Thursday, March 15, 2018

BELGIUM ~ Peter Paul Rubens Self Portrait - Rubens House - Antwerp ~

... First of two great Belgian postcards... both with newly released stamps and beautiful special first day postmarks...  lovely view of one of the few self-portraits he left us... Rubens painted only four... can be seen in the Rubens House museum...  here is where Rubens, one of the greatest artists ever, once lived with his wife and children and died in 1640...  it is also where he worked, together with his assistants, in his majestic studio and also kept his incomparable art collection...  one of Antwerp’s many and interesting and unique museums... in 2018, Peter Paul Rubens is honored as one of the great inspirators of Baroque painting by Bpost with a miniature sheet with five stamps... Thanks so much  Johan for this special and unique philatelic item!!【ツ】...matching postcard, stamp and cancellation👍 !!

This self-portrait in the Rubens House is the most informal of the four. He probably also intended this work to be used in the studio, as a model that his assistants could copy. This self-portrait is traditionally dated around 1630, the year in which Rubens wed Helena Fourment. The painter was 53 years old at the time.

In 1610, Rubens purchased a house with land along Wapper in Antwerp. He drew the plans himself for its extension, which fulfilled the wishes of the artist, businessman, family man and art collector that he was.

After Rubens died, the house underwent a number of changes before rising again as the Rubens House, the home of and museum about the Baroque master painter, Peter Paul Rubens.

© Musea en Erfgoed, Antwerpen


Peter Paul Rubens
(Issued 12-03-2018)

BELGIUM ~ Street Art - Louvain-La-Neuve ~

... Colorful postcard nr2... Street Art becomes Stamp art.... the Kosmopolite Art Tour is an international graffiti festival that aims to promote the richness and diversity of Street Art... Bpost released a set of stamps dedicated to street art... this stamp issue gives a beautiful overview of the creativity and variety of Street Art in Belgium.. with also a special postmark... Thanks once more Johan ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿... especially because I couldn't go myself this time!!→

Louvain-La-Neuve is located in the heart of the young Walloon province of Brabant.

The Kosmopolite Art Tour is an urban arts festival born in Bagnolet in 2002. It took place in Brussels, Amsterdam, Jakarta, Sao Paulo among others.

The event took place in various strategic locations: the train station, the Place des Wallons, the Central Ring,

Each edition brings together over fifty international street artists around common murals, workshops and exhibitions.

© Office du Tourisme Inforville


Street Art
(Issued 12-03-2018)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

JAMAICA ~ The Blue Mountains - Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park - UNESCO ~

... Another fantastic new national Park😍...  montane cloud forests are found only in the Blue Mountains... thick mist gives the mountains their blue color and their famous name... it is one of the richest biodiversity sites in the world and a nature-lover’s paradise... the park promotes eco-tourism as a way to support local communities... visitors can enjoy nature walks and hiking, birdwatching, camping and stays in wood cabins... it is incredibly rich in biodiversity, with hundreds of different species of insects, reptiles, trees and flowering plants....  home the 6-inch Giant Swallowtail and over 200 species of native and migratory birds... known for their role in Jamaica’s history as the mountains offered refuge to the former enslaved people called Maroons, which makes it also an important cultural heritage... Thanks so much Andrene for thinking of me while on vacation!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
© Ray Chen

From backside postcard:
"The Blue Mountains are generally located between Kingston to the south and Port Antonio to the north. Rising 2.300m, they are some of the highest mountains in the Caribbean. The climate of the region is cool an misty with high rainfall. The soil is rich, with excellent drainage which is ideal for coffee."

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park is one of the biggest national parks which is located on in the eastern end of this Caribbean island and accounts for 4.4%  of the land surface of the country.

This National Park comprises three mountain ranges, the Port Royal Mountains to the west, the Blue Mountains (Jamaica's highest point at 2.300m)  and John Crow Mountains in the east; divided by the Buff Bay and Rio Grande Valleys on the north side of the ranges.

