Tuesday, November 21, 2017

POLAND ~ Malbork Fortress - UNESCO -

...Stunning view of the largest medieval fortress in Europe... impressive walls, towers, bridges and gates... a major and one of the greatest historical attractions in Poland itself... the castle has been almost completely reconstructed and converted into a public museum... it was built as a site of power and a center of the medieval world... Thanks a lot Krystyna!! ヽ(ヅ)ノalso for using many great stamps!♥
Photo: Andrzéj Gilewski

The castle was founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Order during their government of Prussia and is located on the bank of the river Nogat.

The castle once housed approximately 3,000 "brothers in arms", and the outermost castle walls enclose 52 acres (210,000 m²), four times larger than the enclosed space of Windsor Castle. It was expanded several time to host the growing number of Knights, It consists of three separate sections - the High, Middle and Lower Castles, separated by multiple dry moats and towers.

The Order eventually imploded due to infighting, and the castle was pawned to mercenaries as payment during the Thirteen Years War. In 1457, the mercenaries sold the castle to Poland, the kingdom they were originally hired to fight. Malbork Castle was never conquered by force, although it was almost completely dismantled and destroyed during WWII.

Malbork fortress was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Stamps:
Impressionism in Polish Painting
(03-11-2005)

Flowers and Fruits
(Issued 26-06-2015)

Wild Life of the Baltic Sea
(Issued 29-07-2009)

 Artists
(Issued 20-11-2009)

Monday, November 20, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Beach Southwest Coast ~

... Beautiful withe-sand palm tree lined tranquil beach ☀... paradise does indeed exist... just imagine having this all to yourself... I so wish I was there... here it is another grey☁, rainy☂ and windy Autumn day... with great circular stamp and unique first day cancellation depicting the "Golden Jubilee" of the Philatelic Bureau of Sri Lanka... Big Thanks once more dear Ravindra!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Juergen Schreiber
This is the area stretching south of Colombo towards Galle and was one of the first areas to be developed with lots of famous resort towns and hotels.

You find here gorgeous beaches, colonial townscapes, stilt fishermen, fantastic wildlife parks and Buddhist shrines and temples.

Stamp:

50th Anniversary of the Philatelic Bureau.
(Issued 08-11-2017)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

USA ~ New York - United Nations ~

... Iconic stunning buildings of New York...the city is visited by over 60 million foreign and American tourists each year... and probably the most visited city in the United States ... famous for fashion, nightlife, art, food, and theater... a global power city... with great UN stamps and postmarked at the United Nations of New York... Thanks a lot Irma!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

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

New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States and is also the most densely populated major city in the US. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world with an estimated 23.7 million residents as of 2016.

New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capitalof the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, and sports.

Home to the headquarters of the United Nations and an important center for international diplomacy.

Stamps:

Sustainable Development Goals
(Issued 24-10-206)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NETHERLANDS ~ Dordrecht ~

... A lovely city view of one of my closest neighbouring countries... known as the most ancient city in Holland... an area with beautiful historic buildings, diverse museums, numerous canals and old monuments... busy shopping streets that commemorate the wealthy history of this city by the water... Thanks a lot Nolleke!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
"View of The Church of Our Lady - Spuiboulevard - Boogjes"

The city of Dordrecht, located in the province of South Holland was founded in the early 11th C. Located in a wetland area with such rivers as the Merwede, Noord and Ouwe Maas, it was an important merchant city with a lively trade in wood, cereals and wine.

Today, the city is the 6th largest seaport in the Netherlands, and is primarily known for shipbuilding and its wood and steel industry.   Dordrecht has a 14th-century Gothic church and an art museum.

1&3 My Stamps
(Issued 10-03-2009)

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
(Issued 02-01-2002)

Definitive Issue - "NL" Stamps
(Issued 02-01-2002)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Parliament Complex - Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte ~

... Great aerial view of the Parliament "floating" on a man-made lake... a landmark built on the high ground at the center of a 12-acre island in the middle of the lake.... it looks majestic and is in the style of tropical modernism... surrounded by a new garden city of parks and public buildings...  its copper roofs would first be seen from the approach road at a distance of two kilometers... must be a fantastic living near such beautiful place... Thanks a lot Ravindra!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Juergen Schreiber

The Sri Lankan Parliament Complex (also known as the New Parliament Complex) is located about ten miles east of Colombo and houses the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

The building was designed by Architect Geoffrey Bawa and built with Sri Lankan funds.  The project was completed on a scheduled time of 26 months and it was inaugurated on 29th April 1982 by the then President J.R. Jayewardene.

