Saturday, August 24, 2019

AUSTRIA ~ Animals in the Alps ~

... Great postcard showing many native animals to the Alpine region... the Alps are one of the last remaining areas with truly wild places in central Europe... they are one of the last strongholds of nature.... the mountain ranges of the Alps and the Carpathians, which straddle the border of Austria and Slovakia, are the largest sources of biodiversity in Central Europe... the animals and plants that you might encounter in Austria are exceptionally diverse.... there are approximately 43.000 native species of animals... the Austrian Alps are also home to a large bird population... dawn and dusk are the best times for wildlife-watching... if you're lucky😉... with beautiful EUROPE White-tailed Eagle Bird stamp... Thanks a lot Dustin!(✿ ♥‿♥)
The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe separating Southern from Central and Western Europe and stretching approximately 1,200 km (750 mi) across eight Alpine countries: France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia. The original meaning of the word was 'white'.

The mountains are divided into the Western Alps and the Eastern Alps. The Eastern Alps belong to Austria, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland.

In Austria you'll find a predominantly Central European fauna: deer, stag, rabbit, pheasant, fox, badger, marten, partridge. Native to the Alpine regions are the chamois, groundhog, eagle and mountain jackdaw. Characteristic of the Pannonian fauna is the vast bird population in the reed beds of Lake Neusiedl (heron, spoonbill, scooper, wild goose, and many more).

In recent years, Austria is home again to a small bear population, which can mainly be found in the heavily wooded southern and central mountain regions.


National Birds
(Issued 09-05-2019)

Friday, August 23, 2019

HUNGARY ~ Tokaj-Hegyalja Wine Region - UNESCO ~

....Great views of one of Europe's oldest Wine Regions... the cultural landscape of Tokaj demonstrates the long tradition of wine production in this region of low hills and river valleys... Tokaj is only one of 28 towns and villages in the the Tokaj-Hegyalja region, each with their own wineries..... but it was here it once started back in the 15thC... Hungarian Tokaj was served at Versailles and became a favourite of Louis XV, King of France.... this Region is legendary for one of the world’s best natural sweet desert wines, Tokaji Aszú... there are plenty of vineyards, farms, small towns, medieval castles, nature trails and gourmet restaurants to explore... the region is most famous for its 3.000 wine cellars... Thanks a lot Bori!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Tokaj wine region  or Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region  is a historical wine region located in northeastern Hungary and southeastern Slovakia. It is also one of the seven larger wine regions of Hungary.

Hegyalja means "foothills" in Hungarian, and this was the original name of the region. It consists of 28 named villages and 11,149 hectares of classified vineyards, of which an estimated 5,500 are currently planted.

The area has been protected since 1737, when it was declared an exclusive wine area by a royal decree, the first example of such a provision in the world.

The Tokaj Wine Region was recognized by UNESCO for its importance to the common cultural heritage of humanity. It was listed as a protected cultural landscape by the World Heritage Committee in 2002.

There are 7 sites in this World Heritage:
Tokaj Wine Region
Ungvári Wine Cellar
Rákóczi Wine Cellar
Koporosi Cellars
Gomboshegyi Cellars
Oremus Cellars
Tolcsva Wine Museum Cellars


Working Dogs
(Issued 08-07-2019)

(Issued 31-10-2003)

2018 Heroes of World War I
(Issued 25-10-2018)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

USA ~ Petrified Forest National Park - Arizona ~

... Great new USA National Park nr24👍... an ancient Forest in the Middle of a Desert... view of a National Historic Landmark located right there in the middle of the Petrified Forest National Park... the restored Painted Desert Inn is a nice glimpse back in time... designed in Pueblo Revival style, made of wood and native stones, this historical museum was once an inn with six rooms... flagstone terraces outside with low walls around them provide excellent views to overlook the Painted Desert.... over 10.000 years of human history can be found in the park, including over 800 archaeological and historic sites... Petrified Forest National Park is the only national park site that contains a segment of the Historic Route 66 alignment... it draws more than 600,000 visitors each year... most come to see one of the world's largest concentrations of brilliantly colored petrified wood... Thanks a lot Elena!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

From backside postcard:
"The Painted Desert Inn was completed in 1924 as a private residence. Purchased by the National Park Service in the 1930's and reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it served as a visitor center for Petrified Forest National Park until 1963."

Petrified Forest was designated as a national park in 1962. The park consists of two main sections, and recent legislation has authorized doubling the land area to 218.533 acres.

