Thursday, October 27, 2016

CUBA ~ Trinidad - UNESCO ~

..Beautiful UNESCO postcard nr 2 ㋡... a typical street view in Trinidad... quiet cobbled streets and  colonial houses in bright yellows, blues and pinks...Trinidad has been called “the museum city" of Cuba... and with the best beaches of the island... Once more Big Thanks to my dear postcard friends Gian Luca and Raffaella!!➞  ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Trinidad  is a town in the center of  Cuba on the Caribbean coast near the Escambray Mountains.
It was founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar under the name Villa de la Santísima Trinidad. The town features some of the island’s best preserved Spanish colonial heritage from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in the region. Nowadays, Trinidad's main industry is tobacco processing.

Many of its most striking buildings, including the Museo Histórico Municipal and the Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria, are situated around Trinidad’s central public square, Plaza Mayor.

Trinidad was declared a World Heritage listed UNESCO site in 1988.


 Orchids (10-11-1995)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CUBA ~ Cienfuegos - The Arch of Triumph - UNESCO ~

...And more beauty to come... first of not one ツ... not twoツ... but three amazing rare UNESCO sites sent from Cuba... Cienfuegos means literally one hundred fires... nicknamed in colonial times as the “Pearl of the South”,  thanks to its beautiful bay, Bahia de Jagua... this is a small replica of the Arc de Triumph, reflecting the city's French heritage... Thanks a million Gian Luca and Raffaella for thinking of me on your trip!!  \_(♥‿♥)_/

Cienfuegos is a picturesque colonial town situated on the south coast of Cuba. Christopher Columbus discovered the Bahía (Bay) of Cienfuegos on his second voyage to the New World.

In 1819 the city of Cienfuegos was established by French settlers. The city includes the Cathedral of Cienfuegos, Arch of Triumph, Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos, Reina Cemetery, Fortress of Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de Jagua, Tomas Acea Cemetery, a park dedicated to Jose Marti, Theatre Tomas Terry, and University of Cienfuegos.

The  Arch of Triumph was established in 1902 in honor of the independence of Cuba and is the only existing in Cuba.

The historic centre of Cienfuegos in Cuba in 2005 was included in the world heritage List of UNESCO



CANADA ~ Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump - UNESCO ~

...Great view of a fascinating place with a strange name until you read about its history (I never heard of it before) ... the park is the site of an ancient buffalo jump, where Cree native people drove bison over the cliffs in large numbers to provide for their tribes... the scenery looks gorgeous and it is a major historical and cultural this day, bones are still found and evidence suggests that the cliff was used for over 5700 years...Thanks a lot Glenn, love the Star Trek stamps too!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
©Photo by E. Anderson

Where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, you will discover one of the world's oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps and it is home to a museum of Blackfoot culture. The 1st Nations Blackfoot Indians have a profound attachment to this area. Their Native history goes back several thousand years according to the archaeological artifacts found in this area.

The estimated 60 million Buffalo that roamed the great plains are no longer here but the deer, elk, antelope, and birds of prey can still be found here.

In 1981, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump as a World Heritage Site.


The 50th Anniversary of Star Trek - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 & Klingon Battle Cruiser
(Issued 05-05-2016)

Ice Hockey - Great Canadian Forwards
(Issued 23-09-2016)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GERMANY ~ Saxon Switzerland National Park ~

...Breathtaking National Park views...a bridge carved from stone...endless tree- and rock-covered is one of the most beautiful hiking places in the world...more than 700 summits are available to rock climbers...Thanks so much Andrene for this wonderful new addition to my National Parks collection!!

Saxon Switzerland is not a part of Switzerland but lies in the German Free State of Saxony near the city of Dresden. It’s the name for the German part of Elbe Sandstones Mountains (the other part lies in the Czech Republic and is called Bohemian Switzerland).

The Saxon Switzerland National Park is Saxony's only national park. It is the only rock national park in Germany. It got its name in the 18C, when two Swiss artists living in Dresden started calling it Saxon Switzerland as it reminded them of the landscape back home in Switzerland.

The park is known for a wildly eroded landscape of Elbe sandstone formations, created as a seafloor during the Cretaceous period. The cliffs, mesas, gorges, and spires of this “city in stone” are the result of more than 100 million years of work by wind and by the waters of the Elbe River and tributaries as they flow into the North Sea. With its towering conifers which cling to bizarrely shaped cliff faces, dense fern groves and thick forests, this is a national park that really stands out.


