Thursday, February 11, 2016

FIJI ~Firewalking ~

...Wonderful postcard coming from a tropical islands in the South Pacific...a must-see experience... the Fijian firewalking ceremony... walking on red-hot stones without suffering or burns... Thanks a lot Deane ツ!!

The island of Beqa is the traditional home of Fijian firewalking. Although it's done occasionally on Viti Levu(the largest Fiji Island), the family connection with the participants is almost always linked to Beqa. It was once strictly a ritual for and by Fijians but in recent years is performed almost always for vulagi (visitors).

According to Fiji Travel, “Legend has it that over 500 years ago the men of the Sawau Tribe of Beqa Island were given the gift of being able to walk on fire by an eel in exchange for its life.” The decedents of the warriors carry on the tradition to gather strength. They sing and chant before vilavilairevo, which is Fijian for “jumping into the oven.”

Stamp:

Sharks of Fiji - Oceanic Whitetip Shark
(Isued 28-07-2014)

Monday, February 8, 2016

MEXICO ~ Coyoacán market ~

...Wonderful market postcard...an abundance of colorful and tasty looking tropical fruit... most of them are new to me.... Many Thanks Eddy also for the great stamps!





Coyoacán (place of the coyotes) remained completely independent of Mexico City during the colonial period until the mid nineteenth century.

With its narrow, cobbled streets, colonial churches, vibrant markets, world-class museums and sidewalk cafes, its historic center is a popular destination for residents and tourists.






Stamps:

The 75th Anniversary of the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis & Reference
(Issued 17-10-2014)

National Football Team
(Issued 27-05-2014)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SRI LANKA ~Colombo ~

...Lovely evening view showing old and new architecture in front of the Indian Ocean ...Big thanks to my dear postcard friend Ravindra and as always with nice interesting stamps!!
Photo: Pradeep Pathmaperuma
The Secretariat building, the former Old Parliament Building where the government was located from 1972 to 1982. with modern buildings in the background.

The modern skyscraper buildings are The Bank of Ceylon tower, the World Trade Center (Twin Towers) and the The Galadari Hotel in Western Colombo District, Colombo.

Stamps:

Most Ven. Davuldena Gnanissara Mahanayaka Thero
(Issued 31-12-2015)
Wilson Hegoda
(Issued 11-01-2016)
World Post Day
(Issued 09-10-2014)
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Monday, February 1, 2016

LAOS ~Luang Prabang -Royale Palace - UNESCO~

... Great Laos postcard nr2....view of Laos' past....the old name of Laos is Lan Xang "the land of a million elephants and the white parasol" (the dynasty coat of arms is shown on the front porch)... all your "accidentally" bought postcard are more than welcome here Jobbo✈...with nice matching Unesco stamps...Thanks a lot!!
Photo: Michel Huteau
The former Royal Palace, now turned into a museum is situated on the banks of the Mekong river, facing the sacred Mount Phousi. Locally the Palace is known as the Haw Kham or Ho Kham, which translates to “Golden Palace”. The Palace was built between 1904 and 1909 during the time of French colonial occupation as the residence of the Laos Royal Family.

When the communists came to power in 1975, they took over the palace and sent the royal family to re-education camps. The museum that was opened to the public in 1995 after careful renovation.

Stamps:

World Heritage Site - Wat Phou Temple, Champasak
(Issued 14-02-2003)

UNESCO World Heritage - Luangprabang
(Issued 02-12-2010)

Friday, January 29, 2016

LAOS ~Luang Prabang from Mt Phou Si ~

...It is so great to add once more a new country to my collection...as written above my blog "you get in touch with lots of nice people worldwide" is so true...I'm so lucky that you found my blog and send me wonderful postcards from all your travels, Jobbo...with so interesting and funny (◕‿-) writing on...you always make me smile...Thanks a million!! (and I must say Ananda Everigham is a really good looking guy ㋡)
Photo: Jatupom Rutnin
Laos  officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic is a landlocked country sharing borders with China to the North , Myanmar to Northwest, Thailand to the West, Cambodia to the South  and Vietnam to the East. Since 1975, it has been ruled by a Marxist and communist government.

