Sunday, December 10, 2017

The beauty of St Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. It is a beautiful, mountainous volcanic island with high peaks, majestic rain-forests and sandy beaches.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Bohey Dulang Island | Malaysia

Bohey Dulang is a mountainous island formed by the remnants of an ancient volcano. The crater forming Bohey Dulang is flooded with seawater creating a large, majestic lagoon 25 meters deep.

Bohey Dulang is part of Tun Sakaran Marine Park, also known as the Semporna Islands Park. It comprises eight islands: Bohey Dulang, Bodgaya, Sebangkat, Selakan, Mantabuan, Sibuan and Maiga.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Flags of the World | Egypt

The flag of Egypt is in use since the end of the revolution in 1952. 

In the middle you see the Arab eagle, in Egypt also known as the Eagle of Saladin, a symbol of Arab nationalism.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

breaking news: a postcard from Equatorial Guinea!

Not often these days I receive a postcard from a country new to my collection. But today a postcard from Equatorial Guinea found its way to my mailbox. Already sent in March!

Equatorial Guinea is a small country in West Africa with 1,2 million inhabitants. The country is divided into two parts, the mainland and the islands. The country's capital, Malabo is located on Bioko Island. Equatorial Guinea  is a former Spanish colony, bordering Cameroon and Gabon.

Did you know that it is the richest country per capita in Africa? But because the wealth is distributed extremely unevenly only few people have benefited from the oil riches. As a result, less than half of the population has access to clean drinking water and 20% of children die before reaching the age of five.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art | China

Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape in Chongzuo City is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2016.

Located on the steep cliffs in the border regions of southwest China it illustrates the life and rituals of the Luoyue people. They date from the period around the 5th century BCE to the 2nd century CE.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Medina of Fez | Morocco

Fez (or Fes) is the second largest city of Morocco, with a population of 1.1 million. Founded in the 9th century, the Medina of Fez is considered as one of the most extensive and best conserved historic towns of the Arab-Muslim world. Medina of Fez is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Located behind a high wall, the medina has narrow, car-free alleys where hundreds of merchants and craftsmen sell a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns, carpets and musical instruments. Fez is also famous for its leather products and most of it comes from the leather bazaar (souq). The souq is home to three ancient leather tanneries.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Gates Fort | Bermuda

St. George's Island is one of the main islands of the territory of Bermuda. Gates Fort was built around 1612 by Thomas Gates to guard the channel and approaches to St. George's harbour from the open sea.

Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Agra Fort | India

Agra Fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty untill 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi.

The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Škocjan Caves Regional Park | Slovenia

Škocjan Caves Regional Park is situated in the Kras Plateau of South-West Slovenia. The caves have a highly multi-branched system of cave passages totalling 6.2 kilometres in length, the lowest point being 223 metres deep.

It is one of the world's largest known underground river canyons, cut into the limestone bedrock by the Reka River.

Škocjan Caves is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Flags of the World | Latvia

The national flag of Latvia was used by independent Latvia from 1918 until the country was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940. Its use was suppressed during Soviet rule.

Shortly before regaining its independence, Latvia re-adopted on 27 February 1990 the same red-white-red flag.

Bauhaus Meisterhaus | Germany

Dessau is the city most closely associated with the Bauhaus Movement. This is where the school of design founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919 was active for the longest period of time.

All three directors of the Bauhaus – Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer und Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – left their mark on the Bauhaus Dessau, and almost all of the Bauhaus buildings erected in Dessau are now regarded as icons of twentieth century architecture.

Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Royal Palace of Cambodia

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia.

Visitors can gain entry to the Throne Hall (Preah Tineang Tevea Vinichhay) where coronations and official ceremonies take place.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Circus of Bath | United Kingdom

Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, Bath became an important centre of the wool industry in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, under George III, it developed into an elegant town with neoclassical Palladian buildings, which blend harmoniously with the Roman baths. source:

The Circus is a historic street of large townhouses in the city of Bath, forming a circle with three entrances. Designed by the prominent architect John Wood, the Elder, it is regarded as a preeminent example of Georgian architecture.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

One of the most spectacular landscapes in the world | Vietnam

Sa Pa is a town in northwest Vietnam not far from the Chinese border. The rice terrace fields, among the most popular tourist attractions in Vietnam, can be found in the Muong Hoa valley between Sa Pa town and the Fansipan Mountain.

