Overview: Postcards in September 2015

September was marked by my vacation in Italy, also in terms of postcards. Before heading to Sicily, I arranged a few swaps on the Postcrossing forum and sent around 20 postcards from Italy (plus private ones to family and friends). Even though buying stamps proved difficult (the local postoffice ran out of stock), the cards arrived fairly quickly to their destinations. Now the return cards are coming my way. In addition, the cards from two larger swaps also arrived in September, as well as a few officials through Postcrossing.com.

In all, I received 50 cards in September, from 13 different countries:

  • Belgium
  • China (5)
  • Germany (3)
  • India (5)
  • Italy (4) – ok, I may have sent those to myself 😉
  • Japan
  • Lithuania (8)
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Spain (6)
  • Switzerland (2)
  • United Kingdom (13)
  • USA

40 of those show UNESCO sites (and 27 of them were new to my growing collection):

  • Major Mining Sites of Wallonia (Belgium)
  • Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (China)
  • Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (China)
  • The Great Wall (China)
  • Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains (China)
  • Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu (China)
  • Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (China)
  • Tusi Sites (China)
  • Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley (France)
  • Belfries of Belgium and France (France)
  • Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion (France)
  • Bordeaux, Port of the Moon (France)
  • Episcopal City of Albi (France)
  • Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl (Germany)
  • Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (Germany)
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi (India)
  • Sundarbans National Park (India)
  • Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (India)
  • Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi (India)
  • Hill Forts of Rajasthan (India)
  • Crespi d’Adda (Italy)
  • Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands) (Italy)
  • Mount Etna (Italy)
  • Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale (Italy)
  • Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range (Japan)
  • Vilnius Historic Centre (Lithuania)
  • Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines (Poland)
  • Lake Baikal (Russia)
  • Old City of Salamanca (Spain)
  • Pyrénées – Mont Perdu (Spain)
  • Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture (Spain)
  • Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana (Spain)
  • Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps (Switzerland)
  • Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd (UK)
  • City of Bath (UK)
  • Blaenavon Industrial Landscape (UK)
  • Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (UK)
  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (UK)

Apart from the cards I sent from my vacation, I also bought a huge pile for my own collection as well as for swaps. The Aeolian Islands are a UNESCO site, as is Mount Etna. Taormina is currently on the tentative list (and most Taormina cards also offer views of Mount Etna). I also found some cards of Val di Noto, Syracuse and the new Italian site in Palermo and Cefalu, added to the UNESCO list in July of this year.

In all, September was a very successful month for postcards. Some cards from the previous swaps are still on their way, so there should be more cards coming in throughout October. And maybe I can set up some new swaps with the cards from Italy in the next few weeks.

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