The 100th Anniversary of the Möhnetalsperre Dam
(Issued 04-04-2013)

Monday, October 24, 2016


 ...Fantastic and my first postcard coming from the Falkland Islands...I always imagine penguins to be polar creatures, on ice and snow and not on sandy beaches o͜͡o is said that most of the pictures of penguins you will see were photographed in the Falklands... a wildlife lovers paradise... and with great "tiny" matching penguin stamp... Thanks a million Som!! \_(♥‿♥)_/

The Falklands are a compact group of 740 islands (also known as Malvinas in Argentina) and located in the South Atlantic Ocean, just 300 miles off the coast of East Patagonia in the southernmost part of Argentina. The region consists of 2 main islands, West Falkland and East Falkland, and over 700 other smaller islands. Many of the smaller islands are nature reserves.

They are an independent overseas territory of the UK since 1833, a status the Argentines have fought and still contest.

The Falklands are one of the world’s great penguin capitals: as many as a million penguins nest in the Falklands every summer. There are five penguin species breeding on the islands, Gentoo penguins, Macaroni penguins, King penguins, Rockhopper penguins and  Magellanic penguins. For the Gentoo, the Falklands are home to the largest population on Earth.


(Issued 21-11-2013)

GERMANY ~ Sanssouci - Potsdam - UNESCO ~

...Lovely views of the largest UNESCO site in Germany...Potsdam is known for the magnificent palaces and parks that date back to its time as the former royal seat of landmark is the famous palace of impressive example of rococo architecture... Thanks a lot Andrene!! (♥‿♥)

Potsdam  is the capital and largest city of the state of Brandenburg and directly borders the German capital Berlin. Potsdam was the residence of the Prussian kings until 1918.

The Sanssouci Palace - Considered the German equivalent of the Palace of Versailles in Paris.  It was commissioned by King Frederick the Great who wanted to live “sans souci” meaning “without concerns” in French. It is part of the Sanscouci Park and has three palaces: Sanssouci Palace, the New Palace and Charlottenhof Palace. The Palaces and Parks were constructed between 1730 and 1916.

Sanssouci is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin". This WHS exists since 1990 with three extensions in 1991, 1992 and 1999.


 The 100th Anniversary of the Möhnetalsperre Dam
(Issued 04-04-2013)

Friday, October 21, 2016

THAILAND ~ In remembrance HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great (1927-2016) ~

                         ~~♥♥"TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE" ♥♥♥~~   Thomas Campbell

King Bhumibol was born in Cambridge in the US state of Massachusetts on 5 December 1927.

His Majesty became King of the Kingdom on Thailand on 9 June 1946. The Coronation Ceremony came later in 1950, after His Majesty has finalized his education in Switzerland.

He had reigned without interruption for over 70 years (longest reigning monarch)  after acceding to the throne following the death of his brother, King Ananda Mahidol.

Through the illustrious decades of his rule, HM the King has been the very embodiment of his Oath of Accession that, “We will reign with Righteousness for the Benefit and Happiness of the Siamese People.”

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, of Thailand has died at the age of 88.

Thanks Jobbo! ♥


The 72nd Anniversary of the Birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Issued 10-09-1999)

The 50th Anniversary of King Bhumibol's Accession to Throne as Rama IX
(Issued 09-06-1996)

GERMANY ~ Lutherstadt Wittenberg - UNESCO ~

...Another great German UNESCO site... a town where Martin Luther was a priest and set out the reforms that created the Lutheran church.... it started a spiral reaction eventually changing the course of religion in European history.... Thanks once more Andrene and for sure a "special" place to visit!! ¯ \_(ツ)_/¯

Lutherstadt Wittenberg is a beautiful medieval town in the heart of Saxony-Anhalt. During the 16th Century it became very well known for its political and cultural-historical endeavors. Martin Luther has lived and revolutionized here.

It was here that in 1517, according to the legend, Martin Luther posted his famous 95 Theses onto the portal of the Schlosskirche. While historians doubt this particular part of the tale, it is certain that Luther disseminated his Theses from Wittenberg.

