Thursday, July 28, 2016

BERMUDA ~ Somerset ~

...My first written and stamped postcard from Bermuda...great view of a vacation resort with luxurious cottage accommodations, sparkling azure waters, endless views and beautiful beaches... Thanks a lot Laura!!
Photo: © Allan Davidson

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, some 600 miles to the east of North Carolina. So it is not a part of the Caribbean islands, located much more to the south.

The British Overseas Territories are those parts of the former British Empire that have not acquired independence, or have voted to remain British territories. While each has its own internal leadership, they share the British Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.

Somerset Island is one of the main islands of the chain that makes up Bermuda, and lies in the far west of the territory. The small village of Somerset lies in the northern part of the island located in Sandys Parish. It also includes Boaz Island, Ireland Island and Watford Island. They are all connected by bridges and serviced by buses and ferries.

Stamps:
(1-2)Flowers - Bermuda in Bloom
16-07-2015)

(3-4) Flowers
(Issued 16-10-2014)



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

THAILAND ~ Royale Grand Palace - Bangkok ~

...Beautiful view the city's most famous landmark...amazing  architecture... this structure is the spiritual heart and most sacred place of Thailand... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)
Photo: Thongchai Laokittichok
"Chakri Maha Phasat Throne Hall in the Royal Grand Palace"

The Grand Palace is a complex of several impressive buildings built in 1782 in Bangkok. These buildings served as residence to Thai kings and their families for 150 years and used to house government departments under direct control of the King. Although at present it is no longer home to the Thai royal family, the Grand Palace is still used for many ceremonial occasions.

The Middle Court (photo) is the largest and most important court in the Grand Palace. Located at the heart of the palace, it is where the most important state and residential structures are found. People come here from all over the world to see the intricate architectural details, and look in awe of the craftsmanship and beauty created by the Thai people.

Stamps:
72nd Anniversary Kasetsart University
 (Issued 15-02-2015)

New Year - Flowers
(Issued 16-11-2015)

Monday, July 25, 2016

CANADA ~ Georgian Bay Islands National Park ~

...Great new National Park...one of five in Ontario...a wilder side of Canada and  a wonderful place for paddlers to explore...P.S It's only thanks so many nice people like you that my blogs looks am***ng as you saidツ... Thanks so much Andrene!! ʘ͜͡ʘ
Photo: ©Paul Madden
"The granite rock formations and windswept Eastern While Pine are characteristic of the islands and much of the shoreline of Georgian Bay."

Georgian Bay Islands National Park is composed of 63 windswept islands at the southern end of the Georgian Bay. This tiny park (13.5 square km) is part of the largest group of fresh-water islands in the world and was established in 1929.

The park can only be reached by boat; there are limited camping facilities on the largest island, Beausoleil Island.

The park provides habitat for 33 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the threatened eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. Some of the more isolated islands provide nesting areas for colonies of gulls and terns.

Stamps:

Year of the Monkey stamp
(Issued 11-01-2016)

Dinos of Canada
(Issued 26-05-2016)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada
(Issued 11-01-2016)

SPAIN ~ Benalmádena Costa ~

...Great holiday postcard...with ± 320 days of sunshine per year...white-sand beaches overlooking the Mediterranean...this must be an ideal place for a relaxing holiday...I hope you and your family enjoyed it there【ツ】Thanks a lot Johan!→ http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/
Photo: Salvador Aznar

Benalmádena is a town in Andalusia in southern Spain on the Costa del Sol.

The area of Benalmádena has nice beaches and interesting places like the Colomares Castle, the 33 meter tall Buddhist Benalmádena Stupa, the biggest buddhist stupa in Europe, and the Benalmádena Marina.

Stamp:

Tourism
(Issued 02-01-2016)

Friday, July 22, 2016

IVORY COAST ~ Initiation ceremony of children ~

...My first fantastic postcard from this West African country...one more off my "missing list" and a real treasure...a smiling little boy wearing a sea shell dress at his ceremony of initiation...Thank you very much Yassine!!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

Ivory Coast is  a coastal West African country bordered by Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea, the capital city is Yamoussoukro.

