Saturday, February 28, 2015

One Year!!!!!

Spain ES-104616 received 04-11-2011

Sent by: natifuerte
From: Canary Islands, Spain
ID number: ES-104616
Notes: Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, which, although located off the coast of Africa, politically belong to Spain.  It is the second largest of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife, and was named a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2009.  The temperatures on the island range from 59-72 degrees F in the winter to 68-82 degrees F in the summer, and the rainfall is typically about 6 inches per year. Sounds like a rather pleasant place to spend some time, which is probably why the sender, who is originally from Germany, has lived there for many years.

Taiwan TW-344135 received 08-20-2011

Sent by: vivan84531
From: Taiwan
ID number: TW-344135
Notes: This is one of two cards that I have received that is shaped like Taiwan.  It's a cool idea.  I wonder if there are any postcards shaped like the U.S. or even the individual states?  Anyway, this card shows the Queen's Head rock formation in the Yehliu Geopark.  This type of formation is known as a hoodoo (yes, that is the actual geologic term), which is a tall, thin spire of rock that protudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland.  There are a number of hoodoos in Yehliu that were formed as geologic forces pushed Datun Mountain out of the sea.

So there it is.  One complete year of postcard blogs.  I hope my friend Goofy Girl doesn't mind if I borrow some of her confetti.  *throws confetti*  Now, this doesn't mean that I'm done blogging.  I do have almost 400 cards left to blog, so that will last me for a while.  Plus I want to get back into sending, even if it is only a few a month, so that will get me some more cards to post.  So I hope you, my three readers, will stick with me for a while longer.  Thanks!!!  :D

Friday, February 27, 2015

Day Three Hundred Sixty-Four

Michigan - Greetings from Michigan Multiview

Notes: It seems that all of the Michigan cards that I haven't yet blogged are ones that I purchased.  I really like this one because I don't even have to tell you what any of these places are!  I think I have only been to three of these places - Holland (as evidenced by the card two days ago), Grand Rapids, and the Mackinac Bridge (several times).  Looks like I have to spend some more time in Michigan.

Hey, check out that title.  Methinks tomorrow might be a BIG DAY!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Day Three Hundred Sixty-Three

Slovenia SL-14995 received 07-15-2009

Sent by: Kristina-Kiki
From: Maribor, Slovenia
ID number: SI-14995
Notes: Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia.  It is located in north eastern Slovenia, not far from the Austrian border.  This card shows the city's medieval water tower, built in 1555.  It sits along the Drava River, which was dammed (not damned - we're not in Hell anymore) in the 1960s, causing the water level to rise.  The Water Tower was originally slated for demolition, but it was saved by raising it 2.6 meters  (8.5 ft) over a period of seven months.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day Three Hundred Sixty-Two

Michigan - Holland Tulip Festival

Notes: This is another card that I purchased myself.  This one, however, predates my postcard hobby by quite a few years.  I purchased it while in Holland, Michigan, for the Tulip Time Festival parade (shown here) in 1994.  I remember the year because it was my senior year in high school, and my high school marching band marched in the parade.  The Tulip Time Festival has been held every year since 1929, and is the largest tulip festival in the United States.  As you can see, the city takes its Dutch heritage seriously.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Day Three Hundred Sixty-One

Russia RU-89770 received 12-02-2009

Sent by: glowworm
From: Yekaterinburg, Russia
ID number: RU-89770
Notes: This is the Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg, Russia.  It was constructed between 2000 and 2003, and is also know as the "Cathedral on the Blood".  That sounds rather morbid, and the reason for the name is morbid.  It was built on the site of Ipatiev House, where Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and their five children were assassinated by the Bolsheviks in 1918.  Ipatiev House was actually dedicated as a national monument in 1974, but was demolished in 1977 by order of the Soviet government because it was not of "sufficient historical significance".  Really?  *eyebrow raises*

Monday, February 23, 2015

Day Three Hundred Sixty

Michigan - Seasons Multiview

Notes: This card has no sender information because it was not sent to me - I bought it myself while in Michigan a couple of years ago.  There is no caption on the back, so I can't even tell you which lighthouse that is in the winter picture (which, by the way, yikes - that's a lot of ice!).  So basically, I am just posting this card because it is pretty.  That's probably the reason I bought it as well.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Nine

Portugal PT-168759 received 03-21-2011

Sent by: JORIAD
From: Portugal
ID number: PT-168759
Notes: This is the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal, occupied by the monks of the Order of St. Jerome, also known as Hieronymites.  Its construction spanned the century between 1501 and 1601, replacing the church that was formally on the same site.  The monastery was left empty in 1833 after a state decree secularizing it.  It has undergone several remodeling and restorations projects since then, and is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Russia RU-686211 received 01-23-2012

