Sunday, June 29, 2008
Card From Majorca, Spain
On Friday past I received just a single postcard. It was from Majorca, Spain and was sent by Xisca a Postcrosser who I had previously sent a card. She says on her card that she had read this blog and wanted to send a card with hopes of my highlighting it. Well, Xisca, this is it. Thanks for the card and I am glad to show it. Her card shows a typical house and garden in Majorca. Typical but with oranges growing in your garden, it sure isn't Canada. I can't think of a better place to be when it's minus 30 degrees Celcius with snow on the ground than Majorca watching oranges grow.
Majorca is the largest island of Spain. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea and its capital is Palma. It is a popular tourist destination. The members of the Spanish Royal Family, traditionally spend their summer holidays in Majorca, where they have a palace. Also, quite a few celebrities maintain residences on the island, including catherine Zeta-Jones and Mike Douglas, along with Michael Schumacher, Claudia Schiffer, Frida of the band Abba, Annie Lennox, Julian Lennon and Boris Becker.
The stamp that Xisca used is quite a nice stamp that was issued in 2007. It is 1 of a set of 2 showing mushrooms. The one on the card shows the Amanita Muscaria. It is a poisonous and psychoactive fungus. The quintessential toadstool, it is a large imposing white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Though generally considered poisonous, Amanita Musicaria is otherwise famed for its hallucinogenic properties. These mushrooms often appear on Christmas cards and New Year cards from around the world as a symbol of good luck.
That's all for this time. Keep those postcards coming.