Tuesday, February 24, 2015

INDONESIA ~ Bali- Kecak dance ~

Great postcard showing a traditional dance....a wonderful display of Balinese culture... Thanks a lot Hime!!


Kecak is a form of Balinese dance and music drama that was developed in the 1930s in Bali, Indonesia. Since its creation, it has been performed primarily by men, with the very first women's kecak group starting in 2006.

Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of at least 150 performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and moving their hands and arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.


Stamps:
Greetings stamps - Flowers
(Issued 21-04-2001)
The 150 Anniversary of Red Cross International
(Issued 17-04-2013)



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MACQUARIE ISLAND ~King Penguins-UNESCO~

...Another little gem to add to my collection...a heaven for wildlife, penguins everywhere..the landscape is shaped by water and wind...great stamps and awesome cancellation...Thanks a million Rod  for this fantastic and unique surprise!!

Photo Barend Becker
From the backside:
King Penguins are the second largest penguin in the world and the largest on Macquarie Island. The breeding cycle takes approximately 14 months to complete, a successful pair will breed twice every 3 years.

World heritage listed Macquarie Island Nature Reserve, located approx. 1500km south-east of Tasmania is proudly managed by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, with support from the Australian Antarctic Program.














Stamps:
Bicentenary of Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island Cabbage Flower -Southern Elephant Seal
(Issued 26-10-2010)

1911-1914 Australian Antarctic Expedition
Arrival and exploration 1912
(Issued 04-09-2012)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

UK ~ Houses of Parliament - Big Ben ~

....What kind of postcard should you send from London when named Ben.... of course one with a view of the famous " Big Ben " (◕‿-) Bedankt Ben!


The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is the seat of the two parliamentary houses of the United Kingdom: the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

The most famous part of Charles Barry's design is the elegant clock tower. Originally called St. Stephen's Tower, it was soon named after the tower's largest bell, the Big Ben. A light at the top of the tower is illuminated when Parliament is sitting at night.


Stamp:
Universal Mail UK - The London Eye
(Issued Oct 2008)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

VENEZUELA ~map ~

...Great map card coming from South America...it took almost 4 months to arrive... Thanks a lot Luis!

Photo Christian Mondin
Venezuela, officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a tropical country on the northern coast of South America. Having a shoreline along the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, Venezuela borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south  and is situated on the major sea and air routes linking North and South America.

The Angel Falls (Churun Meru) in the Guiana Highlands is the world's highest waterfall and one of Venezuela's major tourist attractions.


Stamp:
Artworks by Jesus Rafael Soto
(Issued 15-11-2006)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Czech Republic ~Prague - Old Town Astronomical Clock ~

...An amazing piece of working history and great symbol of the city...sent by nephew Ben when he was in Tabor to support the Belgian riders at the WK Cyclo-cross 2015... Bedankt Ben!!





The Prague astronomical clock, is a medieval clock located in  the capital of the Czech Republic. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.

The clock was  made of 3 main sections:
1. The astronomical dial represents the position of the sun and moon, displaying astrological details.
2. The “Walk of the Apostles” shows figures of the apostles and a figure of death striking time.
3. the Calendar Dial, added in 1490, is made with 12 medallions – the signs of the zodiac, added by Josef Manes in 1865 – to represent the months.

The moving statues and apostles were added in the 17th century after major repair in 1865 – 1866.







© Dimart
Stamp:
The Beauty of Flowers - Tulip
(Issued 15-09-2010)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SRI LANKA ~ Tissa Wewa - Anuradhapura ~

Sri Lanka card nr 3...a wonderful sunset! Thanks once again Ravindra!


Tissa Wewa, an artificial reservoir, was built by Devanampiya Tissa (3d century BC) in order to increase the water supply to his capital city of Anuradhapura.

The embankment of Tissa Wewa is two miles long and 25 feet high.Tissa Wewa has an area of approximately 550 acres.