Hundreds of species of plants and animals can be found in the park, including pronghorn, Gunnison's prairie dog, coyote, bobcat, bullsnake, Arizona tiger salamander, meadowlark, and golden eagle.

During the Late Triassic period, fallen trees were buried by sediment with a high content of volcanic ash. Over the years, quartz crystals gradually replaced the organic wood matter, petrifying the trees. The high quartz content makes the petrified wood very hard: it can only be cut by a diamond-tipped saw. The national park is also known for its fossils (plants dating back 225m years, reptiles and dinosaurs) and a colourful landscape known as the Painted Desert.


Fruit Definitive - Grapes
(Issued 24-02-2017)

Fauna - Frogs
(Issued 09-07-2019)

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

PHILIPPINES ~ Paoya Church - Manila - UNESCO ~

.... Lovely views of one of the oldest churches in the Philippines... by far the most popular and visited... located in the middle of Manila in the historic district area called Intramuros... this Baroque Church represent a fusion of European church design (Baroque) and local construction techniques and decorations....  made of thick coral blocks and stucco-plastered bricks, sealed with a mixture of limestone mortar and sugarcane juice... their specific characteristics include a separate bell-tower... and 24 enormous 1.67 m tick buttresses on both sides of the structure, to withstand the powers of earthquakes common in the region... as a centerpiece inside the church is the gold plated altar with a figure of its patron Saint Augustine... it's the only church to have survived the bombing by the Japanese in WWII in the Intramuros.... Thanks Marlon!【ツ】
The Saint Augustine Church commonly known as the Paoay Church, is a Roman Catholic church in the Municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte. The construction was commenced in 1694 and was completed in 1710.

Four churches were selected to make up this WHS, as samples of the development of this Phillipine-Hispanic style over a period of more than 150 years (16th-18thC). On the UNESCO list since 1993.

These four are:
San Agustin (Manila)
La Asuncion (Santa Maria)
San Agustin (Paoay)
Santo Tomas (Miag-ao)


3X Philippine Flowers
(Issued 23-04-2018)

Monday, August 19, 2019

PORTUGAL ~The Bica Funicular - Lisbon ~

... Nice view of the most picturesque and historical funicular in Lisbon... the only stepped street funicular in the city... it climbs the Rua da Bica for 245 metres... the ride takes people up and down the much-photographed Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo... the Ascensor da Bica is so special because it runs straight through a street with houses on both sides... at night the funicular doesn’t run... that’s when the street’s restaurants and bars open their doors and the atmosphere becomes truly magical... Thanks a lot Josep&Assumpta for thinking of me while visiting Lisbon!! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

The Bica funicular was constructed by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard and opened to the public in 1892.

The funicular was initially moved by the water counterbalancing system, whereby movement was achieved by loading the car at the top of the hill with water until it was heavy enough to descend the hill and pull up the other car at the bottom of the hill.
In 1896 the Ascensor da Bica became steam powered, and in 1924 it was electrified.

Elevador da Bica forms the connection between the Calçada do Combro/Rua do Loreto and the Rua de S. Paulo. It is operated by Carris.

Photo: © António Pedro Ferreira


Figures in World History and Culture
(Issued 12-07-2019)

Friday, August 16, 2019

AUSTRIA ~ Court Church - Innsbruck ~

... Beautiful view of the impressive interior of the church... with the unique black marble tomb of the Emperor Maximilian which stands in the center... the most prominent tomb memorial for an emperor in Europe... 28 larger-than-life figures of Maximilian’s family members and forefathers that guard the empty sarcophagus are considered masterpieces of Renaissance sculpture... unfortunately, they are cursed to watch over an empty grave... despite the lavishness and splendor of the church, Maximillian’s remains were never brought to this sacred place and remain in their small, quaint original resting place in Wiener Neustadt, Maximilian's actual burial place... so his elaborate sarcophagus is now called a cenotaph since it does not contain a body... with great matching stamp👍... Thanks a lot Dustin!!  Hope you had a wonderful vacation!(✿ ♥‿♥)

The Hofkirche is a Gothic church located in the Altstadt (Old Town) section of Innsbruck.

The church was built in 1553 by Emperor Ferdinand I (1503–1564) as a memorial to his grandfather Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519).

The cenotaph alone took more than 80 years to build, with its Hagau marble, bronze relief frieze and, above that, rows of white marble reliefs, created by the artist Alexander Colin. Stone bas-reliefs mark the tomb's ends and sides, depicting events from Maximilian's life.

