Thursday, July 30, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Ramboda Waterfall ~

...beautiful scenery on the Nuwara Eliya Road into the Central Hills...Thanks a lot Ravindra !
Photo: © A. Felix J. Perera
Ramboda Falls is 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in the Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass .It was formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Altitude of the falls is 945m above sea level.

This gigantic waterfall has three parts; the first part above the road in the jungle while the other two parts are close to and below the road.

Stamps:

Solar System:Mercury-sun-earth
(Issued 05-12-2014)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

USA ~Mount Desert Island-Acadia National Park~

...More nature beauty...where sea and mountains meet... and with great postmark from the park itself...Thanks a lot Nan!!
Photo: Robert Thayer
From backside postcard:
National Park Acadia's pink granite bedrock takes on an orange glow as the early sun warms the rocky shore. The most popular section of the Park Loop Road, is nearly deserted at sunrise.

Acadia National Park is a National Park located in the U.S. state of Maine. It reserves much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast. Created as Lafayette National Park in 1919, it was renamed Acadia in 1929 and is the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River.

Stamps:

Fine Arts (Ceramics-Glass)
(Issued 07-03-2008)
Forever stamps-Vintage Flowers
(Issued 14-02-2015)

Monday, July 27, 2015

MALTA ~ Gozo - Azure Window ~

Spectacular view... impressive waves...  a wonder of nature and one of the islands most famous landmarks ...
Big thanks to Johan for this wonderful holiday postcard!!【ツ】


Gozo is an island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea and  part of Malta. After the island of Malta itself, it is the second-largest island in the archipelago.

Azure Window is a remarkable geologic feature of the island; it is a natural stone arch that was formed millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed.

The Gozitans (inhabitants of Gozo) have always called it it-Tieqa (the Window).

The Azure Window has featured in many films and travelogues. Apart from Game of Thrones (Daenerys and Drogo's Wedding) it also appeared in films such as Clash of the Titans and The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as the television mini-series The Odyssey.


Stamp:

Maltese Flora - Flowers
(Issued 14-02-2015)

Friday, July 24, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Watch-hut at Chena Cultivation - Wasgamuwa ~

...Nice view but unfortunately one of the many areas where human-wildlife conflicts take place...there is a constant fight between the people living in these areas and the wild elephants who comes out of the jungle in search for food...Many thanks Ravindra (especially for this interesting information on the back of the card)!!
Photo: Saliya de Fonseka

Chena cultivation is the most primitive type of agriculture known to man from the dawn of civilisation. It involves the clearing of either primeval or second growth of jungle land every year for cultivation of dry-land products This 'chena' cultivation does not make use of the same piece of land and goes on rotation of crops. The 'chena' cultivator cuts down, at regular intervals, the trees of a small jungle land and set fire to the woody growths as far as possible, to begin cultivation.

From these watch-huts farmers watch their cultivated plots in safety from wild animals, especially elephants.


Stamps:

Solar System - Moon -sun
(Issued 05-12-2014)
State Vesak Festival 2015 - Mahiyangana
(Issued 04-05-2015)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SRI LANKA ~Young male Leopard- Yala National Park ~

Last wonderful animal postcard to complete my Yala National Park series...got my firs one in August 2013 and it showed also a leopard...now I know for sure why the park is called a 'Wildlife Paradise"...so nice to hear from you again Ravindra and  thanks soooo much...each one of them is a little gem to me!!❣◕ ‿ ◕❣
Photo: © Rukshanwi Jayewardene
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.

Stamps:

Solar System - Moon
(Issued 05-12-2014)
World Day Against Child Labour
(Issued 12-06-1015)

Monday, July 13, 2015

FRANCE ~Strasbourg - Palace of Europe ~

...Great surprise postcard nr 2 coming from Johan... cancelled by the Council of Europe's Post Office... Thanks a lot!! (http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/ )
Photo: © I. Anger
The Palace of Europe  is a building that has served as the seat of the Council of Europe since 1977 when it replaced the 'House of Europe'.

The Palace of Europe square in shape, 106 metres on each side, with a height of 38 metres (nine stories). Its total working area is 64,000 square metres. It has 17 meeting rooms and a thousand offices for staff of the Council of Europe secretariat. The exterior of the building is red, silver, and brown.

 From the outside, the Palace of Europe resembles a fortress, since the rows of windows are arranged like arrow slits. The Parliament chamber is covered by a giant dome and resembles an enormous shell.


