Wednesday, 16 August 2017

United Kingdom: Kew Gardens

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from the United Kingdom and one from Germany.

The card from the United Kingdom shows the Kew Gardens. The Kew Gardens were established in 1759 and since then they made a significant and uninterrupted contribution to the study of plant diversity and economic botany. They are especially known for their Victorian glasshouses, the Palm House and the Temperate House, and are also home to one of the largest herbariums in the World. Since 2003 are the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Hibernating Animals (from set of four) (issued 14-11-2016)


Thank You very much Ischa!

Germany: Fischmarkt in Cologne

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from the United Kingdom.

The card from Germany shows the Fischmarkt in Cologne. The Fischmarkt was established in the Middle Ages as market for the fish trade. During World War II the historic buildings were destroyed, but afterwards they were rebuilt. 


Stamp:
100 years of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig (issued 10-10-2013)


Thank You very much Marcel!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Japan: Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

On Friday I got two postcards: one from Japan and one from Spain.

The card from Japan shows the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art. The Toyota Municipal Museum of Art was opened in 1995. It is known for its collection of art from the 20th century from Japan and Overseas. 


Stamp:
Super Mario (from set of ten) (issued 28-06-2017)
with a special postmark


Thank You very much Keiko!

Spain: Cybele Palace in Madrid

On Friday I got two postcards: one from Spain and one from Japan.

The card from Spain shows the Cybele Palace in Madrid. The Cybele Palace is one of the most famous sights of Madrid. It was opened in 1919 as headquarters of the Spanish postal and telecommunications service, but since 2007 it houses the City Council.


Stamp:
King Felipe VI (from set of six) (issued 02-01-2016)


Thank You very much Marcel!

Monday, 14 August 2017

USA: Laysan Ducks

On Wednesday I got three postcards: one from the USA, one from Finland and one from Germany.

The card from the USA shows two Laysan Ducks. The Laysan Duck is a critically endangered duck which only survived on Laysan Island. In 2002 42 ducks were translocated to the Midway Atoll to ensure their future. Both islands are located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the second largest protected area in the World. The Papahānaumokuākea is since 2010 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Penguins (issued 01-06-2015)
Total Solar Eclipse (issued 20-06-2017)
The stamp changes its colour if you touch it and reveals a picture of the moon.


Thank You very much Judy!

Germany: Bundesgartenschau 2019

On Wednesday I got three postcards: one from Germany, one from the USA and one from Finland.

The card from Germany was printed for the Bundesgartenschau 2019. The Bundesgartenschau 2019 is the Federal horticulture show of Germany and will be held in Heilbronn. 


Stamps:
Crocus (issued 11-08-2005)
Tagetes (issued 07-07-2005)


Thank You very much Carmen!

Finland: Moomin

On Wednesday I got three postcards: one from Finland, one from Germany and one from the USA.

The card from Finland is a great addition to my Moomin card collection.


With a matching stamp:
The Moomins Time Travel (from set of five) (issued 24-05-2017)


Thank You very much Sini!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Moldova: Postcrossing Meet-up

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

The card from Moldova shows various things the country is famous for.


The card was signed during the first joint Postcrossing Meet-up of Moldovan and Romanian postcrossers.
Stamp:
Traditional Blouse (from set of two) (issued 24-06-2015)
with a special Postcrossing postmark


Thank You very much Hanko!

Germany: Jewish Museum of Berlin

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

The card from Germany shows the Jewish Museum of Berlin. The Jewish Museum of Berlin opened in 2001 in the Baroque Kollegienhaus and a new deconstructivist building by Daniel Libeskind. It is the largest Jewish museum in Europe and one of the most visited museums in Berlin. The exhibition shows artifacts from two millennia of German-Jewish history.


Stamp:
Jewish Center in Munich (issued 01-03-2007)


Thank You very much Claus!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Lithuania: Memorial of Martynas Mažvydas

On Monday I got two postcards: one from Lithuania and one from Japan.

The card from Lithuania shows the Memorial of Martynas Mažvydas in Klaipėda. Martynas Mažvydas was a Lutheran preacher and the author of the first printed book in the Lithuanian language. The memorial was unveiled in 1997.


With related stamps:
500 years Reformation (issued 07-01-2017)
Vytis (from set of six) (issued 02-01-2016)


Thank You very much Eva!

Japan: Mary and the Witch's Flower

On Monday I got two postcards: one from Japan and one from Lithuania.

