Friday, 24 March 2017

New Zealand: Card for Kaikoura

On Wednesday I got three postcards: one from New Zealand and two from Germany.

The card from New Zealand was printed to support Kaikoura. Kaikoura is a town on the South Island. It is an important destination of the sustainable tourism, but in late 2016 the town's infrastructure was heavily damaged by an earthquake. 

Native Freshwater Fish (from set of five) (issued 01-03-2017)

Thank You very much Sharon!

Germany: Ordensburg Vogelsang

On Wednesday I got three postcards: two from Germany and one from New Zealand.

One of the cards from Germany shows the Ordensburg Vogelsang. The Ordensburg Vogelsang was built between 1934 and 1936 by the National Socialists. Until 1939 it was used as an educational centre for future leaders and after World War II it was used as training area by the Belgian military authorities. Since 2006 it is open to the public. The Ordensburg Vogelsang is one of the largest architectural relics of National Socialism.

Topography of Terror (issued 02-01-2017)

Thank You very much Marcel!

Germany: Staatsoper Hannover

On Wednesday I got three postcards: two from Germany and one from New Zealand.

One of the cards from Germany shows the Staatsoper Hannover. The Staatsoper Hannover was built between 1845 and 1852 in the Neoclassicist style. It is used as venue for operas, concerts and ballet performances. 
Hanover is since 2014 a UNESCO City of Music.
I sent this card to myself after I recently visited Hanover. 

1000 years Neunburg vorm Wald (issued 01-03-2017)

cover from France

On Wednesday I got not only three postcards but also a cover from France.

Writing Feathers (from set of six) (issued 07-11-2016)
Fête du Timbre (from set of two) (issued 08-10-2016)
Centenary of the Battle of the Somme (from set of two) (issued 04-07-2016)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Inside were three French First Day Covers.

Frédéric Bazille (issued 17-02-2017)

Anne Morgan (issued 24-02-2017)

Château du Pailly (issued 27-01-2017)

Thank You very much William!

My Trip to Bückeburg

On Wednesday I was in Bückeburg and there I bought some postcards for my collection.

Bückeburg is a small town in the German State of Lower Saxony. It was once the capital of the Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe. 

Bückeburg Palace was the residence of the Princes of Schaumburg-Lippe. The oldest parts of the palace were constructed in the 14th century and it was extended over the centuries. Today the palace is still inhabited, but parts are also open to visitors.

The Princely Riding School of Bückeburg is one of only a few royal riding schools in the World.

The Princely Mausoleum was built between 1911 and 1915. It is the World's largest private sepulchre still in use.

The Town Church of Bückeburg was built between 1611 and 1615. It is the main church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Schaumburg-Lippe.

The Museum Bückeburg was opened in 1905. It shows exhibits about the history of Bückeburg and the Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe. It also has a large collection of traditional costumes.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

USA: Ochopee Post Office

On Monday I got three postcards: one from the USA, one from South Korea and one from Brazil.

The card from the USA shows the Ochopee Post Office in the US State of Florida. The Ochopee Post Office is said to be the smallest post office in the USA. In 1953 the post office building of Ochopee was destroyed by a fire, but to keep up the mail service the post office moved to the irrigation pipe shed which still houses it today. Despite its small size it offers all post services. The post office is a popular destination for tourists and stamp collectors.

Penguins (issued 01-06-2015)
Skywriting (issued 07-01-2017)
Ray Charles (issued 23-09-2013)
with the special postmark of the Ochopee Post Office

Thank You very much Chrystal!

Brazil: São Luís

On Monday I got three postcards: one from Brazil, one from the USA and one from South Korea.

The card from Brazil shows a street in São Luís. São Luís was founded by the French in 1612, captured by the Portuguese in 1615, captured by the Dutch in 1641 and recaptured by the Portuguese in 1645. It has the largest and best preserved heritage of colonial Portuguese architecture in Latin America, which survived due to a period of economic stagnation in the early 20th century. Today it is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. The Historic Centre of São Luís is since 1997 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Professions (two from set of three) (issued 30-12-2005)
Musical Instruments (from set of ten) (issued 01-07-2002)
Missing Paintings by Candido Portinari (from set of five) (issued 26-05-2004)

Thank You very much Paulo!

South Korea: map

On Monday I got three postcards: one from South Korea, one from Brazil and one from the USA.

The card from South Korea shows a map of the Korean Peninsula.

With a great stamp:
Webtoons of Korea (from set of four) (issued 10-02-2017)
with a special postmark of the Cartoon Post Exhibition
Flag of South Korea (issued 06-03-2003)
Great Tit (issued 05-06-2006)
with a special postmark showing a Goral

Thank You very much Celine!

France: Abbey of Cluny

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from France and one from Thailand.

The card from France shows the Abbey of Cluny. The Abbey of Cluny was founded in 910. It was free from the local authorities and was only subject to the pope. The abbey was the spiritual and administrative centre of one of the largest monastic networks in European history and had an important influence on the Christian world of Western Europe throughout the Middle Ages. During the French Revolution the abbey was mostly destroyed. In 2014 the Abbey of Cluny got the European Heritage Label.

Astronomy (from set of twelve) (issued 03-10-2016)
Portrait Painting (from set of twelve) (issued 04-04-2016)

Thank You very much Marie-Chloé!

Thailand: Card from the Four Nations Stamp Exhibition

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from Thailand and one from France.

The card from Thailand shows a jetty.

On the backside are four postmarks from the Four Nations Stamp Exhibition.
66 years diplomatic relations with Indonesia (from set of two) (issued 05-05-2016)
It is a joint issue with Indonesia.
King Bhumibol (from set of fourteen) (issued 10-10-2010)

Thank You very much Cherry!