Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Arrived in Kigali by road from Uganda. Rwanda is very mountainous. Kigali is known as the city of 1000 hills. The sights of Rwanda include Mountain Gorillas and the Genocide Museum. Had done the Gorilla visits in Uganda so first day visited the Museum. It was most sobering to read of what happened in Rwanda and it took me done time afterwards to settle after the visit.
The Post Office was less then inspiring. The only stamps on sake were issued in 1990 and 2010.
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Hi All, well soon I am off to East Africa . This blog will change to the Travel part and I will share photos and some stories from this trip. I have 6 new Countries to visit and hopefully I will get to them all. So I am very much looking forward to this trip. 6 months planning with lots of Wildlife and remote locations. So hope you all enjoy.
Europe-France-Provins A beautiful medieval town and a World Heritage Site. This is the sort of town that makes France what it is . Full of charm. Well at least the old towns are..
|I have to give France 10 out of 10 for their Art stamps. They are exceptional. France is also not afraid to issue large stamps. If many of them see general usage I would doubt.|
Europe-Russia-Kolomenskose I was on a tour of World Heritage sites in Russia. So here was my first stop. Old Wooden churches. Not far fro Moscow.
|Russia issue some marvellous stamps. I have a complete Russian collection from 1917, so I do admire the stamps. Here is also a very nice cancellation.|
Friday, 14 February 2014
Thursday, 13 February 2014
|The main post office had a large Philatelic Display. Very surprising and a good selection of stamps. It was quite large, but dark and no one there except me. But the staff were very friendly and a nice clean postmark too.|
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
|Here is James the IV from England on the stamp. I wonder did he pop into this pub for a drink? At least a cancellation here on the stamp.|
Europe-France-Amiens The main feature here is the World Heritage Site Cathedral . Very impressive. But so is the whole town. Not too far from Paris .
|A clear cancellation. A French Definitive stamp.|
Monday, 10 February 2014
|It is a pity that London does not have a General Post office any more. We have one in Dublin . So you have to go to the one near Leicester square , as that has the most options buying stamps.|
|The cancellation machine made some sort of mark on this stamp , but as it happens in the UK many stamps are never postmarked. I like these stamps as they feature smiling faces.|
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Africa-Libya-Leptis Magna Without doubt the highlight of the visit to Libya. Magnificent city of the Roman Empire . A very large site with no one about. One of those World Heritage Sites that photos don't do justice to.
|Another fantastic stamp from Libya. This one is in gold foil. The bird looks like a dove of peace !. Wish you could see how nice the gold looks . Also embossed, so an expensive stamp to produce.|
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Friday, 7 February 2014
|The Post office in Petra was busy with lots of postcards. But no stamps other then definitive were available to purchase. I see the postmark has "Petra Touristic Post Office ".|
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Middle East-Jordan-Amman This Postcard is showing the Roman Amphitheatre in Amman. I have to say I did not really enjoy Amman, it's pleasures passed me by.
Middle East-Jordan-Karak Driving down south, this was a excellent stop . A Fortress / Fort with fab views. Much better then the postcard suggests.
|Jordan has a number of different style of postmarks.|
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Middle East-Yemen-Shebam This is the Walled city of Shebam and a World Heritage Site. Spent a great day exploring this very old town . This place is sure historic and no tourists about !!
|The small post office processed my postcards with this nice blue cancellation and they got home quite quick .|
Middle East-Yemen-Shebam This is the famous Rock Palace. It is quite high up and you can visit the rooms and see the view. Excellent
|More colourful stamps from Yemen.|
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Middle East-Yemen-Socotra-Hadibo Socotra has very unique plants and animals. Here is the famous Blood trees. They are even more impressive when you see many of them . Socotra is a World Heritage Site.
|This card has the faintest of postmarks.|
Middle East-Yemen-Shebam Back now in the mainland of Yemen. Here you see many homes like this. All like little box cakes.
|A change of cancellation here .|