE-594061
Notes: This card shows two "Waterfalls of the World" - Niagara Falls on the border between the U.S. and Canada, and a waterfall in or near Neustadt am Rübenberge, in north central Germany.  It seems to me that Niagara is just a bit more impressive...

This is the first card that Soray sent through Postcrossing.  I have been the recipient of a number of 'first' cards.  It always pleases me a little that I am the first person that those people 'met' through Postcrossing.