Photo: Alexander Haiden


Coat of Arms of Austria
(Issue 01-072018)

The 500th Anniversary of the Death of Emperor Maximilian I
(Issued 11-04-2019)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

POLAND ~ Gdansk - UNESCO (Tentative) ~

... Many lovely views of one of Poland's prettiest seaside cities... a city with rich heritage and history... the historic centre of the city is a beautiful place with some stunning architecture that’s heavily influenced by Germanic and Polish tradition... and political history... Gdansk was a witness of events which shaped not only the history of Poland but also the whole world.... this city is considered to be a symbolic place of Second World War outbreak... in Gdansk Polish workers created Solidarity - first independent anti-Soviet labor union... a major and very popular tourist attraction for both Polish citizens and foreigners... Thanks a lot Sylwia! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀
Gdansk is located in the northernmost point of the country. A city on the Baltic coast, it is the main port of Poland and the capital and largest city of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.

Founded in 997, the city's name is thought to originate from the Gdania River. It has been known by many names through its history which dating back 100s of years. Danzig, Kdanzk, Danczig, Gyddanyzc, Danzc, Danczk, Gdąnsk, Gdania, Danceke, Danczik and Gdanzc.


Polish Cities - Białystok
(Issued 19-02-2019)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

PHILIPPINES ~ Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park - Palawan - UNESCO ~

... Great views of the Sabang's famous underground river... one of the longest navigable river-traversed caves in the world... the river is 8.2km long and flows underground through natural rock formations of caves made of dissolved limestone... the stalagmites and stalactites reaching from the ceiling to the floor and floor to ceiling are massive...but tourists are only allowed to see the first 1.5kms... the river flows directly to the West Philippine Sea... some passages of this giant underworld are more than 24 km long and here is located one of the largest cave halls in the world... the cave also houses numerous species of bats, birds and reptiles... the site contains a full ‘mountain-to-sea’ ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia... Puerto Princesa is the heart of Palawan known as the “City in the Forest”... it boasts of being the only city in the country who has successfully balanced the harmony between the development and environment... Thanks a lot John!【ツ】
Palawan is composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island, plus a number of other small islands surrounding the main island.

Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park was establishe in 1971.  The entire park covers more than 22,000 hectares in land area. Situated in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island.

Palawan Underground River is also called Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park because it is located in Puerto Princesa City, the capital of Palawan and a consistent winner of the “cleanest and greenest city”.

This Subterranean River National Park has more than 800 plant species, including almost 300 trees, 195 bird species, 30 mammals, 19 reptiles, and eight bat species. The flora of this park includes at least 295 trees dominated by the dipterocarp species.

It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.


4X Definitives - Philippine Flowers

Sunday, August 11, 2019

INDIA ~ Virupaksha Temple - Hampi - UNESCO ~

... Nice view of a stunning piece of architecture and a great religious place... Virupaksha temple is the only intact temple in Hampi amongst the surrounding ruins... situated in the heart of Hampi... the most famous ancient temple and still remains an active Hindu worship site dedicated to Lord Shiva.... one of the oldest living temples in India... this temple is a major highlight during the tour of Hampi...  the carvings on the main temple facade and structure are absolutely gorgeous...  the temple will always be crowded by  pilgrims and tourists, as its the only one where prayers are offered... Thanks a lot Thomas Abraham! (ヅ)

Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in Karnataka near the city of Hosapete, Hampi's ruins are spread over 4,100 hectares.

The Group of Monuments at Hampi represent the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara empire. This was a South Indian empire, dating from 1336 to 1646. The buildings in the city are mostly built in the original native traditions of southern India, associated with the Hindu religion. Some of them show a certain amount of Islamic influence due the interaction with Islamic kingdoms.

Assumed to be built in the 7thC, Virupaksha Temple it is the oldest temple in Hampi and can be viewed from most places near the bazaar area and across the river. It is constructed in Dravidian architecture style.

The Group of Monuments at Hampi are on the UNESCO WHS list since 1986.


