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.”

  • Petit fours from our whole hog Valentine’s dinner at @pwmercantile. They came at the end of the meal in a decorative box with a piece of edible rice paper that listed each candy. The box included a bacon truffle, passion fruit truffle, clementine pate de fruit, lychee pate de fruit, pear salted caramels, and a rosemary brown bitter sable in the shape of a pig. 🐖 So sweet! #wholehog #pawhuska #mercantile #thepioneerwoman @ccandmikecreative @thespoiledhome @mollyann
  • This restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama, gives you a piece of duck tape when you arrive so you can make your mark. Such a fun place to eat lunch and on top of that, they have great food. #alabama #gulfshores #postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #travelblogger #travel #albeaches #tackyjacks #visitalabama #ducttape #rolltide
  • Is it spring yet? #postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #travelblogger #travel #clearlakeiowa #travelblog #travelphoto #thisisiowa #visitiowa #traveliowa #igtravel #traveler #mytravelgram
  • Somehow we resisted the temptation to go in to Voodoo Doughnuts at Universal City Walk in Orlando. They must be good -- the line was long. #universal #orlando #orlandoflorida #postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #travelblogger #travel #voodoodoughnuts #doughnuts #orlandobound #traveler #travelwriter #orlandofl
  • Have you been to the Georgia Aquarium? We stopped on our tour through the South last month and were blown away by this place. We saw, firsthand, why it is consistently rated one of the very best aquariums in the world. #aquarium #georgia #atlanta #fishlover #whaleshark #aquascape #coral #exploregeorgia #instafish #reeftank #atl
  • Remembering a great leader today. #mlk #drking #drmartinlutherkingjr #postcardjar #civilrights #leadership #atlanta
  • Clear Lake is one of our favorite midwest destinations and there are lots of things to see and do there, even in the off season. We have a new post on the blog today all about it. ⁣
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#postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #travelblogger #travel #clearlakeiowa #myclearlake #visitiowa #thisisiowa #surfballroom #buddyholly #starboardmarket #MWtravel #midwest #tourism #traveler #ilovetravel #iowa #midwestisbest #midwestlakes #lake
  • Water under the bridge. #celebrityedge #celebritycruises #cruise #cruiselife  #postcardjar #travel #cruiseships

Making the most of midlife.