Thursday, April 16, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Ritigala Mountain ~

 ...Received great postcard nr 2  from a set of 4 Four on World Biodiversity day...this beautiful island  is recognized as one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world... Thanks Ravindra! Hope you had a wonderful vacation in Australia. :D

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

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


Stamps:
The National Hospital
(Issued 20-03-2015
Solar System - Mars
(Issued 05-12-2014)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BELGIUM ~ Lucky Luke - The Dalton brothers ~

...More Belgian famous comics...with fantastic stamp and wonderful first day cancellations...Thanks once more Johan for this unique item!!! http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/


Morris (1923-2001) introduced the cowboy parody, Lucky Luke a character who went on to feature in live actions films and US cartoons.

Lucky Luke, the cowboy known to "shoot faster than his shadow". His name is inspired by that of Luciano Locarno, an Italian American sheriff who lived between 1860 and 1940.

The Dalton's  are loosely inspired by the real-life Dalton Gang, and billed as their cousins.

It is one of the most popular and best-selling comic-book series in continental Europe. About half of the series' adventures have been translated into English. Lucky Luke comics have been translated into 23 languages, including many European languages, some African and Asian languages.





Stamp showing "Lucky Luke" from  a sheet of 10 self-adhesive stamps showing ten characters from Morris comics series.

(Issued 13-04-2015)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

USA ~Maine - Belfast ~

I've been spoiled with so many fantastic surprises lately...this  aerial view was sent by a reader of my blog...I only heard of Belfast in Northern Ireland but this place looks wonderful...thanks a lot Marie-lynne, always nice to find out that people enjoying all my  *hard work* here!!(◕‿-)
Photo © Jim Abts
Maine  is the largest state in the New England region, (all of the other New England States could fit into Maine) bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south; New Hampshire to the west; and the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the northwest and New Brunswick to the northeast. Maine is both the northernmost and easternmost portion of New England.

The city of Belfast sits on a hill overlooking the breathtaking tidal waters of Penobscot Bay and was settled in 1765.

With nice Earth Day 2014 Global Forever Stamp.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mayotte ~ Ylang-Ylang tree ~

Wonderful postcard from a new and totally unknown place for me...love the bright green colors...Thanks a lot Rouwaïda for this fantastic surprise in my mailbox!! (Mayotte postcard )
Photo: Michel Forêt
Mayotte is part of the archipelago that makes up the Comoros Islands. It is s a French island in  East Africa in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mozambique.

 The plant pictured here is Cananga odorata, commonly called Ylang-ylang. It's is a tall fast-growing tropical tree valued for its perfume. The essential oil derived from the flowers is used in aromatherapy.

Among the many beauty products that feature ylang-ylant are many French luxury fragrances, including Chanel No. 5 and its namesake perfume by Guerlain.

Stamp:
From 1 January 2012 with the full integration of Mayotte with France, the island has no longer postal autonomy and uses the stamps of France exclusively.
A stamp depicting France's cultural symbol Marianne.
(Issued 16-07-2013)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

USA ~ Key West-Hemingway Home and Museum ~

...It was not only sun, sand and beaches :D...Ben and Dorien also visited this great historical site... one of the most famous tourist attractions... Thaaaanks!!
Photo © Werner J. Bertsch

Backside card:
The Nobel Prize winning author resided here between the years of 1931 to 19by to 1940 with his second wife Pauline Pfeifer and their two sons Patrick and Gregory.The home was built in Spanish Colonial style of native rock hewn from the grounds, with furnishings, rugs, tile and  chandeliers brought by the Hemingways from Spain, Africa and Cuba. Guided tours will bring you closer to Ernest's life in the 1930's. A living memorial to the important American author, bullfight aficionado, big game hunter, deep-sea fisherman, world adventurer and cat lover.

Ernest Hemingway's most productive years were spent in Key West. And this is the place he did most of his writing.


