My always-thoughtful father-in-law, sent me this postcard about Mischa surprising him in Paris for his birthday. I shall give my translation skills a whirl. Too bad I’m meeting my German- speaking, Swiss journalist friend for breakfast–too late for a translation check! She’ll get a good laugh out of my inaccuracies, but most of you, hopefully won’t know the difference. It reads:
“One grand surprise.” What a really huge Surprise this has been on Saturday (16. Febr. 2013) Heide and I had just gotten to our hotel in Paris–Montmartre–and were just in our room 405 at the Holiday Inn.
(I still ask, what European stays at HI? But, they must have gotten a deal…)
There came a knock on the hotel door. I thought, the hotel-boy with the hat had knocked, but….what great surprise–at the door stood–without hat–Mischa!
Lovely greetings from Paris an 19 Febr. 2013
In the end, my thoughtful husband brought me/us a piece of artwork from an Algerian we often see selling paintings on Monte Martre. Since Mischa’s solo motorcycle tour of North Africa in the ’90s when we met, he feels connected to people from that place.
But about the Algerian, who wouldn’t? On the first of more than one visit through the years he sat us down to share in a huge plate of black figs as we’d strolled by.
I love postcards. Collect them from all over the world. Have my students write them and send them to them years later. Send them to myself. Would you believe I’m always surprised? (And, no, I did not do too many things I should not have in the ’60s. I was a baby!)
On postcards, I love the photos, curve of handwritten script, imaging places through which they have passed. And above all? The cancelled out stamps. Nothing says “been someplace” to me like a cancelled stamp.
Here’s an interesting thing to consider for post card collecting enthusiasts like me: the Postcrossing project/website. Check it out at: http://www.postcrossing.com.
What is postcrossing you might ask? It allows anyone to receive real postcards from random places in the world. You log in and request an address and a postcard ID. You mail a postcard to that address and you’ll receive a postcard from another “postcrosser.”