Saturday, 29 April 2017

Antequera Dolmens Site,Spain

This site is a serial property made up of three megalithic monuments:
Menga Dolmen,
Viera Dolmen and
Tholos of El Romeral,
(and two natural monuments, La Peña de los Enamorados and El Torcal de Antequera.)
Built during the Neolithic and the Bronze Age out of large stone blocks that form chambers and spaces with lintelled roofs (Menga and Viera) or false cupolas (El Romeral), and used for rituals and funerary purposes, the Antequera megaliths are widely recognised examples of European Megalithism. The megalithic structures are presented in the guise of the natural landscape (buried beneath earth tumuli) and their orientation is based on two natural monuments: La Peña de los Enamorados and El Torcal. These are two indisputable visual landmarks within the property.
This is the 4th card received from Belen on the same day.Thank you for the scenic card.
2016 Stamp- King Felipe VI.
Date of Inscription: 2016
Ref: 1501

Vizcaya Bridge,Spain.

Vizcaya Bridge straddles the mouth of the Ibaizabal estuary, west of Bilbao. It was designed by the Basque architect Alberto de Palacio and completed in 1893. The 45-m-high bridge with its span of 160 m, merges 19th-century iron working traditions with the then new lightweight technology for this wonderful card. of twisted steel ropes. It was the first bridge in the world to carry people and traffic on a high suspended gondola and was used as a model for many similar bridges in Europe, Africa and the America only a few of which survive. With its innovative use of lightweight twisted steel cables, it is regarded as one of the outstanding architectural iron constructions of the Industrial Revolution.
Thank you Belen for this wonderful card.
2017 stamp- International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Developmen.
Date of Inscription: 2006
Ref: 1217

Historic Walled Town of Cuenca,Spain.

Built by the Moors in a defensive position at the heart of the Caliphate of Cordoba, Cuenca is an unusually well-preserved medieval fortified city. Conquered by the Castilians in the 12th century, it became a royal town and bishopric endowed with important buildings, such as Spain's first Gothic cathedral, and the famous hanging houses, suspended from sheer cliffs overlooking the Huécar river. Taking full advantage of its location, the city towers above the magnificent countryside.
Received this interesting card fro Belen in Spain.n
2015 stamp-The 450th Anniversary of the City of San Agustín
Date of Inscription: 1996
Ref: 781

Old Town of Caceres, Spain.

The city's history of battles between Moors and Christians is reflected in its architecture, which is a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. Of the 30 or so towers from the Muslim period, the Torre del Bujaco is the most famous.Cáceres has been a trade route city and a political centre of the local nobles for many centuries. Since prehistoric times, people from different cultures have gathered in Cáceres and have shaped its strong historical roots. Pre-Roman settlements occupied the original plot followed by the Roman, Arab, Jewish and Christian people.
Belen in Spain sent this  card with majestic view.
2017 stamp- Gabriel de Castilla Antarctic Base.
Date of Inscription: 1986
Minor modification inscribed year: 2016
Ref: 384bis

Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications,Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankans’ greet you with ‘Ayubowan’, a word that means much more than just ‘hello’. It means, may you have long life and be happy always.
Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions.It was founded by Portuguese in 16th century.
Nimasha in Sri Lanka sent this scenic card.Thank you very much.
2016 Stamp-Tourism - Unseen Sri Lanka- Hummanaya is a natural blowhole,
Date of Inscription: 1988
Ref: 451

Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato Italy.

The vineyard landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato in Piedmont consist of a selection of five distinct wine growing areas and a castle, whose names evoke profound and ancient expertise in the relationship between man and his environment. They reflect a slowly developed association between a diverse range of soils, grape varieties that are often native, and suitable winemaking processes
Card received from Gian in Italy.
2016 stamp -Piazza Ruggiero Settimo, Palermo.
Date of Inscription: 2014
Ref: 1390 rev

Mantua and Sabbioneta,Italy.

Mantua and Sabbioneta offer exceptional testimonies to the urban, architectural and artistic realizations of the Renaissance, linked through the visions and actions of the ruling Gonzaga family. Mantua, a town whose traces stem from the Roman period, was renovated in the 15th and 16th centuries - including hydrological engineering, urban and architectural works. The participation of renowned architects like Leon Battista Alberti and Giulio Romano, and painters like Andrea Mantegna, makes Mantua a prominent capital of the Renaissance
Card received from Gian in Italy.
2016 stamp -Piazza Ruggiero Settimo, Palermo.
Date of Inscription: 2008
Ref: 1287

Friday, 28 April 2017

Postcard from Taiwan.

                                             Formosan Macaque card received from Chi.

Postcard from Russia.

Orchids of Ural .European North-East of Russia, i.e.
the Komi Republic near the, Northern Ural Mountains counts 25 species
of the Orchid family.
Received this nice card from Maksim.
2016 Postcrossing Stamp

Postcard from Germany.

