Monday, 12 September 2016

Dubai - UAE

Middle East-United Arab Emirates-Dubai  Posted this card on the way back from my recent India trip. Here is a night view of Burj Al Arab which I think is a 7 star hotel. Many years ago in Dubai I visited and had dinner in the underwater restaurant and finished that off with a drink in the sky lounge. The biggest surprise was at the end. I was staying at a sister hotel and when I came out of the building they had a Rolls Royce to bring me back to my hotel.. Never to be forgotten. 

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

More Ahmedabad - India

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. 

It's Olympic year so a good opportunity to use the latest Olympic stamps from India . One of the sports I had a big interest in is shown here. Badminton . I travelled Europe as a Umpire and enjoyed it very much. Apart from playing the game itself for many years. India won a Silver medal in this sport . The Postmark is a special postmark and is only in use if you mail at the postbox outside Gandhi's Museum/Headquarters. 

Asia-India-Ahmedabad During my desperation to find a card in Ahmedabad I purchased this one sided card from the Post office. As it happens I was here for Independence day and India issued a stamp. So in memory of that special day I had to purchase this miniature sheet. It is also inscribed "Tourism in India" 

Monday, 5 September 2016

Ahmedabad - India

Asia-India-Ahmedabad This is a postcard I purchased at Sabarmati Ashram the Gandhi's headquarters from 1917 to 1930 during the long struggle for Indian Independence.  I was in this city for work so had one day to see some of its charms. With a population of over 5 million it was near impossible to find a postcard . I did find none of the city itself or the state of Gujarat. I would suspect it is not a state with a big tourist draw. 

Unfortunately I had to cover up some of the text on the back of the card. I mailed this at the GPO in Ahmedabad. There was a philatelic counter, but it was not manned. So after a few minutes I discovered it was in fact within the Post office itself. So it was there I was able to choose from a good selection of current Indian Issues.

This is the inside of the Post office. A very busy office .  

One of the Post office vehicles  getting cleaned

 This should be the Philatelic Counter but in fact it was not manned. The line is for something else.

The Mail boxes outside

The Entrance to the GPO in Ahmedabad

Rare maybe the first time I have put a photo of myself at work. Always enjoyable.

The World Heritage site at Rani-Ki-Vav build in 1063. A magnificent step well. Well worth the visit . About 3 hours outside the city

Finally a icon of the city of Ahmedabad .. The window carved in stone . The Tree of life. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Mogadishu - Somalia

Africa-Somalia-Mogadishu  A postcard from Somalia is as rare as hens teeth as we would say in Ireland. Here is the old Italian lighthouse in the city harbour. Just beside here is the beach. You can see the same type of photo on the earlier photos I took when here. I had always wanted to visit Somalia since I had not managed to gain entry in 2011.  So I was delighted to be able to find  . At first I wondered was there really a tourist company in Somalia ? Well as it turned out there sure was. They looked after me very well . It was great learning about life in Mogadishu . I was able to see all the city . 

This is the first time most will have seen the new postmark at the GPO in Mogadishu. I was so pleased to be able to visit the Post office itself. While there I was able to cancel my postcards with the assistant of the Post office . They even had some stamps available from stock . As you already know there is just incoming mail and no outgoing mail at present. But that is soon to change according to the Director general of the Post and Telecommunications in Somalia. 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Post Office - Mogadishu Somalia

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 .

Here is the Director General of the Post after our meeting in Mogadishu. 
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. 

That outside of the Post office known still as the GPO. This is the original Post office from the 1970 and has been somewhat restored. 

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. 

I was delighted to find that Somalia still has issues available. I had asked had they any stamps and was surprised and delighted find yes they did. These stamps were from the "Philatelic ".  

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. 

Incoming mail from Emirates Post. This is the mail they have that they can't find the person. A phone number is needed on the address or else it can't be delivered. Amazing one of those sacks is full of mail was due to go to Solomon Islands. But it ends up in Somalia instead. So now Solomon Post. Now you know where all your missing mail is !!!

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. 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Mogadishu - Somalia

I have a surprise trip here on the way to India. I have previously been to Somalialand . In 2011. , I visited Mogadishu but at that time the Country only had control over the airport and surrounding streets so it was not possible to enter the city as a tourist.
Now I am here and spend 3 days. It was great to see the city and I felt secure with the security I had. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


Pacific Ocean-Nauru  My second time here and my oh my has this place changed . From Riches to Rags !!!  In the 1980s when I was here there were so many cars and so many filling stations. Now most of the filling stations just left and abandoned. So a Island that has lost its soul. It is the only nation in the Pacific islands, that I need to arrange a visa in advance. Nauru is now so different then the rest of the pacific neighbours. Hopefully one day it will find its feet. 

The Post office in Nauru was in a sorry state. It could do with a lick of paint. But the staff were more then helpful and it was great to have a chat and get their view of how Nauru is. A full philatelic selection of stamps to choose from. Though no new issues for a few years now. I guess no money to do that. This Postcard was one of two that I found on the island and both were only available from the Post office.  It is a pre paid card, but I still put Nauru stamps on the card. 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


Middle East-Bahrain-Manama  This is a card that somehow I left out of my collection. A eagle eyed follower informed me that I had not been to Bahrain. Then I discovered I had not loaded up this card. This is from February 2005, so a few years back. This is the Grand Mosque and I remember been in this find building. 

I found the main Post office in Manama after a few wrong turns. I was able to view from a selection of stamps and purchased this one.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Balaclava - Crimea

Europe-Russia-Crimea-Balaclava  A beautiful view over the harbour. I actually came up to t his point. It was a wonderful sunny day just like this. The famous Submarine base was here, now no longer in use but a museum. 

I posted this card on my last stop in Yalta. I could not find any suitable cards here in Balaclava so got this card from the wonderful philatelic office in Sevastopol . 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Bakchsaray- Crimea

Europe-Russia-Crimea-Bakchysaray  This is the Khan's Palace. It was built in the 16th Century  by Russian and Ukrainian slaves under the direction of Persian, Ottoman and Italian architects. Well worth seeing for sure. 

The stamp is from a miniature sheet. This card was posted in Yalta. Interestingly these postcards were printed for Russian Post office in July 2014 . Only a few months since Crimea changed from Ukraine to Russia.  

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Swallows Nest - Crimea

Europe-Russia-Crimea-Yalta   Here is the famous Swallows Nest. This toy town castle is a favourite for Crimean postcards. The castle has a great view and actually overhangs a cliff. Great to visit. It is near Yalta.  I had always wanted to visit Yalta. Especially interested in Chekov's dacha where is nearby. Yalta did not quite live up to expectation , but glad I visited. 

The main post office is right in the middle of town on the seafront. Busy when I was here. I had purchased these stamps in Sevastopol . 

Europe-Russia-Crimea- Yalta   This is the fist time I have placed a postcard of a plane. I have travelled on a Tupolev 154 a number of times. Last time was  in 2006 on a flight from Nakhchivan to Baku on Azerbaijan Airlines. 

Posted in Yalta. This includes the stamps issued by Russia featuring Crimea. This Postcard was part of a individual collection of cards featuring Soviet or Russian aircraft