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!

Eurovision Cover from Ukraine

On Tuesday I got not only a postcard but also two covers including a great Eurovision themed cover from Ukraine.

Stamp:
Definitive (issued 09-10-2006)


Inside was a written and stamped card.


With a great stamp:
Jamala (issued 05-05-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark
Jamala, Susana Alimivna Jamaladinova, is a Ukrainian singer with Crimean Tatar ancestors. In 2016 she won the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with her song 1944. 


Thank You very much Olga!

cover from Italy

On Tuesday I got not only a postcard but also two covers including one from Italy.

Stamps:
Castles (from set of four) (issued 1983)
500 years Reformation (issued 24-04-2017)


Inside was a maxicard of the Reformation stamp.


Thank You very much Renato!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

United Kingdom: Dover Castle

On Saturday I got four postcards from the United Kingdom.

One of them shows Dover Castle. Dover Castle was founded in the 11th century. It is the largest castle in England and due to its defensive significance it was described as Key to England. 


With nice stamps:
Songbirds (two from set of ten) (issued 04-05-2017)


Thank You very much William!

United Kingdom: Castles of Sussex

On Saturday I got four postcards from the United Kingdom.

One of them shows various castles of Sussex. Sussex is a historic region in South East England. It got its name from the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. The region is divided between the counties of East Sussex and West Sussex.


Stamps:
Racehorse Legends (two from set of eight) (issued 06-04-2017)


Thank You very much William!

United Kingdom: Castles of Kent

On Saturday I got four postcards from the United Kingdom.

One of them shows various castles of Kent. Kent is a county in South East England. It is located on the English Channel. 


Stamps:
Bridges (two from set of ten) (issued 05-03-2015)


Thank You very much William!

United Kingdom: Folkestone

On Saturday I got four postcards from the United Kingdom.

One of them shows various views of Folkestone. Folkestone is a town on the English Channel. In the 19th and 20th century it was an important port town. 


Stamps:
Queen's Head
Prime Ministers (from set of eight) (issued 14-10-2014)


Thank You very much William!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Belgium: Grote Markt of Diksmuide

On Friday I got two postcards from Belgium.

One of them shows the Grote Markt of Diksmuide. Diksmuide is a town in Flanders. During World War I the town was first attacked on 16th October 1914, but was defended by Belgian and French troops who flooded the area by opening the flood gates of the Yser river. At the end of the war the town was largely destroyed. During the 1920s it was rebuilt. The Belfry at the Grote Markt is since 1999 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


With a related stamp:
Centenary of World War I (from set of five) (issued 13-06-2016)
After Belgium was occupied by the German Empire in 1914, the Belgian newspaper were censored or disappeared. But still some newspapers from Entente countries were smuggled into the country and also clandestine newspapers started to appear short after the occupation. At the beginning the clandestine newspapers just reproduced news from other countries, but from 1915 onwards specific Belgian newspapers were published in the underground.


Thank You very much Gerda!

Belgium: Dodengang

On Friday I got two postcards from Belgium.

One of them shows the Dodengang, the Trench of Death, near Diksmuide. The Dodengang is located next to the Yser Canal. It was in use between 1914 and 1918 and preserved the front line in this area by stopping further German attacks. In 1919 it became one of the first World War I memorials in Belgium.

The Battle of the Yser was fought in October 1914 between the German Empire and Belgium and France. The Allied victory at the Yser stopped the German advance into the last corner of unoccupied Belgium and established the Yser Front. 


With a related stamp:
Centenary of World War I (from set of five) (issued 13-06-2016)
Henri Pirenne (1862 - 1935) was a Belgian historian. He became known for the nonviolent resistance to the Germans who occupied Belgium in World War I.


Thank You very much Gerda!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Moldova: National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History

On Thursday I got two postcards: one from Moldova and one from the United Kingdom.

The card from Moldova shows the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History in Chișinău. The National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History was established in 1889 as one of the first museums in modern day Moldova. Its collection is centred on the nature and cultures of Bessarabia. Today it is an important cultural and scientific institution.


With nice stamps:
Coat of Arms (from set of six) (issued 07-03-2015)
International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (issued 10-03-2017)
The Red List of Moldova (from set of eight) (issued 29-07-2011)
with a special postmark about the 25th anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with Germany


Thank You very much Nadya!

United Kingdom: Church Stretton

On Thursday I got two postcards: one from the United Kingdom and one from Moldova.

The card from the United Kingdom shows an aerial view of Church Stretton. Church Stretton is a small town in the English county of Shropshire. It is located within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and due to its landscape it was known as Little Switzerland.


With nice stamps:
Queen's Head
Christmas (from set of three) (issued 13-10-1971)
Songbirds (from set of ten) (issued 04-05-2017)


Thank You very much Anu!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Vietnam: Tam Coc Landscape

On Wednesday I got two postcards: one from Vietnam and one from the Czech Republic.

The card from Vietnam shows the Tam Coc Landscape. The Tam Coc Landscape is famous for its scenic beauty and is known as Ha Long Bay on the Land. As part of the Trang An Landscape Complex it is since 2014 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Architecture (from set of six) (issued 2015)
Architecture (from set of six) (issued 2014)


Thank You very much Jobbo!

Czech Republic: Cheat Sheet

On Wednesday I got two postcards: one from the Czech Republic and one from Vietnam.

The card from the Czech Republic is a cheat sheet.


Stamps:
60 years Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (issued 16-03-2016)
Zodiac (from set of two) (issued 08-12-1999)


Thank You very much Eva!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Switzerland: Rhaetian Railway

On Tuesday I got two postcards from Switzerland.

The two cards show viaducts of the Rhaetian Railway. The Rhaetian Railway is a railway operator in the Swiss Canton of Graubünden and the largest private railway operator in Switzerland. It features an impressive set of structures which were all built in perfect harmony with the landscapes through which they pass. Its construction had a major and lasting socio-economic impact on life in the mountains. The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula and Bernina Landscapes is since 2008 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The first one shows the Landwasser Viaduct. The Landwasser Viaduct was built between 1901 and 1902. It is a signature structure of the Albula Railway.


Stamp:
Baby Animals (from set of four) (issued 23-02-2017)


The second one shows the Brusio Spiral Viaduct. The Brusio Spiral Viaduct is in use since 1908. It is a signature structure of the Bernina Railway.


Stamp:
Baby Animals (from set of four) (issued 23-02-2017)


Thank You very much Joanna!