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Hello there, I am on the wonderful island of #RapaNui or #easterisland and oh my giddy aunt its far more spectacular than I dreamed it was! The island has been populated by #Polynesians since the 1st melenia Ad, and still is inhabited 60% direct decents. As a little hammy I was always fascinated with the carved statues of Rapa Nui they always looked so mysterious and secretive. Getting to see them in person has just deepened that fascination. The statues, called #Moai were carved from hardened volcanic Ash using basalt chisels by the islands native inhabitants around 1100-1680 ad. Only roughly a quarter of the 887 statues are in their intended location, the rest have been left at the quarry or just left along the way to their intended destination. I had always thought that they were just heads but I found out that they are actually torsos as well stopping mid thigh, but some have been buried up to the neck making them look like just heads. No one knows how they were transported from the quarry though their have been suggestions, but to me that adds to their mystery. Each Moai was carved to represent the head of the deseased head of a family ancestry line and the largest Paro stands at an impressive 9.3meters and weighs 82 tons! All the staturles except one resemble the same style, Tukuturi though is more rounded and human like. I also found out why we in Europe call it Easter Island, it was named by the first European to visit the island, a #Dutch man called #JacobRoggeveen who landed on the 5th of April 1722, which happened to be Easter Sunday. The island is a beautiful gem and although one of the world's most remote inhabited islands its full of life and mystery! I will catch up with you on Friday Herbert x If you enjoyed this you can find more hamster fun at http/:herberthammy.co.uk #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #drawing #tourist #worldtrip #adventure #holiday #postcard


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Finally I've got a signal! I'm currently standing on a mountain in the #republicorfPeru or #Peru for short! I am fulfilling a dream visiting the citidel of #machupicchu. The famous #Incan ruins hidden in the #Andes mountains. The incans don't seam to have used any weeded technology or animals that pulled, carried or plowed yet they managed to farm the area using ingenious systemsof ditches, canals and roadways. They also built stunning architecture that due to its being mortar less and each large stone fitting so perfectly together (you cant even slip a knife blade between the stones) which have stoodup to the test of time and earthquakes. Because it appears that they only used #quipu (tying knots in coloured strings) to record things and for math, and had no written language we know only what had been discovered by archeology. The #Incan empire was the largest civilisation in pre-Columbian #america beginning in the early 13th century and lasted until the #spanish conquered its final stronghold in 1572. The Spanish wiped out all the Incan settlements except Macchu Picchu which lay undiscovered from when it was abandoned in 1572 to 1911. Since being here I've found out that the Incans created fine textiles, were the first to cultivate potatoes, gave their children Iq tests to determine whether they should be taught a trade or go to school and become an administrator or member of the nobility and that they worshiped #Inti the sun God. Its not k own what the purpose of Macchu Picchu was, it consists of 150 buildings ranging from houses, baths to temples and sanctuaries (there's also over 100 sets of stairs here, each hand carved from a single block of stone. I'm really getting some great cardio here!). It also acts as a #astronomicalobservatory with the Intihvatana stone matching up with the sun during two equinoxes so that no shadow is cast on it. Im learning so much here and the views just take my breath away! Its awe inspiring to imagine the people who created and lived in this beautiful sacred place. See you on Tuesday Herbert x #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #worldtrip #tourist #holiday #travel


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Hello from the beautiful sandy shores of the #Hatian island of #Tortuga which lies just off the coast of the #dominicanrepublic. I am just taking a breather from hole digging, and thought it a good time to catch up with you. This small mountainous island is one I've seen in many a pirates film such as #piratesofthecaribbean and in literature like #captainblood. But I think the real history is more fascinating as this really was a pirate stronghold. Tortuga was first visited by Europeans in 1492 when it was discovered by the #spanish explorer #columbus. #ChristopherColumbus thought the island shape reminded him of a turtle so he named it Tortuga! Following columbus's discovery it then was also inhabited by #French and #British settlers. The three groups fought over the island until ultimately deciding the island was too small to be of major importance in 1638. This left the island open to becoming a stronghold for #caribean #pirates. Now that is cool! I've done a bit of hiking and been to see the ruins of the 17th century #fortdeRocher that lies on the south coast of the island. Tomorrow I'm going to try and find the cave known as #GrotteauBasin which has a large pre columbian statue of a woman inside it. But first I need to burry my treasure, my prized possessions need to be kept safe.... I will catch up with you on Friday Herbert x If you enjoyed this you can find more hamster fun at http:/herberthammy.co.uk #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #drawing #tourist #worldtrip #adventure #holiday #postcard


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Hello my friends, today you find me soaking up the sun on the beautiful #caribean island of #jamaica. I have to say its lovely here and I feel really spoilt. So far I've had a small look around the capital #kingson. I really enjoyed visiting the #Bobmarleymuseum which was set up in #bobmarley 's home from 1975 till his death in 1981. He was such a musical genius and #reggae wouldn't be as globally popular without his influence. I loved seeing the memorabilia and his gold and platinum records. For the next couple of days I'm going to be exploring more of the island, including hiking in the #bluemountains, trying out the dry #bobsleigh run #swimmingwithhorses and swimming in the #luminouslagoon one night, when it's lit up by the microorganisms in the water. This evening I've spent with my friend Benjamin who lives in this paradise. He has been teaching me about his relion, he is a #rastafarian which is a Abrahamoc religion that developed in Jamaica. He has to follow a code that dictates what he can wear, how he behaves and what he eats. For instance he has to wear his hair in dreadlocks, he's not allowed to eat pork, shellfish or drink cows milk and they smoke cannabis for religious reasons. I do feel sorry for Benjamin though as he is not allowed to have alcohol and since being here ived discovered the most delicious cocktail called#jamaicanrumpunch he's really missing out! Mind you it does mean more for me! Right I'm off to join in the buzzing musical nightlife of this gorgeous island, I shall catch up with you on Tuesday Herbert x If you enjoyed this you can find more hamster fun at http:/herberthammy.co.uk #HammysPostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #drawing #tourist #worldtrip #adventure #holiday


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Hola, I'm in #monterry #mexico with my friends Mayte, (@myasanmiguel), her husband and the famous Instagram model Vinnie. Mayte is an artist and uses photograpy not only to capture daily selfies of Vinnie but to also capture the wonderful beauty of Mexico and her life. She also creates some of the most beautiful art journal pages so go check out her Instagram... And tell her Herbert sent you to say hi. We have had a busy couple of days looking round the city which is one of mexico most westernised and industrialised, yet those influences have been balanced with the beautiful Spanish traditional atmosphere especially in the old city quarter #barrioantiguo. I lo e it here it's so colourful and beautiful, and you can't get away from the stunning #CerrodelaSilla, the mountain which over looks the city from its North East, appears when viewed from the west as a saddle! Its no wonder that this natural creation with its fabulous four peaks is used a a symbol of the city. We went to check out the museum of contemporary art and saw a fascinating exhibition of portraits by #RichardLofton. However, I loved going to #fundidoraPark the most, with its artificial lake, awesome boat rise, just look at that fountain on my postcard! It also has a ice rink, sports arena and water park! But I have to say the best bit was the #sesameStreetPark! I can honestly say Vinnie and I fit in well with all the other furry inhabitance and I got to meet the one and only #cookiemonster! I can't thank Mayte a d her family enough for having me, driving me around in luxury and for introducing me to this beautiful city, I even got to watch her create one of her beautiful artworks which is going to be probably my best memory of this wonderful trip to Mexico. I will catch up with you on Friday Herbert x If you enjoyed this you can find more hamster fun at http:/herberthammy.co.uk #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #drawing #tourist #worldtrip #adventure #holiday


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It's my very last day in the #USA, so what better than a spot of crafting or should that be kraafting with friends in the ktaaftshaak! Thank you @kraaftshaak @tabertooth and @nikki_az43 for the arty party x I will catch up with you again on Wednesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #holiday #tourist #worldtrip #adventure #kraaftshaak


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She let me in! this is my friend Sylvia or the infamous @tabertooth or @taboriginalaz here on Instagram. We have been pen pals for ever and I even did a interview with her lodger Milton Fox for the famous Hour magazine (you can check that out at my website http:/herberthammy.co.uk). Its been worth all the secrets to see her face as she opened the door! What a day I've been having she drove me over (and yes she's a speed feind who would put Lewis Hamilton to shame!) back over to see Heather as I left my toothbrush behind. Then Lexie took me for a walk, she's a very gentle giant who like me loves peanut butter but I foublnd out that she's far better at dodging the cacti than I am. Then it was back to Sylvia's where I got to see her massive watercolour paint and ink collections, and she taught me how to make beautiful paper flowers, well hers were lovely mine resembled the last bit of toilet roll in a public toilet! We have even had a contest at best looking face, I will let you decide who one! I am actually here for a couple more days as I couldn't leave without experiencing the superbowl and I've got a exta special event to attend but more about that tomorrow... I'm off to hang out with Sylvia, Milton Fox, and Lexie See you soon Herbert x #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #drawing #tourist #worldtrip #USA #america #holiday #Arizona