Stamp:

The 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea
(Issued 13-07-2017)

Monday, November 13, 2017

RWANDA ~ Coffee Field ~

... Great new African country off my "missing" list ヅ... situated almost literally at the heart of the African continent... one of the smallest and most densely populated... it has one of the most interesting East African coffee histories... while Rwanda is still a very poor country, coffee is proving to be one reliable way out of poverty, giving many the chance to participate in the global economy... it also produces Fair Trade Coffees...Thanks a lot Deo and Mike!!【ツ】
The Republic of Rwanda is a small land-locked country located in central Africa. It is bordered by the Democratic Republic Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi. Kigali is the capital city in the center of the country.

Coffee was introduced to Rwanda in 1903 by German missionaries. Most of the coffee in Rwanda is grown in the country’s central region near Kigali and in western Rwanda, at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,800 meters above sea level.  450,000 farmers depend on coffee farming for their livelihood. There are currently around 229 coffee washing stations across the country.

 Flowering takes place between September and October and the harvest runs from March to July with shipments starting in late May to early June. The coffee is often quite delicate tasting with a pleasant sweet, caramel aroma and hints of citrus.


Stamp:

Folklore
(Issued 15-11-2010)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

AUSTRALIA ~ Southern Elephant Seals - Heard Island - UNESCO ~

... Fantastic postcard of one of the most isolated islands on our planet... and one of the most rare pristine island ecosystems...  it is very dangerous and almost impossible to reach this island... you have to pass through some of the roughest seas on the planet to get there... for those reasons, there are currently no commercial tour operations that visit Heard Island... no-one lives permanently on the island and there is no Post Office, so unfortunately it's not possible to receive a postcard directly from Heard Island... as environmental conditions have improved around Heard Island in recent years, southern elephant seal populations have stabilized... Thanks a lot Xue!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Matt Curnock, Australian Antarctic Division
"Juvenile male southern elephant seals sparring"

The southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) is the world's largest seal. Southern elephant seals are named after the large proboscis (nose) of the adult males, which is used to make loud roaring sounds, especially during the mating season.

Heard Island is a subantarctic island located in the Southern Ocean, about 4,000 kilometres south west of mainland Australia. The island have been an Australian territory since 1947 and contain the country's only two active volcanoes,  it's highest mountain, and it's only glaciers. It is part of the Australian external territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands. The islands and surrounding waters offer a unique opportunity for conducting scientific research,

Home to a range of wildlife including seals, marine birds and penguins which include several species with conservation status at a national and international level. The surrounding waters contain unique and important marine species.

Heard and McDonald Islands are since 1997 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Prestamped postcard

Friday, November 10, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Traditional Masks ~

... Beautiful colorful wood-carved masks... these "Raksha Masks" are used in various dramatic rituals, festivals and cultural dances... they are carved by craftsmen according to patterns approved by custom and tradition... often seen at the main entrance of Sinhalese homes, to ward off evil influences and protect the householders, and date back to pre-Buddhist time In Sri Lanka... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】


Vesmuhunu (Devil Masks) of Sri Lanka.

Raksha means “demon” and they are painted in vibrant colors, with bulging eyes and protruding tongues and they depict various types of demons.

Raksha masks (Ves Muhunu) are used in traditional Kolam folk dance, each mask represents a specific character.

This postcard shows the "Naga Mask" or snake Demon, an elaborate and impressive cobra mask and the "Mayura Raksha" or the peacock demon that brings peace, harmony and wealth.





