Monday, March 20, 2023

AUSTRALIA ~ Hardy Reef - Great Barrier Reef - UNESCO ~

... Great view of the renowned Hardy Reef located in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands famous for their rugged, green-clad islands, blue waters and white sands... Hardy Reef has spectacular colourful soft and hard corals and an abundance of marine life along the Reef walls... it's one of the hundreds of Reef that made up the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system and the biggest living structure on the planet... an area so large that it can be seen from space... in biological terms, the Reef is home to a treasure trove of plants and animals, many of them as yet unknown to science... one of the seven wonders of the natural world... Thanks a lot Cathy!【ツ】

Photo: Craig Lamotte

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300km over an area of approximately 344,400km2 The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland.

Hardy Reef is 13km long and located 78.3km east of the Queensland coast from Airlie Beach. Visitors usually travel by boat, which takes approximately three hours. Helicopters and seaplanes also take visitors to Hardy Reef. 

The Great Barrier Reef was declared a World Heritage Area in 1981.


Bungle Bungle Range
(Issued 22-08-2022)

Friday, March 17, 2023

TRISTAN DU CUNHA ~ Inaccessible Island - UNESCO ~

... A wonderful postcard and amazing little "gem"💙 to add to my UNESCO collection... it came as a total surprise from one of the world's remotest Post Offices😮... this United Kingdom's remote Overseas Territory is sitting in solitude in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean... an uninhabited island that developed almost free from human interference, making it some of the least disturbed habitats left on earth... this isolation means they have also become home to unique arrays of plants and animals... Inaccessible island is perhaps best known for the Inaccessible Island rail, the world's smallest living flightless bird (shown on the postcard)... Thanks a million Paul! (✿ ♥‿♥)

"Top to bottom: Tristan Albatros, Sooty Albatros, Inaccessible rail."
Photo: Aniket Sardana

Inaccessible Island is located in the archipelago of Tristan da Cunha on an extinct volcanic island which was active 6 million years ago. Its central area is a dissected plateau reaching 449m above sea level at the summit of Cairn Peak. It is fringed with sheer sea cliffs and only a few boulder beaches, which made generations of sailors wary of difficult landings and inhospitable terrain.

The island has one small beach, made up of pebbles, that provides a non-ideal but technically possible place to land a boat. There’s a small research cabin on one end of the beach, used every once in awhile by scientists. For most people, that’s where the trip to Inaccessible ends.

There are two explanations for the name "Inaccessible" island. One is that on maps the newly found island was referred to as "inaccessible" because the Dutch crew who landed were not able to get further inland than the beach, as they were blocked by 1000-foot high cliffs. The other claims that French captain d'Etchevery renamed the island in 1778 after not being able to land.

The islands' listing as a UNESCO WHS Site began in 1995. In 2004 the WHS boundary was extended to include Inaccessible Island and the waters surrounding the islands to 12 nautical miles, and the site name was changed to "Gough and Inaccessible Islands".


Vagrant Species - Salvin's Albatross  (Issued 06-10-2022)

Thursday, March 16, 2023

BAHAMAS ~ Hog Island Lighthouse - Paradise Island ~

... Pretty view of the western tip of 🌞Paradise Island🌞 with the19m tall white brick lighthouse and red-lantern top... its surrounded by the ocean and to the east you can see the rest of the island including the Atlantic resorts at a distance... built in 1817, when the island was known by its previous name, Hog Island... this makes it the oldest lighthouse in the Bahamas and it is believed to be the oldest in the West Indies as well... unfortunately it has now fallen into disrepair... the lighthouse is abandoned and there is hardly any maintenance done... but you can hike along the northern coastline to get to it... Dear Glenn, it was once more a great pleasure to be a *little* part of your Caribbean cruise vacation🚢... Thanks so much!! ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)  

Paradise island, with an area of 277 hectares, is located just off the shore of the city of Nassau, which is itself located on the northern edge of the island of New Providence. It is best known for the sprawling resort Atlantis with its extensive water park rides, pools, beach, restaurants, walk-in aquarium and casinos. Paradise Island is connected to the island of New Providence by two bridges that cross Nassau Harbour. 

Originally, the cay across from Nassau was called Hog Island. The island was bought by the A&P supermarket heir Huntington Hartford in 1959, and the name was changed from Hog Island to Paradise Island.