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Well folks I've only a day and a bit left of my American journey, so I am finishing it here in Arizona as I was invited to have a ride in the rolling paintpot by the one and only Heather @kraaftshaak. I have finally got to meet not only Heather, Mr Kraafter but also the cool man himself @tdawgg2012! We went on a trip in the rolling paintpot, which she and Mr are using to travel round the country and to meet some of her fans. I was surprised to find out that it also floats! (Mr k said it was definitely on purpose that he drove into the lake). I got to see some of the beautiful surroundings and I can't tell you just how breath taking it is here. . Now Heather if you hadn't have guessed is a life long and I'm told the number one fan of the #GreenBayPackers (who I'm told were robbed of their chance to play in this years superbowl) so we had to check out a sports bar and sample some of the local hospitality too! I also got to see the famous studio where she has taken so many people through her art and craft processes on Instagram, YouTube, and now she's a up an coming twitch artist. I have to say it felt really surreal standing in the spot where so many awesome pieces have been created (I've included a tiny sample for you to drool over). She uses everything from paint, pastel, pencils and even (I'm not kidding) flip-flops to create stunning pieces of art. For the rest of my stay she's promised to show me her secrets and we are going to get to catch up in person rather than over a live feed, I tell you it feels so weird to be able to poke her... Oh and I found the truth... She does have a massive vat of wine in the back yard! I'm sad to be saying goodbye so soon but my times up sadly... I'll see you Tuesday from a new place (sniff) Herbert x #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #worldtrip #tourist #holiday #USA #america #kraaftshaak


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Hi folks, I'm still in #Arizona, I had a awesome couple of says with Shel (@paperocotillostudio) but now I'm in #Gilbert which is a town in the metropolitan area of #phoenix (the South Eastern portion of the city) to catch up with my friend Nikki (known on Instagram as @nikki_az43) Nikki is an artist who has a truly unique eye and creates some truly stunning pieces of abstract art. She uses colour, pattern and texture to draw you in and get your brain looking and unravelling the mysteries in the paint. In fact the background of this postcard is one of her pieces, and it really reminds me of this very hot (it's even hotter here than it was in Tscon!) state! She has also some truly stunning illustration pieces such as her latest post that I think is a perfect commentary on the change of the old to the new, you need to check it out for yourself. Im just here for two days so today we've been catching up and exploring the delights of Gilbert, including some very interesting #Arizonawine! And the awesome handmade goods this area boasts. Tomorrow we are going on a very exciting day trip to see the #grandcanyon I can't wait to see it in person, as its something I've seen so often on TV. Tonight we are put to experience Gilbert's famous night life, though between us I'm a bit worried that I won't be able to keep up with Nikki who has a reputation of being one wild party animal, so wish me luck... I'll catch up with you on Friday Herbert x If you enjoyed this you can find more hamster fun at http:/herberthammy.co.uk #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #worldtrip #holiday #tourist #america #USA #artist


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Hi friends, today you find me in #Tuscon #Arizona, I'm here visiting my friend Shel C (@paperocotillostudio on Instagram or Shel C on youtube). She is an amazing artist who creates bold, colourful and stunning pieces in a wide range of materials. For instance if you check out her lates YouTube video you can see her create a beautiful sunflower using pigment powders, and on Instagram she's been sharing her mixed media collages this month as part of a challenge, which encourages participants to art journal throughout January using daily prompts. One of the best things about my trip has been getting to poke around people's art studios and boy o boy Shel's is an arty shrine! I've not only been drooling over her art though. She took me to see the magnificent #senoraDesertMuseum. I was expecting a normal museum to be honest but I was stunned to find out that this #museum is open air for the most part, covering a 98acre area of the #senoradesert. It is designed to help people understand the desert better, by looking at the ecology within it. I was shocked to find out that such a barren looking area save for cacti and some very Hardy plants the dessert is home to 242 animal species! It was also interesting to learn that the desert which looks at first very tough and unforgiving is also under threat, its currently being devistated by an invasive plant called #BuffelGrass! Its a bit of a mind twist being here in Arizona in January as I'm used to weather which is cold, wet and if I'm lucky snowy but here the average temperature is a balmy 17°c or 65°F! Which in English standards is a balmy summers day! It then throws an additional spanner in the works by presenting my eye line with snow topped mountain peaks! Weird! However, the sun was a great excuse for us to try out our Hollinwood shades! I recon Shel's were the best as they gave her a true diva look hehe mine on the other hand made me look more like a cut price mickey mouse impersonator! So much to do and see in the few days I have here so I will catch up with you tomorrow! Till then we are off to be inspired by this fantastic landscape and maybe a #tequila or four! Herbert x #hammyspostcards #hamster #USA #worldtrip


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Hi folks, I am still here in ##Texas, but this time with my friend who has to be the world's number one #peanuts and #snoopy fan! Sandra (@artfullymade4u). In honesty it's my second visit, I'd originally come just before Christmas, however, my visit was cut short by my falling ill and returning back to England early. Thankfully though Sandra welcomed me back so I could see a bit more of the state and so we could hang out some more. I am including a postcard of our winter adventures which were epic! I really really enjoyed the #schultz characters come to life at the #gaylordtexan #icerink. However, Sandra's Christmas tree has to be the most epic salute to all of the characters it is brimming in the cartoon cuties, and trust me this is nothing you alt to see her full collection! Yesterday we went to see a real stage coach! It reminded me of all the #cowboy and gold rush films I grew up watching. However, I was very taken aback to see a cow wearing a saddle! I kid you not ! It was like stepping back into the wild West of my young hammy dreams, although they were horses being ridden not cows In my dreams! One of the best things about getting to visit Sandra is that veve been allowed in her art room and have gotten to see where she makes her magic, I've followed her arty endeavours on Instagram and YouTube (just search artfullymade4u to marvel at their artistic brilliance on either platform) for years. She is the only one I know who can weave colours together without them turning muddy or overpowering one another, her art (see a very small sample on my 3rd postcard) reminds me of the magical way a sparkler twists colour in the darkness. However, this is a tiny bit of of her creativity, for example she also creates amazing word burning pieces and her cooking is a arty master piece in itself. Right iam off for a night on the town with Brownie the Shitzu and he parties hard! I'll catch you on Tuesday Herbert x If you enjoyed this you can find more hamster fun at mine and @billhammyson website Http:/herberthammy.co.uk #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #drawing #tourist #worldtrip #USA #america #holiday


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Howdy partner! I'm in #Texas so I had to dress the part, I've got my #cowboy hat, my awesome #cowboyboots with gold details, jeans and my H for Herbert giant belt buckle! I also have my trusty rope that I can use to #lassoo any errant cattle (OK ok so there's a metal hoop keeping it in shape but it still looks cool!) I'm staying currently on a ##ranch which breeds the famous #texaslonghorns, the cows back home look far less impressive now with their little horns. These beautiful beasts are not the only cool residents of Texas, there are #foxsquirrels, scary but musically gifted #rattlesnakes and the totally cool #armadilos. I have been learning the ways of a #cattlerancher which is very different to farming cattle back home in #Dorset, for instance we dont tend to go on horseback to round them up, nor do we have the epic cattle drives they have here. Back home a cow round up was just chasing daisy a cross a small field and slipping landing nose first in a warm cow deposit! But here they can ride for miles herding the cattle to their new destination. I went to a local joint last night with a few of the ranch hands and after a bud lite or four they persuaded me that I couldn't come to Texas and not try s bit of the #Rodeo, and pointed to a mechanical bull. Now friends a word from the now wise, these mechanical monsters are nothing like the bucking horse outside the supermarket, oh no! I climbed on and within 3seconds after it started I was being peeled off the wall and revived with a shot of bourbon! I feel like I've been run over by a train today! One of the best things I've tried here is the beans they serve for breakfast cooked on a camp fire, they are really scummy but can make you toot a lot! Right time for me to hit the hay! I will catch you on Friday Herbert x If you enjoyed this you can find more hamster fun at mine and @billhammyson 's website http:/herberthammy.co.uk #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #holiday #travel #worldtrip #america #USA


