Friday, January 19, 2018

CANADA ~ Canmore - Canadian Rockies - Alberta ~

... A great town view surrounded on all sides by the spectacular and often snow covered Canadian Rocky Mountains  (you see the Tree Sisters Mountains on the left)...  there are a range of activities, hikes, golf, dog sled, snowshoe, spa, tours and museums to explore in and around Canmore... the idea that it is only a 80km drive to see one of the world's most breathtaking scenery for real must be awesome... you are so lucky Glenn... Thanks a lot!!【ツ】 ➞Gem's World Postcards
Photo: ⒸLen Grant

Canmore is a town in Alberta located in the Bow Valley within Alberta's Rockies and  shares a border with Kananaskis Country.

Canmore was established in 1883 as a hard-working coal mining town servicing Canadian Pacific Railway trains. The community thrived as a mining town due to the rich coal seams that dominate the eastern ranges of the Canadian Rockies until the last of the coal mines shut down in 1979.

The name "Canmore" came from Malcolm of Canmore, King of Scotland from 1057 to 1093. The town was named in his honor. Canmore translated actually means "big head".


Stamps:

Ice Hockey Clubs - The 100th Anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs
(Issued 24-10-2017)

2X The History of Hockey - Joint Issue with USA
(Issued 20-10-2017)


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Italy ~ Val Grande National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great Italian National Park nr6ツ... the largest wilderness area in the country... the perfect place to hike and enjoy the steep deep valleys, crystal-clear waters in gorges and most spectacular views... also an outdoor museum of the ancient civilization of the Alps.... with shepherd huts and shelters for Italian partisans fighting the Nazis during the WWII... a place for real nature lovers... not yet overrun by tourists... Thanks a lot Gian Luca & Raffaella!! (✿ ♥‿♥) → World Postcards
Val Grande National Park is a protected area located in Piedmont, in the north of Italy, at the border with Switzerland. It is most notable for landscapes of the High Alps and has an area of more than 15.000 ha near the Maggiore Lake. Most the park is mountainous with peaks of over 3000m and the  majority of the area is forested.

The Val Grande National Park was established in 1992 and in 1998 the area of the park was extended.
Since 2013, the National Park  along with that of the Val Sesia - has become part of the World Network of Geoparks protected by UNESCO.


Stamp:

 EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles
(Issued 09-05-2017)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ANTIGUA and BARBUDA ~ The Devil's Bridge - Devil's Bridge National Park ~

... A small reminderツ... after MartiniqueSt Kitts & Nevis, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican RepublicFlorida and St Lucia I got once more a Caribbean beauty... an impressing  "bridge" view created by the force of nature...  one of the sights to see in Antigua and a great new National Park postcard... dear Glenn, I don't need to write to Santa... I have you!! (>‿♥)... the bridge is said to have gotten its name from the slaves from nearby plantations who leaped to their deaths during Antigua’s slavery period... it was soon said that the Devil must be present there... the limestone formation is often slippery because of the waves and it is advised people do not walk across the bridge... Thanks a million Glenn !!¯\_(ツ)_/¯¯\_(ツ)_/¯
ⒸPhoto by Bob Reardon

Composed of limestone rock, the rugged terrain of Devil’s Bridge is the result of millions of years of ancient reef formation. For hundreds of thousands of years, the Atlantic’s waves have crashed into the east coast of Antigua creating a natural arch, or bridge. Numerous geysers and blowholes surround the arch as waves continually break against the coastal rocks.

Devil's Bridge National Park is located on a headland on the eastern end of the land. The area was legally constituted as a National Park in the 1950's.

Stamp:

Fauna
(Issued 01-10-2007)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

GERMANY ~ Common Seal - Westerland - Sylt - Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park ~

... The cutest seal pup sunbathing and waving hello... on the island there are several areas where they like to stay... there are also boat tours to the sandbanks to watch seals... with so lovely a matching stamp and postmark from the Seal Caring Station in Norddeich... this station is a facility for raising young seals who were separated from their mothers due to storms, disease or human disturbance and who would otherwise have little chance of survival... Thanks a lot dear Dustin for once more a unique philatelic item!! ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ) ➝ My postcard and stamp week
Photo: McPhoto/Schwenk

Moinsager is a vacation home in Westerland,  a seaside town located on the German North Sea island of Sylt. It is the northernmost and largest North Sea island.  And the largest resort on the island, the local transportation hub and the centre of Sylt's tourist industry.

