Here’s another sample from my winter sojourn in the south. We spent only a short time in the island of St. Martin this time, but I found lots of good postcards (as well as going to I to an awesome Star Wars museum!)
I particularly like this postcard, below, as it captures a segment of the place’s history.
Here is the back of postcard which tells about the history pertaining to the front image.
“For Amsterdam, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
The cannons of Fort Amsterdam have witnessed many fierce battles between the Dutch and the Spanish, English and Portuguese navies. The island actually changed flags many times. In one such battle, Peter Stuyvesant, who later became Governor of New Amsterdam (now New York), lost his lag here. ”
I recently went on a cruise that stopped at the Caribbean island of St. Martin. We were in Philipsburg on the Dutch side of the island, Sint Maarten.
I was surprised to find the postcard of cruise ships at their pier as it really could be any pier anywhere in the world.
The port of Philipsburg is really close to their beach – so it was really odd swimming in the ocean as we were closer to the ships than I ever encountered at other ports.
I guess this is a thing for Sint Maarten as their airport is right beside another popular beach – as I blogged about during my prior visit to Sint Maarten, Sun, Fun, and Near-misses with Airplanes.
As I’ve been working on the pages about postcards (above), I realized I don’t have a sample of a cut-through postcard. Cut-through are a type of gimmick (or novelty) that has a shape cut through the postcards. Until a few years ago, I didn’t see them but now I have a few, but this one is my favourite:
I got this postcard when I was on holidays in Saint Martin. The design isn’t special, but the lips cut through sure caught my toddler daughter’s attention. She loved holding it up to her mouth and kissing through it.
We started a tradition on family vacations of my kid drawing a picture of her trip and then we mail it to ourselves. So here’s her pictures of her favourite things about the trip – the sun and a “spooky old tree at our hotel”.
At this time a few years ago, we were landing in the Caribbean isle of Sint Maarten. Our airplane landing looked much like this, in fact:
This image has not been altered. The landing strip at Sint Maarten’s Juliana airport is just before a popular tourist area and beach, Maho Bay. Although the island has many beautiful and relaxing spots, this is not one of them – quite the contrary, it’s rather unnerving.
Google Maps provides a great visual indication of just how close the landing strip is to the tourist beach:
Here’s the back, with art work by daughter (a toddler at the time):
“Sint Maarten, Netherland Antilles.
Saint-Martin, French West Indies.
Landing at Juliana airport.”
Postcard message [dictated from toddler to parent]:
“I love you. Thank you for giving me that clay stuff. I hope me in St. Martin. See you soon! Love.”
The small island is half Dutch (Sint Maarten) and half French (Saint-Martin) side. The island is the world’s smallest land mass to be shared by two countries. The major international airport is on the Dutch side, but we stayed near Marigot on the French side (hence the French stamp, boring as it is).