Friday, 24 February 2017

Norfolk Island: Kingston

On Tuesday I got three postcards: my first card from Norfolk Island, one from New Zealand and one from South Korea.

Norfolk Island is an island in the Pacific Ocean. It is one of Australia's external territories. In 1979 the island was granted limited self-government by Australia, but in 2015 the autonomy was reduced again. 

The card shows the Kingston. Kingston is the capital of Norfolk Island. It was founded in 1788 as second oldest town in Australia and was used as convict settlement until 1855. As one of the Australian Convict Sites is the Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area since 2010 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The card is prepaid and another stamp was added:
Fish of the Reef (from set of eight) (issued 21-06-2010)


Thank You very much Norma!

South Korea: Korean Cuisine

On Tuesday I got three postcards: one from South Korea, my first card from Norfolk Island and one from New Zealand.

The card from South Korea shows Bajirak Kalguksu, a popular Korean noodle dish. The Korean Cuisine is largely based on rice, vegetables and meats. It evolved over centuries through a complex interaction of the natural environment and different cultural trends.


With great stamps:
Year of the Tiger (issued 01-12-2009)
Year of the Dragon (issued 01-12-2011)
Both stamps glow in the dark.


Thank You very much Jiwon!

New Zealand: Carter Observatory in Wellington

On Tuesday I got three postcards: one from New Zealand, one from South Korea and my first card from Norfolk Island.

The card from New Zealand shows the Carter Observatory in Wellington. The Carter Observatory was built between 1937 and 1941. It was a base for the astronomical research in New Zealand and became the country's National Observatory in 1977. Today it is used by the Wellington Museum Trust to educate the public about the space.


With nice stamps:
Performing Arts (from set of six) (issued 14-01-1998)
Southern Lights (from set of six) (issued 08-02-2017)


Thank You very much Sharon!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Germany: Saint Andrew's Church and the Luther Memorial in Eisleben

On Monday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Saint Andrew's Church and the Luther Memorial in Eisleben. Martin Luther was born in Eisleben in 1483 and also died there in 1546. The Saint Andrew's Church is a late Gothic hall church. In 1546 Martin Luther gave his last four sermons in the church. It seeks for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Luther Memorial was erected in 1883. 

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation a group of Postcrossers organises a series of Meet-ups at important places in Martin Luther's life. The first of four was held last week in Eisleben.


The card was signed during the Meet-up.
Stamp:
Saxon Switzerland (issued 02-06-2016)


Thank You very much Thomas!

Germany: Ruins of Hersfeld Abbey

On Monday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the church ruins of Hersfeld Abbey. Hersfeld Abbey was an important Benedictine imperial abbey founded in the 8th century. In 1523 Martin Luther gave a sermon at the abbey. The abbey church was one of the largest Romasque churches north of the Alps, but was destroyed during the Seven Years' War. Today it is the largest Romanesque church ruin in the World.


Stamp:
Dresden (from set of two) (issued 03-04-2014)


Thank You very much Jennifer!

Germany: Theodor Fontane Memorial in Neuruppin

On Monday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Theodor Fontane Memorial in Neuruppin. Neuruppin is a town in the German State of Brandenburg. After a devastating fire in 1787 the town was rebuilt in the Neoclassical style. It is known as the most Prussian of all Prussian towns. In 1819 the famous German novelist Theodor Fontane was born in Neuruppin and in 1907 the Theodor Fontane Memorial was unveiled.


Unfortunately the stamp got lost.


Thank You very much Jule!

Germany: Lanxess Arena in Cologne

On Monday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. The Lanxess Arena is an indoor arena. It was opened in 1998 and is used for ice hockey, handball, basketball and concerts. It is the largest ice hockey arena outside of North America.


Stamp:
25 years 112 as emergency telephone number in Europe (issued 11-02-2016)


Thank You very much Marcel!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Belgium: Gaston

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from Belgium and one from Germany.

The card from Belgium shows Gaston. Gaston is a Belgian comic character created by André Franquin. He first appeared in the comic magazine Spirou in 1957 and is since then very popular in large parts of Europe. His adventures were translated in over a dozen languages.


With a matching stamp:
60 years Gaston (from set of five) (issued 28-01-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Gerda!

Germany: Güstrow Palace

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from Belgium.

The card from Germany shows Güstrow Palace. Güstrow Palace was built from 1558 onwards and is one of the most important Renaissance style buildings in northern Germany. It was the residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Güstrow and now is one of the locations of the State Museum Schwerin.


Stamp:
Saxon Switzerland (issued 02-06-2016)


Thank You very much Ann-Kathrin!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Germany: Town Musicians of Bremen

On Friday I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Town Musicians of Bremen. The Towns Musicians of Bremen is a European fairy tale about four animals on their way to Bremen, where they want to become town musicians. It was published for the first time in 1819 by the Brothers Grimm.
I got this card a few weeks ago in a cover.

You can read the whole story of the four animals on my stamp blog. ^___^


With a matching stamp:
Town Musicians of Bremen (from set of three) (issued 09-02-2017)
with First Day Special Postmark


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

On Friday I also got three covers with other First Day Special Postmarks.