Saturday, 29 July 2017

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama,Japan.

 Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. The large houses with their steeply pitched thatched roofs are the only examples of their kind in Japan. Despite economic upheavals, the villages of Ogimachi, Ainokura and Suganuma are outstanding examples of a traditional way of life perfectly adapted to the environment and people's social and economic circumstances.
Date of Inscription: 1995
Ref: 734
Received this captivating card from dear friend Phoebe affixing beautiful and odd shaped stamp.
2017 Stamp- Traditional Japanese Design
2015 Stamp  Definitive


Received this beautiful card with matching pictorial seal and nice stamps from Yosuke with many thanks.
Yosuke explains that the red seal was stamped with WADA-KE HOUSE.
That's for visitors.
About Wada-ke House
The only nationally-designated important cultural property in Shirakawa-go, it is a thatched-roof ridgepole Gassho style house, the largest of its kind.
It has gardens and hedges that preserve its atmosphere, surrounding fields and waterways. 
In addition to the main house, the storehouse and toilet are also designated as important property. 
The main house first floor and attic boasts a size of 110 square meters. 
The massive beams on the first floor are called "cattle trees", and they hold the ceiling up high and create a large space. 
The doors "glow" black due to wiping of the soot from the hearth every day which gives them a black shine, as if it were coated in lacquer. 
1965 Stamp- Completion of Meteorological Radar Station, Mount Fuji
1984 Stamp- Alpine Plants

Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee,Israel.

The Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee are inscribed for their profound spiritual meaning and the testimony they bear to the strong tradition of pilgrimage in the Bahá’i faith. The property includes the two most holy places in the Bahá’í religion associated with the founders, the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Acre and the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, together with their surrounding gardens, associated buildings and monuments. These two shrines are part of a larger complex of buildings, monuments and sites at seven distinct locations in Haifa and Western Galilee that are visited as part of the Bahá’i pilgrimage.
Date of Inscription: 2008
Ref: 1220rev
Thank you Dany for the superb card.
2013 Stamps- Flora - Flowers
2016 Stamp- Pioneering Women

Postcard from Trinidad & Tobago,West Indies.

On July 31, 1498, Christopher Columbus, already on his third expedition, alighted on the coasts of Trinidad whichwas populated by the Igneri, a part of Arawak Indian peoples, who are peace-loving cultivators of land .
The isle of Tobago, initially occupied by the Caribs who were gatherers and quite a fierce tribe. was sighted in 1498 likewise by Columbus.Trinidad and Tobago formally became an independent state and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, on Aug. 31, 1962.In September 1976, then Prime Minister Williams produced a new constitution giving birth to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.Rastrapathi Bhavan  Post Offis.New Delhi.India.
The culture of Trinidad and Tobago reflects to a large extent the influences of many of its early settlers, including Africans, Indians, Amerindians, Chinese, British and French, and to a lesser extent the Spaniards and Portuguese.
Received my first ever card from Trinidad & Tobago affixing many stamps.Thank you Taramathi Sarah for the nice card.
2001 Stamp-150th Anniversary of Libraries in Trinidad and Tobago.
2012 Stamps-Local Herbal Medicine

Postcard on Rashtrapati Bhavan ,New Delhi.India.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan or  Presidential Residence", formerly known as Viceroy's House, is the official home of the President of India, located at the Western end of Rajpath in New Delhi, India. It may refer to only the mansion (the 340-room main building) that has the president's official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices; it may also refer to the entire 130-hectare (320 acre) President Estate that additionally includes huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens), large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls. In terms of area, it is one of the largest residences of a head of state in the world.
Lord Irwin was the first Viceroy to move into the Viceroy's House, as it was then known, on December 23, 1929. This building, which was designed by the British Architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, is a mixture of Indian and Western schools of architecture.
Thank you Prashant for the Permanent Pictorial cancellation of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Rs 5/-Definitive Stamp-Bhagath Singh.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Postcard from Russia.

