As you may already know, whenever we travel, we look for opportunities to purchase postcards and mail them home to our “postcard jar” [read more about that here]. We started doing this several years ago as a way to easily document our travels, remind us where we’d been, and collect a small keepsake from all of our favorite places. While it is typically fairly easy to find postcards at most tourist attractions, finding a place to buy a stamp and mail the postcards can, at times, be a challenge.

You can imagine our delight when we stumbled across the Vatican Bookstore and post office and found it filled with literally hundreds of postcards and everything we needed to mail them right then and there!

A large section of the store was dedicated to racks and racks of postcards with pictures of the Pope, The Vatican, The Pieta’, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the like. And even better, there were actually tables and chairs where you could sit down and draft a thoughtful note and countertops where visitors stood and wrote out their postcards.

The Vatican bookstore and post office, complete with writing tables!

The Vatican bookstore and post office, complete with writing tables!

We purchased a postcard of St. Peter’s Basilica for our postcard jar and Steve picked out a special postcard for one of his colleagues back home.

It was so nice to have a place to write out our postcards, purchase stamps  (the kind you lick), and mail our postcards back to the states.  And, it is quite special to have something in our postcard jar postmarked “Citta Del Vaticano.”

  • This house-made carrot cake at the Williston Brewing Company in @visitwilliston, @NorthDakotaLegedary tastes even better than it looks! Who wants a bite of this moist cake, three layers high with fresh strawberries and caramel sauce? Um, we do.
  • One of the quirkiest stops we've ever come across is Carhenge, near Alliance, Nebraska. Over a couple of weeks, a family decided to recreate the world-famous Stonehenge out of junked cars. Using farm implements, they constructed a replica that even has a heel stone...errr...car. In so doing, they created a must-see roadside attraction for anyone traveling across the United States.
  • Ann stands next to one of the huge rocks at Toadstool Geologic Park in Nebraska. The unique geology of this park happened because a hard rocky layer sat atop a soft under layer. As the soft layer erodes, huge rocks are left standing in unique positions.
  • You gotta start somewhere...⁣
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In all journeys in life, you must start somewhere. Here we were at Mile Marker 0 in Key West about 70 pounds (between the two of us) ago. Our journey isn't over, but we're on our way to a healthier lifestyle. @noom
  • These cucumber-salmon bites were a perfect taste treat for a bridal shower Ann hosted recently. She started with a slice of cucumber, then a bit of salmon topped with a dollop of cream cheese and dill.
  • ...Why don't you come with me, little girl, on a Magic Carpet ride...⁣
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One of the most unique features of the new @celebritycruise Edge is the Magic Carpet, a platform that moves up and down the side of the ship and serves different purposes at each stop. There is something truly special about sitting directly over the sea and looking back at the ship while you sip a delicious cocktail.
  • This prosciutto pizza served overlooking the Amalfi Coast is the stuff dreams are made of. The homemade crust, hand tossed before being baked to thin perfection in a wood oven. The sauce and cheese were so fresh it brought tears to our eyes. And the prosciutto was sliced thin enough to be translucent. This is what pizza is supposed to be.
  • Cookie, cookie, cookie start with "C."⁣
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This is what we found when we walked into our beautiful room at @thepioneerwoman Boarding House after dinner at the Merc. As part of turn down service, they gave us a couple of Ree's delicious cookies, which made for a perfect end to a great day.

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