22 Apr 2018

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel, Germany (UNESCO)


The Mountain Park Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel, Germany is the largest hillside park in Europe and second largest in the world. Construction began in the late 17th century under the rule of the Landgraves of Hesse-Kassel. Its completion took about 150 years. Originally it was laid out in the Baroque Style and later changed into an English landscape garden.
In 2013 it was added to the UNESO World Heritage list.
Thank you very much Ina for sending this awesome postcard :)

Petra, Jordan (UNESCO)



Seeing this absolutely breathtaking place with my own eyes, was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
The historical city of Petra, Jordan, nicknamed Rose City, because of the colour of the stone, once was the capital of the Nabataen Kingdom. The city is famous for its rock cut architecture and was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. In an inofficial but widely recognized vote, Petra was named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.
I sent this card home to my parents in law, who of course returned it to me for my collection :)

21 Apr 2018

Neues Palais (New Palace) Park of Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany (UNESCO)




I really love this gorgeous winter view of the New Palace in Sanssouci Park, Potsdam.
It was constructed under King Friedrich II. (Frederick the Great) between 1763 and 1769 after the 7-year-war, to celebrate the Prussian success. It was mostly used for state occasions but never as Frederick's royal residence. After the king's death it fell into disuse and it took about 70 years until renovations started as it became popular again, as the main residence of the German crown prince Friedrich Wilhelm who later was crowned  Frederick III, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia. His successor William II also considered the New Palace as his preferred residence.
A lot of the furniture was taken to the Netherlands where William II moved after his abdication. During World War II a lot of the remaining things in the palace were looted by Russian troops. The furniture that went to the Netherlands was given back eventually. The palace was not destroyed in the World War, so it remains now as it looked back in 1918.
It was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1990 as part of the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin.
Thank you Annette Schmitt for sending this awesome view of the New Palace !!!

Images from South Africa



This beautiful postcard I received from a former neighbour of mine. It shows different images of places in South Africa, which is still on my "Must See" list.
Thank you Thomas Rollik for this wonderful card !!!!

The Kokopelli



The Kokopelli is a deity of several native North American tribes, symbolizing fertility. He presides over childbirth and agriculture. The Southwest Indians also associate him universally with prosperity as well as their physical and spiritual wellbeing. It can often be found in the petroglyphs and pictographs of the southwest.
Thank you very much Linda for sending this beautiful card for the Postcrossing Favourites Tag !!!

20 Apr 2018

Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, Oman



This card I bought in Muscat, Oman during our cruise and sent it home to my parents. It shows the ruler of the Sultanate of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said. He is the 14th sultan of the Al Bu Sa'id Dynasty and the longest serving Arab leader. In 1970 he succeeded his father after a palace coup, thus ending the country's isolation, leading it into a more open and modern future by using the revenues of the oil reserves.
He is a well loved and respected ruler, as we ourselves were able to experience, the people talk about him with love and reverence, grateful for his wise leadership.

Opatija, Croatia



Opatija is a seaside resort on the beautiful coast of Croatia. It was one of the first tourist spots of the country and during the Austian-Hungarian rule it was one of the best places to visit. The statue of the Maiden with the Seagull is a landmark of the city.
Thank you Antonella for this awesome viewcard !!!

Valtice Castle, Czech Republic (UNESCO)



This beautiful card came as an official one via Postcrossing, sent by Dana, thank you !!!
It shows the wonderful castle of Valtice, built by the Liechtenstein family some 350 years ago. It is located close to Lednice Castle and both are withing the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape.

Rasender Roland, Rügen, Germany



Rasender Roland (Rushing Roland) is a narrow gauge railway on the island of Rügen, Germany with historic steam-powered engines and coaches that are about 100 years old.
Thank you Birgit Brettschneider for yet another wonderful Edition Tausendschön postcard !!!

