I just love getting mail. Perhaps spending so much time working on the computer and being separated from so many of my family and friends has intensified this. Or perhaps I am just old-fashioned. Email, social networking and chatting online are wonderful, wonderful ways to keep in touch, but nothing quite compares to the tactile sensation of opening a letter, reading handwriting, and appreciating the time that goes into writing a letter. (I am also a paper freak, but that will have to be another post altogether.) This week I received a wonderful surprise in the mail . . . a lovely letter and two postcards from Anne in Oxfordshire!
Anne’s blog is one of my favorite reads, and not too long ago I saw her lovely post on receiving a postcard from Positano sent to her from fellow Amalfi Coast blogger Bell’Avventura. I just loved this idea of bloggers connected through snail mail, and thought a postcard from Amalfi would be a nice addition to Anne’s Amalfi Coast postcard collection. So off I sent a nice postcard of Amalfi to England. How fun to receive Anne’s postcards from Oxford in return!
I don’t think Anne knew it when she sent these postcards, but two summers ago I spent a lovely day in Oxford as part of the Victorian Society of America’s summer school program in London. We took a day trip from London to Oxford, and I just fell in love with the city. We toured many of the colleges, churches and important buildings throughout the city, and I swear I felt smarter the moment I stepped off the bus! Anne said the Blackwell bookstore (bottom postcard) is one of her favorite stops in Oxford, where she enjoys a Caffe Milano at the Caffe Nero located inside. I love, love, love a good bookstore, and I just happened to spend all my free time in Oxford doing the same thing! Anne’s postcards reminded me of that lovely day in Oxford, and I enjoyed looking through my pictures and remembering the day two years ago. Here are a few pictures I snapped during that day:
Thanks, Anne, for the wonderful postcards of Oxford! I will have to keep your Amalfi Coast postcard collection growing. Next stop . . . Ravello!