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


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.  

Friday, November 13, 2015

Say Wat?

Thailand TH-197329 received 05-11-2015

Sent by: halo
From: Bangkok, Thailand 
ID number: TH-197329
Notes: Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, or simply Wat Arun, is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.  The temple's name comes from the Hindu goddess Aruna, who is personified as radiations from the rising sun. The central prang , or Khmer-style tower, in the center is covered in colorful porcelain.   At the top is a seven-pronged trident known as the "Trident of Shiva", which is another Hindu reference.  

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Faithful Companion

Spain ES-315570 received 09-30-2014

Sent by: edo
From: Vinaròs, Spain
ID number: ES-315570
Notes: This sad looking pup, entitled Treuer Weggefärte (Faithful Companion), was painted by Polish artist Mariola Wower.  It wouldn't surprise me if you haven't heard of her.  What I think will surprise YOU is how she painted this dog.  In 1992, she was in a car accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down.  She took up painting in 1995, holding the brush in her mouth!  I have two working hands and I can't draw much more than stick figures.  You can see a few more of her paintings here, as well as read a bit more about her or even purchase a print.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

To Kristin From Kristin - Part 1

U.S. Virgin Islands - Map

Sent by: Trekkie Gal
From: Indiana, USA
For: Fun
Notes: Last week, I was on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.  If you only know me from my blog, you may not have noticed my absence because I had entries scheduled to post for the entire week.  Anyway, I sent a number of postcards to family and friends, and I also sent a card to myself from each island we visited - Barbados on November 2, St. Lucia on November 3, Antigua on November 4 and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. on November 6.  Even though the card from St. Thomas was the last one I sent, it was the first that I received.  This is most likely because the U.S. Virgin Islands also use the U.S. Postal Service.  Interestingly, even though I sent the card from the post office near the cruise ship dock in Charlotte, Amalie, St. Thomas, it is postmarked San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It's Not a Church, and I Ain't Lion

Netherlands NL-2617290 received  08-16-2014

Sent by: AlienfaceGonnie
From: Middelburg, Netherlands
ID number: NL-2617290
Notes: Gonnie told me that this card shows a typical Dutch church in Halsteren.  Well, that's not *quite* true.  Yes, the building in the back with the steeple is a church.  But it is mostly covered up by the building in the front, which is the former Raadhuis, or town hall.  One other odd thing about this card - Gonnie sent it to me on August 9th with Christmas stamps on it!  

Monday, November 9, 2015

Flying Lights

USA US-2994155 received 09-25-2014

Sent by: goss44
From: Valdosta, Georgia, USA
ID number: US-2994155
Notes: Deborah sent this card to me because the lights reminded her of hot air ballons.  I have to agree.  They just need little baskets underneath each globe to complete the look.  There is no location listed on this card.  It is a card from the website, which doesn't seem to be working at the moment.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Outside a Castle, Inside a Palace

Netherlands NL-2993630 received  05-20-2015

Sent by: Kreukniet
From: Giessen-Oudekerk, Netherlands
ID number: NL-2993630
Notes: If this castle looks familiar to you, that's because I posted another card of it on July 18, 2014.  And it wasn't just a similar card - it was the exact same card.  I am very surprised by how many times I have received duplicate cards. Maybe some areas don't have a very large postcard selection. Also, I'm sure a lot of people don't look through all of the cards a person has received to make sure they are not sending a duplicate.  I don't often do that.

Russia RU-3678829 received 05-15-2015

Sent by: AlinaZabolotskaya
From: Moskow, Russia
ID number: RU-3678829
Notes: This is the east wall of the Amber Room in the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg.  Actually, this is a replica of the room as the original was stolen.  How can a room be stolen, you ask?  Well, the walls were decorated with amber panels with gold leaf and mirrors.  During World War II, members of the German army removed the panels from the wall, packed them up and took them to Königsberg Castle.  In January, 1945, Hitler gave orders to remove the looted possessions from Königsberg.  After that, the original Amber Room panels disappeared, and they have never been found. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Messages from China

China CN-1373668 received 08-11-2014

Sent by: finalmog
From: Tianjin, China
ID number: CN-1373668
Notes: Ok, so I have no idea what the message on the front of this card says.  And it's not like I can type it into Google Translate to find out.  finalmog's message was rather short as well, but that's probably because the five stamps he used took up quite a bit of the card.  This is one of the stamps.  That cute little guy is the mascot of the 2014 Youth Olympics.