ⒸLasantha Lakmal

Stamps:

Personalized Definitives
(Issued 13-09-2917)

Diyogu Badathuruge Dhanapala, 1905-1971
(Issued 19-10-2017)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ARMENIA ~ Matenadaran - Yerevan ~

... Great view of one of the oldest and richest book-depositories in the world.... the pride of Armenian culture... the building itself is a masterpiece... with unique collection of  medieval manuscripts and books... a gem and must visit for culture and history lovers... beautifully preserved and presented... Yerevan is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world... Thanks a lot Johanna!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Ⓒ 2015, ZH PhotoDesign Studio

The Matenadaran, the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, was founded in 1959 as the State depository of manuscripts. The Matenadaran is named after Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of Armenian Alphabet. 11000 completely preserved handwritten books and more than 2000 partially preserved manuscripts are the core of the Matenadarans collection. “Matenadaran” means a "book-depository" in ancient Armenian.

The building was constructed in the spirit of national 12th and 13thC traditions. The monument to Mesrop Mashtots, the founder of Armenian writing stands in front of it.

Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia situated along the Hrazdan River,

Stamp:

Forget-Me-Not Flowers - The 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
(Issued 29-01-2015)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

POLAND ~ European Robin - Słowiński National Park - UNESCO ~

... Wonderful postcard nr2 showing this Polish National Park... also a well-known and much-loved garden companion ( in my garden too♥)... but I think most of us have a soft spot for them... they are such lovely little birds, so beautiful designed... Thanks a lot Magda!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Photo: Grzegorz Jędro

Slowinski National Park (18247 ha) was established to protect a unique habitat of moving dunes, coastal lakes and natural forests.  255 bird species have been recorded, over 140 of which nest there.

Features of the robin include its distinctive red breast and face, grey under parts, brown head, wings and tail. Their flight is distinguishable by rapid wing beats for short, fast flight.

Most robins are sedentary, defending their territories year-round, with many females also establishing their own winter territories. However, a handful head south to winter on the Continent, joining other robins passing through in the autumn on their way from Scandinavia and northern continental Europe.

Slowinski National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reservation.

Stamps:

Definitives - Flowers and Fruits
(Issued 15-09-2015)

Flowers and Fruits
(Issued 15-07-2016)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

COLOMBIA ~Monserrate Funicular - Bogotá ~

... Great new country to add to my collectionツ... Colombia has many historical and archaeological sites.... Monserrate hills has always been one of the most visited places of Bogotá ... a well known landmark... the "Funicular" climbs the mountain using a rail system...  this train-like car takes you through a tunnel inside the mountain and allows a closer look at the vegetation that grows at different altitudes.... from the top of the hill you have spectacular views of the capital and surrounding areas... Thanks a lot Hernan!!【ツ】


Colombia is located in South America and shares a land border with Panama,Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. It is the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Bogotá is the capital and the second largest capital city in South America and at 2640m (8661 ft) it is one of the highest capital cities in the world.

The Funicular carries the Bogotá citizens and the tourists daily. Construction on it began in in 1926, and  it was officially opened on August 18th, 1929.

In December 2003, the Funicular started a new phase with a more modern design in its cars which now open their doors facing the sky with a glass roof.


Photo: Omar Bechara

Stamps:

1&3&4 Fauna - Endangered Species
(Issued 14-07-2015)

Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014
(Issued 14-07-2015)

Monday, November 6, 2017

GERMANY ~ Zoo Berlin ~

... Lovely exotic entrance view of the oldest and best known zoo in Germany... the only zoo in the country with Giant Pandas... I always have a bit mixed feelings when visiting one o͜͡o ... although it is the only place for most people to see *wild* animals... but I'd like to think that they are needed to make an important contribution to species conservation around the world... with beautiful special postmark... Big Thanks once more Dustin!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
ⒸMirza Numic

Founded in 1844, the Zoo Berlin is the oldest zoo in Germany and the ninth oldest in the world. It covers an area of 35 hectares (86.5 acres) and is located in Berlin's Tiergarten. The aquarium opened in 1913.

With about 1,380 different species and with almost 20.000 animals the zoo presents one of the most comprehensive collection of species in the world.

The Elephant Gate, built 1899, with 2 life-size sandstone carved elephants supporting columns and an Oriental roof with East Asian paintings and carvings, at the entrance to Berlin Zoo, Tiergarten, Berlin. The current version is a replica of the 1899 original that was destroyed in WWII.

