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)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BRUNEI ~ Bandar Seri Begawan ~

...Great aerial capital city view...my second postcard coming from Brunei...had to wait for over 5 years to get this one^^... Thanks a lot Saedah!!
Photo© 2006, Information Department
Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei.The city is the centre of Brunei’s commerce, finance and government. It is also the heart of Brunei’s cultural landscape, housing some of the nation’s most known landmarks.

Brunei officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.



Stamp:
The 10th Anniversary of National Day
(Issued 16-06-1994)

Monday, November 17, 2014

RUSSIA ~ Siberia - Golden Mountains of Altai Republic- Lower Shavlinskoe Lake ~

...the sky and the view...breathtaking scenery... Thanks Oleg!!
Photo: Alexandr Ermolitsky
The Altai Republic is a small mountainous republic in Russia, southern Siberia, close to the borders of Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China. It is a spectacularly beautiful and unspoiled land of forests, alpine meadows, and mountain peaks reaching heights of more than 4,500m. The name "Altay" (or "Altai") comes from Mongolian "Altan", which means "golden", and in 1998, UNESCO inscribed five separate natural regions, the "Golden Mountains of Altai", as a World Heritage Site.

The mountains have several undisturbed glaciers and provide the source of main rivers like the Ob. Lower Shavlinskoe Lake is located 5 km away from Upper one at a height of 1725 m. The length is 800 m and the width is 500 m.

The mountains are the habitat of several globally endangered mammals, such as the snow leopard and the Altai argali.



Stamp:
Museum of Wooden Architecture and Folk Art
(Issued 01-08-2011)

Friday, November 14, 2014

USA ~Historic Route 66 ~

...Nice map showing the most legendary and famous highway in the world...on top of hubby's wishlist... a trip with his Harley motorbike on Route 66... o͜͡o Thanks a lot Lisette!

Backside card - US Route 66 Trivia:
-Established in 1926 and since celebrated in popular music, film and literature.
-Spanned 8 states and 3 time zones.
-Has several nicknames, including "The Mother Road" the "Main Street of America" and the "Will  Rogers  Highway".
-Used by migrant farm workers headed to California during the 1930's Dust Bowl.
-In 1984, the last segment of US 66 in Arizona decommissioned as federal highway.
-Several segments are still named 66, but instead designated as state highways.
-Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C. displays a 40-foot stretch of the highway.
-Portions now designated as National Scenic Byway marked "Historic Route 66".




With early^^ Christmas stamp!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

INDONESIA ~Toraja Tomb of Sulawesi-UNESCO Tentative List~

... Great postcard showing rare ancient rites and unique culture... a fascinating place... Thanks a lot Hime for this lovely surprise in my mailbox^^!!
The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi (one of the largest islands in Indonesia). People in Toraja believe in life after death. It is well known as the Land of Heavenly Kings. They have a unique funeral ceremony for helping the Spirit goes to heaven easily. After the ceremony, the dead body is put inside the rocky mountain. They believe that’ll make them closer to heaven.

At Lemo village, probably the most impressive burial area these graves are built into the cliff, and wooden statues of the dead are displayed in balconies alongside. This cliff grave site has a large number of Tau Tau statues; Tau Tau is a wooden carving made to represent the dead. The two structures on the right are used to carry coffins.


Stamp:
Greetings Stamps - Flowers
(Issued 21-04-2001)

Monday, November 10, 2014

UKRAINE ~Odessa - Railway Terminal and Privokzalnaya Square ~

...View from the height of a bird flight...one of the most famous Ukrainian cities known also as the “Pearl of the Black Sea”... so nice to hear from you again Alex^^ Thanks a lot!!
Odessa is the administrative centre of the Odessa Oblast (province). The city is a major seaport located on the shore of the Black Sea and the fourth largest city in Ukraine.

It was founded in the late 18th century as a Russian naval fortress.The nice old town area has a beautiful opera house, and the city has many great beaches.

Stamps:
The 75th Anniversary of the Film-opera Natalka-Poltavka
(Issued 30 September 2011)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

USA ~Glacier Bay National Park-Alaska-UNESCO

...A spectacular sight...and a wonderful new whale card for my collection... Many Thanks Edvard!!
Photos by Meldren Anderson and Trevor Kirschhoff
Backside card: A humpback whale traverses the icy waters of Glacier Bay.
Glacier Bay is a Humpback Whale sanctuary. In the park's waters, Humpback Whales benefit from some of the strongest protections found anywhere on our planet.

The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve includes tidewater glaciers, snow-capped mountain ranges, ocean coastlines, deep fjords, freshwater rivers and lakes.

