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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town,Ethiopia.


The fortified historic town of Harar is located in the eastern part of Ethiopia,525 km from capital Addis Ababa, on a plateau with deep gorges surrounded by deserts and savannah. The walls surrounding this sacred Muslim city were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Harar Jugol, said to be the fourth holiest city of Islam has 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines. But the townhouses with their exceptional interior design constitute the most spectacular part of Harar's cultural heritage.Thank you Emerich for this beautiful card. 
Date of Inscription: 2006
Ref: 1189rev

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Postcard from USA.






        Thank you very much,Elan for the surprise gifts.
2016 Forever stamps on Postcard.
On envelope-
Additional Ounce stamp
2016 Forever stamp
2017 Forever stamp


Postcards from USA.







         Thank you Ronald for the nice postcards and beautiful stamps on the envelope.
2017 Stamp- Paintings - The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Andrew Wyeth, (1917-2009)



Ngorongoro Conservation Area.Tanzania.



This area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. It was established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai people practicing traditional livestock grazing, which includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains. Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years
Thank you Yang Yang Hong for this appealing and classy site card.
Date of Inscription: 1979
Ref: 39bis
2013 Stamp-Ceremonial Costumes of Tanzania - Kuria lady from Mara
2010 Stamp- Wild Animals of Africa

Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains .China.



This heritage site cover Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains and is renowned for its  conservation of the giant panda, recognized as a “National Treasure” in China
Mount Siguniang is famous for its beautiful scenery and the area is reputed to be the "Oriental Alps". Mount Siguniang National Park was identified as a UNESCO Heritage Site as part of Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries in 2006. The park comprises Mount Siguniang and the surrounding three valleys, namely Changping Valley, Haizi Valley and Shuangqiao Valley covering an area of 2,000 sq km.
The Changping Gully was developed earlier and is comparatively mature. It mainly consists of forests, valleys, and snowy mountains towering over valleys. The Four-Girl Mountain lies inside the gully.
This scenic card was sent by Wei
Date of Inscription: 2006
Ref: 1213
1998 Stamp-Lakes - Joint Issue with Switzerland

Postcard from Singapore.


Thank you A S Colin for the nice bird card with beautiful stamps.
2017 Stamp- The 50th Anniversary of the National Service
2017 Stamp- Birds - Kingfishers



Postcard from Italy.



Thank you Cristina for this lovely Postcrossing meet up card celebrating 3 years of togethernes.Wish you many,many more such wonderful meet up's.Also,we had so many card swaps during last 2 years.Thank you once again and Happy Postcrossing. 
2015 Stamp- Pope Francis(Set of 4 stamps)


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Socotra Archipelago,Yemen.

Lying in the northwest Indian Ocean near the Gulf of Aden,it is 250 km long and comprises four islands and two rocky islets which appear as a prolongation of the Horn of Africa. The site is of universal importance because of its biodiversity with rich and distinct flora and fauna: 37% of Socotra’s 825 plant species, 90% of its reptile species and 95% of its land snail species do not occur anywhere else in the world. The site also supports globally significant populations of land and sea birds (192 bird species, 44 of which breed on the islands while 85 are regular migrants), including a number of threatened species. The marine life of Socotra is also very diverse, with 253 species of reef-building corals, 730 species of coastal fish and 300 species of crab, lobster and shrimp.Thank you Emerich for the scenic card of rare to get country.
Date of Inscription: 2008
Ref: 1263

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces,China.



This heritage site in  China covers 16,603-hectares in Southern Yunnan. It is marked by spectacular terraces that cascade down the slopes of the towering Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River. Over the past 1,300 years, the Hani people have developed a complex system of channels to bring water from the forested mountaintops to the terraces. They have also created an integrated farming system that involves buffalos, cattle, ducks, fish and eel and supports the production of red rice, the area’s primary crop. The inhabitants worship the sun, moon, mountains, rivers, forests and other natural phenomena including fire. They live in 82 villages situated between the mountaintop forests and the terraces. The villages feature traditional thatched “mushroom” houses. The resilient land management system of the rice terraces demonstrates extraordinary harmony between people and their environment, both visually and ecologically, based on exceptional and long-standing social and religious structures.
Received this nice card from Wei with thanks.
Date of Inscription: 2013
Ref: 1111
1998 Stamp- World Heritage Sites

Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou,Morocco.


The ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.The community areas of the ksar include a mosque, a public square, grain threshing areas outside the ramparts, a fortification and a loft at the top of the village,  two cemeteries (Muslim and Jewish) and the Sanctuary of the Saint Sidi Ali or Amer.
Thank you Edgar for this great card and for remembering my wish even while on your tour to Morocco.
Date of Inscription: 1987
Ref: 444
2016 Stamp- UN Climate Change Conference - Marrakech

Postcard from Germany.


-Edelweiss Flower-
This flower signifies deep love and devotion whereby men harvest the flower on daring steeps and fatal climbs to prove love and to show occasions of devotion. It’s synonymous with the alpine terrain, and those of the Alps find it a flower of purity that instills a great sense of patriotism with its meanings. The nations bound to this flower’s symbol includes regions in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Received this beautiful card from Jarina.
2005 Stamp-Definitive-Flower
2017 Stamp-Invitation.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape,UK.


