Tuesday, June 25, 2024

NETHERLANDS ~ Eise Eisinga Planetaruim - Franeker - UNESCO ~

... Wonderful view the oldest planetarium in the world... a work of art and incredible invention... this planetarium and museum is located in a small canal-house, where Eise Eisinga decided to build a working model of the solar system on his living room ceiling... it still works perfectly for the six planets known at the time... what’s especially interesting is that he didn’t have any formal education in astronomy and was a completely self-taught amateur who managed to create an accurate moving model of the solar system (that still works to this day)... as you go up some very steep stairs to the next level you can see the mechanism he used to keep the planets in motion... Heel Erg Bedankt Marloes!ヽ(•‿•)ノ

The Planetarium lies in the Frisian town of Franeker. Eise Eisinga lived from 1744 to 1828. He was a wool comber and wool dyer, but was interested in astronomy and mathematics as a child.

He built it between the years 1774 and 1781 to show people that there would be no reason to panic when a conjunction of planets was due to occur on the 8th of May 1774. 

Apparently, people believed that the planets were going to collide with each other and cause the Earth to be pulled from its orbit and then incinerated by the sun.

Unfortunately two more planets (Uranus and Neptune) were discovered a few years after it was completed. But Eisinga couldn't install it anymore because the entire area of his living room ceiling was already occupied. 

In 2023, it received the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Stamp:

EUROPA Stamp - Underwater Flora and Fauna 
(Issued 13-05-2024)

Monday, June 24, 2024

USA ~ Gateway Arch National Park - St Louis - Missouri ~

... Nice view of St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch... one of America’s best-known landmarks... both the arch and Gateway Arch National Park commemorate the early pioneers of America’s westward expansion... St. Louis itself is known as the Gateway to the West because it was a starting point for so much of that exploration... it stands 193 meters tall and is the tallest monument in the United States... there is a unique tram system to carry passengers to the observation room at the top with amazing views over the mighty Mississippi river... since its completion in the 1960’s, the Arch has been attracting thousands of visitors every year... Thanks Nanci!【ツ】

Gateway Arch National Park is located along the Mississippi River in St. Louis, near the Missouri and Illinois border. It is the smallest national park in the United States at 37 ha.

Gateway Arch National Park was formerly known as Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in honor of the late president’s role in expanding the country across the continent.The area surrounding the arch was redesignated as the Gateway Arch National Park in 2018.

 Stamp:

 Flowers - Chrysanthemum
 (Issued 24-04-2020)

Friday, June 21, 2024

GERMANY ~ St. Pauli Landing Bridges - Hamburg ~

... Lovely evening view of the St. Pauli Landing Bridges, Europe's largest floating island by the Elbe river....  once a landing pier for steam ships... now function as a connector for various lines of Hamburg's local train and ferry systems...  two prominent green-roofed towers mark the 205-metre-long terminal... with a must-see historic waterfront... you can visit the docked museum ships... restaurants, shops and more... the "Landungsbrücken Piers"  are one of the city's major tourist attractions... with matching stamp and great first day postmark👍... Thanks a lot Dustin!¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The first pier here was built in 1839 at what was then the edge of the harbour as coal storage docks for steamships and, over the years, have served as the point of departure for travelers headed to the New World.The current piers built in 1907 consist of floating pontoons, which are accessible from land by ten movable bridges. The Landungsbrucken is the largest landings site in the Port of Hamburg.

 
Stamp:

Landungsbrücken 
(Issued 01-03-2024)

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

CANADA ~ VanDusen Botanical Garden - Vancouver ~

... A pretty path of blooming delphiniums with golden-leaved trees behind it... this garden is an island of green in the heart of the city... countless paths crisscross the garden, which contains over 7500 plant species assembled from six continents... you'll find different ecosystems from all over the world... in addition to water features throughout the rolling landscape, special features in the garden include carved totem poles... a small Japanese garden and large stone sculptures... children enjoy the maze adjacent to VanDusen's heirloom vegetable garden... with nice matching flower stamps🏵️... Thanks Ravindra! (•‿•)

The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver has matured into a botanical garden of international stature since opening to the public in 1975.

