Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BARBADOS ~ Harrison Cave - St. Thomas ~

... And the Caribbean surprises keep coming... another happy mailbox day... view of one of the island’s greatest wonders and most famous attractions... situated at the heart of the island... known as one of the "seven wonders of Barbados"... the caves are stunning and showcases nature at its best... a process that has taken thousands of years to create... with streams, pools and tonnes of stalagmites and stalactites... Big Thanks Glenn!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Willie Alleyne
Harrison’s Cave is named after Thomas Harrison who owned much of the land in that area during the 1700s. Throughout the 18th and 19thC, there were several expeditions inside the structure but none got very deep into its depths. The majority of the landmark remained unexplored until 1970. It was rediscovered and mapped in 1974 by Ole Sorensen, an engineer and cave adventurer from Denmark. Two young men of Barbados also accompanied and assisted him.

This underground stream cave system is at least 2.3km long. The stalagmites in Harrison’s Cave are growing by less than the thickness of paper each year, but this is considered fast in geological terms. There is a 40-foot waterfall and many deep pools of crystal-clear water and the Great Hall is 15m tall. Harrison’s Cave opened to the public as a tourist attraction in 1981.


Airmail 30
(Issued 30-07-2008)

2&3The 21st Anniversary of the Birth of Princess of Wales
(Issued 01-07-1982)

Monday, December 11, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ School Girls ~

... Lovely view of a group of happy students posing and smiling in front of the camera in uniform... the future of Sri Lanka is its youth...  and that future depends on access to a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Sri Lanka's education structure is divided into five parts: primary, junior secondary, senior secondary, collegiate and tertiary.

Due to the variety of ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, many schools teach only in either Sinhala medium or in Tamil medium and not the English medium. The elite colleges in major cities such as Colombo and Kandy, teach in all three media.

Photo Gerald Gay

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

World Children's Day
(Issued 01-10-2017)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Mapalana Ella Falls ~

...   Another lovely view of one the many waterfalls around the island... also known as a waterfall paradise... Mapalana is Ratnapura's most picturesque waterfall... it is 4th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and highest in Ratnapura district... this district contains the largest concentration of water falls on the island... Thanks once more Ravindra!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ➞  Lighthouses on Post Cards

Situated amongst medicinal herbs, the 141 m high Mapalana Ella fall consists of three sections and is served by a stream (Minuwan Dola, Heen Ella Dola ) which originates from the Thoranabandigala (or Kondagala) in the Samanala mountain range.

During the rainy season the simultaneous flows can be heard from up to 6km away.

According to legends, the fall gets its name from a local nobelsman (maapaa) who used to bath at this fall.

Photo: Shaan Hettiarachchi


The 8th Conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers & Parliamentarians
(Issued 04-10-2017)

United Nations Day of Vesak
(Issued 1205-2017)

Friday, December 8, 2017

BAHAMAS ~ Welcome to the Bahamas ~

... One more wonderful surprise coming from a tropical paradise... in The Bahamas, visitors are welcomed with open arms and the big Bahamian warm smile... overall life is laid back... there is no hurry in life... must not be so difficult living in a place like this... the colors are so vibrant☼☼☼... the Islands’ people have been receiving guests for over a half a century and relish their role as tourism ambassadors... Thanks so much Glenn for brighten up a cold, dark and gloomy autumn day here!!【ツ】➞  Gem's World Postcards
©Designed an Printed by ww.PostCardusa.com

The islands of the Bahamas are comprised of nearly 700 islands, most uninhabited and over 2.4000 rocks and cays, scattered over 100.000 square miles of ocean.

The majority of Bahamians live on New Providence Island, home of the capital city, Nassau. Most people are of West African descent whose ancestors were enslaved and brought here to work on cotton plantations (about 85% ). About 12% of the total is white, largely of British origin, and 3% are Asian and Hispanic.

When Britain abolished slavery in 1834, life on the islands changed dramatically. Plantation life ended and locals tried their hand at sponging, fishing or farming. The lack of fertile cropland led our people to become a nation of seafarers.