Stamps:
Forever stamps - A Flag For All Seasons
(Issued 03-05-2013)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

USA ~ Miami - South Beach - Ocean Drive ~

One more great Miami holiday view...Thanks a lot Dorien en Ben!!


South Beach, also nicknamed SoBe, is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida, located due east of Miami city proper between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The area encompasses all of the barrier islands of Miami Beach south of Indian Creek.

Ocean Drive is a major thoroughfare in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach. It is known for its Art Deco hotels.







Photo: Warren Flagler

Stamps:
Forever stamps - A Flag For All Seasons
(Issued 03-05-2013)

Monday, March 30, 2015

USA ~ Miami Beach ~

...First postcard sent by my niece and nephew during their vacation in the US...fantastic panoramic view of Miami Beach on the Atlantic Ocean...amazing blue and turquoise colors...Heel erg Bedankt Ben en Dorien!!
Photo: Martin Gordash
Backside card:
On the left is an overview of Haulover Beach, and tot the right is Bal Harbour.

Miami Beach is a coastal resort city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States.It has been one of America's pre-eminent beach resorts since the early 20th century.


Stamps:
Forever stamps - A Flag For All Seasons
(Issued 03-05-2013)

Friday, March 27, 2015

KOSOVO ~ Ulpiana - Novoberda ~

My second card coming from Kosovo...one of Europe's 10 smallest countries and most unknown region of the Balkans...Thanks a lot Ruedi!
© Gagica&Editor OrGIS
Kosovo a is land-locked and mostly mountainous country. It borders Serbia to the north and east, Montenegro to the northwest, Albania to the west, and Macedonia to the south with capital Prishtina. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 which makes it the youngest country in the world.

Ulpiana City is believed to have been founded at the beginning of the second century BC, and it has flourished during the third and fourth century. It is supposed that it covered an area of more than 1000 km and it was located close to the rich mining. Historians believe that natural resources were the reason why this area got conquered by Romans, and remained under their invasion for centuries. Nowadays its ruins can be visited in the territory of Prishtina.

Novoberda was one of the biggest cities in Balkans and had a great importance. It was regarded as one of the richest cities in Balkans because of its natural resources, and  was often called as “the city of silver and gold”. The castle was built on top of a dead volcano crater, whose ruins can still be noticed these days.

Stamp:

Cultural Heritage - Bazaars
(Issued 06-12-2010)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Republic of Guinea ~ Kissidougou ~

...One more rare African beauty... Madeleine discovered my blog and saw Guinea on my missing list...so I found this amazing and unexpected "surprise" in my mailbox...  Thanks a million Madeleine!!  If you happen to read this message, please let me your address to send something back :D

Catholic Church, Kissidougou

Guinea (formerly known as French Guinea) is a country in West Africa on the Atlantic ocean,  also bordered by Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  The country consists of a coastal plain, a mountainous region, a savanna interior, and a forest area in the Guinea Highlands. The highest peak is Mount Nimba at 5,748 ft (1,752 m).

The city of Kissidougou is located in the eastern forest region of central Guinea close to Sierra Leone and Liberia.


Stamps:
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Football - "Africa Cup of Nations"
(Issued January 20-01-2008)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BELGIUM ~Ypres - The Menin Gate ~

Today's postcards showing a sad part of my own countries history (WWI)...I also visited both sites and found them very impressing and overwhelming... seeing all those names engraved on this memorial is a very moving experience...even until today soldiers are found in Belgian fields... Bedankt Sabrina en Koen!


During the entire war period, from 1914 up to 1918, Ypres was the scene of some of the most important battles in the first World War, later referred to as the Great War.

The Menin Gate is the most famous Commonwealth war memorial in Flanders. Tens of thousands of soldiers passed through this gate on the way to the front. Many of them never to return.

