Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dominican Republic

...A typical scenic view from these exotic places...idyllic white-sandy beaches...palm trees... crystal clear waters and blue sky...this is the Caribbean’s most visited destination...Thanks a lot Valery!! シ
Photo: Emmepi Dominicana, S.A.

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Republic of Haiti.  Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by the Caribbean Sea. The country is the second largest in the Caribbean region.

The capital is Santo Domingo  founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

Christopher Columbus explored and claimed the island on his first voyage in 1492, it became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland.

Stamps:
City Friendship
(Issued 15-10-2009)

The 50th Anniversary of the Dominican Postal Institute
(Issued 28-10-2013)

Monday, September 26, 2016

UK ~Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey - UNESCO ~

...Beautiful well maintained ruins in a wonderful setting... it looks a mystical and magical place.... they offer a window in to the way of life of the devout monks in Medieval time ... I've been very fortunate (and spoiled) by my dear postcard friend Andrene who has sent me so many fantastic postcards from her stay in the UK!! Thaaaaaanks so much  \_(♥‿♥)_/
"The Cistercian Order abbey, founded in 1132, seen from the south."

The magnificent  Abbey ruins are set in the Skell Valley in North Yorkshire. The abbey was named Fountains Abbey because of the springs of water that existed in the area.

Fountains Abbey was founded in 1132 by Benedictine monks from St Mary’s in York seeking to live a devout and simple lifestyle, who later became Cistercians. The abbey turned into the largest and wealthiest in England. It operated for over 400 years, until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The estate was sold by the Crown to a merchant, Sir Richard Gresham. It remained in private hands until the 1960s. The National Trust bought the estate from the West Riding County Council in 1983.

In 1986 the parkland in which the abbey is situated and the abbey was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  

Stamp:

Universal Mail UK London Icons
(Issued 2008-2012)

Friday, September 23, 2016

BURUNDI ~ Making banana wine ~

... My second fantastic card coming from this small African country... a wonderful new addition to my collection... the land of culture and beauty... but sadly enough is it one of the 10 poorest countries in the world... not having enough water is one of the main problems that people in Burundi have... the lack of clean drinking water has led to many diseases in the country ( ⌣́,⌣̀)...that's also the reason why I always have mixed feelings by receiving a card from one of these countries...just saying... Thanks a lot Deo and a special Big Thanks to Maick for arranging  this swap for me! ♥‿♥




Banana is  an important material  to brew beers and wines. Banana wine is a traditional drink of the Burundi people and they consume a large amount of banana wines each year.

Ripened bananas  in a wooden trough being prepared for fermentation, to which is added a little sorghum flour. After having fermented four of five days, the beer is ready and is pored into smaller jugs, ready for consumption.

During festivals or on important occasions, the Burundi people all like to drink banana wines for celebrations.








Stamp:

Insects & Flowers -
(Issued 2014)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

MEXICO ~Historic Centre of Mexico city-UNESCO~

...Great postcard showing four examples of different architectural styles of the historical centre of Mexico city... a must see in the city... and most of them beautifully preserved...Thanks a lot Marco!! ツ
Palace of Fine Arts      National Palace      Palace de Correos      Metropolitan Cathedral

Mexico city, one of the largest cities in the world, was founded above the prehispanic city of México, Tenochtitlan in the year 1325 by the Aztecs and was conquered by the Spaniards in 1521.

The Historical Centre is the oldest part of Mexico City and it’s also the area that contains some of the most appreciated cultural treasures of the country.

It was recognized as Heritage City in 1987 due to its Historic Center and its Xochimilco National Park.

Stamp:

Handicrafts
(Issued 30-10-2005)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

GERMANY ~ Margravial Opera House - UNESCO ~

...Lovely view of one of Europe’s most beautifully preserverd Baroque style opera houses ... a historical jewel... one of the most impressive things is that all of the beauty inside is painted wood... with great special postmark to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "Europa" stamps...Thank you very much Dustin for this lovely surprise!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Margravial Opera House  is a Baroque opera house in the town of Bayreuth, built between 1745 and 1748  according to plans designed by the French architect Joseph Saint-Pierre for margrave Frederick III of Brandenburg-Bayreuth.

