When I did a swap with Clau in Portugal of course the thing I asked for was a tram and she sent me the sight of this wonderful traditional tram, which I learnt from Wikipedia is a Remodelada type. Above the Lisbon/Lisboa name I nearly missed the name "amarelo" which is Portuguese for yellow. Is it the tram's name or just the colour? No matter I would love to ride on it and Clau says it is very nice to travel on one of these trams and see the beautiful "old Lisbon" from the windows. Yes this Number 18 is just the ticket, imagine it whirring through the city. The trees are rather wonderful too, doesn't that just say warm weather.
The card came with
one of this year's Forest Europa stamps for the Azores. The Azores Bullfinch sings on a tree as cattle graze beneath. I think the words beneath the bird mean "Forests and Soil Protection". This stamp is part of a pretty miniature sheet
I'm glad I got the one with both bird and cows. There have been three sheets produced, one for Portugal, this one from the Azores and one for Madeira, all with their different ecology and can be used in any of the three places. They are all from paintings by the wildlife artist José Projecto who shows all three on his website along with his stunning wildlife paintings, bird song thrown in too.
Thank you Clau for both for showing me Lisbon and the Azores, two places I would love to visit.