In 2015 the Blue and John Crow mountains were collectively designated a mixed (cultural and natural) UNESCO World Heritage site.


The 50th Anniversary of the Birth of Bob Marley
(Issued 31-07-1995)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SVALBARD ~ Barentsburg ~

... A BIG SURPRISEツ for today... my first great postcard ever from Svalbard!... from the Caribbean to the Arctic Circle in just one day... this can only happen in ↬⋆ Postcardland ⋆↫... I think as postcard collectors we all have some special places on our wishlist... most of them are already fulfilled thanks to many wonderful people💚💜... but I almost had given up hope to get one from Svalbard (after collecting for over 10 years)... so, me very happy😄!!

... Coal mining still goes one but not on the scale it did in the early part of the last century... tourism is starting to become a bigger part of the Svalbard economy....Svalbard's visitors come mostly to experience its powerful nature... the islands feature untouched glaciers and craggy mountains... but also polar bears, caribou, a peculiar short legged reindeer, polar foxes, whales, seals and walruses...a variety of birds, including Arctic Terns, Arctic Fulmar and Puffins...

... Norwegian Post is also working on Svalbard and in Barentsburg is a post office... nowadays it is located in a hotel.... Norwegian stamps are used and the office has its own postmark... the image on the postmark is a Svalbard grouse... the postmark is not very clear though....Thanks a million Tone!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
Photo: Torfinn Kjaernet © Aune Forlag AS, Trondheim

Barentsburg is a Russian mining settlement on Svalbard, a short distance away from Longyearbyen. It's a Russian village with a population of 500.  The Soviet Union purchased the town and mining rights from the Dutch in 1932 and have been mining coal here ever since. Svalbard is Norwegian territory but they allow other nations to have mining settlements there.

A big part of Norway exists above the Arctic circle. Svalbard is a rather large archipelago in the Arctic ocean 400 km north of mainland Norway. The Svalbard treaty signed in 1925 which gave Norway sovereign rights over the islands.The main island is known as Spitsbergen. The main settlements of Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund and Barentsberg are here. The only other islands that could be considered inhabited are Bjørnøya (Bear Island) and Hopen.


Fauna - Birds

Defenitive stamp - Post Horn
On Christmas Day 1871 Norway released an entirely new kind of definitive stamp: the crowned post horn. This is a design which has now been around continuously for 135 years.

Monday, March 12, 2018

BONAIRE ~ The Pekelmeer - Salt Mountains ~

Caribbean beauty nr2🌞🏝️... lovely view of the pure white salt pyramids and pink lake... due to the abundance of tiny rosy brine shrimp living in the water... the stunning salt beds of Pekelmeer are also home to one of the hemisphere's great populations of flamingos... the Caribbean flamingo is the most colorful of all species of flamingos because of the mainly red carotenes in their diet... Thanks a lot Andrene!! (✿◠‿◠) And probably a bit late but my warmest and heartiest congratulations with your 🎉🎉Anniversary. 🎉🎉
Bonaire is an island in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Together with Aruba and Curaçao, it forms the group known as the ABC islands, located off the north coast of South America near to Venezuela. Bonaire was part of the Netherlands Antilles until the country's dissolution in 2010, when the island became a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands.

The Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary is one of only four areas in the world where Flamingos breed. Pekelmeer means "salt lake" in Dutch.The Sanctuary is located on the vast salt pans at the southern end of the island and home to over ten thousand flamingos The refuge also attracts dozens of other species, including osprey, cormorants, heron, frigate birds, and other marine birds.

Utilizing the naturally low-lying geography and traditional Dutch dyke design, much of Bonaire's southern half has been made into a giant system of ponds and pools which evaporate seawater to produce salt. Presently operated by Cargill, Bonaire's solar salt works produces 400,000 tons of industrial grade salt per year. After collection, the salt is then washed and stored in large piles. The salt facility operates its own pier where ships are loaded with salt destined for North American, European and Western Pacific markets. Bonaire's salt is used mostly in industrial roles.


