The stamp used on this lovely postcard is part of the portrait of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah definitive Series, issued in 2006. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is the current Sultan of Brunei. He is also the country's Prime Minister, and is the acting head of Brunei's Defense and Finance Departments. Because of Brunei's oil-wealth, Bolkiah possesses vast personal wealth and is known for living lavishly. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was the world's richest man with a net wealth estimated at $38 billion according to Forbes. Next, we have this lovely postcard sent by Detje from the Netherlands. Thank you very much!
Friesland or Fryslân is a province in the north of the Netherlands consisting of islands and peninsulas interconnected by the dams and bridges. Translated into English, it literally means sea land because that’s basically what it is.
Tourism is an important economic activity for Fryslân. Its sunny beaches make it a popular holiday destination in the summer. In some areas, the population can be two to four times higher during high summer season. Fryslân is also famous for its black and white Friesian cattle and black Friesian horse (shown on this postcard).
Clockwise from left, this card shows:
1. Torre del Oro
2. The Cathedral
The interior, with the longest nave in Spain, is lavishly decorated, with a large quantity of gold evident. In the main body of the cathedral only the great boxlike structure of the choir stands out, filling the central portion of the nave. It is also dominated by a vast Gothic retablo of carved scenes from the life of Christ. The altarpiece was the lifetime work of a single craftsman, Pierre Dancart.
3. Plaza de España
The Plaza is a huge half-circle with buildings continually running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous beautiful bridges. In the centre is a large fountain. Today the plaza mainly consists of Government buildings.
4. Corrida de toros