Finally a new post without a week's break between. Oh yes, hello and thanks for dropping by. Hope you enjoy today's cards and stamps. Let's get right to them.
First 3 cards for this time are all from Dominique. On the first is a 16th century wooden frame house in the Alsace region. This area is where one finds the Rangen Grand Cru vineyard, the steepest vineyard in Alsace. The Rangen's slope gets to nearly 60 degrees, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris are grown here.
Dominique used a fine stamp from 2015. It commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II.
Dominique's second card arrived from Austria. It shows a number of transportation methods in Tyrol - cars, boats and train.The lake on the card is Lake Achensee, also known as " Fjord of the Alps ". The emerald colored lake is the largest in the Tyrol region and is 133 m deep.
On this one Dominique used a stamp from 2012. It is 1 of 2 stamps in a souvenir sheet celebrating the 115th Anniversary of the meeting between Kaiser Franz Josef and King Rama V. The issue was a Joint Issue with Thailand. King Rama V is featured on the stamp on the card.
Just my opinion of course, but Joint Issues , would make a great collection, if anyone is looking for something to collect.
Here's Dominique's 3rd card, this one is again from France. It gives us a look at Haguenau as it looked about 25 years ago. The city has grown a lot since then and has completely renewed the city center.
Now for the stamp - issued in 2015 , in a souvenir sheet of 6 different stamps , celebrating The Sixties.
Now it's a couple of cards from Beautiful Guernsey, compliments of Jean Pierre. On the first card , a multi-view , we The Little Chapel, Noon Day Gun, and Fort Grey. On the bottom it is the South Coast Cliffs, Saints Bay Harbour and Bordeaux Harbour.
Jean Pierre used a 2014 commemorative highlighting the Guernsey Marine Life, in this case a Spider Crab.
One more from Guernsey. This one provides a look at Guernsey Airport and aircraft from 4 different airlines. Top left is Flybe - the largest independent airline in Europe. Top right - Aurigny Air - the flag carrier of the Baliwick of Guernsey. Bottom left - Air Southwest, no longer operating and bottom right - Blueislands - a Channel Islands airline with its head office in Saint Peter Port , Guernsey.
This is a fine addition to my Airlines / Aircraft / Airports card collection.
And the stamps - on the left is a 2008 Wild Flora Definitive featuring a Red Campion flower. On the right is 1 of 6 in a 2016 set featuring The Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo. A really nice set actually.
Now it's the last card for today, and it arrived from Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Aitutaki is one of the Cook Islands north of Rarotonga. It has a population of just over 2100. In June of 2010 the island was nominated "the worlds most beautiful island "by Tony Wheeler of Lonely Planet travel guide. David's card gives us a look at One Foot Island. This small island provides the visitor with the best views of the Aitutaki lagoon. One Foot Island was awarded "Australasia's Leading Beach "at the World Travel Awards in Sydney in June 2008. With those kinds of awards and recommendations both Aitutaki and One Foot Island sound like places I could hang my hat for a week or so.
That was the last card , now here's the last stamp for today. David used a 2014 stamp , 1 of 4 in a set of WWF Crabs. Shown on the stamp is the Spotted Red Crab.
Well, that's it for this time. Big thanks go to Dominique, Jean Pierre and David. Great cards all around.
I hope you enjoyed this update and will come back again. See you soon.