Stamp:

60 years of cultural cooperation European
(Issued 06-10-2014)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

INDIA ~Sundarbans National Park - UNESCO ~

First of three fantastic National parks postcards...this one is showing the National Animal of India, the Royal Bengal Tiger also called the lord of Jungles....more to see here in the following days...Thanks a lot kbdessai!!
Photo Rajika Travels
From backside postcard:
Surdanbans National Park, the largest estuarine mangrove forest in the world is a National Park, Tiger reserve, UNESCO WHS and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans Ganges river delta bordering the Bay of Bengal in West Bengal. It is also on the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserve.

The Sundarbans as a whole encompasses 10.000km² of land and water, about 5.980km² in India and the balance in Bangladesh. The entire basin is traversed by a complex network of interconnecting waterways. This region is densely covered by mangrove forests, and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger. It is also home to a variety of birds, reptile and invertebrate species including the salt-water crocodile.

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Stamps:
1. Mahatma Gandhi
(Issued 01-03-2009)
2. The 50th Anniversary of the KVS
 (Issued 15-12-2014)
3.The 100th Anniversary of the Patna High Court
(Issued 18-04-2015)


Thursday, July 9, 2015

THAILAND ~ Bangkok - Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall ~

More beautiful architecture from Bangkok coming from Jobbo and as extra bonus a matching stamp (3)...Thanks a lot!!!

The (north facade) of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) to serve as a reception hall for the Dusit Palace. Construction started in 1906 and the building was finished in 1915, during the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI).

Built in Italian Renaissance style, the two storey Throne Hall resembles the famous Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City in Italy. It is built from Italian white marble with a large dome in the middle and six smaller surrounding domes.

It now serves as a museum and is from time to time employed for certain state occasions.

Stamps:

1. International Stamp Exhibition "BANGKOK"
 (Issued 01-10-1993)
2. The King's 60th Birthday Anniversary
(Issued 05-12-1987)
3. Dusit Palace
(Issued 05/12/1990)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

FRANCE ~Strasbourg - The European Parliament ~

...Beautiful modern and impressive glassed building...like an island in the river... great stamp and special cancellation...even though we're not going on a summer holiday (maybe a few daytrips)...  with so many nice surprises in my mailbox lately I also have the "♥ holiday feeling ♥ "Big thanks Johan!! (http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/)
Photo: © René Mattes
The city of Strasbourg is the official seat of the European Parliament. The institution is legally bound to meet there twelve sessions a year lasting about four days each.

The Parliament's buildings are located in the Quartier Européen (European Quarter) of the city, which it shares with other European organisations which are separate from the European Union's.


Stamp:

"The "Carré d'Encre" seen by... an artist"

The stamp depicts two pigeons (another symbol of Paris) on a roof watching the now famous Red "Carré d'Encre" storefront, and stating that a new stamp was issued there!
( Issued18-01-2014)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

THAILAND ~Bangkok - Royal Thai Servey Department ~

Great looking building in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok...thanks once again for this lovely surprise Jobbo!!
This two-storey complex is in the European style and has five porches, each of which is decorated with beautiful stucco's. It was opened by King Rama V in September 1892. It first served as the building of Saranrom Military School, a pre-cadet school, and later as the office of the Royal Thai Army's Joint Staff Department before the Royal Thai Survey Department was moved there in 1931.

The Royal Thai Survey Department is responsible for land and air surveying activities and producing topographic maps for official and public use.


Stamp:
Thailand - New Year - Flowers
 (Issued 14-11-2014)

Friday, July 3, 2015

USA ~Five Cent Peace ~

Fantastic postcard showing the Native beauty of the American West...a bit different from the "touristy" postcards I normally collect but it was among my favorites for a loooong time and thanks to O'Neil I finally got it... Many thanks my friend!!



From backside postcard:
James Earle Fraser created the buffalo nickel. The final image was actually composed based on the likenesses of four of his favorite models; Iron Tail, Two Moons,Big Tree and Two Gun White Calf.

The American Bison (which people commonly refer to as a buffalo) is believed to have been Fraser’s take on “Black Diamond,” an American Bison which was featured at the New York Zoological Gardens.

"The Buffalo Nickel" was produced from 1913 to 1938.                    