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Greetings, I'm in heaven! I e finally come to a place I dream about! I'm in one of #Alabama 's 900 #peanutfarms! As a #peanut aficionados I had to come and see where the world's most delectable snack comes from Alabama is the #USA' s second biggest peanut supplier and supplies appropriately half of #america 's peanuts within a 100mile radius of #dothan, Alabama. I thought for years that peanuts grew on trees but no they are a grown crop, a far yummier version of potatoes. I found out today that 1 acre of peanuts can make 30,000 #peanutbutter sandwiches! Which sounds like a light snack to me! I also wS told that it takes approximately 810 peanuts to make an 18oz jar of peanut butter. I am sad to have missed the #nationalpeanutbutterfestival held at Dotham in fall, and also the annual #peanutbutterfestival they hold at #Burndige Alabama, two events I really must come back and see. I can't help it but this place is making me soooooo very hungry! Now whilst I was hear they told me that nothing goes to waste with peanuts as the husk is turned into things like wall boards, animal feed, cat litter and can even be used to fuel power stations! So not only are they scummy they are useful too, it's no wonder that two of Americas #presidents (#ThomasJefferson and #jimmyCarter) were peanut farmers! Given that Americans eat on average 900 million pounds of peanut butter (that's roughly 3.3 pound each) (slackers I could quadruple that easily!) every year, I recon these farmers are onto a good thing! Right I need to do a tad more sampling (DROOL) I will see you again on Tuesday Herbert x If you enjoyed this you can find more hamster fun at mine and @billhammyson 's website http:/herberthammy.co.uk #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #worldtrip #tourist #holiday #travel #food


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Watcha! I'm currently in the #BigEasy or #neworleans and o my giddy aunt it's awesome. I've always wanted to visit this vibrant city in #louisiana which sits on the banks of the famous #mississippi. Sadly I couldn't come in time for #mardigras but there's still lots to do and see here. This city feels like you should hear the melodic sounds of #jazz no matter where you are. I've been exploring the jazz history here and loved seeing places like the #PreservationHall in the #ftenchquarter which have played such a historical role in the story of Jazz #music. I also had to go and see the amazing statues in #louisarmstrongpark including the fabulous group in #congosquare. The food here is yummy too fro #poboys to #gumbo! I am becoming a firm fan of French and Spanish creole cuisine, its the perfect comfort food... Well other than peanuts! Today I went to the #neworleanshistoricvoodoomuseum to learn more about Voodoo. The louisiana Voodoo stems from traditional African spiritual beliefs and practices. Its very interesting to me as a hammy from England where originally we had a pagan belief system. Though I don't think our Druids looked half as good as the #witchdoctor I met! He was a very charming fellow but his snake looked a tad too hungry for my liking. I love how #america has pockets of culture centred around music, the jazz soul of New Orleans and the Country and Western identity of Tennessee where I visited ith my friend Andrew last week. New Orleans definitely surpassed my expectations and I am going to make the most of it's laid back atmosphere and awesome hospitality and go grab me some more gumbo! Catch you on Friday Herbert x If you enjoyed this you can find more hamster fun at mine and @billhammyson.'s website http:/herberthammy.co.uk #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #fun #worldtrip #tourist #holiday #USA


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Hi friends, firstly sorry I got to chatting so much yesterday I forgot to post! As of next week my post cards will be every Tuesday and Friday so I get to see a bit more before reporting back. Today though I'm in the home of #countrymusic, #nashville with the best guide ever! My friend @andrewgastonhatchett is not only a wiz with computers, a connoisseur of headphones and may other things I don't have space to list, he's a fount of knowledge especially useless facts! I've been a huge fan of his tech channel on YouTube for several years now and have loved watching his dry droll wit when he stars on Plusword. I was so chuffed when he invited me to stay with him and take in the sights. So far I've gotten to see up close his tremendous gaming headset collection, pick his brains on all things #google another area he's got massive expertise in, and we've been to see the #parthenon! No I'm not kidding they built an exact replica of the original one here in 1897 as part of the #tennessee centennial exhibition! We also have been to the #johnnycashmuseum and the fabulous #countrymusichalloffame where Andrew entertained a growing crowd with a stand up version of the #dollyparton song #jolene someone even gave him a dollar! Tomorrow he's taking me to see the #Hermatage which was the home of the 7th president, #AndrewJackson from 1804 till his death. Its now a museum and Thurs to Sun they perform a duel, as I'm told president Jackson was mighty keen on dueling, in fact Andrew tells me in 1845 he even dueled #charlesDickens! I think the best thing though is that I am getting to hang out with my friend and share belly laughs! I will catch up with you on Tuesday Herbert x If you enjoyed this why not check out my website for more Hammy fun https://www.herberthammy.co.uk/ #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #worldtrip #holiday #tourist #america #USA #story


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Hello USA I am back! And what better a place to visit first than with my awesome friend @pegarobinson in Iowa. If you don't know her well shame on you, she is a truly awesome mixed media artist who creates some truly stunning art and also some art with humour which is right up my street! I love her posts, blog and her must be YouTube channel. She's been having me try stamping and using different techniques chosen at random by sticks! We also made a truly yummy Iowan treat called puppy chow (we used a chocolate substitute as I am allergic to choc) mixed with peanut butter (scummy) and a cereal similar to shreddies back home. It was the hammys knees! Another Iowan treat I've enjoyed is their sweet corn. We have also been to see the stunning #effigymounds, prehistoricly dated the 200 mounds take on the effigies of birds and animals and hold a spiritual significance to the 20 native American Indian tribes of the area. It was a very awe inspiring area and I felt honoured to get to see them. We also went to see what is said to be the world's largest #grotto. The #ShrineOfTheGrottoOfRedemption is a #catholic shrine that is formed out of shells, minerals and fossils. The rocks in it alone are valued at $4,308,000! It's a truly jaw dropping site. We have grottos back home but here in the #USA things are done on a far greater scale. Tonight I'm hoping to get to see some more of Peg's art being created and to have a nose around her epic studio. I will catch up with you on Thursday Herbert x #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #holiday #tourist #america #art


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Hi folks, sorry I've not been on line for a whole week. I got a really bad ham flu and I'm still not very well. So I decided that I needed the best medicine in the world... My family, I have decided to fly home for Christmas and New year to recooperate, then in the New year I'm returning to the USA to continue my adventure. I will though upload a special post on Christmas day and another on New year's eve, take care of yourselves and don't drink too much egg nog! Hugs Herbert x #hamster #hamsters #hammyspostcards #christmas #newyear #travel #adventure #story #cartoon #illustration


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Hello there, It's been a interesting couple of days, I'm currently visiting the 1.5 million acre national park known as the #Everglades in #Florida. Its so huge I'm never going to see more than a fraction of it even with doing both an airboat tour and a swamp buggy tour, and that in itself blows my socks off! Ive tried my paw at fishing but all I caught was a couple of Mangrove roots and I have also been enjoying a bit of what I'm told is called #SloughSlogging which is basically getting your paws wet and investigating the flora and fawna more closely. The Everglades is home to many species including the endangered #leatherbackTurtle, the mosquito fish and even flamingos! It's very easy to miss the inhabitants as its very overgrown here and it's also very marshy in places making it difficult to explore. That said I have been doing a bit of twitching (bird spotting) and in the next couple of days I am hoping to get to see the West Indian Manatee. The only thing I'm not so keen on is that two of the locals are very keen on eating me! I am not too keen on being lunchbfor mosquitos or come to that #aligators! I've seen a few very hungry looking reptiles since I've been here and to be honest I'm not accepting any of their offers to hang out and grab a meal together! Catch you on Tuesday if I've not been eaten Herbert x #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #travel #worldtrip #holiday #tourist #postcard #cartoon #illustration #story #usa #America


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Hi there, I'm in #Florida. We'll I'm actually hanging out around #capecanaveral as that's the home of the #kennedyspacecenter. My first day here was yesterday when they had an event on where you can see what it's actually like to be a #astronaut. They used loads of different techniques including simulators and virtual reality, and I even got to speak to a real bona-fide astronaut too. Today I am having a look round at the exhibits and learning far more about the realities of space travel. I have seen so many epic rockets and landing modules and space suits. And I've learn about the appollo missions and oh so much more. It's been really fun, but there was one thing, whilst I was looking at one of the appollo capsules I noticed that there was a little green dude inside with a third eye between his ears. He was knocking on the glass and mouthing that he was stuck. I eventually managed to help him get out, I have to admit I was really surprised at this serious place of scientific research going in for little green men cast, but his costume had as so good I couldn't seven see a zip or how he got the head on. He scuttled off not long after I freed him muttering as he went something about being stuck in there for yonks and it was now time for his kind to take over, it was a very strange experience. Right I am off to go try me some awesome astronaught ice cream, I wonder if they have peanut flavour? I'll catch you on Thursday Herbert x #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #travel #worldtrip #holiday #tourist #postcard #cartoon #illustration #story #usa #America #nasa


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Hi, as today is the famous American holiday of #thanksgiving which celebrates the feast had by Plymouth settlers (pilgrams) in 1621, which was to give thanks for a good harvest. The previous years had been catastrophic and at least half of the settlers had died, however, the indigenous Squanto people helped them learn how to grow corn and catch eels saving them from another disaster. I've flown back to #NewYork to witness one of the traditions that has been carried out on thanksgiving every year since 1924, the #macysthanksgivingdayparade. It was originally started by the employees of the famous store #macy's and in its first year included animals from the zoo in #centralpark. Today though it is a 2.5 mile parade around #manhattan of floats and bands and huge balloons. I found out that the first 3 balloons were used in 1927, they were felix the cat, a dragon and a toy soldier. However, helium wasn't used in the balloons until 1929. During world war 2 the parade was suspended for three years and the balloons were donated as scrap rubber to help the troops. Today I saw lots of heads and some truly awesome balloons pass by as I stood on the street. It was so cool to see characters from a lot of children's books, TV shows and movies like #spongebob and #snoopy who was dressed in a very cool orange space suit. I was so lucky to see the parade as the high winds here were threatening to cancel it, but thankfully it wasnt, although poor old Ronald macdonald took a nasty tare to the leg! To everyone in America I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving and Im off to fill up on corn and pumpkin pie, see you on Tuesday Herbert x #hammyspostcards #hamster #hamsters #travel #worldtrip #holiday #tourist #postcard #cartoon #illustration #story #adventure


