Monday, March 27, 2017

SPAIN ~ Tarragona - UNESCO ~

... View of the wonderful Roman Amphitheatre...the most impressive of Tarragona's ancient remains... built on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea...the venue would have once held 15.000 people and played host to gladiatorial battles and other pastimes of the ancient Romans... with as etra bonus a matching stamp... Thanks a lot Joseph and Assumpta (✿◠‿◠)➞ Cartes i postals d'arreu !!
Photo: Raymond, s.a.

Tarragona is port located on the Mediterranean coast,  southwest of Barcelona, in the region of Catalonia. The city is the smallest of the four province capitals of the region, yet it has the historical and cultural appeal of a larger city.

Built in the 2nd century AD, this excellent example of Roman architecture once held gladiator combats (munera) and wild animal hunts (venationes)  during the reign of Emperor Augustus.The oval shaped amphitheatre was carved out of underlying bedrock in the area.

In Roman times, the city of Tarragona was named Tarraco. The Roman ruins of Tarraco have been designated a WHS by UNESCO in 2000.

Stamps:
Rural Architecture
(Issued 10-10-2016

UNESCO World Heritage
(Issued 30-11-2001)

Friday, March 24, 2017

AUSTRALIA ~ Overland track - Tasmania - Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park -UNESCO ~

... Beautiful prepaid postage postcard with special postmark... a great new National Park and UNESCO site to add to my collection... showing one of Australia's most famous hiking tracks through some of Tasmania’s wildest and most scenic landscapes... you'll see lakes, gorges and forests, mountains and moors, spectacular waterfalls and steep, stony peaks.... the Overland Track is a serious undertaking, requiring well-prepared walkers with a good level of fitness, who understand the risks of walking in a remote alpine area... Thanks a lot Heather!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Totajla

The Overland Track is Australia’s premier alpine walk. It’s a 65 km, six-day trek through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is located in the Central Highlands area of Tasmania. The park contains many walking trails, and is where hikes along the well-known Overland Track usually begin. Major features are Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff in the northern end, Mount Pelion East, Mount Pelion West, Mount Oakleigh and Mount Ossa in the middle and Lake St Clair in the southern end of the park.

In December 1982, the World Heritage Committee included the entirety of the Western Tasmanian Wilderness National Parks into the World Heritage List. However, in 1989 this area was expanded to encompass an additional 1.4 million hectares,

Thursday, March 23, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Mini World's End - Pitamaruwa- Madulsima ~

... One more breathtaking nature view (unfortunately damaged during traveling)... it's a viewpoint from where you can see all the Eastern province from the top of the hill... great postcard nr5 of the series "Unseen Sri Lanka" showing  places from different parts of the island which are lesser known by tourists... with matching stamp...Thanks a lot Ravindra!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Mini World’s End is located at Madulsima close to Passara town at the southern end of the Knuckles range. It is a gulf and not less than 1250 feet in depth.

The place is called “Mini world’s end” as it resembles a smaller version of the “world’s end” drop situated at Horton Plains National Park.

Stamp:

"Unseen Sri Lanka"
(Issued 02-12-2016)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ITALY ~ Trulli - Puglia - UNESCO ~

... Lovely, bit strange picturesque view... this town located in the hills of the province of Bari, in Puglia, is famous for its small distinctive mortarless round stone houses with conical roofs structures known as "Trulli".... ancient architectural wonders....they are still the traditional residences of the town... but many of them have been converted into guesthouses... to me they look look like little homes for elves ツ... it is also one of the least “touristy” regions of Italy... Thanks a lot Gian Luca!!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿  ➜ (MY UNESCO WHS)

Alberobello ( literally "beautiful tree") is a small town  in the region of Puglia in southern Italy.  It has about 10,700 inhabitants and is famous for its unique architectural style of house called the trulli. You see them throughout the Itria Valley in Puglia, but the greatest concentration is in Alberobello.