The Common Seal or Harbour Seal, is a true seal of the Northern Hemisphere, they inhabit the waters of the north Atlantic and north Pacific Oceans. They vary in color from black and brownish to tan or grey. Their heads are rather round and the eyes fairly large.  As all other true seals (pinnipeda) their lack earflaps,  meaning their ear canal can be seen behind their eyes. The fore flippers are relatively small, flexible and equipped with five digits. The milk of common seals contains as much as 45% milk fat. This enables the pup to more than double its weight by the time it's weaned.


Stamp:

Baby Animals
(Issued 02-01-2018)

Flora - Flowers
(Issued 13-04-2017)

Monday, January 15, 2018

BULGARIA ~ Wild Orchids ~

... Beautiful orchids postcard... according to experts, the wild orchid is one of the oldest blooming plant specie... these orchids are referred to as the "bee orchids" due to the flowers resemblance to the furry bodies of bees and other insects... most of the Bulgarian National Parks are full of magnificent wildflower meadows... Thanks Samantha!!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
From backside postcard:
"The Bulgarian orchids are mysterious flowers growing in the humid continental climate where nobody will expect to see them. The  Bulgarian name for these flowers is "Salep". You can find around 80 different types of orchids spread all over the country. Most of the time they are left unseen due to their small size. Some of them are endangered and that is why they are protected by law. Overall, the characteristic they share is extraordinary beauty granting a fascinating charm to our nature."

Ophrys reinholdii Spruner Ex Fleishm can be found from Croatia in southeastern Europe to northwestern Iran in western Asia, including Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.

Stamps:

Folk Art
(06-008-2015)

Flora - Mushrooms
(Issued 10-02-2014)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Ramayana Trail ~

... The ancient Indian epic poem "Ramayana" is one of the most important in Hindu literature... the epic is widely known and loved in South and Southeast Asia...  evidence of this mythological tale are found in various parts of the island... Thanks Ravindra!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Ⓒ Vijtha and Lalana Yapa

The Sri Lankan tourism department has identified about 50 sites (temples, caves, gardens, mountains and heritage sites) that are said to be connected to the Ramayana that tells the tale of the Hindu god Rama, whose wife Sita was kidnapped by Ravana and taken to ‘sone ki Lanka’, or the golden kingdom of Lanka.

The Ramayana is one of the longest epic poems in Hinduism, with more than 24,000 verses. Although its precise origins are unclear, the poet Valmiki is generally credited with writing the Ramayana in the 5th century B.C.

The word "Ramayana", literally means "the march (ayana) of Rama" in search of human values.

Stamps:

Pigeon Island Marine National Park
(Issued 22-08-2014)

2X Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka
(Issued 16-12-2017)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

MYANMAR ~ Sule Pagoda and Yangon City Hall ~

... Great panoramic postcard nr2 of Yangon formerly known as Rangoon, Myanmar's largest city...  one of the most beautiful preserved colonial cities in Asia... the range of architecturally stunning buildings here is amazing... with view of the Sule Pagoda, a historic place of worship... and the  remarkable and modern looking Yangon City Hall located just across the famous pagoda... this building is one of the rare colonial buildings which has its own typical Myanmar style...Thanks a lot dear Jobbo for showing me one of your most favorite cities in the world!【ツ】
Sule Pagoda is a small pagoda located in the center of Yangon. The pagoda is surrounded by busy streets, a market and colonial era buildings like the Supreme court building and Yangon city hall. It is an important space in contemporary Burmese politics, ideology and geography. According to legend, it was built before the Shwedagon Pagoda during the time of the Buddha, making it more than 2,600 years old.

Yangon city hall is a Burmese style building with tiered roofs called Pyatthat, topped with hti, a ceremonial umbrella. The building was completed in 1936 after 10 years of construction. Yangon city hall is located on Maha Bandula road, next to the Sule pagoda.

Stamp:

 Local musical instruments
 (Issued 27-07-2017)

Friday, January 12, 2018

MYANMAR ~ Sunrise over U Bein Teak Bridge - Amarapura

... Yeahhh!! Jobbo is traveling againツ... he surprised me with two fantastic postcards... this one shows a beautiful view of colorful painted rowing boats on the shore of Taungthaman Lake... near the famous U Bein Bridge... views of the bridge are most impressive at sunrise...  one of Myanmar´s most photographed sites...and the best photo opportunities are afforded by hiring a boat to get a close up view of the bridge from the water... Thanks a lot Jobbo, nice to hear from you!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Ⓒ Yu Zarni Aye

The U Bein Teak Bridge is a 1.2 km (75 miles) bridge created from more than 1000 pillars and crosses Taungthaman Lake in Amarapura.  It was originally made of teak wood completely but now some of its parts are replaced by cement.

