Sunday, August 31, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighty-Four

Finland FI-902883 received 09-18-2010

Sent by: House
From: Finland
ID number: FI-902883
Notes: I'm not 100% sure if this card is for a movie or a stage production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  I ran that really long word at the top of the card through Google Translate, and it says something like "The World's Musical Success".  So that didn't really help.  I have seen the Johnny Depp movie version.  It was dark and disturbing...and I loved it!  Actually, I was a little bit worried about how much I liked it, considering just how twisted it is.  

Germany DE-696503 received 09-16-2010

Sent by: misoklau
From: Germany
ID number: DE-696503
Notes: Das Leben is zu Lang translates to Life is Too Long.  Well, doesn't that just sound depressing!  It's about a filmmaker who hasn't had a successful movie in several years.  To get money for another project, he takes a job directing a soap opera.  The auto-translation of the German Wikipedia page for this movie wasn't good, so it was a little hard to follow what happens after that, but it seems like nothing goes right for him.  I think that misoklau tried to give me a description of the plot, but the writing is rather smeared, like the card got rained on during its travels.  That's why I always use ultra fine point Sharpies to write my cards.  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighty-Three

Russia - The State Tretyakov Art Gallery, Moscow

Sent by: My Sassypod
From: Russia
For: Private Swap
Notes: While almost all of my cards come from Postcrossing members, this card was sent to me by a Flickr member who saw my cards in some of the Flickr postcard groups.  The card shows the State Tretyakov Art Gallery, the foremost collection of Russian art in the world.  The collection was started in 1856 by Moscow merchant Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov, and in 1892, he presented his collection of about 2,000 works to the country.  Today, the collection has grown to over 130,000 exhibits. 

Russia RU-154212 received 05-22-2010

Sent by: Alyosha
From: Russia
ID number: RU-154212
Notes: Most of the cards I receive from Russia come from the western part of Russia - mostly Moscow and St. Petersburg. Vladivostok, however, is located in far eastern Russia,on the Pacific coast.  It is the home port for Russia's Pacific naval fleet, and fishing accounts for four-fifths of the city's commercial production.  The city is the eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway.  This card shows fireworks over the downtown section of the city.

There are 365 days in a year, and half of 365 is 182.5. That means that as of today, I am officially more than halfway to my goal of posting a postcard (or two) every day for a year.  Woot!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighty-Two

Free Enterprise

Sent by: wackystuff
From: Canada
For: Ad Cards Round Robin - Group 9
Notes: I have never heard of this movie before.  Considering its entire gross at the box office was a little over $30,000, I guess that isn't surprising.  It was released in 1999, and starred (from right to left) Eric McCormack, of Will and Grace fame, Rafer Weigel, who is currently the weekend sports anchor and reporter for WLS-TV in Chicago, and William Shatner (I hope I don't have to tell you who he is!).

Here is a synopsis of the movie from IMDB: Young filmmakers (Rafer Weigel, Eric McCormack) trying to hawk a movie titled "Bradykillers" about a serial killer who goes after victims Marcia, Jan, and Cindy meet their screen idol, William Shatner. Shatner, appearing as himself, has fun poking fun at his own image. The two young men, who idolize him and in their fantasies have seen him as a shadowy fairy godfather figure, are alarmed at the reality of the middle-aged non-Captain Kirk man that they meet. However, their relationship helps anchor the two more into reality.

Doesn't really sound promising.  Has anyone actually seen it?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighty-One

Russia RU-482411 received 12-09-2011

Sent by: Nia_Zhuravskaya
From: Russia
ID number: RU-482411
Notes: This is the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. The original cathedral was built in the 19th century, and was the scene of the 1882 premiere of the 1812 Overature by Tchaikovsky.  It was destroyed in 1931 to make room for the Palace of the Soviets; however, the palace was never built.  The cathedral was reconstructed in the 1990's, and reconsecrated on August 19, 2000.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighty

USA US-1217451 received 07-18-2011

Sent by: SilentScribe
From: Arizona, USA
ID number: US-1217451
Notes: Here we have Meriadoc Brandybuck (aka Merry), played by Dominic Monaghan, and Peregrin Took (aka Pippen), played by Billy Boyd. from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I am a big fan of the Lord of the Rings movies, and I really liked these two characters, so I was particularly happy to receive this card.  I had to laugh when I reread the sender's message on the back of the card.  She wrote over 150 words in small, very neat handwriting, and yet she apologies that her handwriting was so messy!  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Day One Hundred Seventy-Nine

