Thursday, July 24, 2014

SPAIN ~Valencia ~

Sent by family... lots of great views of  old and modern architecture harmonious in one city...
Thanks a lot Dorien!


Stamp:
Architecture (Classical) -
Arches and Monumental Gates
(Issued 02-01-2014)
@Editirial fisa escudo de oro,S.A.

Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, was founded by the Roman Empire in 138 B.C. Located on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea.

The old town with Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgen, between which is located the Cathedral with its famous bell tower, El Miguelete, and the Serranos and Quart Towers, the only two perfectly-conserved city gates. The the Barrio del Carmen and the Lonja de la Seda (UNESCO World Heritage)

All of these contrast with the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava. The atmosphere inside this spectacular architectural complex, which lies in the former Turia riverbed, makes it one of the most worthwhile visits of all.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PANAMA ~Pollera festival - National costume ~

First wonderful written and stamped postcard from Panama...one more country ticked of my wanted list (its getting more and more difficult)...they all look fabulous! Thanks so much Guniver!

With nice stamp:
Artistic Treasures of National Theatre - 2002
The national dress of Panama, called la pollera, is a strong symbol of Panamanian identity, with its unique artisan ship, which is most beautifully displayed during holiday processions and folkloric dance performances, and by brides on their wedding day.

This primarily hand-sewn costume consists of full gathered skirts, petticoats, and ruffled blouses, all decorated with laborious elements such as embroidery, applique (technique where one fabric is sewn onto the surface of another fabric to create a design) bobbin lace, and crochet. The dress is enhanced with hair ornaments, jewelry, and accessories.

A single pollera can cost from several hundred to several thousands US dollars.A pollera are generally passed down as heirlooms through generations.

The mans costumes are called montuno.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CYPRUS ~ Pafos-Saranta Kolones - UNESCO~

Great archaeological site... Pafos is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Cyprus, known as the "land of love" and the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite....Thanks a lot Iliyana!



With nice stamps:
Stamp Refugee Fund 0,02
Organisms of the Mediterranean marine environment -
Sea Anemone
(Issued 05-06-2013)


Pafos is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus, which has been, during certain times in antiquity, the capital of Cyprus, has a history which goes back literally thousands of years. Pafos is famous for its remains of villas, palaces, theatres, fortresses and tombs of exceptional architectural and historic value.

Saranta Kolones is a ruined medieval fortress inside the Pafos Archaeological Park.  It takes its name from the large number of granite columns that were found on the site and probably once formed part of the ancient agora. The Byzantine castle is believed to have been built at the end of the 7th century AD to protect the port and the city of Nea Pafos from Arab raids and later remodeled by the Lusignans.

The town is included in the Unesco WHS list.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BELGIUM ~Photo Postcard ~

...The two most  ♥precious♥  little ones of our family at their child friendly holiday park...  made from a photo into a real postcard with the bpost Mobile Postcard application on their  smartphone and delivered directly in my mailbox... Thanks a lot Sabrina, Koen, Anna and Leon!!


With nice self adhesive butterfly stamp:
The Lesser Purple Emperor
(Issued 27-10-2012)


Thursday, July 17, 2014

SAN MARINO ~Town Hall - UNESCO ~

Fantastic and magical view...a postcard from a pretty special and rare place... Thanks a million once again Johan!^^

With great stamp showing hundreds of envelopes!
59th Plenary Assembly of PostEurop in San Marino
(Issued 05-06-2014)
The Palazzo Pubblico is the town hall of the City of San Marino as well as its official Government Building. The building, where official State ceremonies take place, is the seat of the Republic's main institutional and administrative bodies: the Captains Regent, the Grand and General Council, the Council of XII, and the Congress of State.

The Palazzo Publico was built from 1884 to 1894, and restored in 1996.

Republic de San Marino is a country situated in the Apennine Mountains. It is a landlocked enclave, completely surrounded by Italy. Its size is just over 61 km2. Its capital is the City of San Marino.

The country is the third smallest in Europe, with only Vatican City and Monaco being smaller in size.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MOROCCO ~Essaouira~

...Local views of  "Wind City of Africa"...It is the wind that ensures Essaouira retains its character....It blows too hard to attract many sun, sand and sea tourists...but seems to be a great place for windsurfers!
Thanks a lot David for this extra surprise!^^ (David's great blog:http://postcardsandtravel.blogspot.be/ )


This time a "very" clear postmark!
50th Anniversary of HH The King Mohammed VI
(Issued 21-08-2013)
@éditions Manchoube/Marrakech
Essaouira is a city in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, on the Atlantic coast.

Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.

ICELAND~Skogafoss Waterfall~

...Received second card (this one with no rainbow) showing one of the most impressive waterfalls in all of Iceland...just see how tiny everyone appears in front of the waterfall...Thanks Svea!!

With nice  tourist stamps III- Sjálfberg rock.
(Issued 16-01-2014)
@Photo: Palmi Gudmundsson
Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. The Skógafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful classically-shaped rectangular waterfall of the country with a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ITALIA ~Cattolica ~

Great aerial view of the city centre... a perfect holiday location... hopelijk heb je de zomer meegebracht naar ons landje, want tot nu toe *pfffff*... Bedankt Johan!! check his blog here.


With nice stamp and cancellation:
The 400th Anniversary of the Birth of Martino Martini
 (Issued 08-03-2014)
Cattolica is a town and comune in the Province of Rimini.

The regions of Rimini and Cattolica have long been holiday hotspots on the Adriatic Riviera.

Both resorts are known for their wide sandy beaches, great nightlife and family activities. The region has a rich historic heritage and there are a number of attractions in town and nearby if you want to take a break from the beach.

Monday, July 14, 2014

AUSTRALIA ~St Peters Cathedral - Adelaide ~

... A fantastic view of an important historic building in a tranquil and peaceful setting... Many thanks Rosie!!

With cute stamp:
Bush Babies II stamp series-  the echidna
(Issued 02-04-2013)
St Peter's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. It is the seat of the archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide.The cathedral is situated on approximately one acre (4,000 m²) of land.The foundation stone of this church was laid in 1869.

 The south face has similar features to the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, including an ornate rose window above the main entrance which depicts stories of South Australia and the Bible.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Morocco ~Marrakesh - Jemaa el Fna - UNESCO ~

...Great view of the most famous landmark in Marrakesh... a lively busy atmosphere... from snake charmers to acrobats, musicians and dancers, stalls selling food, fruits and vegetables...Many thanks David!!

With nice stamp but unfortunately not cancelled:
Geography and Meteorology -Maps
(Issued 03-08-2012)
@edivision, casablanca
The Jemaa el-Fnaa or Djemaa el Fna, is one of the most famous squares and market places in all of Africa and is the centre of city activity and trade used by locals and tourists.

Unesco declared the Djemaa el-Fna a ‘Masterpiece of World Heritage’ in 2001.
This UNESCO label aims to raise awareness about the importance of oral and intangible heritage as an essential component of cultural diversity.

Marrakesh is known as the "Red City" and is the capital of the south of Morocco.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Moldova ~Chișinău - Ethnography and Nature History National Mueseum ~

Had to wait for almost 4 years to receive my second great Moldova card...so a pretty special one and I really like it....Many thanks Nastia!!


With lovely stamps:
Fauna "Exotic butterflies"
(Issued 05-07-2013)
and definitives - Buildings from the Republic of Moldova
(Issued 15-02-2011)

The National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History is the oldest museum in Moldova. It is located in Chisinau, the capital of the country and was founded in October 1889.

 The museum is divided into 2 logical parts. The first one is dedicated to flora and fauna on the territory of Moldova. Here visitors see the flora and fauna of the country nowadays and also how it looked many years ago, how the nature here changed.

The other part of the museum is dedicated to people living on this territory, their customs and traditions. Here visitors see many ancient things which where used in every-day life and  the history of their developing is visible.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Galle Fort - UNESCO ~

... Card nr 2 shows more great Galle Fort views... Many thanks Ravindra!!


With lovely stamps:
Featuring the Buddhist festival of Vesak.
 (Issued 12-05-2014)

@Photo Lasantha Lakmal
Galle Fort built first by the Portuguese, then modified by the Dutch is the largest intact Dutch fort in Asia. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Located facing the Indian Ocean in the town of Galle, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Galle Fort is one of the best preserved examples of 17th century colonial fortifications in the world.
The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population.
Card views:
1+3. Maritime Archeolology Museum
2. All Saints Church Fort Galle
4.The National Museum

SRI LANKA ~White-breasted Kingfisher - Yala National Park ~

...A beautiful bird shot at Yala National Park... one of Sri lanka's most popular wildlife destinations... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!



Stamps: Featuring the Buddhist festival of Vesak.
(Issued 12-05-2014)





Yala National Park is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Of 215 bird species of the park, six are endemic to Sri Lanka.

The White-breasted Kingfisher  is a large (28 cm) and a tree kingfisher.

The adult has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white.

The large bill and legs are bright red.

The flight of this Kingfisher is rapid and direct, the short rounded wings whirring. In flight, large white patches are visible on the blue and black wings.


