Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Naples, Italy


This card arrived on the same day as the raccoon below. It's from Betty, a Dane living in Naples (Napoli in Italian, and also in Finnish :D), Italy. It's interesting how many people I've "met" through Postcrossing who have also moved abroad for love. Good to know I'm not the only one.. :p

The card shows a street in Quartieri Spagnoli (Spanish Quarters) in Naples. According to Wikipedia, it's a poor area with high rates of unemployment and youth crime. The area consists of a grid of around eighteen streets by twelve. It has a population of 80,000 people per square kilometre. (In comparison, London, at its most densely populated, has 10,000 people per square kilometre, so that does sound quite crazy!) Most houses are tenements, usually six storey blocks with a roof terrace and a central courtyard.

So... it might be a poor area, but I think this street at least looks very cute, charming in a shabby way. I really like cards like this that show ordinary life in different countries.

There was a very nice stamp on the card, too!

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