Thursday, 19 January 2017

Brazil: Manaus

On Saturday I got a postcard from Brazil.

It shows Manaus. Manaus is the capital city of the Brazilian State of Amazonas and the biggest city in the Amazon rainforest. At the end of the 19th century it was the best developed city in Brazil and the richest city in South America, as it was the only exporter of rubber. Back then it was known as Paris of the Tropics. Today it is the main access point for visiting the fauna and flora of the Brazilian Amazon. 

The Amazon Theatre (left picture) was built between 1884 and 1896 in the Renaissance style with materials imported from Europe and became a symbol of the rubber boom. Together with the Peace Theatre in Belém it seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

With a great stamp:
Christmas (from set of two) (issued 04-10-2016)
The stamp was printed with foil.

Thank You very much Silvia!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

India: Qutb Complex in Delhi

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from India, one from the UK and one from Spain.

The card from India shows the Qutb Complex in Delhi. The Qutb Complex is an array of monuments and buildings started in the 12th century. The most famous monument in the complex is the Qutb Minar (3), the tallest brick minaret in the World. The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (1) is the oldest mosque in northern India and the Alai Darwaza (4) is a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art. The Qutb Minar and the other monuments in the complex are since 1993 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

With a nice stamp:
Tadoba-Andhari National Park (from set of two) (issued 29-07-2016)

Thank You very much Vinay!

Spain: Archaeology Museum of Barcelona

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from Spain, one from India and one from the UK.

The card from Spain shows a Roman mosaic from the collection of the Archaeology Museum of Barcelona. The Archaeology Museum of Barcelona was founded in 1932. It is housed in the Palace of Graphic Arts, one of the pavilions built for the 1929 World’s Fair, and offers visitors a journey to the origins of Catalonia. Since 1990 it is administered as branch of the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia.

With a great stamp:
Dinosaurs (from set of four) (issued 30-06-2016)
The stamp was printed using 3D offset.

Thank You very much Marina!

United Kingdom: Port of Liverpool Building

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from the UK, one from Spain and one from India.

The card from the UK shows the Port of Liverpool Building. Liverpool is a city in North West England. In the course of the Industrial Revolution it became one of the World’s major trading centres and its port played an important role in the growth of the British Empire. It was also directly involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In 1912 it was the port of registry of the Titanic and later it was the home of the Beatles. The Maritime Mercantile City of Liverpool is since 2004 on the UNESCO World Heritage List and currently it is one of just two European sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger. In 2008 was Liverpool the European Capital of Culture.

Queen's Head

Thank You very much Rachel!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Germany: Hamburg from Papersisters

On Wednesday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them is Papersisters' German Landmark postcard of Hamburg. Hamburg is one of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany bordering on Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. It consists of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and a small exclave around the island of Neuwerk in the Wadden Sea. As state it is the second smallest by area and fourth smallest by population, but as city it is the second largest in Germany and eighth largest in the European Union. It is a major German and European science, transport, finance, politics and tourism hub.

Among others the card shows the St. Michael's Church, the Speicherstadt and the Elbphilharmonie.

With matching stamps:
Opening of the Elbphilharmonie (issued 02-01-2017)
100 years Old Elbe Tunnel (issued 15-09-2011)

Germany: Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

On Wednesday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. The Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall near the Speicherstadt. Construction started in 2007 and when it was finally completed in late 2016 its estimated cost was tripled. The official opening concert took place on 11th January 2017. It is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the World and the tallest inhabited building of Hamburg.
I bought this card on my last trip to Hamburg.

With a matching stamp:
Opening of the Elbphilharmonie (issued 02-01-2017)
with a special postmark on the same topic

Saturday, 14 January 2017

UAE: Dubai Creek

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from the United Arab Emirates, one from Kazakhstan, one from Australia and one from Austria.

The card from the United Arab Emirates shows the Dubai Creek. The Dubai Creek is a natural saltwater creek. In earlier times it was home to a wide variety of marine life. Once it was an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, as it was the city's only harbour and was used for pearl diving and fishing. 

Emirates Aluminium (from set of four) (issued 24-02-2010)

Thank You very much Keiko!

Austria: Bregenz

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from Austria, one from the United Arab Emirates, one from Kazakhstan and one from Australia.

The card from Austria shows various views of Bregenz. Bregenz is the capital and third largest city of the Austrian State of Vorarlberg. It is also Austria's most important port on Lake Constance. It is especially famous for the annual Bregenz Festival.

Unfortunately the card was sent from Germany.

Thank You very much Bettina!

Australia: Lance Corporal Albert Jacka

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from Australia, one from Austria, one from the United Arab Emirates and one from Kazakhstan.

The card from Australia shows Lance Corporal Albert Jacka. Albert Jacka was born in 1893. He fought during World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli and on the Western Front and in 1915 he became the first Australian to be decorated with the Victoria Cross. When he returned to Australia, he founded a business and became the mayor of the City of St Kilda in 1930. He died in 1932. 

The card is a maxicard. The stamp is from a set of five and was issued on 14th April 2015 to commemorate the World War I Centenary. 

The card is prepaid.

Thank You very much Sharon!

Kazakhstan: Christmas

On Tuesday I got four postcards: one from Kazakhstan, one from Australia, one from Austria and one from the United Arab Emirates.

The card from Kazakhstan is a Christmas card.

Flora and Fauna of Kazakhstan (two from set of six) (issued 19-07-2001)

Thank You very much Assel!