Definitive stamp with logo of local post operator FXDC.
 (Issued 10-10-2014)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Curaçao ~ Christoffel National Park ~

... Dear Andrene 😍I'm sooo happy to find two more great postcards from your cruise in my mailbox today... it took almost two months to arrive (dated January 20)...  and what a fantastic new National Park for my collection... somehow, whenever I hear "Curaçao" I only think of sandy beaches and blue cocktails ツ... it's the largest national park on the island and attracts each year many visitors... nature lovers will find the park full with local birds and plants, including species, which are not easily seen elsewhere on the island... such as wild orchids, the Palabrua, the rare native barn owl, the Curaçao White Tailed deer... Thanks a million!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

© Poto: Werner J. Bertsch

Christoffelpark is a national park located at the north-western end of the island of Curaçao.

The park covers almost 2000 hectares and was founded in 1978.  It includes a mining complex and three former plantations. Plantation Savonet is one of the earliest plantations to be set up on the island and is one of the most complete plantation complexes with structures including the plantation house, store houses, dams, wells and much more. The former plantation house now locates Savonet Museum.

Inside the park is the 372 meter high Christoffelberg, Curaçao’s highest mountain and named after the explorer Christoffel Columbus.


Bays of Curacao
(Issued 08-08-2016)

New Constitution - Fish
(Issued 11-01-2011)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Unawatuna Beach ~

... Even tough postcard nr2 shows once more a beautiful peaceful beach, I read disturbing sad news about my "paradise" island... about communal violence involving members of the majority Buddhist Sinhalese community and minority Muslims... Facebook and other social media services were blocked or restricted across Sri Lanka on Wednesday afternoon to prevent the spread of anti-Muslim posts... The district of Kandy has been at the centre of the storm... Hope everything is OK for you Ravindra ☹... Thanks a lot!!【ツ】

Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle district of Sri Lanka located  on the west coast of Sri Lanka and only 6kms from Galle Fort.

It is one of the biggest tourist destinations on the island and is the most “famous” beach, a  banana-shaped beach of golden sand and turquoise water, surrounded by green palm trees..

©Lasantha Lakmal


 Pigeon Island Marine National Park
 (Issued 22-08-2014)

Archaeological Society of Sri Lanka
(Issued 08-09-2016)

SRI LANKA ~ Panchakapaduwa Island - Aluthgama ~

... Two more wonderful postcards from the ☀Pearl of the Indian Ocean☀.. with lovely views of the Araniya Panchakapaduwa Buddhist Temple which offers spectacular views of the ocean. ... the island is covered by a dense jungle... a place where you can meditate under the guidance of the monks... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁ It surprises me too that you still find new fantastic postcard... I hope there are many more (◕‿-)!!
Photo: Juergen Schreiber © Lasantha Lakmal

Aluthgama is a coastal town situated in the western coast south of Colombo on the southern bank of the Bentota Ganga (River) mouth. The Araniya Panchakapaduwa is a temple on the northern tip of Paradise Island in Aluthgama, Bentota.


The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Baddegama Wimalawansa Nayaka Thero
(Issued 21-12-2013)

Pigeon Island Marine National Park
(Issued 22-08-2014)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

USA ~ Lighthouse on Baca Chita Key - Biscayne National Park - Florida ~

... Day 2 with a wonderful new National Parkツ... view of the most recognizable landmark in the park... the iconic and historic lighthouse on Boca Chita Key... when staff are on the island it is open to visitors and provides breathtaking vistas of nearby islands, bay, ocean and Miami’s skyline from its observation deck.... it is the largest marine park in the US and protects an incredible array of wildlife...  pelicans, manatees, sea turtles... including hundreds of species of colorful fish...  plants found nowhere else in the US... great place for diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, hiking, camping, wildlife watching and cultural exploration... Thanks soooo much Andrene!! (✿◠‿◠)
Photo: Russ Finley

The lighthouse (65 feet tall) made of coral rock was originally built by millionaire Mark Honeywell in the 1930's and is located on one of the 50 islands in Biscayne National Park. The lighthouse was never officially allowed as a navigation.

