Thursday, January 19, 2017

SPAIN ~The Hospital de Sant Pau - UNESCO ~

... More beauty from postcard friends ♥... the world's largest Art Nouveau Site... an architectural masterpiece... a must-see group of hospital buildings... with great matching UNESCO stamp... Thanks a lot Josep and Assumpta!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The Hospital de Sant Pau was built to replace the old and too small Hospital de la Santa Creu at the end of 19th century. (1905-1930)

The famous Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner designed this new hospital for the city  and he thought about creating a sort of garden city that would also cheer up patients. The innovative hospital was inaugurated in 1930 and the result was a magnificent complex of whimsical pavilions adorned with colorful turrets and covered with beautiful mosaics, stained glass and marble sculptures.

The hospital was closed in 2009 and after refurbishment opened to the public in 2014.Today it hosts headquarters of international organizations such as Casa Àsia and the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.

It was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1997.

Photo: © Pere Vivas

Stamps:
Rural Architecture
(Issued 29-10-2015)

UNESCO World Heritage
(Issued 30-11-2001)

King Juan Carlos I
(Issued 02-01-2002)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GERMANY ~ Hannover ~

Great surprise postcard nr3 showing some city highlights.... Hannover is the seat of technical, medical, and veterinary universities and several museums... the city has numerous parks and gardens and earned the title of “Green City"... including Eilenriede, the largest city forest in Europe, which has almost twice the size of the Central Park in New York... Thank so much Dustin for once more 3 new wonderful German places and I do love those new "variable" value stamps!! 乂❤‿❤乂➜  My postcard and stamp week
Hannover on the River Leine, is the capital and largest city of the German state of Lower Saxony. Hannover was chartered in 1241 and in 1369 passed to Brunswick. In 1386 it joined the Hanseatic League.

It is a major industrial, commercial, and transshipment center, also serving as a vital rail and road junction in northern Germany. Manufactures include iron and steel, tires, machinery, and motor vehicles.

Points of interest include the Gothic former city hall,  the Marktkirche, the Leineschloss, a castle that now houses the parliament of Lower Saxony; and the remains of Herrenhausen castle.

Stamps:
(Issued 03-01-2017)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

GERMANY ~ Bremerhaven ~

...Fantastic seaport view nr2... Bremerhaven is surrounded by the sea... with breathtaking architecture,... it has one of the most  innovative museums... a modern, lozenge-shape metal building  the Klimahaus (Climate House), which opened in June 2009... Thanks so much Dustin!! (✿◠‿◠)

Bremerhaven  is a city at the seaport of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, a state of the Federal Republic of Germany. It forms an enclave in the state of Lower Saxony and is located at the mouth of the River Weser on its eastern bank,. Though a relatively new city, it has a long history as a trade port and today is one of the most important German ports, playing a crucial role in Germany's trade.

In a small area, called Havenwelten which means Harbor Worlds you'll find Klimahaus, the German Emigration Center, the German Maritime Museum, and the Zoo at the Sea. Harbor Worlds is now,  "the largest tourism complex in Northern Germany."


Stamp:

Definitive Issue - Flowers 2
(Issued 02-01-2006)



Monday, January 16, 2017

GERMANY ~ Elbe Philharmonic Hall - Hamburg ~

...First of 3 great cards sent by postcard friend Dustin...  a beautiful view of one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world.... popularly nicknamed Elphi... built on top of a massive brick warehouse overlooking the harbor... it is the tallest inhabited building of Hamburg, with a final height of 108 metres (354 ft)...with great matching stamp and special postmark... Thanks a lot Dustin!!【ツ】
Photo: Christian Ohde

Hamburg is the second-largest city (after Berlin) and the eighth-largest city in the European Union. The port of Hamburg is the second-largest port in Europe, and the ninth-largest in the world. Hamburg's official name is the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. It makes reference to Hamburg's history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League,

The Elbe Philharmonic Hall is a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg on the Grasbrook (de) peninsula of the Elbe River near to the historical Speicherstadt.

