Thursday, January 21, 2021

BELARUS ~ Mir Castle Complex - UNESCO ~

... Lovely view of a unique monument of national culture of Belarus... one of the most famous castles in the country is in Mir... Belarus is often called the “land of castles” due to numerous fortifications built in the 16-17th centuries to protect the territory from enemies... the castle suffered in several battles and it was almost burned with the invasion of Charles XII in the 18thC... despite its complex history, it was opened to the public in 2013 after a complete renovation... it's one most popular tourist destination in the country... about 320,000 tourists visited the castle complex in 2019... nowadays, the castle serves as well as a venue for some cultural events... with great matching UNESCO stamp👍...  Thanks Natalia!¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The construction of this Belarus’ Gothic style castle was started in the 1520s by Duke Ilinich. In 1568 the castle came into the hands of Mikolay Radziwil, who completed it in Renaissance style. The Radziwills owned the castle for several centuries.

A three-storey palace was built along the eastern and northern walls of the castle which had forty fretted rooms. Earth walls were built around the castle with bastions at the corners, surrounded by a water moat.  An Italian garden was laid to the north of the walls and an artificial lake was established to the south. 

In 2000 it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


The 60th Anniversary of Belarus' Entry into UNESCO
(Issued 14-04-2014)

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

BANGLADESH ~ The Sundarbans - National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great new UNESCO and National Park postcard... it shows the breathing roots of mangrove forests... the Sundarbans contain the world's largest mangrove forests and one of the most biologically productive of all natural ecosystems... its ever changing landscape is shaped by tidal shifts, rivers and creeks... the mangrove habitat supports the single largest population of tigers in the world which have adapted to an almost amphibious life, being capable of swimming for long distances and feeding on fish, crab and water monitor lizards... there are a number of “cruise boats” offering trips through the Sundarbans... one of the best places to visit in Bangladesh... with lovely round shaped bird stamps... Thanks a lot Aditi!【ツ】 
 Located at the mouth of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers in South West part of Bangladesh on the Bay of Bengal. It is adjacent to the border of India’s Sundarbans World Heritage site.

The Sunderbans is named after the Sundari trees which are found in bulk in this area. 

The park was established as a national park in 1984 as earlier it was created as wildlife sanctuary in 1977, designated as the core area of Sunderbans Tiger Reserve.

When the Indian Sundarbans were inscribed in 1987 it was suggested that the site be increased to include the (larger) Bangladesh Sundarbans. When Bangladesh got its area inscribed in 1997, the Sundarbans as a whole encompasses 10.000km² of which 60 percent is in Bangladesh.



Stamps Day
(Issued 29-07-2018)

Birds of Bangladesh
(Issued 28-05-2016)

Saturday, January 16, 2021

ROMANIA ~ Wooden Churches of Maramures - UNESCO ~

... Great postcard showing all 8 elegant wooden churches on the UNESCO list... there are around a hundred wooden churches in Maramures mostly located in small villages... the wooden churches of Maramures are unique and architectural masterpieces which reflect the best example and variety of wood carving design and craftsmanship still being carried out today... with tall, graceful spires and beautifully decorated inside with frescoes... they also reflect the role that religion has played in the local community and are a response to a Hungarian prohibition against stone Orthodox churches... Maramures is the most „back in time” part of Romania... Thanks Catalina!(✿◠‿◠) 

Photo: Eugen MIHAI

Maramures County is situated in the northern part of Romania, and has a border with Ukraine. 
They were (re)built in the 18th and 19th centuries, after the last great Tatar invasions ended in 1717. 

The churches are made of thick logs, are quite small and dark inside, and painted with rather 'naïve' Biblical scenes. The most characteristic features are the tall tower above the entrance and the massive roof that seems to dwarf the main body of the church.

Eight wooden Churches of Maramures - in Surdesti, Plopis, Rogoz, Ieud, Poeinile Izei, Barsana, Budesti and Desesti - have been recognized by UNESCO in 1999.


