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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Old Towns of Djenné,Mali.




Inhabited since 250 B.C., Djenné became a market centre and an important link in the trans-Saharan gold trade. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was one of the centres for the propagation of Islam. The property is characterised by the intensive and remarkable use of earth specifically in its architecture. The outstanding mosque of great monumental and religious value is an example of this.Its traditional houses, of which nearly 2,000 have survived, are built on hillocks (toguere) as protection from the seasonal floods.
Tha beautiful stamps affixed are about The Timbuktu Manuscripts,a collection of medieval manuscripts from the West African imperial period, mostly written and preserved for centuries in Timbuktu and its region.
This rare country card was sent by Mike in Netherlands through his contact in Mali.Greatful to Mike who arranged for a card from Rwanda earlier..
Date of Inscription: 1988
Ref: 116rev

Monday, 13 February 2017

Postcard from Italy.



Limone Piemonte is a municipality in the Province of Cuneo in  Italy. .It is one of the oldest ski area in Italy consisting about 80 kilometres of trails, served by 1 gondola, 10 chairlifts, 3 ski lifts and 2 carpets. The resort hosted several editions of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and the FIS Snowboard World Cup.And in 2007 the village celebrated the "Century of skiing".Thank you Gian for the nice card with wonderful stamps.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Postcard from Russia.



            Birds on the Shore.Thank you Yulia for the nice card and Postcrossing stamp

Postcard from Germany.


          Postcard depicting annual event in Alpine region-"drive from the Mountain pasture."
          Nice words put out by Edith on the card.Thank you for the information.


Postcard from Germany.

                                          Card on German Carnival.sent by Edith.

Postcards from Germany.

                                       Open Market at Hanau card sent by Edith.

M'Zab Valley,Algeria.



Located 600 km south of Algiers, in the heart of the Sahara Desert, the five Ksour (fortified villages) of the M'Zab Valley form an extraordinarily homogeneous ensemble in the desert, the mark of a sedentary and urban civilisation possessing an original culture that has, through its own merit, preserved its cohesion throughout the centuries. Comprised of Ksour and palm groves of El-Atteuf, Bounoura, Melika, Ghardaïa and Beni-Isguen (founded between 1012 and 1350), the M'Zab Valley has conserved practically the same way of life and the same building techniques since the 11th century, ordered as much by a specific social and cultural context, as by the need for adaptation to a hostile environment, the choice of which responded to a historic need for withdrawal and a defensive imperative.
Thank you Habib for this beautiful card.
Date of Inscription: 1982
Ref: 188

Monday, 6 February 2017

Postcard from Italy.

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Earthenware products are piled up outside pottery factories in Libya, with locals hoping to entice shoppers to purchase their products Gian in Italy sent this card with beautiful stamps..


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Postcard from USA.



My first ever card from a member who works in Postal Service.Thank you Elaine for the wonderful Disney card.


Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso,Chile.




The colonial city of Valparaíso presents an excellent example of late 19th-century urban and architectural development in Latin America. In its natural amphitheatre-like setting, the city is characterized by a vernacular urban fabric adapted to the hillsides that are dotted with a great variety of church spires. It contrasts with the geometrical layout utilised in the plain. The city has well preserved its interesting early industrial infrastructures, such as the numerous ‘elevators’ on the steep hillsides.
This beautiful card was sent by Muriel.
Date of Inscription: 2003
Ref: 959rev

Postcard from Italy


                                       Received this card from Gian in Italy.