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Ginger is still whining since you left @herberthammy we had so much fun with you. I think Ginger wants to be a pirate now, after that boat ride today. You warmed our hearts with your visit. Please come again soon. . #hammyspostcards


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Thanks for the visit @herberthammy It was so much fun having you come to visit. I love to snuggggglez. That was my first time on a boat today. The dolphins were beautiful. Come back again soon. I will save you my cheese. Love, Ginger ♥️ . #hammyspostcards #ourgirlginger


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Hi, my postcard today comes from #huntingtonbeach in #california. Which is a famous seaside city in #orangcounty in the southern end of the state. One of the beaches famous attributes is its pier which is a 1000 foot long timber structure. The area is also known for being the home of surfing and beach volleyball. However I am here to meet one of its most famous residents who is known as either Mark Barrus or Hypnoman ( @healthylifecenters ) he is a true superhero and spends his days helping everyday people with his super power #hypnosis, many people turn to him for help to give up smoking, to help them loos weight, for issues with stress and so much more. Now that's a really cool super power to have in my opinion. Mark, his charming son Everett (hypnoboy) and their side kick Ginger (she is a beautiful #beagle who's superpowers are the ability to demolish any morsel of cheese in seconds and to use her super speed to chase rabbits!) ( @ginger_the_beagle_2017 ) have been giving me a tour of this super city and introducing me to a lot of new delacacies like #limabeans which have been grown in these parts for many years. We even got to go #whale watching which was super awesome! It's been so nice to hang out with Mark and he promises me that, whilst he had me me under hypnosis to try and help me over my fear of heights, he did not get me to do, say or reveal anything embarrassing. Though that said, since my treatment, every time I see a piece of chocolate I pass it straight to Everett, and I've been giving Ginger all my yummy cheese. Also when we went to the bar last night I insisted on buying every round and something called buffalo wings! Strange! It's going to be sad to say goodbye, but there's a special place I need to go to on Thursday and I'll catch you up from there. Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa #america #hypnotist #superhero


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Hello there, I've made it I'm a star! Well I'm in #hollywood, #losangeles and everyone in Hollywood's a star in my book! It's hard to believe that I'm here after years of seeing this awesome place in films or on the TV. It really doesn't feel real! Standing here looking at that famous sign knowing of all the lives it's changed over the years. So I'm here doing the tourist thing, crushing round the studio tours, visiting the awesome museums which document the history of #tinseltown and I am on constant star watch as I wander round. One of the most awesome places I've been, which is a little macabre is the #dearlydepartedmuseum and also tour, run by Scott Michael's. It contains artefacts belonging to a number of celebrities who have sadly passed on and one of the tours on offer takes you to locations such as the place of the #blackDahlia murder occurred and visits the cemetery in which people like #marylinmonroe and #NatalieWood are laid to rest. The history you learn from these tours is truly fascinating and I got to pay my respects to some people who I really admired. Another must see here has been the very free activity of checking out the stars and hand/foot prints that line #Hollywoodboulevard. It's so cool to see the names of people who have excelled in their craft. Also you get to see some really cool people dressed up as superheros, starwars characters and more. Right I am off to watch a film I will catch you on Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa #america #la


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Hello friends, Today I'm in a city that is known for fine dining, shopping, awesome lights, stage shows and entertainment, however, it is best known as the place to go if you fancy a gamble! I am in #lasvegas or #vegas in #nevada. It's predominantly today known as being a resort city where people come to try their luck or to see some of the most stunning entertainment you can find. It's got everything here from your favourite magic act to the pop star you have loved for years. I have been to see some of the shows such as the gravity defying #cirquedusoleil, the one and only #PennandTeller and tonight I am going to see #Aerosmith in their #Ducesgonewild show ! However, in between these awesome experiences I've been having some fun at the different #casinos I have been trying my paw at #blackjack, #roulette and #poker which are all fun in moderation. The best though is the bsnks of #slotmachines which we call #fruitmachines back in England. There's one in particular that I really love as the prize is literally peanuts! Though I have to admit that I now finally understand why they are also referred to as #onearmedbandits as this ducker soon has robbed me of all my quarters with out so much as a sniff of a nut! I love how it's so bright and brash here, it just screams come and have fun, and it's hard to imagine it back when the #Paleo-indians saw it when they resided here 10,000 years ago. It honestly feels like it's been here like this forever, when in fact it only just became a city in 1905. Right I need to get ready to "walk this way" asI "I don't want tomiss a thing"! Catch you on Thursday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa #america #gambling


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Hello, I'm currently visiting my great friend @foreverlearningart_ in #clatskaine which is a small city in the #columbiaCounty in #oregon. She is a very talented artist who goes by many many names including Princess possie of prussia! She has very kindly given me a tour of her home state and we even went to visit her childhood home #Grantpass. Grants pass was really cool not only is it the home of the #OregonCaves but it is also where you will find the beautiful reservoir situated on the River Rouge called #applegatelake. Its so hard to believe that this beautiful place was only conceived of in 1962, and they began building it 43 years ago in 1976. It was finished in 1980 at a cost of a whopping $96 million dollars! However, they got a bit of the money back I guess as its reported in the final two years of its construction they recovered more than 5,000 ounces of gold. We also went to a awesome #carlot something I really associate with #america due to them popping up all the time in films and TV shows and I got to see my very first #DodgeCharger oh boy oh boy that was a beautiful car! They wouldn't let us test drive it though because Michael Ann was drooling far too much and they were worried that she might soak the upholstery! My favourite thing though of my visit so far was getting to see my friend draw and paint! You really should check her out! We are off tonight to go and try the famous oregon food #voodoodonuts anything that's a donut sounds scummy too me! I will catch ya on Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa


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Hello friends, I'm sorry you didn't hear from me on Thursday, to be honest I was stuck up a tree waiting for Yogi bear to loose interest, when I finally got down I went a bit further north sat down on a huge pile of leaves only to find out that it was home to a very prickly porqupine! So I have decided to leave all the woods behind and visit the setting of one of my favourite films, I am in #Seattle which is the largest city in #washingtonstate. It has been the setting of many famous films like 10 things I hate about you, an officer and a gentleman, practical magic and not forgetting Harry and the Hendersons. However, it will to me always be the city of love in the epic film #sleeplessinseattle. Sigh I've been to see the iconic space needle that was built for the 1962 world fair and i felt like a alien up there in the spaceship observation deck! I also have visited the #Seattleartmuseum and the #olympicsculpturepark it also runs. The art museum is currently having a exhibition called #fleshandblood which has a lot of beautiful classical paintings from #italy. My favourite of which was #Danae 1544-45 by #Titian. The sculpture park had a truly fabulous piece called #octopuswrap by #ReginaSilveira and that inspired me to take a trip to the waterfront. On peir 69 of #elliotbaywaterfront is the #seattleaquarium which is so awesome. It has not only a huge collection of marine fish and mammals but also #otters and birds as well. I loved walking round and getting to see the fish swimming round on huge aquariums and I even got to see a magestic #PacificOctopus. I really like #octopus as they are very cleaver and fabulous escape artists, in fact I could have used ones help to get out of that tree! I'm off to soak in some more of this epic city and reminisce on one of the best films ever! Hopfully I will catch you on Thursday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa #america


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Hi friends, Today you find me in the midst of #yellowstonenationalpark I'm here for a couple of days to try and walk off all that Halloween candy! I had such an amazing night with my friend @akareeah and oh my the goodies we got butter fingers, reeces peanut butter cups and peanut brittle yum! But I am now so full up that my tummy needs some exercise. So I thought what better than a hike or two around the famous park. I grew up hearing about Yelliwstone from that epic TV program #yogibear! However, there seems to have been a translation mistake as when I found Yogi and tried to give him a Pic-er-nic basket he started chasing me instead. Maybe it was too soon after all that Halloween candy for him too. Anyways he's still mad at me so I'm hiding out till he calms down! I will catch you on Thursday (I hope) Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa #america


