Thursday, August 17, 2017

MEXICO ~ Tequila Town - Jalisco - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful unique view of a field blue agave... the plant that gets you drunk off tequila... never knew that is not just a drink but also a place... this area produce the entire world supply of tequila, some 60 million gallons each year... Jalisco’s diversity, beautiful landscapes and cultural traditions make it one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations.... Thanks a  lot Alonso!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

"An agave field and a traditional factory compose this image"

The famous "Tequila" liquor, done with the juice of the Blue agave, takes its name fro the town Tequila Jalisco. This region, which besides the state of Jalisco also includes parts of the Mexican states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas.

Tequila made outside these regions is forbidden, by law, to be labeled tequila.

The area encompasses 85,650-acres of land between the Tequila volcano and the Rio Grande River. This region contains a living, working landscape of agave fields, including distilleries, factories and haciendas.

It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006 due to its unique features of natural landscape and cultural traditions.

Stamps:
2017 Mexico Aerospace Fair
(26-04-2017)

April World Intellectual Property Day – Innovation, Improving Lives
(26-04-2017)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

JAPAN ~ Blakiston's Owl -Shiretoko National Park - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view of one of the rarest breeding birds in Japan... and most endangered species in the owl family... it decreases in number mainly due to habitat loss... Blakistin's Fish-owls are losing the wood and the fish they need... Shiretoko National park is considered to be the last pristine wilderness remaining in the country...
Thanks a lot David!!【ツ】

Shiretoko National Park was established in 1964 and is located on the northeast peninsula of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. One of the most remote regions in all of Japan, much of the peninsula is only accessible on foot or by boat. The word "Shiretoko" comes from an Ainu word "sir etok". It means "end of the Earth"

The salmon and trout that breed in the sea off Shiretoko are an important food resource supporting the terrestrial ecosystem with rare birds such as Blakiston's fish owl, Steller's sea eagle and the white-tailed sea eagle, as well as brown bears.

The Blakiston’s fish owl is a large eagle owl, with a wingspan that can reach up to two metres long. They can be find in Siberia, northeast China and the island of Hokkaido in Japan.This owl feeds primarily on fish, even larger ones. It also catches crustaceans, amphibians and birds such as grouses, and sometimes bats in flight.

 In 2005, Shiretoko was added to the list of world heritage sites for the irreplaceable value of the peninsula's ecosystem and biodiversity.

Stamps:
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Marine Life
(Issued 05-07-2017)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

THAILAND ~ King Bhumibol Adulyadej ~

... Lovely view of the past... postcard from a poster for sale in the 1950's... with matching King's stamps... Thailand Post has organized a stamp exhibition “Stamps of the Fatherly King” in dedication to His Majesty the late King... they have issued 79 sets of postage stamps related to the monarch, in 353 different designs, and sold more than two billion individual stamps... that was from the first collection in 1947 to the time of his death last October...  Thanks to Jobbo I was lucky to receive many of them on postcards!!【ツ】



King Bhumibol Adulyadej  (5 December 1927 – 13 October 2016)

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned King of Thailand on May 5, 1950 in Bangkok. Their majesties came out on the balcony and delivered an address to the people at the Royal Palace.

King Bhumibol’s First Pronouncement at his coronation on 5 May 1950: “I shall reign by dharma for the benefit and happiness of all Siamese people”.

Stamps:

The 50th Anniversary of King Bhumibol's Accession to Throne as Rama IX
(09-06-1996)

2X Definitive Stamps of H.M. Rama IX

Monday, August 14, 2017

ITALY ~ Fortified city of Peschiera del Garda - UNESCO ~

... Great aerial view of one of Italy's newest UNESCO sites... with 53, the country with the most UNESCO sites in the world... this small lake town still carries significant traces of its military past as an important defense post... completely enclosed in high Venetian walls... an architectural jewel... Thanks a lot Dustin!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Peschiera is a former garrison town situated on the South East corner of Lake Garda on the river Mincio in the province of Verona, in Veneto.

The Rocca is a fortress built by the Scaliger family on Roman foundation walls and subsequently enlarged by the Venetians in the 16th century, before being further expanded by Napoleon’s forces, was eventually used as a military base by the Austrians.

