Friday, May 18, 2018

SINGAPORE ~ Supertrees - Gardens By The Bay ~

.... Amazing view of "The Supertrees"... the Garden's most eye-catching feature... it almost looks like a scene from a sc-fi movie... the trees are illuminated when the sun goes down...  then the light-music show begins, with bright colors that change according to classical music pieces... it must be ✵magical✵... the highlight  is the 128m long aerial walkway which connects two of the Supertrees offering a different view of the Gardens from a height of 22 meters... Big Thanks Jobbo!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ (No postcard thieves here... they are posted on the blog(◕‿-) )
Situated on a huge 101 hectares of reclaimed land right in the heart of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.

There are a total of 18 Supertrees (vertical gardens) measuring between 25 and 50 metres tall, 11 of them embedded with environmentally sustainable functions like photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy. Part of the harvested solar energy is used for lighting up the Supertrees while the rest is integrated with the Cooled Conservatories and serve as air exhaust receptacles. They are also designed to collect rainwater.


Stamp:

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Mural - Kelaniya Temple ~

... Lovely wall painting of Prince Dantha and Princess Hemamali bringing the Gautama Buddha's tooth relic hidden on her hair to Sri Lanka... this Buddhist Temple is a famous pilgrimage spot in Sri Lanka where it is believed Lord Buddha once visited... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】




Photograph of Wall painting in a public premises at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara painted by Solias Mendis. The murals are those of the 18th century and the early 20th century.

The murals depict various stories about the Buddha and the aspects of the philosophy he preached.

Kelaniya Temple is located in the city of Kelaniya on the banks of Kelani River.










Stamps:

Ambalam of Sri Lanka
(Issued 23-03-2018)

2X Vesak
(Issued 09-04-2018)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CANADA ~Point Pelee National Park - Ontario - UNESCO ~

...Beautiful aerial view of one more of Canada's natural wonders... featuring the distinctive tip of Ontario’s Point Pelee National Park... one of the smallest but most unusual national parks... a wildlife sanctuary known for its cattail marsh, woodland, and sandy beaches... renowned as Canada's finest bird watching spot... some 360 species have been recorded in the park, and over 100 species stay to breed here... and an important migration landmark for monarch butterflies... the Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018... Big Thanks Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥)  (*Ps.* I'm so sorry... you are right... I'm thinking the whole day why I didn't sent more often something in return... I must have thought that "common" Belgium wasn't interesting enough for someone who has been to and seen so many amazing places😔 ➙ on its way 💌 😊)
Point Pelee National Park was founded in 1918, with an area of 15 km2 and  is located at the tip of Point Pelee, a long peninsula jutting abruptly into Lake Erie at the southernmost point of mainland Canada. This spit of land is slightly more than 7km long by 4.5 km wide at its northern base.

The spit was named by French explorers, who called it Pointe Pelee, meaning "bald point," for its lack of vegetation.

It is designated  by UNESCO as “Wetland of International Significance”.



Stamp:

Prepaid postcard from Post Canada
(Issued 15-01-2018)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

CANADA ~ Western Brook Pond - Gros Morne National Park - UNESCO ~

... First of two fantastic Canadian postcards... both are new National Parks for my collection... and both from dear postcards friends💙... so a really happy mailbox day👍... this one shows a spectacular an breathtaking nature view... a lake surrounded by impressive towering cliffs... due to a geologic fluke, the water in Western Brook Pond is among the cleanest and purest in the world...  a dramatic setting for a boat tour... Gros Morne National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise... featuring 100 kilometers of hiking and walking trails spread across boreal forests, volcanic seacoast and mountainous terrain... and with such sweet lovely stamps!! Thanks so much Glenn!! (✿ ♥‿♥)


The Western Brook Pond is a Canadian lake located in Gros Morne National Park.  It is in the Long Range Mountains, the most northern section of the Appalachian Mountains. It used to be a fjord but when the ice age receded the surrounding land rose enough to isolate it and turn it into a lake.

Gros Morne National Park is located on the west coast of Newfoundland. At 1,805 km2 (697 sq mi), it is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada.

