Monday, March 14, 2016

Abkhazia ~ Blue Lake ~

...A very pretty lake surrounded by mountains coming from a disputed and for me a totally unknown territory....unfortunately without stamps only with cancellation...according to their postal workers, there are no more Abkhazian stamps....  their central postal building has burned down  with all the stamps, postcards... now their internal mail services are operating without stamps (came inside an envelope with Russian stamps) Thanks a lot Irakliy for this great and special postcard!!

Abkhazia is a region on the eastern coast of the Black Sea and the south-western flank of the Caucasus whose status is disputed. It considers itself an independent state (the Republic of Abkhazia), but this is recognised only by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, South Ossetia and Transnistria, the last two of which are themselves in a situation similar to Abkhazia. The Georgian government and most of the world consider Abkhazia part of Georgia's territory.

In the Abkhazian language, Abkhazia is Apsny, meaning Land of the Soul.

From backside postcard: "Blue lake - karstic pond located on 13th kilometer of road to Ritsa"
The Blue Lake formed by the foot of the Tskhyn Mountain at 100 meters above sea level. It is a karst well with exceptionally clear water that is a bright light blue in color. The water level in the lake is stable; excess water runs down the stones into Bzyb River.

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