The 100th Anniversary of Royal Bank of Canada in the Bahamas
(Issued 22-09-2008)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

MALI ~ Harbour - Mopti ~

... Great postcard nr2 from world traveler David's African adventure... and congratulations, he now has been to all countries on the African continent☝... don't think many people can say that... at the river harbour primary and most important is the loading and unloading of cargo and passengers... you can even see horses on the "Tombouctou", a large passenger boat o͜͡o... the city of Mopti is also called "the Venice of Mali" thanks to the pinnaces (ship's boat) each with their unique colors that lines the port... Big Thanks once more David!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Mopti is located at the confluence of the Niger and Bani rivers in eastern Mali. Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become an important commercial town and the centre of Mali’s fishing and livestock industries.

The town is located on three islands and is one of the most densely populated areas in Mali. The harbour is situated along the Bani River in the Inner Niger Delta.

 Major crops grown in the surrounding area are onions, millet, rice, cassava, and peanuts. Livestock raising and fishing are also significant.

The major population groups are the Dogon, Fulani, Bambara, Bozo, Bwa, Songhai, and Tukulor.

Photo: Diango Cissé


Timbuktu Manuscripts
(Issued 2015)

Exhibits from the National Museum
(Issued 2001-2003)

Fauna - Wild Cats
(Issued 11-01-2014)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

NIGER ~ Entrance sign to the city of Agadez - Sahara Desert ~

... Received two fantastic African countries... and my first ever from Niger... a vast, arid state on the edge of the Sahara desert... Niger is rated by the UN as one of the world's least-developed and also one of the poorest nations... Agadez has become one of the main transit points for illegal migrants from West Africa who dream of Europe... unfortunately a worldwide problem with no solution ☹.... and with great stamps... Big Thanks David!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯→ Postcards A world Travelogue
©Reinsco-Nordlys Designs- ©Photo: wikipedia 

Niger is a landlocked country in Western Africa named after the Niger River. It's bordered by Libya, Chad, Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, Mali and Algeria.The capital of Niger is Niamey, a port on the Niger River.. Almost 80 percent of the country is covered by the Sahara desert.

Agadez is a historic city in Aïr region of Northern Niger known for its spectacular desert and mountain scenery. It is also the center of one of the largest uranium mining regions on Earth.

Fauna - Mammals
(Issued 09-11-2007)

Traditional Living
(Issued 08-08-2008)

Traditional Hair Styles
(Issued 04-06-2010)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Temple of Tooth - Kandy - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful view of an impressive Buddhist temple of great religious significance... one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.... many Buddhist around the world wanted to visit it...  important because it's ancient traditional historical value and one of few places in the World that hold Lord Buddha's tooth Relic...  a must see when you stay in Kandy... with great matching stamp... Thanks a lot Ravindra!ツ
Photo:© Vijtha & Lalana Yapa

This 17thC Temple of Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is located in Kandy. It houses one of the most significant relics of Buddha - his tooth. The relic is central to the history of Sri Lanka, as kings during all ages have built temples to house the relic in various locations in the country. It  has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.

Kandy is located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province.

It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.


The 7th Buddhist Summit
(Issued 02-11-2017)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Saint Kitts and Nevis - Berkely Memorial Clock at the Circus - Basseterre ~

... Another fantastic Caribbean beauty♥ and one more of my missing list... the smallest two island country in the Caribbean... this interesting and a bit "kitsch" looking Victorian Memorial is a typical icon for the capital... surrounded by some wonderful old Caribbean architecture... Big Thanks once more dear Glenn for two wonderful surprises... its always so nice when people think of you during traveling!!乂❤‿❤乂➙  http://gemsworldpostcards.blogspot.be/

St Kitts and Nevis is a two island country in the Caribbean Sea and part of the Leeward Islands. They are separated by a shallow channel known as "The Narrows".

