Sunday, October 15, 2017

Chenonceau, Jim Jim Falls, The London Eye, Home Depot at Regent's Park and a few others !

Well it's certainly for another update and I have the cards to prove it. They arrived from France , Australia, Great Britain, and Germany.  I'll start the day off with a card from France. It shows the beautiful scene at the Chateau de Chenonceau. This chateau spans the River Cher, near the small village of Chenonceaux, in the Loire Valley in France. The chateau was opened in 1521.


Dominique used a stamp from 2014. It is 1 of 4 in a set showcasing European Capitals,
in this case Vienna.


Next we're off to Australia and Jim Jim Falls. This falls is a plunge waterfall on the Jim Jim Creek that descends over the Arnhem Land Escarpment within the UNESCO Wold Heritage listed Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. The falls plunge 200 metres over the edge.







A Postcrosser from Darwin sent this card and used a stamp from a 2017 set of 2 honouring Henry Larson.



 A view from atop the London Eye is the subject of this next card .
This giant ferris wheel is located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is 443 feet tall and the wheel has a diameter of 394 feet. When this picture was taken, it was known as the British Airways London Eye, but is now known as the Coco-Cola London Eye. I guess it's like hockey arenas in Canada - whoever pays the most, gets their name on it.





This card is from Bruce, who was visiting from South Africa, attending the 27th International Congress of Vexillology .  Bruce used an International Postcard , Universal Mail stamp showing Westerminster Abbey.




Here's another card with a London theme. The card reproduces s a Royal Mail stamp from 2016 with the theme of Home Depot at Regent's Park, 1914-1918. This was a gigantic wooden hut, covering several acres, containing what was then the largest mail sorting depot in the world. Two and a half thousand staff were employed there.





Alan used a recent Machin Head definitive on his card.




Now it's time for the 5th and final card for today. It's another from Dominique in France and showcases the Black Mountain, which shelters the town of Mazamet .

The stamp is another of the Vienna, European Capitals set.




That's all for today, folks. Thanks for today's card go out to Dominique, Bruce and Alan. Hope you found some reason here to come back again. I'll try really hard for it not to be another week.
Take care.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cards From Here and There

Hello again, it's been a little longer than I thought it would be , since the last update. A little trip down to our nation's capital and Canadian Thanksgiving kind of got in the way. So now it's on to the cards.

First up is a little surprise card from my home province of Newfoundland. It's an old time black and white photo of a yacht entering St. John's.  The city was settled by the British in the 1600s.




The card was posted in Victoria, northeast of St. John's.  It is from Deb & Bill. The stamp was issued in 2014 and is from the continuous Baby Wildlife definitives set and features 3 Burrowing Owls.




Next up is this beautiful card from Saranda. The city is a resort on the Albanian Riviera in southern Albania, near the Greek border.  Located near that border, Saranda has a large Greek population.



This card is compliments of Indrit. He used a stamp from 2014, 1 of 6 in a set of Museum Objects.


Be sure to check out Indrit's great postcard blog called Postcard Albania and here's  the link to it.

Today's third card is from Belgium and shows the gate of the beguinage of Diest, located about 60 km from Brussels. The gate dates from 1671. The beguinage was listed as a UNESCO WH Site in 1998. It has 80 individual and 5 communal houses.



Gerda used 3 stamps on her card.  Top left is a 2002 stamp, 1 of 20 in a Turn of A Century issue. Bottom left , issued 2000, is 1 of 20 in another Turn of A Century set. The stamp on the right is from 2016, 1 of 10 in a set of Nobel Laureates. Shown is Belgian Immunologist Jules Bordet.




Gerda has a wonderful postcard blog called My Postcard-Page and you can find it  right here .


Now from Belgium lets swing on over to Africa, Nigeria to be exact. The card shows a part of Yankari Game Reserve , now Nigeria's biggest National Park, in Bauchi State.



Bruce used 2 definitive Hologram stamps from the 2010 set of 10.




I think that will do for this time. Thanks for cards going out to Deb & Bill, Indrit, Gerda and Bruce. Thanks for dropping in and be sure to come by again.  Take care.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Already and 2017, 3 Quarters Gone !

