Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Burkina Faso: Ruins of Loropéni

On Friday I got two postcards: one from Burkina Faso and one from Canada.

The card from Burkina Faso shows the Ruins of Loropéni. The Ruins of Loropéni are an archaeological site in southern Burkina Faso. It includes an array of stone walls dating back at least thousand years. The settlement prospered especially between the 14th and 17th century from the trans-Saharan gold trade, but much mystery still surrounds the site and large parts still have to be excavated. In 2009 the Ruins of Loropéni became Burkina Faso's first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With a matching stamp:
Traditional Wrestling (from set of four) (issued 17-03-2008)
Tourism - Gnassogoni Troglodyte Village (issued 17-12-2016)
Loropéni Ruins (from set of three) (issued 04-12-2009)

Thank You very much Mike for arranging this card for me!

Canada: Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal

On Friday I got two postcards: one from Canada and one from Burkina Faso.

The card from Canada shows the interior of the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. The Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal was built between 1824 and 1829. The interior of the church is amongst the most dramatic in the World and is regarded as a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. It is one of the most visited sights in North America.

With nice stamps:
Sweet Canada - Desserts (from set of five) (issued 17-04-2019)
Endangered Turtles (from set of two) (issued 23-05-2019)
Bears of Canada (from set of four) (issued 24-07-2019)
Beneficial Insects (from set of five) (issued 12-10-2007)

Thank You very much Jaan!

Gruffalo FDC from the United Kingdom

On Friday I got not only two postcards but also the British FDC I ordered online.

With great stamps:
20 years Gruffalo (souvenir sheet) (issued 10-10-2019)
with First Day Special Postmark

Inside was an information leaflet.

You can see the complete stamp set here.

Japan: Traditional House

On Thursday I got a postcard from Japan.

It shows an illustration of a traditional house.

Japanese Tradition and Culture (from set of twenty) (issued 02-10-2019)
with First Day Special Postmark

Thank You very much Keiko!

Austria: 150 years Postcard

Last Wednesday I got three postcards: two from Austria and one from Switzerland.

One of the cards from Austria is one of the postcards printed for the recent Postcrossing Meet-up in Vienna. The meet-up was held to celebrate the 150th birthday of the Postcard, which was introduced by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1869.

Austrian Heraldy (from set of fourteen) (issued 01-07-2018)
Personalised Stamp
with a special postmark about the 150th birthday of the Postcard

The other card is the official Austrian postal card for the anniversary.

Thank You very much Anita!

Switzerland: Beer

Last Wednesday I got three postcards: one from Switzerland and two from Austria.

The card from Switzerland shows an old advertising for Swiss Beer.

With matching stamps:
The Art of Brewing Beer (whole set) (issued 29-08-2019)
with First Day Special Postmark

Thank You very much Meike!

Germany: "Saxones" in Braunschweig

Last Wednesday I visited the new special exhibition "Saxones" at the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum. The exhibition was previously already shown at the Lower Saxony State Museum in Hanover and presents the most updated historic information about the Early Middle Ages in modern day Lower Saxony to the public at large. Just like already in Hanover, no postcards for the exhibition were printed. Luckily I still got a postcard of a brooch, of which many are shown in the exhibition, although I am not really sure if the depicted brooch is a Saxon one. 

Monday, 14 October 2019

South Korea: Year of the Dragon

On Tuesday I got three postcards: one from South Korea, one from the United Kingdom and one from the USA.

The card from South Korea is a maxicard about the Year of the Dragon. The stamp was issued on 1st December 2011 and glows in the dark.

70 years South Korean Air Force (issued 20-09-2019)
with First Day Special Postmark
State Visit of President Mohammad Zia-Ul-Haq of Pakistan (issued 06-05-1985)

Thank You very much Jeeyeon!

USA: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On Tuesday I got three postcards: one from the USA, one from South Korea and one from the United Kingdom.

The card from the USA shows the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in 1934 and is today the most visited national park in the USA. It is home to many endangered animal species including what is probably the greatest variety of salamanders in the World. Since 1983 it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

With nice stamps:
Grapes (issued 24-02-2017)
50 years Sesame Street (two from set of sixteen) (issued 22-06-2019)

Thank You very much Shelley!

