Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lorentz National Park | Indonesia


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Lorentz National Park is located in Papua, Indonesia. With an area of 25,000 km2, it is the largest national park in South-East Asia. The park is named for Hendrikus Albertus Lorentz, a Dutch explorer who passed through the area on his 1909–10 expedition.

The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999.

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Actually one missing.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The island of Guam


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The card shows a picture of the entire island of Guam from 13,000 feet (4000 Km) showing the Earth's horizon on a perfectly clear day.

The text on the card reads "Guam Micronesia". Here Micronesia refers to the overall region, not the country. Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Micronesia is divided politically among several sovereign countries. One of these is the Federated States of Micronesia, which is often called "Micronesia" for short and is not to be confused with the overall region.

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The postmark reads Barrigada. This is the post office located near/at the airport.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jongmyo Shrine | South Korea


 
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Dedicated to the forefathers of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), the shrine has existed in its present form since the 16th century. The shrine was a primary place of worship for kings throughout Joseon Dynasty.

The memorial service, called Jongmyo Jaerye, is said to be the oldest complete ceremony in the world, and was carried out in obedience to the king’s order. Ritual ceremonies linking music, song and dance still take place there, perpetuating a tradition that goes back to the 14th century.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ersha Island | China



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Ersha Island is an island in the Yuexiu District of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. More than 80% of the residents in Ersha Island are expats and working personnel from foreign invested institutions. Also many consulates of foreign countries in Guangzhou are living on the island.

Curonian Spit | Russia


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The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern part lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and its northern within Lithuania.

The Curonian Spit is a cross border UNESCO World heritage site, together with Lithuania.

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The stamp is a matching stamp! You can actually feel the dunes.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Durham Castle and Cathedral | United Kingdom


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Durham Cathedral captures a thousand years of British political, social and religious history. The Cathedral has been in continuous use since its original construction 900 years ago.

Behind the cathedral stands the castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the stronghold and residence of the Prince-Bishops of Durham, who were given virtual autonomy in return for protecting the northern boundaries of England, and thus held both religious and secular power.

Durham Castle and Cathedral is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ningaloo Coast | Australia


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"Ningaloo Marine Park is a World Heritage-listed site found half way up the West Australian coastline. The crystalline water harbours the world’s largest fringing reef, a 260 kilometre (162 mile) long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and the elusive whale shark. Nowhere on earth do these majestic creatures reliably congregate in such large numbers as here, at Ningaloo Reef."


(source: http://www.australia.com/en/places/ningaloo.html)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vaduz Castle | Liechtenstein


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Vaduz Castle is the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. The castle gave its name to the town of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, which it overlooks from an adjacent hilltop. It is thought that the castle was constructed as a fortress as early as the 12th century.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stoclet House | Belgium


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The Stoclet House is a mansion in Brussels, Belgium. It was built by architect Josef Hoffmann for banker and art lover Adolphe Stoclet between 1905 and 1911. Hoffmann’s goal was to make the Gesamtkunstwerk – ‘a total work of art’ – which meant designing the building as a complex piece of art including all its contents such as the garden, furniture and decoration.

The house today is empty, and there are just a couple of caretakers who are protecting this architectonic treasure from gradual decay.

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Did you notie this amazing stamp has an interesting feature? It is like a 'stamp within a stamp'.

Thank you very much Gerda!

Archaeological Site of Olympia | Greece



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Located in a serene and rich valley at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers, lies the archeoligical site of Olympia. In antiquity it was famous beyond the borders of mainland Greece for hosting the Olympic Games every four years, starting in 776 BCE.

The archaeological site of Olympia is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thank you Tone!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Het Eyland Formosa | Taiwan


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Printed in 1726 by Francois Valentijn, this is the earliest printed map of Taiwan or Formosa. It is considered the first specific printed map of Formosa. Valentijn's map covers the entire island, as well as the nearby Pescadores, now known as the Penghu Islands. Valentijn based this map on the 1640 manuscript (hand drawn) map of Formosa drawn by Johannes Vingboones.

At the time the western part of Taiwan was partially colonized by Chinese immigrants, while the eastern lands were dominated by ferocious headhunting tribes with an history of inhospitality.

The Dutch VOC, which established itself in western Formosa in 1624, was as intent on pacifying the aggressive Formosan aborigines and ultimately establishing a trading center capable of rivaling Macao and thus challenging Portuguese dominance of the China trade. The Dutch were ultimately driven out of Formosa entirely in 1668 by a Chinese backed aborigine resistance.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Huis Ten Bosch | Japan


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Huis Ten Bosch (ハウステンボス Hausu Ten Bosu) is located in Sasebo city in Japan. This special theme park models Holland in the Middle Ages with complete replicas of Dutch buildings, streets, boats and windmills. The park is named after Huis ten Bosch, one of the three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Stewart Island | New Zealand


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Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island, situated 30 kilometres south of the South Island.

Over 85% of the island is National Park, and most people come here for the hiking and birdwatching. About 400 people inhabit this island permanently.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Devastating aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Saint Martin / Sint Maarten



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Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic storm in recorded history, is continuing to tear a deadly path through the Caribbean, causing widespread destruction and reducing buildings to rubble, on a track that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.

Sint Maarten / Saint Martin suffered great damage after this Category 5 hurricane battered the island. Video reports show truly shocking devastation.

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