Tuesday, November 24, 2015

USA ~Miami- Florida ~

...From family...a wonderful BIG size Miami view....and guess what they where doing there??? Yes, a cruise on the Norwegian Pearl... A BIG THANKS ❤ Dorien and Ben!!
© Scenic Florida Distributors
From backside card:
The cruise capital of the world is located downtown Miami with Jungle Island on the foreground.

PortMiami, continues to expand as the world's leading cruise port. In 2014, PortMiami processed close to 4.8 million multi-day passengers—more than any other port in the world.

With 18 cruise brands berthing 36 ships PortMiami is clearly the departure destination of choice for cruises to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and beyond, offering cruise vacations for every taste and budget -- from family fun to luxury cruising.


Star Spangled Banner (Forever)
(Issued 28-01-2014)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

~SRI LANKA - Grand Hotel-Nuwara Eluya ~

...A beautiful hotel view in an amazing setting...must be the perfect place for a holiday...if only I could stay there one day...Thanks once again my friend Ravindra!!
Photo Juergen Schreiber
Grand Hotel is a fabulous old Colonial structure of the Elizabethan era and is also the former mansion of Sir Edward Barnes who was the Governor of Sri Lanka during 1830-1850. With luxury settings and an ambiance of ancient times where royalty roamed, this hotel offers a range of facilities to make your holiday in the hill country a perfect one.

There are a number of 154 deluxe rooms with beautiful views of the surroundings while luxury awaits you..


70 Years of United Nations
(Issued 24-10-2015)

The 60th Anniversary of the Election Department
(Issued 30-09-2015)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

THAILAND ~Magazine cover ~

...Interesting and a bit different subject as usual on my postcards...but Thanks a lot Jobbo for all the information on the back of the card..I would never have guessed who it was on the postcard!!( >‿♥)

This picture shows a cover of an old issue of Tuang Toon magazinge, which always features its founder and long-time editor Vatin Pinchaleo one of Thailand's oldest and best-loved magazines.

Vatin Pinchaleo (or uncle Tuay )was a cartoonist, and died on October 4 at the age of 85.

The magazine celebrated its 45th anniversary last month. It is still well-known today for its wit and humorous content. It contains diverse “edutainment" content that touches on everything from archeology,...world history, science, art, poetry, as well as mystery and unexplained fact, and fiction, local and international.


Seaside in Thailand - Muko Ang Thong National Park
(Issued 05-07-2012)

Monday, November 16, 2015

LUXEMBOURG ~ The 12 Coat of Arms ~

...Great postcard coming from a small neighbouring country...but still not easy to get postcards from there...had to wait for over 3 years to get this third Luxembourg postcard ㋡... Thanks a lot Agi for sending me this one on your travels!!
The Blazon of the 12 Cantons the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg after the R. Louis Luxembourg. is divided into 3 districts, which are further divided into 12 cantons and then 116 municipalities.

1.District de Diekirch northern part of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg:
   - Clervaux -Diekirch -Redange -Vianden -Wiltz
2.District de Grevenmacher eastern part of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg:
   Echternach -Grevenmacher -Remich
3.District de Luxembourg western part of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg:
   - Capellen -Esch-sur-Alzette -Luxembourg- Mersch


National Museum of History and Art
(Issued 22-09-2015)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

ARGENTINA ~ South America Map ~

...Fantastic South America map card coming from Argentina...from the 12 countries I'm only missing Colombia and Paraguay and these dependant territories, Falkand Islands (UK), French Guiana (France) South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (UK)...maybe someone can help???(>‿♥)Thanks a lot Rubén!!

Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Oceans, South America is the wilder of the Americas.

The world's biggest rainforest and the largest river (Amazon), the highest mountain range outside Asia (the Andes), remote islands (Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Fernando de Noronha), heavenly beaches (such as in Brazil's Northeastern region), wide deserts (Atacama), icy landscapes (Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego), the world's tallest waterfall (the 979m Angel Falls, in Venezuela) and one of the largest (Iguaçu Falls, Argentina and Brazil), as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions.

 There are 12 independent countries and 3 dependent territories. The largest country by area and the most populated is Brazil, it occupies about the 50% of the total mainland area and more than 52% of the population live on its territory. The smallest independent state is Suriname, it is the only nation in this region, speaking Dutch as an official language.

With nice stamps!

Monday, November 9, 2015

POLAND ~Dunajec River Gorge-Pieniny National Park-UNESCO Tentative List ~

...Nice postcard with many beautiful nature views...a new addition to my "National Parks" collection!!
Thanks a lot Bartosz!!
The Dunajec River runs through the Pieniny Mountains from the northern part of Slovakia into southern Poland, forming part of the border between the two countries. The Dunajec River Gorge is one of the most scenic areas of the river and is currently on a list of tentative UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Located within the Pieniny National Park, the gorge features layers of limestone and dolomite rock, with cliffs rising 300 meters above the river and is understandably one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region.