Among other uses, the reservoir supplied water to Tissa's Royal Gardens.In later centuries, Tissa Wewa and the other lakes were enlarged and integrated into a regional network of irrigation canals.





Photo © Sunil de Costa
With as always great stamps!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Seven Maidens mountain range~

Great nature view of a unique mountain range in Sri Lanka ...Postcard from a set of 4 Four on World Biodiversity day... Thanks Ravindra!

The Central highlands include Piduruthalagala, the highest peak, Kirigalpotta, Seven Maidens and several isolated mountains in the lowlands such as Ritigala which are the major components of the mountainous environment of Sri Lanka.

 Mountains are an important source of water, energy and biological diversity. Furthermore, other valuable resources such as minerals, forests and agricultural products also originate from there.

With lovely stamps!

Monday, February 9, 2015

SRI LANKA ~ Demodara railway station ~

First of tree lovely cards received from dear postcard friend Ravindra...this one shows an engineering masterpiece...Thanks a lot Ravindra!! (More to come ◕ ‿ ◕ )

A. Felix J. Perera
Demodera-Loop is the only rail loop of its kind in the entire rail network of Sri Lanka. It is situated at Demodera, which is 172 miles from Colombo along the rail track. When the construction work came up to this point, the engineers were in a dilemma not knowing which way to cut across due to the wide gap between two hills confronting each other. For a while, they even thought the Upcountry Main Line might have to be terminated at this place. After much predicament, engineers of the time decided to cut the line towards the left, around the hill at a gradual slope forming a full circle. The line had to descend at 1 foot to every 44 feet, thus plunging 100 feet below the level of the station. The line by now had come below the hill. A tunnel 416 feet in length was then dug which brought the track to the other side of the bund. The open line now faced the opposite hill but the gap was not as wide as at the top of the hill.


Stamp:
From a set of 6 stamps which commemorated the Pigeon Island Marine National Park. Crabs - Sea Life
(Issued 22-08-2014)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

LEBANON ~Cedars ~

First written and stamped fantastic nature postcard coming from Lebanon...Thanks a lot Julia!!
Lebanon is located in the Middle East and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Syria and Israel. Beirut is the capital city and a major port. Lebanon is a small country with a varied landscape consisting of beaches, mountains, valleys, forests and woodlands.

Simply known as "The Cedars", this resort settlement in Lebanon's highest range is one of the most dramatically beautiful spots in the country. Its centerpiece is an ancient grove of cedars, a tree synonymous for millennia with Lebanon itself.

The Cedars tree, majestic and indestructible, is the emblem of Lebanon and adorns its flag.


Stamp:
Famous People
(Issued 23-05-2011)

UKRAINE ~ Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater ~

View of a great architectural monument from Ukraine and one of the most beautiful theaters in the world...Many thanks Alex!!

The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet is the oldest theatre in Odessa.

The first opera house was opened in 1810 and destroyed by fire in 1873. The modern building was constructed  in neo-baroque (Vienna Baroque) style and opened in 1887. The architecture of the luxurious audience hall follows the late French rococo style. The unique acoustics of the horseshoe-designed hall allows to deliver even a whisper-low tone of voice from the stage to any part of the hall. The most recent renovation of the theater was completed in 2007.

Stamp:
Ukraine ink pot
(Issued 14-04-2007)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BRAZIL ~Praia do Forte ~

Great postcard showing one of the most amazing and fascinating sea creatures....tiny turtles on their journey to the sea...unfortunately nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as endangered :( Thanks a lot Silvia!

Photo Christian Fehr
Praia do Forte is a beach and a coastal village in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Praia do Forte is also famous for its nature reserves and  home to a number of successful ecotourism projects in Brazil.

The Tamar Turtle Project - Praia do Forte is the headquarters of the national turtle preservation program. Every year the project helps to release thousands of baby turtles into the sea up and down the coast. The Tamar Centre invites guests to learn about the 1,100 kilometres of beach that are being preserved as turtle breeding grounds.


