Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Sãmaneras - Gadaladeniya Temple ~

... Lovely postcard nr2 is showing young novice monks... wearing the reddish or ochre robe of a sāmaṇera (Pali word for "novice")... they are boys who wish to experience the monastic life style, but who still didn't reach the required age for integrating the saṃgha (at least 20 years old, from the moment of conception)... with nice monk stamp...Thanks again dear Ravindra!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Gadaladeniya Temple  is a Buddhist monastery built  on a rocky outcrop  in Diggala in the district of Kandy. According to an inscription carved into the walls the temple was built in 1344 AD by King Buwanekabaghu the fourth.

 A sāmaṇera (Pali) is a novice male monastic in a Buddhist context. A novice is therefore a person training into renunciation, living along with the saṃgha  and shaves off his head.

The code of discipline that he is liable to observe is far less elaborated than the one observed by monks, as for most of it, it is confined within 10 precepts. As only a sāmaṇera can integrate the saṃgha, anybody wishing to become a monk (bhikkhu) must necessarily and in a preliminary stage take the precepts of sāmaṇera.



© Photo: Vijitha&Lalana Yapa
Stamps:

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

Boosse Dhammarakkhitha Mahanayaka Thero
(Issued 03-08-2017)

SRI LANKA ~ Aghapantus Africanus Flower ~

... Lovely new postcard from the "Flowers of Sri Lanka" series... also called "the flower of love"  because the name comes from the Greek agape which means love and anthos which means flower... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】
The plant was introduced to Sri Lanka as a ornamental plant and can be found in public parks and home gardens throughout the Hill country. Also, grow as a container plant and use as a cut flower.

Agapanthus africanus is a flowering plant native to the area of Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and naturalized some eastern countries in the world.

The genus, Agapanthus includes about 10 species. Agapanthus flowers bloom in large, round clusters or umbels of blue, white or violet-blue.


Stamps:

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Italy ~ Majella National Park - Abruzzo ~

... Great Abruzzo region National Park nr2... a green lung in the heart of Italy, near to Rome... known for its dramatic mountain scenery... imposing canyons... diverse landscapes and untouched nature... there are  about 500 km of hiking trails through the mountains and more than 100 caves... Thank so much dear Gian Luca & Raffaella!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
The Rava del Ferro ("rava" is a local place where steep rocky canals are indicated).

Majella National Park was established in 1991 and it extends over an area of ​​about 74.000ha in the region Abruzzo. It is centered on the Majella massif, whose highest peak is Monte Amaro (2,793 m). This mountain is considered by the Abruzzi as the mother mountain, the most inaccessible and wildest area of ​​the Central Apennine.

The most representative animal of the Majella territories is the Apennine wolf which is also present in the park's logo and it relies on a population of 70 estimated wolves distributed in eleven packs across the main mountain ranges of the protected area.

Stamp:

Music Day
(24-10-2009)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

SERBIA ~Saint Nicholas Cathedral - Sremski Karlovci ~

...Pretty panoramic view....a lovely Baroque church on the main square... this very old Eastern Orthodox Church has played a significant role in Serbian history... definitely worth a visit... Thanks Raffi!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Sremski Karlovci is located in northern Serbia, on the gentle slopes of the Fruška gora mountain and the banks of the Danube river. This small town was the  Serbian religious center in 18th century.

The Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas was started in 1758 and completed in 1762 and dedicated to St. Nicolas. This single-nave church is one of the most beautiful examples of the 18thC architecture in Vojvodina.

Its iconostasis is regarded as the masterpiece of the Serbian baroque painting. The coffin containing the holy relics of the second Serbian archbishop, St. Arsenije Sremac, is located in front of the iconostasis. The church got its present appearance after the reconstruction carried out in 1909 and 1910.

Stamps:

2X Mileva Maric Einstein, 1875-1948
(Issued 01-04-2014)

Scientists
(Issued 03-03-2016)

Rrince Miloš Obrenović I, 1780-1860
(Issued 01-10-2015)

Friday, September 22, 2017

CANADA ~ Fulford Village - Salt Spring Island - B.C. ~

... Canadian beauty nr2... a pretty autumn scenery... the islands oldest tiny but picturesque church... a beautiful landmark that is visible from the ferry when arriving at Fulford Harbor... the most photographed church on Salt Spring Island... I really love the reflection in the water...  with great choice of stamps (as alwaysツ) Thanks a lot Glenn!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
St. Paul's church was founded in 1878 by Father Donckele, the first Roman Catholic missionary to the Gulf islands. Erected between 1880 and 1885 by members of the community, the windows, door and bell were acquired from father Rondeault’s “Butter Church” in Cowichan Bay. The materials were brought in Indian canoes from Cowichan Bay to Burgoyne Bay, then by ox-drawn stoneboat to this site. The church was formally dedicated on May 10, 1885, by Bishop J. B. Brondel. Coloured stonework was added about 1973.

