Friday 21 January 2011


These are both cards I myself wrote and sent home from a holiday in the Algarve in Portugal in 1978.  On the first I wrote, "They seem to have touched up a lot of the peeling paint on this picture, but the countryside is covered in oranges, lemons, olives figs and almonds.  Not many pretty flowers". I don't know what I had been expecting - I can hardly remember that holiday.

But it was the message on the second card that caught my attention most: "It's been a great relaxation.  I haven't even looked at a newspaper".  It would have been hard to find an English language newspaper in the Algarve.   Holidays for me used to be a complete and total break from normal, everyday life.  It wasn't too difficult then but nowadays, while I still wouldn't be reading newspapers, I would have my phone with me and I would expect to be able to access the internet.

How on earth did we manage without modern instant communications?

This is a post for Postcard Friday, which is hosted by Beth Niquette at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.


  1. Love your PCs and I never mailed mine back to myself. I started buying them in case my photos didn't come out or if I were to lose my camera. I just brought them back with me.
    We do not vacation at all anymore. There's no place like home for me and I can find ways to make that money last a lot longer than a week or two.
    But I can not imagine vacationing now with cell phones and the internet going on. When we left home, we left it.
    I don't think it will ever be the same, do you? If you unplug and turn off, people will be sending out search parties.

  2. So true. Everyone would assume there had been some sort of disaster if they couldn't get in touch.

  3. that's what i call the perfect vacation and getting away from it all! i'm learning to turn things off ... get away ... but i'm soon back to the computer and cell phone! arggggh! happy PFF!

  4. Ah yes, those were the days. And remember, before answering machine, the phone would just ring and ring, and if you weren't home the person would just try back later. I even miss that.

  5. I honestly don't know how I could take a week off and not see my friends blogs. Don't think I will even try.

  6. I don't think I would miss the internet on vacation--at least not if I were vacationing someplace interesting.

  7. How times change, I don't think you would have any difficulty finding an English language newspaper on the Algarve nowadays. I do like a holiday away from it all, immersing oneself in a place.

  8. I like all the color, especially the boat in the second. It is a well composed photograph.

  9. Portugal looks like a gorgeous destination. I'd want to turn off everything, if only for a week.
    Remember: My new meme Sunday Stamps opens again late Saturday night.
    You are welcome to join us.

  10. Howdy Sheila
    Oh my this was a great post for me today as I am without a phone .
    I can't remember the last time this happened.
    I really enjoyed your postcards today .
    Have a great rest of the weekend.
    Until next time
    Happy Trails

  11. Great cards! Our last vacation we went to arizona and stayed in a cabin with no a/c or TV. I was surprised at how much my kids enjoyed it and want to go back! They could have cared less about technology.

  12. Even on cruises, crossing the ocean, folks are busy at the internet center, wanting to be in touch. Sadly, the ships charge outrageous price for the service.

  13. I can't imagine a week without the internet. When my computer died, I was off to the library to use theirs. It does sound blissful though!


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