Sunday, May 22, 2016

The " I'm Back " Post

Good day to you all . I hope someone is still tuning in here as it has been quite a while. I've moved back to Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. The new address is over there on the left. The move was a good one, everything went like clockwork and now we are again close to our family and friends. We are settled in and now I find it's time for postcards and blogging. All the heavy lifting is done so here I am.

I received a fair number of postcards the past month since my last update. The ones I share today are in no particular order of importance, or when they arrived. They are just random. So here goes.

Let's start with a card from Bulgaria. This one shows a Bulgarian Muslim bride from the Rhodope Mountains area of southern Bulgaria. Brides always have to make time for their make-up and I'm sure this lady was no exception.



This card is from a private swap with Nikola, Anna and Bogdan of Sofia. They used a couple of stamps from 2015. On the left is 1 of 3 in a set featuring Old Clocks. The larger stamp in the center is from a souvenir sheet of 3 , each with a label as this one shows.



 

My second card for today arrived from Tyrol, the western Austrian state in the Alps that's known for its historic sites and ski resorts, including Kitzbuhel.  And , that's just what we see on this card, a number of winter scenes from Kitzbuhel.


Meelis used 3 fine stamps on his card. On the top left is a stamp from 2016. I hope it scanned good as it's just about all white. It's title is Future and the quotation reads "The future has not yet been written. It is what we make it ". The stamp on the right was issued in 2012, a ATM vending machine stamp. It shows Grosseglockner, the highest mountain the the Alps east of the Brenner Pass. The other stamp, under those 2 was issued in 2015, celebrating The Bergkirche, a church in Eisenstadt built in the early 18th century.



Sorry, looks like the stamp of The Future didn't scan well at all. I guess that's something to be worked on in the future, a better scanner .

This next card arrived from Genoa in northwest Italy. It displays an advertising for Turandot, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. It was uncompleted at the time of Puccini's death in 1924. It was completed by Franco Alfano in 1926.



This card is the result of a swap with Carla. She used a nice Aviation themed stamp from 2015. Carla 's stamp shows an old biplane from 1938. It is from a set of 2.



The Royal Sportsman Hotel is the subject of this next card. The 1862 built hotel is located at 131 High Street, Porthmadog, Wales, U.K.



Dominique used 2 recent Machin definitives along with a 2016 Shakespeare stamp from a set of 10 , all of which show quotes from his works. This one is from Romeo and Juliet.




Asmik Grigorian , famous opera singer from Lithuania is shown on the next card. She is shown in in her role in G. Verdi's opera "Trubadour ". The card was issued by the Vilnius City Opera. Birute sent this card from Merkine, Lithuania, as another private swap. Interestingly, Merkine was located in northern Poland from 1920-1939.

 

The stamp on this one is from 2015 and is 1 of 2 in the Old Toys Europa issue.



There you have it. My first update after my move back  is complete. Hopefully I still have a couple of readers out there. It feels good to get this one in the books. Thanks for cards go to Carla, Meelis, Nickola/Anna/Bogdan, Dominique and Birute. Take care, see you again soon.


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