Sunday, September 24, 2017

The 31th state: California | USA

USA States

California is located on the west coast of North America. It is the largest US state by population, and the third largest by area. California joined the Union in September 1950 as 31th state. Did you know that California's economy is larger than that of any other state in the country? If it were a country, California would be the 6th largest economy in the world!

The highlights of this state depicted on this postcard are San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge, the State Capitol in Sacramanto, Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, the fabulous redwood forests and Mount Shasta.

Michigan, the 26th state | USA

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. De Zwaan (Dutch for The Swan) is an authentic Dutch windmill in the city of Holland, Michigan. It is the only authentic, working Dutch windmill in the United States.

Michigan is the 26th state that joined the Union, in January 1837.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The 15th state: Kentucky | USA

Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union of the USA. Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the bluegrass found in many of its pastures due to the fertile soil.

The state bird is the Northern cardinal. Kentucky is known for its thoroughbred horse racing and has plentiful white-tailed deer populations. The raccoon is a common mammal in Kentucky.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hawaii, the 50th state | USA

USA states

The Hawaii Territory was an 'organized incorporated territory' of the United States that existed from August 12, 1898, until August 21, 1959. At that date Hawaii joined the Union as the 50th U.S. state: the State of Hawaii.

The card shows some of the best Hawaii has to offer: Waikiki Beach, the Humpback Whale, Volacano eruptions, and the NaPali coastline.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lorentz National Park | Indonesia

Lorentz National Park is located in Papua, Indonesia. With an area of 25,000 km2, it is the largest national park in South-East Asia. The park is named for Hendrikus Albertus Lorentz, a Dutch explorer who passed through the area on his 1909–10 expedition.

The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999.

Actually one missing.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The island of Guam

The card shows a picture of the entire island of Guam from 13,000 feet (4000 Km) showing the Earth's horizon on a perfectly clear day.

The text on the card reads "Guam Micronesia". Here Micronesia refers to the overall region, not the country. Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Micronesia is divided politically among several sovereign countries. One of these is the Federated States of Micronesia, which is often called "Micronesia" for short and is not to be confused with the overall region.

The postmark reads Barrigada. This is the post office located near/at the airport.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jongmyo Shrine | South Korea

Dedicated to the forefathers of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), the shrine has existed in its present form since the 16th century. The shrine was a primary place of worship for kings throughout Joseon Dynasty.

The memorial service, called Jongmyo Jaerye, is said to be the oldest complete ceremony in the world, and was carried out in obedience to the king’s order. Ritual ceremonies linking music, song and dance still take place there, perpetuating a tradition that goes back to the 14th century.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ersha Island | China

Ersha Island is an island in the Yuexiu District of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. More than 80% of the residents in Ersha Island are expats and working personnel from foreign invested institutions. Also many consulates of foreign countries in Guangzhou are living on the island.

Curonian Spit | Russia

The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern part lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and its northern within Lithuania.

The Curonian Spit is a cross border UNESCO World heritage site, together with Lithuania.

The stamp is a matching stamp! You can actually feel the dunes.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Durham Castle and Cathedral | United Kingdom

Durham Cathedral captures a thousand years of British political, social and religious history. The Cathedral has been in continuous use since its original construction 900 years ago.

Behind the cathedral stands the castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the stronghold and residence of the Prince-Bishops of Durham, who were given virtual autonomy in return for protecting the northern boundaries of England, and thus held both religious and secular power.

Durham Castle and Cathedral is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ningaloo Coast | Australia

"Ningaloo Marine Park is a World Heritage-listed site found half way up the West Australian coastline. The crystalline water harbours the world’s largest fringing reef, a 260 kilometre (162 mile) long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and the elusive whale shark. Nowhere on earth do these majestic creatures reliably congregate in such large numbers as here, at Ningaloo Reef."


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vaduz Castle | Liechtenstein

Vaduz Castle is the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. The castle gave its name to the town of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, which it overlooks from an adjacent hilltop. It is thought that the castle was constructed as a fortress as early as the 12th century.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stoclet House | Belgium

The Stoclet House is a mansion in Brussels, Belgium. It was built by architect Josef Hoffmann for banker and art lover Adolphe Stoclet between 1905 and 1911. Hoffmann’s goal was to make the Gesamtkunstwerk – ‘a total work of art’ – which meant designing the building as a complex piece of art including all its contents such as the garden, furniture and decoration.

The house today is empty, and there are just a couple of caretakers who are protecting this architectonic treasure from gradual decay.

