Tuesday, February 27, 2024

GERMANY ~ The Little Garden of Paradise - Städel Museum - Frankfurt ~

... Wonderful view of a small scale masterpiece created around 1410 by an unknown painter referred to as Upper Rhenish Master... painted in the international Gothic style on oakwood, measuring 26 x 33 cm... in this famous and charming painting, the artist depicts a secluded scene, with Mary the Mother and Jesus the Child in a secluded corner of a castle garden, a peaceful place protected by a wall from the violent outer world representing the paradise... the realism of the painting is unusual for the time... there are 24 plants and 12 birds in the garden, all accurately depicted... this painting is the Städel's most famous example of the old German school... with once more a sweet stamp from the series: "Heroes of Childhood“💙... and nice special first day postmark👍...Thanks a lot Dustin! (✿◠‿◠)

The Städel Museum – Old Masters collection is part of the Städel’s art museum and gallery located in Frankfurt. It is one of the most important and renowned art museums in the country, housing a vast collection of artworks from the Middle Ages through to contemporary art. The museum showcases paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings, with works by artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Degas, Picasso, and many others.


Heroes of Childhood - Käpt'n Blaubär
(Issued 07-12-2023)

Monday, February 26, 2024

JAPAN ~Nijo-jo Castle - Kyoto - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view of an impressively former castle... one of the most significant historical sites of Japan... a place that has witnessed the changes of Japan including the prosperity and declane of the Tokugawa family... it remains an eloquent testimony to their power... the sprawling castle grounds are surrounded by a wide moat and towering stone walls... spanning over 275,000 m2 Nijo Castle is one of the biggest historic sites in all of Kyoto... there are historical murals and various other scriptures about life during the Edo Era... the Castle offers also authentic Japanese-style wedding ceremonies... Hééél Erg Bedankt Benny!【ツ】

Known as the Kyoto residence, Nijo-jo was ordered and built in 1601 by the famous leader Tokugawa Leyasu (the first shogun of the Edo Period), as an ornate, ostentatious Kyoto residence for the Tokugawa clan. The castle was completed in 1629 by his son and successor, Iemitsu. The Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto had been ruling Japan for over 260 years from 1603 to 1868.

The temple is part of the Unesco WHS, inscribed in 1994 as “The Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)”. This site consist of seventeen parts that are situated in Kyoto and surroundings.




Friday, February 23, 2024

MALAWI ~ Nyala Antelope - Lengwe National Park ~

... Great new African National Park postcard💚... home of the very beautiful and shy Nyala antelope... the original reserve here was set aside to protect the most northerly surviving population of these species... estimated at more than 2000 individuals... the park is now a stronghold of this rare mammal... this little-visited national park although is lacking most of the big safari animals but the park has wonderful scenery... the waterholes are great places to spend some time bird watching with more than 330 species recorded and are a focal point for wildlife in the Dry season... Thanks a lot Emmanuel!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Lengwe National Park located on the border with Mozambique. It was first set aside as a game reserve in 1928. It was subsequently designated a national park in 1970 and expanded to its current size of 887 km² in 1975.

Male and female Nyala are significantly different in their appearance to the point that some people identify them as different species. Males are significantly larger and are covered with charcoal grey fur with the lower legs, ears and foreheads being tan, they also have spiraling horns  A female Nyala looks very much like a deer. She does not have horns and has a reddish-brown coat, at least 10 white, vertical stripes along her sides, and a crest of dark hair that runs all the way down her back.


Fauna - The Big Five
(Issued 03-11-2011)

Monday, February 19, 2024

JAPAN ~ Tokyo Station ~

... View of the the magnificent red-brick Tokyo (Marunouchi side) station surrounded by skyscrapers... a landmark of the city and has served as a major hub of the nationwide railway network in Japan since it opened in 1914... this classical architecture building has witnessed many defining historical moments that have shaped Tokyo and Japan over the course of a hundred years.. directly connected via underground walkways you will find dozens of underground passages, shopping streets, dining areas, galleries, a hotel and more... Thanks Jobblo!【ツ】

It is the busiest station in Japan in terms of number of trains per day (over 3,000),Today, more than 350.000 people pass through the station every day.  It is also served by many regional commuter lines of Japan Railways.

