Monday, December 15, 2014

CURACAO ~ Sea Aquarium Beach ~

Caribbean postcard nr 2... a perfect holiday destination  for chasing away the winter blues... warm sunshine, endless miles of beach and sand...would love to be on a beach like this right now^^...and both cards with an excellent choice of stamps... Big thanks to friends Karel and Nicole!!
Photo © Werner J. Bertsch
Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. The Country  is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao is the largest and most populous of the three ABC islands (for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) of the Lesser Antilles, specifically the Leeward Antilles.  Its capital is Willemstad.

Sea Aquarium Beach is a beach  located to the south of Willemstad. The beach is named after Curaçao Sea Aquarium, located nearby. The aquarium is also unique because instead of a large filtration system it is actually maintained by the ocean. This aquarium has ocean rocks for walls and the ocean freely passes in and out the areas where the large fish are maintained.



With fantastic stamps!

CURACAO ~Willemstad - UNESCO~

...most likely  the last new place to add to my collection in 2014 ( nr 159)...a Caribbean tropical paradise... also with a selection great stamps used!! Many Thanks to friends Karel and Nicole!! :)

Willemstad (the capital of  Curaçao)  historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site features unique colonial architecture  and include  seventeenth- and eighteenth-century merchants' houses on Handelskade, in the Punda area.The city is divided into two neighbourhoods, Otrobanda and Punda, located on either side of the canal.

The Queen Juliana bridge is a four-lane road arch bridge crossing the St. Anna Bay.Reaching a height of 56.4 m (185 ft) above the waterline at its apex, it is the highest bridge in the entire Caribbean. The bridge is 500 m (1,400 ft) long and weighs a total of 3,400 tons. It was opened in 1974 and named after Queen Juliana, who at that time was the reigning queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

With nice stamps!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Median Egret - Habarana ~

...a beautiful elegant bird posing for a photograph...Sri Lanka is a bird watchers heaven and one of the best places in the world to watch birds.... Many thanks Ravindra also for using fantastic marine life stamps!!^^



Habarana is the centre of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle that is made up of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy.This small town serves as a base for Sigiriya and safaris to Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks.

 The Median Egret is approximately 65cm  long with striking white plumage and mainly found around shallow inland freshwater areas with abundant emergent aquatic vegetation.

It feeds on grasshoppers, bluebottle flies, cicadas and other insects; also frogs, lizards, fish etc. Its nesting season is from November to March.



Photo © Rukshan jayewardene


Stamps:

From a set of 6 stamps which commemorated the Pigeon Island Marine National Park.
(Issued 22-08-2014)


Monday, December 8, 2014

SLOVENIA ~ Postojna Cave ~

...Amazing natural wonder... but the coolest part is that the postcard was sent from the only underground cave post office in the world with a special postmark....Thanks a lot Cendy!



The Postojna Caves started forming 3-4 million years ago  with over 21 km of passages, galleries and halls, 13 are open to the public (since 1819). It is the most famous cave in Europe.

Postojna cave was visited by thousands of tourists, and therefore, the cave management sent a request to the Austrian trade ministry in Vienna for the opening of a post office in the cave.

On 15 August 1899, next to the Dance Hall, 500 meters from the entrance to the cave, the first underground post office in the world was opened.






Stamp:
With matching cave stamp.
The  special cancellation shows the "Olm".
The caves are home to the (in Slovene) human fish or the olm (proteus anguinus), the largest troglodytic amphibian in the world.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

POLAND ~Białowieża Forest - UNESCO ~

...Great  map and native animal postcard... one of the 10 top tourist attractions in Poland... a remnant of untouched wilderness... Thanks a lot Ania!!
Bialowieza Forest is an ancient woodland dating back to 8000BC that straddles the border between two countries – Poland and Belarus. It is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain.

Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, this immense forest range, consisting of evergreens and broad-leaved trees, (pine, beech, oak, alder and spruce are found in the forest) is also home to some remarkable animal life, including rare mammals such as the wolf, the lynx and the otter, as well as some 300 European Bison, a species which has been reintroduced into the park.


Stamp:
2014 Winter Olympics - Sochi, Russia
(Issued 07-02-2014)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

THAILAND ~ Bangkok - Wat Phra Kaew ~

...Fantastic "surprise" postcard showing the king of all temples...the most well known landmark, a must see when going to Bangkok...and with wonderful stamps used!! Thanks a lot Reepolkul. :-)
Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace.

Central to the temple is the Emerald Buddha, a dark green tiny statue standing (between 60 and 75cm) carved from a single jade stone. No one is allowed near the statue except the Thai King who conducts rituals at the temple throughout the year.

Wat Phra Kaew is the only temple in Thailand that doesn't have any resident monks.