Local mountain people grow rice and corn on these paddy terraces, along with vegetables. Because of the climate, only one rice crop a year can be produced.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Cascades de Tanougou | Benin

Tanougou Falls is a waterfall in the Atakora mountains on the edge of the Pendjari Game Park in the north of Benin, part of Pendjari National Park.

W-Arly-Pendjari Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. It includes the largest and most important continuum of terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic ecosystems in the West African savannah belt.

The property is a refuge for wildlife species that have disappeared elsewhere in West Africa or are highly threatened.

Friday, November 24, 2017

iSimangaliso Wetland Park | South Africa

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is situated on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  iSimangaliso means something like "a miracle" in Zulu, one of South Africa's 11 official languages.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the outstanding natural wetland and coastal sites of Africa. It includes a wide range of pristine marine, coastal, wetland, estuarine, and terrestrial environments which are scenically beautiful and basically unmodified by people. These include coral reefs, long sandy beaches, coastal dunes, lake systems, swamps, and extensive reed and papyrus wetlands.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Flags of the World | Hungary

This horizontal tricolour of red, white and green has been the official flag of Hungary since May 23, 1957. Prior to this version, the flag of the Hungarian People's Republic, used between 1949–1956, was in use, bearing the Communist Rákosi coat of arms.

During the anti-Soviet uprising in 1956, revolutionaries cut out the Stalinist emblem and used the resulting tricolour with a hole in the middle as the symbol of the revolution. In 1957, during the Stalinist restoration after the revolution was defeated by the Soviet Red Army, the new government created a "new" coat of arms, which however was never officially put onto the flag.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Nanda Devi | India

Nanda Devi is the second highest mountain in India, and the highest located entirely within the country.

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks is a UNESCO World Heritage site. According to Unesco, the Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks are exceptionally beautiful high-altitude West Himalayan landscapes with outstanding biodiversity.

Thank you Sayam!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Diyarbakır city | Turkey

With a population of about 930,000, Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. The city is situated on the banks of the Tigris River. Diyarbakır is considered the unofficial capital of Turkish Kurdistan. As such, it has been a focal point for conflict between Turkey's government and Kurdish insurgent groups.

Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site encompasses the Inner castle, known as İçkale and including the Amida Mound, and the 5.8 km-long city walls of Diyarbakır with their numerous towers, gates, buttresses, and 63 inscriptions. The site also includes the Hevsel Gardens, a green link between the city and the Tigris that supplied the city with food and water, the Anzele water source and the Ten-Eyed Bridge.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Avignon, La Cité des Papes | France

The Pope resides in the Vatican. Well, not completely through in the period from 1309 to 1376 during which seven successive popes resided in Avignon (then in the Kingdom of Arles, part of the Holy Roman Empire, now in France) rather than in Rome.

Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station | Netherlands

D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station in Lemmer, Netherlands, is the largest steam pumping station still operational anywhere in the world. The pumping station was opened in 1920 and its purpose was to pump excess water from Friesland region into the Zuiderzee.

Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station) is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Flags of the World | Bhutan

Traditionally, the sound of thunder in the many mountains and valleys of Bhutan is believed to be the voice of dragons, and the country is known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” in its native language.

The exact date of introduction of this flag is unknown, but it may have occurred in 1971 when Bhutan joined the United Nations. Until the 1960s Bhutan was largely closed to the outside world, so before that the country had no need for a national flag.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mount Athos | Greece

Mount Athos is an Orthodox spiritual centre since 1054 located in northeastern Greece. Today, 2,000 monks live an ascetic life in Athos, isolated from the rest of the world.

Mount Athos is formally known as Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain. Although technically part of the European Union, the Holy Mountain is largely self-governed. This prohibits the free movement of people and goods in its territory, unless formal permission has been granted.

For over 1,000 years, women have been forbidden from setting foot on the mountain. In fact, females of other species such as cows, dogs and goats aren’t permitted either.

Wooden churches of Maramureș | Romania

The Wooden churches of Maramureș in northern Transylvania in Romania are a group of churches of different architectural solutions from different periods and areas. The Maramureș churches are high timber constructions with characteristic tall, slim bell towers at the western end of the building, either single- or double-roofed and covered by shingles.

Wooden Churches of Maramureş is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site comprises eight of these churches.

Tarnowskie Góry | Poland

Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The site includes the entire underground mine with adits, shafts, galleries and water management system.


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