Friday, July 3, 2015

USA ~Five Cent Peace ~

Fantastic postcard showing the Native beauty of the American West...a bit different from the "touristy" postcards I normally collect but it was among my favorites for a loooong time and thanks to O'Neil I finally got it... Many thanks my friend!!

From backside postcard:
James Earle Fraser created the buffalo nickel. The final image was actually composed based on the likenesses of four of his favorite models; Iron Tail, Two Moons,Big Tree and Two Gun White Calf.

The American Bison (which people commonly refer to as a buffalo) is believed to have been Fraser’s take on “Black Diamond,” an American Bison which was featured at the New York Zoological Gardens.

"The Buffalo Nickel" was produced from 1913 to 1938.                    

1. Birds - Hummingbird
(Issued 07-02-2014)
2. Maine Coon Cat, Burmese Cat
(Issued 05-02-1998)
3. President Theodore Roosevelt Stamp
(Issued 19-09-1998)
4. Model T Ford classic
( Issued 03-02-1998)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BELGIUM ~Shrimp Fishermen on horseback - UNESCO ~

After an empty mailbox for over a week I got this wonderful surprise today...Belgium is the only place in the world that still holds this 500-year-old tradition of fishermen and horses working together to find our sea true delicious shrimps...with beautiful special cancellation...Big Thanks to postcard friend Johan!!❣◕ ‿ ◕❣
The shrimp fishing takes place at low tide, both in summer and in winter, for about two hours, one hour before and one hour after low water. The fishermen, clad in traditional southwester, bright yellow oilskins and rubber waders, climb into the saddle. A brief word of command, the lines between collar and net tighten and off they go. Breast deep in water, the horses advance at a steady pace, often side by side, dragging the nets up which scoop up both wanted and unwanted prey from the bottom. From time to time, the fishermen and his mount leave the water to empty the net and to put the contents into two wicker baskets fixed on each side of the horse.

Usually the horse is a robust stallion of the Brabant or Hainaut breed, for this work requires exceptional strength and powers of resistance.

In December 2013 UNESCO recognized shrimp fishing on horseback as intangible cultural heritage.


Shrimp Fisherman on horseback.
(Issued 29-06-2015)

Monday, June 29, 2015

VIETNAM ~Khải Định Tomb - Hue - UNESCO ~

View of the most majestic imperial tomb of the country... architecturally and historically...another great postcard sent by Benny, thanks!!!
The Tomb of Khải Định is located in Chau Chu mountain near Huế in Vietnam. It was built for the Nguyễn Emperor Khải Định and it took 11 years to complete,  from 1920 to 1931. The site is located on a steep hill.

The structure of the tomb is of concrete elements with cement, a blend of Western and Eastern architecture.

Compared to other emperor tombs in Hue, Khải Định Tomb is much smaller. At the entrance, one should climb a 37 steps gate with dragons as side walls. Some 30 steps further one arrives at the imperial audience court, with an octagonal steel monument, again made of reinforced concrete. On both sides of the courtyard, there are two rows of statues facing towards the center, together with other statues representing bodyguard soldiers. These statues are made of stone, not in concrete, which is rare in Khai Dinh Tomb.


Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam -One-pillar Pagoda
(Issued 16-01-2012 )
Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam - Bridge Pagoda
(Issued 16-01-2012)

Monday, June 22, 2015

SLOVAKIA ~ Čachtice Castle of the Blood Countess

...Beautiful postcard showing the ruin of the “mysterious castle ”  placed on a hill with  breathtaking view...
and  a horrible legend about the Countess... Thanks a lot Petra!!
Photo: Ladislav Renner
From backside card:
Within the Trenčín Region, lies the ruins of Cachtice castle (a National Cultural Monument). The best known owner was the infamously cruel Countess Elizabeth Báthory. Legends tells about her bathing in the blood of young virgins to retain her beauty. However she did not escape punishment...

 The castle became later the prison of the Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who is alleged to have been the world's most prolific female serial killer. After her trial Elizabeth lived in the wall for four years, without any light or fresh air. She died on 21 August 1614 at the age of 54 years.

