Saturday, 30 June 2018

France: Annecy

Last Thursday I got a postcard from France.

It shows various views of Annecy. Annecy is the largest city of Haute-Savoie department in southeastern France. It is a popular tourist destination and was described as Pearl of French Alps and Venice of the Alps.


Stamp:
EUROPA (issued 18-05-2018)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Annecy


Thank You very much William!

covers from San Marino

Last Thursday I got not only a postcard but also two covers from San Marino.

Stamps:
EUROPA (whole set) (issued 13-03-2018)
with a special postmark from the Philex stamp exhibition in Paris


Stamps:
EUROPA (whole set) (issued 07-03-2017)


Thank You very much William!

covers from Monaco

Last Wednesday I got three covers from Monaco. The covers were sent during the Philex stamp exhibition in Paris.

Stamp:
EUROPA (issued 03-05-2018)


Stamps:
Mediterranean Flora and Fauna (two from set of ten) (issued 01-01-2002)
sepac (issued 07-06-2018)
with First Day Special Postmark


Stamp:
50 years NASA (issued 10-03-2008)


Thank You very much William!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Germany: Dechen Cave in Iserlohn

Last Tuesday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Dechen Cave in Iserlohn. The Dechen Cave was discovered by two railway workers in 1868 and is today one of the most visited show caves in Germany. As the cave was discovered by railway workers, it was owned by the railway for more than hundred years and even got its own train station. The German Cave Museum was opened next to it in 2006.
I got this card a few weeks ago in a cover.


Stamp:
Water Lily (issued 11-05-2017)
with a special postmark about the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Dechen Cave


To commemorate the discovery anniversary a prepaid cover was also issued.


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

Germany: Worms Cathedral

Last Tuesday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Worms Cathedral. The Worms Cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th century. It is an important Romanesque building and the smallest of the three Rhenish Imperial Cathedrals. The cathedral is associated with some great events of the European history including the Concordat of Worms which ended the Investiture controversy in 1122 and the Diet of Worms in 1521, during which Martin Luther was condemned as a heretic. Until its extinction in 1800 it was the seat of the Catholic Prince-Bishopric of Worms.
I got this card a few weeks ago in a cover.


With a matching stamp:
Millinary of the Consecration of the Worms Cathedral (issued 07-06-2018)
with a special postmark showing the ground floor of the Worms Cathedral


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

cover from Germany

Last Tuesday I got not only two postcards but also a cover from Germany. It is prepaid and was issued to commemorate the 525th birthday of Anton Fugger. I used it to get a special postmark from Augsburg.


Stamp Order from Macao

Last Tuesday I got my stamp order from Macao.

Among others I bought a stamp set about the Year of the Rooster, which was issued on 5th January 2017.


I also bought a set of maxicards about Mulan. The stamps were issued on 8th April 2016.



You can see the other stamps I bought on my stamp blog.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

France: Grenoble

Last Monday I got a postcard from France.

It shows an aerial view of Grenoble. Grenoble is the capital of the department of Isère. It is the largest city in the Alps and an important European scientific centre. In 1968 it hosted the Olympic Winter Games.


Stamps:
Marianne 0,05€, 0,10€
Palais de l'Élysée (issued 11-06-2018)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Grenoble


Thank You very much William!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Åland: Postcrossing Meet-up in Mariehamn

Last Saturday I got three postcards: one from the Åland Islands and two from Germany.

The card from the Åland Islands was printed for the Postcrossing Meet-up in Mariehamn. 


The card was signed during the meet-up.
With a matching stamp:
Personalised Stamp "Postcrossing"
with a special Postcrossing postmark



Thank You very much Jarno!

Germany: History of Rostock

Last Saturday I got three postcards: two from Germany and one from the Åland Islands.

One of the cards from Germany is the Chronicle card of Rostock. Rostock was first mentioned in 1161 and in 1218 it got the town privileges. In 1259 it was a founding member of the Hanseatic League. In the following centuries the city flourished and in 1419 the university was founded, but from than on its importance declined. In 1573 it was forced to accept the sovereignty of the Dukes of Mecklenburg. Although the Thirty Years' War marked another setback, the city still owned a large Baltic Sea fleet, which numbered 378 ships in 1870. During the Second World War the city was badly damaged and after the war the city became the largest port, the most important shipbuilding place and a district capital in the German Democratic Republic. Since 1990 it is a part of the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
I got this card a few weeks ago in a cover.


With a matching stamp:
800 years Rostock (issued 07-06-2018)
with a matching special postmark


Thank You very much Karl-Heinz for sending me the card in an envelope!

Germany: Holsten Gate in Lübeck

Last Saturday I got three postcards: two from Germany and one from the Åland Islands.

