Thursday, August 21, 2014

ALGERIA ~Constantine - Sidi M’Cid bridge ~

Great Constantine city view also often referred as the "City of Bridges" ...Thanks a lot Khaled!



Stamps:
Flowers-Roses
(Issued 07-09-2004) and
Wood sculpture
(Issued 27-05-2014)



Constantine is the third largest and capital of Constantine Province in north-eastern Algerian on the banks of the Rhumel River, it owes its ts name to the Roman Emperor Constantine.When it was founded 2,000 years ago on  a plateau surrounded by deep ravines it  was a great place to build, because the city could be easily defended. Since then, Constantine has outgrown the plateau and spilled over into the adjoining areas.

Of the many high bridges that cross the Rhumel River gorge, the highest and most spectacular of all is the Sidi M’Cid suspension bridge. Opened in 1912 and designed by French engineer Ferdinand Arnodin, this  bridge was the highest bridge in the world for 17 years before Colorado’s Royal Gorge bridge opened in 1929. In 2000 the Sidi M’Cid bridge was given a major renovation.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

POLAND ~ Chojnik Castle-Karkonosze National Park ~

One of the landmarks of the area...must be a real challenge to walk all the way to the top^^...Thanks Ola!


With nice Europe stamp:
Fragment of Polish instrument:
The white wedding Goat.
(Issued 2014-05-05)
@Agencja "Oferta", 2009

Castle Chojnik is located  above the town of Sobieszów in southwestern Poland within the Karkonosze National Park, overlooking the Jelenia Góra valley. The castle  rise up on a granite top (627m above sea level) in the foothills of the Giant Mountains.
In 1675, the castle that has never been conquered burnt down completely after being struck by lightning and was not reconstructed.

In 1964 the Polish state restored the ruins and rebuilt the mountain hut.This 14th-century medieval castle houses a hotel and a restaurant.The Chojnik Castle is visited by more than 60 thousand people annually.


Monday, August 18, 2014

DENMARK~Zealand island-Stevns Cliff-UNESCO~

Beautiful and unique geology site ... 4 UNESCO postcards in a row...should finally start making a "list" with received and looking for^^...Thanks a lot Rita!!

Stamp:
The North by the Sea
(Issued 17-03-2014)


@Trojborgs Forlag - Photo:O.D.Luftfoto
Stevns Klint is a 15 km long white coastal cliff with in the middle of the white limestone traces of the best known global mass extinction in Earth's history. Between the white layers of chalk and limestone is a thin layer of black clay, which holds evidence that 65 million years ago Earth was hit by mass death that extinguished more than half of all species of plants and animals, including the dinosaurs.

Zealand is the largest and most populous island of Denmark, between the Kattegat and the Baltic Sea, separated from Sweden by The Sound (Øresund) and from Funen (Fyn) island by the Great Belt.

On 23 June 2014, it was announced that Stevns Klint and the Wadden Sea had been added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in Denmark

Saturday, August 16, 2014

ICELAND ~Thingvellir National Park-Flosagja rift-UNESCO ~

...Spectacular scenery...the site where the great tectonic plates of Europe and North America meet!
Thanks a lot Patrik!

Stamp:
Fishing vessels- Breki VE 61 (built in 1976)
(Issued 08.05.2014)



Thingvellir National Park is located in southwestern Iceland. It  is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland.

It is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is also home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.

Flosagja (Flosi's Gorge), gorge filled with water in the lava fields between the European and American tectonic plates. It extends for 800 meters and is all of 25 meters deep.

Thingvellir was accepted on the World Heritage list for its cultural values in 2004.



@Photo: Pórhallur Birgisson

Thursday, August 14, 2014

MACEDONIA ~Ohrid-St John Church-UNESCO ~

A lovely church with amazing views of the lake all around...crystal clear blue water... according to Ana the most tranquil place in Ohrid (outside the tourist season^^)Thanks a lot Ana!

With lots of nice and interesting stamps!
Architecture
(Issued 10-06-1998)
Rural architecture
(Issued 2002)
City views
(Issued 04-07-2012)
World Day of the Child
(Issued 06 -10-2003)

Photo: "Rex" Digital
Ohrid is a city on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid in the Republic of Macedonia and the seventh largest city in the country. Ohrid is known for having once 365 churches, one for each day of the year and is referred to as the Macedonian Jerusalem.

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid became a UNESCO site in 1980 it is the deepest lake in the Balkans (940 feet), with a mean depth of 508 feet. It covers an area of 138 square miles and is 18.9 miles long by 9.2 miles wide. It straddles the border between Macedonia and Albania.

The Church of St. John the Theologian is located on a cliff overlooking Kaneo Beach on Lake Ohrid. It is part of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RUSSIA ~Solovetsky Island-Monastery-UNESCO~

A stunning and beautiful nightview...now a peaceful looking site...but a place with a dark history...between 1926 and 1939 the monastery was turned into a special Soviet prison and labor camp, which served as a prototype for the Gulag system... also know as "Silovki" Gulag...
The back of the card is almost as beautiful as its front... Thanks a lot CharlesLing!!



Wonderful matching stamps:
World Cultural Heritage in Russia
Solovetsky Islands
(Issued 17-07-2009) and 
The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Aram Khachaturyan (composer) stamp.
(24-04-2003)
The Solovetsky Monastery is one of the most significant monastic institutions in Russia. The monastery is located on the large island of Solovetsky and  became one of the richest and best known monasteries in Russia.It was founded in the second quarter of the 15th century by tree monks from the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery.

The Solovetsky archipelago comprises six islands in the western part of the White Sea, near the Arctic Circle. They have been inhabited since the 5th century B.C. and important traces of a human presence from as far back as the 5th millennium B.C. can be found there. The archipelago has been the site of fervent monastic activity since the 15th century, and there are several churches dating from the 16th to the 19th century.

The USSR recognized the beauty and importance of the islands and in 1974 were designated both a historical/architectural museum and a nature reserve. In 1992  it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Monday, August 11, 2014

PORTUGAL ~Multiview 24h ~

Portugal seems to be a very popular holiday destination among my friends this year^^......lots of really lovely views...Thanks Dieter and Eve!!

Stamp:
The National Team in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
(Issued 16-06-2014)
Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, being bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east.The capital and largest city is Lisbon.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

IRELAND ~Dublin ~

Beautiful Dublin......for me a city on a river has always a special charm and beauty......and its so nice to get "surprise" postcards from traveling friends and family...(♥‿♥).Hééél erg Bedankt Johan!!See his  blog here.


With once again a recent released great stamp:
World War I “Recruiting Irish Soldiers for the Great War”
(Issued 24-07-2014)
Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland and it lies in the province of Leinster on Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.

Its vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions are renowned and it is the most popular entry point for international visitors to Ireland.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ANGUILLA ~Little Bay Beach ~

This picture says it all^^...a little slice of heaven on earth...first wonderful postcard of one  more "paradise like" Caribbean islands... Thanks a million Pat!!


With nice stamp:
The Sea Captains featured  (Part 1)
Walter Griffith Hodge (1920-1989)
(Issued 25-11-2013)







Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. It is a tiny island set in warm waters of the Leeward Islands, east of Puerto Rico and just north of St. Martin.



Little Bay is one of the most famous beaches in Anguilla and one of the smallest. It is protected by a cove of high cliffs.






@KiMAGIC Photo

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PORTUGAL~Elvas-Amoreira Aqueduct-UNESCO~

...Beautiful postcard showing a fantastic historical construction...and a new UNESCO site with as extra bonus matching UNESCO stamps^^...Thanks Joao!!

Great stamps:
Unesco World Heritage Town of Elvas
(Issued 30-06-2014)
Elvas is the most fortified of any Portuguese town with massive solid walls encircling the main historic centre, while the town was guarded by three battle hardened castles. The town is situated on the far eastern side of Portugal close to the border with Spain.

Lying outside the city walls is the city's most famous sight, the towering Amoreira Aqueduct, 7km (4.5miles) in length that took over 100 years to complete.(from 1498 till 1622) With a total of 843 arches, and at places rising to over 30m (100ft), it still brings water to town.

Monday, August 4, 2014

ISLE OF MAN ~Triskelion or the Three Legs Men ~

Nice postcard full with this intriguing symbol of the island... a self-governing British Crown Dependency, located in the Irish Sea...Thanks a lot James!

With matching The Three Legs of Man stamps.
(Issued 03-04-2013)
@Lily Publications Ltd
This symbol, the triskell (or triskelion), is an ancient symbol and it has been associated with the Isle of Man since the 13th century.

The triskell is featured the Celtic religion, and is said to represent the three dynamic elements: water, air, and fire.(but its age and origin are debatable) the three human legs bent at the knee, are conjoined at the upper thigh, the legs are armoured and spurred.

Friday, August 1, 2014

HONG KONG ~Tung Ping Chau Island - Lan Kwo Shui ~

...A beautiful nature postcard so totally different from my other ones of "busy" Hong Kong...spectacular cliffs and wave-cut platforms... Thanks a lot Hazel!

With nice just released stamp:
Hong Kong Definitive Stamps - landscape
(Issued 24 July 2014)

Lan Kwo Shui, located in the Tung Ping Chau Geo-Area, is composed mainly of sedimentary rocks dating back some 55 million years. After continuous erosion by destructive waves, the base of the vertical sea cliff gradually receded, leaving behind a narrow flat area, gently sloping and extending into the sea, called a “wave-cut platform”, which is covered in water at high tide but exposed at low tide, allowing it to be reached by foot. Lan Kwo Shui is so named because it is difficult to reach much of the time.

Tung Ping Chau island is home to Hong Kong’s Geopark, a protected Marine National Park because of its rich aquatic species. It is the easternmost outlying island of Hong Kong.This crescent-shaped island, measuring 600 metres long and 200 metres wide, is renowned for  strange and spectacular rock formations,hardly found in the rest of Hong Kong.


USA ~New York - Skyline from Ferry ~

...Travel back in time...great skyline view dating around early 1930s...Thanks Deb!

With late^^ or early^^ 2013 Christmas stamp!


From the back of the card:
A city known for its skyline, New York City has seen several architectural phases. Between the 1920s and 1930s machine age, the city saw a surge of skyscrapers and remained somewhat unchanged until the modern glass and steel architecture of the 1950s.








@Designed exclusively for the Statue of Liberty Museum Store. Photo by John Muller.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FRANCE ~Gallo Roman bridge-Vaison ~

From friends vacation in "the heart of the Provence"... Bedankt allemaal!^^


Stamp:
National symbols Mankind (Women)- Marianne
(Issued 16-07-2013)




Vaison-la-Romaine is situated between the Rhone Valley and the Mont Ventoux in the Vaucluse Department.

The gallo-roman remnants are spread over 15 ha, this makes Vaison-la-Romaine the largest archeological field in France.

The bridge is classified as "Historic Monument" since 1840. Le Pont Romain is one of the largest in the Province of Narbonne (barrel vault dating from the 1st century with 17,20 m opening 9 m wide). It is the only unusual Antique bridge still used today.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CHILE ~Patagonia-Torres del Paine National Park-The Horns of Paine- UNESCO ~

Chile beauty nr 2...breathtaking mountain view...Thanks a lot Hernán!!


Second stamp of the series:
3rd Anniversary of the Rescue of the Miners from San Jose mine
and Rapa Nui stamps- Man with painted face


The 181,000 hectares of Torres del Paine National Park were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Torres del Paine lies between the Andes and Patagonian steppe, and is made up of snow-clad mountains, glacier lakes, forests, incredible wildlife  and some of the best hiking tours that Chile has to offer. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful,unique and desolate regions on the planet.

The Horns of Paine, located within the park, have stood here for more than 12 million years, and were formed bu huge glaciers that eroded away the outer sedimentary layer of rock, exposing the inner core of granite.

Monday, July 28, 2014

CHILE ~Flora and Fauna ~

A fantastic multiview from Chile...my first of two wonderful cards coming from there (last one received in 2009!) ... it's one of the most slender countries in the world at just 240 km at its widest point...Manys thanks Hernan!

With great stamps:
3rd Anniversary of the Rescue of the Miners from San Jose mine. (Issued 30-10-2013)
Rapa Nui - Man with painted face
(Issued 05-08-2011)

@Hispapel
The biodiversity of Chile is rich and precious, and its animals and plants are valued highly throughout the world. Of its 5,100 species of flora and fauna, more than 2,500 are endemic – that is found nowhere else on Earth.

Chile is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and the Drake Passage. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania.
Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica, although all claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

PORTUGAL ~Fatima pilgrimage ~

A lovely postcard with  sentimental value❤... it brings back lots of good memories of my dear mother-in-law who passed away many years ago...she went a few times on pilgrimage to Fatima...

With great "matching" stamp and story ...Pope John Paul II credited Our Lady of Fatima with saving his life during the assassination attempt in 1981...the bullet is now applied on the crown of the Statue of the Virgin... Thanks so much Joao!!

Diocese if Funchal-500 years
(Issued 12-06-2014)
 

Fatima is a town located 142 km (88 miles) North of Lisbon.

It is one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Fatima's Sanctuary welcomes millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

Fatima's fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins, Francisco and Jacinta. Between May and October of 1917, the three children witnessed several apparitions. The last one, on October 13th, was confirmed by a miracle witnessed by 60,000 people known in the catholic world as "the day the sun danced".

Friday, July 25, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Elephants at Handapangala ~

A great new addition for my "elephant" collection...this place is popular among locals and foreigners as an elephants watching place because elephants gather to the tank every evening... It must be awesome to see this gentle giants in their natural habitat.... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!


With as usual really nice stamps.
@Dominic Sanson
Handapanagala tank area is home for the largest Elephant aggregation in Wellawaya area during the dry season. Most of these Elephants come from different areas mainly from adjacent protected areas such as Yala, Udawalawe and Lunugamwehera National parks. The local migration is mainly due to lack of food and water within the protected areas.

The tank is full of water throughout the year and fed by the waters of Kirindi Oya.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SPAIN ~Valencia ~

Sent by family... lots of great views of  old and modern architecture harmonious in one city...
Thanks a lot Dorien!


Stamp:
Architecture (Classical) -
Arches and Monumental Gates
(Issued 02-01-2014)
@Editirial fisa escudo de oro,S.A.

Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, was founded by the Roman Empire in 138 B.C. Located on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea.

The old town with Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgen, between which is located the Cathedral with its famous bell tower, El Miguelete, and the Serranos and Quart Towers, the only two perfectly-conserved city gates. The the Barrio del Carmen and the Lonja de la Seda (UNESCO World Heritage)

All of these contrast with the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava. The atmosphere inside this spectacular architectural complex, which lies in the former Turia riverbed, makes it one of the most worthwhile visits of all.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PANAMA ~Pollera festival - National costume ~

First wonderful written and stamped postcard from Panama...one more country ticked of my wanted list (its getting more and more difficult)...they all look fabulous! Thanks so much Guniver!

With nice stamp:
Artistic Treasures of National Theatre - 2002
The national dress of Panama, called la pollera, is a strong symbol of Panamanian identity, with its unique artisan ship, which is most beautifully displayed during holiday processions and folkloric dance performances, and by brides on their wedding day.

This primarily hand-sewn costume consists of full gathered skirts, petticoats, and ruffled blouses, all decorated with laborious elements such as embroidery, applique (technique where one fabric is sewn onto the surface of another fabric to create a design) bobbin lace, and crochet. The dress is enhanced with hair ornaments, jewelry, and accessories.

A single pollera can cost from several hundred to several thousands US dollars.A pollera are generally passed down as heirlooms through generations.

The mans costumes are called montuno.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CYPRUS ~ Pafos-Saranta Kolones - UNESCO~

Great archaeological site... Pafos is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Cyprus, known as the "land of love" and the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite....Thanks a lot Iliyana!



With nice stamps:
Stamp Refugee Fund 0,02
Organisms of the Mediterranean marine environment -
Sea Anemone
(Issued 05-06-2013)


Pafos is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus, which has been, during certain times in antiquity, the capital of Cyprus, has a history which goes back literally thousands of years. Pafos is famous for its remains of villas, palaces, theatres, fortresses and tombs of exceptional architectural and historic value.

Saranta Kolones is a ruined medieval fortress inside the Pafos Archaeological Park.  It takes its name from the large number of granite columns that were found on the site and probably once formed part of the ancient agora. The Byzantine castle is believed to have been built at the end of the 7th century AD to protect the port and the city of Nea Pafos from Arab raids and later remodeled by the Lusignans.

The town is included in the Unesco WHS list.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BELGIUM ~Photo Postcard ~

...The two most  ♥precious♥  little ones of our family at their child friendly holiday park...  made from a photo into a real postcard with the bpost Mobile Postcard application on their  smartphone and delivered directly in my mailbox... Thanks a lot Sabrina, Koen, Anna and Leon!!


With nice self adhesive butterfly stamp:
The Lesser Purple Emperor
(Issued 27-10-2012)


Thursday, July 17, 2014

SAN MARINO ~Town Hall - UNESCO ~

Fantastic and magical view...a postcard from a pretty special and rare place... Thanks a million once again Johan!^^

With great stamp showing hundreds of envelopes!
59th Plenary Assembly of PostEurop in San Marino
(Issued 05-06-2014)
The Palazzo Pubblico is the town hall of the City of San Marino as well as its official Government Building. The building, where official State ceremonies take place, is the seat of the Republic's main institutional and administrative bodies: the Captains Regent, the Grand and General Council, the Council of XII, and the Congress of State.

The Palazzo Publico was built from 1884 to 1894, and restored in 1996.

Republic de San Marino is a country situated in the Apennine Mountains. It is a landlocked enclave, completely surrounded by Italy. Its size is just over 61 km2. Its capital is the City of San Marino.

The country is the third smallest in Europe, with only Vatican City and Monaco being smaller in size.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MOROCCO ~Essaouira~

...Local views of  "Wind City of Africa"...It is the wind that ensures Essaouira retains its character....It blows too hard to attract many sun, sand and sea tourists...but seems to be a great place for windsurfers!
Thanks a lot David for this extra surprise!^^ (David's great blog:http://postcardsandtravel.blogspot.be/ )


This time a "very" clear postmark!
50th Anniversary of HH The King Mohammed VI
(Issued 21-08-2013)
@éditions Manchoube/Marrakech
Essaouira is a city in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, on the Atlantic coast.

Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.

ICELAND~Skogafoss Waterfall~

...Received second card (this one with no rainbow) showing one of the most impressive waterfalls in all of Iceland...just see how tiny everyone appears in front of the waterfall...Thanks Svea!!

With nice  tourist stamps III- Sjálfberg rock.
(Issued 16-01-2014)
@Photo: Palmi Gudmundsson
Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. The Skógafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful classically-shaped rectangular waterfall of the country with a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.