The newest nations in the Western Hemisphere shares maritime borders with Antigua and Barbuda, Netherlands (Sint Maarten), Venezuela, Montserrat (United Kingdom), and Saint Barthélemy (France).

The capital city is Basseterre on the larger island of Saint Kitts.

The Berkeley Memorial stands in the centre of the Circus in the capital. The memorial features a drinking fountain as well as a clock. There are four clock faces, each one facing one of the four streets leading to the Circus. It was built in honour of Thomas B.H. Berkeley, a former president of the General Legislative Council in the 1880s.


The 75th Anniversary of the Birth of Elvis Presley, 1935-1977  (Issued 08-01-2010)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

BANGLADESH ~The Rajoshik - Ruposhi Bangla Hotel - Dhaka ~

... Great postcard of one of the least traveled destinations in the world... sculpture showing a traditional horse cart near the five star hotel Ruposhi Bangla... transportation which is part of the culture of Bangladesh....popularly known as tomtom... but the owners of these centuries-old horse-drawn carriages, are now struggling to survive due to competition with three-wheelers and cycle-rickshaws... Thanks a lot Foysal!!【ツ】
Dhaka (or Dacca) is the capital and largest city in the country located on the banks of the Buriganga River, near the Ganges Delta. The capital is the industrial, commercial, and administrative center of Bangladesh, with trade in jute, rice, oil seeds, sugar, and tea.

Ruposhi Bangla Hotel formerly known as Dhaka Sheraton Hotel is the first renowned international five-star hotel in Bangladesh, The hotel is located three kilometers from the downtown business district and near Dhaka’s most famous Ramna Park and National Museum.


Bangladesh new year
(Issued ???- 2017)

The 80th Anniversary of Rotary in Bangladesh (Issued 08-05-2017)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

GERMANY ~ Martin Luther - Reformation Jubilee 2017 ~

... Great interesting postcard with one Martin Luther's influential quotes... Germany is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation... Martin Luther started one of the biggest changes in all of history called the Reformation against the Catholic Church... laying some of the groundwork for protestant theology and forming the Lutheran tradition... his religious, political, social and cultural affects gained historical importance globally... with matching stamp and beautiful special Wittenberg postmark...Thanks so much Dustin!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

"If I would know that the World ends tomorrow
I would still plant a small apple tree today."
Design: Theresa Meixner - Photo: Juliya Shangarey

Martin Luther ( 1483 - 1546) was a German professor of theology, priest, composer, monk and a influential figure in the Protestant Reformation. Luther decided to become a monk, joining a Augustinian monastery in 1505. He made this decision as his life was spared when he was riding a horse during a violent thunderstorm. In 1514 Luther became priest for Wittenberg's City Church.

Martin Luther began to reject the principles of the established Roman Catholic Church. In October 1517, he nailed a paper containing 95 statements to the door of a church in Wittenberg.

He died aged 62, in Eisleben, the city of his birth. He was buried in the Castle Church in Wittenberg, beneath the pulpit.


Flora - Flowers
(Issued 08-06-2017)

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation - Joint Issue with Brazil
(Issued 13-04-2017)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

BELGIUM ~The Royal Museum of Central Africa - Mwanaphwo Mask ~

... This impressive " Mwanaphwo" mask is from the African Museum collection... on 1 December 2013 the museum closed its doors for a three-year renovation period.... when the museum reopens next year, it will have drastically changed in appearance... .I've been there once, on a schooltrip, a very long time ago... I hope to visit it again next year... Belgian post issued a souvenir sheet "Masks of Tervuren" from the Democratic Republic of Congo with 5 large stamps dedicated to this museum... with great special postmark... Héééél erg bedankt Johan voor alweer een leuke verrassing in mijn brievenbus!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

The Royal Museum for Central Africa is an ethnographical and natural history museum in Tervuren, near Brussels. It was first built to showcase King Leopold II's Congo Free State for the 1897 World Exhibition.

It houses collections unique in the world, in particular 180,000 ethnographic objects including many masks.

