Saturday, 14 September 2019

Umbrellas in Israel

Middle East-Israel-Tel Aviv  This card I noticed just now has Jerusalem on the front. Loved the Umbrellas and all the different colours. I posted this in Tel Aviv where I stayed for a few days. My second visit to Israel.

I never did find a philatelic office but the Post Offices  had a small selection of stamps . In May when there Israel had lovely blue skies and these stamps remind me of that. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Istanbul - Asian side

Asia-Turkey-Kadikoy, Istanbul This card is showing Kemal Ataturk who ruled Turkey in the early 1900s and changed the face of Turkey . 

This card was posted in Kadikoy, which is on the Asian side of Istanbul. It is a lot less touristy on the Asian side but still very interesting to visit. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Istanbul Transport

Europe-Turkey-Istanbul I loved this card so much I just had to buy it. It is slightly embossed and shows one of the old trams in Istanbul. They are in limited use now, most replaced by new style ones like we have in Dublin . 

I purchased this miniature sheet in the Philatelic shop in Istanbul. I liked that the theme of this card is transport from Trains to Trams .

Friday, 6 September 2019

World Heritage Site - Istanbul

Europe-Turkey-Istanbul  This is The Hagia Sophia Museum. It used to be a museum. One of the best museums to visit in Istanbul. By Irish standards, Istanbul is very cheap city to visit. There is a large choice of different restaurants . Certainly a city where East meets West. This is a World Heritage Site. 

I like to buy stamps if possible that are issued in the year that I have visited, However that is not always possible as sometimes few issues are out that year. I purchased these in a nearby Post office and they are from 2011 and 2018

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Welcome Back from Istanbul

Europe-Turkey-Istanbul  As you can see I have been a while off the radar here. A lot of changes and moving house. It took me some time to get sorted again. Now I am back and have lots of updates over the next few weeks. This blog started with a Postcard from Istanbul and it is the first postcard to my  new address. Still living in Dublin but right in the city. 

This time in Istanbul the weather was lovely compared to my previous trip when it was full of snow but still lovely but very cold and not easy to get around. This is the Blue Mosquue an outstanding sight. 

It took me some time to find the Philatelic shop in Istanbul. A full shop with all the selections one could ask for and helpful staff. We dont get that enough when you visit a regular Post Office. 

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Gran Canaria

Atlantic Ocean-Canary Islands-Gran Canaria-Playa del Ingles. I always enjoy map cards. This one shows Gran Canaria which I have been to many times. Nice for a winter break . 

Many have the post offices in Spain have no choice of stamps and will try sell you a pack of definitive stamps. Got all these stamps when I was in Tenerife as there was a Head Post Office there. Postmark is Last Palmas even though posted in Playa del Ingles. 

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Cologne Germany

Europe-Germany-Cologne I have been to Cologne so many times with work and always in January, Not the best time to visit as can be quite cold to say the least. Here is one of those Postcards that has a movable image. Hard to see here. 

The Post office I normally visit had no choice of stamps. Just definitives. But at Cologne Airport I was able to get a small choice. 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Rabaul - Bismarck Archipelago

Pacific Ocean-Bismarck Archipelago-Rabaul  This is showing the famous Mount Rabaul and the Tavurur Volcano . Rabaul was the capital of East New Britain province. It was mostly destroyed by falling ash from the volcanic eruption in 1994. The capital was moved to Kokopo 20 km away. There is not much to see here now , but worth coming for the view . 

There is still a small centre in Rabaul and inside one of the shopping centres is a small post office. I had given up on this card as it has taken nearly 6 months to get here. But better late then never. Nice clear cancelation. They had no choice in stamps at this post office. 

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Houses of Parliament London- England

Europe-England-London This is the Houses of Parliament in London. Since 1512 the Palace has been the seat of the two houses called "The Lords " and "The Commons". You can also see Big Ben.On this occasion in London I visited the House of Lords and had dinner there and got a tour of the The House of Lords . It was amazing , but no photos allowed in that area. 

