Today marks the launch of my first Travel Postcards!!!
Photography has always been a passion of mine since I got my first ‘proper’ camera aged 10 and I absolutely love travelling, something I discovered in my 20’s! I joined these loves together 3 years ago when I began The Wee Wanderer Blogger Website to document and share travel tips and photos for travel inspiration. These photos have always made me happy, not only because they remind me of a place, but also a place in time, a memory. Each photo is special and makes me think of a moment in my life. A couple of years ago I got these photographs blown up into large prints to create a gallery wall in my home. I loved this wall and I wondered if other people may love them too. Not only because of the photo but maybe they have their own memory there, perhaps when they look at it, it would bring a smile to their face too. There began a little seed of an idea about sharing my travel photography with others. Fast forward two years on, a lot of life experience and a global pandemic to water this seed and let it grow. During lockdown I had a bit of time on my hands (4 months to be exact) and I discovered a skill I had in making Macrame. With your interest and support I taught myself how to set up my own online shop and there I had the platform to share these travel photographs with you. I researched printing companies and different designs and I have decided to launch with Travel Postcards. These can be used as regular postcards, saved in a scrap book or even framed and put on your wall.
I decided to begin with my Barcelona Collection. As it is where The Wee Wanderer Blogger began…
Barcelona was my home for five years and it will always be a special place to me. The architecture is incredible, the vibe there is amazing and I want to share it all with you. I hope these travel postcards take you to the beach at la Barceloneta, down the old cobbled streets of El Born, up to the highest heights of the Barcelona Cathedral and more. Each one was taken by me during my time living there. I have written a short bio of each one, because to me, they are not only photographs, but memories too. I hope by sharing a little about each photograph you will understand why I love it, and will love it too.
- Arc de Triomf. The Arc is a beautiful spot in Barcelona, surrounded by palms which draw you down to the park Ciutadella. When I first moved to Barcelona, this is where I lived. It is a special part of town which often has markets and concerts at it throughout the year, as well as dancers, rollerskaters and street performers, there is always something to see at the Arc.
- “The World Begins With Every Kiss”. This mosaic is made up of lots of different tiles. Each tile is made up of a photograph. The photographs were sent to a local newspaper in 2014 when they were asked to send in a photo representing “a moment of freedom”. These photos were then put on the wall in the Gotico part of town in such a way that they look like a kiss. There begins “El Mon Neix en Cada Besada”. Beside the mosaic is a plaque which quotes Oliver Wendell Holmes: “The sound of a kiss is not as loud as that of a cannon, but it’s echo lasts a great deal longer.”
- Casa Batllo. Is arguably one of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous and interesting pieces of architecture. Each year on the festival Sant Jordi (Saint George’s Day), it is decorated with red roses on the balconies, as they are sold on the streets below them. A very beautiful day in Catalunya. You can read more about this special day and see more photographs in this blog post: Diada de Sant Jordi in BCN
- Sunset at La Barceloneta Beach. The sun rises over the water at La Barceloneta Beach and so when the sun sets at the other side of the city, there is a warm glow left in the sky above the water, like so.
- Sun on Barcelona Cathedral. I love the way the sun in shining on the Cathedral here, showing all the intricate, detailed architecture.
- Cathedral rooftop. This is the view of the Cathedral from the rooftop. An interesting angle and a great view of the city too. I visited the rooftop with a friend in my final week in Barcelona and I’m so glad I did. You can find out more things to do in my guide: My Barcelona Bucket List! 100 things to see, do, eat and drink. The Complete Guide – Part I.
- Las Ramblas. This tree on Las Ramblas may not look like much. But if you look closely you will see on the tree trunk it reads “Testimo Barcelona” which translates as “I love you Barcelona”, and smaller, at the side it reads “No tenim por” which means “we are not afraid” in Catalan. This was written on the tree shortly after the terrorist attack which took place on this famous street. To me, it has always been a special message.
- Barcelona Cathedral. Taken from the front, in the main square. One of my favourite places to walk through town. It often has antique markets, festivals, buskers playing live music and the Christmas market too.
- Hospital de Sant Pau. This Art Nouveau site was designed by Domènech i Montaner. It is incredibly intricate and similar to another of his designs, La Palau de la Musica.
- Park Güell. Another of Gaudi’s creations. A beautiful spot where you can see all of Barcelona, from the gingerbread-like house in the park out to the sea. Some parts of the park are free to enter and some you need to pay for a time slot. You can find out more about this in my BCN bucket list post.
- Palm tree at Placa Reial. This photo captures the local market open in the square, selling work from local artists. I particularly loved the jewellery stands.
- Parc Ciutadella. This very grand looking gold design can be found beside the fountain in the park. I have so many memories at this park including filming a ‘music video’ with the choir I was part of! Something I will never forget!
- Rustic Doorway. This old doorway can be found in a square in El Born, the old part of the city. It has a rustic charm which is only added to by the plants adorned on the wall.
- Basilica Santa Maria Del Mar. This church is found in El Born, the old part of the city. This angle is unusual but it also encaptures the flame on the memorial square which was made in memory of Catalans fallen at war.
- Hospital de Sant Pau (Inside). This photo of the hospital shows what it looks like inside. Many of the buildings you can see here, are open to visitors to learn more about the hospital in the past, some of them are offices for example for the UN. Each one is very beautiful, covered in intricate designs and tiles. You can find out more information on it on my post My Barcelona Bucket List! 100 things to see, do, eat and drink. The Complete Guide – Part II
I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit about each of the prints and I hope they will be as special to you as they are to me.
Each travel postcard was taken using my Olympus Pen PL8 Camera, edited in Lightoom and printed on thick card. They are a Matte finish so if you wish to frame it you can. They are coated on one side so you may also write on the back and send it as a normal postcard. This side includes ‘The Wee Wanderer Blogger – Travel Collection’ Logo. They are Medium size (127mm x 177.8mm). Each one is wrapped in tissue paper and sent in a cardboard envelope to ensure safe postage. FREE Postage and packaging is INCLUDED.
They are NOW AVAILABLE to buy individually as well as groups of 5 on my online shop!!
Thank you, as always, for your time, support and love. Please know how happy each purchase makes me and how excited I am that a photo I have taken means something to you too.
The Wee Wanderer Blogger xoxo