The Fortified city of Peschiera del Garda is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site "Venetian Defense Works between the 16th and 17th Century: State of the Earth - State of the Western Sea", an extraordinary collection of the most representative defensive systems made by the Republic of Venice, designed after the discovery of gunpowder.

These defense systems, which span more than 1,000 kilometers between Lombardy and the eastern Adriatic Coast, protected Venice from other European powers as well as sea routes and ports in the Adriatic Sea.

Stamp:

 EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles
(09-05-2017)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Kalutara Dagoba ~

... Beautiful nightview with white gleaming dagoba... a place of religious worship and the most dominant landmark of the town... situated on the banks of the River Kaluganga at the point where the river meets the sea....it attracts many pilgrims and visitors... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】




Kalutara is a large town in Kalutara District, Western Province.

The dagoba was built in the 1960s on the site of a former Portuguese fort. The white 3 storeys-high dagoba is believed to be the only Buddha Stupa in the world which is entirely hollow. Inside the hollow area of the dagoba, a smaller dagoba occupies the centre with its pinnacle soaring towards the dome of the larger one that covers it.

Its interior contains 74 murals, each depicting a different aspect of the Buddha's life.



Ⓒ Daminda Yapa

Stamps:

2017 Vesak Festival
(Isssued 03-05-2017)

SRI LANKA ~ Deniyaya ~

... Nice view of one the many waterfalls around the island... it is known as a waterfall paradise... Deniyaya is one of the rural cities whith plenty of hidden natural beauty.... “Ayubowan” is the traditional greeting in Sinhalese meaning "MAY YOU ENJOY LONG LIFE.“.... so ayabowan to you my dear postcard friend Ravindra!! \_(♥‿♥)_/




Deniyaya is a town situated in a mountainous area close to the world heritage site, Sinharaja forest a tropical forest reserve.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rain forests now remaining in Sri Lanka.

The mountains of Sri Lanka are plentiful with waterfalls of cascading beauty. Numbering over a hundred and many of them virtually unknown, they are hidden away mostly in forest surroundings or approachable by steps and tea plantation tracks.




Photo: Ⓒ Vijitha Lalana Yapa

Stamps:

2017 United Nations Day of Vesak
(Issued 12-05-2017)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

FRANCE ~ Fortifications of Vauban - Mont-Louis - UNESCO ~

...Many great views of an important piece of history... a charming fortified town and the highest walled town in France... this fortified place is one of the most beautiful examples of military architecture of the 17thC created by Vauban....with impressive intact walls...  the French commandos still use the fort as a training base... Thanks once more Josep & Assumpta!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

At an altitude of 1608 m, at the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees,  at the crossroad of Conflent, Capcir and Cerdagne valleys,the town of Mont-Louis was founded in the 17th century in response to the order of King Louis (built between 1679 and 1681) to secure the area after the Treaty of the Pyrenees which ended decades of hostilities between France and Spain.

It features not only the famous Vauban era constructions but also a beautiful 18th century church and also the first experimental solar furnace in the world (1949). Vauban's Mont Louis perfectly built fortification was never besieged.

Since 2008 (Vauban main sites network) is registred on the UNESCO WHS list in conformance with the "Fortificationsof Vauban", the fortificated city of Mont-Louis is a member of twelve sites created by Vauban.

Stamp:

 2017 EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles (Issued 14-05-2017)

Friday, August 11, 2017

FRANCE ~ Castle of Montségur ~

...First of two more wonderful surprises...  this aerial view of Cather Castle is perched on the very top of a "Pog" or small very steep imposing mountain...the best known of all Cathar Castles.... with spectacular views from the top over the surrounding valleys... this castle is said to have once held the Holy Grail...  Thanks a lot dear Josep and Assumpta!! (✿ ♥‿♥)➝http://cartesipostalsdarreu.blogspot.be/

Montségur is situated in the Ariege, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, on a pog (a volcanic pluton) at an altitude of 1,207 meters.

The ruins that can be seen today are not those of the Cathar fortress, but of a 17th century French defensive castle (although it is said that its stones were taken from the rubble of the previous construction).