The park takes its name from Newfoundland's second-highest mountain peak (at 806 m or 2,644 ft) located within the park. Its French meaning is "large mountain standing alone," or more literally "great sombre."

In 1987 Gros Morne National Park was designated a UNESCO WHS  because of its glacial and geologic history.

Stamps:

2X Bees
(Issued 01-05-2018)

Great Canadian Illustrators
(05-04-2018)

Monday, May 14, 2018

TAIWAN ~ Taroko National Park - Hualien ~

... Great new NP to add to my collection... it is the second largest national park in Taiwan... one of the top destinations for tourists in the island... famous for its Grottos, scenic bridges, mountains, temples, cliffs, and waterfalls... the gorge also offers a large variety of animals for people to observe...
Thanks a lot Kayu!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Taroko National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan and was named after the Taroko Gorge, the landmark gorge of the park carved by the Liwu River. It is located on the eastern coast of the island and became a national park in 1986.

Covering 1,200 square miles, the park rises from sea level to 3,700 metres (12139 ft) and is 90% mountains. The park features marble-walled canyons and over half of Taiwan’s animal and plant species.

Stamp:

Chinese New Year 2018 - Year of the Dog
(Issued 01-12-2017)

Friday, May 11, 2018

MEXICO ~ Pyramid of the Sun - Teotihuacan - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view of the largest pyramid at Teotihuacán and the third largest pyramid in the world (after the Great Pyramid Cholula also in Mexico and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt)... a huge UNESCO site with a 2,000 year-old history... probably used as a religious and sacrificial center...  the Pyramid of the Sun consists of over 3 million tons of stone... built enterily without any metal tools or help from animals... thousands of visitors a month climb the 248 steps up the Pyramid... Thanks a lot Marco!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Built between 100 and 200 AD, the structure was originally 215 by 215 m at the base, and about 63 m high. The Pyramid was rebuilt fifty to seventy five years later and enlarged to a final 225 m square and 75 meters high to become one of the largest buildings created in the Pre-Columbian New World. The temple that once crowned the Pyramid was completed in 300 AD.

The pyramid was built with 4 stepped platforms made with stone blocks plastered with lime plaster and painted red and other brilliant colors with murals and motifs. When the site was rediscovered early in the 20thC, the pyramids appeared as hills of stone rubble with trees and plants growing up from the rocks. The temple atop the Pyramid of the Sun had long vanished from the towering structure.

It is part of Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan and became a UNESCO WHS in 1987.

Stamp:

International Year of Crystallography
19-11-2014)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

MALAYSIA ~ National Monument - Kuala Lumpur ~

... Huge size postcard... a beautiful aerial view of the National Monument... one of the historic places in the city... this huge bronze statue depicts the act of Malay heroism and patriotism...  also commemorates Malaysian heroes during World I and II... with nicely maintained water fountain and the monument in between the pond... Big Thanks again Jobbo!!【ツ】(no chance to visit Malaysia for me, will have to do it with postcard views (◕‿-) )
From backside postcard:
The National Monument was constructed in 1966 to commemorate who died in the struggle against communist insurgency in the 1950's. This 15.54m high bronze sculpture depicts seven soldiers engaged in battle, symbolizing the seven qualities of leadership. There are five principal components that comprise the memorial site: from left, the cenotaph; a crescent-shaped pavilion; a long rectangular reflecting pool with fountain; the monument itself; and the ancillary gardens. The monument is situated at the centre of the reflecting pool.

Stamps:

Installation of His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong XIII
(Issued 26-04-2007)

Coronation of H.R.H. Sultan Selangor IX
(Issued 08-03-2003)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SWITZERLAND ~ Montebello curve - Morteratsch - UNESCO ~

... Great view of one of the most beautiful railways in Europe... a train ride through the Swiss and Italian Alps with breathtaking and spectacular scenery along the way...  the only rail link that leads across the Alps, open without a crest tunnel....  probably no railway line has such an excellently located photo point as the Montebello curve... the track describes a 180-degree curve, crosses the street - and all this in front of the Morteratsch glacier with its wreath of mountains...Thanks a lot Oscar!! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀
Photo: Max Weiss

The Bernina Express slices southerly through the Graubunden Canton, reaching the lofty altitude of 2,253 metres at its highest point – and all without the gravity boost of a cogwheel track. The train passes through an ingenious system of spiral loops, 55 tunnels and 196 bridges.