Stamps:
-H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 86th Birthday Anniversary
(Issued 05-12-2013)
-Thai Heritage Conservation Day
(Issued 02-04-2014)
-Thailand 2013 World Stamp Exhibition - Contemporary Arts
(Issued 02-08-2013)

Monday, November 24, 2014

ETHIOPIA ~The Simien Mountains National Park - UNESCO~

...African beauty nr 2 coming from a really "Hard to Get country"... once again a little gem... one more ticked off my missing countries list☺...  and with so many wonderful stamps used ... Thank a million Kate!!

View of the Chennek path on the most beautiful peak in the Simien mountains, the Imet Gogo. (3.925M)

Ethiopia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is the second-most populous nation in Africa. Ethiopia is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south.

Simien Mountains National Park is one of the National Parks of Ethiopia. Located in the Semien (North) Gondar Zone of the Amhara Region, its territory covers the Simien Mountains and includes Ras Dashan, the highest point in Ethiopia.It is home to a number of extremely rare species, including the Ethiopian wolf, Gelada monkeys, and the Walia Ibex, a wild goat found nowhere else in the world.

The country is a land of natural contrasts, with waterfalls and volcanic hot springs. Ethiopia has some of Africa's highest mountains as well as some of the world's lowest points below sea level. It has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa.

Great stamps: (From left to right)
Black Rhinoceros
(Issued 20-06-2005)
Menelik's Bushbuck
(Issued 12-12-2002)
Monuments of Addis Ababa
(Issued 05-07-2012)
Surma Nationalities Hairstyles
(Issued 28-08-2005)
Menelik´s Bushbuck
(Issued 19-06-2000)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TANZANIA ~Serengeti National Park - Elephants - UNESCO ~

..fantastic  postcard showing one of the most impressive, majestic animals on earth...with great matching stamps of this "gentle giants"...  I saw on facebook a request  about donating some money to a charity called 'Hearts in Unity' 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 Exaud-Amani... a 13 years old boy and a student in class six)
Photo © Javed Jaffarji
The Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder. It is a wilderness area in Africa with a unique ecosystem and  its name meaning “endless plains” in the Maasai indigenous language, Maa. The Serengeti is best known for being home to the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which has been called one of the natural travel wonders of the world.

The African elephant is the largest mammal on earth. Elephants live in woodlands, forests, deserts and savanna, spread across 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Today, there are an estimated 450,000 - 700,000 African elephants.

With over 2000 elephants living in the Serengeti National Park, you are almost sure to see them while on safari.


Stamps:
Wild Animals of Africa
(Issued 28-10-2010)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BRUNEI ~ Bandar Seri Begawan ~

...Great aerial capital city view...my second postcard coming from Brunei...had to wait for over 5 years to get this one^^... Thanks a lot Saedah!!
Photo© 2006, Information Department
Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei.The city is the centre of Brunei’s commerce, finance and government. It is also the heart of Brunei’s cultural landscape, housing some of the nation’s most known landmarks.

Brunei officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.



Stamp:
The 10th Anniversary of National Day
(Issued 16-06-1994)

Monday, November 17, 2014

RUSSIA ~ Siberia - Golden Mountains of Altai Republic- Lower Shavlinskoe Lake ~

...the sky and the view...breathtaking scenery... Thanks Oleg!!
Photo: Alexandr Ermolitsky
The Altai Republic is a small mountainous republic in Russia, southern Siberia, close to the borders of Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China. It is a spectacularly beautiful and unspoiled land of forests, alpine meadows, and mountain peaks reaching heights of more than 4,500m. The name "Altay" (or "Altai") comes from Mongolian "Altan", which means "golden", and in 1998, UNESCO inscribed five separate natural regions, the "Golden Mountains of Altai", as a World Heritage Site.

The mountains have several undisturbed glaciers and provide the source of main rivers like the Ob. Lower Shavlinskoe Lake is located 5 km away from Upper one at a height of 1725 m. The length is 800 m and the width is 500 m.

The mountains are the habitat of several globally endangered mammals, such as the snow leopard and the Altai argali.



Stamp:
Museum of Wooden Architecture and Folk Art
(Issued 01-08-2011)

Friday, November 14, 2014

USA ~Historic Route 66 ~

...Nice map showing the most legendary and famous highway in the world...on top of hubby's wishlist... a trip with his Harley motorbike on Route 66... o͜͡o Thanks a lot Lisette!

Backside card - US Route 66 Trivia:
-Established in 1926 and since celebrated in popular music, film and literature.
-Spanned 8 states and 3 time zones.
-Has several nicknames, including "The Mother Road" the "Main Street of America" and the "Will  Rogers  Highway".
-Used by migrant farm workers headed to California during the 1930's Dust Bowl.
-In 1984, the last segment of US 66 in Arizona decommissioned as federal highway.
-Several segments are still named 66, but instead designated as state highways.
-Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C. displays a 40-foot stretch of the highway.
-Portions now designated as National Scenic Byway marked "Historic Route 66".