Germany's biggest samba carnival takes place in Bremen.
Expect vivid colours, flamboyant costumes, fanciful masks, stilt walkers and the unmistakable rhythms of the drums. Every year, up to 35,000 spectators gather along the streets to watch this colourful extravaganza, during the winter months,
Thank you Martina for this nice card and stamps.
2014 stamp- The 100th Anniversary of the Minden Lock

Postcard from Germany.

This wonderful card-Flying pig by Michael Sowa-was sent by Jessica in Germany.Thank you for the matching Wild boar stamp and nice stickers.
2017 stamp-Baby Animals -Striped wild boar.

Postcard from Germany.

Die Pfalz bei Caub is a toll castle on the Falkenau Island in the Rhine river near Kaub.
Unlike the vast majority of Rhine castles, "the Pfalz" was never conquered or destroyed, withstanding not only wars, but also the natural onslaughts of ice and floods by the river. Its Spartan quarters held about twenty men and was used to collect toll in medieval time.
This very old card is by Karl Fischer, Eltville and can  be found in CATAWIKI-online Auction for special objects.
Thank you Christoph for this very old and bristle Postcrd which surprisingly reached unharmed except for a small cut in the ear.
2015 stamp on Wild Germany - Ostsee-Boddenlandschaft

Postcard from Germany.

Martin Luther
Born in Germany in 1483, Martin Luther became one of the most influential figures in Christian history when he began the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. He called into question some of the basic tenets of Roman Catholicism, and his followers soon split from the Roman Catholic Church to begin the Protestant tradition.
Lucas Cranach and his workshop produced many printed and painted portraits of Martin Luther, with whom the artist was well acquainted. In this small panel, the Reformer is shown close up, in three-quarter profile, wearing the distinctive black Protestant vestments.
2017 stamp commemorating 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
Thank you Erhard for the Martin Luther postcard with matching stamp and special cancellation.

Postcard from Germany.

Berlin Blockade 1948/1949
International crisis that arose from an attempt by the Soviet Union, in 1948–49, to force the Western Allied powers (the United States, the United Kingdom, and France) to abandon their post-World War II jurisdictions in West Berlin.The Soviet occupation forces in eastern Germany began a blockade of all rail, road, and water communications between Berlin and the West.The Soviets announced that the four-power administration of Berlin had ceased and that the Allies no longer had any rights there. During this blockade, United States and Britain began to supply the city with food and other vital supplies by air. Despite dire shortages of fuel and electricity, the airlift kept life going in West Berlin for 11 months, until on May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the blockade. The end to the blockade was brought about because of countermeasures imposed by the Allies on East German communications and because of the Western embargo placed on all strategic exports from the Eastern bloc. As a result of the blockade and airlift, Berlin became a symbol of the Allies’ willingness to oppose further Soviet expansion in Europe.
Residents of Berlin awaiting a cargo plane carrying food during the Soviet blockade of the city in Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Erhard sent this blast from the past card with beautiful cancellation and stamps.Thanks a lot Erhard.
2017 stamp depicting the Topography of Terror History Museum - Berlin, Germany.
2016 stamp on the 175th Anniversary of Deutschlandlied - German National Anthem.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Postcard from Hawaii,USA.

                     Expired Postcard replaced by Mei Li from Hawaii.Thank you very much.

Postcard from Russia.

                                 Thank you Elena for the nice card and coin.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Postcard from Germany.

Heike has sent this beautiful Unesco card-Markgravial Opera house in Bayreuth which is known for Richard Wagner,the famous composer.Thank you for the card and butterflies.

Postcard from USA>

Received this wonderful postcard on Terracotta Warriors and Horses,a Chinese Unesco heritage site, sent by Song Tiany studying in US.

Postcard from Croatia.

Thank you Nedjeljko for the nice card

Postcard from Croatia.

                        Thank you Nedjeljko for the nice market card.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Postcard from Netherlands.

Eijsden-Margraten is one of the most southerly municipalities in the Netherlands bordering Belgium.d Belgium.This huge and beautiful card was sent by Martin who is Glass artist.

Postcard fromGermany.

Stari Grad Plain,Croatia.

Stari Grad Plain represents a comprehensive system of land use and agricultural colonisation by the Greeks, in the 4th century BC. Its land organisation system, based on geometrical parcels with dry stone wall boundaries (chora), is exemplary. This system was completed from the very first by a rainwater recovery system involving the use of tanks and gutters.
Thank you Nedjeljko for the beautiful card and 2009 stamp on Croatian Towns - Sisak.
Date of Inscription: 2008
Ref: 1240

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Postcard from Taiwan.

                         Coastal stone trench of Laomei coast in Shimen,Taiwan.

Post card from Taiwan.

                          " Peach Blossoms."Card received from Julianne.