Thursday, April 24, 2014

BELGIUM ~Tintin - King Ottokar's Sceptre ~

...postcard showing one of Belgium's most famous comic books "The adventures of Tintin" from Hergé...
The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in more than 80 languages and more than 350 million copies of the books sold... I love the books too, I've been a big Kuifje (Tintin) fan for years.... Bedankt Johan!!

Stamp showing "Snowy" a new Tintin issue, which this time features a sheet of 10 self-adhesive stamps showing ten characters from Hergé’s comics series.
(Issued 22-04-2014)





In this adventure, everything begins with a briefcase left on a park bench in Brussels. The case belongs to Professor Alembick, a sigillographer (a specialist in the study of stamps and wax seals). Doing his good deed for the day, Tintin returns the briefcase to the professor, and it is not long before he joins Alembick on a trip to Syldavia...








@Hergé/Moulinsart

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Male Leopard - Yala National Park ~

First card of another series of Yala National Park....fantastic and imposing sight of this majestic big cat...looking forward to a lot of wonderful new animal postcards...Thanks a lot Ravindra^__^


six stamps are selected with animals living in the Yala National Park (Issued 28-07- 2013) to coincide with the completion of seventy five years of the network of Wild Life Reserves in Sri Lanka.
Hawks-bill Turtle-Swamp Crocodile-Elephant-Black-necked Stork-
Wild Boar and Spotted Deer.





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


With over 35 leopards, Yala West has one of the world’s densest leopard populations and is renowned as one of the best places in which to see one of these stunning cats.





Photograph @Rukshan Jayewardene

SRI LANKA ~Galle Face Hotel ~

...A century old view of one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka...the hotel itself is now part of "must visit places" on the island...Thanks Ravindra!!

With plenty great stamps!
Love the ones on the right:
Children's story Series Nr3:
"The story of how the tortoise flew"
 

This iconic and colonial-style hotel was built in 1864 and is the oldest hotel east of Suez. Its situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront facing the famous Galle Face Gree.

Friday, April 18, 2014

USA ~Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge- Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument-UNESCO ~

Wonderful postcard showing one of the most amazing and fascinating sea creatures...unfortunately nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as endangered :(...Thanks a lot Judy!!

With great stamps especially the Johny Cash stamp!!

 
Photographer-Pete Leary
Located on the far northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, Midway Atoll is located within the country's largest conservation area, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. It is one the oldest atoll formations in the world. Midway Atoll is the remote, unincorporated U.S. territory where the Battle of Midway occurred in 1942. This ring of volcanic islands and reefs is now home to millions of birds (including the world's largest Laysan albatross colony) as well as seals, turtles, dolphins, and myriad fish species.

From back of the card:
Green sea turtles are spotted frequently in the lagoon on Midway Atoll. They take 20 to 50 years to reach maturity and will weigh an average of 440 pounds (200kg). The turtles enjoy sunning themselves on the beaches after swim.

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is a World Heritage listed, U.S. national monument encompassing 140,000 square miles (360,000 km2) (an area larger than the country of Greece) of ocean waters, including ten islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, internationally recognized for both its cultural and natural values.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ITALIA ~ Sardinia- Castelsardo ~

...Fantastic panoramic nightview of one of Italy's most beautiful medieval villages... impressing colors... I  like the lights reflecting on the water... and it was sent from the island itself... Many thanks Selina!!


Nice stamp and postmark.
Sardinia is Italy's second largest island (after Sicily), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Cyprus) and an autonomous region of Italy.  There are numerous prehistoric castles, villages, temples and tombs in the countryside.

Castelsardo is a picturesque historic town on the northern coast of Sardinia. The old town, fortified with a castle, is an interesting and atmospheric place to visit.The castle was built by the Doria family of Genoa in the 12th century,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

UKRAINE ~Crimea~

Thanks a lot Alex for this lovely card showing Crimea... an area that became the focus of a dispute between pro-European and pro-Russian in Ukraine...I hope they can come to a dialogue and solve this conflict...


