Hello there, today I'm featuring cards sent by Dominique and David. Dominique's arrived from France and Israel, while David's are from Serbia and Kosovo.
This first card shows a scene inside the Museum of Iron Mining in Lorraine. The Newfchef Museum offers guided tours by former miners and allows visitors to walk along a mine long cave or tunnel.
Dominique used an old 1971 Airmail stamp featuring Didier Daurat and Raymond Vanier. Both were pioneers of French Aviation.
Here's the first of 2 cards from Israel. It's a look at Ha' Dakel House, built in 1922.
The stamp on this one was issued in 2016, 1 of 3 in a set, called Yom Kippur Poems.
Another one from Israel. This one shows the Bahai Shrine and gardens in Haifa where the remains of Bab, founder of the Baha'i Faith have been buried.
Dominique used a new 2018 stamp on this card. It celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the HaChizbatron. This musical troupe was the official army entertainment troupe.
Sorry but I didn't realize this stamp was wrong side up till now.
Aix-En-Provence is the subject of my next card. This city in southern France is the birthplace of Paul Cezanne and dates back to 123 BC. Shown on the card is the Cours Mirabeau, a wide thoroughfare of trees and fountains , bordered with fine homes.
The stamp on this one was issued in 2015 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Cross of War Military Decoration.
Now it's time for David's cards. This first one shows the New Bridge in Mitrovica, a city of about 85,000. The city is one of the oldest known settlements in Kosovo. The bridge is also called Mitrovica Bridge or the Ibar River Bridge. It's a steel truss bridge crossing the Ibar River in Mitrovica, in northern Kosovo. The bridge provides a de facto border between the northern Serbian enclaves and the rest of Kosovo.
This one arrived with 3 Serbian stamps issued in a set of 4 in 2016. It features UNESCO World Heritage Serbian Monasteries.
Now I don't get into a lot of politics here on the blog but I think a little explanation might be needed here as to why Serbian stamps were used. I hope I get it right, don't want to stir the pot. The bridge separates 80,000 Kosovo Albanians on the South side from about the same number of Serbs on the North side. There are Serbian Post Offices in the Serbian enclaves in Kosovo. Since Serbia does not recognize Kosovo, Serbian stamps are used and the post offices in the Serb areas are run by Serbia Post.
David's next card is from Pristina, the capital and largest city in Kosovo. It has a population of just over 477,000. The card shows some of the modern building in the city.
The stamp on this card is from 2017. It is 1 of 4 in a Architecture - Monumental Art mini-sheet.
Here's David's 3rd card. This one is from the city of Prizren in southern Kosovo. This city of 85,000 is located on the banks of Prizren Bistrica River in southern Kosovo. On the card we can see The Old Stone Bridge, a section of Old Town and The Sinan Pasha Mosque, an Ottoman mosque built in 1615.
A Bird of Kosovo stamp , from a set of 6 issued this year, can be seen here. A great stamp and set for all the Topical Bird collectors out there.
Big thanks to Dominique and David for all these cards. That's all I have for this time. More next time.