Monday, 17 February 2020

Benidorm Costa Blanca - Spain

Europe-Spain-Benidorm This card has a look of the 1970s about it. But it is really like this right now. Spend a nice few days here in October and the weather was great. Not full of tourist attractions, but great for just relaxation. 

Spain seems to issue a number of tourist related stamps . I had one previous with flip flops. Here we have sun glasses. The cancellation was on the bottom of the card.. ... 

Monday, 10 February 2020

9/11 Memorial Museum New York

North America-United States of America-New Yorkhave wanted to visit this 9/11 museum for some time. Very impressive and delighted to visit. However there is such sadness at what happened. Never to be forgotten what happened and the many heroes there was on that date and beyond. 

Posted in New York with more of the Sesame Street puppets . These are lesser known . 

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Grand Canyon National Park - Wooden Postcard

North America-United States of America-Arizona-Grand Canyon National Park This is a wooden postcard made of birch. I have a few of these now. Love them. 

Got a lovely crisp postmark on this card. Always have to hand these wooden cards into the postmaster direct to make sure they understand what I like and not forget to do any postmarking. 

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Grand Canyon National Park

North America-United States of America-Arizona-Grand Canyon This is a World Heritage Site and I have to say it is truly amazing. It was one of those places on Earth I had been asked what it was like and I had to say I had not been. So it was s true delight to visit . It exceeded my expectations. The colours and the view.. Not to be missed. 

There was a Post office on site and delighted to visit. They close early so I just about made it on time. They had a selection of stamps. I asked to post staff to handstamp the cards to make sure they get a Grand Canyon stamp. 

Monday, 3 February 2020

Route 66

North America-United States of America-Arizona-Kingman Passed through this area on my way to the Grand Canyon. Had a coffee stop and could not resist sending a postcard. Route 66 , perhaps the most famous road route in America ? .

A lack of postboxes makes it sometimes difficult to mail cards. This was sent from New York. . 

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Hoover Dam Bridge

North America-United States of America-Arizona-Hoover Dam Delighted to have visited this on the tour to the Grand Canyon . It is one of those famous bridges , known throughout the world. Very impressive. 

I could not find a postbox anywhere near here, so it went via New York. The stamp in the middle is more impressive then it looks, as it is embossed. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Las Vegas

North America-United States of America-Nevada-Las Vegas I think this is one of those cities you love or hate. At this time it was low season and a lot of shows were as they say here "Dark". Where I come from we would say not on. lol.. Very hot in August , glad it was only 2 days. 

I only managed to get the card on the last day, so posted it in New York. More Sesame Street. 

Saturday, 25 January 2020

San Francisco

North America-United States of America-California-San Francisco Have always enjoyed my visits to the wonderful city Full of life and vibrant. This postcard is showing Powell where the trolley cars changes around. 

More Sesame Street stamps. Posted in San Francisco. 

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Redwood National and State Park

North America-United States of America-Redwood Highway. Took this drive on the way to San Francisco. Famous 101 Pacific highway. It was a spectacular drive in parts. Lived up to expectations. 

Where would you be without Sesame Street ! I certainly remember these characters . Bert and Ernie. The Cookie Monster. Lovable and friendly , just what every child needs. 

Friday, 17 January 2020

Heceta Head - Oregon

North America-United States of America-Oregon-Heceta Head This is a famous lighthouse from a bygone time. A nice walk up to see it and the house nearby where the lighthouse keepers used to live. Quite a busy location.  

More stamps from the Postal scenes , in Post Offices. 

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Yachats - Oregon

North America-United States of America-Oregon-Yachats Stayed overnight here. The Postcard does not do the place justice. Only one I could find . A nice beach on the Oregon coast. 

Posted in Yachats . I had purchased the stamps in Alaska. 

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Portland - USA

North America-United States of America-Oregon-Portland This was my entry point into mainland USA. Portland I had heard a lot about so looking forward to visiting here. It is a very querky we would say. As one of the locals said to me.. "Living here is like halloween every day " ! . I did visit the famous rose garden, hence the selection of this postcard.  

I cant see a cancellation on this card. This happens more and more with sorting offices. 

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Newport Oregon - USA

North America-United States of America-Newport-Oregon After Alaska it was on to Portland Oregon . Rented a car and here was one of my first stops and stay overs. You certainly cant miss this bridge. The Yaquina Bay Bridge. 

Posted this in Newport. Love the stamps which feature murals from Post offices. 