Polish Cities - Sieradz
(Issued 29-07-2005)
The 200th Anniversary of the Death of Jan Potocki, 1761-1815
(Issued 25-06-20 15)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

BANGLADESH ~ Hajrat Khan Jahan Ali Nine Gambuj Mosque -Bagerhat ~

First written and stamped postcard coming from Bangladesh... a wonderful archaeological site...Many Thanks Mohammad!!
The Mosque City of Bagerhat is a formerly lost city, located in the suburbs of Bagerhat city.

Originally known as Khalifatabad and nicknamed the "mint town of the Bengal Sultanate", the city was founded in the 15th century by the warrior saint Turkish general Ulugh Khan Jahan..

The historic city, listed by Forbes as one of the 15 lost cities of the world, has more than 50 Islamic monuments which have been found after removing the vegetation that had obscured them from view for many centuries.


Expanded Programme on Immunization
(Issued 22-01-1998)

2X China World Stamp Exhibition
(Issued 10-04-2009)

Monday, November 2, 2015

USA ~United Nations - New York ~

Got my second really special postcard sent from The UN headquarter, New York... this time showing their flag...Thanks a lot Kylie!!
© UN 2012 Photo:UN Photo/John Isaac

The Flag of the United Nations is made up of the white emblem of the United Nations, a World map surrounded by two olive branches, on blue background. The United Nation was formed in the year 1945 after the Second World War and in 1947 the current United Nations Flag was for the first time officially effective.

The headquarters of the United Nations is a distinctive complex in New York City, United States, that has served as the official headquarters of the United Nations since its completion in 1952. There are 3 other additional, subsidiary, regional headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland), Vienna (Austria), and Nairobi (Kenya).

Only the United Nations is permitted to issue postage stamps, even though it is an organization and not a country or a territory. Today the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) is the only postal authority that issues stamps in three different currencies: U.S. dollars, Swiss francs and euros. The stamps may be used for postage when used on mail sent from the United Nations offices in New York, Geneva or Vienna.


 End violence Against Children
 (Issue Date: 20.08.2015)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Tropical Marine World -Hikkaduwa~

...Beautiful postcard of one my favourite subjects, marine life...a wonderful  underwater paradise of amazing corals and exotic colorful fishes.... Thanks a lot Ravindra for showing me this time a "natural wonder" of your island!
Photo: Anver Deen
Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka located in the Southern Province.

Hikkaduwa is the most beautiful coral reef and the only marine life sanctuary in Sri Lanka, well known for the coral formations which constitute a miniature Barrier Reef. It is known as a paradise for skin-divers as the sea is very calm and due to this the underwater visibility extends for about more than 100 feet. You can hire a glass bottomed boat or goggles an flippers and explore the fantasies under your feet.


Solar System - Earth
(Issued 05-12-2014)

Vesak 2015
(Issued 20-04-2015)

World Maritime Day
(Issued 24-09-2015)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

INDIA ~The Qutab Minar-New Delhi-UNESCO ~

... A great new UNESCO site showing one of the oldest monuments in Delhi and one of the tallest stone towers in India. Thanks a lot Gian Luca for thinking of me during travelling!! (Blog: World Postcards)

Qutub Minar at 73 meters (240 feet), is the second tallest minar in India after Fateh Burj at Mohali, with a diameter measuring 14.32 meters (47 feet) at the base and 2.75 meters (9 feet) at the peak. Inside the tower, a circular staircase with 379 steps leads to the top.

The tower is located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. It is made of red sandstone and marble.

The foundation of the tower was laid in 1199 by the then ruler Qutub-ud-din Aibak, which was later completed by his successor Shams-ud-din Iltutmish.

 Qutub Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutb Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


J.R.D. Tata-"Builders of Modern India".

(Issued 01-03-2009)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

BELGIUM ~Mailbox - Christmas stamp 2015 ~

...Found a lovely mailbox postcard in my mailbox today ㋡...must say mine doesn't look as beautiful as this one...with my first Christmas stamp for 2015 and also great special cancellation!! Thanks a lot Johan !!

Bpost issued two self adhesive stamps -
with value National and inside Europe.

(Issued 26-10-2015)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


...A lovely new UNESCO view of the countries most historical city with the Christ Church...a popular tourist attraction...always a nice surprise to get unexpected postcards from your traveling postcard friends...Thanks a lot Jobbo!!
Modern-day Malacca is a vibrant old city with a unique historical and cultural background from being the capital of a powerful Malay kingdom before the colonial era, as well as subsequent Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. The city centre was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2008, along with Georgetown and Penang.