The new glassy construction resembles a hoisted sail, water wave or quartz crystal. Initial plans by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron were priced at 186 million euros (about $197 million), with the opening scheduled for 2010. After a succession of delays, revisions and legal disputes, the final bill for the city came to 798 million euros (about $843 million),

The Elbphilharmonie was officially inaugurated with concerts of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and a light show on 11 January 2017.

Stamp:

Opening of the Elbphilharmonie
(Issued 02-01-2017)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Wild Horses Sanctuary-Delft Island ~

...Lovely card nr 3 from the series "Unseen Sri Lanka" with matching stamp... the only place where you can see wild horses in their natural habitat... they are bigger than a pony but smaller than the average horse... must say never thought to get a postcard showing horses... as being a "tropical" island I thought mostly of more exotic animals such as elephants. tigers, leopardsヅ ...Thanks once more Ravindra for another wonderful card of this series!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Delft’s Tamil name is Neduntivu. It was was named after the Dutch city of Delft by Rijckloff van Goens. He named the eight most important islands in Sri Lanka after Dutch cities, but the seven others now have domestic names.

The semi-arid tropical island is the biggest among seven inhabitable islands in the neighborhood, and its area takes around 50km2. The 8km long and 6km wide island is basically flat and surrounded by shallow waters and sandy beaches.

The island is home to about 450 horses, who are believed to descend from horses kept on the island from the time of Delft’s Portuguese occupation.


Stamp:

Wild Horse Sanctuary
(Issued 02-12-2016)

Friday, January 13, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Tea Pickers - Nuwara Eliya ~

...Beautiful view of a chatty and cheerful group of tea pickers on a tea plantation near Nuwara Eliya... Sri Lanka is world famous for its tea and is one of the country's biggest exports...Thanks a lot Ravindra!! ❤
Photo: © Dominic Sansoni

The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka offer a healthy cool climate. The mountain slopes are covered with acres and acres of tea with its fragrant aroma mingling with the fresh air.

Nestled among the mist covered central hills in a cool basin is Nuwara Eliya, the hill resort, resembling a little English village. Road leading to this hill station winds through miles and miles of 'green carpet' of tea bushes where tea pluckers are seen busily picking the 'bud and two leaves' that go to form the most popular brew in the world, the 'Ceylon Tea'.

Stamps:

The 50th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Standard Institution
(Issued 03-12-2014)

National Meelad-Un-Nabi
(Issued 12-12-2016)

Previous Issued Stamps Surcharged
(Issued 09-05-2016)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

THAILAND ~ Hotel Siam Inter Continental ~

Hello Everyone!!... 2017 started not so good for me due to personal issues... but I'm back and hope everything will be better from now on... so with a bit of delay this will be the beginning of blog year nr 9 ㋡... have a lot of updating to do with fantastic postcards from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Germany, Spain, Japan and many more...
So I hope to see you all here sometime (or more) in 2017.
Groetjes, Gerda!! ( ♥‿♥)

...My first postcard is coming from Jobbo... a nice view from the past of once the most iconic and glorious hotel set in the heart  of Bangkok... belonging to the Royal Family... sadly replaced by a shopping mall... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

From backside postcard:
POOLSIDE: Connected to the famous Inter-Continental Parkland, the poolside promises a lot of lovely sights on top of being that ideal spot for a swim,sunbath, snack or drink.

Built on 26 acres of Sra Paduma Palace gardens in the 1960's, the Siam Intercontinental Hotel was a well-know Thai landmark. It won an award from the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment for its environmental protection work in 1999.

However, when the hotel's 30-year lease expired, it was torn down to make way for another shopping center. The 26-acre garden was reduced to a few acres.


Stamp:

 New Year 2017 - Canna Plant
(Isssued 15-11-2016)

Friday, December 30, 2016

MYANMAR ~ Bagan - Mandalay Region ~

...My last postcard for 2016 is coming from South East Asia most exotic place according to my dear postcard friend Jobbo.. .breathtaking view of Bagan...  the kingdom of 13.000 temples... the temples and pagodas stretches out as far as the eye can see... Marco Polo once described it as the “gilded city”... it is the most popular tourist attraction...Thanks a million Jobbo!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Mandalay Region  (formerly Mandalay Division) is an administrative division of Myanmar. It is located in the center of the country.The regional capital is Mandalay.

