Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Beautiful Switzerland Stamps

Most people would immediate associate chocolate and precision watches with Switzerland. Anyone who has been to this beautiful country, would also includes the Swiss Alps, Crystal-clear lakes, Alpine villages, Swiss Cheese and friendly people to this long list. For today I would like to share with you 2 sets of stamps that I think symbolize this beautiful country perfectly.

On 09th May 2001, Swiss Post issued the Chocolate stamps, marking the centenary of Chocosuisse, the association of chocolate makers and importers. Besides smelling like chocolate, these stamps look like they are made from the confection and are sold in blocks of four or 15 on paper designed to look like a foil candy wrapping. It is certainly one of the few stamps really worth licking!! And 7 years on, the stamps still smell like chocolate in my album!

Here is another set of interesting stamps, designed by Italian artist, Laura Mangiavacchi for Swiss Post in 2008. This is the third series of stamps for the “Switzerland through the eyes of foreign artists” set over a four-year campaign. It started in 2006. With this, Swiss Post has broken with tradition and has for the first time allowed a foreigner to design one of its stamps.
In this series, Laura chose Cheese, Chocolate, Watches and Pocket Knives on her stamps designs. According to her, “These are the things that represent Switzerland in the minds of the average Italian”. Personally, I think that the designs are simple yet elegant!
Before I go, I would like to share with you some photos of our Switzerland tour during the year-end holidays in 2006. It was such an unforgettable vacation! Bye for now. Auf Wiedersehen! Au revoir! Arrivederci!
My wife ASH with Rheinfall in the background
14th Century Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

Lucerne City
Pilatus at 2,120m high
Train to Jungfraujoch Swiss Alps
Jungfraujoch; Top of Europe
Old City of Berne, Capital of Switzerland
Clock Tower, Berne
Zermatt, with Matterhorn in the background

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