Inspired by Amsterdam's Central station Tokyo Station is an impressive 304 meters long and is one of the biggest in the world. It has a symmetrical design, with identically shaped wings flanking its entrance, which was constructed for the Imperial family. In 2012, Tokyo Station building was successfully preserved and restored to its original state. 


Bird Art of the Edo Period 
(Issued 24-01-2022)

World of Arts - Blue
(Issued 19-03-2020)

Friday, February 16, 2024

ZIMBABWE ~ Great Zimbabwe - UNESCO ~

... Nice ruins view of a magnificent historical site of a royal empire of Africa from the Middle Ages...  an archaeological wonder where history of a lost civilization comes alive... it is a unique place home to the largest ancient ruins in all of Africa... the Geat Zimbabwe ruins are not only an ancient city but the place hosts a lot of ancient spirits that local people still consult... it is one of the places where they pay homage to their ancestors... this medieval architectural masterpiece was created on a hill with rudimentary granite bricks... Great Zimbabwe National Monument is the country's main cultural attraction and one of the most visited archaeological sites in Zimbabwe... Thanks a lot Alena!(✿◠‿◠)

Great Zimbabwe is known for its large circular wall and tower. It was part of a wealthy African trading empire that controlled much of the East African coast from the 11th to the 15th centuries C.E.

Great Zimbabwe gave the country its name, Zimbabwe, in 1980 after gaining independence from England. Zimbabwe means "stone house" in the Shona language, and the houses of that time were all built of granite stone.


Baby Animals
(Issued 17-12-2019)

Wednesday, February 14, 2024


... Lovely view of the courtyard of the Upper Caravanserai... the Sheki’s Caravanserais used to be centres for exchanges and negotiations for merchants and other people travelling along the legendary Silk Road and also provided a place to stay overnight in the city.... the traders would’ve been able to tether their camels inside the complex, and store their wares for the night... the Caravanserai still offers accommodation today and are one of the most unique places to stay overnight in Azerbaijan.... the historical capital of Sheki is one of the best Azerbaijan tourist cities... Thanks a lot Elrum!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Shaki is a city in northwestern Azerbaijan, surrounded by the district of the same name. It is located on the southern part of the Greater Caucasus mountain range.

There are ancient settlements in Sheki, which are considered to be more than 2,700 years old. It's presumed that the name of Sheki comes from Saks, who lived in Azerbaijan in the 7th century BC. The Upper Caravanserai dates back from the 17th and 18th centuries.

 In 2019, “The historic center of Sheki together with the Khan’s Palace” was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


TheAnniversary of the Birth of Heydar Aliyev
(Issued 10-05-2023)

Butterflies of Azerbaijan 
(Issued 28-06-2022)

Monday, February 12, 2024

NEW ZEALAND ~ Sandlfy Bay - Abel Tasman National Park - UNESCO ~

...Panoramic view of one of New Zealand's many stunning beaches... towering sand dunes descend onto a wide beach with surging waves... headlands and coastal rock formations shelter the area from the elements... the Falls river flows past... sandfly bay is a wonderful spot to explore... the bay is often thought by locals to have been named for a small biting insect known as the sandfly, but this is incorrect... it was  actually named for the sand which, given the windy nature of this coast, flies from the tall dunes surrounding the bay... Thanks a lot Aaron! (✿◠‿◠)

Photo: Markus Baumann

Sandfly Bay is a beach at the Pacific coast of Otago Peninsula on the South Island located in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest National Park at only 237 km2 in size, but has among the most visitors. In 2008 an extra 7.9 km2, including the formerly private land known as Hadfields Clearing, were added to the park. In 1942, the area was protected by the Government and named the Abel Tasman National Park. 

It is named after Abel Tasman a dutch navigator who in 1642 became the first European explorer to sight New Zealand and who anchored nearby in Golden Bay. 

The park is part of the Te Wāhipounamu (South West New Zealand) area of protected wilderness along the west side of the island that was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990.  