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes was listed as a UNESCO WHS site in 2008 which also includes the surrounding cultural landscape with its pristine villages, ruggedly-romantic landscapes and primordial Alps.

Stamp:

Animals of the Forest
(01-03-2018)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

MALAYSIA ~ Sultan Abdul Samad Building - Kuala Lumpur

... Great view of a historical landmark in the city center surrounded by high-rise buildings... a big mosque with beautiful architecture...  the most important tourist attractions... the building serves as a backdrop for many important events for the country... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ



The Sultan Abdul Samad Building (named after the 4th Sulatan of Selangor - Sultan Abdul Samad ibni Raja Abdullah (1857-1898)) was built in 1897, and designed by the architect A.C. Norman.

The building was originally constructed to house the Secretariat offices of Selangor. It is now converted into the office of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture.

Constructed entirely of brick, the building features strong Gothic, western and Moorish-style influences with an imposing porch, graceful arches, curved colonnades topped with shiny copper domes and an imposing 41.2m high clock tower.

Stamp:

The 50th Anniversary of Malaysia
(Issued 19-09-2013)

Monday, May 7, 2018

GERMANY ~ Map - National Park Harz ~

... Lovely map postcard of one of the largest forest national parks in Germany...  a place for nature lovers, hikers, climbers or people who are interested in mining history, Cold War relics, castles... you can choose from over 9.000 km of hiking trails to explore unspoilt forests, deep valleys and lush meadows... a refugee for plants and animals...Thanks a lot Marco!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Harz National Park is located within Germany's most northerly mountain range, the Harz Mounains, in the federal states of Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.  95 % of the area is covered with forests, mainly with spruce and beech woods, including several bogs, granite rocks and creeks.

Harz National Park stretches from a low mountain range near Herzberg in the southern part of the mountains, across the Harz massif to its northern slopes near Bad Harzburg and Ilsenburg. It offers the entire range of characteristic ecological systems, variations in height, slopes and rocks. Height varies from approximately 240 m in the north and 270 m on the southern edge up to 1,141 m on Brocken peak. The Park offers an ecologically complex landscape and contains different vegetation zones.

Stamp:

Castles of Germany - Löwenburg
(Issued 02-01-2016)

Friday, May 4, 2018

MALAYSIA ~ Lenggong Valley Archaeological Sites - Perak - UNESCO ~

... Great postcard of one of the 4 Malaysian UNESCO sites... one of the earliest sites of world civilization which dates back more than 180 million years... the oldest record of a human outside Africa... one of Malaysia's most important archaeological locations...  “the Perak Man”, the oldest and most complete human skeleton was found here, which had been dated back to around 11.000 years old ago...  Lenggong is more an open-air museum, and is home to legends, skeletons, cave drawings and precious finds such as jewellery, pottery, weapons and stone tools... if you have an interest in anthropology, history and culture this is a must-visit place... but according to Bei Hao sadly or luckilyツ it is not a popular tourist spot... Thanks a lot Bei Hao!!【ツ】
Situated in the lush Lenggong Valley, the property includes four archaeological sites in two clusters which lies in the Malay Peninsula.

• Bukit Bunuh and Kota Tampan. (where also the archaeological museum and field station are located)
• The limestone outcrop with the cave Gua Harimau.
• The open-air workshop site at Bukit Jawa.
• The limestone massif Bukit Kepala Gajah containing the caves Gua Gunung Runtuh, Gua Teluk
  Kelawar and Gua Kajang.

The Lenggong Valley was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2012.

Stamp:

The 150th Anniversary of the First Straits Settlements
(Issued 01-09-2017)

Thursday, May 3, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Trincomalee ~

... Pretty views of a few landmarks... this port city is one of the oldest known cities in Asia and has a recorded history of more than 2.500 years.... it's one of the largest natural harbours in the world which has long been of major strategic importance throughout the islands history, being held by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the British.... with beautiful beaches for surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching...  the hot springs are also a major tourist attraction...Trincomalee is considered a very sacred place by the Tamil and Sinhalese... it has both Hindu and Buddhist sites of historical importance... Big Thanks once again dear Ravindra!! (✿ ♥‿♥)  (still searching for the coins you asked forツ)
© Lasantha Lakmal

Trincomalee is a port city situated on the east coast of Sri Lanka and the biggest city in Eastern Province. Trincomalee is an anglicized version of the Tamil word Tirukonamalai (which means "lord of the sacred hill"); it is a hill situated in the end of a natural land formation that resembles an arc. It is one of the main where Tamil is spoken at large scale.

