Friday, February 23, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage ~

... Lovely view of a bathing elephant herd... ...🐘"The gentle giants of the jungle"🐘 .... this orphanage has had many mixed reviews about it... is it a tourist trap or a peaceful sanctuary??... after reading many articles about it I think it should be seen as a conservation project maybe not perfect but doing a lot of good work... there goal is to protect, rescuing and caring for the Sri Lankan elephant... an animal at the risk of becoming extinct... they saving baby elephants without their mothers... in most of these cases the mother had either died or been killed... the only problem is, they would not be able to survive if they go back in the wild...  you can follow the elephants' daily routine, including feeding time and their twice-daily bath in the local river... and to fund the conservation, tourism is necessary... Big Thanks dear Ravindra!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: Juergen Schreiber - © Lasantha Lakmal

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya river at Rambukkana. When the orphanage opened in there were 5 elephants, now there are 88 of them.

Asian elephants are known to be one of the most gentle and intelligent mammals. There are three subspecies of Asian elephant – the Indian, Sumatran and Sri Lankan. The Sri Lankan is physically the largest of the subspecies, and also the darkest in colour. They can be identified by their small, rounded ears and are quite a bit smaller than their cousins, the African elephants. They are about 3.4 m tall, can weigh up to 5,400 kg. and consume about 200 kg of foliage and grass per day and plenty of water for drinking and bathing.

Stamps:

2X Pigeon Island Marine National Park
(Issued 22-08-2014)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

CANADA ~ Red Bay Basque Whaling Station - Labrador - UNESCO ~

... Great postcard of a very interesting National Historical UNESCO site... a perfect combination of nature and history... this site represents a rare, most complete and best preserved testimony of the European whaling tradition's and whaling process...  it includes the remains of rendering ovens, cooperages, a wharf, living quarters and a cemetery, together with the underwater wrecks of vessels and whale bone deposits... how they killed the whales is not a pleasant explanation ☹... you'll have to look it up yourself if you want to know... Big Thanks Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥) Fingers crossed 🤞 and hope the traveling postcards will be here soon!

Red Bay was established  at the north-eastern tip of Canada on the shore of the Strait of Belle Isle.

Gran Baya, as it was called by the Basque sailors from France and Spain who founded it in the 1530’s, was used as a base for coastal hunting and became a major source of whale oil which was shipped to Europe where it was used for lighting.  They made an annual transatlantic voyage to the site for summer whale hunting. The station was used for some 70 years, before the local whale population was depleted.

They primarily hunted the Southern Right whales because they were slow moving, and yield large amounts of oil. Now on the endangered species list, they got their name because they were considered “the right whale to kill,” due to their high blubber content and propensity to float when dead, making retrieval of blubber easier.

The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in Newfoundland and Labrador became Canada’s 17th World Heritage site in 2013.

Stamp:

Prepaid postcard from Post Canada
(Issued 03-07-2015)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

USA ~ West Virginia State Map ~

...Great new USA state map for my collection... this Appalachian state is known for its ridged mountains and valleys, scenic rivers, stunning rock formations and historic towns... as John Denver already sang in his 1971 ode to West Virginia which describes it as "almost Heaven".... the popularity of the song has inspired resolutions in the West Virginia Legislature to adopt "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as an official state song... I'm a fan♥... with the "Total Eclipse of the Sun" stamp... it is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of your touch... placing your finger over the black disc on the stamp causes the ink to change from black to clear to reveal an underlying image of the moon... I tried it several times but it didn't work for me... maybe to cold fingers ... o͜͡o Thanks once more Denise!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Photo: David Nestmann, Ron & Linda Card

West Virginia became the 35th state on June 20, 1863. It is the first of two states that joined the Union during the Civil War. (Nevada is the other)

West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region of the Southern US. It is bordered by Virginia,  Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. West Virginia is the 10th smallest by area, and is ranked 38th in population. The capital and largest city is Charleston.

West Virginians Major Industries  are mining (coal), livestock, chemical manufacturing, glass products and  tourism.

