Friday, November 22, 2019

USA ~ Pigeon Key - Florida ~

... Amazing aerial view of Pigeon Key located in Florida Keys... a piece of history about halfway on the famous "old" Henry Flagher's Seven mile bridge... it consists of two bridges, running parallel to each other... the original bridge was built for the railroad, and then converted for automobile use... however, it wasn’t ever really wide enough for this purpose, and the new bridge was built next to it in 1978... the modern bridge is open to vehicular traffic, whereas some parts of the older bridge only open for walking and cyclists... one of the most beautiful walks across an ocean anywhere... the views over the endlessly vibrant blue ocean are gorgeous🌊... also accessible by ferry from a visitor center at Knight’s Key on the west end of Marathon... this tiny island is a collection of historic structures and a small museum about the history of Pigeon Key... the Bridge has been featured in the films Licence to Kill, True Lies, The Haunted Mansion, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Mission Impossible III... Thanks a  lot Glenn! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Key West is the southernmost city in the US. It is an archipelago, just of the coast in southern Florida.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this five-acre property served as a home base for railroad workers erecting and later operating the final installment of Henry M. Flagler’s Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway: the Old Seven-Mile Bridge.

More than 400 workers lived in the railroad village on Pigeon Key, which had a post office, commissary and one-room school, during the Seven Mile Bridge’s construction from 1908 to 1912. Following its completion, maintenance crews continued living on the island.

A hurricane destroyed the railway in 1935, and a state highway was built to replace it.

Photo: L. Fisher


Stamps:

Grapes
(Issued 19-02-2016)

2X The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon
(Issued 19-07-2019)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

SINGAPORE ~ Skyline ~

... Nice aerial skyline view... according to Jobbo a long outdated one because the top left corner is now also filled with buildings... Singapore is known as one of the world’s most prosperous countries... a financial center... an achievement in urban planning... and serves as a model for many developing nations... it’s also a popular travel destination... Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 682.7 km2... Thanks Jobbo!【ツ】
Photo:Ⓒ R. Ian LLoyd

Singapore is an island country located in South East Asia and is a city state which is connected via a bridge and a freeway to the mainland of Malaysia.

It was founded as a British colony by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. During World War II, Singapore was occupied by the Japanese. It became independent in 1965. Much of the country is built on sand on reclaimed land.

Singapore is not only one island. 63 islands belong to the city state and are dotted around the Singapore coastline, most of these islands are inhabited.

Stamps:

Festivals
(Issued 21-11-2018)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

SRI LANKA ~ Lighthouses ~

... Nice "oversized" postcard showing lighthouse stamps issued by Sri Lankan Post in 1996...  most of the lighthouses in Sri Lanka were built during the British rule of the island... they are unique and represent a high architectural and historical value... at present, only about half of the thirty standing lighthouses are currently reported as operating... though some standing lighthouses are unmanned and inactive, they are a reassuring sign for passing mariners... with also a great lighthouse stamp! Thanks a lot Ravindra!(✿ ♥‿♥)


Shown on postcard:

1. Little Basses Lighthouse
2. Great Basses Lighthouse
3. Devinuwara (Dondra) Lighthouse
4. Galle Lighthouse

A lighthouse over the years helped many countries for trade and transportation.

Putting up lighthouses was often difficult. They were built on exposed areas with no nearby roads, so Wood and other materials had to be delivered by boat, sometimes on dangerous seas.

The lighthouses were important landmarks that have kept sailors and ships safe.



Stamp:

Lighthouse - Galboka Point
(Issued 26-11-2018)

Monday, November 18, 2019

HUNGARY ~ Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs - UNESCO

... Postcard of the biggest Early Christian archaeological site of the world outside Italy... the necropolis is a complex consisting of early Christian burials and places of worships... it has a large variety of burial structures... among these are brick tombs, stone burial structures, sarcophagi, and crypts... there are also several chapels and a mausoleum... the cemetery is an extensive complex and it has an estimated 500 burials... with fine examples of early Romano-Christian art, the remains of murals and frescoes...  the two stories of the necropolis are located under a public square in the heart of the city... an interesting place to visit and discover how people dealt with burials many centuries ago... due to its universal significance, it occupies a special place among the archaeological monuments of Hungary... Thanks a lot Judit!【ツ】
Photo: Tám László

Located in Southern Hungary near the Croatian border, Pécs is Hungary's second-most visited city.