One of the cards from Germany shows the Holsten Gate in Lübeck. The Holsten Gate is one of only two preserved city gates of Lübeck's medieval city fortifications. It was built in the style of the Brick Gothic in 1464. Today is the Holsten Gate a symbol of Lübeck and houses a museum about Lübeck's history.


Stamp:
Water Lily (issued 11-05-2017)
with a special postmark about the 875th founding anniversary of Lübeck


covers from Romania

Last Saturday I got not only three postcards but also two covers from Romania.

Stamps:
EUROPA (whole set) (issued 12-04-2017)


Stamps:
EUROPA (whole set) (issued 16-04-2018)


Thank You very much William!

covers from Germany

Last Saturday I got not only three postcards but also three covers from Germany.

Stamp:
Treasures of German Museums (issued 07-06-2018)
with First Day Special Postmark


Stamps:
Lighthouses (whole set) (issued 07-06-2018)
with First Day Special Postmark


Stamp:
300th birthday of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (issued 12-10-2017)
with a special postmark about the 250th death anniversary of Winckelmann


Thursday, 21 June 2018

Hong Kong: Winston Churchill

On Friday I got two postcards: one from Hong Kong and one from France.

The card from Hong Kong shows Winston Churchill.


With a nice stamp:
Inclusive Communication (from set of six) (issued 07-06-2018)
On the stamp "Thank You" is written in Braille.
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Joe!

France: Paris

On Friday I got two postcards: one from France and one from Hong Kong.

The card from France shows an illustration of Paris.


With a nice stamp:
Marianne 0,10€
with a special postmark of the Philex stamp exhibition
The Birds of Our Gardens (from set of four) (issued 11-06-2018)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much William!

cover from Andorra

On Friday I got not only two postcards but also a cover from Andorra.

Stamp:
Summer Solstice Fire Festivals in the Pyrenees (issued 08-06-2018)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much William!

Monday, 18 June 2018

Azores: Angra do Heroísmo with Postcrossing Postmark

On Thursday I got a postcard from the Azores, a postcard from France, three maxicards from Thailand which were fixed together by tape and two postcards from Belgium.

The card from the Azores shows the Igreja da Misericórdia in Angra do Heroísmo. The Igreja da Misericórdia was built between 1728 and 1746. As part of the Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroísmo is the church since 1983 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The card was signed during the Postcrossing Meet-up in Angra do Heroísmo.
Stamp:
EUROPA (from set of two) (issued 09-05-2018)
with a special Postcrossing postmark



Thank You very much Paula!

Belgium: Royal Museum for Central Africa

On Thursday I got two postcards from Belgium, a postcard from the Azores, a postcard from France and three maxicards from Thailand which were fixed together by tape.

One of the cards from Belgium shows the Royal Museum for Central Africa. The Royal Museum for Central Africa was established to showcase King Leopold II's Congo Free State in the 1897 World Exhibition. Actually intended as a colonial museum, from 1960 onwards it has more focused on ethnography and anthropology. Currently the museum is closed for renovations and when it will be reopened, its new name will be AfricaMuseum.


With a matching stamp:
AfricaMuseum (from set of five) (issued 09-06-2018)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Gerda!

Belgium: Pont des Trous in Tournai

On Thursday I got two postcards from Belgium, a postcard from the Azores, a postcard from France and three maxicards from Thailand which were fixed together by tape.

One of the cards from Belgium shows the Pont des Trous in Tournai. The Pont des Trous was built in the late 12th century and is one of the last military river bridges in the World.


With a matching stamp:
EUROPA (from set of two) (issued 09-06-2018)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Gerda!

Thailand: Maxicards

On Thursday I got three maxicards from Thailand which were fixed together by tape, two postcards from Belgium, a postcard from the Azores and a postcard from France.

The first maxicard from Thailand is about the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations with Romania. On the card is the complete matching set that was issued on 31st May 2018.


The second maxicard is about the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations with Turkey. On the card is the complete matching set that was issued on 12th May 2018.


The third maxicard is about Vesak Day. The stamp is from a set of four and was issued on 22nd May 2018.


Stamps:
Vesak Day (whole set) (issued 22-05-2018)
New Year (from set of four) (issued 15-11-2017)


Thank You very much Cherry!

France: Chambéry

On Thursday I got a postcard from France, three maxicards from Thailand which were fixed together by tape, two cards from Belgium and a postcard from the Azores.

The card from France shows Chambéry. Chambéry is a city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the traditional capital of the Savoy region and the residence of the House of Savoy, which became the ruling dynasty of Italy in 1861. The city often changed hands between France and the Duchy of Savoy, but was finally annexed by France in 1860 due to a political agreement with Savoy that began the final steps in the process of unification of Italy. Today it is the capital of the department of Savoie. In 2006 it was the Alpine Town of the Year.


With nice stamps:
Marianne 0,10€
The Birds of Our Gardens (from set of four) (issued 11-06-2018)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Chambéry


Thank You very much William!