In 2017 the town will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the event.

Wittenberg is home to four buildings that have been appointed in 1996 to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. These sites include the Castle Church, the Luther House, the St. Mary's Church, and the Melanchthon House.


The 100th Anniversary of the Möhnetalsperre Dam
(Issued 04-04-2013)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

AZERBAIJAN ~ The Ensemble of Shirvanshahs Palace - Baku - UNESCO ~

... Impressive palace first postcard sent from Azerbaijan ㋡... the pearl of architectural heritage of the country... a beautiful renovated historical monument... a place full with history... Thanks a million Sini!! (♥‿♥)

Azerbaijan is located on the western shore of the Caspian Sea at the southeast extremity of the Caucasus. Historically, the name Azerbaijan refers to a larger region that formed part of Persia (Iran). Azerbaijan is bordered by the Caspian Sea, Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Russia.

The Palace of Shirvanshahs was built in 1420 with the order of Shirvanshah Khalilullah I of Darbandi dynasty and is located in the Inner City of Baku. (the capital of the country) The ensemble of the palace is consisted of 9 buildings: the main building of the palace, Divankhana (court-house), Dervish sepulcher, Eastern gate (portal), mosque of the palace, Kei-Gubad mosque, mausoleum of the palace, a bathhouse and a reservoir.

The Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower became a WHS UNESCO site in 2000.


Dogs - Definitives
(Issued 27-08-2014)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ Kalutara Dagoba ~

... Great aerial view... a place of religious worship and the lankdmark of the town... situated on the banks of the River Kaluganga at the point where the river meets the attracts many pilgrims and visitors... Thanks soooo much Ravindra!!【ツ】

Kalutara is a large town in Kalutara District, Western Province. The dagoba was built in the 1960s on the site of a former Portuguese fort.  The white 3 storeys-high dagoba  is believed to be the only Buddha Stupa in the world which is entirely hollow.  Inside the hollow area of the dagoba, a smaller dagoba occupies the centre with its pinnacle soaring towards the dome of the larger one that covers it. The interior of the Stupa is decorated with paintings of the Jataka tales about the life of the Buddha.

It was built on a pre-stressed concrete frame, with the dagoba, the Vatada Maha Seya, having a diameter of 95 feet and a circumference of 300 feet. It took ten years to complete with its pinnacle being crowned in 1974. The relics were placed in the inner chamber and the pinnacle was officially unveiled in 1980.


(Issued 12-08-2016)

150th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Police Service
(Issued 03-09-2016)

THAILAND ~ Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn - Wat Pho - Bangkok ~

...More of Thailand's amazing of the many beautiful temples in the country...with matching Wat Pho stamp...Thanks a lot Jobbo!! ♥‿♥ (I'm fine, thanks...I hope you are okay with all what's happening in your country ☹)

What Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is home to more Buddha images than any other Bangkok temple and has the largest Buddha in Thailand.

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn refers to the group of four large pagodas surrounded by a large white wall with Thai and Chinese style sheltered gates decorated with glazed tiles and Chinese rock guardians.

The four pagodas represent King Rama I, II, III and IV. King Rama IV or King Mongkut ordered all four pagodas to be enclosed so as to leave no space for more pagodas.

Each of these pagodas is 42 meters high with notched rim structures with a tall spire and covered in colorful mosaics.

Photo: Apinan Buahapakdee


King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX)
(Issued 10-10-2010)

Thai Temples - Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalarm
(Issued 17-05-2002)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

GERMANY ~Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz - UNESCO ~

...Lots of wonderful views of one of the finest and largest English landscape parks in Germany and continental Europe.... the park is kept in its original state for a great part up to this day... you can even take a "gondola" boat- ride... Thank you very much Andrene! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Wörlitz is a charming little German town in Saxony-Anhalt and has a history of more than 1.000 years.

The central Wörlitzer Park lies adjacent to the small town of Wörlitz at an anabranch of the Elbe river, making it rich in water and diversity. It was laid out between 1769 and 1773 as one of the first English gardens on the continent. According to the ideals of Duke Leopold III the park would also serve as an educational institution in architecture, gardening and agriculture, therefore large parts were open to the public from the beginning.

The park is massive covering nearly 17 square miles and featuring castles, lakes and canals as well as impressive trees, meandering footpaths and numerous bridges.