Fulford Village is located at the southern end of the island and was named after Captain John Fulford of the HMS Ganges, and served between 1858 and 1860.

It is home to the native artefact's museum (which is housed in a log building).



Stamps:

Star Trek
(Issued 27-04-2017)

Canadian Country Artists 31. July
(Issued 31-07-2014)

Black History - Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
(Issued 30-01-2015)

CANADA ~ Ganges - Salt Spring Island - B.C. ~

... Two great cards coming from one of the best-known British Columbia's Gulf Islands... a lovely seaside town.... Ganges is home to most of the shops, restaurants, and art galleries that are present on the island... with great F1 drivers stamps...Thanks a lot dear Glenn!!【ツ】

Salt Spring Island is the largest of British Columbia's southern Gulf Islands.  The island became known as Salt Spring Island because of the North End cold salt springs which still exist to this day.  It's the most densely populated and most frequently visited of all the Southern Gulf Islands.

Ganges is the largest village on Salt Spring Island and located in about the middle of the island.

The Village of Ganges was named after HMS Ganges, a Royal Navy Battleship launched in 1821 which visited Salt Spring Island (Admiral Island at the time) between 1823 and 1861 conducting land surveys.

Stamps:

The 50th Anniversary of F1 in Montreal Canada (Issued 16-05-2017)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

INDIA ~ Humayun's Tomb - Delhi - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view of  the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent... a magnificent monument surrounded by beautiful gardens... picturesque and lovely place with fascinating historical background...  one of the major attractions in Delhi... a quiet oasis... Thanks a lot Justin!!【ツ】
From backside postcard:
"Humayun's Tomb, Delhi the first tomb built with several innovations, set at the centre of luxurious gardens with water channels, was the precursor monument to the Taj Mahal (built a century later). It was built in 1570 and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument in 1993 for its cultural importance. The tomb set on an octagonal plinth has a raised dome of 42.5m height covered by marble slabs and decorated with canopies"

Humayun Tomb is located on the bank of river Yamuna in the capital city Delhi.

This mausoleum was built in the memory of Emperor Humayun, the second Mughal ruler to ascend the throne. The tomb was commissioned by Bega Begum, Humayun’s Persian wife  nine years after the Emperor’s death.

Stamps:
Personalities
(Issued 01-03-2009)

Dancing - Joint Issue with Portugal
(Issued 07-01-2017)

Personalities
(Issued 26-04-2017)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SLOVAKIA ~ Slovak Paradise National Park ~

... Great new National Park... very popular amongst the Slovak national parks... nature-wise, this place is a real gem... pristine gorges, wild canyons, clean water, woodland, wildlife and beautiful views... renowned for its "Gorge Walks"... here are 300 km of marked trails over rugged canyons which you can cross climbing up ladders and holding on to the chains over dizzying heights, cascades and boulder-strewn stream beds... probably not for people with fear of heights o͜͡o... Thanks again Laco!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Slovak Paradise National Park is one of the nine national parks in Slovakia, situated in East Slovakia.

It protects the area of the Slovak Paradise mountain range, which is located in the north of the Slovenské rudohorie Mountains. Its been a NP since 1988.

 It covers the area of 19.763 hectares and its preserved zone extends on 13.011 ha. Eleven national nature reserves and eight nature reserves are situated in the park.

The Slovak Paradise contains about 350 caves, but only the Dobšinská Ice Cave, which is since 2000 a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is open to the public.

Stamps:

Cultural Heritage
(Issued 02-01-2009)

EUROPA Stamps - Old Toys
(Issued 05-05-2015)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SLOVAKIA ~ Tatras National Park ~

.... My second nice view of this National Park... there are about 600 km of marked tourist trails leading tourists through  the most attractive places of this mountain region...  this postcard shows the yellow marked tourist trail that leads from Strbske Pleso through Mlynicka valley to Furkotska valley... Thanks a lot Laco!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿


 This National Park protected area was founded in 1949. High Tatras Mountains are one of the smallest mountain ranges in the world, nevertheless, they are the highest and the only mountain range of alpine system in Slovakia.

