Sunday, January 31, 2016


Missouri - Grenade Range, Fort Leonard Wood

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 40
Notes: When I was looking for the missing postcards mentioned in yesterday's post, I found an envelope with three postcards from this round robin.  I'm pretty sure this is the only postcard I have that has grenades as the subject.  This grenade range is at Fort Leonard Wood in central Missouri.  The caption on the back says that each soldier must throw two live grenades as part of their training.  FYI, Leonard Wood was in the U.S. Army from 1886 to 1921.  He achieved the rank of Major General, and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Missing: Postcards!!

France FR-586267 received 10-09-2015

Sent by: emma86
From: Poitiers, France
ID number: FR-586267
Notes: When I receive an official Postcrossing postcard, I scan it before I register it so that I can upload the image to Postcrossing right away.  Then, sometime after that, I upload to Flickr and put the actual postcard in a basket to blog later.  Well, there were three cards that I registered in October that are now missing!  Dun dun dunnnnn!!  They are not in the basket, and they are not in any of the other postcard boxes or bags that I have looked in.  If anyone can suggest a new place to look, and I actually find them there, I'll send you a postcard. ;)

This card shows Parc du Futuroscope in Poitiers, France, the town that the sender lives in.  I'm sure she probably mentioned that in her message, but I don't know because I don't have the card!  The park opened in 1987, and features 3-D and 4-D cinemas along with other attractions and shows based on 'multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques'.  Umm...right.  Starting just a few days from now on February 6, Cirque du Soleil will produce a new show at the park called La Forge aux Étoiles.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Here, Kitty Kitty!

Germany DE-1057264 received  10-14-2011

Sent by: frauholle8
From: Delmenhorst, Germany
ID number: DE-1057264
Notes: Well, there is not a whole lot to say about this cute kitten.  The only research I could do was to try to find the company it came from, and I did that.  Fotolia has a lot of adorable kitten photos, including this sweetheart in a number of other poses.  If you are more of a dog person, you can search for those on their website as well.  A lot of the puppy photos actually have an adult tabby cat in them as well.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Celebrity Sighting

Celebrity Cruises - Summit

Notes: This is the cruise ship that I was on back in November.  The Celebrity Summit weighs in at 91,000 tons and is 965 feet long.  She's not a huge ship, but then again, she's not small either.  Except for the day I was sick, I had absolutely no problem getting 10,000 steps a day on my Fitbit just by walking around the ship.  The captain is named Kate McCue, and she is the first American woman to captain a cruise ship. Yay!  Also, she a few years younger than I am!!  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


USA US-1232137 received 08-15-2011

Sent by: SaxyLady1218
From: Odenton, Maryland, USA
ID number: US-1232137
Notes: The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. is one four zoos in the United States that house giant pandas.  The zoo current has four giant pandas: Mei Xiang, Tian Tian, Bao Bao, and Bei Bei.  Both Mei Xiang and Tian Tian were born in China at the China Research and Conservation Center.  Mei Xiang gave birth to Bao Bao in 2013, and Bei Bei in 2015.  The natural habitat for pandas high in the mountains, which means they can handle the cold and snow in Washington D.C. very well.  Tian Tian seem to love it

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Little Piece of China

California - Chinatown, San Fran

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 72: Nightviews
Notes: Many cities around the world have a Chinatown area, and one of the most famous (and largest) Chinatowns of all is in San Francisco, California.  And that's exactly what this card shows.  Look, you can even see a cable car about to head up the hill.  Or maybe it just came down the hill; I don't really know.  San Francisco's Chinatown covers an area of 1.34 square miles, and has a population of around 100,000 people.  The median age of the residents is 50, the oldest of any San Francisco neighborhood.  Only 14% of the households in Chinatown are headed by a person who speaks English fluently.  Most people in the area speak only Mandarin or Cantonese.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Floral Fiesta

Philippines PH-29002 received 09-23-2011

Sent by: dragonrose
From: Zamboanga, Philippines
ID number: PH-29002
Notes: These adorable children are enjoying the Panagbenga (Blooming Flowers) Festival in Baguio City, Philippines.  The festival was started in the early 1990s not only to celebrate the city's flowers, but as part of the recovery from the 1990 Luzon earthquake.  It is a week-long festival that takes place every February, and it includes a parade with floats similar to those seen in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Candy Canvas

Jelly Belly Mural - Made in America

Notes: Many times when I  travel back and forth to Wisconsin, I will stop at the Jelly Belly Factory store in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.  Of course, I always try to buy some beans, even though they have done away with the last two flavors that I've really liked - Honey and Pancakes & Maple Syrup.  I will also sometimes pick up some postcards, especially if they have new ones.  They have several postcards of their Jelly Belly Bean Art like this one.  If you want to see more of their art, click here (apologies if you get a couple of pop-up offers).  

