Saturday, June 24, 2017

UK ~ Northumberland National Park ~

... Breathtaking scenery and fantastic new National Park... it remains the least populated and visited out of the 15 UK parks.... officially England's most tranquil location... it is the biggest dark sky protected area in Europe... the best place to enjoy the starry nights✰✰✰... and voted National Park of the Year in 2016... Big Thanks Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Northumberland National Park is the most northerly park in England and lies between the Scottish border and Hadrian’s Wall. The Park covers an area of 1,049km, or 405 square miles.

The Northumberland National Park landscapes include everything from bogs and swamps, to rolling farmlands and patches of forest, to steep hills and striking Roman ruins.

Northumberland National Park was officially designated on the 6th April 1956.

"Hay meadows - Upper Coquetdale, Hadrian's Wall - Hareshaw Linn - Sheep in clover - Falstone, River Breamish - Simonside and Cheviot Hills"

Photo:Ⓒ Simon Fraser

Universal Mail UK postage stamps
(Issued 01-06- 2012)

Friday, June 23, 2017

NAMIBIA ~ Kudu ~

... Beautiful artwork in a "typical" Namibian style... Thanks a lot Brenda!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Lutz Menge, born in Tsumeb 1924, has been a life long painter and captured northern Namibian sceneries. He lived most of his life on the farm "Sachsenwald" by Grootfontein.

Kudu is a type of an antelope. There are two species of kudu: Lesser Kudu and Greater Kudu. Both of them live in areas characterized by dense bushes or in the forests. Kudu can be found in eastern and southern parts of the Africa. Local people hunt them for their meat and horns (which are used as music instruments, containers for honey or as a symbol of the male potency).


Large Canines of Namibia

Thursday, June 22, 2017

GERMANY ~ Map - Lake Steinhude nature park ~

... Lovely colorful cartoon map postcard... the lake is a the top water sports destination for swimming, sailing, surfing, rowing, canoeing, pedal boating and kiteboarding... you can find rare plant and animal species in the nature park and it's an important resting place for migratory birds which can be observed from viewing towers..  once more a postcard  with great matching stamps and postmark (showing Heinz Sielmann, a world-renowned wildlife photographer, biologist, zoologist and documentary filmmaker).... Thank you very much Dustin!!【ツ】

Lake Steinhude (Steinhuder Meer) with a surface area of approximately 30  km² in the north-west of Germany is the biggest stretch of inland water. The lake forms the center of Lake Steinhude Nature Park ( area of ca. 310 km²).

The park consists of extensive moorlands, broad “Geest” sandy moorland ridges, grassland, woods, the northernmost fingers of the Mittelgebirge mountain range and neighbouring river valleys. The island fortress of Wilhelmstein and Steinhude bathing island, as well as a sandy beach.

Steinhude Lake is on the List of "Wetlands of International Importance" as defined by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value.


(Issued 11-09-2005)

(Issued 08-06-2017)

100th birthday of Heinz Sielmann
(Issued 08-06-2017)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Åland Islands ~ Region of Mariehamn ~

... Beautiful aerial scenery with endless areas of untouched nature... these (almost flat) islands also feature medieval castles and churches... museums, parks and old fishing villages... one of the most popular summer vacation destinations for Swedes and Finns...  with a selection of fabulousッ stamps and special postmark about the Postcrossing Meet-up on the Islands... Thanks a million Nina!! 乂❤‿❤乂

The Åland Islands are an archipelago and consists of 6,757 islands situated midway between Sweden and Finland. Although the people of Åland speak Swedish, this autonomous territory is part of Finland.

Aland is the largest island, most of them are just small uninhabited rocks. They have their own unique culture, Swedish dialects, flag, and stamps.

This island is the smallest of the three Nordic autonomous territories with a population of 28,000. One third of the population lives in the capital, Mariehamn.

