It is December , the 6th of in fact, and I'm just getting the first blog update up and running. As I said a short time ago, cards have been a little scarce of late. I received a number of cards over last week so I figure it's time. It's also a good time to be inside, it's pouring rain today, just as it did yesterday. The forecast for this coming week calls for rain, rain and more rain. Perhaps I should ask Santa for a boat this year.
Now it's on to postcards. Let's start it of with a card from France. It shows Les Invalides, a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. France held its national day of mourning at this site to remember the 130 victims killed in the recent terrorist attacks in the city. It was the first time France honoured civilians, in this temple to the French military.
Dominique used a 2015 stamp issued for the Spring Philatelic Exhibition in Paris.
Today's second card arrived from Moscow , however it actually shows a landing at Helsinki Airport in Finland. Helsinki - Vantaa Airport is the main international airport in Finland, with about 16 million passengers using it in 2014. Located in the city of Vantaa, it serves as the hub for Finnair. The airport is served by 27 scheduled airlines, 11 charter airlines and 11 cargo airlines. Vantaa Airport was originally built to accomodate the 1952 Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki.
Lena wrote that she bought this card while travelling in Finland. She used two fine, large stamps, one from 2007 and one from 2012. The upper left stamp was issued to commemorate Khakasia's affiliation with Russia. The Russian republic of just over 500,000 people is located in the southwestern part of Eastern Siberia. The large whale stamp is from a set of 2.
Lena also saw fit to attach an old USSR aviation related stamp. She wrote that she found it in her father's stamp collection. It was issued in 1969 and shows an IL-62 aircraft. Hope her Dad is not one of my blog readers.
Next we have a card from Portugal showing a typical yellow trolley in Commerce Square, one of the most majestic squares in Lisbon.
Maria posted this card in Estoril, a coastal town of about 27,000 with a great beach. My Lovely Teena and I visited the area way back in 1978. I guess lots have changed since then. Maybe it's time to go back.
Maria used a stamp from a set of 3 that was issued in July of this year. The set featured traditional Portuguese boats. Shown on the stamp is a boat called Canoa da Picada. The stamps are part of a common issue of the Postal Union for the Mediterranean featuring the logo of EUROMED POSTAL, which indicates cooperation between the Postal Union for the Mediterranean.
There you have it, I'll leave it at 3 cards this time. If the rain continues tomorrow, maybe I'll get another update in then. Take care. Thanks for cards go out to Dominique, Lena and Maria. Cheers.