Sent by: Nesef
From: Perm, Russia
ID number: RU-686211
Notes: The captions on this card are in Russian, and the sender only told me that this mammoth skeleton was in a Perm museum, but not which one.  However, a little research led me to figure out that it is at the Perm Ancient History Museum (or the Museum of Antiquties, depending on the translation).  The museum has many fossils, including mammoths and dinosaurs.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Eight

Michigan - Steamboat Suwanee, Greenfield Village, Dearborn

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 1
Notes: Greenfield Village is the largest outdoor museum complex in the United States.  The Village includes almost one hundred historical buildings, including Noah Webster's home, Henry Ford's birthplace and the Wright Brothers' home and bicycle shop.  This steamboat has been rebuilt and restored several times, but the two engines inside of it are from another steamboat of the same name that Thomas Edison used in the 1920s.

Michigan - Greetings from Hell

From: Goofy Girl
From: Oklahoma, USA
Notes: Just when I think this blog is going well, it goes to Hell.  Hell, Michigan, that is!  Hell is a small town in southern Michigan - so small that if it weren't for its unusual name, very few people would likely have heard of it.  Goofy Girl sent this card to me while she was traveling through Michigan. There is even a stamp (the rubber kind, not the postage kind) on the back that says "I've been thru Hell".  Glad you survived, GG!  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Seven

New Zealand NZ-61615 received 12-31-2011

Sent by: Gordonsmummy
From: New Zealand
ID number: NZ-61615
Notes: Viaduct Basin, or Viaduct Harbour, in Auckland used to be a commercial harbor. It was redeveloped in the 1990s, and now boasts many cafes, restaurants and shops, along with apartments.  Nearby are the National Maritime Museum and the Tepid Baths pools.  The area played host to the 2000 America's Cup yacht race.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Six

Massachusetts - Provincetown

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 4
Notes: I'm sure that your eye is immediate drawn to that big tower in the middle of Provincetown, Massachusetts.  It is the Pilgrim Monument, which was built to commemorate the Pilgrims' landfall at Plymouth Rock in 1620.  President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for the tower in 1907, and it was completed in 1910.  It is 252 feet (76.8 m) tall, making it the tallest all-granite structure in the U.S.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Five

New Zealand NZ-38211 received 06-28-2010

Sent by: jess01
From: Auckland, New Zealand
ID number: NZ-38211
Notes: This is a New Zealand pigeon, also known as a kererū.  They eat the fruits of native trees, and play an important role in spreading the seeds from those fruits.  The introduction of non-native species such as the common brushtail possum and several species of rat have significantly reduced the amount of fruit available for the birds to eat. The pigeon populations are also under threat from human encroachment and hunting, but they are now protected under the Wildlife Act, and anyone who shoots one can be prosecuted.

Can you believe I am only 10 days away from completing my year of blogging postcards??

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Four

Maryland - Crosby Ramsey Memorial Observatory, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore

Sent by: Ribit1
From: Maryland, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The telescope in the Crosby Ramsey Memorial Observatory at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore has had a bit of an interesting history.  It was built in 1927 and placed on the roof of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  It was there until the 1950s, at which time it disassembled.  It fell into disrepair and disuse until 1980, when it was repaired and installed at the Maryland Science Center.  Its location on the roof became inaccessible in the late 1980s due to roof repairs.  Finally, the telescope was installed in the Observatory when it opened in 1997.  The telescope is now computer driven, and up to 144 people at a time can watch as it relays images to screens in the Science Center.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Three

Netherlands NL-278709 received 01-30-2010

Sent by: Justmegwenny
From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
ID number: NL-278709
Notes: Other than the fact that it is in the province of Zeeland, I don't know anything about the location shown on this card.  It looks like it is located along the see, based on the cliffs and what looks like water in the background.  If the turbines were proper windmills, I might be able to figure it out because Wikipedia has a list of all of the windmills in Zeeland.  But alas, they are just plain old wind turbines.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Two

Louisiana - The Cajun Dome, Lafayette

Sent by: dan1066
From: Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The Cajun Dome in Lafayette Louisiana is home to the Ragin' Cajuns mens basketball team at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, as well as the Louisiana IceGators ice hockey team and the Lafayette Wildcatters indoor football team.  It can hold up to 13,500 people for concerts (fewer for basketball and hockey games), and was completed in 1985.  In 2002, a convention center was added to the arena.

