Friday, November 16, 2018

SINGAPORE ~ Mobile Mask Shop ~

... First of two nice totally different postcards of Singapore... a traditional paper mask seller sitting in front of his "overloaded" bicycle cart... they went from point to point on their bicycles... a vanishing trade.... demand for these paper masks has diminished as traditional rituals evolve over time and the toy of the day has changed... the paper mask sellers were interesting characters... their daily grind appeared to be a daunting circus act with the number of wares they carry on their mobile bicycle cart... one could only wonder how they maintained visibility of the road given the number of masks and puppets in their view...Thanks a lot Jobbo!!【ツ】
The paper mask is a traditional paper craft, which is a combination of deft painting skills and patience as each mask is hand-painted. Paper is mashed, moulded and painted into mask figureheads.

These paper masks were used as offerings to deities and spirits and in some cases, donned on during rituals. Popular designs included those of celestial bodies such as the Chinese God of War, Guan Gong.They were also commonly found during occasions and festivals such as the Chinese New Year in the prancing lion head and the big-head doll.

Stamp:

The 50th Anniversary of the National Service
(Issued 13-03-2017)

SINGAPORE ~ Painting Class - National Gallery ~

 ... Postcard nr2 is showing a lovely oil painting artwork “Painting Class” by Lim Yew Kuan’s... his works includes drawing, oil painting, woodblock prints and sculpture... he was the founding president of the Equator Art Society and the second principal of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore’s first art school...  the National Gallery is the largest visual arts venue and largest museum in Singapore... Thanks Jobbo!!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀



The National Gallery Singapore is an art gallery situated in Singapore’s Civic District.

Opened on 24 November 2015, it oversees the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian art, consisting of over 8,000 artworks.

The Gallery consists of two national monuments, the former Supreme Court Building and City Hall, that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue and has a combined floor area of 64,000 square metres.





Image courtesy of National Heritage Board

Stamp:

The 25th Anniversary of Independence
(Issued 16-08-1990)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

EGYPT ~ Temple of Luxor - UNESCO ~

... Great views of a complex of architectural wonders ... a monument in the heart of the modern town... this temple might be the greatest testament to why Luxor has earned its nickname, “The World’s Largest Outdoor Museum”... it is is also unique among Egyptian monuments, because unlike many other sites, the temple has been in almost continuous use as a place of worship, and remains so to this day... with matching obelisk stamp👍... one of a former pair of obelisks remained in front of the Luxor Temple... the other obelisk was given to France in the 19thC, and can now be seen in the Place de la Concorde in Paris... Thanks a lot Farah!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor and was constructed approximately 1400 BCE on the site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes.

The temple was commissioned by the pharaoh Amenhotep III  but like most structures and monuments of the ancient world, it was added to and developed by later rulers, including Tutankhamun, Horemheb and Rameses II, who between them added columns, statues, friezes and, after Akhenaten destroyed his father’s cartouches, he installed a shrine to Aten. There is even a shrine dedicated to Alexander the Great.

Much of Luxor Temple was covered with sand and debris for hundreds of years until the French Egyptologist Gaston Maspero began re-excavating the complex in the late 19thC. By the 1960s much of Luxor Temple had been reclaimed for preservation and display, but some adjacent parts of the original temple complex had since been built over and absorbed into the modern city of Luxor.

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979.The inscribed area includes the two great temples of Karnak and Luxor on the east bank of the Nile, and the Necropolis on the west bank.

Stamps:

Statue of Pharaoh Seostris III
(Issued 30-06-2002)

Obelisc of Ramses II
(Issued 25-05-2002)



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

GERMANY ~ Rose Window - Brunswick Cathedral ~

... Wonderful "Rose glass stained window" located in the west facade of the cathedral... designed by Heinz Hindorf, one of the premier stained glass artists of the 20thC... it's made of a series of smaller windows radiating out from the center like wheel spokes or flower petals... their symbolism lies in geometry and the sense that many parts make a whole... every element has a degree of meaning... with beautiful "matching" stained glass window Christmas stamp and lovely special postmark!! Thanks a lot Dustin!!
Photo: Jutta Brüdern
Brunswick Cathedral located in the City of Braunschweig which is called a Dom in German and was consecrated in 1226, dedicated to Saints Blaise, John the Baptist and Thomas Becket.