The trulli  are dry mortarless stone huts built with conical tops. The white houses with conical roofs were built either as temporary shelters and storehouses or as permanent homes for the small groups of agricultural workers living in the town. The community thrived in the latter part of the 19th century because of its wine growing industry. The name cames for the latin word “Turris” and “Trulla” or from the Greek Byzantine word “Torullos” meaning dome.

Alberobello’s trulli became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Stamp:

Italian Squares
(Issued 02-07-2016)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

GERMANY ~ Jasmund National Park - Chalk Cliffs - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view from the spectacular coastline of the Baltic holiday island of Rügen... the chalk-white cliffs, Kreidefelsen offering a panoramic view of the Baltic Sea and Germany's mainland coast... the highlights of the island's national park and visited by millions each year.... with luxurious seaside resorts... Bismarck, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein all vacationed here... Thanks Katja【ツ】
Photo: © Olafler-Fotolia

The chalk cliffs on Germany's largest island, Rügen Island rise 330 feet (100 meters) or more over the Baltic Sea. These ancient structures are made nearly entirely of the skeletons of calcite-covered plankton called coccolithophores, deposited by the trillions during the Cretaceous period. Sediments like these actually give the Cretaceous its name: Creta means "chalk" in Latin.

Jasmund National Park is a natural forest surrounded with White Chalk cliffs and sea beach. It is located on the Island of Rugen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The natural beauty of this park was listed into UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2011.

Stamp:
Tourism - Germany's Most Beautiful Panoramas
(07-04-2016)

Monday, March 20, 2017

GHANA ~ Western Region ~

...Great views of one of the ten regions of this African country...in the Western Region you can find the majority of the wealth of Ghana and most interesting places ... it's one of the major tourist destination with beautiful safe beaches... well known because of the Nzulezo village, that is totally built up on platforms and stilts over the top of the water... there are a variety of forts along the coastal area... gold mines and oil platforms...Thank you very much Lara!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

The Western Region is located in South Ghana bordered by the Central Region, the Ivory Coast,  Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo Regions and  by the Gulf of Guinea.  It includes the capital and large twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi and has Ghana's southernmost location, Cape Three Points.

This Region has the highest rainfall in Ghana, lush green hills, and fertile soils.  The culture is dominated by the Akans; the main languages are Akan and English.

Stamps:

National Senior Football Team - The Black Stars
(Issued 01-01-2011)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

MALAYSIA ~ Gunung Mulu National Park-UNESCO ~

...A fantastic natural wonder ...Deer Cave contains the world’s second largest cave passage 169 meters wide and 125 meters high open to the public... with the persons (also a tiny one on the background) on the photo it shows how massive this room really is ʘ͜͡ʘ ...home to millions of bats, and location of the amazing "bat exodus"...  with 12 species (more than in any other single cave in the world)... Thanks Bernard!!【ツ】
Photo:Robbie Shone
"Cave Explorers progresses downstream in Clearwater River Cave, – the eighth longest cave in the world, Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo."

Deer Cave was surveyed in 1961 by G. E. Wilford of the Malaysian Geological Survey, who predicted that Mulu would yield many more caves in the future.The cave, which is also known as Gua Payau or Gua Rusa by the local Penan and Berawan people, is said to have received its name because of the deer that go there to lick salt-bearing rocks and shelter themselves.

The Gunung Mulu National Park is Sarawak's largest National Park that encompasses caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting. This National Park is famous for its limestone karst formations. Features include enormous caves, vast cave networks, rock pinnacles, cliffs and gorges.

The national park is named after Mount Mulu,  a sandstone mountain rising to 2,376 m. and the second highest mountain in Sarawak.

Gunung Mulu is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Area, a status it was awarded in 2000.