When Captain George Vancouver surveyed Southeast Alaska in 1794, the wall of ice that filled the bay was (at its greatest extent) 100 miles long, 20 miles wide, and 4,000 feet thick. Just 250 years later, this same ice has retreated 65 miles, the fastest glacial retreat on record...

Set of lovely stamps with special National Park's cancellation!

 At nearly all of the 401 American National Park units (and many of the National Park Service's affiliated areas), one or more National Park Passport Stamps (cancellation stamps) can be acquired at no cost at park visitor centers and ranger stations.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SRI LANKA~ Male and female leopard cubs - Yala National Park~

One more fantastic postcard from Yala National Park showing leopards cubs... Thank you very much Ravindra...so nice to hear from you again! ^__^

Photograph © Rukshan Jayewardene
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka and one of 14 national parks. Yala West has one of the world’s densest leopard populations (there are estimated to be around 35 leopards in the park.) and is renowned as one of the best places in which to see one of these stunning cats.

With great stamps and cancellations.

Monday, November 3, 2014

BELGIUM ~Cover - Beste Wensen 2015~

...Lovely cover showing Belgian "Best Wishes" Christmas gift stamp with nice first day cancellation!
 Thanks  a lot Johan!

Unfortunately the prices for stamps are going "once again" up in 2015... the price for standard international mail rises from €1.07 to €1.10 (within Europe) and from €1.29 to €1.32 (rest of the world).
Not so good news for us postcard collectors! ☹☹ It's becoming more and more and expensive hobby. "sigh"



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


Thursday, October 30, 2014

FRANCE ~ Paris and it's wonders - Bridge of Alexandre III ~

...View of the most beautiful and grand bridge in Paris...with great "Citroen" car stamp and special cancellation! Thanks a lot Johan! http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/

Photo: Frédéric Soreau
The Pont Alexandre III ( 1897-1900) is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris, built by Jean Résal and Amédée Alby which connects the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais on the right bank with the Hôtel des Invalides on the left bank. It is classified as a French Monument historic.The bridge was named after Tsar Alexandre III to commemorate the Franco-Russian Alliance signed in 1892 and  was built specifically for the Universal Exposition of 1900.

Citroen on French postage stamps.

La Poste is paying tribute to this history, telling the story of Citroen with the introduction of a complete book of 10 stamps.

 The stamps were on advance sale on 25 October at the brand’s showcase on the Champs-Elysées in Paris

USA ~International Postcard Week 2014~

...So very, very true...a simple thing as a kind word can totally turn someone’s day around!♥ ♥
Thanks a lot Michelle!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CANADA ~International Postcard Week 2014 ~

Another great art postcard coming from Quebec for the International Postcard Week... the  22nd Regiment has adopted many rituals and symbols setting it apart from other Canadian military units...Thanks a lot Claude!
The postcard represents Canada's 22nd Regiment's mascot named Baptiste, stationed in old Quebec City Citadel. Very popular attraction for tourists who are able to see the goat parading every afternoon in our summertime accompanied by military music.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

USA ~International Postcard Week 2014~

...Back to blogging after a week being sick (flu and bad ear infection)...a lot of catching up to do... starting with great "self designed" cards for this years International Postcard Week!
Brenda smiling ◔͜͡◔ in front of a giant postcard on Palm Beach, Florida airport.

Surprise card nr 2 coming from Brenda...A wonderful cartoon illustration by artist Rick Geary!
Limited edition #14 of 250...Thanks a lot Brenda!!

Kansas is known as the "Sunflower State," and it is not uncommon to see sunflower fields like this one in the area.
Thanks Dana!

And two cards coming from Demaris... Looks a delicious recipe for chocolate mousse! Thanks Demaris!

Fantastic drawing with great story...For six months in 1969, Niagara's American Falls were turn off by the Army Corps of Engineers. Part of the that time workers cleaned the former river-bottom of unwanted mosses, drilled test-cores in search of instabilities and a temporary walkway was built twenty feet from the edge of the dry falls. Tourists were able to explore the landscape. Thanks Demaris!

Hello in several languages...Coming from Phillips, a small very scenic town of about 1.000 people! Limited edition #7 of 100...Thanks Cindy!
Coming from the Arizona Desert...Known for its high heat in summers and Spring the rest of the year.Thanks Kathi!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BELGIUM ~1914-2014 Remembering WWI ~

Great special first day stamp cancellation...this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War... Bedankt Johan!!
Copy from original postcard edited by Jules Destrooper Junior during World War I.
Battle of the Yser,  Belgian soldiers going to the trenches.