The 70th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II Accession to the Throne 
(Issued 17-03-2022)

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

GERMANY ~ Humboldt Forum - Berlin ~

... Nice view of one the biggest cultural buildings in Europe dedicated to human history, art and culture located in the historic centre of the city... Berlin’s reconstructed Prussian palace is home to the Ethnological Museum, the Museum of Asian Art, as well as temporary exhibitions and the Humboldt Lab exhibition and event spaces... the Humboldt Forum, within the beautiful walls of this Berlin Palace, is a popular meeting place and attracts national and international visitors... with a cute cat😺 stamp from the series: popular pets and special first day postmark... Thanks Dustin!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

The Humboldt Forum in Berlin Mitte extends over an area of around 30,000 square metres and is visible from afar. 

The reconstructed baroque palace façades on the northern, southern and western sides of the Forum shine in bright quince yellow. The eastern side of the Forum on the banks of the Spree is surprising: a modern, smooth exterior façade, with the “Spree balcony” viewing platform in front and a large terrace just above the surface of the water on the riverbank.

The museum is named after the brothers Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt, who brought forward a scientific and educational model influenced by the arts and philosophy of the beginning of 19th century.



(Issued 02-02-2023)

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

BRAZIL ~ Saltos do Rio Preto Waterfall - Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park - UNESCO ~

...  Spectacular view of a unique and beautiful natural wonder located within the National Park... the Saltos do Rio Preto waterfall has a total height of approximately 120 meters, with several drops that form a series of pools and smaller waterfalls along the way... one oft the best waterfalls in Chapada dos Veadeiros.... surrounded by rocks, lush vegetation and  crystal clear water... Saltos do Rio Preto is a must-visit attraction for nature lovers and those who enjoy hiking and outdoor activities...  Thanks a lot Rodrigo!【ツ】

Photo: Aline Fortuna

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is located in central Brazil on the top of an ancient plateau with an estimated age of 1.8 billion years.The park was created in 1961. The elevation varies from 600 to 1,691 m and represents the highest plain in the country's central area. The region is also known for the Cerrado biome, home to a very unique and rich biodiversity.

The ecosystem of the park sustains an abundance of wildlife. Some of the popular and threatened species include the anteater, capybara, giant armadillo, jaguar, maned wolf, marsh deer, pampas deer, and tapir. Some of the popular bird species include the toucan, the black vulture, and the king vulture.

In 2001 the park was declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.


2X Professions
(Issued 30-12-2005)

Popular Movements in Brazil 
(Issued 25-06-2022)

Monday, March 13, 2023

GERMANY ~ Thousand-Year Rose - Hildesheim - UNESCO

... The beautiful German city of Hildesheim is the home to what is believed to be the world's oldest living rose known as the rose of Hildesheim or the thousand-year rose... it grows on the apse of the Cathedral and its presence is documented since A.D. 815... it was thought that the bush was planted when the church was built... the rose bush slowly grew up the side of the cathedral and now continues to bloom each year usually around May... with a lovely first day special postmark... Thanks Dustin! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  

There is a legend about the rose. Once upon a time, Emperor Louis the Pious ( on the postmark) while out hunting lost a sacred relic containing a lock of St. Mary’s hair. 

His men looked everywhere and finally found it in the forest, hanging on a wild rose tree.The king thanked God and built a cathedral where the rose tree stood.

The cathedral was destroyed by Allied bombers in 1945 during the Second World War, but the roots of the rose bush survived and it blossomed again among the ruins. According to legend, while the rose bush flourishes, Hildesheim will prosper. 

The cathedral and the adjacent St. Michael's Church have been on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1985.



World of Letters 
(Issued 01-03-2022)

Thursday, March 9, 2023

SENEGAL ~ Bandia Nature Reserve ~

...  Lovely views of Bandia wildlife reserve located in the classified forest of Bandia that boasts 500 hectares of baobabs and acacias... it has succeeded in reintroducing much of the marvellous native flora and of some of the most best-known African animals... it’s an amazing experience which gives you a chance to get close to most of these mammals and reptiles (excluding predators) and watch beautiful bird species... visitors can get around the reserve in a private car or in the reserve’s own safari trucks which can be hired on site... a visit of the park is worthwhile for every nature lover... Big Thanks Gian Luca and Raffaella!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ Must have been a fantastic holdiay!😊👍 

© Photos Laurent Gerrer Simon

The Bandia Reserve is a small nature reserve in located 65 km from Dakar in North Senegal. The area of this reserve is 3500 hectares and fully fenced. Created in 1990,  Bandia is privately-owned conservation park, which takes good care of the animals and their reproduction.