Stamps:

Uncle Sam's Hat
(Issued 18-02-2017)

Total Solar Eclipse
(Issued 20-06-2017)

Soda Fountain Favorites
(Issued 30-06-2016)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

KIRIBATI ~ Tarawa Island ~

... More amazing beauty from planet Earth🌍... a breathtakingly beautiful view of a white sandy beach... and another postcard that came as a surprise... the most original and unspoiled country of the Pacific... ranked among the least visited and most isolated places in the world...Tarawa has a huge lagoon which has a lot of different variety of fishes and other marine creatures... most of the beaches have many seabirds breeding and nesting... a dream destination for fishing, divers, birdwachters...Thanks a million Denise!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

The Micronesian island nation of Kiribati is scattered 3000km along the equator in the Central Pacific. Comprising 33 low lying atolls divided into 3 groups – the Gilbert Islands, Line Islands and Phoenix Islands, the raised coral island of Banaba being the only exception.

Tarawa is an atoll in the Gilbert Islands and the capital of the Republic of Kiribati. It has a large lagoon, 500 square kilometres (193 sq mi) total area, and a wide reef. Bairiki, an islet of Tarawa, serves as an administrative center.

Stamps:

2X Definitives - Ships and Boats (Issued 05-10-2013)

Bird Definitives
(Issued 09-02-2008)

Monday, February 19, 2018

FRENCH POLYNESIA ~ Bora Bora ~

... A fantastic surprise postcard from a dear postcard friend💛... Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world and best known of the French Polynesia's Leeward Islands... a pristine island paradise... the jewel of the South Seas... snorkeling and scuba diving is a huge attraction on the island... with hundreds of underwater species that can be seen... colourful reef fish, starfish, sea turtles, manta rays and sharks... Thanks so much Andrene, I thought of you many times and was hoping to hear from you again... you've made my day🌼🌻🌼... Enjoy your cruising holiday! (✿◠‿◠)
ⒸDiane Commons

French Polynesia (more commonly known as Tahiti) is made up of 118 islands that are divided into five archipelagos. Bora Bora is situated in the volcanic Society Islands in the middle South Pacific Ocean, halfway between Australia and the USA. The island is an overseas territory of France.

The island was named Pora Pora, which means “first born” by the original Polynesian settlers that inhabited the islands. However, the first European settlers to visit the island misheard and believed the natives had said Bora Bora and that is the name its has today.

Stamp:

Famous People | Maps
(Issued 05-05-2010)

Friday, February 16, 2018

SERBIA ~ Petrovaradin fortress - Novi Sad ~

... Great postcard coming from a small mostly unknown Balkan country... one of the hidden gems in Europe... Novi Sad is a beautiful and historic small city beside the Danube river... this large (cover 112 ha) impressive fortress located on a rock dominates the view along the river ... it was such an important stronghold that it became known as the "Gibraltar of the Danube".... its military role ended long ago... this historical monument is now a popular destination with museums, archives, studios and galleries of artists, astronomical observatory, planetarium, restaurants and a very unique hotel... also famous for the music festival "Exit".... Thanks a lot Anni!!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀
Photo: Dragan Bosnić-  Design: Milan Bori

Serbia is situated in Southeast Europe, a landlocked country that was previously part of Yugoslavia. Serbia and Montenegro formed a union after Yugoslavia collapsed, but the two separated in 2006. Since then, the country has struggled with ethnic conflict between Christian Serbs and Muslim Kosovo Albanians. Kosovo, a region in Serbia – declared independence in 2008.

Nov Sad is he second-largest city in the country, And the administrative and commercial centre of the Serbian province of Vojvodina.

The Petrovaradin Fortress has existed since Roman times, but what you see today dates from the late 17th and early 18thC and was built to protect the city from the Turkish. The great French military architect, Vauban, oversaw its construction. This fortress is situated on the right bank of the Danube River, the second largest river in Europe after the Volga River, flowing through 10 countries in Central and Eastern Europe before it reaches the Black Sea.


