Friday, September 18, 2020

GERMANY ~ Giant Panda - Zoo Berlin ~

... Lovely view of the male panda Jiao Qing🐼 (born in 2010)... together with the six-year-old giant panda Meng Meng🐼, they arrived from China in the summer of 2017... as the only panda bears in Germany, the animals are now a special highlight at Berlin Zoo... on August 31, 2019 Meng Meng gave birth to twin giant pandas Paule and Pit... the first-ever panda cubs born in Germany... to celebrate their first birthday at the Berlin Zoo a wonderful commemorative postmark💙 was issued... the postmark features two giant Pandas and the flags of Germany and Peoples Republic of China... Big Thanks Dustin! (✿◠‿◠) you should visit our Giant Pandas at Pairi Daiza Zoo too😃...

Panda bears were originally carnivores. But they ultimately grew too big to hunt and today they much prefer to eat bamboo. In fact, the word “Panda” most likely is derived from the Nepalese word that means “bamboo-eater.” 

A full grown panda eats for 10 to 12 hours per day and can eat about 30 kilo of bamboo a day to meet their energy needs.

Pandas were not discovered until the middle of the 19thC. There are estimated to be no more than 2,000 pandas living in the wild.


Definitives - Flowers 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

ITALY ~ Temple of Athena - Paestum - Cilento National Park - UNESCO ~

... Mystic sunset view of a structure from over 2500 years ago... Paestum is a city of three Greek temple ruins... these temples remain a symbol of the workmanship, intelligence and magnificence of the Greeks... they are really striking in size, detail and well preserved... history mixed with nature... Thanks a lot Paola!ツ

Paestum is an ancient Greek city, located on the  Mediterranean Sea in the Cilento area of southern Italy.  

The Temple of Athena/Temple of Ceres, is the smallest, built 510BC, it has six columns front and back and thirteen down the sides and the interior measures 14.5 metres x 33 metres. This temple was later used as a Christian church.

Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park is a national park in the Province of Salerno. It includes much of the Cilento, the Vallo di Diano and the Monti Alburni and  was founded in 1991. It is the second largest park in Italy

Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula became a UNESCO WHS site in 1998.


The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Zeno Colò 
(Issued 30-06-2020)

Thursday, September 10, 2020


... Beautiful nightview of the most picturesque town in the country... a magical completely intact medieval little town nicknamed the Jewel of Bohemia... with it’s colorful streets, Baroque castle and snaking river, Cesky Krumlov appears to be straight out of a fairytale... the monument that dominates the town is, on a hill, the huge castle... the second largest in Czechia...  the castle’s most notable feature is its tower... there are wonderful views from the castle tower... more than a million tourists visit this beautiful small town every year... Thanks a lot Michaela!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀ 
Cesky Krumlov is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic located in a horseshoe bend of the Vltava river.

Construction of the castle began in the early 13th century. Over the years it was passed between the powerful Rosenberg, Eggenberg, and Schwarzenberg families, before its final transfer to the Czechoslovak State in 1950.

The historic center of the town was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1992.


The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Alfons Mucha
(Issued 26-05-2010)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

HUNGARY ~ Bükk National Park ~

... Great nature views of the largest National Park in Hungary and known as one of the highest places in the country... the Park offers  impressive limestone mountains and caves, historic castles, quiet villages and friendly people... the Bukk National Park is home to numerous endangered species of flora and fauna... around ninety species of birds, including many endangered species, make their nesting ground here... mountain biking, bird watching, hiking, fishing and horse riding are some of the popular activities... there are two caves that are open to visitors as well, the Szent István Cave and the Anna Cave... the country’s longest (4,000 m) and deepest (245 m)  cave, Istvánlápa, is located in the park as well... Thanks a lot Bori!【ツ】

Bükk National Park  is a national park in the Bükk Mountains of Northern Hungary. It was founded in 1976 as the third national park in the country. It contains 431.3 km² (of which 37.74 km² is under increased protection). 

