Saturday, May 14, 2011

Of Cathedral and Lunch

This vintage view has wonderful captioning ... Canterbury Cathedral, the premier Cathedral in England, was rebuilt in 1070 A.D. bu the Norman Archbiship Lanfranc. Originally the site was a monastery in 597. We learn lots in those two sentences. I love captioning like this.

AmyMarie visited Canterbury on a grey, rainy day in March 1990. They didn't get to spend much time in the cathedral but they did have a tasty lunch at a nearby Turkish restaurant.

Friday, May 13, 2011

No Paraskevidekatriaphobia Here!

This card was returned on Halloween 2010, but I decided to save it until now because today is Friday the 13th and it seems to go with witches, which is what Salem, Massachusetts, plays up for the tourists. I love Friday the 13th ... my daughter was born on a Friday the 13th. Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the clinical name for fear of Friday the 13th.

Julie had a wonderful day exploring Salem on Halloween 2010. She wrote about her adventures on her blog, Stoneview, and mentioned mailing the postcard from the city.

One of the places Julie visited is Peabody Essex Museum. Salem is known mostly for the witch trials of the late 17th century, but it also has a rich maritime history, which is lovingly curated at the Peabody.

And to add to the superstitious theme of this postcard, a postage stamp featuring a scene from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving's wonderful folktale set in late 18th century New York state.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Marble Alive

The Tomb of Lorenzo, Florence, Italy
It would be proper to imagine Lorenzo Medici is thinking serious thoughts while posing for Michelangelo, but it is more fun to imagine him considering dinner.

Marie has seen this statue, and many of Michelangelo's other works, while visiting Italy. Though the statue is 500 years old and marble, it seems alive to Marie, as does all of the artist's masterpieces. He was able to "give life to marble," something many artists attempt with many mediums, but few quite so successfully as Michelangelo.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rain Won't Stop Us!

On Suzanne's last day in London, she had one more place she had to see ... Buckingham Palace. She had just spent a full day of sightseeing, but the Palace beckoned. Through the rain they trudged, as darkness descended. All was quiet, except for the cliché London rain. It was all worth it. They were soaked, but happy, and twelve hours later back on an airplane for Canada.

When I was in London for the first time, I had to go to the Palace, too. And I even got to see the Queen as she left heading to Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day. And we just happened to be Westminster when she arrived, so we saw her twice in one day.

This Canadian postage is lovely, but even more so if you could touch it. It feels a bit like cloth, not paper. I don't think it is, that would be very expensive, but I'm thrilled Suzanne used it on this return.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Far From the Madding Crowd

This is an incredibly gorgeous vintage postcard from one of my favorite haunts. Nantucket is an island off the coast of Massachusetts. There are two big Massachusetts islands (and tons of small ones) ... Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. The Vineyard (or "vin-yud," as it would be often pronounced in Massachusetts) is a closer ferry trip and thus a more popular destination. However, Nantucket is a real treat if you want to get away from crowds, even in the summer (though it is somewhat crowded .... just not as bad as the Vineyard).

This postcard was adopted by April, who lives in New Zealand. She lived in Massachusetts for many years, and Nantucket is a special place for her. She wishes she had spent more time on the island, but writes, "one of the wonderful things about Nantucket is it won't have changed much when I eventually return." That is very true! Things change in Nantucket, just not as noticeably dramatic as in most places.

And the Year of the Rabbit postage is wonderful!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Along the River

Victoria studied at Minsk State Linguistics University, Belarus, and knows this scene well, Gorky Park with the River Svisloch. The park was a five minute walk from her university and she walked there often. In the spring they had physical training classes. And there are lots of activities for children, too. I bet it is busy this time of year!

I also learned from Victoria that this park is non-smoking. Things have really changed in recent years ... lots more places for non-smokers to enjoy fresh air, indoors and out. When I was in Europe ten years ago, it was quite difficult to find non-smoking areas. I think the next time I go back, it will be smoking areas that will be harder to find! However, I don't smoke, so I won't be hunting for those spots.

I also like the Belorussian postage, especially the large bird on the stamp on the far right. We watched Winged Migration for the first time a few weeks ago. I was quite taken with the beautiful birds and amazing cinematography. I think the bird in the postage is a swan, however, the description on the postage is not about the bird ... it mentions the Rogers Mushrooms in the foreground. I don't much like mushrooms.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Mystery

This postcard was returned from New Zealand, so I have no idea why it has Brunei Darussalam sticker on the front. Em Becs adopted the card, and others ... some of which also have this odd sticker on the front. I might think they got re-routed because of the February earthquake in New Zealand, but they were mailed well before the quake. Attempts to remove the stickers have been fruitless. Whatever is used as glue to hold this mystery sticker in place is quite strong. I wish I had some of it for my mailart!

The view is still quite beautiful, featuring one of New Zealand's most remote spots. Em Becs writes that the remote location doesn't deter tourism, though, as it is one of the country's most visited spots. It takes three days to walk the region, but there are also cruise ships that bring folk into the sounds. I think a little of both might be my choice.