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Hi friends, I'm still a bit snivley but well enough to experience my first true #American #Halloween. And who better to do it with than my awesome friend and truly outstanding artist @akareeah! She's taking me around her home town of#Slocum in #Pennsylvania (near #mountainto. I am loving Pennsylvania and its inhabitants, bit nothing could prepare me for Hallowee, it's such a huge thing here. Whilst sick I got advice from my friend @tabertooth about which was the best #candy and which I alt to avoid. Maria and I have been spending the day trying on cool costumes, I think I like this #frankenstiensmonster look but she's far too good looking to be a old witchy hag! If you have been out of this universe and not checked out my friends art you really should. I love the organic flow her pieces have and they always make me have to think and smile. I am so excited for tonight, I've got my trick or treat bucket already and can't wait to get my teeth into some peanut brittle. Though I am a bit confused why you #Americans find corn so exciting, I have it back home every day as part of my healthy hammy diet! We are going first to a pumpkin patch, then on to trick or treating and rounding the night off with a good scare at a haunted house... Come on night time I can't wait! Thank you Maria for having me and I'll catch you all next Tuesday Herbert x Ps. Don't forget today's the last day of @billhammyson 's inktober hammy fairytale! #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa


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Sorry folks no postcard today I'm holed up in a hotel room knocking back my granny's cure-all which tastes DISGUSTING trying to kick this cold before Halloween. I am so looking forward to Halloween in America as its such a big scale event over here, so keep your paws crossed for me..... AAAAACCCHHHHOOOOOO Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa #america #cold #sick #ill


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Hi all Today you find me in #SouthCarolina hanging out with the YouTube legend Michael Daniels (check out his channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/panthers012 ) I've gotten to know Michael for the last couple of years via social media, though for someone so knowable about tech hes a bit social media shy! I love the tinkering with tech show as it offers some cool solutions, great reviews, fabulous advice and a huge lashing of humour on top. However, if you are not into the geek side of computing you still need to check out his channel as he is the host of youtubers best gameshow Plus word! It's a must watch when I'm at home even though its shown live in the wee small hours of the morning. Michael makes a fantastic quiz master and is very good at trying to keep the game going when it inevitably goes off the rails due to the halarious guests or a quip from Michael himself. Not only has Michael taken time out to show me the area and his tech collection he also let me play along with one of the games, I was paired up with Heather (@kraaftshaak) who is known for her crazy outfits and for causing trouble, it was so much fun and I'm so glad that my friend Andrew was helping me cheat by sneaky texts but shush don't tell! One thing that does surprise me though about Michael's YouTube channel, and that is that it doesn't have anything about his biggest passion in life "Murphy Oil Soap", I got to see his massive collection and room dedicated to it, it was breath taking, he even has a dedicated bath for it, now that is commitment! It's been such a awesome couple of days here and I can't thank Michael and his family enough for putting me up, showing me round and letting me actually play the best game ever! You really need to check out his channel! I'm about to leave on a long cross country drive so won't be posting until next Tuesday when I get to my next destination, so till then my friends Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa #america #computiing #Technology #gameshow #quiz


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Hello my friends, I'm in #america 's capital city, #washingtondc today. Whilst I'm here I am of course going to be checking out the tourist must sees like the #lincolnmemorial , #nationalmall , # #washingtonmonument , the #whitehouse and #capitalhill. But today I spent the whole day getting to be an international ham of mystery! Yep that's right Ives spent all day touring the #internationalspymuseum ! And it was uber cool. Not only did I get to see the 1964 Aston Martin used by the one and only #jamesbond, #007 's car!! But it also has so many exhibits that were used in real life spying like the I'm famous lipstick cameras used by the KGB or a pair of shoes that had hidden in the heel a microphone and transmitter so the wearer could record the unsuspecting persons conversation. There was so many ingenious ways to sneek in or out information, my favourite was hollow coins that could house microfilm. It was not only fun but also educational and I learnt an awful lot about intelligence gathering and espionage. It was a real shame that they closed and I had to leave! Tomorrow I am checking out the #smithsoniannationalairandspacemuseum which also sounds very interesting, then I'm off to the #nationalzoo which is having a #booatthezoo event. Saturday I am hoping to go to the #29rooms exhibition by #refinery29 at the #dcarmory which offers a different experience in each room personally the blind date with destiny room and the dream room sound right up my spiritual street! I shall catch you on Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa


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Hi friends I'm currently spending two days In #Philadelphia #Pennsylvania. I had to stop off there to see the #libertybell in #libertyhall. The reason I wanted to see it was that it was made in #london in the same place they made the bell #bigben which is an English icon as it is in the clock tower by the house of commons in Westminster. Sadly the bell foundry closed a couple of years ago. A fun fact is that big Ben also cracked but they mended it I also went to the #philidelphiaartmuseum today and got to see some awesome pieces like #salvadordali 's "soft construction with boils beans", and a sculpture by #marcelduchamp called "why not sneeze, Rose sebuy". Tonight though is going to be epic as I'm going #ghosthunting at the #easternstatepeitentiary I've seen it a lot on TV but to actually go there myself is so very cool. Tomorrow I'm off to #hersheyschocolatetheamepark to try and figure out how huge roller coasters fit in with chocolate! I am also just going to have a wander round and take in this wonderful city before I need to head off again I shall catch up with you on Thursday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa #america


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Hello friends I woke up this morning in my hotel and did my best Frank Sinatra impression and sang "New York, New York..." I bet you can't guess where I am... My first day here was yesterday and I did the thing all tourists visiting the big apple have on the top of their must do list.. Visit the #statueofLiberty on #LibertyIsland. She's such an iconic figure that I couldn't pass up the chance to visit. I also went across the #newyorkHarbor to visit #ellisisland which welcomed many a immigrant seeking a new start to the #UnitedStates in the past. #NewYork is such a huge place with so much I want to do, like visiting the #metropolitanmuseum, see some shows on #broadway, try a slice of #newyorkstylepizza, have a walk in #centralpark, taste a #cronut, avoid the naked cowboy in #timessquare and nibble on a #hotdog. I've even bought myself a I love NY t-shirt and one for my best mate @billhammyson. One thing I'm not too keen on trying is the #newyorksubway, I'm preferring to walk and try out the #yellowcabs. Right I'm off now to wander around the #americannaturalhistorymuseum. Catch you on Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #usa #america #Manhattan


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Helooo there, oh I have been having such a awesome time here in #Pensylvania, or to be more correct the South Eastern part of the state! It has been a extra special couple of days as I've been hanging out with my friend @clabuski. Carol has been so kind showing me around where she lives and introducing me to some of the wonders of #america. I always thought people were kidding when they said Americans did things way bigger and today I saw it for myself. When we were wandering round one of the local parks we came across the biggest pile of fallen leaves I have ever seen... So it was only right that we had a leaf pile diving session. Though I will admit Carol out did me with a triple back flip into the leafy mound! Sadly we got chased out of the park for misbehaviour,! It's very strange as back home its now Autumn but over here they call it fall and decorate with wreaths, pinecone and other very rustic based decor, at home it's not a thing other than a grumble about clocks changing. Carol also took time out of her busy hectic life to show me how she creates her epic paper bag art journals, my favourite pages she's done is one that has I love fall on it and lots of leafs. She's really talented and does so much more besides. You alt to also check out her blog scrampingwithcarol blogspot. Com. She also has a shop where you can get some awesome materials to have a go yourself. https://scrampingwithcarol.closetomyheart.com/ I am so sad to be moving on aas the last few days have been spent with lots of belly jiggle laughs I can't thank Carol enough for letting me stay, mess up her paints and giving me the best leaft diving experience ever! I will catch up with you on Thursday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #art #america #UnitedStates #usa


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Hi my friends, I'm #Pensylvania, well more accurately I am in #gettysburg. I have always been interested in the history of the #americanCivilWar and where better to come than Gettysburg to get a better understanding of what happened. It's a very moving place with statues in poignant places, and cannons soberly looking out over the battle fields where too many lost their lives. I really enjoyed exploring round the area and learning more about the who when and what and why the #gettysburgaddress is such a magnificent document. But I would be fibbing if that was the only reason for my choosing to come here. As many of you know I am a lover of #ghosts and I heard that this area was a great place to do some ghost detecting. I've been to the #CashtownInn in search of the civil war soldier who haunts the halls, and knock on room number 4s door in the middle of the night. The #EisenhowerHome, to see if I could catch a glimpse of Mamie who still inhabits her old home. As well as some other spots. However, tonight I'm investigating the #gettysburgNationalMilitaryPark which saw over the two days of hand to hand fighting, over 50,000 deaths. Its said that a glowing horseman wearing a tricornered hat appeared to a group of union troops, and that ghost was no other than the spirit of #georgeWashington! I'd love to have a chat with him or any of the others who are said to haunt this part. And I am keeping my ears wide open as it's said sometimes you can hear the nose of the battle or spooky military music blowing over the silent fields. I've got all my gear, from detectors, to boxes that claim to enable spirits voices to be heard. I just hope I get the privilege of meeting one to chat too. Though I'm not too sure what I'd want to ask first! But I will admit now I'm here I'm a little bit spooked! I'll catch up with you on Tuesday from a new location but now I'm off to try and find me a #ghoul or two Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #art #america #UnitedStates #usa #ghosthunting #spirits


