Let's start with a new Aviation themed card, just the latest in my Airline / Aircraft card collection. This time it's a Westwind Air Service Cessna. Westwind is based in Phoenix and operates air tours to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and surrounding areas. Their fleet of Cessna aircraft has operated in the area for over 25 years.
A Postcrosser named Hank from Marietta, Georgia sent this card along. He used 2 Christmas stamps from 2016 and an Additional Ounce Stamp from 2017.
My next card was sent from Struga, a town of just over 16,000 in the southwest of the country, on the shore of Lake Ohrid. The card shows an aerial view of Ohrid's port and city square.
Indrit from Albania was traveling in the area and sent this card. He used a 2000 stamp featuring German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer and publisher Johannes Gutenberg.
Be sure to take a minute and visit Indrit's blog right here.
A Postcrossing card from Amadora, Portugal is next. Amadora is a city in the west of the country. With a population of over 175,000 , it is the most densely populated city in Portugal.
Here is an interesting fact for any aviation geeks out there - at the present time Amadora does not have an airfield , however in the 1920s the first flight between Portugal and Brazil left from the city. Who knew ?
Rui's card shows a few of the traditional things Portugal is know for - wine, sardines, Fado and a few others.
Rui used a stamp from a 2017 set of 4 featuring Traditional Pastries.
Here it is - the last card for the day, the week, the month and the year. It arrived from The Hague in the Netherlands. It shows The Peace Palace, the home of the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library. And, apparently a Special Post Office where this card was posted.
David used a 2016 stamp celebrating 70 years of the International Court of Justice.
You can check out David's here .
That's all for today and the year. Thanks for cards today go out to Hank, Indrit, Rui and David.
Big thanks go out to everyone who has contributed to this blog during the past year. Many regular contributors have made this blog what it is and they include Ana, Jean Pierre, David, Johan, Ravindra, Bruce, Meelis, Dominique, Jobbo, Mike & Ashley, Gordon, Barbara, Carla, Gerda, Indrit, Nagi ,Van and My Lovely Teena. I'm sorry if I have left out anyone, but hopefully not. Thanks also to all who sent a card through Postcrossing. Going to the mailbox is always an interesting time. I seldom return without at least one card. This past year I have received a total of 445 cards. Unbelievable. My total to date is 4810 cards.
I wish you all the best that 2018 can offer - Good Health, great and safe travels, and a mailbox filled with cards everyday. Take care.