Friday, February 22, 2019

USA Virgin Islands ~ Blackbeard's Castle - St. Thomas ~

... One more fantastic postcard coming from the Carribean🌞... this 17th-century watchtower known as Blackbeard’s Castle is among the most iconic and famous historical sites on the U.S. Virgin Islands... and one of five National Historic Landmarks located on the islands... Blackbeard’s Castle is a popular attraction based on its history of pirates and smugglers... although it's open for debate whether the notorious pirate ever used the five-story tower as a lookout, one thing is for certain..  the views from the top are amazing ... as being part of US territory you can use US postage stamps... Thanks a lot Glenn!! (♥‿♥)
Blackbeard’s Castle is on a hilltop in central Charlotte Amalie on the island of St. Thomas.

Though much of his early life remains a mystery, Blackbeard most likely began his life as Edward Teach in the sailing port of Bristol, England. He began his career as a hired British sailor during Queen Anne’s War. He eventually settled in the Bahamas under Captain Benjamin Hornigold who taught the young sailor to go “a-pirating.” Soon enough, Blackbeard was commanding his own fleet and stealing ships around the Caribbean and up and down the Eastern seaboard.

Known for his thick, black beard and fearsome reputation, the legend of Blackbeard has influenced pirate legend and lore for over 300 years.

Stamps:

3X Bio luminescent Life
(Issued 22-02-2018)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

SCOTLAND ~ Warwick Castle ~

... Beautiful view of an imposing piece of history in astonishingly good condition... also the inside is really well preserved and presented... with a rich and varied history of over 1100 years... the whole castle complex is filled with various things to see and activities for young and old... a journey back to the Middle Ages... also the gardens of the castle, the watchtowers and  the dungeons can be visited... the castle has been opened to visitors since the 17C... in 1978 it was bought by ‘the Tussauds Group’ ( the same as that of Madame Tussauds), who transformed it into the very popular tourist attraction that it is today... Thank you very much Andrene!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from a wooden fort, originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. The stone castle was only built under King Henry II. There were added a lot of extras later on, mainly to boost the security of the castle. There is also some 64 acres (26 hectares) of parkland.

Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon.

Warwick Castle pretty much was involved in all the wars in which England was involved. As a result, it has known a lot of (over)rulers, and has left its mark on European history.

Since the construction by William the Conqueror, Warwick Castle has been in the hands of no less than 36 different people. Of these, only 7 were kings. Three of the 36 owners died in a war being fought, two were sentenced to death and one was murdered.

Stamp:

National symbols - Scotland
(Issued 24-03-2015)


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Sri Lanka ~ Barberyn Lighthouse - Barberyn Island - Beruwala ~

... Great scenic lighthouse view situated on a small island among many palm trees... a slice of paradise nestling in the Indian Ocean... the tower stands at the edge of a cliff battered by waves and wind... built to serve as an aid for navigation, and to warn marines of hazardous coastlines... a ten minute boat ride will take you to this lighthouse, away from the bustle of the mainland... Barberyn lighthouse is still active and open to the public... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Barberyn Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on Barberyn Island. Barberyn Island an 3.25 ha island situated offshore from the town of Beruwala on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka,

The lighthouse is a 34 m (112 ft) high round white conical granite tower with lantern and gallery. The tower was established in 1890 and operated by the Imperial Lighthouse Service.



Stamps:

Famous people
(Issued 19-12-2013)

National Heritage
(Issued 05-01-2019)

The 200th Anniversary of the Uve-Wellassa Struggle
(Issued 30-11-2018)

Monday, February 18, 2019

GERMANY ~ The Brave Little Tailor Fairy Tail ~

... Lovely postcard showing a beautiful illustration of a fairy tale by the famous Brothers Grimm... they are among the best-known storytellers... with matching stamp and wonderful special postmark👍... this folktale really is what you expect from the Brothers Grimm... a smart, but wicked character, who cheats their way to fame, or fortune, or both, and a wicked plot to get rid of them... a simple tailor becomes king through a cleverness and more than a few misunderstandings.... curious about the rest of the tale??? you can read it "HERE"  Thanks a lot Dustin !!【ツ】



The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859), were German scholars, linguists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors who together collected and published folk stories.