Bagan is located in the central plain of Myanmar. Ancient city of kings between XI and XIII centuries competed to see who built more temples, taller, and more gold, reaching the incredible figure of 13,000 temples. Today about 2,500 Buddhist monuments (temples, stupas, monasteries, etc) are preserved.

Stamps:

World Buddhist Summit
(Issued 09-12-2004)

The 27th South East Asian Games
(Issued 02-09-2013)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ Sand Dunes - Pooneryn ~

... Great card nr 2 from the series "Unseen Sri Lanka" with matching stamp... this beautiful pearl-shaped island located in the Indian Ocean offers such a high diversity in nature... a view so totally different from the lush green tea plantations that I received recently... Thanks a lot Ravindra!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Pooneryn is located in the  North Eastern part of the country. These sand dunes can be seen after travelling towards Kawtharimunai from Poonerin in the Poonerin Peninsula.

It is a belt of low sandy terrain which extends from Pooneryn town on the mainland northwestward in the Pooneryn peninsula. As a result of the tidal currents and the small waves and wavelets combined with the dry windy southwest monsoon, this particular feature has been gradually developed. The sand is carried by the winds from southwest towards the lagoon side of the peninsula.

Stamp:

Sand Dunes
(Issued 02-12-2016)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

TOGO ~ Tamberma Valley - UNESCO ~

... Another little African "gem" to add to my collection... my second card from Togo and a great UNESCO site... according to tourism-related descriptions the hardest and least populated part of the country to get to... this amazing valley is home to a unique collection of fortified villages with houses like mini fortresses....the constructions create a surreal place... Big Thanks Maick (once more♥) for helping me to get this "unique" postcard!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ➜  A Journey of Postcards

Togo is a small West African country surrounded by Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Atlantic Ocean. The only port and capital city is  Lomé.

These villages were built in the 17th century by people fleeing the slave trade in Benin and remained isolated until very recently. The local Batammariba people are skilled builders and have put together these castle-like structures using only clay, wood and straw, and no tools. The look they created was to help ward off invasions by neighboring tribes and served as a scaring tactic.

A typical house is called a Tata and consists of a series of towers connected by a thick wall with a single entry point meant to trap an enemy should the house be invaded. A hole in the ceiling of the first chamber would allow the house occupants on the roof to shower the enemy with arrows from above.

Stamps:

Bella Bellow Commemoration, 1945-1973
(Issued 1999)

The 36th Summit of the Organization of African Unity or OAU, Lome
(Issued 03-07-2000)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

CANADA ~ Christmas Greetings ~

... A sweet vintage Christmas postcard with Greetings stamp... my Best Wishes to you too and may your mailbox be filled with wonderful postcards in the New Year ✉... Thanks a lot Glenn!! ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)

Stamp:

Christmas
(01-11-2016)

CANADA ~ Bruce Peninsula National Park - UNESCO ~

...Fantastic Canadian national park nr 7 ツ... amazing sunrise over Halfway Bay white stone beach ... one more of Canada's beautiful treasures... it houses some of the most popular hiking trails... with sweet Christmas stamps... my warmest Holiday Wishes to you too and my sincere thanks for this "unique" postcard and soooo many more!! ( ˘ ³˘)❤




Bruce Peninsula National Park is a national park on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. Located on a part of the Niagara Escarpment, the park comprises 156 square kilometers and is one of the largest protected areas in southern Ontario, forming the core of UNESCO's Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve.

The park has trails ranging in difficulty from easy to expert, and connects to the Bruce Trail.

Bruce Peninsula National Park is known for  the rocks of the Niagara Escarpment and the wildlife, which includes black bear, many species of birds, wild orchids, massasauga rattlesnake, and much more.


Stamps:

Christmas
(01-11-2016)

Friday, December 23, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ Mokara Bota Gold Orchid ~

... So beautiful flower✿ postcard...Orchids are one of my favorite "indoor" flowers...the number of species in the Orchid family is almost four times that of mammal species on Earth and twice the amount of bird species... with lovely flower stamp... once more a great Christmas ✨present✨from a dear postcard friend♥...Thanks a lot Ravindra!!

