Tuesday, June 28, 2016

USA ~ Death Valley National Park - California ~

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

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

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

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

Stamp:

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

Monday, June 27, 2016

NORFOLK ISLAND ~ 4 Pre-printed postcards ~

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

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

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

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






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

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












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

Friday, June 24, 2016

ISLE OF MAN ~ Ramsey ~

Lovely views of  a coastal town on the Isle of Man...a tiny island in the Irish Sea...Thanks a lot James!!
"Ramsey harbour - Mooragh Park - Parliament Street"

Ramsey is the second largest town on the island after Douglas and has one of the biggest harbours. It was formerly one of the main points of communication with Scotland.

Ramsey has also been a route for several invasions by Vikings and Scots. The town is also known as 'Royal Ramsey' due to royal visits from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1847 followed by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1907.

The Isle of Man is a Crown Dependency, which means that it is technically a possession of the crown directly, not of the UK an it is also not a territory of the UK or of the European Union.

Stamp:

National Heritage
(Issued 03-08-2004)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SPAIN ~ Palace of Catalan Music - UNESCO ~

...Wonderful nightview of an impressive monument dedicated to music...one of the most beautiful buildings situated on a corner of downtown Barcelona...Thanks so much Dustin ♥ for this nice surprise and thinking of me during your holiday!! ㋡

"Palau de la Música Catalana" (Music Palace), is a concert hall designed by the architec Lluís Domènech i Montaner and opened in 1908.

 It is built in the Catalan Modernisme style for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural and political independence movement.

Outside, the building is decorated with a massive sculptural group symbolizing Catalan music by artist Miguel Blay.


The Palau de la Música Catalana was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997.



Photo:© Pere Vivas
Stamps:

Tourism
(Issued 02-01-2016)

The World of Cervantes (2-3)
(Issued 29-01-2016)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CANADA ~ Wood Buffalo National Park - UNESCO

...Interesting aerial view showing one more of Canada's natural treasures....a sea of ponds...prepaid  UNESCO postcard with matching stamp...Big thanks Andron for this new addition to my National Parks collection!! (P.S. for me there are no "ugly" postcards (◕‿-))
Lara Minja, Lime Design

Wood Buffalo National Park  is the country's largest national park and one of the largest in the world. It was established in 1922 and  it is home to one of the last remaining free-roaming wood bison herds in the world, the nesting habitat for endangered whooping cranes, and the world’s largest beaver dam.

As Canada’s largest park, the site is known for its vast area which includes a boreal forest and plains, some of the largest undisturbed grass and sedge meadows left in North America.

Flowing through the park is the Peace River, Athabasca River and Slave Lake forming one of the world's largest inland freshwater deltas supporting a variety of waterfowl species.


Stamp:

World Heritage Sites in Canada III
(Issued 03-07-2015)



Monday, June 20, 2016

HONDURAS ~Roatán ~

...Great postcard coming from Central America...a beautiful view of Roatán, an island often called the Caribbean's best-kept secret...if only I could be on such bright blue beach right now...it's been raining for weeks here ☹... Thanks a lot Karolyn for sending a bit of "☼summer☼" into my mailbox!!

Roatán is the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands even though it is only about 48 miles by 5 mile and  is located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja.

With its location near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (second largest reef worldwide after the Great Barrier Reef)  tourism is the most important industry on the island. It’s become an important cruise ship and diving destination in Honduras, with islanders also relying on fishing to make a living.


Stamp:

St. Fernando Fortress
(Issued 20-01-2015)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

TURKEY ~ Side ~

...Plenty great views of one of the most well-known classical sites in Turkey...a combination of mythological history with sea, sand and sun...Turkey is a popular tourist destination for lot of Belgian people also for friend Bartツ. Thanks a lot!!

Side whose name means "pomegranate" in ancient Anatolya, is an ancient Greek town on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey that has been inhabited off and on since the 7th century B.C.

Main attractions in Side are: The Aspendos theatre,Temples of Apollo and Athena, Manavgat waterfall, Some other attractions include the Byzantine hospital (6th century B.C.), Nymphaeum (fountain in the city wall), the Roman bath converted into a museum.