(Issued 06-11-2019)

Friday, February 9, 2024

JAPAN ~ Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima - UNESCO ~

... A postcard of a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind... but also a symbol of hope and world peace🕊️☮️🕊️... it expresses also the hope to the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons... the Hiroshima Peace Memorial was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945 and it remains in the same condition as right after the explosion.... an important and sad piece of Japans history... Thanks Danny!ヽ(ヅ)ノ 

Japanese people call it the "Genbaku Dome". ("Genbaku" means "atomic bomb".) It is located in the central part of Hiroshima city. More than 200,000 people died in Japan after the U.S. dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima and then another one three days later in Nagasaki.

The park that now surrounds this monument has various other smaller monuments, to honor special groups of victims. There is also a museum where you can see the effects of the bomb on humans and artefact's.

The park was completed in April of 1954 and covers about 122,100 square meters.

In 1996, it was inscribed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites.


 Flowers -  Definitive
(Issued 02-02-2015)

Thursday, February 8, 2024

CAMEROON ~ Elephants - Waza National Park ~

... Wonderful new National Park postcard💚... the main attraction at the park are the elephants🐘, in herds of sometimes as many as sixty specimens come to the watering holes...Waza National Park is the oldest and largest national park in Cameroon... it is famous for its diverse ecosystems, including savannahs, floodplains, and wooded areas, which provide a perfect habitat for a wide range of animal and plant species... it is one of the most visited places in this far north side of Africa and tourism is playing an increasingly important role in the park... Thanks a lot Akam!【ツ】 

© Photo: Maurice ASCANI

The Waza Biosphere Reserve is located in the Chad depression in the extreme north of Cameroon. 

This National Park was founded in the year 1934 and was originally meant for hunting reserves. However, in the year 1968, it was converted into a National Park with a land area of about 1,700 square kilometres.

It  became a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1979.


2X 150th anniversary of the birth of  Mahatma Gandhi
(Issued 2020)

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

GERMANY ~ The Geographer - Johannes Vermeer ~

... Famous painting "The Geographer" a 17th-century masterpiece that is now in the collection of the Städel museum in Frankfurt... this work is a perfect example of the Dutch Baroque artistic style, characterized by its realism and attention to detail... an impressive work of art that continues to fascinate art lovers around the world... his artistic style, composition, color, and the story behind the painting are just some of the aspects that make it so special... with once more a sweet stamp from the series: "Heroes of Childhood“💙...and cutest🥰 special first day postmark...Thanks a lot Dustin! (✿◠‿◠)

It was painted around 1669 and is believed to have been commissioned by a geographer named Adriaan Adriaanszoon.

This is one of only three paintings Vermeer signed and dated (the other two are The Astronomer and The Procuress). 

For many years the painting was in private hands and was rediscovered in the 19th century. Since then, it has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and has been considered one of Vermeer's most important works.

Photo: Städel Museum

Heroes of Childhood - Pinocchio  
(Issued 07-12-2023)

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

ALBANIA ~ Gashi River - Valbone Valley National Park - UNESCO ~

... Spectacular nature view... Gashi River natural reserve is located in the basin of Valbona National Park with no inhabited areas... this unbelievably beautiful national beech forest preserves some of the last entirely virgin woods in Albania referred to as "the Albanian Miracle of the Alps"... Valbone Valley NP is one of the most visited outdoor destinations in the Balkans especially for the incredible biodiversity that characterizes it.... surrounded by mountains, it looks like a wonderland, and it is a hiking paradise for outdoor enthusiasts offering breathtaking views... the park is not only a haven for nature lovers but also holds historical and cultural significance... Thanks a lot Lubo!¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Valbonë Valley National Park covers an area of 80  km2, encompassing the Valbona River and its surrounding areas. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including brown bears, wolves, lynx, and numerous bird species.  The park is known for its impressive rock formations, glacial springs, and picturesque waterfalls, such as the stunning Xhema Waterfall.

In 2017, the Gashi River and Rrajcë regions were listed by UNESCO as part of the Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe that is shared with 17 other countries.