Arctic Animals 
(Issued 12-12-2007)

Old Bucharest 
(Issued 15-05-2007)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

AUSTRALIA ~ Budj Bim Cultural Landscape - National Park - UNESCO ~

... A fascinating new UNESCO site... a place with over 32,000 years of history... Budj Bim is one of the most extensive and oldest aquaculture systems in the world...  it’s also the site of over 100 permanent stone dwellings... for thousands of years, dwellings such as these were home to a settled community of Gunditjmara people... as well as its cultural significance, the area is beautiful, with great crater lake views... it’s perfect for picnics, camping, bushwalk and mountain biking... nature trails follow the old crater rim.... Budj Bim is a must-visit natural wonder... Thanks Helen!【ツ】 

The Budj Bim National Park, formerly known as Mount Eccles National Park, is a national park located in Victoria with an area of  5,470 hectare.The park now forms part of the larger Budj Bim heritage areas.  It derives its name from Budj Bim, formerly Mount Eccles, which is situated in the north-east of the park.

The Dhauwurd Wurrung, also known as the Gunditjmara  are the traditional owners of the areas now encompassing Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Woolsthorpe and Portland. Their land includes much of the Budj Bim heritage areas.

The way of life of the Aboriginal people of Western Victoria differed from other Aboriginal Victorians in several respects. Because of the colder climate, they made, wore, and used as blankets, rugs of possum and kangaroo. They also built huts from wood and local basalt (known as bluestone), with roofs made of turf and branches.

In June 2019, Budj Bim became the first Australian site to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List solely for its Aboriginal cultural values.


Postage Paid

Monday, January 11, 2021

GERMANY ~ Pied Piper - Hamelen ~

... Postcard nr 2 about one of the most famous fairy tales... to this day, the town of Hamelen celebrates its assocation with the legendary rat-catcher as re-enactments are carried out every year on 26 June... also with matching stamp and special first day postmark💜... Thanks a lot Dustin for once more a year with over *50* unique and fantastic cancellations!!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
You can read more about this town and Pied Piper here:


The Pied Piper of Hamelin
(Issued 03-12-2020)

Friday, January 8, 2021

GERMANY ~ Maya the Bee ~

... Sweet Maya the Bee postcard🐝... one more of the best-known and beloved children’s cartoons... it is the story of Maya and her friends, Flip the grasshopper, Willy the bee and many other insects as they have great adventures... with lovely matching and last issued stamp of the series " Childhood Heroes" and special postmark👍... the others were Heidi, Pipi Longstocking (2019), Maya the Bee and Wickie the Viking (2020)... I have them all four in my collection and they are gorgeous❤️.... Thanks a lot Dustin! (ヅ)   →          My postcard and stamp week:

Maya the Bee  is the main character in The Adventures of Maya the Bee, a German book written by Waldemar Bonsels and published in 1912. 

The book has been published in many other languages and adapted extensively for animated series, opera, video games and Maya the Bee merchandise is extremely popular among kids.

Sinde 2008 the rights are owned by the Belgian Studio 100 Animation, one of Europe's leading animation production companies. (also Vicky the Viking)


Childhood Heroes

(Issued 03-12-2020)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

SPAIN ~ Tower of the Hours - Pals - Catalonia ~

... Great view of one of the most charming villages located a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea, right on the Costa Brava... this gorgeous walled town perched on a hilltop was built around a fortress and has kept its medieval look so well that a visit to Pals is like travelling back in time... with cobblestone streets this town still has many of its aged stone arches, walkways, and balconies, all lovely restored... the main road into the village winds upwards towards the large tower which remains of the castle that once stood here... this impressive keep is a 15m high circular Romanesque tower dating from the 11-13th centuries... the tower is known as the Torre de les Hores (Tower of the Hours) as it was used as a clock tower in the 15thC... Thanks a lot Josep&Assumpta! (✿ ♥‿♥)  

Pals is a medieval town in Catalonia, northern Spain in the heart of the Bay of Emporda on the Costa Brava. 