The Čachtice Castle stands on a hill featuring rare plants, and has been declared a national nature reserve for this reason.

Europe 2009 - Astronomy
(Issued 28-05-2009)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

ITALY ~Nature Park Alta Valle Pesio and Tanaro - Chamois ~

... Great new addition for my Nature Parks collection...Thanks a lot Gian Luca!!
Established in 1978, the Alta Valle Pesio and Tanaro Nature Park was one of the first protected areas in Piedmonte  and occupies an area of ​​6,770 hectares. The park is formed by the two valleys of the Upper Pesio and Tanaro, which originate from opposite sides of the highest peak of the Ligurian Alps, Mount Marguareis (2,651 m.)
The Pesio valley is lush and green, covered by a dense forest that goes all the way up to the feet of the Marguareisn,  the Tanaro valley side of the park, on the other hand, is very dry.
The park supports a very rich and varied fauna, that includes a large presence of ungulates (chamois, deer, roe deer, wild boars).

The chamois is a goat-antelope species native to mountains in Europe, including the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, the Pyrenees, the European Alps, the Tatra Mountains, the Balkans, parts of Turkey, and the Caucasus. Some subspecies of chamois are strictly protected in the EU under the European Habitats Directive.


Posta Italiana
(Issued 10-08-2013)

Posta Italiana:
(Issued 01-07-2010)

Monday, June 15, 2015

USA ~ New York - Time Square ~

...Fantastic view of the world's most famous square...gigantic TV screens and huge bright but crowded... and with really nice stamps of one of the most iconic super heroes in history and his Bat-Signal!☻
Thanks a lot David!!(
Backside card:
Times square is a virtual kaleidoscope for the senses. The sights and sounds are dynamic and compelling and they attract millions of visitors each year.

It is a major commercial intersection and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Times Square is sometimes referred to as The Crossroads of the World, The Center of the Universe, and the heart of The Great White Way.

Formerly Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times Building.


Forever stamp
The 75th Anniversary of Batman
(Issued 09-10-2014)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GREECE ~ Westside of the Parthenon - UNESCO ~

...Beautiful view of the most famous surviving building of Ancient Greece and one of the most famous buildings in the world....Thanks a lot Rod!!
The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. It was completed in 438 BC although decoration of the building continued until 432 BC.

It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the highlight of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art.

The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and western civilization.

 Railways of Greece - Trains

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BELGIUM ~ Battle of Waterloo 1815 - 2015 UNESCO Tentative List ~

...A fantastic  postcard of  the Lion Hill, which is the main memorial monument of the Battle of Waterloo and indicates the spot where the Prince of Orange was wounded.... A total of 226 stairs leads to the top of the monument where one can enjoy a beautiful view of the entire battlefield...The huge lion statue at the mound’s top symbolizes courage and looks vigilantly in the direction of France...Many thanks Johan ☚ (<‿<)☚ for this special and unique philatelic item!!( )
Photo: Marc Boseret
At Waterloo on 18 June 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history, 23,000 British troops with 44,000 allied troops and 160 guns stood against 74,000 French troops and 250 guns.After Waterloo, Napoleon abdicated and later died in exile.

Belgium issued a special stamp sheet and postmarks to commemorate Waterloo bicentenary.
The stamps show portraits of the main protagonists of the battle, the duke of Wellington, Blucher, the prince of Orange, Marshal Ney, and Napoleon. In the background appears “French cavalry charging English formation” (1875), a Victoria and Albert museum painting by Felix Philippoteaux.


Gebhard Leberecht Von Blücher

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

VIETNAM ~ Ho Minh City (Saigon) - The Thong Nhat Palace ~

...One of the most important places in Vietnam history...Thanks Benny for card nr 3! :-)
Photo: Hùu Cay
Ho Chi Minh City , commonly known as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).

This palace built in 1966 was the home and workplace for the President of south Vietnam.