Flowers - Orchids
(Issued 08-08-2016)

Friday, August 9, 2019

BRAZIL ~ Iguacu Falls - Iguaçu National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great view of one of of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world... an amazing and powerful natural wonder... one of South America’s natural highlights.... the largest waterfall system on the earth... consisting of a network of 275 waterfalls spanning an area of ± 3 km wide and height of 80 m... virtually at every angle a 360 view... incredibly breathtaking... taller than Niagara and wider than Victoria falls... while the majority of the falls stand on the Argentine side of the border, it is only from the Brazilian side that you can see the full panorama... on Devil's Throat (which is the name of the main water fall) you get the chance to do some rafting in the Iguaçu River and enjoy the trails around it... featured in the movie Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull... Thanks a lot Rubens!【ツ】
The Brazilian side of Iguacu National Park measures 170.086 ha. The park is located on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. This massive forested park is the habitat of rare and endangered species such as rare species of birds, pumas, tapirs, monkeys and other wildlife.

Iguacu National Park was the second Brazilian National Park to be created in 1939.

Iguacu translated from the native Indian (Tupi-Guarani) language means “Big Water“

It became a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The adjacent Argentinian side is another World Heritage Site.


2018 The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Nelson Mandela,
(Issued 10-12-2018)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

PERU ~ Cusco - UNESCO ~

... Wonderful aerial view of the city... located in the "sacred valley" of Peru... Cusco was the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire.. famous for its curious blend of Inca and Spanish culture... colonial Spanish churches and convents have been built squarely on top of masterfully constructed Inca walls... despite the Spanish colonists’ best efforts to plunder the city of its Inca riches, they failed to completely destroy the massive network of Inca stonework, which continues to withstand both time and the elements while the Spanish buildings crack and crumble around them... with its numerous Inca temples, colonial churches, and vibrant plazas it has become a major tourist destination... hosting nearly 2 million visitors a year... Thanks a lot Anthony! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region and of the Cusco Province. Located on the eastern end of the Knot of Cuzco, its elevation is around 3,400 m.

The indigenous name of this city is Qusqu. Although the name was used in Quechua, its origin is found in the Aymara language. The word is derived from the phrase qusqu wanka ('Rock of the owl'), related to the city's foundation myth of the Ayar Siblings. According to this legend, Ayar Awqa (Ayar Auca) acquired wings and flew to the site of the future city; there he was transformed into a rock to mark the possession of the land by his ayllu ("lineage").

In 1983, Cusco was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with the title "City of Cuzco".


Visit of Pope Francis
(Issued 29-11-2018)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

SRI LANKA ~ Kandy Perahera Festival ~

... Beautiful decorated elephants....during the event, they’re presented as being “sacred animals” because they are transporting the sacred Tooth... Kandy Perahera, one of Asia's highly traditional and most spectacular parades, takes place in the Buddhist month of Esala, usually in August... with also  hundreds of dances performing traditional dancing, drummers carrying various types of drums, fire and people in traditional Kandyan dresses... considered one of the main tourist attractions and watched by about 500.000 people... I know it is tradition but I think the elephants don't feel so happy here... dressed up and with all that noise... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】

The Kandy Esala Perahera festival also known as The Festival of the Tooth is one of the oldest Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka. It began as a procession that took place in the 4th century, when a relic – a tooth that was believed to belong to the Buddha – arrived on the island from India. The festival has taken place every August since 1754.

During the procession, up to 200 elephants wearing beautiful costumes take turns carrying the relic.


Visit of Gudrun Yngvardottir - Lions Clubs International President
(Issued 03-12-2018)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

GERMANY ~ Old Town Hall - Bamberg - UNESCO ~

... Lovely view of the towns highlight... the unique Altes Rathaus located on an artificial island above the river Regnitz... on one side of the Old Town Hall, there’s a half-timbered building... on the other side, there are impressive frescoes painted across the length of both walls... a town with more than 1.000 years of history... the basic structure of the town remained untouched through the centuries...  unlike most other German towns it was little damaged in World War II... the medieval and baroque town houses and squares are well preserved and most of the streets remain cobbled... an architectural gem... Thanks a lot Sabine!ツ

Bamberg is a town in Upper Franconia, (part of the German state of Bavaria) on the river Regnitz close to its confluence with the river Main.

The old town hall of Bamberg was built in 1386 in the middle of the Regnitz River, accessible by two bridges. According to legend the bishop of Bamberg did not grant the citizens any land for the construction of a town hall. This prompted the townsfolk to ram stakes into the river Regnitz to create an artificial island, on which they built the town hall they so badly wanted.

The Old Town, Bamberg  became a  UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.


