Thursday, December 31, 2015

Who? What? Why?

Hong Kong HK-77192 received 08-25-2012

Sent by: ctw424
From: Hong Kong
ID number: HK-77192
Notes:  I have nothing but questions about this card.  Who is Rosmary Decker?  Why is her address (presumably) on this card?  What does KID6051 mean?  What do the angel and the devil have to do with the rest of this?  Google was unable to answer any of these questions for me.  Hmph!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Snowy and Smoky

Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

From: My mom
Notes: My parents went down to Gatlinburg, Tennesee a few years ago, and my mom brought a bunch of postcards back for me.  This one, as you can probably read, shows the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the most visited national park in the United States.  The park was created in 1934, and rededicated in 2009 in honor of the park's 75th anniversary.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Charming Charleston

South Carolina - John Rutledge House Inn, Charleston

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 74: Buildings and Architecture
Notes: This is the view from the balcony of the John Rutledge House Inn in Charleston, South Carolina.  In the distance, you can see the steeple of St. Michael's Episcopal Church.  John Rutledge was a governor of South Carolina, and a signer of the U.S. Constitution.  He had the house built in 1763, and in 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The Inn opened in 1989, and features 19 guest rooms - 11 in the main house and 8 in the carriage house.  

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Point of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh Skyline

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 74: Buildings and Architecture
Notes: In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the area where the Allegheny and Monogahela (that's a fun word) Rivers converge to form the Ohio River is known as The Point.  There is actually a 36 acre (15 ha) park at The Point known as (not surprisingly) Point State Park.  The park has the remains of the two oldest structures in Pittsburgh - Forts Pitt and Duquesne.  Fort Pitt was built in 1758 by British colonists, replacing the French-built Fort Duquesne.  

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Home of the Green and Gold

USA US-1287920 received 09-09-2011

Sent by: Dilbretta
From: Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, USA
ID number: US-1287920
Notes: I'm fairly certain that I have posted at least one other card of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, so I hope I don't repeat anything I said previously.  Lambeau opened in 1957, making it the oldest stadium in the NFL.  It was originally named City Stadium, but renamed in 1965 for former Green Bay Packers coach Curly Lambeau.  It was rededicated in 2003 after a three year renovation.  It can currently hold 72,569 fans.  Sadly, even though I am a huge Packers fan, I have never been to Lambeau Field. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Plenty of Poinsettias

Poland PL-331195 received 01-09-2012

Sent by: kasia1101
From: Poznań, Poland
ID number: PL-331195
Notes: I'm not sure that the poinsettias in this wagon should be uncovered.  Poinsettias originated in tropical forests in Mexico, so they are not used to the cold.  They were named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, after he introduced the to the U.S. in 1825.  Now, of course, they are usually associated with Christmas.  

Believe it or not, this photo was painted by a disabled artist who held the paintbrush in her mouth.  Amazing!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Beary Christmas!!

Russia RU-30379 received 01-07-2009

Sent by: Sanek
From: Moscow, Russia
ID number: RU-30379
Notes: Obviously, the first thing I noticed about this card was the adorable bears.  But then I looked more closely at the tree and realized that it was decorated with strawberries.  What??  This doesn't seem to be part of any sort of tradition in Russia, so I'm not sure why the strawberries are there.  The only country that seems to have a tradition involving strawberries is Japan.  They eat a cake similar to shortcake with strawberries for Christmas to go along with their KFC.  Yes, KFC is very popular in Japan on Christmas.  That may seem weird, but if you really want weird in Japan, watch their game shows!

Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate, and for those who don't, Merry Friday! :)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Santa's Coming!

Slovenia SI-31683 received 01-18-2011

Sent by: lornca
From: Grosuplje, Slovenia
ID number: SI-31683
Notes: Tonight is the night that Santa will visit millions of children and leave gifts for them.  Usually, that only happens when the children are asleep, but Santa seems to have made an exception for the little girl on this card.  I wonder what he brought her?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

No Snow

Switzerland CH-22322 received 12-29-2008

Sent by: bengelsdorfw
From: Luzern, Switzerland
ID number: CH-22322
Notes: This card is the closest I will get to seeing a snowman this Christmas.  The high temperature today was around 60 degrees F, two days before Christmas and one day after winter started.  We've had a LOT of rain today, so I guess it a way, I'm glad it's not colder as snow would make driving to Wisconsin a lot more difficult.  The words on the card say "Merry Christmas" in various languages, including German, Italian and Spanish.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bad Santa

USA US-1439706 received 12-31-2011

Sent by: kristininflorida (Hey look, another Kristin that spells her name correctly!)
From: Miami, Florida, USA
ID number: US-1439706
Notes: If you are on Facebook or other social media, it's possible that you have seen posts similar to this card.  It was created by someecards. (Don't click on that link if you are easily offended or have no sense of humor.)  They have e-cards for any occasion, and they usually create new ones to go along with current news stories - for example, the new Star Wars movie or the mix-up at the Miss Universe pageant. This is my current favorite.  

