Sunday, October 19, 2014

USA ~International Postcard Week 2014~

...Back to blogging after a week being sick (flu and bad ear infection)...a lot of catching up to do... starting with great "self designed" cards for this years International Postcard Week!
Brenda smiling ◔͜͡◔ in front of a giant postcard on Palm Beach, Florida airport.

Surprise card nr 2 coming from Brenda...A wonderful cartoon illustration by artist Rick Geary!
Limited edition #14 of 250...Thanks a lot Brenda!!

Kansas is known as the "Sunflower State," and it is not uncommon to see sunflower fields like this one in the area.
Thanks Dana!

And two cards coming from Demaris... Looks a delicious recipe for chocolate mousse! Thanks Demaris!

Fantastic drawing with great story...For six months in 1969, Niagara's American Falls were turn off by the Army Corps of Engineers. Part of the that time workers cleaned the former river-bottom of unwanted mosses, drilled test-cores in search of instabilities and a temporary walkway was built twenty feet from the edge of the dry falls. Tourists were able to explore the landscape. Thanks Demaris!

Hello in several languages...Coming from Phillips, a small very scenic town of about 1.000 people! Limited edition #7 of 100...Thanks Cindy!
Coming from the Arizona Desert...Known for its high heat in summers and Spring the rest of the year.Thanks Kathi!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BELGIUM ~1914-2014 Remembering WWI ~

Great special first day stamp cancellation...this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War... Bedankt Johan!!
Copy from original postcard edited by Jules Destrooper Junior during World War I.
Battle of the Yser,  Belgian soldiers going to the trenches.

From 1914 to 1918 the 'Westhoek', the western part the Province of West-Flanders, was the scene of the Great War. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers of more than 20 nationalities fell in this conflict....






Stamp:
From a set of 5 "De Groote Oorlog"
(Isssued 06-10-2014)



BELGIUM ~ Young Spirou Comic~

...And another great surprise postcard from Johan...with soooo cute special cancellation and stamp ... one more of our popular Belgian comics... Heel erg Bedankt Johan en een zwaai terug ◔͜͡◔ !! http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/
Tom & Janry Ⓒ Dupuis
Young Spirou, created in 1987 by Tome (writer) and Janry (graphic artist), is a popular Belgian comic book figure.The books are filled with short stories about the character's childhood.




Stamp:
Le Petit Spirou (Youth Philately)
from a sheet of 10
(Issued 06-10-2014)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BRAZIL ~Amazon-Regional boat navigating at sunset ~

...Amazing view...unfortunately the Amazon rainforest is one of the most endangered places in the world.... a piece of the rainforest the size of two football fields disappears every second :(... Thanks a lot Silvia!!
PhotoⒸLeonide Principe
The Amazon River is located in South America. It runs through Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.The name comes from the Native American language and means "a raging torrent".

The Amazon is  the world’s largest river basin - and the source of 15-16% of all the water that flows into the sea from the world’s rivers.The length of the Amazon River is approximately 6400 km (4000 miles).During the wet season, the Amazon River can reach over 190 km (120 miles) in width.

The largest city along the Amazon River is Manaus, located in Brazil it is home to over 1.7 million people.
There are over 3000 known species of fish that live in the Amazon River, with more constantly being discovered.

Stamps:
Fight against Racial Discrimination
(Issued 21-03-2013)
 Postal Servive
(Issued 09/10/2009)
 musical instruments-trumpet
(Issued 2002)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Italy ~The Langhe-Piedmont-La Morra-UNESCO ~

Breathtaking scenery...one of "best small towns" in Italy...famous for wine lovers...Thanks a lot Gian Luca!!
Photo by Losinno
The Langhe  is a hilly area in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy.  It is in these lands that one of the world's finest wines is produced, the Barolo. It is also famous for its cheeses, and truffles—particularly the white truffles of Alba.

La Morra is a town in a beautiful panoramic position, with views of the Langhe and Alps with a medieval layout. In Piazza Castello there is a spectacular viewpoint of the surrounding hills. The parish church of S. Martin, the municipal towers of 173 and a Baroque style bell tower, are worth visiting. In the Annunziata hamlet there is the Museum Ratti dei Vini di Alba, relative to the history and techniques of oenology and viticulture.

Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato became a UNESCO WHS in 2014


Stamp:
Sport - Nordic World Ski Championships
(Issued 01-02-2013)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

USA ~Texas - Davy Crocket ~

Great postcard of a well-known and popular figure, particularly in Texas...he was portrayed by John Wayne in the 1960 movie The Alamo (this movie retells the story of the historic 1836 battle in the Texan War of Independence)
Thanks a lot Arnold!
© JAS /Texas Products
Colonel David "Davy" Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836)
David Crockett was one of those very rare true statesman of history. He was elected as a representative from Tennessee to the US Congress. Crockett spent his entire career fighting and defending real individual liberty and the abuses of the US Congress violating the Constitution. In a fury of anger, David Crockett rose on the Congress floor, in 1835, when Congress again was violating the Constitution, and cried out: "Ya'll can go to hell. I'm Goin' to Texas!" Davy Crockett found some friends, packed up, and went to Texas to explore it.


Stamps:
1998 Carousel Animals
The 10th Anniversary of the Death of Ralph Ellison.
(Issued 18-02-2014)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FRANCE ~Paris ~

...Lovely postcard showing the most famous places to visit in the city...Bedankt Dorien en Ben!!

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is, with 2.2 million people living in the central city and almost 12 million people living in the whole metropolitan area, one of the largest agglomerations in Europe.

Located in the north of France on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities.

The city has the second highest number of Michelin-restaurants in the world  and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world's most visited tourist site the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Lido etc, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually.



Photos: Ed Guy,Charles Dubois, Lacz/sunset, Le Gac, Nicolas

                                                            Stamp:
                                                            Machine label

Monday, September 29, 2014

PAKISTAN ~Godur Lake-Swat Valley ~

One of the many beautiful lakes in the Swat Valley also known as "the Switzerland of Asia"... a high, sky blue-colored glacier lake...Thanks a lot Eliska!!
Photo: Aamir Rashid
Backside card:
Godur is the largest and nearest lake to Kalam, bur rarely visited due to difficult approche. The lake lies to the southwest of Kalam at 12.6000ft above sealevel. From Kalam, there are two routes to Godur. One route follows the Godur Nullah... and climbes very steeply through the narrow gorge. This route is quite difficult and strenous. The second route is from Desan (near Utror) which is long but less steep.

Swat is a valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.Swat was a princely state which was merged in Pakistan in 1969. Swat is a place for leisure lovers, hikers, and archaeologists. There are at least over 100 archaeological sites in the valley less than 10% of they are excavated.


Stamps:
Mohammed Ali Jinnah-founder of Pakistan
(Issued 11-09-1994)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

IRAN ~Treasury - The Levee Stone Figure-Persepolis-Shiraz - UNESCO~

Card 2 coming from Iran...had to wait for over 6 years to get another one^^...a beautiful relief from one of the world’s most magnificent and unique archaeological sites... Big Thanks David (see his travel pictures here)!!
Photo Davood Vakilzadeh
The Treasury of Persepolis belongs to the oldest building phase of Persepolis.
Shown on the postcard: a close-up of a Relief in the eastern portico of a Courtyard depicting King Darius Seated on a Throne with His Son Xerxes Standing Behind Him.

Persepolis , literally meaning "city of Persians", was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC). Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of city of Shiraz in the Fars Province in Iran. The earliest remains of Persepolis date from around 515 BC. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture. The ruins which where excavated in the forties by German archaeologists, exclusively served as a sacred place of ceremonies. Persepolis was later destroyed by Alexander the Great (332 B.C.) and the Arabs, however many of the buildings are well preserved and have been reconstructed.

UNESCO declared the citadel of Persepolis a World Heritage Site in 1979..

Stamp:
Prepaid postcard (matching stamp)
Definitive, Persian Alphabet
(Issued 2014 )

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

INDONESIA ~Komodo National Park - UNESCO ~

 ..Fantastic view of an enormous pre-historic looking animal...the experience of getting face to face with such a creature must be amazing... Thanks a lot Jennifer!!
Photo Ⓒ Michael Lane
From backside card:
The most remarkable inhabitant of Komodo National Park is the Komodo Lizard. These giant lizards, existing no-where else in the world, are of great scientific interest, especially for their evolutionary implications. Most commonly known as "Komodo Dragons", due to its appearance and aggressive behavior, the Komodo Lizard, is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2 to 3 meters

The Komodo National Park is located within the Lesser Sunda Islands. The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 km². The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. Later it was dedicated to protecting other species, including marine species.

In 1991 the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Komodo National Park has been selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Stamps:
General Elections
(Issued 09-01-2014)
Year of the Rabbit
(Issued 25-01-2011)

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW ZEALAND ~Wellington-The Cable Car ~

...Great view of the capital city Wellington and harbour....a ride with the historic Cable Car is one of the cities most popular tourist attractions...‘Welly’ was voted 'the coolest little capital in the world' in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel (2011)...Many thanks Deane!!