Stamp:

Definitives - Tapestries
(06-08-2015)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ITALY ~ The Po Delta National Park - UNESCO ~

...Happy mailbox day【ツ】 (even with a postal strike here)...two lovely surprise postcards from my postcard friend Gian Luca...this one shows the most stunning sunset!! Thanks a lot ♥

The Po Delta is not only the largest wetland area in Italy, but also one of the largest in Europe. Italy’s largest river, the Po divides into several smaller rivers before meeting the Adriatic Sea.  Above all the region is known for the wildlife, and in particular the birds that are found in the wetlands and lagoons, with several thousands of species having been identified in the region. Many of these birds are very rare.

The wetland area has a unique vegetation with the landscape including trees such as oak, pine, tamarisk, beech and cane.

Since 1997, many parts of the beautiful river delta are protected and incorporated into the National Park del delta del Po natural reserve.

Stamp:

 Posta Italiana
(Issued 19-09-2015)

ITALY ~ Urbino - UNESCO ~

...A beautiful picturesque palace view... one of the more remote and least touristic regions of Italy....and the  home of the world famous painter Raffaello...Thanks once more Gian Luca and Raffaella!!

Urbino  is a small walled  (brick and sandstone) town in the Marche region of Italy. It was once a simple village whose historic center became the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” With its Renaissance character, Urbino earned its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998.

Urbino's Ducal Palace was the first ducal palace to be built in Italy. It was constructed in the 15th century by Duke Federico da Montefeltro. The Palace  houses one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings in Italy.

Stamp:

Posta Italiana
(Issued 19-09-2015)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

USA ~Hawaii Volcanoes National Park-UNESCO~

...Great new National Park postcard...it has one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is visited by millions of tourists each year...the park is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016...Thanks a lot Andron for 3 wonderful "surprise" cards of your vacation!!✈ ツ

Photo: VolcanoMan
From backside card:
An island overrun:A kipuka is an island of forest surrounded by lava, saved from volcano deity Pele's (goddess of volcanoes) embrace-for the time being. But yesterday's kipuka may become tomorrow's lava field. Here, the cinder cone Pu`u `O`o on Kilauea Volcano erupts a fountain that feeds the river of lava in the foreground. That clinkery type of lava rock is called ʻaʻā. The skeletal ohi'a trees being overun were already killed by the heat of previous flow.

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, established in 1916, is  located on the island of Hawaii. It encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive subaerial volcano. The park gives scientists insight into the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and ongoing studies into the processes of vulcanism.

Stamp:

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

ITALY ~ Lake Maggiore - The Island of Pescatori ~

...Great view of a tiny island, little more than a rock-cliff and the only inhabited island among the four islands on the lake...with the most *cutest*  ˁ˚ᴥ˚ˀ giant panda ˁ˚ᴥ˚ˀ stamp...a perfect one to celebrate the birth of the first panda in a Belgian Zoo (Pariri Daiza)...  a rare event for an endangered species that numbers barely 2,000 worldwide...Thanks a lot Salvatore!!


Maggiore, meaning the ‘greatest, or superior’, is Italy’s second largest lake .These are four beautiful islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Isola Superiore dei Pescatori and Isola San Giovanni.

 Isola dei Pescatori (meaning Fishermen’s Island) is an island in Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.
 The island’s inhabitants earn their living mainly by fishing and tourism.


Stamp:

WWF Italy
(Issued 22-04-2016)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ Chundikulam National Park ~

...Wonderful card nr2 from the series celebrating the World Wetlands Day 2016 showing a flock of pink flamingos against the most beautiful sky......with great matching stamp.. this National Park  is a famous haven for migrant birds... Thank sooo much Ravindra for a great new postcard for my National Parks collection!! ツ

Chundikkulam National Park is situated in northern Sri Lanka, Chundikkulam Lagoon and its surrounding area was designated as a bird sanctuary on 25 February 1938 and  became a national park on 22 June 2015 with an area of 19,565 ha.

The greater flamingo  is the most widespread species of the flamingo family. It is found in Africa, Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and southern Europe.This is the largest species of flamingo.


Stamps:
World Wetlands Day 2016
(Issued 02-02-2016)

Sirimavo Bandaranaike - Birth Centenary
(Issued 07-04-2016)

Monday, June 6, 2016

USA ~Pearl Harbor - Remember December 7-1941~

...Great postcard showing a tragic piece in American history... the attack on Pearl Harbor is the day that changed the direction of WWII...must have been a very sad place to visit...Thanks a lot Andron!!

Clockwise from top left (from backside postcard):
American Flag - USS Arizona Memorial - USS after the attack - Punchbowl National Cemetery - USS Arizona in 1920.

Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu. Much of the harbor and surrounding lands is a United States Navy deep-water naval base. It is also the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet.

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, in the Territory of Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 by the Empire of Japan and  was the immediate cause of the United States' entry into World War II.
The devastating surprise attack killed 2,403 and wounded over 1,000.

Stamp:

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

Thursday, June 2, 2016

NIUE ISLAND

...Fantastic new place received...one more off my missing list...a diver's paradise... visibility can be up to 100 metres....and guess from who it comes...yepッ world traveller ✈ David!! Thaaaaaanks!!


Niue is a large upraised coral atoll in the South Pacific Ocean, it is an island country in the centre of a triangle of nations made up of Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands and located 2400km north east of New Zealand. Niue's capital is Alofi.

Niue (pronounced 'New-ay' – which means 'behold the coconut') may be the world’s smallest independent nation, but the Pacific island also known as the ‘Rock of Polynesia’ (or just 'the Rock').
The first European to sight Niue was Captain James Cook in 1774.

Stamps:

Flora of Niue
(Issued 03-05-2015)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BELARUS ~ Struve Geodetic Arc - UNESCO ~

...Country nr4 showing a Geodetic Arc...most of the  Arc’s points (19) are located in Belarus (historians say that there were 31 stone cubes on the territory of the country), five of them are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List....Thanks a lot Alexandra!!

 It was built on the initiative of Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve (on postcard) between 1810 and 1865 and should measure the size and the shape of the earth and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping.

The Arc is 2820 km long and is a exceptional example for the cooperation of scientists and monarchs of different countries for a scientific aim.

Since 2005 the Struve Geodetic Arc is a transnational UNESCO World Heritage Site in Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine.

The points are marked by drilled holes, cross marks in stone, carved crosses or cairns.


© Yury Podverbny

Stamp:

Ladybirds
(Issued 26-08-2015)

Monday, May 30, 2016

COOK ISLANDS ~Rarotonga - Avatiu Harbour ~

...Beautiful postcard nr2 from David showing  a tropical paradise.... I can't thank you enough David for making the effort to send so many gorgeous postcards...and to see the postoffice HERE from where it was sent makes it even more special... ㋡
© Photo: Noel Bartley

Rarotonga is the capital island of the Cook Islands. It is the largest and youngest island (named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770). Rarotonga is almost completely encircled by reefs, creating beautiful safe lagoons. This island of volcanic origin rises 600 meters (2000 feet) and is inhabited only around the coastal belt.

Avatiu is the only port and main harbour in Rarotonga, near the main town of Avarua.

Stamps:

Tourism - Island Views
(Issued 22-07-2011)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

USA ~Kauai - Hawaii ~

..Lots of wonderful views of the oldest island in the Hawaiian archipelago...a tropical paradise and
 nature lovers dream...Thank you so much Andron for thinking of me on your vacation!!✈ (♥‿♥)



Kauai is an island in the mid-Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago and is Hawaii’s fourth largest island.

It's nicknamed "the Garden Isle" thanks to the tropical rainforest covering much of its surface. The dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coast have served as backdrop for major Hollywood films (Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, George of the Jungle..) while 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails traversing the Sleeping Giant ridge are hiking destinations.



Clockwise, from top to left:
Yellow hale plumeria
Bali Hai
Wailua Falls
Nā Pali Coast

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CROATIA ~ Krka National Park Waterfalls ~

... New great National Park to add to my collection...beautiful impressive waterfall view...you can even swim in these waterfalls ㋡...Thank you very much Agi!! ♥

Krka National Park is one of the 8 Croatian national parks. The park is named after the river Krka that it encloses. It is the seventh national park in Croatia and was proclaimed a national park in 1985.

Krka is a river in Dalmatia with a length 72.5 km. In the parts of the course where the Krka flows through marly soils, certain extensions are created. In limestone it forms a narrow and deep canyon (up to 200 m), flowing over travertine (a form of limestone) barriers and creating waterfalls.



Stamps:

Easter
(Issued 08-03-2016)

International Children's Festival
(Issued 14-02-2011)


Monday, May 23, 2016

ITALY ~ Palace of Venaria - UNESCO ~

...Beautiful winter scene of one of the largest royal residences in the world... a great Baroque estate restored (the largest restoration ever undertaken by the EU to conserve cultural property) to its former glory and with breathtaking gardens... Thank you very much Gian Luca and Raffaella!! ♥‿♥


The Palace of Venaria  is a former royal residence located in Venaria Reale, near Turin, in Piedmont, northern Italy. It is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the UNESCO Heritage List in 1997.

