Posts Tagged ‘2008’

Postcard number: 62
Bought in: Ligosullo, Italy
Sent to: Elena in America
Written: 22 August 2013
Sent: 22 August 2013

Front of postcard 62: Ligosullo
Back of postcard 62: Ligosullo

Text says:

22 August 2013, London UK

Dear Elena,

Here’s a snowy postcard for you, written on a rather rainy day here in London. It was bought after coffee and conversation at a little café in Ligosullo, Italy back in 2008. It was one of those times when I wished I had learned Italian, just so I could’ve been more of a part of what was being discussed – but at the same time, it was fun just being there, listening and watching life in the village.

Ligosullo is a beautiful place, high in the mountains and close to the border with Austria. The views are amazing all year round and it looks gorgeous on this postcard with the snow on all the buildings. However I’ve been told that that steep roads can become very treacherous at that time of year.

I hope you’re well and the weather’s better where you are!



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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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Postcard number: 040
Bought in: Kilmahog, Scotland
Sent to: Audrey in Malaysia
Written and sent: 25 April 2010

Front of postcard 040: Hamish the Highland Coo

Back of postcard 040: Hamish the Highland Coo

Text says:

25 April 2010, London UK

Dear Audrey,

Greetings from me and from Hamish, the hairy Highland ‘coo’ who you can see on the front of the postcard.  I actually met Hamish during our trip to the Scottish Highlands at the end of 2008, when our tour bus stopped off at Trossachs Woollen Mill in Kilmahog.  I was surprised by the size of Hamish – and particularly the size of his horns.  He seemed friendly enough and stood placidly as we took photos of him, but I was glad there was a fence between us!

On Christmas morning, we were at Loch Ness and some of the braver members of the tour group went for a mid-winter swim.  We didn’t see the legendary Loch Ness Monster, but our bus was held up by a flock of sheep who had wandered out onto the road.

Best wishes,

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Postcard number: 036
Bought in: Durham, United Kingdom
Sent to: Chan in India
Written: 11 April 2010
Sent: 12 April 2010

Front of postcard 036: Durham Cathedral

Back of postcard 036: Durham Cathedral

Text says:

11 April 2010, London UK

Dear Chan,

Greetings and good evening from London! This postcard is from Durham Cathedral, which my husband and I visited in 2008. I had to be in Newcastle on the Monday for work, so we spent the weekend before exploring some of the other northern cities. I actually wish that this postcard showed the outside of Durham Cathedral, because it’s one of the most beautiful sights – the towers rising up above the trees and the bridges and the River Wear. I look out for that view every time I go past Durham on the train. However, the inside of the Cathedral was interesting too, with its high vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows, ancient and modern artworks and the clock shown on the postcard.

According to articles I’ve read online the Cathedral was used in 1650 as a makeshift prison to hold Scottish prisoners of war. They destroyed most of the Cathedral’s wooden furnishings – but apparently spared the clock because of its prominent thistle (a Scottish emblem).

All the best,

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Postcard number: 030
Bought at: Miramare Castle, Italy
Sent to: Christina in Singapore
Written and sent: 27 March 2010

Front of postcard 030: Miramare Castle, Italy

Back of postcard 030: Miramare Castle, Italy

Text says:

27 March 2010, London UK

Dear Christina,

Postcard #30 of the Postcardia project was bought in August 2008 at Miramare Castle in Northern Italy. I’d flown into Trieste airport on earlier in the day, and met up with one of my dear friends and penpals, her husband and her sister. On the drive back to her hometown, we stopped here at the castle and wandered through its lavishly decorated rooms and landscaped gardens. This would’ve been such an amazing place to live! I loved the location, looking out over the Adriatic Sea. These days it’s a tourist attraction, with a cafe where we chatted and caught up over ice creams and iced tea. This is one of those places I wouldn’t have discovered without friends from that country, and I felt very grateful both for their company and the chance to explore such a beautiful and historically significant place.

I hope all is well over there in Singapore.

Best wishes,

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Postcard number: 022
Bought in: Edinburgh, Scotland
Sent to: Nadia in Russia
Written: 9 March 2010
Sent: 10 March 2010

Front of postcard 022: Edinburgh, Scotland

Back of postcard 022: Edinburgh, Scotland

Text says:

9 March 2010, London UK

Dear Nadia,

This postcard shows Edinburgh Castle, shrouded in morning mist. In my experience, mist seems to be very common in Scotland – and not just in the morning. In fat, when we did a bus tour of the Scottish Highlands over the Christmas holidays in 2008, we missed out on seeing some of the the key sights because they were covered in mist. Because of the mist, for example, we could only vaguely make out the outline of a couple of the lochs – and we couldn’t see Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain at all despite being told we were right next to it! However we did get to see quite a few castles on our trip (Edinburgh, Stirling, Eileen Donan, Urquart, etc) and lots of hairy highland ‘coos’ (but not the Loch Ness Monster). We visited the Culloden battle fields, and tried eating haggis and, on Christmas day we participated in a Scottish ceilidh, dancing around the room until we were exhausted. Scotland’s an absolutely beautiful place, and so different from London. I hope that one day we can spend more time up there, amongst the lochs, the mist and the mountains.

Best wishes,

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Postcard number: 021
Bought in: Derry, Northern Ireland
Sent to: Aizza in the Phillipines
Written: 6 March 2010
Sent: 7 March 2010

Front of postcard 021: Derry, Northern Ireland

Back of postcard 021: Derry, Northern Ireland

Text says:

6 March 2010, London UK

Dear Aizza,

Hello from London!  I bought this postcard in 2008 when, on a long weekend, we visited Dublin and Northern Ireland.  Derry was one of the most interesting, and indeed welcoming, places we stayed in.  In high school, back in New Zealand, I’d studied modern Irish history and I’d often heard about ‘the troubles’ on the television news.  However, in Derry we were given a tour of the Bogside by a man who’d lived there through those times.  The emotion in his voice when he talked about his friends and the murals shown on this postcard, painted on the side of buildings, made it all seem a lot more real, more complex, more terribly sad.

In some ways, I think travel has taught me a lot more than traditional education – which seems a good reason to keep visiting new places.  Perhaps one day I’ll make it to your part of the world.  For now, I’m sending this postcard with warm wishes,

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