Stamp:

International Definitives
(Issued 01-10-2016)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

UK ~ Winchester Cathedral - Hampshire ~

... Beautiful view of the cathedral’s imposing west front, with its great 14th-century triple porch and Gothic window... the city’s most prominent landmark... the history of this important structure is more than 1300 years long... the cathedral is famous as the grave of Jane Austen, the famous English author and inventor of Mr Darcy... also known for the 12th century bible in the library... currently being restored with a budget of £20.5million (⊙.◎ ).... with nice matching stamp... Big Thanks once more Andrene!! 乂❤‿❤乂 (I'm so glad it arrived after travelling for a monthツ... dated 16-02-17)
Photo: Bob Croxford
"The Cathedral at Winchester has played an important role in the city since the foundations were laid in 1079."

Winchester Cathedral a Church of England cathedral in Winchester, Hampshire. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.

It is an outstanding example of all the main phases of English church architecture from the 11th century until the early 16th century, when much of today’s building was complete. It’s been a place of worship ever since.

Stamp:

Universal Mail UK postage stamps

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Ranunculus Sagittifolius flower ~

... Lovely new postcard from the "Flowers of Sri Lanka" series... we do have similar ones growing  in our countryside...  we call them "boterbloemen"... with their beautiful yellow shiny petals they look like little drops of sunshine in the grass☼ ☼... dear Ravindra I wish you all the luck in your new home!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Ranunculus is a genus of about 600 species of plants in the Ranunculaceae. Members of the genus include the buttercups, spearworts, water crowfoots and the lesser celandine.

Ranunculus sagittifolius is an  endemic perennial herb ± 90 cm tall. You can find them in the Upper montane zone, in wet or marshy places or among grass. It's flowering from April to October.

Stamp:

Christmas
(Issued 04-12-2016)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

GERMANY ~ Museum Island - Berlin - UNESCO ~

... Lots of wonderful views on postcard nr2... a cultural and architectural monument of great significance... if you are a museum fan this is the place to be...  five museums at one place within a few steps of one another.... with cute "Ottifanten" (Ottiphants) stamp ... elephant-like comic characters by Otto Gerhard Waalkes and great special postmark... Big Thanks Dustin!! \_(♥‿♥)_/

Museum Island (German: Museumsinsel) is the name of the northern half of an island in the Spree river in the central Mitte district of Berlin, the site of the old city of Cölln.

Museum Island is a unique ensemble of five museums built between 1824 and 1930. The Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Neues Museum (New Museum), the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), The Bode Museum and the most well-known of the complex, the Pergamon Museum.

In 1999, the museum complex was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.


Stamps:

Greetings Stamp - Comics
(Issued 01-03-2017)

Definitive Issue - Flowers
((Issued 07-07-2005)

Monday, March 13, 2017

GERMANY ~ Natural History Museum - Braunschweig ~

...First of two great surprise postcards...  it is the oldest natural museum in Germany... showing one of their famous "dioramas"...  wild boars covered in mud taking a mudbath... matching postcard, stamp and cancellation... it couldn't be better(>‿◠)✌... ➜Thanks a lot Dustin!!  (My postcard and stamp week)
Photo: G. Linhardt

The Naturhistorische Museum Braunschweig is a zoology museum and was founded in 1754 by Duke Carl I.

The scientific collections include 3,000 mammal specimens, 50,000 bird specimens, 10,300 bird eggs, 4,000 skulls and skeletons, 1,000 fish, amphibians and reptile specimens. Insects are represented by 80,000 Lepidoptera and 85,000 Coleoptera and there are 100,000 mollusca and 5,000 fossils.

The public displays include dioramas, an aquarium, and exhibitions of birds, mammals, insects and fossils.

Stamp:

Definitive Issue - Flowers
(Issued 11-07-2005)

Baby Animals
(Issued 01-03-2017)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

INDIA ~ Manas National Park - UNESCO ~

... Once more a great new National Park... the Golden Langur has been listed in the "World's 25 Most Endangered Primates" ☹... mostly due to habitat destruction... only a very few individuals survive in the wild... Manas is one of the rare national parks that is built across two countries, while one half lies in India and other half  in Bhutan... Thanks a lot Vinay!!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
photo: Yathin

From backside postcard:
Manas National Park, located in the Northeastern state of Assam on the border with Bhutan. It covers an area of 50.000 hectares in the plains of the Manas river in the foothills of the Himalayas.  The sanctuary is the habitat of 21 most threatened species of mammals, out of 55 mammals species in the sanctuary. The endangered species include Golden Lagur, tiger, pypmy hog, clouded leopard, sloth bear, Indian rhinoceros, wild buffaloes, Indian elephants and Bengal florican.