Biscayne National Park is a 69.999ha park located south of Miami, Florida. 95% of this national park is water, with coral reefs, mangroves, islands, and Biscayne Bay. Humans have inhabited the region encompassing Biscayne National Park for at least 10,000 years.

There are four ecosystems in Biscayne National Park. These include the Coral Limestone Keys, the offshore Florida Reef, the Shallow Waters of Biscayne Bay, and the Shoreline Mangrove Swamp.

Biscayne was made a national park on June 28, 1980.


Forever stamps - the echeveria
(Issued 28-04-2017)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

MEXICO ~ El Castillo - Tulum National Park - UNESCO ~

... Fantastic new National Park and my first from Mexico... the legendary Tulum ruins are one of the most well-known archeology sites and one of the most visited in Mexico... over two million people visit Tulum each year ʘ͜͡ʘ... crowded or not, it's worth the visit.... a magnificent archaeological site in greenery surrounded by sandy beaches with turquoise blue water...  renowned as being one of the old Mayan sites along the ocean with stunning cliff side views of the Caribbean Sea...Thanks a lot Alonso!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
Photo: Luis Gomez C.

Tulum  is one of the very few walled cities known to be built by the Maya. It is located in the southeast of Mexico on the coast of the Caribbean Sea on 12m tall cliffs and was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya. It was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have resulted in very high fatalities. They disrupted society and eventually caused the city to be abandoned.

It was surrounded by huge walls as their protection with having just five entrances. But it was assumed that only the governors and priests lived within the walled city while most people lived outside the walls.

The tallest building next to the Temple is the " El Castillo". Some referred it as the lighthouse during the Mayan settlement era, while others considered it as the city landmark for the sailors coming from the Pacific, Gulf and other parts of Central America.


(Issued 30-11-2005)

The 80th Anniversary of the IPN
(Issued 20-05-2016)

Monday, March 5, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ The Maha Raja Viharaya - Dambulla - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful Cave Temple view... these caves form the best preserved and biggest cave temple complex in Asia and the most impressive of Sri Lanka... they displaying a range of Buddha statues and beautiful artwork... all related to Lord Buddha and his life... the centre of pilgrimage and a sacred place for Buddhists and Hindus for 22 centuries.... it's the island's most popular historic site... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】
Photo: Juergen Schreiber © Lasantha Lakmal

Dambulla Cave temple is situated in the central part of the country. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.The history of the caves, rock and temple dates from the 1st century BC. There are five caves (shrine rooms) in Dambulla temple. All of these caves arc full of statues of Buddha and various personages of the Buddhist Order or History.

The Maha Raja Viharaya or Temple of the Great King (cave nr2) is 52 metres from one side to another, and 23 metres from the entrance to the back, with the sloping ceiling seven metres at its highest point. The entire surface of the cave is a mosaic of frescoes with so many themes and styles. This cave contains fifty-there images. The majority of the statues are of Buddha in different attitudes. Many of them are larger, but none much smaller than life

The Temple of Dambulla were declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1991.


Pigeon Island Marine National Park
(Issued 22-08-2014)

Friday, March 2, 2018

GREECE ~ Temple of Poseidon - Sounion - UNESCO ~

... Amazing sunset view of one of Greece’s most impressive archaeological sites and most photographed monuments....  the temple of Poseidon, the God of the Seas in Greek Mythology... perched high on the sea cliffs with magnificent panoramic view of the Aegean Sea.... it was a place where mariners, cities and states were making sacrifices to Poseidon.... the site was chosen for its direct relationship with the sea, since this was the last piece of land seen by ships departing from Athens and the first on returning from their voyage... it is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens, as they can watch the sunset over the Aegean Sea from the ruins, a magical moment... Thanks a lot Rafael!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Cape Sounion (Cape of Columns") is situated at the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula.

