This striking photo is of the sunset in Alberta, Canada. I've yet to travel to Canada, but the more I see and the more books I read, makes me want to travel there someday soon. A few interesting facts about Alberta: It is one of only two provinces which are landlocked, is one of three provinces to border only a single US state (Montana), and it was named after Queen Victoria's fourth daughter--Princess Louise Caroline Alberta.
I do love these viewcards. To be honest, when I first started Postcrossing I was hoping to get more artsy postcards than the typical tourist cards, but I've changed my mind about them. The more I get the more I like them. It's a glimpse into another place, another culture. And while these tourist cards definitely show off just one aspect (the prettiest surely) of any country, you can still learn an amazing lot about the place.
I'm getting quite a collection from The Netherlands. There is not a description of the photos, but I think I recognize what's more significant in them (top left to bottom right): cheese, tulip field, lovely and very recognizable architecture along the canal, beaches (am not all that familiar with Dutch beaches), dairy cows (!), ice skating on the canal, windmills, bicycles (isn't The Netherlands known for the number of people who ride bikes?), and traditional Dutch costumes.
Very cool, and very pretty indeed!
And a new (well, new to me) stamp--a 2011 Penguin stamp.
Another scenic viewcard from Germany--they make me want to book a flight there right now! This time around it's Nürnberg, Germany which is in Bavaria just north of Munich. It sits on the PegnitzrRiver and Rhine-Main-Danube Canal.
Wuppertal is located in the North-Rhine Westphalia region of Germany. It is just east of the city of Düsseldorf. I read that from any part of the city it is only a ten-minute walk to a park or woodland path as two-thirds of the municipal city is given over to green space. I think I'd like it there very much.
The photographs show (clockwise from top left): Friedrich-Engels Haus, Schwebebahn, Schwebebahn-Kaiserwagen, von-der-Heydt-Museum, and Stadthalle.
Doesn't the University of Washington-Seattle have an especially attractive campus? The postcard description reads "Sunday afternoon on the quad with blossoming cherry trees". You can see a virtual tour of it here. I'm fond of cherry trees, so I could be happy sitting outside here on a sunny afternoon.
It's always interesting when a postcard comes from one country but actually shows a scene or something particular from somewhere else entirely. I don't mind, only it would be fun to know the story behind the card (and every card has a story to tell, don't you think?). In this case the postcard came from a Postcrosser in Russia, but it shows a street scene in Vienna, Austria.
I have my own story concerning the subject shown on the card. Many years ago I lived in a little city outside of Vienna called Wiener Neustadt where I taught English in a high school. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had and I have many fond memories of living abroad for that year. I only wish I could travel like I once did (at the moment it is financial restrictions that keep me from going far away, but I am planning on traveling to San Francisco, California in August!).
The card shows the Hofburg Palace, by which I walked many, many times when I lived there. If I recall correctly there is a passageway nearby with little shops inside including one that specialized in petite point items. I even bought a ring there, though sadly no longer own it. In front of the Hofburg you can see the famous Fiaker carriages (alas never rode in one of those).
A view of the stamps on the flip side. They're all great, though I especially like the Christmas stamp (why does that snow seem so refreshing all of a sudden?--in the heat of summer!), and the woman on the right. I'm afraid I don't know who she is or what her fame is to call for a postage stamp, but she is lovely.
The village of Alte is known as "one of the most typical and unspoilt villages" in the region of the Algarve in Portugal. The Algarve is located in the southernmost area of mainland Portugal. Algarve means "The West" in Arabic. I'm told that James Michener's The Drifters, which is set in part in Alte captures very well the sense of place. I've added the book to my wishlist (I like the idea of reading about some of the places I am getting to visit via postcards), and may have to pick up a copy for my summer reading.
The stamp on the back is marvelous. It's one of a series in the History of Freedom stamps. Click through to see the rest--they're all great.