 The Palace was designed and built from 167, commissioned by duke Charles Emmanuel II, who needed a base for his hunting expeditions in the heathy hill country north of Turin. The name itself derives from Latin, Venatio Regia meaning "Royal Hunt".

In 1978 it was sold to the Ministry of Culture, and in 2007 it was open for tourism.

Stamp:

Pope Francis
(Issued 07-12-2015)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

KIRIBATI ~ Tarawa ~

...Postcard coming  from a tropical island that also saw some of the bloodiest fighting of World War II and remnants of that war are still all around in Tarawa as shown on this great card... Thanks so much David!!♥ (check out his amazing blog here)


Kiribati is an island group in  Micronesia, comprises 33 coral atolls stretching along the equator.
The Republic of Kiribati is particularly concerned about global warming. It is thought that climate change will see the disappearance of the low-lying islands. Two of the uninhabited coral reefs have already been submerged by rising sea levels.

Tarawa is an atoll located  southwest of Hawaii. It consists of a series of coral islets. The military importance of Tarawa lay in its strategic location at the gateway of the US drive through the central Pacific towards the Philippines.

During the Second World War Japanese troops occupied the Gilbert Islands. Fierce fighting took place in Tarawa between the Japanese and US troops.

Stamps:

Definitives - Ships and Boats
(Issued 05-10-2013)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ITALY ~ Milan - Duomo Cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele ~

...Beautiful view of the impressive cathedral....Duomo  is the symbol of Milan...it is among the largest churches in the world, and took nearly six centuries to build...Thanks Salvatore!!

Milan  is the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. Milan is the main industrial, commercial, and financial centre of Italy and a leading global city.

Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of the city. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world's oldest shopping malls.

Stamps:
The Woman in Art
(Issued 01-03-2002)

The 100th Anniversary of the Golf Acquasanta Circle
(Issued 05-04-2003)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

EGYPT ~Sphinx - Giza ~

...Wonderful postcard of probably  the most famous monumental statue in the world and an iconic symbol of Ancient Egypt...and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still standing...
Thanks once more Karolin!!

The Great Sphinx of Giza is a limestone statue of a reclining or couchant sphinx (a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head) that stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza.

It is the oldest known monumental sculpture, and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558–2532 BC). It is the largest monolith statue in the world,  a massive 73,5m long , 2o,22m high and  6m wide.


Stamps:

Egyptian Art
(Issued 25-05- 2002-2005)


Definitives - Pharaohs
(Issued 07-10-2013)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ Adam’s Bridge Marine National Park

...Fantastic new national Park for my collection...according to Ravindra is this the first of a series of 4 cards celebrating  the World Wetlands Day 2016...with great matching stamp...Thanks a lot for once more making my mailbox and me happy!! ♥‿♥


Adam's Bridge Marine National Park  is a national park surrounding Adam's Bridge (Rama's Bridge) in northern Sri Lanka. It became a national park on 22 June 2015 with an area of 18,990 ha.

Many migratory birds follow the Pamban Island-Adam's Bridge-Mannar Island route when flying to/from Sri Lanka.The sand dunes of Adam's Bridge are also used as breeding grounds by birds. Numerous varieties of fish and sea grasses thrive in the shallow waters Adam's Bridge. Sea life found around Adam's Bridge include dolphin, dugong and turtle.

The Caspian Tern is the largest tern in the world. Its large coral red bill makes it one of the most easily identified terns throughout its worldwide range.


Stamp:

World Wetlands Day
(Issued 02-02-2016)

Friday, May 13, 2016

ANGOLA ~ 5 Years of Peace ~

...New  African country... one more off my "missing list"...this lovely postcard was issued to celebrate 5 years of peace (2007)  following a 27-year civil war...the signing of an accord on April 4 2002, between the government and Unita rebels drew the line under a conflict that left half a million people dead and wrecked the infrastructure of a country that only won independence in 1975...Thanks Tian!!


Angola is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa, and is bordered by Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and the Atlantic Ocean. The capital and largest city  is Luanda.

Stamp:

The 50th Anniversary of OPEC
(Issued 01-10-2010)