Oddly, even though I got this card at the Wisconsin store, the back of the card says it is from the Jelly Belly Visitor Center in Fairfield, California.  Hmmm.... 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

One of One Hundred and One

Netherlands NL-787460 received 09-26-2011

Sent by: Lindaaah
From: Steenbergen, Netherlands
ID number: NL-787460
Notes: This is not actually a postcard.  It's a folded card, but it's really small. As is 3.25 inches square.  I don't remember what size envelope arrived it, as I received this card in 2011.  Yeah, almost 5 years is a little too long for me to remember an envelope.  I actually did a little research on the 101 Dalmatians to see if I could figure out who this little guy is.  I believe this is Patch, which makes sense because of the patch on his eye.  

Friday, January 22, 2016


California - Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

For: North America Traveling Envelope - Group 94: States from A-L Viewcards
Notes: Hollywood Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in the Los Angeles area, along with Sunset Boulevard.  The three photos on this card show some of the famous attractions in the touristy area of Hollywood Boulevard, including Madame Tussauds (lower left), Grauman's Theater, and the Kodak Theatre which is now known as Dolby Theatre.  Hard Rock Cafe must love this card, as it is shown in two of the photos.  I have spent some time on Hollywood Boulevard, and wanted to go into Madame Tussauds, but it was either too pricey or too busy (I don't remember which), so I ended up in the Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium.  

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Tour of Minsk at Night

Belarus BY-175651 received 05-04-2011

Sent by: Tanushkin
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-175651
Notes: The photo in the upper left shows a beautiful view of the city of Minsk.  Below that is Independence Square, with the Church of Saint Simeon and Elena in the background.  The two building in the center photo are nicknames the "Gates of Minsk".  They are located in Station Square across from the train station.  The upper right is the General Post Office - a very important place in the life of a postcard.  Finally, the bottom right is a photo of one of the buildings in Trinity Hill, also known as Trinity Suburb.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Illinois - Young Gorilla, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Notes: About 10 days ago, I went to the International Museum of Surgical Sciences in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago to cash in a Groupon for a 1 year membership.  After I looked around the museum for a couple of hours (it's not a very big place), I decided to walk over to the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is less than half a mile away and also free to enter.  While I was having lunch, it started to lightly rain, but after I looked through a couple of buildings, the rain had turned to snow.  Not icy, sleety snow that you might expect when the temperature drops and it switches from rain.  No - it was that beautiful, fluffy, softly-falling snow that coats the tree branches and makes everything look so lovely.

While I was there, of course I bought a bunch of postcards, including several lenticular cards like this one.  Scanning the card only shows one view, but if I move the card, I see another view of this sweet gorilla face.  I spent a while in the ape house, watching the gorillas and chimpanzees, and there was at least one young gorilla like this one.  Unfortunately, they didn't have any postcards of my favorite zoo animal: the klipspringer.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Search is Over

Star Trek III

Sent by: knurton
From:  San Diego, California, USA
For: Private swap bonus card
Notes: I swapped cards with knurton, and he was nice enough to send this to me as a bonus.  This scene is from the end of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.   Spock had died at the end of  Star Trek II, but after his body was jettisoned into space, it ended up on the Genesis planet, where it regenerated.  The Enterprise crew recovered Spock's body, while fighting off some Klingons led by Kruge (Christopher Lloyd).   They took him back to Vulcan so that his katra (basically his soul) can be reunited with body, where they carry him of the Klingon Bird-of-Prey that they commandeered after the Enterprise was destroyed.  No, I didn't not have to look any of that up. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sail Away

Maine - Windjamming

For: North America Round Robin - Group 91: Anything Nautical
Notes: While all of these ships look somewhat different, they are all windjammers.  A windjammer is a large ship with an iron or steel hull, built as merchant sailing ships in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  They could typically hold between 2,000 and 5,000 tons of cargo, which ranged from lumber to grain to ore.  Windjammers were eventually replaced by steamships, which were able to deliver their cargo on time regardless of the wind.  There are a number of windjammers still in existence.  They are typically used as restaurants, cruise ships or museum ships.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Russia RU-845429 received 03-26-2012

Sent by: Uroboros9
From: Saint Petersburg, Russia
ID number: RU-845429
Notes: This is a statue of World War I and Russian Civil War hero Vasiliy Chapaev (or Chapayev), surrounded by a commissar, a sailor, a female worker, a partisan, a Bashkir and a Red Army soldier.  Chapaev was a Red Army commander during World War I, and then in 1919, during Russia's civil war, he was shot and drowned in the Ural River, but his body was never recovered.  In 1923, a hugely fictionalized story of his life was published, which was made into a movie called Chapaev in 1934.  The film was very successful in the Soviet Union.  Oddly enough, it doesn't seem to be available from Netflix.  :)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Which Way to The Birdcage?

