Friday, March 27, 2015

KOSOVO ~ Ulpiana - Novoberda ~

My second card coming from Kosovo...one of Europe's 10 smallest countries and most unknown region of the Balkans...Thanks a lot Ruedi!
© Gagica&Editor OrGIS
Kosovo a is land-locked and mostly mountainous country. It borders Serbia to the north and east, Montenegro to the northwest, Albania to the west, and Macedonia to the south with capital Prishtina. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 which makes it the youngest country in the world.

Ulpiana City is believed to have been founded at the beginning of the second century BC, and it has flourished during the third and fourth century. It is supposed that it covered an area of more than 1000 km and it was located close to the rich mining. Historians believe that natural resources were the reason why this area got conquered by Romans, and remained under their invasion for centuries. Nowadays its ruins can be visited in the territory of Prishtina.

Novoberda was one of the biggest cities in Balkans and had a great importance. It was regarded as one of the richest cities in Balkans because of its natural resources, and  was often called as “the city of silver and gold”. The castle was built on top of a dead volcano crater, whose ruins can still be noticed these days.

Stamp:

Cultural Heritage - Bazaars
(Issued 06-12-2010)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Republic of Guinea ~ Kissidougou ~

...One more rare African beauty... Madeleine discovered my blog and saw Guinea on my missing list...so I found this amazing and unexpected "surprise" in my mailbox...  Thanks a million Madeleine!!  If you happen to read this message, please let me your address to send something back :D

Catholic Church, Kissidougou

Guinea (formerly known as French Guinea) is a country in West Africa on the Atlantic ocean,  also bordered by Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  The country consists of a coastal plain, a mountainous region, a savanna interior, and a forest area in the Guinea Highlands. The highest peak is Mount Nimba at 5,748 ft (1,752 m).

The city of Kissidougou is located in the eastern forest region of central Guinea close to Sierra Leone and Liberia.


Stamps:
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Football - "Africa Cup of Nations"
(Issued January 20-01-2008)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BELGIUM ~Ypres - The Menin Gate ~

Today's postcards showing a sad part of my own countries history (WWI)...I also visited both sites and found them very impressing and overwhelming... seeing all those names engraved on this memorial is a very moving experience...even until today soldiers are found in Belgian fields... Bedankt Sabrina en Koen!


During the entire war period, from 1914 up to 1918, Ypres was the scene of some of the most important battles in the first World War, later referred to as the Great War.

The Menin Gate is the most famous Commonwealth war memorial in Flanders. Tens of thousands of soldiers passed through this gate on the way to the front. Many of them never to return.

Officially inaugurated in 1927, the citizens of Ypres wanted to express their gratitude towards those who had given their lives for Belgium's freedom. This gate displays the name of 54.896 soldiers missing in the Ypres Salient between the outbreak of the war and 15 August 1917. Because the gate was too small to hold the names of all the missing, those who were lost after this date (a further 34,000) are commemorated on the panels of the Tyne Cot Memorial in Passendale.

Every evening since 1928 the Last Post has been played under the Menin Gate: (http://www.lastpost.be/en/ceremonies/participation )

Stamp:

"This is Belgium - Belgium "cartoonland"
- Jerry Spring
(Issued 14-09-2012)

BELGIUM ~Ypres - Tyne Cot Cemetery ~

...So many graves with no name, so many names with no grave....very moving, but peaceful and beautiful... nevertheless it shows that humanity has learned nothing...why some people still think war is the answer is unbelievable... Bedankt Sabrina en Koen!
Photo © Steve Douglas
From backside postcard:
This is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world. There are 11,976 war graves from WW1 here, including 8.961 from the United Kingdom. 1.368 from Australia, 1.025 from Canada, 520 from New Zealand, 90 from South Africa, 6 from Guernsey, 2 from British West Indies and 4 from Germany. Of these 8.366 or 70% , are "Known unto God". The long curved wall at the rear cemetery is " Tyne Cot Memorial" which commemorates 34.887 men with no known graves of Britain (33.707), New Zealand (1.179) and Newfoundland (1).

Stamp:
"This is Belgium -  cartoonland"
Blake & Mortimer
( Issued 14-09-2012)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

~COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS ~

...Breathtaking view...received lots of "tropical paradise looking" postcards over the years but this  must be one of the most stunning...Thanks a million David!! (check out his fantastic blog, I think you can even see a pic where he bought this card...♥)

The Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also called Cocos Islands and Keeling Islands, is a territory of Australia, located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Christmas Island and approximately midway between Australia and Sri Lanka.