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Howdy... Im on the first proper stop of the #USA leg of my world trip. Sadly I'm not going to be able to see everything #america has to offer but I have chosen a few must visits whilst I'm here. This is one of them, I'm in #maine which is the most northeastern state in America, its known for its rocky coastline, marine life and industry, crabs and lighthouses. I wanted to come here to visit the #portlandHeadLighthouse, you see I grew up in Dorset and we have a small island joined to the County via a single bank which is called #portland and on it is one of the uk's most famous #!lighthouses #portlandBill. So I wanted to come here so I could boast that I've seen both portland and their lighthouses! I've had a culinary adventure here in maine and my taste buds have been wowed by the food on offer, I'm a tad frightened of crab, the same goes for the bobster but oh my giddy aunt the #buleberrypancakes are so scrumptious! I am hoping to visit #sugarloafmountain which sounds a sweet place to visit, bar island and the #MaineMaratimeMuseum before I head to my next destination. Oh by the way do you think that I look like a local, I am trying to blend in and not look too much like a #tourist, and the man in the shop said this was the way to dress, what do you think? See you Thursday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #art #unitedstates


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Hi peeps, Well that took me far longer than I expected! I knew that the US border has become far stricter but that was truly something else. I've been waiting for my visa to be checked closley, and the fact that I've been to countries such as Morocco and Amsterdam has meant that there were queries about just what I was up to. To be honest I don't mind that and I understood the need for a strip and cavity search. I understand that we hamsters with our fabulous food pouches could indeed easily smuggle contraband over the boarder. But why oh why couldn't they have warmed their cold hands up first! So as you can see it's taken me far longer to get into the United States than I had originally thought, its a good job my trips open ended! But I'm here now and can't wait to see the #usa up close and personal (it's only fair after those cold pokey paws!) Is there anywhere you think I should visit whilst I am here? I will see you on Tuesday when hopefully I will have gotten over customs! Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #art #america #UnitedStates #usa


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It's my last couple of days here in #Qubec, #Canada, and I couldn't come all the way here without popping round to see my friend Ceecee ( @creationsceecee ). If you don't know who she is well shame on you go and check out her Instagram page and YouTube channel ( https://youtu.be/BwIMy_oww1s ) She is a awesome artist who works magic with predominantly with watercolour, but I urge you to also look at her back catelogue for her work with acrylics, especially a piece which is of a city at night. Ceecee could and I hope someday will create a botanical book of her flora creations, and a book on her urban inspired art and finally one on her cool illustrations like the circus cats (I included a pic of one of them above). She has so much talent in her pinky it's unreal! What else can I tell you about my awesome friend... Well she's obsessed with gold, if she's not used gold at some point during the day you know she's feeling unwell. Oh yes and she has a unicorn all to herself (sadly it was camera shy but there is documented evidence on social media if you know where to look!) I have been having such a ball with my friend (even if I lost the face pulling contest... She's got some moves! Even with my #gurning experience I couldn't beat her!) which really shocked me as she's such a beautiful lady! She's been trying to teach me how to paint too which has been messy as I am really good at sticking my fur into the paint, I normally follow her tutorial videos but a in person lesson was a dream come true. We've also been out on the town and she took me to see several of the city's firestations, as well as some really cool historical sights. I think though my favourite times spent with my friend is with a cup of tea in my paw just chatting about the ways of the world. I'm going to be very sad to leave Canada in a couple of days, So I am going to make the most of my stay, ceecee and I are off out this evening to paint the town red (I just hope we have enough paint as Qubec is quite large!) Thank you ceecee for having me hang around x And ill catch you all on Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday


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Hi all, I've been hanging out with my friend Christine, who you may better know as the talented artist here on Instagram who goes by @la_fourmi_gribouilleuse. She's been taking me all over #Montreal and #qubec and oh boy have we had some fun. First of all we went apple scrumping at an #appleorchard in #,Hemmingford, which is a few miles north of the boarder with #vermont. I promise I didn't wobble the ladder too much whilst she was up it finding the yummiest apples I've had in ages, I may have eaten a few more than I picked but I'm sure she never notice them missing from her basket hehe. We then went to Verchères point to see a statue of #MadeleinedeVerchres by Louis-Philippe Hébert. Marie-Madeleine Jarret, known as Madeleine de Verchères was a woman of New France credited with repelling a raid on Fort Verchères when she was just 14 years old (she was so brave and you should look up her story). We then went to have a look around the city. It's such a breath taking skyline and I am very struck on how it feels far more spaced out here than bak home in #london. I loved seeing the #murals and #graffiti art around the city, my fave two I've included, one of the late great #LenordCohen who sadly passed away in 2016 and the other which reminds me of a #nakedmolerat finding out the joys of a good blanket. Whilst we were exploring Christine too me to #boulangerie called #mrPinchot (which she tells me is French for Mr hot bread hehe) and she introduced me to some very yummy #croissants! They tasted nicer the ones I had in Paris! The best part of my time with Christine though was getting to see her beautiful home and getting to watch her create one of her masterpieces. it's been such a awesome couple of days. Catch you on Thursday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #art #canada


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I've had such a epic day so far, I'm still in #Toronto, #canada, but today I got to hang out with the stamped tissue paper queen Sammie, better know to the Internet as @kissmycreative. Shes a young artist whos stunning #mixedmedia pieces are so crisp and colourful. You need to check her out on here and on YouTube (her channels name is KissmyCreative). She uses colour palettes in auch a fresh way and omg her sticker creations lately are just stunning. I have to admit feeling really jealous as she makes it so easy to reach such a perfect balance in her art, and it's always so pretty and delicate looking. I tried following one of her videos and well let's say it took ages to un glue and depaint me and my picture was nothing to hers. We have had a really awesome day messing round, she introduced me to some weird concoction called #poutine, which is a dish of gravy cheese curds and and I'm not pulling your leg I promise this was a real thing, french fries (properly known as chips in Britain!). I really thought that she was pulling my leg for a moment, as she's quite the prankster, (she gets away with her mischief too as she's the perfect innocent look!). However, on bravely trying said dish I was pleasently surprised and went back for second and third helpings! She took me sightseeing for a bit and then I got to see her cool studio and her amazing art in person, and trust me when I tell you I was totally blown away! We are off out to see the cities nightlife later, and I'm going to be really sad to say good bye. I want to see her stamped tissue paper collection so I'll leave it here, and I will catch you on Tuesday Herbert x Ps. Don't forget to check my friends page and channel out! #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #art #artist


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Well that moose finally gave up the chase! So I've come to the province of #Ontario 's capital city, Toronto. I'm going to be here for a week so I thought that I would start by taking in a few of its more neiche #museums and boy oh boy have I found some cool places! I visited the #agakhanmuseum first which seeks to show how cultural threads throughout history link us all together. I really enjoyed finding out about #islamic civilizations and the exhibition looking at the lasting legacies and artistic achievements of #muslim civilizations between the 9/10th century. Next I went to #CraftOntario who seek to promote the very fine idea that craft is a valuable part of life, their current exhibit of contemporary artists work was awesome. Next on my list was the #artofYoga which was a cool exhibit of contemporary #photography combined with a drop in yoga session... If you hear rumours about a hammy requiring being unknotted don't listen! I visited the #gardinermuseum which celebrates ceramic art and saw a exhibition called "Cannupa Hanska Lager: everyone and Spitzer:sister" which is a very moving visual journey outlining the story and shocking statistics surrounding the crisis of the growing numbers odmissing and murdered indigenous women across #canada and the #us. This is heartbreaking and something everyone should be more aware of. My final destination was a more light hearted one, #thebatashoemuseum. This cool place has thousands of shoes dating as far back as #Egyptian sandals. A personal favourite was the chestnut crushing clogs, a excellent design for difficult nut access (yummy nuts). They also had footware from a number of famous 20th century celebrities... I offered them some hammy footware but I don't blame them for saying no, as they did smell a bit! I will catch up with you again on Thursday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #art


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Hello there, did you know moose aren't keen on selfies... Well at least this one wasn't! I'm currently in Northern #Ontario on a quest to see #canada 's legendary #moose which means twig eater in Algonqin. I've learn a lot these last few days, mainly that you need to run very very fast as a. A five day old calf can outrun a person and b. Those front hooves have the ability to kick in any direction! However, these giant herbivores are truly awesome and I've always wanted to meet one face to face. Though that's a bit difficult as they are huge, averaging 8 to 10 feet in length. Not to mention the fact that males sport antlers that can measure 6feet end to end! They also can weigh as much as 1800lbs so you don't want to get stood on either! Moose I found out only live in areas which are covered by snow in winter as they don't like it warmer than 80°f/27°c. Their coat has special hollow hairs that insulates them in the cold and helps keep them buoyant when they go into the water to try and keep cool in the summer. I also found out that they are excellent swimmers, and can dive down 20feet for up to 30 seconds! It took me a few days but on the advice of some friendly locals that the best time of day to meet them was either at dusk or dawn , I finally saw one of these magestic animals and wow! Sadly climate change is having a huge impact on them and their numbers in the wild are falling, I just hope we can find a way to help protect them and the many other species at risk. Though I'm currently going to be joining that group if I don't speed up a bit... I'm sorry I promise next time to make sure the flash is off! Catch you on Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #art


