Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tomb of the Kings - Cyprus

The Tombs of the Kings is a large necropolis lying about two kilometres north-west of Paphos harbour in Cyprus. The underground tombs are carved out of solid rock .The name of the site is misleading—there's no evidence of any royalty buried here. Rather, the site was the final resting place of about 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats who lived and died in Paphos beginning in the 3rd century BC.

Early antiquarians dubbed the site the "Tombs of the Kings" due to the impressiveness of the tombs, and the name has stuck.

Tombs of the Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From a set of four stamps about London olympics 2012.

Riviera Maya - Mexico

The Riviera Maya extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Once home to small fishing villages, the Riviera Maya coastline has since been developed into a modern tourist corridor offering high-end luxury resorts, fine dining, nightlife, spa retreats, shopping and golf in Mexico. 
Centenary of the birth of Mexican astronomer Guillermo Haro Barraza (March 21, 1913 – April 26, 1988).

Friday, June 28, 2013

Shiraito-no-taki Waterfall | 白糸の滝, Japan

The Shiraito Waterfall is located on the quieter western slopes of Mt Fuji. Falling from a 200meters wide cliff side, these falls derive their name Shiraito (white threads) from the beautiful way they remind the viewer of strands of silk.

The water comes from Mount Fuji, flowing down via the Kaotou river. The falls are particularly attractive in spring as the snows of the mountain melt and strengthen the flow.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Die Sonneninsel: the Isle of Usedom | Uznam

The island of Usedom is Germany’s second largest island, located on the border between Germany and Poland. The island is divided in a German part (Usedom) and a Polish part (Uznam).

With an annual average of 1906 sunshine hours, the island of Usedom is the sunniest region of Germany: Sonneninsel. A popular tourist destination.

The Fehmarnsundbrücke connects the German island of Fehmarn in the Baltic Sea with the German mainland. In April 2013 its 50th birthday was celebrated.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Bled Island – Slovenia’s Fairy Tale Isle

Bled is a town in Slovenia, on the east side of Lake Bled. The town features a small island in the middle of  an emerald green mountain lake. The only real island in the virtually land-locked country.

The island is tiny but over the centuries people have wasted no time using virtually every square meter to one purpose or another. The island is home to the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, built in the 15th century and known by its visitors because of the 99 steps that lead up to the church. Traditionally, local grooms carry their brides up these steps while the bride remains perfectly silent, in order to bring them happiness in the future.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight known to the ancient Romans as Vectis, is a county and the largest island of England, located in the English Channel. The island’s population is about 120,000. One million people spend their holidays on the Isle of Wight each year.
The 'Wonders of the Isle of Wight' is a play-on words based on the name of Island Towns or Places.
"Lake" where there is no water.
The "Needles" you cannot thread.
"Ryde" where you walk.
"Cowes" you cannot milk.
"Freshwater" you cannot drink.
"Newport" you cannot bottle.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cairo - The Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. One of them is the solid gold innermost coffin of Tutankhamen.

Tutankhamun, or better known as King Tut, is an 18th dynasty pharaoh who inherited the throne at a young age. His reign was short-lived and upon his death he quickly faded into the sands of Egypt. Once forgotten, King Tut now remains one of Egypt’s grandest icons. The tomb of Tutankhamen is better than any other pharaoh, because of all the royal tombs, it was found mostly intact. 

Cape Greco lighthouse, built in 1892.

The card was sent from Cyprus, still a great card! thx Steve.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dar Es Salaam - Capital city of Tanzania?

The City of Dar es Salaam (meaning “The abode of peace") is the largest city in Tanzania. In 1974 Dar es Salaam lost its official status as capital city to Dodoma, where the country's parliament and some government offices are located.
So Dodoma is the "official" capital, but many think and feel Dar Es Salaam is still the capital of Tanzania.

Dhow is the generic name of a number of traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with lateen sails used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region. 

In May 2005 Tanzania post issued many stamps about Jules Verne (1828 - 1905), a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and science fiction. The Castle of the Carpathians is a novel by Jules Verne first published in 1893.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Beirut - Paris of the East - Capital of Lebanon

The capital and largest city of Lebanon with over 1 million inhabitants is located in the western part of the country on the Mediterranean Sea.

