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Monday, 30 January 2017

Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau,Germany.


Between 1919 and 1933, the Bauhaus School, based first in Weimar and then in Dessau, revolutionised architectural and aesthetic concepts and practices. The buildings put up and decorated by the school's professors (Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Wassily Kandinsky) launched the Modern Movement, which shaped much of the architecture of the 20th century.
Thank you very much Erhard, for the beautiful card with matching stamp.With this card  my UNESCO site card collection of Germany is complete.
Date of Inscription: 1996
Ref: 729

Schokland and Surroundings,Netherlands.


For more than six thousand years,the struggle of the people of the Netherlands against water has endured and still continues today. Without constant vigilance, more than half the present area of the country would have submerged or subjected to periodic inundation. Schokland was a peninsula that by the fifteenth century had become an island. Occupied and then abandoned as the sea encroached, it had to be evacuated in 1859. Following man made dams and  dikes for water drainage work,  it has formed part of the land reclaimed from the sea since the 1940s. Schokland has vestiges of human habitation going back to prehistoric times. It symbolises the heroic, age-old struggle of the people of the Netherlands against the encroachment of the water. As a result of the colossal reclamation programme that began in the early years of the 20th century, Schokland and the settlement mounds and other human interventions that surround it stand as mute testimony to the skill and fortitude of the Dutch people in the face of this never-ceasing natural threat.
This scenic card was sent by Mike.Thank you very much.
Date of Inscription: 1995




Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Pampulha Modern Ensemble,Brazil.







It was the centre of a visionary garden city project created in 1940 at Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais State. Designed around an artificial lake, this cultural and leisure centre included a casino, a ballroom, the Golf Yacht Club and the São Francisco de Assis church. The buildings were designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, in collaboration with innovative artists. The Ensemble comprises bold forms that exploit the plastic potential of concrete, while fusing architecture, landscape design, sculpture and painting into a harmonious whole. It reflects the influence of local traditions, the Brazilian climate and natural surroundings on the principles of modern architecture.Thank you Celio for the nice cards affixed with Brazil OLYMPIC-2016 stamps.Also kind of you to send 2 coins.
Date of Inscription: 1980
Ref: 124



Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Postcard from Taiwan.


Wan wan from Taiwan sent this beautiful card with matching stamp and a stamp on National Bird of Taiwan.
The card represents "Flowering Crab Apple and Magnolia Blossoms"From  Album Leaf of Lang Shining,Quing Dynasty.
Thank you for the interesting card.

Willandra Lakes Region,Australia.



The fossil remains of a series of lakes and sand formations that date from the Pleistocene can be found in this region, together with archaeological evidence of human occupation dating from 45–60,000 years ago.
Willandra Lakes Region is also of exceptional importance for investigating the period when humans became dominant in Australia, and the large species of wildlife became extinct.
Mungo National Park is subject to a management plan which aims to maximise conservation of both natural and cultural heritage values while also conserving biodiversity and facilitating appropriate visitor access carefully controlled to sensitive areas,.  Access to sensitive areas in some areas are excluded, to mitigate adverse impacts on World Heritage values.
Once again received this well preserved heritage site card from Norma.Thank you.
Date of Inscription: 1981
Ref: 167

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh,UK.



Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century. The contrast between the organic medieval Old Town and the planned Georgian New Town of Edinburgh provides a clarity of urban structure unrivalled in Europe. The juxtaposition of these two distinctive townscapes, each of exceptional historic and architectural interest, which are linked across the landscape divide.
Thank you Alicia for the panoramic site card.
Date of Inscription: 1995
Ref: 728

Old City of Berne,Switzerland.


The Old City of Berne, a federal city of Switzerland and capital of the canton of Berne, is located on the Swiss plateau between the Jura and the Alps. Founded in the 12th century, it developed over the centuries in line with a an exceptionally coherent planning concept. The buildings in the Old City, dating from a variety of periods, include 15th-century arcades and 16th-century fountains. Most of the medieval town was restored in the 18th century but it has retained its original character.
Received this beautiful card from Gian in Italy.
Date of Inscription: 1983
Ref: 267

Postcard from Finland.