Modern day Pecs is built over the Roman city of Sopianae. In the late 18th century, excavations discovered several elegantly frescoed, early Christian tombs that date to the 4th century.

The Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs comprises 16 funerary monuments with a distinctive architecture and impressive murals depicting Christian themes.

The Early Christian Necropolis of Sopianae were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Stamps:

Flora - Flowers
(07-08-2015)

EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles
(Issued 05-05-2017)

Friday, November 15, 2019

GERMANY ~ Berlin Wall 1989 ~

... Great postcard showing an iconic view of people stand atop the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 10, 1989... the fall of the Berlin Wall was one of the most important events in European history of the last decades, a moment full of emotion...  the wall was completely destroyed within the next two years, with East and West Germany officially reunified in 1990... to this day, the Berlin Wall remains one of the most powerful and enduring symbols of the Cold War... in 2019, Berlin celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with events and exhibitions dealing with its construction, the division of Berlin, the Cold War and the Peaceful Revolution of 1989... also with unique "Fall Der Berliner Wall" special postmark👍... Big Thanks Dustin!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The Berlin Wall was a 155km long guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Construction of the Wall was commenced by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) on 13 August 1961. The Wall cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany, including East Berlin.

With the closing of the East-West sector boundary in Berlin, the vast majority of East Germans could no longer travel or emigrate to West Germany. Berlin soon went from being the easiest place to make an unauthorized crossing between East and West Germany to being the most difficult. Many families were split, while East Berliners employed in the West were cut off from their jobs. West Berlin became an isolated exclave in a hostile land.

Stamp:

Definitives - Flowers
(01-07-2019)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

MEXICO ~ Hospicio Cabañas - Guadalajara - UNESCO ~

... Great view of one of Guadalajara’s architectural landmarks... built in the form of an enormous square with single store buildings which consists of masses of hidden arched courtyards.., together with 2 large domed chapels... it was one of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in South America... provided care for around 6,000 people during its lifetime as a hospital... its original purpose was as an orphanage and home for invalids,  the elderly and the sick ... unique for its time... the hospital finally shut down in 1980 and today the building houses the Cabañas Cultural Institute, an arts and crafts school... highlight of the interior decoration is a series of 57 monumental frescoes which are regarded as masterpieces of Mexican art... Thanks a lot Gabino!【ツ】
The complex was founded in 1791 by the Bishop of Guadalajara in order to combine the functions of a workhouse, hospital, orphanage, and almshouse. It owes its name to Juan Ruiz de Cabañas who was appointed to the see of Guadalajara in 1796 and engaged Manuel Tolsá, a renowned architect from Mexico City, to design the structure. Following the death of Cabañas in 1823, construction lasted until 1829.

 Hospicio Cabaña was made a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997.





Stamps:

Handicrafts
(Issued 01-01-2018)

Butterflies
(Issued ????)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

NETHERLANDS ~ Lighthouse - Ameland ~

... Pretty view of Ameland known as the “diamond” of the Dutch Wadden... one of Ameland’s main attractions is its lighthouse called "Bornrif" an impressive structure on the island... visitors can climb all 236 steps to the top and enjoy a spectacular view from the balcony... on your trek to the top, there are several exhibitions that you can explore... the lighthouse guard tells stories about the history of the coast guard... Ameland beach is a popular spot for sport fishing, seal watching or relaxing on the beach... bird watching is also popular with visitors as the area is home to more than 60 different species of birds... Thanks a lot Helma! (✿◠‿◠)

Ameland is both a municipality and a West Frisian Island located in on the northern coast of the Netherlands. It is the third major island of the West Frisians.

The Ameland Lighthouse was built in 1880 by order of William III of the Netherlands. After World War II a new, weaker lamp was installed, which was replaced by a stronger lamp in 1952. The lighthouse is 55 metres (180 ft) tall and has 15 floors.