@Photo Rukshan Jayewardene

Friday, July 4, 2014

NEW ZEALAND ~The Remarkables and the Kawarau river-Queenstown-Otago ~

Breathtaking natural scenery and panoramic view of the  wonderful serie: "New Zealand Wide"... the island at the bottom of the earth...according to the postcard, perfect place for fishing...Many thanks Deane!!

With nice stamps: WWII Poster Art stamp-commemorating the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII and scenic definitives self adhesive stamp
Photo Andris Apse - @First Class Publications Ltd
The Kawarau River drains Lake Wakatipu, in northwestern Otago, New Zealand. The river  passes through the steep Kawarau Gorge. Containing many rapids and strong currents, the river can be dangerous and has claimed many lives.

The Remarkables are a mountain range and skifield in Otago, South Island of New Zealand. Located on the southeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, the range lives up to its name by rising sharply to create an impressive backdrop for the waters.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ITALY ~Aerial View of the Forum at Pompeii-UNESCO ~

Great view of a fascinating place ...its on my wishlist for a visit too...A whole city and civilization wiped out and preserved within an instant... Thanks a lot Rod !


With nice Post Italian stamp!
(Issued 13-02-2013)


The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the commune of Pompeii. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

It happened so quickly that people in these two cities didn't have time to get out. For almost two thousand years, the cities remained buried under the ash.

Friday, June 27, 2014

USA ~Las Vegas - The Historic neon signs ~

....Fantastic "glittery" postcard (doesn't show so good here) from gambling capital of the world...  the glow of the city is visible from space...from nephew Ben his third trip to Las Vegas... Thanks for thinking of me Ben! :D

With nice Earth Day 2014 Global Forever Stamp.


Las Vegas is famous for its creative and distinctive flashing lighted signs.

The signs of Las Vegas generally do not exist for very long. The city and the tastes of its residents move on and signs that look dated are replaced with newer, flashier designs.

 Nostalgic favorites such as the Hacienda Horse and Rider and the original sign for the Stardust have now been torn down. In 1996, the Las Vegas Neon Museum was opened to house these discarded signs.

 A three-acre lot known as "The Boneyard" serves as a final resting place for hundreds of signs that once lit up Vegas' Glitter Gulch.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Budha statue-Maligawila ~

A wonderful example of Sri lankan heritage...a magnificent Budha... Thanks a lot Ravindra!



With lovely colorful stamps.

The Maligawila Buddha statue is a standing figure of the Buddha, which has been carved during the 7th century by a prince named Aggabodhi. It had been broken into several pieces by the time it was found in 1951. The statue was reconstructed and raised again in 1980 under the direction of the then president Ranasinghe Premadasa.

 It is 11 meters tall and is made out of a single block of limestone. It is the tallest free-standing ancient statue of the Buddha found in the country.

 Maligawila is a small village approximately 250km from Colombo. The statue was part of a larger complex which also included a large statue thought to be of the Avalokitheswara Bodhisatva and a gedi ge (A Buddhist shrine).


Photo Juergen Schreiber @Lasantha Lakmal

Monday, June 23, 2014

ARMENIA ~Khor Virap monastery - Ararat mountains ~

Postcard nr2 coming from Armenia... breathtaking mountain and monastery view... Thanks a lot Patrik!!


With great stamps and postmark!
 Armenian alphabet
(Issued 30-07-2013)
Cilician Kingdom of Armenia
(Issued 28-12-2013)


The Khor Virap is an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat valley near the border with Turkey. Originally build 642 AD by Nerses III the Builder. Over the centuries, it was repeatedly rebuilt. In 1662, the larger chapel known as the "St. Astvatsatsin" (Holy Mother of God) was built around the ruins of the old chapel, the monastery, the refectory and the cells of the monks. Now, regular Church services are held in this church.
It is probably the most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia.

 Mount Ararat is a snow-capped, dormant volcanic cone in Turkey.  Mount Ararat in Judeo-Christian tradition is associated with the "Mountains of Ararat" where, according to the book of Genesis, Noah's ark came to rest.

Although the mountain is not in modern Armenia today, the best view of the Holy mountain is in fact from Armenia.

Photo Levon Bakhshyan

Friday, June 20, 2014

MONGOLIA ~Morning Glory of Gobi ~

WOW!! Love it...Camels at sunrise... stunning view and a new place written and stamped for my collection...Thanks a million Christina!!


