Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Monday, 17 October 2016
Africa-South Africa-Paarl This area is known as the Cape winelands. Less then one hours drive outside the city of Cape Town. This card is from babylonstoren where my friends and I had lunch.
|I posted all my South African cards in Cape Town. All have laser printed postmarks. At least they have a competition to design a stamp.|
Africa-South Africa-Clarens This small town in in the Free State . Driving on the way from Lesotho to Bloemfontein to catch a flight to Cape Town. The town itself is very nice with a old world feel to it.
|On the day I was in Clarens I had no South African stamps . So this card had to wait until Cape Town to get mailed. The stamps are part of a large set in relation to a World Geographical conference being held in South Africa.|
|Another view of the beach in Cape Town|
|The African Penguins near Simons Town , outside Cape Town|
|With friends having dinner in Cape Town. The bottle of wine I am holding is a Bottle of "Penny Black" .|
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Africa-Lesotho-Maseru This is the Famous Basotho hat shop. It is really the main or only shop in the city selling souvenirs. Lots of choice inside including plenty of postcards. This is in Maseru.
|As you can see here. The same stamps again which is rare for me to use. But no choice or selection at the GPO in Maseru. At least a good cancellation .|
|Inside the GPO in Maseru.|
|Post office boxes outside GPO|
|Entrance to GPO Maseru|
|The Basotho shop where one can buy souvenirs.|
|Horse riding in Lesotho. Have not done this in ages. Really enjoyed it.|
|Some of the friendly people I met in Lesotho.|
Sunday, 9 October 2016
Africa-Swaziland-Ezulwini Swaziland was the first stop on my recent trip to Southern Africa. Here you can see a typical view of the countryside .
|The Post office at Ezulwini|
|The Post clerk at the Post office. A very nice lady who was helpful in showing me what stamps was available.|
|A view while having lunch|
|Local Dancing and a Witch Doctor|
Saturday, 8 October 2016
Monday, 12 September 2016
|There is a 24 Hours Post office at Dubai Airport. You can buy stamps there and postcards in the shop just down the stairs. You cannot buy sets just complete collections.|
Sunday, 11 September 2016
Asia-India-Ahmedabad This is a second postcard I purchased in the shop at Gandhi's headquarters The painting of this image is on view.
Monday, 5 September 2016
Monday, 22 August 2016
Friday, 12 August 2016
It was a big hope for me to visit the Post office in Mogadishu. In fact I did better then that and also had a meeting with the Director General of the Ministary of Post and Telecommunications .
There is no out going mail at present , just incoming with an arrangement with Emirates Post. The mail arrives twice a week . If they put a mobile number on the package or letter the Post office will call you and you can collect.
Here is the breaking news -
The DG Ahmed Haji Abdi, has just come back from a meeting with Djibouti Government. As a result of this Somalia will launch outgoing mail in early 2017, so a full functioning Post Office. All outgoing mail will go via Djibouti. New Stamps are being planned at this time for release . I am now in personal contact with the DG and will have more up to date news . I will publish it here.
The entrance to the Post Office. The only function at the present is to collect mail. You must pass a security check.
The inside of the GPO now restored and getting ready for business in early 2017.
Here I am with the Deputy of the Postal section.
Here I am with a Postcard I brought with me and some of the stamps that the Post office has. These are now new issues but from their stock. As you can see there is in fact a new postmark.
Post office boxes that will be back in use.
This is me outside the main building.
Here is the new cancellation. First time to be seen. Somalia Post to open 3 post offices in early 2017. Staff just back from training in Djibouti. New stamps will be released.