With early^^ Christmas stamp!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

INDONESIA ~Toraja Tomb of Sulawesi-UNESCO Tentative List~

... Great postcard showing rare ancient rites and unique culture... a fascinating place... Thanks a lot Hime for this lovely surprise in my mailbox^^!!
The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi (one of the largest islands in Indonesia). People in Toraja believe in life after death. It is well known as the Land of Heavenly Kings. They have a unique funeral ceremony for helping the Spirit goes to heaven easily. After the ceremony, the dead body is put inside the rocky mountain. They believe that’ll make them closer to heaven.

At Lemo village, probably the most impressive burial area these graves are built into the cliff, and wooden statues of the dead are displayed in balconies alongside. This cliff grave site has a large number of Tau Tau statues; Tau Tau is a wooden carving made to represent the dead. The two structures on the right are used to carry coffins.


Stamp:
Greetings Stamps - Flowers
(Issued 21-04-2001)

Monday, November 10, 2014

UKRAINE ~Odessa - Railway Terminal and Privokzalnaya Square ~

...View from the height of a bird flight...one of the most famous Ukrainian cities known also as the “Pearl of the Black Sea”... so nice to hear from you again Alex^^ Thanks a lot!!
Odessa is the administrative centre of the Odessa Oblast (province). The city is a major seaport located on the shore of the Black Sea and the fourth largest city in Ukraine.

It was founded in the late 18th century as a Russian naval fortress.The nice old town area has a beautiful opera house, and the city has many great beaches.

Stamps:
The 75th Anniversary of the Film-opera Natalka-Poltavka
(Issued 30 September 2011)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

USA ~Glacier Bay National Park-Alaska-UNESCO

...A spectacular sight...and a wonderful new whale card for my collection... Many Thanks Edvard!!
Photos by Meldren Anderson and Trevor Kirschhoff
Backside card: A humpback whale traverses the icy waters of Glacier Bay.
Glacier Bay is a Humpback Whale sanctuary. In the park's waters, Humpback Whales benefit from some of the strongest protections found anywhere on our planet.

The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve includes tidewater glaciers, snow-capped mountain ranges, ocean coastlines, deep fjords, freshwater rivers and lakes.

When Captain George Vancouver surveyed Southeast Alaska in 1794, the wall of ice that filled the bay was (at its greatest extent) 100 miles long, 20 miles wide, and 4,000 feet thick. Just 250 years later, this same ice has retreated 65 miles, the fastest glacial retreat on record...

Set of lovely stamps with special National Park's cancellation!

 At nearly all of the 401 American National Park units (and many of the National Park Service's affiliated areas), one or more National Park Passport Stamps (cancellation stamps) can be acquired at no cost at park visitor centers and ranger stations.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SRI LANKA~ Male and female leopard cubs - Yala National Park~

One more fantastic postcard from Yala National Park showing leopards cubs... Thank you very much Ravindra...so nice to hear from you again! ^__^

Photograph © Rukshan Jayewardene
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka and one of 14 national parks. Yala West has one of the world’s densest leopard populations (there are estimated to be around 35 leopards in the park.) and is renowned as one of the best places in which to see one of these stunning cats.

With great stamps and cancellations.

Monday, November 3, 2014

BELGIUM ~Cover - Beste Wensen 2015~

...Lovely cover showing Belgian "Best Wishes" Christmas gift stamp with nice first day cancellation!
 Thanks  a lot Johan!

Unfortunately the prices for stamps are going "once again" up in 2015... the price for standard international mail rises from €1.07 to €1.10 (within Europe) and from €1.29 to €1.32 (rest of the world).
Not so good news for us postcard collectors! ☹☹ It's becoming more and more and expensive hobby. "sigh"



Bpost issued two self adhesive stamps -
with value National and inside Europe.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

FRANCE ~ Paris and it's wonders - Bridge of Alexandre III ~

...View of the most beautiful and grand bridge in Paris...with great "Citroen" car stamp and special cancellation! Thanks a lot Johan! http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/

Photo: Frédéric Soreau
The Pont Alexandre III ( 1897-1900) is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris, built by Jean Résal and Amédée Alby which connects the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais on the right bank with the Hôtel des Invalides on the left bank. It is classified as a French Monument historic.The bridge was named after Tsar Alexandre III to commemorate the Franco-Russian Alliance signed in 1892 and  was built specifically for the Universal Exposition of 1900.

Citroen on French postage stamps.

La Poste is paying tribute to this history, telling the story of Citroen with the introduction of a complete book of 10 stamps.

