A wonderful and unexpected aspect of joining #bookstagram has been the chance to send and receive mail from bookish friends around the world.
In May, I received this beautiful vintage postcard from Nora @kingstonurieltrio featuring a landmark bridge not that far from where she lives in Kingston, Ontario in Canada.
The Thousand Islands International Bridge, which was constructed in 1937, crosses the St. Lawrence River and connects the United States and Canada.
This linen postcard dates from when the bridge was built and has a wonderfully positive caption on the back: "The St. Lawrence River, where the beautiful Thousand Islands are, has divided the people of Canada and the United States, but now that the river is spanned, a closer relationship will further tighten the natural bonds of the two countries."
Nora explained a little bit about the Thousand Islands and wrote that she hoped one day to visit Boldt Castle, which she mentioned had a sad and romantic past.
Boldt Castle had been on our list of places to visit one day, but Nora's postcard moved it up to the top of the list. It's only a few hours from our house in NY state, and we made an enjoyable day trip up there a few weeks ago, which I posted about earlier.
I had tucked Nora's postcard into my purse before the trip, thinking I might be able to take a picture of it somewhere suitable. My daughter was the one who suggested we actually try to find the International Bridge, and my husband was the one who managed to find this great vantage point, driving down a narrow riverfront road lined with houses so that we could quickly take this photo before someone asked us what we were doing.
Thanks so much, Nora, for this thoughtful postcard! You inspired us to visit somewhere new, to drive on the high and scary Thousand Islands International Bridge 😬, and you personally strengthened the bond between the United States and Canada 😊.