With  nice stamps:
200th Anniversary of Birth of Taras Shevchenko (Writer)
(Issued 09-03-2013)






Monday, April 14, 2014

SAUDI ARABIA ~Unaizah-Ancient Arches~

My second great postcard from Saudi Arabia...as you can see mail can be a rough ride^^....but I still prefer them written and stamped even though sometimes sadly enough they can be damaged while travelling...Thanks a lot Ellen!!


With nice stamps:
The port of Jazan (Red Sea).
(Issued: 16-9-2000)
Eid Mubarak -Muslim Day
(Issued 2013)
@Ote-Riyadh
Unaizah or officially The Governorate of Unaizah is a Saudi Arabian city in the Al Qassim Province. It lies south of the province capital Buraydah and north of Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Historically, Unaizah was an important stopping point for Muslim pilgrims coming from Mesopotamia (now Iraq) and Persia (now Iran) on their way to Mecca. Many scientists and historians believe that the city was inhabited hundreds of years before the spread of Islam, citing its reference in numerous poems from some of the most important poets of pre-Islamic Arabia such as Imru Al-Qais.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

INDIA ~West Bengal - The Darfeeling Himalayan Railway - UNESCO ~

...A step back in time with this also popularly known "Toy Train"...who wouldn't like a ride to the mountain top with a train named as this... it's always such a great pleasure to find "surprise" postcards in my mailbox...people who think of you when they are on a trip...it feels a bit as if you were travelling with them^^... Thanks once again Rod!!!   http://travography.com/


Nice stamps:
Traditional Indian Textiles-Kalamkari
(Issued 10-12-2009)
Definitive Issue-Builders of Modern India


@Das Studio-Darjeeling-INDIA
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the first, and still the most outstanding example of a hill passenger Railway. Open in 1881, it applied bold and ingenious engineering solutions to the problem of establishing and effect rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty. It is still fully operational and retains most of its original features intact. UNESCO’S World Heritage Committee inscribed DHR as a World Heritage Site in 1999.

Darjeeling is one of India's most famous hill resorts. It is 2134 m or 7000ft above sea level. The real fun in coming to Darjeeling is on the toy train. It takes six to seven hours to cover a distance of 82 kms and the slow speed gives you enough time to watch and appreciate the beauty which nature has provided it. This train passes through the Forests, waterfalls, over deep valleys and through the mountains and tunnels.

Monday, April 7, 2014

SRI LANKA ~COLLAGE YALA NATIONAL PARK

This collage I made shows all 12 fabulous  animal postcards from the "Yala National Park" series!!
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Thank you sooooo much Ravindra♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥



SRI LANKA ~Elephants - Yala National Park ~

...Today I received my last card from the series "Yala National Park"...another one  showing elephants... it was always such a great pleasure to find a new animal postcard  in my mailbox...I will miss it!...(received first one in August 2013)^^I got this whole set of amazing  postcards thanks to postcard friend Ravindra!!


 With as always great stamps!!

Yala Natinal Park is one of the best places for sightings of wild Elephants and is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants.

The elephant herd of Yala contains 300–350 individuals. Asian elephants, also known as Indian elephants are known to be one of the most gentle and intelligent mammals. They can be identified by their small, rounded ears and are quite a bit smaller than their cousins, the African elephants.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

JAMAICA ~ Gut River ~

.... Awesome view of crystal clear and clean naturally fresh water river... it is a favourite with recreational bathers... Thanks a lot Jos and Anja for card nr2!!^^




Again with great Bob Marley stamp.




Back of card:
This underground river flows close to the sea between Canoe Valley and Alligator Pond springing with clear blue waters not far from Milk River.
 Gut is German for good.

Gut River is a river, beach and small hamlet on an isolated stretch of south facing coastline in Manchester, Jamaica.This pristine river rises only about 200 metres from where it enters the sea.







