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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

NEPAL - Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha

"Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature." -http://whc.unesco.org


Thank you so much Norma from Australia for sharing this interesting postcard with me!
 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

TANZANIA - Stone Town of Zanzibar

"The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which has brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium." -http://whc.unesco.org



Thank you so much Abbas for showing me a glimpse of the UNESCO Site
Stone Town in Zanzibar through this postcard!

TANZANIA - Kilimanjaro National Park

"At 5,895 m, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa. This volcanic massif stands in splendid isolation above the surrounding plains, with its snowy peak looming over the savannah. The mountain is encircled by mountain forest. Numerous mammals, many of them endangered species, live in the park." -http://whc.unesco.org

Postcard 1



One of my high school classmates sent me this postcard during
their honeymoon in Kenya. Thank you so much Ruth!
Looking forward to receive more postcards from your future travels!

Fact: Mount Kilimanjaro can be best viewed from Kenya
but you need to go to Tanzania if you'd climb it.


Postcard 2



Another great postcard showing a closer view of Mt. Kilimanjaro,
the highest mountain in Africa.
Thank you so much Abbas for this amazing postcard!

TANZANIA - Serengeti National Park

"The vast plains of the Serengeti comprise 1.5 million ha of savannah. The annual migration to permanent water holes of vast herds of herbivores (wildebeest, gazelles and zebras), followed by their predators, is one of the most impressive natural events in the world." -http://whc.unesco.org



An amazing sunset view at Serengeti.
The stamps also depicts giraffes cross road in Serengeti National Park.
Thank you so much Abbas for sharing with me this wonderful postcard!

TANZANIA - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

"The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains. Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years." -http://whc.unesco.org



One of my first 4 postcards from Tanzania!
Thank you so much Abbas from Dar Es Salaam for this wonderful postcard!

USA - San Antonio Missions

"The site encompasses a group of five frontier mission complexes situated along a stretch of the San Antonio River basin in southern Texas, as well as a ranch located 37 kilometres to the south. It includes architectural and archaeological structures, farmlands, residencies, churches and granaries, as well as water distribution systems. The complexes were built by Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century and illustrate the Spanish Crown’s efforts to colonize, evangelize and defend the northern frontier of New Spain. The San Antonio Missions are also an example of the interweaving of Spanish and Coahuiltecan cultures, illustrated by a variety of features, including the decorative elements of churches, which combine Catholic symbols with indigenous designs inspired by nature." -http://whc.unesco.org

Postcard 1: The Alamo
The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero
is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, now a museum in San Antonio.



This postcard completes my UNESCO postcards collection from the USA!
Thank you so much Judy for this wonderful postcard showing the Alamo!

LESOTHO / SOUTH AFRICA - Maloti-Drakensberg Park

"The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a transboundary site composed of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park in South Africa and the Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho. The site has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts as well as visually spectacular sculptured arches, caves, cliffs, pillars and rock pools. The site's diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally important plants. The site harbors endangered species such as the Cape vulture (Gyps coprotheres) and the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus). Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park also harbors the Maloti minnow (Pseudobarbus quathlambae), a critically endangered fish species only found in this park. This spectacular natural site contains many caves and rock-shelters with the largest and most concentrated group of paintings in Africa south of the Sahara. They represent the spiritual life of the San people, who lived in this area over a period of 4,000 years." -http://whc.unesco.org

Postcard 1: Central Drakensberg


 

"The Drakensberg is a famous area for hiking. I love to be there...", shares Gisela. 
Thank you so much for this card with colorful stamps, Gisela! =)


Postcard 2: Drakensberg in Kwazulu Natal Province



Thank you so much JP for this awesome postcard!
Hope you had a great time in South Africa last December!


Postcard 3: The Amphitheater & Tugela River



"Driving from Johannesburg to Durham with the scenic route,
we had the Drakensberg Mountains on our right all the way! Fantastic!",
shares Jean Pierre.
Thank you so much JP for sharing with me a glimpse of your trip in South Africa before 
Christmas 2016!  I love stamps too! ^-^