Stamps:

Dutch Euro stamps

Provinces of Netherlands - Noord-Holland
(Issued 09-04-2002)

Experience Nature - Trees and Leaves
(Issued 16-09-2019)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

GERMANY ~ Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps - Uhldingen - UNESCO ~

... Great view of the oldest open-air museum in Germany and one of the largest open-air archaeological museums in Europe... experts have reconstructed a small community of these ancient pile dwellings... although it is artificial in the sense that the structures are not original, everything has been put together exactly the way it would have been thousands of years ago... the museum is run by underwater archaeologists and cultural historians to ensure the accuracy of everything... take a guided trip back in time and experience life as it was in the mysterious world of the Stone Age farmers and fishermen 6,000 years ago, and of the bronze smelters 3,000 years ago in the Bronze Age... Thanks a lot Ave!【ツ】
The Unteruhldingen Stilt Village is located on Lake Constance in Uhldingen-Mühlhofen in Baden-Württemberg.

Some of the pile dwellings were reconstructed from 1922 onwards and a small museum was established to house the numerous finds. Thanks to scientific analysis, it is now possible to accurately date the structures of entire settlements and document the history of the villages and their environment. Textiles, dugout canoes, wagons and wheels – the oldest wheels in Europe dating from around 3,000 BC were found here – build up a picture of trading, agriculture, livestock rearing and mobility in the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age, as well as fascinating insights into the village life of early farmers and fishermen.  It offered people protection against enemies and predators, while providing access to the water and nearby shores for fishing and farming.

What began with two pole houses has become a sizable museum: six small villages with 23 reconstructed houses from the Stone and Bronze Age, dating back to about 4,000 to 850 B.C.

In 2011, UNESCO put the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling settlements in and around the Alps - 111 small individual sites in six Alpine nations, including the site at Unteruhldingen - on its WHS  list.

Stamp:

Definitives - Flowers
(01-07-2019)

Monday, November 11, 2019

SINGAPORE ~ Resorts World Sentosa ~

... Lovely view of the iconic Resorts World Sentosa... this manmade island, accessible via a small bridge from the main Singapore, is jam-packed full of entertaining things to do... a mega-resort that offers a wide range of products and services, from six hotels, a casino, Universal Studios Singapore, conference and exhibition facilities, 1,600-seat Resorts World Theatre, one of the world’s largest aquariums, S.E.A. Aquarium and Southeast Asia’s only aquatic park integrated with marine life , Adventure Cove Waterpark... it also has celebrity chef restaurants, brand-name boutiques and a half-kilometre long shopping and dining strip named FestiveWalk....Sentosa is also home to all of the best beaches in Singapore...one of the greenest and most sustainable developments anywhere in the city... Thanks a lot Jobbo!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort on the island of Sentosa, off the southern coast of Singapore. spanning 49 hectares.

Construction of Resorts World Sentosa Singapore began on 16 April 2007 on the demolished plot of Imbiah Lookout. It opened in a record time of 34 months of construction on 20 January 2010.

Stamps:

Vanishing Trades
(24-05-2006)

Vanishing Trades
(Issued 26-11-2016)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

HUNGARY ~ Bükk National Park ~

... This time a great new European National Park for my collection (nr3 of 10)👍... lovely nature views of the largest National Park of the country... one of the most beautiful parts of Hungary... cut up by rocks and valleys (the peak of Háromkő is showing on the postcard) ... there are waterfalls, ponds, lake and mountain paths....you can walk, run, ride, climb or taking a small train here in an exceptional environment... home to nearly 850 caves... many can be visited without any type of qualification... it attracts hundred thousands of visitors each year... Thanks a lot Bori!【ツ】
This Bükk National Park is situated in the Bükk, Hungary’s highest mountain range in Northern part of Hungary.

This National Park was established in 1976 and covers an area of 431.3km². 97% of its area is wooded (Oak, Beech and Hornbeam amongst others) which attracts a huge amount of flora and fauna: no less than 90 different species of nesting birds, all species of bat indigenous to Hungary hang out in the Park's karst caves.

It was named after its most common tree, the beech (bükk = beech).