View of the colourful Koneswaram temple. Surrounded by the dramatic Swami Rock and Gokarna Bay, the classical-medieval complex is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

Ravana’s Cleft (or ‘Lovers’ Leap’) at Swami Rock is the name of this natural rock formation stems back from the legend of King Ravana who when moving the colossal rock dropped his sword because of god Shiva, which fell and created the dramatic parting in the rock.

Stamp:

2X The 100th Anniversary of the All Ceylon Moor's Association
(Issued 02-12-2013)

2X  Ambalam of Sri Lanka
(Issued 23-03-2018)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Stupa of Lankarama - Anuradhapura - UNESCO ~

... Great view of one of the smallest ancient Stupas in the Sacred City of Anuradhapura... an ancient Buddhist complex with temple and dagoba ruins... it is situated in an area known as the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka...Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】

Lankarama is a stupa built by King Valagamba, in an ancient place at Galhebakada in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura. Nothing is known about the ancient form of the stupa, and later this was renovated.

The ruins show that there are rows of stone pillars and it is no doubt that there has been a house built encircling the stupa (vatadage) to cover it. The round courtyard of the stupa seems to be 3m above the ground. The diameter of the stupa is 14m. The courtyard is circular in shape and the diameter is 406m.

Anuradhapura became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.


Stamp:

Ambalam of Sri Lanka
(Issued 23-03-2018)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Adam's Peak ~

... Breathtaking mountain view before sunrise... this sacred mountain has something incredibly unique about it... a pilgrimage for every religion of the island... Muslims and Buddhists, Christians and Hindus...  a depression in the rocky summit resembles a huge footprint, which has been venerated as a sacred sight from ancient times...  this was identified by Buddhists as the Budha footprint, by Hindus as that of Shiva, and by Muslims as Adam's... later the Portuguese attributed it to St. Thomas the Apostle... pilgrims from around the world have come here for more than 1,000 years to to climb the 5,200 stairs reaching more than a mile into the sky... where else on earth do so many religions join together as one for a festive and spiritual journey? Maybe this makes it a real "holy" place...  the surrounding region is largely forested hills and a wildlife reserve... housing many species varying from elephants to leopards, and including many endemic species... Big Thanks Ravindra!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
© Lasantha Lakmal

Adam’s Peak (or Sri Pada) with its 2,243 meters height is the most remarkable mountain in Sri Lanka, despite of not being the highest one. The mountain is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands. In the Ratnapura District and Nuwara Eliya district of the Sabaragamuwa Province and Central Province.

Stamp:

Vesak
(Issued 09-04-2018)

Friday, April 27, 2018

CHILE ~ Valdivia ~

... Nice view of the Rivers district along the Calle Calle river... a city, characterized by its tranquility and beautiful river landscapes... its German influences and university life... Valdivia is known for being the most affected city by the "Great Chilean Earthquake"... in 1960, it was mostly damaged by the most powerful ever recorded earthquake with a magnitude 9.5 on the Richter scale...  however "The City of Rivers" stood up again and today is one of the most touristic of Chile, supported by its fascinating natural environment... Thanks a lot Sabrina!!【ツ】
Valdivia is a city in southern Chile, it is named after its founder Pedro de Valdivia and is located at the confluence of the Valdivia River, Calle Calle, CauCau and Cruces River, as well as limiting to the west with the Pacific Ocean. It is the capital of the Los Rios region, a newly created region.

