Let's start today off with a 3-D. It's just my third one. I know the 3-D image doesn't really show here but one has to a vivid imagination sometimes. The card arrived from Haguenau, France. Prior to 2004 the Thurot area of Haguenau was comprised of military barracks. Now the 12 hectares area is to be transformed into an eco friendly area of parklands, new housing, public spaces, shops and offices. Dominique's card shows what the area looked like and when tipped , the 3-D image shows some of what it will look like.
Dominique used a couple of stamps getting this card to me. On the left is a stamp from a set of 10 issued in 2004. They celebrated the different regions of France. On the right is a 2015 stamp that was issued to highlight the Founding of Haguenau 900 years ago in 1115. Note the special cancel on this stamp.
Next is a card from Mauritus, an island in the Indian Ocean and I'm sure a fantastic place for a vacation. It's also widely known as the only home of the now extinct dodo bird.
Jean Pierre also used a couple of stamps on his card. On the left is a 2013 stamp from a set of 4 highlighting Sites and Monuments. The second stamp is from 2009 and is 1 of 4 showing Turtles.
A card with a picture that is very similar to the stamps and to the postmark, is next. The card is from Belgium and shows an old way of catching shrimp.I think it goes back about 100 years, and is just a tourist thing today. . Looks interesting though.
Johan used a stamp that was issued June 27th , just s few weeks ago. About the only difference in the card and the stamp design is that the guy on the stamp is wearing a Cape Ann Sou'Western hat.
Here's another of Jobbo's cards from Thailand. This is Wat Phumin, buuilt in 1596 in Nan, Thailand. Nan is located in the north, some 668 km from Bangkok. Wat Phumin is the only temple built as if it were on the back of two immense snakes. The Wat's interior is quite impressive with many exceptional murals.
I love it when a card arrives with lots of stamps and this one certainly did. Let's look at the two stamps on the left first. Here we have a 2005 stamp commemorating the 50th Anniversary of birthday of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The it's a 2003 stamp commemorating the Centenary of the Inspector General Department. On the top right is a 1992 stamp showing a Wooden Cart. Finally It's a 1990 stamp from a set of 6 highlighting Palaces
The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sheep. Who else could it be, if not Humphrey Bogart himself. This card from France is all Bogart. Born Dec 25, 1899, died Jan 14, 1957 - he passed too soon. Can't you just hear him saying " Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. "
Nina, a Postcrosser from Menton, a small city on the French Riviera nicknamed "The Pearl of France "sent this card. She is studying cinema so I guess that's why I received this Bogart card. The left stamp is from a self adhesive booklet of 12 and features a painting by Paul Gauguin. The right stamp is a 2014 stamp from a foil booklet of 12 featuring Astrology Symbols.
As always Bogie has the last word "Here's looking at you, kid . "
The European Parliament Building in Strasbourg , France is the subject of this next card, sent by Johan . It's the Louise Weiss Building. Weiss was a French author, journalist, feminist and European politican.
Johan used a stamp with a date on it of 2014. I checked all my sources but could find nothing on this stamp. The card is postmarked at The European parliament , Strasbourg so that is a first for my collection.
Last card for today gives us a number of nice scenes from Hatta, United Arab Emirates. Hatta u is an inland enclave of the emirate of Dubai, located high in the Hajer Mountains, about 114 km east of Dubai City.
O.K folks , that's it for this time. Thanks to regular contributors, Dominique, Jean Pierre, Johan, Jobbo, and also to Nina. Great cards and stamp all around. Take care and comment if you want .