Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day Two Hundred Fourteen

Netherlands NL-334228 received 05-01-2010

Sent by: antonpieter
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-334228
Notes: This card is...well...it's...ummm...colorful.  The caption on the back says "Kermis aan de Maas", which Google translates to "Funfair on the mesh".  Not really sure if that is the correct translation, and if it is, I have no idea what it means

Monday, September 29, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirteen

Spain - Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid

For: Take Two Round Robin
Notes: I received this card in an envelope with a number of other cards, and I could take two and replace them with two of my own cards, then send the envelope on to the next person.  As the envelope went to a few people before me, I have no way of knowing who put this specific card in the envelope, and therefore I cannot give credit to anyone.  

As for the photo on the card, as you probably already know ('cause the card says so), this is the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain.  It is a monumental gate (as opposed to a practical one), commissioned by King Charles III around 1774 to replace a smaller gate nearby.  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day Two Hundred Twelve

Fleur de Lis

Sent by: Nitrocat
From: Illinois
Notes: Nitrocat is a letterboxing friend, and she was kind enough to send a couple of postcards to me when she took a trip to New Orleans a few years ago, including this interesting explanation of the fleur de lis.

Netherlands NL-340211 received 05-10-2010

Sent by: granaet323
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-340211
Notes: According to the caption on the back of the card, this is "The 'Flower (Tulips) automatiek' a typical Dutch vending machine".  A vending machine that dispenses flowers?  Well, that's different!  I'd love to see one of these in action.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eleven

Russia RU-206658 received 09-06-2010

Sent by: OurSous
From: Russia
ID number: RU-206658
Notes: This lovely building is the Grand Peterhof Palace, and the fountains are part of the Grand Cascade.  The Grand Palace sits atop a bluff, and is the centerpiece of the Peterhof complex.  The golden statue in the center of the fountain depicts Samson prying open the jaws of a lion.  It represents Russia's victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War.

Spain - Cueva el Soplao, Cantabria

Sent by: MarioGV
From: Spain
For: Private swap
Notes: Cueva el Soplao is a 17-mile long cave in Cantabria in far northern Spain.  It is one of 6,500 caves in the Cantabria region.  It was accidentally discovered during drilling for mining, and was subsequently exploited for its minerals.  Today, 6 miles of the cave are open to the public, where formations such as the ones shown here can be seen.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day Two Hundred Ten

Germany DE-643859 received 07-23-2010

Sent by: Yas
From: Germany
ID number: DE-643859
Notes:The quote on the front of the card says "What are you doing? Nothing. I let the life rain on me."  I'm not sure this girl is letting life rain on her.  It looks more to me like the wind is pulling the umbrella away from her and she is trying to get it back.  Or maybe I'm just over-analyzing it...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day Two Hundred Nine

Russia RU-264605 received 12-04-2010

Sent by: maggy_may
From: Russia
ID number: RU-264605
Notes: This is a painting of one of the churches in the Novgorod Kremlin.  It was painted by an artist named Vladamir Stozharov in 1970.  This Kremlin is in the city of Novgorod, and was built between 1484 and 1490 after Grand Prince Ivan III's conquest of the city.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day Two Hundred Eight

Germany DE-1221247 received 02-03-2012

Sent by: rebekka1107
From: Germany
ID number: 1221247
Notes: What are you looking at?  No, I'm not asking you what you are looking at.  I'm telling you what the card says.  I don't know what kind of frog this is.  It certainly has some huge eyes though!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day Two Hundred Seven

Russia RU-193494 received 08-09-2010

Sent by: Ekaterina1984
From: Russia
ID number: RU-193494
Notes: Many of the postcards I receive from Russia show pastel colored buildings, so this darker construction is a bit unusual to me.  Its name suits the dark exterior though - it is the Church of the Spilled Blood (also known as the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood or the Church of the Resurrection) in St. Petersburg.  It was built between 1883 and 1907, but it was ransacked and badly damaged after the Russian Revolution.  The church was closed in the 1930s.  During the WWII, it was used as a temporary morgue, and after the war it was a warehouse for vegetables.  The church was restored in the 1970s and today it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in St. Petersburg.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day Two Hundred Six

Germany DE-1177031 received 12-31-2011

Sent by: LinaKartisol
From: Germany
ID number: DE-1177031
Notes: The caption under this cute little lizard says "Colorful Greetings!"  That's rather appropriate, as this it is a chameleon.  Is it me, or does it look like he is smiling?  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day Two Hundred Five

Russia RU-94205 received 12-27-2009

Sent by: Thyl
From: Russia
ID number: RU-94205
Notes: This is the Peter and Paul Fortress, the original citadel of St. Petersburg.  It was founded in 1703 by Tzar Peter the Great.  The building in the middle with the steeple is the Peter and Paul Cathedral.  Today, most of the fortress belongs to the State Museum of St. Petersburg History, with the exception of a building occupied by the Saint Petersburg Mint.  The cathedral, while officially part of the museum, resumed religious services in 2000 after three-quarters of a century.