Tatra(s) National Park is situated in North Central Slovakia in the Tatra Mountains on the border with Poland.


The Furkotská Valley is 5,5 km long, narrow terraced valley surrounded by the ridge Ostrá and Solisko. It ends at the Furkotský Peak. Furkotska Valley is located on the south side of the High Tatras.



©Photo: Ladislav Janiga

Stamps:

Cultural Heritage
(Issued 02-01-2009)

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

CANADA ~ Flowerpot Island - Tobermory - Fathom Five National Marine Park ~

... Great postcard nr2 shows how it actually looks for "real" in the Park... one of the country's most fascinating and impressive natural attractions...  this area is only accessible by boat... a great scuba diving spot because of the many shipwrecks... but you can also enjoy looking at them without having to dive if you ride glass bottom boats...
Thanks a lot dear Andrene!!乂❤‿❤乂 So nice to hear from you again!! (✿◠‿◠)
© Photo: Alan R. Constant
From backside postcard:
"Renowned for its picturesque rock pillars, Flowerpot Island is the only island in Fathom Five National Marine Park with facilities for the public, Flowerpot island has something if interest for everyone. For the naturalists, it's the flowers, the geology and the wildlife. Visiting caves and hiking the trails provides adventure for others."

Fathom Five Marine national park covers an area of 130 square kilometers of surface water surrounding 20 islands on the northern and eastern sectors of the Bruce Peninsula. The Parks was established in 1987 and was the first National Marine Park in the country.

Flowerpot Island is a 2 km² island  located in Tobermory  and  home to stunted white cedars, mixed-woodland and rare ferns and orchids.

Stamps:
Baby Wildlife
(Issued 3104-2014)2017

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Chinese New Year - Year of the Rooster
(Issued 09-01-2017)

CANADA ~ Flowerpot Island - Tobermory - Fathom Five National Marine Park ~

... Two wonderful postcards of Canada's NP nr10ツ... this one is an art postcard published by Canada Parks... with the famous and iconic two rock pillars (flowerpots) or sea stacks on its eastern shoreline... the unique shape of the rocks is due to years of the weather elements chipping away at the stone......a trip to Flowerpot Island is one of the best experiences in Fathom Five National Marine Park... with same great sticker on the backside... Thanks a lot dear Andrene!!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀






Fathom Five National Marine Park is the first underwater park in Canada as well as Canada's first National Marine Conservation Area.

This park encompasses the islands and waters off the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and includes the iconic Flowerpot Island.

It has over 20 shipwrecks and 19 islands within it's boundaries.





©Photo: Alan R. Constant

Stamp:

Baby Wildlife
(31-03-2014)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

GREECE ~ The Medieval City of Rhodes - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful nightview of one of the oldest inhabited medieval towns in Europe... with its famous archaeological ruins and pretty beaches a major tourist attraction... a place with many ancient wonders... this castle is one of the few examples of Gothic architecture in Greece... Thanks a lot Simone!!【ツ】
Rhodes is a Greek island situated in the south-eastern Aegean Sea, on the borders between two worlds, east and west. Rhodes Town, founded in 408 BC, lies on the northern tip of the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese.

The castle was built within the Old Town walls at the beginning of the 13th century AD by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, it consists of over 150 rooms (only a few are open to the public) and a conference room that often hosted summits for the European and world leaders. Today it attracts visitors from around the world as it houses the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes.

Stamp:

Greek Personalities Living Abroad
(Issued 01-09-2016)

Friday, September 15, 2017

TAIWAN ~ Ximen Red House - Tapei ~

... Beautiful card nr2... the Red Theatre is an ancient landmark with a history of almost a century old... one of the symbolic buildings in Taipei... the most well preserved historical site....a popular tourist destination... the cultural and creative center of the capital... Thanks once more Jobbo!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
The Red House built in 1908 by the Japanese, this Western-style building and its surrounding square located at Ximending which now hosts many cultural events including weekend markets for artists and designers. The building features an octagonal entrance and cross-shaped floor plan where merchants could showcase their goods.

The Red House is home to Taipei’s “gay village”, which comprises of a collection of gay bars, restaurants and cafes. The Red House building is actually a historical theater building which now hosts many cultural events including weekend markets for artists and designers. The ‘gay village’ surrounds the Red House, in the nearby streets.

