Wednesday, February 28, 2018

CHINA - Tusi Sites

"Located in the mountainous areas of south-west China, this property encompasses remains of several tribal domains whose chiefs were appointed by the central government as ‘Tusi’, hereditary rulers from the 13th to the early 20thcentury. The Tusi system arose from the ethnic minorities’ dynastic systems of government dating back to the 3rd century BCE. Its purpose was to unify national administration, while allowing ethnic minorities to retain their customs and way of life. The sites of Laosicheng, Tangya and Hailongtun Fortress that make up the site bear exceptional testimony to this form of governance, which derived from the Chinese civilization of the Yuan and Ming periods." -

Postcard 1
The newest UNESCO Site of China!
Thank you so much, Fei for this great postcard with great stamp!
(it wasn't postmarked though...)

Postcard 2: Tangya

Thank you so much, Mandy for increasing my UNESCO postcard collection!
Special thanks for using wonderful stamps!

TURKEY - Nemrut Dağ

"The mausoleum of Antiochus I (69–34 B.C.), who reigned over Commagene, a kingdom founded north of Syria and the Euphrates after the breakup of Alexander's empire, is one of the most ambitious constructions of the Hellenistic period. The syncretism of its pantheon, and the lineage of its kings, which can be traced back through two sets of legends, Greek and Persian, is evidence of the dual origin of this kingdom's culture." -

Postcard 1

Postcard 2

Yipee! A written and stamped Nemrut card... Thank you so much Ezgi! =)

Postcard 3

Thank you so much Pinar for sharing with me this awesome UNESCO postcard
and for sharing with me the story behind the stamps --- Ertugrul frigate...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

PORTUGAL - Alto Douro Wine Region

"Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution." -

Postcard 1

Thank you so much for this card, Marta!

Postcard 2

A beautiful nicely shaped tile postcard!
Thank you so much Ines for this thank you card! ^-^

Thursday, February 22, 2018

FRANCE - Amiens Cathedral

"Amiens Cathedral, in the heart of Picardy, is one of the largest 'classic' Gothic churches of the 13th century. It is notable for the coherence of its plan, the beauty of its three-tier interior elevation and the particularly fine display of sculptures on the principal facade and in the south transept." -

Postcard 1

Thank you so much Laure for helping me out with my UNESCO cards collection! =)

Postcard 2

Top view of this gigantic Church!
Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for this amazing postcard!

FRANCE - Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange

"Situated in the Rhone valley, the ancient theatre of Orange, with its 103-m-long facade, is one of the best preserved of all the great Roman theatres. Built between A.D. 10 and 25, the Roman arch is one of the most beautiful and interesting surviving examples of a provincial triumphal arch from the reign of Augustus. It is decorated with low reliefs commemorating the establishment of the Pax Romana." -

Postcard 1

This is a great card! Thanks so much, Nancy! =)

Postcard 2

Postcard 3

Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for sending the above 2 postcards from Singapore!

FRANCE - Fortifications of Vauban

"Fortifications of Vauban consists of 12 groups of fortified buildings and sites along the western, northern and eastern borders of France. They represent the finest examples of the work of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), a military engineer of King Louis XIV. The serial property includes towns built from scratch by Vauban, citadels, urban bastion walls and bastion towers. There are also mountain forts, sea forts, a mountain battery and two mountain communication structures. This property is inscribed as bearing witness to the peak of classic fortifications, typical of western military architecture. Vauban also played a major role in the history of fortification in Europe and on other continents until the mid-19th century." -

Postcard 1: Besançon

Thank you so much Laure for sending me this card from France!

Postcard 2: Longwy

Thank you so much for sharing the Longwy card with me, Ulla!

Postcard 3: Mont-Louis

A surprise postcard from Jean Pierre!
Maraming maraming salamat (Thank you, thank you so much) for always
helping me out with my collection.
So happy here! ^-^

Postcard 4: Saint-Martin-de-Ré

Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for your
unending support in my postcards collection!

The 12 Sites

  • Arras, Pas-de-Calais: citadel
  • Besançon, Doubs: citadel, city walls and Fort Griffon
  • Blaye-Cussac-Fort-Médoc, Gironde: citadel of Blaye, city walls, Fort Paté and Fort Médoc
  • Briançon, Hautes-Alpes: city walls, Redoute des Salettes, Fort des Trois-Têtes, Fort du Randouillet, ouvrage de la communication Y and the Asfeld Bridge
  • Camaret-sur-Mer, Finistère: Tour dorée (lit. "Golden Tower") aka. Tour Vauban
  • Longwy, Meurthe-et-Moselle: ville neuve
  • Mont-Dauphin, Hautes-Alpes: place forte
  • Mont-Louis, Pyrénées-Orientales: citadel and city walls
  • Neuf-Brisach, Haut-Rhin: ville neuve/Breisach (Germany): gateway of the Rhine
  • Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Charente-Maritime: city walls and citadel
  • Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue/Tatihou, Manche: watchtowers
  • Villefranche-de-Conflent, Pyrénées-Orientales: city walls, Fort Libéria and Cova Bastera

FRANCE - Canal du Midi

"This 360-km network of navigable waterways linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 structures (locks, aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, etc.) is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. The care that its creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, took in the design and the way it blends with its surroundings turned a technical achievement into a work of art." -

Postcard 1

This view looks romantic... Thanks Nancy! =)

Postcard 2


Indeed a romantic view.
Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for sharing this awesome postcard with me!