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hyvää Joulua!

Finland FI-699131 received 12-18-2009

Sent by: hd303
From: Lahti, Finland
ID number: FI-699131
Notes: I tried to figure out if this card showed some sort of custom in Finland, so I searched for Christmas traditions involving cats.  The first thing I came across was the Yule Cat.  Well, that's just terrifying!  I was almost afraid to look any further.  But I did, and I found the tonttu (aka tomte).  The story doesn't involve a cat, but rather a short creature with a long white beard who wears a conical or knit red cap.  Seems like that could be the fellow on the left.  And since the tonttu is a gift bearer, that pretty much confirms it for me.  I think he could probably take that spoon out of the bowl before giving it to the cat though...

FYI, the title of this post simply means Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

One Man Santa Band

Germany DE-481419 received 12-18-2009

Sent by: phoenix77
From: Oldenburg, Germany
ID number: DE-481419
Notes: This is Waldemar, a street musician from Oldenburg, Germany.  phoenix77 said that everyone who lives in Oldenburg knows who he is.  He doesn't always dress in a Santa suite - obviously that is just for Christmas, as evidenced by the sign on the lower left.  Here is a video of him performing.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Looks Familiar to Me

USA US-1008038 received 02-18-2011

Sent by: ShannahQuilts
From: San Jose, California, USA
ID number: US-1008038
Notes: This postcard showing wild California poppies comes from a postcard book of wildflowers.  I know this because I have the exact same book, which I purchased off of Amazon a number of years ago.  This poppy, Eschscholzia californica, is the state flower of California. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve is located in northern Los Angeles county, and has poppies covering much of its 1,745 acres (706 ha).  The flower's natural habitat includes much of the western United States, along with northwestern Baja California in Mexico.  

OOPS!  Guess I forgot to click the "Publish" button for this post. Sorry it's late!  Yeah, like anyone noticed.  

Friday, December 18, 2015

Did You Ever Think I'd Get to 1000?

Canada CA-209358 received 12-31-2011

Sent by: Minniegun
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ID number: CA-209358
Notes: If I can believe Blogger, and why shouldn't I, this is my 1000th blog post. It's funny that my 1000th blog post came before my 1000th official Postcrossing card.  But that's because I have been slacking on sending recently...and not so recently.

Anyway, this card actually comes from a chain of ice cream parlors in Canada called Cows.  In addition to ice cream, they sell all kinds of cow parody items, which you can see on their website.  I'm particularly partial to the 'Doctor Moo' items. :)  This card was obviously made for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.  A number of the events were held in Whistler, including the bobsledding, so that is why the card says 'Whistler' at the bottom.  Also, notice the words on the right side of the card.  That is very disappointing.  I thought a chicken and a cow actually went down the bobsled track!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

中國詩歌

China CN-548959 received 04-30-2012

Sent by: hisummer
From: Shanghai, China
ID number: CN-548959
Notes: Well, this is another one of those cards that is virtually impossible to translate on my own, especially because there are so many characters in the Chinese alphabets.   I do know that this is a poem, but the website listed on the back of the card no longer exists, so I can't even see if they had a translation.  I would ask hisummer, but he hasn't logged into Postcrossing for over three years.  

By the way, the title says "Chinese poetry".  If you know Chinese and it is incorrect, blame Google Translate. :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It's Big...It's Huge...It's Mammoth

Finland FI-1508316 received 08-27-2012

Sent by: Madrugada
From: Siilinjärvi, Finland
ID number: FI-1508316
Notes: The Kuopio Museum is located in the city of Kuopio, in central Finland. The mammoth exhibit opened in June, 1999, and features a life-sized woolly mammoth, which is a replica of one found along the River Lena in Siberia.  Madrugada said that this museum is right across the street from where she works, so she goes there sometimes when they have new exhibits.  I have seen mammoth skeletons at the Kenosha Public Museum in Wisconsin.  One of them is the most complete mammoth skeleton ever found, with around 90% of the bones intact.  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Spicy!