Stamps:
Numeral Stamp
(Issued 03-12-2015)

Flora - Flowers
(Issued 08-06-2017)

The 175th Anniversary of the Worlds First Postage Stamp
(Issued 01-09-2015)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

SRI LANKA ~The Golden Buddha statue - Dambulla GoldenTemple - UNESCO~

... Impressing Golden Buddhist statue... Sri Lanka is home to some of the world’s most spectacular Buddhist monuments... the Golden Temple of Dambulla is the spiritual centre for Buddhism... an important location for Buddhist pilgrimages and tourists... Thanks once more Ravindra!!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
Photo Juergen Schreiber

Dambulla Cave Temple is a monastery and sacred pilgrim site for 22 centuries located in the central part of the island. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka.It mainly consists of five cave temples, which contain statues and wall paintings of Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses.

The work of The Golden Buddha (made of concrete & bricks and gold-plated) in Dharma Chakra Mudra posture started in 1998 and was completed in 2001. The statue is located on top of a 3 storey building that houses the museum and ticket counter.

Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a UNESCO WHS since 1991.

Stamps:

The 100th Anniversary of Fort Colombo Railway Station
(Issued 04-10-2017)

Personalized Definitives
(Issued 13-09-2917)

Friday, November 3, 2017

HONG KONG ~ Tram - Sheung Wan ~

... Lovely view of a public transport and tourist attraction in one... classic icons... take a step back in time... the tram was one of the earliest transport in Hong Kong... a unique way of travel on a double-deck tram and still maintain in high standard.... and the best part is that it's very affordable... known by the locals as as "ding-dings"... Thanks a lot Jobbo!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Trams became operational in Hong Kong in 1904, and the first double-deck tramcar was introduced in 1912.

The current fleet stands at 164 double-deck trams which is the world's largest fleet of double-deck trams still in service.

Western Market is a colonial building located in Sheung Wan, a historic landmark. Since it was built in 1906 to serve as the office of Victoria, which is now a market with shops and restaurants lined inside.





Photo: Jacky Yeung

Stamp:

The 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Issued 01-07-2017)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

SWEDEN ~ Heligholmen Island - Gotland ~

... Great nature scenery from Holmhällar on the beautiful island of Heligholmen... an uninhabited island with as only building a small lighthouse... a bird sanctuary with a ban on entry from March 15th to June 30th... Thanks a lot Svea!!【ツ】
Photo: Thore Nilsson

Heligholmen is an island off the south coast of Vamlingbo, Gotland, Sweden, with an area of 11.8 hectares (29 acres).

Gotland is located about 90 km east of the Swedish mainland and about 130 km from the Baltic states. Gotland is the name of the main island, but the adjacent islands are generally considered part of Gotland and the Gotlandic culture.

Stamp:

Queen Silvia
(Issued 01-04-2017)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

INDIA ~ Hikkim Village - World's highest post office ~

... Amazing postcard nr2... a lovely post office view coming from a very special place... from the top of the world...  situated in a beautiful valley with the Himalayan mountains all around... a true little ♥gem♥ for a postcard collector... must have been a great feeling to be at the world's highest post office and sending postcards from one of the highest inhabited village... I've seen it on a documentary on TV... with great selection of stamps and "Hikkim" cancellation...Thanks soooo much Dwari!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The village of Hikkim is situated at a towering altitude of around  4,572 m (15,000 ft) above sea level, on the India-Tibet border in the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The village is is one of the highest year-round inhabited villages in India. The majority of the people in Hikkim are Buddhists.

This tiny village is known for being the home to the highest post office in the world and also the location for the highest polling station.

The Hikkim post office was opened on November 5, 1983, and Mr. Rinchon Chhering has been the postmaster here since it started at the age of 22. This little post office  (also Chhering’s home) is the only mode of communication for the residents of Hikkimis, there is no cell phone signal or internet to connect with. Like the rest of the valley, the post office is also shut for six months of the year because of snow.

Two runners take turns in carrying mail on foot from Hikkim to Kaza, 23 kms away, every morning. From Kaza, mail bags are taken by bus to Reckong Peo, onward to Shimla. From here it’s moved to a train to Kalka, then loaded on to a bus again headed to Delhi. From there the mail is sorted to make their journey by train or plane towards its destination.