From 1914 to 1918 the 'Westhoek', the western part the Province of West-Flanders, was the scene of the Great War. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers of more than 20 nationalities fell in this conflict....






Stamp:
From a set of 5 "De Groote Oorlog"
(Isssued 06-10-2014)



BELGIUM ~ Young Spirou Comic~

...And another great surprise postcard from Johan...with soooo cute special cancellation and stamp ... one more of our popular Belgian comics... Heel erg Bedankt Johan en een zwaai terug ◔͜͡◔ !! http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/
Tom & Janry Ⓒ Dupuis
Young Spirou, created in 1987 by Tome (writer) and Janry (graphic artist), is a popular Belgian comic book figure.The books are filled with short stories about the character's childhood.




Stamp:
Le Petit Spirou (Youth Philately)
from a sheet of 10
(Issued 06-10-2014)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BRAZIL ~Amazon-Regional boat navigating at sunset ~

...Amazing view...unfortunately the Amazon rainforest is one of the most endangered places in the world.... a piece of the rainforest the size of two football fields disappears every second :(... Thanks a lot Silvia!!
PhotoⒸLeonide Principe
The Amazon River is located in South America. It runs through Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.The name comes from the Native American language and means "a raging torrent".

The Amazon is  the world’s largest river basin - and the source of 15-16% of all the water that flows into the sea from the world’s rivers.The length of the Amazon River is approximately 6400 km (4000 miles).During the wet season, the Amazon River can reach over 190 km (120 miles) in width.

The largest city along the Amazon River is Manaus, located in Brazil it is home to over 1.7 million people.
There are over 3000 known species of fish that live in the Amazon River, with more constantly being discovered.

Stamps:
Fight against Racial Discrimination
(Issued 21-03-2013)
 Postal Servive
(Issued 09/10/2009)
 musical instruments-trumpet
(Issued 2002)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Italy ~The Langhe-Piedmont-La Morra-UNESCO ~

Breathtaking scenery...one of "best small towns" in Italy...famous for wine lovers...Thanks a lot Gian Luca!!
Photo by Losinno
The Langhe  is a hilly area in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy.  It is in these lands that one of the world's finest wines is produced, the Barolo. It is also famous for its cheeses, and truffles—particularly the white truffles of Alba.

La Morra is a town in a beautiful panoramic position, with views of the Langhe and Alps with a medieval layout. In Piazza Castello there is a spectacular viewpoint of the surrounding hills. The parish church of S. Martin, the municipal towers of 173 and a Baroque style bell tower, are worth visiting. In the Annunziata hamlet there is the Museum Ratti dei Vini di Alba, relative to the history and techniques of oenology and viticulture.

Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato became a UNESCO WHS in 2014


Stamp:
Sport - Nordic World Ski Championships
(Issued 01-02-2013)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

USA ~Texas - Davy Crocket ~

Great postcard of a well-known and popular figure, particularly in Texas...he was portrayed by John Wayne in the 1960 movie The Alamo (this movie retells the story of the historic 1836 battle in the Texan War of Independence)
Thanks a lot Arnold!
© JAS /Texas Products
Colonel David "Davy" Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836)
David Crockett was one of those very rare true statesman of history. He was elected as a representative from Tennessee to the US Congress. Crockett spent his entire career fighting and defending real individual liberty and the abuses of the US Congress violating the Constitution. In a fury of anger, David Crockett rose on the Congress floor, in 1835, when Congress again was violating the Constitution, and cried out: "Ya'll can go to hell. I'm Goin' to Texas!" Davy Crockett found some friends, packed up, and went to Texas to explore it.


Stamps:
1998 Carousel Animals
The 10th Anniversary of the Death of Ralph Ellison.
(Issued 18-02-2014)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FRANCE ~Paris ~

...Lovely postcard showing the most famous places to visit in the city...Bedankt Dorien en Ben!!

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is, with 2.2 million people living in the central city and almost 12 million people living in the whole metropolitan area, one of the largest agglomerations in Europe.

Located in the north of France on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities.

The city has the second highest number of Michelin-restaurants in the world  and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world's most visited tourist site the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Lido etc, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually.



Photos: Ed Guy,Charles Dubois, Lacz/sunset, Le Gac, Nicolas

                                                            Stamp:
                                                            Machine label

Monday, September 29, 2014

PAKISTAN ~Godur Lake-Swat Valley ~

One of the many beautiful lakes in the Swat Valley also known as "the Switzerland of Asia"... a high, sky blue-colored glacier lake...Thanks a lot Eliska!!
Photo: Aamir Rashid
Backside card:
Godur is the largest and nearest lake to Kalam, bur rarely visited due to difficult approche. The lake lies to the southwest of Kalam at 12.6000ft above sealevel. From Kalam, there are two routes to Godur. One route follows the Godur Nullah... and climbes very steeply through the narrow gorge. This route is quite difficult and strenous. The second route is from Desan (near Utror) which is long but less steep.

