Monday, July 27, 2020

Norway: Rjukan Church

Rjukan Church (Rjukan kirke) was constructed of natural stone with a tower at the entrance to the southwest. The church was consecrated on December 21, 1915. The church was designed by the architects Carl and Jørgen Berner with a cruciform architectural floorplan. The altar image came into place in April 1917 and was painted by Bernhard Folkestad. This site comes under Rjukan Notodden world Heritage complex.

Thanks to Doris. She has used 2014 stamp featuring Viking Ship. It is taken from set of three on Tourism 2014.

Belarus: Boreal Owl

The boreal owl (Aegolius funereus) is a small owl. In Europe, it is typically known as Tengmalm's owl after Swedish naturalist Peter Gustaf Tengmalm or, more seldomly, Richardson's owl after Sir John Richardson. Due to its shyness and evasive reaction to human activities, nocturnal habits and preferred inaccessible taiga forest habitat, it ranks as one of the, if not the, least known owls in both North America and Europe.

Postcard 1

Thanks to Ms Irina.
Postcard 2 

Thanks to Ms Henna of Finland. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Togo: Koutammakou

Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba is a cultural landscape designated in 2004 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Togo. The area features traditional mud tower-houses which remain the preferred style of living. The traditional mud houses are known as a national symbol of Togo.

Thanks to Mr Mike. My first postcard from Togo.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Oman: Postcrossing Meetup, Madha

Thanks one and all. On the card are two stamp from 2016, taken from set of 8, showing Sultan Qaboos Gand Mosque. On the left are two 50 baisa definitives. Nice blue colour ring cancellation.

Namibia: Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei (sometimes written Sossus Vlei) is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.

This is my first card from Namibia. Thanks to Ms Marita and Paul who were visiting this country. They have used 2018 stamp featuring Swainson's Spurfowl. This is taken from set of 5 on Francolins and Spurfowls of Namibia.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Seychelles: The Giant Tortoise, Aldabra Atoll

The Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea), from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, is one of the largest tortoises in the world. Primarily herbivores, Aldabra giant tortoises eat grasses, leaves, and woody plant stems. Some individual Aldabra giant tortoises are thought to be over 200 years of age.

Thanks to Ms Gert.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Turkey: Postcrossing Meetup

Tavşanlı is a town and district of Kütahya Province in the Aegean region of Turkey. Tavşanlı is a typical Aegean town where a government-owned coal mine company attracted thousands of settlers from surrounding cities and villages. The town is also famous for its notable number of jewellery shops and is also famous for popular snack called "leblebi" (roasted chick peas).

Thanks everyone. 

Zimbabwe: Postcrossing Meetup

Thanks to Mr Amber. He has used a bird stamp from set of 10, issued in 2005.

Denmark: The Genfundene Bridge.

The Genfundene bridge which layed hidden for 85 years was restored in 2014. It is a major tourist attraction in Horsen municipality. The bridge is 13.4 m in height, 50 meters long, built in 1899, was recovered and restored in 2014.

Thanks to Ms Hans. She has used 3, 10 Krone stamps featuring lighthouses from set of 5. These stamps were issued in 2019.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Germany: Schloss Sanssouci

Sanssouci was the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in Potsdam, near Berlin. The palace was designed/built by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff between 1745 and 1747 to fulfill King Frederick's need for a private residence. Sanssouci and its extensive gardens became a World Heritage Site in 1990.

Thanks to Mr Alex. He has used 2013 stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Rose Garden, Forst (Lausitz). The stamp on right is a definitive featuring Aster.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Estonia: Southern Estonia

Deep forests, a large national park, sleepy villages and adorable towns with historical churches and manors is what best characterises the southern Estonian vibe. Southern parts of Estonia are also a home to many traditional communities, such as Setos and Old Believers.

Thanks to Ms Sweatlana.

Japan:Tōdai-ji, Nara

Tōdai-ji is a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Japan. Though it was originally founded in the year 738 CE. Its Great Buddha Hall (大仏殿 Daibutsuden) houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as Daibutsu.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. He has used 2019 stamp on Flora.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Germany: Hamburg

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin. Hamburg lies on the River Elbe and two of its tributaries, the River Alster and the River Bille. The city is a major international and domestic tourist destination.

Thanks to Ms Petra. She has used a 2019 definitive from flower series.

Japan: Bamboo Groove

Bamboo Forest, or Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or Sagano Bamboo Forest, is a natural forest of bamboo in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan. The forest consists of several pathways for tourists and visitors.

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. He has used one stamp from 2019, mini sheet, on Tourism-My journey.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

USA: 50 Years of Moon Landing

July 20, 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission. 

Thanks to Ms Kimberly. She has used 2019 stamp on 50 years of Moon Landing. This is a official NASA card.

Netherlands: Postcrossing Meetup

Thanks one and all. They have used stamp issued in 2014 from Beautiful Netherlands - Ceramics from Harlingen and Makkum. It is taken from set of 2 Values. On the right is 2003 stamp, taken from a minisheet on Wadden Sea. The stamp features seals and a bird

Friday, November 8, 2019

Japan: Mount Fuiji

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige.

Postcard 1

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. He used a 84 sen stamp from 2019 featuring a flower from Flora and Fauna series. Japan post increased the  international rates from 82 sen to 84 sen from 1st Oct 2019.

Postcard 2

Thanks to Amar and Neetu. This was posted from the post office at the summit. 

Postcard 3

Thanks to my uncle K.Diwakar Pai who was visiting Japan. Nice Cancellations used.

Japan: Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikkō Tōshō-gu is a Tōshō-gū Shinto shrine located in Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.Together with Futarasan Shrine and Rinnō-ji, it forms the Shrines and Temples of Nikkō UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tōshō-gū is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was initially built in 1617.

Postcard 1: Nikkō Tōshō-gu Shrine

Postcard 2: Yomeimon Gate 

Thanks to Kyoto348.

Japan: Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing. Not only is it a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; it also expresses the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons. This building was designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel. On August 6, 1945, over 70,000 people were killed instantly, and another 70,000 suffered fatal injuries from the radiation. At 8:15 on August 6, 1945, Little Boy — the first atomic bomb to be used in war — detonated almost directly above the dome.

Postcard 1

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. Kiran has used a round stamp from sheet of 10 on Tourism- my journey series no 5, issued in 2019. This postcard of recycled paper cranes from peace monuments.

Postcard 2

Thanks to Ms Aj Nishizawa. She has used a matching stamp and a pictorial postmark depicting Kyoto temple.

Japan: Illustration

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya. Nice cancellation showing the big gate of Itsukushima shrine. He has used a 2018 stamp, from a set of 6, on International letter writing week.