Morocco DE-1521887 received 08-24-2012

Sent by: wormdorm
From: Bad Hersfeld, Germany
ID number: DE-1521887
Notes: This spice stall is not located in Germany.  It's located in a place known for spices (among other things) - the market in Marrakesh, Morocco.  The cones are made of paper that is covered in glue and then sprinkled with ground spices to show which spices the stall sells.  I'm pretty sure the bundles of reddish-brown sticks are cinnamon, and I think ginger is to the right of the cinnamon.  In addition to cinnamon and ginger, the most important spices in Moroccan cooking are cayenne, turmeric, black pepper, anise, cumin, paprika and saffron.  I suspect that most, if not all of those, are represented on the cones.  

Monday, December 14, 2015

Translation Issues

Sweden SE-86559 received 07-10-2015

Sent by: hvpim
From: Jönköping, Sweden
ID number: SE-86559
Notes: This is the interior of Storstugan Hembygdsgården in Byarum, Sweden.  A literal translation of Storstugan Hembygdsgården is Main Cabin Homestead Museum, so apparently this is an old Swedish homestead, but whether it is original or a replica, I don't know.  The only websites I could find about it were in Swedish, and while Google tries to translate them, the end result was quite a bit of gibberish.  

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Card from Wageningen

Netherlands NL-1092201 received 03-16-2012

Sent by: ruthje
From: Wageningen, Netherlands
ID number: NL-1092201
Notes: If you would like a translation of what this card says, all you have to do is look at the title.  Wageningen is a city of about 37,000, located in central Netherlands.  That population includes students from all over the world who study at Wageningen University, which is considered the best university in the Netherlands.  The oldest settlement in the area existed in the year 828, and by 1263, Wageningen had become a city enclosed by a wall and a moat.  Much of the central part of the city was destroyed by artillery fire during World War II.  Today, the city boasts numerous museums, a zoo and a botanical garden.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ship It

Germany DE-4206018 received 05-16-2015

Sent by: viatrix
From: Kaisterslautern, Germany
ID number: DE-4206018
Notes: This ship, a navis lusoria, is housed at the Museum of Ancient Seafaring in Mainz, Germany.  The museum opened in 1994 in an old enginehouse.  The ship is a replica of a troop transport used during the later years of the Roman Empire.  It held 30 soldier-oarsmen, and was used primarily on the Rhine and Danube Rivers.  The museum also has the remains of four original navis lusoria ships, which were unearthed in 1981 during excavations for the construction of a Hilton Hotel.

Friday, December 11, 2015

More Accurate than a Meteorologist

Netherland NL-3063526 received 07-10-2015

Sent by: mary-ann
From: De Bilt, Netherlands
ID number: NL-3063526
Notes: mary-ann lives in the Netherlands, but she enjoys visiting the U.K. during the summer.  That would probably be why this card was not only printed in Scotland, but lists the Visit Scotland website.  I have to believe that this weather forecasting system is fairly accurate, although perhaps it is less 'forecasting' and more 'observing'.  Either way, it's funny.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

To The Sea

USA US-3457340 received 06-29-2015

Sent by: Mark20
From: Methuen, Massachusetts, USA
ID number: US-3457340
Notes: The Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial, located in Gloucester, Massachusetts, was built in 1925.  It is 8 feet (2.4 m) tall, and depicts a fisherman dressed in oilskins standing at the wheel of his ship.  The statue is made of bronze and the base is made of sea green granite.  Inscribed on the base is Psalm 107:23 " They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships".  In 1996, the memorial was added to the National Register of Historic Places.  