The garden was named after local lumber worker and philanthropist Whitford Julian VanDusen.

Stamps:

3X Flowers - Wildflowers
(Issued 01-03-2024)

Monday, June 17, 2024

MEXICO ~ Underground Tunnels - Guanajuato ~

... Nice view of a unique network of tunnels that forms an underground labyrinth... with car lanes, bus stops, side walks and lots of staircases leading up to ground level... originally built to contain a river that ran through the town... after the river was diverted, the dry riverbed was paved and used as a road... more tunnels were built and now there is a maze of routes under the city... the streets of Guanajuato are narrow, cobble stoned, and mostly traffic free - making the tunnels perfect for traffic... Thanks Yesi!【ツ】

Although Guanajuato's famous tunnels appear to be ancient, most are less than 100 years old. The oldest was constructed in 1905 along the dried-up Rio Guanajuato riverbed. 

Guanajuato is a large city in the central highlands of Mexico and was founded as a town in 1554 and received the designation as a city in 1741. It is located in one of the richest silver mining areas of Mexico, and is well known for its wealth of fine colonial-era Spanish architecture. The historic town and adjacent mines are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stamps:

Day of the Dead 
(30-10-2019)

Combat Corona Campaign - Everyday Heroes - COVID-19 
(Issued 03-11-2020)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

BHUTAN ~ Dochula Pass ~

... Lovely view of a scenic mountain pass located in the eastern Himalayas... it is a popular tourist destination due to its breathtaking views of the huge Himalayan mountain range and surrounding valleys... you can see the Bhutanese Himalaya from a vantage point of 3100 meters.... this place is also known for its War Memorial made to honor the soldiers who perished in the Bhutanese War... these 108 Stupas are really impressive, and their setting is magical... it is a symbol of the country's commitment to peace and stability... Thanks a lot Som!【ツ】
Bhutan is a tiny landlocked country in South Asia located at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered by China and India. Thimphu is the capital and largest city of Bhutan.

 Bhutan is also called the land of the Thunder Dragon, a reference to its wild thunderstorms striking the valleys from the peaks of the Himalayas. The dazzling light of thunder was believed to be the fire from a dragon.

Stamps:

Flora and Fauna 
(Issued 15-05-2014)

Bhutan Ethnic Dancers
(Issued ???)

Monday, June 10, 2024

GERMANY ~ Speyer Cathedral - UNESCO ~

... Nice view of the world's largest surviving Romanesque church... it is one of the most important Romanesque monuments from the time of the Holy Roman Empire... a masterpiece of religious architecture and an impressive building... not just for its sheer size but because of the influence it has had on architecture in Europe... inside it holds a host of treasures, sculptures, frescoes and stained glass windows... plus some of the most important items are the tombs of emperors and kings as it was the burial place of the German emperors for almost 300 years.. Thanks a lot Sabine!¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Speyer Cathedral, a basilica with four towers and two domes, was founded by Conrad II in 1030 and remodelled at the end of the 11th C.  However in 17th C, the Cathedral (along with the rest of Speyer town) was destroyed by French troops under Louis XIV. It was restored in 18th C only to be destroyed again in Napoleonic Wars in 19th C, after which it was temporarily even used as an army hospital. After all this, in 1815, it was rebuilt under King Ludwig I of Bavaria. In 1957, it was restored back to its original medieval glory.

In 1981, the cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Stamps:

Definitive - Flowers 
(Issued 08-06-2017)

EUROPA Stamps - Stories and Myths 
(05-05-2022)

Sunday, June 9, 2024

IRAN ~ Golestan Palace - Teheran - UNESCO ~

.. Wonderful view of one the most famous halls at the Palace, "the Hall of Mirrors"... it is renowned for its mirror work, which is a reflection of Persian artistry and craftsmanship... the walls and ceilings of the hall are covered with small, intricately designed mirrors that create a stunning visual effect... the walls are also covered with stunning paintings, and the floors are made of marble that has been meticulously carved and polished... the doors and windows are decorated with elaborate designs and carvings... Golestan Palace is one of the most iconic landmarks of the country and a must-visit destination for those who want to experience the rich history and culture of Iran... Thanks Boris!【ツ】 

Located on the slopes of the mountains, at the foot of the magnificent Mount Damavand, Tehran has been Iran’s capital city for over 200 years.

