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.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mataking Island | Malaysia

diving malaysia
With its sparkling white sand, mesmerizing blue waters and top-class resort, Mataking Island is the ideal getaway for both the avid diver and non-diver. Even for postcard and stamp enthusiasts,because they have an underwater post office.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Schloss Eggenberg | Austria

The Eggenberg Palace in Graz is the most significant Baroque palace complex in Austria's Styria region. The origins of this castle date back to 1460.

City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally only the historic centre was included. Schloss Eggenber is an extension, added in 2010.

The stamp on the left shows part of the “Grazer Uhrturm” (Clocktower of Graz). It was built in 1560. Its dial’s are over five meters in diameter!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma | Hungary

The monastery of the Benedictine Order at Pannonhalma is one of the oldest historical monuments in Hungary. The first Benedictine monks settled here in 996.  It is located near the town of Pannonhalma, on top of a 280 meters high hill.

Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The stamp on the right is a matching stamp! The stamp on the left refers to Tokaj wine region, also Unesco World Heritage.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bahla Fort | Oman

Unesco world heritage Oman
Bahla Fort is one of four historic fortresses situated at the foot of the Djebel Akhdar highlands in Oman. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The oasis of Bahla owed its prosperity to the Banu Nabhan tribe who, from hte middle of hte 12th century to the end of the 15th century, imposed their rule on the other tribes . Only the ruins of what was a glorious pas now remain.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Yungang Grottoes | China

The Yungang Grottoes are ancient Chinese Buddhist temple grottoes near the city of Datong in the province of Shanxi.

The Yungang Grottoes, with their 252 caves and 51,000 statues, represent the outstanding achievement of Buddhist cave art in China in the 5th and 6th centuries.  Yungang Grottoes is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Old City of Acre | Israel

Akko (also known as Acre) is a city in the northern part of Israel. A city with a rich history as it is actually one of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited since 4000 years.

The present city is characteristic of a fortified town dating from the Ottoman 18th and 19th centuries, with typical urban components such as the citadel, mosques, khans and baths. The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact, both above and below today's street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Historic centre of L'viv | Ukraine

Unesco world heritage Ukraine

With a population of about 730,000, L'viv is the largest city in western Ukraine and the seventh-largest city in the country overall.

The city, founded in the late Middle Ages, was a flourishing administrative, religious and commercial centre for several centuries. L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre, is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

City of Verona | Italy

Verona is a city with about 260.000 inhabitants in the Venetian region in Italy. City of Verona is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The historic city of Verona was founded in the 1st century B.C. It particularly flourished under the rule of the Scaliger family in the 13th and 14th centuries and as part of the Republic of Venice from the 15th to 18th centuries. Verona has preserved a remarkable number of monuments from antiquity, the medieval and Renaissance periods, and represents an outstanding example of a military stronghold.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Aranjuez Cultural Landscape | Spain

Aranjuez is a city located near in Spain. It's renowed for being a great example of early urban planning and landscaping, with some enormous boulevards and beautiful manicured gardens.

According to The Aranjuez cultural landscape is an entity of complex relationships: between nature and human activity, between sinuous watercourses and geometric landscape design, between the rural and the urban, between forest landscape and the delicately modulated architecture of its palatial buildings.

Yes, that's another way to describe it.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Archaeological Site of Volubilis | Morocco

Volubilis is one of Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins. Established before the Christian Era, Volubilis was considered the administrative center of the kingdom of Mauretania and also one of the most remote cities within the Roman Empire.

Archaeological Site of Volubilis is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hufeisensiedlung | Germany

Unesco whs Germany
The Hufeisensiedlung is a housing estate in Berlin, built between 1925-1933. hufeisen is horseshoe in English. When you look at if from the air, the building looks like a horseshoe, hence the name.

It was designed by architect Bruno Taut, municipal planning head and co-architect Martin Wagner, garden architect Leberecht Migge and Neukölln gardens director Ottokar Wagler. In 2008, it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status as one out of six Berlin Modernism Housing Estates.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Vlkolínec | Slovakia

Unesco world heritage Slovakia

Vlkolínec, situated in the centre of Slovakia, is a remarkably intact settlement of 45 buildings with the traditional features of a central European village. It is the region’s most complete group of these kinds of traditional log houses, often found in mountainous areas.

Vlkolínec is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, August 18, 2017

City of Adelaide | Australia

Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia with 1,7 million inhabitants.

One of the icons on this map card of South Australia refers to Adelaide.