It was built by mayor U Bein around 1860 by salvaging Teak planks and columns from the former royal palace, which was destroyed when the capital moved to Mandalay. It is believed to be the oldest and longest teak wood bridge in the world.

Stamps:

The 48th Anniversary of ASEAN - Joint Community Issue
(Issued 08-08-2015)

The 70th Anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 (Issued 17-03-2017)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

SAINT LUCIA ~ Fruit and Flowers ~

... Fantastic colorful tropical flowers and bananas coming from the West Indies...  once more a dream holiday destination... don't know where it has been all this time as it was sent at Glenn's stop nr2... but I'm so glad it still arrived... with great matching banana stamp👍...
Big Thanks dear Glenn!! (✿◠‿◠)  → Gem's World Postcards

St. Lucia in general is known for its tropical vegetation. Orchids and exotic plants grow wild in the rainforests, with roadsides covered with many tropical flowers.

Banana is St. Lucia’s main export crop and were introduced on the island in the 1950's.  Three main kinds of bananas are cultivated commercially: the valery, the robusta, and the giant Cavendish.


The islands local bananas are known as figs and, as the St. Lucians say, they are in every pot,on every plate and behind every bar. A great variety of culinary specialties can be made with ripe bananas, green bananas, and plantains (cooking bananas)--all mainstays of the island's diet.



Photo: Cecil N.A. Clarke

Stamp:

Flowering Fruits
(Issued 05-12-2005)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Sacred Sri Maha Bodhi Tree - Anuradhapura - UNESCO ~

... After so many Sri Lankan postcards posted here, the ☀Pearl of the Indian Ocean☀ still amazes me... this time I got a great view of the oldest living known human planted tree in the world surrounded by temple walls... its supports are of gold... this fig tree is a very spiritually and physically significant part of the ancient city Anuradhapura... it has been looked after by caretakers for over 2.000 years...  a pilgrim place for Buddhists... Big Thanks once more Ravindra!! (✿◠‿◠)

The Sacred Fig tree or Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya of Anuradhapura,  it is said to be the southern branch of the Sri Maha Bodhi tree in India, under which Buddha reached enlightenment.

In the 3rd century BC, it was brought to Sri Lanka by Sangamitta Theri, the daughter of Emperor Asoka and founder of an order of Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka. In 288 BC it was planted by King Devanampiya Tissa on a high terrace about 6.5 m (21.3 ft) above the ground in the Mahamevnāwa Park in Anuradhapura.



Stamps:

Pigeon Island Marine National Park
(Issued 22-08-2014)

2X Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka
(Issued 16-12-2017)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

ITALY ~ Salamandra gigliolii - Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park ~

... Already my second great new National Park of 2018ツ... one of the largest protected areas in Europe... with lovely view of the Italian fire salamander... possibly the best-known salamander species in Europe... Abruzzo is one of the regions least known to foreign visitors... many outdoor activities are possible within the park including hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing, bird watching and skiing... it offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Italy... Thanks a lot dear  Gian Luca & Raffaella!!   (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Michele Panuccio

The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park is located mostly in Abruzzo in the middle of Appennini and consists of three mountain groups: Gran Sasso d'Italia chain, Laga massif, and Gemelli Mountains. Established in 1991 and  has an area of 2,014 square km (778 sq mi).

The Park has the highest peak of the Apennines, Corno Grande (2,912 m.) On this chain there is the one and only glacier of the Apennines, the so-called Calderone, which is also the southernmost glacier in Europe.

Many species of wildlife live there,  including rare animals such as the Abruzzo chamois, wolves, Marsican brown bear, roe deer, wildcats, foxes, wild boars and squirrels. Notable birds include the golden eagle, the white-backed woodpecker, the goshawk, the common buzzard and the peregrine falcon.

The fire salamander is black with yellow spots or stripes to a varying degree; some specimens can be nearly completely black while on others the yellow is dominant. Fire salamanders can have a very long lifespan; one specimen lived for more than 50 years in Museum Koenig, a German natural history museum.

