Sunday, November 18, 2018

A Postcard from The Gambia

Gambia is one of the smallest countries in Africa: A long narrow strip of land at almost 500 kilometers in length and 50 kilometers in width. The country is surrounded by Senegal.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Al Shaheed Park | Kuwait

Al Shaheed Park is the largest urban park in Kuwait. The park is located on the periphery of Kuwait city. The park consists of 200,000 m2 of greenery, featuring beautiful botanical gardens, two museums, a visitor center, a lake, walkways and jogging tracks, making it the largest urban park in Kuwait.

The card was sent from one of the US Military Bases in Kuwait.
(APO AE 09337)

thx Van!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park | India

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties. All cradled in an impressive landscape which includes prehistoric (chalcolithic) sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 16th-century capital of the state of Gujarat.

Lila Gumbaz Ki Masjid in Champaner is one of the 114 monuments that are part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lower Valley of the Omo | Ethiopia

The Lower Valley of the Omo is located in south-western Ethiopia. It extends over an area of 165 km2. The age old sedimentary deposits in the Lower Omo Valley are now world renowned for the discovery of many hominid fossils, that have been of fundamental importance in the study of human evolution.

Lower Valley of the Omo is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sviyazhsk Island | Russia

With an area spanning 62 hectares, the island town of Sviyazhsk is located on a hill in the estuary of the Sviyaga River, some 19 miles from Tatarstan's capital of Kazan. It was founded as a fortress by Ivan the Terrible in 1551.

Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk is a UNESCO World Heritage.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Flags of the World | China

The red represents the communist revolution; the five stars and their relationship represent the unity of the Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Monday, November 12, 2018

Rangitoto Island | New Zealand

Only a short scenic ferry ride across the harbour from downtown Auckland, the island of Rangitoto is a favourite destination for hikers and day-trippers. Emerging unexpectedly from the sea some 600 years ago, it is the youngest and largest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Independence Hall | USA

Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted.

The universal principles of freedom and democracy set forth in these documents are of fundamental importance to American history and have also had a profound impact on law-makers around the world.

Independence Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The island of Ortigia | Italy

Ortigia is a small island which is the historical centre of the city of Syracuse, Sicily, that has been inhabited for around 3000 years.

Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Necropolis of Pantalica is a rocky outcrop located 40 km. away from Syracuse that contains over 5,000 tombs cut into the rock near open stone quarries.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Dragon boat racing in Tahiti | French Polynesia

The dragon boat is a human-powered boat (Paddled Water Craft) traditionally made of teak wood to various designs and sizes. It is one of a family of Traditional Long Boats found throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. It is now used in the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing.

With ancient Chinese origins, the first participants were Chinese villagers who held races in the belief it would show worship to the dragon, a traditional symbol of water. Today, the sport is fast and exciting with crews of either 10 or 20 paddling to the beat of a drum over a set distance.

Thx Sayam for sending this card!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Centennial Hall | Poland

The Centennial Hall is a historic building in Wrocław, Poland. Built in 1911-1913 by the architect Max Berg as a multi-purpose recreational building. It can accommodate up to 10,000 people.

According to Unesco the Centennial Hall is an outstanding example of early Modernism and the innovative use of reinforced concrete structures in the building industry. Centennial Hall in Wrocław is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Al Zubarah Fort | Qatar

The walled coastal town of Al Zubarah in the Persian Gulf flourished as a pearling and trading centre in the late 18th century and early 19th centuries, before it was destroyed in 1811 and abandoned in the early 1900s.

Al Zubarah Archaeological Site is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Flags of the World | Iceland

The flag of Iceland followed the example of the other Scandinavian countries and consists of a blue background bearing a red cross, which is embedded in the traditional white Scandinavian cross. The blue color is supposed to represent omnipresent Atlantic Ocean, the red lava and Icelandic volcanoes, and the white stands for another Icelandic natural landmarks - glaciers and geysers.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Messel Pit Fossil Site | Germany

Messel Pit Fossil Site is a UNESCO World Heritage site. According to UNESCO, Messel Pit is the richest site in the world for understanding the living environment of the Eocene, between 57 million and 36 million years ago.

With more than 40,000 finds to date, the Messel Pit is one of the world's most productive fossil sites.


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