Friday, June 22, 2018

GERMANY ~ The Holsten Gate - Lübeck - UNESCO ~

.. .Beautiful view of one of the most famous sights in Lübeck and one of the best known German buildings worldwide... the Holsten Gate is an impressive monument of a bygone age in the city's history... with two majestic lions stand guarding the city in front of the Gate... it was known as the Queen of the Hanseatic League, a powerful trade organization... this year Lübeck marks its 875th anniversary with many concerts, exhibitions, events and great "unique" special anniversary postmark... Thanks a lot Dustin!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: U. Findeisen

Lübeck founded in 1143 is a city in northern Germany close to the Baltic Sea and one of the major ports of the country. Surrounded by water on all sides, the old town has a historic centre dominated by seven church steeples.

Originally The  Holsten Gate was part of the town's defensive wall, marking the western boundary. It dates back to the 15thC, when Lubeck was a strongly fortified medieval city. This Brick Gothic construction is one of two remaining city gates, the other being the Citadel Gate ("Burgtor").

Together with the old city centre (Altstadt) of Lübeck it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987

Stamps:

Flowers | Plants
(Issued 07-07-2005)

 The 800th Anniversary of Lübeck Law Rights for the City of Rostock
(Issued 07-06-2018)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

GREECE ~ Oia - Santorini ~

... And the surprises keep coming with postcards of the most breathtakingly beautiful Greece islands💙...  Santorini is a well-known island of the Cyclades with iconic cliffside setting ... picturesque Oia is famous for its magical sunsets... with its windmill, narrow streets, blue domes and typical "cave houses"... to this day laws protect the natural and architectural beauty of the town from modern manifestations, such as public electrical wires... Big Thanks dear Glenn for taking me with you on your cruise holiday!! (>‿♥)


Santorini (known locally as Thira) is the remnant of a volcano in the middle of the sea, which in the last 2 million years has erupted at least 12 times.  As a result of devastating eruptions that this island gets its unique shape like a crescent moon.

According to legend, the island is formed from a strip of land that was thrown into the ocean from the Argo, the ship of Greek mythology.

Oia is a small community on the island. Along the cliff of Oia, houses have been delved into the porous volcanic rock (left over from a large volcanic explosion many years ago that sunk the center of the island).

Parts of these houses are visible and the scenery that results from it is generally perceived as being typically Greek.



Stamp:

Greek Personalities Living Abroad
(Issued 01-09-2016)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

CROATIA ~ Old City Harbour - Dubrovnik - UNESCO ~

... After Kotor, today another great card of one of the most visited and popular destinations facing out over a glistening Adriatic sea... the city once described by the great romantic poet Lord Byron as "the Pearl of the Adriatic"... a mix of Baroque and Renaissance architecture... with imposing medieval stone walls surrounding the old town... massive gates and soaring battlements... the city transports visitors back to a time when the fortified city was a major maritime power, commanding the third-largest navy in the Mediterranean... but some say it has become a victim of its own success... flooded with cruise ships and Game of Thrones fans...Thanks a lot Glenn!! (✿◠‿◠)
Dubrovnik is located in the southern coast of Croatia, close to the border of Montenegro and Bosnia.

Old Port Dubrovnik is on the Eastern part of the City and protected by two breakwaters: the Porporela, built in 1873, and the much older Kaše, which was built in 1485 from massive stones piled on wooden foundations.

In the time of the Dubrovnik Republic several forts protected the port: St Luke Fort, St John fortress and Revelin fortress. Today the port is a safe haven for many private boats of local citizens. Alos regular boat line to Lokrum island departs from the Old Port, as well as the boat lines to Cavtat, Mlini, and various sightseeing boat tours.