It is famous as the last Cathar stronghold, which fell after a 10 month siege in 1244. A field below the hilltop castle is reputed to be the site where over 200 Cathars were burned alive, having refused to renounce their faith.

Stamp:

2017 EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles
(Issued 14-05-2017)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

CANADA ~ Pacific Rim National Park - Vancouver Island ~

...  Great view of one of Canada's newest National Parks... with magnificent islands, beaches and marine landscapes... each spring, thousands of people come to the Pacific Rim National Park hoping to see a glimpse of migrating grey whales heading up to their summer feeding grounds... since the whales often travel close to the shoreline, many park visitors spot the whales from the beach...
... Planning a visit to one of their amazing NP, Canada is offering everyone free access to all national parks in honor of its 150th Anniversary... all 47 national parks will have free admission this year for visitors (of any nationality) who enter with a Parks Canada Discovery Pass, available online ... Big Thanks Glenn!! ✿乂◕‿◕乂
Ⓒ John L. Barnard 

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is a Canadian national park reserve in British Columbia on the southwestern coast of Vancouver. The park is comprised up of three different regions: the Broken Group Island, the West Coast Trail and the Long Beach. The Western part of this park is covered with the Pacific Ocean and the Eastern part is covered with Vancouver Island Ranges which are a part of the Insular Mountains. The entire park encompasses 511 km2 of land and ocean.

This park reserve is home to mammalian species of raccoon, black-tailed deer, cougar, wolf, black bear, marten, and mink. Visitors are often thrilled by views of various marine animals such as seals, porpoises, sea lions, and many species of whales that are frequent at this shoreline.

Stamp

World War I
The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge - Joint Issue with France
(Issued 08-04-2017)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ANDORRA ~ The church of Santa Coloma - The Church of Santa Joan de Caselles ~

... Beautiful picturesque views... both Romanesque churches are located in a valley with the mountains in the background... unique pieces of architecture that stood the test of time... Andorra is the the only country without its own postal system, they are operated by Spain (Correos) and France (La Poste)... both have their own stamps and mailboxes... Thanks a lot Josep and Assumpta for this lovely surprise from Spanish Post♥... with as extra bonus matching St Coloma's Church...❀◕ ‿ ◕❀ ➞http://cartesipostalsdarreu.blogspot.be/

Andorra is a tiny, landlocked independent principality in the Pyrenees mountains, South Western Europe. It the the sixth-smallest nation in Europe and the sixteenth-smallest nation in the world.

Santa Coloma Church built in pre-Romanesque, Lombardy style with a 12thC circular bell tower was built in the 8th-9th C. It is one of the oldest in the country. The Church of Santa Coloma is in the village of the same name, in the parish of Andorra la Vella.

The Church of Sant Joan de Caselles located in Canillo dates from the 11th-12th C and follows the architectural style of other Andorran Romanesque churches: it has a rectangular single nave with wooden ceiling, a semi-circular apse and Lombard-style belfry.

Since 1999 the church of Santa Coloma together with other nearby cultural landmarks are on the Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage status.

Stamps:

Animals in Art
(Issued 09-02-2016)

Christmas Stamps - St Coloma's Church.
(28-11-1979)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CANADA ~ Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park / Áísínai'pi National Historic Site ~

... Great place of magic and mystery... this park combines special, intriguing First Nations history and culture with awesome landscape... a traditional sacred place of the Blackfoot people for centuries... it  has the most rock art on the North America Plains... one of the best hidden gems in Alberta... Big Thanks dear Glenn !!¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Near the Alberta/Montana border and just 44 km east of the small town of Milk River is Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. The park has over 50 petroglyphs created by the Blackfoot Native Americans, which date as far back as 7000 B.C. etched and painted onto the sandstone cliffs.

Most striking are sandstone formations called hoodoos They've been eroded and washed by the rain, looking like abstract sculptures. From the 18th century on it was sacred territory for the Blackfoot. Buffalo hunters, medicine men, warriors and young boys on their vision quests returned to the sites for hundreds of years seeking spiritual advice.

In 1977 an archaeological preserve was established to prevent damage by graffiti and vandalism. Public access to the rock art panels is restricted to guided interpretive tours. In 2004 the national significance of Aísínai'pi (Blackfoot for "it is written") was recognized when it was designated as a national historic site.

