Monday, January 30, 2012

INDIA – Postcard from Jaipur - Rajasthan, India to Braga, Portugal

 
Postcard representing the Amer Fort from Jaipy, state of Rajasthan with stamps from the issue ‘Indian Postage Stamps: Princely States – Princely State of Indore’, posted on January, 10 2012.
(Special thanks to my best friend César Meireles)

Welcome the 23000th Visitors

Aqui ficam as melhores saudações Filatélicas, para os visitantes de todo o mundo, que diariamente visitam o meu blog.

(English version)
Here are the best Philatelic greetings to visitors from all over the world who daily visit my blog.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

CHINA – Postcard from Suzhou, China to Braga, Portugal

 
Postcard ‘China & the World, Shanghai & World Expo, World Heritage & Lijiang’ sent on January, 5 2012
(Special Thanks to my friend Wei Xu)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

GERMANY – Postcard from Hildesheim, Germany to Braga, Portugal

 
Season Greetings postcard posted on December, 22 2011.
(Special thanks to my best friend Helge Holland)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TURKEY – Cover from Bursa, Turkey to Braga, Portugal

Cover with stamps from the 2009 ‘The Sultan’s Boats’ stamps issue posted on December, 17 2011.
(A very special thanks to my friend Baris Yakar)


The set of stamps shows us the Sultan’s boat an imperial caique used by the Sultan and his family for local travel.
The name used is SALTANAT KAYIGI for this craft.
Each Sultan had one built for his own use, and the last was used till World War I.
The craft is heavily ornamented along the sides and at the stern and bow.
Bow elongated and horizontal or upturned and recurved.

Commonly she carried a figurehead of a golden bird, this craft was known as a bird caique.
An ornate pavilion at the stern provided shelter for the Sultan his family and guests.
She was double banked and rowed by 26 men, steered by a rudder with a tiller.
The early boats were also equipped with double sails.
Length between 30 and 32 meter, beam and depth between 2.5 and 3 meter.

The Sultan’s boats were used by the Sultan on the Bosporus and Golden Horn.
But many of that type were used as ferries across the Bosporus and Golden Horn by local boatmen, only she were smaller and less decorated as the boat from the Sultan.
The Sultan’s boats were always the largest craft of that time.

Monday, January 23, 2012

FRANCE – Cover from Paris, France to Braga, Portugal

 
Cover and Season Greetings postcard posted on December 2011.
(A very special thanks to my best friend Hawa ALI)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

LATVIA – Postcard from Riga, Latvia to Braga, Portugal

 
Christmas postcard posted on December, 30 2011.
(Special thanks to my best friend Juris Tarvids)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

MONACO – Postcard from Monte Carlo, Monaco to Braga, Portugal

 
Christmas postcard sent by de ‘Office des Emissions de Timbre-Poste’ posted on December, 23 2011.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CANADA – Cover from Otawa, Canada to Braga, Portugal

Cover with flower stamps posted in 2011.
(A very special thanks to my friend Maryam Irwan)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SINGAPORE – Cover from Singapore to Braga, Portugal

 
Cover and Season Greeting card sento n December, 09 2011.
(A very special thanks to my friend Marlene Rodrigues)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

HONG-KONG – Cover fron Kowloon, Hong Kong to Braga, Portugal

Cover with stamps posted on October, 20 2011.
(A very special thanks to my best friend José Carlos)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

BRAZIL – Covers from São Paulo, Brazil to Fafe, Portugal


 
 
 
Batch of four letters sent on different dates offered by my good friend Tó Barros.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

CHINA – Postcard from Lhasa - Tibete, China to Braga, Portugal

 
Postcard of the Potala Palace complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with special red cancellation at the back posted on December, 13 2011.
(A very special thanks to my best friend Terence Wong)

Lhasa (Tibetan ལྷ་ས་, Traditional Chinese拉薩) literally means "place of the gods".
At an altitude of 3,490 metres, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Norbulingka palaces.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2012 Stamps Issue Plan (without dates)

 
The ‘Escola do Exército’ – 175 years
Guimarães – European Capital of Culture 2012
“Aqui Há Selo”
Traditional Portuguese Festivities (Definitives 2nd group)
The Word and the Image
Major Characters of Portuguese History and Culture
Projects and Engineers
The Douro River
Fajãs – Azores
Levadas – Madeira
Europa 2012 – Visit…
1st Humorists Exhibition – Centenary
European Football Championship
The Instituto de Ciências Sociais – 50 years
Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Venus Transit 2012
Fado (2nd group)
Portuguese Cathedrals (1st group)
Erasmus – 25 years
Communicate with colors
Flavors of the Air and the Fire
Joint issue Portugal – Brazil
School Mail

ATM labels
2012 International Year of Cooperatives
2012 Year of the Sustainable Energy for All

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

SPAIN – Postcard from Maiorca, Spain to Braga Portugal

 
Postcard posted on September, 27 2011.
(Special thanks to my best friend Sini Linnanmäki)

Monday, January 9, 2012

SINGAPORE – Cover from Singapore to Braga, Portugal

 
First Day Cover of the stamp issue ‘Areas of Historical Significance’ and postcard posted on August, 08 2011.
(A very special thanks to my best friend Terence Wong)

Announcing brochure