Archive for March, 2012

Postcard number: 53
Bought in: Cambridge, UK
Sent to: Kotona in Japan
Written: 27 March 2012
Sent: 28 March 2012

Back of postcard 53: CambridgeText says:

27 March 2012, London UK

Dear Kotona,

Konban wa! I found this Cambridge postcard in my Postcardia box tonight, and thought it needed a new home in Japan. Cambridge is one of my favourite English cities. It’s the sort of place that I’d like to live in for a while – particularly if my home was one of the beautiful Cambridge University colleges!

My husband and I visited Cambridge in September 2007, for our first wedding anniversary. It was a lovely weekend, staying in a B&B, strolling through the city and punting along the River Cam. My husband had a go at steering our punt, but I preferred to just watch. I’m so uncoordinated, and I just knew I’d fall into the water if I stood on the back of our boat.

The mathematical bridge on this postcard is designed to be self-supporting. One of the legends of Cambridge University is that students took it apart and couldn’t put it back together correctly, which is why there are bolts – but apparently the bolts were there in the original as well.

Hope this postcard finds you well.
Sayonara, Tash


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Postcard number: 52
Bought at: Hampton Court Palace
Sent to: Sema in Turkey
Written and sent: 27 March 2012

Front of postcard 52: Ghost at Hampton Court Palace

Back of postcard 52: Ghost at Hampton Court PalaceText says:

27 March 2012, London UK

Dear Sema,

Since I moved to the UK I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the kings and queens of the Tudor period. This can, in part, be blamed on the TV series and the novels of Philippa Gregory; but it’s also a lot to do with our visits to the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and other historic sites in and around London.

Hampton Court Palace was originally built for Cardinal Worsley, but was passed to King Henry VIII when the cardinal fell out of favour. Catherine Howard, Henry’s fifth wife, was confined there for a few days after he was told of her affairs. Legend has it that she managed to escape from her guards for a few moments and run through the corridors of the palace, begging to speak to her husband. When we visited the palace, we were told that her ghost still haunted the Great Hall. Ghost or not, it’s easy to imagine the stories of kings and queens being played out in such places.

Sending best wishes from London,

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Postcard number: 51
Bought in: Bath
Sent to: Zane in Latvia
Written: 20 February 2012
Sent: 25 February 2012

Front of postcard 051: Bath

Back of postcard 051: Bath

Text says:

20 February 2012, London UK

Dear Zane,

Warm greetings to you on a rather chilly day here in the UK! Most of my time in Bath – during trips in January 2008 and December 2011 – has been in similarly cold weather, wrapped up in coats against the wind and rain. That said, it’s a beautiful city. It’s on the UNESCO World Heritage list because of its Roman remains and Georgian architecture (such as the Royal Crescent that you can see on this postcard). For a time, it was also the residence of the writer, Jane Austen, and her legacy lives on in the city.

In 2008, my husband organised a surprise trip to Bath for my birthday. Before we left he downloaded a Jane Austen walking tour onto my iPod. We wandered up and down the streets, while listening to commentary and quotes from Austen’s works. Later we visited the Jane Austen Centre for a very English cream tea. A real birthday treat for a booklover like me!

We spent my daughter’s first birthday in Bath as well. Though there was less Austen involved in that trip overall, we did visit the Centre again, and bought her a ‘Pride and Prejudice’ board book from the gift shop. We also walked through Bath’s Christmas markets, stopping for mulled wine, and out to the Field of Light installation in the grounds of the Holburne Museum: thousands of tiny fibre optic lights in ever changing colours.

I’d really like to visit Bath again, one day, during summer… but even if I never do, I have wonderful memories of this beautiful city in the wind and the rain.

All the best,

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