Thursday, 15 June 2017

Lubeck - World Heritage Site

Europe-Germany-Lubeck A great town to visit and a easy trip from Hamburg. Here you can see the main gates to the town . Very historical and a World Heritage Site. 

I was here on a Sunday , so mailed the postcard in a local postbox .

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Germany - Elbphilharmonie , Hamburg

Europe-Germany-Hamburg This is the Elbphilharmonie right on the banks of the river. It is a stunning building. I passed it a few times and stopped to look and view. All was booked out when I was here as I would have loved to have taken a tour . Next time I know to book in advance. 

And here is the stamp issued by Germany for the Elbphilharmonie. Not often I have a postcard and stamp issued and relating to each other. 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Helgoland - Germany

Europe-Germany-Helgoland  I have often thought about going to Helgoland at some point. Well I got here at last. I was in Hamburg and it is a simple fast boat ride across. It takes nearly 4 hours. But there is lots to see in Hamburg harbour and you get a great overview of the city. Helgoland itself is quite small, but quaint The pics here reflect on what I seen on the day trip. 

The Post office in Helgoand is a full office and very efficient . They had even a choice of postmarks. This was handstamped. A full selection of stamps was on offer too. 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Hamburg - Maritime Museum

Europe-Germany-Hamburg  This city is all about the fantastic harbour and the river Elbe. My first time here and was impressed . This is the Maritime museum the largest in the world. Really enjoyed that. 

I was directed to a "Post Shop" which is a post shop in a shop. However the one I visited in Hamburg main train station had no selection of stamps. I purchased these stamps when I visited Helgoland which had a full Post Office. 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Kashmir - Dal Lake and Mughal Gardens

Asia-Kashmir-Srinagar  This postcard is very like the exact view I had of Dal Lake where I stayed on a houseboat. Kashmir is unlike anywhere else I had been to in India. A wonderful view of the Mountains and surrounding areas from the Lake. It felt different and there was a lot of tension due to ongoing protests . The tension was felt in the city but at the lake all was well. A magical place and delighted to have visited. 

The Post office I mailed this was in fact a houseboat. I will put up some photos soon. Due to elections and violence the Post office was closed , so I was unable to go in. But there was a postbox on the outside . 

Asia-Kashmir-Srinagar This is the Mughal Gardens which is a World Heritage Site. In April it was not at its best. But the tulip gardens nearby where in full bloom. This is the right time to visit there. It was great to see the loads of locals out enjoying the gardens.  Organising a trip to Kashmir was not easy at this time. The tour company I used for the rest of my India trip would not organise any part of this trip. Luckily I found a company who had houseboats and they organised it all. 

It was a pity I never got into the Houseboat Post  office. Still delighted to get the cards back. The stamps were purchased from the philatelic desk in Delhi. 

Monday, 5 June 2017

Amritsar - Golden Temple and Border Crossing

Asia-India-Amritsar  This is near Amritsar but in fact it is the border crossing at Wagah Border point. It is well worth the trip, About 45 minutes from the city . Great to watch the show on both sides , but as I was on the Indian side easier to see what was going on this side 

Posted in the Post Office in Amritsar. It is right in the old town . 

Asia-India-Amritsar The Golden Temple was the main reason for my visit to this city . It is in fact a complex. Fascinating to see and lean all about the Sikhs culture and religion . A must see and a World Heritage Site. 

I usually do not put cards up without a postmark. But since my other card has a postmark , I decided to put this card up. It was also posted in Amritsar . 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Jaipur Capital of Rajasthan - India

Asia-India-Jaipur The Capital of Rajasthan  and historical city and gateway to India's most flamboyant state.  More selections here from the city of Jaipur. Certainly lots to see here and a very enjoyable visit . 

Not a very clear postmark. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Jaipur - India

Asia-India-Jaipur The City Palace is amazing with a complex of courtyards , gardens and buildings . It is right in the centre of the old city. 

Posted in Jaipur . 

Asia-India-Hawa Mahall  Jaipur's most distinctive landmark. This is like a fairytale pink sandstone with a dizzying five storeys. 

Using one of the transport series I purchased in a booklet. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

World Heritage at Agra India

Asia-India-Agra This as you can see is Itimad-ud-Daulah, but when I was there no one called it that name. It was simply "The Baby Taj" . It has a beautiful delicate appearance and not to be missed. 

A hard to read cancel. Posted at Agra . 

Aisa-India-Agra  This is Fatehpur Sikri a magnificent fortified ancient city 40km went of Agra. This is really a set of Palace buildings peppered with Mughal masterpieces courtyards, gateways and ornamental pools. Both of these sights are World Heritage Sites. 