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The other person I got to meet during my trip to #Vancouver #canada was my awesome friend Jane/Jazzy (@jec0988) and her beautiful pup Miss Sophie. Jazzy and I have been friends for a long time and she always finds a way to make me smile whether it's with her uplifting comical emails filled with funny anacdotes, cool pics and belly rolling laughs or when we get to chat. Jazzy has impeccable taste as you can tell, abd she has a huge love for anything and everything #DragonBallSuper, in fact she is the ultimate dragon lady! Sadly she lost her beloved husband John a few years ago, but she has a truly awesome family around her. Jazzy is also an artist and has created some awesome pieces but I want to tell you about her #poetry, which you can read here https://poetryoflife-jane.blogspot.com/?m=1 Her work is so moving and inspirational, I just wish I had a pinch of her writing talent. Her latest poem My Samuri is awesome. Miss Sophie was also very cool to hang out with, she has a stunning wardrobe and like any fashionista she is always up to date with the current fashion trends! I spent such a lovely day with them both catching up and talking about her English heritage. Thank you so much for having me. Now go read her amazing poems! Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #art #poetry #poet #cutedog


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Hi friends, I'm currently trying to find a moose in the middle of #canadian nowhere... So I thought I'd share with you a couple of pics I have from my visit to #Vancouver. This one is of me enjoying playing in the sand on a walk I went on with my friends @mwbarts_creativejourney and @deliberatelycreative. They very kindly took me around some truly stunning areas. However, the most stunning was their home due to the fact that both are really talented artists. You should check their pages out! Mark has been sharing his artistic journey on here and also in YouTube videos ( MWB_Arts creative journey), I have to admit that his acrylic pour videos have me on the edge of my seat and feeling very sorry for Stephanie as her ceilings must be multicoloured after his spin art creations! (I forgot to check whilst I visited bother). Marks art has over the last few years explored different styles and mediums as he makes a daily effort to create something stunning. Stephanie also has a YouTube presence (deliberately creative) in which she shows her experimentation with different mediums and creates some of the most stunning landscapes and captures nature in a truly beautiful way. Her videos have helped me learn new techniques and her acrylic pours of late are challenging marks title of pour champion! I want to thank them both for their friendship and support over the years and for taking me to see some of the amazing sights of Vancover. You really should check them both out! That's an order not a request. Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday #art #artists


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CORRECTED VERSION (as I didnt spell Niagara properly sorry) Hi friends, I'm in the city of #niagara in #Ontario, #canada. Its most famous for the horseshoe falls. Three #waterfalls meet together to create a truly staggering sight of natural beauty, most of us refer to mistakenly as being #niagarafalls. Every minute 6million cubic feet of water goes over the falls and plummets down a vertical drop of over 50meters into #NiagaraGorge. This area is also important as it is the official boarder between Canada and the USA, you just have to walk over the aptly called #rainbowbridge. Now they said when I arrived that there was a really cost effective way to see the falls, and assured me that I'd be able to experience the falls in a way very few have. It sounded good so the next moment I'm stood in my swim trunks and swimming hat in a barrel with only swimming goggles for protection... I. Chickened out and am going on a boat later. However, I wouldn't be the first to go over the falls in a barrel! In fact many have sought to go over the falls but not so many lived to tell the tale. It began with Sam Patch "the yankiee leaper" in 1829 who dove off a high platform into the gorge and survived. Then on the 24th of October 1901a school teacher from Michigan called Annie Edson Taylor went over the falls in a barrel, she was cut up but survived but in a interview afterwards said no one ought do it again! However, I think it's Annie's #cat who deserves the adage of fame as she sent it over the falls in a barrel a few days before she tried and luckily it too survived the stunt, poor kitty! Now that cat is right to not like water! I'm off to explore before my tour, I will catch up with you on Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #art #travel


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Hi friends, I'm in the city of #niagra in #Ontario, #canada. Its most famous for the horseshoe falls. Three #waterfalls meet together to create a truly staggering sight of natural beauty, most of us refer to mistakenly as being niagrafalls. Every minute 6million cubic feet of water goes over the falls and plummets down a vertical drop of over 50meters into #NiagraGorge. This area is also important as it is the official boarder between Canada and the USA, you just have to walk over the aptly called rainbow bridge. Now they said when I arrived that there was a really cost effective way to see the falls, and assured me that I'd be able to experience the falls in a way very few have. It sounded good so the next moment I'm stood in my swim trunks and swimming hat in a barrel with only swimming goggles for protection... I. Chickened out and am going on a boat later. However, I wouldn't be the first to go over the falls in a barrel! In fact many have sought to go over the falls but not so many lived to tell the tale. It began with Sam Patch "the yankiee leaper" in 1829 who dove off a high platform into the gorge and survived. Then on the 24th of October 1901a school teacher from Michigan called Annie edson Taylor went over the falls in a barrel, she was cut up but survived but in a interview afterwards said no one ought do it again! However, I think it's Annie's #cat who deserves the adage of fame as she sent it over the falls in a barrel a few days before she tried and it too survived the stunt, poor kitty, that's a cat who gets the right to not like water. I'm off to explore before my tour, I will catch up with you on Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #art #travel


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Hey! I arrived today in the #Canadian Rockies, #Banff, a mountain range in the Province of #Alberta, which lies on #BanffNationalPark. Is a well known tourist destination as it offers loads of outdoor activities from scrambling, hiking to skiing, and also due to its sulphurous #hotsprings. Banff got its name in 1884 when George Stephenson, who was at the time president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, named the area after Banff in Scotland, where he had been born. My first day here was spent at the #WhyteMuseum of the Canadian Rocies. This #museum was founded by .Peter Whyte and Catherine Ribb Whyte as a way to preserve, interpret and make accessible to all he history, and culture of the indigenous groups of the area. It's such a cool place and I've learn a lot about the seven different indigenous groups who originate in this area. I also found a really cool statue of a bear in the garden outside. Tomorrow I want to explore the area a little more and really make the most of being in such a truly beautiful place I'll catch up with you on Thursday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday


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Hello friends, sorry for the late postcard but I've only just got back to my hotel room from a day of far too much exercise... But that said boy it was worth it! I've come to the west cost seaport #Vancouver in #canada. Its a city filled with so much ethnic diversity that it reminds me of my home back in London, England. Though we don't have the epic mountain scenery! My first day here was today and I decided to catch the ferry to go and visit #BoenIsland, which is a 20minute ride from #horseshoeBay. When I got there I say an advertisement for a sea #kayaking tour of the island which would tell me all about the islands history. I thought this would be the best way for me to explore so signed up on the spot. I admit I did not think about all the paddling I would have to do and boy oh boy I think I've found muscles where I've not had muscles before! It was though really worth it and I've learnt a lot about the areas history and geology and I've gotten to see the island from a unique perspective. For the rest of my time in this area I'm hoping to submerge myself in the different cultures that live here. I'm hoping to go and see the #VancouverArtGallery which has a lot of art by artists in the region, which should be awesome given the beautiful inspiration that Canada provides. Another must see is the #VancouverMuseumofAnthropology which has a collection of First Nations artefacts. I also am looking forward to experiencing the cities well known music and theatre culture and maybe catch some filming which I'm told often goes on in the city. But first I so badly need a sleep after all that exercise! Night night catch you on Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday


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Hi friends, I have been home to England for a week where I met up with friends and family and delt with a mountain of junk mail! Yesterday, I set out on the second leg of my holiday, which is starting in the coll landscape of #Greenland! To ease back into my nomadic life I am spending a whole week here. I thought this the perfect place to get away as in summer it offers a number of activities that let you take in the natural beauty of this harsh climate. I am going to be doing the 180km #articcircletrail which will take me fro the sheet ice to the sea. It's a little sad as this landscape is being lost every year due to climate change melting the ice more rapidly, so getting to see it is something very important to me, and has really made me want to try better to protect the world I live in. Along the way I am going to try some biking, it's been a while but thankfully us hammy have padded rears! I've also booked myself a chance to go diving which will let me see magestic icebergs from beneath the water, see what plants and animals like to live in a very nippy water and I'm told we may even get to dive on a #shipwreck which sounds really awesome. Today though I'm enjoying the weird feeling of lying in the sun on a iceberg! I will catch you next Thursday, Herbert x #illustration #cartoon #storytelling #holiday #travel #HammysPostcards #climatechange


