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!

Finland: Snowqueen

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

The card from Finland shows Rudolf Koivu's illustration of the Snow Queen. Rudolf Koivu was born in 1890. He was a Finnish illustrator and is especially known for his illustrations of fairy tales. Koivu died in 1946. In his honor the Rudolf Koivu Prize is awarded biennially to Finnish illustrators of children's books since 1949.


With a great matching stamp:
Snow Queen (issued 03-11-2017)
with a special postmark from the Moomin Museum in Tampere


Thank You very much Laura!

Friday, 1 December 2017

China: Giant Panda at the Beijing Zoo

Last Friday I got two postcards from China.

One of them shows a Giant Panda at the Beijing Zoo. The Beijing Zoo was founded in 1906 and is thus one of the oldest zoos in China. With one of the largest animal collections in China it has also become a center of zoological research. The zoo is especially known for its collection of rare animals endemic to China. The Giant Pandas are among the most popular animals in the zoo.


Stamps:


Thank You very much Keiko!

China: Tiananmen

Last Friday I got two postcards from China.

One of them shows the Tiananmen in Beijing. The Tiananmen was first built during the Ming dynasty in 1420 as the entrance to the Imperial City. Since then it was destroyed and rebuilt several times. Today it is known as national symbol of China. 


Stamps:


Thank You very much Keiko!

cover from Italy

Last Friday I got not only two postcards but also two covers including one from Italy.

Stamp:
EUROPA (from set of two) (issued 09-05-2017)


Inside was a postcard from Slovenia.

It shows the Kobarid Museum. The Kobarid Museum is a museum about the World War I battles of the Isonzo and of Kobarid. It was opened in 1990 and got the Museum Prize of the Council of Europe in 1993.

The region around Kobarid was located near the Isonzo Front and was hard fought between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italy. After a long trench warfare the Battle of Kobarid, fought in October and November 1917, resulted in a victory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the collapse of the Italian Second Army. The battle is also known as the Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo, Battle of Caporetto (Italian name of Kobarid) or Battle of Karfreit (German name of Kobarid).


Thank You very much Cristina!

cover from Spain

Last Friday I got not only two postcards but also two covers including one from Spain.

Stamp:
EUROPA (issued 21-04-2017)
with a special postmark from the 71th Salon Philatélique d'Automne in Paris


Thank You very much William!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Austria: Eisenstadt

Last Thursday I got two postcards from Austria.

One of them shows various views of Eisenstadt. Eisenstadt is the capital of the Austrian State of Burgenland. With just around 15000 inhabitants it is the smallest Austrian state capital and the 41st largest city of Austria. Under the Hungarian noble family of Eszterházy it was an important cultural centre. During that time many expelled Jews from Vienna resettled in Eisenstadt, Joseph Haydn lived in the town and also Maria Theresa visited the Schloss Esterházy.


Stamps:
Definitive (from a set of nine) (issued 01-03-2015)
Personalised Stamp "Giant Pandas of Schönbrunn"


Thank You very much Anita!

Austria: Eggenberg Palace

Last Thursday I got two postcards from Austria.

One of them shows Eggenberg Palace in Graz. Eggenberg Palace is the largest and most important Baroque palaces in Styria and one of the most valuable cultural assets in Austria. It is used by the Universalmuseum Joanneum. Since 2010 is Eggenberg Palace on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Austrian Wine Regions - Central Burgenland (issued 16-07-2016)


Thank You very much Anita!

covers from Germany

Last Thursday I got not only two postcards but also two covers from Germany.

Stamp:
Climate Protection by Electromobility (issued 06-10-2016)
with a special postmark about the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn


Stamp:
500 years Reformation (issued 13-04-2017)
with a special postmark showing Lazarus Spengler and Georg Spalatin


Monaco: Fontvieille

Last Wednesday I got three postcards: one from Monaco, one from Germany and one from Andorra.

The card from Monaco shows Fontvieille. Fontvieille is a ward of Monaco. It is the southernmost part of Monaco and also one of the youngest. From the 1970s onwards it was constructed almost entirely on artificially reclaimed land to combat the chronic land shortage in the extremely densely populated principality. 


Stamps:
Mediterranean Flora and Fauna (from set of ten) (issued 01-01-2002)
Fondation Princesse Charlène de Monaco (from set of two) (issued 10-04-2017)


Thank You very much William!

Andorra: Vall d'Ordino

Last Wednesday I got three postcards: one from Andorra, one from Monaco and one from Germany.

The card from Andorra shows various views of the Vall d'Ordino.


Stamp:
EUROPA (issued 21-04-2017)
with a special postmark from Andorra la Vella


Thank You very much William!

Germany: Dormagen

Last Wednesday I got three postcards: one from Germany, one from Andorra and one from Monaco.

The card from Germany shows various views of Dormagen. Dormagen is a town in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia near Cologne and Düsseldorf.


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


Thank You very much Marcel!

Turkey: Side

Last Tuesday I got two postcards from Turkey.

They both show the ruins of Side. Side is an ancient Greek city on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey and one of the best-known classical sites in the country. Today it is a popular tourist destination.
My mum sent these cards to me when she recently visited Turkey.

The first card shows the ruins of the theatre complex. 


Stamp:
Antalya (from set of four) (issued 04-04-2017)


The second card shows the ruins of the Temple of Apollo.


Stamp:
Antalya (from set of four) (issued 04-04-2017)

Monday, 27 November 2017

Morocco: Hassan Tower in Rabat

Last Monday I got my first two postcards from Morocco.

The Kingdom of Morocco is a country in North Africa. In 1956 it became independent from France. Morocco claims the territory of Western Sahara, which was a Spanish protectorate until 1963. The internationally recognized territory of Morocco borders on Algeria and Western Sahara, which also borders on Mauretania. Mohammed VI is the current King of Morocco.

One of the cards shows the Hassan Tower in Rabat. Rabat became the capital of Morocco in 1912 and under French rule the city was rebuilt. Since then the city blends historic and modern features. Today it is the fifth largest city of the country. The Modern Capital and Historic City of Rabat is since 2012 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference (from set of two) (issued 07-11-2016)


Thank You very much Edgar!

Morocco: Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakesh

Last Monday I got my first two postcards from Morocco.

One of them shows the Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakesh. Marrakesh is one of Morocco's four former capitals and one of the largest cities in the country. It is also one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic centre and tourist destination. In November 2016 the city hosted the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The Jemaa el-Fna Square is one of the main cultural spaces in Marrakesh and has become a symbol of the city. It represents a unique concentration of popular Moroccan cultural traditions. The Medina of Marrakesh with the Jemaa el-Fna Square is since 1985 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Cultural space of the Jemaa el-Fna Square is since 2008 also an Intangible Heritage of the UNESCO.


Stamp:
2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference (from set of two) (issued 07-11-2016)


Thank You very much Edgar!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Reformation Jubilee 2017

On 31st October 2017 we celebrated an important jubilee in Germany, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. You can read more about the jubilee and the Reformation on my History Blog.

Luckily I found a set of three cards with Martin Luther's quotes just before the jubilee. On one of them I got a special postmark from Wittenberg.




On 31st October seven special postmarks were available which show the Luther Memorials on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Another special postmark was available in Jena.