The 100th Anniversary of the Sailing Ship "Pommern"
(Issued 06-06-2003)

(Issued 03-01-2000)

Sailing Ships
(Issued 02-02-2016)

Mushrooms 2. January
(Issued 02-01-2003)

(Issued 07-06-2011)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BELGIUM ~ Antwerp ~

... And beautiful card nr3 showing the city's most famous landmarks... world renowned for being the "world's leading diamond city" (more than 70% of all diamonds are traded here) and its fashion industry... with great EUROPA stamp and first day postmark... it shows a sand castle based on existing Belgian castles with a sandgrain effect by applying a varnish with a sand texture... Thanks a lot Johan!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: Tony Gonzalez (Toerisme Antwerpen)

Antwerp is  is the second largest city of Belgium on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The port of Antwerp is the second largest in Europe, and a major economic player in Belgium.

Peter Paul Rubens Statue in front of Antwerp Cathedral. The 17thC artist Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish Baroque painter.  He is well-known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.


EUROPA 2017 - Castles
(Issued 12-06-2017)

BELGIUM ~ Eddy Merckx - Road and track bicycle racer ~

... Great postcard nr2... cycle racing is one of the most popular sports in my country... the greatest cycle races take place here, especially in road bicycle racing ... view of Eddy Merckx nicknamed "the Cannibal" in the yellow jersey in the Tour de France... the Belgian obsession with cycling may have begun with him... having won the Tour de Fance five times, Merckx was one of the best racers ever in Belgium or anywhere else... with beautiful stamp of a sheet of 10 depecting all our Tour de France winners... love the special postmark too♥... Big Thanks Johan ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀ ➞ Johan postcards

Édouard Louis Joseph, baron Merckx (born 17 June 1945), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer.

 During his career from 1965 to 1978, the Belgian won 525 races. He is still the joint record holder for the number of Tour de France overall victories (five). He has undisputedly won the most Tour de France stages (34), the most Grand Tours (11) and the most Grand Tour stages (64).

He has won the most Monuments (19) including seven victories at Milan-San Remo. He broke the Hour Record. He was the first rider to achieve the Triple Crown of Cycling — victory in the Tour, Giro d’Italia and World Championships in one season — and only one other rider, Stephen Roche, has done so since.


The 10 Belgian Tour winners - Lucien van Impe
(Issued 12-06-2017)

BELGIUM ~ Grand Place - UNESCO ~

... First of three great postcards with Belgium's newest released stamps and first day postmark... this square is considered to be one of the most beautiful town squares in Europe... an absolute must when visiting Brusselsシ... with nice stamp and postmark about Belgian medical breakthroughs...Heel erg bedankt Johan !! \_(♥‿♥)_/

The Grand Place or Grote Markt is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city's Town Hall, and the Breadhouse building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels. Most of the historic buildings are dating from the 17th century.

The Grand-Place of Brussels was registered on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO in 1998.


Medical Breakthroughs
Adolphe Guetelet: Body Mass Index (BMI)
(Issued 12-06-2017)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Sir Frederick North's Bungalow - Arippu - Mannar Island ~

... Nice postcard nr10 issued by Sri Lankan post showing unseen places of natural beauty... part of the island's heritage... with the amazing history about the colonial rulers, harvesting and clearing all the pearls in the sea, using local and Indian slave labour... but time showed the ravages of nature on this building... sea breeze, corroded by the wind, washed by the rains and lack of maintenance were the key reasons for this... with great matching stamp... Thanks a lot dear Ravindra!!  \_(♥‿♥)_/

Used by Sri Lanka's first British Governor, Sir Frederick North (1798-1805).

It was built at the beginning of the 19thC  (between 1801-1804) to revive and supervise the pearl fisheries. Other than being used as the residence for the governor, it was later used by "other governors, government agents, and other officials, including superintendents of pearl fishery."

Doric was so named, due to the architectural design of the columns which was similar to the Ancient Greek Doric order style.

Reverend James Cordiner, then Chaplain to the British Military, writes in his Description of Ceylon that at the time, Doric was "undoubtedly the most beautiful building on the island and almost the only one which is planned according to architecture."


Sir Frederick North's Bungalow
(Issued 02-12-2016)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

USA ~ Alabama ~

... Great postcard with map, flag, seal and all the states facts...  Alabama is the only U.S. state without an official nickname... but alternately referred to as the “Heart of Dixie” or the “cotton state”...these nicknames remain popular, along with the "Yellowhammer State", as a modern-day tribute to Alabama history... Thanks Kristin!!【ツ】

Alabama is a state in the southeastern region of the US. It is bordered by Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi.