In addition to the fauna and flora, visitors can also see replicas of Serere pyramids with burial chambers, griot (traditional story tellers and entertainers) tombs in the hollow of a thousand year old baobab containing authentic human bones, a charcoal makers’ grindstone, Peulh huts, etc...


The 24th Paris-Dakar Rally
(Issued 13-01-2002) 

Transport in Senegal
(Issued 2002-2004)

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

SENEGAL ~ Flag ~

... First of two more fantastic African beauties💚... a pretty flag view from the FOTW series... although Senegal’s flag is relatively new it still contains a lot of important symbolism... the green, yellow, and red tricolors are the colors of the Pan-Africanist movement that represents unity amongst the African countries... the green five-pointed star is on the flag as a symbol of freedom and hope... adopted in 1960, it has been the flag of the Republic of Senegal since the country gained independence from France that year... Thanks a lot Gian Luca and Raffealla! (✿◠‿◠)

Senegal is the westernmost country of Africa. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. It owes its name to the Sénégal River that borders it to the east and north. Dakar is the capital and largest city.


The 24th Paris-Dakar Rally
 (Issued 13-01-2002)

Transport in Senegal
(Issued 2002-2004)

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

GERMANY ~ Henry the Lion tomb - Brunswick ~

...  View of the sculptures on the tomb of Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, and his second wife Matilda of England in Brunswick Cathedral... of which he was the founder... this Gothic tombstone depicts the Duke as a young soldier with the model of the cathedral in his hand... the “Lion's portal” is in the northern part of the cathedral beneath the alter.. with great special postmark👍 to commemorate the dead of the first German Pope, Benedict XVI... Thanks Dustin! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Henry the Lion 1129/1131 – 1195 was a member of the Welf dynasty who ruled as the duke of Saxony and Bavaria from 1142 and 1156, respectively, until 1180.

Henry was one of the most powerful German princes of his time. At the height of his reign he ruled over a vast territory stretching from the coast of the North and Baltic Seas to the Alps, and from Westphalia to Pomerania. Henry achieved this great power in part by his political and military acumen and in part through the legacies of his four grandparents.

In 1168, Henry married Matilda (1156–1189), the daughter of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine and sister of King Richard I of England.


World of Letters 
(Issued 07-07-2022)

Saturday, March 4, 2023

DENMARK ~ Christiansfeld - UNESCO ~

....Nice view of the Moravian church in the protestant Settlement Christiansfeld... Denmark’s largest church interior without supporting pillars and with capacity for up to 1000 people... the architecture of the church is of a wonderful simplicity.... this interesting small town is a unique cultural heritage... all the historic buildings are so well-preserved that it’s considered the best example of Moravian Church architecture in the world... it contains more than 1,000 places of particular history and culture, or landscapes, that should be protected for future generations... the old buildings are still in use today, and many are still owned by the Moravian Church and retain their original uses... Thanks a lot Karolyn!【ツ】 

Christiansfeld was founded in 1773 as a planned settlement of the Moravian Church (a non-conformist Lutheran congregation from Germany) and named after the Danish king Christian VII. The town was designed to represent the Protestant urban ideal, centred around a simple church square. 

The church was consecrated in 1777, and 20 years later the two side wings were added. The large room is completely white without an altar, font or wall decoration. Nor are there a pulpit, but just a liturgy table where the minister can lead the church service. The lighting in the church consists of the old handmade chandeliers from 1776. The wooden floor is sanded and untreated. In the church you'll find the great Marcussen-organ from 1865 containing 20 stops.

