Sunday, May 21, 2017

ALBANIA - Butrint

"Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city’s development." -

This postcard completes my UNESCO Postcards Collection from Albania!
Thank you so much Indrit for sharing this awesome postcard with me!

SPAIN - Works of Antoni Gaudí

"Seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in or near Barcelona testify to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These monuments represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal, style which was given free reign in the design of gardens, sculpture and all decorative arts, as well as architecture. The seven buildings are: Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell." -

Postcard 1: The 7 Properties

Thank you so much Cristina for this card! 
I wish to receive  another one that's written and stamped someday! =)

Postcard 2: Casa Vicens

A Christmas present!
Thank you so much Sandra for sharing with me this hard to get postcard!
This is very much appreciated! ^-^

Postcard 3: Casa Batlló

"This card shows the roof of the Batlló House", shares Clara.
Thank you so much Clara for this colorful card! =)

Postcard 4: Casa Batlló
Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for this wonderful surprise postcard of one of Gaudi's masterpieces in Spain!
Ohh and you sent it from Gibraltar!
Maraming salamat!

HUNGARY / SLOVAKIA - Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst

"The variety of formations and the fact that they are concentrated in a restricted area means that the 712 caves currently identified make up a typical temperate-zone karstic system. Because they display an extremely rare combination of tropical and glacial climatic effects, they make it possible to study geological history over tens of millions of years." -

Postcard 1: Slovakia - Dobšinská Ice Cave
Yey! Finally! Another new UNESCO Site for my collection!
Thank you so much dear Zuzana for sending this card!
She shared "this is one of the caves that belong to the Slovak Karst"

Postcard 2: Slovakia - Dobšinská Ice Cave
A very nice postcard with cute stamps from Zuzana
who wished me a happy Christmas 2015!
Thank you dear Zuzana... 
Yes, I had a great Christmas holidays spent with family...

Postcard 3: Slovakia - Dobšinská Ice Cave
Thank you so much Zuzana for this great New Year postcard!
Thank you also for the many wishes! ^-^

Postcard 4:  Slovakia - Domica Cave
Great view inside the cave!
Thank you so much dear Zuzana for this wonderful card! =)

Postcard 5:  Slovakia - Domica Cave
Another great card from Zuzana of Slovakia!
Thank you so much for always thinking and helping me increase my UNESCO collection!

Postcard 6:  Slovakia - Ochtinská Aragonite Cave 

Thank you so much Zuzana for sharing this very nice postcard!
I can't imagine how these beautiful formations look like inside the cave!
And I like the colorful stamps! ^-^

Postcard 7:  Slovakia - Ochtinská Aragonite Cave 

I like the stamps as much as I like the postcard, Zuzana!
Thanks for sharing these postcard with me.
The cave must really be beautiful inside!

Postcard 8:  Slovakia - Ochtinská Aragonite Cave 

Amazing view! Nature at its best!
Thank you again Zuzana for always sending beautiful postcards! ^-^

Postcard 9:  Slovakia - Gombasecká Jaskyňa Cave

Another surprise postcard from dear Zuzana!
Thank you so much for sharing with me this great postcard with great stamps!

Postcard 10:  Slovakia - Krásnohorská Jaskyňa (Slovak Karst)
A surprise postcard form dear Zuzana!
Thank you so much for making my blog beautiful with your postcards!

Postcard 11:  Slovakia - Silická Ladnica Ice Cave

Seems that the stalactites and stalagmites are in form of ice!
So nice to have this postcard, dear Zuzana! Thank you so much!

Postcard 12:  Slovakia - Jasovská Cave

Thank you so much Zuzana for this wonderful postcard with wonderful stamps!
I am happy that your grandson visits you often!

Postcard 13:  Hungary - Baradla Cave

"The Baradla Cave is the biggest and the most beautiful cave in Hungary", shares Julia who's been to this cave.
Thank you so much Julia for this wonderful card! =)

7 Components included are:

- Aggtelek
- Szendrő-Rudabánya Hill
- Esztramos Hill in Hungary, 
Dobšinská Ice Cave
- Koniar plateau
- Plešivec plateau
- neighbourhood of Silica and Jasov in Slovakia.

Some of 712 Caves included are:
> Baradla (Hungary) and Domica Cave (Slovakia)
> Gombasecka Cave
> Silicka Ladnica Ice Cave
> Dobšinská Ice Cave
> Ochtinská Aragonite Cave
> Jasovská Cave

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." -

Postcard 1: The Five Mission Sites
My thoughtful sis-in-law and her husband visited this UNESCO Site last March and surprised me with this postcard!
Thank you so much Ban & Ne!
Hope you could visit other Mission Sites too soon!
Ingat kayo dyan and best regards!

Postcard 2: 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!

CANADA - Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

"The contiguous national parks of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho, as well as the Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks, studded with mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves, form a striking mountain landscape. The Burgess Shale fossil site, well known for its fossil remains of soft-bodied marine animals, is also found there." -

Postcard 1: Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Card info: "Mt. Assiniboine towers above the majestic Canadian Rockies."

Thank you so much Kinsey for this wonderful card! 
You are so fortunate residing these wonerful peaks!
I so much like the stamps too!

Postcard 2: Maligne Lake

"The Maligne Lake is the most photographed spot in the Rockies, and very beautiful in real. The water is very bright blue in colour which always looks so crisp and clear in the summer ", shares Meaghan. Thank you, thank you, Meaghan for the opportunity of having this card!

Postcard 3: Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier

"This postcard shows a beautiful Fall day just before a very long and white winter in the mountains", shares Christine.
Thank you so much Christine for sharing with me this card... ^_^

Postcard 4: Banff National Park

Dannah, the sweet daughter of my lovely friend Queenie surprised me with this postcard.
Thank you so much to both of you! ^-^

POLAND - Old City of Zamość

"Zamosc was founded in the 16th century by the chancellor Jan Zamoysky on the trade route linking western and northern Europe with the Black Sea. Modelled on Italian theories of the 'ideal city' and built by the architect Bernando Morando, a native of Padua, Zamosc is a perfect example of a late-16th-century Renaissance town. It has retained its original layout and fortifications and a large number of buildings that combine Italian and central European architectural traditions." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much Boguslaw for this card!

Postcard 2: Mapcard of the Old City of Zamosc

Thank you so much Gosia for choosing this postcard for me!
And I just love the stamps! Sunflowers and roses are my favorites!
I know you had a great time in this City last summer though it's too far from your place...