Stamps:
Christmas stamp
(Issued 05-11-2014)
The 250th Anniversary of the Presbyterian Church of Rio de Janeiro
(Issued 12-01-2012)
Professions - Self-Adhesive
(Issued 30-12-2005)

Monday, February 2, 2015

BELGIUM ~ Brussels - Manneken Pis ~

Hello everyone! I'm back blogging after a small break...due to "winter blues" I think :)...didn't send any postcards in weeks but received great postcards from many friends....so I hope to do more regularly updates and post them all here!

First one is from dear postcard friend Johan showing one of Belgium's most famous landmarks with new issued "smiley" stamp and first day cancellation!! Thanks a lot lot Johan http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/!
Photo Marc Boseret © Artistic views Editions
Manneken Pis is a famous Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy and put in place in 1618 or 1619.  On special occasions, the Manneken Pis is dressed up. His wardrobe counts more than 900 suits.


From a set of 10 self adhesive "smoeltjes" stamps.
(Issued 26-01-2015)


 

Monday, January 5, 2015

USA ~North Dakota Winterscapes~

...Even though winter is not my favorite season, it can be very beautiful...this scenery is so lovely....a picture of nature in quiet and peace... Thank you so much of thinking of me during your trip to North Dakota ONeil :) ( you can see his great blog here: postcards and road trips)

North Dakota is the 39th state of the United States, having been admitted to the union on November 2 1889. It is located in the Upper Midwestern region of the United States, bordered by the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the north, the states of Minnesota to the east, South Dakota to the south, and Montana to the west.

State Capital:Bismarck
State Bird:Western Meadowlark
State Flower: Prairie Rose
State Tree: American Elm


Global Forever stamp that shows the beauty of our entire planet.
(Issued: 28-01-2013)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

THAILAND ~Hua Hin - Railway station ~

My first post for 2015!!! It shows a  wonderful bright yellow and red wooden building...thanks once again Reepokul for this lovely surprise with fantastic stamps!!

~~~~ Happy New Year to all...may your mailbox be filled with many interesting and beautiful postcards!~~~~

The Hua Hin Railway Station is one of the oldest and most beautiful railway stations in Thailand. Its most striking feature is the unique Royal Waiting Room in Thai architectural style. The Royal Waiting Room was built in the reign of King Rama VI in order to welcome the King and his entourage.

The station is famous among local and foreign tourist because of its unique architecture.



Monday, December 29, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Horton Plains National Park - UNESCO ~

...Great nature view...this postcard shows one of the world best nature reserves and eco tourism venues...Thanks a lot Ravindra...Wish you all the Best for 2015 ♥

Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres, is rich in biodiversity and home to an extraordinary range of flora and fauna, including several endangered species such as the western-purple-faced langur, the Horton Plains slender loris and the Sri Lankan leopard.

This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination.


Stamp:

From a set of 6 stamps which commemorated the Pigeon Island Marine National Park.(see 2 other stamps of this series)
(Issued 22-08-2014)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BELGIUM ~Christmas Tree ~

...Sweet Christmas postcard...Zalig Kerstfeest Johan and thanks once again for a year full of lovely surprises in my mailbox... holiday postcards... covers and special postcards with first day postmarks!!
© Inge Baert

Stamp:
"Best Wishes" Christmas gift
(Issued 27-10-2014)

Monday, December 22, 2014

~PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES (West Bank) - Bethlehem ~

Wonderful card coming from Bethlehem...mailed end October and arriving just in time for Christmas, a pretty special feeling...a very historical place and reminder of the true meaning of Christmas... my first card from Palestine with a lovely Christmas stamp and clear postmark... Thanks a million Justine!!
~~~~~~~~~~~♥♥ To all my postcard friends♥♥ Have a lovely Christmas if you celebrate it! ♥♥~~~~~~~~~~~
© Published by Palhot Ltd. Photo: Garo Naibandian
Bethlehem is a Palestinian city located in the central West Bank, about 10 kilometers south of Jerusalem by the hill country of Judea on the way to Hebron. The city  is the birthplace of Jesus and therefore a holy site to Christians around the world.