Luang Prabang, literally: "Royal Buddha Image", is the capital city of Luang Prabang Province in north central Laos. The city is located at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong River.

Mount Phou Si is a 100m high hill in the centre of the old town of Luang Prabang and is bordered on one side by the Mekong River and on the other side by the Nam Khan River. The hill is a local religious site, and houses several Buddhist shrines.

Stamps:
Laos - Russia joint issue- the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relationship
(Issued 11-112015)

 Antiquity of Laos
(Issued 11-11-2014)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

TAJIKISTAN

...Yippee!!! my first written and stamped card from Tajikistan...one more off my "wanted" list... Tajikistan is one of the least visited countries in Central Asia...a stunning nature view...beautiful clear lake and impressive mountains on the background...✸✸Big Thanks Matthew✸✸
Photo F. Biermann
Tajikistan  is a small landlocked country in Central Asia that borders Afghanistan to the south, China to the east, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and Uzbekistan to the west and northwest. The ancient Silk Road passed through it.

 It is the country of mountains and rivers. In fact, 93% of the territory of Tajikistan is occupied by mountains which belong to the highest mountains groups of the Pamir and the Tien Shan Mountains with absolute heights varying from 300 m up to 7,495 m.

The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s. In 1929 Tajikistan was made one of the component republics of the Soviet Union, the  Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic and it kept that status until its independence in1991.

Tajikistan is the only former Soviet state with Islam as its official religion. During the course of seven decades of political control, Soviet policy makers were unable to eradicate the Islamic tradition.

Stamps:

Definitives - Dushanbe
(Issued 11-06-2014)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

GERMANY ~ Wadden Sea - UNESCO ~

...Great multiview postcard showing a wonderful place for nature lovers...with unique fauna and flora...Thanks a lot for card nr 2 Dustin and for the really nice matching stamps!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
© Schöning GmbH&Co. KG
Text from Postcard: (thanks for translating Dustin)
"The Wadden Sea is for ten thousand years a landscape constantly changed by the influences of ebb and flow, sea and wind. It is the habitat of thousands of animal and plant species and also place of nourishment for millions of migrating birds. This unique, unlimited natural landscape is for 25 years a national park and since 2009 it is: World Natural Heritage of the UNESCO"

The Wadden Sea is not exactly a sea, but an intertidal zone on the coast of the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. There are miles of mudflats and wetlands, lots of seals and other wildlife, and many recreational beaches on the islands. Hiking on the mudflats has become a popular pastime.

Stamps:

Wild Germany - Landscapes
(Issued 01-07-2013)
 Fish - Reintroduction of Spices -Atlantic Salmon
(02-01-2014)
Fish - Reintroduction of Spices-Sea Trout
(Issued 04-12-2014)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SRI LANKA ~Kirigalpoththa Mountain Range ~

...Last card of a set of 4 on "Mountain Biodiversity"...a wonderful nature view of one of the highest mountain peaks of the island...Thanks a lot Ravindra for this great card to complete the set!!

The Central highlands include Piduruthalagala, the highest peak, Kirigalpotta, Seven Maidens and several isolated mountains in the lowlands such as Ritigala which are the major components of the mountainous environment of Sri Lanka.

Mountains are an important source of water, energy and biological diversity. Furthermore, other valuable resources such as minerals, forests and agricultural products also originate from there.


Stamps:
The 125th Anniversary of the Visit of Anton Chekhov 1860-1904
(Issued 23-11-2015)
The 150th Anniversary of Colombo Municipal Council
(Issued 14-12-2015)
Christmas
(Issued 06-12-2015)

Monday, January 25, 2016

NORWAY ~Vemork Power Plant - UNESCO ~

...A great piece of industrial heritage surrounded by beautiful scenery...Thanks a lot Joey!!

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.