1. Birds - Hummingbird
(Issued 07-02-2014)
2. Maine Coon Cat, Burmese Cat
(Issued 05-02-1998)
3. President Theodore Roosevelt Stamp
(Issued 19-09-1998)
4. Model T Ford classic
( Issued 03-02-1998)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BELGIUM ~Shrimp Fishermen on horseback - UNESCO ~

After an empty mailbox for over a week I got this wonderful surprise today...Belgium is the only place in the world that still holds this 500-year-old tradition of fishermen and horses working together to find our sea true delicious shrimps...with beautiful special cancellation...Big Thanks to postcard friend Johan!!❣◕ ‿ ◕❣
The shrimp fishing takes place at low tide, both in summer and in winter, for about two hours, one hour before and one hour after low water. The fishermen, clad in traditional southwester, bright yellow oilskins and rubber waders, climb into the saddle. A brief word of command, the lines between collar and net tighten and off they go. Breast deep in water, the horses advance at a steady pace, often side by side, dragging the nets up which scoop up both wanted and unwanted prey from the bottom. From time to time, the fishermen and his mount leave the water to empty the net and to put the contents into two wicker baskets fixed on each side of the horse.

Usually the horse is a robust stallion of the Brabant or Hainaut breed, for this work requires exceptional strength and powers of resistance.

In December 2013 UNESCO recognized shrimp fishing on horseback as intangible cultural heritage.


Stamp:

Shrimp Fisherman on horseback.
(Issued 29-06-2015)

Monday, June 29, 2015

VIETNAM ~Khải Định Tomb - Hue - UNESCO ~

View of the most majestic imperial tomb of the country... architecturally and historically...another great postcard sent by Benny, thanks!!!
The Tomb of Khải Định is located in Chau Chu mountain near Huế in Vietnam. It was built for the Nguyễn Emperor Khải Định and it took 11 years to complete,  from 1920 to 1931. The site is located on a steep hill.

The structure of the tomb is of concrete elements with cement, a blend of Western and Eastern architecture.

Compared to other emperor tombs in Hue, Khải Định Tomb is much smaller. At the entrance, one should climb a 37 steps gate with dragons as side walls. Some 30 steps further one arrives at the imperial audience court, with an octagonal steel monument, again made of reinforced concrete. On both sides of the courtyard, there are two rows of statues facing towards the center, together with other statues representing bodyguard soldiers. These statues are made of stone, not in concrete, which is rare in Khai Dinh Tomb.

Stamps:

Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam -One-pillar Pagoda
(Issued 16-01-2012 )
Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam - Bridge Pagoda
(Issued 16-01-2012)

Monday, June 22, 2015

SLOVAKIA ~ Čachtice Castle of the Blood Countess

...Beautiful postcard showing the ruin of the “mysterious castle ”  placed on a hill with  breathtaking view...
and  a horrible legend about the Countess... Thanks a lot Petra!!
Photo: Ladislav Renner
From backside card:
Within the Trenčín Region, lies the ruins of Cachtice castle (a National Cultural Monument). The best known owner was the infamously cruel Countess Elizabeth Báthory. Legends tells about her bathing in the blood of young virgins to retain her beauty. However she did not escape punishment...

 The castle became later the prison of the Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who is alleged to have been the world's most prolific female serial killer. After her trial Elizabeth lived in the wall for four years, without any light or fresh air. She died on 21 August 1614 at the age of 54 years.

The Čachtice Castle stands on a hill featuring rare plants, and has been declared a national nature reserve for this reason.


Stamp:
Europe 2009 - Astronomy
(Issued 28-05-2009)


Thursday, June 18, 2015

ITALY ~Nature Park Alta Valle Pesio and Tanaro - Chamois ~

... Great new addition for my Nature Parks collection...Thanks a lot Gian Luca!!
Established in 1978, the Alta Valle Pesio and Tanaro Nature Park was one of the first protected areas in Piedmonte  and occupies an area of ​​6,770 hectares. The park is formed by the two valleys of the Upper Pesio and Tanaro, which originate from opposite sides of the highest peak of the Ligurian Alps, Mount Marguareis (2,651 m.)
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The Pesio valley is lush and green, covered by a dense forest that goes all the way up to the feet of the Marguareisn,  the Tanaro valley side of the park, on the other hand, is very dry.
The park supports a very rich and varied fauna, that includes a large presence of ungulates (chamois, deer, roe deer, wild boars).

The chamois is a goat-antelope species native to mountains in Europe, including the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, the Pyrenees, the European Alps, the Tatra Mountains, the Balkans, parts of Turkey, and the Caucasus. Some subspecies of chamois are strictly protected in the EU under the European Habitats Directive.

