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.


Stamps:

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.

Stamps:

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.


Stamps:

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.


Stamp:
Music - Dance
Centenary of Birth of Kulash Bayseitova
(Issued12-11-2012)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

KIRIBATI ~Art by Tevita Pola'apau ~

...Fantastic surprise in my mailbox today...it 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... (http://www.expeditioncruising.com/ )

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.


Stamp:
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 visited...so 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.

Stamps:
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

GUATEMALA ~Lake Atitlán - UNESCO~

“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.


Stamps:
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.

Stamp:
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.

Stamp:
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"...it'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! (http://postcardsandroadtrips.blogspot.be/ )

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.


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.