Friday, February 2, 2018

February Already

Yes it's been a few days, the week brought a number of cards, so I guess it's time to put a few up on the blog. Let's start with a card from France. This one highlights Marseille, the port city in southern France. On the card we see La Canebiere - the historic high street in the old quarter of the city. The street dates from 1666. To the right is St Vincent de Paul Catholic church. It was constructed between 1855 and 1886.

Dominique used a stamp dating from 1973. It shows Jacques-Louis David's 1807 painting The Coronation of Napoleon.

We're off to South Africa for today's second card. It's one for all the train enthusiasts out there. Shown is the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe , the last fully operational steam train in South Africa. It operated on part of the 300 km Garden Route, stretching from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape.

Bruce used a somewhat similar themed stamp on this card. It is 1 of 5 issued in a 2017 National Parks set. The stamp shown showcases Garden Route National Park.

Next is another fine card from Sri Lanka. It shows one part of the Gal Vihara, a rock temple of the Buddha located in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. It was built in the 12th century. One of the features of the temple is four rock relief statues of the Buddha, consisting of a large seated figure, a smaller seated figure, a large standing figure and a reclining figure. These figures are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting.

Ravindra used 3 stamps on his card. On the left is a 2014 stamp honouring H Sri Nissanka, lawyer and politician. The other 2 stamps were issued in 2017, in a set of 20 marking the United Nations Day of Vesak.

It's time now for a card from Vilnius, Lithuania. It's a little work of art called " Lady of the House " by Egle Zioma, graphic artist and photographer.Looks like the lady controls everything with her puppet strings.

This is a Postcrosser card from a lady called Gita. She used a 2015 Europa stamp from a set of 2 - called Old Toys.

Last card for this time and it comes from Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Let's call it " Lady Bathing " .

Mayu use 2 small Japanese stamps.

Well, that's it for this time. Thanks today go out to Dominique, Bruce, Ravinda, Gita and Mayu. See you all next week. Take care,  remember Comment Dept is always open.

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