On to today's cards. Let's start with one from Sri Lanka. The UNESCO city of Polonnaruwa as featured on this card gives us a look at a vatadage. Circular in shape, they were commonly built of stone and brick. Polonnaruwa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1982 and comprises the ruins of the garden-city created by Parakamabahu in the 12th century.
Ravindra used a really nice stamp on this one. It's a great topical stamp showing an Asian Elephant. It was issued this year and arrived with a neat , clear cancellation. Always a bonus in my book.
Who out there remembers The Prisoner - the great British series from 1967-68 staring Patrick McGoohan.? Only 17 episodes were made of life in The Village, which is really a bizarre prison. The citizens of The Village were only known by a number and McGoohan who we see on the card was Number 6. Dominique sent this card from Portmeirion, North Wales , famous as the setting for "The Prisoner ".
Dominique used a 2016 Regional stamp. It is 1 of 4 in the set.
Next I have a new addition to my Airlines on Postcards collection. La Compagnie was founded in 2013 as Dreamjet. This French airline , based at Charles de Gaulle Airport , offers all business class flights from London and Paris to Newark, N.J. It operates just 2 Boeing 757-200 aircraft. It's first revenue flight as La Compagnie operated on 21 July 2014.
Jean Pierre used a couple of recent definitives along with a 2016 stamp issued for Euro 2016, to be held from June 10- July 10 of this year. The matches will be played in ten stadia in ten cities throughout France.
My 4th card for today is from Peniscola, a town on the Costa del Azahar, in Spain. It is a popular tourist destination and is often called the "Gibraltar of Valencia " or "The City of the Sea ". This fortified seaport has a castle built by the Knights Templar between 1294 and 1307.
Ana used 3 fine stamps on this one. All were issued this year. On the left is a shaped ( on one side at least ) stamp commemorating the Space Shuttle Columbia. The other 2 large stamps are from a set of 4 in the theme of "Charming Villages ". An interesting feature of these stamps is that the reverse side of the stamps apparently resemble a mini postcard. Now I can't be sure of this , as I have never seen the reverse side. Maybe Ana or someone else who has used these stamps will confirm this fact so we can all know.
Three more cards to go.
Here's an aerial view of Brisbane city centre and Story Bridge. Brisbane , capital of Queensland is set on the Brisbane River.Story Bridge was constructed in 1940 to connect Fortitude Valley and Kangaroo Point.
This card is from David who recently travelled Down Under and throughout the South Pacific. David used 3 stamps from 2016. On the left is 1 of 12 stamps issued to celebrate Tennis Legends. The one here celebrates Evonne Goolagong Cawley, a former No 1 female tennis player who won 14 Grand Slam titles. The other 2 stamps are from a set of 5 called Aussie Alphabet NQSVW.
Now it's a card mailed from Phuket, Thailand. On it we see Phang-Nga Bay , famous for its tall limestone islets, such as James Bond Island . It was featured in the film "The Man With the Golden Gun ".
Khun Gordon used 3 stamps from a set of 8 celebrating this years Songkran Festival. This is the traditional Thai New Year's Day and is celebrated from 13 April to 15 April.
Now the last card for today, I promise. It arrived from Moscow and features Emilia Clarke in her character of Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones.
Anastasia used a couple of definitives from 2009 and a new 2015 stamp commemorating the 175 Anniversary of the world's first stamp , The Penny Black.
This is it - the end for today. It feels good to get another update completed , hopefully I'll be back before another week goes by. Thanks for cards this time go out to Ravindra, Dominique, Jean Pierre, Ana, David , Khun Gordon and Anastasia. Take care.