The country's name descend from the hunt of the domestic elephants and their tusks. The fauna is rich in species, unfortunately, elephants are, due to poaching, nowadays only common in wildlife parks.

Many rural ethnic cultures engage in rituals and initiation ceremonies: for example,  Poro is an initiation ritual of the Senufo people that comprises three stages of seven years each. Senufo boys start taking part in the initiation rites at the age of seven and at about 28 they will be fully initiated and be respected elders in their communities.

It is the world's largest exporter of cocoa. Unfortunately thirty percent of children under age 15 in sub-Saharan Africa are child laborers, mostly in agricultural activities including cocoa farming.
Photo: Etienne Nangbo



Stamp:

Grand Bassam Unesco stamp???
(Issued 2015???)


Thursday, July 21, 2016

GERMANY ~ Speicherstadt - UNESCO ~

...A great postcard coming from a neighbouring country showing the most popular landmark in Hamburg...a beautiful 'little water castle', set on the tip of a peninsula between two fleets...Thanks a lot Dustin!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
"Hollandfleet and Wandrahmsfleet at Speicherstadt"

The Speicherstadt (city of warehouse in German) is the largest historic brick warehouse district in the world built on timber-pile foundations. The construction started in 1883.

Stretching for at least 1.5 kilometres, it is connected by canals which lap against the foundations of the large buildings on either side.All of the buildings face water on one side and street on the other for convenient delivery. Goods handled were mostly coffee, tee and carpets.

Today this watery warehouse district still functions as actual warehouses, alongside museums, offices and apartments.

It has been awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site on 5 July 2015.

Stamps:
"Ecology in Europe - Think Green"
(Issued 02-05-2016)

Floral series - Marigold
(Issued 07-07-2005)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

VIETNAM ~ Hanoi Cathedral ~

...A great view...three lovely girls in beautiful white dresses and pointy hats going to church??? in this very imposing building...a little Notre Dame...from traveling friend Jobbo!!Thanks once more Jobbo!! (✿◠‿◠)

Saint Joseph Cathedral, located in Hanoi, is a Roman Catholic cathedral with neo- gothic style.

The Cathedral was opened in 1886, a year after the French colonial officially occupied the country of Vietnam.

It was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina and is the oldest church in Hanoi.

The cathedral was built on the site of an important Vietnamese temple which the French destroyed.

It was closed in 1975 upon the reunification of Vietnam, and was not reopened until 1985.


Photo: Lai Dien Dam

Stamps:
Birds in Xuan Thuy National Park
(Issued 01-06-2013)

The 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with Singapore - Joint Issue
(Issued 12-09-2013)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

GIBRALTAR ~ Gibraltar by satelite ~

...Once more a "WOW" postcard...this amazing view tells us exactly where on our beautiful planet "Earth" Gibraltar is situated... and its always so nice to get "surprise" postcards from traveling friends and family...Thanks a lot Johan!! (ツ)_/¯  →(http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/)
"View of the strait of Gibraltar and the two continents Europe and Africa"

Gibraltar is a 7km2 British overseas territory located on the southern end tip of the mainland Spain at the entrance of the Mediterranean, known for the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m limestone ridge at its centre.

It is a remnant of the times of massive naval battles, captured to protect the mouth of the Mediterranean. Nowadays, ‘the rock’ is an intriguing blend of English and Spanish culture.


Stamp:
Definitive
(Issued 2014)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Kazakhstan ~ Astana - Burabay National Park ~

...Breathtaking and overwhelming view...a place of just pure, unspoiled nature... famous as the pearl of Kazakhstan...do I need to say more (>‿◠)✌...Thanks sooo much Jane!!♥
Photo: © F. Kabdykairov

Burabay (Borovoe) National Nature Park is situated in the north of Akmola Region,  there are more than 30 lakes.The lake Borovoe (shown on photo) is divided into two groups. At the foothills and in the forests, on the granite channel there are deep and large lakes with fresh water, they are Borovoe, Big Chebache (photo), Small Chebache (photo), Shchuchye, Kotyrkolskoe. Some shallow lakes in the mountains and forests refer to the same group. They are Gornoe, Lebyazh'ye and Svetloye. Some of these lakes are running, their bottom is rich in plants and waters in fish.  Borovoe as one of the leading resorts in the world.