Flora - Flowers
(Issued 08-06-2017)

 Lighthouses - Campen Lighthouse
(Issued 06-06-2019)

Saturday, August 3, 2019

PORTUGAL ~ Olhos D'Agua - Algarve ~

... Lovely view of a decorated traditional fishing boat...Olhos de Agua is situated in the heart of the beautiful Algarve... this peaceful town is centred around a sandy cove, where fishing boats are moored on the golden sands... with outstanding beaches, and a wide variety of restaurants and bars it is the ideal place for a relaxed holiday... Thanks a lot Johan for thinking of me while on vacation! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal and the capital is the city of Faro.

The name Algarve comes from "Gharb Al-Andalus" or just "Al-Gharbt" the name given by the Muslims of Iberia to the region to the west of Andalusia.

It has has an area of 744.57 km2 . It borders with the Alentejo region  to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south, and the Guadiana river, and Andalusia (Spain), to the east.

© Michael Howard


Traditional Desserts of Portugal
 (Issued 12-05-2017)

Friday, August 2, 2019

JAPAN ~ Kamikochi Kappa Bridge - Hodaka range - Chubu Sangaku National Park ~

....  Wonderful and probably the most iconic view of the mountainous highland valley Kamikochi...  Kappa Bridge situated in the center of Kamikochi  (literally "upper highlands") is the perfect place to see the Japanese Alps... a pristine mountain valley carved out by the glacial water of the Azusa River and surrounded by some of the tallest peaks of Central Japan's Northern Alps... stunning mountain views, crystal clear waters, and well-placed food huts, makes it one of the most popular and best Japanese Alps hiking areas... Kamikochi is busy with tourists throughout its open months, but probably the most crowded in October when the autumn foliage comes to life... with great special "Matsumoto Castle" postmark also located in Nagano Prefecture...  Thanks a lot Asami!【ツ】

Approximately 18 km in length, Kamikochi is a high mountain valley located in the Northern Japan Alps in Chubu Sangaku National Park.

It is surrounded by tall mountains, including Nishihotakadake (2909 m), Okuhotakadake (3190 m), Maehotakadake (3090 m) and the active volcano Yakedake (2455 m).

Chūbu-Sangaku National Park is a mountainous park and was established around the Hida Mountains and encompasses parts of Nagano, Gifu, Toyama and Niigata prefectures. It was designated a national park in 1934.

There are many points in the Hida Mountains within the park that are above 3,000 m.


New Year - Year of the Rooster
(Issued 16-11-1992)

(Issued 0303-2014)


Thursday, August 1, 2019

CANADA ~ Glacier National Park ~

... Great Canadian National Park nr 17😃... view of  a "snow shed ", a concrete cover built over the road to protect traffic from avalanches... there are 134 places within 42 km of the Trans-Canada Highway where avalanches can occur... now sheds are designed to withstand the incredible forces involved with vast amounts of sliding snow, however they’re not meant to stop it... instead, the sheds deflect the snow, allowing it to pass over top while traffic continues to flow underneath.... though a threat to travelers in winter, these paths become lush feeding areas for wildlife during summer...  with exceptional alpine scenery and deep valleys filled with ancient forests,deep snow and pristine wilderness Glacier National Park is a year-round paradise... visitors can enjoy cycling, scenic drives, fishing, winter camping, ski-touring and snowshoeing... Thanks a lot Glenn! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Glacier National Park is located in southeastern British Columbia and was established in 1886. The park protects 1.349 km2 and includes a portion of the Selkirk Mountains which are part of the larger grouping of mountains, the Columbia Mountains. It also contains the Rogers Pass National Historic Site.

The Park is famous for its bears, including both black bears and grizzlies. Other mammal species include mountain caribou, mountain goats, mule deer, hoary marmots, picas, and the Columbia ground squirrel.

A rich and diverse bird population graces the park. Species include Steller's jays, ravens, four types of chickadees and a number of neotropical migrants like red-eyed vireos. Unlike the park's mammals, however, few bird species are year-round residents of the park.


The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon
(Issued 27-06-2019)

Historic Covered Bridges
(Issued 17-06-2019)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

ZIMBABWE ~ Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great new African country👍National Park👍 and UNESCO site👍 to add to my collection... a rainbow set against the spectacular backdrop of the scenic Victoria Falls... one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World... locals call this incredible Natural Wonder “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – "The Smoke that Thunders"... probably the most spectacular and largest fall in the world... the surrounding area is dominated by mopane woodland and savannah fed by the spray from the falls... the combination of its height (108m) and width (1,708m) results in the world's greatest sheet of falling water.... for reference to it's massive size: Niagara Falls is 51m (167 ft) in height - Iguazu Falls in 64-82m (210 -269 ft) and Victoria Falls is 108m (360 ft) and Victoria Falls is 1,708 m (5,604 ft) wide😲... Thanks a lot Bev!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

"The most wonderful sight I have witnessed in Africa. None can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight."
-David Livingstone-

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique.

