Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Jamestown, capital of Saint Helena

St Helena is a small and remote island in the South Atlantic Ocean. The island measures only 50 square miles and has a population of about 4,500. The distance to the African mainland is 1,200 miles and 1,900 to the coast of South America. The island is part of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha—a territory of the United Kingdom. 

The island has a rich history. After Emperor Napoleon's defeat in June 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo, he was exiled to St Helena. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Breadfruit | Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands is an island country located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. The country's population of 53,000 is spread out over 29 coral atolls, comprising moren than 1,000 individual islands and islets.
The islands share maritime boundaries with the Federated States of Micronesia to the west, Wake Island to the north, Kiribati to the south-east, and Nauru to the south.

The postcards shows a series of four stamps issued in 1990, Traditional Food: Breadfruit. We see harvesting, peeling and skinning, soaking and kneading dough.

The Southern Stingray, part of a set of three definitives about Rays (2015). 

                                                                                    Thank you so much Rod, great surprise!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Roatán Island | Honduras

Roatán is an island off the northern coast of Honduras. It is located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, and is the largest of the Bay Islands. The island is about 50km long and only 2 to 4 km wide. Roatan is a real diving and snorkeling mecca.

The stamp shows the ‘Fortaleza de San Fernando de Omoa’. A fortress built between 1759 and 1777 by the Spanish conquistadores to protect the coast from rampant piracy. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Niue Island!

Niue is a small island country in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,400 kilometres northeast of New Zealand.

The island is located in the middle of the triangle formed by TongaSamoa and the Cook Islands. Niue has a population of only 1,600.

Part of a set of four stamps, Flora of Niue (issued 2015). 

Thanks you soo much David!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Genghis Khan Rides Again | Mongolia

Just over thirty miles east of the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator the old Emperor rides again.  Sat atop his horse, surveying his dominion. A huge 131 feet(!) statue of Genghis Khan dominates the steppes of Mongolia.

To the outside world, Genghis Khan, the fearsome Mongolian warrior who conquered half the known world in the 13th century, is remembered for his brutalities and destruction. Resulting in the death of forty million people. But to Mongolians, he is a national hero, a larger-than-life figure and the symbol of Mongolian culture.

Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history, revived the Silk Road, uniting warring tribes and was responsible for cementing the position of Mongols in the world’s map.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Comino Island | Malta

Comino is the smallest of the three inhabited island of the Maltese archipelago. Situated between Malta and Gozo, Comino is a paradise for snorkelers, divers, windsurfers and ramblers. The island is known as the The Blue Lagoon because of the blue-green sea.

SEPAC issue 2015. Malta is one of the 14 members of SEPAC (Small European Postal Administrations Cooperations). 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tarawa, capital of the Republic of Kiribati

Kiribati is an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean. Tarawa is the capital city. With over 50,000 inhabitants, half of the country’s population lives on the atoll of Tarawa.
The sad part is that Kiribati is expected to be the first country to lose all its land territory to global warming.

The stamps are part of a series of 16 stamps, issued in 2013. The theme is water transportation.  

Thank you soo much David!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Historic centre of Siena | Italy

Siena is a medieval city in the region of Tuscany, located in the north of Italy. The city is built around the Piazza del Campo.

The historic centre of Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stockholm | Sweden

Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden. The city comprises fourteen islands connected by bridges: Venice of the North.

The 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Stockholm, following Sweden's victory at the 2015 contest in Vienna.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Temple of Abu Simbel | Egypt

The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel, a village in Nubia, southern Egypt, near the border with Sudan.

Built more than 3,000 years ago, to honor Pharaoh Rameses II and his queen Nefertari. The site was moves completely in the early 60’s because it was threatened by the construction of the Aswan Dam.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Fagus Factory in Alfeld | Germany

The Fagus Factory is a shoe last factory in Alfeld on the Leine, Germany. The factory was built in 1911 by architect and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius.

Alfeld was a member of the Hanseatic League. In the mid-thirteenth century, North German seafaring merchants joined together to form the Hanseatic League as a way to pursue their shared economic interests.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Arabian Oryx | Qatar

The Oryx is a species of antelope that lives in Africa and the Middle East. These animals have a striking appearance with long and pointy horns. These horns give Oryx the nickname spear antelope.

Friday, May 13, 2016

São Miguel Island | Azores

São Miguel is the largest and most populous island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.  The postcard views the main staircase from the bottom towards the hermitage of Nossa Senhora da Paz. 

Thank you very much Lara!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hvar Island | Croatia

Hvar is a Croatian island located off the Dalmatian coast. The island is the 4th most populated of the Croatian islands, with a population of about 11,000. 

Parts of the harbor of Hvar and surrounding areas are part of Defensive System of City of Hvar. That is part of Unesco World Heritage site inscribed under the name "Venetian Works of Defence between 16th and 17th centuries".

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Djerba Island | Tunisia

Djerba Island, just off the Tunisian coast, is the largest island of North Africa. The island has a population of about 150,000 and is a big tourist attraction.

Interesting fact: Djerba is home to one of the few remaining Jewish communities in North Africa: the towns of Hara Sghira and Hara Kebira.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Marigot | St-Martin

Marigot is the main town and capital on the French side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. 

Unfortunately no postmark, but still a great card.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

San Pietro Island | Italy

San Pietro is an island of volcanic origin, approximately 7 kilometres off the coast of Sardinia. With 51 square kilometers it is the sixth largest island of Italy. The island has a population of about 6,000.

Cala Vinagra is almost a fiord (actually an inlet) with a little island. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Green Island | Australia

Green Island is a coral cay surrounded by white sandy beaches and sapphire blue waters just 45 minutes from Cairns, Australia. The island is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

No people live on the island, but is it a popular tourist attraction, especially for day trippers from Cairns.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia

Jakarta is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Indonesia. Located on the northwest coast of the world's most populous island of Java. 

Jakarta is a so called megacity with over 10 million inhabitants in the city itself and over 31 million in the metropolitan area.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape | Czech Republic

“Between the 17th and 20th centuries, the ruling dukes of Liechtenstein transformed their domains in southern Moravia into a striking landscape. It married Baroque architecture (mainly the work of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach) and the classical and neo-Gothic style of the castles of Lednice and Valtice with countryside fashioned according to English romantic principles of landscape architecture. At 200 km2 , it is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe.”
(source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/763)

(left) Martina Sáblíková is a Czech speed skater, specializing in long distance races. She won two gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Camino de Santiago | Spain

The Camino de Santiago is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Florence | Italy

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982.

The Ponte Vecchio, meaning Old Bridge, is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel-segmental-arch bridge (thank you wiki!) over the Arno River.


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