ⒸPhoto and design Bob Beresford
The Cable Car service opened in 1902 - it runs from Lambton Quay, Wellington's main shopping street, to the suburb of Kelburn. From the top, one gets an overall view of Wellington and its harbour. In 1979 both cars were replaced with two modern Swiss-made units.

From backside card:
Looking down towards the capital city of Wellington from the top terminal of the Cable Car. It's a scenic trip from the city top, which is next to the Botanic Gardens.

Stamps:
Alpine Plants
(Issued 07-06-1972)
Definitive Mitre Peak
(Issued 02-10-1995)
Maori Crafts
(Issued 21-02-1996)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BELGIUM ~Greetings from ~

Great postcard  showing my countries most famous and delicious products...Thanks a lot Johan!!
Photo: Andrew Critchell
- Belgium produce over 220.000 tonnes of chocolate per year
  Pralines, were first made in the year 1912 by Belgian Jean Neuhaus,
- We have  over 800 kinds of beer  with most of them served in their own special pint
- Diamond industry in Antwerp
- Lace from Bruges, Gent and Brusssels
- Delicious mussels and frites (frites not from france but Belgium)
- Most famous fountain is tiny (61cm in height) Manneken Pis in Brussels

Stamp:
TBC-Post label!
Should have been my first stamp of the only Private Post in Belgium...unfortunately they put this label on the stamp (I think there is a stamp under this sticker... I couldn't remove it without damaging the postcard)...
They seem to use "blue postboxes" but I've never seen one in my neighbourhood...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Brazil ~Lençóis Maranhenses National Park -Barreirinhas-Maranhão ~

...Looks like a view of another planet... the white sand dunes, the fresh water lagoons and the blue sky... a natural "wonder of the world" extending as far as the eye can see...Thanks a lot Silvia!!
Photo Esdras Rebouças
The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is located in Maranhão state, in northeastern Brazil. It is an area of low, flat, occasionally flooded land, overlaid with large, discrete sand dunes. It encompasses roughly 1,500 km2 (580 sq mi), and despite abundant rain, supports almost no vegetation.

Lying just outside the Amazon basin, the region is subject to a regular rain season during the beginning of the year. The rain water accumulates in the valleys in between sand dunes and forms clear blue and green lagoons

The park was created on June 2, 1981.

Stamps:
Professions - Self-Adhesive
(Issued 30-12-2005)
200th Anniversary of the Chinese Immigration to Brazil
(Issued 10-12-2012)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WALES ~Cardiff - Castle Coch ~

...Great view of the long ramp up to the main entrance of this beautiful  castle... its picturesque location and stunning architecture mean that it is often used as a film location (it is also the setting for some iconic Dr Who scenes)...Thanks a lot Emily!!
Castell Coch (Red Castle) is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built on the remains of a genuine 13th-century fortification. It is situated on a steep hillside high above the village of Tongwynlais, to the north of Cardiff in Wales. It was designed by William Burges, with an impressively medieval appearance, working portcullis and drawbridge, and with sumptuous interiors.

Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and the ninth largest city in the United Kingdom.


Stamp:
Machin definitives -Queen Elizabeth II
(Issued 30-03-2010)

Friday, September 12, 2014

GUATEMALA ~ Antigua - UNESCO ~

 Fantastic view of the famous Antigua arch, one of the cities most known landmarks...nowadays Antigua is a quiet university town in the heart of Guatemala... Thanks Alé!

The Santa Catalina Arch, arch is what remains from a tunnel that linked the two buildings to its left and right. Originally constructed to allow cloistered nuns to travel from a convent to a school without stepping outdoors.

A carpet made from flowers, plants, pine needles, dyed sawdust and sand, typical of Semana Santa (Holy Week)  that line the routes of the processions with  designs of Spanish and Mayan traditional images.

Antigua Guatemala  is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches.  It was founded in the early 16th century, 1,500 m above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region.
Antigua  town is as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

 © Photo José M. González

Stamps:
Animals in danger of extinction.                  Baktun Maya Calender                                                                                      
(Issued 04-07-2014)                                            (Issued 17-12-2012)                                  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BELGIUM ~René Magritte - Blood will tell ~

Received two fantastic and unique Belgian special cancellations...a painting (with great matching stamp and signed by the designer) from one of our most famous artists and a view of the beautiful city Antwerp....
Many thanks Johan for "once again" (¬‿¬) this lovely surprise in my mailbox!!
 © C.H./Adagp, Paris 2013
The Belgian Rene Magritte (1898-1967) was one of the most well known and famous surrealist painters of all time. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fall under the umbrella of surrealism. His work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality.

This mysterious image of a mighty, leafy tree transformed into a cylindrical cupboard with a white ball and illuminated house reveals the lasting impact of the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico's pittura metafisica on Magritte's oeuvre.