Stamp:

The 100th Anniversary of Naval Seaplanes
(Issued 16-03-2016)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

CAMBODIA ~Life in the countryside-Siem Reap Province ~

... A lovely panoramic local scenery view... a different side of Siem Reap, no Angkor Wat this timeツ... rarely visited by tourists... the vast majority of Cambodians live in the countryside (85 %)... unfortunately, it is one of the poorest countries in Asia... the majority of them live from agriculture...  many cultivates rice but the people are known for their friendliness and warmhearted smiles despite their extreme poverty...Thanks so much dear Ravindra!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo:Ⓒ Mr. Chan Dara
Siem Reap Province is considered as the 10th province of Cambodia with Siem Reap as it capital. The south Siem Reap province is also connected with Tonle Sap which is the biggest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia. Phnom Kulen is an isolated mountain massif which provides the highest point 487 meters of Siem Reap province.

The name "Siem Reap" literally means "Siam Defeated", a reminder of the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and the Khmer. In Siam, the province and its capital were called "Siemmarat", literally meaning "Siam's Territory".

Stamp:

Lighthouses of Cambodia
(Issued 10-10-2017)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

JERSEY ~ Liberation Sculpture - St Helier Town ~

... Great historical monument on Liberation Square... a constant reminder of the end of WWII and a moving piece of art... the Liberation Sculpture was certainly the most important, and probably the most controversial work of public art put up in Jersey in the 20thC... the design changed radically in response to fierce public criticism, and as usual questions of cost played their part in the public debate.

When the design was first revealed public opinion was generally one of astonishment that a line of figures were shown releasing a number of doves of peace.The Committee explained that they had decided to change the brief to commemorate 50 years of peace, but islanders had been anticipating a sculpture to represent 50 years since the Liberation and many remarked that if any doves had been around at the end of the Occupation, they would probably have been caught and eaten by the hungry population, rather than released.

Many commented that there was no recognition of the military aspect of the Occupation and a subtle serviceman in battledress and boots was added to the group. The original design did not allow interaction, but the revised version allowed members of the public to walk through and join the figures. The artist, Philip Jackson, revealed that his original idea had been to have the figures waving a flag - much more in tune with the public's understanding of the experience of Liberation - but the Committee had decided to change the brief to one of "peace", and so a dove motif had been introduced. Much to the relief of all concerned the revised design incorporated a giant Union Flag. (theislandwiki)
Thanks so much once more dear Andrene!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿ (a lot to read but I found it very interesting to know)
Liberation Square was developed in 1995 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the liberation of the Island in 1945 (after about 5 years of German occupation in WWII).

At the centre of Liberation Square is Philip Jackson’s bronze sculpture depicting  "a group of Islanders in two distinct groups holding the Union Flag, with a single figure – the liberator – subtly dressed in army fatigues at the centre of a fountain. Twelve water jets in the pool symbolize Jersey's 12 parishes. The square was opened by Prince Charles on the 9th May 1995.

Stamp:

 The 100th Anniversary of the RAF
 (Issued 31-03-2018)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

JERSEY ~ Mont Orgueil Castle - Gorey ~

... Not often you get postcards of one of the Channel Islands (this will be nr3 and 4 from Jersey after collecting for 10 years)... but I was so lucky to find two great surprises in my mailbox... this one shows one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Britain and one of the most photographed sites on the Island... unique combination of history, mystery and sheer grandeur... from this impressive castle you have breathtaking views across the channel, as you delve into the network of staircases, towers and secret rooms to discover hidden treasures... the castle also hosts many “living history” days and events, with actors bringing the past to life... Thanks so much Andrene!!(✿◠‿◠) it must have been worth climbing *197*😅 steps!!
© Photo: iD Design
Mont Orgueil Castle is located on the eastern end of Jersey and was built in the 13thC, originally to defend Jersey from the French. Over the years it’s been added to and altered, mainly in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

One use for the castle was as a prison, a role which it continued to play until the 17thC. Having acted as an observation post in the First World War, during World War II, Mont Orgueil took on yet another guise as a German military base, at the time when the Channel Islands were captured by the Germans.

The Castle is home to several exhibitions, including “The Queen” by light artist Chris Levine and holographer Rob Munday, which features, “Equanimity”, a world-renowned holographic portrait of Her Majesty commissioned as part of Jersey’s celebrations of its 800-year-old relationship with the monarchy.