Victoria Falls National Park is a 2300ha protected area that includes the town of Victoria Falls, the rain forest and the riverine bush along the Zambezi River as far as the Big Tree.

Spanning almost 1.7 km with a height of 108m split between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the mighty Victoria Falls can be seen from both sides of the Zambezi River and has two entrance gates. It is a well-known fact that the best place to see Victoria Falls is from Zimbabwe. Some two-thirds of Victoria Falls are located here, including the main falls themselves, which flow spectacularly year-round.

The area is a UNESCO World Heritage site, both for the Falls themselves and for the ecological significance of the area since 1989.

Photo: F M I Johnston



Monday, July 29, 2019

RUSSIA ~ Dormition Cathedral - Vladimir - UNESCO ~

... Wonderful winter scene of a historical and cultural monument... a city's landmark and symbol of ancient Russian architecture... located on a cliff overlooking the Klyazma River in the "The Golden Circle" with some of Russia’s most beautiful religious buildings... this grand limestone church was expanded over time... a very impressive site, with its belltower and five golden domes and its richly painted and gilded interior....  this cathedral is one of the few temples with preserved frescoes of Andrei Rublev... Thanks a lot Oleg!【ツ】
Constructed in 1475-1479, the Cathedral of the Assumption, or Cathedral of Dormition, is a Russian Orthodox church and is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos.The current structure hoted the coronation of every Russian monarch from 1547 to 1896 and is the burial place of most of the Moscow’s Patriarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church

Today, it is the cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church and the National Museum.

The Golden Ring is a selection of cities – Sergiyev Posad, Alexandrov, Kostroma, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Uglich, Ivanovo, Yaroslavl, Rostov Veliky, Suzdal and Vladimir.

The White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal embraces eight medieval limestone monuments of Zalesye. In 1992, the Dormition Cathedral was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage.


The 175th Anniversary of Hydrometeorologic Service
(Issued 15-05-2009)

The 1000th Anniversary of the Unification of Mordovia with Russia
(Issued 20-07-2012)

(Issued 11-06-2019)

Friday, July 26, 2019

THAILAND ~ Phra Prang Wat Arun ~ Bangkok ~

... Lovely view of of the central Prang at Wat Arun... also known as "The Temple of the Dawn"... due to its amazingly beautiful architecture and the most iconic location right on the river is it one of the most visited sites in Thailand... many consider it as the most recognizable and memorable landmark of Bangkok’s skyline...Wat Arun is still an important place of worship for Buddhists... the spire (prang) has an imposing khmer-style... beautifully decorated with thousands small pieces of coloured glass, Chinese porcelain and Benjarong ceramics, placed delicately into intricate patterns... so that they glimmer in the sunshine... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀ Always try to show as little as possible of people's handwriting on my blog... I like yours a lot!✍️... very neat but tiny! 😜
Wat Arun Ratchawararam (locally known as Wat Chaeng) is classified as a first class Royal temple and is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It dates from the Ayutthaya Kingdom period and its present name was given by King Rama IV.

The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun.

The most outstanding feature of Wat Arun is its prominent Central Prang, surrounded by 4 smaller satellite prangs and 4 mondops (porches). The central prang reaches about 80 meters in height. The major prang and the four satellite prangs were constructed during the second and third reigns (1809-1851).


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

Dusit Palace
(Issued 05-12-1990)

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

CANADA ~ Maple Syrup ~

... More Canadian beauties❤️... a really special one👍... fantastic new wooden postcard to add to my collection (nr4)... made of two-ply maple veneer... with the maple leaf as the national symbol, the product is synonymous with Canada... the sap of the sugar maple tree is one of the most delicious natural sweeteners in the world... the country produces 71% of the world’s supply... there are more than 8,600 maple syrup businesses in Canada.... the art of tapping maple trees and boiling the sap into a rich syrup was first taught to European settlers by the indigenous peoples of Canada... in dutch it is called "esdoornsiroop or ahornsiroop"... never tasted it... ( gonna look for it at my local supermarket)... I'm sure it will taste delicious on our Belgian waffles😋... Thanks so much Glenn!!【ツ】Must have been great fun, the Calgery Stampede!! YEE HAA🤠
In Canada, syrups must be made exclusively from maple sap to qualify as maple syrup and must also be at least 66 percent sugar.