Mwanaphwo literally means "young woman." Masks like this depict an archetypal ancestral personality who died at a young age. The mask's eyes are rendered as narrow slits, indicative of a dead person. Only male dancers wear these masks; women never do. The masks are used in village performances for boys' initiation, or "coming of age," ceremonies. Such masks also symbolize the prominence women enjoy in the Chokwe's matrilineal society.

ⒸAfrica Museum - Photo: R. Asselberghs


Royal Museum for Central Africa - Tervuren Masks
(Issued 23-10-2017)

Monday, November 27, 2017

SPAIN ~ Urbasa-Andía natural park ~

... A magical view... the perfect postcard for this time of the year... the beech trees in these beautiful forests turn orange, red and gold in autumn... as Spain is the second most mountainous country in western Europe, it is surprisingly rich in beech forests... an ideal place for many outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, climbing, caving and paragliding... Thanks a lot Joseph&Assumpta!!  ヽ(ヅ)ノ I so hope for a peaceful solution for all Catalan people!! 웃❤유
ⒸPhoto: Antionio Arenal
The Urbasa Range is a mountain range of western Navarre, part of the Basque Mountains.
Its highest point is the 1.183m  high Baiza. Urbasa is a karstic range where numerous nummulites fossils have been found.Together with the neighboring Andia range, Urbasa is part of the Urbasa-Andia Natural Park.

The Natural Park of Urbasa and Andía form a large area of ​​27,858 ha. whose surface is occupied mainly by beech and mountain pastures. This Natural Park is located on the north-western part of Navarre and it was declared a Natural Park in 1997.


EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles
(Issued 21-04-2017)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

MARTINIQUE ~ Purple-throated Carib Hummingbird ~

... Beautiful hummingbird enjoying nectar from a banana flower... a tiny flying jewel... and a flower I never seen before... my second card ever of one the best Caribbean vacation destinations... a little bit of France in the heart of the Caribbean... and an very popular cruise destination... as being a French overseas region, Martinique uses French stamps... Thanks a lot dear Glenn!!【ツ】Hope you had a wonderful holiday! ☼ ☼ ☼

The Purple-throated Carib is a large, dark hummingbird with a purplish-red throat and breast, greenish-blue tail, emerald-green wings, and a down-curved bill, found only on certain islands in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean.

It lives in mountain forests and clearings, is often seen in banana plantations, and occurs occasionally at lower elevations.

Banana flowers are the beginning stage of the banana, also known as "banana blossoms".They are a purple-ish flower, tear shaped and hangs at the end of banana cluster.

Photo: Stephane Morin


Joint Issue with the USA
(Issued 12-06-2012)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

SCOTLAND ~ Dunnottar Castle - Stonehaven ~

... Scottish beauty nr 3... breathtaking ruined cliff top fortress at the edge of the North Sea... this castle is probably the most dramatic historical site in Scotland... on a gigantic rocky mountain which is almost detached from the mainland... the rock on which the castle stand was formed 440 million years ago... the walk to the castle is slightly dangerous as it involves steep steps but there are amazing viewpoints... Thanks soooo much Andrene!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁ Did you walk all the way up to ruins??? o͜͡o
Ⓒ Douglas Corrance

Dunnottar Castle is located in Scotland’s north east coast.  It covers an area of 3.5 acres (1.4 hectares), and sits on a sea cliff that rises to 50 metres (160 feet) in height. In Scottish Gaelic its called: Dùn Fhoithear, what means "fort on the shelving slope".

The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages.  Dunnottar Castle has played an important role during many crucial episodes of Scottish History, but it was originally known as a Pictish fortress.

Throughout its history, Dunnottar Castle was burnt to the ground a number of times, sometimes by the Scottish to kill the invading English.

The castle was restored in the 20th century and is now open to the public.