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A View of the Table...Mountain

South Africa ZA-73393 received 05-22-2015

Sent by: westcape
From: Kynsna, South Africa
ID number: ZA-73393
Notes: This card shows Table Mountain, which is located in Table Mountain National Park (gee, where did they get that name?) and overlooks the city of Capetown, South Africa.  It is 3,558 ft. (1084.6 m) high and about 2 miles (3 km) across.  As you can probably tell, the picture on this card was taken from a painting rather than a photograph. The artist is actually westcape's landlady.  Apparently the postcards weren't selling well, so she gave them to him to use for Postcrossing.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Card as Mysterious as Its Subject

Across the Atlantic with Amelia Earhart

Notes: I found this card in with the cards that I haven't yet blogged.  It is unused, and I have absolutely no idea where it came from or when I got it.  It shows Amelia Earhart's plane crossing the Atlantic, which made her the first woman to cross the ocean alone.  Interestingly, her last name is spelled incorrectly on the front of the card, but correctly on the back.  She is, of course, most famous for disappearing, along with her navigator Fred Noonan, while on the way from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island in July, 1937.  There have been many searches for any evidence of what happened to them, but nothing conclusive has ever been found.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Another Capitol

USA US-2994054 received 09-22-2014

Sent by: SailorMan
From: Mountain Home, Arkansas, USA
ID number: US-2994054
Notes: The Arkansas State Capitol, located in Little Rock, was built between 1899 and 1915.  As it was on the grounds of the state penitentiary,  prisoners helped to built it.  The exterior is made of limestone, quarried in Batesville, Arkansas, and the 10-foot tall front doors are made of bronze.  The cupola at the top of the dome is covered in 24-carat gold leaf.  The building's design actually won a competition...to become Montana's state capital building, but it was deemed to costly and Montana went with a different design.

In case you are wondering, yes, SailorMan's avatar on Postcrossing IS Popeye.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Under the Sea Down Under

Australia AU-418688 received 05-07-2015

Sent by: IndigoAngel
From: Mullion Creek, New South Wales, Australia
ID number: AU-418688
Notes: The Sydney Aquarium, now know as SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, opened in 1988 on the eastern side of Darling Harbour.  The aquarium houses over 13,000 individual animals spanning over 700 Australian species.  It has two of the only five dugongs (a type of manatee) on display in the world.  The exhibit areas include the Southern Rivers, featuring a platypus habitat; the Northern Rivers, featuring saltwater crocodiles; Dugong island; the Southern Ocean with little or fairy penguins; and the Northern Ocean, which has the Great Barrier Reef Oceanarium.  

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Silly Kitty

Germany DE-4302354 received 06-22-2015

Sent by: Katzenkind
From: Wolfenbüttel, Germany
ID number: DE-4302354
Notes: This striped cat (who oddly seems to have no legs) is actually not on a postcard, but rather a folded card (like a greeting card).  That is probably because Katzenkind wanted to include a tea bag with the card.  It is Teekanne brand Caramel Apple Pie tea.  I don't drink hot tea, but maybe I'll give it to someone at work. There are several tea drinkers in my office.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Best of Four

USA US-3379200 received 05-15-2015

Sent by: Traveling_Lizard
From: Apache Junction, Arizona, USA
ID number: US-3379200
Notes: Star Trek: First Contact was the second of the four "Next Generation" movies when it released on November 22, 1996, and in my opinion, it is the best of the four.  The crew of the Enterprise-E have to travel back in time, where the Borg are attempting to prevent the first contact between humans and an alien species.  If the Borg succeed, they would assimilate everyone on earth, turning them all into Borg drones.  That's a bad thing.  As I'm sure you can guess, the Enterprise crew succeeds in saving Earth.  The postcard is of one of the movie posters, showing the Enterprise-E going to warp speed to get away from the large Borg cube that is chasing it.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Handmade

USA US-1133683 received 05-24-2011

Sent by: sandyw
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
ID number: US-1133683
Notes: Sandy said that she did not have any of the postcard types that I requested, so she made this card.  The sunbursts are cut out of the dark paper, showing the multicolored paper underneath.  The dots around the sunbursts look like they were made with some sort of paint pen.  The dark paper is textured, but I can't really tell exactly what kind of materials were used because the entire card is laminated.  On the back of the card, Sandy glued one of the sunburst cutouts, which creates an interesting pattern in the laminating sheet.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Not That Kind of Mold

UK GB-674533 received 07-14-2015

Sent by: simonadaunoraite
From: Mold, Wales, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-674533
Notes: If you thought that Stonehenge was the only circle of stones in the United Kingdom, you would be incorrect.  These Eisteddfod stones are on Bailey Hill in Mold, Wales.  There are several possibilities for how Mold got its name, but none of them involve that icky stuff that grows on food that's been in your refrigerator for too long.  Anyway, stone circles like this one are used for the annual National Eisteddfod of Wales, a week-long festival held every August.  The National Eisteddfod has been held in Mold four times, most recently in 2007.  If you want to attend the 2016 festival, you'll have to go to Monmouthshire in southern Wales.  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Universal Fun