The Reunification Palace was the site of a dramatic finish to the Vietnam War as tanks crashed through the main gate on the morning of April 30, 1975. The building hasn't been renovated since the take over of communists in 1975.


Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam -One-pillar Pagoda
(Issued 16-01-2012 )
Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam - Bridge Pagoda 
(Issued 16-01-2012)

Friday, May 22, 2015

VIETNAM ~Thuy Tu Lagoon - Hue ~

...Another nice card from Vietnam thanks to friend Benny who made a three week trip to discover the country... Bedankt Benny!!
© LiemTran
The Tam Giang-Cau Hai-Thuy Tu Lagoon is located in the central province of Thua Thien Hue in Vietnam. It is the largest lagoon system in southeast Asia with nearly 70 km length along the coast and about 22,000 ha of water surface. The lagoonal system consists of several smaller lagoons, namely Tam Giang, Thanh Lam, Sam, Ha Trung, Thuy Tu, and Cau Hai from the north to the south along the coast.

A lagoon is a shallow coastal waterbody, completely or partly separated from a larger body of water by a barrier island, coral reef or other depositional feature.


Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam -One-pillar Pagoda
 (Issued 16-01-2012 )
Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam - Bridge Pagoda
 (Issued 16-01-2012)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

THAILAND ~ Bangkok - The Royal Barge chanting ceremony~

...great postcard of a unique and impressive event...a glimpse into the traditional culture of Thailand...
Thanks once again Jobbo!!
Photo: Jatuporn Rutnin

Thailand's Royal Barge Procession  is a ceremony of both religious and royal significance which has been taking place for nearly 700 years. The exquisitely crafted Royal Barges are a blend of craftsmanship and traditional Thai art. The Royal Barge Procession takes place rarely, typically coinciding with only the most significant cultural and religious events. During the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, spanning over 60 years, the Procession has only occurred 16 times.

The Royal Barge Procession, in the present, consists of 52 barges: 51 historical Barges, and the Royal Barge, the Narai Song Suban, which King Rama IX built in 1994. It is the only Barge built during King Bhumibol's reign. These barges are manned by 2,082 oarsmen. The Procession proceeds down the Chao Phraya River, from the Wasukri Royal Landing Place in Khet Dusit, Bangkok, passes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, Wat Po, and finally arrives at Wat Arun.


Thai Heritage Conservation Day - Phanomrung Historical Park
(Issued 21-10-1997)

The 72nd Anniversary of the Birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Issued 21-10-1999)

King  Royalty -Monarchies
16 Anniversary Celebrations of his Majesty's Accession to the Throne
(Issued 05-12-2006)

Monday, May 18, 2015

KAZAKHSTAN ~ S.Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University ~

...Great panoramic university view...had to wait 6 years to get my second card from Kazakhstan and I have to say I hardly know anything about  this country... Thank you very much Maria!

 S.Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University is the leader of scientific-humanitarian education in the Eastern region of the country. Over 12 thousands students of 20 nationalities are taught in the university, 300 students are citizens of near and far abroad. At the present day, academic activity is divided on 8 faculties and 33 departments in the university.
Over 1300 professor-teachers and their assistance are at the staff of the university.

Music - Dance
Centenary of Birth of Kulash Bayseitova

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

KIRIBATI ~Art by Tevita Pola'apau ~

...Fantastic surprise in my mailbox took five months to arrive...lovely art postcard...unfortunately coming from an island which could become one of the first victims of global warming :(... ever increasing high tides are causing villagers to abandon their homes...
Thanks a lot Rod!! Must have been once again an amazing journey... ( )

Kiribati  is an island located in the central Pacific Ocean, about 4,000 km (about 2,500 mi) southwest of Hawaii. It is part of the division of the Pacific islands that is known as Micronesia. Kiribati consists of 33 coral islands divided among three island groups: the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands, and the Line Islands.

The capital of Kiribati is Tarawa, an atoll in the Gilbert Islands. Bairiki, an islet of Tarawa, serves as an administrative center.