Stamp

Horses - Ljubicevo Equestrian Games
(Issue 01-09-2017)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ South West Coast Beach ~

... Beautiful withe-sand palm tree lined tranquil beach ☀... with a few local fisherman boats... known as the gold coast for the colour of its sand... and the beautiful turquoise blue sea... paradise does indeed exist... just imagine having this all to yourself... here it is another grey☁ and rainy☂  winter day... with as always a great selection of lovely stamp... Big Thanks once more Ravindra!!【ツ】





This is the area stretching south of Colombo towards Galle and was one of the first areas to be developed with lots of famous resort towns and hotels.

You find here gorgeous beaches, colonial towns, stilt fishermen, fantastic wildlife parks and Buddhist shrines and temples.





Ⓒ Lasantha Lakmal
Photo: Jergen Schreiber

Stamps:

Endemic Birds
(Issued 16-12-2017)

National Meelad-Un-Nabi, Muslim
(Issued 23-12-2017)

Pigeon Island Marine National Park
(Issued 22-08-2014)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ~ Charlotteville ~

... Many beautiful views of a lovely peaceful fishing village surrounded by lush rain forest... Tobago is most famous for having the oldest protected rain forest in the Western Hemisphere... white stunning beaches... clear blue water... fantastic snorkeling site... a unique Caribbean atmosphere ... and largely untouched by commercial tourism...Thanks a lot Sarah Lucess!! (✿◠‿◠)
Ⓒ Personal Effects

Charlotteville is a village situated on the northeastern tip of Tobago (the smallest of the two islands) on Man-o-war Bay.

Tobago, like the other islands of the Caribbean, is steeped in a history of European conquest and enslavement. This small island had changed hands as many as 22 times by the European colonizers, which is more often than any other West Indian island.

The history of the village is closely linked to sugar farming, and Charlotteville's deep water harbour was also of importance for the town's development. In more recent times fishing has been important for the economy.

Stamp

The 150th Anniversary of National Library in Trinidad and Tobago
(Issued 09-08-2001)

Monday, February 12, 2018

AUSTRIA ~ Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great new National Park postcard... a bird paradise... the scenery is full of little shallow lakes including many lookout towers... this lake's grassland is unique for Austria... it's important as resting place for birds migrating between Europe and Africa... a little gem for bird watching and wild life...  there are also lots of walking and cycling tracks...Thanks a lot Christina!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Ⓒ Photos: Fasch- Werle

The Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park was founded in 1993. This National Park is the first cross-border National Park in Austria with the Fertö-Hanság Nemzeti Park in Hungary. On the Austrian side, the National Park covers 7 local authority areas with 9,674 ha in size.

The park’s habitats are shaped by lake Neusiedl’s reed beds, small saltwater ponds which periodically dry out, small sand dunes, hay meadows, vineyards and livestock grazing areas. The land is owned by about 1200 local landowners with whom the National Park has long-term leases.

Besides breeding birds, tens of thousands which use it as a stopover site can be observed there during spring or autumn migration, around 300 bird species were recorded in this relatively small area out of which 170 nest locally.

Together with the adjacent Hungarian Fertő-Hanság National Park it forms the Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.


Stamp:

2017 Christmas - Advent Calendar
(Issued 15-11-2017)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

SRI LANKA ~Royal Botanical Gardens - Kandy ~

... Lovely view of the most impressive and largest botanical gardens in Sri Lanka... home to several species that are endangered or extinct in the wild... these stunning gardens were once reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty... nowadays it attracts close to 2 million visitors annually...  the place for nature, trees and flowers lovers... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】
The Royal Botanic Gardens are located  near the Mahaweli River (the longest in Sri Lanka).  The total area of the garden is 147 acres (60ha) and dates back to 1371 with more than 4000 species of plants. Famous for its orchids collection, spices, palm trees and medicinal plants.  Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka.

Among the 10,000 or more trees found in the park, are the Giant Bamboo of Burma(40m-high) , the century old giant Javan fig tree, the Cannonball tree and a range of exotic palms.

