Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Tobago Cays

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a sovereign state in the Lesser Antilles island arc, in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lies at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The Tobago Cays are an archipelago located in the Southern Grenadines comprising five small islands and extensive coral reefs. The cays - Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby, all uninhabited and popular tourism destination.

This two stamps are from set Crotons, issued on 01.01.1996.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Nevis: Main Street in Charlestown

Nevis is a small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. Nevis and the neighboring island of Saint Kitts constitute one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Capital city is Charlestown. Saint Kitts and Nevis are separated by a shallow 3 kilometer  channel known as "The Narrows". Nevis is roughly conical in shape with a volcano known as Nevis Peak at its center.

Two nice exotic stamps with clear postmark:
Pineapple, from set Fruit, issued on 09.03.1998.
Queen Conch, from set World Wildlife Fund, issued on 31.01.1990.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Flags of the World Series: Singapore

I received another postcard from Flags of the World Series, this time from Singapore, a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometers).

Two interesting stamps on postcard, both from set Greetings from the Merlion, issued on 15.11.2017.

Thank you Rachel!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Antigua and Barbuda: English Harbour

Antigua and Barbuda is a sovereign state lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands.

English Harbour is a natural harbour and settlement on the island of Antigua, in the extreme south of the island. The settlement takes its name from the nearby harbour in which the Royal Navy established its base of operations for the area during the eighteenth century.

This small stamp with large postmark is from set Fauna, issued on 01.10.2007.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Beautiful cover from French Polynesia

I received my first cover from French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of the French Republic. It is composed of 118 geographically dispersed islands and atolls stretching over an expanse of more than 2,000 kilometers in the South Pacific Ocean. Its total land area is 4,167 square kilometers.

Stamps on cover:
Complete set Crabs (Coconut Crab, Fiddler Crab & Hermit Crab), issued on 22.01.1986.
Two stamps from set Tiare Flower, issued on 05.12.1990.
The last one is from set Aquaculture, issued on 17.03.1980.

Inside was postcard of beautiful Tahiti, which is located within the Society Islands, is the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the collectivity, Papeete. It has close to 69% of the population of the islands in 2017.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Parliament buildings in Barbados

The Parliament Buildings  is the seat of the Parliament of Barbados. Built between 1870 and 1874, the buildings have been the meeting place for both chambers of Parliament since 16 June 1874, and a former site of Colonial administration of Barbados. It consists of two buildings in the neo-Gothic architectural style, and are reminiscent of the Victorian era of Great Britain. The buildings are situated along the north bank of the Constitution River.

Both stamps are part of set International Stamp Exhibition "Philanippon '01" in Tokyo, issued on 01.08.2001.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Monday, March 19, 2018

The East coast of Barbados

I received my first postcard from Barbados, an island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean region of North America. It is 34 kilometers in length and up to 23 km in width, covering an area of 432 km2. It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 km east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 km north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital and largest city is Bridgetown.

First stamp is Vanden Plas Princess Limousine, from set Vintage cars, issued 07.11.2000. Other two stamps are Harrison's Cave and Villa Nova, from set Pride of Barbados, issued on 22.05.2000.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Cable Bay in Saint Kitts

This beautiful sight over Cable Bay in Saint Kitts is my second postcard from this fantastic island in the West Indies. For hundreds of years, St. Kitts operated as a sugar monoculture, but due to decreasing profitability, the government closed the industry in 2005. Tourism is a major and growing source of income to the island, and when you see this view, it's not hard to conclude why people go there. Definitely on my wish list.

Again is mini sheet used for postage, this time orchid Psychilis atropurpurea, issued on 18.09.2001.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saint Kitts: Church in Basseterre

This is my first postcard from Saint Kitts, an island in the West Indies. The west side of the island borders the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. Saint Kitts and the neighbouring island of Nevis constitute one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Saint Kitts and Nevis are separated by a shallow 3-kilometre channel known as "The Narrows".

On this postcard you can Immaculate Conception Co-Cathedral Catholic Church in capital city Basseterre, one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean.

It's rare to see mini sheet used for postage, and it's always wonderful! This is mushroom Lepiota procera, issued on 18.09.2001.

Thank you Wolfgang!

Postcard from Bhutan

This is my first postcard from The Kingdom of Bhutan, a landlocked country in South Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north, the Sikkim state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet in the west, the Arunachal Pradesh state of India in the east, and the state of Assam and North Bengal in the south. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuensholing is its financial center. The country's landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north, where there are peaks in excess of 7,000 meters. State religion is Vajrayana Buddhism.

This postcard was sent from Phuensholing, with stamp from set Traditional Sports, issued on 15.12.2015.

Thank you Jenny!