Stamp:

World War I  The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge - Joint Issue with France
(Issued 08-04-2017)



Monday, August 7, 2017

ISRAEL ~ Bird's eye view - Masada National Park - UNESCO ~

... A fascinating and spectacular looking place... one more of the great archaeological sites... after the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, this is Israel's second most popular tourist site... Masada National Park is considered to be one of the most amazing historical sites in the world and is a must see for anyone visiting Israel and the Dead Sea area... it offers an incredible journey back in time thousands of years and an insight into the way of life as it was then.... Thanks a lot Noam!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
"Aerial view of Masada from the north with the hanging palace and storerooms in the foreground."

Masada  (comes from the word Metzudah meaning fortress in Hebrew)  atop a lofty natural plateau overlooking the Dead Sea is the site of the fortress built by Herod the great King of Judea, but is best known as a symbol of Jewish resistance, courage and the tragic events of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Roman siege. The Siege of Masada by Roman Empire troops towards the end of the first Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of the 960 Jewish rebels and their families there.

The newly built visitors center attracts 1.2 million travelers every year. The fortress is naturally fortified and surrounded by deep gorges. The mountain was first excavated in the 1960’s by an international team of archaeologists.

Mount Masada was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

Stamps:

2X Flora - Flowers
(Issued 05-02-2013)

Festivals - Yom Kippur Poem
(Issued 13-09-2016)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

~ Kurdistan - Iraq - Citadel Erbil - UNESCO ~

... Once more a true little gem thanks to world traveller Davidシ...  Iraqi Kurdistan is one off the beaten track destination where only a few people dare to visit every year... the Citadel is Erbil’s most important landmark... a city with over 25.000 years of history... this area is currently the most prosperous and richest in Iraq with a recent economic boom in terms of infrastructure and human conditions.... couldn't find any information about the stamps... maybe someone can help? Thank you so much dear David for this amazing new place to my collection!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
➞ ( check out his amazing blog here: Postcards a world Travelogue )

Iraqi Kurdistan is a autonomous area in the Middle East region located in the north of Iraq. It borders Iran, Turkey, Syria and the rest of Iraq. Kurdish people have certain cultural differences vs the rest of Iraqis and Arabs, they have their own language and they even possess their own army.

Erbil is the capital of the region and an open and cosmopolitan city with a very strong culture. With a population of 1.5 million it is the largest city in Kurdistan. It is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with life in the city dating back to possibly 5000 BC or earlier.

Situated on the top of a tell in Iraqi Kurdistan and overlooking the city of Erbil, the Erbil Citadel constitutes a typical example of Ottoman-era urban-planning. In addition to its 19th century fortifications, the site also contains remains dating back to the Assyrian period.

In July 2014, Erbil Citadel was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Stamps:????

Friday, August 4, 2017

POLAND ~ Słowiński National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great new National Park☝... amazing white sand dunes view of which I never would have thought it was in Poland... it looks like a desert... from woods through dunes to the sea... the greatest attraction of this National Park are the unique "moving sand dunes"... the only in Europe... they are regarded as a curiosity of nature... Thanks a lot Krystyna!!【ツ】

The Slowinski National Park, established on 1st January 1967, is located on the Baltic Sea coast, centrally between Leba and Rowy. The total area of the park is 18,618 hectares.

The park has been named after the Slowincy people (a native group of the Kaszuby region) who once inhabited the marshy zones in this part of Poland.

One of its greatest peculiarities are its large sand dunes which occupy a major portion of the park from the side of the sea. It is the largest area of wandering sands in Europe, having an area of around 500 hectares. This whole region is reminiscent of a sandy desert. Some of the dunes still continue to move in an easterly direction with speeds of up to 10m per year.

The specific natural and scientific values were the deciding factors to recognize the park by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve in 1977.