The surrounding plains were once marshland and make the perfect environment for growing rice. Rice cultivation in the plains around Pals dates back to 1452.And some of the festivities tied to the traditional planting and harvesting methods still exist today. Pals rice has always been renowned for its high quality. 


WWF Charity Stamp - Nature Protection 
(Issued 14-05-2020)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

GERMANY ~ Viking Town Schleswig ~

... Still plenty of cards to post from last year😊 .. I start with lovely views of Schleswig, a harbor city... the card shows different images of the city and its Viking past... one of the oldest towns in the Baltic region... it  has a long history with Vikings and it used to be a Danish town... famous for many popular attractions like the Viking Museum Haithabu (Wikinger Museum) documenting its first inhabitants... with wonderful Vicky the Viking stamp💜... a famous Children’s TV cartoon...Vicky is the only son of the Viking chief Halvar of Flake... Vicky accompanies his father and his crew on their voyages and pillaging sprees, and though he lacks in physical strength, he proves himself useful by using his brains instead of brawn in solving the problems the Vikings face... and cute special first day postmark... so, I can say that it has a "matching" stamp😉...Thanks a lot Dustin!!【ツ】 

Schleswig is the capital of Schleswig-Flensburg, located at the end of the extensive Schlei, a 40-kilometer-long salt-water fjord carved into the mainland from the Baltic Sea. Before it became part of Germany, this was considered to be one of the oldest towns in Denmark. 

It takes its name from the Schlei, an inlet of the Baltic sea at the end of which it sits, and vik or vig which means “bay” in Old Norse and Danish. Schleswig or Slesvig therefore means “bay of the Schlei”.



Wickie - Childhood Heroes
(Issued 03-12-2020)

Friday, January 1, 2021


"Wishing you all health, happiness, and prosperity in the new year."

Thursday, December 31, 2020

CHINA ~ Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - UNESCO ~

... Last post at the end of a very difficult year for everyone with an overload of cuteness❤️...  the cudly national symbol of China🐼...Giant Pandas are adored and treasured all over the world, and most zoos take great pride even in only having a few... Belgian zoo Pairi Daiza hosts five of these amazing animals... a number of breeding centers, reserves, and research facilities have been established in Sichuan to help protect the giant panda from extinction... these reserves offer the modern traveler plenty of extraordinary ways to visit pandas in their natural habitat and possibly even interact with these magnificent beasts... Chengdu has also one of the most stunning landscapes in China... Thanks Lu! (✿◠‿◠) 

The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, located in southwest Sichuan province consist, are home to more than 30% of the world's highly endangered Giant Pandas and is among the most important sites for the captive breeding of these pandas.

It covers 9245 km2 with seven nature reserves and nine scenic parks in the Qionglai and Jiajin Mountains. Along with the Giant Panda, the sanctuary is a refuge to other endangered species such as the red panda, the snow leopard, and the clouded leopard. 

Outside of the tropical rainforests, it is among the botanically richest sites of the world, and is home to between 5,000 and 6,000 species of flora.

In 2006, UNESCO designated the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries a World Heritage Site. 


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

GERMANY ~ The town of the Pied Piper - Hameln ~

... Lovely postcard showing a small selection beautiful sandstone and half-timbered buildings in the style of the Weser Renaissance in the historic city center... this town is forever associated with the medieval story of Pied Piper of Hamelin... one of the most famous classic fairy tales all over the world... popularized by the the Brothers Grimm, Goethe and Browning in the 19thC, the legend tells how in the 13thC a piper hired for his rat-catching skills lured all the town's rodent into the Weser River with his magic pipe... when the town folk refused to pay for his services, Pied Piper led all the local children to drown in the river too... today, on the Bungelosenstrasse, the street where the Pied Piper House is located (where the children were supposedly last seen), music is banned as a sign of respect... but in the rest of the city, there are everywhere rat images and symbols... a clock tower tells the story three times a day, there’s a Pied Piper statue... twice a day, the bells played also the Pied Piper melody... the combination of the story of the Pied Piper (or the Rat Catcher, as the Germans call it) and the old town's medieval charm make this a must see place... with wonderful matching "Pied Piper" stamp and special postmark💙... Thanks a lot Dustin!【ツ】
Hamelin is located in the region of Lower Saxony. It lies along the Weser River,  Originating around the Abbey of St. Boniface, which was founded by monks from Fulda at the end of the 8thC, Hameln was a market centre dependent on the Abbey of Fulda until 1259.