Singapore SG-178122 received 05 -20-2015

Sent by: Gerardine
From: Singapore
ID number: SG-178122
Notes: Universal Studios Singapore officially opened on May 28, 2011 (my birthday!) in Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island.  The park has seven themed zones - New York, Hollywood, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar.  One of the main attractions is the Battlestar Galactica Dueling Roller Coaster.  The HUMAN side features a sit-down coaster that is fast but doesn't go upside down.  The CYLON side is a stand-up coaster that inverts 5 times.  I don't like roller coasters, but I do like Battlestar Galactica, so I'd go see this coaster but definitely wouldn't ride it.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Somewhere in Russia...

Russia RU-815920 received 05-07-2012

Sent by: Karina_Malina
From: Saint Petersburg, Russia
ID number: RU-815920
Notes: The caption on the back of this card says "Life-giving Trinity Cathedral (the second floor 1780).  That's about the only information I could find on it.  I did a number of searches trying to figure out where this cathedral was located, and the only photo I could find of it was another scan of this same postcard.  Karina_Malina's message didn't help, as it was all in Russian!  I can plug printed Russian words into Google Translate, but the handwritten words would be pretty hard to figure out.  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

It's All About the Journey

California - Royal Theatre, Guadalupe

Sent by: vejoyce
From: Stockton, California, USA
For: US to US Alphabetical Tag
Notes: With the Alphabetical Tag, you tag someone with one letter of the alphabet - for example a B.  Then you would send a card that has something to do with B.  The next person who tags you sends a card from the next letter of the alphabet.  This card shows the Royal Theatre in Guadalupe, California.  I don't remember which letter this card was supposed to be for.  It could be C for California, R for Royal, T for Theatre or G for Guadalupe.  I guess it could also be J for "Journey of Hope".  vejoyce's message was a Japanese proverb:  "When you have completed 95% of your journey, you are only halfway there."

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Scenes of Sušice

Czech Republic CZ-517777 received 09-30-2014

Sent by: Tattoogirl
From: Sušice, Czech Republic
ID number: CZ-517777
Notes: Sušice is a town of 11,500 in southwestern Czech Republic.  It was founded in the 8th century near the Otava River, which was a gold mining area.  Most of the town was destroyed by a fire in 1707.  In 1838, a factory in the town began to produce safety matches, and they are still produced in Sušice to this day.  The main photo on this card shows the Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angels, which was built in 1735 at the Capuchin Monastery in Sušice.  The inset photo at the left is the Town Hall, and next to it is the Gymnázium, which is a school with a focus on sports.  The photo on the right is the Church of the Assumption, which was restored in the 1940s.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Someone I Know

USA - Pacific Crest Trail

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
Notes: I have posted cards from Green Tortuga, aka Ryan, before.  He usually sends them to me while he is hiking.  This, however, is the first card that actually shows Ryan.  On the right, he is at the beginning of the Pacific Crest Trail, at the border between California and Mexico.  The left shows him at the end of the trail, at the border between Washington and Canada.  I've had this card for a while, as he hiked this trail back in 2010.  Oops!  

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Gobble Gobble!

Wild Turkey

Notes: If you live in the USA, and you're not a vegetarian, it is likely that you will be having one of these fellows over for dinner today.  Although yours will most likely come from a farm and not the wild.  But no matter what you're eating today, I hope you have a great day!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Mighty Stalagmite

Puerto Rico PR-6240 received 08-11-2014

Sent by: Cissybet
From: Carolina, Puerto Rico
ID number: PR-6240
Notes: I was in Puerto Rico several weeks ago, but as you can see, this isn't one of the cards I sent to myself.  The Río Camuy Cave Park is located in northwestern Puerto Rico and has over 10 miles of caverns in 220 caves.  Cueva Clara, shown here, is one of the main attractions.  The chamber is 700 ft. (212 m) long and 215 ft. (65 m) high.  The Río Camuy itself is the third largest subterranean river after rivers in Mexico and the Philippines.  If you plan to visit the Río Camuy Cave Park, get there early as there is a limit of 1,500 visitors per day.  Most of the bad reviews of the park on Trip Advisor were from people who got there too late to be allowed in, while the people who did manage to get in really like it.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