This simple tale has managed to inspire dozens of creative minds to create their own adaptations or to take elements of the story and make it their own. Some of the names intrigued and inspired by this German folk tale was Walt Disney.

 Mickey Mouse appeared in a 1938 Disney short cartoon, Brave Little Tailor, based on this tale.




Stamps:

Flora - Flowers
(Issued 08-06-2017)

Charity Stamps - The Valiant Little Tailor
(Issued 07-02-2019)

Friday, February 15, 2019

GRENADA ~ Nutmeg ~

... Caribbean beauty nr 2💙🌞... a spice found in kitchens everywhere... although I never would have guessed that this was "nutmeg" if it wasn't written on the postcardツ... coming from the tropical island nicknamed "The Spice Island"... derived by the many spices that are produced here, including nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cocoa and cloves... it is one of the world's largest exporters of nutmeg and part of Grenada’s history for over 100 years... there are plenty of plantations and a visit to Grenada is not complete without seeing one.... Thanks a lot Glenn!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Ⓒ JO ANN'S 2017
Grenada is  made up of several small islands, and  located southwest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and northeast of Trinidad and Tobago.

Nutmeg was introduced to Grenada in 1843 when a merchant ship called in on its way to England from the East Indies. The ship had a small quantity of nutmeg trees on board which they left in Grenada, and this was the beginning of Grenada's nutmeg industry. Following a crop disaster that hit the Dutch Indonesian trade in 1850, Grenada was put firmly on the map as the “Spice Island of the Caribbean” as its production of nutmeg was put into overdrive to fill the void.

Nutmeg is found in the seed (nut), which after drying produces two different spices, nutmeg and mace.

Stamps:

Orchids
(Issued 01-04-1991)

Chinese Paintings
(Issued 20-06-2016)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

ARUBA ~ The Old Dutch Windmill - Oranjestad ~

...  Lovely old authentic windmill view in the tropical Caribbean... a landmark and a historic reminder of the Dutch influences in Aruba...  built over 200 years ago in the Netherlands, the windmill was heavily damaged by storms and eventually abandoned, until it was disassembled in 1960 and sailed 5000 miles across the sea to its new home on the island... currently a restaurant... Thanks a lot Glenn!!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 🌞🌞 Enjoy your holiday!! 🌞🌞


Aruba is one of the Lesser Antilles islands located in the Southern Caribbean Sea. It is one of the four countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with the Netherlands, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten; the citizens of these countries are all Dutch nationals.

 Its capital is Oranjestad.

"The Old Dutch Windmill" was built in 1804 in Holland to pump water from the lowlands. In 1960 the was purchased by a private merchant, who shipped to Aruba. Once it arrived in pieces, it was reassembled.

This project was officially recognized as the first privately financed tourism initiative on the island.



Stamp:

Classic Cars
(Issued 14-03-2014)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

LAOS ~ Huay Xai - Bokeo ~

... Nice views of a typical small town with local people ... because this town sits on the border between Thailand and Laos it often operates as a simple entry and exit point... another reason why people pass through Huay Xai is to cruise along the Mekong River... this is one of the main activities on offer and one of the best activities available in the region...  other come here to use Huay Xai as a base to visit the neighboring Bokeo Nature Reserve, home of the famous Laotian gibbons... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】
Photo: Song Phonepaseuth

Houay Xai (also Huay xai, Houei Sai, etc) is the capital of the Laos province of Bokeo. It lies on the banks of the Mekong river, which forms the border to Thailand.