Stamp:

Children's World - Cats
(Issued 22-02-2018)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

MONTENEGRO ~ Kotor - UNESCO -

... Many lovely views of one the best preserved medieval walled city's in the Adriatic... a famous tourist destination in Montenegro... the Old Town is beautiful with many picturesque buildings hidden behind the city walls...  several churches, a hill-top fort and all well preserved... a funny detail... when visiting  Kotor you can’t miss the town’s cats🐱...  cats have always been a part of Kotor and now the Cats Museum of Kotor is a tribute to peoples’ love of their felines. ... Thanks a lot Andrene!! \_(♥‿♥)_/
Kotor is a coastal town situated in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor in the northern part of the Montenegro coast on the Adriatic Sea. Montenegro is a country in  Southeastern Europe and is officially the smallest Slavic state and one of the smaller states in Europe.

The Old Town of Kotor was built between the 12th and 14th centuries. The town is of rich cultural tradition, and one of the best preserved medieval urban areas of this part of the Mediterranean.

 Kotor is part of the UNESCO WHS as the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor since 1979.  It  was also included in UNESCO's WHS list as part of Venetian Works of Defence between 16th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar in 2017.

Stamp:

EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles
(Issued 09-05-2017)

Monday, June 18, 2018

GREECE ~ Mykonos ~

... Another famous Greek islands and popular holiday resort... the white pearl of the Cyclades Islands... crystal clear sea... white houses with their balconies directly overlooking the Mediterranean... a fleet of small fishing boats casting colourful reflections in the azure waters... view of the windmills standing imposingly on the hillside above, set against a luminous blue sky... this “Island of the Winds” is a paradise for water sport enthusiasts...300 days of ☀️sunshine☀️... Need I say more? Thanks so much Glenn!ツ
Mykonos is part of the Cyclades almost in the centre of the Aegean Sea.

In Greek mythology, Mykonos was named after its first ruler, Mykonos, the son or grandson of the god Apollo and a local hero.

Also according to mythology, the island was the place where Heracles killed the giants. The rocks around the island are supposedly their corpses!!!

Stamp:

Greek Personalities Living Abroad
(Issued 01-09-2016)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

BELGIUM ~ AfricaMuseum - Tervuren ~

... Lovely Belgian postcard nr2... this museum is a magnificent building set in beautiful large park... as of November 2013, the museum is closed for renovation work (including the construction of new exhibition space) which is expected to last until December 2018 when the museum will reopen.... the former name "Royal Museum for Central Africa" will be changed in "AfricaMuseum"... spending 66 million euro ($90 million) to modernize the museum and put a new eye on Belgium's brut colonial past☹... with beautiful extra large new stamp issue and special first day postmark... Héééél erg bedankt Johan voor alweer leuke verrassingen in mijn brievenbus!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
The Africa Museum, is an ethnography and natural history museum situated in Tervuren in Flemish Brabant. It was first built to showcase King Leopold II's Congo Free State in the 1897 World Exhibition.

The new museum started construction in 1904 in neoclassical "palace" architecture. It was officially opened by King Albert I in 1910 and named the Museum of the Belgian Congo (Musée du Congo Belge or Museum van Belgisch-Kongo).

In 1960, following the independence of the Congo, the museum's name was changed to its current title: the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

Two thirds of the staff and the budget of the AfricaMuseum are dedicated to scientific research. The museum plays a crucial role in numerous international projects and networks to which it contributes expertise and specialized knowledge. RMCA scientists write over 300 scientific publications a year.

Stamp:

Royal Museum for Central Africa - AfricaMuseum
(Isssued 11-06-2018)

BELGIUM ~ Town Hall - Overijse ~

... Always nice to show my own country here... first one is a view of Overijse... a town surrounded by an extensive woodlands " het Zoniënwoud", with many walk- and bicycle paths... also once well-known for their delicious grapes growing in glass-houses... but since the 1960s, table grape production has been disappearing in Flanders... only a few ambitious domestic gardeners have maintained the vines as amateurs.... with nice "postman" stamp and special day postmark of TBC Post... the only private Post in Belgium operating for over 30 years now... they seem to use "blue postboxes" but I've never seen one in my neighbourhood... and I wouldn't even know where to get their stamps... Big Thanks Johan!!【ツ】
The city of Overijse is included to the region Flanders and to the province Flemish Brabant, the dutch speaking part of Belgium. The municipality comprises the town of Overijse, and the communities of Eizer, Maleizen, Jezus-Eik, Tombeek and Terlanen.