Stamps:

Flowers and Fruits
(Issued 26-06-2015)

Polish Cities - Sieradz
(Issued 29-07-2005)

Lighthouses
(Issued 14-06-2013)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

AUSTRIA ~ Mozart’s Birth House - Salzburg ~

....Great view of the famous composer's birth house with yellow facade... one of the most visited museums in Austria...  thanks to his name known worldwide, Salzburg is for all the city of Mozart... enter the house of Mozart is to take a journey through time and the history of classical music♪♫♪♫♪♫♪... among the collection of pictures, autographs, documents and various relics are Mozart’s Hammerflugel and his clavichordon on which he composed The Magic Flute... the two most precious items in the museum... with lovely music related stamp and again a great postmark... Thanks a lot Dustin!! (✿ ♥‿♥) (I got the "Austria Mozartkugel" from a friend as a souvenir and I liked them tooシ)




The Birth House of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. is located in Salzburg's Old Town.

 Mozart was born there in 1756 and lived there until the age of 17. The Mozart family resided on the third floor from 1747 to 1773. He was the seventh child of Leopold Mozart who was a musician of the Salzburg Royal Chamber.

A museum is located in the Birth House since 1880.





The structure is owned by the Mozart Foundation.
Photo: Oskar Anrathere

Stamp:

The 60th Anniversary of the Birth of Falco, 1957-1998
(Issued 19-02-2017)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ISRAEL ~ Caesarea National Park ~

... My first two National Parks of Israel... the Caesarea National Park is one of the countries most popular and most beautiful historical sites.... a magnificent national park with amazing ancient harbor ruins, hippodrome, amphitheater, palaces and beautiful beaches... this was Herod at his best; building a port that was the largest in the world in his day... Thanks Dany!!【ツ】
The aqueduct - The Stadium - Excavations
Roman Theatre - Ancient Statue

Caesarea Maritima ("by the Sea") is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the center of Israel, in the middle between Haifa and Tel-Aviv. The site was an important Roman city, and played an important role in the history of Ancient Israel. The city later decayed after the Arab conquest (8th Century AD).

Built by Herod the Great in around 25-32 BC, it was a great commercial centre during the Byzantine Period.

This National Park features centuries of history showing the many different periods of Hellenistic, Phoenician, Hasmonean and Roman rule. The city was continually razed and rebuilt as each new sovereign leader came to power.

Stamps:
2X Flora - Flowers
(Issued 05-02-2013)

The 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War
(Issued 04-05-2017)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Hummanaya - Kudawella ~

... Beautiful postcard to complete the wonderful "Unseen Sri Lanka" series... a rare and spectacular natural site... the blowhole has always been one of the main attractions in the Deep South. ...it is regarded to be the second largest in the world.... sometimes when the wind conditions are favourable the water sprouts up to a height of 30m... even from far away, one can hear the sounds of the blow hole... Big thanks dear Ravindra for so many amazing postcards showing your  "paradise" island!! (✿ ♥‿♥) ➞ Discover the World on Trains

Hummanaya is the only known blowhole in Sri Lanka. Meaning of the word “Hummanaya” is the distance a sound of "hoo" can be heard. It is located near to the  small fishing village called Kudawella.

Hummanaya is a natural blowhole, and caused when sea water rushes through a submerged cavern and is pushed upwards. The sea water flows underneath the shore, and then comes out of this hole due to pressure.

The water fountain created by the geological feature shoots up every couple of minutes, depending on the nature of the sea, with the spray often reaching as high as 25 m (82 ft) to 30 m (98 ft).

Stamp:

Hummanaya blowhole
(Issued 02-12-2016)

Monday, July 31, 2017

SINGAPORE ~ Fort Canning Centre ~

... Fort Canning Hill, originally known as Bukit Larangan (or "Forbidden Hill” in Malay) has been a local landmark in the city since Singapore's earliest recorded history... I already received a postcard of this site showing The Battle Box museum that explains the military reasons behind "the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British military history"... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!【ツ】

From backside postcard:
In the late 1920's, the British built an Army Headquarters on Fort Canning Hill. They also built a barracks to complement it, and in the 1930's an underground command centre to protects its genaral staff from air raids. Today, the barracks lives on as The Fort Canning Centre, and the underground command centre is a museum called the Battlebox.

This building has been beautifully restored and now stands as Hotel Fort Canning, a boutique hotel. 