The Pied Piper of Hamelin
(Issued 03-12-2020)

Monday, December 28, 2020

BELGIUM ~ Maredsous Abbey ~

... Nice view of one of the most beautiful abbeys in my country... a place characterized by relaxation and spirituality... located in the Molignée valley... the Benedictine monks continue their tradition of hospitality in a natural and stunning architectural setting... they have been welcoming pilgrims and visitors in the reception center Saint Joseph for a thousand years... there is a visitor centre and museum where you can learn about the abbey’s history... you can also visit the cafeteria, bookshop, souvenir shop and playground, especially while tasting the Abbey gastronomic products: the Maredsous beers and cheeses... Heel erg bedankt Ben en Loes!(✿ ♥‿♥)

Maredsous Abbey in neogothic style was founded in 1872 by Beuron Abbey in Germany, the founder of many religious houses, at the instigation of Hildebrand de Hemptinne, a Belgian monk at Beuron and later abbot of Maredsous.

Although founded comparatively recently, this Benedictine abbey upholds the best traditions of the Middle Ages, when Saint Benedict laid down his Rule for monastic life. Today, thirty-two monks live, pray and work in this pastoral location. They follow the Rule of St. Benedict – ‘ora et labora’ (pray and work).


(Issued 21-10-2019)

Saturday, December 26, 2020

CANADA ~ The Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site - Lock 44 - Ontario ~

... Great view of a unique engineering marvel at "lock 44" on the Trent-Severn Waterway..  it physically lifts the boats out of the water and over a land in a massive open carriage on a track system, before launching them back into the water where they can continue their journey... this scenic, meandering route has been called "one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world"...Big Chute has large grounds for picnicking and boater camping... it is the only marine railway of its kind in North America... Thanks a lot Andrene!【ツ】

© Trent-Severn Waterway © Parks Canada Canada

The Trent–Severn Waterway is a 386-kilometre-long canal route connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Huron. Its major natural waterways include the Trent River, Otonabee River, Kawartha Lakes, Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and Severn River. 

The canal was surveyed as a military route, but the first lock was built in 1833 as a commercial venture.


Community Foundation Charity 
(Issued 21-09-2020)

Medical Pioneers 
(Issued 10-09-2020)

The 100th Anniverary of the Group of Seven 
(Issued 07-05-2020)

Thursday, December 24, 2020

GERMANY ~ Christmas Greetings - Nikolausdorf ~

... Sweet Christmas postcard💖... with wonderful special postmark💖... from the Christmas post office in Nikolausdorf... a small village in Lower Saxony.... the campaign in 49681 Nikolausdorf has been running for 55 years now... dear Dustin I'm wishing you and your family a warm, glowing Christmas🎅🎇 and for better days ahead in 2021!🎆 


Christmas - Church Window 
(Issued 02-12-2020)

Happy Holiday
(Issued 02-12-2020)

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

MONACO ~ Santa Claus Letter ~

... .. 🎅H0H 0H0 🎅... Santa Letter nr2... for 14 years now, Father Christmas takes up temporary lodgings at Monaco’s post office... while he’s busy preparing gifts, his personal secretary takes care of sifting through the many letters written to him... with lovely stamps used and nice postmarks👍...