Stamp:

The 150th Anniversary of the Expedition of the Thousand
(Issued 05-05-2010)

Monday, January 8, 2018

USA ~ Walt Disney World - Cinderella's Castle - Florida ~

... A wonderful 3-D postcard coming from probably the happiest place on earthヽ(ヅ)ノ ... for young and old... Cinderella's Castle with Tinkerbell and Firework... the icon for the Magic Kingdom park... and the most photographed building at Walt Disney World... Thanks a lot Lauri!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney World Resort is the world's most-visited entertainment resort located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

It has 4 theme Parks:
Magic Kingdom
Epcot Disney's
Hollywood Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom.

 At 189-feet high, this grand Cinderella's castle is the central focal point of the Magic Kingdom.The Castle was completed in July 1971, after about 18 months of construction.

The castle's look was inspired by a variety of real and fictional castles, such as Fontainebleau, Versailles and the chateaus of Chenonceau, Chambord and Chaumont, as well as the castle from the film "Cinderella" and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland.

© Disney

Stamp:

Forever stamps - the echeveria
(Issued 28-04-2017)

Friday, January 5, 2018

MEXICO ~ San Juan de Dios Market - Guadalajara ~

... Delicious fruits and vegetables displayed for sale... this is probably the biggest and oldest market under a roof in Latin America... it gives travelers a unique shopping experience... three levels market that appears to be one of Guadalajara's hot spots.... it literally sells everything and anything you can think of... each level has sections for something specific... from traditional clothing, jewelry, food, fresh meat, candy, tequila to touristy items... Thanks a lot Diego!!【ツ】
Mercado San Juan de Dios (San Juan de Dios Market) is located in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco,  in the Historical District of the city. The market was inaugurated on December 30, 1958 and was designed by the architect Alejandro Zohn. There are approximately 3.000 posts in the market with an area of 40,000 m².

Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city and the capital of Jalisco, home of tequila, mariachi and charreria, the country’s official national sport. It is a city steeped in tradition but also one of the country’s most vibrant and a cosmopolitan.

Stamps:

The 150th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Republic
(Issued 14-07-2017)

The 4th Anniversary of the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Reform
(Issued 26-06-2017)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Laxapana Falls ~

...  New great waterfall view for my collection... set in beautiful greenery with a nice natural pond... one of the most fascinating waterfalls...  Sri Lanka, in comparison to its size, has perhaps the largest number of waterfalls of any country in the world... Lanka Council of Waterfalls (LCWF) has recorded 382 waterfalls... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Laxapana Falls is 126m high and the 8th highest waterfall on the island. It is situated in Hatton area in Nuwara Eliya District. It formed by Maskeliya Oya near the confluence of Kehelgamuwa Oya and Maskeliya Oya which forms Kelani River.

The Falls gives its name to twin Hydroelectricity Power stations, Laxapana which generates 50MW of electricity and New Laxapana which generates 100MW.

Popular folklore tells this was the place where Buddha mended his saffron robe when he was visiting Sri Pada. The name of the Falls derived from Sinhala words of "Laxa" means Hundred thousand and "Pahana" or "Pashana" means rock.

Stamps:

2X United Nations Day of Vesak
(Issued 12-05-2017)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Selyn Fair Trade ~

... This postcard is about a social business with real impact on local community... the  right place to buy pure Sri Lankan handloom items for souvenirs or gifts.... the products are offered with really nice material (silk, cotton) and fantastic colors... a perfect blend of Heritage, Fair trade and Art... Selyn has shops in Colombo, Kandy and Kurenegala... Thanks Ravindra and I will try to find the items your looking for!! (ヅ)
 http://www.thedecologist.com/selyn/
Selyn is a Fair Trade guaranteed Handloom company  (in the operation for the last 25 year) that engages the traditional Sri Lankan community of Handloom weavers  in bringing to you products handmade with 100% cotton and infinite measures of skill and devotion.​

They  have a wide variety of products that capture the true Sri Lankan spirit; range from clothing and fashion accessories to home decor and toys. Such items include saris, sarongs, garments, jewellery, fabrics, table linens, cushion covers, children's accessories and toys.