The Golestan Palace belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran's arg ("citadel"). It consists of gardens, royal buildings, and collections of Iranian crafts and European presents from the 18th and 19th centuries. Almost all of this complex was built during the 131 years rule of the Qajar kings. These palaces were used for many occasions such as coronations and other important celebrations. It also consists of three main archives, including the photographic archive, the library of manuscripts, and the archive of documents.

Golestan Palace was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013.

 


Stamps:

4X Herbal Plants
(Issued 2017)

Thursday, June 6, 2024

GERMANY ~ Wadden Sea National Park - UNESCO ~

... Sea bottom meets horizon... the Wadden Sea is for ten thousand years a landscape of wide beaches and wild lagoons constantly changed by the influences of ebb and flow, sea and wind... it is the habitat of thousands of animal and plant species and also a place of nourishment for millions of migrating birds... hiking on the mudflats has become a popular pastime... with nice EUROPA stamp and great first day postmark👍... Thanks a lot Dustin! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Photo: Hans-Ulrich Rösner

The Wadden Sea is the world’s largest continuous area of intertidal sand and mud flats, extending for 650 km along the coasts of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.The land that appears at low tide is called mudflat in English (and Watt in German).The Wadden Sea area became a national park in 2010.  

In 2009, the Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List and the Danish part was added in 2014.


Stamp:

EUROPA Stamps - Underwater Flora and Fauna
(Issued 02-05-2024)

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

ZAMBIA ~ Bushbuck - Kafue National Park ~

... Nice animal view... widespread across Zambia, the Bushbuck is considered to be the least social of the antelopes and has a very small home range... Bushbucks do indeed live up to their name, preferring dense bush or forest thickets that provide good cover... but as with so many animals, populations are declining due to poaching and habitat loss... however, they remain common in many parts of their range and are considered by many to be one of the most beautiful African antelopes... Thanks Alena!ヽ(•‿•)ノ  
From backside postcard: 
"We live on a beautiful planet, please do what you can to care and protect wildlife for your children's children."

The Bushbuck has a shoulder height of 90 cm and weighs 45 to 80 kg. It usually has white prints all over the body, particularly in the chin, ears, legs, tail, and neck. Its muzzle is also white in color. When a young male reaches 10 months old, it will grow horns that form a spiral over time.

Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22,400 km2. First established as a National Park in the 1950’s by the legendary Norman Carr, Kafue is one of the largest national parks in the whole of Africa, home to 152 different species of mammals.

Stamps:

2X Birds
(Issued 02-05-2014)

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

SERBIA ~ Felix Romuliana - Gamzigrad - UNESCO ~

...Views of a beautiful archeological site... this fortified palace of Emperor Galerius represents the best preserved work of Roman architecture in the whole territory of Serbia... located in a valley, protected by the surrounding hills... the remains of the luxurious Imperial Roman Place offers you a glimpse of the once magnificent and truly authentic Roman palace... with impressive ruins and unique collection of archeological artefacts... in total, within the palace walls, there are the remains of 20 circular towers and two gates, thermal baths, memorial complex, a number of temples with mosaic floors (only a couple visible on the site), the best ones are in the local museum... with nice matching UNESCO stamp👍... Thanks a lot Vladimir!【ツ】 

Gamzigrad archaeological site is located south of the Danube river, near the city of Zaječar in Eastern Siberia. The main area covers 10 acres.

Roman Emperior Galerius Maximianus built this imperial palace on the land of Gamzigrad, near the  town Zajecar. This place has been built in the 3th and 4th century in name of himself and in honour of his mother Romuli, after who this place was named. Today, it is known that Galerius and his mother Romula were buried near Felix Romuliana palace, at “Magura” site, where archaeologists discovered two richly decorated masonry tombs and two mounds with bonfires where burning and apotheosis of the emperor and his mother took place.This imperial complex has been discovered in 1953.