The 120th Anniversary of the League of Prizren
(Issued 1006-1998)

The1st Anniversary of the Death of Mikel Koliqi
(Issued 28-11-1998)

Monday, February 5, 2024

SINGAPORE ~ Bugis Street ~

... Nice view of the famous Bugis Street... a remnant of the old Singapore... now the largest street-shopping location in Singapore, with close to 800 shops... popular with both locals and tourists... it is a shopping haven well-known for being one of the most affordable places in Singapore for souvenirs, accessories, clothes, and cosmetics... with fine dining, trendy cafés and bars which stay open long into the night... from the 1950s to the 1980s, Bugis Street was famous as a nightly gathering place for transvestites and transexuals... Thanks Jobbo!【ツ】

Old land records show that the site of the former Bugis Street was first leased to a J. de Almeida by the British East India Company in 1829.

Before the arrival of the British, there used to be a large canal which ran through the area where the Bugis, a seafaring people from South Sulawesi province in Indonesia, could sail up, moor their boats and trade with Singaporean merchants. It was these people after whom the thoroughfare was named.


The 50th Anniversary of the College of Family Physicians 
(Issued 3006-2021)

Saturday, February 3, 2024

BULGARIA ~ Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo - UNESCO ~

... Nice views of a group of monolithic religious buildings... wonderful examples of Bulgarian medieval art... once home to monks who hewed cells, churches and chapels out of solid rock... this complex had up to 300 rooms at its peak.... the only one open to visit is the small St. Archangel Michael Chapel ("The Buried Church")... the beautiful and well-preserved colours of the frescoes on the walls and ceiling are still vivid and impressive... with great matching Ivanovo Rock Monastery stamps👍... Thanks a lot Mariyana! (ツ)

 © Photo: Boyko Kalev Design: Vlado Prangov

Ivanovo is located in Central-North Bulgaria along the right bank of Danube river in the Danubian Plain. This rock-hewn complex dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries. It is thought to have been founded around 1220. Beyond these dates, not much is known. The frescoes in the churches are from the same lengthy time period, some were painted in the 13th century and some the late 14th century.

Located in Roussensky Lom nature park, which is on Bulgaria's Tentative List since 1979.


2X Flora - Mushrooms 
(Issued 10-02-2014)

2X Cultural and Historical Heritage - The 800th Anniversary of the Ivanovo Rock Monastery 
(Issued 07-07-2021)

Friday, February 2, 2024

THAILAND ~ Phi Phi Island ~

... Wonderful tropical paradise view of Maya Bay... a stunningly beautiful bay surrounded by towering 100-metre high limestone cliffs on 3 sides that rise up from crystal-clear turquoise waters... the main beach is around 200m long with silky soft white sand... the whole bay is one big reef and the underwater scene features colourful coral and exotic fish in exceptionally clear water... Phi Phi Island has some of the best snorkelling spots in southern Thailand... it is part of the Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park... Thanks a lot Ravindra!(✿◠‿◠) 

" A fisherman makes his way back through Maya Bay"
Photo: Jatuporn Rutnin

The Phi Phi Islands are an island group between the large island of Phuket and the west Strait of Malacca coast of the mainland. Phi Phi consists of two main islands and a few small ones: Koh Phi Phi Le, a national park with three lagoons: Pi Leh Bay, Loh Sama Bay and Maya Bay. The second island is Koh Phi Phi Don, where the hotels and bars are.

Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park is a marine national park. Established in 1983, it is protected area with coral reefs, and an area measuring about 388 km².


2X Definitives - Thai Pavilion 
(Issued 06-05-2023)

Thursday, February 1, 2024

GREECE ~ Morosini Fountain - Heraklion - Crete ~

... Nice view of one of the most famous architectural monuments which have survived since Venitian rule.. located in the heart of Heraklion, on Lions square... four water-spouting lions make up this charming marble fountain which are a symbol of Venetian power... at the top of the fountain there was standing a marble Poseidon statue, holding his trident... unfortunately this statue is now lost, probably destroyed... today, the Morosini Fountain is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the city's rich history and cultural heritage... its combination of beauty and functionality make it a unique attraction... Thanks Dustin!【ツ】

The Venetian Morosini Lions Fountain was constructed in 1629  and is named after Francesco Morosini, Crete’s Italian governor at the time.

