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This postcard was sent by my lovely husband, during a recent work trip to San Francisco.  Of course, he made it back to the UK and back through our front door before the postcard did, but still, it’s the thought that counts.  He also picked up a couple of spare cards for the Postcardia project, which I can use to tell my own stories about visiting San Francisco.  If you’d like one, just send me your address on postcardia@hotmail.co.uk.

San Francisco trams 

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Postcard number: 043
Bought in: Athens, Greece
Sent to: Tamara in America
Written and sent: 6 June 2010

Front of postcard 043: Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece

Back of postcard 043: Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece

Text says:

6 June 2010, London UK

Dear Tamara,

This postcard shows one of the first places my husband and I visited during our honeymoon in 2006. We’d just arrived in Europe, and amongst the stray dogs and crowded streets of Athens, we came across the temple of Olympian Zeus. I’d studied classics at high school in New Zealand and had seen pictures of ancient ruins like this before, but pictures and stats on a page could never really do justice to the scale of these monuments. I could only look up and wonder if, had I seen the real things at the age of 17, my studies and subsequent career might have taken a different path…

Wishing you all the very best,
Tash

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Postcard number: 042
Bought in: Morden Hall Park, United Kingdom
Sent to: Sue in America
Written and sent: 6 June, 2010

Front of postcard 42: Morden Hall Park, United Kingdom

Back of postcard 42: Morden Hall Park, United Kingdom

Text says:

6 June 2010, London UK

Dear Sue,

Greetings from London! The weather is definitely turning summery here. I even went out without a jacket or umbrella today. A couple of weeks ago, on a similarly warm day, my husband and I visited Morden Hall Park in South London. The park was originally estate land, with one of the earlier residents making their money from tobacco. There was a fair on that weekend, but having decided the entry fees were too high, we popped into a second hand bookshop on the grounds instead. There’s also a huge garden centre in the park, with all sorts of plants, landscaping supplies and fish – and a fairly average café selling burnt coffee and stale scones.

I really like the rivers here in London, the way they flow through suburbia and the green spaces around them. It very much reminds me of the creeks through the orchards at home in New Zealand.

Apparently there’s a festival happening along the River Wandle today. I might head out later to see what’s going on.

Best wishes,
Tash

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Postcard number: 041
Bought in: The New Forest, United Kingdom
Sent to: Rona in Ireland
Written and sent: 5 June 2010

Front of postcard 041: The New Forest, UK

Back of postcard 041: The New Forest, UK

Text says:

5 June 2010, London UK

Dear Rona,

Sorry it’s taken me so long to send you a postcard.

This one comes from our camping trip to the New Forest last weekend. After a busy couple of months, it was great to have three days out of the city with our friends. The weather wasn’t perfect and our airbed wouldn’t stay inflated, but the New Forest itself was beautiful. Lots of wild horses and houses with thatched roofs, and so much greenness everywhere. We went to a book fair in Lyndhurst, and on Sunday, when the jousting display we’d planned on was cancelled, we drove out to Lymington and walked along the marina. It’s definitely an area I’d like to return to, with many more forested walks to do and villages to explore.

I hope all is well for you in Ireland.

All the best,
Tash

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