How maple syrup is made:
In springtime, when the nights are still cold, water from the soil is absorbed into the maple tree. During the day, the warmer temperature creates pressure that pushes the water back down to the bottom of the tree, making it easy to collect the precious maple sap.The sap is gathered over 12 to 20 days, usually between early March and late April, according to the region.

Each maple tree is ‘tapped’ – a hole is drilled into the tree to a depth of around three inches, into which a metal spile is tapped. A lidded metal container is then hung from the spile to collect the sap.

After harvesting in the maple woods, the sap is transported to a sugar house, where it boils down to become pure maple syrup. During cooking, storage tank pipes feed sap to a long and narrow ridged pan called an evaporator. As it boils, water evaporates and becomes denser and sweeter. Sap boils until it reaches the density of maple syrup. About 40 litres (10.5 gallons) of sap boil down to one litre (about 0.25 gallons or one quart) of pure maple syrup. After evaporation, the finished Quebec syrup is taken to be inspected and graded before it is bottled or canned, and shipped.


Historic Covered Bridges
(Issued 17-06-2019)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

CANADA ~ Kingston Mill Locks - Rideau Canal - Ottowa - UNESCO ~

... Great aerial view of Kingston the southern mouth of the Rideau Canal...  Kingston Mills is one of 24 lockstations on the Rideau Canal and it serves as the first set of locks... originally designed as a system for naval trade and military supply... Kingston Mills features a lovely set of three locks, a turning basin, and a detached upper lock... a popular destination to see a working lockstation... you can access the locks by foot every season, but the boating season runs from May until October... it offers a location for picnicking, fishing, swimming, walking, and rock climbing... a recreational paradise... The Rideau is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America and living history... every year, 90,000 boats pass through its locks...Thanks a lot Andrene!! \_(♥‿♥)_/
In 1784, the British Government built a saw mill and a grist mill at this location, the first fall of water up the Cataraqui River, in order to help the new settlers in the fledgling Loyalist settlement of Kingston. By 1826, the grist mill (the second in this location) had gone out of use but a saw mill (the third in this location) was still operating.

Rideau Canal Facts:
- The canal is 202 kilometres long, from Ottawa to Kingston, Ontario and was built between 1826 and 1832
- The construction of the Canal was supervised by Lieutenant-Colonel John By.
- It includes lakes, rivers, locks, and 29 km of canal "cuts"
- There are 45 locks at 24 lockstations. only 2 are electrically operated.
- Canal staff operate the others manually.
- Navigable depth is a minimum of 1.5m. Boats up to 27.4m long and 7.9m wide can use the locks.
- The average time to fill a lock with water is about five minutes.
- The average time to pass through a lock is 15 minutes.
- The locks raise boats until they reach Newboro, the highest point in the system.
- The northern canal has a drainage area of 3740 km² the southern section, 910 km².

The Rideau Canal was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2007.



The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon
(Issued 27-06-2019)

Monday, July 22, 2019

GERMANY ~ Jasmund National Park - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful views from the spectacular coastline of the smallest National Park in Germany... famous for the chalk-white cliffs, offering a panoramic view of the Baltic Sea and Germany's mainland coast... the highlights of the island's national park and visited by millions each year.... the beech forests behind the cliffs are also part of the national park... because of the special geological characteristics of the Jasmund National Park, it is home to rare plants and animals... it has also many luxurious seaside resorts... Bismarck, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein all vacationed here... Thanks so much dear Dustin for thinking of me while on vacation! ✿乂◕‿◕乂  With fantastic special postmark honoring the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing👍...The Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle carrying mission commander Neil Armstrong (shown on the postmark) and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969, while command module pilot Michael Collins orbited above!💙
Photo: R. Jung, G. Reymann

Jasmund National Park is a natural forest surrounded with White Chalk cliffs and sea beach. It is located on the Island of Rugen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. This National Park was established in 1990 and covers an area of of 30 km² along the Baltic coast.

In 2011 the beech forest in the park was added to UNESCO World Heritage Site as an extension of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany.