Moldova RU-173201 received 06-24-2010

Sent by: WhiteLynx59
From: Russia
ID number: RU-173201
Notes: As this card was sent from Russia, as proven by the Russian stamp and ID number, I naturally assumed that the image showed Russia as well.  However, as I was researching the caption on the back of the card (Butucheny village, Orgeev region), the little bit of information I could find all said that Butuceni (alternate spelling) is in Moldova.  Moldova is an Eastern European country between Romania and Ukraine.  It was once part of the Soviet Union, and to me, it looks like this photograph might be from that time period.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Day One Hundred Seventy-Eight

Austin Powers in Goldmember

Sent by: Riceblue
From: Iowa, USA
For: Movie Tag
Notes: Austin Powers in Goldmember was released in 2002, the third of the Austin Powers movies.  The basic premise, as posted on IMDB, is "Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly named villain Goldmember - who is working with Dr. Evil."  While I enjoyed the first two Austin Powers movies, I thought this one was just stupid, and consequently have only seen it once.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Day One Hundred Seventy-Seven

Russia RU-447855 received 06-15-2011

Sent by: suari
From: Moscow, Russia,
ID number: RU-447855
Notes: I posted a card showing St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow on Wednesday, but this card shows it from a different angle.  Plus the sky looks really cool in this shot.  The cathedral itself has eight churchs inside around a central core.  The four larger churches, on the four major compass points, are octagonal in shape, and the four smaller churches are cuboid.  

Russia RU-576152 received 10-10-2011

Sent by: zuplenochek
From: Moscow, Russia
ID number: RU-576152
Notes: I know these are scenes from Moscow, but I have no idea where.  There is no caption on the back, and the sender didn't say.  I had no luck translating the words below the pictures. I even tried doing a search for buildings in Moscow with gold domes.  Let's just say there are a lot of them, and none of the photos I found matched.

UPDATE: As I was going through more of my Russian postcards to scan and blog them, I found another card with this same location on it...and that card has a caption!  It is the Novodevichy Convent.  I will talk about it more when I post the other card.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day One Hundred Seventy-Six

Latvia LV-36834 received 07-22-2011

Sent by: juviks
From: Latvia
ID number: LV-36834
Notes: This is the second card that I have received with a similar image.  This one, however, has the Harry Potter logo in shiny gold foil, which unfortunately does not show up very well when scanned. The one thing unusual about this card is the inscription on the top of the mirror.  In this English version of the books, it says "Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi", which, when read backwards, says "I show you not your face but your heart's desire."  This inscription seems to another language when read backwards, but whether it is Latvian or something else I cannot say.

USA US-1246460 received 08-12-2011

Sent by: LadyAmbrosia
From: Indiana, USA
ID number: US-1246460
Notes: True Blood premiered on HBO in 2008, and is based on The Southern Vampires Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris.  The final season is currently airing.  This card shows Stephen Moyer, who plays vampire Bill Compton.  I have never read the books nor seen the TV show, and I really don't have any desire to.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Day One Hundred Seventy-Five

Russia RU-535970 received 09-26-2011

Sent by: Anfisa
From: St. Petersburg
ID number: RU-535970
Notes: This is the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in St. Petersburg.  It was constructed between 1828 and 1835.  It has memorial plaques to regimental officers killed in battle on its walls, and flags, keys from forts and other battle trophies were housed in the cathedral.  

In 2006, which the cathedral was undergoing reconstruction, the scaffolding around the central dome caught fire.  Before the fire could be put out, the main dome collapsed along with one of the smaller domes.  Fortunately, the most valuable icons and other items inside the cathedral were saved.  The domes were reconstructed, and the cathedral reopened in 2010.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day One Hundred Seventy-Four

Slovenia SI-35550 received 03-09-2011

Sent by: Lionheart2010
From: Slovenia
ID number: SI-35550
Notes: Even though I am a fan of a lot of sci-fi shows, I have never watched The X-Files.  For some reason it never really interested me.  I can't really explain why.  I can't really use the excuse that watching nine seasons of a show all at once is too daunting, as I spent a couple months this summer watching all nine seasons of Supernatural.  Now THERE is show I like!  And I'm so glad that I'm caught up for when season 10 starts in October. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Day One Hundred Seventy-Three