The temple was constructed  between 444 and 440 BC, this was during the ascendancy of Athenian statesman Pericles, who also rebuilt the Parthenon in Athens, and it is perched above the sea at a height of 60m. It is made of locally quarried white marble. The architect is thought to be Ictinus (or Iktinos), who built the Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient agora in Athens.

The remnants of the temple’s marble sculptures are now displayed at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the Mineralogical Museum of Lavrio, with one column on display at the British Museum in England.


The Seven Wise Men of Antiquity
(Issued 27-07-2017)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ~ Tufted Coquette Hummingbird ~

... Wonderful view of one of the most unique creatures alive... the only bird that can hover indefinitely and fly backwards beating it's wings 70 to 80 beats per minute...  they are true acrobats... with 340 species of hummingbirds making them the second most diverse bird family... many tales are associated with the existence of hummingbirds... the Native American Indians believed this bird to be a symbol of luck, devotion, permanence, and the cycle of life... Thanks once more Sarah Lucess!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
Photo: Harold Diaz © Personal Effects

This resident of Trinidad is found at forest edges, in areas with scattered trees and in cultivated areas. The Tufted Coquette breeds in eastern Venezuela, Trinidad, Guiana, and northern Brazil. It is an uncommon but widespread species, and appears to be a local or seasonal migrant, although its movements are not well understood.

The Tufted Coquette is 6.6 cm long and weighing 2.3 grams. The white to buffy rump band, identifies this species as a coquette. The tufts on the throat are the reason for the name "Tufted".


 Flowers definitive "1988"imprint
 (Issued originally 1983)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SINGAPORE ~ Night View - Clarke Quay ~

... Lovely night view with colorful umbrella shaped canopies... at night the place is lit beautiful... there is life music, shops, bars and restaurants for all tastes and ages...  all of this is connected by bridges and pedestrian walkways along the Singapore River....  it is also a main starting point for the popular river cruises... an amazing place and definitely worth a night visit... never heard of "Bee Cheng Hiang" but it looks delicious... maybe I can taste it one day... Thanks a lot Jobbo!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Photo: Jerry Cheong Chow Fatt

Clarke Quay  is a historical riverside quay in Singapore, located within the Singapore River Planning Area. The quay is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay. At present, five blocks of restored warehouses house various restaurants and nightclubs.

It was named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore's second Governor and Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1873 to 1875, who played a key role in positioning Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak, Selangor and Sungei Ujong.


Myths and Legends
(Issued 03-10-2014)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

POLAND ~ Narew National Park ~

... Beautiful Polish National Park view nr 10 in my collectionツ... in total there are 23 NP in the country... the most important value is its unique river system... a network of interconnected channels which flow throughout this area... nicknamed the "Polish Amazon"... also an important water reservoir and marsh birds find here a place to rest during their migrations..... the best way to explore its waters is by kayak or "pychówka", a traditional Polish boat.... or walking on footbridges... with nice special postmark... Thanks once more Krystyna!!【ツ】

Narew National Park is a National Park in eastern Poland, created in 1996. The total area of the Park is 73.5 km2, of which only 20.57 km2 is state-owned, the balance being privately held.

The park covers the Upper Narew Valley, a swampy area between the towns of Suraz and Rzedziany. Around 90% of Park’s area are either swamps or waters with the Narew as the main river, which splits in the area into many river beds, but also numerous smaller rivers.


Weather Phenomenon
(Issued 25-04-2008)

Flowers and fruits
(Issued 07-12-2015)

Flowers and Fruits
(Issued 20-10-2016)

Monday, February 26, 2018

MEXICO ~ The Arch - Los Cabos ~

...Yeaaaaah!!! Crossing my fingers helpedツ... your fantastic postcard arrived finally after two months traveling... and it was worth the wait... what a breathtaking view... it must have been the perfect winter escape... Baja Los Cabos is a unique mixture of miles of amazing beaches with sparkling sapphire blue waters... next to deserts and the most unique rock formations and landscapes...  the Arch of Cabo San Lucas is one of the most famous landmarks... situated at the tip of the world  "Land's End"... National Geographic magazine has named Los Cabos one of the must-see places to visit in 2017...  a real paradise between two seas...  where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean... Thanks soooooo much Andrene!! ( ˘ ³˘)❤
Photo: A & P. Giberstein