Russia RU-183876 received 07-26-2010

Sent by: Sasha2001
From: Moscow, Russia
ID number: RU-183876
Notes: This is a another view of the cathedrals in Cathedral Square in Moscow, the same location from Friday's postcard.  On the left is Dormition Cathedral, and behind it, with the tall tower, is the Ivan the Great Bell Tower.  The building in the front is the Church of the Deposition of the Robe.  The name refers to a festival in the 5th century when the robe of the Virgin Mary was moved from Palestine to Constantinople.  It is said that the robe protected Constantinople from being conquered.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day Two Hundred Four

Estonia EE-88729 received 01-28-2011

Sent by: ellllu
From: Estonia
ID number: EE-88729
Notes: I'm out of movie cards (for now), so I now have to start in on my miscellaneous cards.  They are cards that don't show a specific location, nor do they fit into one of my other categories (movies & television, food, Olympics, Disney, etc.).  This card is a good example of "miscellaneous" to me.  It was the first Postcrossing card ever sent by ellllu, who was 15 years old at the time.

Lithuania LT-116283 received 02-28-2011

Sent by: Viktori
From: Lithuania
ID number:LT-116283
Notes: The caption on the front of this card translates to "Savor the little things".  If you think that sounds kinda like a sentiment on a Hallmark card, you're right.  It's a Hallmark postcard!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day Two Hundred Three

Russia RU-98115 received 01-09-2010

Sent by: Fridzon
From: Russia
ID number: RU-98115
Notes: The building in the middle is the Ivan the Great Bell Tower, which has the tallest tower in the Moscow Kremlin complex.  It sits in Cathedral Square, which is named for the three cathedral behind the tower.  From left to right, they are the Cathedral of the Archangel, the Dormition or Assumption Cathedral, and the Cathedral of the Annunciation.  All of them were consecrated between 1479 and 1508.  

On a side note - the row of very similar looking cars just in front of the bell tower reminds me of a scene from The Amazing Race.  I guess I'm getting excited for the new season, which starts one week from today!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day Two-Hundred Two

Netherlands NL-256363 received 12-04-2009

Sent by: liedemaf
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-256363
Notes: This card is from the 2007 Dutch movie Alles is Liefde, or Love is All.  It is a remake of the movie Love, Actually.  I'm really not a fan of that movie, so I probably would not care for this one either.

The caption above the photo reads "You are my true love"  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day Two Hundred One

Russia RU-142054 received 04-28-2010

Sent by: YuppiY
From: Russia
ID number: RU-142054
Notes: This is a different view of the same place from Thursday's blog entry, the Solovetsky Monastery.  The building from that card is the one with the large main dome and the four smaller domes.  The writing and the fancy border on this card are shiny silver foil, but unfortunately that always shows up rather flat when the card is scanned.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day Two Hundred

USA US-749773 received 07-12-2010

Sent by: CTMWT
From: California, USA
ID number: US-749773
Notes: The Day the Earth Stood Still is a black and white science fiction film released in 1951.  An alien named Klaatu arrives on Earth just after World War II with an robot named Gort in tow to warn humanity that they must learn to live peacefully or face destruction.  I have not seen this movie, nor have I seen the 2008 remake starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly.  In fact, I'm not even sure that I knew the remake even existed, but IMDb tells me that it does.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Nine

Russia - Aleksander-Nevski Cathedral of Petrozavodsk and Karelian eparchy

Sent by: emily_v
From: Russia
For: Private swap
Notes: This is the Aleksander-Nevski Cathedral in Petrozavodsk, which is located in northwestern Russia.  It was consecrated in 1832, and reconstructed in 2000.  As with many religious institutions in Russia, the cathedral was turned into a museum during the Soviet era.  It was returned to the church in 1990.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Eight

Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl

Sent by: Sophie1997 (Postcrossing)/Spiderseekers (Atlas Quest)
From: Washington, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: I have seen all of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and of course, the first one is by far the best.  This card is from the first one, The Curse of the Black Pearl, or if you speak French, La Malediction du Black Pearl.  Keira Knightley played, Elizabeth Swann, the daughter of the island's governor and the object of affection for the movie's hero, Will Turner.