National symbols - Scotland
(Issued 24-03-2015)

Friday, November 24, 2017

SCOTLAND ~ The Cairngorms National Park ~

... Spectacular nature scenery in the heart of the Scottish Highlands... Britain’s largest National Park... voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the World... an outdoor paradise for people who love nature, sports and adventure... the Park has provided a unique film location for many films and one of my favorite series Outlander... Thanks so much for once more a fabulous new National Park Andrene!! ( ˘ ³˘)❤
Ⓒ Colin Baxter
"Glen Brown & the Cairgorms - Ben Macdui & Cairn Tour - Loch Avon - Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus"

The Cairngorms National Park became the UK’s second National Park in 2003 and it is located in northeast Scotland with an area of 4,528 km2.  In 2010 it expanded into Perth and Kinross.

The park covers the Cairngorms range of mountains, and surrounding hills. It contains 5 of the 6 highest mountains in the UK, Over a third of the park sits at close to 2,000 feet (600 m) above sea level, creating an Arctic-like climate.

The park is home to eagles, ospreys, wildcats, reindeer, red squirrels, and boasts an extensive array of activities that range from hiking, skiing, and traditional villages.


Windmills and Watermills
(Issued 20-06-2017)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

SCOTLAND ~ Birthplace of Peter Pan creator Sir J. M. Barrie- Kirriemuir ~

... A fantastic "special" postcard from a "special" place sent by a "special" friend♥...  all things that make me happyツ... I think almost everyone has heard of the wonderful story about a boy who refused to grow up... most of us thanks to the Disney classic Peter Pan (1953)... or the later movie Hook ...  he was born and buried in this attractive little town... the house is now a museum dedicated to telling the story of J M Barrie... and there are at least 3 statues of Peter Pan... with sweet tiny Christmas stamp... Big Thanks Andrene!! \_(♥‿♥)_/

"So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land"
-J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan: Fairy Tales.
Ⓒ Emma MacDonald
"Cricket Pavilion & Camera Obscura gifted to the town by J.M. Barrie - Birthplace of J.M. Barrie at Brechin Road - Neverland Play Park on Kirriemuir Hill"

Sir James Matthew Barrie, born on May 9, 1860 in Kirriemuir, was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up.

The son of Scottish weavers, he moved to London to pursue his interest in becoming a playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired his masterpiece.

J.M. Barrie died on June 19, 1937, in London, England. As a part of his will, he gave the copyright to Peter Pan to a children's hospital in London. After his death, Barrie's beloved characters were transformed into animated figures in the Disney classic Peter Pan (1953). The story was also the basis for the 1991 film Hook. And a live-action version of the story, Peter Pan, was released in 2003.


Christmas - Madonna and Child
(Isssued 07-11-2017)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

POLAND ~ Malbork Fortress - UNESCO -

...Stunning view of the largest medieval fortress in Europe... impressive walls, towers, bridges and gates... a major and one of the greatest historical attractions in Poland itself... the castle has been almost completely reconstructed and converted into a public museum... it was built as a site of power and a center of the medieval world... Thanks a lot Krystyna!! ヽ(ヅ)ノalso for using many great stamps!♥
Photo: Andrzéj Gilewski

The castle was founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Order during their government of Prussia and is located on the bank of the river Nogat.

The castle once housed approximately 3,000 "brothers in arms", and the outermost castle walls enclose 52 acres (210,000 m²), four times larger than the enclosed space of Windsor Castle. It was expanded several time to host the growing number of Knights, It consists of three separate sections - the High, Middle and Lower Castles, separated by multiple dry moats and towers.

The Order eventually imploded due to infighting, and the castle was pawned to mercenaries as payment during the Thirteen Years War. In 1457, the mercenaries sold the castle to Poland, the kingdom they were originally hired to fight. Malbork Castle was never conquered by force, although it was almost completely dismantled and destroyed during WWII.