In 2007, this site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Stamps:
 
Definitive - Children's Online Safety
(Issued 07-2019)

AugustGamzigrad- Felix Romuliana
(Issued 21-09-2007)

European Nature Protection 
(Issued 20-07-2019)

Monday, June 3, 2024

BHUTAN ~ Layaps - Royal Highland Festival ~

... Lovely view of Layaps performing their traditional dance dressed in their local costumes.... they wear distinctive bamboo hats and robes made of yak hair cloth... the women of Laya respect their tradition, religion, and history over the centuries... this festival is held to promote and preserve the way of life and culture of these nomadic highland people living in Butanan's highest village... and it helps natives continue taking care of their rich and unspoiled mountain environment...  Bhutan's Royal Highland Festival is mix of music, dance and sport... Thanks Som! ヽ(ヅ)ノ    
Laya is a remote Himalayan village located in the district of Gasa. It is one of Bhutan’s most northern settlements very close to the Tibetan border, at an altitude of 3,850 metres, just below the Tsendagang peak. Gasa has some of the country's highest mountain peaks, with more than a hundred glacial lakes supplying many of Bhutan's rivers.

Most Layaps are semi-nomadic yak herders or collect the high-value cordyceps, a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of East Asia.


Stamp:

Atsara storytellers
(Issued 10-09-2015)









Friday, May 31, 2024

GERMANY ~ Spandau Citadel - Berlin ~

... Nice aerial view of one of the most important and best preserved Renaissance military fortress in Europe... it give visitors an impression of how people tried to protect themselves from enemies in the 16th century... once passed the small bridge over the moat, the view opens up to numerous historic buildings... the oldest parts of the fortresss complex date from the Middle Ages... since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the citadel became a museum and event location, hosting a wide range of cultural events in its historic setting... outside the concert season, more than 10,000 bats spend the winter here... Thanks a lot Dustin!【ツ】

On a tiny island where the Havel and Spree rivers meet, this citadel was built on the site of a medieval castle, and developed over three and a half decades from 1559 to 1594. The fortress was created for the protection of Spandau, which has since become part of Berlin.

In the 1930s the citadel was used as a military research centre, where German forces tested the effects of nerve gas. By the end of World War II, it had become a Nazi fortification. Post-war, the British briefly took control, and used the castle as a state prison for Prussian inmates. 



 

Stamp:

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Otfried Preußler
(Issued 05-10-2023)

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

USA ~ Rainbow Falls - Watkins Glen State Park - New York ~

... Lovely retro-themed poster postcard printed by Lantern Press... the most impressive and picturesque waterfall on the Gorge Trail is Rainbow Falls... it consists of 150 feet of cascades, which fill the gorge with a constant mist, providing ideal conditions for spotting rainbows on sunny days, hence its name... it is one of the famous falls to visit, with lush green environments and stunning views... Watkins Glen is rightly one of the most popular natural attractions in western New York State... Thanks a lot Andrene!(✿◠‿◠) Must have been well worth the climb!😅






Watkins Glen State Park is nestled on the southern tip of Seneca Lake and is known for its trail of 19 waterfalls. Just 1.5 miles in length, you can see all 19 impressive waterfalls along the gorge.

The 778-acre state park has 7.5 miles of scenic hiking trails, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, cabins for rent, and camping facilities for trailers or tents.

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks.







Stamp: 

Flowers - African Daisy
(Issued 14-03-2022)

Monday, May 27, 2024

THE ISLE OF MAN ~ Map - UNESCO ~

... Lovely illustrated map postcard showing highlights of the island located in the heart of the Irish Sea... an island with 10,000 year of history in a landscape rich in ancient monuments, medieval castles, landmarks and vintage railways... known for its rugged coastline, rich wildlife, rural landscape and Celtic and Viking history... Thanks a lot James!ヽ(ヅ)ノ  




The Isle of Mans a self-governing British Crown dependency. It is located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. 

Interesting fact: The island’s currency is Sterling – but the island prints its own notes and coins which are not acceptable in the UK, although Pounds Sterling are accepted on the island. 