Florida - South Beach, Miami

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 74: Nightviews
Notes: My only knowledge of South Beach in Miami comes from the movie The Birdcage.  South Beach, which was originally farmland,  was the first area of Miami to be developed, starting in 1910.   Many buildings were built in an Art Deco style in the 1930s, but many of those were lost to developers in the 1980s.  Today, South Beach is very popular with tourists, and features numerous hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques.  And of course, as shown in The Birdcage, the area has a large LGBT community.  

Friday, January 15, 2016

In the Cloud

Minnesota - St. Germain Street, St. Cloud

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 43
Notes: St. Cloud is a city of over 66,000 people located in central Minnesota. It was founded in 1856, and was named after the city of Saint-Cloud, France.  I was looking on Wikipedia at the list of notable people who are from St. Cloud, and was amused to see that Marshall Eriksen, one of the characters from How I Met Your Mother, was listed.  I guess fictional people can be notable too.

I wasn't sure if this card was actually a vintage card, or just a reprint.  Then I noticed a web address on the back ( and realized that it was obviously a reprint.  

Thursday, January 14, 2016

This Adobe isn't Photoshopped

New Mexico - Taos Pueblo

For: US to US Traveling Envelope - Group 74: Buildings/Architecture
Notes: Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, was built in the late 13th or early 14th century.  It has been continuously inhabited since then, and is the largest pueblo that still exists.  The homes are multistory dwellings made of adobe.  The ruins of the first church, built by the Spanish in the 1600s, and its 1850 replacement, still exist within the pueblo walls.   Taos Pueblo was listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places in 1966, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Did He Choose Wisely?

Belarus BY-153797 received 03-21-2011

Sent by: Ukurka
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-153797
Notes: The green church shown here is St. Simeon Stolpnik Cathedral in Brest, Belarus.  It was rebuilt in 1865 after the previous cathedral was destroyed by a fire.  St. Simeon Stolpnik, also know as St. Simeon Stylites the Elder, joined a monastery before he turned 16, but was asked to leave because his fellow monks felt he was unsuited for their community. He shut himself up in a hut for a year and a half, and then retreated to a small ledge on a mountain.  He was forced to leave because many pilgrims sought him out for advice.  He then decided to live on the top of pillar, and he did so for the next 47 years until his death, while boys from the village brought him bread and milk every day..  The first pillar was 9 feet tall, but by the end, he was living on top of a 50 foot tall pillar.  

If I didn't know better, I'd say the statue of him on the left was modeled after the knight from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  Right?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jurassic and Triassic and Cretaceous World

Texas - Dinosaur World, Glen Rose

Sent by: Goofy Girl
From: Oklahoma, USA
Notes: There are three Dinosaur World parks in the United States, located in Plant City, Florida; Cave City, Kentucky; and Glen Rose, Texas.  Goofy Girl visited the park in Texas, and sent this card from there.  It opened in 2008, ten years after the original park in Florida.  Each park has over 150 life-sized dinosaur sculptures, made of polystyrene foam covered in fiberglass.  It's always interesting to see the colors used for the dinosaurs' skin, as we don't really know what their skin looked like.  

Monday, January 11, 2016

Beautiful Batik

Batik Flowers

Notes: I purchased this card at Caribelle Batik in St. Lucia.  Batik is a process for dyeing cloth, using wax to create designs and patterns.  The flower design on this card was created using wax, then the cloth was dyed.  The cloth is then boiled to remove the wax, leaving the pattern behind.  The store had many items made from batik-dyed cloth, and I was really tempted to buy a dress, but we had to leave before I could really decide.  So I settled for my postcards and this card, which is a blank folded card.  