Christiansfeld was added on the UNESCO WHS list in 2015


(Issued 03-01-2022)

Friday, March 3, 2023

USA ~ Shenandoah National Park - Virginia ~

... Nice view of the Skyline Drive from the north Entrance of Shenandoah National Park near Front Royal... the most popular activity in the park is to drive this famous Skyline Drive as it navigates its way along the Blue Ridge Mountains... It will feel like just about around every bend there’s a terrific view... it’s easy to fill a day by simply driving and enjoying those panoramic views, including those that only require a short walk to reach the best vantage points... although this narrow strip of Virginia wilderness is only a little over 160km long... you’ll discover abundant examples of Virginia wildlife, nature, and magnificent mountain views... USA National Park nr 30!😀👍Thanks a lot Mark & Nancy!ヽ(ヅ)ノ 

Photo: Ann & Rob Simpson

Shenandoah National Park is located in North Virginia and was established in 1935. The park has four entrances and covers a total area of  308 km², the lowest point is 161m at an unnamed stream and the highest point in Shenandoah is 1352m at Hawksbill Peak.

The park is comprised primarily of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the Appalachian Mountain Range, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world formed over 300 to 500 million years ago.

"Shenandoah" is derived from native American languages, most likely the Algonquin “schind-han-do-wi.” Many translations have been proposed, but the most enticing is "Beautiful Daughter of the Stars." 


2X Definitive - Red Pears
(Issued 23-03-2017)

Definitives - Flags
(Issued 09-01-2022)

Go Beyond 
(Issued 03-08-2022)

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

BELGIUM ~ Circuit de Spa Francorchamps ~

... Great aerial view of the Spa Francorchamps racetrack 🏎️ located in the stunning Belgian Ardennes surrounded by fir forests... it is one of the oldest tracks in the world and regularly voted as the best by drivers from all over the world... thanks to the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack the little place of Francorchamps became world famous... it is heaven for every motor sports enthusiast... each year the Belgian F1 Grand Prix🏁 and the 24 hours of Spa races take place attracting tens of thousands of spectators... with nice stamp and special postmark👍 "The Great Spas of Europe" highlighting the town "Spa" one of Belgium’s most popular tourist destinations, being renowned for its natural mineral springs and production of “Spa” mineral water, which is exported worldwide and on the UNESCO WHS list since 2021... Thanks so much Johan for once more three special and unique philatelic items!!【ツ】

© La Photo Postale éditions

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is a 7.004 km motor-racing circuit located in Stavelot. Hosting its first Grand Prix in 1925, and has held a Grand Prix every year since 1985 (except 2003 and 2006).

The circuit has undergone several redesigns through its history, most extensively in 1979 when the track was modified and shortened from a 14.100 km circuit using public roads to a 7.004 km permanent circuit due to safety concerns with the old circuit.

Great Spas of Europe - Belgium
(Issued 23-01-2023)

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

BELGIUM ~ Capital of Art Nouveau - Brussels ~

.... 2023 will be the year of Art Nouveau in Brussels... 130 years after the construction of Victor Horta's iconic Hôtel Tassel, known as the very first Art Nouveau building in Brussels our capital takes advantage of this anniversary to celebrate Art Nouveau in all its diversity... this year's program includes a variety of initiatives, architectural masterpieces open to the public, workshops, lectures, publications, interior visits, city guided tours... in spite of Brussels’ city planning free-for-all between the end of the Second World War and the late 1960s, Brussels still has more than 500 Art Nouveau buildings... almost every street corner reveals splendid façades which often hide idyllic interiors... with great stamp (The Nymphs lamp) dedicated to this artistic movement and wonderful first day postmark👍... Hééééél Erg Bedankt Johan!¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

The Former Old England department store dates from 1899. Since 2008, the Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) has been located there.

Art Nouveau is an international art movement and style based on organic forms. It was seen in modern art, graphic design, architecture and applied arts such as decoration, jewellery, ceramics and glass. It peaked in popularity at the fin de siècle of the late 19thC (1890–1905), and continued until the First World War. 


The Year of Art Nouveau in Brussels
(Issued 23-01-2023)

Monday, February 27, 2023

BELGIUM ~ Queen Mathilde ~

... First of three great postcards with Belgium's newest released stamps and lovely first day postmarks👍... in January Queen Mathilde turned 50... in celebration of this happy milestone, the Belgian royal family released two elegant new portraits of Mathilde... this postcard shows our Queen wearing a gorgeous fuchsia-coloured dress by Armani, which she has already worn twice during foreign state visits and the spectacular Nine Provinces Tiara... the other one was aso used for a new commemorative stamp by Bpost in honour of this birthday...Thanks a lot Johan! (✿◠‿◠)

Queen Mathilde was born on 20 January 1973 in Uccle, Belgium, working as a speech therapist before marrying Prince Philippe in 1999. Mathilde became Queen Consort after her father-in-law, King Albert II, abdicated in 2013.

