Monday, 22 July 2019

Israel: Yad Vashem

On 28th June I got four postcards: two from Israel and two from Germany.

The two cards from Israel are about Yad Vashem. Yad Vashem is Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It was founded in 1953. The complex includes both institutions for the scientific study of the Holocaust and for the education of the larger public. Today it is Israel's second most visited tourist site. 

The first card shows the exit of the Holocaust History Museum. While the current museum was just opened in 2005, there has been already a museum at Yad Vashem since the beginning. In nine unterground galleries it tells the history of the Holocaust in chronological order from the Jewish life in Europa before the Holocaust, over the camps and the resistance to the new beginning in Israel. 


Stamp:
Mountains in Israel (from set of two) (issued 05-03-2019)


The second card shows the Children's Memorial. This memorial was erected in 1987 to remember the 1.5million children and young people, who became the youngest victims of the Holocaust.


Stamp:
Mountains in Israel (from set of two) (issued 05-03-2019)


Thank You very much Marcel!

Germany: History of Bautzen

On 28th June I got four postcards: two from Germany and two from Israel.

One of the cards from Germany is the Chronicle card of Bautzen. Bautzen was founded around 1000 at the crossing point of important trading routes. In 1213 it got the town privileges. Beginning in the 14th century it had political and economic importance in the Lusatian League. Since 1635 it is a part of Saxony. Today it is a centre of the Sorbs and their umbrella organisation Domowina has its headquarters in Bautzen.


Stamps:
Crocus (issued 11-08-2005)
Tulip (issued 08-09-2005)
Cuckooflower (issued 18-12-2018)


Thank You very much Edith!

Germany: Seute Deern

On 28th June I got four postcards: two from Germany and two from Israel.

One of the cards from Germany shows the figurehead of the Seute Deern, a ship from the collection of the German Maritime Museum. The German Maritime Museum is the national shipping museum of Germany. It is used for exhibition and research.
I bought this card when I was in Bremerhaven in 2017.


Stamps:
Phlox (issued 13-04-2017)
Variable Value Stamp (from set of two) (issued 03-01-2017)
with a special postmark about the centenary of the Seute Deern


Germany: Giant Panda

On 27th June I got a postcard from Germany.

It shows a Giant Panda.


Stamp:
Atmospheric Phenomena (from set of two) (issued 07-02-2019)


Thank You very much Serena!

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Israel: Acre

On 26th June I got five postcards: two from Israel, one from Italy and two from Germany.

One of the cards from Israel shows various views of Acre. Acre is continuously inhabited since Phoenician time, which makes it one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the World. In the 12th and 13th century it was one of the most important cities in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. Although the remains of this period are almost intact and provide an exceptional inside in the era of the crusaders, the city is now mainly characteristic of an Ottoman fortified town of the 18th and 19th century. In 2001 the Old City of Acre became one of Israel's first two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Stamps:
Sha’ar HaGay Inn (issued 23-05-2001)
Physical Education (from set of three) (issued 20-02-2007)
Vultures (from set of three) (issued 02-04-2013)


Thank You very much Marcel!

Israel: Jesus Christ in the Holy Land

On 26th June I got five postcards: two from Israel, one from Italy and two from Germany.

One of the cards from Israel shows various places in Israel connected with Jesus Christ. Some of these places around the Sea of Galilee seek for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Festivals - Childhood Memories (from set of three) (issued 02-09-2015)


Thank You very much Marcel!

Germany: Saalburg

On 26th June I got five postcards: two from Germany, two from Israel and one from Italy.

One of the cards from Germany shows the Saalburg. The Saalburg is a Roman fort on the Limes Germanicus. It is the most completely reconstructed Roman fort in Germany and houses an archaeological museum. As part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire it is since 2005 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Baden Wine Street (from set of two) (issued 12-10-2017)


Thank You very much Ina!

Germany: Buddha Museum in Traben-Trarbach

On 26th June I got five postcards: two from Germany, two from Israel and one from Italy.

One of the cards from Germany shows the Buddha Museum in Traben-Trarbach in the German State of Rhineland-Palatinate. The Buddha Museum was opened in 2009 and shows 2000 Buddha figures from different countries and eras. 


Stamp:
Crocus (issued 11-08-2005)
Tulip (issued 08-09-2005)
Marigold (issued 07-07-2005)


Thank You very much Edith!

Italy: Turin

On 26th June I got five postcards: one from Italy, two from Germany and two from Israel.

The card from Italy shows various views of Turin.


Stamps:
Italian Mail (two from set of three) (issued 01-07-2010)
90 years Mickey Mouse (from set of eight) (issued 03-11-2017)


Thank You very much William!

Germany: History of Heidelberg

On 25th June I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them is the Chronicle card of Heidelberg. Heidelberg was first mentioned in 1196. In 1386 the university was founded, which made the city a centre of Humanism and Reformation in the 15th and 16th century. It was destroyed in the Thirty Years' War and the Nine Years' War. Today it is a popular tourist destination.


With a matching stamp:
Heidelberg (from set of two) (issued 05-09-2013)


Thank You very much Ina!

Germany: History of Constance

On 25th June I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them is the Chronicle card of Constance. Constance was first just a small Celtic-Roman settlement, but in the 5th century a diocese was founded there and in the late 12th century it evolved into a free imperial city. Between 1414 and 1418 the Council of Constance was held in the city. In 1548 it lost the imperial immediacy and since 1805 it is a part of Baden and now of the German State of Baden-Württemberg.