Russia RU-38687 received 04-23-2009

Sent by: shushalm
From: Russia
ID number: RU-38687
Notes: This is one of the most famous areas of Moscow - Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. St. Basil's, also known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed.  It was consecrated in 1561, but after the Russian Revolution in 1917, it became the State Historical Museum, and is such to this day.  Behind the cathedral is Red Square, which separates the Kremlin from the historic merchant quarter.  The name of the square does not come from the color of the bricks, nor is it a reference to communism.  It comes from the word krashnaya, which can mean either beautiful or red.

I received another card with this same image in 2007; however, the caption on the back of that card says "The Kremlin at night".  Ummm....don't think so.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Day One Hundred Seventy-Two

Netherlands NL-792057 received 09-27-2011

Sent by: Jora
From: The Netherlands
ID number: NL-792057
Notes: I have never seen this movie.  I can't say I even remember it coming out in 2001.  It's about British code-breaking specialists trying to break the German Enigma code in 1943.  I don't feel too bad about not seeing it - the sender said that she had not seen it either.  I do enjoy stories about WWII, though, so I probably should see it.  Actually, it looks like I thought that when I received this card, because the movie has been in my Netflix DVD queue since September 2011.  Oops...guess other movies have taken priority!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Day One Hundred Seventy-One

Russia - Canal Obvodny, Kronstadt

Sent by: deltiologist
From: USA
Notes: Chris, whio is also a Facebook friend of mine, sent this card to me back in 2009, when I was posting cards based on the letter of the alphabet.  He sent this one to help me out with the letter K, but I never got around to posting it until now.  The card shows the Obvodny Canal flowing past Kronstadt, Russia.  The canal served as the southern border of St. Petersburg in the 19th century, and Kronstadt is the main seaport for St. Petersburg.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Day One-Hundred Seventy

Germany DE-612773 received 06-14-2010

Sent by: Munzi
From: Germany
ID number: DE-612773
Notes: I love this movie and I love this card.  Phantom of the Opera starring Gerard Butler as the Phantom and Emmy Rossum as Christine was released in 2004.  I had seen Phantom on stage before the movie came out, but I liked the movie more because helped make the action a lot more clear to me. Plus, you know, Gerard Butler.  I think there was one week where I actually watched the DVD six times.  I was trying to make it seven, but there was one night when I was just too tired to finish, so I turned it off halfway through.

Doctor Who - The Doctor, Amy and Daleks

Sent by: nlowinger
From: California, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: Another card I love!  If you don't know what this card is from, I'm sorry.  I'm so sorry.  It's from Doctor Who, and shows the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, and a couple of Daleks, who like to exterminate.  Matt Smith spent 3 seasons as the Doctor, but has now been replaced by Peter Capaldi, whose first episode airs this coming Saturday.  YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixty-Nine

Sent by: duberea
From: Romania
ID number: RO-11523
Notes: This is the Tailor's Tower, or Tailor's Bastion, which is part of the Cluj-Napoca Citadel.  It was named after the Tailor's Guild, who used to guard this section of the city of Cluj-Napoca.  The abandoned tower was taken over by the city in 2007, and now houses exhibition space, a library, and a conference room.

Russia - The Kazan Catherdral

Sent by: soulcracked
From: Russia
For: Private swap
Notes: The statue depicts Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, the Russian Minister of War during the Napoleonic invasion in 1812.  The building behind the statue is the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg.  Construction on the cathedral began in 1801, and finished 10 years later.  It was closed in 1917 after the Russian Revolution, and in 1932, it became the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism.  Services resumed in the cathedral in 1992, and in 1996, it was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixty-Eight

Portugal PT-97904 received 11-04-2009

Sent by: Bila
From: Portugal
ID number: PT-97904
Notes: Because of the crosses on these structures, at first I thought that maybe this might be some odd cemetery.  But these are not crypts.  They are espigueiros, or hórreos, and they are found mainly in northern Portugal and Spain.  If you're still not clear on what they are, I will tell you that they for storing corn and other grains.  They are raised off of the ground to prevent rodents from eating the grain.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixty-Seven