Stamps:

Legendary Singers of India
(Issued 30-12-2016)

Nature - Drawing Competition
(Issued 25-01-2017)

Dancing - Joint Issue with Portugal
(Issued 07-01-2017)

INDIA ~ The Clipper Butterfly - Hikkim ~

... First of two really fantastic postcards... beautiful butterfly view... a large wingspan of around 10cm makes them strong fliers and gliders... they are mostly blue-green in color in the sub-continent of India... with great selection of stamps postmarked at the highest post office "Hikkim" in the world... Thanks a lot Dwai!!【ツ】
Photo: Praveen G Nair

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia, mostly in forested areas. It is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapping stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.

The Clipper butterfly mostly feeds on the nectar of the flowers of Adenia plant and the caterpillars feed on the young leaves of the plant.

Stamps:

1&3 Nature - Drawing Competition
(Issued 25-01-2017)

250th Year of Survey of India
(Issued 22-06-2017)

Monday, October 30, 2017

SINGAPORE ~ Pasir Panjang ~

... Nice aerial view of the past... a so totally different postcard of Singapore as the one I posted last week... it transformed from a poor, southeast Asian metropolis in the 60's into one of the most developed and wealthiest places in the world...Thanks a lot Jobbo!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Pasir Panjang is an area located in the southern part of the Queenstown in Singapore.

The name Pasir Panjang appears as "Passir Panjang" in 1851. The Malay word pasir panjang literally means "long sand", a reference to the long sandy beach that stretched along the coast in this area.

Stamp:

Vanishing Trades
(Issued 26-11-2014)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Fishermen's team-work ~

... Nice beach and local fishermen's view... fishing is a tough job but this is the way they earn their living... it is a year round activity... however, the windy season is not ideal for fishing... Thanks a lot Ravindra!! (ヅ)
Fishing is the second largest livelihood in Eastern Sri Lanka. The province has a length of 507 km coastline which is equivalent to 32% of the country’s coastline and it has 40% of the county’s fishing villages.

Stamps:

World Conference on Youth
(Issued 07-05-2014)

 World Children's Day
(Issued 01-10-2017)

The 70th Anniversary of Parliamentary Democracy
(Issued 03-10-2017)

Friday, October 27, 2017

CANADA ~ By Ward Market - Ottowa - Ontario ~

... Lovely view of one of the largest and longest-running farmers’ markets in Canada, ... and oldest food market in Ottawa ... a historic landmark in the heart of the city with stalls inside and out....the market offers a variety of Canadian products and foods from all over...  this area has an averages of 50.000 visitors per weekend in the summer months... Thanks a lot Glenn!!【ツ】
The By Ward Market was established by Lieutenant-Colonel John By in 1826. Traditionally, the By Ward Market area has been a focal point for Ottawa's French and Irish communities.

The name refers to the old 'By Ward' of the City of Ottawa ('By' deriving from the surname of the engineer, Colonel John By, who was the area's original surveyor). The district comprises the main commercial part of the historic Lower Town area of Ottawa.

Stamps:

1&3 Canada Post Community Foundation  (Issued 25-09-2017)

Diwali - Joint Issue with India
(Issued 21-09-2017)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

PORTUGAL ~ Jeronimos Monastery - Lisbon - UNESCO ~

...  Great postcard nr2... stunning unique architecture and very impressing building... the most prestigious and grandest place of worship in Lisbon... one of the most popular tourist sights... a structure deeply entwined with the country’s history... sailors could go to the monastery to pray before setting off on their next voyage and to receive spiritual guidance from the monks... Thanks so much once more dear Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

The Jeronimos Monastery was built by King Manuel I and it was he who dedicated it to the Hieronymites order. The building is predominantly in Manueline style (Portuguese late Gothic). The monastery is also situated in the Belem district of western Lisbon.

It was built during most of the 16thC to commemorate the naval achievements of Vasco de Gama to the Far East, which secured Portugal early prominence as a colonial power. Legend says that he and his crew spent their last day here before disembarking. It was also the gold that Vasco brought back from his explorations that financed the church’s construction.

The monastery is, together with the Belem Tower, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.

