Saturday, July 30, 2011

City of Husum, Germany

Husum (North Frisian: Hüsem) is the capital of the Kreis (district) Nordfriesland in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.



The stamp shows a Ballonblume or Chinese Bellflower.

Brazilian waterfall



Postcard
Caracol Falls, or Cascata do Caracol, is a 426-foot (130 meter) waterfall about 7 km from Canela, Brazil in Caracol State Park. Canela, meaning Cinnamon in Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian, is a town located in the Serra Gaúcha of Rio Grande do Sul. Rio Grande do Sul ( "Great River of the South") is the southernmost state in Brazil.

Stamps
(left) Obra Desaparecida means Missing Artwork. This is a missing painting called Marcel Gontrau by brazilian artist Candido Portinari (December 29, 1903 - February 6, 1962). He was one of the most important Brazilian painters and also a prominent and influential practitioner of the neo-realism style in painting.

(right) The stamp shows a panoramic view of the Itaipu hydroelectric power plant, a strong token of the close relations between Brazil and Paraguay.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bosnia Herzegovina, city of Banja Luka


Postcard
Banja Luka is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the administrative city of the Republika Srpska entity.

Stamps
Bear eating fish and a Wild boar.

Bulgaria, the ancient city of Nesebar (WHS)




Postcard
Nesebar (Bulgarian: Несебър,  also transcribed as Nessebar or Nesebur; ancient name: Menebria and Mesembria) is an ancient town and one of the major seaside resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, located in Burgas Province.

Stamp
Fide World Chess Championship 2010
Anand vs Topalov

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Denmark, crown prince and princess and their first born

Picture

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (born 26 May 1968).

As it is a tradition in the Royal House that kings are named either Frederik or Christian, the baby was baptised Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John on 21 January 2006.

Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat, (born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson on 5 February 1972).


Denmark Europa stamp - a design featuring an inquisitive red squirrel

Jordan: King Abdullah Mosque, Amman

This mosque located in El-Abdali district (Amman, Jordan) was completed in 1990 as a memorial to the late King Hussein's Grandfather. It is capped by a magnificent blue mosaic dome beneath which 3,000 Muslims may offer prayer.


Baku the capital of Azerbaijan


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The statue is in honor of Uzeyir bey Abdul Huseyn oglu Hajibeyov (1885 – 1948). He was an Azerbaijani and Soviet composer, conductor, publicist, playwright, teacher, translator, and social figure. He is recognized as the father of Azerbaijani classical music and opera. He is the first Muslim author of an opera.

The building is the Musical Academy of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Stamps
(butterfly) The Apollo or Mountain Apollo (Parnassius apollo), is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. It is found on mountains in Europe,  usually above 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) up to 2,000 m (6,600 ft), preferring flowery meadows and mountain pastures.

(flower) Gagea is a large genus of spring flowers in the Liliaceae found in Europe and western Asia. It is named after the English naturalist Sir Thomas Gage.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Large postcard from Taiwan

These large stamps need a really large postcard, thx Jerry.


POSTCARD:
BuiIt in 1653, Fort Provintia, popularly known as the Red-Haired tower, is located on the shore across the Tai-Chiang inland sea from Fort Zeelandia.  It is another important fort built by the Dutch during their occupation in Taiwan.  The fort was built in response to an uprising in the year before. 

STAMPS:
The yellow flowers
Gentiana scabrida var. punctulata (NT$5): The plant can be found in open meadows and gravelly slopes in high elevation areas of the Central Mountain Range. Each branch typically produces one or two (and occasionally three) terminal flowers. The blooms have yellow campanula calyx and corolla, with black spots at the base of the petals. Though small, when a colony of these colorful exquisite flowers is in full bloom, the sight is simply breathtaking.

The pink coloured flowers
Euphrasia transmorrisonensis (NT$5): The plant can be found at high elevations. Its Chinese name literally means “millet grass,” either because its small seeds resemble millet or the two yellow marks on the flower’s lip resemble millet. Its flowers are arranged in racemes, with very short pedicels. Each of its tiny delicate white flowers has four tubular or campanula sepals and a smidgen of yellow on its corolla.

The blue-ish bird
The Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus) is a small Indomalayan bird belonging to the drongo group. They are resident in the forests of South Asia and Southeast Asia. They are very similar to the other drongos of the region but are somewhat smaller and compact with differences in the fork depth and the patterns of gloss on their feathers.

The brown-looking bird
The Greater Painted Snipe, Rostratula benghalensis, is a species of wader in the family Rostratulidae. It is found in marshes in Africa, India, Pakistan, and South-east Asia

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A 40 year old! PC from Singapore

Thx Mr Leong for this nice postcard!

WiP something Wet from USA

Funny stamps. It travelled really fast all the way from USA: in only 4 days.

Russia, from the city of Nizhny Novgorod

Comedy Theatre

Travel by train through Australia






















Postcard
Route: Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin
Duration: 2 nights in either direction
Distance: 2,979 kilometres (1846 miles)

Stamp

Friday, July 22, 2011

Wow, stunning PC from Chile


Bulgaria


Did you know that Bulgaria is such a pretty country?


Heather sent me this tower on campus of MSU


WIP M swap: Maiko and Geisha

Maiko (まいこ, マイコ?) is a Japanese word for dancing girl and is an apprentice geisha. Maiko is also a feminine Japanese given name[Wikipedia]


Two matching stamps as well :)

Thanks Estafania for this beauty from Argentina

Ushuaia is the capital city of Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is located in a wide bay on the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range and on the south by the Beagle Channel. It is the only municipality in the Department of Ushuaia, which has an area of 9,390 km2 (3,625 sq mi).  [wikipedia]


Thursday, July 21, 2011

China, traditional costume

 

Postcard
The card shows one of the four most beautiful women of ancient China.

Stamps


A vintage postcard from Turkey with a fish on its back.


Athens, capital of Greece


Athens

Postcard
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece, it is one of the world's oldest cities.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mummelsee im Schwarzwald

Sunset from Finland

Nice sunset from a Finnish postcrosser. Take a closer look at the stamp, its odd shaped and Im not sure what it shows.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

German postcard from Fichtelgebirg

Thank you Manuela. It looks like a lot of fun !

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Today I sent postcards on a journey to the following countries

Macao
Bangladesh
Denmark

From the city of Sivas in Turkey

Thanks Apo for sending me this postcard of your hometown. Sivas is located in mid-Turkey.
The stamps show Ataturk.

Flags

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