Statue of Justus Lipsius, a famous humanist and professor in Leuven. (born in Overijse in 1547).

Stamp:

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Friday, June 15, 2018

SPAIN ~ Church of St Mary at Mount Naranco - OVIEDO - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view of one of the most historic and oldest churches in Spain... a unique landmark... an interesting building because it is pre-romanesque and therefore quite unusual in Europe... very well preserved... it sits on a hill overlooking the city of Oviedo with fantastic views over the valleys and mountains beyond... Thanks a lot Joseph & Assumpta!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
The Santa Maria del Naranco was originally built as a royal palace for Ramiro I of Asturias in 848. It was then converted into a church towards the end of 13thC, the building is of rectangular shape and has two floors, of which the lower level is the crypt. This monument is in the pre-Romanesque style, and is set at the foot of Naranco Mountain.

The city of Oviedo is the capital of Spain’s Asturias region, in the north of the country.

This church is among the monuments of Oviedo and Asturias and was declared a WHS by UNESCO in 1985.

Stamps:

King Felipe VI
(Issued 20-01-2015)

The 30th Anniversary of the Erasmus Grants
(Issued 010-2017)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

GERMANY ~ City Hall - Münster ~

... Great view of the city's symbol... a fine example of Gothic architecture... the City Hall is especially famous as the place where one of European history’s most important treaties was signed..... European history was written here and a new country, the Netherlands came into existence... also known for its university... and for being the bicycle capital of Germany (statistics say two bikes for each person, meaning close to 600,000 bikes)...  with sweet "Snoopy " stamp and great special postmark "German Catholics Day in Munster"... Thanks a lot Dustin!!【ツ】


Münster is located in western Germany. The city had an influential position in the Hanseatic League in the 13th and 14thC.

The City Hall represents the amazing architectural craftsmanship of the 13th and 14thC. Its 31-meter western facade is the structure's main decoration and is built out of sandstone in the best Gothic-style traditions.

The Peace Hall, located in the old city hall, is famous for the signing of the historic Treaty of Münster, a document which, as a part of the Peace of Westphalia, ended the Thirty Years War and established the Westphalian style of diplomacy between sovereign states. "The Peace of Münster of 1648".


Photo: Norbert Muddemann




Stamp:

Comics - Snoopy
(Issued 01-03-2018)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

GREECE ~ Corfu ~

... A pile of postcards and a laptop that doesn't start up ... frustrating😒... fingers crossed🤞 everything is back to normal... so here is *finally* the beautiful aerial view of the Old Town of Corfu, fortress and nearby marinas...  a picturesque Greek paradise... it attracts more than one million tourists per year and has become a favorite destination for summer holidays (also for a lot of Belgian people) ... with many historical and religious monuments, lush greenery, olive trees and splashed by turquoise waters... Big Thanks dear Andrene!! \_(♥‿♥)_/



Corfu (Kérkyra) Island is the second largest of the Ionian island group, the major town is Corfu. The island is located in the northern Ionian Sea, opposite the coast of the Greek mainland and is the westernmost part of Greece.

It is an island with a long history, and has been notable in Greek culture and tradition for over 3000 year.

Historically Corfu has been controlled by many foreign powers, notably the Venetians, French, and British.






Photo by Stavros & Kostas Marmatakis






Stamp:

The Seven Wise Men of Antiquity
(Issued 27-07-2017)

Friday, June 8, 2018

JAPAN ~ Genbaku Dome - Peace Memorial - Hiroshima - UNESCO ~

... A postcard of a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind... but also a symbol of hope and world peace🕊️☮️🕊️...  it expresses also the hope to the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.... an important piece of Japans history... 1.7 million people visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial  in 2017... must have been a sad and moving place to see... Thanks so much dear Gian Luca and Raffaella for thinking of me while on vacation... ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ) I hope you had a great time exploring Japan!!
This ruin, which was known until the devastating bombardment as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb "Little Boy". This bomb was dropped on 6 August 1945 above Hiroshima by the U.S. Army and exploded 150 meters away from this building, 600 meters above the ground. 69% of Hiroshima's buildings were destroyed.