Austin Powers - Dr. Evil

Sent by: mandyfaye
From: San Francisco, CA, USA
For: Movie and Television Round Robin - Group 18
Notes: mandyfaye said that she was originally going to send me a Star Wars card, but when she saw I was a Trekkie, she thought maybe that wasn't such a good idea.  She apparently thought that Trekkies and Star Wars fans are rivals and that a person couldn't be fans of both. Silly!  Anyway, she sent this fun pop art card of Dr. Evil from Austin Powers instead.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Seven

Netherlands RU-422840 received 05-27-2011

Sent by: tequila87
From: Moscow, Russia
ID number: RU-422840
Notes: I had this card in the Russia section of my postcard collection, but I realize now that was a mistake.  Sure, it was sent from Russia and has a Russian ID number, but it actually shows the hippopotamuses at the Natura Artis Magistra, or Artis Royal Zoo, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  And yes, hippopotamuses is a valid plural form of hippopotamus. 

Russia - Murmansk Fireworks

Sent by: emily_v
From: Russia
For: Private swap
Notes: Unlike the previous card, this one was not only sent from Russia, but actually shows Russia.  The city of Murmansk, to be exact.  Murmansk is located in the far northwestern part of Russia, not far from the borders with Norway and Finland.  With a population of around 300,000, it is the largest city north of the Arctic Circle.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Six

Melrose Place

Sent by: Sophie1997 (Postcrossing)/Spiderseekers (Atlas Quest)
From: Washington, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The original Melrose Place aired from 1992 to 1999.  It wasn't a show that I watched.  I don't really go for shows that are so soap opera-y.  I believe the woman on this card is Heather Locklear, but I'm not sure who the man is.  I looked at cast photos, and came up with a couple of possibilities, but perhaps someone who actually watched the show can help me out.  Anyone?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Five

Russia - Solovetsky Monastery, Solovetsky Islands

Sent by: emily_v
From: Russia
For: Private swap
Notes: The Solovetsky Monastery on the Solovetsky Islands was established in 1436 by the monk Zosima.  It became an economic and political center in the White Sea region.  After the Bolshevik revolution, the Soviets closed the monastery and incorporated many of the buildings into a prison camp, making it one of the earliest camps in the Gulag system.  Today, it is a historical and architectural museum, and was one of the first sites in Russia on the UNESCO World Heritage list. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Four


Sent by: zimtschnecke
From: Germany
For: Movie and Television Round Robin - Group 27
Notes: Friendship! is a Germany movie, released in 2010, about a young man from East Germany who travels to San Francisco to find his father, who fled 12 years earlier (thanks, IMDb).  If that is the basic plot, I'm wondering why this card shows the two men in New York with the Statue of Liberty.  That's a 3,000 mile difference.  I'm guessing that there is more to it than IMDb is telling me.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Three

Russia RU-465104 received 06-29-2011

Sent by: sunny-rain
From: Moscow, Russia
ID number: RU-465104
Notes: This card shows various locations around Moscow.  The upper left is St. Basil's Cathedral, which has been on a number of my postcards.  Next to that is a view of the VDNKh, also known as the All-Russia Exhibition Centre.  It has pavillions representing many of the countries that were once part of the Soviet Union.  The building in the background is the Russian Hall.  The bottom row shows the entrance to the Moscow Zoo, the Novodevichy Convent (also seen on several other postcards) and the monument to Peter the First. The monument was erected in 1997 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Russian Navy by Peter the Great.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-Two

South Park - Jimbo

Sent by: wolfmechanics
From: Buffalo, New York, USA
For: US to US Alphabetical Tag
Notes: In an alphabetical tag, the first person receives a card showing something that begins with the letter A, the next person receives a card showing something with the letter B, etc.  J was my letter, so wolfmechanics sent this card showing Jimbo from the tv show South Park.  It's a show that I absolutely cannot stand, but that's ok.  I was still happy to receive the card.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety-One

Russia RU-125102 received 04-02-2010

Sent by: MaryaB
From: Tyumen, Russia
ID number: RU-125102
Notes: Tyumen, Russia is located 1,600 miles (2,500 kilometers) east of Moscow. It was founded in 1586 as Russia's first settlement in Siberia at the junction of several important trade routes.  It is still an important transport hub, as it is located in an oil-rich area.