In 1938 this land got as second name “Kazakh Switzerland”.

On the 15th of August 2000 Borovoe forest management was declared the State nature national park “Burabay”, with an area of 120 ha.

Stamps:
The 20th Anniversary of the National Currency - Tenge
(Issued 29-11-2013)

The 15th Anniversary of Astana
(Issued 04-07-2013)

KAZAKHSTAN ~ Boguty Mountains - Charyn National Park ~

...First  of two amazing nature sceneries postcards.. this one looks like a landscape of the planet Mars...and both wonderful new National Parks for my collection...with my first issued Postcrossing stamp on ...
Thanks a lot Jane!!  (♥‿♥)
Photo: © F. Kabdykairov

 Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country.Major part of the country are horizonless steppes, deserts and mountains that house thousands species of animals and birds.

Almaty is the country’s largest city and former capital. It is an ancient point along the Silk Road,
Kazakh name for Almaty, Alma-ata, means “Father of Apples,”This land is called "The fatherland of all apples", all domestic apples originate from the mountains in southern Kazakhstan.

The Boguty Mountains are located East of the capital, Almaty, near the village of Chundzhaand stretching between the Charyn and Chilk Rivers.

The relief of these mountains has been deformed under the influence of wind and rain, and the canyons were formed.


Stamp:

Happy Postcrossing
(Issued 07-11-2015)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

ITALY ~ Pienza - Val d'Orcia - UNESCO ~

...Many lovely views of a small idyllic town in Tuscany...known as the "ideal city of the Renaissance"...and famous for  the best pecorino cheese in Italy.... Thanks once more Gian Luca and Raffaella !! (ˆ⌣ˆ)
Photo: Stefano Caporali

Pienza is a town and commune in the province of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino.

Pienza was realized by the request of Pope Pius II (Enea Silvio Piccolomini), from whom the city’s name derives. Upon being named Pope in 1458, Pius began to dream up a new design for his native town, and entrusted his dream with Bernardo di Matteo Gambardelli, an apprentice of the famous architect and scientist Leon Battista Alberti. Construction on the city (between 1458 and 1462), comprised the ancient borgo of Corsignano; legend has it that a soldier from Sillano, called Corsinio, founded the original town.

In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.

Stamp:

 Europa 2016 Ecology in Europe -Think Green celebrating Europa stamps 60th anniversary - 1956-2016
 (Issued 09-05-2016)

Friday, July 15, 2016

CRIMEA ~ Sevastopol - Klokachev Quay (House of Children and Youth) ~

...Beautiful view of  an area with still a difficult political situation...my earlier received Crimea postcards are with Ukrainian stamps...this one has Russian...Thanks a lot David !!
Photo: ©B. Epemehko

Sevastopol is an important and historical port on the Black Sea.

As a result of the 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia, the city is administered as a federal city within the Crimean Federal District of the Russian Federation, though Ukraine and most of the international community continue to regard Sevastopol as a city with special status within Ukraine.

Founded in 1783 as the base of the Black Sea Navy of Russia, it was besieged by the British in the Crimean War. In the 20th century it was the home port of the Soviet Navy's Black Sea Fleet. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, the city became part of Ukraine. Both Russian and Ukrainian fleets were based in the city.

The city is currently a de facto part of Russia, and can only be entered by following Russian visa requirements. It observes Moscow time, the Russian ruble (RUB) is the primary currency used and Russian laws are enforced.

Stamps:

State Awards of the Russian Federation
(Issued 19-02-2016)

Aviation History
 (Issued 18-04-2014)

IRELAND ~ Dublin ~

...Four wonderful views of Dublin by night...a city originally founded by the Vikings...sent by my niece from her city trip...with one of the "tiniest" stamps ever on a postcard シ...Thanks a lot Dorien!!(♥‿♥)
©Liam Blake
Temple Bar - The Custom House - Christchurch Cathedral- Trinity College

Dublin  is the capital and largest city of Ireland. The city  is in the province of Leinster on Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.

