Gaudi’s Gran Drago

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Today I have a postcard sent through Postcrossing showing Antonio Guadi’s El Gran Drago statue in Park Guell:

UNESCO gaudi dragon

I really like Gaudi’s artwork, but I don’t know if I would have ever learned about it if I hadn’t gotten into postcard collecting!

Here is the stamp on the card:

SPAIN water

It commemorates that the United Nations declared 2013 an international year of water cooperation.

Malbork and Torun

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Here are two new UNESCO site postcards from Poland:

UNESCO torun

This is the city of Torun, the birthplace of the astronomer Copernicus. Torun has so many well-preserved brick buildings from the medieval era. On the left in this card is the Old Town Hall, which was begun in the 13th century. This card comes from Sylvie from the Postcrossing forum.

UNESCO malbork

This card comes from Alicja, also from the Postcrossing forum. It shows scenes from around the castle of Malbork. The castle was completed in 1406 and was the world’s largest brick castle at the time. The castle shares some similarities with Torun: both were built by Teutonic Order Knights, and they were both listed on the UNESCO list in 1997.

Four faces of owls

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Here are four pictures of owls that I received from various Postcrossing forum swaps around March 2013:

Silly owl

Owl germany

Both of these cards are from Steffi in Germany.

Owl belarus

This card is from the Fauna of Belarus collection and shows a Tengmalm’s Owl (Aegolius funereus). This card comes from Pauline in Belarus.

Philippine owl

And finally this is a Philippine owl from Raine in the Philippines! When Raine sent this card last March, it was 29 degrees Centigrade, even at night! So hot!

So many great new owls! Do you have a favorite?

 

A series of German UNESCO sites

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I have a lot of German UNESCO postcards to share, some are new sites for me, and some are just new views of sites that are already represented in my collection:

UNESCO bamberg

First is the historic town of Bamberg, which was listed on the UNESCO list in 1993. Bamberg is a city in Bavaria, on the River Regnitz, and was founded over 1000 years ago. The bottom picture on this card shows Little Venice, a colony of fishermen’s houses along the river. This card comes from Steffi through the Postcrossing forum.

The next two cards come from Yvonne, also through the Postcrossing forum, and they both show different parts of the Trier UNESCO site:

UNESCO trier our lady

This is the Church of Our Lady in Trier.

UNESCO trier porta nigra

And this is the Roman Porta Nigra.

This card came from a Postcrossing user and shows the tidal flats and wetlands of the Wadden Sea, aka, Wattenmeer. This area has very diverse plants and animals, which you can see along the bottom of the card.

UNESCO wattenmeer2

This card came a while ago from Michele:

UNESCO bremen

This is the statue of Roland in the city of Bremen. The statue was built in 1404 and stands in the market square. Roland was a paladin of Charlemagne and was the hero of the Battle of Ronceveaux Pass. His exploits are immortalized in the 11th century poem Chanson de Roland, which I had to read in high school French class. According to legend, the city of Bremen will always be free and independent as long as the statute stands.

This last card is from Karen and shows the palace at Potsdam, Schloss Sanssouci:

UNESCO sansoucci

This palace was built in the 1740s to be a summer palace for Frederick the Great. It is built in the Rococo style.

There was a new German stamp on one of the cards. The stamp is from 2012 and raises awareness of world hunger:

GERMANY world hunger

 

 

Chinese New Year 2014

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A Postcrosser from China was so nice and sent me two cards! The first one is a cute family of penguins:

CN 1121634b

I love the fluffy baby penguin!

And the extra card is to celebrate the 2014 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse:

CN 1121634

The stamps are very interesting and special, too:

CHINA year of horse

There is a special stamp for the New Year.

CHINA tables

And on the penguin card there are these two stamps showing tables! I would never have thought to put tables on a stamp, but they are pretty neat. Happy Lunar New Year!

Animals in India

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Tonight I have two cards from Georgy in Kerala, India. He has some of the most delightful cards of India, and he always uses new and interesting stamps, too:

Hindu bull

This is a bull, sacred to the Hindu faith. This bull has been elaborately decorated.

Amur tiger

And this is an Indian (Bengal) tiger. There is a wildlife sanctuary near Georgy that has these tigers. These tigers are endangered species, with only a few thousand left in India. The tiger is India’s national animal.

Here are the stamps Georgy used:

INDIA armed forces

A stamp from 2012, showing the Armed Forces Medical College.

INDIA consumer protection

A 2012 stamp commemorating the 1986 Consumer Protection Act.

INDIA uttar pradesh legisla

A 2013 stamp of the legislature building in Uttar Pradesh.

INDIA mumbai PO

And this 2013 stamp of the Mumbai General Post Office.

Thanks, Georgy!

Cat Quartet

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Here are four cards showing cats that I’ve received in the past year.

Grey cat

This card of a grey cat comes from a private swap from the Netherlands.

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This card comes from a Postcrosser, also in the Netherlands. How cute! These were the stamps on the card, which I love, especially the zebras:

NETHERLANDS zebra

BE 199888

This cute Hello Kitty comes from a Postcrosser in Belgium.

US 1988401

This card is a Jetoy cat card from another Postcrosser in North Carolina, USA. I am obviously getting behind on posting my postcards because I received this card all the way back in December. Of 2012.

That’s all for now!

 

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