@ Flavio Bacchetta

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

JAMAICA ~ No Problem ~

...First of two beautiful written and stamped postcards from friends vacation to this paradise-like-island... The right place to enjoy beach, sun and reggae...Thanks a lot Jos en Anja!!!


With cool   "50th Birth Anniversary of Bob Marley" stamp!
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, (1945 – 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician.



Back of card:
1. Ganja, our weed!
2. Palm trees at Riu hotel
3. Bloody sunset at Portland
4. Reach falls at Portland
5. Rose Hall beach
6. Ras David

Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean, located to the south of Cuba and to the west of the island of Hispaniola comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles.





@Flavio Baccetta

Friday, March 28, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Bakers Waterfall ~

First of two great nature views from Sri Lanka...one of the most famous waterfalls in a magnificent scenery... Thanks once again Ravindra!


With a set of really nice stamps!





Baker's Falls  waterfall is situated in Horton Plains National Park on a tributary of the Belihul Oya.

The height of the Baker's waterfalls is 20 metres (66 ft). The falls were named after Sir Samuel Baker, who was a famous explorer.

 Many Rhododendron and Fern bushes can be seen around the waterfall.






Gefthec Enterprises
Photo - A. Felix J. Perera

SRI LANKA ~Nature Trails - Habarana ~

...must be a fantastic experience a boat safari  into the jungle.... Thanks a lot Ravindra for card nr 2!!


With lovely stamp:Thai Pongal - Farmer's Festival
(Issued 12-01-2014)



Photo Sanka Sammana
 Habarana is a small city in the Anuradhapura District situated nearby to the ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin of Sigiriya .Habarana is the centre of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle that is made up of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy.

 Habarana is a popular tourist destination for safari lovers as it is the starting point for safaris in the nearby Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary which is heavily populated by elephants.

 The area has some of the best hotels in the country and the greenery and wild life has added value, making the location attractive for tourists.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HONDURAS ~Map~

My first written and stamped great map postcard (as I like them the most) of Honduras....
"Im Here"!...I can only say "I wish I was there"...!^__^ Thanks a lot Brenda for this lovely surprise.
( have a look at Brenda's fantastic collections of postcards: http://9teen87spostcards.blogspot.be/ )

Honduras stamp 2009
Football (Soccer) World Cup South Africa
@2010 Published designed and printed by PostcardUSA.com Photos @2010 Werner J. Bertsch

Honduras is the second biggest country in Central America and is surrounded by Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. It has colonial villages (Gracias, Comayagua), ancient Maya ruins (Copan), natural parks (Moskitia), and a Pacific and Caribbean coastline and the Bay Islands, with great beaches and coral reefs.

Roatán, located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, is the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands. The island is located near the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea and the second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It has become an important cruise ship and scuba diving destination in Honduras.

Monday, March 24, 2014

BELGIUM ~Optical illusion-Young or Old?~

HAPPY MAILBOX DAY thanks to postcard friend Johan a regular contributor to my blog by sending me many unique items as this one... a great bit weird postcard .....a famous optical illusion...I saw the old woman first, and I spent a lot of time looking for the young one...and you????
Try first... if you need some help read text next to postcard... Weeral Heel erg Bedankt Johan!!!






But even more special is the "Internationals Women's Day" stamp with first day cancellation.


This stamp with 606 words was recognized “stamp with the largest number of readable words” by Guinness World Records. The stamp depicts a woman’s face that is composed of integral sentences coming from the “Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women”. The background of the image entirely consists of text.
(Issued 10-03-2014)












This figure represents a young woman or an old woman.

The eye of the old woman is the ear of the young woman. The old woman's mouth is the young woman's necklace.

Or the chin of the young woman makes up the nose of the old woman.