Stamp:

Traditional Desserts of Portugal
(Issued 12-05-2017)

PORTUGAL ~ Belem Tower - Lisbon - UNESCO ~

... First of two wonderful surprises... the Tower of Belem with the Jerónimos Monastery (next postcardツ) make of the beautiful Belem district in Lisbon one of the most visited and a must see area... the most renowned symbol situated along the Tagus riverbank... one Portugal's most famous landmarks... the Tower of Belem was the first sign of home and became a symbolic icon for the intrepid explorers and their enlisted crews.... Big Thanks Andrene!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Tower of Belem was commissioned by King John II and constructed in the early 16th century with the same bricks used for the nearby monastery.  It was designed as as part of a line of defences to protect Lisbon’s early harbour and was positioned in the middle of the River Tagus on a small outcrop of rocks which was also a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. Enemy boats which tried to make their way up the river would be met by a canon barrage from Belem Tower.

Belem is a district in western Lisbon at the mouth of the Tagus River. It’s history dates back to prehistoric times but it was in the Middle Ages that its most famous landmarks were constructed.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries.

Stamp:

The 50th Anniversary of the Madeira Botanical Garden
(Issued 30-04-2010)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

St. LUCIA ~ Sulphur Springs - UNESCO ~

... A great new Caribbean island... known for lush rainforest, stunning beaches and delicious food... home to the world's only "drive-in" volcano... this giant crater was formed during a period of massive volcanic activity about 40.000 years ago... with hot springs, bubbling mud pools and steam vents... a major tourist attraction... Thanks a lot Trupti!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁



Saint Lucia is a tropical island in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean and part of the Lesser Antilles. It gained independence from Britain in 1979 and its capital is Castries.

The Sulphur Springs are situated  towards the southwestern side of the island, near Soufrière (French for Sulfur), the second largest town in St. Lucia. It is the most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles.

It’s 46 hectares area spreads between two hills that are centrally located within St. Lucia’s Piton Management Area UNESCO WHS. (2004)








Stamps:

Flora and Fauna
(Issued 19-01-1981)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SLOVENIA ~ Lake Bohinj - Triglav National Park ~

... Breathtakingly beautiful scenery of Slovenia's only National Park... amongst the oldest in Europe... with steep rocks, sharp peaks, waterfalls and deep glacial valleys... one of the major attractions is the largest glacial lake in Slovenia, Lake Bohinj.... two thirds of its area is covered by forests...the world-famous Stradivari violins were made ​​of wood purchased by Antonio Stradivari from farmers in the Bohinj valley... the Park have a network of well-marked hiking trails.... in summer you can enjoy many water sports and in winter ski-touring... with set of great birds stamps... Thanks a lot Hermina!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Photo: M. Malej

Triglav National Park is located in the Julian Alps of north-western Slovenia.  It covers an area of 838 square km along the borders with Italy and Austria and was named after the highest mountain in the country; Mt. Triglav (2,864m), which rises to an elevation of 2864 metres.

It was first protected in 1924, when the Alpine Conservation Park was established. It was officially renamed Triglav National Park in 1961, but at this time it only encompassed the immediate vicinity of Mt. Triglav and the Valley of the Triglav Lakes. Its current area has been protected since 1981.

The park's most revered animal is the chamois, of which only 2,000 exist. Other wildlife includes ibex, marmot, golden eagles and the brown bear, although most animals stay away from humans and animal sightings are rare.

Common plant life includes the Julian poppy and the purple Zois bellflower. Most plants are protected.

Stamps:

Birds of Slovenia
(Issued 29-05-2015)

2X Birds of Slovenia
(Issued 27-05-2016)

Monday, October 23, 2017

SINGAPORE ~ Flyer ~

... Spectacular aerial view on Singapore at sunset... from top of the Flyer at a height of 165m above ground level... with incredible panoramic views and you hardly notice you are moving... sights of iconic and historical landmarks such as Singapore River, Merlion Park, Raffles Place and Empress Place... it is a must do in Singapore... Thanks a lot dear Jobbo!!【ツ】I understand how your country must feel during this historic time when they pay a final tribute and farewell to their beloved Late King...(⌣́_⌣̀)

Located in the heart of downtown Marina Bay, the Singapore Flyer is now Asia's largest giant observation wheel. It opened in 2008 after 2½ years of building.

It has 28 air-conditioned capsules, each able to accommodate 28 passengers, and incorporates a three-storey terminal building. The Flyer has an overall height of 165m (541 ft).

Stamp:

National Day - Tourism
(Issued 09-09-2007)