They have four children together - Princess Elisabeth, 21, Prince Gabriel, 19, Prince Emmanuel, 17, and Princess Eleonore, 14.

Queen Mathilde’s 50th birthday passed without any grand celebrations, however, the Queen has been undertaking a series of mental health walks throughout the provinces of Belgium to encourage people to get outside and get active, and to talk about their mental health.

Photo Michel Gronemberger © Palais Royal


The 50th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Mathilde
(Issued 23-01-2023)

Saturday, February 25, 2023

GERMANY ~ Roman Bridge - Trier - UNESCO~

...Nice view of the oldest bridge in the country over the Moselle river... another Roman relic that has withstood the test of time... it's only the lower portion of the bridge, the black piers that is authentically Roman built... the red arched superstructure was added in the Middle Ages and renewed later... but what's impressive is that the 2nd century basalt columns still support the modern bridge structure that cars and trucks traverse every day.... some of the original wooden support pillars are displayed in the Landesmuseum... and as always with nice stamp and special UNESCO postmark... Thanks Dustin! (ヅ)

The nine bridge pillars date from the 2nd century AD, replacing two older, wooden bridges that date at least as far back as 17 BC. They are deeply embedded in the bedrock underneath the river gravel. The upper part was renewed twice, in the early 12th and in the early 18thC, after suffering destruction in war.

They were build with huge stone blocks held together with iron clamps. The black colouring is genuine as the stone is mostly whinstone from the Eifel National Park. 

Along with other Roman and Early Gothic sites in Trier, the bridge was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986.


Landmarks of Germany 

Friday, February 24, 2023


... One more great Caribbean surprise... a green iguana against a green background... so, all green💚😄... lovely illustration by Sarah Wouters... when I googled her I found out that she is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Belgium👍.... she designs quirky illustrations for magazines, posters, kids fashion... Thanks a lot Glenn!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀  

© 2010, The Loft Books

The Yuwana is a green iguana, the largest lizard around on Aruba and has an almost dinosaur-like appearance with its rough skin and massive body. From head to their tail-tip adult iguanas can reach a total length of up to 2 meter.  When in danger or experiencing stress or threats, iguanas change to a camouflage color, adjusting to their environment. You can tell the age of an iguana by the shade of green of their skin; a bright green iguana is young; a dull-colored, more greyish green iguana is old. Iguanas are vegetarians and feed themselves with all kinds of foliage and certain fruits.


Alto Vista Chapel 
(Issued 2007)

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

UK ~ Moel Cynghorion - Snowdonia National Park - Wales~

... Amazing nature view with the Snowdon Mountain Railway making it's way up to Snowdon peak with Moel Cynghorion in the background... described as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world... experienced by some 12 million travellers since 1896... with stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it’s all part of a great day out in North Wales... there's a hiking trail leading to the summit of Moel Cynghorion that is situated on a wide plateau, marked by a pile of stone and offers wonderful views of Snowdon... the southern slopes are gentle, while the northern part is steep... Thanks a lot Paul!【ツ】

Photo: Jeremy Moore

Moel Cynghorion (the Hill of the Councillors) is a mountain in Snowdonia, North Wales. It lies two miles north-west of Snowdon, and forms part of the Moel Eilio Horseshoe walk.

Situated on the west coast of Britain, Snowdonia National park covering 2,130 km2 of diverse landscapes, this National Park is a living, working area, and is home to over 26,000 people. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales. Snowdonia features nine mountain ranges, fifteen peaks above 915m and 23km of sweeping coastline.


Definitives - Thistle (Regional Definitives Scotland)
(Issued 11-08-2022)

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

ARUBA ~ California Lighthouse ~

...  Beautiful view of the tall, white column of the historic California Lighthouse against a gorgeous blue sky... originally designed to warn ships... now one of the most iconic and famous landmarks on this small tropical island🌞... it has been a fixture on the island for more than 100 years... you can take a guided tour to learn about the history of the lighthouse and to climb the narrow 117steps to the top for fabulous 360-degree impressive views of the Caribbean Sea... and a picture perfect view of the island's western coastline of beaches and coral shorelines...Thanks a lot Glenn! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The old stone California lighthouse stands as a silent watchman in the area known as "Hudishibana," near the island's northwestern tip.