The town lies on the Mekong River opposite Chiang Khong in Thailand. The Fourth Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge ( on the stamp) at Ban Houayxay, which opened in December 2013 and replaced ferry service across the river, is now the northernmost border crossing between the two countries

Stamp:
The 4th International Mekong Bridge

(Issued 11-12-2013)

Monday, February 4, 2019

GHANA ~ Mole National Park - West Gonja District ~

... Fantastic new African National Park showing 🐘 "The gentle giants of the jungle"🐘... the only place in Ghana where you can experience elephants in the wild... this Ghana National park rates as the most popular game park and the most visited of all parks and reserves... this wonderful surprise came thanks to Josep & Assumpta who support a great project to educate African children💚...you can receive or send postcards from Ghana whiles providing support to the activities of their School Building Project... Thanks a million!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Here you can find more information about this project: https://princeandprincessacadmy.com/

Mole National Park is Ghana's largest wildlife reserve and covers an estimated 4,577 square kilometers.

The park is located in the northwest Ghana on grassland savannah. The Love and Mole rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park. It is home to over 93 mammal species, and the large mammals of the park include an elephant population, hippos, buffalo, baboons and warthogs and there are 33 known species of reptiles.

Among the 344 listed bird species are the martial eagle, the white-headed and palm-nut vultures, saddle-billed storks, herons, egrets, the Abyssinian roller, the violet turaco, various shrikes and the red-throated bee-eater.


Stamp:

Fruit s& Vegetables
(Issued 28-02-2012)




Friday, February 1, 2019

HONDURAS ~ Valle de Ángeles -

...Beautiful view of a little tourist spot in Central American Honduras... one of the most visited towns  located about 1/2 hour  from capital Tegucigalpa.... a quiet and relax place... the town has been restored to its original 16th-century appearance in parts, especially around the attractive Parque Central... famous for its Spanish colonial architecture, artisan souvenir shops selling Honduran artesanías (handicrafts), great scenery, plus nearby ecotourism... with nice stamps and postmarks... Thanks a lot Cesar!!
Photo: Juan Bendeck
Valle de Angeles is a very small place in the region of Francisco Morazan. This region was an important mining town in the history of Honduras, with enclaves such as Las Animas and El Socorro, which produced gold, silver, copper, tin, lead and zinc.

In the 1791 population count was part of the parish of Santa Lucia, under the name of the Cimarron or the pigsty. On April 1, 1862, Fray Juan de Jesus Zepeda gave it its current name, and in 1865 it was designated as a Municipality.

Stamps:

2X Endangered Species - Birds
(13-05-2004)

 Clams and Sea Snails
(19-07-2004)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

USA ~ Death Valley National Park - California ~

... Today another great National Park view👍... the largest NP in the USA... this park has the hottest (record summer heet), driest  and lowest point in North America... a land of extremes... with valleys, mountains, canyons, salt flats, sand dunes, and oases... Zabriskie Point is a favorite spot for sunrises and sunsets because of how the badlands capture and reflect the golden and reddish colors... Big Thanks once more Andrene!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Have a wonderful time🙂...
©2007 G. Louis Vopalensky Postcards

From backside postcard:
Zabriskie Point is located on Highway 190 near Furnace Creek. The badlands in this area were formed as a result of sediments collecting in a ancient lake bed 5 to 10 million years ago. Erosion and volcanic activity helped to sculpt the formations here, most notable Manlay Beacon (picture on front), name in honor of William H. Manley who was a guide for the 49'ers gold rush of 1849.

Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California, in the northern Mojave Desert bordering the Great Basin Desert. This National Park covers an area of  3.4 million acres and became a national park in 1994.

Stamp:

 Holiday Stamp - Poinsettia
 (Issued 26-08-2018)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

USA ~ Joshua Tree National Park - California ~

... Great new USA National Park... a park where two deserts meet... filled with otherworldly Joshua "trees," which aren't trees at all, but tree-like members of the yucca family... a wildlife and environmental haven... the park has much to offer....diverse desert life, dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness...  it’s no wonder that over two million people make the journey into the desert to visit the National Park every year... unfortunately due to the longest-ever government shutdown the National park saw ‘irreparable’ damage including vandalism, ruined trails and trees cut down... and it may take 300 years to recover from it... ***sigh*** I just don't understand people anymore... Big Thanks Andrene for sending a bit of 🌞sunshine🌞 in my mailbox!! (needed some too) (✿ ♥‿♥)
©2013 G. Louis Vopalensky Postcards

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California and became a National Park in 1994. This  National Park covers an area of almost 790, 000 – 790,640 acres.The park lies at an ecological crossroads, where the high Mojave Desert meets the low Colorado Desert.

