Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween?

UK GB-343620 received 07-21-2012

Sent by: Lottie
From: Woking, England, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-343620
Notes: Ok, so I don't actually have any Halloween cards.  But what is a big part of Halloween?  Candy!  I'm not sure what kind of candy this is, but I think they might be Smarties, which appear to be the British version of M&Ms.  In the U.S., though, Smarties are an entirely different kind of candy.  Although I've never had them, I'm pretty sure I would like British Smarties better than U.S. Smarties (which are yucky!).




China CN-1416425 received 09-22-

Sent by: Azure_Summer
From: Ürümqi, China
ID number: CN-1416425
Notes: The large round object on this card is a mooncake, which is a traditional food for China's Mid-Autumn Festival.  The festival takes place on the night of the full moon between early September and early October.  (That's not really mid-autumn to me.)  The cakes are traditionally filled with lotus seed paste, sweet bean paste, jujube paste or five kernel (5 different kinds of seeds and nuts).  The crust is most commonly chewy, but can also be flaky or tender.  There are modern versions of the mooncakes as well, with fillings including cream cheese, tiramisu, green tea, chococlate, ice cream and coffee.  There are even fat-free mooncakes and high-fiber, low-sugar mooncakes.  

Friday, October 30, 2015

Gate to the City

Taiwan TW-268137 received 03-17-2011

Sent by: cgking46
From: Taipei, Taiwan
ID number: TW-268137
Notes: In 1879, the prefect of Taipeh Prefecture ordered a new capital city enclosed by walls.  The wall, which measured almost five kilometers in length, were completed in 1884.  There were five gates - Jing Fu to the east, Bao-Cheng to the west, Li-Zheng to the south, the Cheng-En gate to the north, and an auxiliary gate known as Chong-Zi.  The west gate was destroyed during the Japanese colonial rule.  The other four gates still exist, although only Cheng-En, shown here, retains its original appearance. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ruins, Ruins Everywhere

Belarus BY-146408 received 03-05-2011

Sent by: L_a_n_a
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-146408
Notes: Yet another panoramic multiview postcard from Belarus.  And there seem to be a lot of ruined castles in Belarus as well.  
Anyway, the ruins in the upper left belong to Kosava Castle, which was built in 1838 and heavily damaged during both World Wars.  The castle is currently undergoing restoration.  
Below that is Navahrudak Castle, also in ruins.  This one is much older, dating to the 14th century.  It was occupied twice by the Russians in the 1600s and sacked by the Swedes in the 1700s.  Today, medieval reenactments and theatrical jousting take place on the grounds.
The birds in the center are white storks, which live in central Europe, northwestern Africa and southwestern Asia.
Finally, the photo on the right shows part of the ruins of Ruzhany Palace...and a horse.  I posted another panoramic card with this castle on it on the 15th.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Breakfast? Umm...No Thanks.

Ireland IE-78690 received 09-05-2014

Sent by: PiotrNatalia
From: New Ross, Ireland
ID number IE-78690
Notes: If I ever visit Ireland (which I would like to) remind me not to order breakfast if this is what they serve.  I don't normally eat breakfast anyway, so I don't think it would be much of a problem.  But seriously, beer and oysters for breakfast?  I *think* this is supposed to be a funny card, but I'm not 100% sure.  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bicycles or Art?

The Art of the Bicycle

Notes: This is another card that I purchased myself at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. These bicycles are part of The Art of the Bicycle, an exhibit that will be a the museum through 2018.  The exhibit features bicycles from the past 200 years, from an 1818 walking machine all the way up to the most modern, high tech bicycles.  There is even a cardboard bicycle, which is cheap but durable (it's not pictured here).  