The lighthouse was designed by a French architect and was erected between 1914 and 1916. It takes its name from the SS California, a ship that had been wrecked off the coast nearby back in 1861. The lighthouse was first lit in 1916 and is still active today functioning as a coastal warning light.  

Royal Family
(Issued 11-11-2019)

Monday, February 20, 2023


... Dear Glenn 😍I'm sooo happy to find two great postcards from your Caribbean cruise in my mailbox today... first one is a perfect bright, colorful illustrated view of how I imaging a tropical paradise island must look and feel like🌞... yellow beach, blue water, sun, lovely sky and as extra bonus beautiful pink flamingos🦩🦩... a perfect holiday destination for chasing away the winter blues... and also a cute goat stamp... Thanks a lot Glenn!! (✿◠‿◠)

There are several places in Curaçao where the pink birds have their permanent home. You can see flamingos in the salt pans of Jan Thiel, Sint Michielsbaai, and at the Flamingo Sanctuary around the salt flats near Jan Kok. This last spot is also known as Rif Sint Marie.

Curaçao is a Lesser Antilles island in the southern Caribbean Sea and the Dutch Caribbean region, near the Venezuelan coast. Curaçao is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the capital is Willemstad.


Goats of Curaçao
(Issued 3103-2023)

Friday, February 17, 2023

GUYANA ~ Smith Memorial Church - Georgetown ~

... Nice Church view situated in the capital Georgetown... the Smith Memorial Congregational Church was erected as a tribute to the memory of missionary Rev John Smith who was sentenced to die by hanging for the role he reportedly played in the East Coast Demerara slave rebellion in 1823, 20 years after is death... due to the work and suffering he had endured on behalf of his deacons, members and followers... the site on which the building is located is now regarded as a heritage site.... Thanks a lot Janet for this lovely surprise...(✿◠‿◠) The postcard was dated June16, 2021 and arrived January 2023!!!😮

Guyana is located on the South American continent on the North Atlantic Ocean bordering Venezuela, Suriname and Brazil, but considers itself a Caribbean country due to shared language and culture with Trinidad, Jamaica, etc.

Originally a Dutch colony in the 17thC, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966. It is the only country in South America where English is the official language.

The Demerara Rebellion was an uprising involving more than 10,000 enslaved people in the Crown colony of Demerara-Essequibo (now part of Guyana). The rebellion lasted only two days. No particular incident sparked the rebellion; the enslaved simply grew tired of their servitude and sought to resist in the most direct way they could.


2X The 50th Anniversary of the Republic of Guyana 
(Issued 30-12-2019)

Thursday, February 16, 2023

GREECE ~ Samari National Park - Crete ~

... Spectacular panoramic nature view with impressive rock faces... the Samaria Gorge is one of the most popular sights on the island.... at the Gates, the narrowest section of the Samaria Gorge, the ravine’s towering cliffs are less than four meters apart and the gorge walls reach straight up to 300 m... the views are beautiful but the hike itself is very challenging... if you are a hiking fan, the Samaria National Park should be on your bucket list... the gorge is 15 km long, starting at an altitude of 1,250m at the northern entrance, and ending at the shores of the Libyan Sea near the pretty coastal village Agia Roumeli... Crete’s most stunning canyon offers those who traverse it an unforgettable experience... Heel Erg Bedankt Loes en Ben! (✿ ♥‿♥)  
Samaria Gorge is located in the southwest of Crete, in the White Mountains known as Lefka Ori.

Surrounded by the Samaria National Park, this area has a beautiful and unique ecology due to its isolated mountainous terrain.It became a National Park in 1962, to protect many endangered species and their sustaining ecosystems, especially the Kri-Kri or Cretan mountain goat. These goats do now survive in the mountains, jumping and climbing high on very steep and treacherous rocky cliff tops. It is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Old Harbour of Xania 

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

GERMANY ~ Cathedral - Brunswick ~

... Nice view of a majestic medieval structure located in the city centre... like many medieval churches and cathedrals, this one is large and imposing... the church itself is without too much ornament, but the sheer height of the building is awesome... a mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture... one of the most important churches in Brunswick full of ancient artefacts, sculptures and tombs... among the most important pieces on display in the church are a wooden crucifix and one of very few huge bronze candlesticks with seven arms... Thanks Dustin!(✿◠‿◠)

The Brunswick Cathedral is a large Lutheran church built from 1173 to 1195. The construction was started by Henry the Lion and finished by his wife Dutches Matilda. They both are buried in front of the altar with other members of the House of Braunschweig buried in the crypt. While commonly called a cathedral, it is not actually a seat of a bishop.