Sri Lanka with its unique tropical and cooler climates has over 185 identified species of orchids ranging over 78 genera. 74 species are endemic to Sri Lanka and many species found in the country are quite rare.

The diversity of orchids in Sri Lanka is one of the reasons that the island is named one of the top 25 bio diversity hotspots globally, while being the most species diverse in Asia when considering unit land area.

All Sri Lankan Orchids fall under the protection of the Fauna & Flora Protection Ordinance.

Stamps:

Dr A.N.S. Kulasinghe
(Issued 26-10-2016)

Definitive stamp Flowers of Sri Lanka
(Issued 07-10-2016)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

MYANMAR ~ Budha Image - Bagan ~

...A wonderful early Christmas surprise from a dear postcard friend... two young monks meditate inside one of the many thousands of ancient Buddhist temples... unfortunately on 24 August a  6.8-magnitude earthquake damaged dozens of these ancient structures...I don't think I have to ask if you had a great time over there... (◕‿-)... Thanks a million Jobbo!!【ツ】

Bagan, also called Pagan, is one of the previous capitals of Burma. It was the capital of the Pagan-kingdom. This kingdom is also been called the First Burmese Kingdom.

This ancient city located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component part taking on spiritual meaning.

Many Buddha images from the Bagan period have been made of bronze, iron, sandstone or wood but the most images are located in pagodas and have been made of bricks and plaster.

Stamps:

The 27th South East Asian Games
(Issued 02-09-2013)

The 52th Anniversary of Independence
(Issued 04-01-2000)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

GERMANY ~ Bremen - UNESCO ~

... A picturesque view of the marketplace...with one of the most beautiful town halls... coming from a bordering country... this card shows once again that we don't have to travel so far to see nice places ツ(distance between Brussels and Bremen is about 400km)...with fantastic matching stamps and cancellations... Thanks a lot Dustin for this lovely surprise!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Christoph Reinhard

The City of Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany. The Old Town Hall was built in 1409 and renovated in the 17th century. It was especially designed to act as a Town Hall, and used this way over the ages. With next to it the St. Peter's Cathedral.

The Roland statue is 5,55 meter high and dates from 1404. It stands in front of the Town Hall, but faces sidewards to the church. Roland statues can be found in a number of German towns, they represent market rights and freedom.

 They have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004.

Stamps:

Tourism - Bremen Marketplace
(03-04-2014)

Ships - The 200th Anniversary of Steamship Die Weser
(Issued 08-12-2016)

Monday, December 19, 2016

THAILAND ~ A row of Budha Images in Wat Yai Chai Mongkol ~

...This nice postcard  from Glenn is coming from "The Land of Budhism"... beautiful Thai culture... it  all looks very impressive...Thanks once more Glenn!! (✿ ♥‿♥)➜ Gem's World Postcards

 Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is  a restored Buddhist temple dating back to the Ayutthaya Kingdom period (1350-1767)  located in southeast Ayutthaya. It has been the pride of Siamese people since the 13th C.

Stamps:

WIPO Award for Creative Excellence
(Issued 03-05-2016)

 H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn
(Issued 01-12-2012)

H.R.H.Princess Bajrakitiyabha
(Issued 07-12-2012)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

VIETNAM ~ Hoi An Ancient Town - UNESCO ~

... Lovely Vietnam postcard nr2 from Glenn... the architecture is a blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences... more than 800 historic buildings in Hoi An have been preserved... Thanks a lot Glenn!!【ツ】

Hoi An city is situated in Central Vietnam. Old Town Hội An, the city's historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, its buildings and street plan reflecting a unique blend of influences, indigenous and foreign. Prominent in the city's old town, is its covered "Japanese Bridge," dating to the 16th-17th century.

Hội An (會安) translates as "peaceful meeting place". In English and other European languages, the town was known historically as Faifo. This word is derived from Vietnamese Hội An phố (the town of Hội An), which was shortened to "Hoi-pho", and then to "Faifo".

