Thursday, May 26, 2016

USA ~Kauai - Hawaii ~

..Lots of wonderful views of the oldest island in the Hawaiian archipelago...a tropical paradise and
 nature lovers dream...Thank you so much Andron for thinking of me on your vacation!!✈ (♥‿♥)



Kauai is an island in the mid-Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago and is Hawaii’s fourth largest island.

It's nicknamed "the Garden Isle" thanks to the tropical rainforest covering much of its surface. The dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coast have served as backdrop for major Hollywood films (Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, George of the Jungle..) while 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails traversing the Sleeping Giant ridge are hiking destinations.



Clockwise, from top to left:
Yellow hale plumeria
Bali Hai
Wailua Falls
Nā Pali Coast

Stamp:
 "The Moon" Global Forever stamp
(Issued 22-02-2016)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CROATIA ~ Krka National Park Waterfalls ~

... New great National Park to add to my collection...beautiful impressive waterfall view...you can even swim in these waterfalls ㋡...Thank you very much Agi!! ♥

Krka National Park is one of the 8 Croatian national parks. The park is named after the river Krka that it encloses. It is the seventh national park in Croatia and was proclaimed a national park in 1985.

Krka is a river in Dalmatia with a length 72.5 km. In the parts of the course where the Krka flows through marly soils, certain extensions are created. In limestone it forms a narrow and deep canyon (up to 200 m), flowing over travertine (a form of limestone) barriers and creating waterfalls.



Stamps:

Easter
(Issued 08-03-2016)

International Children's Festival
(Issued 14-02-2011)


Monday, May 23, 2016

ITALY ~ Palace of Venaria - UNESCO ~

...Beautiful winter scene of one of the largest royal residences in the world... a great Baroque estate restored (the largest restoration ever undertaken by the EU to conserve cultural property) to its former glory and with breathtaking gardens... Thank you very much Gian Luca and Raffaella!! ♥‿♥


The Palace of Venaria  is a former royal residence located in Venaria Reale, near Turin, in Piedmont, northern Italy. It is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the UNESCO Heritage List in 1997.

 The Palace was designed and built from 167, commissioned by duke Charles Emmanuel II, who needed a base for his hunting expeditions in the heathy hill country north of Turin. The name itself derives from Latin, Venatio Regia meaning "Royal Hunt".

In 1978 it was sold to the Ministry of Culture, and in 2007 it was open for tourism.

Stamp:

Pope Francis
(Issued 07-12-2015)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

KIRIBATI ~ Tarawa ~

...Postcard coming  from a tropical island that also saw some of the bloodiest fighting of World War II and remnants of that war are still all around in Tarawa as shown on this great card... Thanks so much David!!♥ (check out his amazing blog here)


Kiribati is an island group in  Micronesia, comprises 33 coral atolls stretching along the equator.
The Republic of Kiribati is particularly concerned about global warming. It is thought that climate change will see the disappearance of the low-lying islands. Two of the uninhabited coral reefs have already been submerged by rising sea levels.

Tarawa is an atoll located  southwest of Hawaii. It consists of a series of coral islets. The military importance of Tarawa lay in its strategic location at the gateway of the US drive through the central Pacific towards the Philippines.

During the Second World War Japanese troops occupied the Gilbert Islands. Fierce fighting took place in Tarawa between the Japanese and US troops.

Stamps:

Definitives - Ships and Boats
(Issued 05-10-2013)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ITALY ~ Milan - Duomo Cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele ~

...Beautiful view of the impressive cathedral....Duomo  is the symbol of Milan...it is among the largest churches in the world, and took nearly six centuries to build...Thanks Salvatore!!

Milan  is the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. Milan is the main industrial, commercial, and financial centre of Italy and a leading global city.

Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of the city. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world's oldest shopping malls.

Stamps:
The Woman in Art
(Issued 01-03-2002)

The 100th Anniversary of the Golf Acquasanta Circle
(Issued 05-04-2003)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

EGYPT ~Sphinx - Giza ~

...Wonderful postcard of probably  the most famous monumental statue in the world and an iconic symbol of Ancient Egypt... Thanks once more Karolin!!

