Saturday, 23 September 2017

covers from the TAAF

On Tuesday I got two covers from the TAAF.

Stamps:
Tuna Fishing (issued 02-01-2017)
Arctic Tern from Tromelin Island (issued 02-01-2017)
with many great postmarks about the 54th Mission to the TAAF


Stamps:
Cabanes de la Mortadelle (issued 02-01-2017)
Willem de Vlamingh (issued 02-01-2017)


Thank You very much William!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Estonia: Estonian Maritime Museum

On Thursday I got a postcard from Estonia.

It shows three sights of Tallinn including the Estonian Maritime Museum (lower picture). The Estonian Maritime Museum was opened in 1935 and focuses on the history of ships and navigation in Estonia. It is housed in the Fat Margaret tower of Tallinn's medieval city fortification. 


With a nice stamp:
Eurasian Lynx (issued 11-09-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark
Orjaku Leading Light Lighthouses (from set of two) (issued 08-09-2017)
Posthorn (from set of three) (issued 18-01-2017)



Thank You very much Jaan!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Spain: Barcelona

On Monday I got a postcard from Spain.

It shows various views of Barcelona. Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia. It is also the second largest city of Spain, the second largest city of the European Union which is not the capital of its country and the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore it is a popular tourist destination and was the fifth most visited European city in 2011. In 1992 the city hosted the Summer Olympics.


Stamps:
State Industrial Engineer Corps (issued 23-03-2016)
Diario de Avisos (issued 05-02-2016)
King Felipe VI (two from set of five) (issued 19-01-2015)
with a great special postmark showing the Casa Milà


Thank You very much William!

cover from Germany

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

Stamp:
500 years Reformation (issued 13-04-2017)
with a special postmark from Schmalkalden


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Swiss Postcrossing Stamps

On Friday I got my stamp order from Switzerland which included the new Swiss Postcrossing stamps (issued 07-09-2017) and the FDC of the set.

You can see all the stamps I ordered here.




Monday, 11 September 2017

France: Avenue de Champagne in Epernay

On Wednesday I got three postcards from France.

One of them shows the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. Epernay is one of the main centres of the Champagne production and the Avenue de Champagne features the leading Champagne manufacturers. As part of the Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars is the Avenue de Champagne since 2015 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Centenary of the Battle of Chemin des Dames (from set of two) (issued 14-04-2017)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Epernay


Thank You very much William!

France: Reims

On Wednesday I got three postcards from France.

One of them shows various views of Reims. Reims is a big city in the Grand Est region. It is known for its cathedral and as former crowning place of the French Kings.


Stamps:
Marianne 0,05€, 0,10€
Art (from set of two) (issued 27-06-2017)
It is a joint issue with the Philippines.
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Reims


Thank You very much William!

France: Hortillonnages of Amiens

On Wednesday I got three postcards from France.

One of them shows the Hortillonnages of Amiens. The Hortillonnages are small gardens which were used to provide the inhabitants of Amiens with fruits and vegetables. They are a popular tourist destination.


Stamps:
Marianne 0,10€
European Capitals - Amsterdam (from set of four) (issued 06-11-2016)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Amiens


Thank You very much William!

cover from France

On Wednesday I got not only three postcards but also a cover from France.

Stamps:
75 years Aviation Regiment "Normandy-Neman" (issued 01-09-2017)
It is a joint issue with Russia.
with First Day Special Postmark
500 years Le Havre (issued 31-08-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much William!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

My Trip to the Berlin Zoological Garden and its Giant Pandas

Last Saturday I visited the Berlin Zoological Garden.

The Berlin Zoological Garden was opened in 1844 and is thus Germany's oldest zoo. Today it is the most species-rich zoo in the World. It is also considered to be the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular in the World. The zoo is involved in the protection of endangered species. 


The Elephant Gate is one of the two entrances to the zoo. It was built between 1983 and 1984 and is one of the main sights of the zoo. The gate is a reconstruction, as the original one was destroyed during World War II.


On 22nd August 2012 Berlin's Giant Panda Bao Bao (male) died. After negotiations with China the zoo finally became again home to two Giant Pandas in June 2017. The two Giant Pandas Jiao Qing (male) and Meng Meng (female) are a permanent loan of China and will stay in Berlin for 15 years. They live in Europe's most modern compound for Giant Pandas.



The Aquarium Berlin is one of Germany's largest aquariums. It was built in 1913 as part of the Berlin Zoological Garden complex and is ranked among the public aquariums with the World’s greatest biodiversity.