Backside postcard:
At the Dutch square, brightly decorated trishaws await tourists for a ride down memory lane. The trishaws are also equipped with stereo sets and often play loud music while taking visitors around the heritage side.


The 50th Anniversary of the "Grand Knight of Valour" Order
(Issued 30-07-2010)
Lifestyles of the Aboriginal People (Issued 27-09-2010)
 Heritage of Pahang Dural Makmur (Issued 20-10-2010)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Demodara Bridge-Ella ~

...Lovely train postcard but unfortunately badly damaged during travelling...it looks as if it was run over by a train :-)...Thanks a lot Ravindra!!
The Demodara railway line is a well known masterpiece of engineering feat. From the station the railway line winds its way and comes directly under the station through the tunnel which has been excavated inside a mountain.

Nine Arch Bridge of Demodara is one of the most famous and gorgeous structures on Colombo-Badulla railway.

With many great stamps used!

Friday, October 16, 2015

DANMARK~Grenen Skagen-Where two seas meet~

...Great postcard of an amazing natural phenomenon... must be a fascinating experience to see two seas meet...two separate sets of waves clashing against each other from opposite directions at the most northern point of the country... one more place on top on my wishlist for a visit...【ツ】Thanks a lot Hans J!!
Photo: © Birgitte Rødkær
Skagen (The Scaw) is a projection of land and a town in Region Nordjylland on the northernmost tip of Vendsyssel-Thy, a part of the Jutland peninsula in northern Danmark. Skagen is located in Frederikshavn municipality.

Grenen is a long sandbar at Skagen Odde (the headland of Jutland), north of the town of Skagen what makes it  the northmost point of Denmark (excluding the Faroe Islands and Greenland). Here are the bays of Skagerrak and Kattegat and this is the place where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea meet.

Wavy Line
(Issued 28-04-2010)

The 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage
(Issued 13-06-2015)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

BRAZIL ~ Rio de Janeiro ~

...Many wonderful views showing Rio... Thanks once more David!!
Rio de Janeiro or simply Rio, is the second-largest city in Brazil, the 6th largest city in the Americas, and the world's 35th largest city by population.

It is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches. In addition to the beaches, some of the most famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf Mountain with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.

The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, which will mark the first time a South American city hosts the event.


Olympic Games - Rio de Janeiro 2016
(Issued 24-03-2015)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

SURINAME ~Groeten uit dit bijzondere land ~

...Lovely card coming from South America... Greetings from this unique country...although the travel time from Brussels to Paramaribo is about 9 hrs. 30 mins their mother language is also dutch(◕‿-)!!
Thanks a lot David!! (see his blog here:Postcards A World Travelogue)

Photo and design: Studio TMC
Suriname is the smallest country on the northeastern coast of South America.

It is bordered by French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west and Brazil to the south. Most of the population lives on the country's north coast, in and around the capital and largest city, Paramaribo.


Local Dresses
(Issued 17-06-2015)


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Nuwara Eliya Post Office ~

...A former post office...always nice to see for a postcard and stamp lover...Thanks a lot Ravindra!!
Photo: A. Felix J. Perera
Nuwara Eliya is often referred to by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’. At over 6000 feet, it’s also one of the island’s highest cities. 

This Post Office was opened in 1894 and it is recognized as a significant post office among the Urban Post Offices in Sri Lanka, it is now modified into a holiday bungalow.


Gems of Sri Lanka
(Issued 03-09-2015)

SRI LANKA ~Blue Magpie-Sinharaja Rain Forest~

...One of Sri Lanka most beautiful birds...for bird watching the island is the best country in the world... a birds paradise... Thanks once again Ravindra!!
Photo: Venura Ubayathilaka
The Sri Lanka blue magpie or Ceylon magpie is a member of the crow family living in the hill forests of Sri Lanka, where it is endemic.

It is declining due to loss of this habitat. Sri Lanka Blue Magpie is usually found in small groups of up to six or seven birds. It is largely carnivorous, eating small frogs, lizards, insects and other invertebrates, but will eat fruit. Their nest, usually situated on a tree or shrub, is made of sticks and is somewhat similar to the crow’s nest.

(Issued 12-12-2012)

Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Sri Lanka
(Issued 13-01-2015)

Solar System - Earth
(Issued 05-12-2014)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AUSTRALIA ~The Dogs that Saved Macquarie Island -UNESCO~

...As being a dog lover and owner this fantastic postcard is such a wonderful new addition to my collection...a stamp honour for dogs who saved the island...eleven dogs, mostly springer spaniels and Labrador retrievers, worked tirelessly to hunt and eradicate rabbits and rodents...the island owed its pest-free status to the dogs... an important part of their training was to teach the dogs not to disturb native animals...the postcard also shows the bad conditions that the dogs had to work in...Thanks so much Xue!!❣◕ ‿ ◕❣
Gary Bowcock and his hunting dogs -Photo by Chris Crerar- © Tasmania Parks&Wildlife Service.
Macquarie Island is a subantarctic island located in the Southern Ocean, approximately half way between Australia and Antarctica.