Stamps:

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Sándor Weöres
(Issued 20-06-2013)

Definitives - Postal History
(Issued 09-05-2019)

Castles in Hungary
(Issued 02-09-2019)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

DR CONGO ~ Kahuzi-Biega National Park - UNESCO ~

... FanTasTic new African National Park postcard nr2💙... this park is famous as one of the largest and last refuge of the highly endangered Eastern Lowland (Grauer's) Gorillas... the largest of all gorillas... it was a nice surprise to discover that the park was established by Adrien Deschryver, a Belgian photographer and conservationist who ranks alongside Dian Fossey as one of the great protectors of the world’s endangered gorilla population... gorilla trekking is one of the park's most popular attraction🦍... on encounter with the gorillas on the trek, visitors are allowed 1 hour to enjoy the mighty creatures... unfortunately due to many years of violence in the region, logging in the forest, illegal mines and poaching of these animals is reducing the population of this already critically endangered species...Thanks a million Deo and Mike!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

"There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than with any other animal I know."
                                                                                             Sir David Attenborough
Kahuzi-Biega National Park lies near the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo next to Lake Kivu in the town of Bakavu. The park measures about 6,000 sq km, one of the largest national parks in the DR Congo and was established in 1970.

This National Park is made up of two great extinct volcanoes of Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega.The park consists of two sections, the lowland (closed for visits) and the highland (open for visits).

The eastern lowland gorilla, also known as Grauer’s gorilla, is the largest of the four gorilla subspecies. It is distinguished from other gorillas by its stocky body, large hands and short muzzle. Despite its size, eastern lowland gorillas subsist mainly on fruit and other herbaceous materials, just like other gorilla subspecies.

The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in1980.

Stamp:

Campaign Against AIDS
(Issued 2005)

Monday, November 4, 2019

DR CONGO ~ Salonga National Park - UNESCO ~

... No better way to start the week than with this little African gem💚... first of two fantastic new National Parks coming from DR Congo... amazing aerial view of elephant herds🐘... it's  the largest forest national park in Africa and one of the last remaining intact tropical rainforests in the world... even larger than Belgium!!!... a natural treasure in the heart of the Congo Basin... the park is very isolated and only accessible by water... tragically, forest elephants have never been more threatened... poaching are a highly lucrative business, due to the skyrocketing ivory prices on international markets... Central Africa is losing its elephant population at an alarming rate, and Salonga is no exception😢... Thanks a lot Deo for sending and Hééééél Erg Bedankt Mike for arranging this swap for me...❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Salonga National Park was established in 1970 and is situated in the heart of the Congo Basin, south of the Congo River. It spans over 33,350 km². It consists of two large blocks (“north” and “south”) separated by a corridor of about 45 km wide.

The Park is the habitat of many endemic endangered species, such as the dwarf chimpanzee, the Congo peacock, the forest elephant and the African slender-snouted or "false" crocodile. Salonga is also the only National Park in bonobo range. It potentially holds 40% of the world bonobo population.

Forest elephants are a smaller subspecies of the African elephants, they have been referred to as "forest gardeners" due to their significant ecological role: many plants only germinate after their seeds have passed through an elephant's digestive tract. Further, forest elephants disperse more intact seeds over larger distances than any other species.

Since 1984 the park has been listed as an UNESCO World Natural Heritage.

Stamp:

Campaign Against AIDS
(Issued 2005)

Saturday, November 2, 2019

HONG KONG ~ McLehose Trail ~

... Great map postcard of the world-renowned MacLehose Trail... an iconic hiking trail noted by National Geographic as one of the world’s 20 dream trails... it was the first long distance hiking trail in Hong Kong and celebrates this year its 40th anniversary... you’ll see sea caves, sea stacks, and hexagonal rock columns... listen to the sound of breaking waves on the impressive coastlines... breathtaking scenery of the countryside as well as overlooking view of the cityscape of the Kowloon Peninsula... I never would had thought of Hong Kong as a "dream" hiking destination as being one of the most crowded places on earth... most postcards I have seen and received showing skycrapers, bright neon lights and shops😉... with nice matching stamp and First Day cancellation to celebrate this anniversary👍... Thanks a lot Cho Kin!【ツ】

Map by Steve Stankiewicz
The MacLehose Trail opened on 26 October 1979, is a hiking trail that crosses much of the New Territories, starting from Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung, in the east to Tuen Mun in the west. The whole trail is 100 kilometres long, marked by distance posts at 500m intervals along the paths and consist of 10 stages.