Stamps:

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Baddegama Wimalawansa Nayaka Thero
(Issued 21-12-2013)

United Nations Day of Vesak
(Issued 12-05-2017)

Pigeon Island Marine National Park
(Issued 22-08-2014)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

USA ~ All Presidents ~

... Great postcard showing all 45 US presidents... from George-Washington to the latest one Donald Trump who is probably one of the most controversial presidents ever... a nice detail, the postcard was bought at the Trump Tower... if anyone counts them (like I did) will notice that there only 44 showing... to solve this mystery, I found out that one president served two non-consecutive terms in office... can you find him?? ʘ‿ʘ... with small matching stamp of the first US president... Thanks a lot Denise!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

From backside postcard:
"Under the U.S. Constitution, the President of the United States is the head of state and the head of government of the United States. As chief of the executive branch and head of the federal government as a whole, the presidency is the highest political office in the United States by influence and recognition."

The youngest president was John F. Kennedy at age 43. The oldest was Ronald Reagan at age 69. The longest-serving president was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died shortly into his fourth term in office. (The 22nd Amendment, ratified in 1951, limited to two the number of presidential terms one person could serve.) The shortest serving president was William Henry Harrison, who died from pneumonia after a month in office. Stephen Grover Cleveland was the only president in American history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office, he was the 22nd and 24th President.

Stamps:

American Design - Navajo Jewelry
(Issued 20-09-2004)

George Washington, 1732-1799
(Issued 11-04-2011)

Gifts of Friendship - Joint Issue with Japan
 (Issued 10-04-2015)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

PAPUA NEW GUINEA ~ 2015 XV Pacific Games - Port Moresby ~

... Great postcard of an event totally unknown to me... the Pacific Games is a multi-sport event... it resembles the Olympics but built on a rather small platform... established to create a bond between people of the countries of the Pacific region through sporting exchange... without any distinctions as to race, religion or politics... and promoting sports amongst their peoples... Thanks a lot Pieter!!【ツ】
Photo: Nathaha Guise
"Sir John Guise Stadium main area - Sheetlet Postage stamps"

The 2015 Pacific Games, also known as Port Moresby 2015 was held in Port Moresby (capital of the island country), from 4 to 18 July 2015. It was the fifteenth staging of the Pacific Games as well as the third to be hosted in Port Moresby.

The idea of holding the Pacific Games originated with Dr A. Sahu Khan in 1959. It was adopted and led to to a meeting of nine Territories, held in Noumea in March 1961, which awarded Fiji the honour of hosting the very first Game in 1963.

Stamps:

Dancers - Definitive stamps
(Issued 2015)

Tuna Fishery
(Issued 29-10-2016

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

SPAIN ~ Bernat de So tower - Llivia - Catalonia ~

... Lovely view of one of the most beautiful towns in the Pyrenees...  full of picturesque charm... it is a special village located in Catalan area called La Cerdanya, but surrounded by French territory... separated from the rest of Catalonia by a corridor about 1.6km wide... la Cerdanya is known for being one of the valleys with the highest number of sunlight hours of all of Europe... with great matching Tower stamp... Thanks a lot dear Josep and Assumpta !!
Llivia is a Catalan enclave surrounded by the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales.  In 1659 the Treaty of the Pyrenees ceded various parts of Spain near the French border to France. However the treaty stated that only villages were to be transferred to France. Spain argued that, because Llivia was the ancient capital of Cerdanya, it was a city not a village. And so it was that the 12.84km² Catalan territory of Llivia, part of Cerdanya and the province of Girona, remained part of Spain.

The Bernat de So tower was built between 1584 and 1585, together with the church, which was no longer used by 1617, and it became the new town defences. Today it is used for temporary exhibitions.

