Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Boungainville - Papua New Guinea

Pacific Ocean-Papua New Guinea-Bougainville-Buka Island This card is a little worse for wear. I think it got rained on or fell into water . This is the part of PNG that is due to run a referendum for independence in June 2019. Speaking to the locals here they unlike New Caledonia are in favour . So this could be the next newest country?  

The staff at the Post office on Buka Island were super friendly. They only had a few stamps to sell, but I had got extra stamps from the philatelic bureau in Port Moresby. 

Monday, 17 September 2018

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea

Pacific Ocean-Papua New Guinea-Port Moresby The capital with a population of about 1 million. Speaking more languages then any other capital in the world. Before I got here I was told how dangerous Port Moresby was. To be honest there is  not a lot to see in this city. The museum was closed when here. I stayed at the airways hotel which is beside the airport. I did get a taxi down to the building that houses the Philatelic office and it is also the main business address of the Post office. It is not the main Post office. But you go through security gates in the taxi so felt all safe. PNG has much to offer but all the best parts are in other islands or cities. But in saying that I found no concern here. 

The people at the philatelic office upstairs could not be any nicer. Very helpful and had leaflets on all the latest issues. So I was able to select anything I wanted. Here you can see the philatelic postmark. 

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Warhol Exhibition Malaga

Europe-Spain-Malaga  I have been to Malaga before briefly. So this time visited the Picasso Museum. One of the travelling exhibitions was Andy Warhol. So I only new a certain about this guy  and I had to have this card of one of his famous paintings Campbell's soups that I used to have many years ago. 

Posted at a post box in the town. A standard Definitive stamp. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Costa Del Sol - Spain

Europe-Spain-Costa del Sol I could not resist this card. The sunshine coast and a popular tourist spot. It shows all the resorts in the right order. 

The Spanish postmark was on the bottom of this card so as it went through the Irish sorting office they postmarked the stamp. Not the first time I have seen this. 

Friday, 14 September 2018

Torremlinos - Spain

Europe-Spain-Torremolinos Typical old 70s style Spanish Resort. It is packed as it does do what it says on the tin. Long sandy beaches and loads of places to eat. The old town is quite nice. 

The Post office here had only packs of 5 stamps, so I relied on stamps I had purchased earlier. Double postmark here with the Irish post office also cancelling the stamp. 

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Melilla Spanish Morocco

Africa-Spanish Morocco-Melilla This is a Autonomous city belonging to Spain bordering Morocco. Spend two day here after flying in from Malaga. Its main attraction is the fort and the excellent modernist  and art deco buildings which are amazing. I was expecting to find loads of migrants from Africa , but only a few kids who when they get to 18 are send back home.  

The old Post office is no longer in use. Looked the way I thought it would look. This is now the new one. Beside the beach. The only stamps they had on sale where stamps in packs of 5. So you cannot buy a single stamp! I have had this before in Benidorm last year. However I had stamps with me and used them. I got them to cancel the card on the spot before it went on the mail. You can see Melilla clearly.  By the way , it was very difficult finding postcards here just like it was in Ceuta . I had to keep asking around and found a tobacco shop with some. But all the others I tried no joy. 

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Alcazar Cordoba - Spain

Europe-Spain-Cordoba This is the Castle of Cordoba also known as the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. This is also a World Heritage Site. I did not visit the interior as I could not find the entrance and gave up in the heart. !! 

I suspect that all the mail posted in Cordoba is processed in Seville , looking at the postmark that is on this card. The stamp was purchased from the excellent Philatelic counter in Cordoba. 

Friday, 7 September 2018

Cathedral Mosque Cordoba

Europe-Spain-Cordoba This is the Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba one of the most important buildings in Spain and a World Heritage Site. Very different in ways and a great site to visit. 

This is a beautiful mini block of a painting by Eduardo Arrovo. Showing two painters with their faces covered in paint. They have no eyes , blind to what they are doing. A very famous Spanish painter. 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Cordoba - Roman Bridge

Europe-Spain-Cordoba This is the famous Roman bridge in Cordoba built in the first century, though it has been reconstructed many times. 

I dont put many too many souvenir sheets on my cards but this one is beautiful. Showing a plaza in Madrid. 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Andalucia - Spain

Europe-Spain-Andalucia I love map cards and I should buy more. This is showing Andalucia famous for Flamingo dancing. Very popular with tourists. 

The large stamp showing the King of Spain Felipe VI, very large stamp and on silver background. A beautiful stamp and great to have such a modern photograph . 

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Alcazar Seville- Spain

Europe-Spain-Seville This is the Salon de Embajadores , Mudejar Palace , the REal Alcazar de Seville. An amazing sight. I spend some extra time in this room . 

A very clear postmark of Seville . Got this stamp at the main Post office in Seville. 

Monday, 3 September 2018

On the boat at Plaza de Espana Seville

Europe-Spain-Seville Here is another view of Plaza de Espana . There were in fact a number of tourists taking a boat trip. Though in August it is very hot. 

In Spain the Tobacco shops all sell stamps. This current one is mostly sold in those shops. It is self adhesive and covers the rate for Europe 

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Seville World Heritage Site -

Europe-Spain-Seville Showing the Cathedral in Seville. An amazing building both outside and inside. This is also a World Heritage Site. 