Vemork is the name of a hydroelectric power plant outside Rjukan in Tinn. The plant was built by Norsk Hydro and opened in 1911, its main purpose being to fix nitrogen for the production of fertilizer. Vemork was later the site of the first plant in the world to mass-produce heavy water developing from the hydrogen production then used for the Haber process. During World War II, Vemork was the target of Norwegian heavy water sabotage operations. The heavy water plant was closed in 1971, and in 1988 the power station became the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum.

In the museum  you can see exhibitions about industry and the industrial worker, the dramatic sabotages on the heavy water production plant and the race to develop an atom bomb.

Stamp:
Tourism - Oslo Viking Ship Museum
(Issued 28-04-2014)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

DJIBOUTI

...New country nr 2 in 2016 ツ!! A beautiful large size postcard coming from Africa...as most people I've never heard of this tiny African country, although according to Karolin it is a fantastic place...a cheetah refuge...stunning salt lakes...lowest point on earth (on land) and the possibility to swim with whale sharks...one more little paradise discovered thanks to my postcard collecting ✹ Thanks a million Karolin!!


Djibouti  officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east. On the other side of the Red Sea, on the Arabian Peninsula, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the coast of Djibouti, is Yemen. The capital of Djibouti is the city of Djibouti.

It is a mostly French- and Arabic-speaking country of dry shrublands, volcanic formations and Red Sea beaches. It's home to one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, the low-lying Lake Assal, in the Danakil Desert. The nomadic Afar people have settlements along Lake Abbe, a body of saltwater featuring chimney like mineral formations.

Stamp:

Dancers
(Issued 28-04-2000)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

GERMANY ~Battle of Leipzig Memorial ~

...A great impressive war memorial in a lovely park and forest setting...built over a five year period and completed in 1913...the structure is 91 metres (299 ft) tall... It contains over 500 steps to a viewing platform at the top...It is believed that the entire project cost more than 50 million euros in today’s money....and with nice matching stamps! Thanks a lot Dustin!! (http://postcardsblogatdustin.blogspot.de/)
© Schöning GmbH&Co. KG
Here is a translation from text postcard:(thanks to Dustin)
"Battle of the Nations near Leipzig"
As until then largest battle in the history of human kind the event from the 16th to the 19th October 1813 burned into the collective mind of the population and remains unforgotten until today. 520000 soldiers took part in this crucial battle of the Wars of Liberation. Actually Napoleon tried to carry the ideals of freedom through the whole of Europe, but the ingenious commander forgot to make peace.

The joint troops from Austria, Russia, Sweden and the Russian Empire did not want to bow down to the foreign rule and now were pitted against the Grand Armée at the gates of Leipzig. The slaughter lasted for 3 days and on both sides the casualties were high, 90000 soldiers lost their lives. A few days later the complete magnitude had been made clear, danger of epidemic threatened and the many wounded seeked sanctuary in the city.

 Also the burial of the fallen was a problem. 100 years later, 1913, the 91m high Monument to the Battle of the Nations was built as memorial against the oblivion. "
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Stamps:

The 100th Anniversary of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations
(Issued 10-10-2013)

The 1000th Anniversary of the City of Leipzig
(Issued 01-07-2015)

Friday, January 15, 2016

TUNISIA ~Amphitheatre of El Jem - UNESCO ~

... Received a new unesco site...a beautiful piece of history, the largest Roman monument in Africa...I had never heard of it before...it looks stunning...Thanks a lot Xiaomin!!
From backside postcard:
"We like to tell the history, art, popular traditions and folklore of our land through splendid images."

The impressive ruins of the largest Colosseum in North Africa, a huge amphitheatre which could hold up to 35,000 spectators, are found in the small village of El Jem. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome.

 El Jem amphitheatre is the 3rd larger on the world after Rome's and Verona's and even better preserved than Rome's. Now a small town in the middle of nowhere (well, at the edge of the desert), El Jem, the ancient Roman town of Thysdrus, was formerly a crossroads of the caravan trade and a very wealthy town.

The ruins of the amphitheatre were declared a World Heritage Site in 1979.

This site is also famous for filming some of the scenes from the Oscar winning film Gladiator.