The langurs are named so for the striking golden colour of their coat. These animals form troupes of 8 to 50 individuals and are herbivorous and arboreal in nature.

It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Natural) in 1985 for its unique natural environment. The sanctuary is the habitat of 21 most threatened a national park in 1990.

Stamps:
Dr B R Ambedkar Jayanti- Personalities
(Issued 01-03-2009)

Unity Day
(Issued 31-10-2016)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

NAMIBIA ~ Cape Cross - Skeleton Coast National Park ~

...Fantastic views of famous tourist attractions... the seal colony... this reserve is the home of one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world.... there seems to be also an amazingly offensive smell ヅ... but when you stick around for a while you will be rewarded with great behavior displays... and there is also an interesting memorial commemorating the first landing by Portuguese explorers... Big Thanks Belinda!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: © Mark Van Aardt

Cape Cross is  is a small headland located in the South Atlantic in Skeleton Coast, western Namibia around 120km north of Swakopmund.

It was the landing site of the first European explorers visiting Namibia. In 1486 the Portuguese explorer Diego Cao erected a stone cross about 2m high and 360kg to mark and commemorate the first European to ever set foot on Namibian soil and also as a tribute to Portuguese King Joao 11. He was searching for a sea route via cape to the east.

One of the most endearing features of Cape fur seals ( Brown fur seals)  are their ears, this sets them apart from true seals. Cape fur seals have external ears, but true seals don’t.

With an area of 16,000 square kilometres it is the third-largest National Park of Namibia. . Its name comes from the numerous shipwrecks lying on the shore.

Stamp:
Large Canines of Namibia
(Issued 30-09-2016)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

RUSSIA ~ Republic of Tyva ~

...Nice postcard from a special place located in the heart of Asia... a largely unknown republic of the Russian Federation and almost isolated from the world...  with unique culture and identity... the mountains are breathtaking... there are 100 plus minerals springs... famous for its Tuvan throat singing.... Thanks a lot Eugene!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Tyva Republic (also called Tuva) is situated in the center of Asia in southern Siberia, part of Siberian Federal District. The republic borders the Altai Republic, the Republic of Khakassia, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Irkutsk Oblast, and the Republic of Buryatia in Russia and Mongolia to the south. It is the homeland of the Tuva people.

The city of Kyzyl is the capital of the Tuva Republic in the extreme east of Siberia, Russia. Kyzyl lays claim to being located precisely in the geographical center of Asia - a claim that has proven to be somewhat controversial.

Stamps:

 Definitive Issue. Kremlins
(Issued 01-10-2009)

The 850th Anniversary of the City of Velikiye Luki
(Issued 14-07-2016)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

USA ~ St John - Virgin Islands National Park ~

... Beautiful aerial island view... because "Virgin Islands National Park" encompasses two-third of the island I think I can consider this one as a new NP for my collectionシ... a place of unspoiled beauty and crystal aquamarine waters... as being part of US territory you can use US postage stamps... (but always looking for one with the Virgin Islands stamps)... Thanks a lot Leanna!!【ツ】
Photo: © 2005 Werner J. Bertsch

The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) are located in the Caribbean  bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The USVI consist of 4 larger islands: St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island, and some 50 smaller islets and cays. The island of St John, at just 9 miles long and 3 miles wide (28 sq mi), is the smallest of the US Virgin Islands.