It is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park.

Birds, lizards, and ground squirrels are most likely to be seen because they are largely active during the day. However, it is at night that desert animals come out to roam. Mostly nocturnal animals include snakes, bighorn sheep, kangaroo rats, coyotes, lynx, and black-tailed jackrabbits. Animals that thrive in Joshua Tree often have special adaptations for dealing with limited water and high summer temperatures.


Stamp:

 Holiday Stamp - Poinsettia
 (Issued 26-08-2018)

Monday, January 28, 2019

GERMANY ~ Porpoise Whale - Wadden Sea National Park - UNESCO ~

... Wonderful view of Germany's only whale species and with beautiful matching whale postmark💙...  the most common whale in the North Sea and the only whale that occurs regularly in the Wadden Sea... but its population is decreasing... they are not so easy to spot... unlike other whales, porpoises rarely jump out of the water... from land or from a boat, the most likely time to spot them is in the winter... with two great different special First day postmarks... another little gem for my whale collection👍...Thanks so much Dustin!! ✿乂◕‿◕乂
Photo: Armin Maywald

"The Wadden Sea" the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world.(Germany, Netherlands and Denmark).

The total population of Porpoise whales in the North Sea is estimated at about 345.000 animals (2017). The density within the area changes seasonally. While densities increase along the coast of the Netherlands and Lower Saxony during late winter and early spring, high summer densities are observed in the eastern part of the German Bight along the coast of Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein.

Size:maximum 190 cm (at birth 70-80 cm)
Weight: up to 60 kg (at birth around 5 kg)
Color: Dark gray back, light grey sides with dark spots, white chin and bell
Age: 12 to 15 years
Food: fish, such as gobies, herring, sprat, mackerel, whiting and cod; cuttlefish, crabs, worms and snails
Movement: dive: 4-6 minutes down to 200 meters deep speed: maximum 23 kilometers per hour Enemies: man: tangled in nets, loss of habitat, pollution and acoustic noise. animals: grey seals, dolphins and killer whales
Reproduction: maturity: 3-6 years old frequency: once every 1-2 years 1 calf pregnancy: 10-11 months nursing: 7-8 months

Stamps

 Endangered Animals - Harbor Porpoise
(Issued 02-01-2019)

Thursday, January 24, 2019

GERMANY ~ Animals - Harz National Park ~

... Postcard showing many lovely views of animals living in Harz National Park...one of Germany’s largest forest national parks.... the mountain wilderness of this Park is home to more than 7,200 varieties of plants and animals... great place for nature lovers, hikers, climbers or people who are interested in mining history, castles... with cute "raccoon" stamp from the "baby animals" series and as always with wonderful special First Day postmark... Thank you Dustin!【ツ】
The Harz is the northernmost German Mittelgebirge and the highest mountain range in Northern Germany.

It was established in its current form by the merging of the Upper Harz National Park and the Harz National Park in Lower Saxony in 2006 following the two National Parks uniting.

Today it is a protected area covering ± 24,700 ha. where numerous varieties of wildlife flourish and rare animals have been reintroduced.

Stamp:

Baby Animals - Raccoon
(Issued 02-01-2019)

Monday, January 21, 2019

USA ~ Las Vegas - Nevada ~

... Fantastic glossy and glittery postcard (doesn't show so good here) from the gambling capital of the world... with  images of famous Las Vegas landmarks... the whole city looks like a gigantic color changing light bal... the glow of the city is visible from space... also nicknamed Sin City, The Lady, Disneyland for Adults, Lost Wages... Thanks a lot Glenn(✿ ♥‿♥)
"Big Things can happen in Las Vegas!"

