Friday, October 30, 2015

Fort Belgica | Indonesia

Fort Belgica is one of the most impressive of the many forts built by the Dutch East India Company. The fort is located on Bandaneira Island, one of the Banda Islands. Construction of the fort started early 17th century.

The Banda Islands are a group of ten small volcanic islands in the Banda Sea, part of the Moluccas, also known as the Spice islands.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cave 17, Ajanta | India

The Ajanta Caves are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. Cave 17 contains some of the best preserved and well known paintings of all the caves.
UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983.

The stamp on the right is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of introduction of Sagol Kangjei to the world, the name of the game of polo played in Manipur. 

Sagol means pony or horse, kang means ball or round object, and jei is a stick used for hitting. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Queen’s Stepwell at Patan | India

Rani ki Vav (the Queen's Stepwell) is located on the banks of the Saraswati River in Patan, India. The well was Initially built as a memorial in the 11th century. The site was only re-discovered in the 1950s as its many levels had been backfilled with silt over the centuries.

The well is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2014.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Canaima National Park in Venezuela

Canaima is a national park in south-eastern Venezuela along the border between Guyana and Brazil. The many cliffs and waterfalls, including the world's highest (1,000 m), form a spectacular landscape.

The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Medny Island | Russia

Medny Island is one of the two main islands in the Commander Islands. In 1970, all citizens of the island were moved to neighboring Bering Island. Today the island is totally uninhabited.

The stamp on the right is to celebrate 20 years of Commonwealth of Independent States,  a regional organization whose participating countries are some former Soviet Republics.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bering Island | Russia

The Commander Islands are located in the Bering Sea, 175 kilometers to the east of Kamchatka. Bering Island is the largest and westernmost of the Commander Islands. The island is treeless, desolate and experiences severe weather, including high winds, persistent fog and earthquakes.

In 1741 Commander Vitus Bering, sailing for the Russian Navy, was shipwrecked and died on Bering Island, along with 28 of his men.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trinity-St Sergius Monastery | Russia

The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius is the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 90 km from Moscow.

The monastery was founded in 1345 by St. Sergius of Radonezh, a highly revered monk and the patron saint of Russia. The monastery started as a simple wooden church in an isolated area, but soon grew much larger.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Novodevichy Convent | Russia

The Novodevichy Convent is situated in south-western Moscow. It was founded in 1524 by Grand Duke Vasily III to celebrate the recapture of Smolensk from the Lithuanians. After the Revolution, the Convent was turned into the Museum of the Emancipation of Women.

Khotyn Fortress | Ukraine

Fortress in Ukraine
The Khotyn Fortress is a fortification complex located on the right bank of the Dniester River in Khotyn, western Ukraine. Construction of the fortress started in 1325. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Church of Elijah the Prophet | Russia

Yaroslavl is a Russian city located 250 kilometers of Moscow. The historic part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Church of Elijah the Prophet was built in the 17th century and is one of the most complete and best-preserved monuments of Yaroslavl. 

Suzdal Kremlin | Russia

The Suzdal Kremlin is the oldest part of the Russian city of Suzdal, dating from the 10th century. The building with the blue toppings is the Cathedral of the Nativity.

UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992, inscribed under the name White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ferapontov Monastery | Russia

The Ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery is a Russian-Orthodox monastic complex dating from the 15th-17th centuries. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Carriage ride in Granada | Nicaragua

What better place to explore the colonial city of Granada from than a horse-pulled carriage? Sit back and relax while the horses walk you through the city. There are almost 30 carriages in Granada.
Part of a set of 8 stamps World Cup Football USA, 1994. Already more than 20 years ago. Champion: Brazil and runner up Italy.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hopkins Drummers in Belize

Hopkins is a small but vibrant community of approximately 1,000 villagers. The people live mostly by farming and fishing, and more recently many have found work in the growing tourist industry.

Garifuna music is a type of music found in Central America, primarily on the Caribbean coast of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The Garifuna are descendants of West and Central African people. Drums play an important role in Garifuna music. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Selling dades on the Friday Market | UAE

Souk is Arabic for 'marketplace’. Well known for their bustling atmosphere, eccentric variety and for giving an authentic flavour of Arabic culture.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Autumn colors | Japan

Momijidani Park or Maple Park is a park stretching along the Momijidani river.

Cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green leaves in early summer and autumn tints in fall, the change of seasons is the attraction. 

Adelaide Jacarandas | Australia

The Jacaranda is a sub-tropical tree native to certain parts of South America. Because of its abundant and long-lasting blue flowers it has been widely planted elsewhere. Also in Australia. The South American trees have become synonymous to certain areas around Adelaide.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Flame Tree | Malawi

The Flame Tree is a common name used in various parts of the world to refer to several different species of tree. This is a Flame Tree in Malawi.

A beautiful ornamental tree with flamboyant  orange flowers. This type of tree is very invasive, meaning it takes over whatever it can and crowds out native species.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Vienna, capital of Austria

Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria with 2 million inhabitants.
The cathedral in the backround is Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral). The green dome at the front is the Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church).

A stamp to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The Spanish Riding School is a traditional riding school for the famous white Lipizzan horses. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse | USA

Look very carefully at this postcard and you will see Cape Hatteras Light. The tallest lighthouse in North America.

This lighthouse is located on Hatteras Island off the North Carolina coast. Hatteras Island is a barrier island: a long, narrow, offshore deposits of sand or sediment that run parallel to the coastline.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

La Isla Margarita | Venezuela

Margarita is a Venezuelan island in the Caribbean Sea. With over 50 beaches it is one of the most touristic places in Venezuela. The island has a population of about 450,000. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mainau Island | Germany

Mainau is a small island in Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) in the most Southern part of Germany. The island is known for its parks and gardens and a 13th century baroque palace.
Mainau is a German island but the card was actually sent from Switzerland. Normally I only like ‘sent from country of origin’ but this time the exception proves the rule.


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