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Card That is as Old as I Am

Kazakhstan KZ-14633 received 06-16-2014

Sent by: Matreshka1209
From: Astana, Kazakhstan
ID number: KZ-14633
Notes: The publication date on this card is 1976, which means it has been around as long as I have.  The photo on the right shows the Kazakhstan capital of Astana as it looked in 1976.  Back then, the city was called Tselinograd, and it wasn't the capital of the country.  In 1992, it was renamed Akmola.  Akmola replaced Almaty as the capital on December 10, 1997, and it was renamed Astana on May 6, 1998.  I wonder if the residents have a bit of an identity crisis?
The photo on the left shows an eternal flame, but Gulmira (the sender) says that it doesn't exist anymore.  I guess it wasn't so eternal after all.  

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Lights in the Darkness

Hong Kong HK-337120 received 05-23-2015

Sent by: owenjanice
From: Hong Kong
ID number: HK-337120
Notes: The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which can been seen towards the left, was built next to Victoria Harbour on an area of reclaimed land.  The initial phase was completed in 1997, but it has been expanded several times since then.  It has 5 exhibition halls, 2 convention halls, 2 theaters, 52 meeting rooms and 7 restaurants, and it hosts around 45 international trade fairs each year.



Japan JP-698080 received 07-10-2015

Sent by: oyasam
From: Tokyo, Japan
ID number: JP-698080
Notes: This card gives me no indication where this fireworks display happened or why.  oyasam did say that there was a fireworks display in her town at the end of July.  Based on this article, I believe she is talking about the Sumida River Fireworks Festival.  It is one of the oldest and most famous firework displays in Japan.  

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Rocky

Russia RU-3674175 received 05-11-2015

Sent by: Eugenia_Genie
From: Kemerovo, Russia
ID number: RU-3674175
Notes: This lovely scene shows the Kodar Mountains, located in the Transbaikal region of Siberia.  There are 34 glaciers in the mountains, and they are considered the most isolated glaciers in the world, at over 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) from any other glaciers.  Because of the Siberian High, this area experiences very cold temperatures and very little precipitation, particularly between November and March.  The lowest recorded temperature in the Northern Hemisphere (-90° F or -67.8° C) occurred on January 15, 1885 because of the Siberian High.




UK GB-657050 received 05-18-2015

Sent by: Norfolk-Boy
From: Poringland, England, United Kingdom
ID number: GB-657050
Notes: The red chalk (aka Cretaceous limestone) cliff seen here is known as the Hunstanton Formation or Hunstanton Cliffs.  The cliff is located in northwest Norfolk in eastern England.  A number of fossils of ancient sea creatures can be found in the cliffs, including coccoliths, ammonites and shark teeth.  Fulmars, a type of sea bird, inhabit the cliffs, and there are several historic buildings at the top.  

Friday, October 23, 2015

Built and Rebuilt

Hong Kong HK-256497 received 07-26-2014

Sent by: but310
From: Hong Kong
ID number: HK-256497
Notes: This is Murray House which was built in the Central District of Hong Kong in 1844.  At that time, it served as officers' barracks for the British Military.  During World War II, it was occupied by the Japanese, and after the war, it was used for some government offices.  In 1982, the building was dismantled to make room for a new Bank of China Tower.  Over 3,000 pieces of the building were labeled and stored for future restoration.  In 1990, the Housing Department proposed that Murray House be rebuilt in the town of Stanley, which is what you see in this photo.  It was rebuilt between 1998 and 2001, but there was a problem: the labels had washed off of the building pieces, so when it was fully reconstructed, there were 6 leftover columns.  Oops!  You can see those columns lined up in front of the building.  

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Castle in Africa

Ghana - Cape Coast Castle

Sent by: dotsiisu
From: Tamale, Ghana
For: Private swap
Notes: Every year when I renew my Postcrossing support, I get a number of swap requests because my name shows up in a list of recent supporters.  Last year, I was very surprised to receive a request from Ghana.  I accepted the request and received this card.  Cape Coast Castle was originally built in the 1650s by the Swedes as a trading post for gold and timber.  It later became a "slave castle", a place to hold slaves before they were loaded onto ships and sent to the Americas.  

You may recognize the man in the photo on the left.  That would be President Barack Obama, who visited Ghana in July of 2009 with his family.