Poland PL-88855 received 05-12-2010

Sent by: Ashka
From: Poland
ID number: PL-88855
Notes: This is Grota Łokietka, or Wladysław the Short's Cave, in the Ojców National Park in southern Poland.  It is the largest of the 400 caves in Poland's smallest national park.  The park is also known for its Karst topography, including limestone cliffs and a 82-foot high limestone column known as Hercules' Club.  The sender, Aska, is a teacher, and got this card while on a class trip to the park.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixty-Six

Portugal PT-82684 received 05-19-2009

Sent by: Paujo301
From: Portugal
ID number: PT-82684
Notes: This is Sagugueiro, a small village considered to be the highest in Portugal.  Highest meaning altitude, not...nevermind. It is located in the Serra da Estrela National Park, which contains the tallest mountains in Portugal.  The village is known for Serra cheese, which is made from raw sheep's milk, cardoon thistle and salt.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixty-Five

Poland PL-56720 received 01-25-2010

Sent by: Ola_M
From: Opole, Poland
ID number: PL-56720
Notes:  Opole is currently located in southern Poland, although it was part of Germany several times throughout its history.  This card shows the Młynówka Channel, which was originally the main stream of the Oder River.  After the river flooded in 1600, the main river ended up farther to the west. I wish I could see a bit more of the city here.  It looks like a pretty place.

165 days down, 200 to go!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixty-Four

Portugal PT-85672 received 09-19-2009

Sent by: Diabo_cb
From: Portugal
ID number: PT-85672
Notes: Barcelos is a city of about 120,000 people in northwestern Portugal.  It was originally a Roman settlement, and it became the first seat of the Duke of Bragança in the 15th century.  Apparently a rooster is a famous symbol of the city.  It is said that a rich man threw a big party, and when it was over, some cutlery was missing.  The rich man accused a pilgrim and the case was taken to court.  The judge had been about to eat a roasted rooster, so the pilgrim said that the rooster would crow 3 times if he was innocent.  The rooster did crow and the pilgrim was released.  Umm....yeah.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixty-Three

Poland PL-41802 received 09-01-2009

Sent by: arti
From: Poland
ID number: PL-41802
Notes: On the left is Wawel Cathredral, and next to it is Wawel Castle.  Both were built in the 14th century, although several other cathedrals had been built on the same spot previously.  Karol Wojtyla was ordained as a priest in the cathedral in 1946.  He went on to become Pope John Paul II.  The castle is now one of the country's top art museums, and a piece of one of the walls is incorporated into Chicago's Tribune Tower as part of the collection of famous building fragments from around the world.

Poland PL-33849 received 07-13-2009

Sent by: Elusia
From: Poland
ID number: PL-33849
Notes:  The 50 mile long Elbląg Canal uses a series of inclined planes to overcome the height difference between the starting and ending points, as traditional locks were not considereed feasible.  The boat in the lower right of the card is on one of the carriages, about to be pulled up one of the inclined planes.  The significance of this system is so great that it is considered one of the Seven Wonders of Poland, and it is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List.   Today, the canal is used mostly for recreational purposes.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixty-Two

Portugal PT-119317 received 04-26-2010

Sent by: tiago_ferreira
From: Porto, Portugal
ID number: PT-119317
Notes: This is a traditional bread oven at the Municipal Museum of Vila de Rei.  I'm not sure what the rooster in the upper right corner is for, though. Vila de Rei is a town of over 3,000 people in the exact center of Portugal.  

Portugal PT-117558 received 04-12-2010

Sent by: lybanya
From: Portugal
ID number: PT-117558
Notes: This rather ornate altar is in the Capela de Nossa Senhora do Amparo (Chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help) in Mirandela, Portugal.  Mirandela is a city of about 15,000 in northeastern Portugal.  The first Sunday in August is the feast day for Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  She is the patron saint of the Bragança District, where Mirandela is located.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixty-One

Poland PL-45540 received 09-24-2009

Sent by: Petitek79
From: Poland
ID number: PL-45540
Notes: This is the Parish Church of St. Stanislaus in Poznań, a city of 550,000 in west-central Poland along the Warta River.  The church was built between 1651 and 1735, with an interruption caused by the Swedish invasion. Even though these photos are pretty spectacular, I have a feeling that this is one of those places that you have to see in person to truly appreciate.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Day One Hundred Sixty

