Wednesday, 26 November 2008


This beautiful card arrived a while back from veeder, in the USA. It shows Dallas’ skyline at dusk and the architectural details in the left building are incredible.

Dallas is the 3rd largest city in the State of Texas and is the largest inland metropolitan are in the country without a navigable link to the sea. Its importance derivates from its historical importance in the oil and cotton industries.

It’s a city I would love to visit!
Source: Wikipedia.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Mistery Bridge

This beautiful bridge card, sent from Japan by lovelypostcard24, shows an incredible bridge spanning the Mississippi river, the second largest river in USA. Now, the question is which bridge?

The card doesn’t have much information and calls it the Mississippi River Bridge. A little online investigation revealed that there at least 21 bridges over the Mississippi River and none are called that. After seeing many, many photos, I narrowed it down to three possibilities: the Black Hawk Bridge, the Savannah-Sabula Bridge and the Crescent City Connection. But I am still unsure of which one it actually is! Can anyone help me? :)

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Lighthouse of Capelinhos II

I love maxicards and I collect them. They are the perfect combination of my two favourite hobbies: stamps and postcards. This one I bought on-line, on the CTT (Portuguese postal services) website.

It shows a beautiful view of Capelinhos and the stamps shows a vintage photo of the volcanic eruption on the site, in the 50’s. It's beautiful!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Yosemite National Park

These two beautiful cards were sent by acossa, from the USA. They show the Yosemite National Park, located in east central California. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 and it is visited by over 3.5 million people every year.

These cards are amazing. It must be an incredible place to visit.

Source: Wikipedia.

Casa Milà

Casa Milà, or La Pedrera, is a beautiful building built between 1906 and 1912 in Barcelona. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

I am a huge fan of Gaudí’s architecture. I think it’s magical, intense and inventive. They are quite magnificent!

This great card was sent by luisieme, from Spain.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

La Mancha

La Mancha is located in the Castille – La Mancha autonomous community, in Spain. It is an arid, but fertile plateau of Central Spain, well known by its viniculture and cereal production. But its most well known landmarks are La Mancha’s windmills, which gain international fame because of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote de La Mancha”.

This is a beautiful card, sent by Gabriela, from Spain.

Source: Wikipedia.

Saint Louis

This amazing card was sent a while back by juliee, from USA. The colours are incredible: all those shades of purple on the sky and the lightning... just fantastic.

Saint Louis, or the Gateway city, is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. It was named after King Louis IX of France and its most recognizable symbol is the Gateway Arch, which can be seen in the postcard’s picture. The Arch is made of stainless steel and stands 192m tall, being the tallest monument in the country. It is a part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which was established to commemorate three historical moments: the Louisiana Purchase; the first civil government west of the Mississippi River and the debate over slavery began by the Dred Scott Case.

It’s a quite stunning card.

Source: Wikipedia.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Lightouse stamps

Today, I feel like doing something different. I tried new recipes for lunch; changed the order of my room’s furniture and now I will write about something new: stamps.

I’ve loved stamps since I was a little girl. I used to keep them in a box and I would spend hours staring at them through a magnifying glass. Now, I keep them in an album and don’t stare at them as often, but I still love them. They are beautiful pieces of history, miniature pictures of a country’s life, culture and beauty.

Among my favourites are these lighthouse stamps. Some of them are from my album; others are on the back of postcards. They come from various countries: Germany, Spain, France, USA, Japan, Canada, Estonia, Australia, and of course, Portugal.
Aren’t they gorgeous?

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Palace of the Lost City

This is an impressive card, isn’t it? Well, it doesn’t feature a mysterious location or a grand city view. The building in the card isn’t a breathtaking palace or an incredible building. No, the image in this beautiful card sent by mrsc, from South Africa, shows the Palace of the Lost City: a 5 star hotel located in Sun City Resort, Rustenburg, South Africa.

If one day I wake up a millionaire, this is were I will spend my holydays, enjoying life with lavish comfort and entertainment. Until then, I have to conform myself to this sofa and this computer.
Well, I guess it could be worst...
Source: Wikipedia.

Lighthouse of Penedo da Saudade

The first time I saw this card in an album for trade, I immediately knew I had to have it in my collection. The sky and ocean colours were just magnificent. Fortunately, susanaportugal was kind enough to send me one.

This lighthouse is located in Penedo da Saudade, a site in the parish of S. Pedro de Moel, in Marinha Grande, Portugal. The lighthouse’s name is difficult to translate to English because there is no accurate English correspondence to the word “saudade”. I will translate it for nostalgia and “penedo” for cliff. Hence, its name in English would be something like Cliff of Nostalgia.

The site was originally donated by the King in 1463 to the Count of Vila Real. It remained in the family for several centuries, until the last count was executed for treason in 1641. The legend says that the countess weeped every day until her death, on the top of the cliff, for her beloved husband and that’s how the site earned its name.
Some say they can still hear the countess’ cry’s in the wind...

Source: Wikipedia.

Back to the blog

I haven’t posted anything for a while because I’ve been busy, busy, busy, with a creative writing workshop. It was very interesting and lots of fun. But now I am back and will try and keep this blog updated with some old and new postcards.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

The Erasmus Bridge or Erasmusbrug

Completed in 1996, the Erasmus Bridge is an astonishing cable stayed bridge, located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

It is often called “The Swan” because of its asymmetrical pylon. Very elegant and sophisticated looking, this bridge was designed by Ben Van Berkel and it has the largest and heaviest bascule bridge (moveable bridge) in West Europe.

The card was sent from The Netherlands by elicat.
Source: Wikipedia.


Alhambra is a fortified palace located in Granada, Spain. It was the residence of the Moorish rulers of Granada between the 13th and 15th Centuries, until the conquest of Granada by the catholic Kings, Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragorn.

The last Moorish monarch to reside here was Muhammad XII, known as Boabdil, before he was sent to exile by the Catholics Kings. Behind stayed his daughter whom was taken by the Spanish and became King Ferdinand’s mistress. Later in life, she became a catholic nun.

The Alhambra is well known for its unique Moorish Art and Mudéjar style. It is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

This breathtaking beautiful card was sent by rhea_silvia, from Spain.

Source: Wikipedia.
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