Las Vegas is the largest city in the state of Nevada and located in Clark County in southern Nevada. It is also the 28th most populous city in the U.S.

Geographically, it sits in a basin within the Mojave Desert and as such the area surrounding Las Vegas is dominated by desert vegetation and it is surrounded by dry mountain ranges.


Stamps:

Songbirds in the Snow
(Issued 04-08-2016)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

GUINEA-BISSAU ~ School Class - Bissau ~

... Yeaahh!! One more "rare" African country of my missing list😄... unfortunately coming from one of the 10 poorest and least developed African countries... more than two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line... development opportunities are limited because of past violence, political instability and obsolete infrastructure... and mostly children are directly affected by this situation.... therefore when I saw on facebook a request about donating money to students there (electrical devices, stationery) I knew it would be for a very good cause... Péter's (also a postcard collector) school has been in a partnership programme with a school in Guinea-Bissau for 4 years now and he visited them last October (taking two students of him)...I also ordered a few more for dear postcard friends whom also missing this country... so I hope they all will arrive safely🤞... Thanks a lot Péter!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa, bordered by Senegal, Guinea and the Atlantic ocean. It includes the Bijagós (Bissagos) archipelago and other islands that lie off the coast.

The capital and largest city is Bissau, founded in 1687 by Portugal as a fortified port and trading center. Guinea-Bissau became independent from Portugal in1974.

The economy depends mainly on agriculture; fish, cashew nuts and ground nuts are its major exports.


Stamp:

Coat of Arms
(Issued 28-07-2011)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

USA ~ Mammoth Cave National Park - UNESCO - Kentucky

... Day two with an amazing new USA National Park... Mammoth Cave is immense... it's the world's longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored... one of the most studied cave systems... today, Mammoth Cave welcomes well over half a million visitors per year... there are several tours available... they highlight some amazing features like waterfalls, enormous caverns... it has extensive hiking trails to explore... canoeing and kayaking on the nearby Green River along with fishing, camping, and horseback riding... Thanks a lot Jaelen!! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀


" This Mammoth Cave Natural Entrance was discovered in 1799 by a bear hunter named Houchins while tracking a wounded bear into the cave, Indians used reed torches for light as they used this deep dark entrance in the early days. This entrance has been a showplace since 1816."(backside postcard)

Mammoth Cave National Park is a 52,830 acre park and was officially dedicated at as a national park by 1941. It then became a World Heritage Site in 1981 and an International Biosphere Reserve in 1990.

This National Park is home to numerous limestone caves, two beautiful rivers, and rugged landscapes clothed in forests, as well as the most extensively explored cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave.



© Zachary Frank/Alamy Stock Photo

Stamp:

Forever stamps - the echeveria
 (Issued 28-04-2017)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

USA ~ Channel Islands National Park - California ~

... First of two great new additions to my National Park collection... one of the nine National Parks in  California.... spectacular view of "Cathedral Cove" on "Anacapa Island"...looking down at the Pacific Ocean ... these remote remote islands are only accessible to visitors by boat... part of one of the richest marine ecosystems of the world... many endemic species live both in the water and on land... as extra bonusツ with national park stamp cancellation... Thanks a lot Boyana!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: George H. H. Huey
"Golden-flowered, giant coreopsis competes for terrain with invasive, nonnative ice plant. The survival of the park's diverse native plant life depends on our ability to respect, restore, and preserve their natural communities."

Established in 1980, five of the eight Channel Islands in Southern California make up this national park: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Anacapa, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. The park is 1,010 km2 (389.9 sq mi), only half of which are land, the other half Pacific Ocean. Tiny Anacapa Island is the closest to the mainland of all the Channel Islands, it's only 12 miles out to sea, and therefore the most visited.

Preserved for their unique natural and cultural resources the islands contain, among other features, 145 species of plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

In the past, the Chumash and Tongva Indians lived on the islands, and later they were used mostly for fishing. Some are in military use today.