Alabama was the twenty-second state to be admitted to the union.

The state was indirectly named after a southern Native American tribe that took up residence in central Alabama in the 1500s. Historical accounts have referred to the group as the Alibamo, Alibamu, and Alabamon, among others, but it was the spelling of a river named in their honor that stuck.

Montgomery is the state capital and one of the largest city in Alabama which is known as “bombingham” thanks to its civil rights violence in the past.

National Parks - Acadia National Park

Year of the Rooster
(Issued 05-01-2017)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

FINLAND ~ Pyhä-Luosto National Park ~

... This great NP is a favorite destination for hiking and tourism... despite its small flow rate, Pyhäkaste Waterfall is one of Central Lapland's most beautiful falls... it is famous especially for its unique role in the area's cultural history... the waterfall, lake, and the adjacent Uhriharju Ridge ("Sacrifice ridge") have been sacred places for the local Sámi people for hundreds of years... until the mid-1600s, before the spread of Christianity, the Forest Sámi people brought deer and their antlers to Uhriharju Ridge to be sacrificed in hope of a successful hunt... with its history as an old place of worship for the indigenous people, the fall is an even more valuable treasure in Lapland... Thanks once more Nina!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Pyhä-Luosto National Park  is a national park in Lapland It was established in 2005 when Finland's oldest national park, Pyhätunturi National Park (established in 1938) was joined to Luosto. This makes Pyhä-Luosto Finland's oldest but at the same time newest national park.

The new park covers 142 square kilometres (55 sq mi). The most important features are geological specialties, old forests and wetlands.

Pyhäkaste Waterfall is a famous 17-metre-high waterfall. Below the waterfall is a pool, from which the water continues its way to the Pyhänkasteenlampi Lake (which is 12 metres deep), and from there to the bottom of the ravine.


Friendship stamp
(Issued 08-02-1993)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FINLAND ~ Helvetinjärvi (Hell's Lake) National Park ~

... First of two great Finnish National Parks... three fourths of the land area of Finland or 22.8 million ha, is covered by forests...  the most impressive attraction is the dramatic Helvetinkolu gorge, a narrow causeway cut through the rock that dates from the ice age...  unlike to what its name might imply this National Park offers peace and fresh forest air... Thanks a lot Nina!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Helvetinjärvi National Park  literally "Hell's Lake national park") is a national park in southern Finland and has an area of 49.8 square kilometres (19.2 sq mi).

The park was founded in 1982. The park represents the wild forests of the Tavastia region. The area includes deep gorges and rugged scenery formed by faults running through the bedrock.

The landscape here is dominated by geological features created millions of years ago by mighty movements deep in the Earth's crust.


Merry Christmas Stamps
(Issued 02-11-2007)

Snow shaped stamp
(Issued 2009)

Monday, June 12, 2017

SPAIN ~ Menorca - Map - UNESCO ~

... Great map card coming from the easternmost and least known Balearic island... a picturesque island with idyllic beaches and turquoise seas... hidden sandy coves... scenic hiking trails... and ancient monuments... a holiday paradise... Thanks a lot Elena!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

The Balearic Islands are an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. The four largest islands are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. Menorca is the second largest Balearic island after Mallorca and is less than 50km long and 22km wide.

The archipelago forms an autonomous community and a province of Spain, of which the capital city is Palma.

Minorca was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993 because of the need to preserve the great diversity of habitats that coexist on this small island - the richness of flora and fauna, the quality of the rural landscape and archaeological heritage.


King Felipe VI
(Issued 02-01-2016)

Friday, June 9, 2017

BURKINA FASO ~ Old Mosque - Bobo-Dioulasso ~

... Second fantastic new African beauty within a week♥... how lucky can you be... slowly but steady my list of missing African countries is getting shorter ʘ͜͡ʘ... view of one of the most impressive and oldest mud-brick buildings in the world... beautiful architecture, with conical towers and wooden struts... an iconic landmark and monument in Bobo-Dioulasso the cultural capital of the country... with really nice stamps too... Big Thanks to Maick (I thinkツ there was no name on it) (✿ ♥‿♥) ➡A Journey of Postcards

Burkina Faso is a landlocked nation in West Africa. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Formerly known as the Upper Volta, is one of the most ethnically diverse countries on Earth. 69 languages are spoken here and there is no ethnic group that holds an absolute majority.