Since 1956,  full two-thirds of St. John's 20 square miles (53 square km)  is protected as Virgin Islands National Park, administered by the United States National Park Service.
 Stamps:

Penguins
(Issued 01-06-2015)

Views of Our Planets
(Issued 31-05-2016)

2016 Star Trek
(Issued 02-09-2016)

Monday, March 6, 2017

FINLAND ~ Struve Geodetic Arc - Aavasaksa - UNESCO ~

... Great postcard of country nr5 showing the Struve Geodetic Arc ... this one is in Aavasaksa, the southernmost point of Finland where you can see the midnight sun... the crosses carved in the rock to mark the point are now located beneath the Viewing Tower erected in 1969... still 5 more to find...  (◕‿-) Thanks Virpi!!  (ヅ)



The arc which stretches from the Black Sea to the Arctic Ocean, was measured from 1816 - 1855 and has been used to determine the the size and shape of the Earth.

The countries are Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.

A total of 34 station points have been selected for protection, six of these being located in Finland.

The Aavasaksa (Avasaksa) point was measured in 1845 on the highest point of the Hill.

The Struve Geodetic Arc is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2005.

Stamp:

Festive Bouquet
(Issued 02-03-2015)

Friday, March 3, 2017

FINLAND ~ FIS Nordic World Ski Championships - Lahti ~

... Special designed postcard for the Lahti2017 FIS Nordic world ski championships... the city will host this championship for a historical 7th time at the breathtaking setting of Salpausselkä... this year's are very important as this year Finland also celebrates its 100 years of independency... the world’s best winter sports combined with an unforgettable winter festival full of good food, music and unique atmosphere... the personalized stamp is showing changing styles in ski jumping and cross country skiing... and with fantastic special postmark.... a few thousand items are posted from the Lahti Ski Games every day, and that number is ten times the size during World Championships... Thanks so much Sini for this unique item... must be great to have such an amazing event in your hometown!! \_(♥‿♥)_/



The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships have been held in various numbers and types of events since 1925 for men and since 1954 for women. Since 1985, the World Championships have been held in odd-numbered years.

The Centenary World Championships in Lahti is the biggest and most memorable event during Finland’s 100th anniversary. The city will host the Lahti2017 FIS Nordic world ski championships from 22.2.-5.3.2017.

Over the 12 days more than 700 athletes from 60 different countries compete in 21 disciplines with each day culminating at the biggest après-ski of the world and the medal award ceremonies.



Stamp:

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
(Issued 2017)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

SWITZERLAND ~ United Nations - Geneva ~

... My third postcard sent from the United Nations with their own special stamps... view of the flags of the193 member states on the  "Allée des Drapeaux" ... the office of the United Nations in Geneva is the European headquarters of the UN... this office specifically deals with humanitarian efforts and human rights issues... Thanks Ruedi!!【ツ】

Only the United Nations is permitted to issue postage stamps, even though it is an organization and not a country or a territory.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 United Nations Office at Geneva is the second largest United Nations centre after the Headquarters in New York. It is located in the Palais des Nations building constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938 at Geneva in Switzerland, and expanded in the early 1950s and late 1960s.

Officially, the Palace of Nations has been the UN’s headquarters since 1946, shortly after WWII. Paradoxically, Switzerland only joined the UN in 2002.

Promoting respect for human rights is a core purpose of the United Nations and defines its identity as an organization for people around the world. Member States, however, have the primary responsibility for protecting human rights of their populations.

Stamps:

United Nations Buildings
(Issued 04-02-2011)

2015 Endangered Species - Birds
( Issued 16-04-2015)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ARMENIA ~ Zvartnots Cathedral - UNESCO ~

...  Great ruins view with mount Ararat in the background...these impressive columns and capitals are well preserved.... an architectural wonder... this is my last card received from Sini's travels last year in the Caucasus... visiting many wonderful UNESCO sites... it was so nice to be a little part of your amazing journey... through your postcards and writing I discovered a totally unknown region to me... Thanks a million!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Levon Bakhshyan

Zvartnots Cathedral( meaning "celestial angels") is a 7th-century centrally planned aisled tetraconch type Armenian cathedral built by the order of Catholicos Nerses the Builder from 641-661 and possible destroyed destroyed either by Arabs, or by earthquake.  It is located at the edge of the city of Vagharshapat in Armavir Province.