The Wörlitz Park is part of the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in November 2000.


The 100th Anniversary of the Möhnetalsperre Dam
(Issued 04-04-2013)

Monday, October 17, 2016

SCOTLAND ~ Sanquhar - Dumfries ~

...A great postcard lover any post office view is always a pleasure but one showing the world's oldest still working one is the best ㋡... a national treasure...with nice stamps...Thanks a lot John John!!(♥‿♥)
The Post Office     The 12thC Castle     The Toll Booth (Wm. Adam)     A view of the Town

Sanquhar is a town on the River Nith in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It is a former Royal Burgh.

Established in 1712 it is said to be the oldest continuously operating post office in the world as recognized by the Universal Postal Union and the Guinness Book of Records. It has been operating continuously for more than 300 years, eight years longer than its closest rival, in the Swedish capital Stockholm. The third oldest, in Santiago, Chile, opened a full 60 years after the office in Sanquhar.

Back then, the mail was delivered by “runners” who would use the post office as a “change-house” to rest, switch horses, and exchange mail bags before continuing their deliveries.


The 100th Anniversary of the Death of Sir Rowland Hill
(Issued 22-08-1979)

Christmas Stamps Issued

Classic Children's TV
(Issued 07-01-2014)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

SRI LANKA ~The Viceroy through Tea Plantations in Nuwara Eliya - Colombo ~

...After receiving soooo many wonderful postcards from  "the pearl of the Indian Ocean" each new one still amazes me... beautiful steam stands as one of the most scenic journeys to be done on rail in the experience the reminiscent of a past colonial era...the train trip will take you through fifty six tunnels.... Thanks a lot Ravindra!! (✿◠‿◠)
The very first steam trains were running in Sri Lanka to bring Tea, the greatest commercial export of the colonial Ceylon, to Colombo.

The Viceroy Special a vintage steam train and the only one currently in operation in Sri Lanka, offers a more luxury travel experience.  Complete with period fittings, a bar and smoking area, dining and recreation area, plush seating with an observation cabin, on board music and Wi-Fi, and four course menus.

Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province and is is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District.  Its name means "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light". It is at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka.  Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate, cool climate — the coolest area in Sri Lanka.


Sirimavo Bandaranaike - Birth Centenary
( Issued 07-04-2016)

Orion- Overprint
(Issued 09-05-2016)

Friday, October 14, 2016

THAILAND ~King Bhumibol Adulyadej's ~

"My deepest condolences to my dear postcard friend Jobbo and all Thai people with the loss of their beloved King.❤ "

...One of Thailand's most beloved persons must be their King according to Jobbo's quotes...Thanks a lot!!

Quotes from backside card:

 "There are many things I might have become, including a communist, were it not for his majesty the King."
                                       - Kukrit Pramoj

"He has a white heart, there is magic, goodness, and power in his heart."
                                        - Prachob Virawong

"Corruption seems to vanish as [the] King passes by, and efficiency blooms: too bad the country cannot have 72 palaces."
                                         - Castrodale Mastars

He is also known as Rama IX and is the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world's longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history.

H.M. King  86th Birthday Anniversary
 (Issued 05-12- 2013)

The 72nd Anniversary of the Birth of the King

Thursday, October 13, 2016

SPAIN ~ Poblet Monastery - Catalonia - UNESCO ~

....Wonderful aerial view of an impressive architectural complex... this abbey is among the most important monastic ensembles in Europe.. surrounded by stunning forests and vineyards... still a working monastery to this day and you'll see monks walking around the premises... it consists of a guesthouse, sadly for male guests only... with great matching stampツ...Thanks a lot Josep and Assumpta for this lovely surprise!! \_(♥‿♥)_/
Photo: Tavisa

The Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Poblet is a Cistercian monastery whose monks, since its foundation in 1150, have followed the Rule of Saint Benedict. Closed down due to the Spanish State's laws in 1835, the monastery was refounded in 1940 by Italian monks of the same Order.

This Cistercian abbey is one of the best examples of religious architecture in Catalonia and in Europe and one of the most complete Cistercian abbeys in the world. It houses also the tombs of a long line of kings and queens of Catalonia and Aragon  (the medieval Catalan Kings) in a great pantheon.