Today, it is used by a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Brunswick.

Stamps:

????

Christmas (02-11-2018)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

SPAIN ~ The Casa Milà - Barcelona - UNESCO ~

... Amazing view of one of Gaudí’s Art Nouveau masterpieces... a gorgeous apartment building... La Pedrera is today one of the most visited monuments in Barcelona... an icon of Catalan modernism... the building does not have a single straight line... the façade is designed in such a way that it is impossible to draw a vertical line from the roof to the ground... each window and balcony are different... nature is the origin and inspiration of the building... the attic is now home to the "Espai Gaudi", a museum dedicated to the great architect.... here you’ll find plastic models of his other famous works, art work, videos, and a great explanation/display of how Gaudi let nature influence his work.... Thanks a lot Belén!!【ツ】
Casa Mila (1906-1912) is a building designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi and commissioned by Pere Milà and Roser Segimon. The name, ‘Casa Milà’ comes from the fact that it was the new home of the Milà family. The couple occupied the main floor and rented out the other apartments.

It was due to its quarry-like features that it earnt the historic building the nickname of La Pedrera, which means quarry. It was Gaudi’s last work of civic architecture and represented a break with the conventions of his day.

The Roof Terrace is one of the most spectacular parts of Casa Milá for it’s imposing chimneys which are reminiscent of twisted, standing soldiers (and those of Casa Batlló), along with six stepping skylights. Decorated in a mosaic of marble and broken Valencian tiles, as well as broken glass from champagne bottles!

Casa Milà was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 as "Works of Antoni Gaudí" in conjunction with Park Güell, Güell Palace, Casa Vicens, the Nativity Facade and the Sagrada Família Crypt,

Stamp:

EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles
(Issued 21-04-2017)

Monday, November 12, 2018

GREECE ~ Esfigmenou monastery - Mount Athos - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view of one of the many monasteries on Mount Athos... they have some of the world's most significant examples of Byzantine art, Orthodox icons, and both religious and literary treasures.. only males are allowed visiting Mount Athos... the number is limited to only ten permits a day for non-orthodox visitors (foreigners) and 100 for Greeks and Orthodox visitors... women can admire the magnificent monasteries by cruising along the west coast... although isolated from the outside world, Athos has been the home of many influential monks and has had a significant impact on the development of the Orthodox tradition... Thanks Sylvie!!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀
Mount Athos -commonly known as the Holy Mountain- is the spiritual capital of the Orthodox Christian world since 1054, consisting of 20 monasteries, 12 skites, and about 700 houses, cells or hermitages. It lies on a peninsula in the Aegean Sea dominated by the majestic 2,000m conical peak of Mount Athos.

Mount Athos forms a self-governed monastic state within the sovereignty of Greece. Spiritually, it comes under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The Holy Monastery of Esphigmenou was founded around the 10th or 11thC and rest on the northwestern coast of the peninsula of the Holy Mountain. The Monastery 's main church is dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord having eight chapels and seven exterior ones. Esphigmenou ‘s Monastery has suffered various times of pirate’s raids and destructive fires.

Mount Athos has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.


Stamp:

World Bee Day
(Issued 20-05-2018)

Friday, November 9, 2018

EL SALVADOR ~ Santa Ana Volcano - Los Volcanes National Park ~

... Spectacular nature view... and a fantastic new National Park to add to my collection👍...  El Salvador is known as "The Country of the Volcanoes"... the smallest country in Central America... Santa Ana is still an active volcano... last eruption in 2005...  you can hike along a narrow trail up the volcanic summit... you will cross through different environments... from cloud forest to blank plains... with the Pacific Ocean in the distance...  this volcano is habitat for hundreds of species of flora and fauna...  from the top it offers beautiful panoramic views to the surrounding volcanoes, scenic landscapes and valleys... Thanks a lot William!!【ツ】
Los Volcanes National Park, also known as Cerro Verde National Park, is a large national park in El Salvador. It is home to three massive volcanoes of the Cordillera de Apaneca; the Cerro Verde, the Izalco and the Santa Ana situated in the middle of the rainforest.

The Park is home to diverse plant and animal life, including the colorful turquoise-browed motmot (El Salvador’s national bird) and exotic orchids.

