Friday, September 28, 2012

GB-358838 & BE-169699

These are two cards from the UK. The 1st is an official from Scotland and the 2nd is from England but the card has a belgian ID. I like them both.

 © Colin Baxter
 GB-358838, sent by Lynney.
I've already said a few times that i'd love to visited Edinburgh! Right now i'm on a pre-planning travels mood and Edinburgh is one of the options for next year, not the 1st choice though.
The Royal Mile is the name given since the 16th-century to a succession of streets which form the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland.
As the name suggests, the Royal Mile is approximately one Scots mile long, and runs between two foci of history in Scotland, from Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Castle Rock down to Holyrood Palace. The streets which make up the Royal Mile are (west to east) Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand. The Royal Mile is Edinburgh Old Town's busiest tourist street, rivalled only by Princes Street in the New Town.
Today, the Royal Mile is an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and historical monuments, as well as forming a major focal point for the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe . It also serves as the heart of Scotland's legal system, being the home of both the High Court of Justiciary and the Court of Session. In January 2012, The City of Edinburgh Council held a summit with residents, traders and other interested organisations to discuss the problems of 'Tartan Tat' taking over the street and how the Royal Mile can be made into a five star visitor attraction. - in: wikipedia
The cards shows the Edinburgh Castle at dusk, John Knox House, Royal Mile & St. Giles' Cathedral, Festival Fringe Office, Conongate Kirk and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  

 Photo by Mark Staples
BE-169699, sent by Jo.
Jo has been recently to Ipswich to attend a Postcrossing Meeting and he bought this card there, showing the Tide Mill in Woodbridge.
Woodbridge is a town in Suffolk, East Anglia, England.
Woodbridge Tide Mill in Woodbridge is a rare example of a tide mill whose water wheel still turns.
The mill has been preserved and is open to the public, its machinery reflects the skills and achievements of the early Industrial Revolution. The mill is a three-storey building constructed from wood. Externally it is clad in white Suffolk boarding and has a Gambrel roof. The reservoir constructed for demonstration purposes is roughly half an acre in extent, the original 7-acre (28,000 m2) one is now a marina.
The first recording of a tide mill on this site was in 1170; it is unknown how many mills have stood here. The mill, which was operated by the local Augustinian priory in the Middle Ages, was acquired by Henry VIII at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536.
By the outbreak of World War II the mill was one of the few still operating. In 1957 it closed as the last commercially operating tide mill in Britain. In 1968 the derelict mill was purchased by Mrs Jean Gardner and a restoration programme was launched. It was opened to the public five years later in 1973. - in: wikipedia

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