Japanese people call it the "Genbaku Dome". ("Genbaku" means "atomic bomb".) It is located in the central part of Hiroshima city. The Nagasaki bombing caused, according to the commemorative plaque, 73,884 fatalities and left 74,909 injured.

The park that now surrounds this monument has various other smaller monuments, to honor special groups of victims. There is also a museum where you can see the effects of the bomb on humans and artefact's.

In 1996, it was inscribed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites.

Stamp:

International Letter Writing Week
(Issued 06-10-2017)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

JAPAN ~ Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama - UNESCO ~

... First of two great UNESCO sites... a picturesque evening view of a wonderland of beautiful landscape with traditional farmhouses... it almost feels too beautiful to be real... this village is one of the most popular tourist spots where tradition lives on... really unique and different with mainstream Japanese architecture...  Big Thanks dear Gian Luca & Raffaella!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Shirakawa-go is famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. Gassho-zukuri means “constructed like hands in prayer,” as the farmhouses’ steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The architectural style is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow the area experiences in winter. The roofs are made without nails, and provide a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms.

Shirakawa-go is situated at the foot of Mt. Haku-san in northwestern Gifu Prefecture. It is a quiet mountain village with rice fields and a river running through it. 114 thatched roof stand together in the village.

Shirakawa-go and neighboring Gokayama village were declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1995.

Stamp:

 International Letter Writing Week
 (Issued 06-10-2017)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

JAPAN ~ Sukeroku Print ~

... Today we start our journey to Japanツ... with a beautiful print of one of the most popular and famous plays in Kabuki theatre.... "Sukeroku or Flower of Edo"... it takes you deep into the "floating world" of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters, a world of gorgeous courtesans, young heroes, and dastardly villains... the play is still regularly performed...  with great "International Letter-Writing Week" stamp... an annual series since 1958, with the aim of contributing to the world peace by encouraging cultural exchange amongst people of the world through letter writing... I think this also an important reason for us postcard swappers to continue our hobby and maybe making this world a bit better place through all our friendships!!💖💖... Thanks a lot Gian Luca & Raffaella!!【ツ】


Sukeroku is a play in the Kabuki repertoire, and one of the celebrated Kabuki Jūhachiban ("Eighteen Great Plays"). The play is known in English as The Flower of Edo.

Though the plot of Sukeroku is largely fiction, some sources indicate that the characters, and plot, may have been inspired by reality. There may have been a Kyoto- or Osaka-based merchant named Sukeroku in the 1630s who was associated with a courtesan of the Kyoto Shimabara named Agemaki. Some accounts have it that Agemaki became a nun after her affair with Sukeroku, while others tell of a double suicide.

Print: Sukeroku, No. 16 from the series Eighteen Great Kabuki Plays (Jûhachiban no uchi)
Japanese Edo period 1852.

Stamp:

International Letter Writing Week
(Issued 06-10-2017)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

ITALY ~ Venice - UNESCO ~

... Postcard nr2 is a pretty view of Venice... the floating City... one of the most romantic and visited places in the world... a city packed with historical canals, gondolas, striking architecture, and beautiful bridges... always nice to get a postcard showing Venice... it brings back such lovely memories of the great time I had there❤️...  I visited it a loooong time ago on a "educational" ツschool trip... but also a city struggling under the strain of massive tourist numbers, but even with all that a must-see... with matching Venice stamp and beautiful special "Horses of San Marco" postmark... Thanks so much dear Glenn for thinking of me (once more) while travelling!! (✿◠‿◠)
The city of Venice  is built on 117 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon, in north-east Italy. The islands are separated by canals and linked by many small bridges.

The Doge's Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style and was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice and became a museum in 1923. The Palace is composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation, from its 14th and 15thC original foundations to the significant Renaissance and opulent Mannerist adjunctions.

The “Venice and its Lagoon” site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987.