Heraklion, Crete's capital used to have problems with water shortage and the fountain’s main purpose was to transfer water from Youchtas mountain. When it was built, it provided 1000 barrels of drinking water every day via a well appointed and very sophisticated viaduct system from a distance of almost 20km.


Travelling in Greece - Crete
 (Issued 29-06-2023)

Wednesday, January 31, 2024


... Great new African flag from the FOTW postcard series... the flag of Burkina Faso was adopted on 4 August 1984... it is coloured in the popular Pan-African colours of the Ethiopian flag, reflecting both a break with the country’s colonial past and its unity with other African ex-colonies... the red is also said to symbolize the revolution and the green the abundance of agricultural and natural riches... the yellow star at the center is a guiding light of revolution leadership programs... it also signifies the country’s rich endowment of mineral wealth... Thanks a lot Alena!(✿◠‿◠)

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast. It is a former French colony and gained independence in 1960.

Ouagadougou is the capital and largest city of Burkina Faso. 


Traditional Trades 
(Issued 2019)

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

GERMANY ~ Ground Squirrel ~

... A funny looking ground squirrel posing in an old shoe... it is known for the shrill whistle it emits... by sitting up on its short hind legs in a "begging" position the souslik is able to keep a careful eye on its surroundings... sadly, due to drastic changes in land use and agricultural practices, the ground squirrel has since lost much of its natural habitat and is now classified as endangered...  with lovely matching stamp "young animals" and as always with nice postmark👍... Big Thanks Dustin!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿  
© Patrick Henschke

The European squirrel is a rodent found in eastern and central Europe and is a colonial animal. They live in underground burrows and hide when they feel threatened like, for example, in the proximity of a predator. Therefore, they use these underground burrows also as a save place for their young. 

The European ground squirrel has a slender build and grows to a length of approximately 20cm with a 6cm-long furry tail. It feeds on grasses, other plants, flowers, seeds, cultivated crops, insects and occasionally the eggs of ground nesting birds or their chicks.


Fauna - The Squirrel 
(Issued 07-09-2023)

Monday, January 29, 2024

UZBEKISTAN ~ Nadir Divan-Begi - Bukhara - UNESCO ~

... Last postcard from a country located in the heart of Central Asia, at the crossroads of so many cultures and traditions... Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah is part a of famous architectural complex around Lyabi Huaz... this unique building was built in 1622-23 years by Imamkuli Khan Nadir Divanbegi as a caravan-serai, but later it was converted into a madrasah... having a puzzled layout, this building consists of a warehouse and hostel for travelling caravans... the old town of Bukhara is regarded as a living museum... Big thanks Boris!!!【ツ】Also for using so many beautiful stamps👍and never seen so many postmarks on all the postcards (must have been a postal worker who loved his job😉)...

Bukhara was founded by the Persians. Archaeological findings suggest it was established around 500 BCE, giving it a history of at least 2500 years. In its early days, it gained fame as the City of Fire Worshippers due to the presence of Zoroastrians. After the Arabs Islamized the region, it was given various beautiful titles that reflected the beauty of Islam, such as “The Beauty of the Soul,” “The Dome of Islam,” “Noble,” and “Sacred.” There are nearly 150 historical monuments preserved in the city in a modern day Uzbekistan.

In 1993 the city was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Cultural Artifacts of Uzbekistan 
(Issued 06-03-2022)

Flowers - Poppy
(Issued 17-07-2020)

Saturday, January 27, 2024

UZBEKISTAN ~ Aq Saray Palace - Shakhrisyabz - UNESCO ~

.... View of the famous Aq Saray palace, the most iconic place in this small town... the palace was built as a massive and stylish complex of public and residential buildings... it once was a magnificent structure with intricate designs and beautiful tilework... but unfortunately, much of it has been destroyed... only a few sections remain, such as the entrance portal and the massive pillars that once supported the building... Shakhrisabz is a small but lively town with many monuments related to the lives of Amir Timur, the national hero of Uzbekistan, and his family.... Thanks a lot Boris!¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz, located on the Silk Road in southern Uzbekistan, is over 2,000 years old and was the cultural and political centre of the Kesh region in the 14th and 15thC.  

