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 .