Stamp:

Medicinal Plants Issued
(28-06-2011)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

THAILAND ~H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn ~

...More royalty of Thailand....a smiling princes..and once more great matching stamps! Thanks Jobbo!




Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was born on 2nd April 1955, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand.

 As the royal couple has only one son, the Thai constitution was altered in 1974 to allow for female succession. This made Sirindhorn second-in-line to the throne (after Vajiralongkorn) until the birth of Princess Bajrakitiyabha in 1978.
Stamps:
1. Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn
(Issued 05-12-1998)
2. H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's 4th Anniversary
 (Issued 02-07-2003)
3.The 60th Anniversary of the Birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Issued 05-12-1987)

Monday, January 11, 2016

TANZANIA ~ Greetings from ~

...Plenty of great views on this postcard... Same as last year, I donated some money to a charity called 'Hearts in Unity' (to buy school supplies) and then receiving a postcard written by a Tanzanian child as a thank you.... I couldn't resist this offer, and the money went to a good cause anyway ♥...Thanks a lot Muhamed a student in class five at Dar-es-Salaam.
Photo&design: LIDASO © 2015
Tanzania  is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and the Indian Ocean to the east.

Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania.

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. Tanzania's population  is diverse, composed of several ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups.

It is a presidential constitutional republic, and since 1996, its official capital has been Dodoma, where the President's Office, the National Assembly, and some government ministries are located. Dar es Salaam, the former capital, retains most government offices and is the country's largest city, principal port, and leading commercial centre.

Stamp:

History-Tanzania Heritage Sites
(Issued 20 September 2014)

Friday, January 8, 2016

MYANMAR~Golden Rock - Mon State ~

...Wow!! a spectacular and amazing view...an image that has become iconic for Myanmar...it looks as if the rock is just about to fall off the edge of the mountain and I love the legend that goes along with it too... unfortunately women are not allowed to touch the rock so cannot cross the bridge...but to see it from a distance must also be overwhelming...and the postcard is coming with a super long great stamp...
Big Thanks Jobbo!!【ツ】
The Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also called the Golden Rock is one of Burma’s most sacred Buddhist sites. A massive boulder on the edge of a cliff.  This 7,3m high  pagoda is built on top of it, only held  by a single strand of Buddha’s hair.

The rock that appears to be gold is actually a granite boulder that is covered with gold leaf applied to the rock by Buddhist devotees. They also leave paper money on sticks between the rock and its platform, which is used to maintain the site. Although the money is left like this to stop it blowing away, it does look like an attempt to help the rock keep on its perch, too.

The main legend associated with the rock and the pagoda is that the Buddha, on one of his visits, gave a single strand of his hair to the local hermit, Taik Tha. The hermit, when age was about to overcome him, gave the strand to the King who wished the hair to be enshrined. Yet a hair can blow away with the wind, so the King located a boulder at the bottom of the sea and transported it to Kyaiktiyo (this name literally means pagoda on a hermit’s head).


Stamp:

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar
 (Issued 16-06-2011)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

MYANMAR ~Secretary Office - Yangon ~

...And guess who was travelling once more...right, Jobbo (◕‿-) he sent me two beautiful cards from a country not visited by so many people...still a "Hard-to-get one"...Many thanks for these two little gems!!
(card nr 2 tomorrow)
Myanmar is a republic in South-East Asia, bounded on the north by Tibet Autonomous Region of China; on the east by China, Laos, and Thailand; on the south by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal; and on the west by the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh, and India. It is officially known as the Union of Myanmar.

Yangon  also known as Rangoon, literally: "End of Strife") is a former capital of Myanmar and the capital of Yangon Region. Yangon is the country's largest city and is the most important commercial centre, although the military government officially relocated the capital to Naypyidaw in March 2006. The city has the largest number of colonial buildings in the region today.

The Ministers' Building  formerly The Secretariat or Secretariat Building), was the home and administrative seat of British Burma, in downtown Yangon. Built in the late 1800s, the structure is more than 120 years old. Until 1972, the complex was called the Government Secretariat.