Macquarie Island or “Macca” as it is often called is a Nature Reserve managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. The island and surrounding waters out to 12 nautical miles were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997 as a site of major geoconservation significance, as an island of unique natural diversity and one of the truly remarkable places on earth. The land under the sea, all flora and fauna including fish and marine plants are completely protected.

A maxicard is a prepaid postcard with a stamp affixed and postmarked on the view side. The subject matter of a maxicard is common to the card, stamp and postmark.

 On 9th of September Australia Post issued a set of four maxicard on Macquarie Island and its dogs.

Friday, October 2, 2015

NETHERLANDS ~Valkenburg ~

...Many lovely views of a city in my neighbouring country Holland... Thanks a lot Ben!!
Valkenburg aan de Geul  is situated in the southeastern Dutch province of Limburg. The name refers to the central town in the municipality, Valkenburg, and the small river Geul.

People come to visit the mines, its chalk houses and caverns with drawings dating back to Roman times, the castle of Valkenburg from which you can enjoy the wonderful landscape.


Dutch Icons
(Issued 02-01-2014)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SRI LANKA ~ Bronze Elephant Lamp ~

...Wonderful artifact...a treasure of the past.... Many thanks Ravindra!!
Dedigama is world famous for its elephant lamp (11–12th C AD). This is a hanging lamp of a unique design with an oil regulating device. Oil can be poured into the belly of the elephant with the use of one of its front legs and the hollow. This unique archaeological exhibit, gives an insight into the advanced state of technological development during the reign of King Parakramabahu. The elephant lamp is an ingenious creation of an unknown craftsman.

Dedigama Kota Vehera stupa was built by king Parakramabahu the Great ( 1153-1186) as a memorial on the location he was born.

The 100th Anniversary of the Carey College
(Issued 29-05-2014)

Solar System - Mars
(Issued 05-12-2014) 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SRI LANKA ~St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham~

...Strange to see this European architecture in tropical island Sri Lanka...Thanks a lot Ravindra for showing me once more something new and surprising!!
Adisham Bungalow is a country house near Haputale, in the Badulla District.The house was built in 1931 by an English aristocrat and planter Sir Thomas Villiers, former Chairman of George Steuart Co, a trading and estate agency based in Colombo.

In 1961 it was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church and was subsequently converted to a monastery; the Adisham monastery of Saint Benedict. It has a relic (a chip of a bone) of St. Sylvester at the chapel.

The house is well preserved along with its period fittings and furniture, and is open to visitors.


Solar System - Moon
(Issued 05-12-2014)

Gems of Sri Lanka
(Issued 03-09-2015)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Zomaar... ♥Sweet♥ postcard from one blogger to another one...with wise words...always be true to  yourself & your beliefs, uplift one another instead of bringing others down... Bedankt voor de leuke verrasinng Sabrina (Blog van Sabrina)...it made me smile!✿㋡✿
~made by Ellemieke~


This is Belgium - Comics
(Issued 14-09-2012)

SRI LANKA ~ Brazen Palace - Anuradhapura - UNESCO ~

Nice postcard showing a historic site of more than 2000 years old... Thanks Ravindra!!
The Brazen Palace (Lovamahapaya) in Anuradhapura was once a magnificent structure initially built during the reign of King Dutugemunu of Sri Lanka (161BC-137BC). Rebuilt on several occasions, at its peak, it would have had over a thousand rooms and would have risen nine storeys. Today, the sole remains of the Brazen Palace are 1,600 neatly aligned granite columns arranged in forty rows.

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization.  The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries.

It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Gems of Sri Lanka
(Issued 03-09-2015)

Monday, September 21, 2015

TOGO ~ Map and views ~

... A fantastic and "rare" new African country in my collection...a tiny odd shaped and totally unknown country to me...Big thanks to Maick (A journey of Postcards ) for this wonderful surprise!!♥

Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east, and Burkina Faso to the north. It extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, on which the capital Lomé, the largest city of the country is located.

 The country is a  tropical, sub-Saharan nation, highly dependent on agriculture, with a climate that provides good growing seasons.

Togo is one of the smallest and also regarded as one of the poorest countries in all of Africa.


Below - singer
(Issued 2002 )

The 30th Anniversary of I'UPAP Bella
(Issued 2010)