With lovely animals of Australia stamp!
(Issued 27-07-2011)
Photo Tsatralt
Located on a plateau that stretches across South East Mongolia and Northern China, the Gobi Desert is the fifth largest desert in the world and the second largest desert in Asia, covering an area of approximately 500,000 square miles.Unlike the Sahara there are few sand dunes in the Gobi; rather you'll find large barren expenses of gravel plains and rocky outcrops. Its location on a plateau high above sea level causes some extreme weather conditions. Winds can reach up to 85 miles per hour, causing temperatures ranging from -40° in winter to +40 in summer.

Great Gobi National Park is one of the largest World Biospheres, with an area larger than Switzerland.

 The Gobi is most known in history as part of the great Mongol Empire, and as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road.

Bactrian camels (two-humped) are a domesticated animal important for their wool and their use by herders as a means of transportation across the desert. This amazing animal can travel for 30 days without drinking any water.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DENMARK ~Glud museum ~

Beautiful old houses... we have a similar open-air museum near to where I live...It's called "Bokrijk" ^__^ Thanks a lot Hans Jorgen!!


With a variety of wonderful stamps too!

@Trojaborgs Forlag
Glud open-air museum is a living experience of country life in East Jutland over the past 350 years. With Denmark’s oldest farm house from 1662 or Denmark’s most beautiful farm “Badensminde” from 1811. There are 14 old houses and farms in one place all with the furniture of that time.

Monday, June 16, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Galle Fort - UNESCO ~

....After relaxing^^ on the beach...time for history and culture! Thanks once again Ravindra!!


More wonderful stamps!
@Photo Lasantha Lakmal
Galle Fort is the largest intact Dutch fort in Asia. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Located facing the Indian Ocean in the town of Galle, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Galle Fort is one of the best preserved examples of 17th century colonial fortifications in the world.
Card views:
1. Dutch Reformed Church
2. Archway
3. Mosque
4. Light house
5. Clock Tower
6. Sea Jump place

Sunday, June 15, 2014

SRI LANKA ~Southwest Coast ~

I'm lost for words by this view... paradise does indeed exist...I can only dream of lazing on this beautiful withe-sand palm tree lined tranquil beach... just imagine having it all to yourself...Thaaaaaanks Ravindra!!!


With a variety of nice stamps!






This is the area stretching south of Colombo towards Galle and was one of the first areas to be developed with lots of famous resort towns and hotels.












@Lasantha Lakmal

Friday, June 13, 2014

CROATIA ~ Dalmatian dog ~

For a dog lover a fantastic card...one of my favorites out of the postcards I received lately...a dalmatian dog overlooking the deep blue see...maybe one of the 101 dalmatian dogs that ran away from dalmatia into one of the most famous disney's cartoons^__^...Big Thaaaaaaanks to my postcard friend-blogger Agi!!

With lovely stamps too:
Children's world-Pets, Chinchila
(Issued 21-02-2014)
400 Years of the Theatre in Hvar
(Issued 25-09-2012)
Photo A. Carli
Dalmatia is a historical region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. It stretches from the island of Rab in the northwest to the Bay of Kotor in the southeast. The hinterland, the Dalmatian Zagora, ranges from fifty kilometers in width in the north to just a few kilometers in the south.

The Dalmatian is a breed of dog whose roots trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia. The Dalmatian is noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

BELGIUM ~Belfry Bruges - UNESCO ~

I start the Fifa World Cup 2014 today with a special issued stamp and cancellation...football mania is taking over...Good Luck to our Red Devils!!! Big Thanks to friend Johan for this unique item ^__^ .

The World Cup 2014 in Brazil will be one of Belgium’s first main international tournaments in years after failing to qualify for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups ...
Our country issued a new stamp (the sheetlet has the shape of a football)...






The medieval belfry tower (13th-15th century) is 88 metres in height and houses the former city treasury, in which Bruges' valuables (money and royal charters) were once kept.

A climb of 366 steps takes the visitor past the impressive clock mechanism and culminates in a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.

The famous 47-bell carillon is also located here.





@Thill, N.V. Brussel

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

HAITI ~Labadee~

Although  not sent from Haiti itself (a really "rare" country)... it was still an unexpected and lovely surprise in my mailbox...a perfect holiday destination...Thanks a lot to The Randalls???!!!


With US Earth Day 2014 Forever Stamp.
(Issued 22-04-2014)
Labadee is a port located on the northern coast of Haiti. It is a private resort leased to Royal Caribbean International until 2050. Royal Caribbean International has contributed the largest proportion of tourist revenue to Haiti since 1986, employing 300 locals, allowing another 200 to sell their wares on the premises for a fee, and paying the Haitian government US$6 per tourist.