Friday, August 29, 2014

Timeless Beauty

This is a painting by William Keith titled "Sunrise, Columbia River." It was painted in 1869 and Karla writes that this area, the border between the states of Washington and Oregon, has seen many changes since then. It is still beautiful, though!

Karla thinks the rise on the far right of this painting is where Crown Point, in Oregon, now sits. This is a wonderful lookout spot off the highway, with a gorgeous view of the area. I've been there, and would have loved to stay and gaze out for hours, but it was windy! Karla also notes the area's popularity with windsurfers. I've never seen so many people enjoying their windsurfers as I did in this part of Oregon.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Missouri Love

Rachel lived in Missouri for just a few years, but it holds a special place in her heart. She was a child, about 7-11 years old, but even after her family moved away, they returned for spring vacation for about ten more years. For Rachel, Missouri represents relaxing and crafting with her grandmother and the ushering in of spring.

A few weeks ago I posted another Greeting From card from Rachel. That was featured Illinois, and Rachel isn't as enamored of her current state. It didn't occur to me at the time, but it has since been brought to my attention that an amazing letter-writing duo hail from Chicago, Illinois. If you don't already do so, head on over the The Letter Writers Alliance and add the blog to your weekly read.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reflected Beauty

Kappelbrüke in Luzern, Switzerland, is the world's oldest truss bridge, and one of the most beautiful covered bridges in the world. The bridge almost burned down on 18 August 1993, but has since been restored. This postcard must be quite an old photograph because the cars on the right, in shadow, look quite vintage!

Hella walked this bridge when she visited Luzern. This city is often called the heart of Switzerland and Hella writes that it is lively and the landscape lovely.

This postcard is enormous, and Hella couldn't send it as a postcard ... she had to put it in an envelope. However, she added a very cute stamp to give the card the look of a traveled postcard. I thought that clever, and the stamp is quite appropriate for a watery view.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Watching River Traffic

The Nord-Ostsee-Kanal in Germany, also known as Kiel Canal, links the North Sea to the Baltic Sea. Julia sometimes crosses this canal on her way to work, and she always looks to see if there is a big ship. Sadly, there is never time to stop and walk down to the canal, which is lined with nice places to watch the river traffic. Funny ... river traffic is always so much more enjoyable than auto!

Julia also notes that the area north of the canal, Dithmarschen, is almost like an island because the canal cuts it off from the mainland. I grew up near a similar man-made "island," Cape Cod. The canal that cuts through the thin part of Massachusetts make the area on the other side a bit of an island. Julia writes that the people of Dithmarschen are "special." I will say the same about the people of Cape Cod ... special in a wonderful way.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Drink Me

I bought this postcard last winter when visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. The museum does special exhibits featuring artists from all over the world and their interpretations of Disney art and themes. This postcard is from an exhibit featured last year called "Down the Rabbit Hole." The artist is Camille Rose Garcia. I wish I had bought ALL the postcards available. The gothic Alice in Wonderland theme is fabulous!

Beatrice really enjoys animation and I knew she would like this card when I picked it to send to her. I was correct. She writes, "This is a gorgeous card!"

Are you enjoying a lovely beverage as you read this post?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

All For a Song

Palais des Papes, Avignon, France
Joe happened upon Avignon because of a song he remembers from grade school. He was on his way to Arles, France, and took a side trip to see Avignon. He ended up staying a few days because he loved the city, the area and the food.

I think the song is Sur le Pont d'Avignon, which is a song about the different ways people might dance upon a bridge in Avignon.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ship Passing

Shiprock is a small mountain the rises up from the flat landscape in northwest New Mexico. It is said to resemble a ship in full sail, thus the name. The mountain and surrounding land hold great cultural significance for the native Navajo people.Because of this, climbing is prohibited.

Marjolein visited this area and was quite excited to see Shiprock, though disappointed she wasn't able to get close to it. She writes it "will always be a ship passing afar," which I suppose is all the more romantic.

This postage is US, and I love it has an Amsterdam postmark. Marjolein lives in Netherlands, so that is where it was mailed. The stamp was issued in 1962 to mark the 50th anniversary of New Mexico statehood. I put it on the postcard before sending it off to Marjolein. It is fun to have domestic postage with international postmarks.