The cathedral is unique by it's central planning (one of the oldest planning forms, there are only couple of such cathedrals found in the territory of Armenia).

Together with churches in Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), Zvartnots was added to the UNESCO WHS list in 2000.

Stamp:

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage - Armenian Cross-Stones
(Issued 12-12-2014)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MAURITIUS ~ Le Morne Cultural Landscape - UNESCO ~

...A great African island view situated in the Indian Ocean with its most striking feature... the majestic monolithic mountain... it is known for its importance as a former shelter of runaway slaves and a symbol of resistance to slavery... and also an excellent wind- and kite-surfing destination... Thanks a lot Roshan!! ヽ(ヅ)ノ

The Le Morne peninsula at the extreme southwestern point of Mauritius is dominated by the enormous, steep-sided basalt mountain of Le Morne Brabant, whose flat summit plateau rises some 556 metres above sea level.

Le Morne cultural landscape found in the southwest of Mauritius is a beautiful and historically rich mountain commonly referred to as “the wild South“. This hammerhead shark mountain formed refuge for slaves who escape from their masters in the 18th and 19th centuries. The escaped slaves formed small settlements in the caves and on the summit of Le Morne. The place is full of nice viewpoints over the west coast of the island and over the of the island. The oral traditions associated with the maroons, have made Le Morne a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering and their sacrifice, all of which have relevance to the countries from which the slaves came from- the African mainland, Madagascar, India, and South-east Asia.

Le Morne has been inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO on July 10, 2008 and is considered as Mauritius’ Cultural Landscape.

Stamp:

Freshwater Fauna
(06-06-2016)

Monday, February 27, 2017

UK ~ Jurassic Coast - UNESCO ~

... Fantastic views of the spectacular coastline... the Jurassic Coast is a Walk Through Time representing 185 million years of earth history ... with its rocks and fossils you can uncover detailed stories from Earth’s ancient past... visitors to the whole area can enjoy fossil hunting in many of the beach locations... Did you find some fossils??? Thanks sooooo much Andrene!! 乂❤‿❤乂
Photo: Bob Croxford

The Jurassic Coast is a stretch of coast in south-west England from Emouth in the West to Swanage in the East and is 95 miles long (153 km). Its entire length can be walked on the South West Coast Path.

The name Jurassic Coast comes from the best known of the geological periods found within it, but in fact the Site includes rocks from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The different rocks tell a fascinating story from ancient deserts to tropical seas throughout the Mesozoic era, between 250 million and 65 million years ago.

Stamp:

Landscape Gardens
(Issued 16-08-2016)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

BRUNEI ~ Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque ~

...Amazing nightview coming from one of the smallest countries in the world "the Green Heart of Borneo"... a symbol of islam located in the city centre... an example of modern Islamic architecture and considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific... the golden dome stands out above all the surrounding buildings... a major landmark and a tourist attraction... Thanks a lot Matthew!!【ツ】
Photo: Fairus Khafiz - Designed by Matthew07

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is located in the capital of Brunei Darussalam in Bandar Seri Begawan. Completed in 1958, Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei (the late father of the current sultan). Built in an artificial lagoon  that serves as a reflecting pool on the banks of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer- the "village in the water".

The floor and walls are made from the finest Italian marble, the chandeliers were crafted in England and the luxurious carpets were flown in from Saudi Arabia. A 3.5-million-piece glass mosaic overlaying real gold leaf covers the main dome.