The Great Sphinx of Giza is a limestone statue of a reclining or couchant sphinx (a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head) that stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza.

It is the oldest known monumental sculpture, and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558–2532 BC). It is the largest monolith statue in the world,  a massive 73,5m long , 2o,22m high and  6m wide.


Stamps:

Egyptian Art
(Issued 25-05- 2002-2005)


Definitives - Pharaohs
(Issued 07-10-2013)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ Adam’s Bridge Marine National Park

...Fantastic new national Park for my collection...according to Ravindra is this the first of a series of 4 cards celebrating  the World Wetlands Day 2016...with great matching stamp...Thanks a lot for once more making my mailbox and me happy!! ♥‿♥


Adam's Bridge Marine National Park  is a national park surrounding Adam's Bridge (Rama's Bridge) in northern Sri Lanka. It became a national park on 22 June 2015 with an area of 18,990 ha.

Many migratory birds follow the Pamban Island-Adam's Bridge-Mannar Island route when flying to/from Sri Lanka.The sand dunes of Adam's Bridge are also used as breeding grounds by birds. Numerous varieties of fish and sea grasses thrive in the shallow waters Adam's Bridge. Sea life found around Adam's Bridge include dolphin, dugong and turtle.

The Caspian Tern is the largest tern in the world. Its large coral red bill makes it one of the most easily identified terns throughout its worldwide range.


Stamp:

World Wetlands Day
(Issued 02-02-2016)

Friday, May 13, 2016

ANGOLA ~ 5 Years of Peace ~

...New  African country... one more off my "missing list"...this lovely postcard was issued to celebrate 5 years of peace (2007)  following a 27-year civil war...the signing of an accord on April 4 2002, between the government and Unita rebels drew the line under a conflict that left half a million people dead and wrecked the infrastructure of a country that only won independence in 1975...Thanks Tian!!


Angola is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa, and is bordered by Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and the Atlantic Ocean. The capital and largest city  is Luanda.

Stamp:

The 50th Anniversary of OPEC
(Issued 01-10-2010)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

SRI LANKA ~Yala National Park - Leopards ~

...Beautiful animal in its natural habitat...this park is one of the most famous places in the world to spot leopards in the wild... a safari  here must be awesome (although I read that is is a bit overcrowded due to is popularity)... but would love to go anyway(◕‿-)... with great matching leopard stamp....
✺Ayubowan  Ravindra and thanks a lot!!✺
Photo: Chitral Jayatilake

Photo is from a book : "Â Moments of Truth in the Wilderness" and  is an exciting journey through the dry zone forests of Sri Lanka.

Yala National Park is one of the largest national parks in the country located on Sri lanka's South Eastern Coast where you are surrounded by plains, forests, lagoons, coastline, a diverse range of animals and an abundance of bird life.

 With over 35 leopards, Yala West has one of the world’s densest leopard populations.


Stamp:

Kumana National Park, leopard
(Issued 26-01-2016)

Monday, May 9, 2016

TURKMENISTAN ~Izmukshir Fortress - Dashogus Region ~

...Fantastic start of the week...great postcard coming from an unexplored part of Central Asia... a country  still hard to get in and mostly cut off from the rest of the world....Thank you very much Matthew!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Turkmenistan (formerly Turkmenia) is bounded by the Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan,Uzbekistan, Iran and Afghanistan. About nine-tenths of Turkmenistan is desert, chiefly the Kara-Kum, it is  one of the world's largest sand deserts.

Not far from Dashoguz city in a desert there are ruins of ancient fortress city Izmukshir (Zamakshar), surfaced with sands. The fortress ruins are located in the territory of the historical and cultural reserve museum Kunya-Urgench, the ancient capital of Khorezmshah's State.  The fortress is dated from III century B.C- III century A.D.

In front of Izmukshir kala there is a fortification moat (Turkmens call it "Gara Garymy" or "Gala Khendegi"). The moat of Turkmen fortresses amount to 1-16 meters in the depth, and in its width -2-15 meters.