Stamp:

The 100th Anniversary of the RAF
(Issued 31-03-2018)

Monday, April 23, 2018

CROATIA ~ Sibenik - UNESCO ~

... Wonderful nightview of the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast highlighting its majestic cathedral...  it has gorgeous views of the Adriatic Sea and the countless neighboring islands... still not crowded with tourists... the Cathedral of St. James is the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in the country.... and the only cathedral in Europe that has been built entirely from stone...  no wood, nails, or other bonding compounds were used.... for the "Game of Thrones" fans; episode nine features St James’ Cathedral portals as the Iron Bank of Braavos... and as extra bonus a great matching cathedral stamp👍... Thanks a lot Agi!! (✿ ♥‿♥) So nice to see you back into *postcards* and blogging➙PostcrossingPlanet!!
Just 55 miles north of Split is the city of Sibenik, situated where the River Krka meets the Adriatic. Since 1066, it has been under rule by Croatians, Venetians, Austro-Hungarians, Yugoslavians, and once again back to Croatians—which has resulted in a diversity of international influences.

Built between 1431 and 1535, St. Jacob’s Cathedral witnessed important exchanges in the area of monumental art between North Italy, Dalmatia and Tuscany in the 15th and 16th centuries. Three architects - Francesco di Giacomo, George of Dalmatia and Nicholas of Florence – developed a structure fully made of stone, by using a unique technique for the cathedral’s dome. The most remarkable feature of the exterior are the 71 life-sized sculpted heads of fishermen, peasants, soldiers, old men, teenagers and ordinary citizens--all sculpted with zest and realism.

The Cathedral of St James is a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

Stamps:

Castles of Croatia
(Issued 18-07-2013)


The 950th Anniversary of the First Mention of the City of Šibenik
(Issued 15-09-2016)

Friday, April 20, 2018

RWANDA ~ Gorilla Twins - Volcanoes National Park ~

... A FanTasTic postcard... and a true little gem💚 for my National Park collection... Rwanda, "the land of a thousand hills" is one of the only places in the world where these primates can be seen in the wild, and where humans can get up close to them... gorillas are some of the most powerful and striking animals, not only for their size and force, but also for their gentle human like behavior...  Mountain Gorilla trekking is one of the most moving wildlife experiences in the world... although they remain among the most critically endangered animals on the planet (poaching was once a big problem)... the country has worked hard to stop it... because the gorillas are a better long-term economic opportunity for the country when they’re alive... Thanks a million Karen!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

"There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than with any other animal I know." 
                                                           Sir David Attenborough
Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park today has a number of 10 habituated gorilla groups for visitors to see. Gorillas do not stay in the same spot, they usually climb higher up the mountain in the dry season, and descend in the wet season. Adult males weigh up to 200kg, with females around half this size. Can reach a height of 1.2-1.7 meters when standing on 2 feet.

Volcanoes National Park runs along the border with the DRC and Uganda, in northwestern Rwanda covering an area of about 125sq km area and is the oldest national park in Africa.

This National Park is home to Mountain Gorilla, golden monkeys, Spotted Hyena, buffaloes, elephants, black-fronted duiker and bushbuck. The park also harbors 178 bird species including at least 29 endemics to Rwenzori mountains and the Virungas.




Stamp:

 Folklore
 (Issued 15-11-2010)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

UAE ~ Al Ain Palace Museum - Abu Dhabi - UNESCO ~

... Great view of the well-restored and preserved former home of the UAE’s Founding Father and first president, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan... a  prominent landmark and one of the most important cultural and rich historical places in Al Ain City... it is considered a symbol and a memorial for the modern history of Abu Dhabi and the UAE... there are around 15-20 rooms inside the palace walls, laid out as they would have been during Sheikh Zayed's life... Thanks a lot Heidi!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Al-Ain represents the oldest and most original settlement of the UAE, it is generally considered to be the cradle of the federation. Al-Ain comes from Arabic meaning  "the spring" or "the eye", indicating its richness of water in this dry territory.

The Al Ain Palace Museum is located in the "Garden City" of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. It was built in 1937 and Sheikh Zayed lived there with his family until 1966. During that time, the palace was the scene of much social and political activity. It was renovated in 1998 and opened to the public in 2001.