The Santa Ana or lamatepec is the largest volcano of the Park and the third highest point in El Salvador. It has an elevation of 2,381 meters and its geological history goes back about 2 million years.There have been numerous historical eruptions since the 16thC.

Stamps:

The History of Aviation
(Issued 07-12-2017) 2017

The 25th Anniversary of the PNC - National Civilian Police
(Issued 14-08-2017)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

BELGIUM ~ Belgian Coast - Ostend & Nieuwpoort ~

... Two beautiful postcards sent by my nephew and his girlfriend from our Belgian coast on the North Sea💙... there many resorts along the 65km coastline, with beautiful nature reserves and expansive dunes separating them... visited by many day-trippers heading to the beaches, especially during July and August... I love it more in Autumn🍁 or Winter❄...  then you can make nice long walks with the endlessness of the sea at the background and have the beach almost all to yourself... with two newly released lovely stamps from the "Happy Winter" series... Hééél Erg Bedankt Ben en Loes!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Ostend is the largest coastal city on the Belgian coast located in the province of West Flanders. It lies along the North Sea at the end of the Ghent-Brugge Canal. Landmarks include the Vismijn, or Minque (fish market), the 3-mile (5-km) Digue (promenade), the Kursaal (casino), the Chalet Royal, the Thermal Institute (for hydropathic and electrotherapeutic treatment), and the racecourse.

Stamp:

Happy Winter
(Issued 22-10-2018)
Completely destroyed during WWI, Nieuwpoort  is a fishing village renowned for its seafood. This is where the German invasion was brought to a halt, thanks to the flooding of the plain between the sea and the River Ijzer (Ypres).

The marina of Nieuwpoort with its 3 yacht clubs and about 2000 berths is the largest marina in Northern Europe. This beautiful marina is located at the end of the ‘Havengeul’ where you can walk along the IJzer until you reach Nieuwpoort-city.

Stamp:

Happy Winter
(Issued 22-10-2018)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

THAILAND ~ Princess Mother Memorial Park - Bangkok ~

... A nice picture of the much beloved Princess Mother... a place to explore and learn about the Princess Mother and her influence on Thai society... one of the most beautiful and serene parks in Bangkok away from the noise of the city... Exhibition Hall 1 hall displays photographs chronicling her life... despite her duties as a royal family member, the “Royal Grandmother” never forgot the people and worked on countless projects to give back to the public... many foundations aimed at improving the lives of the disadvantaged were established by her... with lovely Royal Family stamp...Thanks a lot Jobbo! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


In 1995, the Princess Mother Srinagarindra passed on and in loving memory of her, King Bhumibol founded the Princess Mother Memorial Park. (known in Thai as Suan Somdet Ya). Opened in 1997, the park serves to allow the general public to get to know the Princess Mother intimately.

The park contains gardens and a reproduction of the royal mother's childhood home, as well as two exhibition halls showing memorabilia of the princess and the royal family and a pavilion with a statue of the princess.

The park is located within the Khlong San district, close to the bank of the Chao Phraya River.

Stamps:

The 72nd Anniversary of the Birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Issued 10-09-1999)

Chatukham Rammathep
(Issued 29-03-2008)

The 120th Anniversary of the Birth of H.R.H. Prince Mahidol of Songkla, 1892-1929
(Issued 01-01-2012)

Monday, November 5, 2018

ITALY ~ Positano - Amalfi Coast - UNESCO ~

... A spectacular view... large waves crashing against shore and houses during a storm... the Amalfi Coast is a stunning coastline with steep cliffs that drop right into the Mediterranean sea creating a dramatic harmony of land, sea and sky... known for its production of limoncello liqueur as the area is a cultivator of lemons... the beauty of the landscape, have contributed to make it famous world-wide... a favourite with writers and poets... Thanks a lot Giulio!【ツ】
The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the northern coast of the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea, located in the Province of Salerno of southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is  made up of 13 villages, the most popular among them is Positano.