Stamp:

Gasmain Turkmenistan-China
(Issued 01-07-2010)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

USA ~ Crater National Park - Wizard Island - Oregon ~

...More of Earth's natural beauty ♥... great new National Park to ad to my collection...snow-trimmed Crater Lake reflects Wizard Island with the most amazing shades of blue....Thanks Beckie!!

Crater Lake National Park is  located in southern Oregon. Established in 1902, this National Park is the fifth oldest national park in the US and the only national park in Oregon. The park includes the caldera of Crater Lake, a remnant of a destroyed volcano, Mount Mazama, and the surrounding hills and forests. The crater lake is 1943 feet deep about 592 meters, it is the deepest point which makes it is the deepest lake in the USA and 7th deepest lake in the world.

Wizard Island is the well-known cinder cone that rises out of the waters on the west side of Crater Lake. It was formed long after the original eruption of the former Mount Mazama.

If the volcano has been dormant for a long time, the water can be extremely clear because no river or streams flow into with sediment deposits.

Stamps:

Botanical Art
(Issued 29-01-2016)

Monday, May 2, 2016

CANADA ~Hello from Ontario's Wildlife ~

...a great variety of wildlife...must be a fantastic place for animal and nature lovers... big Thanks Andron for this lovely surprise in my mailbox!(✿◠‿◠)
Photos: ©Travelpic
Ontario is one of the ten provinces of Canada. It  is bordered by the province of Manitoba to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay to the north, Quebec to the east, and to the south by the US states.  It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the most populous city, Toronto.

Ontario's varied climate and geography support habitat for more than 3,600 species of plants, 154 species of fish, 50 species of amphibians and reptiles, 483 species of birds, and more than 81 species of mammals.

Stamps:

Canadian Photography
(Issued 13-04-2016)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ National Flower - Lotus ~

...Lovely  postcard showing the National flower and most well-known symbol of Buddhism, the lotus...
✿Thanks a lot Ravindra!!✿
Photo: ©Vijitha & Lalana Yapa
The water lily was declared the national flower of Sri Lanka on 26 February 1986. It found all the part of Sri Lanka and grows in the shallow water. The flower is considered a symbol of truth, purity and discipline. It has connection with Buddha and uses as ceremonial flower in Sri Lanka throughout history.

Stamps:

Deepavali
(Issued 10-11-2015)
YovunPuraya
(Issued 02-04-2016)
D. B. Wijetunga Birth Centenary
(Issued 14-02-2016)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

ISLE OF MAN ~ TT Tourist Trophy - Mountain Course Map~

...Fantastic postcard for all motorcycling and bikers fans...a great map showing the legendary Mountain Course... one of the biggest motorcycling events in the world...including markers for all the famous points on the circuit... Big Thanks to my postcard friend James!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯


The International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race is a motorcycle sport event held annually on the Isle of Man in May or June of each year since the inaugural race in 1907.

This TT was for many years the most prestigious motor-cycle race in the world and also seen as the ultimate test for competitors and machines alike.

The official course distance for the Snaefell Mountain Course was amended in 1938 to 37.733 miles (60.73 km) which is the current course length. For the 1934 Isle of Man TT Races major alterations to the Mountain Course were carried out which included the removal of the East Snaefell Mountain sheep-gate.

Stamps:

National Heritage
(Issued 03-08-2004)

Monday, April 25, 2016

~ CHINA -Xinjiang Autonomous Region - Mount Bogda - UNESCO~

...Stunning sunset view on the all year round snow covered Bogda mountain...and therefore nicknamed “the sea of snow”...and my fourth UNESCO postcard in a row ㋡...Thanks a lot Nan!!
Photo by Song Shijing
Xinjiang, an autonomous region in northwest China, is a vast region of deserts and mountains,   bordering the countries of Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The ancient Silk Road trade route linking China and the Middle East passed through Xinjiang.

Bogda Peak is the highest mountain in the Bogda Shan range in the eastern Tian Shan Mountains, one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. It has been on the World Natural Heritage List since June 2013.