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Extensive Estate

North Carolina - Biltmore Estate, Asheville

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 74: Buildings/Architecture
Notes: Biltmore is the largest privately owned house in the United States.  It was built between 1889 and 1895 for George Washington Vanderbilt, and his descendants still own it.  The house has 178,296 square feet (16,628.8 square meters) covering 252 rooms.  There are 34 bedrooms, 43 bathroooms and 3 kitchens.  Sounds like a great place for playing hide-and-seek!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Go Directly to Jail

UK - Inverary Jail, Inverary, Scotland

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 74: Buildings/Architecture
Notes: Inveraray Jail, built in 1819, was both a courthouse and a prison.  The prison had 8 cells, which were meant to hold multiple prisoners.  In 1839, the Prison Act created a number of reforms, including requiring separate cells for each prisoner, so a second prison had to be built.  The prison was closed on August 31, 1889, but the court was still in use until 1954.  The building was mostly empty from then until 1989, when it became a privately-owned museum.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Fab Lab

Michigan - Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory, Greenfield Village, Dearborn

From: Swap at a Postcrossing Meetup
Notes: Greenfield Village, located next to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, is a 90+ acre living history museum.  It features nearly 100 historical buildings, including the Wright Brothers home and bicycle shop, Noah Webster's home, Henry Ford's birthplace, and this replica of Thomas Edison's laboratory from Menlo Park, New Jersey.  It was in the original lab that Edison invented many important items, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera and the stock ticker.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Olympics are Coming!

China CN-173039 received 05-31-2011

Sent by: Unknown
From: China
ID number: CN-173039
Notes: Ok, so the Olympics don't actually start until August 5th, but still, that means they are THIS YEAR!!!  Let's just hope that Rio de Janeiro is ready...

This card shows Yingying, one of the five mascots from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  The inspiration for Yingying was a Tibetan antelope, and as you can see, he has horns.  He represents the yellow Olympic ring.  

The reason I don't know who this card is from is because I received it more than a year after the ID number was originally requested.  Cards not registered after a year are deleted.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

No Charge in this Battery

South Carolina - South Battery,

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 74: Buildings/Architecture
Notes: It's rare that a card has a caption on the front, so it's nice not to have to copy it from the back.  And also nice not to have to research anything. ;)  In June, I posted another card of this lovely row of houses.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Them Buns

Finland FI-1076594 received 05-02-2011

Sent by: Ututytto
From: Valkeakoski, Finland
ID number: FI-1076594
Notes: According to Ututytto, these are typical Finnish buns, or Pulla, that are served with coffee, and that they are served 'everyday' rather than for special occasions.  They are spiced with cardamom, which is what makes them different from a dinner roll.  I thought that was salt on the top, but after Googling them, I found this recipe (and others) that confirms it is coarse sugar.  

Monday, January 4, 2016

Turn Left

New Mexico - Albuquerque Skyline

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 74: Buildings/Architecture
Notes: Albuquerque is the most populous city in New Mexico, with a population of 557,000 people.  It was founded in 1706, and named in honor of Francisco, Duke of Albuquerque, the former Viceroy of New Spain.  It was incorporated as a city in 1891, and in the early 20th century, many people seeking relief from tuberculosis moved to the area.  According to Wikipedia, a person who lives in Albuquerque is called either a Albuquerquean or a Burqueño.  

Sunday, January 3, 2016

An Irretrievable Relic

Belarus BY-248025 received 12-31-2011

Sent by: Milava
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-248025
Notes: The cross on the right is the Cross of St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk.  St. Euphrosyne, Mother Superior at the convent in Polotsk and one of 15 patron saints in Belarus, commissioned it in 1161 to decorate the new church.  The painting on the right shows her holding the cross.  In 1941, the cross was lost during the occupation of Belarus by German troops, but it isn't clear exactly what happened to it.  In 1997, a craftsman created an officially endorsed replica, which is on display in the Polotsk Cathedral.  

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Free Cards are Fine

Wisconsin - La Quinta Inns & Suites

Notes: I don't often find free postcards, but when I do, I also grab a few.  This one I obviously picked up at a La Quinta Inn and Suites in Wisconsin. I've been racking my brain trying to figure out when I might have picked this up, as for quite a few years, I have stayed exclusively at the Holiday Inn Express when I visit my family.  I guess it doesn't really matter.

Friday, January 1, 2016

What's for Dinner?

Russia RU-301180 received 04-29-2011

Sent by: Evushka
From: Saint Petersburg, Russia
ID number: RU-301180
Notes: This dish is sauerkraut and cranberries.  I can't say that I've ever heard of putting cranberries in sauerkraut, but it doesn't sound bad.  As this type of sauerkraut is typically a side dish, I wonder what the main dish would be?  I haven't had sauerkraut for a while, but my traditional New Year's Eve dinner is barbecued ribs.  I had that with mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and crescent rolls.  Yum!