Sender: Aurora Crystal Palace or Palacio de Cristal, Retiro Park, Madrid
Built in 1887, modelled on London's Crystal Palace of the 1850's, it was made almost entirely of glass set in an iron framework on a brick base, which is decorated with ceramics. In front of the entrance to the Palace are steps leading down into the large artificial lake of the Retiro Park. The lake contains ducks, geese, black swans and terrapins, who will swim close to the steps, or you can hire boats on the lake for a closer view.
Sender: Neil 10 Downing Street The most famous door in the United Kingdom!
10 Downing Street, is the official residence of British Prime Ministers since 1735. The building is much larger than it appears from its frontage.
One interesting fact: No 10 Downing Street is one of the most heavily guarded buildings in Britain. The front door cannot be opened from the outside because it has no handle, and no one can enter the building without passing through a scanner and a set of security gates manned by armed guards. However, in the first five years after Tony Blair became prime minister, 37 computers, four mobile phones, two cameras, a mini-disc player, a video recorder, four printers, two projectors and a bicycle were stolen from the building...
Sender: Marco "El Castillo/The Castle" Chichén Itzá, in the Yucatan state in Mexico.
Chichén Itzá which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza" is the most famous dead city in the Mayan World. Built by the pre-Columbian Maya sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries AD (but theories differ on this), the pyramid consists of a series of square terraces with stairways up each of the four sides to the temple on top. Sculptures of plumed serpents run down the sides of the northern balustrade.
Awesome building! I want to see it! And this is my first postcard from Mexico!
One of the two major waterways in the Park is the Merced River, which carries rainwater and snow melt from the high Sierras and drains the southern part of the Park. Arising high in the Sierra backcountry, it flows through the heart of the Yosemite Valley.
Text on card: "Skieurs Au Passage Des Séracs Dans La Vallée Blance"
Translated: Skiers passing seracs in the white valley (I think?)
Can you see the itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie skiers on the right side of the card? Eeee....I would not dare be like them and ski down the steep valley/slope/hill/ whatever! (As if I could ski!?!) And if I did, I would have left my tummy and bravado way up at the start and went all the way down yelling for my mother, (and perhaps triggering an avalanche! No!).
Therefore, to save all the skiers in any ski steep slopes, Lufra has Magnanimously Decided Not To Venture in such extreme sports. :-D
The sender himself, I presume! A happy Postcrosser! :D
"Jessie" (Jessica Jane Pride). A cowgirl doll, abandoned by her original owner, friends with Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
Laurence sent this card after seeing that it was on my favourites postcards wall. TQ Laurence! And the additional special part of this postcard was Laurence's artwork at the back. See the blue pattern around the stamp? It was all over the back of the postcard, surrounding my address and Laurence's caricature of herself and her speech bubbles. At first I thought the decor was printed on the card, ie. that the card came with the decoration already printed by Pixar. But after looking closer, I saw that it was made by blue and black ink coloured pens by the sender herself. Absolutely smashing! Love it lots, Laurence!! <3 <3
A vintage styled postcard, reminding me of old fashioned romance novels and their couples-in-love covers in which the protagonists prefer hastily confessed feelings and innocent first kisses...Awwww...But..is Honey the lady or Honey the hugging inspired by romantic love?? :-P
Trakai in the summer, Lithuania
Trakai is an island on Lake Galve. It is a historic city with a 15th Century castle, a popular tourist attraction. A lovely viewcard, I love the warm colours of the castle and the rolling clouds above.
A multiview postcard of Mount Olympos (Mount Olympus), which is the highest mountain in Greece. It is known in Greek mythology as a home for 11 out of the 12 major Greek gods (The 12 Olympians). In Greek mythology, whenever the 12 gods meet up, they do so on Mount Olympus.
The 12 Olympians are Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, Poseidon, Hermes, Apollo, Hestia or Dionysus, Artemis, Hephaestus, Demeter, Ares, Athena.
The card is entitled "Joyfulness with postcards". But I wonder whether the chinese characters in the picture state the same thing. In any event, to me the artwork gives an impression of a girl-student's thoughts..