Los Cabos  is located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur. It encompasses the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (the municipal seat) linked by a twenty-mile Resort Corridor of beach-front properties and championship golf courses.The area was remote and rural until the latter 20thC, when the Mexican government began to develop Cabo San Lucas for tourism, which then spread east to the municipal seat. Tourism is by far the main economic activity with over two million visitors per year.

El Arco and the Arch refer to the arch-shaped rock formation that makes up a part of the larger Land's End rock formation, also known as El Finisterra and is located at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas, which is itself the extreme southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. The arch is locally known as El Arco.


2X World Food Day
(Issued 24-11-2014)

Friday, February 23, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage ~

... Lovely view of a bathing elephant herd... ...🐘"The gentle giants of the jungle"🐘 .... this orphanage has had many mixed reviews about it... is it a tourist trap or a peaceful sanctuary??... after reading many articles about it I think it should be seen as a conservation project maybe not perfect but doing a lot of good work... there goal is to protect, rescuing and caring for the Sri Lankan elephant... an animal at the risk of becoming extinct... they saving baby elephants without their mothers... in most of these cases the mother had either died or been killed... the only problem is, they would not be able to survive if they go back in the wild...  you can follow the elephants' daily routine, including feeding time and their twice-daily bath in the local river... and to fund the conservation, tourism is necessary... Big Thanks dear Ravindra!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: Juergen Schreiber - © Lasantha Lakmal

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya river at Rambukkana. When the orphanage opened in there were 5 elephants, now there are 88 of them.

Asian elephants are known to be one of the most gentle and intelligent mammals. There are three subspecies of Asian elephant – the Indian, Sumatran and Sri Lankan. The Sri Lankan is physically the largest of the subspecies, and also the darkest in colour. They can be identified by their small, rounded ears and are quite a bit smaller than their cousins, the African elephants. They are about 3.4 m tall, can weigh up to 5,400 kg. and consume about 200 kg of foliage and grass per day and plenty of water for drinking and bathing.


2X Pigeon Island Marine National Park
(Issued 22-08-2014)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

CANADA ~ Red Bay Basque Whaling Station - Labrador - UNESCO ~

... Great postcard of a very interesting National Historical UNESCO site... a perfect combination of nature and history... this site represents a rare, most complete and best preserved testimony of the European whaling tradition's and whaling process...  it includes the remains of rendering ovens, cooperages, a wharf, living quarters and a cemetery, together with the underwater wrecks of vessels and whale bone deposits... how they killed the whales is not a pleasant explanation ☹... you'll have to look it up yourself if you want to know... Big Thanks Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥) Fingers crossed 🤞 and hope the traveling postcards will be here soon!

Red Bay was established  at the north-eastern tip of Canada on the shore of the Strait of Belle Isle.

Gran Baya, as it was called by the Basque sailors from France and Spain who founded it in the 1530’s, was used as a base for coastal hunting and became a major source of whale oil which was shipped to Europe where it was used for lighting.  They made an annual transatlantic voyage to the site for summer whale hunting. The station was used for some 70 years, before the local whale population was depleted.

They primarily hunted the Southern Right whales because they were slow moving, and yield large amounts of oil. Now on the endangered species list, they got their name because they were considered “the right whale to kill,” due to their high blubber content and propensity to float when dead, making retrieval of blubber easier.

The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in Newfoundland and Labrador became Canada’s 17th World Heritage site in 2013.