To Kristin from Kristin Part 3

Antigua - Heritage Quay, St. John's

Notes: Here is the last card I sent to myself.  I sent it on November 4th, and received it on the 23rd, so it took nearly three weeks to reach me.  The cruise ship in the main photo definitely belongs to Celebrity Cruises, so it may even be the same ship that I was on.  The ship in the circular inset photo is the Jolly Roger, or so they say.  I watch Once Upon a Time, and that is NOT what the Jolly Roger looks like! Anyway, Antigua became independent from Great Britain on November 1, 1981, so our visit was just a few days after they celebrated Independence Day.  Many of the trees and utility poles along the main roads were wrapped in the colors of the country's flag - black, yellow, red, white and blue.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

More Than Just an Airport

North Carolina - Charlotte

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 69
Notes: I was actually in Charlotte, North Carolina a few weeks ago on my way home from the Caribbean, but the only place I saw was the airport.  It was a very nice airport, and one of the employees very kindly gave us a ride to our gate (my dad is 78), but I'm sure there are better places to visit in the city.  Wikipedia lists eighteen museums in Charlotte, including the Carolinas Aviation Museum, the Charlotte Trolley Museum and the Mint Museum (former home of the Charlotte Mint).  I'd happily visit any of those.  Trip Advisor has a number of recommendations, including tours of Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers (BOOOO!), and tours of the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.  I don't drink beer, but I do like factory tours.  Anyone else have any recommendations in case I find myself in Charlotte again and I'm actually able to leave the airport?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Word!

Germany DE-3409836 received 08-28-2014

Sent by: spick
From: Wiesbaden, Germany
ID number: DE-3409836
Notes: This card is full of words representing places and things from the German region of Hesse.  Wiesbaden (lower right) is the capital, and Frankfurt am Main (right above Wiesbaden) is the largest city in Hesse.  Taunus, Westerwald and Rhön are all mountain ranges, and Rhein is a river.  Frankfurter Kranz (on the left)  is a ring-shaped sponge cake believed to have been originated in Frankfurt.  Hessischer Rundfunk (upper left) a radio and television broadcasting company, and Eintracht Frankfurt (on the right) is a German soccer team.  If any of the other words catch your eye, feel free to look them up. ;)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

One of the Wonders

India IN-149346 received 07-23-2015

Sent by: akbarganjur
From: Hubli, India
ID number: IN-149346
Notes: I was inspired to post this card today because the pit stop for last night's leg of The Amazing Race ended in the Moonlit Garden in Agra, India.  That garden is directly across the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal, shown here.  The Taj Mahal, regarded as the 'Monument of Love', was built between 1632 and 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.  It is made of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones.  UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1983, and in 2007, it was declared one of the New7Wonders of the World.

FYI, I am not going to regularly post two cards on weekends anymore.  Why?  Because I'm running out of cards to post!!  

Friday, November 20, 2015

I Kant, Can You?

Russia RU-2903613 received 10-09-2014

Sent by: kseniaruskina
From: St. Petersburg, Russa
ID number: RU-2903613
Notes: This rather brightly lit building is actually the tomb of German philosopher Immanuel Kant.  He was born in Könisberg, Prussia, which later became Kaliningrad, Russia, which is where his tomb is located.  I can't pretend to understand philosophy or even have any interest in it, so I won't try to explain it.  But apparently he was a pretty big deal in the philosophy world.  If you want to know more, look him up.  *nodding*

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Broken Reflection

Portugal PT-380558 received 10-06-2014

Sent by: carmuue
From: Porto, Portugal
ID number: PT-380558
Notes: The building you see reflected here is the Mateus Palace in Vila Real, Portugal.  It was built as a private residence between 1739 and 1743.  It was classifed as a National Monument in 1911.  The poor legless sculpture in the pond is interesting.  It is by a sculptor named João Cutileiro, who was apparently known for carving female torsos.  The statue was placed there in 1981, and although it looks broken, it is apparently supposed to be legless.   It's kind of creepy if you ask me.  It's kind of creepy even if you don't ask me.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Berry Good

