Saturday, September 2, 2017

PORTUGAL - Historic Centre of Oporto

"The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history. Its continuous growth, linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus, or port), can be seen in the many and varied monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typically Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much for this postcard, Joaquim!

Postcard 2
Thank you so much Miceu for sharing with me a glimpse of your beautiful hometown!

Postcard 3
Thank you so much Miguel for helping me out with my UNESCO collection!
And look at the round stamp! You made me happy!
Thank you so much, again! =)

Postcard 4
 Thank you so much Anna Sofia for this UNESCO postcard!
The stamp is cute too!

RUSSIA - Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve

"Located well above the Arctic Circle, the site includes the mountainous Wrangel Island (7,608 km2), Herald Island (11 km2) and surrounding waters. Wrangel was not glaciated during the Quaternary Ice Age, resulting in exceptionally high levels of biodiversity for this region. The island boasts the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus and the highest density of ancestral polar bear dens. It is a major feeding ground for the grey whale migrating from Mexico and the northernmost nesting ground for 100 migratory bird species, many endangered. Currently, 417 species and subspecies of vascular plants have been identified on the island, double that of any other Arctic tundra territory of comparable size and more than any other Arctic island. Some species are derivative of widespread continental forms, others are the result of recent hybridization, and 23 are endemic." -

Postcard 1
"Do you know that rivers on the island are freezing till the bottom that's why there are not any kind of fish?", shares Olya...
Thank you so much Olya for always helping me out with my UNESCO collection and for using great stamps!

Postcard 2
Another great postcard with a cute stamp from Vera.
Thank you so much for this, Vera!

RUSSIA - Putorana Plateau

"This site coincides with the area of the Putoransky State Nature Reserve, and is located in the central part of the Putorana Plateau in northern Central Siberia. It is situated about 100 km north of the Arctic Circle. The part of the plateau inscribed on the World Heritage List harbours a complete set of subarctic and arctic ecosystems in an isolated mountain range, including pristine taiga, forest tundra, tundra and arctic desert systems, as well as untouched cold-water lake and river systems. A major reindeer migration route crosses the property, which represents an exceptional, large-scale and increasingly rare natural phenomenon." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much, Vadim for completing my Russian UNESCO postcards collection!

Postcard 2
 Thank you so much Vera for this wonderful postcard with an equally wonderful stamp!
The stamp reminded me of my new experience last summer --- "grapes picking"!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

JAPAN - Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

"Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. During this period the framework of national government was consolidated and Nara enjoyed great prosperity, emerging as the fountainhead of Japanese culture. The city's historic monuments – Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and the excavated remains of the great Imperial Palace – provide a vivid picture of life in the Japanese capital in the 8th century, a period of profound political and cultural change." -

Postcard 1

Postcard 1.2: Todai-ji Temple
A great card of Todai-ji Temple shared by Noriko...
with matching stamp! I am sooo happy!
Arigato! =)

Postcard 1.3: Great Image of Buddha at Todai-ji Temple
Thank you so much Akiko for sharing this awesome postcard with me!
Great stamps too!

8 Places of Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
1. Tōdai-ji (Buddhist temple)
2. Kōfuku-ji  (Buddhist temple)
3. Kasuga Shrine (Shinto shrine)
4. Gangō-ji (Buddhist temple)
5. Yakushi-ji (Buddhist temple)
6. Tōshōdai-ji  (Buddhist temple)
7. Nara Palace Site (Palace)
8. Kasugayama Primeval Forest (Primeval forest)


"The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. This helped to establish the exact size and shape of the planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. It is an extraordinary example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, and of collaboration between monarchs for a scientific cause. The original arc consisted of 258 main triangles with 265 main station points. The listed site includes 34 of the original station points, with different markings, i.e. a drilled hole in rock, iron cross, cairns, or built obelisks." -

Postcard 1 : BELARUS: "Tchekutsk" (Chekutsk) in Ivanovo district
So happy to have this postcard! ^-^
A UNESCO-mapcard and written and stamped card with cute stamp!
Thank you so much Karina!

Postcard 2 : BELARUS: "Ossownitza" (Ossovnitsa) in Ivanovo district
Finally! I received the card!
Thank you so much Katya for not getting tired of sending the postcard! 
received this inside the envelope>

Postcard 3 : ESTONIA: Tartu Observatory

Thank you so much Heidi for sharing with me this card for our RR! =)

Postcard 4 : FINLAND: Alatornion Kirkko
Thank you, thank you so much Sini for sharing with me this postcard
and for helping me out with my collection!
I wish you luck in finding cards on your fast approaching trips!
Special thanks for the stamps! Take care!  =)

Postcard 5 : FINLAND: Oravivuori
Thank you so much Heidi for this card
with the commemorative stamp of the Struve Geodetic Arc!
Cute stamp... =)

Postcard 6 : UKRAINE: Stara Nekrasivka
Thank you so much Veronika for sharing with me this postcard! =)

Postcard 7: RUSSIA: Hogland, Z Point
You made me smile with your comment regarding this UNESCO Site, Vadim! =)
Thanks much especially for the stamps! 