Stamp:

Dong Architecture
(Issued 02-06-1997)

Special-use stamp for Greeting Cards
(Issued 08-08-2013)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

SRI LANKA ~Gal Potha - Polonnaruwa - UNESCO~

...View of an impressive rock at this wonderful ancient site... Gal Potha which translates to ‘stone book’ which literally is a stone book...you will not find anything like this in a library!(◕‿-)  Thanks a lot Ravindra!!
From backside card:
Gal Potha was built by King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) to record his achievements. It is believed to be the heaviest book in the world and contains over 4300 characters in 72 lines. This massive slab is approximately 8,2m x 1,4 meters.

Beautiful carvings of two rows of geese (Hamsa) form the border of the side of the rock. Between this design at the center is a carved seated figure of Goddess Lakshmi holding two flowers and two elephants poring water on her from a container.The inscription has been of great assistance to the scholars since it also reveals the evolution of the Sinhala script.


Stamp:

 Kumana national Park
 (Issued 26-01-2016)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SPAIN ~Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí - UNESCO ~

...Many beautiful churches...all located  in a rural setting and  picturesque mountain scenery...with matching UNESCO stamp...Thanks a lot Josep & Assumpta for this nice unexpected surprise in my mailbox! ♥ (http://cartesipostalsdarreu.blogspot.be/)

The narrow Vall de Boí is situated in the high Pyrénées, in the Alta Ribagorça region and is surrounded by steep mountains. Each village in the valley contains a Romanesque church, and is surrounded by a pattern of enclosed fields. There are extensive seasonally-used grazing lands on the higher slopes.

The Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí are  dating back to the 11th an 12thC and are considered to be the purest examples of Catalan Lombard Romanesque art. Characteristic features of the churches are their finely worked stone and beautiful bell towers.  There are nine Early Romanesque churches, making it the site of the densest concentration of Romanesque architecture in Europe.

Stamps:

The 500th Anniversary of Juan Ponce de León's Arrival at the Florida Coast.
(Issued 03-01-2014)

UNESCO World Heritage
(Issued 30-11-2001)

Monday, April 18, 2016

THAILAND ~Bang Pa Summer Palace- Ayutthaya - UNESCO~

... a place of mixed Thai, Chinese and  European architecture in a beautiful setting, ...with matching stamp...Thanks once more Jobbo!!
Photo: Sukit tejavanija
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace also known as the Summer Palace, is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai kings. It lies in the Ayutthaya Province. Most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn.

Amidst vast gardens and landscaping stand the following buildings: Wehart Chamrunt, a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room; the Warophat Phiman , a royal residence; Ho Withun Thasana, a brightly painted lookout tower; and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art, a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond. Scattered around the extensive gardens are European statues as well as monuments ordered to be built by King Rama V in memory of members of his family, one of them a much-loved Queen who drowned in a boating accident.

Stamps:
International Stamp Exhibition "Bangkok 1983"
(Issued 25-02-1983)

The 100th Anniversary of H.M. Queen Rambhai Bharni of the Seventh Reign
(Issued 20-12-2004)

National Stamp Exhibition "Thaipex '85"
(Issued 04-08-1985)

Friday, April 15, 2016

MALAYSIA ~The island of Borneo - map ~

...Wonderful golden brown postcard showing Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimatan with also the Sabah island main tourist attractions...Sabah is often referred  as “The land below the wind” because it is located below the typhoon belt...Thanks a lot Erica!!

published by The Farmers' Brand Sdn Bhd.
Borneo (Sabah) is the third-largest island in the world and the largest island of Asia located in the extreme southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. The island is divided among three countries: Brunei and Malaysia on the north, and Indonesia to the south.

Borneo is itself home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world and has the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu.

Stamp:

The Year of the Monkey - ‘Primates of Malaysia Series 2’
( Issued 22-01-2016)

Monday, April 11, 2016

MALAWI ~ Lake Malawi National Park - Cape Maclear -UNESCO~

...A great new African country to add to my collection...it is listed as the 'Happiest' country in Africa and also known as  "The Warm Heart of Africa"...with matching Lake Malawi stamp... Thanks a lot Emmanuel!!
Cape Maclear is a small fishing village on Lake Malawi. Cape Maclear and its islands, forests and bay were declared a national park in 1980, creating the Lake Malawi National Park, the first freshwater national park in the world. In 1984, the area became a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Malawi  is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia, Tanzania  and Mozambique. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi.  Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawi's largest city.

