Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Chile: Multi-View Card

I received this nice card from a friend of mine. He was hiking with friends on the "Greater Patagonian Trail" in Chile. It is a long distance network of trails in the southern Andes that spans from the outskirts of Santiago all the way to southern Patagonia. On this journey they made a documentary of their experiences to create more awareness for the issues the people are dealing with in this region.

They now started a Kickstarter-Campaign to make this documentary possible. If you like to contribute, check this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1118318772/unbounded-a-feature-documentary


Many thanks to Aljoscha and to the Crew of the Unbounded Film Project!

Also check their FB-Page: https://www.facebook.com/unboundedthefilm/

Friday, 23 June 2017

Ukraine: EUROPA - "Castles"

Ukraine issued two different stamps for the EUROPA 2017 theme. The stamps show Medzhybizh Fortress (left) and Olesko Castle (right). The first one is situated at the confluence of the Southern Bug and Buzhenka rivers, in the town of Medzhybizh. It was built as a bulwark against Ottoman expansion in the 1540s and became one of the strongest fortresses of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland in Podolia. Olesko Castle is located within the borders of the present-day Busk Raion in Ukraine. The first historical records of the castle are in a document dated 1327, when Pope Boniface IX gave Halych, a Catholic bishop, this castle as a gift. It is located about seventy-five kilometers from Lviv, the largest city in western Ukraine.

EUROPA - "Castles" - Issued: 09-06-2017

Many thanks to Roman for this nice Cover!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Spain: Cover from B.I.O. Hesperides

BIO Hespérides (A-33), is a Spanish polar research vessel. It was built in 1990, by Bazán Shipyards of Cartagena (Spain). Hespérides is used to service the research bases in Antarctica, mainly the Spanish Juan Carlos I Antarctic Base, as well as to perform research voyages. It is operated by the Spanish Navy and the responsible of the scientific equipment is the Spanish National Research Council.

The Ship departed from its base in Cartagena back in December 2016 for its 30th Antarctic campaign. Throughout this campaign 17 scientific research projects took place. Many of these projects were related to research on climate change and global warming. It arrived back in Cartagena in the End of May 2017.

The 30th Anniversary of Spain as Member State of the European Union - Issued: 07-07-2016

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

San Marino: EUROPA - "Castles"

This Cover was also mailed from the International Stamp Fair in Essen. It arrived some days ago and shows the contribution of San Marino to this year's EUROPA stamps theme. San Marino is an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains. Its size is just over 61 km2 (24 sq mi), with a population of 33,562. Its capital is the City of San Marino and its largest city is Serravalle. San Marino has the smallest population of all the members of the Council of Europe.

The € 0.95 value shows the Second Tower of San Marino, called Cesta, situated on the highest point of Mount Titano, 755 meters above sea level. It was an ancient Roman watchtower and in 1956 it became the seat of the Museum of Ancient Arms. The €1.00 value shows the First Tower, named Guaita, which is the major and most ancient of the three rocks, dating back to the 11th century.

EUROPA "Castles" (Full Set) - Issued: 07-03-2017

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Switzerland: Churfirsten Mountain Range

Churfirsten is a mountain range of peaks that rise up to 2,306 metres above sea level over Lake Walen, Switzerland. They form the natural boundary between the canton's Toggenburg and Sarganserland districts. The name is a plural, indicating the peaks forming the historical boundary of the bishopric of Chur. It has historically also been folk-etymologized as "Kurfürsten", i.e. the prince-electors of the Holy Roman Empire who in the later medieval period (until 1648) numbered seven, which in turn encouraged the count of seven main or "official" peaks. The standard "seven peaks" of the Churfirsten are (from west to east):Selun (2205 m), Frümsel (2263 m), Brisi (2279 m), Zuestoll (2235 m), Schibenstoll (2234 m), Hinterrugg (2306 m), Chäserrugg (2262 m).

Churfirsten (Strip of four Stamps) - Issued: 11-05-2017

Many thanks to Hansjürg for this great Cover!