Officially inaugurated in 1927, the citizens of Ypres wanted to express their gratitude towards those who had given their lives for Belgium's freedom. This gate displays the name of 54.896 soldiers missing in the Ypres Salient between the outbreak of the war and 15 August 1917. Because the gate was too small to hold the names of all the missing, those who were lost after this date (a further 34,000) are commemorated on the panels of the Tyne Cot Memorial in Passendale.

Every evening since 1928 the Last Post has been played under the Menin Gate: (http://www.lastpost.be/en/ceremonies/participation )

Stamp:

"This is Belgium - Belgium "cartoonland"
- Jerry Spring
(Issued 14-09-2012)

BELGIUM ~Ypres - Tyne Cot Cemetery ~

...So many graves with no name, so many names with no grave....very moving, but peaceful and beautiful... nevertheless it shows that humanity has learned nothing...why some people still think war is the answer is unbelievable... Bedankt Sabrina en Koen!
Photo © Steve Douglas
From backside postcard:
This is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world. There are 11,976 war graves from WW1 here, including 8.961 from the United Kingdom. 1.368 from Australia, 1.025 from Canada, 520 from New Zealand, 90 from South Africa, 6 from Guernsey, 2 from British West Indies and 4 from Germany. Of these 8.366 or 70% , are "Known unto God". The long curved wall at the rear cemetery is " Tyne Cot Memorial" which commemorates 34.887 men with no known graves of Britain (33.707), New Zealand (1.179) and Newfoundland (1).

Stamp:
"This is Belgium -  cartoonland"
Blake & Mortimer
( Issued 14-09-2012)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

~COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS ~

...Breathtaking view...received lots of "tropical paradise looking" postcards over the years but this  must be one of the most stunning...Thanks a million David!! (check out his fantastic blog, I think you can even see a pic where he bought this card...♥)

The Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also called Cocos Islands and Keeling Islands, is a territory of Australia, located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Christmas Island and approximately midway between Australia and Sri Lanka.

The territory consists of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two, West Island and Home Island, are inhabited with a total population of approximately 600.


Stamps:

Map of Cocos - (Showing the way maps have changed over the centuries with a set of four stamps.)
(Issued 24-06-2014)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SRI LANKA ~ Ayubowan from Knuckles Mountain Range ~

...Nature at is best..."Ayubowan" is the word used in Sri Lanka to greet someone.... It means Long Life.... One is generally greeted by joining two hands in prayer-like manner and saying "Ayubowan".... This phrase can be used any time of the day...Many Thanks Ravindra!!
Photo © Lalana Yapa
From backside card:
Having a dip at Telgamu oya river, Knuckles Range

Thelgamu Oya is one of the main water resources in Knuckles region. It is a tributary of Amban Ganga, which eventually joins with River Mahaweli.

The Knuckles mountain range, so called because of its appearance resembles a set of knuckles of a clenched fist, consists of five mountain peaks and several other smaller peaks. With the highest point about 6,000 ft above sea level the Knuckles span an extensive region covering 155 sq. km of the island.

A wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna makes this wilderness area a place of rich biodiversity. It is a major eco tourism venue of the island.


Stamps:
National Parks of Sri Lanka - Hawksbill Turtle
(Issued 28-07-2013)
Solar System - Mars
(Issued 03-12-2014)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Yala National Park- Grey Langur ~

...More wildlife to enjoy of Yala National Park...and WOW just noticed this is my 100th postcard coming from "the pearl of the Indian Ocean"...most of them sent by my dear postcard friend Ravindra!! Thanks a lot!!



Langurs are a genus of Old World monkeys once thought to be a single species. Seven distinct species are now recognised, which are widespread throughout south Asia.

Grey langurs, with their black hands and face, are also known as Hanuman langurs after the monkey-god, and so are considered sacred in the Hindu religion.

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka and one of 14 national parks.