Hello all, I don't know about you guys, but October sure crept up on me. Before you know it we'll be wondering where 2017 went. Still with 3 months to go, that should allow lots of postcards to show up her on Gem's World Postcards.
Today I'm showing the last few cards received in September.

Up first is a great card from Sri Lanka, with " Ayubowan From Colombo " or Long Life from Colombo. It shows the historic Cargills Building, with the World Trade Centre in the background. This is certainly one of the landmark buildings in Colombo.


Ravindra used a recent stamp , 1 of 2 in a souvenir sheet celebrating 150 Years of Ceylon Tea.


Sadly the stamp didn't receive any cancellation or postmark - more on that later.


Card # 2 is from Mayne Island, B.C. , Canada.  Mayne Island is a 21 square kilometre island in the southern Gulf Islands, located midway between the BC mainland and Vancouver Island. It has a population of just around 1,100.
My card shows Active Pass Lighthouse at Georgina Point. This ligh has been in operation since 1885. The mountain in the background is Mount Baker.




Here's one of the Round Canada 150 stamps issued in a pane of 10 on June 1, 2017. It celebrates Olympic Games held in Canada in 1976, 1988 and 2010.




Now it's over to Toulouse, France and a card showing the Arcades of the Capital. The building was constructed in 1750 and is 735 meters long. It is an area of restaurants , a theatre and a place for pedestrians to gather and shop.



Dominique used 2 stamps from 1973. On the left is one celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Flame of the Arc de Triomphe. On the right , a stamp celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.


Again, as was the case earlier, no cancellation or postmark. More on that later.


Columbus is the capital and largest city in Ohio. It was founded in 1812. Kathy's card gives us a look at Scioto Mile, a riverfront park system. It consists of 175 acres and contains a 15,000 sq-ft fountain and the country's largest free outdoors climbing wall.




Kathy used the latest U.S. round Forever stamp featuring a green succulent plant known as the echeveria. Again no postmark or cancellation. I'll show one of these green stamps shortly.

So that's 3 stamps from 3 different countries, Sri Lanka, France and the U.S.A. I used to think this was a Canadian thing , with mail arriving without cancellations or postmarks, but now I see it must be a  worldwide phenomena and not one I like. To me , mail without a postmark, a stamp without a postmark , is just not complete, it tells the receiver absolutely nothing. One can't tell where it came from , how long it's been travelling or anything else that's important to a philatelist. So I say to all those postal workers out there, get with the program, do your job and cancel the mail.


Fireworks over Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo is the main feature of my next card. The bridge is a suspension bridge completed in 1993 and crosses northern Tokyo Bay. It is 798 m long.



Yoko used a 2015 Bird definitive and a 1986 stamp commemorating  the 60th Anniversary of Emperor Hirohito.



Time now for the last card of the day. It's from the U.S.A. and it's a railroad and tunnel card. The 1904 locomotive is engine 630 , a coal fired steam  engine of the Tennessee Valley Rail Road.
The tunnel is historic Missionary Ridge Tunnel, a 1858 tunnel, 986 feet in length. The tunnel is the site of one of the American Civil War's most famous battles, ending in a Confederate defeat on November 25, 1863. 




Leisha used the Round Green Echeveria stamp, with cancellation.



So there, that's how October begins. Thanks for cards go out to Ravindra, Dominique, Kathy, Yoko and Leisha. Do drop by again soon.



Monday, September 25, 2017

Toulouse, Dusseldorf, Kukesi, Valbona and Charlie Lim

Hello again, I'm back with a few more cards.
I'm starting off today with a card showing the Basilica of Saint-Sern, located in Toulouse. Constructed between 1080 and 1120 , it is the only remaining part of the Abbey of Saint-Sernin. It is the largest Romanesque building in Europe , and perhaps the world. The church was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1988.




Dominique used 2 older stamps on his card, both were issued in 1973.  On the left is a stamp showcasing the Red Cross. It is 1 of 2 in a set. On the right is a stamp honouring Polish Refugees for the period of 1921-1925.




My next card is another Airport card, this time Dusseldorf International. It is the 3rd busiest airport in Germany, handling 23.5 million passengers last year.


\
Jean Pierre sent this card and used a 2017 Europa Castles stamp along with a Flower definitive.





