Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal is the ruins of an ancient city of the Maya civilization. It was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1979. This is my first card from Guatemala. Thanks go to Richie.

Tikal, GuatemalaThe stamps were issued in 2015 to celebrate “Guatemala as the Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2015”. Each stamp features a Quetzal, which is the national bird and currency of the country. They have a face value of 2 Quetzals.

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Cocotaxis at the entrance of Palacio de Artesanía, Havana, Cuba

Cocotaxis are a popular form of transportation in Havana, Cuba. It is a unique experience and you can get a different perspective of everything while riding through the streets. My girlfriend sent me this card on a recent trip we made to Cuba. It was sent from Old Havana. It took almost 2 months to arrive.

Here are some pictures from our trip to Cuba (hosted on Flickr)

Cocotaxis at the entrance of Palacio de Artesanía, Havana, Cuba

The stamp was issued in 2014 to celebrate the 20th Congress of the Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC). It was not postmarked. The stamp has a a value of 25 Cuban Pesos.

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Views from Guernsey

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a British Crown dependency. It is in the English Channel, off the coast of Normandy. 1. Noonday Gun, Castle Cornet 2. Castle Cornet 3. Castle Cornet Panorama. Thanks to Monica. I received this one in August 2013, sent from Saint Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey.

Views from Guernsey

The stamp was not cancelled. It is part of the 2013 EUROPA The Postman’s Van series. It has a value of .66 Guernsey pound.

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Þingvellir National Park, Iceland

Þingvellir National Park is a historical site in Iceland. It is where Parliament (Alþingi) was established in 930 and remained there until 1798. In 2004 it became a World Heritage Site. The postcard was postmarked in Reykjavík. Thanks to Hjalti.

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland

Iceland Stamps

The stamp on the left represents The door of Valþjófsstaðir, a medieval (13th century) carved church door. The stamp was issued in 2010 and has a face value of 10 Icelandic Króna.

The stamp on the right was issued also in 2010 and features a harp seal. It has a value of 220 Icelandic Króna.

Jaffa, Israel

Jaffa, Israel

Jaffa is a port city in the Tel-Aviv municipality. It is known for its biblical stories. In 636 it was conquered by the Arabs, but in 1100 it was captured after the First Crusade by the Christians. Throughout the rest of the Crusades, the city constantly changed rulers, as the Crusaders and Arabs alternated their power. Thanks to Osnat.

Jaffa Location on Google Maps

Postage Value:  4.20 ISL (Israeli Shekel) = 1.16 USD

Old Jaffa, Isreal

Killarney National Park, Ireland

Killarney National Park, Ireland

Killarney National Park is located in Killarney, County Kerry. It was the first national park in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932. The park covers over 102 square km, including several lakes and woodlands. The Ross Castle can be observed on the top right, it was built in the late 15th century. The Muckross House is on the bottom right corner, it is a mansion built in 1843, characterized for its Tudor style. Thanks go out to Julia.

Official Site

Killarney National Park Location on Google Maps

Postage value: .90 EUR (1.19 USD)

Killarney, Ireland

Třebíč, Czech Republic

Třebíč, Czech Republic

Třebíč is a city in the Moravian part of Czech Republic. It is a regional center with a population of approx. 40 000. The Jewish Quarter and St Procopius’ Basilica were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2003.

UNESCO World Heritage List info

Postage: 21 Czech Koruna (1.07 USD)

Location on Google Maps

Třebíč, Czech Republic

Ohrid, Macedonia

Ohrid, Macedonia

Ohrid is a city in the Republic of Macedonia, with over 42 000 inhabitants. It is often referred as the Jerusalem of the Balkans for its many churches. The city is really picturesque and tourism is predominant. It is located southwest of the capital Skopje. In 1979 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Thanks Ana!

More information from the UNESCO WHS site.

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Palm Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates

Palm Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates

The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago created using land reclamation. It is shaped as a palm tree and is 5 by 5 kilometers. Construction began in June 2001. The Palm Jumeirah was created by pouring sand fill onto the 10.5 metre-deep seabed using dredgers. Above sea level, 3 metres of the reclamation were achieved by a dredging technique known as “rainbowing”, in which the sand fill was sprayed over the surface of the rising island.

Palm Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates