Sunday, June 6, 2021

Luxembourg, a Steam Bath in Siberia and One From France

 BLOG 1525 -- Still in the Time of Covid

I know I`m a little late but Hello June. This is always a busy month - We have Father`s Day, Discovery Day ( in my home province of Newfoundland & Labrador ) , World Clubfoot Day, Jean Luc Picard Day and Someone`s Birthday . Then to top it off - June contains the summer solstice, the day with the most daylight hours. Sounds like a good month. Enjoy.

Now on to postcards. Today`s cards arrived from Luxembourg, France and Russia. 

My first card is from Luxembourg and it celebrates 500 years of the Arzfeld - Asselborn - Michamps postal route, connecting those cities in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. Must be a big deal, everyone on the card looks to be having a great time - laughing, playing music and smelling the flowers. 

Meelis used a nice selection of 3 stamps on his card. The top left stamp was issued in 2020 and is 1 of a set of 2 featuring Ancient Postal Routes. The bottom stamp, from 2015, is from a set of 3 and showcases Vegetables of Yesteryear. The Bird stamp is from 2018 and shows a Rare Bird - the Eurasian Reed Warbler. It is from a set of 3 issued for the International Philatelic Exhibition BIRDPEX 8. 

Hey Meelis , it`s great to get a card from you again. it`s been a while, hopefully you`ll get to travel a little more later this summer. 

My second card arrived from Tyumen, Siberia, Russia. It was the first city in Siberia, founded in 1587. The city is the oil and gas capital of Russia. Elvira`s card shows an illustration of a couple of ladies enjoying a steam bath. It is by artist and illustrator Andrew Tarusov. He has worked his magic for Disney, 20th Century Fox, RollingStone, Maxim and Cosmopolition.  You may also have seen his work in USA Today, Time, GQ and The Huffington Post. 

This card arrived with 2 beautiful stamps. On the left, from 2021, is a Europa stamp featuring Persian Leopards. The right stamp , from 2008, was issued to celebrate International Polar Year. It is 1 of 3 different stamps in a beautiful minisheet. 

Now here`s the last card for this time. It arrived on May 25th from France. It`s a card put out by an insurance company to recognize and thank the civil servants for their involvement during the covid pandemic. The card also notes that June 23rd is World Civil Service Day. Guess I missed that one in my intro to June earlier. 

Dominique used an older stamp from 1972. It is entitled History of France. As pictured on the stamp, the Incroyables and their female counterparts, the Merveilleuses were members of a fashionable aristocratic subculture in Paris. 

 So ends today`s update. Thanks go out to Meelis, Elvira and Dominique for the cards you saw today. 
Thanks for dropping in and be sure to come by again. 

Last item -- it`s still covid time so wear a mask, wash your hands and keep your distance. It`s starting to come to an end, so let`s make it happen. My lovely Teena and I received our second vaccination on Jun 4th, but we still have to play it safe yet. 
Take care 

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