|Budapest was a very postal-friendly city. Lots of charming post offices and mail boxes to look at, at well as a Postal Museum and a Stamp Museum (another post on those).|
And a fabulous flea market.
Want to come and check things out with me?
Post Office and Post Box
No photos inside - no fun. But the outside looks good. And I did get my hands on free postal forms.
|The Mail Boxes have legs!|
|Budapest Flea Market -- my husband always takes me to really cool, really off-the-beaten track flea markets. And then the poor guy has to wait around - forever - while I fondle everything postal.|
What a guy!
|And, this one had a lot of postal ephemera...loads of old stamps, first day covers, stamp books, old letters....just the sort of things that make me go crazy.|
Forget department stores.
|Give me the old paper...old photos...|
|Just look at those little packs of stamps. And they were cheap. Why don't I ever find things like this here in California?|
|Oh yes....this is where I found many of my treasures. No one spoke English but writing numbers on paper works fine...|
|Some nibs for a fountain pen lover..|
|How could I possibly resist? Right. I couldn't.|
Now that I look at this photo I am wondering why I didn't get more postal stuff.
(It may have been the 50 pound limit on my suitcase)
|After all that excitement at the flea market I needed to sit down and have some calming coffee and cake at the very beautiful New York Cafe. (Why New York? I don't know. I haven't seen anything like it in NYC)|
|OOps, I did it again. Another day, another beautiful cafe. This one is the Bookstore Cafe.|
Now you know, if you are going to Budapest, you can visit lots of nice post offices, the flea market and eat cake. What more do you need?
(Maybe the Stamp Museum and Postal Museum? I'll show you those soon)
UPCOMING -- Interview with MISS RED LETTER DAY herself.
Co-author of GOOD MAIL DAY and organizer of the Ex Postal Facto mail art event coming up
here in San Francisco in February.
Anything you want to ask Jennie? This is your big chance. I'll show you a little of her studio and she'll tell you about Ex Postal Facto.
Are the holidays over yet? I'm ready for "normal", whatever that may be.
Vintage paper fair here in SF next weekend. Maybe not as great at the Budapest Flea Market but it's one of my favorite local paper ephemera events.
See you there?