Sisu, who sent the card, is a teacher.  You can check out the school he is helping to build here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

An Adamantine Assertion

Japan JP-536307 received 05-28-2014

Sent by: Q-chan
From: Hiroshima, Japan
ID number: JP-536307
Notes: I received this card on my birthday last year, and it was a very nice present because I like Harry Potter a lot.  "The Unbreakable Vow" was made by Severus Snape to Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  Snape was a professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and until the very end of the series, it wasn't clear if he was a good guy or a villain as he played both sides.  The vow he made to Narcissa was to protect her son, Draco Malfoy (the boy pictured on the left) as Draco attempted to carry out a mission for Lord Vol...I mean, He Who Must Not Be Named.  The vow was made unbreakable by magic, so that if Snape didn't do as he promised, he would die.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Manors and Mist

Belarus BY-140423 received 02-19-2011

Sent by: Nasty_K
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-140423
Notes: The photo on the left shows the ruins of Kreva Castle, the former residence of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.  It was built in the 14th century near Kreva, Belarus, but was sacked in the 16th century.  After that, it stood unoccupied, and was crumbling by the 19th century.  The castle stood on the front line between Russia and Germany during World War I, which led to its ultimate destruction. On the upper right is the palace-park complex in Gomel.   The grounds extend for half a mile along the Sozh River. An image of the palace is featured on the Belarusian 20,000 ruble bill. Unlike the other castle, this one is not in ruins, but rather it is a museum. 
Sadly, the caption on the back of the card does have the location of the misty meadow on the lower right.  

Monday, October 19, 2015

Дом со слонами

Russia RU-2572241 received 05-01-2014

Sent by: sherbakova
From: Kinel', Russia
ID number: RU-2572241
Notes: I was almost afraid that I wasn't going to be able to tell you anything about this card.  The sender's very short message doesn't say anything about the picture, and the caption on the back is in Russian. Fortunately, Google Translate has a nifty feature where you can click on a mock keyboard with all the Cyrillic characters, so I typed in the caption.  The mansion in the front with the elephant statues was built in Samara, Russia between 1908 and 1909 by Konstantin Golovkin, a merchant, entrepreneur and self-taught artist.  Here you can see a photo of the actual house.  

FYI, the title of this post translates to "House with elephants".

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Duo from Deustchland

Germany DE-4206998 received 05-22-2015

Sent by: kimtctc
From: Braunschweig, Germany
ID number: DE-4206998
Notes: Braunschweig is a city of about 250,000 people located in central Germany.  The Gewandhaus is the former house of the draper's guild, and is now where kimtctc goes to work every day.  Altstadmarkt means "Old Town Market", and the Burgplatz is the castle square.  Post is the former home of the Oberpostdirektion Braunschweig.  In the bottom row, I believe that Michaelishof is a student dormitory, and Dom is the cathedral. The statue of Heinrich der Löwe is on top of a fountain in his honor, located in the Hagen Market, and finally Alte Waage u. St. Andreas is St. Andrew's Basilica.



Germany DE-4168093 received 05-04-2015

Sent by: BettyBoo1979
From: Pfaffenhofen an der Roth, Germany
ID number: DE-4168093
Notes: These scenes are from Bavaria, Germany, and they are all related to King Ludwig II, who is pictured in the top center.  The upper left is probably his most famous creation, Neuschwanstein Castle.  The upper right is Linderhof Palace, the smallest of the three palaces built by Ludwig.  The lower left is Herrenchiemsee, a palace complex purchased by Ludwig.  I'm not sure where the fountain is located, but the castle on the lower right is Hohenschwangau, which was built by Ludwig's father, King Maximilian II.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pierogi and Cheese

Ukraine UA-1107729 received 07-31-2014

Sent by: Snegka5579
From: Kiev, Ukraine
ID number: UA-1107729
Notes: This gentlemen with the rather impressive mustache is wearing a traditional Ukrainian costume, and is about to eat a bowl of a traditional Ukrainian dish, varenyky.  Varenyky are also known as pierogi, which are dumplings typically filled with potato, cheese, ground meat, fruit, or my favorite, sauerkraut.  Apparently there are several monuments to varenyky and pierogi, including one in Glendon, Alberta, Canada.  I know they're good, but monuments? Really??



