Saturday, August 19, 2017

Vlkolínec | Slovakia

Unesco world heritage Slovakia

Vlkolínec, situated in the centre of Slovakia, is a remarkably intact settlement of 45 buildings with the traditional features of a central European village. It is the region’s most complete group of these kinds of traditional log houses, often found in mountainous areas.

Vlkolínec is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, August 18, 2017

City of Adelaide | Australia

Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia with 1,7 million inhabitants.

One of the icons on this map card of South Australia refers to Adelaide.

Thank you one more time Steve!

Flinders Ranges South Australia

The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, which starts about 200 km (125 mi) north of Adelaide.

Rugged mountain ranges, dramatic gorges, peaceful creeks lined with river red gums and abundant wildlife is just the beginning of what awaits you at one of South Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. 

One of the icons on this map card of South Australia refers to Flinders Ranges.

Historic Hahndorf | Australia

Located just 25 minutes from Adelaide, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and celebrated 175 years in 2014. One of the icons on this map of South Australia refers to Hahndorf.

During the 1800's, religious persecution in Europe was so extreme that many Lutherans in Prussia emigrated. In those days they travelled by ship. In 1838 some of these migrants reached Port Adelaide in the "Zebra". Captain Hahn was so concerned for his passengers that he helped them find suitable land. They estabished a township in the Adelaide hills and named it Hahndorf, in gratitude for their captain.

Thank you Steve!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Map of South Australia

thank you steve!
South Australia is a state in the southern central part of Australia. It covers some of the most arid parts of the country. Its population is the most highly centralised of any state in Australia, with more than 75 percent of South Australians living in the capital, Adelaide.

Some items on this card you see the postcards here:
Kangaroo Island
Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin by train
The outback
River Murray
Paddle steamer
Part of a series of five self-adhesive stamps about Dragonflies (issue August 2017).

Thank you very much Steve!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chitwan National Park | Nepal

Unesco whs Nepal
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Nepal are most likely to be the mystical Himalayan mountains that stretch across its northern border, or the hectic capital Kathmandu where there is never a dull moment. You may be surprised to know that the dense jungle south of Kathmandu attracts thousands of visitors to Nepal every year.

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hanseatic city of Stralsund | Germany

Unesco world heritage Germany

Stralsund is a Hanseatic town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The Hanseatic League was an alliance of trading guilds that established and maintained a trade monopoly along the coast of Northern Europe, from the Baltic to the North Sea, during the Late Middle Ages and Early modern period (circa thirteenth–seventeenth centuries).

Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Both towns were major trading centres of the Hanseatic League in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Peschiera del Garda | Italy

Unesco world heritage Italy
The Fortified city of Peschiera del Garda is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site "Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar".

This property consists of 6 components of defence works in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, spanning more than 1,000 km between the Lombard region of Italy and the eastern Adriatic Coast.

Europa stamp 2017. This year's theme is castles.
Thank you so much Dustin!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mahabodhi Temple | India

This temple is one of the holiest sites of Buddhism, marking the spot of the Buddha 's enlightenment (bodhi).

The 4.8-hectare temple complex also includes ancient shrines and modern structures built by Buddhist devotees. Pilgrims from all over the globe come to visit this spiritual place.

The Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lagon Sud | New Caledonia

New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean.

Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems is a UNESCO world heritage site. This serial site comprises six marine clusters that represent the main diversity of coral reefs and associated ecosystems in the French Pacific Ocean archipelago of New Caledonia.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

USA - North Korea Tensions | GUAM

Fresh tensions between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have raised fears of a devastating nuclear war between the US and North Korea.

The US military this morning released pictures of supersonic B-1B bombers flying from Guam after North Korea threatened to strike an American airbase on the remote Pacific island.

Two US Air Force B-1B jets took part in 10-hour mission over the Korean peninsula just hours before Kim Jong-un revealed his plans.

On Monday, Trump warned any threat to America would be met with "fire and fury".


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Together we stand, divided we fall | North Korea

Single-hearted unity is the mainstay of Juche-oriented revolution and almighty weapon!

This is the text on the back of the card, most likely a translation of the text in Korean. But what does it mean? Juche? The North Korean calendar or Juche calendar, named after the Juche ideology, is the system of year numbering used in North Korea.

Juche means something like self-reliance or self-dependence. Juche is the official state ideology of North Korea, described by the government as Kim Il-sung's "original, brilliant and revolutionary contribution to national and international thought". It says that an individual is "the master of his destiny", that the North Korean masses are to act as the "masters of the revolution and construction", and that by becoming a self-reliant and strong nation one can achieve true socialism.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park | Spain

Unesco world heritage Spain
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is situated in the Pyrenees of Huesca province, Aragon, Spain. The park is included in the UNESCO World Heritage site 'Pyrénées – Mont Perdu', located on the border between France and Spain.