Thank you one more time Steve!

Flinders Ranges South Australia

The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, which starts about 200 km (125 mi) north of Adelaide.

Rugged mountain ranges, dramatic gorges, peaceful creeks lined with river red gums and abundant wildlife is just the beginning of what awaits you at one of South Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. 

One of the icons on this map card of South Australia refers to Flinders Ranges.

Historic Hahndorf | Australia

Located just 25 minutes from Adelaide, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and celebrated 175 years in 2014. One of the icons on this map of South Australia refers to Hahndorf.

During the 1800's, religious persecution in Europe was so extreme that many Lutherans in Prussia emigrated. In those days they travelled by ship. In 1838 some of these migrants reached Port Adelaide in the "Zebra". Captain Hahn was so concerned for his passengers that he helped them find suitable land. They estabished a township in the Adelaide hills and named it Hahndorf, in gratitude for their captain.

Thank you Steve!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Map of South Australia

thank you steve!
South Australia is a state in the southern central part of Australia. It covers some of the most arid parts of the country. Its population is the most highly centralised of any state in Australia, with more than 75 percent of South Australians living in the capital, Adelaide.

Some items on this card you see the postcards here:
Kangaroo Island
Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin by train
The outback
River Murray
Paddle steamer
Part of a series of five self-adhesive stamps about Dragonflies (issue August 2017).

Thank you very much Steve!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chitwan National Park | Nepal

Unesco whs Nepal
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Nepal are most likely to be the mystical Himalayan mountains that stretch across its northern border, or the hectic capital Kathmandu where there is never a dull moment. You may be surprised to know that the dense jungle south of Kathmandu attracts thousands of visitors to Nepal every year.

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hanseatic city of Stralsund | Germany

Unesco world heritage Germany

Stralsund is a Hanseatic town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The Hanseatic League was an alliance of trading guilds that established and maintained a trade monopoly along the coast of Northern Europe, from the Baltic to the North Sea, during the Late Middle Ages and Early modern period (circa thirteenth–seventeenth centuries).

Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Both towns were major trading centres of the Hanseatic League in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Peschiera del Garda | Italy

Unesco world heritage Italy
The Fortified city of Peschiera del Garda is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site "Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar".

This property consists of 6 components of defence works in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, spanning more than 1,000 km between the Lombard region of Italy and the eastern Adriatic Coast.

Europa stamp 2017. This year's theme is castles.
Thank you so much Dustin!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mahabodhi Temple | India

This temple is one of the holiest sites of Buddhism, marking the spot of the Buddha 's enlightenment (bodhi).

The 4.8-hectare temple complex also includes ancient shrines and modern structures built by Buddhist devotees. Pilgrims from all over the globe come to visit this spiritual place.

The Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lagon Sud | New Caledonia

New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean.

Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems is a UNESCO world heritage site. This serial site comprises six marine clusters that represent the main diversity of coral reefs and associated ecosystems in the French Pacific Ocean archipelago of New Caledonia.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

USA - North Korea Tensions | GUAM

Fresh tensions between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have raised fears of a devastating nuclear war between the US and North Korea.

The US military this morning released pictures of supersonic B-1B bombers flying from Guam after North Korea threatened to strike an American airbase on the remote Pacific island.

Two US Air Force B-1B jets took part in 10-hour mission over the Korean peninsula just hours before Kim Jong-un revealed his plans.

On Monday, Trump warned any threat to America would be met with "fire and fury".


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Together we stand, divided we fall | North Korea

Single-hearted unity is the mainstay of Juche-oriented revolution and almighty weapon!

This is the text on the back of the card, most likely a translation of the text in Korean. But what does it mean? Juche? The North Korean calendar or Juche calendar, named after the Juche ideology, is the system of year numbering used in North Korea.

Juche means something like self-reliance or self-dependence. Juche is the official state ideology of North Korea, described by the government as Kim Il-sung's "original, brilliant and revolutionary contribution to national and international thought". It says that an individual is "the master of his destiny", that the North Korean masses are to act as the "masters of the revolution and construction", and that by becoming a self-reliant and strong nation one can achieve true socialism.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park | Spain

Unesco world heritage Spain
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is situated in the Pyrenees of Huesca province, Aragon, Spain. The park is included in the UNESCO World Heritage site 'Pyrénées – Mont Perdu', located on the border between France and Spain.

The stamp on the right is a matching stamp! Issued in 2002 as part of a set of three stamps about World Heritage in Hungary.


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