Card no 100 – Nelly (Nel80) – Marseilles, France

Another direct swap from Nelly and her son Theo.    Notre-Dame de la Garde is a basilica located in Marseille, France. This ornate Neo-Byzantine church is situated at the highest natural point in Marseille, a 162 m (532 ft) limestone outcrop on the south side of the Old Port. As well as being a major local landmark, it is the site of a popular annual pilgrimage every Assumption Day (August 15). Local inhabitants commonly refer to it as la bonne mère (“the good mother”).

This card arrived on 18th June, travelled 796  miles and took 5 days.

Total so far – 283,281 miles; 23 countries (including 9 US States).


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Card no 99 – Danielle – Omaha, Nebraska, USA

This was a ‘direct swap’ although we’ve now swapped so many it’s more a case of sending to each other cards that we know the other person would like rather than directly swapping.   I like map cards and Route 66 is so well known.  But what I didn’t know is that by the 1980s it had pretty much been replaced by other highway systems.

This stamp commemorates the fact that Congress admitted New Mexico as the 47th state in the Union on January 6, 1912.

I’m known for the fact that I don’t watch films but one film I did watch (and love) was “A Bug’s Life”.  Some writing on the back of the stamp sheet reads:  There are so many great reasons to “Mail a Smile.” Perhaps you want to share a proud grin like Dash’s family in The Indredibles as they watch him race. Maybe it’s a smile that conveys the excitement of meeting new friends line Nemo and Squirt in Finding Nemo, or the trust and caring shared by Sulley, Mike Wazowski, and Boo from Monsters, Inc. Sometimes a smile says “you’re a rip-roaring good-time friend, ” like Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye from Toy Story 2. And for friends setting off on new adventures, Flick and Dot from A Bug’s Life send a smile of encouragement.  (Disney – Pixar, United States Postal Service)

This card arrived on 16th June, travelled 4,121 miles and took 7 days.

 Total so far – 282,485 miles; 23 countries (including 9 US States).

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Card no 98 – Nelly (Nel80) – Marseilles, France

This was a direct swap.  This is a most attractive view of Marseilles, a city with much in common with my home city of Liverpool.

This stamp was issued in 2011 – the Blue Marianne (Europe 20g) and costs 77 Euros.

Marianne is a symbol of Republican France. A Marianne is a bust of a proud and determined woman wearing a Phrygian cap. She symbolises the attachment of the common citizens of the revolution to the Republic – Marianne is the personification of liberty, equality and fraternity.

This card arrived on 16th June, travelled 796 miles and took 3 days.

Total so far – 278,364 miles; 23 countries (including 9 US States).


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Card no 97 – Helen and Ian – Exeter, Devon, England

A Father’s Day card in the less frequently found form of a postcard – Helen and Ian know what I like!

Although I’ve seen Puffins it has only been as tiny dots swimming and then flying away from the Hebridean ferry boat. Puffins are members of the Auk family and nest in cliff-top burrows. I’d love to get right up close and personal with them there.

This is a standard first class stamp.

This card arrived on 15th  June, travelled 183  miles and took 1 day.

Total so far – this post was put in out of order – see revised total of card 101


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Card no 96 – Nuria (Alhanaart) – Elche, Spain

This was a direct swap with ‘Alhana’ whose interesting postcrossing blog – My Window to the Wider World – I’ve been following for a while.

The palm grove at Elche is one of the biggest oases in the world and is a Unesco world Heritage Site. To quite thr Unesco website – “The Palmeral of Elche, a landscape of groves of date palms, was formally laid out, with elaborate irrigation systems, at the time the Muslim city of Elche was erected, towards the end of the tenth century A.C., when much of the Iberian peninsula was Arab. The Palmeral is an oasis, a system for agrarian production in arid areas. It is also a unique example of Arab agricultural practices on the European continent. Cultivation of date palms in Elche is known at least since the Iberian times, dating around the fifth century B.C.”

It includes some public parks like the one shown in the picture, the Municipal Park.  The music pavilion is used on Sundays when they hold concerts.

I don’t know any Spanish but the meaning of this stamp is obvious – Pay attention to your driving – lose the call not your life.

This card arrived on 14th June, travelled 1049 miles and took 2 days – that has to be the fastest card from abroad – and faster than internal second class.

Total so far – 277,386 miles; 23 countries (including 9 US States).

Countries from which I have received cards as at 1st June 2012 are shown in green on this map


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Card no 95 – Sabine (Biebas) – Berlin, Germany (PC48)

This is the Potsdamer Platz (literally Potsdam Square) – an important public square and traffic intersection in the centre of Berlin, Germany, lying about one kilometre south of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (German Parliament Building), and close to the southeast corner of the Tiergarten park. It is named after the city of Potsdam, some 25 km to the south west, and marks the point where the old road from Potsdam passed through the city wall of Berlin at the Potsdam Gate. After developing within the space of little over a century from an intersection of rural thoroughfares into the most bustling traffic intersection in Europe. It was totally laid waste during World War II and then left desolate during the Cold War era when the Berlin Wall bisected its former location. Since German reunification, Potsdamer Platz has been the site of major redevelopment projects.

The Potsdamer Platz quarter is one of the most exciting and multifaceted corners of the German capital. Up to 100,000 people come to this square every day to experience the unique blend of art, entertainment, shopping and cosmopolitan flair – and ultimately to feel a touch of history. This website will show you the many facets of the PLATZ TO BE.

This stamp depicts Tagetes and belongs to the 2005 set ‘Blumen’ (17 values).

(I’m not commenting on this stamp until Euro 2012 is over!!!)

This card arrived on 14th June, travelled 682 miles and took 14 days.

Total so far – 276,337 miles; 23 countries (including 9 US States).

Countries from which I have received cards as at 1st June 2012 are shown in green on this – map


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Card no 94 – Dennis (RuskiG) – Los Angeles, California, USA

Mary Cassat was an American artist (1844-1926) .  She lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.  She was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Berthe Morisot.   This painting is entitled Woman Reading and was painted in 1878/9.

Designed to draw attention to the wonders of the United States, this international rate stamp shows the glories of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with one of its beautiful, iconic farmsteads set amid gently rolling hills.

Known for its breathtaking rural scenery, agricultural bounty, and small towns with evocative names like Bird-in-Hand and Paradise, Lancaster County is perhaps most famous as part of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The Amish, with their horse-drawn buggies, one-room schoolhouses, and traditional lifestyle, give the county a traditional, Old World charm. Their pristine family farms, surrounded by neatly cultivated fields, offer visitors a glimpse of another century and a quieter way of life.  The Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, international rate stamp is part of the Scenic American Landscapes series.

This was my first card from the State of California and takes the number of states from which I have received cards to nine.

The current California Flag, adopted by the California state legislature in 1911, is based on the original Bear Flag raised by pioneering Americans over Sonoma in 1846. The star on the California flag was taken from the lone star of Texas. The bear was representative of the numerous Grizzly Bears in the state of California and the words “California Republic” testified to the feisty American Pioneers who settled in the territory.

This card arrived on 14th June, travelled 5,282 miles and took 5 days.

Total so far – 275,655 miles; 23 countries (including 9 US States).

Countries from which I have received cards as at 1st June 2012 are shown in green on this – map

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