 Stamp:

Scenes of Local Markets
(18-04-2012)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

SPAIN ~ Bridge of Triana - Seville ~

... Beautiful nightview of the bridge with Sevilla’s skyline with it’s cathedral and the giraldillo... it was the first engineering work in iron carried out in Seville and one of the first in Spain. ...the unique design of the bridge makes it a must-see attraction... Thanks a lot Johan!! \_(♥‿♥)_/ (WooW +40℃...voor mij ook véééél te heet ☼☼☼ )
Photo:Xavier Durán

The bridge connects Seville and the neighborhood district, Triana which is situated in the west bank of the Guadalquivir River. The original name of the bridge is Isabel II Bridge which was built in 1847 – 1852 and inaugurated on 23rd February 1852 with military ceremonial parade.

The bridge was built by the French engineers Bernadet and Steinacher, they were inspired by the Parisian Carousel bridge.

This bridge, declared national historic heritage, also has the honor to be the first steady bridge to cross the Guadalquivir, replacing a wooden one known as "Puente de Barcas" (the Rowboats Bridge).

Stamp:

King Felipe VI
(Issued 01-02-2017)

Friday, July 28, 2017

GERMANY~ The Hildesheim Cathedral - UNESCO~

...Another lovely surprise from postcard friend Dustin...an outstanding example of religious architecture... a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral in the city centre and one of the oldest in the country... the beautiful city of Hildesheim is also the home of the oldest living rose on the planet known as the rose of Hildesheim or the thousand-year rose... this rose climbs up the walls of this cathedral... with great stamp and special postmark to celebrate 200 years bicycle...(200 years since the father of the bicycle Baron Karl von Drais invented the "running machine"... never knew it was a German invention☺)... Thanks a lot Dustin!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿ ➞My postcard and stamp week
Photo: Hans Peter Szyszka

The cathedral church was built between 1010 and 1020 in the Romanesque style. It follows a symmetrical plan with two apses, that is characteristic of Ottonian Romanesque architecture in Old Saxony.

After renovations and extensions in the 11th, 12th and 14th centuries, the cathedral was completely destroyed during an air raid on 22 March 1945 and rebuilt from 1950 to 1960. A thorough renovation of the cathedral began in 2010, including technical and conservation measures. The cathedral was reopened on 15 August 2014.

The treasury of Hildesheim Cathedral is a collection of liturgical vessels, reliquaries, vestments and sculptural works, built up over the centuries and of exceptional rarity and international importance.

In 1985, the Hildesheim Cathedral and its treasures, together with the nearby St. Michael's Church, were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Stamp:

2017 The 200th Anniversary of the Invention of the Bicycle
(13-07-2017)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

MONGOLIA ~ Gobi Desert ~

... Fantastic second card ever from Mongolia... nowhere else are horses more central to daily life...  known as the land of horse riders and horse lovers... they have a reputation for being the best horsemen on Earth... on his blog ☛ HERE you can see great pictures of Mongolia taken by David himself... I think you can also see the postoffice from where my card was sent! ♥... Big Thanks once more David for thinking of me while travelling!!¯ \_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: G. Gan-Ulzii
"Race horses to starting"

Competitors prepare to race in one the Naadam festival's traditional horse races in Gobi Desert Mongolia. Horse racing is an important part of Naadam, Mongolian traditional games that also include wrestling, archery and ankle bone shooting.

Gobi means "Waterless Place",  it's the fifth largest desert in the world, covering more than 500,000 square miles of Mongolia and China. It is a cold desert - Populated mostly by Mongols and Han Chinese and located on a Plateau around 3,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level.

The Gobi Desert is perhaps one of the most severe regions on the planet, but people, plants, and animals have lived there for more than 2,000 years. Life can survive and beauty can be found even in the harshest places on Earth.



Stamp:

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, 1916-1991
(Issued 21-12-2016)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

UK ~ Down House - Charles Darwin ~

... A beautiful place to step in history... with its unique place in the history of science and evolution, Down House, is one of the major visitor attractions in the South East... it is beautifully cared for and restored and captured the essence of Darwin's home life and how that reflected on his "professional" life...
... It reminds me of a very interesting TV serie that I really loved... it was called, "Beagle: On the future of species"... the project reconstructed Darwin's 5-year long voyage on the HMS Beagle in the course of one year, and made an attempt to assess where the world stands today in light of Darwin's evolution theory... ( to celebrate Darwin's 200 birthday in 2009)... Thanks a lot Ann for this special card for my collection!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Only 16 miles from the center of London, in Downe, is Charles Darwin's home, Down House, now under the management of English Heritage.

