A postcard from Bhutan. Peaceful, serene with it's lush mountains, it just looks like a fantastic getaway destination! Or at least that is my first impression from this wonderful postcard.
This postcard shows Punakha Dzong. It was known in ancient times Druk Pungthang Dechhen Phrodang or “the palace of great happiness”. It is a fortress built in 1638. Pretty historical no? Today, it houses administrative offices and several religious sites.
The stamps used commemorates Teacher's Day 2012 in Bhutan. It was released on 2nd May 2012.
Thank you Tashi for the lovely postcard and stamps!
Here's a postcard I thought to be very rare. How often does one get to receive a postcard from Georgia?
is a sovereign state in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. The capital of Georgia is Tbilisi. Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 km square and its population is almost 4.7 million. This postcard, however, shows Batumi City. According to Anina,
who sent me the card, this photo was taken 100 years ago! The postcard has a
really nice brownish colour that gives it an aged feel.
The stamps are from a series depicting Georgian Manuscript monuments.
Here are the rest of the stamps.
Thank you Anina for the beautiful addition to my collection!
Here's a rather rare postcard sent on 26th September 2012. It depicts a view of the old City of Nicosia near the Venetian walls in Cyprus. The Venetian walls are the oldest walls built in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Venetians commissioned Italian military engineers in 1567 to design a fortification for Nicosia to protect it from an impending Ottoman invasion.
The stamp on the left was issued on 17th March 2012 in a series of 5 stamps portraying farm animals.
To celebrate World Post Day 2012, Singpost gave out a free Post-a-Card. The process was pretty simple. First, download the Post-a-Card application on your smartphone. Then select a picture for the front of your postcard. I selected a picture that I took in Venice, Italy.
Next, fill in details on the back of the card: a message to the addressee, the address that the postcard should be sent to, your own address, and wallah! Singpost would print the postcard and send it to your recepient without charge! The offer only lasts from 9th to 15th October 2012. This is how the back of the card looks like:
Singpost used this stamp for my card:
The stamp is part of a series of stamps issued on 14th September 2011. Here is the rest of the stamps:
More about these stamps can be found on these websites:
This postcard is from Sydney, Australia. I've been to Australia a few times: to Brisbane and Melbourne. But I've never been to Sydney. In the foreground is the Sydney Opera House on Benelong Point. The Government House, The Royal Botanic Gardens and part of the city skyline lie in the background.
I really liked the stamp that came along with the card. It shows the fairy penguins on Phillip Island, and I had visited that beautiful island when I went to Melbourne.
The stamp is from a series issued on 18th September 2012 based on the theme Road Trip. Here are the rest of the stamps.
A few days ago, I had a wonderful surprise when my postcard from Peru finally arrived. The postcard came in a yellow envoelope. I really like the red postmark because it was really special. A pity real stamps weren't used on this evelope.
This postcard is a scenic view of Chacraraju mountain, part of the Cordillera Blanca, in the Peruvian Andes. It consists of 2 peaks. The higher, Chacraraju West is 6108 meters above sea level. Chacraraju East is 6001 meters above sea level. This is my first postcard from Peru and I really love the mountain view!
This postcard is from Japan. It depicts a Unicorn confronting a Dragon. These are some of the mythical creatures that I am really fascinated with. The illustration on the postcard is from the book UNICORNIS: On the History and Truth of the Unicorn by Michael Green.
A small paragraph at the back of the postcard reads: Now, the Unicorn oversees all dominions of this world, and so in shadows he finally must confront the Worm. No creature exceeds the Unicorn in quickness or in courage, but vast and subtle is the knowledge of the Dragon.
I opened my mailbox today to quite a number of letters and postcards, and some of them happened to be really beautiful! Here is one from Ireland:
It came in a brown envelope. I opened it to find this Titanic postcard, which is one of my favourite cards to date. The Titanic was a British passenger liner that was one of the most luxurious ships ever built. It set off for its first and its last voyage on 10 April 1912. The Titanic met its tragic end when it hit an iceberg and sank.
This year marks the 100th year since the Titanic sank, and the Irish post has commemorated this incident by issuing some stamps. Here is a matching stamp that came along with the postcard:
Yup! So that's all from the Emerald Isle! Thank you Nora for the beautiful card and stamp!