Well it's May now and I didn't do a very good job of clearing the cards off my desk in April. And, I know May is going to be super busy, so I'll just have to see how it goes , go with the flow so to speak.
I have a few cards for today. Let's start with this one from France.
It highlights the Palais Longchamp in Marseille, the port city in Southern France and the second largest city in the country. The building on the card dates from 1869 and houses the city's Musee des Beaux-Arts and Natural History Museum. The surrounding park is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.
Dominique used a rather long vertical stamp from 1974 on his card. It gives a view of Patrimonio on the island of Corsica.
Today's second card is from Germany and shows a pedestrian Bridge built in Hanover for Expo 2000, a World's Fair held from June to October, 2000. It took place on the Hanover fairground, which is the largest exhibition ground in the world. Sadly, Expo 2000 wasn't a smashing success with just 25 million of the expected 40 million actually attending. Compare those numbers to the numbers for Expo 67 in Montreal. It was the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century. More than 50 million attended and I'm proud to say I was 1 of those 50,000,000.
HeidiMarie used 2 stamps from 2017. On the left is one of the long running Flower definitives and on the right a Christmas stamp.
Now I think it's time for an Aviation related card for my Aircraft/Airlines Postcard Collection. This time it's a Lufthansa Airbus A300. Still an aircraft type that I have yet to fly on. I think I better hurry on that one, it appears many of these aircraft have joined the scrap heap. The A300 had its first flight back in October 1972. Airbus produced 561 of them and Lufthansa operated 26 at one time, but none today.
Iiona used 2 stamps from 2017. Together they form stamps making up a Tourism issue of Germany's Most Beautiful Panoramas.
Here's a card from a country that I haven't really received many from - Moldova. A country famous for its wine and brandy. This card shows an Alexandru Panis photo of a real life couple on their wedding day. If you visit the Instagram account of Alexandru , you'll see this actual Bride and Groom.
Postcrosser Olga from Chisinau used 2 stamps on her card. On the left is a 1994 Coat of Arms stamp, 1 of 5 in the set. On the right is 1 of 3 Trees stamps issued in March of this year.
Post Offices Around The World. This next card shows the logos and names of fifty post offices around the world. Check out and see if your country is represented. I've only been in 9 of the ones shown, but hope to add 2 or 3 more later this month.
The card arrived from Taiwan , which is of course represented on this chart of post offices. It's almost dead center.
Yiru used 3 stamps and 2 of them are great train stamps for all the train aficionados out there. The smaller stamp on the left was issued as part of a set of 4 Fruit stamps in 2016. The smaller train stamp is from a set of 4 issued in 2017 and the other train stamp is from a set of 3 issued in 2015.
At that I'll call it a day. Thanks for today's cards go out to Dominique, HeideMarie, Iiona, Olga and Yiru.
Take care, see you again soon.