Tuesday, 13 November 2018

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 13 Nov 2018 - T for a Russian illustrator, Bilbao and an Indian curry

Hello lovely girls,
Are you all ready for the T-party? Elizabeth and Bleubeard are waiting for you and your beverage at Altered Book Lover. By all means join us.

Let me show you the postcards I have sent this week. The first one is a fantasy 'warrior' girl (as I call her). Actually, it is called 'Shanna, the heiress to the sea' by Elizaveta Kazakova. She is going to Italy, to Raffaella, whose birthday it was on the 9th of November. The day that I wrote the card...
The next card is from a whole series of cards that I have of New Yorker front pages. This one is of a couple obviously used to sunnier climes arriving in a cold country. I'm sending it to a Spanish (Catalan) couple who live in England. They can probably identify with that when they come back from the warm sunny Catalan coast and arrive in cold and snowy England.
This cover was designed by Constantin Alajalov in 1941. He was an American painter of Russian origin. I love his work. Look him up on Google images to see his other paintings. An interesting career too. Wikipedia writes:
 Constantin Alajálov was born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia in 1900 and died in New York in 1987. In 1916, the Red Revolution broke out, interrupting Alajálov's time at the University of Petrograd. Unable to stay, Alajálov joined a government organized group of artists. Traveling the countryside, they painted large propaganda murals and posters for the revolution. After this, Alajálov emigrated to Persia and again started painting for a revolution until no longer safe.
After his stay in Persia, Alajálov headed to Constantinople, his last stop before he emigrated to America at age 23. Getting a job was hard, but he finally landed one, painting wall murals at a restaurant about to be opened by Russian Countess Anna Zarnekau. Within three years, Alajálov was selling his paintings to The New Yorker magazine, where his first cover appeared on September 25, 1926. He went on to create more than 70 covers for the magazine. He also designed rugs for New York artist and entrepreneur Ralph Pearson.
Alajálov's first cover for the Saturday Evening Post appeared on October 6, 1945 (unusual in that he was also doing covers for The New Yorker at the time, and both publications ordinarily required exclusivity of their artists). His final cover was for the December 1, 1962 issue. 
Now for some more photos of Bilbao. Bilbao is on the north coast of Spain, and it is the port where we arrived on the ferry from the UK. It's an interesting city and we decided to stay a few days to see the sights.
As we were sightseeing, a young, foreign looking man shoved a leaflet in our hands. It was advertising an Indian restaurant in the area. We hadn't had a decent curry in years, so our mouth was watering. 

The restaurant was within walking distance so we went there. I ordered a lamb rogan josh and hubby a madras of some sort. It was delicious.
We had garlic naan bread.
And of course Indian beer!
After that enormous lunch, we had to walk it all off again. I had a map so we took a pleasant route through the park.
This was some street art we saw under a bridge. The pillars of the bridge unfortunately hide a lot of of the mural. 
And as I am interested in architecture, I spotted this unusual building which I liked a lot. We didn't get close enough for me to find out what it was.
There you are, I hope you enjoyed the postcards, Bilbao and the Indian meal.

Happy T-Day everyone,


  1. a very enjoyable post! I would enjoy being "heiress of the sea":) Yes, great story about the NY Post and this painter. Good that you found that Indian restaurant to your liking. I didn't know there was such a thing as Indian beer:):)But then again, I guess every country has their own versions... Thanks for sharing and happy T day!

  2. Love the postcards! That first one is wonderful! I have never had Indian food but I have always wanted to try it. It sounds and looks delicious.
    Happy Tea Day,

  3. That food looks delicious. I haven't had a curry in ages either. YUM!!!! And it is fascinating to see Bilbao. It looks pretty with all the palm trees. And nice you decided to stay and check out the area. If we were on the way home my husband would just want to get home. :) Hope you have a wonderful T day Lisca. Hugs-Erika

  4. Beautiful postcards and lovely photos from Bilbao. And you got a good curry, oh my, how good. I miss all the Indian restaurants we always had in England. Have a great week, and happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  5. Always love to see your postcards and the ones today are terrific.

    The curry certainly looks amazing with the beautiful naans that are my favourite part of a curry meal.

    A Very Happy T Day to you

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. Super postcards, both of these appealed to me and it was interesting to read about the painter of the second one.
    Your photos looked lovely , Bilbao seems a pretty place.
    I love a curry meal and your lookded delicious.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  7. this "new yorker" title photo is just wonderful! thanks for the info about the painter.
    and guess where i will have lunch today?? our local indian restaurant!! (we have a meeting of ex-colleagues every tuesday in alternating restaurants:)) - my mouth is already watering...
    happy t-day!!

    1. hi, i´m back answering your question on my blog. actually it this fish we had https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvelinus, maybe the dictionary translating was not really good. no idea...
      and we had not the fish only. soup before and dessert afterwards. your husband would have been satisfied also *g*...
      and i´m just coming from the indian restaurant. i had chicken curry today and it was fab!!

  8. I so enjoyed your post today! Your warrior girl and the New Yorker postcard are beautiful and your meal looks so delicious too 😀. I enjoyed walking with you through the park, and seeing the street art and fabulous architecture too - Happy T Day! J 😊 x

  9. I always enjoy your postcards too, I loved both of these this week. Especially the second one-a great painting and thank you for the information on the artist. Your restaurant choice looks delicious!
    Happy T Hugs Kathy

  10. I love Alajálov's New Yorker covers, Lisca. This one looks perfect for the couple you describe. Yes, I enjoyed your postcards, Bilbao (love that unusual building) and the Indian meal.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  11. Such a wonderful post. All the places I get to travel to from the comfort of my chair. Happy T Day

  12. That painter certainly had an interesting life :)

    I enjoyed my virtual tour ;) and I can almost taste that Indian food. It sounds like they have a winner of a promotional tool, handing out those flyers. You made a hit with me with the street art and interesting architecture. I appreciate when there's an effort made to make our built environment interesting. Happy T Tuesday!

  13. Both postcards were lovely, but I was so impressed with the New Yorker postcard. I bought a pack of those a few years ago, and they are fabulous, although I didn't recognize Alajalov from the pack I purchased.

    I LOVED the architecture in Bilbao.

    I have to admit the naan and the rice looked fabulous, but I would never eat lamb. When I was eating meat, I had it once, but didn't care for it.

    Thanks for sharing your trip to Bilbao, your food in the Indian restaurant, and your Indian beer with us for T this Tuesday, Lisca.

  14. You have the very best postcards. I always wonder where you find them. Curry is widely available here as we have a large East Indian population. I do like curry, I'd go just for the naan though.

  15. I am here to wish you a very belated Happy T day! Bilbao looks like a beautiful place , especially that last building! We found (the hard way) that hubby is allergic to lamb so I don't eat it any more now either - this meal looks delicious!! Chrisxx