Did you notie this amazing stamp has an interesting feature? It is like a 'stamp within a stamp'.

Thank you very much Gerda!

Archaeological Site of Olympia | Greece

Located in a serene and rich valley at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers, lies the archeoligical site of Olympia. In antiquity it was famous beyond the borders of mainland Greece for hosting the Olympic Games every four years, starting in 776 BCE.

The archaeological site of Olympia is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thank you Tone!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Het Eyland Formosa | Taiwan

Printed in 1726 by Francois Valentijn, this is the earliest printed map of Taiwan or Formosa. It is considered the first specific printed map of Formosa. Valentijn's map covers the entire island, as well as the nearby Pescadores, now known as the Penghu Islands. Valentijn based this map on the 1640 manuscript (hand drawn) map of Formosa drawn by Johannes Vingboones.

At the time the western part of Taiwan was partially colonized by Chinese immigrants, while the eastern lands were dominated by ferocious headhunting tribes with an history of inhospitality.

The Dutch VOC, which established itself in western Formosa in 1624, was as intent on pacifying the aggressive Formosan aborigines and ultimately establishing a trading center capable of rivaling Macao and thus challenging Portuguese dominance of the China trade. The Dutch were ultimately driven out of Formosa entirely in 1668 by a Chinese backed aborigine resistance.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Huis Ten Bosch | Japan

Huis Ten Bosch (ハウステンボス Hausu Ten Bosu) is located in Sasebo city in Japan. This special theme park models Holland in the Middle Ages with complete replicas of Dutch buildings, streets, boats and windmills. The park is named after Huis ten Bosch, one of the three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Stewart Island | New Zealand

Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island, situated 30 kilometres south of the South Island.

Over 85% of the island is National Park, and most people come here for the hiking and birdwatching. About 400 people inhabit this island permanently.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Devastating aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Saint Martin / Sint Maarten

Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic storm in recorded history, is continuing to tear a deadly path through the Caribbean, causing widespread destruction and reducing buildings to rubble, on a track that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.

Sint Maarten / Saint Martin suffered great damage after this Category 5 hurricane battered the island. Video reports show truly shocking devastation.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Podersdorf am See | Austria

Podersdorf am See is a market town in the east of Austria on the shore of the Neusiedler See. It is located very close to the Hungarian border. The economy of the town is based on tourism and quality wine making.

Podersdorf is located within the area of the UNESCO World Heritage site Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape. A cross border site together with Hungary.

In rememberance of Austrian musician Falco who would have turned 60 this year. Dont we all remember Rock Me Amadeus and Jeanny? Unfortunately he died in a car crash in 1998.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Seokguram Grotto | South Korea

The Seokguram Grotto is an artificial grotto constructed of granite that contains a monumental statue of the Buddha. The temple was constructed between 751 and 774.

Together with Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Albert Dock in Liverpool | United Kingdom

Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, like slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America. Liverpool was a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management.

The Albert Dock is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses in Liverpool. Opened in 1846, it was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone, with no structural wood. At the time of its construction the Albert Dock was considered a revolutionary docking system because ships were loaded and unloaded directly from and to the warehouses.

The dock area is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Pantanal Conservation Area | Brazil

Unesco whs Brazil
The Pantanal is a natural region encompassing the world's largest tropical wetland area. It is located mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Pantanal Conservation Area is a Unesco World Heritage site.

The Pantanal is extremely important for the conservation of biological diversity and is a habitat for several worldwide threatened species. Including the giant armadillo, the giant anteater and the hyacinth macaw the largest species of parrot. A healthy jaguar population, a species almost threatened with extinction, is also present. Furthermore, the region contains a remarkable diversity of aquatic plants.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Breathtaking Lofoten | Norway

Lofoten archipelago
Lofoten is an archipelago in northern Norway, located within the Arctic Circle. The archipelago is known for a distinctive scenery with mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands.

Kvitsøy Lighthouse, located on an island with the same name. The stamp is part of a set of four lighthouse stamps, issued in 2015.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Russky Island | Russia

Russky Island is an island off the coast Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai, Russia. The island is located in the Peter the Great Gulf in the Sea of Japan. About 5,000 people live on this island.

Russky island is connected to the mainland of Vladivostok by a 1100 meters long bridge.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New England Aquarium | USA

The New England Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource. The card shows you Rockhopper penguins.

The Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the aquarium. Sharks, turtles, stingrays and countless other creatures swim in this massive three-story fishbowl. Learn all about penguins on the first floor exhibit or head upstairs to discover the plants and animals of the Amazon rainforest.


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