Stamps:
From an Art booklet (self adhesive stamps) with 10 paintings of the artist Magritte.

Card signed by the designer Myriam Voz.
http://www.bpost.be/sites/default/files/pagina/philanews_2014_3_nl.pdf (page 13)

BELGIUM ~Antwerp - Market Place- Houses of Corporations- Brabo Fountain ~

View of the "Town Square" the heart of the old city and also with special stamp cancellation...during warm summer days most people choose this spot to enjoy a refreshing beer from one of the many terraces...Heel erg bedankt Johan - http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/ - voor dit uniek filatelie item!!^^
©Verlag&Designs Simon Sauer
Antwerp is  the capital of the Antwerp province of Belgium located on the river Scheldt. The city has one of the largest seaports in Europe.In the middle of the 'Grote Markt' stands the Brabo fountain.

According to a legend, a terrible giant, called Druoon Antigoon, lived on the banks of the river Scheldt in ancient times. Whenever sailors on the Scheldt river refused to pay toll to the giant, he punished them by cutting off their hand. A Roman soldier, Silvius Brabo, managed to kill the giant. Brabo cut off the hand of the giant and threw the hand away in the river.
According to the legend, the name of the city : hand ( Engl.: hand) -werpen (Engl.: to throw).


Stamp:
Hand of statue Brabo.
With great special postmark!

Monday, September 8, 2014

SPAIN ~Minorca Island - Binibeca ~

View of one of the most beautiful villages on the coast of Minorca...it is s the least crowded of the Balearic Islands...Thanks Vall!!
Photo: Marc Pons
Binebeca Vell or Old Town was actually designed and built in the 1970 s by a famous Catalan architect but manages to look like a genuinely old fishing village with its quaint whitewashed houses and narrow alleys.

Minorca  is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Spain. The island  is the second largest of the Balearic Islands, located to the northeast of Mallorca.

October 8, 1993 the island of Minorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Coming from Spain with "Swiss" stamps...weird^^
It's a private courier service, some souvenir shops offer Swiss Post stamps. There are special boxes in which postcards franked with those stamps have to be posted. Swiss post collect them and sent the postcards.

From a Minorca P.P. Sheet of 10 Post Paid labels Swiss Post International

Thursday, September 4, 2014

ROMANIA ~ Sapanta-The Merry Cemetry ~

..This is the most unusual and colorful cemetery I have ever seen...original, funny and sad at the same time...nothing like the cold tombstones here in Belgium!! Thanks a lot Mihnea!!
Photo: ©2S Design
The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery in the village of Sapanța, Maramureş county. It is famous for its colourful tombstones with naive paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The dominant color of the oak crosses is blue, called "sapanta blue".
The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.


Stamp:
Flowers and antiques clocks stamps
 (Issued 21-06-2013)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

HUNGARY ~Budapest-Széchenyi Bridge from the Pest River Bank ~

This postcard was sent by my niece during her trip to Budapest...A great  night view of the oldest and most famous bridge of Budapest...an architectural masterpiece...Bedankt Dorien!!
©Eck Imre Gábor
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary, and was opened in 1849.

The Chain Bridge is 375 metres long, with its longest span at 202 metres which at the time was the second largest span in the world, the bridge is only 14.8 metres wide.



Stamps:
Furniture
(Issued 09-02-2001)
Solidarity between Generations
(Issued 17-05-2012)

Monday, September 1, 2014

USA ~Cumberland Island National Seashore ~

Beautiful scenery... unspoiled beaches...a place full of history and tons of wildlife...called by the Travel Channel as “America’s Most Beautiful Wilderness Beach.”!! Thanks a lot Jean-Claude!!!

©VisComm Publishing
From backside card:
Visitors to Cumberland Island National Seashore can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, shelling and exploring nearly 17 miles of undeveloped beach. Cumberland Island is accessible by passenger ferry from St. Marys.

Cumberland Island National Seashore preserves most of Cumberland Island in Camden County, Georgia, the largest of Georgia's Golden Isles. The seashore features beaches and dunes, marshes, and freshwater lakes. The national seashore also preserves and interprets many historic sites and structures.


Stamps:
American design-American clock
(Issued 24-01-2003)
Janis Joplin Forever stamp
(Issued 08-08-2014)



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CROATIA ~Puppy Love ~

...Cute, cuter, cutest...Golden Retrievers are the best...they are part of our family for many years...
Thanks a lot Agi and a big kiss back!! (>‿♥)  Agi's postcardblog

Stamps:
The Croatian Flora
(Issued 05-06-2002)


Our Mira when she was a "puppy"... almost a year ago now! ♥