The card from Japan shows a scene from Mary and the Witch's Flower. Mary and the Witch's Flower is the first feature movie of Studio Ponoc, which was founded by several former members of Studio Ghibli. It was published in 2017 and tells the story of a young girl who finds a mysterious flower that can give her the power to become a witch.


Stamp:
The World of Traditional Culture (from set of ten) (issued 04-08-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Keiko!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Indonesia: Postcrossing

On Saturday I got three postcards: one from Indonesia, one from France and one from Germany.

The card from Indonesia is a Postcrossing maxicard.


With matching stamps:
Postcrossing (whole set) (issued 14-07-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Shinta!

Germany: Luther Memorial in Worms

On Saturday I got three postcards: one from Germany, one from Indonesia and one from France.

The card from Germany shows the Luther Memorial in Worms. The Luther Memorial in Worms was unveiled in 1868 and is said to be one of the largest memorials for the Reformation in the World.
If you want to read more about Luther in Worms you can check my history blog.


With a matching stamp:
500 years Reformation (issued 13-04-2017)
It is a joint issue with Brazil.


Thank You very much Claus!

France: Amiens Cathedral

On Saturday I got three postcards: one from France, one from Germany and one from Indonesia.

The card from France shows the Amiens Cathedral. The Amiens Cathedral was started to be built in the 13th century in the Gothic style. It is the largest sacral building in France and a Basilica minor. Since 1981 is the Amiens Cathedral on the UNESCO World Heritage List and since 1998 it is also a part of the World Heritage Site "Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France".


With a nice stamp:
EUROMED - Trees of the Mediterranean (issued 11-07-2017)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Amiens


Thank You very much William!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Belgium: Cloth Hall of Ypres

On Friday I got two postcards: one from Belgium and one from Germany.

The card from Belgium shows the Cloth Hall of Ypres. The Cloth Hall is a medieval commercial building and served as the main market and warehouse for the cloth industry. During World War I the building was nearly completely destroyed, but between 1933 and 1967 it was rebuilt. Today it houses the In Flanders Fields Museum. As one of the Belfries of Belgium and France it is since 1999 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


With a related stamp:
Centenary of World War I (two from set of five) (issued 06-10-2014)


Thank You very much Gerda!

Germany: Hesse from Papersisters

On Friday I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from Belgium.

The card from Germany is Papersisters' German Landmark postcard of Hesse. Hesse is one of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany bordering on Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1945 it was the first federal state with a new democratic constitution. The southern part of the state is one of the most densely populated and richest regions in Germany. Wiesbaden is the state's capital, but Frankfurt am Main is the largest city. Other big cities are Kassel, Darmstadt and Offenbach am Main.

Among others the card shows the Abbey of Lorsch, the Messel Pit, the Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Elizabeth in Wiesbaden and the skyline of Frankfurt am Main.


With a matching stamp:
Löwenburg Castle at Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (issued 02-01-2016)
with a special postmark showing Marburg Castle


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

My Trip to Innsbruck and Tyrol

In my summer holidays I spent a week in Austria. I made a day trip to Innsbruck and also visited other places in Tyrol.

Innsbruck is the capital and largest city of the Austrian State of Tyrol. It is also the fifth largest city of Austria. In 1964 and 1976 the city hosted the Winter Olympics and in 2012 the first Winter Youth Olympics took place there. The Old Town of Innsbruck seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


On the card I put a stamp of the Golden Roof and got it cancelled at the philatelic shop in Innsbruck.


The Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum was opened in 1823. It mainly shows artworks of Tyrolean origin, but also has an archaeological exhibition and shows foreign art donated by Tyrolean collectors.







 The Armoury was built between 1500 and 1505. Today it houses a branch of the Tyrolean State Museum.




The Imperial Palace of Innsbruck is a former Habsburg residence. Its construction started in the 15th century. Between 1754 and 1773 the palace was transformed and renovated in the Baroque style at the behest of Empress Maria Theresa. In 1765 the wedding of Maria Theresa's son was celebrated in Innsbruck and during the celebrations her husband, Francis I, died. Afterwards Maria Theresa decided to turn the Imperial Palace into a memorial site and representational building in honour of her husband. It is considered to be one of the most significant cultural buildings in Austria and was preselected for the European Heritage Label.



The Triumphal Arch was built in 1765 for the wedding of Maria Theresa's son.


The Museum Kitzbühel was opened in 1934. Its collections focus on the history of the town and the region of Kitzbühel and on the art of Alfons Walde.


The Parish Church of St Johann is considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Tyrol.



The Church of Saint Carl in Volders is considered to be one of the most beautiful Rococo churches in Tyrol.