Wanda and Pete's Letterboxes - Europe


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652. Valencia Orange (Valencia, Spain) Lunch stop in a pretty park near the Museum of Fine Arts in Valencia, Spain

A "travelin' light"* Valencia Orange seemed like the easiest stamp to make for this particular stop of ours in Spain. To be sure, orange trees can be found in parks all around town here, but we picked the park closest to the Museo de Bellas Artes on San Pius V just southeast of the 12th century Torres de Serrano across the greenway created from the Turia River. Enter through the first gate that is south of the museum, turn left on the path just past the first larger tree on your left and sit on the cement bench to your left. Half left you should now be looking at green lantern #32, the top of which cuddles into the oranges of the nearby tree. At the base behind that lamppost under a half brick near the hedge huddles a 1" rounded stone with a very small orange on the back of it.

*"Travelin' lights" are what we call the little stones with stamps glued on back that we have been planting for the last few years after we got tired of planting over 500 traditional boxes and having so many of them "go missing". We hope that these little stones are more likely to blend in with the environment and less likely to get picked up and thrown away as trash (although, of course, they may still get moved around by natural or unnatural processes, like raking, mowing, etc.), so just remember that for our "traveling' lights", you're looking for a tiny stone and not an actual box!


653. The Rain in Spain (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) Lunch stop at a "water spot" in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

One of the very few things we had known about Mallorca before visiting there was that the great Polish pianist and composer Chopin had once spent time there as a guest and that a rainstorm there had been the inspiration for one of his famous "Raindrop" compositions. Well, we didn't need our umbrellas while we were there, so we left this little "traveling' light"* one behind at a fountain dedicated "a Jean Alcover" that is framed by s semicircle of interesting fern-covered water-spouting animal heads! To find this particular fountain, head north below the walls of the west side of the enormous cathedral just past the many flowers and fountains of the long garden labelled "L'Hort de Re Fou" to a small plaza with a compass rose on its west side and the fountains to the east. Standing in the center of the compass rose, walk between "Migjorn" and "Llebeig" (south) to the concrete edge bench at the end of a ray radiating southwest from the main fountain's pool. There you should see a short double layer of naturally eroded rough limestone rocks running just above the concrete bench before the flower beds. At this point, look below the lower curved rock layer beneath a reddish 2-inch stone for a 1-inch grey umbrella shaped stone carrying an umbrella stamp glued on its back!

*"Travelin' lights" are what we call the little stones with stamps glued on back that we have been planting for the last few years after we got tired of planting over 500 traditional boxes and having so many of them "go missing". We hope that these little stones are more likely to blend in with the environment and less likely to get picked up and thrown away as trash (although, of course, they may still get moved around by natural or unnatural processes, like raking, mowing, etc.), so just remember that for our "traveling' lights", you're looking for a tiny stone and not an actual box!


654. Andante alla Torre Pendente (Livorno, Italy) Quick "park hop" from the jump off spot for the train from Livorno to Pisa, Italy

One of the obligatory stops in Italy is, of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Having been there before, however, we doubted that there would be any good places to hide a stamp near the very well surveilled and maintained "Campo dei Miracoli". So, we decided to leave this funky little stone tower "traveling' light"* on the way there from the train station in Livorno, which is the closest cruise ship stop, and only about a 15 minute train hop away. From the main entrance of the train station at Livorno Centrale, head out southwest into the middle of the southern portion of the nearby park. There you should find 3 metal benches and a 3-tiered "concrete wedding cake" with bushes growing around and in it. The northwest side has an opening into the bushes. At the base of the bush to the left on the second level when facing in should be the little stone with a tower glued to its backside that really doesn't look much like the one in Pisa, but at least it's something to look for while passing through this part of Italy!

*"Travelin' lights" are what we call the little stones with stamps glued on back that we have been planting for the last few years after we got tired of planting over 500 traditional boxes and having so many of them "go missing". We hope that these little stones are more likely to blend in with the environment and less likely to get picked up and thrown away as trash (although, of course, they may still get moved around by natural or unnatural processes, like raking, mowing, etc.), so just remember that for our "traveling' lights", you're looking for a tiny stone and not an actual box!


655. Italian History in an Eggshell (Naples, Italy) Short walk west from the 15th century Castel Nuovo at the central cruise port to this much older fort near the Santa Lucia fishing docks in Naples, Italy

The Castle of the Egg (Castel dell'Ovo) is an interesting place to visit in Naples that contains so many layers of history that we just had to leave our little "Italia" traveling' light* stamp there nearby. From the 1st century Villa of Lucullus, with the first cherry and peach trees ever brought to the area, to the 9th century Basilian monastery of San Salvatore, 12th century Norman fortress, 15th century Aragon prison, 18th century Bourbon fortifications etc., this "stone egg" has seen it all! After you've visited, go back out through the huge main gate 30 to 35 steps along the causeway to the first lamp post on the right. Sit on the wall just to the right of the stone pillar with bricks behind your feet and a view of Mt Vesuvius to your left. About 8 inches up and 4 inches over from the base of the stone pillar, in a crevice just to the left of the top of a yellow vertical brick, we left a 1" by 1/2" slender light gray somewhat oval-shaped stone with "Italia" glued to its back as our ephemeral contribution to the many layers of Italian history.

*"Travelin' lights" are what we call the little stones with stamps glued on back that we have been planting for the last few years after we got tired of planting over 500 traditional boxes and having so many of them "go missing". We hope that these little stones are more likely to blend in with the environment and less likely to get picked up and thrown away as trash (although, of course, they may still get moved around by natural or unnatural processes, like raking, mowing, etc.), so just remember that for our "traveling' lights", you're looking for a tiny stone and not an actual box!


656. Memories of Malta (Valletta, Malta) Lovely walk up to the gardens in an ancient walled city

Malta retains many memories of the days of the crusades, and even earlier times from St Paul's shipwreck there in the 1st century. From the cruise ship dock in Valletta, follow the old city fortification walls to the right along the waterfront towards the Siege Bell. There as the path curves left, turn left at St. Paul's Bocci Club, and head up the hill to a very colorful saint. Turn left into Lower Barraka Park and continue curving back easterly to the southwest corner point of the metal railing overlooking the gigantic tomb and Siege Bell. At the third semicircular bench heading back west from this viewpoint, look north on the pale orange limestone wall to see a sign carved in marble with the middle part in English stating "United in Diversity". Look down right to the northeast corner of this wall, then 4 inches up from that corner atop a small ledge, to find a black 1/2 inch stone trying to blend in with the thin layer of black tar filling there. On its back is another little "traveling' light"* memory of Malta trying to be preserved.

*"Travelin' lights" are what we call the little stones with stamps glued on back that we have been planting for the last few years after we got tired of planting over 500 traditional boxes and having so many of them "go missing". We hope that these little stones are more likely to blend in with the environment and less likely to get picked up and thrown away as trash (although, of course, they may still get moved around by natural or unnatural processes, like raking, mowing, etc.), so just remember that for our "traveling' lights", you're looking for a tiny stone and not an actual box!


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