Monday, February 27, 2017

Tree sculptures on Galveston Island | USA


Hurricane Ike 2008

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Galveston Island is a barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast in the United States, about 80 km southeast of Houston. The island is about 40 km long and no more than 5 km wide at its widest point. About 48,000 live on this island.

On September 13, 2008, "giant" Hurricane Ike caused extensive damage in Texas, Galveston included. The damaging combination of powerful winds and waves destroyed thousands of threes. Some artists breathed second life into the trees: the Galveston Tree Sculptures.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bove Island | Canada


Bove island Yukon Canada
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Bove island is located on Tagish Lake in the Yukon, Canada's most northern territory's.  The lake is more than 100 km long and about 2 km wide. The island is named after Lt. Giacomo Bove (1852-1887), a famous explorer.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The island of Lanzarote | Spain


Lanzarote Canary Islands
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The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located just off the coast of Morocco. Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro are the largest islands.

Timanfaya National Park is a Spanish national park in the southwestern part of the island of Lanzarote. The Mars-like landscape of this park is entirely made up of volcanic soil. It offers some of the most spectacular views in the Canary Islands.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tchogha Zanbil | Iran

 
Tchogha Zanbil

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The ruins of the holy city of the Kingdom of Elam, surrounded by three huge concentric walls, are found at Tchogha Zanbil. Founded 1250 B.C., the city remained unfinished after it was invaded by Ashurbanipal, as shown by the thousands of unused bricks left at the site.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Aquarium des Lagons | Nouvelle Caledonie



Lagoons aquarium New Caledonia
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The Lagoons Aquarium in Nouméa, capital of New Caledonia, hosts a variety of corals, fish, crustacean and marine mammals. The aquarium was entirely renovated in 2007 and is today one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nouméa.

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Kanak art, Issue 2014. The Kanak people are the native people of New Caledonia.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kingston, the capital of Jamaica



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Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean. Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Jamaica? Probably things like reggae music, sun, sea and sandy beaches. But here is another view: New Kingston, the city's fast growing business district.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Archaeological Area of Herculaneum | Italy


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Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum (Ercolano in Italian) was an ancient Roman town, destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Its ruins are located in the commune of Ercolano, Campania, Italy.

Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Torre Annunziata is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Archaeological site of Pompeii | Italy


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When Vesuvius erupted on 24 August AD 79, it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompei and Herculaneum, as well as the many wealthy villas in the area.

Pompeii was a thriving city before the disaster, and it was known for its wealth. The settlement was located at the base of Mt. Vesuvius. They didn't even realize that it was a volcano! Volcano was not even a Latin word at that time. The volcano had been dormant for over 1,800 years.

Archaeological site of Oplontis | Italy


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Oplontis was an ancient Roman site near Pompeii in Italy. Today it refers to the group of villas in the middle of the modern town of Torre Annunziata. It is part of Unesco World Heritage site "Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Torre Annunziata."

Oplontis is best known for the sumptuous Roman Villa Poppaea, once owned by the Emperor Nero. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried it under a deep layer of ash on August 24, AD 79.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Imperial tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties | China


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The Ming and the Qing dynasties were the last two ruling imperial dynasties of China. The Ming dynasty for 276 years, from 1368 to 1644. The Qing dynasty from 1644 to 1912.

The Imperial Tombs are seven groups of tombs in five provinces of eastern China, which are included in the World Heritage by UNESCO.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Quiver trees | Namibia


Quiver tree
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The quiver tree (or kokerboom in Afrikaans) is a tall, branching species of aloe, indigenous to parts of Southern Namibia. Bushmen traditionally used its branches to make quivers. A quiver is a container for holding arrows, bolts, or darts.
stamps of Namibia
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The Dune Lark is Namibia’s only true endemic bird; their range is entirely within the borders of the country. The Dune Lark‘s preferred habitat consists of sparsely vegetated sand dunes, where it does not drink water but instead feeds solely on seeds or insects.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lindau island | Germany


German island
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Lindau is a major town and an island with the same name in Lake Constance (Bodensee in German). It is a unique location. In the middle of a clear lake, surrounded by an impressive panorama of the Alps.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jesuit Missions | Paraguay


Unesco whs Paraguay
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Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue are part of a series of 30 missions in the Río de la Plata basin established by the the Jesuits during the 17th and 18th centuries. Seven of these missions were located in Paraguay and the rest in the present-day countries of Argentina and Brazil. (source http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/648)

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Unfortunately the card is heavily damaged. One stamp is missing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Isla de Lobos | Uruguay


Island of Uruguay
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Lobos is a small island located about 8 kilometres southeast of Punta del Este in Uruguay. Not to be confused with Lobos Island, part of Spain's Canary Islands. The island is home to more than 15,000 sea lions and 250,000 South American fur seals.

The origins of the lighthouse on this island date back to 1858. With its height of 59 meters, the tallest lighthouse of South America, you have a wonderful panoramic view of the island and the coast of Punta del Este.

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