Stamp:

World Post Day
(Issued 09-10-2017)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

USA ~ Denali National Park - Alaska ~

... Lovely view of an Alaskan moose peeking around a spruce tree...Denali is Alaska's most well known national park, attracting nearly half a million visitors every year... it offers some of the most majestic landscapes and wildlife sightings with only one single road running through the middle... the only national park patrolled in winter by dog sled... Thanks a lot Arnold!!【ツ】
© Photo: Mark Kelley

Denali National Park covers just over six million acres, or 9,492 square miles, inclusive the park, wilderness and preserve lands, and Mount Denali, North America’s highest point at 20,310 feet above sea level. At 6 million acres it is bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon combined.

Denali is known for its iconic mammal species, including black and grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and Dall's sheep. The park has also 169 species of birds identified in the park, including golden and bald eagles.

Glaciers cover a million acres or one-sixth of the park. "Hundreds of unnamed glaciers and at least 40 named glaciers flow from heights as high as 19,000 feet and descend to elevations as low as 800 feet above sea level,"

Stamps:

Fruit Definitives - Grapes
(Issued 24-02-2017)

American Design - Navajo Jewelry
(Issued 12- 05-2007)

2X History of Hockey - Joint Issue with Canada
(Issue 20-10-2017)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!! Happy 2018!!


As we look ahead to 2018 I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the visitors, readers and  followers of my blog... without you all sending postcards from your travels... sometimes the most exotic places... or from beautiful places near to your homes there would be no blog! (✿◠‿◠)

With special thanks to:
Andrene♥, David♥, Dustin♥, Gian Luca and Raffaella♥, Glenn♥, Joseph and Assumpta♥, Jobbo♥, Johan♥ and Ravindra♥!

 " TO SEND A POSTCARD IS A GOOD WAY TO GO SOMEWHERE WITHOUT MOVING ANYTHING BUT YOUR HEART"
Phyllis Theroux

Saturday, December 30, 2017

NICARAGUA ~ Masaya Volcano National Park ~

... A fantastic postcard to end postcard blog year nr 9ツ... my first of this Central American country and a great new National Park... the country is known as the “land of lakes and volcanoes”... it is not in many countries you will get to visit an active volcano crater... a natural wonder and a great place to see the power of the earth... a must see destination when traveling in Nicaragua... Thanks a lot Therese!!【ツ】
"Masaya Volcano - Nightview of the crater and eruprion - Bobadilla Cross"

Nicaragua is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordered by Honduras, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and the Pacific Ocean. Nicaragua's capital, Managua, is the country's largest city and the third-largest city in Central America.

Masaya Volcano National Park is one of the most important protected areas of the country. It’s a volcanic caldera of 54km2 that comprises 2 volcanoes, 5 craters and 1 lagoon. The two volcanoes have been collapsing after the eruptions suffered and currently only one is active. The volcanoes have erupted several times in history.

The Bobadilla Cross is an enormous cross set at the top of the volcano.  During the 16th century the volcano was nicknamed the “Gate to Hell” by Spanish invaders who feared it. Their solution was baptizing the volcano and erecting a large cross, “La Cruz de Bobadilla” on the top of the crater to exorcise it of the Devil".


Stamp:

Airmail - The 500th Anniversary of Discovery of America
(Issued 12-10-1987)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Moonstone - Anuradhapura - UNESCO ~

... A great and rare relic of the past... this is one of the most wonderful and characteristic moonstones in Sri Lanka, and an excellent example of its kind... Buddhist places of worship came to have a beautiful first step, a symbolic welcome to all who would enter...  a must see item of ancient history...  Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】
"Moonstone - Half rings depict flames, animals, creeper,goose, shroll and centre of a lotus."

Moonstone also known as Sandakada pahana, is a unique feature of the Sinhalese architecture of ancient Sri Lanka. It is an elaborately carved semi-circular stone slab, usually placed at the bottom of staircases and entrances.

First seen in the latter stage of the Anuradhapura period, the sandakada pahana evolved through the Polonnaruwa, Gampola and Kandy period. According to historians, the sandakada pahana symbolises the cycle of Saṃsāra in Buddhism.


Stamps:

 United Nations Day of Vesak
(Issued 12-05-2017)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

USA ~ Fort Lauderdale Beach - Florida ~

... Hello!! Back after a short Christmas break... hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time with family and friends♥... Fort Lauderdale Beach is a year round sun-filled beach town... famous for its pristine beaches, miles of swaying palm trees and soft ocean breezes... also known as the Venice of America, because of its 270 miles of canals and waterways... this must be the first postcard you sent before cruising to the Southern Caribbean and it came as last o͜͡o ... Loved them all... Big Thanks Glenn!!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿ ➝ Gem's World Postcards
Photo: John Gordash
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a city located on the coast in southeast Florida close to Miami. It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area.  The city was first founded by Major William Lauderdale during the Seminole War of 1837-1838. The city grew rapidly during the land boom in Florida during the 1920s.