Stamps:

1+2 The 27th South East Asian Games
(Issued 02-09-2013)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

BELIZE ~French Angelfish ~

...A fantastic underwater scene...my first card from this tropical paradise... home to fabulous beaches and beautiful waters..."Land of adventure"...need I say more? Thanks a lot Tara!!
Photo © Tony Rath Photography
Belize is a country located on the northeast coast of Central America. After El Salvador, it is the smallest political unit on the mainland of the Americas.  Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea.

It's known for its beaches, eco-lodges, scuba diving and sportfishing. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of cayes, hosts rich marine life. Belize’s jungle areas are rich with Mayan ruins.

It is the only country in Central America whose official language is English, though Belizean Creole (Kriol) and Spanish are also commonly spoken.

The French angelfish, Pomacanthus paru, is a large angelfish of the family Pomacanthidae, found in the western Atlantic from New York and the Bahamas to Brazil, and also the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, including the Antilles, Roatan, and the eastern Atlantic from around Ascension Island and St. Paul's Rocks, at depths of between 2 and 100 m. Length is up to 41 cm.

Stamps:

Lubaantun Archaeological Reserve  Ball Court Warriors
(Issued 2009)

The 60th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth
(Issued 02-03-2012)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

TAIWAN ~Chiayi - Alishan Forest Railway ~

...Last great postcard from Jobbo's travels in Taiwan...I do love the cherry blossom trees...they look wonderful...and as extra bonus a "matching" stamp... Thanks a lot!!
Photo © 2012 Lim Chien Chuan Art CO
Alishan is located in the east part of the county by Taiwan's tallest peak, Yushan. Alishan — "Mount Ali" — is Taiwan's most-visited national park.

The Alishan Forest Railway is an 86 km network of  narrow gauge railways running up to and throughout the popular mountain resort of Alishan in Chiayi County.

The railway,(1912) was originally built for logging the area's giant cedars. By the 1970s, logging had pretty much ended and tourism had become the area's primary earner with unique Z-shaped switchbacks, 50 tunnels, and over 77 wooden bridges.

The entire area was declared a "national scenic area" in 2001.

Stamp:

The 100th Anniversary of the Alishan Forest Railway
(Issued 25-12-2011)

Monday, January 4, 2016

GERMANY ~Aachen -

...My first "postcard" blog post in 2016 and hopefully the start of many more coming from far away and nearby interesting places(ツ)...a nice streeetview of the old city centre from a neighbouring country of me...
Thanks a lot Johan!!( http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/)

Aachen is situated directly on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands in a former coal-mining area.

Aachen's industries include science, engineering and information technology.

The city is home to a large and highly regarded university (especially for technical fields such as mechanical engineering).

Historically this spa-town was a prominent city, the place where the German Kings were crowned, and a famously favoured residence of Charlemagne who still lies buried in the impressive cathedral he himself had built.



Photo: Bernd Schröder

Stamp:

Castles
(Issued 02-01-2015)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Palestine ~The Apartheid Wall Graffiti Art ~

...Wonderful sweet, sad and also hopeful view...I'm not into politics but I don't think building walls between countries or people are the solution in conflicts...more tolerance, brotherhood and simply humanity would make the world such a nicer place웃❤유... Thanks a lot Justine!!

Backside postcard:
85% of the wall cuts deep into the West Bank, and when fully complete will annex 46% of the West Bank. It is 8m high, twice the height of Berlin Wall, with watchtowers, electric fences, cameras and military patrols.

This beautiful artwork "The girl with the Balloons" from " Banksy" (situated on the Palestinian side of the West Bank Wall) shows a little girl looking upwards escaping over the wall.

For Palestinians the wall has become a blank canvas on which they write messages and construct images reflecting their day-to-day struggles and feelings of imprisonment.(leuenberger 2011)


Stamp:

Ramadan
(Issued 01-08-2011)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

TAIWAN ~Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall- Tapei ~

...second card from travelling Jobbo...great view of a famous landmark in Taipei...Thanks a lot and   ✯✯✯✯✯✯✯Merry Christmas to all my postcard friends and blog visitors who celebrate it✯✯✯✯✯✯✯
The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a Taiwanese national monument in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. He passed away on 5 April 1975, after his fifth year of death anniversary (5 April 1980), the CKS Memorial Hall was officially completed and the public was allowed to give respect to the leader in this Hall.