 It is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1999.

Stamps:
Music and Dance
(Issued 03-06-2008)

Architecture - Landscape
(Issued 16-01-2012 )

Thursday, December 15, 2016

VIETNAM ~ Ha Long Bay - UNESCO ~

... More great cards from Glenn's travels in Asia... wonderful view of the most famous bay of Vietnam...it is one of the world’s natural wonders... and the most beautiful tourist destination... the bays calm water and the thousands limestone pillars forming a spectacular seascape...Thanks a lot Glenn! ! \_(♥‿♥)_/
Photo: Thê`Thuc

Halong Bay is located in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam along the 120km coastline of Bai Chay Beach. There are more than 1960 limestone, rocky, tall islands of various sizes and shapes which are rich in tropical vegetation.

Halong Bay is approximately 579 square miles in size and is home to approximately 1600 fishermen who live in floating villages. The rich bio-diversity of the bay, and its beauty and its history has captured the interest of many throughout the ages.

The Halong Bay became  a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.


Stamps:

Architecture - Landscape
(Issued 16-01-2012 )


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ Bambarakanda Falls - Balangoda ~

...Great waterfall in an amazing setting... the tallest on the island... it is not a wide waterfall but drops as a thin line from a rocky outcrop... this is the first of 12 new postcards issued by Sri Lankan post showing unseen places of natural beauty... I already know for sure that 2017 will be once more a fantastic postcard yearツ... looking forward to see more...always special with a matching stamp...Thanks so much Ravindra!!\_(♥‿♥)_/

With a height of 263 m (863 ft) is it  the 299th highest waterfall in the world. The Bambarakanda Falls  lies in the Badulla District among a evergreen forest in the Kalupahana Area.

The fall is formed by the Uduweriya Haputale mountain and Kuda Oya, a tributary of Walawe River.

Stamp:

 Bambarakanda Falls
(Issued 02-12-2016)

Monday, December 12, 2016

PAKISTAN ~ Sheosar Lake - Deosai National Park ~

...Fantastic nature view and new National Park... it is often quoted as “The Roof of the World”  because it is the second highest plateau in the world after the Chang Tang in Tibet and one of the highest lakes... In local Balti language, Deosai is called Byarsa, meaning "summer place"... it can only be visited during the summer season... Thanks a lot Aamir!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Photo: Usman Ghani

From backside postcard:
Sheosar Lake is located in Deosai Plateau (near Skardu) at an elevatior of 13.590 ft. Deosai is a treeless wildernessover 13.000ft covering an area of more than 3.0000sq k. Sheosar lies at the western end of the plateau towards the Astore side. The lake is deep blue in colour and presents magnificient views of snow-capped mountains. Himalayan Marmots and many migratory birds can be seen around the lake.

The Deosai National Park is located in Northern Pakistan and  was established in 1993 to protect the survival of the Himalayan brown bear and its habitat. Deosai is the combination of two words "Deo" (giant) and "Sa" (shadow). For centuries, it is believed that this place is haunted by giants, so it became "The Land of the Giants".

Stamps:

Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(Issued 11-09-1994)

Muhammad Ali Jinnah 19. August
(Issued 19-08-1998)

The 55th Anniversary of the Birth of Benazir Bhutto
(Issued 21-06-2008)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

BULGARIA ~ Vitosha National Park - Sofia ~

My postcard for this weekends theme "winter scenes"...you can always join here: Connections to the World! ツ

...I'm not a big fan of snow... but I must say on a postcard it looks gorgeous.... a winter wonderland ♥... Sofia is one of the unique capitals of Europe with a mountain... just a half-hour away from the city center.... a great place for skiing and snowboarding... with nice  postcrossing stamp...Thank you very much Marijana!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: © Boyko Kalev - Design: Vlado Prangov

In 1934  part of the mountain of 6,600 ha was declared a park. Its boundaries have been changed many times and today encompass the entire mountain of 27,079 ha area. Vitosha Nature Park is the oldest park on the Balkan Peninsula.

On the park’s territory 61 types of habitats were identified; among them of greatest interest as far as nature conservation goes are the natural spruce forests, the peat areas, the moraines and the caves.

