Saturday, 27 September 2008

COVER FROM FRANCE


Thank you Eric for this nice cover presenting lighthouses from France. Cap Fréhel is a peninsula in Côtes-d'Armor, in northern Brittany, which extends off the Côte d'Émeraude into the Golfe de Saint-Malo. No towns or villages are situated on the peninsula however two lighthouses, one from the 17th century and the other one from 1950, are located at the tip of it. The Cap is located 8.5 km from the town centre of Fréhel. The white lighthouse and Ar Men, the last one before the New World, is located on the west side of the Island of Sein, coast of Brittany, and guide the ships along this maritime route, where reefs and violent currents once caused so many shipwrecks. It was built in 1867 but actually it was only finished in 1881. Port Camargue is situated 20km away from Montpellier and 40 km from Nîmes. There is located the Espiguette Lighthouse near the fishing port of Le Grau-du-Roi.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

FDC FROM PORTUGAL


André from Portugal sent me this nice FDC issued in June 2008 that highlights six lighthouse buildings from Portugal and its Açores and Madeira islands. The first historical reference to Portuguese lighthouses dates back to around 1515 - the lighthouse at Cape St. Vincent convent and predecessor of the present-day lighthouse, which is equipped with the most powerful optic ever used in Portugal. It was the Age of Discoveries (Brazil was discovered by Cabral fleet in 1500). Portugal, having a long shoreline with many harbours and rivers flowing westward to the ocean, had been an ideal environment to raise generations of adventurous seamen and lighthouses came to guide them.
Thank you a lot ( Muito obrigado, caro amigo!)

Thursday, 18 September 2008

STAMPS AND FDC FROM POLAND


Andrzej from Poland sent me these nice lighthouses stamps issued in Poland in May 2006 and in June 2007 with their respective FDC. The lighthouses of the Polish seaside constitute beautiful and interesting examples of ancient architecture and technology. Most are usually architectural monuments open for tourists but still serve seamen. The first part of th issue(2006) present the constructions from Stilo, Krynica Morska, Gaski and Niechorze. In 2007 Polish Post presents four lighthouses in its new set of stamps: Hel, Kolobrzeg, Rozewie and Gdansk. I enjoyed them a lot. Thank you.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

"BLIND ON STAMPS" COLLECTION

Here is a sample of my most recent thematic collection: blind on stamps. A rich theme where we can find, for instance, Louis Braille, the French man who devised the Braille system. In 2009 we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth and postal services worldwide will certainly issue commemorative stamps on that date. Guide dogs, oftalmology, causes and prevention of blindness, famous blind persons and many other subject areas compose my collection. I collect mint stamps, FDC, miniature sheet...everything about this theme.

Monday, 1 September 2008

LIGHTHOUSE FDC FROM LITHUANIA


Received from Virgilijus
Lighthouses on stamps are one of my main thematic collections. Lighthouses date from the first few centuries AD. The first known lighthouse was the Pharos of Alexandria and during the Roman Empire ages many lighthouses were built along the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Atlantic coasts. The revival of the commerce in the 12th century gave another lighthouse building impulse.
The modern lighthouse dates from the early 18th century. Along the Scandinavian and Baltic coasts there are many lighthouses built because of the intense maritime navigation.
The lighthouse of Pervalka was built in 1900 and is used for navigation purposes in the Curonian Lagoon. The lighthouse of Uostadvaris was built in 1873-1876 and at present is not in operation