The city is listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) as a global city, with a ranking of "Alpha-", placing it among the top thirty cities in the world. It is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.

Stamp:

Stamp:

The 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising 1916-2016
Definitive Series
(Issued 21-01-216)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ Mout Lavina Hotel ~

...Anyone still looking for a dream holiday destination✈maybe this hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean??ʘ͜͡ʘ now I know for sure when  your home is only 10km from this place... you must live in "paradise"!! Thank you very much Ravindra!!!(and I read about the love story between the Britsh Governor and his Rodi Dancer ♥ )
© Lasantha Lakmal

The Mount Lavinia Hotel, in Mount Lavinia is a 275-room hotel. It is recognised as one of the oldest and most famous hotels in the country. It has been continuously operating as a hotel since 1947, but was initially constructed as the Governors Residence in 1806.

A hotel in  grand colonial architecture with  extensive beach frontage and  beatiful tropical gardens.

Stamp:

Vesak 2016
(Issued 02-05-2016)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

UK ~ Staithes - North York Moors National Park ~

...Picturesque view of a little fishing harbour located in a small, sheltered cove at the base of the cliff...and part of new National Park for my collection... Thanks a lot Lucy!!

From backside postcard:
Staithes sits on the North Yorkshire coastline morth of Whitby. Penny Nab and Cowbar Nab shelter the harbour around which old fishing cottages cling. In 1745 young James Cook was here apprenticed to William Sanderson, a grocer, here.


Formerly one of the many fishing centres in England, Staithes is now largely a tourist destination within the North York Moors National Park.

The North York Moors is a national park in North Yorkshire, containing one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. It covers an area of 554 sq mi (1,430 km2). It became a National Park in 1952, through the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949.

© Beachcomber Cards

Stamps:

(1-2) Machin defenitive

 Children's Literature
 (Issued 21-07-1998)

 Ocean Liners
(Issued 13-04-2004)

Monday, July 11, 2016

TAJIKISTAN ~ Zeravshan Mountains-Ajkul Lake ~

...Great start of the week【ツ】...my second card from this unknown landlocked Central Asian Republic came as a surprise and shows more of its beautiful nature ...it is famous for its unique mountain landscapes and lakes...Matthew wrote that there are many apple and apricot orchards in the north and that most of them are dried and sent to Russia...Thanks a million Matthew!!\_(♥‿♥)_/
Photo: M. Lenk

Tajikistan, the smallest country of  Central Asia, is located in its southeast part and nestled between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to the north and west, China to the east, and Afghanistan to the south. The capital is Dushanbe.

It is the country of mountains and rivers. In fact, 93% of the territory of Tajikistan is occupied by mountains.

The Zarafshan Range is a mountain range in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, part of the Pamir-Alay mountains. Almost all of the range belongs to the drainage basins of the Zarafshan River. Many peaks rise more than 16,500 feet (5,000 metres), the highest being Chimtorga, at 18,009 ft (5,489 metres).

Stamp:

Copper Pots and Jugs
(Issued 28-03-2008)

Friday, July 8, 2016

USA ~ Sequoia National Park - 2016 National Park Service ~

...A great special  postcard issued for "The National Park Service" that turns 100 on August 25...In celebration of this anniversary America invites the world to discover the meaning of national parks to their lives and inspires people to both experience and become devoted to these special places... Thanks a lot Kimberley!!

The National Park Service (NPS) was created by Congress following President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the Organic Act in 1916, which was designed to preserve and protect parks for the “enjoyment of future generations.”

The NPS is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all U.S. national parks, many American national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.

This Service is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment.

Stamps:

Penguins
(Issued 01-06-2015)

Gifts of Friendship - Joint Issue with Japan
(Issued 10-04-2015)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

USA ~ Sequoia National Park ~

...Fantastic postcard of America’s second oldest National Park... with giant trees of which one is actually the largest tree on the planet and they are are amongst the oldest living organism in the world with some trees as old as 3000 years...♣WoW♣... Thank you very much Kimberley!!

