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)

Overview: Postcards in February 2017


It’s the beginning of March and the results of the charity campaign by Postcrossing and Deutsche Post are in. 83.721 postcards were sent from German postcrossers in the month of December! I sent 40 cards in December, 38 of them counted towards the campaign. Two didn’t arrive in time before the end of February. One of them was only a day late, the other is still travelling.

While I enjoy this campaign that gives an extra incentive for sending, I still continued sending cards in the last month. So, in February, I received 37 cards from 18 countries.

  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • China (4)
  • Czech Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland (3)
  • Germany (7)
  • Hungary
  • Netherlands (3)
  • Russia (3)
  • Serbia
  • Spain (2)
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine (2)
  • United Kingdom (2)
  • USA (2)
  • Vietnam

I received 12 cards of UNESCO sites, 4 of them are new to my collection.

  • Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh (Belarus)
  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Belgium)
  • Chengjiang Fossil Site (China)
  • The Grand Canal (China)
  • Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (China)
  • Archaeological Site of Olympia (Greece)
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russia)
  • Studenica Monastery (Serbia)
  • Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco (Spain)
  • Independence Hall (USA)
  • Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (Vietnam)

Overview: Postcards in January 2017


With the large number of cards I sent in December, especially towards the end of the month, I received an equally great amount of cards back in January. I sent 40 cards during the charity campaign of Postcrossing an Deutsche Post in December, 34 of which have already been registered. The remaining 6 still have time until the end of February to count towards the charity. In the meantime, I received 51 cards in January from 18 countries.

  • Austria (4)
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • China (2)
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland (2)
  • Germany (11)
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands (3)
  • New Zealand
  • Portugal (5)
  • Russia (7)
  • Slovakia
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan (2)
  • United Kingdom
  • USA (6)

Among those were cards of 17 different UNESCO sites:

  • Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape (Austria)
  • Semmering Railway (Austria)
  • Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape (Austria)
  • Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa (China)
  • Speyer Cathedral (Germany)
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (Germany)
  • Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin (Germany)
  • 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex (Italy)
  • Wadden Sea (Netherlands)
  • Historic Centre of Évora (Portugal)
  • Historic Centre of Oporto (Portugal)
  • University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia (Portugal)
  • Kizhi Pogost (Russia)
  • Lake Baikal (Russia)
  • Ironbridge Gorge (United Kingdom)
  • Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (USA)

Two of the sites are new to my collection, which makes a total of 649 collected sites.