Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Carpathian Mountains | Ukraine

The Carpathian Mountains are a mountain range system forming an arc of roughly 1,500 km across Central and Eastern Europe, including Ukraine.

Going through my pile of yet-unposted cards, in search for a postcard suitable for Christmas, I found this little gem. I already received it in 2013, sent from Donetsk in Ukraine. The stamps showing the beauty of the Crimea.

After the bloody revolution in 2014 everything changed. The Crimea is annexed by the Russian Federation and Donetsk is part of the so called 'Donetsk People's Republic' since 2015.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Neuschwanstein Castle | Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, built on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria, Germany.

The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria. Today the castle attracts 1.3 million visitors annually.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Rova of Antananarivo | Madagascar

The Rova of Antananarivo is a royal palace complex (a rova) in Madagascar that served as the home of the sovereigns of the Kingdom of Imerina in the 17th and 18th centuries.

A fire on the night of 6 November 1995 destroyed or damaged all the structures within the Rova complex shortly before it was due to be inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Erdene Zuu Monastery | Mongolia

Dating back to the the 16th century, Erdene Zuu is the oldest Buddhist Monastery In Mongolia. At its height, the monastery compound had more than 60 temples and 300 gers (yurts) inside its walls, with close to 1,000 monks in residence.

Today, Erdene Zuu is a walled compound surrounded by 108 stupas – 108 is a magical number in Buddhism. Inside, three temples survived from the 16th century.

The monastery is part of Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

M29 Weasel | Australia

The M29 Weasel was a World War II tracked vehicle, built by Studebaker, designed for operation in snow.

The Weasel was the first mechanical oversnow vehicle to be used by the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) on the continent. It was in use until the mid-1960s.

Thank you Steve!

Monday, December 11, 2017

The fishing village of Grip | Norway

Grip is a small archipelago off the coast of Norway, near the city of Kristiansund. The fishing village is located on Gripholmen, which is the largest and only habitable island. For centuries it had a popuation of about 100 - 400. I

It was once a busy place, when 2,000 fishermen could stay there during the height of the fishing season. Today it has no permanent inhabitants, but it can be visited as a tourist.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The beauty of St Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. It is a beautiful, mountainous volcanic island with high peaks, majestic rain-forests and sandy beaches.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Bohey Dulang Island | Malaysia

Bohey Dulang is a mountainous island formed by the remnants of an ancient volcano. The crater forming Bohey Dulang is flooded with seawater creating a large, majestic lagoon 25 meters deep.

Bohey Dulang is part of Tun Sakaran Marine Park, also known as the Semporna Islands Park. It comprises eight islands: Bohey Dulang, Bodgaya, Sebangkat, Selakan, Mantabuan, Sibuan and Maiga.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Flags of the World | Egypt

The flag of Egypt is in use since the end of the revolution in 1952. 

In the middle you see the Arab eagle, in Egypt also known as the Eagle of Saladin, a symbol of Arab nationalism.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

breaking news: a postcard from Equatorial Guinea!

Not often these days I receive a postcard from a country new to my collection. But today a postcard from Equatorial Guinea found its way to my mailbox. Already sent in March!

Equatorial Guinea is a small country in West Africa with 1,2 million inhabitants. The country is divided into two parts, the mainland and the islands. The country's capital, Malabo is located on Bioko Island. Equatorial Guinea  is a former Spanish colony, bordering Cameroon and Gabon.

Did you know that it is the richest country per capita in Africa? But because the wealth is distributed extremely unevenly only few people have benefited from the oil riches. As a result, less than half of the population has access to clean drinking water and 20% of children die before reaching the age of five.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art | China

Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape in Chongzuo City is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2016.

Located on the steep cliffs in the border regions of southwest China it illustrates the life and rituals of the Luoyue people. They date from the period around the 5th century BCE to the 2nd century CE.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Medina of Fez | Morocco

Fez (or Fes) is the second largest city of Morocco, with a population of 1.1 million. Founded in the 9th century, the Medina of Fez is considered as one of the most extensive and best conserved historic towns of the Arab-Muslim world. Medina of Fez is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Located behind a high wall, the medina has narrow, car-free alleys where hundreds of merchants and craftsmen sell a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns, carpets and musical instruments. Fez is also famous for its leather products and most of it comes from the leather bazaar (souq). The souq is home to three ancient leather tanneries.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Gates Fort | Bermuda

St. George's Island is one of the main islands of the territory of Bermuda. Gates Fort was built around 1612 by Thomas Gates to guard the channel and approaches to St. George's harbour from the open sea.

Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Agra Fort | India

Agra Fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty untill 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi.

The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


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