The wooden interior was designed by Giuseppe Galli Bibiena and his son Carlo from Bologna in an Italian Late Baroque style. The box theatre is completely preserved in its original condition, except for the curtain which was taken by Napoleon's troops on their march to the 1812 Russian campaign.

It is undergoing structural conservation and restoration in a project that started in 2012 and will probably last until 2018.

On 30 June 2012 the opera house was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Stamp:

Europa - Think Green
 (issued 02-05-2016)

Definitive Issue - Flowers
(Issued 07-07-2005)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

SLOVAKIA ~ Tatras National Park ~

...My first National Park postcard of Slovakia and the oldest one in the country... only 8 more to go ◔͜͡◔...with lovely views of the chamois... symbol of both the Slovak and Polish Tatra National Park... and under strict protection... Thanks a lot Vladimir! ㋡
Photo © Ladislav Janiga

Tatra(s) National Park is situated in North Central Slovakia in the Tatra Mountains on the border with Poland. The park is important for protecting a diverse variety of flora and fauna, with many endemic species, including the Tatra chamois.

This National Park  protected area was founded in 1949. High Tatras Mountains are one of the smallest mountain ranges in the world, nevertheless, they are the highest and the only mountain range of alpine system in Slovakia.

The chamois is one of the most precious species, as it developed in isolation since the glacial age. This is the reason why it differs from its relatives living in the Alps or Apennines. Its protection is extremely strict because only ± 1300 animals survive at present.

Stamp:

The 450th Anniversary of the Birth of Jan Jessenius, 1566–1621 - Joint Issue with Czech Republic, Hungary & Poland
(Issued 22-06-2016)

Friday, September 16, 2016

CANADA ~Waterton Lakes National Park-UNESCO

...New Canadian National Park ツ...a spectacular nature view with a hotel in a gorgeous setting overlooking Waterton Lake...it's where the mountains meet the prairies...one of the best places for observing bears...with nice stamps used...Thanks a lot Glenn 【ツ】→ (see his great postcard collection here !)
© Government Alberta

Waterton Lakes National Park is a national park  located in the southwest corner of Alberta, and borders Glacier National Park in Montana, US.

Waterton was Canada's fourth national park and is the smallest in the Canadian Rockies, established in 1895 and named after Waterton Lake, in turn after the Victorian naturalist and conservationist Charles Waterton. The park contains of ± 125 acres of rugged mountains and wilderness with a blend of unusual geology, mild climate, rare wild flowers, and an abundance of wildlife. It is a scene which has remained unchanged for centuries.

Waterton Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, an International Peace Park (created in 1932 as a symbol of goodwill between the two countries), and a Biosphere Reserve.
The only park in the world that has these three designations!

The Prince of Wales Hotel was constructed between 1926 and 1927, the hotel was built by the American Great Northern Railway to lure American tourists north of the border during the prohibition era. The hotel was named after the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), in a transparent attempt to entice him to stay in the hotel on his 1927 Canadian tour, but the Prince stayed at a nearby ranch instead.

Stamps:

2009 Preserving the Poles
(Issued 09-04-2009)

Animals - Peregrine Falcon
(Issued 19-12-2005)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

FRENCH POLYNESIA ~ Tahiti - Le Diadème ~

...Breathtaking and overwhelming nature view coming from French Polynesia, Tahiti... this mythic mountain, Le Diadème (the tiara) crowns the island as the “Queen of the South Pacific.”... a paradise of rainforests, mountains and black-sand beaches....with wonderful stamp too...Thanks a lot Vanessa!! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀
Photo: © Romain Ferré

Located in the archipelago of the Society Islands in the central Southern Pacific Ocean, Tahiti is the largest island of French Polynesia, and was formed from volcanic activity.

The island is divided into two sections, with the northwestern portion being Tahiti Nui ("big Tahiti") and the smaller, southeastern portion being Tahiti Iti ("small Tahiti").

 While coral reefs surround the coastal waters, much of the island's interior is mountainous - it's highest point is Mont Orohena at 2,241 m. Lush rainforests cover the landscape of Tahiti, and the Papenoo River flows through the north side of the island.