Prepaid postcard from Post Canada
(Issued 03-07-2015)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

USA ~ West Virginia State Map ~

...Great new USA state map for my collection... this Appalachian state is known for its ridged mountains and valleys, scenic rivers, stunning rock formations and historic towns... as John Denver already sang in his 1971 ode to West Virginia which describes it as "almost Heaven".... the popularity of the song has inspired resolutions in the West Virginia Legislature to adopt "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as an official state song... I'm a fan♥... with the "Total Eclipse of the Sun" stamp... it is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of your touch... placing your finger over the black disc on the stamp causes the ink to change from black to clear to reveal an underlying image of the moon... I tried it several times but it didn't work for me... maybe to cold fingers ... o͜͡o Thanks once more Denise!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Photo: David Nestmann, Ron & Linda Card

West Virginia became the 35th state on June 20, 1863. It is the first of two states that joined the Union during the Civil War. (Nevada is the other)

West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region of the Southern US. It is bordered by Virginia,  Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. West Virginia is the 10th smallest by area, and is ranked 38th in population. The capital and largest city is Charleston.

West Virginians Major Industries  are mining (coal), livestock, chemical manufacturing, glass products and  tourism.


Uncle Sam's Hat
(Issued 18-02-2017)

Total Solar Eclipse
(Issued 20-06-2017)

Soda Fountain Favorites
(Issued 30-06-2016)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

KIRIBATI ~ Tarawa Island ~

... More amazing beauty from planet Earth🌍... a breathtakingly beautiful view of a white sandy beach... and another postcard that came as a surprise... the most original and unspoiled country of the Pacific... ranked among the least visited and most isolated places in the world...Tarawa has a huge lagoon which has a lot of different variety of fishes and other marine creatures... most of the beaches have many seabirds breeding and nesting... a dream destination for fishing, divers, birdwachters...Thanks a million Denise!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

The Micronesian island nation of Kiribati is scattered 3000km along the equator in the Central Pacific. Comprising 33 low lying atolls divided into 3 groups – the Gilbert Islands, Line Islands and Phoenix Islands, the raised coral island of Banaba being the only exception.

Tarawa is an atoll in the Gilbert Islands and the capital of the Republic of Kiribati. It has a large lagoon, 500 square kilometres (193 sq mi) total area, and a wide reef. Bairiki, an islet of Tarawa, serves as an administrative center.


2X Definitives - Ships and Boats (Issued 05-10-2013)

Bird Definitives
(Issued 09-02-2008)

Monday, February 19, 2018


... A fantastic surprise postcard from a dear postcard friend💛... Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world and best known of the French Polynesia's Leeward Islands... a pristine island paradise... the jewel of the South Seas... snorkeling and scuba diving is a huge attraction on the island... with hundreds of underwater species that can be seen... colourful reef fish, starfish, sea turtles, manta rays and sharks... Thanks so much Andrene, I thought of you many times and was hoping to hear from you again... you've made my day🌼🌻🌼... Enjoy your cruising holiday! (✿◠‿◠)
ⒸDiane Commons

French Polynesia (more commonly known as Tahiti) is made up of 118 islands that are divided into five archipelagos. Bora Bora is situated in the volcanic Society Islands in the middle South Pacific Ocean, halfway between Australia and the USA. The island is an overseas territory of France.

The island was named Pora Pora, which means “first born” by the original Polynesian settlers that inhabited the islands. However, the first European settlers to visit the island misheard and believed the natives had said Bora Bora and that is the name its has today.


Famous People | Maps
(Issued 05-05-2010)

Friday, February 16, 2018

SERBIA ~ Petrovaradin fortress - Novi Sad ~

... Great postcard coming from a small mostly unknown Balkan country... one of the hidden gems in Europe... Novi Sad is a beautiful and historic small city beside the Danube river... this large (cover 112 ha) impressive fortress located on a rock dominates the view along the river ... it was such an important stronghold that it became known as the "Gibraltar of the Danube".... its military role ended long ago... this historical monument is now a popular destination with museums, archives, studios and galleries of artists, astronomical observatory, planetarium, restaurants and a very unique hotel... also famous for the music festival "Exit".... Thanks a lot Anni!!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀
Photo: Dragan Bosnić-  Design: Milan Bori

Serbia is situated in Southeast Europe, a landlocked country that was previously part of Yugoslavia. Serbia and Montenegro formed a union after Yugoslavia collapsed, but the two separated in 2006. Since then, the country has struggled with ethnic conflict between Christian Serbs and Muslim Kosovo Albanians. Kosovo, a region in Serbia – declared independence in 2008.

