The Founding of Rio & Its Subsequent History

On March 1, 1565, the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was formally founded by the Portuguese who had first encountered Guanabara Bay on January 1, 1502 (hence the name, “January River”), Today, Rio is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of … Continue reading The Founding of Rio & Its Subsequent History

Vineyards and Wine Growing

A vineyard is a plantation of grape-bearing vines, grown mainly for winemaking, but also raisins, table grapes and non-alcoholic grape juice. The science, practice and study of vineyard production is known as viticulture. A vineyard is often characterized by its terroir, a French term loosely translating as “a sense of place” that refers to the specific geographical and geological characteristics of grapevine plantations, which may … Continue reading Vineyards and Wine Growing

The Wingsuit

Wingsuit flying (or wingsuiting) is the sport of flying through the air using a wingsuit which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift. The modern wingsuit, first developed in the late 1990s, creates a surface area with fabric between the legs and under the arms. Wingsuits are sometimes referred to as “birdman suits” (after the makers of the … Continue reading The Wingsuit

Internet Problems

Throughout today and this evening, I have been experiencing severe computer and internet connectivity problems. Rather than skip the day entirely, I present just the stamp without the details. It was released by CTT Correios de Portugal SA  on October 11, 2005, as part of a set of eight portraying various media. Listed in the German-language Michel stamp catalogue as #Mi 2990, the stamp was … Continue reading Internet Problems

Zambezia #13 (1898)

Zambezia was a district of Mozambique Province and a part of the Portuguese East Africa Colony.  The Portuguese government-issued separate postage stamps for it starting in 1894. The postal districts of Quelimane and Tete were created from parts of Zambezia in about 1913. Mozambique stamps replaced stamps of Zambezia around 1920. Currently, Zambezia is the second most-populous province of Mozambique, located in the central coastal region south-west of Nampula Province and north-east of Sofala Province. It had a population of 3,85 million as … Continue reading Zambezia #13 (1898)

Portugal #639 (1944)

Portugal #639 (1944)

The Portuguese Republic (República Portuguesa) is a sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe. To the west and south it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east and north by Spain. The Portugal–Spain border is 754 miles (1,214 kilometers) long and considered the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union. The … Continue reading Portugal #639 (1944)