Russia RU-3678760 received 05-21-2015

Sent by: MarinaGen
From: Surgut, Russia
ID number: RU-3678760
Notes: I love raspberries.  They are my favorite kind of berry.  Did you know they are part of the rose family?  That's not why I like them - I just thought that was interesting.  Not only are there red raspberries, but there are black, purple, yellow and yes, even blue raspberries.  I have tried the yellow raspberries, which are also quite good, and I think I may have tried black raspberries, but not the purple or blue hybrids.  If I lived in a house rather than in a second floor apartment, I would definitely make sure that I had raspberries planted in my yard.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Isn't It Iron-ic

USA US-3348638 received 04-30-2015

Sent by: sweetlikesteph
From: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
ID number: US-3348638
Notes: The Tannehill Ironworks were built in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama starting in 1830.  It was a major supplier of iron for Confederate ordnance during the American Civil War.  That made the furnaces, shown here, and the foundry big targets for the Union Army.  On March 31, 1865, three companies of the U.S. 8th Iowa Cavalry burned the buildings to the ground.  The furnace remains, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Tannehill State Park also features the John Wesley Hall Grist Mill, the May Plantation Cotton Gin House, and the Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama.  

Monday, November 16, 2015

Child Star, Adult Ambassador

Netherlands NL-2602738 received 08-11-2014

Sent by: MadeleineSchineis
From: Amersfoort, Netherlands
ID number: NL-2602738
Notes: Shirley Temple was one of the most famous movie stars of the 1930s.  She was born in 1928, and started acting at the age of three.  Her big break came in the movie Bright Eyes in 1934, and from 1935 to 1938, she was the number one box office star in Hollywood.  She quit acting in 1950 at age 22, but returned to it eight years later.  She quit acting for good in 1965, and in 1967 she made an unsuccessful run for Congress.  In 1969, Richard Nixon appointed her as a Representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly,  She was also a U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, a U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, and a Chief of Protocol of the United States, advising the President, Vice-President and Secretary of State on diplomatic protocols.  She also served on a number of boards of directors, including the Walt Disney Company, Bank of America, Del Monte Foods and UNESCO.  She died on February 10, 2014 at the age of 85. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Who's Hungry?

Wisconsin - Mars Cheese Castle, Kenosha

Notes: If you happen to be driving on I-94 between Milwaukee and Chicago, you probably won't be able to miss seeing Mars' Cheese Castle.  Not only is there a 80-foot tall sign right next to the interstate, but a castle is a rather unusual sight in Wisconsin.  As you might suspect, they have a large selection of cheese, but they also have meat, bakery, sweets, jams & jellies, condiments, beer and souvenirs (including postcards, obviously).  The current building is fairly new, as the old building had to be torn down due to the widening of I-94 in 2009.



Wisconsin - Schreiner's Restaurant, Fond du Lac

Notes: Head farther north into Wisconsin along Highway 41 and you'll get to Fond du Lac, home of Schreiner's Restaurant.  The interior, including the waitress uniforms, is quite old-fashioned, but the food is good and reasonably priced.  My parents would eat there frequently when they drove to the casinos up north or to see my cousin in Green Bay.  I stopped there with my dad on the way home from that same cousin's wedding in Oshkosh back in June.  

Saturday, November 14, 2015

To Kristin From Kristin Part 2

Barbados - Bridgetown Port

Notes: This is the first card I sent to myself, on November 2nd, and it arrived on November 12th.  I picked this card because the ship in the forefront on the upper left is a Celebrity ship, and I was on the Celebrity Summit.  Barbados is the easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles, and because of its southern position, it is rarely hit by hurricanes.  It is relatively flat as it was formed by ancient coral reefs rather than a volcano, but as a result, it has very shallow topsoil. The island was held solely under British rule from 1627-28 until independence in 1966.  This is unusual as most of the other islands changed hands several times.  The country has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, and parents take a strong interest in their childrens' education.  I learned most of this from a tour guide named Susan while on a tour of the island. 



St. Lucia - Castries Harbor

Notes: I sent this card on November 3rd, and also received it on November 12th.  St. Lucia is also part of the Lesser Antilles, but unlike Barbados, it was formed by a volcano and is therefore quite mountainous.  I spent much of our tour hoping that our tour bus had regular brake maintenance!  The British and the French spent many years fighting over St. Lucia, but eventually, the British won, and so the official language of the island is English.  St. Lucia became independent from Great Britain in 1979.  Tourism is now the island's main industry, which means that any economic downturns hit them hard. Unemployment is high, especially among young people.  Our tour guide here was named Lucretia, and she not only told us all about the island but about her husband and two sons as well.