Albania is a country in Southeast Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest, part of which forms Albanian Riviera – a major nightlife, ecotourist, and elite retreat destination in Albania.
I never thought of Albania as a beach touristic destination, but a colleague of mine visited it in July, and absolutely loved it! She sent me this postcard from there:
The Åland Islands or Åland is a region of Finland that consists of an archipelago at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. It is autonomous, demilitarised and is the only monolingually Swedish-speaking region in Finland. Åland has 6,700 named islands and a total of 20,000 islands and islets.
Here are the couple of postcards I received from Åland so far:
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation. As of this writing, there are 193 member states. The headquarters of the United Nations is in Manhattan, New York City. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. The United Nations organization has it’s own postal agency: The United Nations Postal Administration.
I’ve visited the UN building in the New York City, and sent myself a couple of postcards.
The UN building is the blocky building on the left:
And they have their own stamps, of course. The one I got featuring Borobudur Temple in Indonesia, which is UNESCO World Heritage Site:
Abkhazia is de faccto independent, partly recognized country – former part of Georgia. It is squeezed between Caucasus mountains and the Black sea. Gegsky waterfall in Abkhazia, pictured on this postcard, is the largest waterfall in the country.
Because of the partial recognition, mail to and from Abkhazia travels through Russian postal system, and must use Russian stamps. There were some Abkhaz stamps issued before, but when this card was sent from Sukhum – the capital city – there were no local stamps available. So, the only thing I got is the local postmark on the back:
The text on the postmark says, in Abkhazian and Russian languages: “Abkhaz Republic”, and “Sukhum Post Office”.