Category Archives: Postcards

Postcards from Travels – Thailand

Classical Dance Costumes for Females

Classical Dance Costumes for Females

Classical Dance Costumes for Males

Classical Dance Costumes for Males

Postcards from Travels – Japan

Source: The Isetatsu Paper Shop in Tokyo’s Yanaka Area

Woodblock print (1)

Woodblock print (1)

Woodblock print (2)

Woodblock print (2)

Postcards from Travels – Hawaii

'Iolani Palace was built in 1882 by the last king of Hawai'i, King Kalakaua.

‘Iolani Palace was built in 1882 by the last king of Hawai’i, King Kalakaua.

King Kalakaua (1836 - 1891)

King Kalakaua (1836 – 1891)

Queen Lili'uokalani (1838 - 1917) succeeded her brother, King Kalakaua, and ruled as Queen of the Hawaiian kingdom from 1891 until the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in January of 1893.

Queen Lili’uokalani (1838 – 1917) succeeded her brother, King Kalakaua, and ruled as Queen of the Hawaiian kingdom from 1891 until the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in January of 1893.

Map of Old Hawaii - Original engraving by Steve Strickland

Map of Old Hawaii – Original engraving by Steve Strickland

Inter-Island Airways, Ltd. - Artwork by Kerne Erickson

Inter-Island Airways, Ltd. – Artwork by Kerne Erickson

Outrigger and Diamondhead - Kodachrome postcard (1951)

Outrigger and Diamondhead – Kodachrome postcard (1951)

United Air Lines Travel Poster - c. 1940s

United Air Lines Travel Poster – c. 1940s

Cardcetera and Its “French Connection” Postcards

It’s almost impossible not to think of my trip to Paris while looking at “The French Connection” postcards from Cardcetera.

I’ve been there many years ago. The group study exchange program I was a part of had wrapped up, and my fellow students and I decided to stay in Europe a few more weeks before flying back home. Although our group of four subsequently parted ways, one of our common destinations was, you guessed it, France.

While I can no longer remember the exact places I went to, it’s not too difficult to pull up details like the Eiffel Tower, River Seine, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré Coeur Basilica, the trip to Cannes, the small apartment I initially stayed at, the much bigger apartment I lived in before going to Germany, the very cold weather (it was spring), the train ride I took to visit a popular science museum (all I can recall is the extensive – and impressive – collection of bugs), a flea market I stumbled into, getting lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood, and so on.

This is because when one is more focused on experiencing rather than recording a trip, it’s much easier to go back in time. Even the minutiae are easily taken in when one is simply living in the moment.

I’ve had these “French Connection” postcards for about two weeks now. It took me “this long” to say something because each beautiful image looks just like a glossy picture! Much better than those I took back then! Each time I take a postcard in hand, my world slows down and I find myself carrying a conversation with my younger self, “You never went inside Sacré Coeur Basilica. Why’s that? You mean you chose the science museum over a historical building?”

When I was looking at the postcard bearing the croissant, baguette, and confiture, it actually made me think what a friend and I had for breakfast when we stayed for a few days at the Assumption Motherhouse in Paris. Similarly, the bucket of macarons made me wonder if we had those for dessert in Paris or Cannes . . . or if we had them at all. Surely, we drank wine!

That is the kind of whimsical conversation and rumination I have in mind all because of Cardcetera and its “French Connection” series.

Have you ever seen postcards that bring you back to your favorite places or make you wish you could be in those places? Take a look at “The French Connection” and see if you don’t start feeling wistful, too.

The French Connection: In Jardin du Luxembourg

The French Connection: In Jardin du Luxembourg

The French Connection: Aperitif

The French Connection: Aperitif

The French Connection: Croissant, Baguette, and Confiture

The French Connection: Croissant, Baguette, and Confiture

The French Connection: Bucket of Macarons

The French Connection: Bucket of Macarons

The French Connection: Breakfast

The French Connection: Breakfast

The French Connection: Pigeons in Montmarte

The French Connection: Pigeons in Montmarte

The French Connection: Sacre-Couer from Orsay Museum

The French Connection: Sacre-Couer from Orsay Museum

The French Connection: Parisian street clock

The French Connection: Parisian street clock

The French Connection postcards - All in a rack

The French Connection postcards – All in a rack

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