Stamp:

Chinese Classic Novels - Red Chamber Dream
(Issued 29-06-2016)

TAIWAN ~ Presidential Offfice Building - Tapei ~

... First of two Taiwan cards from Jobbo... great view of one of the most recognizable buildings in Taiwan.... the Presidential office building is a magnificent structure... really beautiful architecture... a national historical monument and the highest authority building... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
The Presidential Office Building houses the Office of the President of the republic of China and is located in the national capital of Taipei. The building, was designed during the period of Japanese rule of Taiwan (1895-1945). Damaged in Allied bombing during World War II, the building was restored after the war. It became the Presidential Office in 1950.

It was designed by a Japanese architect Uheiji Nagano. The style of the building is a combination of traditional European elements, including Baroque, Neo-Classical features, and Renaissance.

At present, this building is a symbol of the Government of the Republic of China. The two-part main building, six stories high, mainly houses government offices and maintenance services.

Stamps:


Qing Dynasty Embroidery
(Issued 20-03-2013)

The 100th Anniversary of Scouting in Taiwan
(Issued 01-11-2011)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

EL SALVADOR ~ Lake Coatepeque - Santa Ana ~

... A scenic mountain lake view with amazing deep blue water...  surrounded by high hills and the Santa Ana volcano... a beautiful, natural, breathtaking place... this lake is a must-see on a trip to Central America... one of the gems in El Salvador... Thanks a lot William Guillermo!!【ツ】
Lake Coatepeque is found in a caldera among a chain of volcanic peaks in northwest El Salvador.

Lake Coatepeque is a natural freshwater crater lake.  It is in Coatepeque municipality Santa Ana and was formed after a series of eruptions 72000 and 54000 years ago. Parts of Santa Ana Volcano and several other overlapping stratovolcanoes to the east of Santa Ana collapsed after the eruptions, to form the Lago de Coatepeque caldera.

There are hot springs near the lake margins. At 26 square kilometres (10 sq mi), it is one of the largest lakes in El Salvador. In the lake is the island of Teopan, which was a Mayan site of some importance.

Stamps:
150th Anniversary of the First Postal Stamps in El Salvador
(Issued 26-05-2017)

Military Heroes
(Issued 08-05-2017)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SWITZERLAND ~ Swiss National Park - UNESCO ~

... Spectacular view of Switzerland's only National Park... it was the first national park in the Alps and Central Europe and it is known for its abundance of Alpine animals and Alpine plants in a barely touched pristine landscape... an authentic hiking paradise... Thanks a lot Óscar!!【ツ】
Photo: ©Robert Bösch
"Climbing on the Ofenpass in Graubunden"

Ofenpass (el. 2149 m) is a high alpine mountain pass in the canton of Graubünden. The name is based on the ovens that were used in ironworks in the area. The ruins of these ovens can still be seen from nearby trails.

The Swiss National Park (founded in 1914) stretches over 170 km2 and is Switzerland’s largest nature reserve, located in the easternmost region of Switzerland. The area lies in Engadin/Münstertal and encompasses alpine terrain rising from 1400 to 3200 m above sea level.

Many of alpine animals such as chamois, deer and marmots are living in the Park and various Alpine plants color the landscape. Currently there are over 5000 animal species and 650 different plant varieties.

It is part of the worldwide UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Stamps:

The 200th Anniversary of the Invention of the Bicycle by Karl Drais
(Issued 02-03-2017)

Flora - Mushrooms
(06-03_2014)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ZAMBIA ~ Stalking Leopard - South Luangwa National Park ~

... A fantastic new African country and National Park for my collection♥... there are 20 NP in Zambia... for scenery, variety and density of animals, South Luangwa National Park is one of the best parks in Zambia, if not Africa.... world-famous as an icon of African wildlife... a paradise for animal lovers... Hééél Erg Bedankt Karine!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola.

South Luangwa NP covers an area over 9050 sq kms. Locally known as 'The Valley', it is the southern extension of Africa's Great Rift and is dominated by the Luangwa River. Mopane and miombo woodland, acacia shrub, grassland savannah and riverine forest are some of the habitats that make up this lush valley.

 The park has a wide variety of wildlife including an abundance of elephant, hippos, buffalo, black rhino, zebra, small herds of Cooksons's wildebeest, leopard, lion, all varieties of antelope, and numerous species of birdlife including the spectacular ones such as; crested cranes, saddle bill storks, wood ibis, vultures and egrets.