Large two-storey Karasan palace in the moorish-style is in the middle of the park on the shore of Partenit bay. Belonging to the Rajewski family in Crimea,the palace name comes from the Persian province of Khorasan ,meaning sun rise, and the architecture there impressed Rajewski during his trip to Persia.
Thank you Valentina for the interesting card and nice stamp.
2017 Stamp- Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Postcard from Germany.

This card is about Pillnitz Castle ( Schloss Pillnitz) , a restored Baroque palace at the eastern end of the city of Dresden in Germany and also  4 other castles..
Thank you Marion for the nice card with beautiful Butterfly stamp,  sorry, sticker
along with a stamp cancelled nicely.
2006 Stamp- Definitive Issue - Flowers

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity,Slovakia.

Over the centuries, the town of Banská Štiavnica was visited by many outstanding engineers and scientists who contributed to its fame. The old medieval silver mining centre grew into a town with Renaissance palaces,16th-century churches, elegant squares and castles. The urban centre blends into the surrounding landscape, which contains vital relics of the mining and metallurgical activities of the past.
Thank you Laco for th beautiful card and stamps.
2016 Stamp- Peter Sagan- UCI World Road Cycling Champion 2015  Peter Sagan
2016 Stamp-Svatuse church.
Date of Inscription: 1993
Ref: 618rev

Friday, 21 July 2017

My INDIA-Post Independence Stamp Collection.

Page No --4--
Definitive 1st Series, Archaeological and Historical objects and places. (Star Watermark)
8Anna -Kandarya Mahadeva Temple, Khajuraho, 
12Anna-Golden Temple - Amritsar, 
1 Re.-Victory Tower - Chittorgarh, UNESCO World Heritage Site
2 Re. -Red Fort - Delhi, , UNESCO World Heritage Site
5 Re. -Tajmahal - Agra,  UNESCO World Heritage Site
10 Re. -Qutb Minar (Qutub Minar) - Delhi,  UNESCO World Heritage Site(Different colour shade)
15 Re.-Satrunjaya Temple - Palitana, Jainism, Archaeology

My INDIA-Post Independence Stamp Collection.

Page No --3--
Definitive 1st Series, Archaeological and Historical objects and places. (Star Watermark)
3 Pies Ajanta Caves Panel, Elephant ,UNESCO World Heritage Site
6 Pies Konark Horse, Sun Temple,UNESCO World Heritage Site
9 Pies Elephanta Caves, Trimurti, UNESCO World Heritage Site
1Anna Bodhisattva (Die-I), Lucknow Museum, Buddhism
2Anna Nataraja,Dancing Shiva
3Anna- Sanchi Stupa East Gate,UNESCO World Heritage Site
3½Anna-Bodh Gaya, Mahabodhi Temple, UNESCO World Heritage Site
4Anna-Bhubaneswara, Lingaraj Temple,
6Anna-Gol Gumbaj - Bijapur, 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Postcard from Germany.

Thank you Carmen for the beautiful Edition Colibri
card.and nice stickers.
2006 Stamp-Definitive Issue - Flowers

Postcard from USA.

The Western Meadowlark on the card is state bird of Oregon.Libby says they are much prettier than in the card but Oregon grapes are not.Thank you for the nice card and
 2017 Stamp- WPA Posters
2017 Stamp-Love Skywriting
2015 Stamp- Penguins
2017 Stamp- Fruit Definitives - Grapes

Postcard from Russia.

Thank you Alexandra for the time and effort you have taken to  draw such a cute drawing on the envelope enclosing such a wonderful B/W card on St Peters-burg Moscow,beautiful stamps and coins.Last but not the least the superb Bookmark which showcase a Russian Hero-
Alexander Nevsky: Russia's Hero -By Soviet artist Pavel Korin (1892-1967)

It was the spring of ’42. The Germans were advancing into Russia from the West, apparently unstoppable, threatening the very existence of the free Russian state. But under the courageous leadership of one man, the Russians earned a decisive victory and eliminated the German threat.