Explorers - Captain Wilkes & The Vincennes
(Issued 25-03-2002)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

VIETNAM ~ Ban Gioc Waterfall ~

...First great postcard sent by friend Benny who traveled last year through Vietnam and sent lots of postcards from different places he more to come... Bedankt Benny! :-D

Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s most impressive natural sights. Located in the northeastern province of Cao Bang,. It is 53 meters (173 feet) high and 300 meters ( 984 feet) wide, Ban Gioc waterfall has 3 layers from the peak to the river, making Ban Gioc the widest – but not the highest – waterfall in the country.

Ban Gioc Falls lays on the border of Vietnam and China. It is considered to be the largest waterfall in Vietnam. The Falls are made out of three main waterfalls.

Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam - Bridge Pagoda
 (Issued 16-01-2012)

Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam -One-pillar Pagoda
 (Issued 16-01-2012 )

Thursday, May 7, 2015


“Gorgeous looking view of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world...Thanks Alé!
Photo © M. Cattelan
Lake Atitlán with its surface of 130 sq. km is the third largest freshwater lake in Guatemala. It is situated in the district of Sololá in the western highlands of Guatemala. The lake is approx. 18 km wide and 10 km long and lies at an altitude of 1,562 m. It is surrounded by three volcanoes: Atitlán (3,537 m), Tolimán (3,158 m) and San Pedro (2,995 m), which compose an imposing panorama around the highland lake.

Lake Atitlán lies in a crater, created by a great eruption of a volcano, the Chocoyos Eruption, approx. 85,000 years ago. As there is no outlet, the water level rose over the past years through the inlets of the principal rivers of the basin. The deepest point detected is approximately 340 m.

It has been selected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The word "atitlan" is a Mayan word that translates as "the place where the rainbow gets its colors." Indigenous communities live around the lake and more than forty archaeological sites have been identified.

The fight against discrimination
(Issued 06-08-2014)
Gastronomy - Food
(Issued 04-03-2014)

Monday, May 4, 2015

SINGAPORE ~The Battle Box ~

...Nice postcard showings one of Singapore's World War II most historic landmarks. ... Thanks ?????
The Battle Box at Fort Canning is one of the most important World War II sites in Singapore. It is a massive military bunker located some 9 metres below ground in Fort Canning Park, and was where General Percival made the decision to surrender Singapore to the invading Japanese forces on 15 February 1942.

It was sealed off after the war, and refurbished in 1996. This final command conference is portrayed as accurately as possible.Wax figures of Lieutenant General Arthur Ernest Percival, and all the major officials with him at the time are modeled based on historical records and photographs. It is now open to the public.

Vanishing Trades
(Issued 26-11-2014)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ÅLAND ~ Map ~

...My 3 card coming from Åland...a great map with nice stamp and special cancellation! Thanks a lot Sini!

Åland consists of 6,757 islands situated midway between Sweden and Finland. Although the people of Åland speak Swedish, this autonomous territory is part of Finland.

Åland has its own flag, has issued its own postage stamps since 1984, runs its own police force, and is a member of the Nordic Council.

Alie Lindberg’s grand piano on Europa stamp
(Issued 8-05-2014)

Monday, April 20, 2015

USA ~ Utah - Land of Contrast~

...I really like this sort of "multiviews"'s showing all the beauty of Utah...found immediately lots of places I would love to see...the National Parks, the Dinosaur National Monument...great choice of card O'Neil! :D
Big thanks! ( )

Utha is well known as the most religiously homogeneous state in the Union ( its nickname is Beehive State)approximately 62% of Utahns being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS (Mormons), which greatly influences the state's culture and daily life.

Bordered by Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona and Nevada (and touching a corner of New Mexico)

 It is a geographically diverse state, located at the convergence of three distinct geological regions: the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau. Utah is known for its natural diversity and is home to features ranging from arid deserts with sand dunes to thriving pine forests in mountain valleys.

With nice Earth Day 2014 Global Forever Stamp.

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.

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!!!

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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