Stamp:

Holiday Stamp - Poinsettia
(Issued 26-08-2018)

Monday, January 14, 2019

CANADA ~ Humpback Whale - Newfoundland and Labrador ~

....It's always a pleasure to get a wonderful new whale card for my collection💚... spectacular sight of the "gentle giant of the ocean" the biggest animal on Earth... they are the true “acrobats of the sea” with jumps out of the water and tail and flipper slaps.... the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the most spectacular places in the world for whale watching... whether it's from the deck of a tour boat, the side of your sea kayak, or a seaside trail... to see one of the most majestic animals in the wild must be an awesome and unforgettable experience... with nice stamps and postmarked on December 31, the last day of 2018...Thanks a lot Glenn!!  (✿ ♥‿♥)




The world's largest population of feeding humpback whales is found here. Migrating from the Caribbean, they spend from May to September in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador.

35,000 of these 40 ton and up to 18 meter long giants come here to feed on capelin, krill, and squid along the coast. to 2t  per day and to educate the next generation in fishing.

They are often seen "breaching" or jumping out of the water and crashing into the waves.





Stamps:

Canada Post Community Foundation
(Issued 24-09-2018)

100th Anniversary of the End of World War I
(Issued 24-10-2018)

Emergency Responders
(Issued 14-09-2018)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

URUGUYA ~ Flag ~

... Pretty flag view from the FOTW postcard series... it took almost 10 years to get postcard nr2😃 from this South America's second smallest country... Uruguay ranks high in peace, democracy and quality of life in Latin America... their flag is a symbol of liberty and benevolence... Thanks a lot Rosmarie!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Uruguay is located in southeastern South America, bordered by Brazil, Argentina, and the Atlantic Ocean. The countries largest and capital city is Montevideo.

The current flag of Uruguay was officially adopted on July 11, 1830. The Sun of May has been used as a national symbol since the 19thC and was taken from Inti, the Incan God of the Sun. The blue and white colors are modeled after the flag of Argentina, and the nine stripes represent the nine departments within the country.


Stamp:

Definitive Issue - José G. Artígas, 1764-1850
(Issued 06-06-2016)

Monday, January 7, 2019

SRI LANKA ~ South West Coast Beach ~

.. . Stunning tropical palm tree lined tranquil beach view🌞... known as the gold coast for the colour of its sand... and the beautiful turquoise blue sea...  paradise does indeed exist... just imagine having this all to yourself... here it is *once more* a dark, grey, gloomy☁ winter day...  Big Thanks Ravindra!ツ

The West coast is the area stretching south from Colombo towards Galle. It was of the first areas to be developed and most tourists oriented from all. The beautiful coastline is full of hundreds famous resort towns and hotels with different standard.

You find here gorgeous beaches, colonial towns, stilt fishermen, fantastic wildlife parks and Buddhist shrines and temples.

Stamps:

The 200th Anniversary of the Uve-Wellassa Struggle
(Issued 30-11-2018)

Sustainable Energy for All 20. March
(Issued 20-03-2012)

 Rathmalane Sri Dharmarama Nayake Thero 1828-1885
(Issued 02-12-2018)

Friday, January 4, 2019

ITALY ~ Gran Paradiso National Park - Cogne - Aoste Valley ~

... Beautiful views of Italy's oldest and largest National Park... a land of magnificent landscape with snow-covered peaks, glacial cirques, alpine lakes, waterfalls and traditional villages...  this park offers the perfect alpine environment for trekking and hiking and many different valleys to explore... with rich wildlife... from here, ibex could survive and were re-introduced into all of the Alps... today, you can easily come across ibex, chamois, marmots and eagles... Thanks a lot Gian Luca & Raffaella!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Gran Paradiso National Park covers an area of 70,000 hectares and is located in northern Italy, between Aosta Valley and Piedmont region, at the border with France. A high mountainous area, between the 800m at the bottom of the valley and the 4,061m of mount Gran Paradiso.

In 1920, King Vittorio Emanuele III gave to the Italian government the 2,100 hectares of the hunting reserve in order to create a national park. Two years later, on Dec. 3, Gran Paradiso National Park was established.

