Friday, December 9, 2016

Doñana National Park | Spain

Unesco Spain
Doñana National Park has a biodiversity that is unique in Europe. The park is one of Europe's most important wetland reserves and a major site for migrating birds.

By the looks of it, one of the stamps is missing.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mamutik Island | Malaysia

Islands of Malaysia
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a Marine Park with a cluster of islands: Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug.

Mamutik Island is the smallest of the lot and therefore less crowded than the other islands. There are no hotels, resorts or chalets on the island so the only way to spend a night is to make use of camping.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The island of Martinique

Island of France
The island of Martinique is a France overseas region with a population of about 400,000. This Carribean island is located somewhere between Saint Lucia and Dominica. Martinique is your typical paradise island, with unspoiled coastline and pristine beaches.

Being a French overseas region, martinique uses French stamps. The geographical locations are not mentioned on the postmark, only the ROC code. The ROC code on the postmark reads 19640A, referring to Fort-de-France, capital of Martinique.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wieliczka Salt mine | Poland

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the largest tourist attractions in Poland, visited by over a million tourists every year. Together with Bochnia Salt Mine registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The deposit of rock salt in Wieliczka has been mined since the 13th century.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Konso Cultural Landscape | Ethiopia

Konso Cultural Landscape is a 55km2 arid property of stone walled terraces and fortified settlements in the Konso highlands of Ethiopia. This is a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition adapted to its dry hostile environment, stretching back more than 400 years.

The bushbuck is the most widespread antelope in Sub-Saharan Africa. Of the two Ethiopian species, Meneliki and Powelli, the latter is the more common and somewhat smaller.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Rose Island | Germany

Rose Island (Roseninsel in German) lies in Lake Starnberg, Germany's fifth largest freshwater lake. The island with its small villa, the "Casino", and a rose garden, was one of the favourite places of Ludwig II of Bavaria.

In June 2011, over 100 selected archaeological sites in several countries were declared UNESCO World Heritage site, inscribed under the name of "Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps". The pile dwelling sites in Lake Starnberg, together with other remains of settlements, represent an archaeological heritage which dates back to 5000 BC.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc | Czech

Olomouc Baroque

According to, this memorial column, erected in the early years of the 18th century, is the most outstanding example of a type of monument specific to central Europe.

In the characteristic regional style known as Olomouc Baroque and rising to a height of 35 meters, it is decorated with many fine religious sculptures, the work of the distinguished Moravian artist Ondrej Zahner.

Filfla Islet | Malta

Maltese Archipelago
Filfla is a small, mostly barren, uninhabited islet 5 kilometres south of Malta. A small island with a rocky history! 

In 1856 the island was hit by a strong earthquake and half of the islet perished under the sea. Until 1971 Filfla was used by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force for target practice. Bombing between 1945 and 1972 reduced its size and caused a big damage to wildlife and changed the physical makeup of the island. 

Today the access to the island is strictly prohibited to not to disturb birds and their nests and to protect the natural wildlife on the islet. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Callanish Standing Stones | Scotland

The Callanish Stones are an arrangement of standing stones, erected in the late Neolithic era. The stones were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age. They are located near the village of Callanish on the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles, is an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland. Lewis is the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island of the Outer Hebrides.
Great choice Steve!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mikynes Lighthouse | Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands
The  Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, located roughly in the middle between Norway, Scotland, and Iceland. The islands have a total population of about 49,000.

Mykines is the westernmost of the 18 main islands. While cruise ships occasionally stop on Mykines, bringing as many as 500 people on the island at any given time, only 10 people live here year-round. There is a tiny schoolhouse, and it is attended by exactly one child.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Khao Yai National Park | Thailand

Khao Yai National Park is the third largest national park in Thailand, covering 300 square kilometers; home to more than 800 species of fauna. The park is internationally important for its biodiversity and the conservation of globally threatened and endangered mammal, bird and reptile species.

The park is part of UNESCO World Heritage site “Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex”.

The long-nosed horned frog. Part of a set of four stamps, issued 2014.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Rohtas Fort | Pakistan

Unesco whs Pakistan
Rohtas Fort is a garrison fort built in 1541 by the Afghan king Sher Shah Suri, a strategic site in the north of what is now Pakistan. The main fortifications consist of the massive walls, which extend for more than 4 km. The fort has 12 gates and 68 bastions.
Definitive stamp. Muhammad Ali Jinnah (25 December 1876 – 11 September 1948) was a lawyer, politician, and the founder of Pakistan. Jinnah served as leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan's creation on 14 August 1947.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Old port of La Rochelle | France

Hanseatic city La Rochelle
The old port area of the French city of La Rochelle is dominated by three 14th and 15th century towers that stand tall at the entrance.
On the left you see St-Nicolas Tower, once a formidable military building. Forty-two metres high, the inside is a labyrinth of stairs and corridors. On the right, Tour de la Chaine, the oldest one, built between 1382-1390. Not shown is Tower of the Lantern. 

The city was a member of the famous Hanseatic League, an economic alliance of trading cities and their merchant guilds that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe. 

Europa stamp 2016, Think Green!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Guatemala fruits and vegetables market

Guatemala fruit export
Some 97% of fruit and vegetable exports were shipped to the United States, El Salvador, the UK, the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Japan and South Korea, according to the Central Bank of Guatemala.

The main markets for fruits were: Italy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, where 74.3% of the products were sold.

As you can see I already received this card more than two years ago. 


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