Photo © Rukshan Jayewardene

Stamp:
Solar System - Uranus
(Issued 03-12-2014)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AUSTRALIA ~ Christmas Island-Robber crabs ~

Fantastic postcard showing the largest crab on land from a unique and remote island full of natural wonders... Thanks a million David for another great surprise...Love the stamp cancellation too!!
Photo Jorena Chan-Wong

Christmas Island is a territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean,  1.565 km to the Australian mainland. Its closest neighbor is Java, 360 km away. Over 65% of Christmas Island is National Park.

The coconut crab also known as the robber crab or palm thief. It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit for terrestrial animals with exoskeletons in recent Earth atmosphere, with a weight of up to 4.1 kg (9.0 lb). It can grow to up to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in length from leg to leg.

The robber crab is the only species in the genus Birgus and also the crab to have best evolved to life away from the sea or freshwater.


Stamps:
Australia Post celebrates the Year of the Goat
(Issued 8-01 2015)

Although Christmas Island was placed under Australian control in 1958, the island remained postal and philatelic independent until 1993 when Australia Post became the island's postal operator.

The island issued its own postage stamps from 1958. Those issued by Australia Post since 1993 are also valid in Australia, as are Australian stamps in Christmas Island.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

INDONESIA ~ Bali- Kecak dance ~

Great postcard showing a traditional dance....a wonderful display of Balinese culture... Thanks a lot Hime!!


Kecak is a form of Balinese dance and music drama that was developed in the 1930s in Bali, Indonesia. Since its creation, it has been performed primarily by men, with the very first women's kecak group starting in 2006.

Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of at least 150 performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and moving their hands and arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.


Stamps:
Greetings stamps - Flowers
(Issued 21-04-2001)
The 150 Anniversary of Red Cross International
(Issued 17-04-2013)



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MACQUARIE ISLAND ~King Penguins-UNESCO~

...Another little gem to add to my collection...a heaven for wildlife, penguins everywhere..the landscape is shaped by water and wind...great stamps and awesome cancellation...Thanks a million Rod  for this fantastic and unique surprise!!

Photo Barend Becker
From the backside:
King Penguins are the second largest penguin in the world and the largest on Macquarie Island. The breeding cycle takes approximately 14 months to complete, a successful pair will breed twice every 3 years.

World heritage listed Macquarie Island Nature Reserve, located approx. 1500km south-east of Tasmania is proudly managed by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, with support from the Australian Antarctic Program.














Stamps:
Bicentenary of Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island Cabbage Flower -Southern Elephant Seal
(Issued 26-10-2010)

1911-1914 Australian Antarctic Expedition
Arrival and exploration 1912
(Issued 04-09-2012)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

UK ~ Houses of Parliament - Big Ben ~

....What kind of postcard should you send from London when named Ben.... of course one with a view of the famous " Big Ben " (◕‿-) Bedankt Ben!


The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is the seat of the two parliamentary houses of the United Kingdom: the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

The most famous part of Charles Barry's design is the elegant clock tower. Originally called St. Stephen's Tower, it was soon named after the tower's largest bell, the Big Ben. A light at the top of the tower is illuminated when Parliament is sitting at night.


Stamp:
Universal Mail UK - The London Eye
(Issued Oct 2008)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

VENEZUELA ~map ~

...Great map card coming from South America...it took almost 4 months to arrive... Thanks a lot Luis!

Photo Christian Mondin
Venezuela, officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a tropical country on the northern coast of South America. Having a shoreline along the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, Venezuela borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south  and is situated on the major sea and air routes linking North and South America.

The Angel Falls (Churun Meru) in the Guiana Highlands is the world's highest waterfall and one of Venezuela's major tourist attractions.


Stamp:
Artworks by Jesus Rafael Soto
(Issued 15-11-2006)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Czech Republic ~Prague - Old Town Astronomical Clock ~

...An amazing piece of working history and great symbol of the city...sent by nephew Ben when he was in Tabor to support the Belgian riders at the WK Cyclo-cross 2015... Bedankt Ben!!