Stamp:

Street Art in French Polynesia
(Issued 27-05-2016)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

UK ~ Kew Royal Botanic Garden - UNESCO~

...Lovely views of the world’s most famous botanic garden...a wonderful space for plant lovers...beautiful landscapes, glasshouses and historic buildings...with great newly released stamp...Thanks a million Andrene! ♥
Photo: Andrew McRobb
Palm House by Night      Tulips in Spring     The Temperate House     Cedar Vista and Pagoda

Kew Gardens is a botanical garden in south-west London and the world's largest and most diverse collection of living plants.

Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, UK, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens.

The library contains more than 750,000 volumes, and the illustrations collection contains more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plants.

In 2003 Kew Gardens was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Stamp:

The 350th Anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
(Issued 02-09-2016)

Friday, September 9, 2016

FRANCE ~ Omaha Beach Cemetery - Normandy ~

...A serene, sad, impressive and moving view...thousands of perfectly lined rows of white marble crosses and Stars of David of US soldiers who died so far from home helping us... why some people still think war is the answer is unbelievable (⌣́_⌣̀)... Thanks a lot Stéphane!!

The American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, overlooks Omaha Beach. Originally, 23,000 Americans were buried there, but 14,000 were eventually repatriated. Of the 9,386 soldiers who rest here, only 307 remain unidentified. The cemetery has a lovely garden commemorating the 1,557 men who remain missing.

Normandy, is the place where the largest seaborne invasion in history took place. In just one night (on Tuesday, 6 June 1944)  24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops landed on the coast.

The Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beach. Due to bad weather conditions the mission was partially successful and that success had a very high price. The biggest loss of lives was at Omaha beach.

Stamps:

Marianne

Year of the Monkey
(Issued 29-01-2016)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

UK ~ The Yorkshire Dales National Park ~

... Two more beautiful cards coming from England...National Park nr4 to add to my collection....this one shows beautiful views of England second most largest Park...not only a Big Thanks Andrene for this new NP postcard but especially  for using the ♥sweetest♥ stamps ever from one of my all time favorite writers and illustrators, Beatrix Potter...was hoping to get them on a postcard since they where issued...乂。●́‿●̀。乂
  
Kettlewell     Hawes   Skyreholme
Gunnerside    Whernside    Clapham
Malham    Aysgarth    Arncliffe

The Yorkshire Dales is an upland area of the Pennines in Northern England in the historic county of Yorkshire. This National Park is a 2,178 km2 (841 sq mi) national park in North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire.

The Yorkshire Dales was the eighth National Park to be created in 1954. On 1 August 2016, the National Park officially grew by nearly a quarter, with an extra  417 km (2 161 square miles).

The National Park contains 1,714 listed buildings and 203 scheduled monuments, over 20,000 residents live and work in the park.

Stamps:

The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Beatrix Potter, 1866-1943 
"The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle"

(Issued 28-07-2016)

UK ~ Images of North York Moors National Park ~

...Surprise postcard nr2...magical views...one huge paradise for nature lovers... with another so sweet Peter Rabbit stamp...Thanks so much Andrene for all these fantastic surprises from your vacation!!  ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)
Eskdale    Thomason Foss      Rosenberry Topping
Ryedale     Glaisdale Moor      Young Ralph Cross

The North York Moors National Park is an area of land in North Yorkshire, England, covering 1,436km² (554 sq mi). The Moors were granted National Park status in 1952.

England's Most Wooded National Park though named and famed for moors, North York is in fact England’s most wooded national park. Forests cover 22 percent of its area and native oak, ash, birch, and rowan fill streamsides and valleys to create a canopy for shade-loving plants. Most of the park’s forests were planted during the 20th century as a timber resource.

Stamps:

The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Beatrix Potter, 1866-1943
"The Tale of Peter Rabbit"

(Issued 28-07-2016)



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

BELGIUM ~ Bruges - UNESCO ~

...Always a pleasure to show beautiful places of my own country ツ...a wonderful Market Square evening view... Bruges is called the "Venice of the North" due to its picturesque canals which are found throughout the city........it is also one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe...Weeral ♥!! Héééél erg Bedankt Johan! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀
Photo: Marc Boseret
Bruges, the capital of West Flanders, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Its port, Zeebrugge, is an important center for fishing and European trade.