To date, there are 32 so-called ‘white monks’ residing in the abbey who live in meditation, seclusion, manual labor and self-reliance.

It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.

UNESCO - Santa Maria de Poblet Monastery
(Issued 03-12-1993)

King Felipe VI
(Issued 02-01-2016)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


...Beautiful map showing a lush green island...known as the "Pearl or the Garden of the Atlantic"... a tropical archipelago with a wonderful subtropical climate and breathtaking scenery...Thanks Anastasia!! ㋡

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago situated in the north Atlantic Ocean, southwest of Portugal. The archipelago consists of 1 large and several smaller islands; Madeira, Porto Santo, Deserted and Savage islands.The capital and largest city is Funchal.

The landscape remembers its volcanic origin and it is the largest island of this archipelago with an area of 741 km2 (286 sq mi), a length of 57 km (35 mi) while approximately 22 km (14 mi) at its widest point.

Since 1976, the archipelago has been one of the two Autonomous regions of Portugal , the other being the Azores. It is an outermost region of the European Union.


Madeira - Self Adhesive
(Issued 19-01-2015)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NAMIBIA ~ Sossuvlei Sunset - Namib Naukluft National Park ~

...Stunning nature view... .the world’s oldest desert... it is known as the "Sand Sea"... and one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia... during exceptional rainy seasons, Sossusvlei may fill with water... but normally it is bone dry... love the odd shaped stamp too... Thanks a million Belinda!! (♥‿♥)
Photo: ©Wynand du Plessis

Sossusvlei  is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. These dunes are supposed to be among the highest of all around the globe. The highest is "Big Daddy" with 380m.

The name ‘Sossusvlei’ is thought to originate from Afrikaans and Nama, and roughly means “dead end marsh". This name fits as the dunes of Sossusvlei meet to prevent the Tsauchab River from flowing any further.

The Namib Naukluft park is the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world,  measuring about 50,000 km² (19.300square miles).


Hong Kong 2015 Stamp Exhibition - Rhinos forever
(Issued 22-11-2015)

Monday, October 10, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ Vankali Wildlife Sanctury - National Park ~

..Beautiful  last card (nr4) from the series celebrating the World Wetlands Day 2016 showing the Western Spot-Billed Duck.....this National Park is another famous haven for migrant water birds... with great matching stamp...Thanks a lot Ravindra for once more making my mailbox and me happy!! ♥‿♥

Vankalai  is a predominantly fishing and farming village situated in Mannar District of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Its northern boundary is the historic Hindu shrine of Thiru Ketheeswaram. Covering about 4,800 hectares, it consists of arid-zone thorn scrubland and pastures, waterholes and tanks, sand dunes, mangroves, salt marshes, lagoons and sea-grass beds and maritime grasslands.

Many very rare migrant birds such as the Spot-billed Duck have been spotted at Vankalai.

Thousands of migrant birds arrive in Sri Lanka, making landfall in the Mannar region including Vankalai. Similarly when leaving the country at the end of the season, they use Vankalai as their last staging point.


World Wetlands Day
(Issued 02-02-2016)

SRI LANKA ~ Buddhist Monks ~

...Lovely view of Buddhist monks walking under umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun....Thanks a lot Ravindra!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
© Lasantha Lakmal

Sri Lanka is the oldest continually Buddhist country, Theravada Buddhism being the major religion in the island since its official introduction in the 2nd century BC by Venerable Mahinda, the son of the Emperor Ashoka of India during the reign of King Devanampiya- Tissa.

Buddhism is about attaining enlightenment, maybe even nirvana, through such peaceful methods as meditation and yoga.


Dharmasiri Senanayake
 (Isssued 24-07-2016)

Sri Lanka Tourism - 50th Anniversary
 (Issued 27-05-2016)

Friday, October 7, 2016

CZECH REPUBLIC ~ Prague - Unesco ~

...Wonderful view of one of the most beautiful and romantic places in Central Europe... the city of hundred spires... with  medieval streets surrounded by beautiful architecture from centuries...and what makes a postcards even more special... ◔͜͡◔ a matching great stamp ◔͜͡◔ ...Thanks so much Dustin for thinking of me on your trip! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
© Julius Pufler
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. The historic buildings and narrow, winding streets are testament to its centuries-old role as capital of the historic region of Bohemia. The city lies on the banks of the  meandering Vltava River that reflects the city's golden spires and 9th century castle that dominates the skyline.