Netherlands NL-2512173 received 06-09-2014

Sent by: gerretje
From: Heerhugowaard, Netherlands
ID number: NL-2512173
Notes: Cheese (I hope I don't have to explain to you what that is) is apparently a very popular food in the Netherlands.  Edam and Gouda are probably the most popular of the Dutch cheese here in the United States,  Edam is a semi-soft cheese, and was named after the town of Edam.  The first recorded mention of Gouda cheese was in 1184, making it one of the oldest types of cheese in the world.  It is also named after a location - in this case, the city of Gouda.

Friday, October 16, 2015

A Famous Silhouette

Taiwan TW-1343036 received 08-22-2014

Sent by: LuoZin-Han
From: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
ID number: TW-1343036
Notes: Do you recognize this famous fictional silhouette?  It's Sherlock Holmes, of course!  I do mention in my Postcrossing profile that I like the show Sherlock, so I'm sure that is why Alice sent this card to me.  I also like the show Elementary, which also a modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, but set in New York instead of London.  The two Sherlocks are quite different, but I like each of them in their own right.  And yes, I have read all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories as well.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Old Card, Older Buildings

Belarus BY-115929 received 12-16-2010

Sent by: tonechka
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-115929
Notes: I received this card back in 2010, so it is one of the oldest cards that I hadn't yet posted.  

The ruins on the upper left are what is left of the Ruzhany Palace. The original palace  was completed in 1602, but then destroyed in 1700.  It was rebuilt in the 1770s, and in 1831 it became property of the state.  It was turned into a factory, which burned down in 1914.  

The lower left shows the ruins of Golshany (or Halshany) Castle in the Grodno region of Belarus.  It was built around 1610 and was known as the "Black Castle" even though it is made of red brick.  The castle suffered damage in several wars, and the man who owned the castle in the 1880s pulled the towers down.  

The center photo on the bottom is the fortified church in Synkovichi.  It is an actual church, but it was fortified to play a defensive role during wars.  Many other countries in Europe have fortified churches as well.  

The photo on the right is just listed on the back of the card as The Pripiat.  I believe this is the Pripiat (or Pripyat) river, If the name sounds familiar to you, that may be because of the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, which was abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.  The river flows from Ukraine into Belarus.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Out in the Ozarks

The Ozarks

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 43
Notes: Although the Ozarks are frequently referred to as mountains, the area is actually a dissected plateau (a plateau area that has been severely eroded).  The Ozarks cover the southern half of Missouri, the northern part of Arkansas, northeastern Oklahoma and a small part of southeastern Kansas.  The word Ozarks is believed to be a corruption of the French abbreviation "aux Arcs" (short for "aux Arkansas", or "of Arkansas").  The stream shown on this postcard is not named on the back of the card, and as there are many rivers and streams running through the Ozarks, I can't even hazard a guess as to which one it is.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Not a Banal Canal

Netherlands NL-2648428 received 09-05-2014

Sent by: Legend7
From: Raalte, Netherlands
ID number: NL-2648428
Notes: Amsterdam has over 62 miles (100 kilometers) of canals, with around 1,500 bridges crossing them.  The three main canals are Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht.  The canal shown here is Leidsegracht, one of the secondary canals.  It was built between 1615 and 1658, and connects the three main canals as part of the Canal Ring area, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010.  Bicycles, like the one on the bridge, are very popular in Amsterdam, which has been listed as the most bicycle-friendly capital city in the world.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tea in the Garden

China - Huxin Pavilion, Shanghai

Sent by: Zeroro
From: Shanghai, China
For: Private swap
Notes: Depending on which website you look at, this is either the Huxingting Teahouse or the Hu Xin Ting Tea House.  Whichever one it is, it is located in the Yu Garden in Shanghai.  Construction on the garden began in 1559.  It was built by Pan Yunduan as a comfortable place for his elderly father.  It suffered damage numerous times during the 19th and 20th centuries, but was restored between 1956 and 1961, and opened to the public in 1962.  