In 2016 the island became the first entire island nation to be granted UNESCO world biosphere status.






 Photo:  Julia Ashby Smith

Stamp: 

RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution
(Issued 04-01-2024)

Friday, May 24, 2024

RUSSIA ~The Church of St. Basil the Great on the Hill - Pskov - UNESCO ~

... Wonderful wintery panoramic church scene... built in 1413 and located in the historical center of Pskov within the fortress walls of the Middle Town on a natural elevation... an ancient city with multitude of beautiful old churches... they reflect the city’s Golden Age and are the best examples of this style... Pskov is the largest stone fortress in Europe and one of the most important tourist centers in Russia... it attracts travelers from all over the world... Thanks a lot Oleg!ヽ(•‿•)ノ  

Pskov is one of the oldest Russian towns, being first mentioned in a chronicle of the year 903 as Pleskov. The town became important in the Middle Ages as a centre for trade between the interior of Russia and the Hanseatic seaports of the Baltic.

Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019. The ten churches and related buildings around the city of Pskov are on the list.

Stamp: 

The 100th Anniversary of the Domestic Civial Aviation of Russia
(Issued 15-07-2023)

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

GERMANY ~ Magnifriedhof Cemetery - Braunschweig ~

... Postcard showing the “Blue Wonder” at this historical cemetery... blue carpets of flowers between old gravestones... it  forms a green tranquil oasis on the edge of the city center...many famous Braunschweig personalities are buried here... postcard and stamp lead us back to time of "Enlightenment"... the stamp and special postmark is about the 300th birthday of Immanuel Kant... and on the card you can see the grave of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, a German philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic, and also a representative of the "Enlightenment" era... Thanks Dustin!【ツ】  

© Photo: KLaus Ebach

The Magnifriedhof consists of two cemeteries, the Cathedral and St. Magni Cemetery, which are located on the same site. The cemeteries are no longer given different names, but are instead referred to by the people of Braunschweig as Magnifriedhof. In the Magnifriedhof there are gravestones from different stylistic periods, such as classicism and late romanticism.

The early German Enlightenment is seen as a reform movement that broke free from traditional ties without falling into anti-Christian and extremist positions, on the basis of secular natural law and new social ethics.

Stamp:

The 300th Anniversary of the Birth of Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804 
(Issued 04-04-2024)

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

POLAND ~ Centennial Hall - Wroclaw - UNESCO ~

... Great view of one of the main landmarks and symbol of the city... a pearl of modernism located in a nice, green area near the zoo... with  the multimedia fountain next to it... when it was built it was the most impressive reinforced concrete structure in te world... and certainly a pioneering work of modern engineering and architecture... the dome is 42m high and 65m in diameter... after over hundred years, the Centennial Hall is still the most important place in Wroclaw hosting many cultural and sport events... while after the war the hall was renamed into People's hall (Hala Ludowa), today the original German name is used again... the only reason this beautiful building survived the war is that it served as an excellent orientation point for airstrikes... with nice selection stamps used.... thanks a lot Joanna!ヽ(•‿•)ノ 

Photo:Patryk Michalski

The Hall was built in 1911-1913 to the plans of Max Berg to commemorate the 100th anniversary of victory over Napoleon in the Liberation Wars of 1813-15.

Following the renovation in 2009–11, the arena can now hold 10,000 people. In 2014, the building received a $200,000 renovation grant from the Getty Foundation, as part of the Keeping It Modern grant program that was created a month earlier by the American foundation.

In 2006 UNESCO added it to the list of World Heritage buildings as one of the most important achievements of the twentieth century architecture.