... "On 23 December at 19.00 Santa Claus starts his long journey to deliver gifts to children around the world on the day before Christmas Eve... We all wish him a safe journey and send our Christmas greetings all over the world." Thanks Santa!💖💖💖



Flora and Fauna of the Mediterranean 
(Issued 01-01-2002)

EUROPA Stamps - National Birds 
(Issued 06-05-2019)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

FRANCE ~ Santa Claus Letter - Libourne ~

... 🎅H0H 0H0 🎅... A lovely letter from Santa ... the secretariat of Santa Claus is an old tradition, which allows "to bring to life the values ​​of sharing, hope and generosity"... several dozen elves and goblins will work at the secretariat of Santa Claus at La Poste located in Libourne... last year, Père Noël (Santa Claus) received around 91,000 emails once the season opened.... and  more than 1.2 million children of varying sizes wrote their letters from 140 countries... Thanks Santa!💖💖💖

Monday, December 21, 2020

CANADA ~ Christmas Greetings ~

... With Christmas🎅 and New Year🎇 just around the corner it's time to start with a received "Season's Greeting card"... a wonderful glittery winter⛄scene❄️ by Thomas Kinkade, "Painter of Light"... 
... I can imagine that Christmas and end of year might be totally different than what we all used to have in the past... for the first time for as long as I can remember there will be no family dinner on Christmas day😢... but I hope 2021 will be better with happiness, love, joy and good health...💖💝💖Thanks a lot dear Andrene & Ron, sending a virtual hug!!😍

As the season unfolds,

hope that it holds

all you've been hoping for most.

© Thomas Kinkade


Christmas - Madonna and Child
(Issued 03-11-2017) 

Christmas: Warm and cozy 
(Issued 02-11-2018)

 (Issued 04-11-2019)

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

GERMANY ~ Städtisches Museum - Braunschweig ~

... Beautiful detail of a table-top laid out with a brightly colored glass bead mosaic by Johann Michael van Selow... an example of the elegance and color of the courtly Rococo... these glass beads ornaments were one of the famous products of the region in the 18thC... pearl mosaic works are rare gems of German furniture art... many of these pieces can be seen in the Städtisches Museum... with very historic postmark👍... it celebrates the opening of Berlin's new airport... Thanks a lot Dustin!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀ 

The Städtisches Museum Braunschweig , founded in 1861, is one of the largest art and cultural history museums in Germany with its collection of over 270,000 objects on Braunschweig's history.

Furniture dating from around 1760. 
Oak wood with historical setting and marbling. Cover plate softwood with inlaid colored glass beads.



(Issued 01-07-2019)

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

INDIA ~ Ajanta Caves - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view of Cave 26, one of the many caves carved into a 75-metre wall of rock situated in a horse-shoe valley... Ajanta consists of thirty caves dedicated to the life of the Buddha... each cave is filled with sculpture, wall murals, and ceiling paintings... these caves have always been recognized as the gems that represent Indian history and the impressive artistry that existed in the foregone era... some paintings are the earliest examples in India... Thanks Thomas!  (✿◠‿◠) 

Photo: Sandip Dey

The caves were built in two phases, the first starting around the 2nd century BCE and the second occurring from 400–650 CE, according to older accounts, or in a brief period of 460–480 CE according to later scholarship. Funds for the construction of Ajanta Caves were provided by various rulers, mainly Vakataka Dynasty and Satvahana Dynasty.

The site of Ajanta Caves was later abandoned and got covered in thick forest, until 1819 when a British officer rediscovered it. 

 A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.


The 100th Anniversary of the Samaja Newspaper
(Issued 06-10-2019)

Definitive Stamp 
11th Series Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence 
(Issued 26-12-2019)

Monday, December 7, 2020

GERMANY ~ Lunenburg ~

... A nice selection town views with several multi-colored historical buildings... Lüneburg dates back more than 1,000 years and is without a doubt one of the prettiest towns in northern Germany...  built on the side of a hill surrounded by two rivers... having survived World War II undamaged, it has retained its magical Medieval charm... it was once a major salt producing place in Germany... but today, it is known for culture, music and fine arts...  with great special postmark and stamp👍 celebrating 50 years "Tatort" one of the most popular German TV crime shows... Thanks a lot Dustin!【ツ】 

Lüneburgis a town in the German state of Lower Saxony on the Ilmenau River and was long the capital of the dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

It was an important member of the Hanseatic League. Predominately built in the late-Gothic and Renaissance styles, the city has several fine churches, a large city hall  and many gabled houses in the characteristic north German style. 