Bobo-Dioulasso is  the second largest city in the country, after Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso's capital. The city as well as the mosque has two names that come from the two ethnic groups, Bobo and Dioula.

The mosque was built in the late 19th century in typical Sudano -Sahelian style architecture. The legend says that it was built as a result of a political deal between a local king and Islamic religious leader. Materials used for building are solely natural: mud and wood. Plenty of horizontal sticks projecting from the building have two roles: they support the structure and are used as scaffold during the renovation, which is supposed to happen every year.


(Issued 17-12-2016)

Traditional Dances
(Issued 01-07-2008)

2X Hunting Resorts
(Issued 06-06-2008)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

MACAU ~ Senado Square - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view of Macau’s Portuguese, colonial legacy... the most significant public space in Macau and one of its icons... this large square, which is actually triangular in shape, was a social hub as far back as the late 16th century, and now is a meeting place for locals and tourists... with unusual wave-patterned mosaic cobbles in front of the classical Portuguese-style houses in pink and yellow... Thanks Phoebe!! (ô‿ô)

The Senado Square is a paved area in the centre of the former Portuguese colony of Macau, China, enclosed by the buildings of the Leal Senado, the General Post Office, and St. Dominic’s Church.

The square is paved in the traditional Portuguese pavement. Portuguese pavement or Calçada Portuguesa, is the traditional pavement used for most pedestrian areas in Portugal and old Portuguese colonies such as Brazil and Macau.

The Historic Centre was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2005.


Paintings - Macao Seen by Chan Chi Vai
(Issued 28-04-2016)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CHILE ~ Traditions and food ~

... A really great postcard with many views of the countries nature, culture and cuisine.... a land of extremes... from the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert to the fjords of Southern Chile... it is one of the biggest exporters of wine... Thanks a lot Wilmer!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Chile is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It borders Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and the Drake Passage.

Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica, although all claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty.


The 100th Anniversary of the City of Chuquicamata
(Issued 03-06-2015)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

ISLE OF MAN ~ West Coast ~

... Beautiful views of the islands West Coast... with over 40 percent of the Isle of Man unpopulated and uncultivated, this island is like a natural garden... a jewel in the Irish Sea... Thanks a lot James!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
"Views of Nairbyl, Eary Cushlin and Basking Shark which are often seen along the West Coast." 

The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea in the centre of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, approximately seventy miles off the coast of the north-west of England. The island is approximately 50km long and between 13 km and 24 km wide.

It is not a part of the European Union and not even a part of the United Kingdom but a self-governing Crown dependency.


National Heritage
(Issued 03-08-2004)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Central African Republic ~ Leopard with cub ~

... Fantastic new African country to add to my collection... situated deep in the heart of the African continent... it is one of the countries that offers the most diversity in wildlife and the wide expanse of natural resources... unfortunately after years of civil unrest CAR is a very poor country☹... most of the people are farmers, growing what they need to survive... the leopard populations are threatened  by losing critical habitat to deforestation and conversion for agriculture..... they are hunted illegally, and their body parts are smuggled in the wildlife trade for medicinal practises and decoration....Thanks a lot Matt!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Central African Republic (CAR)is a landlocked nation bordered by Cameroon, Chad, the Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of Congo. The  capital city, Bangui is located in the southwestern part of the country.

The area that is now the Central African Republic has been settled for at least 8.000 years.

The country is mostly grassy savanna's, but also contains dense rainforests. More forest elephants and lowland gorillas live here than almost any other place in Africa.

 CAR gained its independence from France in 1960. Since then, the government has been in chaos.


