Botswana - Okavango Delta

"This delta in northwest Botswana comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. It is one of the very few major interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean, with a wetland system that is almost intact. One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the river Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronised their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods. It is an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes. The Okavango delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


A multi-view postcard showing Okavango Delta in the top right corner. Thanks to KC for mailing from Botswana.

Israel - Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves

"On the western slope of the Mount Carmel range, includes the cave sites of Tabun, Jamal, el-Wad and Skhul. It covers 54 hectares and contains cultural deposits representing 500,000 years of human evolution with evidence of burials, early stone architecture and the transition from a hunter-gathering lifestyle to agriculture and animal husbandry. The site demonstrates the unique existence of both Neanderthals and Early Anatomically Modern Humans (EAMH) within the same Middle Paleolithic cultural framework, the Mousterian. As such, it has become a key site of the chrono-stratigraphic framework for human evolution in general, and the prehistory of the Levant in particular. Ninety years of archaeological research have revealed a cultural sequence of unparalleled duration, providing an archive of early human life in south-west Asia." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Nahal Me'Arot of Mount Carmel. Thanks to Guy of Canada who sent it from Israel.

Mexico - Luis Barragán House and Studio

"Built in 1948, the House and Studio of architect Luis Barragán in the suburbs of Mexico City represents an outstanding example of the architect’s creative work in the post-Second World War period. The concrete building, totalling 1,161 m2, consists of a ground floor and two upper storeys, as well as a small private garden. Barragán’s work integrated modern and traditional artistic and vernacular currents and elements into a new synthesis, which has been greatly influential, especially in the contemporary design of gardens, plazas and landscapes." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Postcard 1
Illustration of Casa Luis Barragan. Thanks to Marco for mailing from Mexico. The postcard travelled for several months to finally reached Penang island.





Postcard 2
Postcard of CasaLuis Barragan, both the front and back view. Sent inside an envelope from Austria - thanks to Marco.

DR Congo - Salonga National Park

"Salonga National Park is Africa's largest tropical rainforest reserve. Situated at the heart of the central basin of the Congo river, the park is very isolated and accessible only by water. It is the habitat of many endemic endangered species, such as the dwarf chimpanzee, the Congo peacock, the forest elephant and the African slender-snouted or 'false' crocodile" Source: World Heritage

Salonga National Parks with herds of elephant. Thanks to Mike of Netherlands.

Switzerland - Italy - Monte San Giorgio

"Monte San Giorgio is a wooded mountain of pyramidal form located at a 1096-metre altitude above the level of the sea, at the south of the lake of Lugano, in the district of Tessin (Switzerland). The site is considered to be the best witness of marine life in sorts out (245-230 million years ago). It was inscribed on the List of worldwide heritage in 2003. The extension of this site, the Italian side of border, is adjoining the existent good. The interest of this extension is fond of special importance and variety of its fossil-bearing deposits of sorts out." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1- Palentology Illustration
Palentology Institute and Museuen of Zurich University showing prehistoric marine life of Monte San Giorgio. The museum is located in Switzerland. Thanks to Maria of Italy.




Postcard 2 - Switzerland - Monte San Giorgio
An aerial view of Monte San Giorgio, Switzerland. Thanks to Lotty of Belgium.



I am looking for a postcard of Monte San Giorgio of Italy. If you have one to send or swap with me, please contact me. Grazie.

Japan - Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

"Built in A.D. 794 on the model of the capitals of ancient China, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan from its foundation until the middle of the 19th century. As the centre of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto illustrates the development of Japanese wooden architecture, particularly religious architecture, and the art of Japanese gardens, which has influenced landscape gardening the world over." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

I find Japan is wonderful fascinating country to visit though expensive. Have visited Kyoto twice. Below is the list of UNESCO WHS 13 Buddhist temples, 3 Shinto shrines and 1 Castle in Kyoto, Uji and Otsu:

KYOTO
1) Kiyomizudera Temple
2) Kinkakuji - Rokuonji Temple
3) Ginkakuji - Jishoji Temple
4) Ryoanji Temple
5) Hongwanji Temple
6) Nijo Castle
7) Ninnaji Temple
8) Toji - Kyoogokokuji Temple

9) Kamigamo - Kamowakeikazuchi Jinja
10) Shimogamo - Kamomioya Jinja
11) Daigoji Temple
12) Kozanji Temple
13) Kokedera - Saihoji Temple
14) Tenryuji Temple


UJI
15) Byodoin Temple
16) Ujigami Jinja

OTSU
17) Enryakuji Temple


Postcard 11 - Uji - Ujigami Jinja
Haiden of Ujigama Jinja in Uji. Thanks to Ai-san of Japan.





Postcard 1 - Otsu - Enryakuji Temple
Yokawa Chudo, Enryaku-ji Temple in Mt. Hiei, in Otsu. Thanks to Kenji-san of Japan.





Postcard 2 - Kyoto - Toji Temple
When Kyoto was first laid out as the national capital in 796, this temple was built to protect the country. The five storied pagoda was built in 1641 by Shogun Iemitsu Tokugawa. Thanks to Kenji of Japan.