Stamp:
Baden Wine Street (from set of two) (issued 12-10-2017)


Thank You very much Ina!

My Stamp Order from the Åland Islands

On 25th June I got my stamp order from the Åland Islands.

Among the things I ordered were the new Postcrossing stamp (issued 07-06-2019) in mint condition, on FDC and on a maxicard. The FDC and the maxicard have two different special postmarks. The one on the FDC is the official First Day Special Postmark, while the one on the maxicard is a special postmark for the Postcrossing Meet-up in Mariehamn.



I also bought a souvenir sheet about the Year of the Pig (issued 01-11-2018).


Friday, 19 July 2019

Turks and Caicos Islands: Providenciales

On 24th June I got two postcards: my first card from the Turks and Caicos Islands and one from Germany.

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Carribean. It consists of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands and is the third largest of the British Overseas Territories by population. The capital is Cockburn Town on Grand Turk Island.

The card shows Grace Bay on Providenciales. Providenciales is the most populous island in the territory and a popular tourist destination.


Stamp:
Butterflies (from set of fifteen) (issued 27-09-2001)


Thank You very much Tristan!

Germany: House of the Town History in Offenbach

On 24th June I got two postcards: one card from Germany and my first card from the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The card from Germany shows the d'Orville Doll's House from the collection of the House of the Town History in Offenbach. The House of the Town History was created by the merger of the town museum and the town archiv. It shows exhibits about 10000 years of Offenbach's history and has one of the most modern exhibitions in the region.


Stamp:
Emoji (issued 04-04-2019)


Thank You very much Edith!

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Belgium: Eurasian Jay and Eurasian Golden Oriol

On Saturday I got four postcards: three from Belgium and one from China.

Two of the cards from Belgium are about this year's EUROPA stamps. Both cards were signed by Kris Maes, the designer of the stamps.

The first card shows an Eurasian Jay. The Eurasian Jay is a bird species living in wide parts of Eurasia, where it inhabits mixed woodland. Before humans began planting the trees commercially on a wide scale, Eurasian Jays were the main source of movement and propagation for the English Oak, as one bird has the ability to spread more than a thousand acorns every year.


With a matching stamp:
EUROPA (from set of two) (issued 16-06-2019)
The stamp can be scanned to listen to the bird.
with First Day Special Postmark


The other shows an Eurasian Golden Oriol. The Eurasian Golden Oriole is a passerine bird breeding in Northern Hemisphere temperate regions. It is a summer migrant in Europa and Western Asia and spends the winter season in Africa.


With a matching stamp:
EUROPA (from set of two) (issued 16-06-2019)
The stamp can be scanned to listen to the bird.
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Gerda!

Belgium: Tongeren

On Saturday I got four postcards: three from Belgium and one from China.

One of the cards from Belgium shows Tongeren in Flanders. Tongeren was once a Roman administrative capital. It is the oldest city in Belgium.


Stamp:
Geometry in Nature - The Star Shape (from set of five) (issued 16-06-2019)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Gerda!

China: Shaanxi History Museum

On Saturday I got four postcards: one from China and three from Belgium.

The card from China shows the Shaanxi History Museum in Xi'an. The Shaanxi History Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in China. It was established in 1991, which makes it also one of the oldest modern museums in China. The museum houses over 370000 relics from the Shaanxi province and Xi'an, which was the ancient imperial capital of China and the seat of more than 13 feudal dynasties including the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties.


Stamps:
Tangshan International Horticulture Exposition (from set of two) (issued 29-04-2016)
150th birthday of Sun Yat-sen (from set of four) (issued 12-11-2016)
It is a joint issue with Hong Kong and Macau.
Children’s Sports and Games (from set of six) (issued 31-05-2017)
Seasons (from set of four) (issued 20-03-2017)


Thank You very much Yutong!

cover from Spain

On Saturday I got not only four postcards but also a cover from Spain.

Stamp:
EUROPA (issued 25-04-2019)
The stamp can be scanned to listen to the bird.
with a special postmark from Avilés


Thank You very much William!

Malaysia: National Museum

On Friday I got two postcards: one from Malaysia and one from Italy.

The card from Malaysia shows the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur. The National Museum is a museum about Malaysian history and culture and the largest museum in Malaysia. It was opened in 1963. 


Stamp:
Exotic Cuisine of Malaysia (from set of three) (issued 19-02-2019)


Thank You very much Bei Hao!

Italy: Turin

On Friday I got two postcards: one from Italy and one from Malaysia.

The card from Italy shows various views of Turin. Turin became the capital of the Duchy of Savoy in 1563 and in 1861, when the House of Savoy became Italy's royal family, Turin became the first capital of the unified Italy. Turin already lost the status as capital in 1865, but soon became an important centre of industry, especially of the automotive industry. In 1902 and 1911 the city hosted the Universal Exposition and in 2006 the Winter Olympics. Today is Turin the fourth largest city of Italy and the capital of the Piedmont Region. 


Stamps:
Italian Mail (from set of three) (issued 01-07-2010)
70 years UNICEF (issued 20-11-2016)
with a special postmark about the Turin International Book Fair


Thank You very much William!

cover from Germany

On Thursday I got a cover from Germany.

Stamp:
Day of the Music - 275 years Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (issued 03-05-2018)
with a special postmark about the 60th anniversary of the Motivgruppe Musik