Russia - RU-357710 received 07-23-2011

Sent by: Nasilme
From: Kostroma, Russia
ID number: RU-357710
Notes:  The 22-dome Church of the Transfiguration was built in 1714 on Kizhi Island in northwestern Russia to replace a church that had burned down after being struck by lightning.  It was built with no nails (!); instead it uses interlocking corner joinery cut by axes.  That's some impressive workmanship.  This church, along with a smaller wooden church on the island, are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Day One Hundred Ninety

Poika ja Ilves

Sent by: Peramuru
From: Finland
For: Movie and Television Round Robin - Group 27
Notes: This movie, Poika ja Ilves, literally translates to "The Boy and the Lynx", but Peramuru tells me that the English title is "Tommy and the Wildcat".   Here is the summary of the movie from IMDb:

Twelve-year-old Tommy reluctantly moves with his father from the big city to a small Lapp village - the childhood home of his mother, who has recently died. The village is close to the northernmost wildlife reserve in the world, where Tommy's father will be working on a project to release a captive lynx into the wild. The boy gradually falls under the spell of his new surroundings, and discovers that his mother was involved in protecting the local lynx, and, when his father's project fails, and the lynx is about to be sold, he decides to set it free himself. A dramatic series of events ensues, and Tommy, through his brave actions, regains the trust and respect of his family and the village."


Sent by: adrimanfre
From: Brazil
For: Movie and Television Round Robin - Group 27
Notes: Here is Elizabeth Taylor in one of her most famous roles, Cleopatra.   Cleopatra was released in 1963, and was the most expensive movie ever made up to that point, with a budget of $44 million. It was originally budgeted at $2 million.  Ha!

What I find particularly interesting about this card is the postmark on the front of the card.  It says Crown Point, NY.  I live in Crown Point, IN.  adrimanfre did write the correct zip code on the card, so I think that means someone in the postal system just saw the 'Crown Point' part and sent it to the wrong state.  Sheesh.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighty-Nine

Russia RU-130480 received 04-06-2010

Sent by: daarhon1
From: St. Petersburg, Russia
ID number: RU-130480
Notes: It was a dark and stormy night in the Achik Gorge, which is part of the Altai Mountains, located in east-central Asia where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together. The gorge itself is in the North-Chuya range in Siberia, Russia.  I don't know if this is a time-lapsed shot, or if all of that lightning struck at the same time.  Either way, excellent photo!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighty-Eight

Moulin Rouge

Sent by: Isacle
From: Portugal
For: Movie and Television Round Robin - Group 27
Notes: This is one of Isacle's favorite movies, but I haven't seen it.  When it first came out, I thought I wanted to see it, mostly because it's a musical and I'm a big fan of musicals in general. As time went on, and the more I heard about it, the less I wanted to see it.  I can't really explain why though, but I can say that it probably won't make it to the top of my Netflix queue anytime soon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighty-Seven

Russia RU-129215 received 03-26-2010

Sent by: echo_
From: Moscow, Russia
ID number: RU-129215
Notes: This is the Novodevichy Convent, located on the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow.  It was established in 1524 to commemorate the conquest of Smolensk in 1514.  In the 1600's, the convent was captured by a Polish army unit.  When the Russian forces took it back, the tsar granted it 100 permanent guards.  Napoleon's forces attempted to blow the convent up in 1812, but the nuns managed to save it from destruction.  In 1922, the Bolsheviks closed the convent and reopened it as the Museum of Women's Emancipation.  Nuns did not return to the convent until 1994, and some of the buildings are still affiliated with the State Historical Museum.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighty-Six

Slovenia SI-21682 received 04-02-2010

Sent by: Polonca
From: Slovenia
ID number: SI-21682
Notes: This card is from the 2008 Evropskega Film Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  It featured films from thirteen European countries.  I haven't heard of any of them...the films, that is.  I have heard of the countries.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Day One Hundred Eighty-Five

Russia RU-163270 received 06-11-2010

Sent by: Sonina
From: Russia
ID number: RU-163270
Notes: This is the Ipatiev Monastery in Kostroma, Russia.  It was founded about 1330 A.D. by a Tatar prince; however, most of the existing buildings date to the 16th and 17th centuries.  The monastery was disbanded after the Russian Revolution in 1917, and became part of a historical and architectural preservation.  Apparently it has been decided to return the monastery to the Russian Orthodox Church, despite the objections of museum officials.