wish I knew what this said :) I need to ask my penpal! But I love this oversized, colorful card with art (or perhaps the text?) by Marleena Ansio. In any case, it is a fun card for my collection :) (Note: If you can read Finnish and can tell me what this means, please leave a comment! Thanks!)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
'This site specific installation utilises the nature of the Water Tower for a dynamic yet subtle display. Bathed in light, this iconic structure is animated as night falls, with a gentle rippling lighting scheme which can be seen from a distance, like an abstract lighthouse on the skyline." Love this beautiful card, also marked on back "Blackpool Festival of Light."
"This memorial to the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade stands on St. George's Quay in Lancaster, once England's fourth largest slaving port. ... To view and download information, education resources, a town trail and new writings visit www.lancsmuseums.gov.uk/abolished." Thanks to Kerstin in England for this awesome card!
This card is nothing special at first glance. But what my penpal Aila shared makes it extraordinary! She says that Aland, a group of isles between Sweden and Finland, is part of the Finnish state but still has some of its own rules and laws. People in Aland, though, speak Swedish only--and most folks there want Aland to be part of Sweden. She further explains that a person in Aland who speaks Finnish can't find work, except for maybe in agriculture. Now this is what penpals and postcards is all about! I would have never enjoyed this postcard as much without the commentary! Thanks Aila :)
Friday, February 22, 2008
"Started 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge is an extraordinary monument to the achievements of prehistoric engineering. This view is from the south east, looking towards part of the sarsen circle." My family loved this, although one of my sister said she didn't feel anything mystical :)
This is not a postcard, but I really like the artistic rendering of the tube system on the front of this tube map. THAT image should be on a postcard ... and I'd sure like to have it :) I also found it interesting that they call their tube card an Oyster card. Wonder why?!? Very neat stuff...thanks mom! :)
You can see how the castle was built right out of the rock -- so very beautiful! My sister said it was about a two mile walk up to the castle proper ... said her butt hurts even thinking about that walk, but that it was worth it. I'm sure! :)