Maryland - Ocean City

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 3
Notes: Ocean City, Maryland is located along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean (I don't think that's a surprise, given the name of the city).  The population of the city is just over 7,000, but on a summer weekend, it can play host to well over 300,000 visitors.  That's quite the population jump!!  Obviously, tourism is a huge industry, and there are many resorts and hotels to accommodate the guests.  The boardwalk is the city's main shopping and entertainment district.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Day Three Hundred Fifty-One

Germany DE-527114 received 02-25-2010

Sent by: Sille
From: Hannover, Germany
ID number: DE-52711
Notes:  This is the only Valentine's Day related card that I could find that I had not previously posted.  The caption on the front translates to "Love greetings for Valentine's Day".  The back of the card has an ad for the QVC Insider, a magazine from QVC (yes, the shopping channel).  So I'd venture a guess that this card came out of the magazine.

Star Sponge Cake and Berries

Sent by: Vosya
From: Sakhalin Island, Russia
For: Send Me a Card from My Album of Favorites Tag 2
Notes: This is not a Valentine's Day card, but I thought the colors were appropriate, not to mention the fact that I think this would make a wonderful Valentine's Day dessert.  I received this card as part of the above-mentioned tag, which means that Vosya would have looked through the albums of cards that I have favorited (either on Flickr or Postcrossing) and found one that she had in her possession.  In order to receive this card from Vosya, I would have had to have tagged someone else and sent them a card from one of their favorites albums.  It's not a tag that I participate in often because it is rare that I actually have a card that is in the previous person's favorites album. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Day Three Hundred Fifty

Netherlands NL-278893 received 01-30-2010

Sent by: J-essica
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-278893
Notes: Drachten is a town in the Dutch province of Friesland in northern Netherlands.  This card shows various locations around Drachten.  Unfortunately, I don't have specific names for any of the locations.  The card doesn't have a caption, and none of the locations is shown in the photos of Drachten on Wikipedia (yes, that is where I get most of my information).  The statue in the large picture, however, is of a street musician named Peije - Wikipedia at least gave me that much.  It also gave me an rather unusual and interesting fact - the Drachten's city center has very few traffic lights and signs.  The theory is that drivers pay more attention to their surroundings when they can't rely on strict traffice rules.  It has actually reduced traffic accidents in the area to about 1 a year.  Wowza!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty-Nine

Louisiana - Rosedown Plantation

Sent by: Nitrocat
From: Illinois, USA
Notes: Nitrocat was nice enough to send a couple of postcards to me when she visited the New Orleans, Louisiana area in 2011.  This card is from Rosedown Plantaion, which is north of New Orleans.  It was built in the mid-1830s by Daniel and Martha Turnbull.  The plantation was owned by their direct descendants until the 1950s, when it was purchased by Catherine Fondren Underwood.  She proceeded to restore the house and gardens, and return the plantation to a working cattle farm.  The house was opened to tourists in 1964, and was declared a National Historic Monument in 2005.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty-Eight

Netherlands NL-221799 received 10-01-2009

Sent by: chimps
From: Emmen, Netherlands
ID number: NL-221799
Notes: Emmen is a planned city located in northeastern Netherlands.  The population was relatively small before World War II, but after the war, the city expanded and the population is now around 108,000.  The zoo, Dierenpark Emmen, boasts 1.3 million visitors a year.  The zoo's location in the city, built in 1935 and renovated in 1970, became too small, and a second zoo location was opened outside the city in 1998.  One ticket is sufficient to access both parts of the zoo.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty-Seven

USA US-1529645 received 02-15-2012

Sent by: cutemango
From: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
ID number: US-1529645
Notes: This former courthouse in Lexington, Kentucky, was built in 1899.  It served as the courthouse for Fayette County until 2001, when a new courthouse building was finished.  Two years later, the Lexington History Center moved into the building, followed by the Lexington Public Safety Museum and the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum.  Unfortunately, the Center had to be closed after lead paint, asbestos, and mold were found in the building.  Yikes!  That's just a trifecta of badness.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty-Six

Netherlands NL-721120 received 07-24-2011

Sent by: kat28
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-721120
Notes: Zeeland is the westermost province in the Netherlands, consisting of a number of islands.  The country of New Zealand was named for Zeeland.  The card doesn't have a caption that tells me what locations it shows, but with a little research, I was able to figure out that the lighthouse is the Breskens Lighthouse.  It is the oldest remaining cast-iron lighthouse in the Netherlands.  I was hoping to figure out where the drawbridge was as well, but apparently that is a typical Dutch drawbridge design, and there are a  number of them that looks similar.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty-Five

Illinois - Water Tower at Night, Chicago

Sent by: prairie dog
From: Illinois, USA
Notes: I don't really remember why prairie dog sent this card to me.  It could have been a swap, or it could have been just because she's a nice person.  Either way, the card shows Chicago's famous Water Tower, one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  It was built in 1869 to house a large water pump used to draw water from Lake Michigan.  I'm sure at one time it was considered quite tall, but today it is dwarfed by the buildings surrounding it, including Water Tower Place and the John Hancock Center.