Prague has one of the worldest most pristine and varied collections of architecture, from Art Nouveau to Neo-Classical and Ultra-Modern. The most important places to visit in Prague are: Old Town Square, Cafe Slavia, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Petrin Hill, Mala Strana...

The Historic Centre of Prague was inscribed in the UNESCO List in 1992.


UNESCO World Heritage - Prague
(Issued 07-09-2016)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

KYRGYZSTAN ~ Burana Tower - UNESCO ~

...Beautiful postcard showing one of the countries most outstanding historical sites with snow-capped peaks in the background... this is one of their 4 first ever issued postal stationery cards with printed stamps showing the countries map.. .the cards are called "My Kyrgyzstan"... with great special cancellation from the Antwerpfila stamp exhibition visited by postcard friend Johan...Thanks once more Johan for this unique collector's item➝ (♥‿♥)
Photo: A. Sorokin
The Burana Tower (Ruins of Balasagun) is a large minaret in the Chuy Valley in northern Kyrgyzstan and is all  that remains of the ancient city of Balasugan. The Burana archaeological site is now an open-air historical and architectural museum.

The minaret of the archaeological site dates from  the 10-11th centuries. It is among the oldest constructions of this type in Central Asia. The original height of minaret was 45 meters. Today the tower is 25 meters high, the remaining part came down during an earthquake in the 15th C.

A legend connected with the tower says that a witch warned a local king that his newly-born daughter would die once she reached the age of eighteen. To protect her, he built a tall tower where he sequestered his daughter. No one entered the tower, except the daughter's servant who brought her food. The daughter grew up alone and became a beautiful young lady. One day, however, a poisonous spider was hiding in the food brought by the servant. The spider bit the girl, and she died in the tower, at the age of eighteen.

It is part of the Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor and became a UNESCO WHS in 2014.


Kyrgyz ExpressPost
(Issued 16-06-2016)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MALTA ~ St Paul's Islands ~

...Beautiful view of the St Paul's Islands...they have a very important historical and religious aspect... St Paul's shipwreck is popularly considered as the greatest event in the nation's history... it was the inhabitants their first contact with Christianity...Thanks a lot Chris!! ㋡
"St Pauls Islets are traditionally to have been the site of St Paul's shipwreck. A statue of St Paul on the larger island commemorates this important event in Malta's history."

Malta is a smalll mediterranean island state 95 kilometers to the South from Sicily and 290 kilometers to the East from Tunisia. The seven islands that make up the Maltese archipelago are: Malta , Gozo, Comino, Kemmunet, St. Paul’s Islands, Manoel Island and Filfla. Only the first three are inhabited.

St Paul's Island, also known as Selmunett, is a small island off Selmun near the north-east of the main island of Malta. St Paul's Island is sometimes split into two islands by a shallow isthmus, and it is therefore sometimes referred as St Paul's Islands and it is the largest uninhabited island of Malta.


Europa Stamps - Think Green
(Issued 09-05-2016)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SPAIN ~ Algar Waterfalls - Costa Blanca ~

...Beautiful view of the impressive Algar waterfalls... a must see when in Benidorm...a natural aquatic attraction...they show a different, very quiet and even cool Spain...Thanks Dorien and Ben! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Fonts del Algar is a series of naturally occurring waterfalls and natural pools which are only 15km from Benidorm.

The Valencian government has declared the waterfalls and surrounding area a Protected Wetland. The Algar Falls and the hills and valleys around it offer a great combination of exercise and sightseeing,


(Issued 02-01-2016)

SPAIN ~ Benidorm - Costa Blanca ~

...Received 4 great holiday postcards sent by family from a true Spanish beauty on the Costa Blanca...and a favorite vacation destination for Belgian people...Thanks a lot Ben and Dorien! ♥

Benidorm is a city in the province of Alicante in eastern Spain, on the Mediterranean coast.

Until the 1960s, Benidorm was a small fishing village; today it is known for its hotel industry, beaches and skyscrapers.

The city has an impressive nightlife thanks to its selection of more than two hundred clubs and one thousand bars,


 (Issued 02-01-2016)