Sunday, June 29, 2014

One More June Update

Hello again postcard people. Here is another June update. My first card arrived from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It's a multi- view card showing the Burj Al Arab Hotel, The Palm, sand dunes and a couple of locals ( camels) .










This card arrived as a bit of a surprise. It is from Fati, a PostCrosser , from Germany. She just recently traveled to Dubai , where she is starting a number of months of travel. Fati earlier sent a correspondence saying I could expect a number of postcards from her over the coming months. Sounds like music to my ears.  Fati used a 2013 stamp , 1 of 4 in a set , that commemorates the 10th Year of the Dubai International Film Festival. 



My next card shows and is from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. The view on this card shows just how large and  important a port it is.




I've had this card from Bruce for quite a while now, almost a year. Just getting around to showing it . Bruce was attending the International Congress of Vexillology  in Rotterdam. Vexillology - I had to look that one up  for sure !  It's the study of the history , symbolism and usage of flags, or any interest in flags in general. Who knew ? Bruce, I guess that makes you a vexillologist or a vexillophile.
Bruce used a 2011 Environment  stamp, 1 of 2 self adhesives in the set.



Here's  a card from Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Located close to the border with Germany, it is the capital of the Bas-Rhin d√©partement. Dominique's card gives a look at Strasbourg Cathedral. Construction started on it in 1015 and ended in 1439. Today it is the sixth-tallest church  in the world and the highest still-standing structure built entirely in the Middle Ages.



Dominique used a 2013 stamp featuring Bernard de Clairvaux, a French abbot.



Now a card from a PostCrosser in Amersfoort, Netherlands. Amersfoort is a municipality and the second largest city of the province of Utrecht in central Netherlands. The city is growing quickly but has a well-preserved and protected medieval centre. The city celebrated its 750th birthday in 2009. The card shows the Koppelpoort. The Koppelpoort is a medieval gate in the  town .  Completed around 1425, the gate combines land- and water-gates, and is part of the second city wall of Amersfoort, which was constructed between 1380 and 1450.


Martine used a small selection of stamps, 2 regular postage and 1 semi-postal. The center stamp, the semi-postal,  was issued in 1984 , 1 of 4 featuring Comic Strips. The surtax was in support of Child Welfare. The stamp on the left was issued in 1993 , 1 of 3 in a Butterflies set. The stamp on the right, also issued in 1993 commemorates the 75th Anniversary of Wageningen University .



 And the final card for this time is from China. On it we see visitors walking in Chengde Mountain Resort. The Mountain Resort in Chengde or Ligong, is a large complex of imperial palaces and gardens situated in the city of Chengde in Hebei, China. In December 1994 the Mountain Resort was listed by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites.



 Wei used 2 stamps on this postcard. On the left is 1 of a set of 3 issued in 2012 featuring Merchant Trade. The stamp on the right, also issued in 2012, is some sort of Lottery Stamp. Not quite sure of the details on this one.

  

That's it for this time. Thanks for cards go to Wei, Dominique, Bruce, Fati and Martine. Thanks for reading and with luck I should get one more update in before July rolls in. Take care.





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