The city is sacred to all three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  In Hebrew, the town is called Bet Lehem ("House of Bread" ) and, in Arabic, it is Bet Lahm ("House of Meat").

Bethlehem has a population of approximately 50,000 people, with the Muslims holding a slight majority.


Stamp:
Christmas for All
(Issued 26-12-2010)

Monday, December 15, 2014

CURACAO ~ Sea Aquarium Beach ~

Caribbean postcard nr 2... a perfect holiday destination  for chasing away the winter blues... warm sunshine, endless miles of beach and sand...would love to be on a beach like this right now^^...and both cards with an excellent choice of stamps... Big thanks to friends Karel and Nicole!!
Photo © Werner J. Bertsch
Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. The Country  is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao is the largest and most populous of the three ABC islands (for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) of the Lesser Antilles, specifically the Leeward Antilles.  Its capital is Willemstad.

Sea Aquarium Beach is a beach  located to the south of Willemstad. The beach is named after Curaçao Sea Aquarium, located nearby. The aquarium is also unique because instead of a large filtration system it is actually maintained by the ocean. This aquarium has ocean rocks for walls and the ocean freely passes in and out the areas where the large fish are maintained.



With fantastic stamps!

CURACAO ~Willemstad - UNESCO~

...most likely  the last new place to add to my collection in 2014 ( nr 159)...a Caribbean tropical paradise... also with a selection great stamps used!! Many Thanks to friends Karel and Nicole!! :)

Willemstad (the capital of  Curaçao)  historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site features unique colonial architecture  and include  seventeenth- and eighteenth-century merchants' houses on Handelskade, in the Punda area.The city is divided into two neighbourhoods, Otrobanda and Punda, located on either side of the canal.

The Queen Juliana bridge is a four-lane road arch bridge crossing the St. Anna Bay.Reaching a height of 56.4 m (185 ft) above the waterline at its apex, it is the highest bridge in the entire Caribbean. The bridge is 500 m (1,400 ft) long and weighs a total of 3,400 tons. It was opened in 1974 and named after Queen Juliana, who at that time was the reigning queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

With nice stamps!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Median Egret - Habarana ~

...a beautiful elegant bird posing for a photograph...Sri Lanka is a bird watchers heaven and one of the best places in the world to watch birds.... Many thanks Ravindra also for using fantastic marine life stamps!!^^



Habarana is the centre of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle that is made up of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy.This small town serves as a base for Sigiriya and safaris to Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks.

 The Median Egret is approximately 65cm  long with striking white plumage and mainly found around shallow inland freshwater areas with abundant emergent aquatic vegetation.

It feeds on grasshoppers, bluebottle flies, cicadas and other insects; also frogs, lizards, fish etc. Its nesting season is from November to March.



Photo © Rukshan jayewardene


Stamps:

From a set of 6 stamps which commemorated the Pigeon Island Marine National Park.
(Issued 22-08-2014)


Monday, December 8, 2014

SLOVENIA ~ Postojna Cave ~

...Amazing natural wonder... but the coolest part is that the postcard was sent from the only underground cave post office in the world with a special postmark....Thanks a lot Cendy!



The Postojna Caves started forming 3-4 million years ago  with over 21 km of passages, galleries and halls, 13 are open to the public (since 1819). It is the most famous cave in Europe.

Postojna cave was visited by thousands of tourists, and therefore, the cave management sent a request to the Austrian trade ministry in Vienna for the opening of a post office in the cave.

On 15 August 1899, next to the Dance Hall, 500 meters from the entrance to the cave, the first underground post office in the world was opened.