Stamps:

Schools and Universities (Military Navy School)
(Issued 04-05-2002)

Sports - 40th Anniversary of Italy's Victory in the Davis Cup
(Issued 06-12-2016)

ITALY ~ Ancona ~

... Next two lovely postcards are from "La Bella Italia"... this beautiful city is a historic port situated on top of a cliff and has some fantastic squares... historical monuments and museums... plus a host of fine restaurants and bars... a favourite spot on the cruise trail.... from its port every year, about one million travelers sail to Greece and Croatia... with nice view of The Arch of Trajan  a reference point for sailors or centuries... today it dominates the harbour entrance and it is a shining testimony of the thousand-year history of Ancona...  Big Thanks Glenn!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Otello

The city of Ancona was founded by settlers from Syracuse (Greece) around 380 BC and like much of the region has been destroyed, rebuilt, and resettled countless times through the centuries. The city is the capital of the Province of Ancona on the eastern coast of Italy facing the Adriatic Sea.

The name of the town means its geographical position: Αγκων, in Greek means “elbow”, and this is what the Greek people called it when they settled in the area.

The Arch of Trajan is a Roman work erected in 116 AD in honour of the emperor who enlarged the port of Ancona at his own expenses and who built the pier for the protection of the city. It is  made from Turkish Marble and the arch is 18.5m high and the archway is 3m wide.

Stamp:

Red Coral of Alghero
(Issued 14-05-2016)

Monday, June 4, 2018

CROATIA ~ Split ~

... Holiday season has started (lucky me👍😉)... got a bunch of wonderful vacation postcards from dear postcard friends... from Dustin's trip to France💚... Glenn cruising in Europe💚... Gian Luca and Rafaella travelling in Japan💚... and one more from Greece by Andrene💚... it will take a few days to post them all on my blog... starting with lovely views of Split, one of the leading tourist destinations in Croatia... the Old city of Split is one of the oldest in the world... a city that connects culture, history, natural beauty, and incredible scenery... Thanks a lot Glenn!!【ツ】
Split is the second largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb), and the largest city in the region known as the Dalmatian Coast on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea.

Split down town was originally built around the Diocletian palace a mansion house built for the retired Roman emperor Diocletian, where the local population sought refuge centuries ago.

In 1979, the historic center of Split was included into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Stamp:

The 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International
(Issued 07-06-2016)

Friday, June 1, 2018

FRANCE ~ Hôtel national des Invalides - Paris ~

.... Paris beauty nr 2... the largest museum of military history in France... a gem for historic lovers... with interesting exhibitions about the French Revolution, both world wars, clothing and weapons, warfare and strange gadgets from days long past... but Les Invalides is most famous for holding the Tomb of Napoleon...Thanks once more Dustin!!
Photo: P. SIMARD
The Hôtel des Ivalides was commissioned in 1670 by Louis XIV as a hospital and home for retired veterans, the hospital grew into an entire complex, which continues to serve its original purpose today along with housing several museums and monuments open to visitors, including the Paris Army Museum.

In 1815, after Napoleon's abdication, over 5,000 survivors of the Great Army were listed there. Napoleon inspected the place and visited his men in 1808, 1813 and 1815. The chapel of the Invalides was built at the end of the 17thC by Jules-Hardouin Mansart.

Stamp:

Sosthéne Mortenol, 1859-1930
(Issued 13-04-2018)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

FRANCE ~ The Louvre - Paris ~

... First of two great Paris museums... a beautiful night view of one the largest and most-visited art museums in the world... the Louvre’s galleries are displayed across 652,300 square feet – which is nearly 15 acres... it welcomes around 15.000 visitors per day, and 70% are foreign tourists... the reason for its popularity is its collection of 38.000 priceless masterpieces and antiques... Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is undoubtedly one of the most famous pieces of art in the Louvre... Thanks so much  Dustin!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: Ⓒ Jen-Marie Charles

The Musée du Louvre was not originally museum. It was a fortress that was built in 1190. In the 16thC, it was turned from a fortress into a royal palace. It was only in 1793, after the French Monarchy moved to the Palace of Versailles, that the first Louvre museum was opened to the public, and offered just 537 paintings.

