Overview: Postcards in December 2017

In December I received 16 postcards, including some nice holiday and new year’s greetings. I didn’t send as many as I wanted to, though. As in the last years, Postcrossing again joined up with the Deutsche Post to donate 10 cent for every Postcrossing card sent from Germany in the month of September. I had planned to have all my available cards travelling and drawing new addresses as soon as one arrived, but ended up only sitting down twice throughout the entire month to send some cards. I did fill up the remaining slots on the 31st, though and wrote the cards in the days after. So now I have quite a lot of cards on their way and will hopefully receive a bunch in January.

The cards I received in December came from 12 countries:

  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Germany (4)
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • Philippines
  • Russia (2)
  • Ukraine

I didn’t do many swaps last month and only received three cards of UNESCO sites, but still one that is new for my collection for a total of 688 sites.

  • Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia)
  • Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (China)
  • Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad (Russia)

Overview: Postcards in November 2017

In November I received 24 cards from 17 countries.

  • Armenia
  • China
  • Finland
  • France (2)
  • Germany (6)
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan (2)
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • USA

I received cards of 11 UNESCO sites. Only One of them is new to my collection, but it concludes once again the collection for India, adding the new site from there.

  • Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing (China)
  • Historic Centre of Macao (China)
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims  (France)
  • Aachen Cathedral (Germany)
  • Cologne Cathedral (Germany)
  • Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey (Germany)
  • Historic City of Ahmadabad (India)
  • City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto (Italy)
  • Yakushima (Japan)
  • Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara (Japan)
  • Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church (United Kingdom)

Overview: Postcards in October 2017

In October I received 18 cards from 11 different countries:

  • Austria
  • China (3)
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Kazakhstan
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia (3)
  • Spain (3)
  • USA (2)

I received cards of 12 UNESCO sites with 6 new additions to my collection, for a total of 689 sites. With Papahānaumokuākea I received my last missing site from the USA.

  • Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa (China)
  • Kaiping Diaolou and Villages (China)
  • Cologne Cathedral (Germany)
  • Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura (Italy)
  • Historic City of Yazd (Iran)
  • Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao (Netherlands)
  • Cultural Landscape of Sintra ( Portugal)
  • Wooden Churches of the Maramures (Romania)
  • Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk (Russia)
  • Teide National Park (Spain)
  • Antequera Dolmens Site (Spain)
  • Papahānaumokuākea (USA)

Overview: Postcards in September 2017

The swaps I started in August kept coming in throughout September. Also, the cards I sent to myself from Italy arrived. I started sending some cards through Postcrossing in the middle of the month, so I received a few cards from there, as well. In September I received 38 cards from 18 countries.

  • Australia
  • Brazil (2)
  • Canada
  • China (3)
  • Czech Republic (2)
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany (9)
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy (2)
  • Japan
  • Malaysia (2)
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Russia (2)
  • Spain (2)
  • USA (5)

I received cards of 12 UNESCO sites, with four new additions to my collection, for a total of 683 collected UNESCO sites.

  • Pampulha Modern Ensemble (Brazil)
  • Mount Huangshan (China)
  • Kulangsu, a Historic International Settlement (China)
  • Qinghai Hoh Xil (China)
  • Historic Centre of Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France)
  • Historic Centre of Florence (Italy)
  • Historic Centre of the City of Pienza (Italy)
  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Japan)
  • White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal (Russia)
  • Golden Mountains of Altai (Russia)
  • Works of Antoni Gaudí (Spain)

Overview: Postcards in August 2017

While there wasn’t much mail in the beginning of August, it picked up towards the end of the month thanks to my vacation and the swaps I had arranged to send from Italy. In the end, I received 34 cards from 16 countries (and brought home a lot more from my vacation in Tuscany).

  • Austria (2)
  • Belgium
  • Canada (3)
  • China (3)
  • France (3)
  • Germany (5)
  • Hong Kong
  • India (3)
  • Netherlands
  • Poland (2)
  • Russia (3)
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Ukraine (3)

Through the swaps I received a number of UNESCO cards and I also visited a few UNESCO sites in Italy where I bought cards for myself and to swap. In all, there are cards from 21 different UNESCO sites with 8 new additions to my collection. That makes a total of 679 UNESCO sites in my collection.

  • Stoclet House (Belgium)
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims (France)
  • Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret (France)
  • Sun Temple, Konârak (India)
  • Elephanta Caves (India)
  • Western Ghats (India)
  • Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura (Italy)
  • Historic Centre of Florence (Italy)
  • Piazza del Duomo, Pisa (Italy)
  • Venice and its Lagoon (Italy)
  • Historic Centre of Siena (Italy)
  • Historic Centre of the City of Pienza (Italy)
  • Villa Romana del Casale (Italy)
  • Val d’Orcia (Italy)
  • Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (Italy)
  • Historic Centre of Warsaw (Poland)
  • Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity (Slovakia)
  • Historic City of Toledo (Spain)
  • Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
  • Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (Ukraine)
  • L’viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre (Ukraine)

Overview: Postcards in July 2017

July brought some more cards than the previuos months and it was also an interesting month for UNESCO collectors like myself with the World Heritage Committee inscribing new properties to the World Heritage list. But first for the regular cards: In July I received 25 postcards from 12 different countries.

  • Australia (2)
  • Belarus
  • Belgium (2)
  • China (4)
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland (2)
  • Germany (2)
  • India (5)
  • Japan
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • USA (3)

Eleven of the cards are from UNESCO World Heritage sites, with three new additions to my collection.

  • Fraser Island (Australia)
  • Purnululu National Park (Australia)
  • Mount Taishan (China)
  • The Great Wall (China)
  • Mount Huangshan (China)
  • Sun Temple, Konârak (India)
  • Great Living Chola Temples (India)
  • Khangchendzonga National Park (India)
  • Cultural Landscape of Sintra (Portugal)
  • Medieval Monuments in Kosovo (Serbia)
  • Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek (USA)

After I wrote last month about completing my Germany collection, I already have to reopen it. As expected, a new German UNESCO site was added this month, along with 20 other new sites overall. This also reopens my collections of Albania, Austria, Poland and Russia that I had previously completed. Overall, there are now 1073 UNESCO sites to collect. After recounting my collection I now have postcards of 671 UNESCO sites from 97 countries!

Overview: Postcards in June 2017

June was another month of low activity with only a few postcards sent and received. But among them was a fun puzzle postcard and my first ever card from Pakistan. I received 14 postcards from 7 countries. 

  • Belarus
  • Canada (2)
  • Germany (7)
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands 
  • Pakistan 
  • Russia

Among them were 8 cards of UNESCO sites, 4 of them new to my collection.

  • Mistaken Point (Canada)
  • Speyer Cathedral (Germany)
  • Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier (Germany)
  • Berlin Modernism Housing Estates (Germany)
  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Germany)
  • Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro (Pakistan)
  • Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem (Palestine)
  • Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin (Russia)

For the moment, my Germany collection is complete again with the addition of my last missing site. But this might change soon, since new UNESCO World Heritage sites are about to be announced.