From Poşta Moldovei, this was a 2009 commemorative-stamp issued on the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe. It was affixed to the very first postcard from Moldova that’s in my collection. Moldova is one of the countries that are considered “hard-to-get” by postcards and stamp collectors. I happened to meet a Moldovan in one of the conferences I attended way back and quickly became friends before the event ended. Happy to say we still keep in touch up to this day 🙂
I was down again with flu for the second time this year. I think my immune system is getting weak – and I only have myself to blame for it. I haven’t been physically active much of this year so I guess that’s why my health is so messed up.
On to this week’s Sunday Stamps. I missed several weeks already – sorry Viridian – and I don’t want to miss some more so here’s my entry for the theme, water.
Looking at the image on the stamp, there is a beautiful serenity about this mythical river.
However, rivers are more than just what they are. Rivers, in Greek mythology, separate the underworld (Hades) and the land of the living in most part by five primary rivers: Styx, Lethe, Cocytus, Phlegethon, and Acheron.
The River Acheron (Ἀχέρων) is located in the Epirus (Ήπειρος) region of Northwest Greece. It is a wide, swampy body of water.A large number of poets and writers of the ancient Greek tradition referred to Acheron as the river whose name was inextricably linked with the transition of the society of dead souls.
Acheron is the first river that Dante and Virgil must cross in Dante’s Inferno, and it divides the truly suffering souls from the neutral ones. Acheron translates as the “River of Woe” where, in Greek mythology, Charon, the boatman, ferried the newly dead souls (those that can pay him, anyway) across into Hades. This brought to mind a scene from the movie Troy where the Greek soldiers placed coins on the eyes of their dead. It is a practice by the ancient Greeks with the belief that the coins will be used to pay Charon so they could cross the river.
Mythological references aside, the Acheron river attracts many local and foreign tourists because of its sheer beauty and flowing water. It has now evolved – from the supernatural place where souls travel to their final destination in the underworld to that of the popular natural attraction, with its beautiful springs, hiking trails, and placid waters ideal for many water sports. Which is why in June 2012, the above commemorative stamp was issued (in a series of six; click here to see all stamps) to promote outdoor activities under the theme, Touring Greece.
I want to thank my very good friend, Macel, for sending me the postcard during their holiday in Skiathos. The postcard will be posted soon, promise ;).
|The largest Buddha statue in Myanmar is found in Shwethalyaung pagod in Bago, Myanmar. pagoda|
According to Wikipedia:
The Shwethalyaung Buddha is a reclining Buddha in the west side of Bago (Pegu), Burma (Myanmar). The Buddha, which has a length of 55 m (180 ft) and a height of 16 m (52 ft), is the second largest Buddha in the world, after the 74 m reclining Buddha in Dawei (Tavoy). The Buddha is believed to have been built in 994, during the reign of Mon King Migadepa. It was lost in 1757 when Pegu was pillaged. During British colonial rule, in 1880, the Shwethalyaung Buddha was rediscovered under a cover of jungle growth. Restoration began in 1881, and Buddha’s mosaic pillows (on its left side) were added in 1930.
Mabalos. Godspeed, Lee.
|Stamp nicked from Correos de España site.|
I tried to look at the stamp upside down but I got more confused, lol. Tell me what you see. This is one example of stamp that definitely made me say… hmmmm, I didn’t know that.
|The magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Many thanks, Sheila!|
Santiago de Compostela is a World Heritage Site and a world-renowned pilgrimage town in the northern part of Spain where, legend has it, the remains of the apostle James is buried. Sitting at the heart of this city is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. As you can see in the postcard above, it is a very impressive structure bearing the Romanesque-Baroque style of architecture.
Eversince our host at Postcard Perfect announced the new schedule for this meme, I had only posted two, including today’s entry. I’m ashamed to say that in both instances I posted late *cringe* After the Wimbledon, I joined my husband in the veranda garden, pulling out weeds and sweeping dead leaves. Luckily we do not have a lawn, becase we live in an apartment, so I don’t have to worry too much about grass. Otherwise, I would really demand a push reel mower to make my life easier, lol.
|A well-preserved terracotta dragon head (Ly dynasty, 11th-12th century) is one of the hundreds of artifacts excavated at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.|
The central sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi, which has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage, covers about 18,000m2, consisting of the archaeological site at No. 18, Hoang Dieu Street and the area of the old Hanoi Citadel. – Discover Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, Indochinapioneer.com
|“The Fairies”, one of the five-set of stamps issued in 2008 under the “Fairy Tales” series.|
After more than three long weeks of being offline, I’m slowly getting back into the blogging groove again. Is it just me, but, those three weeks fell like eternity without the Internet.
As my comeback entry to Postcard Friendship Friday, I’m featuring this:
|Jerusalem is a spiritual centre, holy to three religious faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. I’m waiting for my chance to get a glimpse, with my own two eyes, of what’s inside this ancient walled city.|
Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Israel (not recognised internationally), is the oldest, most significant, and holiest of all holy cities/lands in the world.
Although with a long, troubled history, the little girl in me knows Jerusalem as the land of Jesus, a land that I read only about in the Holy Bible… and to visit and see it in person must be an unbelievable experience!
In no other single place can you find such a concentration of sites sacred to not just one, but three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. This compact ancient city, surrounded by a 465-year old wall, and home to one that is among the holiest of Jewish sites, never fails to amaze visitors with the extraordinary religious history contained – and very much alive – within. – About.com Guide to Israel
It’s a dream of mine to visit Israel in the future, Jerusalem especially. I was raised a Catholic and, although I’m not really a church-goer or religious, I have this fascination towards places of historical significance.
דאנק איר, מיריאַם.
Thank you, Miriam.
I received this birthday card yesterday from a very good friend, Conell. The card, along with other sweet stuff, arrived two days shy of my actual birthday 🙂 Sooo lucky to have generous friends who go out of their way to make my day special!
|Miss Igorota is carefully reading the notes on the parcel and smiled at me. The goodies came from Conniechiwa (Writings on the Wall)!|
The packet’s filled with stuff that I really love! Without further prodding from me, Miss Iggy helped me in opening the packet. Excited much?!?
|A scrapbooking kit by Mary Engelbreit. No more #noynoying anymore. There’s scrapping to do!|
Conn, you are very thoughtful and I’m humbled by your generosity. Madamo guid nga salamat! You surely know how to spoil a girl on her special day ^.^