The Markt ("Market Square") is located in the heart of the city and covers an area of about 1 hectare. In the center of the market stands the statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck.

Bruges' Town Hall is one of the oldest in Belgium, having been constructed between 1376 and 1420.

The medieval belfry tower (13th-15th century) is 88 metres in height and houses the former city treasury, in which Bruges' valuables (money and royal charters) were once kept. A climb of 366 steps takes the visitor past the impressive clock mechanism and culminates in a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.

The historic city center was added to Unesco’s World Heritage List in 2000.


Stamp:

Forgotten Fruits
(Issued 27-06-2015)

Monday, September 5, 2016

UK ~ The Peak District National Park ~

...A variety of lovely nature views and a great new addition to my National Park collection.......it was Britain's First National Park and an outdoor paradise for visitors...it is also the the world's second most visited National Park...Big Thanks Andrene!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Hen Cloud   National Park Sign     Wolfscote Dale     Ashford-in the Water     Monsal Dale     Lose Hill

The Peak District is located in the central northern part of England, covering more than 1,437 km² parts of the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and South Yorkshire.

This National Park  is an area of great natural beauty with rugged, peat-covered moorlands and magnificent limestone dales, with picturesque towns and villages, historic churches and some grand houses.

 The Peak District was designated as a National Park in 1951.

Stamp:

Universal Mail UK- Telephone Box
(Issued Oct 2008)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

LAOS ~ Ho Phra Kheo - Vientiane ~

....Postcard nr3 shows a lovely view of one of the capital's oldest temples...it is no longer a place of worship, but still a very sacred place in Laos... set in beautifully kept gardens... because Laos is regarded as one of the lesser-known Asian countries I could hardly believe your story about the Belgian Bar (I googled it) and yep it's true ʘ͜͡ʘ...congrats with your dutch and knowledge of our cuisine....Big Thanks Jobbo!!  ❣◕ ‿ ◕❣
photo: Michel Huteau

This 1565-built temple built by King Setthathirat is named after the sacred image it once housed, the Phra Kaew or Emerald Buddha, a 66 centimetre statue carved from a single jade stone. It was the  former royal temple of the Lao monarchy.

The temple is now a museum and is no longer used as a place of worship.The museum contains a gilded throne, Khmer Buddhist stelae, bronze frog drums, wooden carvings and palm-leaf manuscripts.

Stamps:
Rocket Festival
(01-06-1995)

The 48th Anniversary of ASEAN- Joint Community Issue
(Issued 08-08-2015)

LAOS ~ Statue of King sethathirath - Pha That Luang - Vientiane~

...Great impressive statue view...The Pha That Luang Temple is one of the most representative places of Buddhism... a major national monument in Laos and a national symbol...as extra bonus with nice matching stamps... Thank you Jobbo!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: Apinan Buahapakdee

The statue depicts King Sethathirath at the Pha That Luang, which was originally built by him in 1566. The statue is located in the Saysettha gardens on the way to the main entrance to the interior of the stupa.

Setthathirath is considered to be one of the great leaders in Lao history. Throughout the 1560s until his death, he successfully defended his kingdom. He was a prolific builder and erected many Buddhist monuments including Wat Xieng Thong and the Pha That Luang.

Stamps:

Previous Issued Stamps Surcharged
(Issued 26-02-2015)

Millennium
(Issued 01-01-2000)

Monuments
(01-12-2014)

Friday, September 2, 2016

LAOS ~Xieng Khuan Buddha Park - Vientiane ~

...Great!! Friend Yobbo is traveling again ㋡... and thanks to him I can enlarge my collection once more with three postcards coming from a so called "rare" country, officially named "the Lao People's Democratic Republic"... this first one shows the iconic Buddha Park in the capital...it is one of the strangest sculpture gardens in the world... Thanks a lot Jobbo!! (I'm always looking forward to all your writing on the postcards, they give me a feeeling how it must be wandering around in these places and make me smile)!! (✿◠‿◠)
Photo: Jatupom Rutnin

Vientiane is the capital and largest city in Laos. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, near the border with Thailand. It is a city steeped in legend and history.

