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:
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!
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.
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! :)
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.
I actually forgot to add this to my previous post, but now I figured it was lengthy enough so I’ll just write a second post on the same topic. It’s not really postcard related, but I still think it’s funny & interesting.
Living in Zagreb, which is very well known for it’s “coffee culture” (that’s what I heard Americans & Canadians call it), I must admit Croatian people are NOT very creative on their café signs and advertisements. I don’t know whether it’s the lack of interest, lack of ideas or just plain laziness, but I don’t remember ever seeing anything more creative than “coffee 2 go… or 2 stay”. #sadface #whywhywhy
In Graz, on the other hand, I saw so many cute little signs in front of cafés and I just had to take pictures of (most of) them! I’m sharing them here & don’t mind a typo in one of them, haha! I’m sure they were doing their best! :D
I can almost call it “my annual December trip to Graz”, considering how this is the third year in a row that I was visiting the city, haha! It’s not that far from where I live so it’s a pretty logical destination for when you want to go somewhere pretty, but you don’t want to travel too long. A 2,5 hour bus ride is pretty ideal – you can take a decent nap, but it’s not too long so your back won’t start to hurt and your legs won’t get all stiff and uncomfortable. :)
Anyway, I went to Graz last weekend, spent a lovely day roaming around the city and sightseeing. I took my mother this year, it was sort of an early Christmas present for her (although I’m sure I’ll find something small to put under her Christmas tree anyway ;)) It was pretty fun, and we had so much luck with the weather (again) – it was rather warm and it did not rain. Perfect!
I wanted to buy special postcards to send to people, but I only got home with a few. The crowd was so big it was impossible to take time and browse through the postcard racks, so I just pulled a few that looked decent. (Sorry the pictures are crappy. I’m sitting under the blanket with my laptop in my lap, so far from the scanner…….)
This first postcard is showing the clock tower on Schlossberg. Wikipedia says that Schlossberg (Schloßberg, or in English: Castle Hill) is the site of a fortress, located in the centre of Graz. Now it’s a public park and a place with wonderful, almost 360° view of the city, but it dates all the way to the 10th century. There was once a castle on this location, but it was largely demolished by the Napoleonic forces in the 1809, although it was never actually conquired. The clock tower and the bell tower (not in the postcard picture) were saved after the citizens paid the ransom for its preservation.
Also, I can’t repeat the story word by word, but apparently there was some mishap with the clock itself so now the big (minute) hand is actually showing the hours, and a little (hour) hand is showing minutes. Many people don’t know about it and just think it’s showing the wrong time. :)
This is the wintery view of the city from Schlossberg. I can’t tell whether it’s during the Advent time – I think there would be more lights and decorations if it were. By the way, the historic centre of Graz is under the UNESCO protection since 1999.
Also, this is probably my favorite postcard I found there – “no kangaroos in Austria”. I find it rather funny, considering how similar the names “Austria” and “Australia” are. I bet there is some confusion for people who aren’t that into geography, haha! :D
So really, what’s the actual name of the city in English? Wien? Vienna? I’m too lazy to Google it. Anyway, my friend went on a short trip to Vienna last weekend and brought me this lovely postcard. At first I thought I’d go too, but then stuff happen (and by that I mean – money gets spent) and I didn’t go. Doesn’t matter, there’s time. :)
A friend of mine visited Vienna, the capital of Austria, a while ago and brought this funny postcard back to me. It’s hilarious. Except… in my case, I’d probably have a bag full of postcards, and then half of something else cause I’d spend all my money on postcards. :D