China CN-1416438 received 12-01-2014

Sent by: PennyDai
From: Shangrao, China
ID number: CN-1416438
Notes: I don't know what the message on the bottom of this card says either, but at least I can read the message in the bottle.  I have some Valentine's Day cards that say "I Love You" or something similar on them, and I always feel a bit weird about sending them to people I've never met.  Fortunately, PennyDai doesn't seem to have a problem with that.  

Friday, November 6, 2015

Wood You Like to Know What This Card is Made Of?

Netherland NL-2993432 received 05-13-2015

Sent by: Tjann
From: Roermond, Netherlands
ID number: NL-2993432
Notes: If you guessed that is postcard is made of wood, you "wood" be correct.  And it's not that thin veneer that all the other wood postcards I have seen are made of.  It's actually a pretty solid piece of wood, and it made it through the postal system with no cracks or chips.  The few black smudges on the front and a faint USPS barcode on the back are really the only evidence that it was mailed.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


France FR-408388 received 07-11-2014

Sent by: Saphire_Hemelrijk
From: Auch, France
ID number: FR-408388
Notes: This scene is from an illustrated manuscript at the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome, Italy.  The library was established in 1701 by the Dominicans of the Convent of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.  Their collection now includes over 400,000 volumes and 6,000 manuscripts.  
The message on the back was interesting, because Saphire lives in France, but she is originally from Holland and she wrote her entire message to me in Spanish.  She has also lived in Belgium, Spain and Portugal.  All I can say is wow!  I can't imagine having lived in so many countries by the age of 16, which is how old she was when she sent the card.  

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

.-- .... .- - -.. --- . ... - .... .. ... ... .- -.--?

Poland PL-485685 received 08-03-2012

Sent by: Budyn
From: Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland
ID number: PL-485685
Notes: So this card hit me with a double whammy - the caption on the back was all in Polish, and the sender wrote half of his message in Morse code.  And by that, I mean he would write part of a sentence in English and then finish it in Morse code, or vice versa.  If I took the time to translate it when I received it back in 2012, I don't really remember.
The photos on the card show various buildings around Budyn's hometown of Kędzierzyn-Koźle.  It's a city of about 64,000 in southwestern Poland.  The city was once two, Koźle on the left bank of the Oder River, and Kędzierzyn on the right.  They merged in 1975.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Name's The Same in (Almost) Any Language

Italy IT-192499 received 08-20-2012

Sent by: Mitch_04
From: Rome, Italy
ID number: IT-192499
Notes: The Pantheon in Rome was commissioned during the reign of Emperor Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD).  It was completed by Emperor Hadrian (yeah, the guy who built the wall) and dedicated around 126 AD.  It has been in continuous use since it was built, and in the 7th Century, it has been a church dedicated to St. Mary and the Martyrs.

The caption on the back of the card just says "ROMA", and then lists the building's name in five languages: Il Pantheon (Italian), The Pantheon (English - duh!), Le Pantheon (French), Das Pantheon (German), and El Panteón (Spanish).  If it wasn't for that darn Spanish, it would be called Pantheon in every language.

Monday, November 2, 2015

This Post Doesn't Drag-on

Taiwan TW-611350 received  07-25-2012

Sent by: Purin
From: Guogang, Taiwan
ID number: TW-611350
Notes: There isn't much to say about this card.  It's from Taiwan and it shows a dragon.  The sender's message was short and sweet as well. She simply wrote "Hope you like this card."

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Big Church, Little Church

Switzerland CH-245170 received 07-09-2015

Sent by: mirella89
From: Wetzikon, Switzerland
ID number: CH-245170
Notes: St. Peter Church is one of the four main churches in old town Zürich.  There were several churchs in this location before this one, which was consecrated in 1706.  The steeple was manned by fire watch until 1911, and the clock on the steeple is the largest church clock face in Europe with a diameter of 28.5 feet (8.7 meters).  

Ukraine UA-1120948 received 08-19-2014

Sent by: urnla
From: Kiev, Ukraine
ID number: US-1120948
Notes: This is the Descent of the Holy Spirit Church near Potelych, Ukraine.  It was built in 1502 in place of a church that burned down.  It is the oldest wooden church in Lviv Oblast (oblast = province), and in 2013, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site along with 15 other wooden churches in Poland and Ukraine.