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NZ - Manawatu-Wanganui | DE - Bavaria

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After a long, long way and time, another real world postcard was in my mailbox yesterday. It came all the way from New Zealand and guess what it included?
To learn more about the artist behind snapper | creations, you may want to visit her profile at Happier Place under the following link:

Maire Thompson (Photographer in Ashhurst, New Zealand).

For even more please visit her profile on Facebook or on Google+.

She's got some impressive photographic work on display there and if interested you should visit her website.

My favorite section is thePostcard Gallery.

And there was another surprise in the letter I received:
Maire is such an impressive and creative artist! #SheInspiresMe

The pair of #LinkingPostcards was created with one of my Christmas Cards, I specially created for sending out real Cards for Christmas, too.
What she posted, when she received the card, is another outstanding artwork.
The stamp I sent her was from my #HappierPlace that is the Bavarian lake Chiemsee.

US - Route 66 Arizona | DE - Bavaria

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The most beautiful surprise was receiving a handwritten Christmas Card from Angel and Vilma Delgadillo and their daughter Clarissa. Thank you so much. It really means a lot to me, especially the handwritten message of your father.

The very first person I met and talked to on the Mother Road was the Angel of Route 66, the person who made all this possible, the one who started the initiative of Historic Route 66 - Angel Delgadillo.
I was so excited to meet him. I knew Angel from a documentary about Route 66 that was broadcast on German TV, but at that time my knowledge about the Mother Road was very poor. What I knew was, that without him, Route 66 would not exist anymore.

I felt so honored to meet your father on my first road trip along Route 66, the Angel and Father of Historic Route 66. And just seeing him in front of me, made me forget everything.

Two years later, we stopped again in Seligman, but did not meet him.
The same happened last year when we did the complete Route 66 from …

#Route66Travelers Special on #LinkingPostcards

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We met all the people shown in the above collage along our journey between Chicago and Santa Monica. Quite a few of them we met at the Springfield Route 66 Festival in Missouri, others in their businesses or somewhere along the road. Some of them we knew from previous journeys but many of them, we knew only from our common digital world, whom we finally met in person on the Road. We met artists, authors, business owners, enthusiasts and we had a great time with every single of them.

Friends you make on Route 66 will always be "friends for life" - as Gary Turner from the Gay Parita Sinclair Station on Route 66 in Missouri used to say. May he rest in peace. So sad he died before we could meet him in person.

When we arrived at the End of the Trail at Santa Monica Pier, the RoadBook that was signed by the people we met, showed over 45 new entries. Wonderful memories of this unforgettable RoadTrip 2017 which we wanted to share with all of them.

A reason for me to create Christma…

Review 2017

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A few statistical figures
Started on March 1, 2017 .

We created 8 #LinkingPostcardsPairs, we connected 4 continents (Europe, NorthAmerica, Asia, Australia and Oceania) and 7 countries (Germany, USA, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Romania, Austria and India) so far. Please see the #LinkingPostcardsMap

I sent out 20 cards from the #LinkingPostcardscollection, but only 8 pairs were created (12 cards without pairs, so far). I got a very lovely parcel from India and it seems that the parcel (actually a large lined envelope) I sent in return never reached its destination.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND any PARCELin the future anymore
The #LinkingPostcards project is about sending printed picture postcards the old fashioned way. I will not send any parcel in return anymore. Will also send to Guru Dutt a #LinkingPostcards CARD to complete this #LinkingPostcardsPair. I'm really sorry Guru Dutt, but it seems you'll have to take it now as it is. I will give it another try in summer and hopefully get a…

Happy New Year - Alles Gute im neuen Jahr!

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Back to #LinkingPostcards with a Route 66 Travelers Special

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Summer Break for me

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The planning of the road trip is almost completed and the day we start our journey is getting closer with every day that passes. We had to change our complete route back - some road closures, fire hazards in some areas along the road, and the chosen route is too long for two weeks. The output of the route length was in Miles and I was calculating with kilometers ... thus we have to shorten our itinerary and will have to leave some areas for another trip. Which also means, we're going to get back ...

#LinkingPostcards waiting to find their soulmate

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Was already sent to Albergo Pradat in Corvara, Alta Badia in South Tyrol on April 1, 2017.
No answer so far, not even a private note or mail ... feeling sad for this, as this is one of our  favorite hotels in South Tyrol.

AT - Styria (Steiermark) | DE - Bavaria

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special moments - in a special place -  with special people
That is our favorite little hotel in Styria, Austria: das onkel fritz am Semmering, in the neighborhood of the UNESCO World Heritage, Semmering Railway.
Thank you  Fam. Rottenschlager for taking part at my initiative of #LinkingPostcards ...


Specially created for #LinkingPostcards this wonderful scene from the Magic Mountain along the Semmering Railway. This place is on the favorite hiking tour of the Rottenschlager Family, who own our favorite little romantic hotel, and take every spare minute to get out into nature.

The motive on the #LinkingPostcard used to be once on the reverse of a 20 Schilling bill (Austrian official currency before the Euro) - see left hand side picture.

I selected this card to send to them, because of the tranquility that spreads from this sunset, knowing both of them are very busy with their hotel. So maybe a glimpse on the card, gets them to relax and dream away, just for a few minutes.

The unique …

US - California | DE - Bavaria

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Thank you so much Leo Deegan, that was really a big surprise, that moved me to tears. It is the most wonderful thing that happened with #LinkingPostcards and I'm sure quite sure, no one will be able to excel this. Now let me present you the #LinkingPostcard Luca, that 5 year old Luca Deegan has created for me.
Like many children of his age. "Luca is really into superheroes, so much so that he made up his own SuperLuca, his daddy told me in his handwritten letter.

While my partner and I were watching the sunset, I saw this plane just taking off and heading for the sunset, all over the Atlantic Ocean. Now the card took the same way heading west and flying all the way through the West Coast of California, where I'm going to be this summer, by the end of August and I really hope to meet the little artist, the youngest participant at the #LinkingPostcards initiative and his little sister Emma of course their parents, too.

Now to the stamp - the photo was taken in the City Par…