Posts Tagged ‘ireland’

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,


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Postcard number: 028
Bought in: Dublin, Ireland
Sent to: Amrita in Slovenia
Written: 20 March 2010
Sent: 21 March 2010

Front of postcard 028: Book of Kells, Dublin, Ireland

Back of postcard 028: Book of Kells, Dublin, Ireland

Text says:

20 March 2010, London UK

Dear Amrita,

When I tell people I’ve been to Dublin, they often ask if I’ve visited the Guinness Factory (I have).  But for me, the most fascinating aspect of my brief visit to the Irish capital in 2008 was discovering its literature and its history.  I walked past the General Post Office which featured in my high school history textbooks about the 1916 Easter Rising.  I visited Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells shown on this postcard, along with a number of other old manuscripts and an exhibition on how they were made.  I also spent a morning in the Dublin Writer’s Museum, where I was surprised to discover just how many famous writers had made Dublin their home:  James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw and so on…  I couldn’t resist stopping at the Museum bookshop on the way out and buying a collection of Irish short stories.

I don’t think I could ever have too many books and I love that they seem so much cheaper in this part of the world than they did in New Zealand.

Best wishes,

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