In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,

Stamps:

The 600th Anniversary of the Death of Francesco Petraca
(Issued 19-07-1974)

EUROPA Stamps - Sculptures
(Issued 29-04-1974)

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Republic of Artsakh - We are our Mountains Monument - Stepanakert ~

... A fantastic postcard of a country which technically doesn't exist...  showing a very famous monument regarded as a symbol of the Armenian heritage of Artsakh... it presents a stylized depiction of an elderly Karabakh Armenian couple... I know Armenia, but had no idea about Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh... so a really, really "rare" place💚...  most countries do advise against travel to the Republic of Artsakh as there are no embassies or consulates to help if something happens to you... but according to most travelers is it a safe place to visit, despite the news reports of war... the region is mostly mountainous and forested... home to many historical monuments...  Thanks a million dear David for once more a little gem👍 new to my  collection!!  \_(♥‿♥)_/
 Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh  is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus between Azerbaijan and Armenia and covering the southeastern range of the Lesser Caucasus mountains.  It is not recognized as an independent nation by any country and on most maps it will appear as an unassuming province of Azerbaijan, who the international community recognize as the legitimate authority over the region. (recognized only by three other non-UN member states, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria.)

A local name for the We Are Our Mountains Monument is Tapik-Papik, which in the local Armenian dialect means Grandma and Grandpa, and the sculpture was carved from volcanic tufa by Soviet Armenian People’s Artist Sargis Baghdasaryan years before the war, in 1967.



Stamps:

Winter Olympic Games - South Korea
(Issued 01-02-2018)

 The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Sardarabad
(Issued 28-05-2018)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

NETHERLANDS ~ Schokland - UNESCO ~

... Great new Dutch UNESCO Site... Schokland is a unique combination of cultural history and nature... it symbolizes the life of the Dutch people in their battle with and against the water... it is a place between land and water, in the middle of the Noordoostpolder, with a wealth of archaeological treasures... thousands of years of history relating to human habitation in the Netherlands is lying concealed in the ground... there is a museum and it's a pretty place for a walk...Thanks a lot Mike!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Schoklands history starts in prehistoric times, as part of the mainland. From around 1000 AD fishermen and farmers started to occupy this area to make a living. In the following centuries the water rose and rose, until Schokland finally ended up as an island. This was at the end of the Middle Ages.

Fishing and shipping became the main source of income for the Schoklanders. Living on the island wasn't to last forever: in 1859 the inhabitants were ordered to leave. Life had become too dangerous due to the ever rising sea level.

In 1941 the surrounding area (called Noordoostpolder) was drained to create more agricultural land to feed the Dutch (and German) people. Schokland became part of the mainland again.

UNESCO decided to award Schokland the status of World Heritage Site in 1995. The Schokland World Heritage Site also encompasses the surrounding agricultural areas and the Schokkerbos, in addition to the former island.

Stamp:

Giant Pandas
(Issued 30-05-2017)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

GERMANY ~ Fagus Factory - Alfeld - UNESCO ~

... Great new UNESCO site... an early and important masterpiece of international modernism... the exterior is fascinating with the large glass windows and unsupported corners... it was designed to manufacture shoe lasts, (the small moulds around which shoes are made)... even though the factory is operational, there are tours through all areas including past the production lines... there is also an excellent museum over several floors of the old warehouse that tells the story of the building and the business... with wonderful World Post Day postmark and also matching UNESCO and World Post day stamp💚... Big Thanks dear Dustin for once more many great unique items!(✿ ♥‿♥)
The construction of the architectural complex started in 1911. It was built by the architect Walter Gropius. Light was required for work purposes: this lead to an almost entirely glazed building, via the innovative use of "curtain walls" (vast glass panels). It was a major break with the existing architectural and decorative values of the time.

The site contains 10 buildings, including a sawmill. Although constructed with different systems, all of the buildings on the site give a common image and appear as a unified whole. All buildings have a base of about 40cm of black brick and the rest is built of yellow bricks.

It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

Stamps:

UNESCO World Heritage - Fagus Factory
(Issued 02-10-2014)

Stamp Day - The 150th Anniversary of the North German Postal District
(Issued 13-09-2018)

Monday, October 29, 2018

GERMANY ~ St. Nicholas Church - Leipzig ~

... German beauty nr3... a church related to two important events in history... Johann Sebastian Bach was the musical director of St Nicholas Church and many of his works were premiered here.... what makes it one of Leipzig's Musical Heritage sites... and this church became famous in 1989 with the Monday Demonstrations, a peaceful revolt against Communist rule in East Germany, which was the forerunner to the fall of the Berlin Wall...with great special "Stamp Day" postmark... Thanks a lot Dustin!!
Photo: Hans Peter Szyszka

The St. Nicholas Church is is the largest church in Leipzig. Construction started in Romanesque style in 1165, but in the 16th century, the church was turned into a Gothic hall church. Baroque elements like the tower were added in the 18th century.The interior has been classicist in style since the end of the 18th century.