The Capercaillie bird is the largest member of the grouse family, reaching over 100 centimetres in length and 4 kilograms in weight and found across northern Europe and Asia
They are not elegant fliers due to their body weight and short, rounded wings. While taking off they produce a sudden thundering noise that deters predators.
Glad to receive the nice card with beautiful stamp on Finnish Barn series from Ville.

Postcard from France.


The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
10 Things You May Not Know About the Eiffel Tower--
http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-eiffel-tower
It is also inscribed as UNESCO heritage site in 1991.
Thank you David for selecting this magnificent heritage card.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Lord Howe Island Group,Australia.


It is an outstanding example of oceanic islands  born of volcanic activity for more than 2,000 metre's under the sea containing a unique  plants and animals, as well as the world’s most southerly true coral reef. It is an area of spectacular and scenic landscapes within a small area, including sheer mountain slopes, a broad arc of hills enclosing the lagoon and Balls Pyramid rising abruptly from the ocean.It also provides important breeding grounds for colonies of seabirds as well as significant natural habitat for the conservation of threatened species. Iconic species include endemics such as the flightless Lord Howe Woodhen (Gallirallis sylvestris), once regarded as one of the rarest birds in the world, and the Lord Howe Island Phasmid (Dryococelus australis), the world’s largest stick insect that was feared extinct until its rediscovery on Balls Pyramid.
Thank you Norma for the nice card and beautiful stamps as always.But your stunning calligraphic write up takes the cake and can't believe it is hand written.Thank you for this unique first timer card.
Australia
New South Wales
Date of Inscription: 1982
Ref: 186

Postcard from Germany.


Harbour seals are brown, silvery white, tan, or gray, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils attaining a length of 6 feet.
The Seehund (German: "seal"), also known as Type XXVII, was a successful series of German midget submarines created during World War II and operated by two-man crew.Thank you Daniela for the nice card. 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Viñales Valley- Pinar del Rio ,Cuba.



The Viñales valley in Pinar del Rio is encircled by mountains and its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. The quality of this cultural landscape is enhanced by the vernacular architecture of its farms and villages, where a rich multi-ethnic society survives, illustrating the cultural development of the islands of the Caribbean, and of Cuba. The region also preserves a rich vernacular tradition in its architecture, its crafts, and its music.Received with thanks this beautiful card from Gian in Italy.
Date of Inscription: 1999
Ref: 840rev

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Postcard from Brazil.


                           Another card from Luija.Thank you very much.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Postcard from Brazil.


                           On Airport in 70's sent by Luije.Thank you for the nice card.

Postcard from China.


Thank you Wong for the beautiful UNESCO card-Forbidden City-and for many nice stamps.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Postcard from Croatia.







Received with thanks all the above Postcards with tourist brochure and 4 nice coins in Registered Post affixing so many nice stamps from Nedjeljko , Croatia.

Dinosaur Provincial Park,Canada.



This site located at the heart of the province of Alberta's badlands contains some of the most important fossil specimens discovered from the “Age of Dinosaurs” period of Earth’s history. The property is unmatched in terms of the number and variety of high quality specimens which, to date, represent more than 44 species, 34 genera and 10 families of dinosaurs, dating back 75-77 million years. The park contains exceptional riparian habitat features as well as badlands of outstanding aesthetic value.Thank you Jason for the nice card with so many beautiful stamps.
Date of Inscription: 1979
Ref: 71


Postcard from Germany.


Thank you Sabine for the Christmas and New Year's Greetings,though belated.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Struve Geodetic Arc,Lithuania.



It is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. This helped to establish the exact size and shape of the planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. It is an extraordinary example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, and of collaboration between monarchs for a scientific cause.
                                   Struve Geodetic Arc Chain.
1 Norway 2 Sweden 3 Finland  4 Russia  5 Estonia 6 Latvia 7 Lithuania   8 Belarus 9 Moldova 10 Ukraine  
Date of Inscription: 2005
Ref: 1187
Extremely thankful to Eva in Lithuania for the rare card with matching stamp.

One more card received today with matching stamp.Than you Eva for the card made by you  and affixing matching stamp of 2009 and definitive stamp of year 2000.




Postcard from Poland.


                                     A vintage card from Dominika,Poland.