Thursday, 30 July 2015

Ross Dependency - Antarctica

Antarctica-Ross Dependency-Scott Base  Here are some photos from the trip I did in 2008. This is the New Zealand part of Antarctica and I reached here starting in Bluff in New Zealand and ending up in Hobart , Tasmania. It was a great trip 4 weeks. Very lucky to land here as the same Russian Ship could not land on the previous trip only 4 weeks before this. Here you see some photos from the New Zealand base which was very homy in style compared to the nearby American Base which had all mod cons.  To land we had the use of a helicopter on board which was needed.
Also you will see some photos from the shop at the base that sells stamps and has a letter box. There is no official Post office here now, the mail is sent to Christchurch. But still delighted to be at the Ross Sea and Scott Base.
It was great to see the original Huts from the early 1900s and all the same stores and goods are still there to this day as you can see. 

Friday, 17 July 2015

New York and United Nations

North America-United States of America-New  York   Have not been here for a few years. On t his trip did visit the new One World Observatory which only opened a few weeks before I arrived. Here is a photo from the fold out Postcard I purchased in the gift shop. 
This is a photo I took of a view from the viewing area. This is all inside. 
Went into the Post office in Lexintgton Avenue, very near to were I was staying. Delighted to see a selection of stamps in a case I could choose from. I had to pick these Batman stamps. Reminded me of the first series I used to watch on the TV in the 1960s. 
North America-United Nations New York  Visited here again on this trip. I did not take the tour as did the last time. 
Was a first day of issue for these UNESCO stamps on the left , so got them . The Post office was less then helpful and you needed to be sure what you wanted.
The United Nations Post office