No, we’re not talking about Stalingrad. Turns out, the twentieth century wasn’t the only one where Russia faced a German invasion. The decisive victory in question actually occurred in the thirteenth century, on April 5, 1242, and the courageous leader was none other than Alexander Nevsky.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures,Uzbekistan.

The historic town of Samarkand is a crossroad and melting pot of the world's cultures. Founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrasiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries. The major monuments include the Registan Mosque and madrasas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir ensemble, as well as Ulugh-Beg's Observatory.
Thank you Shukhrat for this beautiful card on : Guri Amir Mausoleum and nice stamps.
2017 Stamp- Definitives - Birds
2015 Stamp- Pottery
Date of Inscription: 2001
Ref: 603rev

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador), Morocco.

Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.
Thank you Mustapha for this superb card with beautiful stamps.
2013 Stamp- World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders
2017 Stamp -Face A Picasso exhibition.
Date of Inscription: 2001
Ref: 753re

Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon,Portugal.

The complex of Belém is directly associated with the Golden Age of the Discovery and the pioneer role the Portuguese had in the 15th and 16th centuries in creating contacts, dialogue and interchange among different cultures. The nearby Tower of Belém, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition, is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.
Received this nice card from Belen.
2017 Stamp- Traditional Desserts of Portugal
Date of Inscription: 1983
Minor boundary modification inscribed year: 2008
Ref: 263bis

Historic Centre of Guimarães.Portugal.

The historic town of Guimarães is associated with the emergence of the Portuguese national identity in the 12th century. An exceptionally well-preserved and authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town, its rich building typology exemplifies the specific development of Portuguese architecture from the 15th to 19th century through the consistent use of traditional building materials and techniques.
Thank you Belen for this nice card.
2017 Stamp- VW Polo WRC (2015).
Date of Inscription: 2001
Ref: 1031

Costiera Amalfitana,Italy

The Amalfi coast is an area of great physical beauty and natural diversity. It has been intensively settled by human communities since the early Middle Ages. There are a number of towns such as Amalfi and Ravello with architectural and artistic works of great significance. The rural areas show the versatility of the inhabitants in adapting their use of the land to the diverse nature of the terrain, which ranges from terraced vineyards and orchards on the lower slopes to wide upland pastures.
Received this marvelous site card from Gian.
2016 Stamp-Piazza Ruggero Settimo, Palermo.
Date of Inscription: 1997
Ref: 830

Postcard from Japan.

Received this wonderful UNESCO card -Ginkaku-ji temple,Kyoto Japan from Reiko
1977 Stamp- National Treasures Painting by Kao Kanzanzu.

Postcard from Germany.

 This UNESCO card -MUSEUM ISLAND-is sent by Brigitte. Interesting to know that one meeting room in your Organisation is named after Bangalore.I liked your explanation-So we fellow workers say"See you at 2 in Bangalore."
2017 Stamp-Treasures of German Museums - Paintings 

Postcard from China.

Thank you Jingwen for the scenic Petronas Twin Towers card.
Wish you all the best on your graduation.
1998 Stamp- World Heritage Sites-Puning Temple in Chengde.

Postcard from Taiwan.

Received this "Beautiful Taiwan" card from Olga.
2016 Stamp -Architecture - Churches in Taiwan

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Taj Mahal,Agra,India.


Struve Geodetic Arc.
UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Struve Arc 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. The original arc consisted of 258 main triangles with 265 main station points. The listed site includes 34 of 
the original station points, with different markings, i.e. a drilled hole in rock, iron cross, cairns, or built obelisks.                
Countries involved---
 Republic of Moldova
 Russian Federation
Date of Inscription: 2005
Ref: 1187
Postal stamps issued by Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Sweden, Ukraine. 
Commemorative coins for the Struve Geodetic Arc issued by -Belarus, Moldova.