The monument, surrounded by a park, stands at the east end of Memorial Hall Square. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National Theater and National Concert Hall.

Stamps:
Outlaws of the Marsh - Slaying the Tiger on Jingyang Ridge
(Issued 25-04-2012)

Lighthouses
(Issued 28-07-2010)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SRI LANKA ~ Map ~

...Fantastic map card showing  where you can find all those places of which I received so many amazing postcards over the years....a guide to explore this beautiful island...Thanks  Ravindra and my
~~~~~~Warmest thoughts and Best Wishes for a Wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year~~~~~~



Map card of Sri Lanka’s road systems, historical and religious sites, forests and Wildlife sanctuaries, harbors and diving sites.

Sri Lanka lies like a teardrop in the Indian Ocean.

 Sri Lanka was formerly known as “Serendib” which means ‘wondrous surprise’. This beautiful island was once referred to as “the fairest isle!” by Marco Polo.


This tiny island has long wide beautiful tropical beaches, Wild Elephants, Over 490 species of Birds, green vegetation, breathtaking views, ancient art , architecture and a thousand delights of Sri Lankan culture of the always smiling Sri Lankans.
Stamps:

Deepavali
(Issued 10-11-2015)

Solar System -Mercury -Sun
(Issued 05-12-2014)

Monday, December 21, 2015

TAIWAN ~JIUFEN ~

... wonderful street view...it looks so narrow and with so many houses in such a small space...a really special atmosphere... and a must see place if you're travelling to Taiwan...Thanks once more Jobbo (and yes my last received postcard from Taiwan dates from 2013!!【ツ】


Jiufen is a small town in northern Taiwan famous for its nostalgic old street, food and ocean view. Jiufen was a prosperous gold mining town since 1890s but its popularity faded as the gold resource was depleting since 1950s.

The town centre is a labyrinth of narrow paths  on a hill, so it come with a lot of staircases.


The village was once home to nine families in the Qing Dynasty, and was named Jiufen for the number of shipments that were delivered to the town. (Jiu means the number nine in Chinese, and fen is a measure word for a portion of something.) Nine portions were always requested whenever shipments were delivered to the village.
Stamps:

1&3 Children at Play
(Issued 02-04-2013)

Chinese Classic Novel - Red Chamber Dream (Issued 30-03-2015)

Friday, December 18, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Ravana Waterfall - Ella~

...A wonderful natural structure in a stunning setting...one of the most beautiful and popular waterfalls (the island has an impressive list of more than 50 waterfalls over 33ft in height)...Thanks a lot Ravindra!!

This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically.

The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary and is situated in Badulla district near the Ella-Wellawaya road.

According to legend, it is said that King Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sitha, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella (ravana falls)

Stamp:

The 60th Anniversary of the Election Department
(Issued 30-09-2015)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ESTONIA ~Struve Geodic Arc-Tartu Observatory-UNESCO ~

...A scientific UNESCO site...thinking this chain was accomplished around 200 years ago is simply astonishing...it's my second point after the one in Norway...still a lot to go (◕‿-). Thanks a lot Patrick!!
© Bernt Rostad
The Observatory in Tartu is on a hill overlooking the town. The upper portion of the observation tower can be winched around so that the observation opening for the telescope can be oriented 360 degrees.

The Struve Geodetic Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km, which yielded the first accurate measurement of a meridian.The chain was established and used by the German-born Russian scientist Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve in the years 1816 to 1855 to establish the exact size and shape of the earth.

In 2005, 34 of the triangulation points – the ones that are distinguished by a landmark – became protected and included as cultural memorials on the UNESCO world heritage list. This makes it the longest inscription on the WHS.

Stamps:

Oxeye Daisy
(Issued 17-01-2007)
Christmas
(Issued 19-11-2015)