Friday, May 19, 2017

South America - Map

Map of South America

South American countries and their capitals cities

Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Bolivia (La Paz / Sucre)
Brazil (Brasilia)
Chile (Santiago)
Colombia (Bogota)
Ecuador (Quito)
French Guiana (Cayenne ) France
Guyana (Georgetown)
Paraguay (Asuncion)
Peru (Lima)
Suriname (Paramaribo)
Uruguay (Montevideo)
Venezuela (Caracas)

This postcard is from 2012. 

French Polynesia - Huahine Island

Paysage de Huahine
Landscape of Huahine

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Huahine is an island located among the Society Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Leeward Islands group.

The island has a population of about 6,300.

France - Beaune, Hospices de Beaune

Au Pays Des Grands Crus
Beaune (Cote-d'Or).

Le toit de tuiles vernissees de la cour d'honneur de l'Hotel-Diu, de l'Hotel-Dieu, fonde en 1443 par Nicolas Rolin

The roof of glazed tiles of the courtyard of Hotel-Diu, Hotel-Dieu, founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin

This postcard is from 2017.

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The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is a former charitable almshouse in Beaune, France. It was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor and needy. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, is one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture and is now a museum.

An important charity wine auction is held here in November each year.  

England - Leigh-On-Sea, Multiview, 1986


- Cockle Boat
- Beach at Bell Wharf
- View along Marine Parade

The sender writes:
I am hot quite 100 percent of the day.  I like this place.

This postcard is from 1986.

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Leigh-on-Sea, also referred to as Leigh, is a town and civil parish in Essex, England.

Dahomey (Benin) - Natitingou, Village Samba (Somba)

Republique du Dahomey
Village Samba

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Shown on the postcard are the great mud castles of the Betammaribe people known as Tata Somba.

The houses consists of a ground floor which has a kitchen and livestock owned by the family and an upper floor or roof designed to dry grains and to sleep.

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Natitingou is a city and commune in north western Benin. 

Dahomey (Benin) - Lake Aheme-Bopa, Water Supply

Republique du Dahomey
Approvisionnement en eau au bord du Lac Aheme-Bopa

Republic of Dahomey
Water supply on the shore of Lake Aheme-Bopa

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Lake Ahémé is Benin's second largest lake, with an area of 78 square kilometres (30 sq mi) in the dry season which expands to 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi) in the rainy season.

Dahomey (Benin) - d'Abomey (Abomey), Artisans Potiers, Potters

Republique du Dahomey
potters d'Abomey (Potters of Abomey)

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Abomey is a city in the Zou Department of Benin. Abomey is also the former capital of the ancient Kingdom of Dahomey (c. 1600–1904), which would later become a French colony, then the Republic of Dahomey (1960–1975), and is the modern-day Republic of Benin.

Dahomey (Benin) - Cotonou, Le Grand Marche (Market), Ganhi

Republique du Dahomey
Le Grand Marche Ganhi

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Cotonou is the largest city and economic centre of Benin.
The name "Cotonou" means "by the river of death" in the Fon language.

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The Republic of Dahomey was established on December 11, 1958, as a self-governing colony within the French Community.  On August 1, 1960, it attained full independence from France.  In 1975, the country was renamed Benin.

Cuba - Baseball Glove and Ball

Correos De Cuba
(Post Office of Cuba)

The sender writes:
Baseball is the national sport in Cuba.  I am not really a fan because a match can be too long.  But for 8 hours I can read a book.

This postcard is postmarked from Cuba in 2017. 

Canada - Newfoundland, Gander International Airport

Gander International Airport
Gander, Newfoundland

As an important re-fuling stop for trans-Atlantic flights and a major point on the Great Circle route between North America and Europe, gander has become the aerial "Crossroads of the World."  

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In 1985, Gander was the site of the Arrow Air Flight 1285 disaster, in which a McDonnell Douglas DC-8 with 256 people on board crashed during takeoff due to atmospheric icing; there were no survivors. The crash was and remains to date the deadliest airplane accident on Canadian soil.

Bahrain - Native Laundry

Native Laundry - Bahrein (Bahrain) Island, Persian Gulf

Color photo by John T. Mason

Bermuda - Southampton Parish, A Taxi with a Surrey Fringe

"Islands of the Great Sound"
Southampton Parish

The popular way to Sight-see - the taxi with the Surrey fringe top.  Panoramic view across the many islands sheltered by the western hook of Bermuda against Atlantic storms and hurricanes.

This postcard is from 1975.

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Southampton Parish is one of the nine parishes of Bermuda. It is named for Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573-1624).

Alaska - Combat Fishing

Combat Fishing

Photo by Grant Klotz

The sender writes:

I LOVED fishing with you in Alaska!  (Please don't EVER forget that on Wednesday, I caught my limit of 3 sockeye salmon before you even caught your 2nd one).  yes yes yes yes!
Love you :D

This postcard is from 2016.

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I found this online...

Rules for Combat Fishing:

- Don’t take someone else’s spot

- When you hook a salmon, yell “fish on!” If someone near you yells this, take your line out of the water.

- If someone else has a fish and your lines become tangled, cut your line.

- Wear protective glasses to protect your eyes from flying hooks and sinkers.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

French Guiana - Guyana L'Espace, The Guyiana Space Center

Guyane L'Espace
Decollage du lanceur Ariane 5 GS, vol 193, le 18 décembre 2009 depuis le Centre spatial guyanais.  Le lanceur a place en orbite la satellite militaire Helios 2B.

Loose Translation:

Guiana Space
Liftoff of the Ariane 5 GS launcher, vol 193, 18 December 2009 from the Guiana Space Center. The launcher placed in orbit military satellite Helios 2B.

CNES / ESA / Arianespace / Photo Service Optique Video CSG, 2009

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The Guiana Space Centre or, more commonly, Centre spatial guyanais (CSG) is a French and European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana. Operational since 1968, it is particularly suitable as a location for a spaceport as it fulfills the two major geographical requirements of such a site:

-- it is quite close to the equator, so that the spinning earth can impart some extra velocity to the rockets for free when launched eastward, and
-- it has uninhabited territory (in this case, open sea) to the east, so that lower stages of rockets and debris from launch failures cannot fall on human habitations.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Belarus - Minsk, Liberty Square at Night

Liberty Square.  View on Minsk City Hall (restored on 2004) and Archdiocese Cathedral  of the Virgin Mary (the second part of the XVII century - the first part of the XVIII century).

This is postmarked in 2009 from Belarus.