Grossglockner, Austria

After my dad retired, my parents moved away from the city and into a small(ish) house in the village some 40 kilometres from Zagreb. In one of the rooms there, they found a pile of postcards that were left over by the previous owners. Most of them from range from the 50’s to the 80’s of the 20th century. Some were actually written and sent, with interesting stamps and handwritings, but some were blank. I’m definitely keeping some for my personal collection, but I’m not really sure what to do with the rest – even though they’re well kept, not wrinkly and just slighty yellow on the edges from laying around all that time… but they do have that old smell to them and it stops me from sending them out as “vintage”. I kind of think vintage is more about the style of the postcard, and less about the smell, haha!

Anyway, this is one of the postcards I found in that pile:

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It’s showing the Grossglockner (or just Glockner, according to the Internet), the highest mountain of Austria and the highest in the Alps east of Brenner Pass. Austria’s most extended glacier, Pasterze, apparently lays on the Grossglockner’s eastern slope.

The highest peak of Grossglockner lays at 3,798 metres (12,461 ft) above the sea level.

The reason why I’m sharing this postcard today is – although it was not sent via mail and there’s nothing written on the back of the postcard, someone actually went up to the mountain and stamped it while being there!

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m kind of a sucker for those hikers’ stamps!
You’d never guess if you knew how, even when I do go hiking and see one of those stamps, I usually don’t have that inky-pad-thing… or if I’m lucky to see there is the ink thing already on/next to the stamp, I usually realize I don’t have a single piece of paper anywhere in my pockets or backpack. Then I just stamp my own hand, because well why not.

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Just a quick share of the most recent postcard I got, this time from O’Neal!

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I just love the view of it and how wonderfully colorful it is!

According the Wikipedia, Horsehoe Bend (which I kept typing down as “Horseshoe Band” because my brain is all music, haha) is a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located in Arizona, USA.
It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from US Route 89, but an access road also reaches the geological structure, as it is part of a state park. Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above.
The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.

Thank you, Wikipedia, you make me smarter. :)

And thank you, O’Neal, for this wonderful postcard. It’s greatly appreciated!

Wanderlust.

I just want to share these two postcards today. They have been in my collection for a while, but I’ve never posted them here on the blog before.

Don’t they give you a major wanderlust?

I actually got a whole batch of similar postcards ages ago – from eBay, I think, or some place like that. Most of them are stored in a box with the rest of the postcards I have to send out, but I rarely actually use them on Postcrossing. Mostly because the back side is not really the one you see on a typical postcard (although you can easily work around it and fit the address and the note and everything), but mostly because I prefer sending out actual postcards of Zagreb and/or Croatia on Postcrossing – unless someone specifically say they don’t mind postcards like these.

As for me, I quite enjoy them, to be honest. Sometimes I write my little notes & memories on the back of postcards like these – they are definitely a better choice than a plain post-it paper, haha!

On a different and completely postcard/mail unrelated note – I had a dream last night that I spoke to a Scottish person & I was telling them how I was from Croatia “and Croatia is in Balkans. And we have rakija. (<— CLICK HERE!) Do you know what rakija is, do you? Croatians are bred to handle their alcohol.” I don’t even like rakija, so I don’t know what to think of this one, haha!

Greetings from… Croatia

I’m sure you all are familiar with the whole Postallove Greetings from… series of postcards. I know a lot of people are big fans of those postcards and I know many who are trying to get all of them. As for myself, I think they are cute. I have a few of them that I randomly received from postcard pals & through official Postcrossing site. I’m not passionately trying to collect them all, I don’t look for them or ask for them to be sent to me. If I get one, I’m happy. If I don’t, I’m still happy. ;)

But I was really happy to get my hands on this one:

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My friend was ordering some online & was kind enough to get one of these for me. :) I have to mention that I have only this one, therefore please don’t ask me for a swap as I simply don’t have any more to send out. (sorry!)

I like that they used Dubrovnik as the background picture, knowing it’s one of the most known locations in the country and if you mention the city’s name to foreign people – most of them will be familiar with it. I like the little facts on it as well, although it feels like there’s nothing more to Croatia but the sea and Dalamtian region… and there is, a lot more. I’m not picky though, it’s cute & it’s a great way to share the knowledge about the country through Postcrossing!

Do you collect these Greetings from… postcards? How many do you have? I’m curious.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

I’ve had these two postcards of Dubrovnik for a while now, I just never posted them here on the blog.

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Dubrovnik is a town in Croatia located on the shores of the Adriatic sea. It’s one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean sea.

According to historians, Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century on a rocky island named Laus, which is said to have provided shelter for refugees from the nearby city of Epidaurum. For more detailed history of Dubrovnik, CLICK HERE.

A feature of Dubrovnik is its walls (910.584 visitors in 2014) that run almost 2 km (1.24 mi) around the city. The walls run from four to six metres (13.2 to 19.8 feet) thick on the landward side but are much thinner on the seaward side. The system of turrets and towers were intended to protect the vulnerable city.
The walls of Dubrovnik have also been a popular filming site for the fictional city of King’s Landing in the HBO television series “Game of Thrones”. In 2016, the historic centre of Dubrovnik will also be used as a set for the new movie in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Also worth mentioning is that  the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.



UPDATE: Since I mentioned how bits of the new “Star Wars” movie will be filmed in Dubrovnik, I’ll just leave THIS , THIS and THIS here for you to click on. ;)

Vienna, Austria

To be completely honest, I’ve seriously neglected Postcrossing during the past few months. I’ve never been the most active Postcrosser out there, but lately – I barely think of requesting an address.  Three of my outgoing postcards misterously expired, which was really disappointing as well. I know it happens sometimes, but three in a row… it just plain sucks. :(

And then today I opened my mailbox and there was this lovely Austrian postcard, sent to me through Postcrossing. Out of nowhere! And it was such a nice surprise! :)

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The postcard is showing the Wiener Reisenrad – or in English: Vienna Giant Wheel – a 65 metre (212 ft) tall ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park. It’s one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions and symbolises Vienna’s 2nd Dictrict (where it’s located) as well as the city to many people. It was constructed in 1897, and it was the world’s tallest extant ferris wheel from 1920 to 1985.

Also, a fun fact, it was supposed to be taken down. A permit for its demolition was issued in 1916, but due to a lack of funds with which to carry out the destruction, it survived.

It would be fun to go for a ride in it! :)

New Orleans, USA

A wonderful surprise found its way to my mailbox last week!

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I wasn’t really familiar with the whole concept of Mardi Gras, aside from what I saw/heard on TV and in movies/series, so I did some researching. Internet is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three King’s Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana, the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the Mardi Gras season. In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls (some of them masquerade balls). CLICK HERE if you want to read more about the New Orleans Mardi Gras from Wikipedia!

O’Neal also mentioned that there are some celebrations held in St Louis (Missiouri) as well, which was news to me as I thought it only happened in New Orleans. I’m always happy to learn something new! :)


 

Also, I thought I’d share a happy moment, which is basically when you hear the song you’ve been madly in love with for the past 10 years – being performed live, like right there in front of you! I swear there is nothing better in life than the feeling during those few minutes! The whole gig was great, but oh, that song! Pure love! <3