Posts Tagged ‘2007’

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: 046
Bought at: Castle Coch, Tongwynlais, Wales
Sent to: April in America
Written: 7 February 2012
Sent: 8 February 2012

Front of postcard 046: Castle Coch

Back of postcard 046: Castle Coch

Text says:

7 February 2012, London UK

Dear April,

I bought this postcard at Castle Coch in Wales back in 2007. My husband and I hadn’t been in the UK long then, and we’d often go away for the weekend to some new part of the country, catching cheap buses that took hours to get there and staying in hostels to save money.

Our hostel was in Cardiff for this trip, and I think Castle Coch was in the guidebook or I’d read about it online. So we hired bikes and rode out to the village of Tongwynlais and then pushed them up the very steep hill to this castle. It’s not as old as it looks and it wasn’t built for royalty, but it still had its stories – the ones that we were told and the ones I imagined as we walked through the rooms.

All the best for your own postcard project,

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Postcard number: 032
Bought in: Oxford
Sent to: Hangyu in South Korea
Written: 3 April 2010
Sent: 5 April 2010

Front of postcard 032: Christ Church, Oxford

Back of postcard 032: Christ Church, Oxford

Text says:

3 April 2010, London UK

Dear Hangyu,

I bought this postcard back in 2007. My husband and I had Oxford for a conference, and stayed an extra day to look around the city. Unfortunately, it was a Sunday and most of the buildings were closed to the public. However, we did spend some time in Christ’s College (oops, got the name wrong, it’s actually Christ Church, Christ’s College is in Cambridge) . Some of the scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot in the dark corridors here. I would’ve loved to done my degree in a place like this – or in Cambridge which is one of my favourite towns in the UK.

Today we met up with some friends to watch the annual Cambridge vs Oxford boat race on the River Thames. We watched the start of the race from the water’s edge, then moved to a park where we could watch the rest of it on a huge television screen. There were hundreds of people around us and it was difficult to see at times (I’m too short!), but I cheered along with the crowds as Cambridge’s team overtook the Oxford’s and went on to win.


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Postcard number: 031
Bought in: London, UK
Sent to: Natasha in Russia
Written: 31 March 2010
Sent: 1 April 2010

Front of postcard 031: London Eye

Back of postcard 031: London Eye

Text says:

31 March 2010, London UK

Dear Natasha,

Greetings from London! This postcard shows one of the best known/most photographed modern landmarks of this city: the London Eye. On normal nights the Eye is usually lit up by various coloured lights, but on New Year’s Eve it’s lit up by a fireworks display. I remember, in 2000, watching the London millennium fireworks from a TV in New Zealand – it was already half a day into the new century for us.

At the end of 2007, we wanted to see the London fireworks for ourselves. We got into the city early on New Year’s Eve, slowly walked down The Strand amongst the crowd of thousands and eventually found a spot on the Embankment with a good view of the London Eye. Or at least it was a good view until midnight, when they let the first fireworks off. It was so cold that the smoke from the fireworks mixed with the fog over the river and soon we couldn’t see anything at all! We probably would’ve got a better view on TV, but I was glad to be out, with so many people, celebrating the potential of the coming year.

I hope this year’s been good to you so far. It’s hard to believe three months are gone already!

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Postcard number: 013
Bought at: Stonehenge, United Kingdom
Sent to: Jenny in Germany
Written: 25 February 2010
Sent: 26 February 2010

Front of postcard 013: Stonehenge, UK

Back of postcard 013: Stonehenge, UK

Text says:

25 February 2010, London UK

Dear Jenny,

My husband and I visited Salisbury and Stonehenge in early 2007.  It was our first trip out of London since arriving int he UK in November of the previous year, and we were surprised to discover how green and uncrowded other parts of England were!  We really enjoyed our trip to Stonehenge and the audio tour which explained the history of the area.  What this postcard doesn’t show is that the monument was flanked on two sides by motorways and that barrier ropes prevented you from approaching the stones.  Still, looking at this photo of the sun setting between the pillars, it’s not hard to understand why so many people over the centuries have though there was something magical about this spot. As we left we registered for English Heritage cards – ready to explore other sites of historical significance across the English countryside.

Wishing you all the very best,

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Postcard number: 009
Bought in: Castle Coch, Wales, United Kingdom
Sent to: Kim in Germany
Written: 18 February 2010
Sent: 19 February 2010

Front of postcard 009: Castle Coch, Wales

Back of postcard 009: Castle Coch, Wales

Text says:

18 February 2010, London UK

Dear Kim,

Here’s a landscape for you featuring Castle Coch, which is located near the village of Tongwynlias in Wales. Tongwynlias is a relatively short bike ride from central Cardiff, but – for me at least – pushing the bike up the hill to the castle itself felt like a much longer journey! Castle Coch, with its mots and turrets, is every inch what I think a castle should look like… but in reality no kings or princesses every lived there. It fact, it was built in the late 1800s by Lord Bute who wanted to realise his own fantasy ideals of a castle. I think we were there in the weekend because I remember families of school-age boys were being taught medieval fighting techniques with rubber swords in the courtyard. Castle Coch was as far out of Cardiff as we travelled during our short visit in 2007, but one day I’d like to visit some of the more rural and coastal areas of Wales, as I’ve heard people describe it as a lot like New Zealand (where I grew up). Strange to travel half way around the world and what to see somewhere which looks like home… perhaps… but sometimes I do.

All the best,

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