The park looks very ancient but in reality it’s only a little over 50 years old. Luang Pu Bunela Sulilat, a priest-shaman who integrated Hinduism and Buddhism started this park in 1958.

The statues are made of reinforced concrete and sometimes look very bizarre in their design. This sculpture park contains over more than  200 strange forms that were created in both Buddhist and Hindu style.

The postcard shows a pumpkin-shaped monument in the park with three levels that represent hell, earth and heaven. It is the tallest structure in the park and after climbing on the top of it, the view of the park from there is just breath-taking.

Stamps:

National Day
Previous Issued Stamps Surcharged
(Issued 26-02-2015)

Honey Bees
(Issued 23-06-2008)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

COSTA RICA ~ Pura Vida ~

...Sweet frog postcard...Costa Rica seems to be the happiest and greenest nation on earth and with there slogan "Pura Vida", Spanish for “pure or simple life” what means living your life to the fullest, no worries, no regrets, enjoying all the little things in life that make life great... I for sure believe it 【ツ】... and more wonderful news... last year Costa Rica became the first nation in the world to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy - for 75 days straight...Well done❗❗ ... also with great stamps and postmark...
Thanks a lot Randall Elizondo!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Rodolfo Castillo

Costa Rica  literally meaning "Rich Coast"  is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and Ecuador. The capital and largest city is San José.

Glass frogs are generally small, ranging from 3 to 7.5 centimeters (1.2 to 3.0 in) in length, semi-translucent, and has a leaf-green color. They are similar to tree frogs, except that the eyes of this frog are oriented forward, whereas the eyes of a tree frog oriented to the sides.

They live along rivers and streams during the breeding season, and are particularly diverse in montane cloud forests of Central and South America, 13 species can be found here in different types of tropical forest.

Stamps:

The 80th Anniversary of the Ministry of Labour & Social Security
(26-08-2008)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

UK ~ Images of Liverpool - UNESCO ~

...Postcard nr2 is showing more lovely sights of the city... both cards are great new additions to my UNESCO collection... Thanks so much Andrene for thinking  of me during your stay here...must have been a wonderful vacation!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Top left Photographs © Ron Davies
Liverpool is a maritime city in northwest England, where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. A key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, it's also, famously, the hometown of The Beatles. Ferries cruise the waterfront, where the iconic mercantile buildings known as the "Three Graces" – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building – stand on the Pier Head.

Several areas of Liverpool city centre were granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2004.


Stamp:

Definitive 2016
(Issued 22-03-2016)

UK ~ Liverpool - UNESCO ~

...Surprise postcard nr1... a fantastic panoramic view... Albert Dock is one of Britain’s top heritage attractions, situated in a spectacular riverside setting... a "must" visit if you are going to Liverpool...Thanks a lot Andrene!! ツ
Photo: Craig Easton with Brigid Benson
From backside postcard:
Magnificent Albert Dock is the UK's largest group of Grade I listed buildings, designed by Dock surveyor Jesse Hartley with architect Philip Hardwick. The fireproof warehouses, constructed of brick, cast iron and granite, without use of wood, opened in 1846.

Today the dock is a vibrant social and cultural hub at the heart of Liverpool's world class waterfront. The Dock is home of the Beatles story, tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime museum. The International Slavery museum and many other attractions.

It was listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site in 2004.

Stamp:

Definitive 2016
(Issued 22-03-2016)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

VANUATU ~ Aerial view of Vila ~

...My second wonderful card coming from this remote island nation in the Pacific Ocean... a tropical paradise...beautiful blue ocean with small green islands, crystal clear waters with spectacular coral reefs, and friendly people... Thanks a lot Azzi !! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

Vanuatu is a "Y" shaped chain of approximately 83 coral and volcanic islands lying northeast of Sydney Australia, literally meaning "Land eternal".

Port Vila is the largest city in Vanuatu and also the county's capital. It is located on the island of Efate (the main island of Vanuatu). This city is Vanuatu's most important harbour and the center of the country's trade.