@E. Boring
Verz - Coll. Plaizier




Friday, March 21, 2014

KENYA ~ Wildlife ~

And as extra bonus... here is fantastic postcard nr2 of Kenya...for me "Kenya" is synonymous with safaris and magnificent wildlife...I think the opportunity to see wild animals in their natural habitat is a dream for a lot of us and certainly for me!^__^
Thanks a million David for sharing your amazing African journey through your blog and sending wonderful postcards with great stamps!!



Also two more interesting stamps from the set of hundred new stamps for Kenya's 50th anniversary of independence.
(Issued 11-12- 2013)
@Mount Kenyas Sundries Limited - Photo Jonathan and Angie Scott

The diversity of Kenya's wildlife has garnered international fame, especially for its populations of large mammals. Its species of mammals include: East African lions, hippopotami, African buffaloes, wildebeests, African elephants, zebras, giraffes, and rhinos.

Kenya has a very diverse population of birds, including flamingos and Masai ostriches.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

KENYA ~Nairobi ~

Great city multiview of the countries capital...I would never had guessed that the city  popularly known is as the "Green City in the Sun" by seeing this postcard...Thanks soooo much David who is already home from his African adventure!!! (read more about his journey here: "Postcard a world Travel")



Interesting stamps from a set of hundred new stamps for Kenya's 50th anniversary of independence.
(Issued 11-12- 2013)
@Sapa Studio
Nairobi capital is situated  in the highlands of the southern part of the country. Nairobi is Kenya's principal economic, administrative, and cultural center and is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Africa. Manufactures include processed food, textiles, clothing, building materials, and communications and transportation equipment. The city also has a large tourist industry.
 The University of Nairobi (1956), Kenya Polytechnic (1961), and Kenya Conservatoire of Music (1944) are here.

 The local Maasai called this highland swamp Ewaso Nai’beri – the place of cold water.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

PHILIPPENES ~El Nido ~

...Another beautiful tropical beach paradise and known as the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines...Thanks a lot!!



With nice tiny stamp "Marine Biodiversity"
(Issued 04-11-2011)
@2013 El Nido Boutique Art Cafe

El Nido  is a first class municipality and managed resource protected area in the province of Palawan . It is about 420 kilometres (260 mi) southwest of Manila, and about 238 kilometres (148 mi) northeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital.

To conserve this rare natural resource, the Bacuit Bay area of El Nido has been established by the Department of Natural Resources as a Marine Reserve.

El Nido Marine Reserve Park is occupying an area of 96,000 hectares, this popular nature spot boasts of diverse ecosystems such as rainforest, mangroves, white sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs.  Blessed with extraordinary natural scenery, El Nido is, the sanctuary of various forms of wildlife. Many varieties of fish are also found here. Manta rays are a common sight; when in season, divers may see one of the world's rarest marine mammal, the sea cow, known locally as "dugong".

Thursday, March 6, 2014

BURUNDI ~Back from fishing ~

Wow!!Wow!!Wow!! African beauty nr 2...and who says it takes forever to get mail from this part of the world... this wonderful postcard was dated Februari 27, travelling only for 7 days!! :D:D...
Big thaaaaaanks David!!



With great colorful stamp:
 Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi
(Issued 15-10-2012)

Photo-Cliché J.P. Bastiere
View: back from fishing. Burundi fishing is concentrated mainly around Lake Tanganyika.
Artisanal fishing is done with the help of nets.

 Burundi  is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of Southeast Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west with capital  Bujumbura. Although the country is landlocked, much of the southwestern border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika.

Monday, March 3, 2014

UGANDA ~Map ~

...It's always a pleasure to post a brandnew and rare country here...received today this wonderful postcard with all on it: flag, map and views... sent by  David who is travelling  through 6 East African countries right now!!...Must be an amazing trip of a lifetime... (although he has already been to soooo many exotic and remote places...read more here: http://postcardsandtravel.blogspot.be/.)
                                                             Thanks a million David ^__^!


With lovely stamp:
 Moths of Uganda -  Denephila nerii.
(Issued 24-12- 1999)

Photos&design: Byekwaso Blasio
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa bordered by Kenya, South Sudan, DR Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania with capital Kampala.