Napoleon once renamed the Louvre to Musée Napoleon and expanded its collection by 5,000 pieces. The pieces were, however, returned to the original owners when the military leader was defeated.

The Louvre’s glass pyramid was built in 1989 and is 2m high and is made solely of glass and metal. The architect, I.M. Pei, was the first non-French architect to work on the Louvre. Many are unaware that the glass pyramid is one of four, as three smaller glass pyramids surround the courtyard, Cour Napoleon.

Stamps:

Animated Series - Hello Maestro
(Issued 23-09-2017)

30th anniversary of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
(Issued 12-10-2017)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

GREECE ~ Acropolis of Lindos - Rhodes ~

... Beautiful view of the most important tourist attractions on the island of Rhodes, the ancient city of Lindos.... above the modern town rises the acropolis of Lindos... a steep footpath climbs the 116m high rock to reach the beautifully preserved Acropolis... from the acropolis you have on one side the magical views of the surrounding harbours and coastline...on the other side is the bay of St. Paul, where according to tradition, the Apostle Paul came ashore in the year 57 AC... Thanks so much Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
The Acropolis of Lindos is a citadel or fortress that according to history was designed to defend and protect a place against external attacks. These citadels are constructed on hills since the view is better and easier to see if someone or a group is fast approaching. The ancient citadel, was exploited not only by the ancient Greeks but also by the Romans, the Byzantines, St. John’s Knights and finally by the Turks.

The walls surrounding the Acropolis are the remnants of the Knights Headquarters built here in the 14thC. Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences can be observed in the various structures that survive, but the most notable ones are the Hellenistic Stoa (200 BC) and the Doric-style Temple of Athena of Lindos (around 300 BC).

Stamp

Tourism
(Issued 08-08-2014)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SINGAPORE ~ The Orchard Road District ~

... Great view of the commercial centre of Singapore and one of the most famous shopping avenues in the world... visitors can spend several days here without shopping in the same mall twice...  according to Jobbo the picture is an outdated one (by close of 20 years)... the park at the right has since then replaced by a big mall named "Ion Orchard" ... cost of living in this district is extremely high because of its prime location... Thanks Jobbo!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Despite the district's sophisticated buildings and shrines, there are still many remnants from the past that serve as a reminder that this area was, in the 19th century, an orchard teeming with nutmeg and pepper. Just at the southern end of the road is the beautiful Istana that is highlighted with Nibong palms and with the Botanic Gardens on the northern side.

Singapore Orchard Road was named after the many nutmegs plantations, fruit orchards and pepper farms that used to line the street in the 1830’s.

Stamps:

Famous Citizens of Old Singapore
(Issued 28-02-2001)

Tropical Birds
(Issued 27-06-2002)

Monday, May 28, 2018

GERMANY ~ Marx-Engels Memorial - Berlin ~

... Great historic postcard... a statue of the two fathers of socialism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, both controversial figures... in the summer of 1990 someone added the words  ("wir sind unschuldig") ("we are innocent")  to the front side of the platform upon which the statues stood... a phrase from the National Hymn of the former GDR...  the revolutionary philosopher remains a divisive figure almost three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall... his ideas were often critized, but he is still considered to have been one of the most important figures in human history... with great matching stamp issued by German post to commemorate Karl Marx' 200th birthday this year and nice special "Berlin" postmarks... Thanks a lot Dustin!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Photo: Günter Schneider
The monument to Marx-Engels, two larger than life bronze figures by the sculptor Ludwig Engelhardt depicting Karl Marx (seated) and Friedrich Engels.

Marx-Engels-Forum is a public park in the central Mitte district of Berlin, the capital of Germany. It is named for Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, authors of The Communist Manifesto of 1848 and regarded as two of the most influential people in the socialist movement. The park was created by the authorities of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1986.