Stamps:

Sunflower
(Issued 26-06-2015)

Insects - Butterflies
(21-02-2024)  

Birds of Polish Parks 
(Issued 16-02-2024)

Volleyball Men's World Championship Gold Medals 
(Issued 28-12-2018)

Flowers & Fruits
(Issued 02-07-2016)

Monday, May 20, 2024

AUSTRALIA ~ Mount Warning - Wollumbin National Park - UNESCO ~

... Amazing nature view located in a warm subtropical rainforest with the spectacular peak Wollumbin... it is the first place to see sunlight each day on the Australian mainland... the curved silhouette of Wollumbin Mount Warning  peak which means "cloud catcher" to some Aboriginal People, is a traditional place of cultural law, initiation and spiritual education for the people of the Bundjalung Nation... providing a traditional mythology that extends back to the dreamtime... the mountain was named by Captain Cook to warn future mariners of the offshore reefs he encountered in May 1770... its Aboriginal name, Wollumbin, was added in 2009... Thanks Helen! (✿◠‿◠) 

Photo: Nick Rains/Australian Geographic

Rising to 1156 meters Mount Warning is located in the Tweed Range in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. It is a central volcanic remnant of an ancient shield volcano, the Tweed Volcano, which would have been about 1,900 m  above sea level or just under twice the height of the current mountain. This volcano last erupted around 23 million years ago.

This 4,117hectare park was reserved for public recreation in 1928 and dedicated as a national park in 1966. The Park is part of the Shield Volcano Group of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gondwana Rainforests of Australia inscribed in 1986 and added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2007.

 

Prestamped postcard

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

SINGAPORE ~ Surrender Chambers - Fort Siloso - Sentosa Island ~

... Interesting view of the history of Singapore during World War II...  wax figures made by experts from Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London showing the scene of the Japanese surrender to the British forces at the Surrender Chambers... the Surrender Chamber exhibit was opened in 1974 at City Hall... Fort Siloso is a place well worth visiting... a truly moving piece of British history off Singapore... detailed models, true artefacts, buildings, tunnels and educational videos and experiences... and another culinair tip from Jobbo😉... the prawn mee at Hoe Nam on Upper Cross street in Potong are delicious😋... Thanks Jobbo!

Fort Siloso is a former military fortress located on Sentosa Island, an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast. The fortress was built in 1874 and was in service until 1965 and is now a museum.

The Japanese announced their surrender on 15 August 1945. The Japanese military in Singapore signed the instrument of surrender on 12 September 1945, officially ending three and a half years of occupation.

Stamps:

National Day 
(Issued 03-08-2018)

Singapore Sports Hub
(Issued 05-09-2014)

Friday, May 10, 2024

Brazil ~ Emas National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great new National Park to add to my collection💚... Emas National Park nestled in the heart of the country is home to the best preserved pure grassland type of cerrado vegetation... due to its length, integrity of habitat, richness of fauna and presence of rare and threatened species, the reserve is one of the most untouched protected areas of the cerrado biome... the park holds the greatest concentration of Blue-and-Yellow Macaws outside Amazonia... and the world's largest concentration of termite mounds... the luminous glowing termite mounds (due to the Headlight Beetle larvae) as show on the main stamp are an impressive natural phenomenon exclusive to this National Park... Thanks Rodrigo!ヽ(•‿•)ノ

Photo: Luciano Thomazelli

The Park was created in 1961 and had its boundaries rectified in 1972, it covers 1,320km2  of cerrado savannah.The park is in the Pantanal Biosphere Reserve, which also includes the Pantanal, Chapada dos Guimarães and Serra da Bodoquena national parks, and the Serra de Santa Bárbara, Nascentes do Rio Taquari and Pantanal de Rio Negro state parks.

In 2001, the park was listed by UNESCO as a world natural heritage site, the Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks

Stamps:

Professions
(Issued 30-12-2005)

Paintings by Candido Portinari 
(Issued 26-05-2004)

Brazilian Faunal Richness 
(Issued 23-09-2019)

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

GERMANY ~ Railway Station - Halle ~

... Nice view of the city's main station and one of the most important transport hubs in the state of Saxony-Anhalt... it is a stop for long-distance and regional services... and can accommodate around 40,000 visitors and 560 train stops per day... in the station halls are small shops, restaurants and cafes... with lovely stamp and special postmark"America's First" issued to mark Stamp Day... Thanks Dustin!【ツ】 

The architecture of this railway station was mainly the work of Paul Thoemer and Friedrich Peltz. It was built between 1887-90 in the style of the Italian High Renaissance and was regarded as a model for other larger railway stations.(Dresden)

This station is an island station because the central reception building is located in the middle between the tracks.  It has 13 platforms, of which 10 are covered by the station hall. The actual station building is located in the middle between tracks 6 and 7.