Stamps:

Christmas
(Issued 25-12-2014)

2014 Lake Malawi
(Issued 25-04-2014)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

AUSTRIA ~Salzburg - Bad Gastein - Hohe Tauern National Park ~

...Plenty of pretty snowy views from friend Benny's ski vacation...with the same stamp used on both postcards...Bedankt!!


Bad Gastein  (1.083m) is a spa town in the Austrian state of Salzburg. Picturesquely situated in a high valley of the Hohe Tauern mountain range, it is known for the Gastein Waterfall and a variety of Belle Époque hotel buildings.

In the heart of the Austrian Alps, Hohe Tauern National Park provides endangered animal and plant species with a protected habitat of 1800 km² in area. This National Park is the largest in Austria and actually the second largest in Europe.

Stamp:

Definitives - Impressions from Austria
 (Issued 01-03-2015)

Monday, April 4, 2016

RUSSIA ~ The Struve Geodetic Arc - UNESCO ~

...Received my third country with  Geodetic Arc "Z Point" on Hogland Island...still 7 to go...Thanks a lot Oleg!
Photo © Nikolai Vorobyev
“The Struve Arc” (“Russian-Scandinavian Arc”) is a chain of old triangulation points extending for 2,820 km on the territory of ten European countries and representing a unique monument of science and technology. The points are marked by drilled holes, cross marks in stone, carved crosses or cairns.

Both Russian triangulation points are situated on the small Hogland Island in the Gulf of Finland – they are the “Maki-Paalys Point” and “Z Point”.

Stamps:

Definitive Issue. Kremlins
(Issued 01-10-2009)

Definitive Issues
(Issued 29-08-2008)

The 50th Anniversary of the Russian Society for Protection of Monuments of History and Culture
(Issued 14-10-2015)

Friday, April 1, 2016

SRI LANKA ~Kandyan Throne and Crown of King Vikrama Rajasinha ~

...Two great postcards showing items of the islands glorious past...on display in the National Museum of Colombo the largest museum in Sri Lanka...about 100,000 objects telling the story of ancient Sri Lanka and its cultural and natural heritage... Thanks a lot Ravindra!
The throne of King Vri Wickrama Rajasinha is gold plated and is studded with rubies, sapphires and other precious stones. The eyes of the lions on the hand rests are thought to be pink sapphires.



Stamp:

Christmas
(Issued 06-12-2015)
The Crown of Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, King of Kandy 1798.

 The Kingdom of Kandy was an independent state until it was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. Since then the Crown of the former King has been displayed as a historical object.

Stamps:

Birth centenary of the late WB Wijetunga, former President of Sri Lanka.
(Issued 14-02-2016)

130th Birth anniversary of Don Richard Wijewardena, founder of Lake House newspapers and Independence activist
(Issued 26-02-2016)

The 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with Thailand
(Issued 02-11-2015)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CANADA ~ Kluane National Park - UNESCO~

...Beautiful natural wonder...ice blue glaciers and mountains...most of it untouched and inaccessible wilderness that  you can only see by plane...from a set of 5 prepaid UNESCO cards...Thanks a lot Andron!!
p/s I did get your email asking for my address/send it to you/but got mail back saying  "your message could not be delivered".... I'm so glad you found it anyway. ㋡
Lara Minja, Lime Design

This postcard showcases the wonders of UNESCO World Heritage site Kluane/Wrangell-St.Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek Parks in Yukon, British Columbia and Alaska. The first trans-boundary site to be placed on the World Heritage List, this breathtaking landscape is home to most of the tallest peaks in North America and the largest ice field outside of the polar caps. Species which are rare or endangered elsewhere, such as the grizzly, wolf, wolverine, bald eagle, trumpeter swan and peregrine falcon, have stable populations in this area. These four parks form the largest internationally protected area in the world.


The picture of the image is taken above the Kluane Glacier, which is located between the Kaskawulsh Glacier and the Donjek Glacier. It is a view towards Mt. Weyprecht (3'255 m) and Mt. Vancouver 4'812 m.

Stamp:

World Heritage Sites in Canada III
(Issued 03-07-2015)