Stamp:

Flowers | Plants
 (Issued 07-07-2005)

The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Karl Marx (1818-1883)
(Issued 03-05-2018)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Abhayagiri Dagoba - Anuradhapura - UNESCO ~

... Another lovely view of the sacred City of Anuradhapura...  a complex of ancient Buddhist dagoba ruins...  a photo of restoration work at the Abhayagiri Dagoba at the Abhayagiri Monastery... the works started in 2008 and and it took till 2015 to get it done due to lack of funds... it's the second largest stupa on the island... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】
The 75 meter high Abhayagiri stupa was constructed in the reign of King Vattagamini Abaya (commonly known as King Valagamba) in the 1st Century BC.

According to the 5thC traveler Chinese monk Fa-Hsien’s descriptions, this stupa has been 400 feet (122 meters) in height and has been decorated with gold and silver and studded with all kinds of jewels.There also has been a 20 foot (6.1 meters) high Buddha statue made out of green jade.


Stamps:

Vesak
(Issued 28-04-2018)

2X Vesak (Issued 09-04-2018)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

SPAIN ~ Teide National Park - Tenerife - UNESCO ~

... Great new National Park sent from Tenerife... the largest and oldest out of all the national parks in the Canary Islands... the most visited in Europe with around three million visitors a year... the park covers one of the world's most stunning volcanic landscapes... sharp-edged and pointed stones form a lunar landscape that was the setting for Science-Fiction films such as Star Wars and Planet of the apes... a major must-do on the island is taking the cable car up Mount Teide... it brings you to a viewing area just 163m below the mighty volcano’s peak, which affords incredible views across the island and beyond... Thanks a lot Anna!! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀
Photo: Ramon Donate

Teide National Park is a national park surrounding Mount Teide in the middle of Tenerife covering roughly 19,000 hectares (47,000 acres). This Park was created in 1954 in recognition of its volcanic and biological singularity. It is Spain's highest point and the third tallest volcano in the world.

The fauna and flora includes a significant array of endemic Canarian species and several others that only live in the Park.

Teide National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 under the Natural Asset category.

Stamp:

Tourism
(Issued 09-01-2018)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

TURKEY ~ Mardin - UNESCO (Tentative) ~

... Nice view of a city full of religious and cultural history... often been considered as an open air museum due to its historical architecture... home to stunning churches, mosques and madrassas (places of study)... also famous for its numerous minarets spiking out of the steep hill... a step back in time... Thanks a lot Eray!!【ツ】

Mardin is a city in southeastern Turkey known for its Arab-style architecture, and for its strategic location on a rocky mountain near the Tigris River overlooking the plains of northern Syria. This is one of Mesopotamia's oldest settled areas, with evidence of human habitation dating back to 4,000 BCE.

The whole city has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site under the "Mardin Cultural Landscape".

Stamps:

Death Anniversaries
(Issued 31-12-1998)

EUROPA Stamps - Musical Instruments
(Issued 09-05-2014)

The 100th Anniversary of Sarikaims Operation
(Issued 22-12-2014)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

PITCAIRN ISLAND - British Overseas Territory ~

..  A fantastic "rare" new island to add to my collection👍... a remote archipelago and one of the loneliest places on earth in the pacific ocean... that must also be the reason why it took almost 4 months to arrive... with a population of only around fifty, the islands are best known as home of the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and the Tahitians who accompanied them... an event retold in numerous books and films...  the small islands make up "Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve"... one of the largest areas of protected ocean on the planet with an area  around 830,000 km2... the Pitcairn waters are in a near-pristine condition... at some sites, visibility can reach a staggering 75 metres... Thanks a million dear Andrene!!(✿ ♥‿♥)... (don't think I will ever get another one😍)
Left: Jetty and Landing in Bounty Bay with St. Pauls Rock in the distance.
Top Right: Visiting yacht off Bounty Bay.
Bottom Right : Surf at the Landing.

The Pitcairn Islands group is a British Overseas Territory. It comprises the islands of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno. Pitcairnn the second-largest island is the only inhabited. They are situated in the South Pacific about 5,000 miles east of Australia.

Pitcairn was the first Pacific island to become a British colony in 1828. The island is approximately 3.2km (2 miles) long and 1.6km (1 mile) wide with the capital Adamstown located above Bounty Bay.



Stamp:

The 75th Anniversary of the First Pitcairn Islands Postage Stamp
(Issued 15-10-2015)