Spain - Palmeral of Elche

"The Palmeral of Elche, a landscape of groves of date palms, was formally laid out, with elaborate irrigation systems, at the time the Muslim city of Elche was erected, towards the end of the tenth century A.C., when much of the Iberian peninsula was Arab. The Palmeral is an oasis, a system for agrarian production in arid areas. It is also a unique example of Arab agricultural practices on the European continent. Cultivation of date palms in Elche is known at least since the Iberian times, dating around the fifth century B.C." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Huerta del Cura, Elche - Costa Blanca, Spain. Thanks to Linda of USA.

Postcard 2
Multi-view of Elche. Thanks to Boris of Spain. Received in May 2019.

New Zealand - Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand

"The landscape in this park, situated in south-west New Zealand, has been shaped by successive glaciations into fjords, rocky coasts, towering cliffs, lakes and waterfalls. Two-thirds of the park is covered with southern beech and podocarps, some of which are over 800 years old. The kea, the only alpine parrot in the world, lives in the park, as does the rare and endangered takahe, a large flightless bird. The Westland and Mount Cook National Park and the Fiordland National Park, which were previously inscribed on the World Heritage List, are part of the Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand" 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Milford Sound
Green mossy rocks at low tide in Milford Sound with Mitre Peak in the background. A matching stamp issued by France La Poste and special UNESCO cancellation in Paris on October 19, 2011 and arrived in Penang on October 29, 2011. Thanks to Jean-Pierre for sending from France.

Postcard 2 - Westland
Westland World Heritage Park in South Island, New Zealand. Postmarked January 17, 2011 using NZ Year of Rabbit stamp. Thanks to Phebe for sending from NZ.

Postcard 3 - Mount Cook
The Peak of Mount Cook - Aoraki in Maori. Thanks to Dave of USA was visiting NZ. The postcard went through Singapore Post.

Postcard 4 - Milford Sound
I visited Milford Sound in the South Island where I took a cruise and saw some majestic waterfalls. Stirling Falls plunges 146m to the sea from a hanging valley. Thanks so much to Adrienne of New Zealand for sending this nice postcard using Year of Ox stamps.

Postcard 5 - Kepler Track
Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park. Thanks to Shawn for mailing from South Island, New Zealand.

Postcard 6 - Fox Glacier
Saw Fox Glacier from a distance.

Postcard 7 - Franz Josef Glacier
I actually did a glacier walk tour on Franz Josef Glacier. Unforgetable experience.

Postcard 8 - Milford Sound
Milford Mariner returns after an overnight cruise in Milford Sound. Thanks to Shawn of New Zealand who went on a morning cruise in Milford Sound.

Postcard 9
Fox Glacier. Thanks to Aaron on New Zealand. Received in May 2019.

Italy - Holy See - Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

"Founded, according to legend, by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC, Rome was first the centre of the Roman Republic, then of the Roman Empire, and it became the capital of the Christian world in the 4th century. The World Heritage site, extended in 1990 to the walls of Urban VIII, includes some of the major monuments of antiquity such as the Forums, the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Pantheon, Trajan’s Column and the Column of Marcus Aurelius, as well as the religious and public buildings of papal Rome." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Pantheon of Rome
Rome (Roma) is the capital of Italy and heritage ancient city of the Roman Empire. Thanks to Ann of Florida who went to Rome.

Postcard 2 - Views of Rome
Thanks to ML who went to Rome.

Postcard 3 - Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
The Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran - Arcibasilica Papale di San Giovanni in Laterano - is the cathedral of the Church of Rome, Italy, and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome, who is the Pope. The cathedral itself is located outside of the Vatican City boundaries, territorially located within the city of Rome in the Italian Republic. However it has been granted a special extraterritorial status as a property of the Holy See. This is also the case with several other buildings after the solving of the Roman Question with the Lateran Treaty. Special Rome philatelic cancellation. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.

Postcard 4A - Colosseum
Amazing postcard of Colosseum and Rome. Thanks to Ing of New Zealand. Mailed in May, 2016.

Postcard 4B - Arch of Constatino and Colosseum
Thanks to Ing of New Zealand for this nice postcard.

Postcard 4C
Colosseum of Rome, Italy. Thanks to Augustine of Singapore for mailing from Vatican City.

Postcard 5
Four Vatican City Roman Basiliques - Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Basilica di San Pietro, Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Thanks to Federico of Italy. Received April 2019.

Holy See - Vatican City

"The Vatican City, one of the most sacred places in Christendom, attests to a great history and a formidable spiritual venture. A unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces lie within the boundaries of this small state. At its centre is St Peter's Basilica, with its double colonnade and a circular piazza in front and bordered by palaces and gardens. The basilica, erected over the tomb of St Peter the Apostle, is the largest religious building in the world, the fruit of the combined genius of Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini and Maderna. "

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Sistine Chapel Celling by Michelangelo in Vatican City. Thanks to Birgit of Rome, Italy.

Postcard 2
Multi-view of Saint Peter's Basiclica - Piazza San Pietro. Two nice Vatican city stamps. Thanks to Jean Pierre of France.

Postcard 3
A beautiful night view of Piazza San Pietro of Vatican City. Postmarked in Vatican City on Nov 26, 2009 and arrived in Penang on Dec 7, 2009. Thanks to Rita of Portugal who was visiting.

Postcard 4
I visited this beautiful place of St. Peter's Cathedral and S. Pietro Plaza. Could not resist sending a postcard home.

Postcard 5
The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo at Sistine Chapel's Ceiling, Vatican Museum. Thanks to Augustine of Singapore for mailing from Vatican City on March 21, 2017 and arrived in Penang island on April 3, 2017.

Postcard 6
Sistine Chapel. Thanks to Federico of Italy. Received this postcard in April 2019.

China - Mount Wuyi

"Mount Wuyi is the most outstanding area for biodiversity conservation in south-east China and a refuge for a large number of ancient, relict species, many of them endemic to China. The serene beauty of the dramatic gorges of the Nine Bend River, with its numerous temples and monasteries, many now in ruins, provided the setting for the development and spread of neo-Confucianism, which has been influential in the cultures of East Asia since the 11th century. In the 1st century B.C. a large administrative capital was built at nearby Chengcun by the Han dynasty rulers. Its massive walls enclose an archaeological site of great significance." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Mount Wuyi. A postcard from a postcard set that I bought in Shanghai, China in October, 2010.

Postcard 2
Wuyi Mountain Nine-twist stream with Jade Beauty Rock, Fujian. Nice stamps used. Thanks to Tyskin of China.

Postcard 3
Another beautiful mountainous river landscape of China in northern Fujian province in southern China. Postcard is from a set of China UNESCO Heritage that I bought in Beijing, China.

Postcard 4
Waterfall in Wuyi-shan. I bought this postcard in Bangkok, Thailand.

Postcard 5
Mount Wuyi. Thanks to Eric of China. Received postcard in April 2019.