Sequoia National Forest is located in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. This National Park was founded in 1890 to protect the trees that bear its name and covers 404,063 acres.

Included in the Park's mountainous landscape is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney.


From backside postcard:
The General Sherman Tree.
Though some trees are taller and some have a larger base circumference, no tree equals the sheer mass of the General Sherman. At 275 feet tall, 103 feet around at is base, and with a volume of 52.000 cubic feet, the General Sherman is the largest living thing in the world.


Photo: Ed Cooper


Stamps:

American Design
(Issued 2007- 2008)

Views of Our Planets
(Issued 31-05-2016)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Italy ~ Val d'Orcia - UNESCO ~

...Amazing scenery of a picturesque region of Tuscany with rolling hills and valleys...view of a beautiful period of the year in Val d' Orcia, Autumn...Thanks so much Gian Luca and Raffaella!(✿◠‿◠)
Photo:© Paolo Naldi
The Val d’Orcia is a region of Tuscany, central Italy, which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. It is characterized by gentle, carefully cultivated hills occasionally broken by gullies and by picturesque towns and villages.  It is a landscape which has become familiar through its depiction in works of art from the Renaissance painting to the modern photograph.

The region is home to the most precious and appreciated Italian wines.

The area is now protected as a natural and cultural park, and it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2004.

Stamp:

Europa 2016 Ecology in Europe - Think Green celebrating Europa stamps 60th anniversary - 1956-2016
(Issued 09-05-2016)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

THAILAND ~ Khao Wang - Phetchaburi ~

...Beautiful historical place majestically situated on top of a hill...with matching Historical Park stamp...Thanks a lot Jobbo ~nice to hear from you!【ツ】~

Phra Nakhon Khiri is a historical park in Phetchaburi, located on a hill overlooking the city. The name Phra Nakhon Khiri means Holy City Hill, but locals know it better as Khao Wang, meaning mountain with palace.

The park consists of three building groups, located on the three peaks of the 92m high hill. On the western peak is the actual palace with adjoining structures. Some of the buildings are in classical Thai style, while others are influenced by European neo classical or Chinese style. The whole complex was built as a summer palace by King Mongkut. (1860)

The site was registered as a historical park on August 27, 1979, with two of the palace buildings now housing a branch of the Thai National museum.

Stamps:
Queen Sirkit
(Issued 12-08- 2013)

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park
(Isssued 02-04-1989)

The 100th Anniversary of Ministry of the Interior
(01-04-1992)

The 100th Anniversary of Thai State Railway
(Issued 26-03-1997)

Monday, July 4, 2016

SRI LANKA ~Avalokitesvara statue~

...Beautiful  sculpture...one of the most famous and precious statues found on the island... and one of the treasures in the National Museum of Colombo...Thanks a lot Ravindra!!



This sculpture dates from Late Anuradhapura Period, (8th-9th C) in gildt bronze, 49,8cm in height.
Discovered in 1968 at Veragala Sirisangabo Vihara, Allavava (Anuradhapura district, Sri Lanka).

After the Buddha himself, the most revered and universally popular figure in Buddhism is Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.

Tradition says that Avalokitesvara has 108 names, one of which is Natha and it is under this name that the bodhisattva is still worshipped in Sri Lanka.

Stamps:
1-2 State Vesak Festival 2016
(Issued 02-05-2016)

State Vesak Festival 2016
(Issued 22-05-2016)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

SPAIN ~ Aigüestortes Sant Maurici National Park ~

...Gorgeous nature view showing the only National Park in Catalonia and one of the fourteen Spanish National Parks...must say, I could get used to these wonderful daily surprises in my mailbox ʘ͜͡ʘ...Thanks so much Josep and Assumpta!!(✿ ♥‿♥) →(http://cartesipostalsdarreu.blogspot.be/)

Sant Maurici National Park is located in the central part of the Pyrenees, in the province of Lleida and established in 1955.

