Throughout Spain , palaces mirror the grandeur and majesty of Spanish architecture. Here, Sagovia's Alcazar castle appears like a mirage at the edge of a field of high grass.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Meticulously kept stables at the Cortigo San Andres, near Seville, are witness to the continuing tradition of horse training for which the area is known.
Thus begins another week cataloging the Spanish postcards that my friend Mark gave me to put on the blog.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Ukraina Hotel skyscraper
The hotel still exists. It is now the Radisson Royal Hotel and was originally commissioned by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. It originally opened on May 25, 1957 and still for some purposes uses the older name Ukraina Hotel
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Warsaw, Freta Street
The church in the distance is the Church of the Holy Spirit. During World War II the church was almost totally destroyed by the Germans.
Just on the left side of the postcard, where the pedestrians are on the sidewalk, is the birthplace and museum of Marie Curie. The tall structure on the left side of the street just past the lamppost is Saint Hyacinth's Church. During the Warsaw Uprising Saint Hyacinth's was used as a field hospital, making it a heavy target of German bombings. Over 1,000 insurgents and civilians were killed there.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Warszawa - Palac Kultury I Nauki
The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw was originally named after Josef Stalin. After Stalin's death and destalinization, the building had Stalin's name removed. It currently houses many offices, theaters, museums, a large auditorium, shops, and a swimming pool.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Statue of Nicholas Copernicus
Copernicus (Mikołaj Kopernik in Polish) was the Polish astronomer who formulated during the Renaissance a model of the solar system where the sun, not the Earth, was at the center. Born in Torun, Poland, on February 19, 1473, he is probably the most famous resident of the city and is one of the most famous scientists and astronomers in Polish history.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The old building of the V. I. Lenin State Library (former P. Pashkov's house) Architect V. Bazhenov
The building is now part of the Russian State Library (after the national library went through de-Leninization after the fall of communism.) The building was previously the Rumyantsev Museum, the first public museum in Russia, but was closed down by the Soviets in the 1920s.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Monument of V. I. Lenin in October Square (sculptors L. Kerbel, V. Fedorov, architects G. Makarevich, A. Samsonov)
I cannot find out if this statue is still standing. The October Square however was apparently renamed "Revolutionary Square" since the fall of the Soviet Union. This card is dated 1989, only a few years before the fall of the Soviet Union.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The main image of this card is 3rd of May Street. Naming streets after that date in Poland seems to be fairly popular since it references the 3 May Polish Constitution of 1791. It was the second ever written constitution in the world, after the American one.
I will point out that when I bought my Rzeszow postcards, the shopkeeper was so excited that I was buying them that she gave me this one free. Her store was located on this street but was moving to a different location in a few weeks.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The pictures according to the card are of the following: the Monument of Copernicus, Cathederal of St. Johns, Bridge Gate, The Leaning Tower, Raftsman Fountain and The Artus Courthouse, Filus - the dog statue, The Artus Courthouse, Panorama of the city.
Monday, May 1, 2017
The city of Rzeszow is the capital of the Subcarpatian Provence or, in Polish, Podkarpackie Voivodeship. This card shows the modern Hotel Rzeszow (the tall building in the background) which is actually connected to and sort-of a part of the Galeria Rzeszow shopping center. The iconic monument in for foreground is the communist-era Monument to the Revolutionary Action.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Rose, 1592
This card of Shakespeare's globe (The Rose 1592) is a card based on the issuance of a 1995 stamp designed by C. Walter Hodges. The card comes form Swansea, Wales. I was the 15th state that the card was sent to.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Armado: Warble, child; make passionate my sense of hearing.
Moth: Concolinel, [Singing.]
Armado: Sweet air! Go, tenderness of years; take this key, give enlargement to the swain, bring him festiately hither: I must employ him a letter to my love
Illustration by Normal Wilkinson of Four Oaks from Love's Labour's Lost, Players' Shakespeare series, 1924.
Today marks the anniversary of Shakespeare's birth (and also his death.)
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Exhibition of National Economic Achievements of the USSR. The Fountain of People's Friendship.
This has been renamed as the "VDNKh" or Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
In the late 1980s or early 1990s, my aunt went to the Soviet Union and brought back a packet of postcards that she never sent out. I have 18 or so postcards from this period and I thought I'd share them one week at a time.
This card shows The Russian Federation Council of Ministers and Council for Economic Assistance. The white building is the "Russian White House" which was heavily damaged and partly burned during the 1993 coup attempt.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Warsazawa - Pomnik Fryderyka Chopina
The Monument to Frédéric Chopin, Polish composer, in Warsaw's Łazienki Park.
The original statue was destroyed by the Germans during the World War II occupation of Warsaw, but was recast after the war from the original mold. It was one of the first signs of Polish culture that the German's targeted for destruction. Legend has it that the day afterword a sign appeared where the statue had stood saying "I don’t know who destroyed me, but I know why: so that I won’t play the funeral march for your leader."[