This stamp features a Temple in New Delhi 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Agra India - Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Asia-India-Agra I would say then when many people including myself think of India we think of the Taj Mahal. Many of my friends had seen this before me and said how wonderful it was. So it had a lot to live up to. Well , I have to say it surpassed my expectations. I would consider it one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. A day never to forget. 

Visited the colonial Post Office in Agra. A busy place. 

Asia-India-Agra With the Taj Mahal overshadowing it, one can easily forget that Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. A must see place. 

Spend two days in Agra, which is enough to see the main sites. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

World Heritage Sites in Delhi - India .

Asia-India-Delhi  This is Qutb Minar complex which is something special. A soaring victory tower and minaret erected in 1193. This whole area is very interesting and when here was very busy with tourists. The highest stone tower in India. 

This stamp celebrates Children's day. 

Asia-India-Delhi Humayun's Tomb is the most perfectly proportioned and captivating of Delhi's mausoleums. This really did take my breath away. Amazing. Dates from 1564.

These stamps show traditional dancing from India and Portugal as it is a joint issue between the two countries. Purchased from the Philatelic bureau. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

India - Delhi Red Fort

Asia-India-Delhi This 42m high stone memorial arch is one of Delhi's iconic tourist sights. It is quite impressive and nice to walk around and take the view in. 

Purchased all these stamps from the Philatelic counter at the main post office in Delhi. These stamps were issued in booklets and sheets. But the sheets were sold out soon after release. These stamps "transport" are from the booklets. These are still bicycle rickshaws in Delhi. 

Asia-India-Delhi The World Heritage Site , "Red Fort" is well worth seeing. Had a good walk in and around. In Old Delhi this massive fort was also used by the British army. 

The Philatelic counter had a full selection of stamps. The staff were very helpful and always delighted to get that level of service. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Kadmat - Lakshadweep Islands

Indian Ocean-Lakshadweep Islands-Kadmat Island  Lakshadweep comprises of 36 palm covered white sand coral islands. Only 10 of these are inhabited and foreigners are allowed on 3 of these islands. Kadmat is I guess the main one. Flights from Kochi to Agatti and then a 3 hours crossing in a fast boat . Here is the resort I stayed in. 

There is one small Post office on the island. The postmaster was very helpful and delighted to see a clear postmark. I was lucky I brought the postcard with me. There was none available in the resort or on the Island itself. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Colombo - Sri Lanka

Asia-Sri Lanka-Colombo I could not find a postcard showing a part of Colombo. So we have flowers instead. I have to say the city is one that I did not find too enticing. But on the other hand Sri Lanka has so much to offer that it is not a concern. 

I did pay a visit to the Philatelic Bureau in Colombo. It is one of the best I have visited. Full selection of stamps . The staff were very helpful and interested in what they were doing. At least I was able to select my stamps. 

Asia-Sri Lanka-Colombo I am a great tea drinker. I really drink very weak tea and in Sri Lanka was drinking this brand when there. There is a lovely tea shop by this brand in the city centre. I enjoyed the service and selection and delighted to find this free postcard when there. 

I posted this card at the airport , where I had my last cup of tea. The Postmark is not Colombo it is Katunayak which is where the airport is 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Galle - Sri Lanka, World Heritage Site

Asia-Sri Lanka-Galle is the big unmissable destination in the south. Galle is a city of trade and increasingly art. Today this historic Fort area is crammed full of little boutique shops . It is a highlight in Sri Lanka to walk around and take it all in. Pure delight. 

The Post office in Galle is very historic . It has been restored . Unfortunately it was closed on the day I was here . So this card was posted in Colombo 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Nwara Eliya Post Office - Sri Lanka

Asia-Sri Lanka-Nwara Eliya This Tudor style red brick Post Office was constructed in 1894 by the British and is one of the oldest Post offices in Sri Lanka. It is also on most tourists maps in this area . I was delighted to find it was open on the Sunday when I visited. 

Even though the Post Office was open when I got here on a Sunday they only had a small selection of stamps. The Philatelic section was only open Monday to Friday. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Nine Arch Bridge - Demodara - Sri Lanka

Asia-Sri Lanka-Nwara Eliya  Took this train from Kandy to Nwara Eliya.  This bridge is one of the iconic bridges in the country . Wonderful trip. Lots to see out of the carriages and there was a special class for tourists if you paid the extra. 

I had run out of stamps at this stage so just used the stamps that were available at the post office. At least the stamp has a postmark.