Portugal PT-201001 received 10-18-2011

Sent by: jpgmr
From: Guimarães, Portugal
ID number: PT-201001
Notes: If I was still giving my posts cutesy titles (which was hard sometimes), I would call this one "Welcome to the Hell Mouth". (You're welcome, Buffy fans.)  Boca do Inferno translates to Mouth of Hell.  This particular Hell Mouth is a chasm in the seaside cliffs in the town of Cascais, Portugal, near Lisbon.  It was the subject of a 13-second film called A Sea Cave Near Lisbon in 1896.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifty-Nine

Poland PL-183220 received 04-23-2011

Sent by: cosmusibycwolne
From: Poland
ID number: The caption on the back of the card is partially obscured by the stupid postal service bar code on the back of the card, but it says that the photo in the upper left corner is oscypek, a smoked cheese made of sheep's milk.  To me, though, it looks a lot more like pierogi than cheese.  But middle shows the main Market Square in Krakow and the tower of Cloth Hall. The gentleman playing the violin is a Goral, which means Highlander.  The Gorals are indigenous to southern Poland, northern Slovakia, and parts of the Czech Republic.  On the bottom row are the Łazienki Palace in Warsaw, the statue of Neptune in front of Artus Court in Gdańsk, and the Centennial Hall in Wrocław.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifty-Eight

Portugal PT-179145 received 05-21-2011

Sent by: STARRED
From: Portugal
ID number: PT-179145
Notes: Praia da Vieira is located in west central Portugal along the Atlantic coast. It is very popular with swimmers and surfers.  I wasn't able to find much information on it, and the sender simply wrote "Have a good day" on the back of the card.  It's not a place I'd make a point to visit though - I really don't like sand.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifty-Seven

Poland PL-41823 received 09-01-2009

Sent by: Mac1
From: Poland
ID number: PL-41823
Notes: Mirów Castle was a 14th century castle located near the village of Mirów in southern Poland.  The castle was abandoned in 1787, and as you can see from the photos, now stands in ruins.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifty-Six

Portugal - Fireworks

Notes: This card has nothing written on it, and unfortunately, I didn't make any notations as to who sent it or why I received it.  Oops.  I can't even tell you what the image shows, beyond fireworks over the water, as there is no caption on the card either.

At first glance, it looks like a maxicard, which is a card that a coordinating postage stamp image on the picture side of the card.  In this case, it just looks like stamp with a similar theme to the card's was placed on the front  to make it look like a maxicard.

Portugal PT-184298 received 06-27-2011

Sent by: teixeira
From: Guimarães, Portugal
ID number: PT-184298
Notes: Guimarães, in north western Portugal, is known as the place where Portugal was born, which is what it says on the city wall in this photo.  There are several reasons that it might be considered the place where Portugal originated.  It is the birthplace of Alfonso I, the first king of Portugal.  Also, the administrative seat of the County of Portugal was established in Guimarães by Henry of Burgundy.  Finally, the city played a key role in the Battle of São Mamede in 1128, which was important in the formation of Portugal.  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifty-Five

Poland - Marketplace Fountain, Wrocław

Sent by: evlin
From: Poland
For: Private swap
Notes: This is the fountain in Market Square in Wrocław, Poland.  Wrocław is a city of over 630,000 people in south western Poland.  The square is one of the largest markets in Europe, and is entirely a pedestrian zone. Among the buildings around the square are the Old Town Hall and the New City Hall, the two largest town halls in Poland.  

Poland PL-117889 received 09-08-2010

Sent by: martuuska
From: Poland
ID number: PL-117889
Notes: If you think this looks like a field of boulders, well then, you're absolutely right.  This boulder field is part of the Bachanowo Nature Reserve in north eastern Poland.  There are approximately 10,000 boulders on four terraces that were left behind by a glacier.  The largest boulders are about 28 feet in diameter.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Day One Hundred Fifty-Four

Netherlands NL-246608 received 12-18-2009

Sent by: Marleen1979
From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
ID number: NL-246608
Notes: This is the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.  It is operated by the Royal Tropical Institute, a foundation that sponsors the study of tropical cultures around the world.  The collection of over 340,000 objects and photographs includes many items from the former Dutch colonies in the tropics, as well as 5,500 various musical instruments and 21,000 textile artifacts, mostly from Indonesia.