It is named after Crawford Murray MacLehose, the longest serving governor of Hong Kong, who established the Country Parks and was himself an enthusiastic hiker.


Stamp:

"Hong Kong Hiking Trails "MacLehose Trail".
(Issued 24-10-2019)

Definitives - Landscapes of Hong Kong
(Issued 24-07-2014)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

INDIA ~ Hawa Mahal - Jaipur - Rajasthan - UNESCO ~

...Beautiful view of the most iconic landmark in Jaipur... Hawa Mahal is carved out of red and pink sandstone.... another masterpiece and unique combination of Rajput and Mughal architecture... it is the tallest building in the world without foundation... the five-storey building managed to maintain upright because of it is curved shaped... there are 953 windows... royal ladies were not to be seen by public... despite the large number of windows, each of them are size of a peep hole such that the royal ladies can watch festival celebrations and all other activities on the street without being seen...  the palace is devoted for Krishna and thus in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown... Thanks Nitesh!【ツ】
Olena Tur

Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, who ruled Jaipur from 1778 to 1803, built the Hawa Mahal in 1799 as an extension of the zenana (women's quarters) of the City Palace.

The word “Hawa” means wind or breeze and “Mahal” is palace. So Hawa Mahal is the palace of breeze or wind.

Jaipur a city of Rajasthan in India has been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2019.

Stamps:

Chhatrapati Shri Shivaji Maharaj
(Issued 1003-2016)

Handicrafts of India
(Issued 31-12-2018)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

GERMANY ~ Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum ~

... Beautiful antique brooch view... similar to the one shown at the big exhibitions " SAXONES" - the first millennium in Lower Saxony State... at the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum... with wonderful World Post Day cancellation annually held on October 9💙... and also matching World Post day stamp... World Post Day is celebrated in remembrance of the establishment of Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland... it was declared as the World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1969...  Thanks a lot Dustin!! (✿ ♥‿♥) It must be great having 3 such amazing and interesting museums in your hometown!👍


A fibula is a brooch or pin for fastening garments, typically at the right shoulder.

The fibula developed in a variety of shapes, but all were based on the safety-pin principle.

Unlike most modern brooches, fibulae were not only decorative; they originally served a practical function: to fasten clothing, such as cloaks.

There are hundreds of different types of fibulae.



Stamps:

Flora - Flowers
(Issued 08-06-2017)

Flora - Flowers
(Issued 18-12-2018)

The 150th Anniversary of the North German Postal District
(Issued 13-09-2018)


Monday, October 28, 2019

THAILAND ~ Jim Thompson's House Museum - Bangkok ~

... Something totally different from Bangkok today... a lovely and tranquil little green oasis in the middle of the bustling city... a view of the garden overlooking the veranda and Jim Thompson's bedroom... the home of former American businessman and architect, which has been turned into a Museum, and open to the public... he started the Thai silk industry after World War II...  it's one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand... also more my kind of place to visit (instead of a *mall*)😃... there is also a shop with handmade silk, from the Jim Thompson range, and a restaurant... he died under mysterious circumstances during a jungle trek in 1967 in the Cameron highlands of Malaysia... he vanished and his body has never been found... Thanks a lot Jobbo!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Jim Thompson was born in America, in Delaware, in 1906, and worked as an architect. He was sent to Bangkok after the World War II, as a military officer.  When his military serving time was over, he settled down in this beautiful country permanently.

Jim Thompson became fascinated of the traditional Thai hand weaving of silk and founded the Thai Silk Company (in 1948).

The Jim Thompson House was built in 1959, the museum spans one rectangular "rai" of land (approximately half an acre or 2023.43 meters)

Stamps:


The 72nd Anniversary of the Birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Issued 05-05-1999)

Thai Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park
(02-04-1994)

Saturday, October 26, 2019

THAILAND ~ CentralWorld - Bangkok ~

... View of one of the largest malls in Thailand...  Bangkok has a fantastic selection of huge modern shopping centers with hip international and Asian fashion design brands... Central World is divided into four “wings” full of shops, cafes, and restaurants... you will also find beauty salons, banks, mobile stores,  cinemas and an awesome supermarket on the top floor, and even an ice-skating rink (The Rink)... it is so big that it even has cars and motorbikes on display and for sale... only two shopping malls on the list of 10 largest malls are located outside Asia... the one we have in Europe are mostly far from the tourist areas and they are usually only for locals to shop... Thank you Jobbo!【ツ】
Photo: ThongChai Laokittichok
CentralWorld  the eight-story mall was opened in 1990. It is the eleventh largest shopping complex in the world. The complex, which includes a hotel and office tower, is owned by Central Pattana.

