Today, our philatelic trip takes us to 3 continents. First, we'll travel to North America to visit the spectacular Yosemite National Park in USA. Next, our voyage takes us to Europe by visiting the beautiful Nordic Åland island of Eckerö and our final stop will be in the Far East where we'll visit Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient.Many thanks to fellow postcrosser, Charlette for sending this awesome Yosemite National Park postcard from California, USA! Located in the central Sierra Nevada of California and lies 150 miles east of San Francisco and only a six-hour drive from Los Angeles, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity. The 750,000-acre, 1,200 square-mile park contains thousands of lakes and ponds, 1600 miles of streams, 800 miles of hiking trails, and 350 miles of roads. It is considered by many to be the most spectacular place on Earth!
The stamps franked on this lovely postcard belong to the "American Design" definitives series, issued in 2002-2007 and "Love: King and Queen of Hearts" series, issued on 8 May 2009.
Next is a lovely postcard sent by Johanna Palonen from Eckerö, Åland. It is my first mail addressed to me from this Nordic country. Thank you so much! The lovely stamp franked on this postcard belongs to the "Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic games" series. It bears a special postmark from the Post and Custom house(Post och Tullhuset) mailbox! A municipality of Åland and an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty, Eckerö has a population of just over 930 and covers an area of 752.75 square kilometres of which 645.04 km2 is water. This giant chair is one of the attractions at Eckerö. The island of Eckerö is famous for being one of the stops on the old mail route between Stockholm and Åbo/Turku. From the 16th century until the beginning of the 20th century, mail was transported by boat across the Baltic.
Last but not least, we have this gorgeous postcard sent by Ling. Thank you! It depicts the wonderful night skyline of Hong Kong's Central district. Isn't it just awesome? The stamp franked belongs to the "Birds" Definitives Series, issued in 2006.
The 3 postcards took 11, 7 and 3 days to reach me respectively.