Malbork fortress was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Impressionism in Polish Painting

Flowers and Fruits
(Issued 26-06-2015)

Wild Life of the Baltic Sea
(Issued 29-07-2009)

(Issued 20-11-2009)

Monday, November 20, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Beach Southwest Coast ~

... Beautiful withe-sand palm tree lined tranquil beach ☀... paradise does indeed exist... just imagine having this all to yourself... I so wish I was there... here it is another grey☁, rainy☂ and windy Autumn day... with great circular stamp and unique first day cancellation depicting the "Golden Jubilee" of the Philatelic Bureau of Sri Lanka... Big Thanks once more dear Ravindra!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Juergen Schreiber
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 townscapes, stilt fishermen, fantastic wildlife parks and Buddhist shrines and temples.


50th Anniversary of the Philatelic Bureau.
(Issued 08-11-2017)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

USA ~ New York - United Nations ~

... Iconic stunning buildings of New York...the city is visited by over 60 million foreign and American tourists each year... and probably the most visited city in the United States ... famous for fashion, nightlife, art, food, and theater... a global power city... with great UN stamps and postmarked at the United Nations of New York... Thanks a lot Irma!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Only the United Nations is permitted to issue postage stamps, even though it is an organization and not a country or a territory. Today the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) is the only postal authority that issues stamps in three different currencies: U.S. dollars, Swiss francs and euros. The stamps may be used for postage when used on mail sent from the United Nations offices in New York, Geneva or Vienna.
"The Statue of Liberty - Empire State Building - Freedom Tower - Times Square"

New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States and is also the most densely populated major city in the US. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world with an estimated 23.7 million residents as of 2016.

New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capitalof the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, and sports.

Home to the headquarters of the United Nations and an important center for international diplomacy.


Sustainable Development Goals
(Issued 24-10-206)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NETHERLANDS ~ Dordrecht ~

... A lovely city view of one of my closest neighbouring countries... known as the most ancient city in Holland... an area with beautiful historic buildings, diverse museums, numerous canals and old monuments... busy shopping streets that commemorate the wealthy history of this city by the water... Thanks a lot Nolleke!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
"View of The Church of Our Lady - Spuiboulevard - Boogjes"

The city of Dordrecht, located in the province of South Holland was founded in the early 11th C. Located in a wetland area with such rivers as the Merwede, Noord and Ouwe Maas, it was an important merchant city with a lively trade in wood, cereals and wine.

Today, the city is the 6th largest seaport in the Netherlands, and is primarily known for shipbuilding and its wood and steel industry.   Dordrecht has a 14th-century Gothic church and an art museum.

1&3 My Stamps
(Issued 10-03-2009)

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
(Issued 02-01-2002)

Definitive Issue - "NL" Stamps
(Issued 02-01-2002)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Parliament Complex - Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte ~

... Great aerial view of the Parliament "floating" on a man-made lake... a landmark built on the high ground at the center of a 12-acre island in the middle of the lake.... it looks majestic and is in the style of tropical modernism... surrounded by a new garden city of parks and public buildings...  its copper roofs would first be seen from the approach road at a distance of two kilometers... must be a fantastic living near such beautiful place... Thanks a lot Ravindra!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Juergen Schreiber

The Sri Lankan Parliament Complex (also known as the New Parliament Complex) is located about ten miles east of Colombo and houses the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

The building was designed by Architect Geoffrey Bawa and built with Sri Lankan funds.  The project was completed on a scheduled time of 26 months and it was inaugurated on 29th April 1982 by the then President J.R. Jayewardene.


The 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea
(Issued 13-07-2017)

Monday, November 13, 2017

RWANDA ~ Coffee Field ~

... Great new African country off my "missing" list ヅ... situated almost literally at the heart of the African continent... one of the smallest and most densely populated... it has one of the most interesting East African coffee histories... while Rwanda is still a very poor country, coffee is proving to be one reliable way out of poverty, giving many the chance to participate in the global economy... it also produces Fair Trade Coffees...Thanks a lot Deo and Mike!!【ツ】
The Republic of Rwanda is a small land-locked country located in central Africa. It is bordered by the Democratic Republic Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi. Kigali is the capital city in the center of the country.