The main Philatelic office at the Post Office near Trafalgar square is where I get my stamps in London. However it is due to close end of this month , December 2018. I asked for a Regional stamp and this is one of the stamps for England. Hence my reason for having this card listed under England. 

Friday, 7 December 2018

Postal Museum London

Europe-United Kingdom-England-London I got this card during my visit to the Postal Museum in London. It is a two part location. The first part is the museum which is disappointing. It had very little in Philatelic displays. The second part of the visit was to the nearby underground postal railway. That was a treat and loved it. This card is showing a sorting machine at Mount Pleasant office in 1937. I love the yellow coats.  

This was the one of the stamp options that I could purchase at the Postal museum I was surprised to find no Post Office Philatelic Counter. So just labels. Here you can see it says on the label The Postal Museum. I did mail this in a special box , but no special cancellation. I am less than impressed. 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

London Transport Museum

Europe-United Kingdom-England-London This card is from the London Transport museum. This is the first printed version of Harry Beck's now world famous Underground map. 1933. The museum itself is very interesting with Buses, Underground transport and Trams all relating to London . 

Unless you go to a large Post Office , United Kingdom Post Offices do not sell special stamps. This is peel and stick stamp I purchased as you can see on the label from the Postal Museum. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Photos from Artsakh and Post Office

The road entering Artsakh from Armenia 

At Border with Armenia 

Main Post Office in Stepanakert 

At the Post Office 

Philatelic Display

At the monument, "We are the Mountains "

Downtown Stepanakert, capital of Artsakh 

Post office in Shushi 

The entry to the Post Office in Shushi, was not in good condition and no sign. 

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Shushi - Republic of Artsakh

Asia-Republic of Artsakh-Shushi This is the Cathedral of Christ the Holy Savion in Shushi . About 45 minutes from Stepanakert . Not much else to see here. But the last part of Artsakh to be taken from Azerbaijan during the war. 

I have to say the Post office here I would never have found. It was my guide and driver who knew where the Post office was. At the top of a broken building with no sign. The Post Office itself, could have done with a little love. Will post photos at some stage here. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Gandzasar Cathedral Artsakh

Asia-Republic of Artsakh-Gandzasar This is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. This is the seat for The Bishop of Artsakh. It is well worth a visit and there is an excellent museum there. 

This card has a mix of stamps , the two on the left are the Republic of Artsakh and the one on the left is Nagorno Karabakh stamp. I posted this in Shushi . 

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

We are the Mountains - Republic of Artsakh

Asia-Republic of Artsakh-Stepanakert This is the most famous tourist site, it is just on the start of the capital. It was built in 1967 and is called " We are the Mountains ".

These stamps are the most recent issue from Republic of Artsakh. The Post Office in the capital is very helpful and they have a philatelic display . However they may did not have a full selection in stock. 

Monday, 12 November 2018

Stepanakert , Republic of Artsakh

Asia-Republic of Artsakh-Stepanakert This is the capital of Artsakh, Formally known as Nagorno Karabakh. You get here via Armenia and you need a visa that you can get in Armenia at the "Embassy " there. Here is a postcard s showing the central area. 

These stamps show the new name of Artsakh. The Post Office still sells a mix of these and Nagorno Karabakh stamps. The Post is sent out via Armenia . 

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Charles Aznavour - Armenia

Asia-Armenia-Yerevan This Postcard shows the famous French singer Charles Aznavour . His parents are from Armenia. So here they consider him a Famous Armenian. 

I was in Yerevan on the day that this sheep was issued. I have to say that the Philatelic Shop was busy all day with customers lining up to buy these stamps. I have to say I think it is a beautiful issue. 

Yerevan - Armenia

Asia-Armenia-Yerevan This is my second time back to Armenia and it is a delightful Country to visit. On this occasion I only visited Yerevan the capital. This card shows the central square with Government buildings . The Post office is in the building on the right. 

I am very pleased to have a card from Yerevan. As last time it never made it back. This card shows the symbol of the Armenian genocide . 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Ljubljana and the Post office

Overview of Ljubljana 
All the following show the main Post office in Ljubljana which has a philatelic counter.