The area around Blaenavon is evidence of the pre-eminence of South Wales as the world's major producer of iron and coal in the 19th century. All the necessary elements can still be seen - coal and ore mines, quarries, a primitive railway system, furnaces, workers' homes, and the social infrastructure of their community.
Thank you Sabine for this site card and wonderful stamps.
Date of Inscription: 2000
Ref: 984
2015 Stamp- Engineering - Bridges
2015 Stamp- First World War -1915

Postcard from Latvia.



Received this nice SIGN CARD with beautiful stamps.Thank you Roberts.
2017 Stamp- Latvian Birds
2015 Stamp- Flowers

Postcard from France.


Thank you Eliette for the nice card with so many beautiful stickers.
2017 Stamp- Circus Arts

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Sangha Trinational.Central African Republic



Sangha Trinational is a transboundary conservation complex in the North-western Congo Basin where Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo meet. It encompasses three contiguous national parks totaling a legally defined area of 746,309 hectares. These are Lobéké National Park in Cameroon, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in the Central African Republic and Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo.
This mosaic of ecosystems harbours viable populations of complete faunal and floral assemblages, including top predators and rare and endangered species, such as Forest Elephants, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and several antelope species, such as the Sitatunga and the emblematic Bongo.
This beautiful and rare country card was sent by Emerich.Thank you very much.
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Congo
Date of Inscription: 2012
Ref: 1380rev

Monday, 27 November 2017

Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth,China.


Mount Songshang is considered to be the central sacred mountain of China. At the foot of this 1500 metre high mountain, close to the city of Dengfeng in Henan province and spread over a 40 square-kilometre circle, stand eight clusters of buildings and sites, including three Han Que gates - remains of the oldest religious edifices in China -, temples, the Zhougong Sundial Platform and the Dengfeng Observatory. Constructed over the course of nine dynasties, these buildings are reflections of different ways of perceiving the centre of heaven and earth and the power of the mountain as a centre for religious devotion. The historical monuments of Dengfeng include some of the best examples of ancient Chinese buildings devoted to ritual, science, technology and education.
Thank you Wei for yet another classic card.
Date of Inscription: 2010
Ref: 1305rev
1998 Stamp- Lakes - Joint Issue with Switzerland

Armanian Monastic Ensemble of Iran.


The Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, in the north-west of the country, consists of three monastic ensembles of the Armenian Christian faith: St Thaddeus and St Stepanos and the Chapel of Dzordzor. These edifices - the oldest of which, St Thaddeus, dates back to the 7th century – are examples of outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions. They bear testimony to very important interchanges with the other regional cultures, in particular the Byzantine, Orthodox and Persian. Situated on the south-eastern fringe of the main zone of the Armenian cultural space, the monasteries constituted a major centre for the dissemination of that culture in the region. They are the last regional remains of this culture that are still in a satisfactory state of integrity and authenticity. Furthermore, as places of pilgrimage, the monastic ensembles are living witnesses of Armenian religious traditions through the centuries.
This is my first ever card from Iran for which I have been trying since a year.Thank you so much Ingrid for this 
excellent heritage site card of St Stepanos Monastery.
Date of Inscription: 2008
Ref: 1262
Iran Stamp (2015-16) -16th definitive Medicinal Flowers

Postcard from USA.


Thank you Makana for the beautiful Lighthouse card.and I like it very much.
2016 Stamp-Moon

Friday, 24 November 2017

Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine,Poland.


Located at the eastern fringes of Central Europe within the Polish and Ukrainian Carpathian mountain range, the sixteen wooden tserkvas are outstanding examples of the once widespread Orthodox ecclesiastical timber-building tradition in the Slavic countries that survives to this day
The tserkvas(Churches) bear exceptional testimony to a distinct ecclesiastical building tradition, which is grounded in the mainstream traditions of the Orthodox Church interwoven with local architectural language. The structures, designs and decorative schemes are characteristic for the cultural traditions of the resident communities in the Carpathian region and illustrate a multiplicity of symbolic references and sacred meanings related to the traditions.
Thank you Ania for this great card.
Date of Inscription: 2013
Ref: 1424
2015 Stamp- Flowers and Fruits
2015 Stamp- Flowers and Fruits

Postcard from Russia.




Postcard from late 50"s showcasing Ivan the Great Bell Tower,The Cathedral,
Kremlin Moscow,U S S R.Thank you Irina for this vintage card and beautiful stamps affixed on the envelope and mint stamps there in.
On Envelope-
2013 Stamp- Arts and Crafts of Russia - Shawls
2016 Stamp- Art - Joint Issue with Malta
In Envelope (MINT STAMPS)-
USSR 1965 Stamp- The 20th Anniversary of Victory in Second World War
USSR 1965 Stamp-The 20th Anniversary of Liberation of Warsaw
USSR 1965 Stamp-The 20th Anniversaries of International Organizations
USSR 1965 Stamp- The 100th Anniversary of Timiryazev's Academy of Agriculture

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System,Poland.


Located in Upper Silesia, in southern Poland, one of the main mining areas of central Europe, the property includes the entire underground mine with adits, shafts, galleries and other features of the water management system. Most of the property is situated underground while the surface mining topography features relics of shafts and waste heaps, as well as the remains of the 19th century steam water pumping station. The elements of the water management system, located underground and on the surface, testify to continuous efforts over three centuries to drain the underground extraction zone and to use undesirable water from the mines to supply towns and industry. Tarnowskie Góry represents a significant contribution to the global production of lead and zinc.
As always Boguslaw sent this classic heritage site card.Thank you very much.
Date of Inscription: 2017
Ref: 153
2016 Stamp- Flowers and Fruits