Stamp:

Postcrossing
(23-12-2015)

Friday, December 9, 2016

ALBANIA ~Valbona to Thethi trail - National Parks

...Breathtaking nature view and my first written and stamped postcard from Albania and both places are National Parksツ...it shows the trail from Valbona (995m) over the Valbona Pass (1.759 m) to Thethi (716m)... follows the route of an ancient mule track linking the tribal regions of Shala and Nikaj... about two-thirds of the territory of the country is either hilly or mountainous .. Thanks a lot Indrit!! \_(♥‿♥)_/ ➜ POSTCARD ALBANIA
Photo: Albania Alpine Adventure © Arba Editions

The Republic of Albania is a Balkan nation in south eastern Europe and situated on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, bordering Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece.

The areas around Thethi and Valbona constitute two separate Albanian National Parks, the Thethi National Park and Valbona Valley National Park.

Valbona Valley National Park is a part of the Prokletije mountain range. Designated in 1996, the park includes the Valbona Valley and the Valbona River and lies between high and craggy peaks all strictly protected natural areas.

Thethi is a national park in the extreme north of the country, designated by government decree in 1966 and is located along the Theth River and features several mountain peaks over 2500m height.

Stamps:

Distinguished national personalities
(Issued 17-08-2016)

The 190th Anniversary of the First Locomotive
(Issued 27-09-2015)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

CUBA ~ Plymouth Car ~

...Once more a great Caribbean postcard... Cuba's streets are famous for their iconic American classics from the 1950's also used as local taxis...a step back into automotive time... Heel Erg Bedankt Jonas en Sarah! ツ

Plymouth was a brand of automobiles based in the United States, produced by the Chrysler Corporation and its successor Daimler Chrysler. The brand first appeared in 1923 in the US to compete in what was then described as the "low-priced" market segment dominated by Chevrolet and Ford.

The Plymouth was the high-volume seller for the automaker until the late 1990s. The brand was withdrawn from the marketplace in 2001. The Plymouth models that were produced up to then were either discontinued or rebranded as Chrysler.


Stamp:

prepaid postcard
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CAYMAN ISLANDS ~ Greetings from Hell - Grand Cayman ~

...Fantastic surprise postcard nr 2... once you arrive in the paradise of the Cayman Islands, you can take a side trip to Hell, literally... never in a million years I would have thought to get a postcard showing Hell in the Carribean... it was on my wishlist after getting one from Hell Norway and USA...Thank you very much Andrene♥   must have been a dream holiday!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Greetings from Hell...see you soon!

"Hell" is a group of short, black, limestone formations eroded from ironshore in Grand Cayman. Located in West Bay, it is roughly the size of half a football field. Visitors are not permitted to walk on the limestone formations but viewing platforms are provided.

There are numerous versions of how Hell received its name, but they are generally variations on "a ministration exclaimed, 'This is what Hell must look like.'"

It is also claimed that the name "Hell" is derived from the fact that if a pebble is thrown out into the formation, it echoes among the limestone peaks and valleys and sounds as if the pebble is falling all the way down to "Hell." Regardless of how it first came to be called Hell, the name stuck and the area has become a tourist attraction,


Stamp:

Marine Life - Definitives
(09-10-2012)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

CAYMAN ISLANDS ~ Grand Cayman ~

...Found this amazing early Christmas✨ gift in my mailbox today... a fantastic new Island to add to my collection... as written on the postcard a "Tropical Paradise"... crystal clear blue water... a place I only can dream of... Thanks soooo very much Andrene!! Big Hug !! ( ˘ ³˘)❤
"Visitors from cruiseships arrive to find an enchanted island with glorious beaches and abundant wildlife"

The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. This territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman located near to Cuba, Costa Rica,  Panama, Mexico and Jamaica.

Grand Cayman Island is the largest of the three Cayman Islands and the location of the territory's capital, George Town.
Of the three islands, Grand Cayman contains approximately 95% of the territory's entire population and the island encompasses 76% of the entire land mass.

Stamp:

Marine Life - Definitives
(09-10-2012)