© Photo: Eleanor (Ellie) Hamby

Stamps:

Rotary International Stamp of 2003 Surcharged
(Issued 17-02-2009)

Monday, September 11, 2017

MYANMAR ~ Mandalay Fortress ~

... Nice fortress view at sunset... the fortified walls are one of the few original features... the Palace has been reconstructed  (in the early 1990's) after being bombed during the second world war... nevertheless it's still an important place to see and understand how the Burmese Royals lived... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!ツ
Mandalay is situated right in central Myanmar and the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom. The plan of Mandalay Palace largely follows the traditional Burmese palace design, inside a walled fort surrounded by a moat.

Each side of the moat and fortress measures 2km in length, 8m in high and more than 2m in average thickness.

Stamp:

Local musical instruments
(Issued 27-07-2017)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

CANADA ~ Canadian Pacific Railway Station - Beiseker ~

... A lovely view from the past... a drawing of one of the last wooden-framed stations... it represent 100 years of Alberta's railway history... now a museum that provides a window into lives of the early settlers of the area...with set of great stamps... Thanks a lot Glenn!!【ツ】

Historic Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Station constructed in 1911 in the Village of Beiseker, Alberta. The old depot has been relocated and now serves as the Beiseker Municipal Office, the Municipal Library, and the Beiseker Station Museum.

This museum was established on December 21, 1984, after many hours of labour by local volunteers. The majority of the artifacts in the museum were donated by local residents, making it a truly authentic local museum.

Stamps:

The 50th Anniversary of Star Trek
(Issued 05-05-2016)

Black History - Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
(Issued 30-01-2015)

The 150th Anniversary of the Confederation
(01-06-2017)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Devon Falls ~

... Another lovely view of one the many waterfalls around the island... also known as a waterfall paradise... situated in the hills, roads and a tea castle gives it a wonderful surrounding... Devon Falls is one of the most popular waterfall in the country specially due its clear view from the popular Hatton Nuwara Eliya Road... Thanks a lot Ravindra!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁



Devon Falls is a 97 m (318 ft) fall lying off the Hatton-Nuwara Eliya road, just outside Talawakele.

 It is the country's 19th tallest and lies on the Kotmale Oya, which is a tributary of the Mahaweli, Sri Lanka's longest river.

This fall gets the name because of the pioneer British coffee planter, Mr. Devon whose cultivations and plantations are nearby the fall. This 97 m high cascade is above 1159 m from sea level.






Ⓒ Vijitha and Lalana Yapa

Stamps:

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

ITALY ~ Abruzzo National Park ~

... Wonderful surprise... a fantastic new Italian National Park thanks to postcard friends Gian Luca and Raffaella♥... Italy’s second-oldest national park is also one of the most mountainous areas rich in wildlife and biodiversity in the Apennines... the sighting of wild animals in the Park is a unique event...  thanks to its long history, it receives more visitors than other parks... around two million annually... Big Thanks once more Gian Luca&Raffaella !! (✿ ♥‿♥)
The National Park Abruzzo was established in 1923 and is located in the heart of the central Apennines between the Abruzzi, Lazio and Molise on an area of (±) 440 km2.

The scenery is characterized by mountain chains (with peaks that rise to over 2000 m altitude), karst phenomena, rivers (including the Sangro River), streams and filled with narrow gorges and wide valleys. Also home to a number of picturesque villages.

More than 60 species of mammals, 300 birds and 40 species of reptiles, not to mention the wide variety of insects and invertebrates live in the park. The symbol of the Park is the Marsican Brown Bear, which represented, until recently, an endangered species. At present, this danger seems to have been averted, thanks to the punctual protection activity of the Park Board.

Stamps:

Poste Italiane - Self Adhesive
(Issued 01-07-2010)

Italian Squares
(Issued 02-07-2016)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

MYANMAR ~ Inle Lake - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful Myanmar postcard nr2... one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world... Inle Lake is a very quiet and relaxing place rich in culture and traditions... the one leg boat boatman is the highlight of this famous lake... a kind of waterworld... it's a must see place in Myanmar... Thanks once more Wai Zin Paing!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
"View of Burmese people with traditional costumes behind fisherman on Inle Lake."

Inle Lake is located in Taunggyi district within the hills of the Shan State . It is the second largest freshwater lake in Myanmar which measures 22 km long by 10 km wide. Apart from its ecological importance, Inle Lake is also has unique for the way the local inhabitants have adapted their life style to their environment.

