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5) This postcard features the Lurisia Terma in Roccaforte di Mondovi, Cuneo, and highlighting the bell tower of the Parish church of S. Nome di Maria e San Luca (Sacred name of Mary and Saint Luke). After reading about the Thermal Spa — thermal water rich in radon which has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and purifying effects;  drinking water with low mineral content; breathing water and aerosol that also has anti-inflammatory and respiratory rehabilitation effects; and bathing water for treating arthro-rheumatic, dermatologic and gynaecological diseases — I just went wow! Radon therapy has been in use since the early 1900s, and some studies support the theory that a little radon can be healthy (eg https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2477705/). Otherwise, it can be a health hazard. Stefano wrote that main street is dedicated to Marie Curie (1867-1934), who was in Lurisia in 1917 for her studies on radium in the thermal waters. Nice stamps used, including one that features the procession during the feast of San Cataldo. ❤ 6th postcard I sent was of Telemark canal. 7th postcard on the way…

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4) A postcard featuring the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Cathedral. About 60 meters in height, the tower was said to be already leaning since its construction in 1100s-1300s. Yup, about 200 years of construction of a bell tower designed by a mystery architect. 😉 According to sources, there has been constant effort to stabilize the tower, reducing the lean from about 10 degrees to 4 degrees. The Cathedral, on the other hand, was completed in 1092 and consecrated in 1118 as a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. ❤ Stefano used a stamp showing a new bridge in Genova, the Genoa-Saint George Bridge) after the previous one (Morandi bridge) collapsed during a rainstorm in 2018, with 43 casualties. 4th postcard I sent was of the Ypsilon bridge in Drammen. 5th was a birthday greeting. 6th postcard on the way…

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3) A postcard featuring the Il porticciolo in Nervi, one of the villages along the Golfo Paradiso in Genova, Italy. Nervi was a fishing village turned seaside resort with colorful houses and seafood restaurants. This postcard reminds me of our summer trip in Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. ❤ Stefano used a nice stamp showing an ancient map of Italy. 3rd postcard I sent was of Drammen. 4th postcard on the way…

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2) This postcard features the Castello della Pietra (“Castle of the Stone”), located in Vobbia, Genova. It reminds me a lot of Meteora in Greece, with its monasteries built on stones, exactly the same way as this castle. I visited Meteora in 2015 and it was one of my best travel experiences. It’s very interesting why people of ancient times decided to build the structures on stones or cliffs. Like.. why? But thanks to them, we get to enjoy these structures and admire the ingenuity and creativity. Stamp shows the city of Matera in southern Italy. ❤ 2nd postcard I sent was of Vøringsfossen. 3rd postcard on the way….

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1) Stefano is a new postcard pal. 🙂 To begin with, he sent this nice sunset view of Genova, or GenoaThe port city lies northwest of Italy and has been important as a maritime trade station. For instance, the Italian master navigator Christopher Columbus was born in Genova in the 1400s. Interestingly, popular voyagers like Columbus (who paved the way for European colonization of the Americas), and Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan (who formally started the Spanish colonization of the Philippines), sailed under the flag of Spain. 😉 Stamps used include one with Federico Fellini (1920-1993), an Italian film director and screenwriter. First postcard I sent to Stefano was of Galdhøpiggen.

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