The territory consists of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two, West Island and Home Island, are inhabited with a total population of approximately 600.


Stamps:

Map of Cocos - (Showing the way maps have changed over the centuries with a set of four stamps.)
(Issued 24-06-2014)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SRI LANKA ~ Ayubowan from Knuckles Mountain Range ~

...Nature at is best..."Ayubowan" is the word used in Sri Lanka to greet someone.... It means Long Life.... One is generally greeted by joining two hands in prayer-like manner and saying "Ayubowan".... This phrase can be used any time of the day...Many Thanks Ravindra!!
Photo © Lalana Yapa
From backside card:
Having a dip at Telgamu oya river, Knuckles Range

Thelgamu Oya is one of the main water resources in Knuckles region. It is a tributary of Amban Ganga, which eventually joins with River Mahaweli.

The Knuckles mountain range, so called because of its appearance resembles a set of knuckles of a clenched fist, consists of five mountain peaks and several other smaller peaks. With the highest point about 6,000 ft above sea level the Knuckles span an extensive region covering 155 sq. km of the island.

A wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna makes this wilderness area a place of rich biodiversity. It is a major eco tourism venue of the island.


Stamps:
National Parks of Sri Lanka - Hawksbill Turtle
(Issued 28-07-2013)
Solar System - Mars
(Issued 03-12-2014)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Yala National Park- Grey Langur ~

...More wildlife to enjoy of Yala National Park...and WOW just noticed this is my 100th postcard coming from "the pearl of the Indian Ocean"...most of them sent by my dear postcard friend Ravindra!! Thanks a lot!!



Langurs are a genus of Old World monkeys once thought to be a single species. Seven distinct species are now recognised, which are widespread throughout south Asia.

Grey langurs, with their black hands and face, are also known as Hanuman langurs after the monkey-god, and so are considered sacred in the Hindu religion.

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka and one of 14 national parks.





Photo © Rukshan Jayewardene

Stamp:
Solar System - Uranus
(Issued 03-12-2014)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AUSTRALIA ~ Christmas Island-Robber crabs ~

Fantastic postcard showing the largest crab on land from a unique and remote island full of natural wonders... Thanks a million David for another great surprise...Love the stamp cancellation too!!
Photo Jorena Chan-Wong

Christmas Island is a territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean,  1.565 km to the Australian mainland. Its closest neighbor is Java, 360 km away. Over 65% of Christmas Island is National Park.

The coconut crab also known as the robber crab or palm thief. It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit for terrestrial animals with exoskeletons in recent Earth atmosphere, with a weight of up to 4.1 kg (9.0 lb). It can grow to up to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in length from leg to leg.

The robber crab is the only species in the genus Birgus and also the crab to have best evolved to life away from the sea or freshwater.


Stamps:
Australia Post celebrates the Year of the Goat
(Issued 8-01 2015)

Although Christmas Island was placed under Australian control in 1958, the island remained postal and philatelic independent until 1993 when Australia Post became the island's postal operator.

The island issued its own postage stamps from 1958. Those issued by Australia Post since 1993 are also valid in Australia, as are Australian stamps in Christmas Island.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

INDONESIA ~ Bali- Kecak dance ~

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


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

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


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



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MACQUARIE ISLAND ~King Penguins-UNESCO~

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

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

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














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

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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

UK ~ Houses of Parliament - Big Ben ~

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


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

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


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

Saturday, February 14, 2015

VENEZUELA ~map ~

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

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

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


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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Czech Republic ~Prague - Old Town Astronomical Clock ~

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





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

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

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







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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SRI LANKA ~ Tissa Wewa - Anuradhapura ~

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


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

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

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





Photo © Sunil de Costa
With as always great stamps!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Seven Maidens mountain range~

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

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

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

With lovely stamps!

Monday, February 9, 2015

SRI LANKA ~ Demodara railway station ~

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

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


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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

LEBANON ~Cedars ~

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

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

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


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

UKRAINE ~ Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater ~

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BRAZIL ~Praia do Forte ~

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

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

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


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

Monday, February 2, 2015

BELGIUM ~ Brussels - Manneken Pis ~

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

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


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


 

Monday, January 5, 2015

USA ~North Dakota Winterscapes~

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

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

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


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

Saturday, January 3, 2015

THAILAND ~Hua Hin - Railway station ~

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

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

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

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



Monday, December 29, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Horton Plains National Park - UNESCO ~

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

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

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


Stamp:

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

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BELGIUM ~Christmas Tree ~

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

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

Monday, December 22, 2014

~PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES (West Bank) - Bethlehem ~

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

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

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


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