Lüneburg is also home to Leuphana University.


Definitives - Flowers

The 50th Anniversary of Tatort 
(Issued 02-11-2020)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

GIBRALTAR ~ Gorham’s Cave Complex - UNESCO ~

... Great view of Gibraltar’s only WHS... a historical attraction about human history and an exceptional testimony to the traditions of Neanderthals... Gorham's Cave is one of numerous cave sites on the Rock of Gibraltar that were occupied by Neanderthals from about 45,000 years ago to perhaps as recently as 28,000 years ago... probably one of the the last known settlement of Neanderthals in Europe... it is one of a complex of four caves, all occupied when the sea level was much lower... some areas can be visited and numbers of visitors allowed may vary from time to time... all visits must be escorted by guides from the Gibraltar National Museum... there is also a viewing platform, more than 300 steps up... at this wonderfully scenic lookout one see the unique views of the entire WHS which extends to the highest point of the Rock at O'Hara's Battery, 426m, above sea level... with great matching UNESCO stamp👍... Hééééééél Erg Bedankt, Eric!!( ✿◠‿◠) for visiting here... sending me this lovely surprise and your nice comment about my blog, really appreciated ♥ 
Photo: K. Martinez

Gorham's Cave is a sea-level cave in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The site is located on the Mediterranean side of the Rock of Gibraltar. When first inhabited, it would have been approximately 5 kilometres from the shore, but, due to changes in sea level, it is now only a few metres from the Mediterranean Sea. 

The  caves that are not submerged by the sea contain archaeological deposits. In Gorham’s Cave, Vanguard Cave, Hyaena Cave and Bennett’s Cave traces of Neanderthal occupation have been found. 
Some others have Early Modern Human deposits. The sites have been excavated since the 19th century, but only since 1989 the importance of the Gibraltar cave sites has been confirmed.

 In 2016, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


UNESCO World Heritage - Gorham's Cave Complex 
(Issued 20-09-2016)

EUROPA Stamps 
(Issued 16-05-1979)

(Issued 06-03-1984)

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

GERMANY ~ Till Eulenspiegel Monument - Kneitlingen ~

... Nice memorial of the prankster Till Eulenspiegel, depicted with owl and mirror in his birthplace... read more about him HERE... with great special World Post Day postmark and tourist cachets from Kneitlingen, where Eulenspiegel was born, and Ampleben, where he was baptised... Thanks a lot Dustin!【ツ】 

Sculports: Theo Schmidt-Reindahl & Stephan Suttka (1945)







Definitives - Flowers

The 75th Anniversary of the Allied Military Government Stamps 
(Issued 03-09-2020)

Monday, November 16, 2020

GERMANY ~ Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Lorelei Statue - UNESCO ~

... .Beatuful view of The Middle Rhine Valley... this area is full off medieval castles, historic towns and vineyards.... the Lorelei figure sits on the most narrow and deepest point along the way...  a 3.3-meter-tall bronze female figure watches ships go up and down the busy waterway...  it is so narrow that boats need to be careful not to hit each other... hills on both sides come right down to the river... very interesting place to see... it's also famous for its echo, which features in many legends like the one about the siren Lorelei who lures sailors with her voice... with wonderful matching stamp and postmarks!💜👍 Big thanks Dustin!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀ 

The Middle Rhine Valley stretches for 65km between Koblenz and Mainz, in central Germany. 

The Lorelei  is a 132 m high, steep slate rock on the right bank of the River Rhine in the Rhine Gorge (or Middle Rhine) at Sankt Goarshausen. The Loreley statue is located on the top of the pier at St. Goarshausen. 

The bronze statue was created by the Russian artist Natascha Alexandrova Princess Jusopov and handed over to St. Goarshausen in 1983.

The Loreley Amphitheatre on top of the rock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage since 2002.