Swat is a valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.Swat was a princely state which was merged in Pakistan in 1969. Swat is a place for leisure lovers, hikers, and archaeologists. There are at least over 100 archaeological sites in the valley less than 10% of they are excavated.


Stamps:
Mohammed Ali Jinnah-founder of Pakistan
(Issued 11-09-1994)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

IRAN ~Treasury - The Levee Stone Figure-Persepolis-Shiraz - UNESCO~

Card 2 coming from Iran...had to wait for over 6 years to get another one^^...a beautiful relief from one of the world’s most magnificent and unique archaeological sites... Big Thanks David (see his travel pictures here)!!
Photo Davood Vakilzadeh
The Treasury of Persepolis belongs to the oldest building phase of Persepolis.
Shown on the postcard: a close-up of a Relief in the eastern portico of a Courtyard depicting King Darius Seated on a Throne with His Son Xerxes Standing Behind Him.

Persepolis , literally meaning "city of Persians", was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC). Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of city of Shiraz in the Fars Province in Iran. The earliest remains of Persepolis date from around 515 BC. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture. The ruins which where excavated in the forties by German archaeologists, exclusively served as a sacred place of ceremonies. Persepolis was later destroyed by Alexander the Great (332 B.C.) and the Arabs, however many of the buildings are well preserved and have been reconstructed.

UNESCO declared the citadel of Persepolis a World Heritage Site in 1979..

Stamp:
Prepaid postcard (matching stamp)
Definitive, Persian Alphabet
(Issued 2014 )

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

INDONESIA ~Komodo National Park - UNESCO ~

 ..Fantastic view of an enormous pre-historic looking animal...the experience of getting face to face with such a creature must be amazing... Thanks a lot Jennifer!!
Photo Ⓒ Michael Lane
From backside card:
The most remarkable inhabitant of Komodo National Park is the Komodo Lizard. These giant lizards, existing no-where else in the world, are of great scientific interest, especially for their evolutionary implications. Most commonly known as "Komodo Dragons", due to its appearance and aggressive behavior, the Komodo Lizard, is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2 to 3 meters

The Komodo National Park is located within the Lesser Sunda Islands. The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 km². The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. Later it was dedicated to protecting other species, including marine species.

In 1991 the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Komodo National Park has been selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Stamps:
General Elections
(Issued 09-01-2014)
Year of the Rabbit
(Issued 25-01-2011)

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW ZEALAND ~Wellington-The Cable Car ~

...Great view of the capital city Wellington and harbour....a ride with the historic Cable Car is one of the cities most popular tourist attractions...‘Welly’ was voted 'the coolest little capital in the world' in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel (2011)...Many thanks Deane!!

ⒸPhoto and design Bob Beresford
The Cable Car service opened in 1902 - it runs from Lambton Quay, Wellington's main shopping street, to the suburb of Kelburn. From the top, one gets an overall view of Wellington and its harbour. In 1979 both cars were replaced with two modern Swiss-made units.

From backside card:
Looking down towards the capital city of Wellington from the top terminal of the Cable Car. It's a scenic trip from the city top, which is next to the Botanic Gardens.

Stamps:
Alpine Plants
(Issued 07-06-1972)
Definitive Mitre Peak
(Issued 02-10-1995)
Maori Crafts
(Issued 21-02-1996)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BELGIUM ~Greetings from ~

Great postcard  showing my countries most famous and delicious products...Thanks a lot Johan!!
Photo: Andrew Critchell
- Belgium produce over 220.000 tonnes of chocolate per year
  Pralines, were first made in the year 1912 by Belgian Jean Neuhaus,
- We have  over 800 kinds of beer  with most of them served in their own special pint
- Diamond industry in Antwerp
- Lace from Bruges, Gent and Brusssels
- Delicious mussels and frites (frites not from france but Belgium)
- Most famous fountain is tiny (61cm in height) Manneken Pis in Brussels

Stamp:
TBC-Post label!
Should have been my first stamp of the only Private Post in Belgium...unfortunately they put this label on the stamp (I think there is a stamp under this sticker... I couldn't remove it without damaging the postcard)...
They seem to use "blue postboxes" but I've never seen one in my neighbourhood...