Stamps:

Traditional Trades - Pottery
(Issued 1509-2017)

Sightseeing
(Issued 09-11-1983)

Monday, February 5, 2018

MALDIVES

... Fantastic view of a tropical ☼ paradise ☼... with 87 resort islands located in an idyllic setting... amazing turquoise reefs... white sandy beaches and palm trees... known as a spectacular place for diving with an abundance of marine life... this must be the perfect ❅winter❅ escape!!
... Unfortunately it's not all good news☹... for the Maldives, climate change and a rising ocean level is a very real threat, with a handful of islands already evacuated due to the rising ocean waters that have interfered with fresh water sources... Thanks sooooo much Kenny en Joni for thinking of me while on honey moon there...(✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Michael Friedel

Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean made up of 1,192 coral islands (about 200 inhabited) grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls.

The Maldives have some of the smallest islands in the world with no more than a few square meters size. The largest island barely reaches 6km long and it also owns the title of the lowest country in the world with an average of only 1.5 meters above sea level.

Malé is the capital city of the Maldives. The total area of the island is 6 km2 and considering the amount of people living on one m² it is described as one of the most populous cities of the world.

Stamp:

Fauna
(Issued 2016)

Friday, February 2, 2018

BELGIUM ~ 60th Anniversary of The Smurfs ~

... Lovely postcard nr1... both with the first newly released stamps of 2018... with great special stamp postmarkツ... this one shows one more of Belgium's famous cartoons... Bpost had issued new Smurf stamps to celebrate the 60th anniversary of these sweet little blue dwarfs, featuring 5 of the main characters... I loved to read the Smurf comic albums as a kid, I grew up with them.... and I still love them♥... Thanks a lot Johan!! (✿◠‿◠)




The Smurfs  is a Belgian comic series, created by cartoonist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford). The titular creatures were introduced as supporting characters in an already established series, Johan and Peewit in 1958, and starred in their own series from 1959.

These creatures, which later became the Smurfs, were such a hit that they got their own comic series.

Thirty-one Smurf comic albums have been created, 16 of them by Peyo.



Stamp:

Smurfs
(Issued 29-01-2018)

BELGIUM ~ Beers - UNESCO ~

... Great postcard nr 2... showing one of our most famous products and part of our culture for centuries... we are known for producing some of the world's best beer... with a wide array of tastes... from extremely sour to bitter... brewed in numerous cities, towns and villages... almost every style of beer has its own uniquely shaped glass... with nice stamp and special unique postmark...Thanks once more Johan!!【ツ】
ⒸUitg. Thill, N.V.,Brussel
Belgium makes over 1500 different beers and has more than 160 breweries. The beer’s history stretches back centuries to medieval monks and has been celebrated in paintings by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

A few Belgian beers are Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe and the Trappist beers (Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, etc.) Beer is also used widely by cooking and producing products like beer-washed cheese.

UNESCO has listed Belgium's beer culture among the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.


Stamp:

Belgian Beer culture
(Issued 29-01-2018)


Thursday, February 1, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Spotted Deer - Yala National Park ~

... More animal beauty from Yala National Park... showing a herd of Spotted Deer looking into the camera... received already so many wonderful postcards with the animals living in this Park... and I love them all♥...  it's one of the island's most popular wildlife destinations... a must-see for safari enthusiasts... Dear Ravindra, I hope you have a wonderful time visiting the park... it must be awesome!! Thanks a lot!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
Yala National Park with an area 378 sq miles is situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east close to the Indian Ocean. Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and became a national park in 1938. There are four Gates to the Park.

Yala is home to 44 mammal species, 46 reptile species and 215 bird species 6 of which are endemic to Sri Lanka. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, jackals, sambars, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles.

The Spotted Deer is the most common member of the deer family in Sri Lanka. It is found in most parts of the country except in the highest hills. Deer are seen, in the protected areas sometimes in large herds, as large as 30 – 50 females with a few stags. Spotted deer grow to a height of approximately 90 cm at the shoulder and can weigh up to 85 kg. Their life expectancy ranges from 20-30 years.

Stamp:

Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka
(Issued 16-12-2017)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Atha Mala Ella Waterfall - Morawaka ~

... Lovely Sri Lankan waterfall view... home to many waterfalls which ends their journey in the Indian Ocean from varies points of the island... surrounded by beautiful nature... wildlife and birds whose songs mix with the sound of rushing water... Ayubowan and Thanks Ravindra!!【ツ】




The source of the fall is the Deniyaya Gongala mountain range with a height of 52m.