The Lorelei
(Issued 01-10-2020)

Saturday, November 7, 2020

ROMANIA ~ Horezu Monastery - UNESCO ~

... Nice view of one of the most beautiful preserved orthodox monasteries... it is considered a masterpiece of " Brancovenesc style" named after its founder Brancovan... known for its rich culture, architecture, the abundence of sculptural detail and its painted decorative works... the monastery is the largest site of its kind in Romania and is located in a valley next to the river with beautiful surroundings... for those seeking a quiet and peaceful place and want to experience monastery life, overnight accommodation is also possible... it is still an important monastery for the Romanian people... Thanks Anca!【ツ】 

The Horezu monastery was founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brancovan, The main monastery consists of the central main church (catholicon), around which the other buildings are grouped: a refectory, two-storey monk’s cells, bell-tower and the prince’s residence. They are enclosed behind a wall. The designated area also holds another church (Bolnitei) and two hermitages outside the walls. 

Since 1872 this Monastery is in use as a Nunnery.

The name of the monastery comes from “huhurezi” (eagle owls), a species of night birds with coloured plumage. According to the legend, the workers hired to build it, out of the Turks fear, were forced to work only by night, when the eagle owls were singing.

The Monastery of Horezu was included in the UNESCO heritage list in 1993.


2X Famous Romanians
(Issued 15-06-2018)

 Flowers 7. January

Monday, November 2, 2020

THAILAND ~The Old Market Road - Lampang ~

... Nice evening view of a more than hundred years old commercial area by the White Land Bridge... the old houses along the road are fascinating mix of Thai, Burmese, Chinese and colonial style architecture, lovely preserved in and outside...  every weekend evening, the street is closed to traffic and transforms into a Walking Street Market and fills up with local traders and craftsmen selling souvenirs, handicrafts, clothes, antiques and local food... in former times, this area was called "Kad Kong Ta" in the local dialect, translates as “the market on the road by the port.”... Thanks Jobbo! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Lampang, also called Lakhon, or Nakhon Lampang is a city located in northern Thailand.

 It lies on the Wang River in the forested Khun Tan Range and is an administrative and commercial centre for the surrounding region.


 International Stamp Exhibition "Bangkok 1983"  (Issued 04-08-1983)

The 135th Anniversary of the Thai Postal Service 4 (Issued 04-08-2018)

Definitive Stamps (Wording) (Issued 28-01-2010)

Sunday, November 1, 2020

GERMANY ~ Technical University - Braunschweig ~

.... The Braunschweig University of Technology is the oldest technical university in Germany. ... facilities include a library, a sophisticated computer center, a sports center, a language laboratory and media library, the Automotive Research Center Niedersachsen and Europe’s second largest research airport... the TU Braunschweig offers its students an excellent (personality) education and training and thus excellent career prospects, especially in economy, science and education institutions...Thanks Dustin!ツ

It was founded in 1745 as Collegium Carolinum and is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the most renowned German institutes of technology.

With 20,000 students and 3,700 employees, they are the largest technical university in Northern Germany.


 Definitives - Flowers 

Friday, October 30, 2020

GERMANY ~ Imperial Palace Museum - Paderborn ~

... Nice view of the Imperial Palace... an important place of European history ... originally built under the reign of Charlemagne... the current building is a reconstruction on the historical site located here since 1978...  in front of it, the foundation walls of Charlemagne’s palace can be seen... this museum not only provides the visitor with a fascinating historical overview, but also charts Paderborn’s place in world history... it shows the ruined walls, murals and artifacts of the original palace... also unique finds from Paderborn and Westphalia from the 6thC to 12thC... with great special postmark... Thanks Dustin!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Paderborn was founded as a bishopric by Charlemagne in 795, although its official history began in 777 when Charlemagne built a castle near the Pader springs. This Ottonian-Salic imperial palace to the north of the cathedral was built in the Romanesque period around 759.

In 799 Pope Leo III fled his enemies in Rome and reached Paderborn, where he met Charlemagne, and stayed there for three months. It was during this time that it was decided that Charlemagne would be crowned emperor. Charlemagne reinstated Leo in Rome in 800 and was crowned as Holy Roman Emperor by Leo in return.


 Definitives - Flowers