Cogne (1534m) is a tiny village in the middle of the mountains. Cogne preserved its intimacy and spirit through the years. The locals still work mainly in pasturing and cultivation even though tourism certainly brought an important income to the valley.

Stamp:

Italian Squares
(Issued 02-07-2016)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

AFGHANISTAN ~ Presidential Palace - Kabul ~

... HAPPY NEW YEAR to my postcard friends🎉...thank you all for putting a smile on my face all year long💖... for myself I hope the start of 2019 will be a lot better than the way it ended... the best way to cheer myself up is to start this "new" blog year with a "new" country👍 (posted already a special one HEREbut not with Afghan stamps)... Afghanistan is in the top 10 list of most dangerous places... due to the frequent conflict and unstable political situation of the country landmarks are extremely difficult to visit... Thanks a lot Petra!【ツ】
Photo: M. Anderson (1980)
Afghanistan is a landlocked country located within South-Central Asia. it is bordered by Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan,Tajikistan and in the far northeast, China. Kabul serves as the capital and its largest city.

The Arg (Turkish word for citadel) serves as the presidential palace in Kabul  and sits on a 34-hectare site. The Arg was built after the destruction of the Bala Hissar in 1880 by the British Indian troops. It has been used by many Afghan kings and presidents, from Emir Abdur Rahman Khan  to current President Ashraf Ghani.

The Arg today consists of:
- The Gul Khana which serves as the offices for President Ashraf Ghani and the President's Protocol     Office.
- The Offices of the President's Chief of Staff.
- The National Security Advisor's building; and the Offices of the Spokesperson to the President.        - Offices for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
- Various buildings for receiving delegations or hosting large meetings.

Stamps:

United Nations Day
(Issued 25-10-1969)

The 55th Anniversary of the Birth of King Sahir Shah, 1914-2007
(Issued 14-10-1969)

Flora - International Stamp Exhibition ARGENTINA
(Issued 05-07-1985)




Friday, December 21, 2018

CANADA ~Christmas Greetings - Holiday at Town Square~

... Today a wonderful 🌟"traditional" 🌟Christmas greeting card... a glittery 🎄Christmas tree🎄 by Thomas Kinkade, painter of light... thanks so much dear Andrene for sharing 2018 in a lovely family news letter😍... is it a Canadian tradition? I've never read one before... but I think it's a really nice thing to do... hope 2019 will bring even more happiness and luck to you and your family!!💖💝💖


     
         

           
             "With each bright joy,

          with each warm tradition,

    with each memorable moment...

                    may you know 

           the wonder of Christmas."








© Thomas Kinkade
   

Stamp:

 Baby Wildlife

(Issued 31-03-2014)




Wednesday, December 19, 2018

GERMANY ~ Christmas Greetings - Rüdiger's nicest Christmas present ~

... Today a lovely bit unusual🤶 🎄 greetings card ⭐✨... great combination of humor, satire and cartoon... I like it and made me giggle... just look at Santa😉... with matching Christmas stamp and sweet Santa Claus postmark... Germany has seven Santa Claus post offices... this year I got one from Engelskirchen... in this small town thousands of letters from around the world arrive at a seasonal Christmas post office... and for over 20 years, postal workers have written back... it will take a while but I hope to collect a postmark each year of all these Santa's post offices (will be in 2023!!)... Thanks a lot Dustin... Merry Christmas to you and your family too!!💖


The artist Rolf Tiemann was born in 1951 in Herford. After graduation he studied mathematics and physics and was from 1981 as a teacher of mathematics and computer science at the Gymnasium active.

From the mid-nineties Rolf Tiemann worked as an illustrator of prose texts.

Since 2014, the now retired teacher Rolf Tiemann works in his studio in Münster as a freelance artist. His current oil paintings, which can be assigned to the genre of comic art and  he writes and illustrates his own satirical texts




Artist: INKOGNITO © Rolf Tiemann

Stamps:

 Christmas
 (Issued 02-11-2018)