Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Postcards from the Med

Last year some good friends of ours went to Europe for vacation and while there, they spent a day at Disneyland Paris.  Because they know how much we love Disney, they took the time to send us a postcard from there. It hangs proudly on our refrigerator door and brings a great smile to my face when I see it.

In this digital age, postcards aren’t what they used to be. In fact, with the prevalence of smartphones and social media, the days of “wish you were here” are nearly non-existent because one can travel virtually with their family and friends.  Nearly real-time updates can be tweeted and photos shared via Instagram with a few taps on the device of your choice.

But there’s still something about sending a postcard or receiving one from someone traveling. A throwback to a different time, perhaps, when our community wasn’t quite so global and a trip to another country wasn’t as easy as driving to another state.  How many of you have ever gone through your grandparents’ papers and found where they saved a postcard or two from friends who traveled across country?

We are somewhere in the middle with regards to postcards – pen, paper and stamp, or digital?.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you’ll know that we plan to do some “from the road” updates, fully embracing the nearly-real-time ability to post thoughts and pictures from our adventures.  Thanks to the app Postale, we can use our own photos to create postcards that can be delivered digitally by email, Facebook, or Twitter. So don’t be surprised if you’re in our email address book and find a postcard from the Med.

A DISBoard designer made this postcard image which inspired this blog entry.  For information about the history of postcards, you might want to read this post from the Smithsonian.

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