It is said that this massive waterfall fed by the Nilwala River was on a Elephant Migration Path and an elephant fell to death off this 52 meter fall. Thus this waterfall was called Etha Mala Ella.









Ⓒ Vijitha and Lalana Yapa


Stamps:

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Baddegama Wimalawansa Nayaka Thero
(Issued 31-12-2013)

2X United Nations Day of Vesak
(Issued 12-05-2017)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

JORDAN ~ Wadi Rum National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great Jordan postcard nr2 and a fantastic new National Parkツ... the largest sand dunes in the Middle East... also known as the Valley of the Moon...  the landscape seems almost alien with the varying colours of the sand and the wind-water sculpted rocks.... the main activities are jeep tours, camel riding, rock climbing, hiking or sleeping under the stars.... nature's splendor at its best... and famous for "Lawrence of Arabia"... Thanks once more Kate!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Wadi Rum  consists of 720 sq km and is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in south Jordan, near the border with Saudi Arabia. A place where the mountains meet the desert, and includes highly contrasting red sand dunes. The mountains here are the highest you can find Jordan, at around 1800 m.

Wadi Rum is Arabic for "Sand Valley", as Rum means sand, especially light sand that can be carried by wind.

Almost all the people living in and around Wadi Rum today are of Bedouin origin and, until recently, led nomadic lives, relying on their goat herds. They are resourceful, hospitable people who are largely responsible for developing Wadi Rum as a tourist destination.

It became a National Park in 1998 and was inscriped as a UNESCO WHS in 2011.


Stamp:

Arc de Triomphe - Dated "1997"
(Issued 10-05-1998)

Monday, January 29, 2018

JORDAN ~ King Abdullah Mosque - Amman ~

... A great view of one of the many imposing mosques in the capital city... a fine example of modern Islamic architecture... and a beautiful place of worship... this is the only mosque in Amman where non Muslims can visit... you can learn some history and enjoy piece and quite time... Thanks a lot  Kate!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Photo: Mohsen Ulama

Amman, the modern and ancient capital of Jordan, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the World.

The King Abdullah Mosque was built between 1982 and 1986 as a memorial to the late King Hussein’s Grandfather, His Majesty As-Sayyid Abdullah I, King of Jordan. The mosque is capped by a magnificent blue mosaic dome, beneath which 3,000 Muslims can offer prayer at any one time.

Located inside the mosque is the Islamic Museum, with a collection of pottery and photographs of His Majesty King Abdullah I.

Stamp:

Arc de Triomphe - Dated "1997"
(Issued  10-05-1998)

Friday, January 26, 2018

SOLOMON ISLANDS ~ Point Cruz Wharf - Honiara - Guadalcanal ~

... First new country in 2018ツ... only 22 more to find according to the countries list (193 member states) recognized by the United Nations... the sea port of Point Cruz is the main port of entry into the Solomon Islands... many international shipping and passenger boats companies operate from here... Thanks a lot Pieter!【ツ】
Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands located in the South Pacific Ocean lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28.400 square kilometres. The islands are volcanic and mountainous and nearly 90 percent of the land is forested.

Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands located on the island of Guadalcanal. The town is situated at the mouth of the Mataniko River on the north coast of Guadalcanal. A port and communications centre, it trades mainly in coconuts, timber, fish, and some gold.

Stamps:

Fishes
(Issued 09-10-2013)

Birds
(Issued 01-02-2001)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

ITALY ~ Circeo National park ~

... Plenty of lovely typical views of another great Italian National Park... one of the smallest of the 24 national parks in the country (and my nr 8ツ)... a great variety of unique landscapes in a very small place... there is a salted lake (Lago di Paola), a long wide sand beach with dunes, natural swimming pools, cliffs, mountain ( Monte Circeo) and a forest called Selva di Terracina.....a wonderful place for nature lovers... Thanks so much dear Gian Luca and Raffaella!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Circeo National Park includes about 8.300 hectares of land and  was established in 1934. The park  occupies a strip of coastal land from Anzio to Terracina, including also a sector of forest in the mainland of San Felice Circeo, and some of the Pontine Islands. Also Mount Circeo is today is part of it.