The stamp on the right is a matching stamp! Issued in 2002 as part of a set of three stamps about World Heritage in Hungary.

Old Village of Hollókő | Hungary

Unesco World Heritage Hungary
Hollokö is an outstanding example of a deliberately preserved traditional settlement. This village, which developed mainly during the 17th and 18th centuries, is a living example of rural life before the agricultural revolution of the 20th century. (source:

The stamp on the right is a matching stamp! Issued in 2002 as part of a set of three stamps about World Heritage in Hungary.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Vientiane, capital of Laos

capital of LAOS

Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, located on the banks of the Mekong River near the border with Thailand. The city has about 80,000 inhabitants.

Patuxai, meaning Victory Gate or Gate of Triumph, is a war memorial monument in the centre of Vientiane. The arch was built in 1957 and is one of the prominent landmarks in the city.

thx SL!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Hall of Giants | USA

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a Unesco World Heritage site. This karst landscape in the state of New Mexico comprises over 80 recognized caves. They are outstanding not only for their size but also for the profusion, diversity and beauty of their mineral formations.

The Hall of the Giants, or Big Room, is the largest chamber in Carlsbad Caverns with a floor space of 357,469 square feet. In this hall you find the 62 foot high Giant Dome and the Twin Domes.

Plantin-Moretus Museum | Belgium

The Plantin-Moretus Museum is a printing plant and publishing house dating from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Situated in Antwerp it is associated with the history of the invention and spread of typography. The museum is named after Christophe Plantin (1520–1589), the greatest printer-publisher of the second half of the 16th century.

The museum is a UNESCO World Heritage site inscribed under the name Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex.

Thank you Gerda!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Holländisches Viertel in Potsdam | Germany

Holländisches Viertel in Potsdam
The Dutch Quarter (Holländisches Viertel in German language) is a neighborhood in Potsdam, consisting of 169 red Dutch brick buildings. It was built in the period from 1734 to 1742 for Dutch craftsmen who were invited to come to Potsdam by King Frederick Wilhelm.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hundred Islands National Park | Philippines

Hundred Islands is a national park in the Philippines. This archipellago comprises 124 island and islets. The park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines.

Governor’s Island is considered to be the “main” islet. Here you can have an iconic view on dozens of the surrounding islets by climbing the 123 steps.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sulug Island | Malaysia

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
Sulug Island is located near the West Coast of Sabah, Malaysia. The island is part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. This park comprises 5 islands: Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug.

Sulug is locally known as rocky island and is the second smallest island of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Sulug offers white sandy beaches, coral reef and clear water, making it an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pigeon Island | Turkey

Kuşadası, meaning something like Bird Island, is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast. Pigeon Island is located just off the coast.

As the island was much-frequented place of birds during the seasonal migrations, it was named Bird Island. In the times of Ottomans, the name of the island was given to the town and the town was started to be called as "Kusadasi" (Bird Island). Since then, the name of the island was changed into "Pigeon Island".

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Peñón de Alhucemas | Morocco

Island off the coast Morocco

Al Hoceima is a city in the north of Morocco. The island you see on this card, just off the coast, is Peñón de Alhucemas. Together with the islets of Isla de Mar and Isla de Tierra they form the Alhucemas Islands.

Peñón de Alhucemas is a tiny rock island, measuring 220 m by 84 m and has a height of 27 m. The rock is entirely occupied by a fort, several houses, and a church.

The island is one of the Spanish plazas de soberanía (places of sovereignty). These are Spanish sovereign territories, scattered along the Mediterranean coast bordering Morocco. Two other notorious plazas de soberanía are Ceuta and Melilla.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Suva, the capital of Fiji

Fiji Islands capital city

Suva is the capital of Fiji. The city is located on Viti Levu, the largest island in the Fijian archipelago. With over 88,000 inhabitants Suva is one of the largest cities in the South Pacific. Before 1877 Levuka was the capital of Fiji.

This great stamp is actually a very tiny one. Part of the same series of bird-stamps as the one you see here.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hawaiian Islands Map | USA - Hawaii

The Hawaiian archipelago comprises eight major islands, several atolls and numerous smaller islets. The main islands are Hawaii, Maui, O'ahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanaii, Ni'ihau and Kaho'olawe. The islands are about 1,860 miles from the nearest continent.

Kauai island | USA - Hawaii

The tropical island of Kauai is part of the Hawaiian archipelago of eight major islands, several atolls and numerous smaller islets. The island's nickname is the Garden Island. With 67,000 inhabitants, Kauai is the fourth island by population.


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