I’d have loved to put the other Christmas-theme postcards that I’ve received on my blog on Christmas day too but unfortunately, I was on holiday and these were waiting for me when I got home yesterday. But hey, it’s still the season to be jolly, right? This absolutely adorable postcard comes from Veronica, who lives in Spain. It really reminds me of that new Disney/Pixar movie, Frozen. As I saw this postcard I immediately thought of my hysterical laughter in the cinema when I saw the trailer, where the snowman tries to stop himself from sneezing and his head pops off. Anywho, so besides the point! Thank you Veronica!
This great postcard of the Spanish capital, Madrid, came to me from Juliet. The city is also Spain’s largest city with a population of 3.3 million people. I knew that it was a large city but I was surprised at its sheer size. Madrid is the 3rd largest city in the EU, after London and Berlin and the 3rd largest metropolitan in the EU after London and Paris. It is ranked as the 10th most livable cities in the world and one of Europe’s 12 greenest cities. It is also the major financial centre of Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula. I have to say that I am so impressed with this city right now. Thank you Juliet for giving me the opportunity to learn all that through this cool postcard!
This great postcard comes from Veronica, who lives in Spain. The way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago refers to a pilgrimage route to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where it is believed that the remains of St. James are buried. This postcard takes me back to 2009, where I had a university assignment that I did on Santiago de Compostela. This pilgrimage is considered as one of the most important pilgrimages after that of Rome and Jerusalem. Personally, I cannot see the need for a pilgrimage in the christian faith, but to each his own. During the Middle Ages the route was very popular and drew in a number of pilgrims on the route. After the protestant reformation, the black death and political unrest in the region during the 16th century, the route became virtually untraveled and by 1980 only a few pilgrims would arrive at Santiago. The route was declared the first Cultural European Route in 1987 and has subsequently also been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thank you Veronica!
From Monte, a friend who is from Hilversum in The Netherlands, I got this awesome postcard of the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, which is located just off the West Coast of mainland Africa, between Morocco and Western Sahara. Despite the name in English creating the impression of a particular kind of animal, it actually means “Dogs Islands” when directly translated. The Canary Islands were used by the Spanish as a stopover during colonial times on their way to the Americas because of the favourable easterly winds. The picture today is vastly different, however, as the islands are now known as an altogether amazing tourist destination. It receives up to 12 million tourists per year on average, 72% of which come from Great Britain, Spain and Germany. There are a total of 4 national parks on the islands and with a great variety of marine life and wonderful beaches, it is not surprising that people flock to these islands in their millions. Definitely looks pretty darn inviting! Dank je Monte!
Nana from Barcelona, Spain sent me this postcard of Casa Comalat. It was built between 1909 and 1911 by Salvador Valeri and is apparently an example of modernista style in architecture or art nouveau as they call it in France. This was anothe postcard sent a long time ago and only received recently due to the postal strike in South Africa but what can I say, rather late than never, right?
This lovely postcard of the Pyrenees came to me from Luiseme in Barcelona. The mountain range creates a natural border between Spain and France and separates the Iberian Peninsula from mainland Europe. The Pyrenees mountain range takes its name from Princess Pyrene, who according to classical mythology gave her name to the mountains. The highest peak is Pico de Aneto, which is 3404m above sea level. Truly stunning place and I would love to see it.
The Alcala Gate in Madrid’s Independence Square was completed and inaugurated under Charles III in 1778. This beautiful view of the monument was sent to me by Luar, who lives in Madrid. She says that upon the completion of her degree, she would like to leave Madrid to live elsewhere. This is but one of the attractions of Madrid, I cannot imagine that I would want to leave such a wonderful city!