Postcard 3A - Kyoto - Ninnaji Temple
Ninnaji Temple in Omuro, Kyoto. Nice stamps used. Thanks to Claus of Germany for sending from Japan.







Postcard 3B - Kyoto - Ninnaji Temple
Ninanji Temple in winter. Thanks to Shawn who was visiting Japan.




Postcard 4 - Uji - Byodoin Temple
Phoenix Hall of 11th century built Byodoin Temple at Uji, Japan. Thanks to Kenji of Japan.







Postcard 5 - Kiyozumidera Temple, Kyoto
Have been to Kiyozumi-Dera Temple in Kyoto a few times. It is impressive on the hillside every season of the year especially during cherry blossom and autumn foliage. It was constructed on 768 AD and the main hall is built over a cliff supported by 139 pillars of 49 feet high. Beautiful stamps used. Thanks to Yuki-san of Japan.





Postcard 6 - Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto
I went to this famous temple shown here, "Kinkakuji Temple" famous for its golden roof and reflection into the lake. Thanks "asaing" for sending me this wonderful postcard.





Postcard 7 - Ginkakuji Temple, Kyoto
Thanks to Junko-san of Japan.




Postcard 8 - Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Thanks to Junko-san of Japan.




Postcard 9 - Nijo Castle, Kyoto
Thanks to Junko-san of Japan.




Postcard 10 - Kyoto - Hongwanji Temple
Nishi Honganji Temple of Kyoto. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg.


Tajikistan - Tajikistan National Park

"Tajikistan National Park covers more than 2.5 million hectares in the east of the country, at the centre of the so-called “Pamir Knot”, a meeting point of the highest mountain ranges on the Eurasian continent. It consists of high plateaux in the east and, to the west, rugged peaks, some of them over 7,000 meters high, and features extreme seasonal variations of temperature. The longest valley glacier outside the Polar region is located among the 1,085 glaciers inventoried in the site, which also numbers 170 rivers and more than 400 lakes. Rich flora species of both the south-western and central Asian floristic regions grow in the Park which shelters nationally rare and threatened birds and mammals (Marco Polo Argali sheep, Snow Leopards and Siberian Ibex and more). Subject to frequent strong earthquakes, the Park is sparsely inhabited, and virtually unaffected by agriculture and permanent human settlements. It offers a unique opportunity for the study of plate tectonics and subduction phenomena."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Lake Sarez of Tajikistan National Park. Thanks to Piotr of Russia who visited this national park. This Tajikistan postcard is mailed from Russia.


Chad - Lake Ounianga

"The site includes 18 interconnected lakes in the hyper arid Ennedi region of the Sahara Desert covering an area of 62,808 hectares. It constitutes an exceptional natural landscape of great beauty with striking colours and shapes. The saline, hyper saline and freshwater lakes are supplied by groundwater and are found in two groups 40 kilometres apart. Ounianga Kebir comprises four lakes the largest of which, Yoan, covers an area of 358 hectares and is 27 metres deep. Its highly saline waters only sustain algae and some microorganisms. The second group, Ounianga Serir, comprises 14 lakes separated by sand dunes. Floating reeds cover almost half the surface of these lakes reducing evaporation. At 436 hectares, Lake Teli has the largest surface area but is less than ten metres deep. With their high quality freshwater, some of these lakes are home to aquatic fauna, particularly fish." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Edge of Lake Tell, Ounlanga Lakes. Thanks to Zhang of China who is working in Chad.

Australia - Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte)

"Riversleigh and Naracoorte, situated in the north and south respectively of eastern Australia, are among the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites. They are a superb illustration of the key stages of evolution of Australia’s unique fauna."

1) Riversleigh - Queensland
2) Naracoorte Caves - South Australia

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Naracoorte
A maxicard of fossil cave of Narcoorte, South Australia. Thanks to Nareeda of Australia.





Postcard 2A - Riversleigh
Riversleigh Fossil Fields, North Queensland. Thanks to Sharon of Australia.







Postcard 2B - Riversleigh
Riversleigh Fossil Mammal Site. Thanks to Alison of Australia.


Cambodia - Angkor

"Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Gate of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Thanks to Patrik of Estonia.




Postcard 2
Aspara Angkow Wat - beautiful frieze in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap. Thanks to Raymond of Malaysia who was visiting Angkor Wat.





Postcard 3 - Angkor Wat
Nice postcard of Angkor Wat with beautiful stamps used. Thanks to Matthew of Malaysia was visiting there.


Postcard 4
What a beautiful postcard of Angkor Wat. I had visited Angkor Wat and the many temples in Angkor. Was amazed by the beautiful sunrise and sunset amongst these majestic ruins of the Khmer empire. Thanks so much to Roel for sending from Siem Reap, Cambodia.






Postcard 5
The King's smiling faces in all four directions of the famous Bayon Temple in the Angkor Wat temple complex. Thanks to Claus of Denmark who went bicycling around Cambodia.






Postcard 6 - Ta Prohm
I visited this famous Ta Prohm temple was "strangled" by the roots of giant trees. Thanks so much to Jo for sending from Angkor, Siem Reap Cambodia.