Bükk's important geological features include various karst formations within its limestone mountains - particularly caves (once inhabited by pre-historic people), swallow-holes, and ravines.

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

Castles in Hungary 
(Issued 02-09-2019)

Monday, September 7, 2020

FRANCE ~ Bordeaux - UNESCO ~

.... Wonderful evening view of Place de la Bourse... this is an impressive open square on the bank of the river... the square is ringed with beautifully designed large windowed buildings... one of the city's most famous sights... the beauty of Place de la Bourse becomes dreamlike when it is reflected in "le miroir d’eau" or water mirror... this 130 meter long and 42 meter wide set of granite slabs is the largest reflecting pool in the world... little springlers provide with water on the floor keeping this always wet.. it works only from April to October, and it is the most-photographed site... Thanks a lot Chantal!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

Bordeaux  is a port city on the Garonne in Southwestern France and the sixth largest city of the country.

Place de la Bourse dating from the 18thC is a royal square dedicated to the reigning king of the time, King Louis XV. It is located on the left bank of the old city of Bordeaux overlooking the Garonne River.

Since its inauguration in 2006, the water mirror has been completely adopted by the inhabitants of Bordeaux.

The city and port of Bordeaux were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. This "outstanding example of innovative classical and neoclassical trends" is the world-largest urban area inscribed at UNESCO (40% of the city surface).


Marianne - New Design 
(Issued 2007-2018)
The 100th Anniversary of the Bordeaux "Ceres" 
(Issued 07-11-1970)

Thursday, September 3, 2020

GERMANY ~ Municipal Museum - Braunschweig ~

... Another nice view of one of the many museums in Dustin's home town...  a four-storey classic Art Nouveau building with floral ornaments and curved lines... originally only exhibits on the history of the city were to be exhibited... but the building grew into a versatile museum which today houses paintings and graphics from the 18th to 20th centuries, art, consumer goods, musical instruments, pieces of furniture and ethnographic objects from all over the world... in addition to the permanent exhibition, the Haus am Löwenwall also presents special exhibitions of international standing... Thanks a lot Dustin!【ツ】 

                                                                Photo: Monika Heidemann

The museum was founded in 1861 on the initiative of the citizens of Brunswick.  Since the collection increased sharply, the city council decided in 1904 to build its own museum building on Löwenwall  according to plans by the architect Max Osterloh.


Historical Fire Engines 
(Issued 06-08-2020)

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

ITALY ~ St. Patrick's Well - Orvieto - Umbria ~

... Great Italian postcard nr 2... an astounding, engineering marvel windowed well... built on a massive limestone overlooking a valley, to store up water... the "Pozzo di San Patrizio" is one of the most famous attractions in this small Umbrian town... the visitor goes down 248 steps down the viral staircase then ascends the same number up a different stair... each has windows into the well shaft giving the impression of an underground tower... looking up the central well shaft is amazing... fascinating to think that donkeys used to go up and down these steps as well as townspeople carrying water... Big Thanks Gian Luca and Raffaella for two wonderful postcards! ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)
An inscription at the entrance to the well, in Latin, translates as "what nature did not provide, industry has procured".

 St Patrick’s Well was commissioned by orders of Pope Clement VII of the Medicis in order to provide water for the town in the event of a siege. 

It was designed by Antonio da Sangallo and construction completed in 1537. It is 13 metres wide and 53 metres deep and the well shaft is lit by 72 windows. 

Two spiral staircases, each with 248 steps, wind around the cylindrical well shaft. They were designed as a double helix so that those descending to collect water,  did not meet those ascending with their heavy load.

The well of the Rocca, this was its name in the beginning, only took the proverbial name of San Patrizio in the 19thC, when the fortress had lost its military function. The name of the Well has no connection with local characters, but refers to the Irish abyss where St. Patrick used to pray.


Football Players - The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Valentino Mazzola
(Issued 26-01-2019)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

ITALY ~ Civita di Bagnoregio - Tuscia ~

... Spectacular view of one of the most magical and charming little towns in Italy... known as the "Dying City"” because its friable, volcanic base continues slowly crumbling into the valley... experts believe that Civita di Bagnoregio is just one-third of its original size... only a handful of residents lives here year-round... tourism has turned Civita into an open-air museum... more than 700,000 people visit it each year... because of its location the city has remained isolated and protected... its stone streets and buildings are wonderfully well preserved...  history lovers can take a trip back in time... the only way into this little town is by a 300m long steep footbridge which leads you to the entrance through Civita’s impressive town Gate... because of its location, it’s the only Italian town with an entrance fee... the erosion around the city is extreme, and the cost to keep the city standing is quite high... to better address its never-ending battle with the forces of nature, Civita di Bagnoregio became the first (and only) Italian town to charge an entrance fee.... Thanks a lot Gian Luca and Raffaella! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Civita di Bagnoregio is located at 443 meters above sea level in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy and was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago.

Between the fifth and eighth centuries, Civita was almost continually subjected to siege, changing hands numerous times. It was first occupied by the Goths, then the Byzantines, followed by the Lombards, before becoming part of the Papal States in 774.


Football Players - The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Valentino Mazzola
(Issued 26-01-2019)

Friday, August 28, 2020

THAILAND ~ Wat Suthat Thepwararam - Bangkok ~

... Wonderful night view of Wat Suthat... one of the oldest and largest Buddhist temples in Bangkok, famed for its beautiful roofline, huge golden Buddha, magnificent frescoes and giant swing out front... the towering 21.15 m red teak wood Giant Swing standing at its entrance was used as part of an ancient ceremony... its 2 towering red pillars and elaborately carved crossbar can be seen from afar... over the years, the swing has been replaced and remodeled a handful of times... the most recent reconstruction was in 2007, and it hasn’t changed since... Wat Suthat also holds the highest royal temple grade... nice to hear from you again Jobbo and to read that Thailand is controlling the spread of COVID-19 really well... Thanks a lot ! (✿◠‿◠)

Wat Suthat, located in Bangkok's Old Town was commissioned by King Rama I (1782-1809) to shelter a 13thC bronze Buddha sculpture from Sukhotai. The temple was completed during King Rama III’s reign (1824-1851).

The large Wat Suthat complex covers an area of 4.08 ha. It is rectangular in plan, surrounded by a wall 949 m  in length. The area consists of the temple area itself and the monastic living quarters.


The Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty King Bhumibol  
(Issued 25-10-2017)

World Philatelic Exhibition 
(Issued 04-10-2003)

The 135th Anniversary of the Thai Postal Service 
(Issued 04-08-2018)

Thursday, August 27, 2020

AUSTRIA ~ Hangar-7 - Salzburg ~

... Great view of a unique building which houses a big collection of the the historical Flying Bulls aircraft fleet and a collection of Formula 1 race cars... a special feature of this historic collection is that all of the Flying Bulls aircraft, regardless of age, are still airworthy... inside the Hangar, the transparent shell seems to open into an endless sky above the airplanes... looking from the outside, the metaphor of a wing comes to mind... it also houses the Michelin-starred restaurant Ikarus, two bars and a lounge... due to its extraordinary architecture, Hangar-7 became a distinctive new landmark in the city with around 200.000 visitors a year... Dustin used a wonderful mini sheet about 100 Years of Women's Suffrage in Austria👍... Big Thanks once more Dustin for thinking if me while on vacation!(✿ ♥‿♥)

Designed by the architect Volkmar Burgstaller, Hangar-7 opened its doors in 2003, after a planning and construction phase lasting just four years.

For construction of the building 14,000 cubic metres of concrete, 1,200 tonnes of steel and 7,000 square metres of glass were used. The glass was processed into 1,754 different-sized and to some extent  specially curved panes.

Hangar-7 itself stands on an area of 3,700 square metres, and its superstructure covers a total area of 4,100 square metres. The hall is around 100 metres long, 67 meters wide and 14.5 meters high. The length of the silicone-filled glass joints amounts to 16 km.


Definitives - Traditional Costumes 
(Issued 01-04-2020)

The 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in Austria
(Issued 17-09-2019)

Thursday, August 20, 2020

AUSTRIA ~ Mirabell Garden - Salzburg - UNESCO ~

... Great aerial view of the iconic Mirabell Gardens... these ornate gardens are located on the Eastern banks of the Salzach River... they are considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens in Europe... they are world famous, thanks in part to being featured in the classic movie “The Sound of Music”... in the movie, Maria and the children danced around the Fountain singing "Do-Re-Mi")♬♪♬ ... walk through the gardens and admire the charming flower beds, statues of Roman gods, hedge theater, Pegasus fountain, and garden of baroque marble dwarfs... this jewel of Salzburg has been a popular retreat for locals, visitors and photographers... Big Thanks Dustin! (✿◠‿◠) 

The Baroque masterpiece of Schloss Mirabell Palace was initially built as "Schloß Altenau" under the reign of Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in 1606. It was a present for his concubine Salome Alt. Extensively damaged by fire in 1818, the palace was rebuilt in Neo-classicist style.

The geometrically arranged gardens were first laid out in 1687 and have since evolved. The statues date from the early 1700s and have a mythological theme. The gardens were opened to the public by Emperor Franz Josef in the middle of the 1800s.

Mirabell is a woman’s name from Italy, a compilation of two words: mirabile "admirable" and bella "beautiful".

The palace with its gardens is part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg UNESCO WHS site.


The 100th Anniversary of the Lipizzaner Stud Farm, Piber 
(Issued 04-07-2020)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

AUSTRIA ~ Wilder Kaiser - Tyrol ~

... Tyrol postcard nr2 is showing a beautiful single view of the impressive Wilder Kaiser... overlooking a thick mountain pine forest and lush green meadows... the Wilder Kaiser region, known by locals simply as the "Koasa", is a charming and welcoming area in the east of Tyrol... it was the first holiday region in Austria to receive the Austrian hiking seal of approval.... and it is also the largest ski area in the country... Thanks Dustin!【ツ】

"View from Baumgartenköpfl (1.572m) on the Wilden Kaiser towards the Gruttenhütte (1.620m). In the middle the Treffauer peak (2.304) and on the right the Ellmauer Halt (2.344m)."

The name “Wilder Kaiser” literally means “Wild Emperor”, and keen-eyed visitors may be able to spot a silhouette of an emperor’s face in this majestic chain of mountains in the east of Tyrol.

Tyrol is a federal state in western Austria, consisting of North Tyrol  and East Tyrol. It is bounded by Germany on the north, by Salzburg and Carinthia on the east, by Vorarlberg on the west, and by Italy on the south.

Definitives - Traditional Costumes
(Issued 01-04-2020)

Hedy Lamarr 1914-2000 
(Issued 22-01-2020)

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

AUSTRIA ~ Going am Wilder Kaiser - Tyrol ~

... First of 4 great postcards sent by postcard friend Dustin while on holiday in Austria💙...  showing a scenic view of the Baroque church towered by the bulbous spire with spectacular mountains in the background... and various fauna and flora... Going is very popular, both in summer and winter, not least for its impressive panoramic views of the mountains... it has also the most beautiful natural lake for bathing of Tyrol... in total there are about 189 hikes for you to discover within the region... a town close to nature, serene and authentic... looks like the ideal place for a relaxing holiday in these difficult Covid-19 times... Thanks a lot Dustin!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Going am Wilder Kaiser is a municipality in the district of Kitzbühel in the Austrian region of Sölllandl. 

The Kaiser Mountains are a mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps and Eastern Alps. Its main ridges – are the Zahmer Kaiser and south of it the Wilder Kaiser. The mountains are situated in the Austrian province of Tyrol.

Tyrol is a historical region in the Alps—in Northern Italy and western Austria.


EUROPA Stamp - Ancient Postal Routes 
(Issued 05-05-2020)

Monday, August 17, 2020


... Lovely illustrated map card showing highlights of the country... the forgotten land with friendly people... and one of the least visited countries, if not the least... it’s also considered the poorest country in Europe... but there are still a lot of interesting things to see and do... Moldova is a land of unspoiled countryside, age-old monasteries and amazing food and wine... the country has the largest wine cellar in the world, Milestii Mici, which stretches for an incredible 55 km... Thanks a lot Karin!【ツ】 

Moldova is a small, landlocked country in Eastern Europe and is bordered by Ukraine Romania. Moldova's largest city is the capital Chisinau.

The former Soviet Republic of Moldova gained its independence in 1991. Moldova used to be part of the Soviet Republic, but it has cultural links to neighboring Romania.

 This nation is full of diverse terrains which includes forests, rocky hills as well as vineyards.


3X Flora - Water Lilies 
(Issued 07-05-2019)

Coat of Arms 
(Issued 11-06-1994)

Olympic Games Brazil 
(Issued 25-07-2016)

Birds of Moldova
(Issued 25-09-2015)

Monday, August 10, 2020

ANDORRA ~ Tristaina Lakes ~

... Beautiful nature view of one of the many high-mountain lakes... Andorra is surrounded by nature...  more than 90% of the territory is free from urbanisation and there are 70 spectacular lakes... the Tristaina Lakes are some of the best known lakes in Andorra... the area around these lakes is a popular hiking destination... not only because there are many options to go for a swim or dip your feet in the water of one of the lakes or the little rivers that flow between the lakes... but also because it’s so accessible, and even though it’s quite an easy hike it is a very beautiful one... it is a circular trail that takes about 2 and a half hours with gentle ascents and descents...this postcard is with stamp from the Spanish postal service... Big Thanks Josep&Assumpta!(✿ ♥‿♥)
Andorra is a tiny, landlocked independent principality in the Pyrenees mountains, South Western Europe, between Spain and France. With its 468 km2 it is the largest of the 6 smallest states in Europe and the sixteenth-smallest nation in the world.

Tristaina' trio of  Lakes are located in the extreme north west of Andorra close to the main Pyrenees divide. The three lakes of the area are “Estanys de Tristaina”: estany Primer, estany de Més Amunt, and estany del Mig.


Tree Leaves - English Walnut  
(Issued 25-05-2018)


Friday, August 7, 2020

NETHERLANDS ~ Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal - Lemmer - Friesland - UNESCO ~

... Great view of an elegantly designed building inspired by the Amsterdam School style... the red brick chimney has a diameter of 6.25 meters at the bottom and tapers to 3.0 meters at the top, 55 meters up...inside are the mechanics of the largest steam-pump station ever built... a masterpiece of engineering and the most technologically advanced steam pumping station in the world that is still working.... it represents the high point of the contribution made by Netherlands engineers and architects in protecting their people and land against the natural forces of water (almost half of The Netherlands is located below sea-level).... it is capable of pumping 6 million m³ of water per day out into the sea... the pumping station can still be used but it's just for emergencies... the whole compound is now open for visitors... so you get to walk through the inside and see the machines and the building from the outside... there's an excellent and modern visitors center where you start and you'll need to go with a guide... Thanks Edyta!ヽ(ヅ)ノ 
The Wouda Pumping Station is located on the edge of the Dutch city of Lemmer in Friesland, the north of the country. 

The pumping station was built in 1920 and is named after Ir. Dirk .Frederik Wouda, (1880-1961) the head engineer who was responsible for its design and construction.The Technische Hogeschool Delft helped mister Wouda with the calculations. In 1967, after running on coal for 47 years, the boilers were converted to run on heavy fuel oil.  

 In 1998 the Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal pumping station was ‘inscribed’ on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


(Issued 2006)

Welfare - Christmas        
(Issued 24-11-2005)

(Issued 03-01-2005)

Greeting Stamps 
(Issued 20-05-2003)


Thursday, August 6, 2020

TURKEY ~ Gobekli Tepe - UNESCO ~

... Great view of what is thought to be the world's oldest site of worship of significance created by human beings... that makes it one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made... the construction at Göbekli Tepe dates back almost 12,000 years, placing it in a time period that is generally considered to be pre-civilization... it was built right around the same time that the last ice age ended... Göbekli Tepe then went on to be an active civilization for nearly three millennia before being abandoned under mysterious circumstances around 9,000 years ago... the site is enormous and only a small percentage has been excavated... only 4 circles are exposed in the main excavation site and there are supposed to be over 20 in total... tall rectangular limestone pillars are engraved with the shapes of animals and arranged in circular formations... these massive pillars, weighing several tons each, were carved before metal tools and pottery were developed.... an enormous roof has been constructed over the stones to preserve the carvings and to protect the archaeologists from the harsh sun...  Thanks a lot Selves!【ツ】
Gobekli Tepe is in the region of Eastern Anatolia, modern-day south east Turkey, only 50 kilometers from the border with Syria. 

The neolithic archaeological ruins were first uncovered in the '60s. It was only when the site was rediscovered in 1994 that Göbekli Tepe’s true significance and most impressive traits - like its age, size, and construction quality - would be fully appreciated.

Gobekli Tepe dates back to 10,000 years before the founding of the Roman Empire, 8,000 years before the appearance of the Hittites, and 7,000 years before the Great Pyramids.”

 In 2018, the site was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Precious Stones 
(Issued 29-04-2015)


Flowers - Lilies 
(Issued 07-02-2011)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

NORWAY ~ Krossoban - Rjukan - UNESCO ~

... Lovely view of cable car "Krossoban" above the valley between two huge mountain ranges... Northern Europe’s first cable car and the most original two-way cable-car that is still in regular traffic... it was built to bring the workers up to the sun which is obscured by the surrounding mountains during the winter months from October to March... the journey takes approximately 5 minutes... the view over Rjukan from the upper station is fantastic, with the mountains rolling away to the south and west and Vemork hydroelectic power plant nestling in the valley where the dramatic heavy water sabotage operations took place during the WWII... Thanks a lot Malit!【ツ】
The town of Rjukan is situated in a deep valley in the mountainous southern Norway, where the sun shines via huge mirrors and mighty waterfalls plunge from high cliffs into deep gorges below. 

The "Krossoban" was constructed in 1928 by Bleichert as a gift from Norsk Hydro to the people of Rjukan (most of them Hydro employees).

The horizontal distance between the lower and the upper station is 814 meters and the difference in altitude is 495 meters, it climbs 60 centimeters for each meter travelled.


Fishes Cuckoo Wrasse
(Issued 15-09-2006)

Fauna Sea anemone
(Issued 30-09-2005)

Friday, July 31, 2020

CANADA ~ Fallen Four Memorial Park - Mayerthorpe ~

... Lovely painting  of "The Fallen Four" by Rosemary Luksha... a beautiful memorial to pay tribute to the officers who were murdered at a nearby farm in 2005, in what was the worst single-day loss of life for the RCMP in its history.... a very well-kept, heart-warming and peaceful park for the public to enjoy.... there are lovely walkways, plantings and benches... the Fallen Four Memorial Park and Visitor Information Centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and welcomes thousands of visitors each year... the bronze statues are amazing likenesses and the detail of their clothing is incredible... the park is also a tribute to all Peace Officers who have lost their lives doing their job... it was one of the saddest days in Alberta history☹... Thanks a lot Glenn!(✿ ♥‿♥)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), formerly (until 1920) North West Mounted Police, byname Mounties, Canada's federal police force. It is also the provincial and criminal police establishment in all provinces except Ontario and Quebec and the only police force in the Yukon and Northwest territories. 

The Fallen Four Memorial Park officially opened on July 4, 2008 in front of a crowd of about 3,000 people. The idea of this park was created after the tragic shootings of four RCMP constables on March 3, 2005.

The Mayerthorpe tragedy occurred on the farm of James Roszko,  near the town of Mayerthorpe in the Canadian province of Alberta. Roszko shot and killed four Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) constables: Anthony Gordon, Lionide "Leo" Johnston, Brock Myrol and Peter Schiemann. He then committed suicide. The attack occurred as the officers were executing a search warrant for stolen property and a marijuana-growing operation on the farm. Two individuals who were not present at the shooting, Shawn Hennessey and Dennis Cheeseman, pled guilty to manslaughter for assisting Roszko to return to his farm.


2X The 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II 
(Issued 29-04-2020)

(Issued 24-04-2020)

Friday, July 24, 2020

GERMANY ~ Freiburg im Breisgau ~

... Many different views of the major sights and historic landmarks... a city picturesquely situated right on the edge of the Black Forest complete with medieval buildings and cobblestone streets... known as the "Jewel of the Black Forest"... this picture-perfect city is celebrating its 900th anniversary, but its innovative design makes it one of the world’s most sustainable and liveable cities... this small university city is often referred to as Germany’s sunshine capital because it has more sun hours than anywhere else in the country... the city will be celebrating its 900th birthday with many projects and events...and like always 🙂👍with great matching stamp and wonderful postmark... Big Thanks Dustin! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Freiburg is located in Baden-Württemberg at the foot of the Black Forest near the border triangle of Switzerland, France and Germany in the heart of the major Baden wine-growing region.

The city was founded by Konrad and Duke Berthold III of Zähringen as a ‘Fortified Town of Free Citizens’ (hence its name) in the year 1120.


The 900th Anniversary of the City of Freiburg im Breisgau
(Issued 02-07-2020)

Thursday, July 23, 2020

BULGARIA ~ Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak - UNESCO ~

...Great view of the most famous tomb in the Valley of the Thracian Kings... today’s Bulgaria used to be the land of the ancient Thracian tribes... this tomb has some of the most impressive frescoes depicting hunting, feasting, clothing and other details of the everyday life of the Thracian kings... the paintings are considered Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic splendors from the Hellenistic period... one of the masterpieces of the Thracian art and ancient cultural heritage... the original is closed to visits to protect its fragile murals... but visitors can view a replica right next door... the tomb was discovered in 1944 and has been among the first Bulgarian monuments on the UNESCO WHS list... Thanks Vesela!【ツ】
The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak is a tholos tomb with an arched roof, situated in the vicinity of the town of Kazanlak in Central Bulgaria and dates back to the Hellenistic period, during the 4th century BC. It comprises a passage, a rectangular antechamber and a round burial chamber.

The Thracians were a people of horse and cattle breeders, metal miners and goldsmiths who are believed to have had no alphabet of their own and left no written records. They believed in the afterlife and the immortality of the soul, and buried deceased rulers with their horses, dogs, weapons, drinking cups and even playing dice. The kings were considered sons of the great goddess Mother Earth and the burial rites were highly symbolic.

 In 1979 the Thracian tomb was included in the UNESCO list of protected monuments.


3X Flora - Mushrooms
(Issued 10-02-2014)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

GERMANY ~ European Flag ~

... Nice Europe flag made out of blue stamps of many European countries designed by Papersisters... with matching stamp commemorating the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2020... it shows the official logo "Together for Europe’s recovery"...  and with great Special First Day Postmark... Thanks a lot Dustin!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
The European flag symbolises both the European Union and, more broadly, the identity and unity of Europe. It features a circle of 12 gold stars on a blue background. They stand for the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe. However, the number of stars has nothing to do with the number of member countries, though the circle is a symbol of unity.