Stamps:

Flora - Flowers
(Issued 08-06-2017)

Stamp Day - The 150th Anniversary of the North German Postal District
(Issued 13-09-2018)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

GERMANY ~ Princesses Monument - The Old National Gallery - Berlin ~

... A beautiful artwork... highpoint of European Classicism... these beautiful marble statues depict Princesses Luise and her sister Friederike of Prussia and were commissioned by the royal family... located on floor one of the museum, this double statue is particularly important to the art world as it was the first time that women were depicted in this format... and once more as extra bonus, a fantastic matching stamp and special postmark😍... Big Thanks Dustin!! (✿ ♥‿♥)


Life-size double marble statue crafted by Johann Gottfried Schadow, 1795-1797.

The collection of the The Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie) is one of the largest collection of art between the French Revolution and the First World War, between Classicism and secession. Unique is the harmony between the collection and the style of the building.

The Old National Gallery is one of the museums that make up the world famous National Museums of Berlin, and together with the Old (Altes), Bode, New (Neues), and Pergamon museums located on the city’s Museum Island, it was listed in 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Photo: Rainer Gaertner

Stamp:

Treasures of German Museums
(Issued 11-10-2018)

Friday, October 26, 2018

GERMANY ~Dinner for One or Der 90. Geburtstag sketch~

... Nice postcard showing a famous cult classic in Germany... a short British cabaret sketch from the 1920s.... every year at New Year’s Eve their public television broadcasts the classic, black-and-white English-language version... strangely enough almost unknown in the English-speaking world, including Britain, its birthplace... not known in Belgium either... had to look it up on You Tube... maybe any of my blog readers know or seen it🤔??... with great matching stamp and beautiful postmark👍 issued 55 years after the first telecast of the now classic sketch... Thanks a lot Dustin!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Dinner for One, also known as The 90th Birthday, is a two-hander comedy sketch written by British author Lauri Wylie for the theatre. It is a 18-minute single-take black-and-white recording featuring British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden.

The sketch presents the 90th birthday of elderly upper-class Englishwoman Miss Sophie, who hosts a dinner every year for her close friends Mr. Pommeroy, Mr. Winterbottom, Sir Toby and Admiral von Schneider to celebrate the occasion. The problem is that given Miss Sophie's considerable age, she has outlived all of her friends, and so butler James makes his way around the table, impersonating each of the guests in turn. Unfortunately for him, this means participating in each toast of the four-course dinner...


© Interfoto

Stamp:

German Television Legends
(Issued 11-10-2018)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

FRANCE ~ Versailles - Paris - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view of Neptunes watching over Chateau de Versailles... the true gem of the palace lies in it's gardens... in addition to the exquisite interiors, Versailles includes many famous french-style gardens and 55 unique fountains... tributes to mythology are a major theme in the gardens...  over 3 million people visit the palace every year (an average of 8,000 per day)😮... most of the time overcrowded, but a must-see... Thanks a lot Mrva!!【ツ】
 
This palace was built by Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. XIV reigned from the age of five until his death just shy of his 77th birthday. To this day, he remains the longest reigning monarch in European history. The Palace, which was once just a hunting lodge, was the primary residence of the Kings of France for over 100 years, until the French Revolution.

The Bassin de Neptune(Basin of Neptune) is an artificial pool created by Le Notre in 1679-1684 with sculptures by Adam, Bouchardon and Lemoyne dating from 1740 onwards. Neptune carrying his trident, his wife Amphitrite with a sceptre and 2 others of Oceanus on a unicorn and Proteus with sea creatures and plants.

In 1979, the gardens along with the château were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Stamp:

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


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

CHINA ~ Fanjingshan - UNESCO ~

... Spectacular view of one of China's newest natural wonders on the UNESCO list... this impressive finger-like peak is shrouded in spiritual heritage and more often than not - a dense layer of fog... still largely undiscovered by Western tourists... Wuling Mountain Range is  known as “the gene database of China” due to its rich biodiversity... Fanjingshan, which in Chinese means “Buddhist tranquility”, has also been a sacred site for Buddhists... 48 Buddhist temples were built on the mountain, many of which have since been destroyed... the ones that remain are significant pilgrimage sites for Buddhist worshippers around the world... Thanks Chenzhan!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Mount Fanjingshan, located in southwest China’s Wuling mountain range in Guizhou Province, is the highest peak of the Wuling Mountain range running across several provinces and municipalities in the area including Chongqing, Guizhou and Hunan.

