New country # 253, a great way to start a new update. Cote d ' Ivoire. A country located in West Africa bordering Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana. Its population is around 21,000,000. Its capital is Yamoussourkro while the biggest city is Abidjan. My card is the result of a private swap with Natalia and shows a number of different sights around the port of Abidjan. So I get to cross off another one from the list over on the left, leaving just 20 to go. Natalia used 2 copies of a 2005 stamp called The African Braids.
My next card is from Moscow, Russia. Ksenia's card shows a number of Russian Matryoshka dolls. A set of matryoshkas consists of a wooden figure which separates, top from bottom, to reveal a smaller figure of the same sort inside, which has, in turn, another figure inside of it, and so on. The number of nested figures is traditionally at least five, but can be much more. A nice card actually. Ksenia used a number of different stamps on her card. The large vertical stamp was issued in 2009 and is 1 of 4 in a M.W. Gogol multi sheet. The large stamp on the right was issued in 2006 and is also 1 of 4 featuring Ivanov Vasnetsov paintings. Then we have the small rabbit stamp from 2008 and a Kremlin stamp from 2009.
Next up is another card from my brother Dale who's traveling Down Under. This time his card is of various views of Sydney Harbour including Watsons Bay, Sydney Opera House and Manly Beach. Dale used a 2011 stamp featuring a baby Dingo, from a set of 5 Jungle Babies issue.
Now we have another Jean Pierre card , this one coming from Bahrain. On it we can see Bahrain International Airport, the premier hub airport in the Middle East. Strategically located in the Northern Gulf between the major markets of Saudi Arabia and Iran, the airport has the widest range and highest frequency of regional services with ideal connections to major international destinations in Europe, Asia , Africa , the Far East and Australasia... The smaller stamp was issued in 2002 and is 1 of a set of 16 featuring the King. The larger stamp was issued in 2010 , 1 of 3 celebrating National Day.
Here is another card from Dale. This one shows some of the rice terraces on Bali's well-watered volcanic slopes. Though this card is of Bali, Indonesia, it was posted in Australia, and the stamp is the baby Dingo stamp as mentioned earlier.
Today's last card comes from Juliane in Schmallenberg, Germany. Juliane's card is one more for my Airline/Airliner Card Collection. This time we have a Lufthansa Boeing &37-400. Beautiful aircraft with a cruising speed of 800 km/h. Stamps include a flower definitive and some sort of ATM stamp.
That wasn't too bad of an update. Thanks go to Juliane, Dale, Jean Pierre, Ksenia, and Natalia.
That's all for this time but be sure to drop by again tomorrow for a special update.