The Al Ain Oasis has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011 and is the UAE’s only WHS site.The designated site is a serial nomination of 17 locations.

Stamps:

2X Falcon
(Issued 07-04-2013)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GERMANY ~ Knesebeck shaft - UNESCO ~

... Great new German UNESCO site... the country which ranks 5th in the world for most world heritage sites... the landmark of the mine, which can be seen from a long distance, is the hydro compressor tower, built in 1912 and about 47 meters high...  and once more with a wonderful special postmark... for me Germany is the country with the most different and beautiful special stamp postmarks👍... this one is about the 50th death anniversary of Martin Luther King... Big Thanks Dustin!!【ツ】

The Knesebeck shaft is one of the four shafts of the former mine "Help of God" in Bad Grund, which was still in use until the 1990s. This mine was shut down in 1992 as the last of the classic Upper Harz ore mines and last metal ore mine in Germany. It belonged in its late phase to the most modern ore mines in Europe.

The museum with a "hands on mining philosophy" shows the technical development of the listed plant from the middle of last century until the end of operation. You can see the historic winding engine, electric compressors, two restored Radstuben and a 47 meter high tower. The outdoor area is dominated by the formerly used underground vehicles.

It is part of the UNESCO site  Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System since 1992.

Stamp:

 Flora - Flowers
(Issued 11-05-2017)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SCOTLAND ~ Edinburgh - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful Edinburgh view from Salisbury Crags... Salisbury Crags are a number of cliffs in Holyrood Park... Holyrood Palace, Scottish Parliament Building, Calton Hill, the Castle and much of the city can be seen from there... one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK and often considered as one of the most lively cities in Europe... steeped in history...  renowned for its heritage, culture and festivals... with lovely matching Sottish Holyrood Place stamp... Big Thanks Andrene! (✿◠‿◠)  Hope you have a wonderful stay with family (the most important people in our life💖...)
© Roman Michnowicz

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland since the 15thC and it is located in central eastern Scotland, near the Firth of Forth (the estuary of several Scottish rivers), close to the North Sea.

It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neoclassical New Town, whose development from the 18thC onwards had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning. The harmonious juxtaposition of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character.

Stamps:

1st Class LARGE Security Stamps Gold
(Issued ???)

Edinburgh Personalized Stamps
( Issued 01-05-2010)


Monday, April 16, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Aradhana Gala Rock - Mihintale - UNESCO ~

... Impressive rock view of a significant historic place for Sri Lanka Buddhism... Mihintale is popularly known as the cradle of Buddhism... there’s an ancient ceremonial stairway of 1840 steps cut into the rock, which leads up the mountain.. .even during very windy weather pilgrims do not fail to visit this rock, which has iron railings to help them to climb... the view from the peak are just stunning... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

The sacred rock Aradhana Gala (Aradhana Gala) is located in the town of Mihintale (Mihintale) near Anuradhapura in the north-central province of Sri Lanka.

 Aradhana Gala, where the Arahant Mahinda landed. Which faces Maha Seya is on a summit of a hill. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.  In the ancient books such as the Mahavamsa it is written that Mahinda came to Sri Lanka by travelling through the air. He came down and landed at Sri Lanka on the top of the Aradhana Gala.

Stamps:

The 100th Anniversary of the All Ceylon Moor's Association
(02-12-2013)

National Independence Day
(04-02-2018)

Olympic Games - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Issued 21-07-2016)

SRI LANKA ~ Thuparamaya dagoba - Anuradhapura ~

... Once more a sacred place of sri lankan Buddhism... a calm and quiet, respectful place of worship... located in the heart of Anuradhapura... the first stupa to be built in the country after the introduction of Buddhism to the island... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!(✿ ♥‿♥)

Built in the time of king Devanampiyatissa (250BC – 210BC) this was a stupa as well as an Aramic complex (monastery).

The stupa is built in the shape of a bell. Its dome is 3.5 meters tall from the ground and its diameters measures 50.1 meters. It has been destroyed many times, but always rebuilt by different Kings throughout history. At one point, the stupa was covered by silver and gold until the Pandyans from India robbed plundered it.


Stamp:

Olympic Games - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(Issued 21-07-2016)