Fanjingshan measures between 1,600 and 8,431 feet above sea level and is blanketed with diverse vegetation. This monolith is comprised of metamorphic rock surrounded by karst formations, and is home to many plant and animal species that originated between 65 million and 2 million years ago.

It is a rugged terrain of primary forest. It includes endangered floral and fauna species, such as the Guizhou snub-nosed monkey. Due to Fanjingshan’s wet climatological circumstances it also shows an extraordinary richness in bryophytes (mosses).


Stamps:

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

VIETNAM ~Khai Dinh Tomb - Complex of Hué Monuments - UNESCO ~

...  Plenty of great views of the most majestic and last Hue imperial tomb... .architecturally and historically important... although a quite recent addition, Khai Dinh Tomb is one of the more popular tombs in the area... the architecture of the tomb is a mixture of both Eastern and Western designs... that makes it unique, strange and different from other traditional architectures of Vietnam... with  great selection of lovely stamps... Thanks a lot Manh!【ツ】

Hue was the capital for 143 years (1802 – 1945). It is a city rich with history. Hue is home to 7 imperial tombs as well as the ancient imperial city.

Khai Dinh became the Emperor of Vietnam in 1916 at the age of 31. The king had died when the building was on the way to be finished. The tomb was completed by Emperor Bao Dai, Khai Dinh's successor in 1931. It took 11 years to build (1920-1931)

The structure of the Imperial Khai Dinh tomb is a rectangle of 117 meters long by 48.5 meters wide, resting on the mountain Chau Chu. This imperial tomb is small in extent, little more than 5600 square meters, however its construction, decoration and details are very elaborate.

Outside of Khai Dinh Hue Imperial Tomb Upon crossing the gateway to the imperial Tomb, we find 37 steps whose railings have been carved in the shape of dragons, these dragons are the largest of all Vietnam.

This site was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vietnam in 1993.

Stamps:

Flowers of Vietnam
(Issued 01-03-2018)

3X Vietnamese Community of Ethnic Groups
(Issued 30-09-2005)

Vietnamese Markets
(Issued 01-03-2017

 Insects - Beetles
(Issued 20-10-2015)

Monday, October 22, 2018

AUSTRALIA ~ Kings Canyon - Watarrka National Park ~

... Great view of "Kings Canyon" part of Watarrka National Park... one of the major tourist attractions in the Red Center of Australia... the most spectacular and largest canyon...  the Kings Canyon Rim Walk leads through a labyrinth of vast, sweeping views, and richly coloured sandstone walls rocks... there are several sidewalks to viewpoints from where you can look into the depth of the canyon... if hiking isn’t for you, take off on a helicopter flight and appreciate the grand scale of the canyon... this National Park is also a significant conservation area with gorges and waterholes providing home for a wide range of animals, birds, reptiles and an amazing array of plants... Thanks a lot Denny!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁


Watarrka National Park is  located in the Northern Territory. It contains the much visited Kings Canyon and Kathleen Springs.

 Watarrka National Park was established in 1989 and gets its name from the Aboriginal name of the land.

Kings Canyon was formed over millions of years of erosion, slicing the earth 270 metres deep.

The canyon abounds with waterholes and casts a sheltering shadow over dense palm forests and native animals from the harsh desert surrounds lending to an interesting array of flora and fauna.




Photo: Marco Saracco

Stamp:

Postage Pre-Paid

Thursday, October 18, 2018

ICELAND ~ Jökulgil Canyon - Landmannalaugar ~

... A spectacular mountain scenery... such a variety of colours and shapes are not found in any one other place in nature... Landmannalaugar is the most visited spot in the uninhabited areas of Iceland... a hiking destinations where visitors from across the globe enjoy wide-open vistas, scenic trails and colourful rhyolite mountains... a rock type that creates a full spectrum of dazzling colour... shades of red, pink, green, blue and golden yellow... a highly interesting place in geological sense but also for its history and vegetation... Jökulgil Canyon is just one of the gorges that split the mountains... a truly breath-taking hiking trail runs along the entire canyon... it is relatively easily accessible late in summer or in autumn when the water level of River Jokulkvisl has dropped...Thanks a lot Svea!!【ツ】
© Photo: Pálmi Guðmundsson's

Jökulgil is a 13 km long valley carved into Landmannalaugar that roughly translates into "Glaciar Canyon".