In 2006, after three years of design and renovation, CentralWorld was expanded to 550,000 m2  of shopping mall and 830,000 m2 of complex.

Stamps:

H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Issued 10-10-2010)

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Friday, October 25, 2019

HONDURAS ~ Maya Site of Copan - UNESCO ~

... Wonderful view of one of the most important and spectacular cities of the ancient Maya civilization... especially known for the well preserved fine stone carvings and stellae that are unique to this site... the entire ruin site includes more than 4,500 structures... probably the highlight of the site from an archaeological point of view is the hieroglyphic staircase... it is the longest pre-Columbian hieroglyphic inscription in the Americas... there are over 2,000 hieroglyphics on 63 steps... at the entrance of Copan you can find the Mayan museum that includes many sculptures and replicas from the site.... located in an unbelievably lush valley and the surrounding areas are amazing... it is easy to spot a variety of resident animals that roam around the ruins... monkeys, guacamayas, macaws, sloths, and peccaries, among others... the site is also a macaw sanctuary... Big thanks once more Cesar!(✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Juan Bendeck
Copan is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization in Copan Ruinas (the name of the town, as opposed to Ruinas de Copan, the name of the ruins) in western Honduras, not far from the border with Guatemala.The site comprises some 100 hectares, including residential areas. Its central district covers 22 hectares.

The Mayan civilization’s most prominent royal city of all, Copan was inhabited for 2,000 years and was the eminent capital between the 5th and 9thC AD. At its peak, in what is known as the Mayan ‘classical period’, Xukpi, as the city was known, was home for more than 20,000 people.

Even though Copan was well known since the early 19th century, it wasn’t until 1975 that excavations began –still ongoing– to uncover the mysteries behind the history of this lost city.

The site was added to the World Heritage List in 1980.

Stamps:

Tourism - Beautiful Honduras
(Issued 28-06-2016)

Children's Rights & Equality
(Issued 27-09-2017)

Typical Meals
 (Issued 25-07- 2019)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

HONDURAS ~ Cathedral of Comayagua ~

... First of two great cards coming from the second-biggest country in Central America... Comayagua is one of Honduras’ beautiful colonial cities... the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is of one of the largest and most famous examples of Spanish colonial architecture in the country... the facade was inspired by the Renaissance architecture... the interior is peaceful and decorated with beautiful religious paintings, statues and altars... it faces the central square of the city, and when climbing its bell tower, you will be able to enjoy stunning views of the city and the surrounding area... the cathedral's most interesting feature is that it has the oldest clock in the world... for those who are wondering where the clock is😉... in the left tower next to the cathedral, the clock is circular in white and black colors...it still rings the bells every 15 minutes... Thanks a lot Cesar!【ツ】
The cathedral was built between 1685 and 1715, it's adorned with intricate wooden carvings and gold-plated altars. Of the 16 original altars, only four survive to our days.

The ancient Moorish clock, dating from around AD 1100, ( made by the Arabs during their occupation of Spain) was originally located in the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. In 1620 it was donated to the town by King Phillip III.