Stamp:

Sultan Sir Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah
(Issued 23-12-1985)

Friday, February 24, 2017

UK ~ New Forest National Park ~

... Plenty of fantastic views of an area of exceptional natural beauty...Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, nursing heroine Florence Nightingale and Alice Hargreaves, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, are all buried in the New Forest... and guess from who it's coming??? o͜͡o Yep, my dear postcard friend Andrene♥... must have been a wonderful place to explore... Thaaaaaaanks!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
Red Deer - Beaulieu Abbey - Blackwater Arboretum -
Stock Pig - New Forest Pony - Cottage

The New Forest National Park  situated mainly in south-west Hampshire but also extends north into Wiltshire close to the south coast. The "New" Forest is not new: it was created as a royal hunting ground by William the Conqueror in 1079.  It is not a forest in the modern sense of being entirely tree-covered: there are large expanses of open heath, bog and grassland in addition to ancient woodland.

New Forest ponies, the area’s most famous residents, appear to be wild but they are all owned by people known as commoners whose properties give them historic rights to graze animals.  Donkeys, cattle, pigs and sheep also graze freely in the New Forest alongside the ponies.

It is is one of Britain’s newest and smallest national parks, designated in 2005.

Stamp:

Universal Mail - Windsor Castle

Thursday, February 23, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Brown-Headed Barbet ~

... A beautiful bird shot... although it is a small island its diversity of bird species is significantly high... this Barbet has a distinctive call, a repetitive kutroo-kutroo-kutroo... Thank you very much Ravindra for showing me once more the amazing wildlife of your island!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Mohan Nath hathnapitiya

The brown-headed barbet is a resident breeder in the Indian subcontinent, widespread in India and also seen in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka where it is found in gardens and wooded country which eats fruit and insects.

This is a relatively large barbet measuring, on average, 27 cm in length.  It is a plump bird, with a short neck, large head and short tail. It has a large head and a short neck and short tail. The adult has a streaked brown head, neck and breast, with a yellow eye patch, the rest of the plumage is green. Males and females look alike.

Stamps:

Lions Clubs International Centennial Celebration
(Issued 01-12-2016)

Centenary of Volley Ball
(Issued 07-12-2016)

Christmas stamp
(Issued 04-12-2016)

SRI LANKA ~ Lighthouse and Old Pier - Talaimannar ~

... Great card nr 4 from the series "Unseen Sri Lanka"... this time a coastal view with fishermen... the place where Sri Lanka and India almost meet... with nice matching stamp... Thanks a lot Ravindra!! ヽ(ヅ)ノ

The Talaimannar Lighthouse is located close to the Talaimannar Pier on Mannar Island in northern Sri Lanka. Built in 1915 by the British, the 19m white lighthouse has a round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery.

The Talaimannar Pier was the terminus of a ferry service to India across the very shallow Palk Bay. The ferry service was part of the Indo-Lanka Railway service, where passengers and goods were ferried between Talaimannar and Dhanushkodi on Rameswaram Island in India. The Talaimannar Pier is now mainly used by the Sri Lanka Navy and local fishing boats.

Stamp:

Lighthouse and Old Pier
(Issued 02-12-2016)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GERMANY ~ Town Musicians of Bremen ~

... Great postcard showing the town’s symbol and most photographed figure of Bremen... a small  statue of the donkey, cat, dog and rooster appearing in a folktale of the Brothers Grimm... I've read this fairy tale when I was a child... with lovely matching stamp and the sweetest ♥ special First Day postmark showing also" Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten"... Thanks a lot Dustin!!  (✿◠‿◠)



To the west of the town hall on the Marktplatz stands the most famous representation of the Bremen Town Musicians, the bronze sculpture created in 1951 by the artist Gerhard Marcks.

The story is about four animals (Esel, Hund, Katze und Huhn) who are all growing old and are no longer wanted by their masters. They decide to travel together to the German town of Bremen to become a band. On the way they find a house filled with a lovely feast. There are also burglars there. The animals make a plan and drive the burglars away and end up living together happily in this home. They never make it to Bremen!



Photo: I. Wandmacher


Stamp:

Charity Stamps - Town Musicians of Bremen
(Issued 09-02-2017)














Definitive Issue - Flowers
(Isssued 07-07-2005)