Monday, October 22, 2012

Keep 'em Comin!

I picked up another batch of postcards on Friday, along with two issues of Mother Earth News that my dad hooked me up with up a subscription for :) Thanks dad - love you!!

I also want to take a second to thank all of you who have sent cards and read my blog - I'm almost at 25,000 views! 
It seems like only yesterday that I was excited to get 500 hits...

This first card comes from good friends of my parents, my Uncle Nick and Aunt Eileen....

 two creepy dolls in Cape May, New Jersey
(Thanks, Aunt I!)

This next one was sent by Carol in San Pedro when she was back in the States not too long ago, but it showed up a bit later than the three I picked up earlier in the week...

From New York, some of the biggest attractions - 
the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square.
Thanks again, Carol! 

I received four new cards from China ...

from Richard in Taiwan-
"Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck."

 From Li in China-
"A 13-storied octagonal pagoda laid with bricks, it stands 71 meters in height, and is the highest ancient pagoda in Liaoning. Buddhist carvings are found on the bricks, along with Buddhist niches and statues."

 From Bai (?) in China - 
the Hong Village in Yixian County, China

From Deng Li in China
"CBD in Chaoyang District is designated as an international commercial central zone with inegrated functions of business, exhibition, hotel, residence and entertainment, and plays a significant role in the economic development of Beijing. Besides, it is also one of the best places to enjoy the nigh view of the city. After sunset, shining neon lights and lamps here reveal the prosperity and luxury of a cosmopolitan."

Next up, three from Russia:

There's no name on here, but the postage is from Russia - 
I received a different view of this place on a different card a few months ago - The Swan's Nest or Swallow's Nest on the Crimean peninsula in Southern Ukraine.
I can't find any information about it, other than the wikipedia entry. The sender tells me that she was there and, to her, it feels like a "little Italy" because of all the sun, grapes, tomatoes, and wine!

from Karina in Sarov, Russia
I picture snow and onion-domed buildings when I think of Russia.... and Rocky IV, of course.

 from Kate in the city of Penza, Russia
She was here, at Attavdi Lake in Ural, Russia, back in July.
I can't find any information about the lake at all, it doesn't come up in any search engines that I've tried

In my pile of mail were two things from Germany:
one postcard...

From Ingo in Hamburg, Germany - 
"The second largest city in Germany, with the second largest port in Europe.
Photo is of the Queen Mary 2 leaving the port, with the towers of St. Machaeli church, the town hall, and the St. Nikolai church in the background."

and an envelope from Margrit in Postam, Germany:

 which included a handwritten greeting, a pamphlet for touring Potsdam, 2 for 1 tickets to Sea Life, and some other thing with a little mushroom man on it....

Here are the rest of my cards..

from Katie (?) in Warsaw, Poland
The perfect pin-up postcard to mail!

from Trond in Norway
"The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation."

 from Marion, originally from Paris, France
Great arial view of the city!

 from Irlesy (?) in "sunny Ukraine."

from Norbert in The Netherlands
"This card was sent from Hoorn, an old nautical town  40km north of our capital. "Hoorn" is a very old Dutch word for "corner," - the coast makes a bend here. Cape Horn (in Southern Chile) was discovered by an expedition from my town and named it after it on 29 January, 1616...Kind greetings from about a half a meter below sea level."

from another name I can't read, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
"This multiview shot features the view of Vancouver from lower Lonsdale, The Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Lonsdale Quay.

from ... someone in the Czech Republic.
The only word I understand on the back of this card is "hotel."

Once again, if you're seeing my entire postcard collection, you can view my Flickr album HERE
I haven't spent much time on Flickr yet... this link might bring you to my Flickr profile, if you want to see other albums, add me as a contact, or do whatever else there is to do there.


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