(Issued 18-12-2018)

Moon Rock  - Astronomy
(Issued 01-07-2019)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

GERMANY ~ Stralsund - UNESO ~

... Beautiful aerial view of Stralsund, once the second most important city in the Hanseatic League... the historic old town is surrounded by water, giving it an island feel... Stralsund is almost perfectly preserved, so anyone who enjoys history or unique architecture will love visiting the city because it has so many historic sights and touristic attractions... the Gothic red brick churches, the Old Market Square with the Gothic Town Hall dotting the skyline... and many of the local pharmacies, shops and restaurants are housed in old churches or medieval buildings...  the city of Stralsund is also viewed as the gateway to Scandinavia with its so-called royal ferry line to Trelleborg, steeped in tradition... Big Thanks Dustin !【ツ】With nice First Day cancellation to tribute to the European comet mission Rosetta!👍
Photo: Jochen Knobloch

Stralsund is a city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, situated at the southern coast of the Strelasund (a sound of the Baltic Sea separating the island of Rügen from the mainland). In 1293 Stralsund became a member of the Hanseatic League. From 1949 until German Reunification in 1990, Stralsund was part of the German Democratic Republic.

Since 2002, Stralsund's old town  is honored as a UNESCO World Heritage, along with its sister city Wismar.


2X ESA Rosetta stamp - Astrophysics
(Issued 01-07-2019)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

PHILIPPINES ~ Fort Santiago - Intramuros - Manila ~

... This postcard shows one of the few ancient remains of the Philippines in Manila....located inside the walled city of Intramuros in Manila lies Fort Santiago, the oldest Spanish fortress in the Philippines...a visit to Intramuros will transport you back in time... visitors can walk the grounds and see the ruins along with a museum dedicated to Dr. Rizal and see the cell he was kept a prisoner in... you can walk along the ramparts and look out over the Pasig river and imagine what the place looked like in colonial days and during the dark hours of Manila in makes a wonderful escape from the bustle of the big city...Thanks Jobbo!!【ツ】Never heard before of "pagpag"... I watched a video and it really made me sad and I’ll never look at leftovers the same way again... it's called "pagpag" (which roughly translates to "dusted off food") leftover food scavenged from garbage bins and eaten by the poorest people who can't afford to buy fresh meat... these are being re-heated or re-cooked (frying).😟 Don't know if this is something to be "highlighted" on a postcard!

Fort Santiago was built in 1571. Originally the site of a Muslim kingdom headed by Rajah Sulaiman the area was destroyed by Spaniards and the fort was built and soon became the main defense fortress during the spice trade with the Americas.

The original earthen and log fort was destroyed by invading Chinese Pirates and was reconstructed with volcanic rock. The fort served as a Spanish Fortress, Headquarters of the US Army during the American colonial period and WW2 and was captured by the Japanese during WW2 and used as a prison.

Most of the fort was destroyed during the Battle of Manila in February 1945. In 1946 the U.S. gave back Fort Santiago to the Philippine Government and it is now a historical park administered by the Philippine National Parks Development Committee.


Philippine Flowers
(Issued 23-04-2018)

People Power
(Issued 1999)

Battle of Candon
(Issued 24-09-1997)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

PHILIPPINES ~ City Hall - Manila ~

... First of two more nice Philippines views... the city hall of Manila is one of the iconic landmarks in the capital.... the most prominent feature is the Clock Tower, the largest clock tower in the Philippines, reaching close to 100 feet in elevation... this hexagonal tower features three red-faced clocks and is beautifully illuminated at night... the bell is rung three times every hour continued by a melody...  Manila City Hall has a curious shape when viewed from the top... it looks like a coffin with a cross... rather than the coffin it closely resembles, it’s actually in the shape of the shield of the Knights Templar to symbolize the great influence of Catholicism in the Philippines.... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ (think the p***s look as you mentioned is only your own interpretation😉)
From backside postcard:

"The Manila City Hall was originally part of Daniel Burnham's masterplan for Manila, of which only a few buildings actually got constructed. The structure was designed by Antonio Toledo, and the construction on the City Hal started in the 1930's, and was finished in 1941, just before the Japanese invaded Manila.

Manila City Hall sustained major damage during the Battle of Manila, but was more or less still standing by the time the fighting ceased."

The clock tower was first renovated during the time of Mayor Atienza. The second time was after Estrada won in 2013. He had the clocks upgraded and digitalized so that it will always be synchronized with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration for Philippine Standard Time. He plans to convert it into a coffee shop and the first two floors of the tower had been turned into spacious halls.


Marine Life