Thursday, 20 September 2018

My Trip to Leipzig

Last weekend I was in Leipzig and there I bought some cards for my collection.

The Schumann House was built in 1838. During their first four years of marriage between 1840 and 1844 Clara and Robert Schumann lived in this house. Since 1995 it houses a museum about its famous inhabitants. As one of Leipzig's Musical Heritage Sites it got the European Heritage Label in 2017.

The Mendelssohn House is the only surviving private residence of the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. He lived in the house between 1845 and his death in 1847. A museum was opened in the house in 1997. As one of Leipzig's Musical Heritage Sites it got the European Heritage Label in 2017.

The Bach Museum was opened in 1985. It is housed in the Bose House, that is located near Bach's former residence in Leipzig and that was owned by a friend of Bach. The house is also home to the Bach Archive. As one of Leipzig's Musical Heritage Sites it got the European Heritage Label in 2017.

The University of Music and Theatre Leipzig was founded by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy as Conservatory of Music in 1843. It is the oldest higher music school in Germany. As one of Leipzig's Musical Heritage Sites it got the European Heritage Label in 2017.

The Leipzig Zoological Garden was first opened in 1878. Today it is considered to be one of the best and most biodiverse zoos in Europe and the best zoo in Germany. In recent years some big projects were carried out in the zoo. The most famous is probably the Gondwanaland, the World's second largest indoor rainforest.

The Imperial Court of Justice was the supreme criminal and civil court in the German Empire from 1879 to 1945. Its former building, that was constructed between 1888 and 1895, now houses the Federal Administrative Court.

The Russian Memorial Church was built between 1912 and 1913 to honour the fallen Russian soldiers of the Battle of the Nations.

The Leipzig Main Station is the central railway terminus in Leipzig. When it was opened in 1915, it was one of the largest train stations in the World. Still today it is the largest terminus in Europe.

The Leipzig Bavarian Station was opened in 1842 as terminus of the railway line between Leipzig and Hof in Bavaria. It is one of the oldest surviving train stations in Germany.

The Red Bull Arena is the largest football stadium in Saxony and the second largest in East Germany. It was one of the venues of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

At the Monument to the Battle of the Nations I also bought two cards showing a map of the battle and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Germany: Post Tower Postcrossing Meet-up in Bonn

On Saturday I got a postcard from Germany.

It is the official card of the Postcrossing Meet-up and Instawalk that was held last Friday at the Post Tower in Bonn. The Post Tower is the headquarter of the Deutsche Post DHL. It is 162,5m high and thus the highest building in North Rhine-Westphalia and the highest German skyscraper outside of Frankfurt am Main.

The card was signed during the meet-up.
Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (from set of two) (issued 12-07-2018)

Thank You very much Almuth!

Germany: Hall of the Century in Bochum

Last Wednesday I got a postcard from Germany.

It shows the Hall of the Century in Bochum. The Hall of the Century was built in 1902 for an industry and trade fair in Düsseldorf and was later dismantled and moved to Bochum, where it was used as gas and power station of a steel mill. After the mill closed, the hall was used as event location. 

Lighthouse (from set of two) (issued 07-06-2018)

Thank You very much Marcel!

Monday, 17 September 2018

USA: New York City with Scooby-Doo Stamps

On Tuesday I got a postcard from the USA.

It shows an aerial view of New York City at night.

With great stamps:
Scooby-Doo! (issued 14-07-2018)
with First Day Special Postmark

Thank You very much Yue!

Estonia: Fat Margaret Tower in Tallinn

Last Saturday I got two postcards: one from Estonia and one from Spain.

The card from Estonia shows the Fat Margaret Tower in Tallinn. The Fat Margaret Tower is a part of Tallinn's medieval city fortification. Today it houses the Estonian Martime Museum.

With a nice matching stamp:
My Gift to Estonia - Children’s Drawing Competition (from set of three) (issued 01-09-2018)
with First Day Special Postmark

Thank You very much Jaan!

Spain: Sunset over Barcelona

Last Saturday I got two postcards: one from Spain and one from Estonia.

The card from Spain shows a sunset over Barcelona.

King Felipe VI (from set of six) (issued 02-01-2016)
National Stamp Design Contest (from set of two) (issued 05-02-2018)
Museums (from set of three) (issued 26-03-2018)
with a great special postmark showing the Casa Milà

Thank You very much William!

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Belgium: La Boverie in Liège

Last Friday I got two postcards from Belgium.

One of them shows La Boverie. La Boverie is an art museum in Liège. It was opened in 2016 and is housed in the former Palais des beaux-arts, which was built for the World's Fair in 1905. 

Belgium from Above (from set of five) (issued 15-09-2016)

Thank You very much Gerda!

Belgium: Liège

Last Friday I got two postcards from Belgium.

One of them shows Liège. Liège is the capital of the Belgian Province of Liège and is located near the borders with Germany and the Netherlands. It is an important cultural centre of Wallonia and one of the largest cities of Belgium.

At the beginning of World War I Liège was protected by a strong ring fortress and thus made it an obstacle for the planned German invasion in France. The Battle of Liège, that began on the 5th August 1914, was the first bigger battle of the war. Although the city was completely captured by the Germans on 16th August, the Belgian resistance in Liège delayed the German plans by four to five days.

Centenary of World War I (from set of five) (issued 23-10-2017)

Thank You very much Gerda!

Friday, 14 September 2018

South Africa: Nelson Mandela

Last Thursday I got a postcard from South Africa.

It shows Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-Apartheid revolutionary and political leader. Before he was released by President Frederik Willem de Klerk in 1990, he had spent 27 years in prison. In 1994 he became South Africa's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election, which he stayed until 1999. Already in 1993 he and de Klerk got the Nobel Peace Prize. He is internationally known as a symbol of democracy and social justice. Nelson Mandela died in 2013.

With a great matching souvenir sheet:
Flora and Fauna (from set of thirty-three) (issued 01-11-2000)
100th birthday of Nelson Mandela (issued 18-07-2018)
It is a joint issue with Germany.

Also affixed to the card is an older stamp about Nelson Mandela that was issued for his inauguration on 10th May 1994.

Thank You very much Kyle!

Thailand: Rama X and other Maxicards

Last Wednesday I got five maxicards from Thailand which were fixed together by tape.

The first maxicard is about Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, known as Rama X. Vajiralongkorn was born in 1952 as second child and only son of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. After his father's death in 2016 he became the new King of Thailand. 
One stamp on the card is about the King's 66th birthday (issued 28-07-2018) and the other one is one of the twelve new definitive stamps (issued 28-07-2018).

The other maxicards are about the Football World Cup in Russia (issued 14-06-2018), the 135th anniversary of the Thai Postal Service (issued 04-08-2018) and the 60th anniversary of Metropolitan Electricity Authority (issued 01-08-2018).

Rama X (from set of twelve) (issued 28-07-2018)

Thank You very much Cherry!