Wednesday, September 14, 2016

TURKEY - Ephesus

"Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Little remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean. Since the 5th century, the House of the Virgin Mary, a domed cruciform chapel seven kilometres from Ephesus, became a major place of Christian pilgrimage. The Ancient City of Ephesus is an outstanding example of a Roman port city, with sea channel and harbour basin." -

Postcard 1: Aerial View of Ephesus

Thank you so much Genie of Belgium for remembering me during your trip to Turkey!
How sweet of you to send me this postcard...
Hope you enjoyed your holidays!

Postcard 2: The House of the Virgin Mary

Got this postcard 2 years ago... When the site still wasn't part of the UNESCO list.
Thank you so much Bahadir of Ankara, Turkey for sending my wish card!
"I wish you can visit Efes and see the House of the Virgin Mary one day", he wrote...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

UNITED KINGDOM - The Forth Bridge

"This railway bridge, crossing the Forth estuary in Scotland, had the world’s longest spans (541 m) when it opened in 1890. It remains one of the greatest cantilever trussed bridges and continues to carry passengers and freight. Its distinctive industrial aesthetic is the result of a forthright and unadorned display of its structural components. Innovative in style, materials and scale, the Forth Bridge marks an important milestone in bridge design and construction during the period when railways came to dominate long-distance land travel." -

Wow, the bridge is still in use after more than a century!
Thank you so much, JP for this awesome postcard!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

SAINT LUCIA - Pitons Management Area

"The 2,909-ha site near the town of Soufriere includes the Pitons, two volcanic spires rising side by side from the sea (770 m and 743 m high respectively), linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous fumeroles and hot springs. Coral reefs cover almost 60% of the site’s marine area. A survey has revealed 168 species of finfish, 60 species of cnidaria, including corals, eight molluscs, 14 sponges, 11 echinoderms, 15 arthropods and eight annelid worms. The dominant terrestrial vegetation is tropical moist forest grading to subtropical wet forest, with small areas of dry forest and wet elfin woodland on the summits. At least 148 plant species have been recorded on Gros Piton, 97 on Petit Piton and the intervening ridge, among them eight rare tree species. The Gros Piton is home to some 27 bird species (five of them endemic), three indigenous rodents, one opossum, three bats, eight reptiles and three amphibians." -

Postcard 1

Another great postcard with great stamps from Jean Pierre! ^-^
Thank you so much Jean Pierrre for making my collection grow!
Maraming maraming salamat!

Postcard 2

And you are back to St. Lucia after a year, Jean Pierre!
Look at the card you sent me last year...
Thank you so much for all these wonderful postcards!
I get to see great places I wish to go to someday... :)

Postcard 3

The Pitons as seen from Soufriere Town on the West Coast of St. Lucia.
Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for showing me the places you visit
through postcards!

MOROCCO - Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador)

"Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world." -

Postcard 1

Thank you again Naomi for this Essaouira card postmarked in Essaouira! =)
Am sooo happy with the cards!

Postcard 2

Sabrina from Switzerland sent me this card after knowing that the card
she sent for me from Morocco did not arrive.
Thank you so much, Sabrina for the special effort!
Super appreciated!

FRANCE - From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the Production of Open-pan Salt

"The Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, near Besançon, was built by Claude Nicolas Ledoux. Its construction, begun in 1775 during the reign of Louis XVI, was the first major achievement of industrial architecture, reflecting the ideal of progress of the Enlightenment. The vast, semicircular complex was designed to permit a rational and hierarchical organization of work and was to have been followed by the building of an ideal city, a project that was never realized.
The Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains was active for at least 1200 years until stopping activity in 1962. From 1780 to 1895, its salt water travelled through 21 km of wood pipes to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans. It was built near the immense Chaux Forest to ensure its supply of wood for fuel. The Saltworks of Salins shelters an underground gallery from the 13th century including a hydraulic pump from the 19th century that still functions. The boiler house demonstrates the difficulty of the saltworkers’ labour to collect the “White Gold”" -

Written and stamped and posted from the place itself! (look at the postmark!)
Thank you so much Jean Pierre for remembering to send me this postcard during your trip
on this UNESCO WHS!

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! ^-^

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

INDIA - Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) at Nalanda, Bihar

"The Nalanda Mahavihara site is in the State of Bihar, in north-eastern India. It comprises the archaeological remains of a monastic and scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE. It includes stupas, shrines, viharas (residential and educational buildings) and important art works in stucco, stone and metal. Nalanda stands out as the most ancient university of the Indian Subcontinent. It engaged in the organized transmission of knowledge over an uninterrupted period of 800 years. The historical development of the site testifies to the development of Buddhism into a religion and the flourishing of monastic and educational traditions." -

Another great postcard from Pulkit.
Received bent though...
Thank you so much, Pulkit!