18 Apr 2018

Mauritius, The Sega



The Sega is the traditional dance on the island of Mauritius. It originates from music and dance from Madagascar and the African mainland. It is usually sung in Creole and symoblizes the Mauritian way of life, joy and liveliness.
This beautiful card was sent by Tasneem Tegally, thank you very much !!!

15 Apr 2018

Treasure



One of the oldest postcards in my collection. It probably shows a floral clock in some park in Bonn - Bad Godesberg, Germany. It was sent to my late grandmother back when she was not yet married, on the 13th of August 1934. I am really happy and proud to have this treasure.

Sabalan Mountain, Iran



The Sabalan is the 3rd highest mountain in Iran, located in Azarbayjan, a northwestern region of the country. It rises up to 4.811 meters and is an inactive volcano.
For Zoroastianists it is a sacred place and the Nomads of this area believe that when all the snow of the mountain melts, it will announce the end of the time.
Thank you very much Ingrid for this awesome card !!!

Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, Germany (UNESCO)


The Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth is an outstanding example of the Baroque festival culture and was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2012. It was built according to plans of the French architect Joseph Saint-Pierre between 1744 and 1748. The interior was designed by the leading theatre architect of the time, Giuseppe Galli Bibiena from Italy.
Thank you Ina for the beautiful card !!!

14 Apr 2018

Paleokastritsa, Corfu, Greece



This card I sent home from our cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean with Costa Luminos. I really fell in love with this green island. In Paleokastritsa we visited a beautiful monastery with a spectacular view down to the sea.
In Greek mythology this is the place where Odysseus disembarked and met the Phaecian princess Nausikaa for the first time.

11 Apr 2018

Pechersk Lavra, Kyiv, Ukraine (UNESCO)



What a beautiful, sunny view of the Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv, also known as the Monastery of the Caves as it was built on a massive series of tunnels. It is an Orthodox Christian monastery. Together with Saint Sophia Cathedral is was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990.
Thank you very much Galina !!!

Québec, Le Petit Champlain, Canada



What a beautiful street view of Québec's lovely Le Petit Champlain district. Here it is beautifully decorated for the Christmas Season. I believe the picture is taken from the Breakneck Steps, Québec's oldest stairway, built in 1635. The neighbourhood is named after Samuel de Champlain, the founder of the city.

Venice Mapcard, Italy



I was really happy to receive this officical Postcrossing postcard from Monica, showing a map of Venice, Italy. I've been to that amazing city before, and cannot wait to get there again. So much history, so many awesome buildings. Thank you very much Monica for bringing back fond memories!

8 Apr 2018

Dubai, Business Bay at Dusk, United Arab Emirates


Right after we descended the Burj Khalifa, I found a postcard rack and just had to buy some of the offered cards. I especially fell in love with this dramatic view and had to send it home. For me it was a huge accomplishment to to get up to "The Top" in the world's highest building. Standing on the platform, watching the glittering city below, with cars small as toys, rushing along highways I could easily cover with the tip of my finger, really was a challenge for someone with a big fear of heights. But I made it !!!

Rietveld Schröder House, Utrecht, Netherlands (UNESCO)


A unique building in Utrecht, Netherlands. The Rietveld Schröder House was designed by Dutch architect Gerrit Riedveld for Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder and her 3 children in the De Stijl style. Mrs. Schröder lived in this house until her death in 1985. It was turned into a museum and is open for visits.
In 2000 it was inscribed into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as "an icon of the Modern Movement in architecture and an outstanding expression of human creative genius in its purity of ideas and concepts as developed by the De Stijl movement."
Thank you Miek for sending this wonderful card for the Postcrossing Favourites Tag and adding a new site to my UNESCO collection. 

7 Apr 2018

Tarkan, Turkey



This card was really a nice surprise, bringing back lots of fond memories of holidays spent in beautiful Turkey. Tarkan had a really big hit in the charts at the time and his song was literally everywhere. Back home, the first thing we did was buying his music :)
And it was this card that made me find out that Tarkan was born in Germany, not all that far away from my own home.
Thank you Helen for going to all this trouble to find this card for me !!!!