Saturday, 22 April 2017

Israel: Jerusalem

On Thursday I got two postcards: my first card from Israel and one from Belarus.

Israel is a country in the Middle East bordering on Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Egypt. It is the World's only Jewish-majority state, one of the most educated countries in the World and the country with the highest standard of living in the Middle East. It is a member of the United Nations and the OECD.

The card shows the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the capital and largest city of Israel, although not all countries recognise Israel's rule over the city, as also the Palestinian territories claim it to be their capital. It is a holy city in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. As proposed by Jordan, the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls are since 1981 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Gerbera (from set of five) (issued 05-02-2013)
Vegetables (three from set of five) (issued 16-06-2015)


Thank You very much Olga!

Belarus: Nesvizh Castle

On Thursday I got two postcards: one from Belarus and my first card from Israel.

The card from Belarus shows the Nesvizh Castle. The Nesvizh Castle was owned by the Radziwill family from 1533 and later the family turned the castle into an impressive Baroque complex, the first in Eastern Europe. Since 2005 is the Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Postcrossing (issued 03-01-2017)
with a Postcrossing postmark from Minsk


Thank You very much Uladzia!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Germany: History of Bad Kissingen

On Wednesday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them is the Chronicle card of Bad Kissingen. Bad Kissingen was first mentioned in 801 and since the 9th century the town's salt springs are known. In 1330 it got the town privileges. Since the 16th century therapies are offered in the town and in the 19th century it developed into a World Spa preferred by the European aristocracy. As one of the Great Spas of Europe the town seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Felix the Rabbit (from set of two) (issued 02-03-2015)


Thank You very much Hertha!

Germany: Kurhaus of Baden-Baden

On Wednesday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Kurhaus of Baden-Baden. Baden-Baden is a town in the German State of Baden-Württemberg. Since Roman times it is known for its thermal springs. The town had its heyday in the 19th century, when it was a popular destination for aristocrats and wealthy commoners. As one of the Great Spas of Europe the town seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Lily of the Valley (issued 06-05-2010)


Thank You very much Sarah!

Germany: Ebernburg Castle

On Wednesday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows Ebernburg Castle. Ebernburg Castle is a castle above the town of Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg in the German State of Rhineland-Palatinate. It was first mentioned in 1338 and was destroyed and rebuilt multiple times in its history. According to the humanist Ulrich von Hutten, the Ebernburg Castle is known as Shelter of Justice, as Franz von Sickingen gave refuge to various reformers at the castle. Between 1886 and 1889 the Hutten Sickingen Memorial was built next to the castle. 


Stamp:
Saxon Switzerland (issued 02-06-2016)


Thank You very much Hertha!

Germany: Memmingen

On Wednesday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the marketplace of Memmingen. Memmingen is a town in the German State of Bavaria. Until 1802 it was a Free Imperial City. In 1525 the Twelve Articles, which are said to have been the first written set of human rights in Europe, were written in Memmingen.


Stamp:
1000 years Neunburg vorm Wald (issued 01-03-2017)


Thank You very much Reinhold!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Japan: Kamakura

On Tuesday I got two postcards: one from Japan and one from Germany.

The card from Japan shows the Kaizoji Temple in Kamakura. Kamakura is a city in the Prefecture of Kanagawa. Due to its ancient shrines and temples it is a popular tourist destination.


Stamp:
Travelling (from set of twenty) (issued 14-04-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Keiko!

Germany: Lübeck

On Tuesday I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from Japan.

The card from Germany shows various views of Lübeck. Lübeck is the second largest city of the German State of Schleswig-Holstein. It was once the leading city of the Hanseatic League and is today still Germany's most important port on the Baltic Sea. Since 1987 is the Hanseatic City of Lübeck on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Lily of the Valley (issued 06-05-2010)


Thank You very much Mariel!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Turkey: Old Theatre of Pergamon

On Saturday I got a postcard from Turkey.

It shows the Old Theatre of Pergamon. Pergamon was a powerful Ancient Greek city and important centre of learning. Later it became one of the most famous therapeutic and healing centres of the Roman world. Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape are since 2014 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


With a nice stamp:
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Think Green (from set of two) (issued 05-09-2016)


Thank You very much Harun!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Germany: Rheingold train

On Thursday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them shows a Rheingold train. The Rheingold was a luxurious train connecting the Netherlands and Switzerland. The first Rheingold started service in 1928 and in 1987 the operation of the Rheingold ended. 


Stamp:
Lily of the Valley (issued 06-05-2010)
with a special postmark from the model making exhibition in Dortmund


Thank You very much Claas!