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Shows I've Never Seen

Xena: Warrior Princess


Sent by: frozeninmi
From: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
For: Private swap
Notes:  Xena: Warrior Princess aired from 1995 to 2001, and starred Lucy Lawless as the title character.  However, I have never seen any of the 134 episodes, including Callisto, the episode shown here.  In this episode (season 1, episode 22), Callisto starts killing innocent people, claiming that SHE is Xena.  The real Xena has to try to stop Callisto, which the help of her friend Gabrielle.




Canada CA-537032 received 06-20-2015

Sent by: pickles4u2
From: Chatham, Ontario, Canada
ID number: CA-537032
Notes: Breaking Bad aired from 2008 to 2013, and starred Brian Cranston as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman.  Again, I have never seen a single episode.  Yes, I realized that it was an extremely popular show, and it won many awards,but it just never interested me.  And if anyone tells me that I HAVE to watch it, that will absolutely guarantee that I will never, ever watch it.  I'm just contrary that way.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Comic, But Not Funny

Austria AT-190684 received 08-18-2014

Sent by: Monika49
From: Zirl, Austria
ID number: AT-190684
Notes: The Bold and the Brave was a series of DC Comics that originally ran from 1955 to 1983, and since then, it has been brought back several times.  The Justice League made its debut in issue no. 28 in March of 1960.  No. 29, published in May, 1960, is the issue seen here.  It features Justice League members Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter (who?), Superman and Wonder Woman.  The villain is named Xotar, aka Weapons Master, an highly intelligent supervillain from the year 11,960.  I'm guessing that he is the guy inside the yellow robot thing.  



Taiwan TW-485590 received 03-19-2012

Sent by: JimmyZhang
From: Taipei, Taiwan
ID number: TW-485590
Notes: This comic, the fourth in a mini-series of four, was originally titled The Vader Job.  I don't know about you, but that sounds rather corny to me.  I think they made a good decision changing it to Enemy of the Empire.  It was published on April 28, 1999 by Dark Horse comics.  In this series, Darth Vader hires Boba Fett to track down Abal Karda, who was last seen in possession of a kneedhide casket.  Vader also hired three assassins to kill Boba Fett once he found the casket.  Apparently the casket contains the head of Queen Selestrine of the Icarii, who can foretell the future.  Yes, even though she is only a head, she can still foretell the future.  As you can see here, Boba Fett and Darth Vader end up fighting over her.  

Friday, October 9, 2015

Pyramid Power

Indonesia - Monumen Yogya Kembali

Sent by: diananti
From: Ngaglik, Indonesia
For: Museums and Galleries Round Robin - Group 111
Notes: This is the Monumen Yogya Kembali, or the Monument to the Recapture of Yogyakarta. It is a museum dedicated to the Indonesian National Revolution, which took place between 1945 and 1949, and resulted in Indonesia gaining independence from the Netherlands. Inside the museum are 10 dioramas depicting key moments of the revolution, many artifacts from before and during the revolution, and a quiet memorial room at the top of the pyramid.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Drip, Drip, Drip

Germany DE-3429585 received 08-25-2014

Sent by: wilfried
From: Duisburg, Germany
ID number: DE-3429585
Notes: When I first looked at this photo, I thought this was a marble dropping into a pool of water.  But then I realized that it was actually a drop of water.  I'm guessing that wilfried sent this card to me because it's sciencey (I might have made that word up) and I volunteer in a science museum.  Check out this video for a better idea of what is going on in this photo. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NOT a Glorious Feeling

Singin' in the Rain

Sent by: Tigerente01
From: Günzburg, Germany
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 310
Notes: Singin' in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, was released in 1952.  I have never seen the movie, but when I was in 8th grade, my class took a field trip to a theater where we saw the stage version.  I think I liked it, but it was a while ago so I don't clearly remember.  Anyway, I don't get part of the title song.  "Singin' in the rain, just singin' in rain.  What a glorious feeling, I'm happy again."  If the glorious feeling he's referring to is being rained on, I think he's nuts.  It's not a glorious feeling at all.  Of course, he could be singing about something else that I would understand better if I had seen the movie or the play more recently.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's Exotic. It's blue. It's...a pigeon?

