Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Necropolis of Kerkouane | Tunisia

The Necropolis of Kerkouane is an ancient cemetery located near the Punic city of Kerkouane in northeastern Tunisia.

Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Masai Tribe | Tanzania

The life of this pastoral nomadic tribe revolves around their cattle, off whose milk and blood they almost entirely live.

The state of Texas | USA

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Churches and Convents of Goa | India

Goa, the smallest state of India, is famous for its golden beaches and its churches and convents. They are spread all around in Old Goa, built in the 16th century under Portugese rule.

Churches and Convents of Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Esterháza Palace | Hungary

Esterháza is a palace in Fertőd, Hungary, built by Prince Nikolaus Esterházy. Sometimes the palace is referred to as the "Hungarian Versailles".

Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage site for both Hungary and Austria.

The Fertö/Neusiedler Lake area has been the meeting place of different cultures for eight millennia. The remarkable rural architecture of the villages surrounding the lake and several 18th- and 19th-century palaces adds to the area’s considerable cultural interest.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Flags of the World | Kosovo

The flag of the Republic of Kosovo was adopted immediately following the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo from Serbia on 17 February 2008.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Laurisilva of Madeira | Portugal

The Laurisilva of Madeira is one of the largest surviving area of laurel forest, a previously widespread forest type. This primary laurel forest can be found in Madeira Natural Park.

Laurel forests need an ecosystem of high humidity, such as cloud forests, with abundant rainfall throughout the year. Laurel forests typically occur on the slopes of tropical or subtropical mountains, where the moisture from the ocean condenses so that it falls as rain or fog and soils have high moisture levels.

Laurisilva of Madeira is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jurisdiction of Saint Emilion | France

Saint-Émilion is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in south-western France. Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

According to UNESCO, the Jurisdiction of Saint Emilion is an outstanding example of an historic vineyard landscape that has survived intact and in activity to the present day. The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Émilion as early as the 2nd century.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Struve Geodetic Arc | Finland

The Struve Geodetic Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820 km.

This helped to calculate the exact size and shape of the planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. Tornikallio is one of the six measuring points that are located in Finland. Here you see three others: Oravivuori, Alatornio and Aavasaksa.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Flags of the World | Cook Islands

The flag of the Cook Islands, officially known as the Cook Islands Ensign, is based on the traditional design for former British colonies in the Pacific region.

It is a blue ensign containing the Union Flag in the upper left, and on the right, fifteen stars in a ring. The stars respresent the fifteen islands that make up the Cook Islands.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Gewerkenegg Castle | Slovenia

The old town of Idrija, Slovenia is dominated by the Gewerkenegg Castle (mine castle in German). The Gewerkenegg Castle was built in the first half of the 16th century as the administrative building of the Idrija Mercury Mine – the second largest mercury mine in the world.

Since 1954 it has been the seat of the Municipal Museum Idrija. The entire complex is now a museum exhibition area and the inner courtyard a venue for many summer cultural events in Idrija.

Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Idrija – Old Town is one of the component parts of this site. Here you see another postcard about this site.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Tsingy de Bemaraha | Madagascar

Located near the western coast of Madagascar, Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve comprises karstic landscapes and limestone uplands cut into impressive 'tsingy' peaks and a 'forest' of limestone needles. The undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps are the habitat for rare and endangered lemurs and birds.

Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Melbourne | Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria. The city has a population of approximately 5 million, which is almost 20% of the population of Australia.

What a superb city view. Thank you Steve! 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Town of Ramsey | Isle of Man

Ramsey (or Rhumsaa in 'Manx') is a coastal town in the north of the Isle of Man. It is the second largest town on the island after capital Douglas. Ramsey has one of the biggest harbours on the island.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Flags of the World | Saint Lucia

The flag of Saint Lucia was adopted on March 1, 1967. The flag's background is blue, reflecting the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea which surround the island.

The emblem in the centre includes white and black to indicate harmony between the races living on Saint Lucia. The yellow triangle represents the constant sunshine that the tropical island enjoys and that serves to encourage the tourist industry.

The black triangle symbolizes the topographic features known as the Pitons, ancient volcanic cones found in the southwest of Saint Lucia.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Archaeological city of Ur | Iraq

The archaeological city of Ur is one of the remains of the Sumerian cities and settlements that developed in southern Mesopotamia between the 4th and the 3rd millennium BCE in the marshy delta of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Residences of the Royal House of Savoy | Italy

When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562, he began a vast series of building projects (continued by his successors) to demonstrate the power of the ruling house. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

In the upper right corner you see the Venaria Reale (the Palace of Venaria). Here you see another postcard about this castle.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Red Fort | India

The Red Fort is a historic fort in the city of Delhi in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1856.

Red Fort Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bantul Duck Market | Indonesia

Bantul is a regency located in the Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia. It is located on the island of Java.

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Grand Canal | China

The Grand Canal is a vast waterway system in the north-eastern and central-eastern plains of China, running from Beijing in the north to Zhejiang province in the south. Creating the world’s largest and most extensive civil engineering project prior to the Industrial Revolution.

The Grand Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Wood Buffalo National Park | Canada

Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest National Park of Canada covering 44,807 km2 and the second-largest national park in the world. The park is home to North America's largest population of wild bison.

Wood Buffalo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Flags of the World | Sweden

The exact age of the Swedish Flag is not known, but the oldest recorded pictures of a blue cloth with a yellow cross date from the 16th century. Blue and yellow have been used as Swedish colours at least since King Magnus III's royal coat of arms of 1275.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Arch of Augustus - Aosta | Italy

The Arch of Augustus is a monument in the city of Aosta, northern Italy. It was erected in 25 BC on the occasion of the Roman victory over the Salassi (a Celtic tribe whose lands lay on the Italian side of the Little St Bernard Pass).

Monday, April 8, 2019

New Zealand sea lion

The New Zealand sea lion, also known as Hooker's sea lion, is a species of sea lion that primarily breeds on New Zealand's subantarctic Auckland and Campbell islands and to some extent around the coast of New Zealand's South and Stewart islands.

The New Zealand sea lion is the rarest and currently most endangered of the five species of sea lion in the world.

New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The New Zealand Sub-antarctic Islands encompasses five island groups: Snares Islands, Bounty Islands, Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands and Campbell Island including the islands surrounding it.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan

Saryarka is an important site for migratory water birds in northern Kazakhstan because of its wetlands. It also is the habitat of the Saiga antelope and the Siberian white crane. Both are critically endangered.

Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you see another postcard depicting this site.


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