The cathedral was consecrated on December 29, 1226, dedicated to Saints Blaise, John the Baptist and Thomas Becket. It turned Protestant in 1543 after the City of Brunswick in opposition to Duke Henry V of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel had joined the Schmalkaldic League.


Organ Building Organ Music
(Issued 05-01-2023)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

IRAN ~ Bam Citadel - Kerman - UNESCO ~

... Amazing view of the largest mud brick structure in the world situated in a vast desert plateau... it houses homes for ordinary people to higher class society... unfortunately, it was mostly destroyed in the 2003 Bam Earthquake.. but it has been renovated... with 99% of reconstruction complete as of 2018 with a breathtaking life-size sandcastle towering over a desert oasis it is a site you just cannot miss in Iran... a city about 6000 years old so you will walk within the Persian history...  Bam citadel is one of the most important and valuable historical masterpieces of Iran and an exceptional testimony to the development of a trading settlement in the desert... Thanks a lot Eshan!【ツ】

Situated in the southeast of Iran, Kerman is Iran’s largest province. Bam was built in 5th century BC, and it encloses several important structures within itself. 

The area of Bam Citadel is approximately 180,000km2, and it is surrounded by gigantic walls 6–7m  high and 1,815m long. The citadel consists of four main sections: a residential zone, the stables, the army barracks and the governor’s residence. Arg-e-Bam had 38 watchtowers, four entrance gates and the outer defense wall is surrounded by a moat. The Government Quarters are on a rocky hill, protected by a double fortification wall. 

Bam’s aged earthen architecture and its development as an important trade center as a part of the silk road from the 7thC to the 11thC, are the reasons why Bam is one of the oldest cities inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage sites list since 2004.


Tabi`at Bridge, Tehran 
(Issued 11-05-2022)

Monday, February 13, 2023

USA ~ Independence Hall - Philadelphia - Pennsylvania - UNESCO ~

... Great view of "the birthplace of the United States"... known as Independence Hall, the Pennsylvania State House is without question the most significant historic building in the entire United is here where the basics of modern democracy and government by the people were established... an exceptionally important historic site, not only in America but in the entire world...  tours take visitors to Independence Hall’s Assembly Room, where both the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed... the Assembly Room is laid out as it was during the Constitutional Convention and you can see George Washington’s “rising sun” chair... Thanks a lot Elena!(✿◠‿◠)

Photo by ©Steve Miller

Construction of the building started in 1732 and was completed in 1748. The tower on top was added later, and was completed in 1753. It was built to serve as the colonial legislature for the then British Province of Pennsylvania.

In 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence here. Eleven years later, in the same room, delegates to the Constitutional Convention created and signed an enduring framework of government - the United States Constitution.

The Independence Hall is the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.


2X Christmas
(Issued 10-11-1971)


A Visit from St. Nick 
(Issued 07-10-2021)

Friday, February 10, 2023

GERMANY ~ Max Beckmann - Self Portrait ~

... Self-portrait (Style: Expressionism 1901) one of his works at a major special exhibition in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum..."Max becomes Beckmann: It began in Brunswick" from 28/10/2022 – 12/02/2023... one of Germany's leading 20thC artists... Beckmann spent his early years, from the age of 11 to 16 in Brunswick where he created his earliest artistic works... the exhibition presents 100 works of all genres from renowned museums and private collections... at the center of this exhibition are Max Beckmann’s formative early years as an artist... Thanks Dustin!¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Mouth wide open, cheeks covered with curvy lines, head without a neck: Max Beckmann was 17 when he portrayed himself in a pose that is reminiscent of Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream".

Max Beckmann (Leipzig 1884 - 1950 New York) is one of the most important international artists of modernism and is primarily known for his self-portraits.  

As painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer, he used his work to explore "the reality that forms the actual mystery of existence" in a tremendously intense and sensual way. His life was shaped by two wars, dictatorship and exile.

Photo: Alistair Overbruck


Definitives - World of Letters
(Issued 05-01-2023)

Landmarks of Germany
(Issued 05-01-2023)