Thursday, 25 May 2017

My Trip to Wiedensahl on International Museum Day

On Sunday was International Museum Day and I visited Wiedensahl. 

Wiedensahl is a Flecken in the district of Schaumburg in Lower Saxony. It is a part of the German Fairy Tale Route.


In 1832 Wilhelm Busch was born in Wiedensahl. His birth house is now home to a museum about the life of Wilhelm Busch and the years he spent in Wiedensahl.



On Sunday a new special exhibition was opened. It is centred on Wilhelm Busch's character Hans Huckebein, whose story was first published 150 years ago, and the new illustrations made by Jonas Lauströer. For the International Museum Day a special postmark and old Hans Huckebein stamps (issued 14-06-2007) were available and also the artist himself was present. Luckily I got his signature on a postcard showing one of his illustrations and also got it cancelled with the special postmark.



Between 1872 and 1978 Wilhelm Busch lived in the old parish house. Today it houses a museum about Wiedensahl's history with more 1500 exhibits. In 1913 a Wilhelm Busch Memorial was placed in front of the house.



Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Thailand: Bridge over the River Kwai

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from Thailand and one from China.

The card from Thailand shows the Bridge over the River Kwai. The Bridge over the River Kwai was built between 1943 and 1944 as part of the Death Railway. It became famous by Pierre Boulle's novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai and its British-American film version.


On the backside are various postmarks of the Asian International Stamp Exhibition.
Stamps:
King Bhumibol (from set of fourteen) (issued 10-10-2010)
Visak Day (from set of four) (issued 03-05-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Cherry!

China: Lijiang River

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from China and one from Thailand.

The card from China shows the Lijiang River in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The Lijiang River is known for flowing through karst mountains. It is a popular tourist attraction.


With nice stamps:
Journey to the West (whole set) (issued 30-03-2017)


Thank You very much Mo!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Spain: Ferreres Aqueduct near Tarragona

On Friday I got three postcards from Spain.

One of them shows the Ferreres Aqueduct near Tarragona. Tarragona, back then known as Tárraco, was a major administrative and mercantile city in Roman Spain. The Ferreres Aqueduct was built during the reign of Augustus to supply Tárraco with water. It is the largest aqueduct in Catalonia. Since 2000 is the Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Definitive (from set of five) (issued 19-01-2015)
Definitive (from set of six) (issued 02-01-2016)
Stamp Design Contest (whole set) (issued 01-02-2017)


Thank You very much Mario!

Spain: La Lonja de la Seda in Valencia

On Friday I got three postcards from Spain.

One of them shows the Sala de Contratación at La Lonja de la Seda in Valencia. La Lonja de la Seda was built between 1482 and 1533, when Valencia was a major Mediterranean mercantile city. It was originally used for trading in silk and is one of the most important Gothic buildings in Europe. La Lonja de la Seda in Valencia is since 1996 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Definitive (from set of six) (issued 02-01-2016)
Definitive (from set of five) (issued 19-01-2015)
Stamp Design Contest (whole set) (issued 01-02-2017)


Thank You very much Mario!

Spain: Alcalá de Henares Cathedral

On Friday I got three postcards from Spain.

One of them shows the Alcalá de Henares Cathedral. Alcalá de Henares is a historic city near Madrid. One of the oldest Spanish bishoprics is located in the city and Cervantes was baptized there. The city is also home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. It was the original model for ideal urban community which Spanish missionaries brought to the Americas. Since 1998 are the University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Definitive (from set of five) (issued 19-01-2015)
Definitive (from set of six) (issued 02-01-2016)
Stamp Design Contest (whole set) (issued 01-02-2017)


Thank You very much Mario!

cover from Portugal

On Friday I got not only three postcards but also a cover from Portugal.

Stamp:
António Guterres (issued 04-01-2017)

António Guterres was born in 1949 in Lisbon. He is a Portuguese politician and diplomat. Between 1995 and 2002 he was Prime Minister of Portugal and between 2005 and 2015 he was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Since January 2017 is Guterres the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations.


Thank You very much Paula!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Belgium: European Quarter of Brussels

On Thursday I got a postcard from Belgium.

It shows the European Parliament in Brussels' European Quarter. Brussels has a long history of hosting the institutions of the EU and is considered to be its capital. 


Stamp:
New NATO Headquarters (issued 22-11-2016)
with a special postmark from Brussels


Thank You very much William!

cover from Germany

On Thursday I got not only a postcard but also a cover from Germany.

Stamp:
500 years Reformation (issued 13-04-2017)
It is a joint issue with Brazil.
with a special postmark showing the Veste Coburg

The Veste Coburg is a castle in Coburg. It is one of the largest castles in Germany and was never conquered. In 1530 Martin Luther lived in the castle for a few months. 


Friday, 19 May 2017

Estonia: Kadriorg Palace

On Tuesday I got a postcard from Estonia.

It shows Kadriorg Palace. Kadriorg Palace was built in the Baroque style between 1718 and 1725. It was commissioned by Peter the Great after the Great Northern War. Today the palace houses the Kadriorg Art Museum, which shows the collection of foreign art of the Art Museum of Estonia.


Stamps:
EUROPA (whole set) (issued 08-05-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Jaan!