In their own language the word Intha means "Sons of the Lake",  they live on their fishing and the produce of their floating gardens. In narrow boats they set out across the water before sunrise, standing with one leg on the stern and using the other leg to row, so that they always have a hand free to scoop fish from the bottom of the lake into their large bamboo nets. This unique way of rowing has make them famous.

In June 2015, the lake was officially designated as Myanmar’s first biosphere reserve under UNESCO’s Man and the Bioshpere (MAB) programme.

Stamps:
The 23rd ASEAN Postal Meeting  (Issued 211-2016)

The 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with Russia
(Issued 10-04-2013)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

MYANMAR ~ Mount Popa - Popa Mountain National Park ~

... Spectacular view of a magnificent landmark on top of a huge volcanic outcrop... famous for its panoramic view of the tropical region... the monastery is a popular pilgrimage site for the Myanmar people... visitors ascend up a winding covered staircase of 777 steps encircling the mountain, observed by the curious monkeys with constant threat of attack (they make food in your bags or pockets their target)....  Thanks Wai Zin Paing!!【ツ】
Southwest of Mount Popa is Taung Kalat (pedestal hill), a sheer-sided volcanic plug, which rises ± 700m above sea level. A Buddhist monastery is located at the summit of Taung Kalat.

Mount Popa is considered to be the home of Myanmars most important nats (spirits). Nats have been worshipped on the mountain for at least a thousand years. The Nats are spirits who have been worshipped for many centuries. They were probably worshipped before the arrival of Buddhism. Since then Buddhism and Nat worshipping have gradually merged over the centuries. A shrine in the Popa Taungkalat monastery contains statues of the 37 most important Nats, all wearing very colorful clothing. Most of them were humans who suffered a violent death.

Popa Mountain National Park is a national park located in Kyaukpadaung Township in Mandalay Division. It occupies an area of 129 square kilometres (49.63 sq mi) established in 1989 and surrounds Mount Popa. Although the region is very dry, the mountain and surrounding area are green and look like an oasis in the desert. As the volcanic soil is fertile and there are many streams in the area the mountain and National Park contain many beautiful flowers and other vegetation.

Stamps:

The 2nd TELSOM-ATRC Leaders Retreat (Issued 01-10-2012)2012

The 64th Anniversary of Independence
(04-01-2012)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CROATIA ~ Cavtat ~

... A lovely bit different kind of postcard design sent by my niece♥... a tranquil, unspoilt, authentic Dalmatian harbour town on the Adriatic coast... with beautiful palaces, summer houses and hotels, pleasant climate, dense vegetation, beautiful beaches and coves... the more peaceful and less expensive alternative to Dubrovnik... Hééél Erg Bedankt Dorien!! (♥‿♥)

Cavtat is the most southern town in Croatia and is itself part of the Dubrovnik Riviera located around 20 km south of Dubrovnik and only 22 km from the border with Montenegro. It is the centre of the Konavle municipality. Its name is derived from Civitas Vetus, that means old city in Latin Language.

It used to be the flourishing famous city Epidaurum, well known in the ancient times and after the total destruction in the 7th century only the deserted ruins remained. When the Republic bought Cavtat with Konavle in the 15th century it was built up again on the ruins of the old city.

Stamp:

Croatia's Undersea World
(Issued 15-06-2015)

Monday, September 4, 2017

ITALY ~ Giglio Island - Arcipelago Toscano National Park ~

... Great map card showing a small jewel in the Mediterranean sea... the place for a perfect sun vacation with the most beautiful beaches... unfortunately also known for the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in 2012... Arcipelago Toscano National Park is the largest marine Park in Europe and Giglio is the second largest island of this NP... famous for its clear water rich in marine life and much beloved by scuba divers... Thanks a lot dear Gian Luca & Raffaella for this wonderful new NP of your country!!(✿ ♥‿♥) → My UNESCO WHS

Isola del Giglio is an Italian island situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the coast of Tuscany. The island is one of seven that form the Tuscan Archipelago, lying within the Arcipelago Toscano National Park. (Elba, Isola del Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Giannutri, Gorgona, and some of the minor islands and rock outcrops.)

This Italian national park protects 56,776 hectares (140,300 acres) of sea and 17,887 hectares (44,200 acres) of island (land) habitats.The highest point in the park is Mount Capanne, at 1,019 metres (3,343 ft) in elevation, on the island of Elba.

Stamp: 

Italian Squares
(Issued 02-07-2016)