Stamps:

Typical Meals
(Issued 25-07- 2019)

2X Tourism - Beautiful Honduras (Issued 28-06-2016)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

GERMANY ~ Walkenried Abbey - UNESCO ~

... Great aerial view of the ruins of once a powerful monastery... these devout men of God were present in the town of Walkenried for around 400 years... the monks ran agriculture, played a major role in the region's mining industry, built water management facilities for energy production, and smelted ores from the Rammelsberg and the Upper Harz... they created a pond and ditch system in the Pandelbachtal at Seesen-Münchehof that is considered the oldest part of the Upper Harz water industry... in 2006 a Cistercian Museum was established in the abbey... even today, visitors can get an insight into the everyday life of the Cistercian monks... with lovely stamp and special postmark👍 issued for the 800th anniversary of the meeting of Francis of Assisi and Egypt’s Sultan Malik al-Kamil in the middle of the crusade... an early peacefull dialogue between different cultures... a message so needed these days... this story must give us hope that peacemaking is possible with dialogue, respect, openness and through personal relationships... 🕊️a message of peace on a stamp that can be sent all around the world🕊️... how wonderful is that❤️... Thanks a lot Dustin!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Walkenried Abbey was a Cistercian abbey located in the village of Walkenried in Lower Saxony, founded in 1127 on the southern rim of the Harz mountain range,

With the re-construction in the 13thC, it was the first, largest Gothic church in northern Germany and was used as a role model for later buildings. In the 19thC, the ruins were discovered by architects such as Karl Friedrich Schinkel and the painters of the Romantic period.

Walkenried Monastery is the oldest part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar" and on the list since 2010.

Stamp: 

Franciscus and the Sultan
(Issued 10-10-2019)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

USA ~ Arches National Park - Utah ~

... Great view of "Delicate Arch " the most famous arch in the park... and one of the most famous geologic features in the world... this 46 feet high and 32 feet wide arch has become iconic due to its freestanding shape... the arch is depicted on Utah license plates... the Park features over 2,000 stone arches and other odd natural formations of balanced rocks and soaring pinnacles... the area also has a rich cultural history, and evidence of the earliest people to settle this region remains... recreational activities include auto touring, backpacking, biking, camping, and hiking... hiking is the most popular activity of the park, with trails that vary from wheelchair accessible to extremely difficult to rock climbing/canyoning... over one million people visit Arches National Park every year... Thanks a lot Réco!【ツ】
Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah and covers an area of 310 square kilometers and was made a national park in 1971.

Humans have occupied the region since the last ice age 10,000 years ago. Fremont people and Ancient Pueblo People lived in the area up until about 700 years ago. The first European-Americans to attempt settlement in the area were the Mormon Elk Mountain Mission in 1855, who soon abandoned the area. Ranchers, farmers, and prospectors later settled Moab in the neighboring Riverine Valley in the 1880s.

Despite its high altitude ranging from 4,000 to 5,600 feet, the area surrounding Arches is a desert environment, with extremely hot summers and fairly frigid winters. Arches experiences little rainfall. Because of the area's unusual climate, some animal species are found only in this region.

Stamps

American Toleware
(Issued 31-05-2002)

Winter Berries
(Issued 1709-2019)

"Apollo 11" Moon mission 50th anniversary (Issued 19-07-2019)

Monday, October 21, 2019

CZECH REPUBLIC ~ Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape - UNESCO ~

... Great monumental palace view... built on a hill with large walls for fortification around it... there are 100 impressive rooms in the four-wing building of the Chateau...one of the most impressive baroque residences of Central Europe... a pearl of Baroque architecture... home of the Czech National Wine Institute... and the town is the centre of wine making in the Czech Republic... the Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape is a large, man-made landscape designed by the Liechtenstein family according to the principles of the English landscape architecture... Thank you Michala!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Valtice  is a small town in Břeclav District, South Moravian Region, close to the Austrian border.

Originally a Gothic castle founded in the 12thC, from 1530 Valtice became the place of residence for the princely family of Liechtenstein. A number of important architects of the 17th and 18thC provided its current shape.

In the 19th century major projects were started: the landscape became fashioned according to English romantic principles of landscape architecture under supervision landscape artist Bernhard Petri.

The landscape park has two centres:
Valtice Castle and town
Lednice Castle and village

In 1996, the castle and the castle park were listed by UNESCO as a WHS Heritage Site.