United Kingdom: Cefn Coed Colliery Museum

On Tuesday I got three postcards: one from the United Kingdom, one from the USA and one from South Korea.

The card from the United Kingdom shows the Cefn Coed Colliery Museum in Wales. The Cefn Coed Colliery Museum is a mining museum in a former coal mine opened in the 1920s. It is an anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

With nice stamps:
British Cultural Traditions (from set of four) (issued 04-08-1976)
European Football Championship (from set of five) (issued 14-05-1996)
Marvel Comics (from set of ten) (issued 14-03-2019)
Queen's Head - Wales Version
Queen's Head

Thank You very much Anu!

Germany: "The Turn of the Eras 1400" in Hildesheim and Hanover

On Tuesday I was in Hildesheim and Hanover to see the new special exhibition "The Turn of Eras 1400", which is shown as cooperation between the Cathedral Museum in Hildesheim and the Lower Saxony State Museum in Hanover.

The exhibition part in Hildesheim presents artworks from around the year 1400 and places them in the context of a time characterized by radical changes with the aim to present Hildesheim's role as European metropolis of the early 15th century. 

The exhibition part in Hanover is centred on the Golden Board of Lüneburg, which was recently restored in the course of six years and which they describe as European masterpiece. In the exhibition this artwork is compared to other pieces of art from this time, of which many are loans from other international museums.

Sweden: Karlskrona

Last Saturday I got three postcards: one from Sweden, one from Italy and one from Portugal.

The card from Sweden shows the Citadel of Drottningskär in Karlskrona. Karlskrona is an outstanding example of a late 17th century European planned naval city. It was founded in 1680 by King Karl XI as new base for the fleet of Sweden, back then a major European power. The Naval Port of Karlskrona is since 1998 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

With a nice stamp:
EUROPA (from set of two) (issued 09-05-2019)

Thank You very much Doris!

Portugal: Côa Valley

Last Saturday I got three postcards: one from Portugal, one from Sweden and one from Italy.

The card from Portugal shows a prehistoric rock engraving in the Côa Valley. The prehistoric rock engravings in the Côa Valley were discovered in the 1990s. Hundreds of panels with thousands of animal figures were carved over several millenia representing the most remarkable open-air ensemble of Paleolithic art of the Iberian Peninsula. Since 1998 are the Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 2010 the rock art in Siega Verde in Spain was added to the site.

With a nice stamp:
Cultural Personalities (from set of three) (issued 12-07-2019)

Thank You very much Marta!

Italy: Crespi d'Adda

Last Saturday I got three postcards: one from Italy, one from Portugal and one from Sweden.

The card from Italy shows an aerial view of Crespi d'Adda. Crespi d'Adda is a village in Northern Italy. It was founded next to the cotton mill of Cristoforo Benigno Crespi and is an outstanding example of the 19th and early 20th century company towns built in Europa and North America by enlightened industrialists to meet the workers' needs. In addition to a clinic, a school building, a theatre, a cemetery, a wash-house and a church, it was also the first village in Italy to have modern public lighting. Since 1995 is Crespi d'Adda on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Italian City Squares (from set of eight) (issued 02-07-2016)

Thank You very much Chiara!

My Trip to Berlin

Last Saturday I was in Berlin, where I bought some cards for my collection.

The Futurium is a new museum about future technologies and the way we want to live in the future. It was just opened on 5th September 2019 and is a joint project of the German government together with various scientific and economic organisations. 

Konnopke's Imbiß is a snack stall in Prenzlauer Berg. It is known for the introduction of the Currywurst to East Berlin in 1960.

The Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Straße commemorates the division of Berlin by the Berlin Wall and the deaths that occurred there. It consists of various monuments and exhibitions.

The Chapel of Reconciliation is a part of the Berlin Wall Memorial. It is located on the site of the former Gothic revival Church of Reconciliation, which was located directly at the Berlin Wall and which was thus destroyed in 1985.

Another card I bought at the memorial promotes a journey to the Soviet Union, the country of the first cosmonauts.