Saturday, December 11, 2010

Forth Rail Bridge, Hong Kong at Night, Ephesus and The Acropolis

I have four cards for today, to end off the week. They come from Scotland, Hong Kong , and Greece. One of the two cards posted from Greece is actually a Turkish card.

The first card for today is from Scotland. Sent by David , it shows a superb view of Forth Rail Bridge. This bridge is a cantilever bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland. It connects Edinburgh with Fife. It was opened on 04 March 1890. It is 2,528.7 m long. David used 2 Machin definitives from 2010 and 1 of the 2010 Christmas stamps.

Card number 2 shows us the lights and skyline of Hong Kong at night. It certainly looks like a lively place. A Postcrosser named Sandy sent this card along. She used 3 nice stamps, including a 2006 definitive , from a set of 16 featuring birds. The other 2 were issued in 2010. The middle stamp is from a set of 4 showing Hong Kong through the eyes of a child and the one on the right is 1 of 6 celebrating Railways centenary. It seems that many countries are issuing train stamps this year.

Cards 3 and 4 are both compliments of my brother Dale. The one showing the front portion of the Celsius Library , he picked up in Ephesus, Turkey.The Library was built between AD110 and Ad 135. The ruins in Ephesus is one of the greatest archaeological sites. Ephesus is located near the present day Selcuk, Turkey and at one time was a main center of Christianity. Both St. Paul and the Apostle John lived in the city.
This card was posted from Greece, hence the Greek stamp. It is a 2010 issue, 1 of 4 issued for the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon.

The final card shows The Parthenon sitting atop the Acropolis. The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock that rises 150m above sea level in the city of Athens. It was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. This card is a prepaid card, with just an imprint on the back . It is also a maxi card with a similar stamp to the card , on the front. The stamp is from a 2009 set of 6 World Heritage sites issue.
That's it for today, and this week. Thanks to David, Sandy and Dale for their cards.
Take care.

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