 Uganda also called "the Pearl of Africa" is a country with fantastic natural scenery, great diversity in wildlife and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures.

Friday, February 28, 2014

JORDAN ~Petra at night - UNESCO~

Stunning and magical nightview of the passeway to the Treasure only lit by over 2500 candles...stamped on december 1, so I'm really glad it arrived after 3 months travelling...
Thanks a lot Rod!! http://travography.com/

With nice defentives stamp:
Hadrian's triumphal arch in Jerash
(Issued 1996- 1997)
The most famous attraction in Jordan is the Nabatean city of Petra.

The Siq opens up onto Petra’s most magnificent façade - the Treasury or Al Khazna. It stands at almost 40 meters high and is intricately decorated with friezes, statues and other features carved out of a single rock.

There is a funerary urn at the top of the Treasury which according to local legend conceals pharaoh’s treasures. Although the original function is still a mystery, the Khazna is believed by many archaeologists to be the mausoleum of King Aretas IV (9BC- 40AD).

Monday, February 24, 2014

UKRAINE ~Map ~

My first "map" postcard from Ukraine... a sweet and colorful one with its neighbouring countries... Thanks a lot Alex for this lovely surprise...I so hope you are safe because we hear so many disturbing news about the situation in your country...:(


With nice stamp!

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. The country borders the Russian Federation to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast.

 It has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi), making it the largest country entirely within Europe.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BELGIUM ~High Fens – Eifel Nature Park ~

A nice nature view showing "The Rurbusch beechwood"...with fantastic stamp and first day cancellation from Andre Buzin a Belgian artist famous in the philatelic world specialized in paintings of  animals and flora...his stamps are always very impressive by the quality and precision of their design... Thanks a lot Johan for another unique Andre Buzin item!! http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/



Lovely and cute first day cancellation  (15-02-2014)
from the serie:
Buzin otherwise - Intimate animal portraits stamps ( Lynx)



The High Fens, which were declared a nature reserve in 1957, are an upland area, a plateau region in the province of Liège, in the east of Belgium and adjoining parts of Germany, between the Ardennes and the Eifel highlands.

The High Fens are the largest nature reserve or park in Belgium. Its highest point, at 694 metres (2,277 ft) above sea level, is the Signal de Botrange near Eupen, and also the highest point in Belgium. A tower 6 metres (20 ft) high was built here that reaches 700 metres (2,297 ft) above sea level. The reserve is a rich ecological endowment of Belgium covered with alpine sphagnum bogs both on the plateau and in the valley basin; the bogs, which are over 10,000 years old, with their unique subalpine flora, fauna and microclimate, are key to the conservation work of the park.

 In 1966, the European Council awarded the "Diploma of Conservation" to the High Fens, for their ecological value.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CUBA ~ Old Havana - UNESCO~

Yippie!! Got today a fantastic written and stamped UNESCO postcard from Cuba...I knew about Agi's trip to this amazing and  "rare" place...and I was sooooo hoping to get one (as so many others)...and here it is...I'm so exited about it!! Thanks a million Agi !! Must have been a great experience and with lots of "mojitos" too ???? ^__^ http://agispostcrossingplanet.blogspot.be/


With lovely pheasant stamp from the 2006 series "Aves de Corral" (farmyard birds).

Photo John Harden @
The Plaza de San Francisco is the second oldest square in the city.The Lonja del Comercio (Chamber of Commerce) building in Old Havana served as the stock exchange in the capital until the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Today, it is an office building. Based in the building are local and foreign companies, the Brazilian Embassy, news agencies like CNN Havana Bureau, and the Habana Radio Station.

 Havana is the capital city, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba. The city is one of the 15 Cuban provinces and the largest city in the country. Contemporary Havana can essentially be described as three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado, and the newer suburban districts. Present day, the city is the center of the Cuban government, and various ministries and headquarters of businesses are based there.