Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Austria: Christkindl

On Wednesday I got a postcard from Austria.

It shows various views of Christkindl. Christkindl is a part of the town Steyr in the Austrian State of Upper Austria. It is World-famous for its Christmas post office, which was opened in 1950 and processes nearly 2million letters and postcards every year.


The card was signed during the Postcrossing Meet-up in Christkindl.
Stamps:
Definitive (from a set of nine) (issued 01-03-2015)
Personalised Stamp "Three Kings"
with a special postmark of the Christmas post office in Christkindl


Thank You very much Anita!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Germany: Wartburg Castle

On Tuesday I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from the Vatican.

The card from Germany shows the Wartburg Castle. The Wartburg Castle is located above the town of Eisenach in the German State of Thuringia. Described as the ideal castle and connected with various important events in German history, it was the place where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German. Since 1999 it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation a group of Postcrossers organised a series of Meet-ups at important places in Martin Luther's life. The last of four was held on Saturday in Eisenach. The postcards of the four Meet-ups form a big picture of Martin Luther, which you can see here.


The card was signed during the Meet-up.
With a matching stamp:
EUROPA (issued 11-05-2017)


Thank You very much Thomas!

Vatican: Christmas

On Tuesday I got two postcards: one from the Vatican and one from Germany.

The card from the Vatican shows a big Nativity Scene and Christmas Tree at Saint Peter's Square.


With a nice stamp:
500 years Reformation (issued 23-11-2017)


Thank You very much Raluca!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

India: Ahmadabad

On Saturday I got a postcard from India.

It shows the entrance of the Bhadra Fort in the Historic City of Ahmadabad, the walled city of Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad was founded in the 15th century as capital of the Gujarat Sultanate. It is known for its densely-packed traditional houses with characteristic features such as bird feeders, public wells and religious institutions. Today it is the fifth largest city of India and largest city of Gujarat, but lost the status of Gujarat's capital to Gandhinagar. The Historic City of Ahmadabad is since 2017 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Survey of India (from set of two) (issued 22-06-2017)


Thank You very much Shrish Deshpande!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

New Zealand: Strawberry Plant

On Friday I got a postcard from New Zealand.

It shows a strawberry plant. 


With related stamps:
Anniversaries (from set of six) (issued 07-02-1980)
Roses (from set of four) (issued 1979)
Grow Your Own (two from set of six) (issued 04-10-2017)
Two versions of these stamps were issued. One for domestic collectors with real seeds and this one for foreign collectors without seeds.


Thank You very much Sharon!

Monday, 4 December 2017

South Korea: Gwangju

On Thursday I got two postcards: one from South Korea and one from Germany.

The card from South Korea shows the Yangdong Market in Gwangju. Gwangju is the sixth largest city of South Korea and is especially known for its diverse cuisine.


Stamp:
Flag of South Korea (issued 06-03-2003)
Definitive (from set of three) (issued 01-04-2017)


Thank You very much Keiko!

Germany: Ingolstadt

On Thursday I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from South Korea.

The card from Germany is the Chronicle card of Ingolstadt. Ingolstadt is a big city in the German State of Bavaria. It was first mentioned in 806 and soon gained in importance due to its favourable situation. In 1472 Bavaria's first university was founded there, which became an important centre of the Counter-Reformation. In 1776 the Bavarian Illuminati were founded in Ingolstadt. Ingolstadt is a setting in the novel Frankenstein. Today it is an important industrial location. In 1989 became Ingolstadt a big city and is thus Germany's newest big city. Ingolstadt is also one of the fastest-growing cities in Germany, the fifth largest city in Bavaria and the second largest German city on the Danube.


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


Thank You very much Marcel!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

cover from Singapore

On Tuesday I got two covers including one from Singapore.

Stamps:
Productivity (from set of four) (issued 17-11-1982)
International Year of the Child (from set of four) (issued 10-11-1979)
Reef Life (from set of four) (issued 1997)
Myths and Legends (from set of eight) (issued 25-05-2016)


Inside were three maxicards.

The first one shows a Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore's national flower. The stamp was issued on 8th August 2017 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN. It is a joint issue with the other members of the ASEAN.


The second one was printed for the 150th anniversary of the first postage stamps of the Straits Settlements. The stamp was issued on 1st September 2017 and is from a set of five. It is a joint issue with Malaysia.


The last one shows an illustration of a typical morning in Singapore. The stamp was issued on 4th August 2017 and is from a set of six.


Thank You very much Kelvin!

cover from Germany

On Tuesday I got two covers including one from Germany.

Stamps:
Tulip (issued 08-09-2005)
600 years Council of Constance (issued 03-07-2014)
with a special postmark about the 600th anniversary of the election of Pope Martin V during the Council of Constance


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Poland: Kraków

Last Saturday I got two postcards: one from Poland and one from Finland.

The card from Poland shows the Main Square of Kraków. Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. It is an important academic, cultural and economic centre. In 1364 one of the oldest universities in the World was founded in Kraków and until 1569 it was the capital of the Kingdom of Poland. The Historic Centre of Kraków was in 1978 one of the first sites to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 2000 was Kraków the European Capital of Culture.


Stamp:
EUROPA (issued 05-05-2017)


Thank You very much Dominika!