Stamp:
With matching cave stamp.
The  special cancellation shows the "Olm".
The caves are home to the (in Slovene) human fish or the olm (proteus anguinus), the largest troglodytic amphibian in the world.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

POLAND ~Białowieża Forest - UNESCO ~

...Great  map and native animal postcard... one of the 10 top tourist attractions in Poland... a remnant of untouched wilderness... Thanks a lot Ania!!
Bialowieza Forest is an ancient woodland dating back to 8000BC that straddles the border between two countries – Poland and Belarus. It is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain.

Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, this immense forest range, consisting of evergreens and broad-leaved trees, (pine, beech, oak, alder and spruce are found in the forest) is also home to some remarkable animal life, including rare mammals such as the wolf, the lynx and the otter, as well as some 300 European Bison, a species which has been reintroduced into the park.


Stamp:
2014 Winter Olympics - Sochi, Russia
(Issued 07-02-2014)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

THAILAND ~ Bangkok - Wat Phra Kaew ~

...Fantastic "surprise" postcard showing the king of all temples...the most well known landmark, a must see when going to Bangkok...and with wonderful stamps used!! Thanks a lot Reepolkul. :-)
Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace.

Central to the temple is the Emerald Buddha, a dark green tiny statue standing (between 60 and 75cm) carved from a single jade stone. No one is allowed near the statue except the Thai King who conducts rituals at the temple throughout the year.

Wat Phra Kaew is the only temple in Thailand that doesn't have any resident monks.

Stamps:
-H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 86th Birthday Anniversary
(Issued 05-12-2013)
-Thai Heritage Conservation Day
(Issued 02-04-2014)
-Thailand 2013 World Stamp Exhibition - Contemporary Arts
(Issued 02-08-2013)

Monday, November 24, 2014

ETHIOPIA ~The Simien Mountains National Park - UNESCO~

...African beauty nr 2 coming from a really "Hard to Get country"... once again a little gem... one more ticked off my missing countries list☺...  and with so many wonderful stamps used ... Thank a million Kate!!

View of the Chennek path on the most beautiful peak in the Simien mountains, the Imet Gogo. (3.925M)

Ethiopia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is the second-most populous nation in Africa. Ethiopia is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south.

Simien Mountains National Park is one of the National Parks of Ethiopia. Located in the Semien (North) Gondar Zone of the Amhara Region, its territory covers the Simien Mountains and includes Ras Dashan, the highest point in Ethiopia.It is home to a number of extremely rare species, including the Ethiopian wolf, Gelada monkeys, and the Walia Ibex, a wild goat found nowhere else in the world.

The country is a land of natural contrasts, with waterfalls and volcanic hot springs. Ethiopia has some of Africa's highest mountains as well as some of the world's lowest points below sea level. It has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa.

Great stamps: (From left to right)
Black Rhinoceros
(Issued 20-06-2005)
Menelik's Bushbuck
(Issued 12-12-2002)
Monuments of Addis Ababa
(Issued 05-07-2012)
Surma Nationalities Hairstyles
(Issued 28-08-2005)
Menelik´s Bushbuck
(Issued 19-06-2000)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TANZANIA ~Serengeti National Park - Elephants - UNESCO ~

..fantastic  postcard showing one of the most impressive, majestic animals on earth...with great matching stamps of this "gentle giants"...  I saw on facebook a request  about donating some money to a charity called 'Hearts in Unity' and then receiving a postcard written by a Tanzanian child as a thank you.... I couldn't resist this offer, and the money went to a good cause anyway ♥...Thanks a lot Exaud-Amani... a 13 years old boy and a student in class six)
Photo © Javed Jaffarji
The Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder. It is a wilderness area in Africa with a unique ecosystem and  its name meaning “endless plains” in the Maasai indigenous language, Maa. The Serengeti is best known for being home to the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which has been called one of the natural travel wonders of the world.

The African elephant is the largest mammal on earth. Elephants live in woodlands, forests, deserts and savanna, spread across 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Today, there are an estimated 450,000 - 700,000 African elephants.

With over 2000 elephants living in the Serengeti National Park, you are almost sure to see them while on safari.


Stamps:
Wild Animals of Africa
(Issued 28-10-2010)