Thursday, October 4, 2012

From Venice with Love

Though its more convenient to update a Facebook status, or send an email, I still endeavour to write home when I'm abroad. I love writing postcards, as they give a romantic impression of your trip, leaving lots to catch up on when you see the recipient again. I remember being seven years old or so (in all my girlhood memories I'm seven), while my Dad would be on his postal round, I would sometimes stow away in the back of his van and read other people's postcards, sent from gold and turquoise tinted places, wondering if I'd ever visit some of these places one day.

I make sure to send postcards to a few like-minded friends whenever I travel. The thrill of a postcard through your letter box is more exciting than 1 new message in your inbox.

In Venice, being a busy tourist destination, they have some absolute crackers of postcards. From the tasteless to the tasteful, here's some I've picked up and sent on their merry way across the globe.

Prices of postcards, like every souvenir, vary in Venice. Near the Accademia Bridge and around Rialto I have seen single postcards sell for 80c - €1, when there are similar ones for half the price in places not so close to the hotspots, for about 30c - 50c. You can often buy '10 for X' for a better deal. Stamps can be bought in Tobacconists (shops with the blue sign and a prominent white T), a postcard to Europe costs 75c. The postboxes are very non-descript. They are burgundy, with two separate mail slots for City destinations/All other destinations.

If you're interested in penpalling, the art of letter writing, check these out:
The Hairpin: PinPals
The Letter Writers Alliance


  1. Oh my, LOVE postcards (sending & receiving!) Mumbai is such a big city, but I started searching for postcards a few months ago & have somehow come up *completely* dry. It's so sad. The only types available are vintage ones in chor bazaar (sort of a flea market) & some overpriced ones from design houses. Love the cat postcard. I tried the penpal thing for a while, I was enthusiastic but the girl I was writing to stopped after a couple of letters. Discouraging :(

  2. Amazing post, that first one is a riot! I'm doing the 31 postcard challenge this month and sending one for every day of October, I forgot how nice it is to compose a short message :)