Stamps:

Posta Italiana
(Issued 10-08-2013)

Posta Italiana:
(Issued 01-07-2010)

Monday, June 15, 2015

USA ~ New York - Time Square ~

...Fantastic view of the world's most famous square...gigantic TV screens and huge stores...so bright but crowded... and with really nice stamps of one of the most iconic super heroes in history and his Bat-Signal!☻
Thanks a lot David!!(http://postcardsandtravel.blogspot.be/)
 
Backside card:
Times square is a virtual kaleidoscope for the senses. The sights and sounds are dynamic and compelling and they attract millions of visitors each year.

It is a major commercial intersection and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Times Square is sometimes referred to as The Crossroads of the World, The Center of the Universe, and the heart of The Great White Way.

Formerly Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times Building.

Stamps:

Forever stamp
The 75th Anniversary of Batman
(Issued 09-10-2014)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GREECE ~ Westside of the Parthenon - UNESCO ~

...Beautiful view of the most famous surviving building of Ancient Greece and one of the most famous buildings in the world....Thanks a lot Rod!!
The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. It was completed in 438 BC although decoration of the building continued until 432 BC.

It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the highlight of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art.

The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and western civilization.


Stamp:
 Railways of Greece - Trains
(Issued30-03-2015)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BELGIUM ~ Battle of Waterloo 1815 - 2015 UNESCO Tentative List ~

...A fantastic  postcard of  the Lion Hill, which is the main memorial monument of the Battle of Waterloo and indicates the spot where the Prince of Orange was wounded.... A total of 226 stairs leads to the top of the monument where one can enjoy a beautiful view of the entire battlefield...The huge lion statue at the mound’s top symbolizes courage and looks vigilantly in the direction of France...Many thanks Johan ☚ (<‿<)☚ for this special and unique philatelic item!!(http://johanpostcards.blogspot.be/ )
Photo: Marc Boseret
At Waterloo on 18 June 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history, 23,000 British troops with 44,000 allied troops and 160 guns stood against 74,000 French troops and 250 guns.After Waterloo, Napoleon abdicated and later died in exile.

Belgium issued a special stamp sheet and postmarks to commemorate Waterloo bicentenary.
The stamps show portraits of the main protagonists of the battle, the duke of Wellington, Blucher, the prince of Orange, Marshal Ney, and Napoleon. In the background appears “French cavalry charging English formation” (1875), a Victoria and Albert museum painting by Felix Philippoteaux.










Stamp:

Gebhard Leberecht Von Blücher



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

VIETNAM ~ Ho Minh City (Saigon) - The Thong Nhat Palace ~

...One of the most important places in Vietnam history...Thanks Benny for card nr 3! :-)
Photo: Hùu Cay
Ho Chi Minh City , commonly known as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).

This palace built in 1966 was the home and workplace for the President of south Vietnam.

The Reunification Palace was the site of a dramatic finish to the Vietnam War as tanks crashed through the main gate on the morning of April 30, 1975. The building hasn't been renovated since the take over of communists in 1975.


Stamps:

Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam -One-pillar Pagoda
(Issued 16-01-2012 )
Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam - Bridge Pagoda 
(Issued 16-01-2012)

Friday, May 22, 2015

VIETNAM ~Thuy Tu Lagoon - Hue ~

...Another nice card from Vietnam thanks to friend Benny who made a three week trip to discover the country... Bedankt Benny!!
© LiemTran
The Tam Giang-Cau Hai-Thuy Tu Lagoon is located in the central province of Thua Thien Hue in Vietnam. It is the largest lagoon system in southeast Asia with nearly 70 km length along the coast and about 22,000 ha of water surface. The lagoonal system consists of several smaller lagoons, namely Tam Giang, Thanh Lam, Sam, Ha Trung, Thuy Tu, and Cau Hai from the north to the south along the coast.

A lagoon is a shallow coastal waterbody, completely or partly separated from a larger body of water by a barrier island, coral reef or other depositional feature.

Stamps:

Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam -One-pillar Pagoda
 (Issued 16-01-2012 )
Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam - Bridge Pagoda
 (Issued 16-01-2012)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

THAILAND ~ Bangkok - The Royal Barge chanting ceremony~

...great postcard of a unique and impressive event...a glimpse into the traditional culture of Thailand...
Thanks once again Jobbo!!
Photo: Jatuporn Rutnin

Thailand's Royal Barge Procession  is a ceremony of both religious and royal significance which has been taking place for nearly 700 years. The exquisitely crafted Royal Barges are a blend of craftsmanship and traditional Thai art. The Royal Barge Procession takes place rarely, typically coinciding with only the most significant cultural and religious events. During the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, spanning over 60 years, the Procession has only occurred 16 times.