Nov Sad is he second-largest city in the country, And the administrative and commercial centre of the Serbian province of Vojvodina.

The Petrovaradin Fortress has existed since Roman times, but what you see today dates from the late 17th and early 18thC and was built to protect the city from the Turkish. The great French military architect, Vauban, oversaw its construction. This fortress is situated on the right bank of the Danube River, the second largest river in Europe after the Volga River, flowing through 10 countries in Central and Eastern Europe before it reaches the Black Sea.


Horses - Ljubicevo Equestrian Games
(Issue 01-09-2017)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ South West Coast Beach ~

... Beautiful withe-sand palm tree lined tranquil beach ☀... with a few local fisherman boats... known as the gold coast for the colour of its sand... and the beautiful turquoise blue sea... paradise does indeed exist... just imagine having this all to yourself... here it is another grey☁ and rainy☂  winter day... with as always a great selection of lovely stamp... Big Thanks once more Ravindra!!【ツ】

This is the area stretching south of Colombo towards Galle and was one of the first areas to be developed with lots of famous resort towns and hotels.

You find here gorgeous beaches, colonial towns, stilt fishermen, fantastic wildlife parks and Buddhist shrines and temples.

Ⓒ Lasantha Lakmal
Photo: Jergen Schreiber


Endemic Birds
(Issued 16-12-2017)

National Meelad-Un-Nabi, Muslim
(Issued 23-12-2017)

Pigeon Island Marine National Park
(Issued 22-08-2014)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ~ Charlotteville ~

... Many beautiful views of a lovely peaceful fishing village surrounded by lush rain forest... Tobago is most famous for having the oldest protected rain forest in the Western Hemisphere... white stunning beaches... clear blue water... fantastic snorkeling site... a unique Caribbean atmosphere ... and largely untouched by commercial tourism...Thanks a lot Sarah Lucess!! (✿◠‿◠)
Ⓒ Personal Effects

Charlotteville is a village situated on the northeastern tip of Tobago (the smallest of the two islands) on Man-o-war Bay.

Tobago, like the other islands of the Caribbean, is steeped in a history of European conquest and enslavement. This small island had changed hands as many as 22 times by the European colonizers, which is more often than any other West Indian island.

The history of the village is closely linked to sugar farming, and Charlotteville's deep water harbour was also of importance for the town's development. In more recent times fishing has been important for the economy.


The 150th Anniversary of National Library in Trinidad and Tobago
(Issued 09-08-2001)

Monday, February 12, 2018

AUSTRIA ~ Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great new National Park postcard... a bird paradise... the scenery is full of little shallow lakes including many lookout towers... this lake's grassland is unique for Austria... it's important as resting place for birds migrating between Europe and Africa... a little gem for bird watching and wild life...  there are also lots of walking and cycling tracks...Thanks a lot Christina!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Ⓒ Photos: Fasch- Werle

The Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park was founded in 1993. This National Park is the first cross-border National Park in Austria with the Fertö-Hanság Nemzeti Park in Hungary. On the Austrian side, the National Park covers 7 local authority areas with 9,674 ha in size.

The park’s habitats are shaped by lake Neusiedl’s reed beds, small saltwater ponds which periodically dry out, small sand dunes, hay meadows, vineyards and livestock grazing areas. The land is owned by about 1200 local landowners with whom the National Park has long-term leases.

Besides breeding birds, tens of thousands which use it as a stopover site can be observed there during spring or autumn migration, around 300 bird species were recorded in this relatively small area out of which 170 nest locally.

Together with the adjacent Hungarian Fertő-Hanság National Park it forms the Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.


2017 Christmas - Advent Calendar
(Issued 15-11-2017)