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
Some time last year I noticed these Professor Balthazar postcards around town and – of course – it was love at first sight.
Professor Balthazar is a Croatian cartoon dating back to the late 1960’s and it’s about the professor Balthazar & his inventions. I remember back when I was a kid, it was one of those cartoons I was looking forward to watching on TV.
I haven’t had a chance to share these three postcards before, so I figured I’d do it now. I have them in my collection for about a year or so and they still make me giggle every time!
These are actually one of those free, advertisement cards for – if it’s not obvious – Barilla pasta. And I love them!!! I only managed to get 2-3 of each – I kept one set for my own collection, I have given one set to a friend of mine and I believe I have one set hidden somewhere, just waiting for that perfect person to send them to. I was always a little hesitant to send them through official Postcrossing, even to those people saying they want food related postcards – simply because I know a lot of people dislike ad-cards. #ButTheseAreAwesome
You know how much I like Canada, right?! Anything Canadian (but especially maple syrup). That’s why I’m always happy when I make a new pen pal/postcard pal from (guess!) – Canada! That’s where my new pal Beatrice comes in this story. The newest one of my postcard pals. :) And here’s a postcard I got from her yesterday – straight from my favorites! <3
I can’t stop laughing!! I know I usually have a weird sense of humor, but… this card is hilarious! :)
Thank you, Beatrice! As usual, my card for you will be on its way in no time! ;)
So this is the coolest postcard in a long, long time – coming from Hell. Yes, Hell. A small town located in Michigan, USA. :D That’s probably the coolest name for a town I’ve ever heard. O’Neal, who sent me this lovely postcard, was sweet enough to go through the extra trouble of getting it actually sent out from Hell, so the postcard has awesome post marks and – as you can see – it’s even burnt a little bit at its bottom! Thank you, O’Neal! :)