The presidency of the Council is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the member states of the EU every six months.


German Presidency of the Council of the European Union
(Issued 02-07-2020)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

GERMANY ~ Hambach Castle - Neustadt ~

... Fantastic aerial view of a well-fortified of the most important landmarks in German history... the birthplace of modern-day Germany... high above the city at the slopes of the Palatinate forest, visitors have a spectacular view over the Rhine valley and the surrounding vineyards... today, this castle is a partially restored ruin, whose walls and towers are reminders of almost 1,000 years of history.... it is now a museum and convention center... and houses an exhibit that chronicles the May 27, 1832, event known as the "Hambach Festival", when nearly 30,000 people from Germany, France and Poland gathered at the castle to demand democracy, freedom and a united Europe... it got the European Heritage label since 2014 for playing major roles in European unification... with stamp about the German Presidency of the European Union and special First Day Postmark... Thanks Dustin! (✿◠‿◠)
Photo:ⒸJ. Knobloch

Hambach Castle is located on the mountain Schlossberg (literally translated "Castle mountain") in the eastern outskirts of the Palatine Forest. The castle dates back to the Middle Ages but became famous in the 19thC.

The estate ruled both as a protection castle and as a robber baron castle over the trade roads and the northern route of the Anterior Palatinate section of the Way of St. James.


German Presidency of the Council of the European Union
(Issued 02-07-2020)

Monday, July 20, 2020

GERMANY ~ Schleimunde Lighthouse -

... Pretty lighthouse night view... it marks the entrance from the baltic sea to the fjord Schlei (the only fjord in Germany)... the lighthouse is only accessible by a boat trip starting in Kappeln... Schleimünde is a little popular haven... there is a small sailing port... now the lighthouse has green and white stripes... but since it was built  the colour changed eight times... with great matching stamp and two wonderful  special first day postmarks👍... the colourful ring around the lighthouse stamp shows its different colours during the decades... Thanks a lot Dustin!【ツ】  

The Lighthouse Schleimünde is a lighthouse at the mouth of the river Schlei and went into action in 1871 and with its modern halogen light can be seen from up to 15 nautical miles away. 

Between 1790 and 1980 Schleimünde was home to a pilot who helped ships navigate into the shallow waters of the Schlei Fjord. 

He assisted up to 260 ships annually. Nowadays several buoys have taken over this job.

Photo: Arco/J. de Cuvelan


Lighthouses - Schleimünde
(Issued 02-06-2020)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

POLAND ~ The Church of Peace - Swidnica - UNESCO ~

... Lovely view of an architectural gem and one of the most beautiful churches in Poland...  an impressively large timber-framed structure... the exterior is rather plain with hardly any decorative elements, only little is reminiscent of a church... the reason for this is that the Emperor Constantine, imposed many restrictions on the Peace Churches... in fact, they were supposed to be built "in a shape that is not typical for churches"... it has a total area of 1,090 m2 (covering the ground floor and 4 levels of balconies) and capable of housing 7500 persons of which 3000 seated... the 17thC baroque interior is richly decorated and has numerous wonderful paintings and frescoes that are one of a kind, and they make this church very unique... Thanks a lot Kamilla!【ツ】
The Church of Swidnica is located in Southern Poland built by architect Albert von Sabisch and by professional carpenters called Andreas Gamper and Kaspar Konig from 1656 to 1657.

The name "Churches of Peace" refers to the end of the Peace of Westphalia in the year 1648, which marks a century long war between Catholics and Lutherans. The churches were built after the Peace of Westphalia, when the Lutheran Protestants were allowed by German emperor to built their churches.

In 2001, the two similar churches in the towns called Swidnica and Jaworboth were listed as a UNESCO WHS site.


EUROPA Stamps - Bridges
(Issued 02-05-2018)