This stamps is unusual in that it is on very thick paper and has the feeling of a stamp made of wood. 

Friday, 31 August 2018

Plaza de Espana - Seville

Europe-Spain-Seville This is Plaza de Espana. It is in the Maria Luisa Park in Seville. It was built for the Spanish America Exposition of 1929. A beautiful place to visit with a small lake. 

One of the  stamps I was able to get at the Post office in Seville. 

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Sevile - Alcazares

Europe-Spain-Seville One of the great cities of Spain. A majestic place and a beautiful city. This is a view of the Reales Alcazares. The Royal Palace. A World Heritage Site. 

I visited the main Post office in Seville and was surprised to find there was no Philatelic section. Well I guess there was , but no stamps. Luckily I was able to find a desk that had a number of different stamps. 

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

American Peace Memorial Honiara

Pacific Ocean-Solomon Islands-Honaira This card is showing the United States Peace Memorial wish a memorial to the Americans killed in this area during WWII. There are a number of interesting sites in relation to the war on this island. In reality these are the key tourists places to visit . 

I bought this postcard at the Post Office. I did not see any other postcards for sale in Honiara while there or at the main museum . Interesting that the Postmark only says Solomon Islands , no mention of Honiara. 

Monday, 27 August 2018

Honiara - Solomon Islands

Pacific Ocean-Solomon Islands-Honiara I only spend two days and unfortunately managed only to  visit Honiara. Air fares to the outer islands are expensive . But if you want to see the best of the Solomon Islands that is the place to go. Honiara itself would not win a beauty award. However a new airport is in the pipeline and much upgrading of roads is necessary. 

The Post office was just across the road from the hotel I was staying in. Its on the main street. Very friendly people here. There is in fact a Philatelic Bureau upstairs but I did not go as no new stamps were issued recently . The Post Office counter had a selection of stamps to choose from . 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Tanna - Vanuatu

Pacific Ocean-Vanuatu-Tanna  This island is amazing. The Volcano was a highlight, but also spent time in a remote village with starts from the Oscar winning "Tanna". Wonderful 

There is a Post office in the centre of town and mailed that there. Nice clear postmarks. I am doing well on this trip with clear cancellations . 

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Port Vila - Vanuatu

Pacific Ocean-Vanuatu-Port Vila Not the most attractive islands I have ever been to. I was here for a couple of days and a cruise ship was in port. However, the people are wonderful. So friendly and welcoming. A real nice surprise. 

I visited the Post Office on Saturday as it opens half day. It was very busy with cruise passengers mailing out packages and postcards. The Post Office itself had a great selection of stamps . The Philatelic Bureau does not open on a Saturday. 

Friday, 10 August 2018

Ouvea - Loyalty Islands- World Heritage Site

Pacific Ocean-New Caledonia-Loyalty Islands-Ouvea White sands and a beautiful World Heritage Site is what awaits  here in Ovuea. Surrounded by a fantastic Lagoon on one side. This island is more Kanak then the mainland and a different relaxed feel. 

The Post Office was on the way back to the airport for the flight to Noumea. I love the clear cancellations that you get in New Caledonia. 

Thursday, 9 August 2018

La Foa - New Caledonia

Pacific Ocean-New Caledonia-La Foa  This is a small town on the west coast. Famous for its annual film festival. I visited the cinema when there and it is a real gem. Also nearby you have the Parc des Grandes Fougeres Park which is at Farino . Wonderful Ferns and a lovely walk. 

A nice Post office in the town of La Foa. Very helpful , clean and even a selection of stamps on show . New Caledonia really knows how to make sure it has good cancellations. 

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Tjibaou Centre, Noumea- New Caledonia

Pacific Ocean-New Caledonia-Noumea This is the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea. It is an amazing building featuring Art gallery, Museum , Library and displays. Mr Tjibaou was a Kanak leader who fought for local rights. He was murdered a number of years ago. 

I posted this card at the airport on departure. The postmark is showing a plane taking off. The Postal Service even has a philatelic display and Post Office at the airport. 

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Architecture of Noumea - New Caledonia

Pacific Ocean-New Caledonia-Noumea This card showing some of the beautiful Colonial Architecture of Noumea. The main island Grand Terre is great to drive around . Great Scenery . Roads excellent for the most part.  

New Caledonia has certainly some beautiful stamps . The Philatelic Shop had a full selection of stamps and souvenirs. This card was posted from the Philatelic shop. . Great to see a clear cancellation. 

Monday, 6 August 2018

Noumea New Caledonia

Pacific Ocean-New Caledonia-Noumea This card shows the area which I stayed in . Close to the beach and restaurants. It is a very nice Island to travel around and hired a car to do so. 

I posted this at the Philatelic shop in Noumea. It is not attached to the main Post Office. In fact I found it by mistake while driving and was amazed to see such a wonderful window display. 

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Melbourne Australia

Pacific Ocean-Australia-Melbourne My second time here. A very nice city . Main reason here was to visit a member of my family. Love the trams 

I went to the main Post Office in Melbourne. I have to say very impressive for a modern set up. Very helpful staff and a philatelic and coin display . Seen these Bird stamps , beautiful .