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. 

Overview: Postcards in May 2017

I did not have much time for sending postcards, so the received pile was also rather small in May. Since its the middle of June already I can say that it won’t be much more this month, either.

In May I received 11 postcards from 8 different countries:

  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China (4)
  • Netherlands 
  • Thailand 
  • Ukraine 
  • USA 

Eight of the cards show UNESCO sites, with three new additions to my collection:

  • Semmering Railway (Austria)
  • Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás (Brazil)
  • Historic District of Old Québec (Canada)
  • The Great Wall (China)
  • West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou ( China)
  • Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (China)
  • Defence Line of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (Ukraine)

Overview: Postcards in April 2017

One card for every day! Well, almost. In April I received 29 postcards from 15 different countries.

  • Australia
  • Austria (2)
  • Brasil
  • Bulgaria
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany (2)
  • India (7)
  • Indonesia (2)
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia (2)
  • Spain (2)
  • USA (4)

Since many of the cards came through swaps, there were lots of UNESCO cards among them. But, it’s getting harder to receive new sites. Although I got cards of 16 UNESCO sites, only 4 of them are new for my collection. In the meantime, I increasingly look for Tentative UNESCO sites, as well. 

  • Fraser Island (Australia)
  • Site of Xanadu (China)
  • Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec (Czech Republic)
  • Monastic Island of Reichenau (Germany)
  • Ajanta Caves (India)
  • Sundarbans National Park (India)
  • Khajuraho Group of Monuments (India)
  • Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat (India)
  • Borobudur Temple Compounds (Indonesia)
  • Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata (Italy)
  • Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines (Mexico)
  • Historic Centre of Warsaw (Poland)
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russia)
  • Poblet Monastery (Spain)
  • Sacred City of Kandy (Sri Lanka)
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (USA)

Overview: Postcards in March 2017

In March I received 25 postcards from 14 different countries:

  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • China (3)
  • Estonia
  • Germany (3)
  • Hong Kong (3)
  • India
  • Japan
  • Philippines 
  • Russia (5)
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan (2)
  • Turkey
  • USA

Among them were also 12 cards of UNESCO sites with four new sites for my collection and the last missing site from Cyprus.

  • Historic Centre of São Luís (Brazil)
  • Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde (China)
  • Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun (China)
  • Painted Churches in the Troodos Region (Cyprus)
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley (Germany)
  • Taj Mahal (India)
  • Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (Japan)
  • Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range (Japan)
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russia)
  • Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow (Russia)
  • Volcanoes of Kamchatka (Russia)
  • Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (Sri Lanka)