Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Kolpa Valley – Slovenia


In 2010 the valley of the River Kolpa was accepted into this European society of excellence. Its features, stories and people link together a full six municipalities.

On March 22, 2013,  Slovenia Post issued one stamp set dedicated to the Slovenia tourism. The stamp depicted the  Kolpa valley as one place of European Destination of Excellence.


The area of the valley covers 113 kilometres in the
far south-east of Slovenia. The exceptionally clean River Kolpa meanders and pours down countless little cascades from Osilnica to Metlika.

The river is ideal for a variety of boating, including extreme forms, and in summer it has the distinction of being the warmest Slovenian river for bathing.

There are numerous cycle and footpaths along the river, allowing visitors to directly experience un-spoilt nature and the fauna and flora of the riparian world.

The Kolpa Valley offers a variety of experiences, and in the evening, to the sound of  the river and the noises of un-spoilt nature. (Source:Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Monday, 13 May 2013

Carnival of Termini Imerese


Italian Post Office has issued a regular stamp in the “Il folclore italiano” (Italian folklore) series, dedicated to the Carnival of Termini Imerese on February 4, 2013

The Carnival of Termini Imerese  is the oldest Carnival in Sicily which is held since  1876. This historical event is organized by the city of Termini Imerese, in collaboration with Feedback.

Between Mount San Calogero and a beautiful bay overlooking Capo Zafferano, stands Termini Imerese.


Close up

The stamp was designed by Maria Carmela Perrini. The cartoon depicts, within a linear frame, a float with papier-mâché puppets typical Carnival Termitano and in the background, Monte San Calogero, in the upper right depicts the masks u ca Nannu 'Nanna figures that have characterized the event since its origin.


Thursday, 9 May 2013


On April 08, 2013, Croatian Post issued one stamp set features dog as part Pets in the Children’s world. The issuance consist of four stamps depict  dog species like: Bichon Frise, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd, and Golden Retriever.

Bichon Frisé

Bichon Frise  is a small dog, 23-30 cm tall, but strong, with deep thorax, weighting 3-6 kg. It is white, attractively looking, and lives about 14 years.

It is a cute puppy, very likable and sociable. Extremely adaptable, cheerful and animated, bichon has gained many admirers .
It has a beautiful head (with opulent hair and of pronounced round shape) postured high, short snout, black nose and round eyes of colour equally dark as the skin around them. The ears are covered in thick hair and are lowered alongside head and snout.

Bichon Frise is  an excellent family dog  and are easy to train. It likes children, but they should not treat it as a toy.It barks very often because it has excellent hearing and hears everything.

This breed requires regular combing, bathing, haircut and maintenance of hair and it is recommended to take bichon frise for professional maintenance every 4-6 weeks.

The Fano Carnival

The Carnival of Fano, dating back to 1347, is the oldest carnival in Italy, after that of Venice. Legend holds that it was born after the reconciliation of two of the town’s important families at the time, the Dal Casseros and Da Carignanos.

Fano’s Carnival distinguishes itself for at least three original elements: 
> the launching of candy from the parade floats to the crowd (called the getto);
> the characteristic Vulons or masks caricaturing the city’s  most famous personages;
> the "Musica Arabita," the colorful and quirky musical group that has sounded on pots, pans and coffee cans since 1923.

Close upItalian Post issued one stamp on January 12, 2013, shows a number of figures in costume related to Fano Carnival, and the “prendigetto”, a characteristic container used to catch the sweets thrown from the floats during the celebrations, regarded as the most popular and important in the Marche region, as well as the oldest in Italy.

The parade of Carnival floats – traditionally made by Fano’s artisans using papier-mache – concludes with an extremely evocative moment: that of the illumination, a gorgeous party filled with lights and colors. (Sources: Several sites)