Stamp:

Classic Cars
(Issued 05-09-1012)

Friday, October 18, 2019

INDIA ~ Red Fort Complex - UNESCO ~

... Nice view of Delhi's colossal Red Fort that was home to emperors of the formidable Mughal dynasty for almost 200 years... it is spread over 255 acres, features a mix of architectural styles such as Islamic, Hindi, Timurid, and Persian... its massive, 2.5-km-long enclosing walls are made of red sandstone and that’s where the monument got its name from... the structure, which is in the shape of an irregular octagon, incorporates elements of garden design and also features turrets, bastions, pavilions, two gates, and several other sections... Red Fort holds an important place in the history of India... it is the fort where the National Flag of India was hoisted at the time of Independence... till present, it is hoisted at the same place by the Prime Minister of India every year... Thank you Akhil!【ツ】
Red Fort which is also known as Lal Qila was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan when he took the decision to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. This monument represents the grandeur of the Mughal Court, which was constructed during the 17thC. It was the capital of the Mughal rulers until 1857, when Bahadur Shah Zafar II went in exile after he was defeated by the Britishers.

After 1857 the site was used as the headquarters of the British Indian Army. They introduced new colonial-style buildings and functions over the earlier Mughal structures.

The Red Fort is located next to the historical Salimgarh Fort. These two forts together form "the Red Fort Complex".

 In 2007, Red Fort was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stamp:

Indian Fashion - Sari in Myriad Forms
(Issued 1205-2019)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

URUGUAY ~ City of Colonia del Sacramento - UNESCO ~

... Great postcard of a lesser known South American country... Colonia del Sacramento reflect in its layout and architecture its origins as the most southerly Portuguese colonial settlement... a fusion of Portuguese, Spanish and post-colonial styles... the buildings date from the 17th, 18th and 19thC... a pleasant historic town with narrow cobblestoned alleyways, post-colonial ruins, centennial trees, and scenic plazas overlooking the River Plate...  the Barrio Historico (Historic Old Town) is undoubtedly the main attraction... the rustic lighthouse facing Buenos Aires is the first thing you see in Colonia and is used as a viewpoint... a couple of houses are turned into little museums... with nice matching stamp👍...Thanks a lot Jorge!【ツ】
Colonia del Sacramento is situated on a peninsula on the southwestern edge of Uruguay.

It was first settled by the Portuguese in 1680. Portuguese sovereignty was much disputed by the Spanish during the first decennia. They besieged the town and control changed hands several times. The Spanish empire finally took hold of this strategic post on the Río de la Plata in 1777.

UNESCO named Colonia del Sacramento a world heritage site in 1995.


Stamps:

The 200th Anniversary of the Department of Colonia
(Issued 15-12-2016)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

NEW ZEALAND ~ Routeburn Track - Fiordland National Park - UNESCO ~

... Fantastic view of the finest and largest National park in New Zealand... and one of the largest in the world... this remarkable natural environment features stunning fiords, untouched rainforest, shimmering lakes, spectacular waterfalls and snow-capped peaks... the west coast is deeply indented by 14 fiord's stretching over 215 kilometres... a slice of nature at its best... the Fiordland NP attracts  560,000 visitors per year, of which around 80% are foreigners... despite these numbers, this National Park remains largely unexplored, not only because of its remote location, but also because of its immense size... "the Routeburn Track" is the favorite option out of New Zealand's "Great Walks" for anyone who wants a walking-at-the-top-of-the-world experience... this 32-kilometer trail takes two to four days... along the way, the trail passes through meadows and alpine pastures, past waterfalls and traversing swing bridges, over gorges, and up into the mountain highlands with extensive vistas across the Southern Alps...once more a nature lover's dream destination on a postcard💚😍💚...  Thanks a lot Susan!【ツ】
Fiordland National Park is over 1.2 million hectares in size and located on the South Island of New Zealand. It was established in 1952.

The variety of habitats in this National Park allow a diverse flora and fauna to thrive and its isolation has meant a large number of unique species, over seven hundred plants, are found only here.
Fiordland National Park is, and was, home to some of the strangest of New Zealand’s birds. Also there is the kea, the only alpine parrot in the world and the kiwi, which is native to New Zealand.
The world’s only flightless parrot, the käkäpo live here.

Te Wahipounamu  (Māori for "the place of greenstone") was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1990 and covering 26,000 km², the site incorporates four national parks: Aoraki/Mt Cook, Fiordland,Mt Aspiring and Westland National Park.

Stamps:

2X Kupe - The Great Navigator
(Issued 05-06-2019)