The Beirut Central District or Centre Ville is the name given to Beirut’s historical and geographical heart. The district is a cluster of stone-façade buildings lining arcaded streets and radial alleyways. The architecture of the area is a mix of French Architecture and Venetian Gothic architecture mixed with Arabesque and Ottoman influences.

The District contains tens of restaurants, cafes and pubs, as well as a wide range of shopping stores mainly in Beirut Souks.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

St. George's Cathedral - Georgetown - Guyana

St. George's Cathedral (1890) is an Anglican cathedral in Georgetown, Guyana and is one of the tallest wooden churches in the World.

Georgetown is the capital and largest city of Guyana.
The National Library of Guyana was founded in 1909. 

The Neotropic Cormorant can be found throughout the American tropics and subtropics. Its diet consists mainly of small fish, but will also eat tadpoles, frogs, and aquatic insects. This bird species forages for food by diving underwater

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

San Miguel Cathedral - Tegucigalpa - Honduras

The capital of Honduras is Tegucigalpa, Honduras' largest and most populous city. The city was founded by Spanish settlers in 1578.

Tegucigalpa's cathedral, built around 1782, is located in the old historial center of  town and is named after and dedicated to Archangel Michael.


Monday, June 10, 2013

San Salvador, capital city of El Salvador

San Salvador is the capital city of El Salvador, the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America.  

El Boquerón, meaning wide opening or big hole in English, is a crater on San Salvador Volcano.

In the middle you see a statue of Jesus Christ (Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo) standing on planet earth.

Puerto Del Diablo, better known as the Devil’s Door, comprises two striking boulders that reach for the sky. Take a peek between them and you’ll see that they serve as a window to the sights of El Salvador.

Sunday, June 9, 2013


The island Fraueninsel (officially Frauenchiemsee ) is the second largest of the three islands in Chiemsee, Germany. The 15.5-hectare (38-acre) large and car free Fraueninsel houses 300 permanent residents as well as an active Benedictine convent.

Fraueninsel along with its sister island Herreninsel is one of the main tourist attractions on the Chiemsee, and is famous for the Kloster Liquor spirit, which is produced by the nuns.

Part of "Germany's Most Beautiful Panorama". One from a pair depicting the Berlin Gendarmenmarkt (issued 2013).  

Friday, June 7, 2013

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park is located in the area known as Austral Andes in Argentina, in the south at the border with Chile. This park shows a scenery of mountains, lakes and woods, including a large portion of the Andes practically under ice and snow.
Its name refer to the glaciers that are born on the Ice Caps, the largest continental ice extension after Anctartica.

Los Glaciares National Park  is a Unesco World Heritage site since 1981.


Sunday, June 2, 2013

From the Horn of Africa: Djibouti

Djibouti is a country located in the Horn of Africa bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. It is the third smallest country by area on the mainland of Africa. It has appr. 850,000 inhabitants. The palace Kempinski is not a royal palace but a 5-star luxury hotel.

“Djibouti Palace Kempinski redefines luxury service in the Horn of Africa !
Rest like a sultan in the best hotel of the Horn of Africa, where elegance meets oriental luxury, in a destination full of wonders.”

A stamp issued in 2005 about the National Union of the Women of Djibouti (UNFD).

Union Nationale des Femmes de Djibouti (UNFD) was created in 1977. UNFD works for the empowerment of women and the protection of maternal and child health. UNFD also works to end poverty, illiteracy and all forms of discrimination against women. 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The island of Sylt

The North Frisian Islands are a group of islands in the Wadden Sea (Wattenmeer), a part of the North Sea, off the western coast of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Sylt is the largest North Frisian island.

The Sylt city of Westerland is Germany's northernmost town. It had appr. 9,000 inhabitants. Westerland's economy is strongly oriented towards the island's tourism industry.

The Wattenmeer tidal mudflats around Sylt are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Altstadt Regensburg – a World Heritage Site.


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