Friday, May 15, 2009

Ethiopia and Lesotho and More

Wouldn't you know it ? I have been collecting postcards for about 3 years now and only very recently received a single card from Lesotho and Ethiopia. Lo and behold, today I receive a second card from each country. The card from Ethiopia shows a woven bamboo tukul. The card was sent by Anna T , a PCV working and living there. She has a blog online called Anna in Ethiopia at www.anniopia.blogspot.com . Thanks Anna. The nice bird stamp is from a set of 23 issued in 1998 . This one shows the Golden-Backed Woodpecker.

My Lesotho card shows a number of views of village life in Lesotho. This card is also from a PCV . Jackie T sent it along. She used 2 stamps issued 1998 featuring flowers, from a set of 16. Thanks Jacki.

Now for a card from Paris, France. It shows Les Invalides. This is a complex of buildings containing museums and monuments, all related to the military history of France. Also located here is a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans. Notable at Les Invalides is the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The card was sent by Alice, another Postcrosser. She used a very nice aviation/aircraft themed stamp from 2008. It is 1 of a set of 2 , a joint issue with Israel. It commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first flight between Israel and France on June 9, 1948. The 2 stamps are a beautiful set and I would certainly love to add the other one to my collection, even used. So come on my readers from France, what can you do for me?

Cheema from Pakistan sent the next card. He has a blog at www.mycoolcovercollection.blogspot.com . The card shows Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. It is the largest mosque in Pakistan and the fourth largest in the world. Cheema used a number of different stamps . The one on the left is from 2005 and is 1 of a set of 10 Mushroom stamps. The stamp on the top right is from 1994 , 1of a set of 12 featuring Mohammed Ali Jinnah and the final stamp was issued 2004 for the 9th SAF Games , held in Islamabad. Thanks Cheema for this.

Eric C of Lyon sent the next card. It shows the City of Lyon, his hometown. In the foreground is the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the greatest Renaissance town-center in Europe. thanks Eric for this card.

And finally a card from Aberdeen, Scotland. Aberdeen has been around for about 8000 years and is Scotland's third most populous city. Debbie sent this old time view of Aberdeen.

That's about it for today. I have finally caught up with the cards that arrived while I was out to Newfoundland along with those that arrived this week. The only things left are the 4 or 5 covers that arrived during that time. I don't usually show the covers I receive , as this is a postcard blog, but every now and then a few sneak in. So tune in over the weekend for those. I won't get any new mail until Tuesday as this is a long holiday weekend here in Canada. It is the Victoria Day weekend, with Victoria Day happening on Monday the 18th. We are celebrating the birthday of the current Canadian Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. However, the date does not change with the change of monarch, instead it is set on the birthday of Queen Victoria, the Canadian Monarch at the time of Canadian Confederation and establishment of dominion status 1867. Ok, Ok , I know, enough about Canadian history.

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