Serie General Bozizé
(Issued 2004 )

Saturday, June 3, 2017

GERMANY ~ Lüneburg Heath ~

... Beautiful nature view... the Lüneburg Heath is a unique place of natural beauty.... home to the wonderful moorland sheep, fields of heather and other wildflowers... it has the largest connected heathland areas in Central Europe... popular holiday and excursion destination for cyclists and hikers particularly in August and September, when the heather is in bloom... .. with matching stamp (flower Saint John's Wort) can be found here and nice special postmark... Thanks a lot Dustin!!【ツ】➞My postcard and stamp week
Photo: S. Kuttig

The Lüneburg Heath is an extensive region of heath and farmland in the state of Lower Saxony in Northern Germany. It lies roughly between the cities of Hanover, Hamburg and Wolfsburg.

The area has very rural feel to it. Dense pine forests alternate with green meadows and cultivated fields with purple heath.

It is named after the town of Lüneburg. Most of the area is a nature reserve.


Flora - Flowers
(Issued 11-05-2017)

Friday, June 2, 2017

THAILAND ~ The Grand Palace - Bangkok ~

... Wonderful view of an important and the most sacred place for Thai people... a popular tourist attraction... the Thai Grand Palace contains some of the finest Thai architecture, Buddhist sculpture, decorative crafts and paintings... dear Jobbo thanks a lot for so many great postcards from all your travels... I really enjoyed them all☺... take good care of your self and hopefully till later!! (>‿♥)

 Built in 1782, the palace was commissioned by then-king Rama I, who founded Thailand's Chakri Dynasty. The Grand Palace complex is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and  is surrounded by walls more than a mile long and has an enclosed complex with an area of 218,400 square meters.

It’s divided into four main courts, separated by numerous walls and gates: the Outer Court, the Middle Court, the Inner Court and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Bangkok's Grand Palace was not only the home of the King and his court, but also the entire administrative seat of government. Within the crenelated walls were the country's war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace full time around the turn of the twentieth century, but the complex remains the seat of power and spiritual heart of the Thai kingdom.


The 72nd Anniversary of the Birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Issued 21-10-1999)

 The 50th Anniversary of King Bhumibol's Accession to Throne as Rama IX
(Issued 09-06-1996)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

USA ~ Honolulu - Hawaii ~

...♪ ♪ Aloha ♪ ♪ from Hawaii... fantastic "glittery" (doesn't show so good here)  postcard with views from Yesterday & Today...  more than 100 world-famous beaches form a ring around Honolulu... this city is also the home of some of Hawaii’s most historic places.... must have been the perfect winter☁  getaway... with nice selection of stamps... Thanks a lot Glenn!! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀➜ Gem's World Postcards

Honolulu  is located on the south-east shore of the island of Oahu,  one of eight major islands in the state of Hawaii, in the northern Pacific Ocean.

The name Honolulu comes from the Hawaiian language and means 'sheltered harbor'.

It is the capital city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. It is also the largest city in Hawaii and it has the most important harbor.


Star Trek
(Issued 02-09-2016)

Songbirds in the Snow
(Issued 04-09-2016)

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of John F. Kennedy
(Issued 20-02-2017)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

USA ~ Tucson - Arizona ~

... Great multiview postcard nr4 form the US... with 350 days of ☼☼ ☼ sunshine ☼ ☼☼ a year, Tucson is literally the sunniest city in the United States... with special Tucson Philatelic center postmark...Thanks so much Andrene must have been a wonderful trip... we had last weekend also temperatures above 30°C... way too hot for me!!  o͜͡o
"Tucson skyline-Catalina State Park-Sabino Canyon-San Xavier Del Bac Mission-Saguaro NP"
Photo's by © Mike Jones -Shutterstock/Caseo60/Anton Foltin
"Tucson's unique attractions and natural landscape invite you to discover and explore".

Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona, the word Tucson means “black base” in Spanish and refers to the volcanic mountains on the west side of the city.

Tucson officially was founded on August 20, 1776.  The area we call Tucson is one of the oldest continually inhabited areas in North America.