Cape Circeo is connected with the legend of Circe. It got its name from the mythological sorceress "Circe", who captured Ulysses on his return from the Trojan War, as described in Homer's Odyssey.

The area where Monte Circeo is located has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It was back in 1939 when an archaeologist who was studying the Guattari Cave came across a skull which belonged to a Neanderthal, it  can be seen in a museum located in San Felice Circeo.


Stamp:

EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles
(Issued 09-05-2017)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

CAMBODIA ~ Ta Prohm - Angkor - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful temple site of towers, closed courtyards and narrow corridors... Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia... and Ta Prohm is one of the most famous temples of Angkor... a battle between  architecture and nature in the Cambodian jungle... visiting it is an exotic travel adventure... a "lost" temple still gripped by the jungle... Bedankt Benny!!【ツ】
Photo: Ⓒ 1994 by Kraig Lieb - Ⓒ 2015 Purple Moon Publications

Ta Prohm (Rajavihara) is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, build during the last decades of the 12th century. It was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. The King constructed this temple  in honour of his mother.

The whole temple complex is 1 km long, 650m wide. Previously, this temple used to occupy 12.640 people including 18 monks, 2.740 priests, 2.232 maids and 615 dancers.

UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992.

Stamp:

The 50th Anniversary of ASEAN - Joint ASEAN
(Issued 08-09-2017)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

POLAND ~ Suchar IV Lake - Wigry National Park ~

... Beautiful lake view with yellow pine pollen floating on the water... a National Park famous for its numerous lakes... different in shape, size and depth... in total 42 of them... one of the youngest NP in the country... the most popular attractions of the park is the narrow-gauge railway, which was once used for transporting timber, and now provides the opportunity to see the lake from the windows of the wagons... also a great place for cyclists, hikers,canoeing and it has a national park museum... with the most wonderful horse stampsッ... Thanks so much Krystyna!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Paulina Pajer-Giełażys

The Wigry National Park is located in north-eastern Poland close to the Lithuanian border. The Park was established in 1989 with  an area of nearly 150.000 km2. The majority (63%) is covered by forests and one fifth is covered by water. It was was created for the protection of the post-glacial landscape, Lake Hańcza with a varied coastline and the forests of the Augustów Primeval Forest. It is named after lake Wigry, the largest of the Park's many lakes.

The European beaver is the symbol of the Wigry National Park. There are also roe deer, deer, elk, wild boar and badgers, lesser spotted eagles, sea eagles, buzzards and marsh harriers nest here.

Stamps:

The 200th Anniversary of the Janów Podlaski Stud
(Issued 31-08-2017)

Monday, January 22, 2018

SRI LANKA ~ Reclining Buddha Statue at Thanthirimale - Anuradhapura ~

... Two lovely postcards showing typical Sri Lankan heritage sites... an ancient rock temple set in a beautiful surrounding... view of the sleeping Buddha  which has been carved out of the rock... this temple is both religiously and historically significant and still attracts thousands of pilgrims during Poson festival... Thanks Ravindra!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
"The Reclining Budha carved on the northern slope of the Thanthirimale rock"

Thanthirimale is an old village which lies in thick jungle in the Anuradhapura District. It is known for the ancient Buddhist temple Thanthirimale Raja Maha Vihara, situated in a nearby rock covered and built in the tird century BC.

There are five ancient Buddha statues, four of which are incomplete on the temple premises. The largest of these is the sleeping Buddha (photograph above) which has been carved out of the rock.

The remains of an ancient library have been found on the premises. A number of rock huts and caves, which have most probably been used for meditation by monks for centuries, have also been discovered on the site.

Stamps:

The 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with South Korea
(Issued 14-11-2017)

Pigeon Island Marine National Park
(Issued 22-09-2014)