Stamp:

America's First Stamp
(Issued 04-04-2024)

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Republic of Congo ~The African Union Flag - FOTW ~

... Great flag card sent from the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)... the current flag of the African Union was adopted in 2010... a dark green map of the African continent, plus the Sinai Peninsula and offshore islands, on a white sun, surrounded by a circle of 55 5-pointed gold (yellow) stars, on a dark green field.... the color green symbolizes African hopes and aspiration to unity... the color gold stands for African wealth and bright future... the color white represents the purity of Africa's desire to have genuine friends throughout the world... Thanks a lot Alena!(✿◠‿◠)

The African Union (AU) is a continental union of 55 member states located on the continent of Africa.The African Union  was officially launched in July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, on 9 September 1999, calling for the establishment of the African Union.

The objectives of the African Union are: To achieve greater unity, cohesion and solidarity among the African countries and African nations. To defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of its Member States. To accelerate the political and social-economic integration of the continent.


Stamp:

39th Ministerial session of the Conference of 
Ministers of Youth and Sports of the Francophone
(Issued ????)



Friday, May 3, 2024

BULGARIA ~ Srebarna Nature Reserve - UNESCO ~

... Plenty of great nature views of a bird watchers paradise... a bird migration route connecting Europe and Africa... many endangered bird species use it for nesting... it has the only breeding colony of the Dalmatian pelican in Bulgaria.... one legend regarding the origin of the name of the lake describes how upon a full moon, the light at night reflects in the smooth waters, so that it turns the lake into an enchanting painting of liquid silver.... hence the name Srebarna ( The Silver Lake)... hundreds of species of animals, birds and plants make Srebarna their home and thanks to the network of walking and cycling tracks you can access most areas to experience them... also a series of lookout posts and observation towers are ideal places to watch the wildlife... Thanks Mariyana!【ツ】

The Srebarna Nature Reserve situated in northern Bulgaria is a freshwater lake adjacent to the Danube river and extending over 600 ha. It is a unique wetland, including floating reed islands, willow poplar and flooded willow, riverine forest belts and wet meadows with significant old White Willow trees.

It is the breeding ground of almost 100 species of birds, many of which are rare or endangered. Some 80 other bird species migrate and seek refuge there every winter.

It was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and then placed on UNESCO’s endangered list in 1992 after environmental decline; improvements were seen in the early 21st century.


Stamp:

Endangered Birds of Bulgaria
(Issued 01-12-2023)

Thursday, May 2, 2024

SRI LANKA ~ Bodhiya fig tree - Anuradhapura - UNESCO ~

... Lovely view of the south compound steps that lead to the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi or Bodhiya fig tree on a blue sky day in in the Mahamewna Gardens in Anuradhapura... the oldest living known human planted tree in the world... this fig tree is a very spiritually and physically significant part of this ancient city... it is a Buddhist symbol for a human being's capacity to achieve enlightenment since the first human achieved enlightenment underneath a Bodhi tree... it has been looked after by caretakers for over 2.000 years... a pilgrim place for Buddhists and today thousands of devotees come to make offerings, particularly on poya (full moon) days and weekends... with nice shaped stamp minisheet... Thanks Ravindra!! (✿◠‿◠)

The Sacred Fig tree or Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya , it is said to be the southern branch of the Sri Maha Bodhi tree in India, under which Buddha reached enlightenment and over 2,300 years old,

In the 3rd century BC, it was brought to Sri Lanka by Sangamitta Theri, the daughter of Emperor Asoka and founder of an order of Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka. In 288 BC it was planted by King Devanampiya Tissa on a high terrace about 6.5m above the ground in the Mahamewna Park in Anuradhapura. 

Stamps:

Kandy Esala Perahera
(Issued 25-02020)

The 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with Nepal
(Issued 20-02-2020)