Stamp:

Fine Cuisine
(Issued 28-10-2015)

Monday, August 29, 2016

SOUTH AFRICA ~ The Big Five ~

... Beautiful postcard... always impressive the "Big Five" on one postcard...the opportunity to see wild animals in their natural habitat must be awesome and a dream for a lot of us, including me... maybe someday シ... and with fantastic matching stamp...sent by my dentist ✿... Héééél erg bedankt Jef and Frieda (♥‿♥) !!
"For nature lovers a sighting of one of the "BIG 5" causes great excitement. The experience of sighting all five of these formidable creatures is truly a rare privilege."

The African continent is the only place in the world where big game still roams freely. The Kruger National Park area and the neighboring private game reserves are famous for the incredible possibilities seeing the Big Five up close.

The term "Big Five" is reminiscent of the old safari hunting days. The members of the Big Five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size.

The animals behind the The "Big Five"' are Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalo's and Rhinos.

Countries where all the members of the big five can be found include Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Namibia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Malawi.

Stamp:

Airmail - The Big 5
(05-05-2010)

~SRI LANKA - Grand Hotel-Nuwara Eluya ~

...A beautiful hotel view in an amazing setting...must be the perfect place for a holiday...Thanks Ravindra!!
Photo © Juergen Schreiber
Grand Hotel is a fabulous old Colonial structure of the Elizabethan era and is also the former mansion of Sir Edward Barnes who was the Governor of Sri Lanka during 1830-1850. With luxury settings and an ambiance of ancient times where royalty roamed, this hotel offers a range of facilities to make your holiday in the hill country a perfect one.

There are a number of 154 deluxe rooms with beautiful views of the surroundings while luxury awaits you..

Stamps:
World and Sri Lanka CUB Scouts Centenary
(Issued 13-05-2016)

Lawasia Golden Jubilee Conference
(Issued 1208-2016)

Friday, August 26, 2016

SCOTLAND ~ New Lanark - UNESCO ~

... Great multiview showing  parts of the site... including one of the "Falls of Clyde"... it is now beautifully restored as a living community, with visitors from all over the world....Thanks a lot Andrene!!【ツ】
Photo: © Ronald W Weir
Left to right top: New Buildings, Corra Linn falls of Clyde and Hotel. Left to Right, lower: Robert Owen's House, New Lanark and the River Clyde.

New Lanark is a small 18thC cotton spinning mill village located on the banks of the Falls of Clyde surrounded by native woodlands, where the philanthropist and Utopian idealist Robert Owen moulded a model industrial community in the early 19thC. The imposing cotton mill buildings, the spacious and well-designed workers' housing, and the dignified educational institute and school still testify to Owen's humanism.

New Lanark became a World Heritage site in 2001 and is one of the six UNESCO World Heritage sites in Scotland.


Stamp:
 Queen Elisabeth definitive stamp
(Issued 22-03-2016)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

BELGIUM ~ Rik Wouters ~

...Beautiful new stamp issue with great special cancellation to mark the centenary of the death of the Belgian painter Rik Wouters....lovely painting called "Lady in Blue in front of a Mirror" (1914) can be seen in the Royal Museum, Antwerp... this fauvist artist is considered as one of Flanders’ key artists of the early 20th century...Big Thanks Johan!! (♥‿♥)
© Koninlijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van Belgie, Brussel

Rik Wouters (Mechelen, 1882 - Amsterdam, 1916)  was a Belgian fauvistisch painter, watercolourist, draughtsman and sculptor of portraits, figures, landscapes and still-life's.

He produced 200 paintings, around one thousand drawings and numerous sculptures. As an 18-year-old student, he fell in love with  Hélène ‘Nel’ Duerinckx, who became his wife and muse.

Rik Wouters was merely influenced by the works of James Ensor and Paul Cézanne in 1909. He obtained national success during his exhibition at the renowned Galerie Georges Giroux in 1912. He was a member of "Kunst Van Heden". At the beginning of the First World War, he ended up in a mental hospital in The Netherlands, eventually he died at the age of 33 in 1916.

His paintings are characterized by his unique use of lighting conditions which result in the creation of warm colour shades.



Stamp:

Rik Wouters - The Ironer
(Issued 22-08-2016)