Monday, September 10, 1990

Postcard, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 10th September 1990

Postcard from me to my family, Prague, Czechoslovakia, dated 10th September 1990, postmarked Prague 11th September, 1990

10 Sept. 90
Back to Munich on the 12th - I'll call you then
Prague has some of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen! It was not bombed during WW I & II, so has stayed intact far better than other European cities. Everything here is real cheap - but not much selection! That's Eastern Europe for you!
Love, Laura

Thursday, September 6, 1990

Hand-stamped Leather Billfold, Budapest, Hungary, 1990

Hand-stamped leather billfold from Budapest, Hungary, 1990.

3rd January 2012: This little billfold is one of my all-time favorite souvenirs, in that it is one of those rarities: a souvenir that can be used in day-to-day life, not one that simply gathers dust on a shelf somewhere! I used this billfold daily from when I purchased it from a street-vendor near the Magrit Bridge for the equivalent of US$1.00 up until late 2009, when I finally retired it to my scrapbooks.

Postcard, Budapest, Hungary, 6th September 1990

Postcard from me to my family, from Budapest, Hungary. Dated 6th September 1990. Postmark unreadable, but pretty sure I mailed it from Budapest within day or so of writing it.

6 Sept. 90
Hello Gang! Greetings from Budapest, Hungary! What a cheap country! 3-course meal in fancy restaurant $4! This bridge is across the Danube river - real pretty - we're eating out & shopping every day - went to a neat laser-light show -
Love, Laura

Sunday, September 2, 1990

Postcard, Vienna, Austria, 2nd September 1990

Postcard, Vienna, Austria, written 2nd September 1990, postmarked in Prague, Czechoslovakia 
2 Sept. 90 (Austria)
I (heart) Vienna!!!!
Unfortunately it's very expensive! But we (me & 2 Irish girls) are only here for 2 days! Saw a wonderful monument to Mozart - next visit here I'll go to the horses, we don't have time this visit -
Love Laura

Commentary, 2nd January 2012: The horses I refer to here are the Lipizzaner Stallions, which my father highly recommended I see - he really enjoyed them when he was in Europe in 1980.  The reason this postcard was mailed from Czechoslovakia is because thanks to the exchange rate, postage was MUCH cheaper there than in Austria (or most any other Western European country at the time).