The Prague astronomical clock, is a medieval clock located in  the capital of the Czech Republic. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.

The clock was  made of 3 main sections:
1. The astronomical dial represents the position of the sun and moon, displaying astrological details.
2. The “Walk of the Apostles” shows figures of the apostles and a figure of death striking time.
3. the Calendar Dial, added in 1490, is made with 12 medallions – the signs of the zodiac, added by Josef Manes in 1865 – to represent the months.

The moving statues and apostles were added in the 17th century after major repair in 1865 – 1866.







© Dimart
Stamp:
The Beauty of Flowers - Tulip
(Issued 15-09-2010)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SRI LANKA ~ Tissa Wewa - Anuradhapura ~

Sri Lanka card nr 3...a wonderful sunset! Thanks once again Ravindra!


Tissa Wewa, an artificial reservoir, was built by Devanampiya Tissa (3d century BC) in order to increase the water supply to his capital city of Anuradhapura.

The embankment of Tissa Wewa is two miles long and 25 feet high.Tissa Wewa has an area of approximately 550 acres.

Among other uses, the reservoir supplied water to Tissa's Royal Gardens.In later centuries, Tissa Wewa and the other lakes were enlarged and integrated into a regional network of irrigation canals.





Photo © Sunil de Costa
With as always great stamps!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Seven Maidens mountain range~

Great nature view of a unique mountain range in Sri Lanka ...Postcard from a set of 4 Four on World Biodiversity day... Thanks Ravindra!

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

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

With lovely stamps!

Monday, February 9, 2015

SRI LANKA ~ Demodara railway station ~

First of tree lovely cards received from dear postcard friend Ravindra...this one shows an engineering masterpiece...Thanks a lot Ravindra!! (More to come ◕ ‿ ◕ )

A. Felix J. Perera
Demodera-Loop is the only rail loop of its kind in the entire rail network of Sri Lanka. It is situated at Demodera, which is 172 miles from Colombo along the rail track. When the construction work came up to this point, the engineers were in a dilemma not knowing which way to cut across due to the wide gap between two hills confronting each other. For a while, they even thought the Upcountry Main Line might have to be terminated at this place. After much predicament, engineers of the time decided to cut the line towards the left, around the hill at a gradual slope forming a full circle. The line had to descend at 1 foot to every 44 feet, thus plunging 100 feet below the level of the station. The line by now had come below the hill. A tunnel 416 feet in length was then dug which brought the track to the other side of the bund. The open line now faced the opposite hill but the gap was not as wide as at the top of the hill.


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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

LEBANON ~Cedars ~

First written and stamped fantastic nature postcard coming from Lebanon...Thanks a lot Julia!!
Lebanon is located in the Middle East and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Syria and Israel. Beirut is the capital city and a major port. Lebanon is a small country with a varied landscape consisting of beaches, mountains, valleys, forests and woodlands.

Simply known as "The Cedars", this resort settlement in Lebanon's highest range is one of the most dramatically beautiful spots in the country. Its centerpiece is an ancient grove of cedars, a tree synonymous for millennia with Lebanon itself.

The Cedars tree, majestic and indestructible, is the emblem of Lebanon and adorns its flag.


Stamp:
Famous People
(Issued 23-05-2011)

UKRAINE ~ Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater ~

View of a great architectural monument from Ukraine and one of the most beautiful theaters in the world...Many thanks Alex!!

The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet is the oldest theatre in Odessa.

The first opera house was opened in 1810 and destroyed by fire in 1873. The modern building was constructed  in neo-baroque (Vienna Baroque) style and opened in 1887. The architecture of the luxurious audience hall follows the late French rococo style. The unique acoustics of the horseshoe-designed hall allows to deliver even a whisper-low tone of voice from the stage to any part of the hall. The most recent renovation of the theater was completed in 2007.

Stamp:
Ukraine ink pot
(Issued 14-04-2007)