Postcard 8: NORWAY: Fuglenes in Hammerfest
Northern lights in Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the world
"I think this card from Struve Geodetic Arc is the most beautiful
UNESCO card ever made in Norway", shares Joey of Stavanger, Norway.
Thank you so much Joey for this great postcard!

Postcard 9 : MOLDOVA: "Rudi" near Rudi village, Soroca district
Thank you so much Ecaterina for this awesome postcard with matching stamp!
The lone UNESCO Site from Moldova!

Chain of 34 Original Station Points
- Fuglenes in Hammerfest
- Raipas in Alta
- Luvdiidcohkka in Kautokeino
- Baelljasvarri in Kautokeino

- "Pajtas-vaara" (Tynnyrilaki) in Kiruna
- "Kerrojupukka" (Jupukka) in Pajala
 Pullinki in Övertorneå
- "Perra-vaara" (Perävaara) in Haparanda

- Stuor-Oivi (currently Stuorrahanoaivi) in Enontekiö
- Avasaksa (currently Aavasaksa) in Ylitornio
- Tornea (currently Alatornion kirkko) in Tornio
- Puolakka (currently Oravivuori) in Korpilahti
- Porlom II (currently Tornikallio) in Lapinjärvi
- Svartvira (currently Mustaviiri) in Pyhtää

- "Mäki-päälys" (Mäkipäällys (Finland 1917/1920-1940) in Hogland (Suursaari)
- "Hogland, Z" (Gogland, Tochka Z) in Hogland

- "Woibifer" (Võivere) in Väike-Maarja Parish
- "Katko" (Simuna) in Väike-Maarja Parish
- "Dorpat" (Tartu Observatory) in Tartu

- "Sestu-Kalns" (Ziestu) in Ērgļu novads
- "Jacobstadt" in Jēkabpils

- "Karischki" (Gireišiai) in Panemunėlis
- "Meschkanzi" (Meškonys) in Nemenčinė
- "Beresnäki" (Paliepiukai) in Nemėžis

 "Tupischki" (Tupishki) in Oshmyany district
- "Lopati" (Lopaty) in Zelva district
- "Ossownitza" (Ossovnitsa) in Ivanovo district
- "Tchekutsk" (Chekutsk) in Ivanovo district
- "Leskowitschi" (Leskovichi) in Ivanovo district

"Rudi" near Rudi village, Soroca district

Katerinowka in Antonivka, Khmelnytsky Oblast
- Felschtin in Hvardiiske, Khmelnytsky Oblast
 Baranowka in Baranivka, Khmelnytsky Oblast
- Staro-Nekrassowka (Stara Nekrasivka) in Nekrasivka, Odessa Oblast

Monday, August 21, 2017

URUGUAY - Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento

"Founded by the Portuguese in 1680 on the Río de la Plata, the city was of strategic importance in resisting the Spanish. After being disputed for a century, it was finally lost by its founders. The well-preserved urban landscape illustrates the successful fusion of the Portuguese, Spanish and post-colonial styles." -

Postcard 1


Thank you so much for this card, Atali! 
Cute triangular-shaped stamp too! Cheers! =)

Postcard 2: Lighthouse at Colonia del Sacramento


Thank you so much, Jorge for this wonderful postcard
with stamps showing Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos in Colonia of Sacramento!

Friday, July 7, 2017

ARGENTINA / BELGIUM / FRANCE / GERMANY / INDIA / JAPAN / SWITZERLAND - The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

"Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet." -

Postcard 1: Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France

"I visited the site and there are still nuns living there", shares Marie.
Thank you so much Marie for sharing with me this postcard!

Postcard 2: Maisons de la Weissenhof-SiedlungGermany

I am very happy because this postcard completes
my UNESCO postcards collection from Germany!
On the bottom left shows the Maisons de la Weissenhof-Siedlung.
Thank you so much Svenja for sharing this with me!

Postcard 3: Chandigarh Capitol Complex, India
Thank you so much for this wonderful postcard (with great stamps as well), Pulkit!
Hats off to Le Corbusier!

Postcard 4: National Museum of Western ArtJapan
Thank you so much Bei Hao for sharing this wonderful postcard with me! ^-^