Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Atomium and Quito and El Salvador

Hello again, Just a couple of cards to have a look at this time. One I received today and the other two many moons ago, long before this blog took shape.

The first card is from Belgium and was sent by Johan. You can see his blog here . His card shows The Atomium in Brussels. It was built for the 1958 World Fair. At 102 metres high, with its nine interconnected spheres, it represents an elementary ion crystal enlarged 165 billion times. It was supposed to be torn down after the 1958 Fair, but it was such a hit with the people, it remained and has become the most popular tourist attraction. Johan used a new 2011 stamp , 1 of a set of 3 featuring House of Authors.

Our Quito card shows the old city . It was selected as a UNESCO WHS in 1978. Quito is the capital of Ecuador and is located in the north central part of the country. Byron used a 2006 commemorative issued for the Military School Eloy Alfaro.

The last card gives us a look at La Libertad's wharf. Located about half an hour from San Salvador, La Libertad is emerging as one of Central America's best surfing destinations. The pier is now used as a fish market and is home port to the small boats of local fishermen. The stamps are 2 of 4 issued for Christmas 2006.

That's all for this time. Bit of a short one this time. Thanks to Johan, Byron and Amado

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