Earlier this year, I got some great postcards from my postcard penpal on his trip to Italy. Fortunately, for me he made a trip to the bordering country of Slovenia. I love postcards from Slovenia and I’ve only got one other in the Collection, so this was a real treat. And then there’s the postcard itself in all its shiny glory:
Here’s the real backside (ha, pun intended!):
On my last day here I got the chance to spend the afternoon in Capodistria, Slovenia. Awesome place, if you ever have the opportunity you should visit. Also, as soon as I saw this postcard I knew it was perfect for you!
Several days ago, I was going through some old photo albums. I stopped putting photos in albums a few years ago, so actually looking at a photo album now seems so old-fashioned.
Anyway, I forgot that I used to like to put postcards in my trip photo albums, particularly when I couldn’t take a suitable picture of the subject myself. That is one of the benefits of postcards, the photography is generally excellent and taken from vantage points often unavailable to tourists.
I was looking through my trip photos of Croatia (one of my favourite places in the world) and was delighted to find two lost postcards that I hadn’t seen in years.
The first one, below, is from Split
This is an artist’s rendering of Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace as it would have looked in Diocletian’s time (circa 305). The modern city of Split has grown up and within the palace in an incredibly unique and fascinating way.
My other find was from another Roman ruin in Croatia:
This is the Arena in Pula – one of the largest, most in-tact Roman amphitheatres in the world.
I have subsequently decided that my postcards will be more greatly enjoyed by me in amongst the Collection rather than dusty photo albums.
I’ve encountered some real asses in my life, but this one is one of my favourites:
This was a freebie postcard that I picked up in Croatia – I think Rijecka. Not speaking (or even fathoming Croatian) I have no idea what it is promoting (and the back of the card is mostly blank, so that doesn’t help).
Leave it to the Europeans to have nudity on their postcards (even their freebies) – no where else seems to do this. Butt, it certainly gets attention – glad I didn’t actually mail it though!
In honour of Pope Benedict stepping down, I thought I’d share one of my many pope postcards. Pope postcards, regardless of which country they originate from, have a tendency to be divinely tacky.
And this one below, of a Pope John Paul visit to Croatia, is a fine example of divine pope cards:
This image of Pope John Paul towering awesomely above a Croatian city does seem like he is putting the God into Godzilla.
The card says nothing of the city that the pope is looming over. The postcard was mailed in Dubrovnik, but it seems to me to be Rijeka. Which makes sense considering the message:
“He’s everywhere!! Seems superimposed pope is leaving the Vatican to fly over Croatia next week – hope he doesn’t hit any flying houses on the way.”
The flying house is a reference to The Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat in Rijeka. Legend has it that the holy house of Mary fly from Nazareth and stopped in Rijeka on its way to Loreto, Italy where it remains today.
With a new pope coming, I’m looking forward to more such glorious papal postcards to come…