The monuments in the city were built during the Timurid Empire. The town was the birthplace of Amir Timur(1336-1405), who was a great leader of the Timurid Empire. He built the town in grandeur and elegant architecture and made it the second capital of his extensive empire. Other monuments in the town include mausoleums, market centre, bathhouses, tombs, and mosques. 

The Historic Center of Shakhrisyabz was listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 2000.The site has been included on the endangered list, because of over-development of tourist facilities in the area.


The 25th Anniversary of Uzbekistan 
(Issued 31-08-2016)

Traditional Uzbek Bread 
(Issued 07-06-2019)

Cultural Artifacts of Uzbekistan 
(Issued 06-03-2022)

Friday, January 26, 2024

UZBEKISTAN ~ Kutlug Murad Inak Madrasah - Itchan Kala - Khiva - UNESCO ~

... First of 3 great new Unesco sites... all located along the famous ancient Silk Road... the "Kutlug Murad Inak Madrasah" was the first two-story madrasa in Khiva in its time... and is the only monument where unglazed layered terracotta is used... Itchan Kala is the largest surviving wall city in the Central part of Asia in the middle of a desert... the town is very heavily restored and operates virtually as an open air museum... there are nearly 60 historic buildings preserved including palaces, mosques, minarets and pillars... ..Thanks Boris!【ツ】

Khiva is an ancient city located in Khorezm region. In the 10thC Khiva is mentioned as a major trading center on the Silk Road and was the last resting-place of caravans before crossing the desert to Iran. It was under the Timurid Empire that many of Khiva’s cities rose to prosperity. The city’s rulers, the Khans of Khiva, built the wall to keep off colonial threats. Itchan Kala was preserved by Russian colonial rulerd and is a cultural heritage in modern day Uzbekistan.

Itchan Kala, the inner town of Khiva, is a coherent ensemble of Islamic architecture that dates from the 14th to the 19th century. 

It became the first site in Uzbekistan to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1990.


Definitives - Historical Monuments  
(Issued 12-05-2022)

Frogs of Uzbekistan 
(Issued 09-09-2022)

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

ANTARCTICA ~ Port Lockroy - British Territory ~

... Awsome postcard from the southernmost 🐧"penguin post office"🐧 in the world... last year as part of the 80th birthday of Port Lockroy and the 30th anniversary of the charity UKAHT, they offered  the opportunity to send a limited edition postcard with donation to UKAHT and support the roof repair at the same time... "for eight decades, the basic wooden hut known as Bransfield House, home to the world's southernmost post office, has endured winter after winter but with decreasing sea ice we are seeing heavier snowfall...  we needed your help to fix and stabilise the roof above the historic bunkhouse of this special building and to support the conservation efforts"... so, I ordered one for myself😊... each piece of mail is hand-cancelled and then sent by ship to the post office in Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands where it is flown internationally by the Royal Air Force...  Thanks a lot Laura!(✿◠‿◠) 

From backside postcard:
The world's southerrnmost public "penguin post office" at Port Lockroy was openend in 1944 by pioneers who laid the foundations for the vitally important science that happens in Antarctica today. The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) is a charity that conserves these historic sites sharing their stories to connect people with Antarctica and promote our role in protecting it for the future genenations.🠖 https://www.ukaht.org/🠔

Located on the scenic island of Goudier on the Antarctic Peninsula, Port Lockroy is home to Antarctica’s only post office and museum.



Emperor penguin chick
(Issued 2023)

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

GERMANY ~ St. Pauls Church - Frankfurt ~

... Nice aerial view of the most famous, but not the most beautiful building at the center of Frankfurt’s Old Town... the church holds a significant place in Germany´s history and is a symbol of the German democratic movement... it began as a Lutheran church in 1789... on May 18, 1848, the German National Assembly met for the first time in the Paulskirche - the first all-German parliament... the city celebrated this 175 years of the National Assembly special anniversary with an extensive festival program in 2023... today, St. Paul’s is no longer used as a church but a venue for various events... Thanks Dustin!ヽ(•‿•)ノ

Construction of the neoclassicist Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church) started in 1789 but it took until 1833 before it was completed. The brick building has a circular nave with a single adjoining clock tower.