USA US-741301 received 07-02-2010

Sent by: bondp
From: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
ID number: US-741301
Notes: Construction on the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka began in 1866.  At 304 feet (93 m), the dome is taller than the dome of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.  It is one of the few capitol buildings in the U.S. that still offers tours to the top of the dome.  To get there, visitors have to climb 296 steps from the fifth floor.  The two smaller photos show the statue on top of the dome, called "Ad Astra", and the mural is called "The Settlement of Kansas". 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty-Four

Netherlands NL-565207 received 02-28-2011
Sent by: martinevandam
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-565207
Notes: Unlike last winter, this winter has not had a long enough cold snap to allow for ice thick enough to skate on.  That is not the case for the ice in this photo.  These people are having fun skating on the canals around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk.  Kinderdijk and its 19 windmills have been featured on several other cards I have posted, but I believe this is the first with a winter scene.

Netherlands NL-1022630 received 02-15-2012

Sent by: Vivien1972
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-1022630
Notes: Den Haag, or The Hague, is the seat of goverment for the Netherlands.  This card shows part of the Binnenhof, a complex of buildings in the city center.  Binnenhof houses the office of the Prime Minister, as well as the States General of the Netherlands.  The building with the two towers is the Ridderzaal, which means Hall of Knights.  It was built in the 13th century, and today it is used for the state opening of Parliament, as well as royal receptions and inter-parliamentary conferences.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty-Three

Georgia - Marriott Atlanta Marquis Hotel, Atlanta

Sent by: deltiologist
From: Georgia (at the time)
Notes: This is the atrium of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.  The hotel is 52-stories tall, and the atrium spans the entire height of the building. This rather unusual view is looking straight up the atrium from the bottom.  I'm not sure exactly what the blue thing is supposed to be, but it sits on top of Pulse, the hotel bar.  Some scenes of the Capitol from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 were filmed in the hotel.  That makes me want to rewatch Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 to see if I can spot it.  Or maybe I'll just wait until Mockingjay Part 2 comes out.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty-Two

Netherlands NL-596140 received 03-25-2011

Sent by: Sophie54
From: Netherlands
ID number: NL-596140
Notes: Tulips and windmills - two things often associated with Holland.  As for the cow, well...I'm convinced that the photographer was trying to take a picture of something else, but the cow decided to photobomb.  Either that or the cow behind her (what is that cow doing, anyway?) pushed her in front of the camera.  

Random thought: Would a cow say "cheese" when having their picture taken? 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty-One

Georgia - Turner Field, Atlanta

Sent by: karmakat
From: Atlanta, Georgia
For: Private swap
Notes: Since 1997, Turner Field has been the home of Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves.  However, the stadium was originally built for much bigger sporting event - the 1996 Summer Olympics.  Centennial Olympics Stadium, as it was originally known, hosted the track and field events as well as the closing ceremony.  As the Olympic stadium, it could hold 85,000 spectators, but the conversion to a baseball stadium cut the seating down to 49,586.  The Braves lease on Turner Field will be up in 2016, at which time they will move to a new stadium.  Oh good, another stadium postcard to collect!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty

Malaysia MY-21030 received 06-18-2009

Sent by: alisa82
From: Malaysia
ID number: MY-21030
Notes: Orangutans are found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.  Sumatra is part of Indonesia, and Borneo is divided between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.  The Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered, and the Bornean species is endangered.  The main reason for their decline is deforestation due to logging and forest fires.  Fortunately, there are a number of conservation groups attempting to save these adorable animals.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Day Three Hundred Thirty-Nine

Georgia - Misty Hills

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 5
Notes: As with the postcard of the trees reflecting in a lake that I posted on January 29, this card does not give a specific location.  The caption on the back of the card says "Reflections captured in a sea of mist make Georgia a place like no other."  Umm, sure.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Day Three Hundred Thirty-Eight

Malaysia MY-19090 received 05-07-2009

Sent by: CheuLi
From: Malaysia
ID number: MY-19090
Notes: Christ Church in Malacca (or Melaka) is the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia.  It sits on Dutch Square, next to the Stadthuys, the building on the card I posted on January 28.  It was completed in 1753 as a Dutch Reformed church, but after the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, Malacca was transferred to the British East India Company.  In 1838, the church was reconsecrated by the Church of England.

Malaysia MY-22899 received 07-19-2009

Sent by: e3ling
From: Malaysia
ID number: MY-22899
Notes: Before the Dutch and the Britisha, the Portuguese had a presence in Malacca.  In 1511, they built a fort called A Famosa.  When the Dutch invaded in 1641, the Portuguese were driving out and the fort was damaged.  The British ordered the destruction of the fort in 1806, but an intervention by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, saved the gate.