Tuesday, October 25, 2016

THAILAND - Historic City of Ayutthaya

"Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour." -

Postcard 1

Thank you so much Nat for sharing this wonderful postcard with me! :)

Postcard 2: The Reclining Buddha

Thank you so much Jirat for this great card with great stamps! :)
Special thanks for the special postmark of the World Stamp Exhibition 2013!
I wish to visit your place one day...

Postcard 3: The Reclining Buddha

Jean Pierre of France just visited the ancient City of Ayutthaya...
Thank you so much, JP for sending me this postcard!

SRI LANKA - Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

"Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions." -

Postcard 1: Aerial View

Great view of the Walled City...
Thank you so much Ameena for sending me this card! =)

Postcard 2: Aerial View

"A colonial town in the Southern coastline of Sri Lanka.
There is a Dutch Fort that is built during the Dutch rein in SL.
Many buildings around this Fort still have its colonial architectural features", shares Sachi.
Many many thanks Sachi for this card! =)

Postcard 3: Galle, Up Close

The postcard shows the Maritime Archaeology Museum, All Saints Church Fort Galle
and the National Museum
I am sure you enjoyed your visit to these places, Jean Pierre!
Thank you so much for sharing with me glimpses of your travels through postcards!
Sri Lanka has awesome stamps too!

SRI LANKA - Sacred City of Anuradhapura

"This sacred city was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again." -

Postcard 1

"The first ancient Kingdom in Sri Lanka", shares Sachi...
Thank you so much for this card! =)

Postcard 2

JP in Sri Lanka! 
Thank you so much for sending me this UNESCO postcard Jean Pierre!

ITALY - Mantua and Sabbioneta

"Mantua and Sabbioneta, in the Po valley, in the north of Italy, represent two aspects of Renaissance town planning: Mantua shows the renewal and extension of an existing city, while 30 km away, Sabbioneta represents the implementation of the period’s theories about planning the ideal city. Typically, Mantua’s layout is irregular with regular parts showing different stages of its growth since the Roman period and includes many medieval edifices among them an 11th century rotunda and a Baroque theatre. Sabbioneta, created in the second half of the 16th century under the rule of one person, Vespasiano Gonzaga Colonna, can be described as a single-period city and has a right angle grid layout. Both cities offer exceptional testimonies to the urban, architectural and artistic realizations of the Renaissance, linked through the visions and actions of the ruling Gonzaga family. The two towns are important for the value of their architecture and for their prominent role in the dissemination of Renaissance culture. The ideals of the Renaissance, fostered by the Gonzaga family, are present in the towns’ morphology and architecture." -

Postcard 1: Church of Incoronata, Sabbioneta


Thank you so much for this card, Gosia!

Postcard 2: Saint Georg's Castle, Mantua

Another surprise from Jean Pierre of France who visited this UNESCO Site in Italy!
Maraming salamat sa pag-alala, JP!

Friday, October 14, 2016

ITALY - Historic Centre of Naples

"From the Neapolis founded by Greek settlers in 470 B.C. to the city of today, Naples has retained the imprint of the successive cultures that emerged in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. This makes it a unique site, with a wealth of outstanding monuments such as the Church of Santa Chiara and the Castel Nuovo." -

Postcard 1

Thank you so much Claudia who's residing in Napoli,
for sharing with me this wonderful card!
Though the stamps were not postmarked,
I'm so glad having them! My first stamps on fashion! =)

Postcard 2

"The Royal Palace in Napoli", shares Claudia...
Thank you so much Claudia both for the card and the wonderful stamps!

Postcard 3

"This card shows the part of the square in front of the Royal Palace..." says Claudia.
Thanks much, friend...

Postcard 4

"The pale yellow building is the 'GALLERIA UMBERTO 1st'
while the building on the right is the 'TEATRO SAN CARLO' - the oldest
continuously active Opera House in Europe... 
All are included in the UNESCO list " shares Claudia.
Thank you so much Claudia for all the information!
Feels like I've gone to Napoli thru all these cards... =)

Postcard 5

"This is the interior view of the GALLERIA UMBERTO 1st.
The roof is made of iron and glass..." shares Claudia.
Grazie, Claudia!

Postcard 6

Postcard 7

Thank you so much for the postcards 6 & 7, Jean Pierre!

Monday, October 10, 2016

ITALY - Historic Centre of Urbino

"The small hill town of Urbino, in the Marche, experienced a great cultural flowering in the 15th century, attracting artists and scholars from all over Italy and beyond, and influencing cultural developments elsewhere in Europe. Owing to its economic and cultural stagnation from the 16th century onwards, it has preserved its Renaissance appearance to a remarkable extent." -

"Urbino is the City of painter Raffaello and my College Alma Mater", shares Alessandro.
Thank you so much, Alessandro for this wonderful postcard
and for sharing some information about it!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

ICELAND - Surtsey

"Surtsey, a volcanic island approximately 32 km from the south coast of Iceland, is a new island formed by volcanic eruptions that took place from 1963 to 1967. It is all the more outstanding for having been protected since its birth, providing the world with a pristine natural laboratory. Free from human interference, Surtsey has been producing unique long-term information on the colonisation process of new land by plant and animal life. Since they began studying the island in 1964, scientists have observed the arrival of seeds carried by ocean currents, the appearance of moulds, bacteria and fungi, followed in 1965 by the first vascular plant, of which there were 10 species by the end of the first decade. By 2004, they numbered 60 together with 75 bryophytes, 71 lichens and 24 fungi. Eighty-nine species of birds have been recorded on Surtsey, 57 of which breed elsewhere in Iceland. The 141 ha island is also home to 335 species of invertebrates." -

Finally completed postcards showing UNESCO Sites from Iceland!
Thank you so much Patrik from Estonia who visited Iceland!
Hope you had fun during your trip!