Espot is a town at the gates of the National Park at the heart of the Escrita river valley. The high-mountain landscape has an impressive relief and a wealth of flora and fauna. The main feature of the area is water, with close to 200 "estanys" or lakes and countless streams. The Encantats peak (2,982 m), is the ideal setting for outdoor sports such as hiking and mountaineering.

This is the habitat of the wild goat, the capercaillie, the marmot and the legendary bearded vulture (also known as the lammergeyer).

Stamps:
King Juan Carlos
(Issued 02-01-2002)

King Felipe VI
(Issued 19-01-2015)

Princess of Asturias Awards
(Issued 02-10-2015)


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UK ~The Lake District National Park ~

...Yippie!!✿ Day nr 2 with a new National Park to add to my collection...lots of wonderful nature views of the UK most popular and prettiest National Park...the park serves as the centre for many outdoors activities but is also known for its cultural and historical sites... and home to one of my favorite writers and illustrators Beatrix Potter♥... Big Thanks Andron!!❋シ❋
Buttermere    Ullswater    Grange
Wastwater   Derwentwater   Kirkstone Pass

The Lake District is situated in Cumbria and is England’s largest National Park. Known for its mountainous landscape, rugged coastline and lakes, the area attracts over 12 million visitors a year. The Park has been protected since 1051.

All the land in England higher than 3,000 feet (910 m) above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. It also contains the deepest and longest bodies of water in England, respectively Wastwater and Windermere.

It is also famous for its associations with the early 19th century writings of William Wordsworth and the other Lake Poets.

Stamp:

Definitive 2016
(Issued 22-03-2016)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

USA ~ Death Valley National Park - California ~

...Fantastic new National Park view and nr 9 coming from the USA...(there are 58 US National Parks)....this park has the hottest, driest, and lowest point in North America...and with a great special "Death Valley" cancellation...there is a special "drop box"  in the park where you can put mail to get a Death Valley postmark...Thanks a lot Sabine!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photos by Mike Jones © SSI

From backside postcard: The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are at the northern end of the valley floor and are nearly surrounded by mountains on all sides. Due to their access from the road and the overall proximity of Death Valley to Hollywood, these dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies as Star Wars.

Death Valley National Park is a national park in the U.S. states of California and Nevada located east of the Sierra Nevada, occupying an interface zone between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the U.S.

Death Valley National Monument was declared in 1933 and the park was substantially expanded and became a national park in 1994.

Stamp:

"The Moon" Global Forever stamp
(Issued 22-02-2016)

Monday, June 27, 2016

NORFOLK ISLAND ~ 4 Pre-printed postcards ~

...An envelope full with great philatelic items... this is probably one of the last sent envelopes with a "Norfolk" cancellation from this "paradise" island in the Pacific Ocean... at the end of June the island will lose its independent status as a self-governing Australian territory...Australia Post (July 1) will begin to release stamps inscribed Norfolk Island Australia...Thanks so much Leonie for these great unique postcards and I wish you and all the people of your beautiful island all the best for the future!! ♥‿♥
Captain James Cook was the first known European to discover Norfolk Island. He discovered this uninhabited paradise in 1774 during his second voyage around the world aboard HMS Resolution.

On March 6, 1788, the British colours were raised over Norfolk Island. But by 1814 the island was empty.

Foundation Day is celebrated in March to commemorate the day on which Lt. Philip Gidley King arrived on the island in 1788, establishing the very first European settlement there.

During Norfolk’s second penal settlement (1825 – 1856) it was used as a punishment destination for the most hardened of criminals and conditions on Norfolk were extremely harsh.






Traffic Hazard ~ Ducks and geese on Island roads may create pleasant delays. Please drive carefully.

The designs will promote Road Safety and the designs for the stamp are also by Mary Butterfield.












Norfolk Island is a tiny 8kmx5km island in the South Pacific Ocean, defined by Pine trees and jagged cliffs, located between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. Its capital is Kingston even though Burnt Pine is the commercial hub of the island.