During World War II, allied bombings completely destroyed the Paulskirche together with most of Frankfurt’s historic center. Because of its historic significance, the Paulskirche was the first building reconstructed after the war.


The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Vicco von Bulow
(Issued 02-11-2023)

Monday, January 22, 2024

GREECE ~ Phaistos Disc - Crete ~

... View of the famous Phaistos Disc discovered at the palace of Phaistos.. it remains one of archaeology’s greatest mysteries... many have attempted to decipher the enigmatic code of the 241 hieroglyphic symbols comprising 45 signs... neither its origin nor the meaning of the inscription could yet be determined... the language imprinted on the face of the mysterious disk has never been fully decoded, and its symbols are part of no known alphabet either ancient or modern... it is on display in the Archaeological museum of Heraklion, one of the most important museums in Greece, housing unique findings from the Minoan civilization... one of the earliest and most advanced civilizations in Europe.... Thanks Dustin!【ツ】  

This double-sided clay disc, roughly 15cm in diameter and characterized by the the spiral pattern of of the symbols imprinted on its surface, was discovered by Italian archeologist Luigi Pernier during an excavation of Phaistos in 1908 and dates possibly from the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age.

While the disc is named for the place in which it was discovered, the absence of similar artifacts in the region suggests that the site is not the disc’s actual place of origin.


Tourism - Knossos 

Saturday, January 20, 2024

LEBANON ~ Bacchus Temple - Baalbek - UNESCO ~

... Great view of one of the largest Roman temples still standing today and part of the Baalbek archaeological site... Baalbek's impressive Temple of Bacchus is often described as the most beautifully decorated temple in the Roman world, and it's certainly one of the best preserved.... this temple  was (likely) dedicated to Bacchus (also called Dionysus)... he was the god of wine-making, fruit, fertility, festivity, ritual madness, theater, insanity, and more (aka the fun party god)... his worship was adopted by the Romans from the Greeks... Baalbek is one of the most prized historical sites in the Middle East and the world...Thanks a lot Amelia!(✿◠‿◠)

Baalbek is a modern city in the eastern part of Lebanon, close to the Syrian border in the Beqaa Valley and serves as the headquarters of the Hezbollah Islamist militant group. 

The site was once a thriving Phoenician city known as Heliopolis (“Sun City”).The  Bacchus temple was likely built in the 2nd century and possibly commissioned by Emperor Antoninus Pius.

The portico has eight columns along the facade and 15 along the sides, supporting a rich entablature and an exterior ceiling of curved stone that is decorated with vivid scenes: Mars, a winged Victory, Diana drawing an arrow, Tyche with a cornucopia, Vulcan with his hammer, Bacchus, and Ceres holding a sheaf of corn.

The Temple of Bacchus became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.



Famous People 
(Issued 23-05-2011)

Friday, January 19, 2024

Kenya ~ Lake Turkana National Parks - UNESCO ~

... Lake Turkana National Parks is a group of three national parks located along the shores of Lake Turkana... the most saline of Africa's large lakes... they all serve as a stopover for migrant waterfowl and are major breeding grounds for the Nile crocodile, hippopotamus and a variety of venomous snakes... also a place of  international significance of archaeological and paleoanthropological discoveries... Thanks a lot Karolyn!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Lake Turkana National Parks, the fourth largest lake by volume in Africa is located on the Kenya’s north bordering with Ethiopia and South Sudan. 

Lake Turkana National Parks constitute of Sibiloi National Park, the South Island and the Central Island National Parks, covering a total area of 161,485 hectares located within the Lake Turkana basin whose total surface area is 7 million ha.

It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and expanded in 2001. Lake Turkana is also on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage in Danger due to human activity. 


Birds Definitives 
(Issued 2014)