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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

USA ~ Signal Hill & Petroglyphs - Saguaro National Park - Arizona ~

... I've been spoiled with so many wonderful postcards this last few weeks㋡... this great NP is one of the most extreme national parks in terms of weather... the Sonoran Desert is one of the hottest and driest regions on the continent... an overlooked gem... with ancient rock art of petroglyphs (Greek for "stone-carvings")... their meaning remains unknown... they could be spiritual symbols, boundary markers or landmarks, records of important events, or just simply ancient graffiti... with beautiful "Saguaro cacti" NP postmark... the state symbol of Arizona...since 1933 this extraordinary giant cactus has been protected within Saguaro National Park... Thanks a million dear Andrene!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Saguaro National Park is a 91,442 acre park located in southern Arizona  and is divided into two districts - Tucson Mountain District (west) and the Rincon Mountain District (east).

This National Park was established on 14 Oct 1994.

Saguaro National Park is named after the cactus saguaro, which is native to the area.

Signal Hill is a minor summit located in the northwest corner of the Tucson Mountain district.  It was a place where native Americans (the prehistoric Hohokam people) carved Petroglyphs into the rocks that are more than 800 years old.


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

Monday, May 29, 2017

USA ~ White Sands National Monument - New Mexico ~

... Once more a fantastic surprise from dear postcard friend Andrene♥...  a beautiful desert scenery... looks like an endless sea of sand... the world's largest gypsum dune field... a great natural wonder... the glistening white sands of New Mexico... also this time with unique "White Sands" special National Parks stamp cancellationシ... Thanks so much Andrene!!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

The White Sands National Monument is made up entirely of gypsum crystals that form dunes that stretch over 275 square miles. Located in the Tularosa Basin, the park and the dunes are fully enclosed; there is no outlet to water of any kind, so the gypsum never gets dissolved in water.

Gypsum, what makes up the dunes is actually a clear substance; the dunes appear white like snow because the gypsum grains are constantly banging into each other. The scratches then reflect the sun’s rays making them look white.  Gypsum doesn’t absorb heat from the sun, so even on the hottest day of the year; the dunes are cool and comfortable to walk on.

The White Sands National Monument is completely surrounded by military installations and is periodically closed for a few hours at a time while they carry out testing.


(Issued 01-06-2015)

Neon Celebrate
(Issued 09-09-2015)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spain ~ Portal of the Santa Maria monastery - Ripoll - UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List ~

... Beautiful view of the main gate from the monastery...  wonderful piece of history... because of its originality, quality and size, the portal is recognized as one of the most important pieces of European Romanesque sculpture... also known as "the Bible of stone"... because it depicts passages of the Bible's Old Testament... with great matching stampッ...Thanks a lot Joseph and Assumpta!! (✿ ♥‿♥)➜Letters and postcards from around

Ripoll  is the capital of the comarca of Ripollès, in the province of Girona, Catalonia. It is located on confluence of the Ter River and its tributary Freser, next to the Pyrenees near the French border.

The Benedictine monastery Santa Maria de Ripoll, the Cradle of Catalonia was built in the Romanesque style and founded by the Count Wilfred “The Hairy” in the 9th century.

The  triumphal-arch-shaped Romanesque portal dating from the 12th C is divided into seven horizontal strips, in which Biblical, historical and allegoric scenes are depicted.

Each one of the scenes in the portal of Ripoll is full of symbolism and meaning.

The 800th Anniversary of the University of Salamanca
(Issued 26-10-2016)

Castles and Abbeys - Monastery de Ripoll
(Issued 12-11-1970)

Friday, May 26, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Govinda Hela - Siyambalanduwa ~

... And beauty nr9... a protected forest...  has probably the largest number of Ebony Trees in a single location... with rocks of all sizes... during the British ruling time given the name "Westminster Abbey"  to commemorate the famous Westminster church in London... from the top you have a magnificent view of the Gal Oya basin... Big Thanks once more dear Ravindra!!【ツ】
"Best wishes with your new home! May you enjoy wonderful times and create a lifetime of memories.♥"

Govinda Hela  is the highest point in the Gal Oya region, standing at 573m and is located next to Siyambalanduwa  in Uva province.

It is believed to have been used as a fortress by the Rohana (one of the three main kingdoms of ancient Sri Lanka) chieftain named Bhuvanekabaahu somewhere during 1215 – 1236 AD. This dominating monolith lies somewhat beyond the protected area, towards the South East in the Siyambalanduwa region directly overlooking the Jayanthi Wewa reservoir.


Govinda Hela
(Issued 02-12-2016)