Fort Lauderdale's port is called Port Everglades, which is a misleading name, as it is not in fact located near the Florida Everglades. Port Everglades is ranked second among cruise ports worldwide and has more home ported cruise ships than any other port.


Stamps:

Songbirds in the Snow
(Issued 04-08-2016)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

GERMANY ~ Christmas Greetings - Freedom for All ~

... Today another great 🤶 🦌🎄 greetings card⛄ ⭐✨... comic art and critical drawing... but I love it and made me smileʘ͜͡ʘ... maybe we all should eat a *vegetarian* Christmas meal???(~_^)... with matching stamps and beautiful special postmark of the Nicholas post office at St. Nikolaus.... since 1966, there has been a special Christmas post office which replies to children's letters during the Advent season.... Thanks a lot Dustin!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Inkognito Cards - Peter Gut

The internationally renowned artist Peter Gut (born 1959) from Winterthur is one of the most famous and eminent illustrators of German-speaking Switzerland. His drawings appear in the famous Swiss newspapers and magazines. He also illustrated books for adults and children.

Stamps:

Christmas - Maria Rast Chapel, Krün
(Issued 02-11-2017)

Christmas - Alter Paintings
(Issued 02-11-2017)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CANADA ~ Christmas Greetings ~

... More sweet⛄🦌❄️🎄🌟Christmas🌟🎄❄️🦌⛄ mail... as written on the card... I wish everyone lots of peace, love and joy during this very special time of year... and small but so "cute" Christmas stamp!! Thanks a lot Glenn!! \_(♥‿♥)_/➞ Gem's World Postcards


Stamp:

Christmas - Animals
(Issued 03-11-2017)

Monday, December 18, 2017

BELGIUM ~ Christmas Greetings ~

... With Christmas around the corner its time to post a few lovely season's greetings cards 🦌 ⛄ ⛪ ... matching stamp and great first day postmark... Thanks a lot Johan!! (✿ ♥‿♥) ➞  Johan postcards


Stamp:

Christmas
(Issued 23-10-2017)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

SRI LANKA ~The Golden Valley of Tea - Bogawantalawa~

...An amazing view with such a calm and tranquil atmosphere... the Golden Valley of Tea is considered to be one of the most beautiful tea growing areas in the country... here you can read  more about tea production in Sri Lanka... after water the most widely-consumed drink in the world... with sweet Christmas stamp... Many thanks Ravindra and Happy Holidays to you to!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
© Margaretha Haglind

The Bogawantalawa Valley in central Sri Lanka produces nearly 12 million kilos of high grown tea from over 39 million finely maintained tea bushes. Sri Lanka is the fourth largest producer of tea in the world.

On one side the Valley it is surrounded by one of the world’s most beautiful national parks and wilderness reserves, on the other side it is bordered by verdant mountains shrouded in mist. The ancient name of the Valley, Baghavanthalawa, literally means “the plain of the gods”.

Stamps:

The 8th Conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers & Parliamentarians
 (Issued 04-10-2017)

Christmas
(Issued 26-11-2017)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

FRANCE ~ Petite France - Strasborug - UNESCO ~

... Lovely view of the most charming district of Strasbourg... Petite France is a nostalgic view into an ancient way of life... with the typical colorful half-timbered houses and canals... a must visit when in Strasbourg  ...this area was in the Middle Ages home to the city's tanners, millers and fishermen... stamped at the European Parliament... Heel Erg Bedankt Johan!!【ツ】➝Johan Postcards
Strasbourg is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France and is the official seat of the European Parliament.

La "Petite France" is a historic quarter of the city of Strasbourg in eastern France. It is located at the western end of the Grande Île, which contains the historical centre of the city.

The name Petite-France ("Little France") was not given for patriotic or architectural reasons. It comes from the "hospice of the syphilitic" (Hospice des Vérolés, in French), which was built in the late 15thC on this island, to cure persons with syphilis, then called Franzosenkrankheit ("French disease") in German.

Petite France forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Grande Île, designated in 1988.

Stamp:

2017 EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles
(Issued 14-05-2017)