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!
I’ve been profiling small countries lately, so this is a great time to showcase this gem from Fiji. This is the first postcard I’ve posted from the Oceania region (the smallest region in the Collection – likely because it’s so cursedly far away from me). I found this postcard buried in a pile of papers in a storeroom years ago.
Here’s the back of the postcard. I love found postcards as the messages tend to be such a fun mystery (e.g. “smoke bombs”?!?).
“Turtle Island – Fiji. One of Fiji’s top tourist resorts”
“Bula (Hi!) How’s your summer been going. Is Bill the Cat still alive? Well, my family and I are presently in Fiji and tonight we leave for Australia. It’s been a nice rest. So What have you been up to? More smoke bombs? Well, just don’t blow up Canada o.k. I’d like to get back! Take care! Bye!”
I’ve posted on my great love of postcards from small and far-flung countries. One grand Patron of the Collection is responsible more than anyone else in adding to many samples of such exotic locations.
Here’s one of my favourites of her many great donations. This one is from Gambia, Africa:
The image reminds me of African style batik artwork. Here’s the back:
“At the Well – form an original acrylic on canvas.”
“Hi Glen from Gambia. Were in Senegal yesterday, Cape Verde tomorrow.”
I recently posted about how I love postcards from small countries. Thanks to some generous donors, I do have some great samples.
Here’s one from the Caribbean state of Dominica – a place that I would love to visit!
“Trafalgar Falls – (2nd view)
The sound of rushing water breaks the silence of the forest. The abundance of rain also amplifies the rich verdant rain forest and its complete eco-system that supports thousands of plants, insects and wildlife.”
“Dear Glen. Today we toured Dominica. It is one of the most beautiful islands I’ve seen. It is hot, hot! The pen is sticking to my fingers as I write! Where’s the snow. See you soon. Love X. Next stop Grenada.”
This latest gem of the Collection arrived in the mail yesterday and there’s so much to love about it!
It’s from the Vatican and I love postcards from small countries. I have a handful of pope postcards, but this is the first one I have of Pope Francis.
I’m glad to have a postcard of him as I have zero postcards with prior pope Benedict. (If you see any pope Benedict postcards, I’d love to get them!)
In addition, the postcard also has quite beautiful, if puzzling stamps too – check out the back:
Why is there a stamp of Paris’ Eiffel Tower? I tried googling it and came up with nothing. Odd, but cool.
“Greetings form the Vatican. The weather is amazing. All the Italians are wearing winter coats but I’m outside in a T-shirt.”
I love the message as it reminds me of my trip to Italy and when it snowed several Italians looked to the sky and loudly cursed the heavens!
Over the many years of my postcard collection, there have been many donors – friends, family, businesses, myself. But there are only a handful of patrons – those whose donations of such quality or quantity have earned them a wing or two in the Collection (i.e. an Ikea emu).
One such grand patroness, turned 80 years old two days ago. Her donations from travels around the world greatly extended the number of countries that I have samples from. Her donations from Africa, Asia, and small, obscure countries were particularly incredible.
So in honour of her birthday, here is one of my favourites of her donations:
This is from the Faroe Islands (Føroyar in Faroese language). The postcard is of the capital and largest city in the Faroes, Tórshavn.
The Faroe Islands are a small island nation north of Scotland and half way to Iceland (see map). Most people haven’t heard of it, let alone been there!
“Hi Glen. From the Faroe Island. Note the grass roofs on houses”.
This patron went to many such off-the-beaten-path locations and sent me incredible postcards! Like this one from the Falkland Islands or this one from Nepal. She often sent me the only item I have from many countries – as not many people travel to such exotic locales.
So I’m very grateful to this great patron and happily wish her a happy 80th birthday! Thank you!
My daughter starred as a shepherd in a Christmas pageant today. Here is a postcard that also spreads Christian cheer:
This is one of my favourite postcards in the Collection. For one, I love that the imagery is humourously cheesy. But mostly, I love that it is from a tiny country, the Vatican, and that it was mailed to me from that country:
I have a few postcards from the Vatican but most people are there only for a short visit and don’t take the time to mail it actually from there. I love getting mail from countries tiny or obscure, so this was a real treat.
For my Christmas wish, I would love to get more postcards of similar exoticism or cheesiness!