 The stamps were on advance sale on 25 October at the brand’s showcase on the Champs-Elysées in Paris

USA ~International Postcard Week 2014~

...So very, very true...a simple thing as a kind word can totally turn someone’s day around!♥ ♥
Thanks a lot Michelle!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CANADA ~International Postcard Week 2014 ~

Another great art postcard coming from Quebec for the International Postcard Week... the  22nd Regiment has adopted many rituals and symbols setting it apart from other Canadian military units...Thanks a lot Claude!
The postcard represents Canada's 22nd Regiment's mascot named Baptiste, stationed in old Quebec City Citadel. Very popular attraction for tourists who are able to see the goat parading every afternoon in our summertime accompanied by military music.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

USA ~International Postcard Week 2014~

...Back to blogging after a week being sick (flu and bad ear infection)...a lot of catching up to do... starting with great "self designed" cards for this years International Postcard Week!
Brenda smiling ◔͜͡◔ in front of a giant postcard on Palm Beach, Florida airport.

Surprise card nr 2 coming from Brenda...A wonderful cartoon illustration by artist Rick Geary!
Limited edition #14 of 250...Thanks a lot Brenda!!

Kansas is known as the "Sunflower State," and it is not uncommon to see sunflower fields like this one in the area.
Thanks Dana!

And two cards coming from Demaris... Looks a delicious recipe for chocolate mousse! Thanks Demaris!

Fantastic drawing with great story...For six months in 1969, Niagara's American Falls were turn off by the Army Corps of Engineers. Part of the that time workers cleaned the former river-bottom of unwanted mosses, drilled test-cores in search of instabilities and a temporary walkway was built twenty feet from the edge of the dry falls. Tourists were able to explore the landscape. Thanks Demaris!

Hello in several languages...Coming from Phillips, a small very scenic town of about 1.000 people! Limited edition #7 of 100...Thanks Cindy!
Coming from the Arizona Desert...Known for its high heat in summers and Spring the rest of the year.Thanks Kathi!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BELGIUM ~1914-2014 Remembering WWI ~

Great special first day stamp cancellation...this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War... Bedankt Johan!!
Copy from original postcard edited by Jules Destrooper Junior during World War I.
Battle of the Yser,  Belgian soldiers going to the trenches.

From 1914 to 1918 the 'Westhoek', the western part the Province of West-Flanders, was the scene of the Great War. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers of more than 20 nationalities fell in this conflict....






Stamp:
From a set of 5 "De Groote Oorlog"
(Isssued 06-10-2014)



BELGIUM ~ Young Spirou Comic~

...And another great surprise postcard from Johan...with soooo cute special cancellation and stamp ... one more of our popular Belgian comics... Heel erg Bedankt Johan en een zwaai terug ◔͜͡◔ !! http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/
Tom & Janry Ⓒ Dupuis
Young Spirou, created in 1987 by Tome (writer) and Janry (graphic artist), is a popular Belgian comic book figure.The books are filled with short stories about the character's childhood.




Stamp:
Le Petit Spirou (Youth Philately)
from a sheet of 10
(Issued 06-10-2014)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BRAZIL ~Amazon-Regional boat navigating at sunset ~

...Amazing view...unfortunately the Amazon rainforest is one of the most endangered places in the world.... a piece of the rainforest the size of two football fields disappears every second :(... Thanks a lot Silvia!!
PhotoⒸLeonide Principe
The Amazon River is located in South America. It runs through Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.The name comes from the Native American language and means "a raging torrent".

The Amazon is  the world’s largest river basin - and the source of 15-16% of all the water that flows into the sea from the world’s rivers.The length of the Amazon River is approximately 6400 km (4000 miles).During the wet season, the Amazon River can reach over 190 km (120 miles) in width.

The largest city along the Amazon River is Manaus, located in Brazil it is home to over 1.7 million people.
There are over 3000 known species of fish that live in the Amazon River, with more constantly being discovered.

Stamps:
Fight against Racial Discrimination
(Issued 21-03-2013)
 Postal Servive
(Issued 09/10/2009)
 musical instruments-trumpet
(Issued 2002)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Italy ~The Langhe-Piedmont-La Morra-UNESCO ~

Breathtaking scenery...one of "best small towns" in Italy...famous for wine lovers...Thanks a lot Gian Luca!!
Photo by Losinno
The Langhe  is a hilly area in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy.  It is in these lands that one of the world's finest wines is produced, the Barolo. It is also famous for its cheeses, and truffles—particularly the white truffles of Alba.

La Morra is a town in a beautiful panoramic position, with views of the Langhe and Alps with a medieval layout. In Piazza Castello there is a spectacular viewpoint of the surrounding hills. The parish church of S. Martin, the municipal towers of 173 and a Baroque style bell tower, are worth visiting. In the Annunziata hamlet there is the Museum Ratti dei Vini di Alba, relative to the history and techniques of oenology and viticulture.

Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato became a UNESCO WHS in 2014


Stamp:
Sport - Nordic World Ski Championships
(Issued 01-02-2013)