Landmannalaugar is located in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Iceland highlands. The Nature reserve itself spans around forty-seven thousand hectares, all at an elevation above 500m (1640 ft). The entire area was formed by a volcanic eruption in the 15th C and is marked by geothermal hot springs, glacier-covered mountains, lava fields and rivers.

Stamp:

EUROPA Stamps - Bridges
(15-02-2018)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - American Memorial Park - Saipan ~

... A lovely colorful "Flame Tree" blossom postcard... every spring the bright orange and red blossoms create the illusion that the tree is on fire... one of the island's unique nature wonders...  the American Memorial Park honors the American and Marianas people who gave their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II... the Park has been developed as a “living memorial” and provides a variety of recreational and community activities for all visitors... my first mailed from one of the Northern Marianas Islands, Saipan👍... and with great matching stamp... Thanks a lot Arnold!!【ツ】
Photo: Parke Gregg
"Flame Tree blossoms were known as nanyo-zakura or "south seas cherry Blossoms" during the Japanese era in the Mariana Islands (1918-1945)"

Northern Marianas islands is composed of 22 islands and islets in the western Pacific Ocean. They are one of the five inhabited U.S. island territories (the other four are Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa). It is one of two territories with "Commonwealth" status; the other is Puerto Rico.

Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands and home to the 133 acres American Memorial Park.  The Memorial Court of Honor at American Memorial Park is inscribed with 5,204 names and was dedicated on June 15, 1994, the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Saipan.

Stamps:

Commonwealth North Mariana Islands
(Issued 04-11-1993)

Forever Stamp - Bio luminescent Life
(Issued 22-02-2018)

Monday, October 15, 2018

ITALY ~ Casentinesi Forests National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great views of a new National Park and UNESCO site...  it is one of the largest forest areas in Europe, with a hiking network of 650 km... extraordinary rich in flora and fauna... it can be visited either on foot, by bike or on horseback... the territory also has many towns and villages rich in history and architectural heritage... Sasso Fratino, located in the NP  is one of the 10 oldest deciduous forests throughout the Northern Hemisphere... Thanks a lot Sini! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Franco Borgogni

Casentinesi Forests National Park was established in 1993 and covers 36,426ha placed between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna and stretches from Mount Falterona to the Mandrioli pass.

The park has the most important population of the Apennine wolf, as well as the exceptional presence of five species of ungulates (mammals with hooves): wild boar, roe deer, fallow deer, common deer, and mouflon (mountain sheep).

The Italian Ancient Beech forests protected by UNESCO fall within the context of the transnational environmental site of the "Primeval forests of the Carpathian beech and other parts of Europe".



Stamp:

Italian Squares
(Issued 02-07-2016)

Friday, October 12, 2018

LEBANON ~ Byblos - UNESCO ~

... Great nightview of a tiny fishing village on the Lebanese coast full of history... a busy shipping area in the ancient times... home to monumental temples of the Bronze Age, Persian fortifications, a Roman road, Byzantine churches, and the Crusader castle... now a picturesque Mediterranean seaside town with beautiful cobblestone alleys and seafood restaurants... Byblos is probably one of the most iconic cities in the country and a main tourist attraction...Thanks a lot Hadi!!【ツ】
Photo: Raymond Yazbek

Byblos, modern Jbail is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, north of the modern city of Beirut.

First inhabited over 5,000 years ago, the port city of Byblos is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world. For thousands of years, Byblos, was famous for shipping the country’s ceders all over the world, especially to ancient Egypt, Israel, and Babylon.

Byblos is also directly associated with the history and diffusion of the Phoenician alphabet. The origin of our contemporary alphabet was discovered in Byblos with the most ancient Phoenician inscription carved on the sarcophagus of Ahiram.

Byblos was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1984.

Stamp:

President Michel Sulaiman
(Issued 05-11-2011)