Thursday, 22 June 2017

Greece: Mycenae

On Saturday I got two postcards from Greece.

One of them shows the Lion Gate at Mycenae. Mycenae is an archaeological site in the north-eastern Peloponnese. In the second millennium BC Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilisation and became the name giver of the Mycenaean civilisation, the first advanced civilisation in mainland Greece. It played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. Since 1999 are the Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


With a nice stamp:
2400 Years since the Birth of Aristotle (from set of three) (issued 23-05-2017)


Thank You very much Ischa!

Greece: Mystras

On Saturday I got two postcards from Greece.

One of them shows the Pantanassa Monastery in Mystras. Mystras is a Byzantine ruined city. In the 14th and 15th century it experienced a period of prosperity and cultural flowering, when it was the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea. Later it was occupied by the Turks and the Venetians. In 1832 the city was abandoned. Since 1989 is the Archaeological Site of Mystras on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
2400 Years since the Birth of Aristotle (from set of three) (issued 23-05-2017)


Thank You very much Ischa!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Germany: Thuringia from Papersisters

On Friday I got three postcards from Germany.

One of them is Papersisters' German Landmark postcard of Thuringia. Thuringia is one of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is located in Eastern Germany and borders on Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Hesse. It was founded after the German Reunification and is one of the smaller states. The state is home to many important cultural heritage sites. Erfurt is the capital and largest city of Thuringia. The only other big city in the state is Jena.

Among others the card shows the Erfurt Cathedral, cultural sites in Weimar and the Wartburg Castle.


With a matching stamp:
Wartburg Castle (issued 11-05-2017)
with a matching special postmark


Germany: Lighthouse Kiel-Holtenau

On Friday I got three postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Lighthouse Kiel-Holtenau. The Lighthouse Kiel-Holtenau is located at the entry of the Kiel Canal and was inaugurated in 1895. It is said to be one of the most beautiful lighthouses in Germany.
I got this card a few weeks ago in a cover.


With a matching stamp:
Lighthouses (from set of two) (issued 08-06-2017)
with a matching special postmark


Thank You very much Katja for sending me the card in an envelope!

Germany: Lighthouses

On Friday I got three postcards from Germany.

One of them shows various lighthouses from the North Sea Coast.
I bought this card earlier this year in Bremerhaven.

The Pilsum Lighthouse (upper row middle) was built between 1889 and 1891, but already in 1915 it was deactivated. It is one of the best-known symbols of East Frisia and grew in popularity as a result of a film by comedian Otto Waalkes.

The Bremerhaven Front Light (upper row right) is in operation since 1893. It is known for its unique form.


With matching stamps:
Lighthouses (from set of two) (issued 08-06-2017)
Ottifant (issued 01-03-2017)
with a special postmark from Bremerhaven


covers from Germany

On Friday I got not only three postcards but also three covers from Germany.

Stamps:
Winter Aconite (issued 08-06-2017)
Bluebells (issued 08-06-2017)
100th birthday of Heinz Sielmann (issued 08-06-2017)
with a matching special postmark from Duderstadt


Stamp:
Chocolate Cosmos (issued 03-12-2015)
with a special postmark about the 100th birthday of John F Kennedy


Stamp:
500 years Reformation (issued 13-04-2017)
with a special postmark from the German Evangelical Church Assembly


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

France: Lascaux Cave

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from France, one from China and one from Belgium.

The card from France shows the paintings from the Lascaux Cave. The Lascaux Cave is located in the Vézère Valley in the department of Dordogne. The cave's walls are covered with paintings of large animals, which date back 17000 years and are the combined effort of many generations. It was discovered in 1940. As one of the Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley is the Lascaux Cave since 1979 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
EUROPA (issued 16-05-2017)
Insects (from set of four) (issued 22-05-2017)


Thank You very much Patrick!

Belgium: Gaasbeek Castle

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from Belgium, one from France and one from China.

The card from Belgium shows Gaasbeek Castle. Gaasbeek Castle was built in the 13th century and was inhabited by various noble families. Today it houses a museum.


With a great matching stamp:
EUROPA (issued 10-06-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark
The sand castle on the stamp is based on real Belgian castles including Gaasbeek Castle. As extra the stamp also has sand texture.


Thank You very much Gerda!

China: International Meet-up in Ningbo

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from China, one from Belgium and one from France.

The card from China was printed for the International Meet-up in Ningbo. After the first International Meet-up was held in Singapore and Wuxi on 15th January 2017, a second International Meet-up was held on 7th May in Ningbo and Chennai in India. 

Does anybody still have a card signed in Chennai? I would be happy to swap for one!


The card was signed during the meet-up
Stamp:
Special-use Stamp for Greeting Cards (from set of four) (issued 08-08-2013)


Thank You very much Yao!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Stamps of Ireland

On Tuesday I got my order from An Post, which included some Irish stamps about World War I.

During World War I Ireland was a part of the United Kingdom, but during the war the discontentment with the British rule rose and during the Easter Rising in 1916 even an independent Irish Republic was proclaimed, which was quelled shortly after. Of the 200000 Irishmen who fought during the war around 50000 died. In 1922 the Irish Free State was created.

The RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner. As consequence of the unrestricted submarine warfare of the German Empire during World War I the ship was sunken on 7th May 1915. 1198 passengers died including 128 citizens of the USA. The sinking caused a storm of protest in the United States and helped shift public opinion in the United States against the German Empire. Afterwards the submarine warfare was discontinued until 1917.

Centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania (issued 07-05-2015)


The Battle of the Somme was fought from the 1st July until the 18th November 1916 between the German Empire and the Triple Entente countries France and the United Kingdom. The battle started with a large-scale offensive of the Triple Entente and ended without an achievement. It was the fiercest battle of the World War I. 

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme (issued 23-06-2016)


The Battle of Messines Ridge was fought on the Western Front near the village of Messines in West Flanders in June 1917. The battle resulted in a British victory and the recapturing of the Messines Ridge. During the battle Irish soldiers, supporting and opposing the ideas of the Easter Rising, fought together. 

Centenary of the Battle of Messines Ridge (issued 08-06-2017)


Another stamp set I bought for my collection is this:

Emoji (issued 16-03-2017)


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Åland Islands' Postcrossing Postmark

On Tuesday I got a special postcard from the Åland Islands.

I bought this card some time ago online, recently sent it back to them and now received it again with a special postmark.


With a nice stamp:
EUROPA/Year of the Monkey (issued 08-05-2015)
with a special postmark about the Postcrossing Meet-up on the Åland Islands



Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Germany: Zoological Garden of Halle

On Monday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them is from the Zoological Garden of Halle. The Zoological Garden of Halle was founded in 1901. It is one of the smaller zoos. The zoo is located on a small mountain and is thus also known as Bergzoo (Mountain Zoo). Due to its location the zoo specialises in animals from the mountains. Since the 1980s more importance is placed on species-appropriate husbandry.


The postcard was signed during the Postcrossing Meet-up in Halle.
Stamp:
Lighthouses (from set of two) (issued 08-06-2017)


Thank You very much Thomas!

Germany: Castle Tower in Düsseldorf

On Monday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Castle Tower (on the right) in Düsseldorf. The Castle Tower is the only surviving part of the Düsseldorf Castle. Since 1984 it houses a maritime museum. 


Stamp:
100th birthday of Heinz Sielmann (issued 08-06-2017)


Thank You very much Marcel!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Germany: Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial

On Friday I visited the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial and there I bought some cards for my collection. 

The Dora Concentration Camp was established near Nordhausen in late summer 1943 as a subcamp of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The camp was founded as safe production place of Nazi Germany's V-1 and V-2 weapons, after the facilities at Peenemünde had been destroyed. Thousands of forced labourers from different countries produced the weapons and also constructed the shanties for the camp, which was still under construction. In summer 1944 it became an independent concentration camp and was renamed to Mittelbau. It was the last independent concentration camp founded by the Nazis, at a time when the war was actually already lost. The US Army liberated the camp on 11th April 1945, but the SS was earlier able to evacuate most of the prisoners. Around 20000 prisoners lost their lifes at the camp. In 1964 the East German government opened a memorial at the site, which developed into an extensive memorial complex after the Reunification.

The Crematorium is the only surviving aboveground building at the memorial complex. In the early days of the memorial it was used as museum, but later it was arranged to resemble the original state.


The Shaft is the most striking feature of the memorial complex and was the main reason to establish the camp at this place, as it was considered to be bombproof. Actually constructed as munitions dump in the 1930s, it became the place of the weapon production and first also the place were the prisoners lived. In 1947 the Soviets tried to destroy the shaft, but a detonation failed and only the entrance was destroyed. Between 1988 and 1991 a new entrance was built to make the shaft accessible for the public.



In 2005 a new museum was built at the memorial complex, which houses since 2006 a permanent exhibition about the concentration camp.



Sunday, 11 June 2017

Turkey: Galata Tower

On Friday I got a postcard from Turkey.

It shows the Galata Tower in Istanbul. The Galata Tower was built in 1348 by the Genoese. According to the legend an Ottoman engineer flew from the top of the tower across the Bosporus with artificial wings in the 17th century. Today the tower houses a restaurant and offers a magnificent view of Istanbul.


The card was signed during the Postcrossing Meet-up in Istanbul.
Stamp:
EUROPA (from set of two) (issued 09-05-2017)


Thank You very much Taylan!

cover from Italy

On Friday I got not only a postcard but also a cover from Italy.

Stamps:
Women in Art (from set of seven) (issued 02-01-2002)
Teatro del Popolo in Castelfiorentino (issued 19-05-2017)
with a special postmark about the Festival Panafricano in Turin


Inside were three ad cards about the EXPO 2015.




Thank You very much Renato!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Germany: Sprengel Museum in Hanover

On Thursday I visited the Sprengel Museum in Hanover. 

The Sprengel Museum is named after Bernhard Sprengel, a German chocolate manufacturer, who donated his collection of modern art to the city of Hanover in 1969. The museum opened in 1979. Beside the collection of Sprengel it also houses the collection of modern art of Lower Saxony and Hanover and today it shows one of the most important modern art collections in Germany, which includes artworks by artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso or Marc Chagall. 





The museum is home to the largest collection of artworks by Kurt Schwitters, one of the most important German artists of the 1920s. The collection includes a reconstruction of Schwitters' Merzbau. Since 1994 the museum also houses the Kurt Schwitters Archive, which records the life of work of Kurt Schwitters.