vintage and contemporary postcards and stamps from around the world
29 September 2023
This was filed under hospitals, and with a name like "Waverley Hydropathic" that sounds a reasonable assumption. But, with a little research, it turns out this is actually a hotel with a golf course. First mentioned in 1905.
I even accidentally bought two!
It is now a bespoke hotel. Guests enjoy wonderful views of the Eildon Hills, with plenty of opportunities for walks down to the River Tweed. Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose is the ideal place to unwind, rejuvenate and explore a historic and fascinating area of Scotland, 38 miles south of Edinburgh and close to the border with England.
The hotel has 77 comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms, with facilities such as a flat-screen TV, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, desk and housekeeping services. Choose from a range of single, double and twin rooms. Larger rooms are also available on request.
28 September 2023
Construction started in 1959 and it was finally opened in 1973
From the modern to a more classical design. Also known as Palais Garnier, it was constructed between 1861 and 1875. You may know it from the Gaston Leroux book (and musical) Phantom of the Opera
27 September 2023
26 September 2023
I have found a new topic to collect - hospitals! Mostly because of their architecture. Yesterday, I showed the very large Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. This is a much smaller Toronto General Hospital, located at 101 College Street in Toronto and built in 1919. It is still standing and since 2005 has been used as offices for MaRS (Medical and Related Sciences)
25 September 2023
24 September 2023
Insects are not a favourite of mine, though I appreciate their benefits. And wasps are definitely not a favourite, but then you get a close up look at this little beauty, which does not sting! They can be found in the UK and Ireland, Europe to Russia and on to China and Japan. As is evident in this stamp, the wasp has metallic, iridescent colouration and big, bulging compound eyes.
a rather pretty insect for Sunday Stamps
22 September 2023
21 September 2023
how about a whole museum dedicated to play (Vagos, Portugal)
20 September 2023
19 September 2023
18 September 2023
17 September 2023
Dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Designed by Antoine Predock, the Museum for Human Rights opened in Winnipeg on September 20, 2014.
just for fun, there is a time lapse video of the construction
a piece of modern architecture for Sunday Stamps
15 September 2023
14 September 2023
Hluboká Castle was extensively renovated in the style of Windsor Castle after a visit to Queen Victoria's coronation by the last owners, the Schwarzenbergs. It has 140 rooms and 11 towers. Like Windsor Castle, the grounds are free to visit and wander through.
And, speaking of Windsor CastleIt is the largest and oldest occupied working palace in Europe (since 1100). It has survived sieges of the 12th and 13th century, the Civil War in the 17th century, neglect during the 18th century, and a fire in the 20th century.
for Thursday Postcard Hunt
13 September 2023
11 September 2023
10 September 2023
The River Valley Scenic Drive in New Brunswick, on the east coast. This part of the Trans Canada Highway runs between two Rivers - The Madawaska and the St John.
some roads for Sunday Stamps
08 September 2023
07 September 2023
In The Netherlands, you can find the Keukenhof, truly the most beautiful spring garden in the world. But you must plan your trip - it's only open for 60 days of the year from March to mid May. There are other flowers that bloom, but the main attraction are the 800 different varieties of tulips. 2024 will be the 75th anniversary.
Or, maybe you'd be interested in scuba diving at Canada's only Marine National Park. There are 24 shipwrecks to be found under the clear waters of Lake Huron. The name comes from Shakespeare's The Tempest where Ariel laments "full fathom five thy father lies". Five fathoms, or nine metres, was considered a fatal and irretrievable depth.
some parks, gardens and nature reserves for our first Thursday Postcard Hunt under the theme: tourist sites
All new visitors are welcome, indeed encouraged, to join in by sharing their own postcards
05 September 2023
While the pool in my building is not nearly so large, nor is it ever so busy, it irks me no end that the day after Labour Day - the unofficial end of 'summer' - it is closed for the season. For the whole month of August we did not get any days above 30C (unusual). For the rest of this week, we will.