Down House belonged to the great Victorian scientist Charles Darwin, who lived here for 40 years until his death in 1882. After moving to the house in 1842, Darwin and his wife, Emma, remodelled the house and its extensive gardens, which Darwin used as an open-air laboratory. It was here that Darwin developed his theory of evolution by natural selection and wrote his groundbreaking work On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859).

Darwin did almost all his experiments here, as he never travelled much after the Beagle trip - the occasional trip to London or Cambridge or the Isle of Wight was all he could manage. But he had a huge network of correspondents, who carried out all kinds of investigations and collection for him.

Ⓒ Historic England

Stamp:

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Ian Fleming
(Issued 06-01-2008)

Queen Elizabeth II

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

MALAYSIA~ Turtle Island National Park - Borneo ~

... Beautiful view of one of the most fascinating sea creatures... sea turtles have been around for about 100 million years and even witnessed the fall of the dinosaurs.... must be amazing to see them in the ocean and watch them legging their eggs ... or experience the hatchlings being send to the sea on their first journey ever... but sadly due to the careless of people they are threatened with extinction ( ⌣́,⌣̀)...  hopefully sea turtle sanctuaries like this can save them... Thank you very much Alan Tan!!【ツ】
Photo: Ⓒ Susan K. Jacobson

From backside postcard:
A green turtle laboriously "paddles" its way ashore, amidst frequent loud puffs of breath, in search of a suitable site at which to perform that one activity that secures further chances for the species's survival-to lay it eggs.

Turtle Islands Park is located within the Turtle Islands, which lie in the Sulu Sea north of Sandakan in Sabah. It consists of 3 islands Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands. (actually 10 in total, where 3 belong to Malaysia and the other 7 to the Philippines). It covers an area of 17.4 km² which includes the surrounding reefs and seas.

The park is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles and gives you the rare opportunity to watch turtle landings. Selingan, the largest of the islands, houses the park's headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities. The other two islands are more for conservation activities.

The Green turtle is the second largest of the seven species of sea turtle. Like most of them, the green turtle has been hunted by human for flesh, eggs and shell. The green turtle spends most of its live in the sea. The females come a shore to lay their eggs for only a very short time. From 1000 eggs, just one or two survive their first year. There are either eaten by fish, birds or other sea creatures.

Stamps:

Firefly
(Issued 10-05-2010)

 Definitives - Orchids
(Issued 21-02-2017)

Monday, July 24, 2017

GERMANY ~ Nikolaifleet - Hamburg ~

... Beautiful view of the half-timbered houses and birthplace of Hamburg Port... Europe's third-largest port with even more canals than Venice... the city hosted the twelfth G20 Summit on the 7th and 8th of July... it was the scene of violent protests, with thousands of demonstrators... but despite grand declarations, it has achieved relatively little ☹... with great matching stamp and unique G20 Summit postmark... Thanks a lot Dustin!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: U. Findeisen

Hamburg, Germany's second largest city, is one of the most important ports in the world, a fact which has long guaranteed its economic and cultural independence.

Nikolaifleet is a canal in the Altstadt of Hamburg, which was the original branch of the Alster estuary. It separates the Cremon island from the mainland. First mentioned in 1188, the Nikolaifleet is considered one of the oldest parts of the Port of Hamburg.

Stamp:

German G20 Presidency
(Issued 01-03-2017)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

SPAIN ~ Novo Sancti Petri - Andalusia ~

... Beautiful aerial coastal view... a beach that stretches over 5 miles with golden sand and turquoise water... Sancti Petri is also known for its sunsets over the Atlantic... it has over 20 luxury hotels and great golf courses... sounds as a wonderful place for a holiday ☼☼☼... hope you enjoyed it Johan!! Thanks a lot for thinking of me during your holiday!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Miguel A. Gomez

Novo Sancti Petri is a resort town in the municipality of Chiclana de la Frontera in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, southwestern Spain. It lies along the Playa de la Barrosa to the south of the main town of Chiclana.

Stamp:

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
(17-01-2017)