Czech Republic CZ-662339 received 06-26-2015

Sent by: Redy
From: Brno, Czech Republic
ID number: CZ-662339
Notes: While this bird may look cool and exotic, with its blue feathers and crest on top of its head, it is actually just a pigeon.  However, the Victoria crowned pigeon is not nearly as common as the pigeons you might see hanging out on statues or scavenging for scraps of food on the sidewalk in the United States.  This pigeon, which was named after Queen Victoria, comes from Papua New Guinea, and its conservation status is listed as vulnerable (one level above endangered).  The pigeon shown here does not live in the wild, but rather at the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Church in China?

China CN-568793 received 05-03-2012

Sent by: JackieQiang
From: Shanghai, China
ID number: CN-568793
Notes: If you think that it is unusual to see a Catholic cathedral in China, you are right.  This is St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai, which was built between 1905 and 1910.  Since the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, all religions are permitted to operate under the supervision of the State Administration for Religious Affairs.  As such, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association does not accept the primacy of the Pope.  So while this cathedral is Catholic, it is not Roman Catholic.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Whereabouts in Washington

Washington - Tacoma

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 69
Notes: Tacoma, Washington is located on Puget Sound, southwest of Seattle.  This postcard shows the city's skyline reflected in the Thea Foss Waterway, which separates downtown from the Port of Tacoma.  The waterway was named after Thea Foss (big surprise there), who founded the Foss Maritime Company in 1889.  It is now the largest tug and towing company on the west coast.




Washington - State Capitol, Olym

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 69
Notes: Olympia is the capital of the state of Washington, and the building shown here is the Capitol (aka Legislatvie) Building.  I posted a more aerial view of this building back in May.  The building was completed in 1928, and in 1974, the Capital Campus was placed on the National Register of  Historic Districts.  As Washington was the 42nd state, there are 42 steps leading up to the north entrance of the Capitol.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

More Castles

Germany DE-3384700 received 08-11-2014

Sent by: OlafArens
From: Bochum, Germany
ID number: DE-3384700
Notes: I'm pretty sure that I have more cards of Neuschwanstein - eleven - than any other location.  Some of them I purchased myself, and others I have received through Postcrossing.  More than a million people visit this castle annually, so I have to believe it is one of the most photographed locations in Germany. wonder how many people who visit there 



Germany DE-3324623 received 07-18-2014

Sent by: nkerstin
From: Nürnberg, Germany
ID number: DE-3324623
Notes: This is the Imperial Castle, or Kaiserberg, in Nürnberg (also known as Nuremberg), Germany.  It is one of the three sections that make up Nürnberg Castle, which is one of the most formidable medieval castles in Europe.  Construction on the castle began in the 12th century, and by the 13th century, care of the castle fell to the city.  Preservation of the buildings began in the 19th century, but the castle was heavily damaged during World War II, so it had to be fully restored.  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Up in the Air

USA US-2994128 received 09-22-2014

Sent by: ralundy
From: Burlington, North Carolina, USA
ID number: US-2994128
Notes: This is a Zazzle postcard, so there is no way of knowing where this photo was taken.  So there's not really much I can say about it other than it's pretty.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Prost!

Germany DE-3406038 received 08-16-2014

Sent by: McBumble
From: Sankt Augustin, Germany
ID number: DE-3406038
Notes: Although Oktoberfest started on September 19th, I waited to post this card until it was actually October.  Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival held annually in Munich, Germany, and is attended by over 6 million people every year.  The idea for Oktoberfest started when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810.  The festivities ended on October 17 with horse races.  The horse races were repeated the next year, and a tradition began.  

Yes, this card is shaped like a mug of beer, and the title of the post means is a toast similar to "Cheers!"