The Royal Barge Procession, in the present, consists of 52 barges: 51 historical Barges, and the Royal Barge, the Narai Song Suban, which King Rama IX built in 1994. It is the only Barge built during King Bhumibol's reign. These barges are manned by 2,082 oarsmen. The Procession proceeds down the Chao Phraya River, from the Wasukri Royal Landing Place in Khet Dusit, Bangkok, passes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, Wat Po, and finally arrives at Wat Arun.


Stamps:

Thai Heritage Conservation Day - Phanomrung Historical Park
(Issued 21-10-1997)

The 72nd Anniversary of the Birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Issued 21-10-1999)

King  Royalty -Monarchies
16 Anniversary Celebrations of his Majesty's Accession to the Throne
(Issued 05-12-2006)

Monday, May 18, 2015

KAZAKHSTAN ~ S.Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University ~

...Great panoramic university view...had to wait 6 years to get my second card from Kazakhstan and I have to say I hardly know anything about  this country... Thank you very much Maria!

 S.Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University is the leader of scientific-humanitarian education in the Eastern region of the country. Over 12 thousands students of 20 nationalities are taught in the university, 300 students are citizens of near and far abroad. At the present day, academic activity is divided on 8 faculties and 33 departments in the university.
Over 1300 professor-teachers and their assistance are at the staff of the university.


Stamp:
Music - Dance
Centenary of Birth of Kulash Bayseitova
(Issued12-11-2012)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

KIRIBATI ~Art by Tevita Pola'apau ~

...Fantastic surprise in my mailbox today...it took five months to arrive...lovely art postcard...unfortunately coming from an island which could become one of the first victims of global warming :(... ever increasing high tides are causing villagers to abandon their homes...
Thanks a lot Rod!! Must have been once again an amazing journey... (http://www.expeditioncruising.com/ )

Kiribati  is an island located in the central Pacific Ocean, about 4,000 km (about 2,500 mi) southwest of Hawaii. It is part of the division of the Pacific islands that is known as Micronesia. Kiribati consists of 33 coral islands divided among three island groups: the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands, and the Line Islands.

The capital of Kiribati is Tarawa, an atoll in the Gilbert Islands. Bairiki, an islet of Tarawa, serves as an administrative center.


Stamp:
Explorers - Captain Wilkes & The Vincennes
(Issued 25-03-2002)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

VIETNAM ~ Ban Gioc Waterfall ~

...First great postcard sent by friend Benny who traveled last year through Vietnam and sent lots of postcards from different places he visited...so more to come... Bedankt Benny! :-D

Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s most impressive natural sights. Located in the northeastern province of Cao Bang,. It is 53 meters (173 feet) high and 300 meters ( 984 feet) wide, Ban Gioc waterfall has 3 layers from the peak to the river, making Ban Gioc the widest – but not the highest – waterfall in the country.

Ban Gioc Falls lays on the border of Vietnam and China. It is considered to be the largest waterfall in Vietnam. The Falls are made out of three main waterfalls.

Stamps:
Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam - Bridge Pagoda
 (Issued 16-01-2012)

Architecture - Landscape of Vietnam -One-pillar Pagoda
 (Issued 16-01-2012 )

Thursday, May 7, 2015

GUATEMALA ~Lake Atitlán - UNESCO~

“Gorgeous looking view of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world...Thanks Alé!
Photo © M. Cattelan
Lake Atitlán with its surface of 130 sq. km is the third largest freshwater lake in Guatemala. It is situated in the district of Sololá in the western highlands of Guatemala. The lake is approx. 18 km wide and 10 km long and lies at an altitude of 1,562 m. It is surrounded by three volcanoes: Atitlán (3,537 m), Tolimán (3,158 m) and San Pedro (2,995 m), which compose an imposing panorama around the highland lake.

Lake Atitlán lies in a crater, created by a great eruption of a volcano, the Chocoyos Eruption, approx. 85,000 years ago. As there is no outlet, the water level rose over the past years through the inlets of the principal rivers of the basin. The deepest point detected is approximately 340 m.

It has been selected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The word "atitlan" is a Mayan word that translates as "the place where the rainbow gets its colors." Indigenous communities live around the lake and more than forty archaeological sites have been identified.


Stamps:
The fight against discrimination
(Issued 06-08-2014)
Gastronomy - Food
(Issued 04-03-2014)