Coffee was introduced to Rwanda in 1903 by German missionaries. Most of the coffee in Rwanda is grown in the country’s central region near Kigali and in western Rwanda, at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,800 meters above sea level.  450,000 farmers depend on coffee farming for their livelihood. There are currently around 229 coffee washing stations across the country.

 Flowering takes place between September and October and the harvest runs from March to July with shipments starting in late May to early June. The coffee is often quite delicate tasting with a pleasant sweet, caramel aroma and hints of citrus.


(Issued 15-11-2010)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

AUSTRALIA ~ Southern Elephant Seals - Heard Island - UNESCO ~

... Fantastic postcard of one of the most isolated islands on our planet... and one of the most rare pristine island ecosystems...  it is very dangerous and almost impossible to reach this island... you have to pass through some of the roughest seas on the planet to get there... for those reasons, there are currently no commercial tour operations that visit Heard Island... no-one lives permanently on the island and there is no Post Office, so unfortunately it's not possible to receive a postcard directly from Heard Island... as environmental conditions have improved around Heard Island in recent years, southern elephant seal populations have stabilized... Thanks a lot Xue!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Matt Curnock, Australian Antarctic Division
"Juvenile male southern elephant seals sparring"

The southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) is the world's largest seal. Southern elephant seals are named after the large proboscis (nose) of the adult males, which is used to make loud roaring sounds, especially during the mating season.

Heard Island is a subantarctic island located in the Southern Ocean, about 4,000 kilometres south west of mainland Australia. The island have been an Australian territory since 1947 and contain the country's only two active volcanoes,  it's highest mountain, and it's only glaciers. It is part of the Australian external territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands. The islands and surrounding waters offer a unique opportunity for conducting scientific research,

Home to a range of wildlife including seals, marine birds and penguins which include several species with conservation status at a national and international level. The surrounding waters contain unique and important marine species.

Heard and McDonald Islands are since 1997 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Prestamped postcard

Friday, November 10, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Traditional Masks ~

... Beautiful colorful wood-carved masks... these "Raksha Masks" are used in various dramatic rituals, festivals and cultural dances... they are carved by craftsmen according to patterns approved by custom and tradition... often seen at the main entrance of Sinhalese homes, to ward off evil influences and protect the householders, and date back to pre-Buddhist time In Sri Lanka... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】

Vesmuhunu (Devil Masks) of Sri Lanka.

Raksha means “demon” and they are painted in vibrant colors, with bulging eyes and protruding tongues and they depict various types of demons.

Raksha masks (Ves Muhunu) are used in traditional Kolam folk dance, each mask represents a specific character.

This postcard shows the "Naga Mask" or snake Demon, an elaborate and impressive cobra mask and the "Mayura Raksha" or the peacock demon that brings peace, harmony and wealth.

ⒸLasantha Lakmal


Personalized Definitives
(Issued 13-09-2917)

Diyogu Badathuruge Dhanapala, 1905-1971
(Issued 19-10-2017)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ARMENIA ~ Matenadaran - Yerevan ~

... Great view of one of the oldest and richest book-depositories in the world.... the pride of Armenian culture... the building itself is a masterpiece... with unique collection of  medieval manuscripts and books... a gem and must visit for culture and history lovers... beautifully preserved and presented... Yerevan is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world... Thanks a lot Johanna!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Ⓒ 2015, ZH PhotoDesign Studio

The Matenadaran, the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, was founded in 1959 as the State depository of manuscripts. The Matenadaran is named after Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of Armenian Alphabet. 11000 completely preserved handwritten books and more than 2000 partially preserved manuscripts are the core of the Matenadarans collection. “Matenadaran” means a "book-depository" in ancient Armenian.

The building was constructed in the spirit of national 12th and 13thC traditions. The monument to Mesrop Mashtots, the founder of Armenian writing stands in front of it.

Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia situated along the Hrazdan River,


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