 A couple of cards from Albania are up next. This first one gives us a look at Kukesi, a town in northeastern Albania, with a population just over 48,000. It is a rather new town, having been built in the 1970s. The old town was submerged in 1976 beneath the Fierza Reservoir. Kukesi was the first town in history to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This was because 450,000 Kosovo Albanian refugees crossed the Frontier and were housed in camps in and around Kukesi, during the Kosovo conflict.





Both of my Albania cards today are compliments of Indrit. He has a fine postcard blog called  Albania Postcard .  Indrit used a 2016 stamp, 1 of 2, issued for the 2016 European Football Championships in France.





Indrit's second card shows a path on the hike from Valbona to Thethi. This hike follows an old mule path and is one of the most popular in the Accursed Mountains or as they are often called the Albanian Alps.


Indrit used the same stamp as was on his first card, so no need to see it again.

That was card # 4700 , that I have received since I started this collection way back 10 plus years ago. Who would've thought ?


Today's last card is an Oil-Painting photograph by Charlie Lim. Lim's pictures are taken in the dark. His process is called Light Paintography and when put on canvas his photos resemble a Rembrandt painting.


Chan used a International definitive, 1 of 8 in a set, this one features Wildlife.


A short update today, with thanks for cards going out to Dominique, Jean Pierre , Indrit and Chen. Take care , back soon.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

More Cards That Arrived While I Was Away

Today it's Round # 2 of the cards that arrived while I was down east.

 Let's start with a card from China. It shows the Nanjing Changjiang River Bridge at sunset. The bridge is a double decked  road and rail bridge across the Yangtze River. It was constructed between 1960 and 1968 and sees approximately 80,000 vehicles and 200 trains per day. A rather infamous fact about this bridge is that it has surpassed the Golden Gate Bridge as the most frequent suicide site in the world, with more than 2,000 suicides by 2006. A local man, Chen Si, has been hailed as a hero for saving the lives of more than 300 people planning to jump off the bridge. He has devoted his free time to patrolling the bridge to help anyone in distress. Chen Si's story and those of some of the people he has saved are told in the documentary film " Angel of Nanjing " .


Peng Tao, a Postcrosser in Changsha, Hunan sent this card. He used a great Bird of Prey stamp from a set of 4 issued in 2014. The Flower stamp I know nothing about.




Munich Airport is the subject of my next card and it's Germany's second busiest airport. It handled 42 million passengers in 2016, with flights to 248 destinations. The airport is named after Franz Josef Strauss, a German politician. .  Jean Pierre's card shows aircraft from Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Korean Air and Lufthansa.

 

Jean Pierre used a Flower definitive and 1 of 2 in the 2017 Micro Worlds set.




Ravindra's card of Unseen Sri Lanka is next. It shows us Mini World's End at Pitamaruwa, Madulsima. This is a deep escarpment situated at Pitawala Pathana offering great views of the valley below.


Ravindra used a matching stamp from the Unseen Sri Lanka series issued in 2016.




Concarneau is the subject of this next card. Concarneau is a commune in north-western France. The town has two distinct areas- the modern town on the mainland and the medieval Ville Close , the walled  town on a long island in the middle of the harbour.



Bruce sent this card along, as he was visiting the area. He used 2 stamps, on the left is a 2015 Architecture in France stamp and on the right a Joint Issue With Canada. It is 1 of 2 in the 2017 Vimy Memorial set.




Time for another card from Jobbo, not his typical touristy card though.



Jobbo's card arrived with 3 great stamps as usual. On the left is a 2012 stamp showcasing H.R.H. Prince Nares Varariddhi. The middle stamp commemorates the 60th Anniversary of Thammasat University. It was issued in 1994. The stamp on the right is a little trickier. An overprint from 6,Baht to 10 Baht,  but I don't know the year it was first valid. The original 6 Baht stamp was issued in 1997.




It's last card time. This one comes from Gerda and gives us a look at the European Badger. These badgers are instantly recognizable with their two black stripes running the length of their white faces.



Gerda used 2 Flower ( Forest Hyacinths ) stamps from a set of 5 issued this past year.



That's it - another update complete. Thanks for cards today go out to Peng, Jean Pierre, Ravindra, Bruce, Jobbo and Gerda.