Monday, 6 January 2020

Anchorage - Alaska

North America-Alaska-Anchorage The main city in Alaska It was so nice and warm when  here compared to what I would have thought. Nice floral displays abound. Went to a great restaurant and the fish was amazing. 

A nice red postmark . Posted in Anchorage. 

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Brown Bears in Denali - Alaska

North America-Alaska-Denali On the full day tour of Denali I was lucky to see a number of brown bears. Pretty amazing to see and they were not far away , just off the road. 

This card is cancelled at the top and the bottom . It says Alaskan Frontier. 

Monday, 30 December 2019

Denali National Park - Alaska

North America-Alaska-Denali National Park Arrive by coach from seaport . A interesting drive. This national park is amazing. Loved it here. We took a full day tour through the park . Lots to see . 

This is a Post office box at the accommodation point. So mailed it here. . 

Saturday, 28 December 2019

White Pass Route - Carcross Canada

North America-Canada-Yukon-Carcross Had a day trip out here by a mix of train and coach. Really enjoyed it . Stopped in Carcross for a few hours . This White pass route is well known and famous. 

On the day I got here , the post office closed early. I was planning on sticking this card with a $10 bill under the door, but they told me in the gift shop it would not work!! . So I gave it to them and they said they would post it for me. A nice cancellation. 

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Skagway - Alaska

North America-Alaska-Skagway This town had some very nice buildings. I felt i was in a old Cowboy western movie set. I did have a nice walk up and down the town. Spend most of the time on a train going to Yukon Territory 

Hard to read the cancellation. Posted locally. 

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Mendenhall Glacier - Alaska

North America-Alaska-Juneau This was more or less the exact look and location I had when I visited here in early August. It was a beautiful day . Got the Bus from Juneau and a walk . There is a interesting museum right beside the Glacier. On the ship also visited Glacier Bay, which was amazing , never to be forgotten 

Love the little stamp with the different faces and the hats. Very cleaver. 

Monday, 9 December 2019

Juneau Capital of Alaska

North America-Alaska-Juneau This shows the busy cruise dock and a overview of the city. This was visited taking the inside passage on an Alaskan cruise. Loved it all .

The back of the card is showing a map of the inside passage. Like the set of stamps showing rivers in the USA. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Map of Alaska

North America-Alaska-Juneau I love maps . This is showing how big Alaska is comparing to the rest of the USA. Here I am in Juneau the capital of Alaska. Though being here it does not feel like a state capital. Very small. 

The Post office here had no official sign outside and was told it was contracted out. Well looking at the postmark it makes sense . Showing "Juneau AK Contract Station" . They had a few different choice of stamps. Staff at the "Post Office " which was also a shop were very helpful which was also a shop. 

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Black bears in Alaska

North America-Alaska-Ketchikan One of my main goals for going to Alaska was to see black bears catching wild salmon in the rivers. I  had seen it before a few times on television. So took a float plane to Prince Wales island which is about 15 minutes from Ketchikan . Had about a 10 minute walk to a river. Waited about 40 minutes or so and hey presto a black bear appears. Spend about 2 hours there and seen about 6 bears. One was a mother with cubs. It was amazing and fantastic to see. I had planned to go earlier in the season , but you can only see bears from end of July ( which is when this trip was ) onwards. This was the second week the bears had started coming down to the river. A great add on trip and worth it and the great views from the old plane as well. 

I think the caption beside the stamps says it all. - Alaskan black bear goes fishing for salmon in Southwest Alaska. 

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ketchikan Alaska

North America-Alaska-Ketchikan This was my first stop on the cruise starting in Vancouver. I had a few hours in the afternoon to look around after my visit to see black bears. It was a very nice to just walk around and take it all in. First time to Alaska and my last part of the North America to visit on this journey . 

A small post office with a shop. No selection of stamps. This is a standard Global stamp for mail outside USA and Canada. 

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Victoria - British Columbia

North America-Canada-Vancouver Island-Victoria My final card from Victoria. This beautiful sunny day setting was exactly like it was on the day I was here. Lovely gardens and well kept streets. Well worth the trip from Vancouver 

I had ran out of stamps so just purchased these stamps from the local post office. No other selection available. No postmark on this one. 

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Empress Hotel - Vancouver Island

North America-Canada-Vancouver Island-Victoria This is the famous Empress hotel where I had afternoon tea. It was very nice, but nothing we would not have in Europe. But loved the history of the hotel . 

This card past the Canadian Postal system with no cancel. Not the first time .