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Greetings from the #nordic Island nation of #Iceland, Europe has been getting too hot for me so where better to come and chill out! Today I visited the first ever #gyser known to modern Europeans and all so the first one to be written about. Its called the #Geysir or #thegreatGeysir and is found in the south west of Island, and oh my its a true thing of natural magnifice! I wonder though what the first people to come across it though given all that power, rumbling noise and the huge column of water it spouts out. For us it's a true miricle of nature but I think it would have scared the pants off me if I'd never heard of or before! Tomorrow I'm headed to the capital of Iceland #Reykjavik where I'm going to get to see their modern cathedral #Hallgrimskirkja, my brochure tells me that it has a glass dome that gives you a awesome view over the sea and surrounding hills, the picture makes it look almost sci-fi given its brutal organic shape that looks too have grown out of the ground. I'm also looking forward to seeing the weekend flea Market and getting @billhammyson a thank you for sorting my phone out. I'm also booked on the #goldencircle tour that does a 300km round trip from Reykjvik and takes in some of the countries amazing natural beauty, including some more geysers, the #GullflossWaterfall and #thingvellirNationalPark. It's going to be epic and I can't wait! I'll catch you next Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #travel #holiday


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Hi friends, what a week! I was supposed to send you this last Thursday but I accidently dropped my phone in a #fjord (OK ok so it was the toilet at the station but if anyone asks it was a fjords!) and it's taken me till today to get a new one sent from the UK. This has put my schedule back a bit but in some ways it's been epic as its meant that I've gotten to take more time to look round #Norway and enjoy the #norwegian Hospitality to the full. I began looking round #Berggen ( #tyskebryggen) which is so amazing. It was rebuilt in 1702 after a great fire, and is now on the #unescoworldheritage list. The area has been a trade centre for thousands of years and its well worth a visit. If you are ever there you should check out the #EdvardGrieg museum in #troldhaugen which includes his home and composers hut (he was too nosey to be aloud in the house hehe) and also the beautiful wooden #FantoftStaveChurch which is so ornate and beautiful. Then I got to look at the #geirangerfjord another world heritage site, that is also the home to the #SevenSistersBridalVeil, a staggeringly gorgeous waterfall. All the parts of Norway I got to see are stunning but this was a jewel. Although I don't recommend the hairpin turns at #dalsnibba route there if you've just eaten! I finished my visit in the county's capital #Oslo which like a lot of Norway is full of history and you can't come to Norway without paying homage to the #vikings, so I visited some preserved ships from the 9th century in the #vikingshipmuseum. I can't believe how amazing they looked after all this time! I also got to go and see the #radhuset, a brutalist and functionalist style building that is generally a town hall, but is also where the #Nobel ceremony takes place. If you're in Oslo try and see the #vigelandsculpture, in #vigelandPark, its human colum really moved me. Oh and talking of art you should go and see the #MunchMuseum, Munch is most famous for the scream but I think I prefer kissIV. Also you gotta try #ktumkake which is a waffle cookie and is scummy... I've done more but there's not enough space to tell you, maybe another day... Till Thursday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #hamster #cartoon #illustration


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Omg, omg omg! Look who I've got to meet here in lovely Sweden... @monchri06!! I've been having such an awesome day as I've gotten to hang out with Mona and see her take on this beautiful country. If you don't know her, where have you been!? She regularly posts both her #art and #photography on Instagram and she has a YouTube channel called ' Mona L Creates' which let's you watch her create awesome art like acrylic paintings of flowery meadows or her studies of faces. I can't tell you how much I've wanted to come and see the place that has inspired such beautiful photographs, personally I was shocked that there were none up in the #fotographfiska in #Stokholm! Thank you so much for having me today Mona I just wish I could have spent longer with you in Sweden but sadly I have to go to a new destination tomorrow. I hope though that you check out my very talented artist friend as your really missing out on some truly gorgeous art and photos. Catch you tomorrow Hugs Herbert x #artist #photographer #travel #HammysPostcards #holiday #nature


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Hi all, I am really relaxed after my week at the cabin and now I am back on my journey. Today I am writing to you from #Sweden and its glorious here! I'm currently staying in Stockholm and have been loving the food and hospitality here. I had a nibble at a couple of the new #nordic eateries in #gamlastan which was awesome. I've also been to look at the current Palace of the King of Sweden which looks truly stunning at night reflected in the water. I've also visited a few of Sweden s #museums like the #fotografiska, which is a museum of contemporary photography and the #VasaMuseum which is a #maratime museum and has this amazing 17th Century ship, my jaw dropped when I saw it. However, one of the best things I've done since I've been here is visit a #bastu which is a Swedish #sauna. Oh my I can't tell you how good it felt, even with fur! I can't wait till tomorrow though as I'm meeting someone really extra special... I'll Introduce you tomorrow Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #art #travel


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Hi friends, This weekend I am taking a rest from my hectic holiday schedule and am taking time to rest and recuperate in a secluded forest in #lapland, #finland. My #woodedcabin is near to a lake, and hidden amongst moss covered trees. It's just awesome to sit out under the branches with a book and take in the magestic woodland and rest a while. I am spending a whole week here, so that I can rest up my paws and read up and prepare for the next leg of my journey. Which is going to be epic. Next Tuesday I will send you a postcard from my new location d on Wednesday there's a bonus card as I'm getting to meet in person an amazing artist who I've loved for ages.... No spoilers. But till Saturday afternoon I'm going to enjoy some quiet time, a dip or two in the lake and feel like a hermit in my secluded cabin, which by the way I found on #airBnb (not sponsored), who'd a thunk it! So till next week have fun and I'll catch you tuesday Herbert x P. S. I think my friend @billhammyson is doing something special this week so keep an eye out for his post! #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #art #travel #woods #woodland #forest


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Hi all, I'm currently in a #copenhagen cafe enjoying a #smorrebrod. #denmark is awesome I've been here a day and I'm Already in love. So far I've visited the #littlemermaid statue by edvard Eriksen, which is a beautiful bronze piece that captures the transformation of a mermaid to human. I've also been to the second oldest amusement Park in the world (the oldest is also in Denmark) at the #trevoligardens which opened in 1843. I went up the round tower ( #rundetaarn ) this is the oldest working astronomical obsevatory in Europe, built by Christian vi in the 17th century. It takes 209 to walk up, even though its only 39 tall! My final stop was the #nycarlsbergGlyptotek which is a fine art museum filled with stunning sculptures such as the Kiss by Rodin, and paintings like van goughs pink roses, Monet's shadows on the sea and Manet's Absinthe Drinker. It was jaw dropping to see all this amazing art. Tomorrow I'm exploring more of what Copenhagen has to offer, I'm really looking forward to visiting the Design museum, in its fantastic rococo building, which has I'm told a really cool exhibit on the evolution of chair design. I also want to see the royal museum at #RosenborgCastle, and the King's Garden that is a beautiful mix of formal gardens, parkland and pavilions. My last day here will be at #lyngby which has a open air museum, which has really heavily thatched cottages (well compared to one's back home in Dorset), windmills, watermills and so much more... But first maybe another Smorrebrod, and s bit of salted liqouice! Catch you on Tuesday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #art #travel


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Hello. I'm in the land of waterman augment, wind harnessing and beautiful flowers, that's right I've made it to #Holland, and wow what a lovely place this is. I've begun this leg of my journey taking in the epic #windmills that have been preserved as a #worldheritagesight since 1997 in #kinderdijk. These are to me as iconic to this country as the tulip, and I remember looking at my great granny's #dutch tablewear and seeing the blue and white landscapes with iconic clogged maidens and windmills and dreaming of getting to see them in person. Sadly I've missed the #tulip season, which the #netherlands is famous for but you can imagine fields of those beautiful flowers which blanket the landscape. I then went to #Rotterdam and wow the architecture there is awesome places like the #cubehouse and the #euromast are really cool. I also enjoyed learning more about the seafaring history of this city. Next stop was the #Hague, famous for housing the courts but also the home to one of the most iconic earnings I know. I loved visiting the #mauritshuis #museum which has #Vermeer 's girl with the pearl earring, which has been on my bucket list of paintings I want to see, for many years now. I also got to see some of #youngHolbein and #rembrandt ' s artwork there. Tomorrow I'm off to #hamsterdam, where I'm looking forward to seeing more art by Vermeer and Rembrant and also I am planning on visiting the #vangough museum. I also want to visit the #annefrankhouse, I read her diary at school and her story still hurts my soul, I'm not too sure though that I'm going to be all that safe in Amsterdam as its been a while since I cycled and they have a lot of canals there for me to fall into, so cross your paws for me. Right now I'm off to indulge in some really yummy #stroopwaffles.... Catch you Thursday Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #hamster #hamsters #art #travel


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The hills are alive with the sound of music!! Hi friends I'm in #Austria, although I should admit that the postcard from the famous opening from the #soundofmusic is taken in what is now known as the #soundofmusicmeadow 12.5miles North of #saltzburg, called #melweg, which is actually in #Germany! However, when I think of #Austria t think of three things, the sound of music, skiing and saltsprings. I've just finished doind a tour round some of the key locations from the musical including the #vontrappvilla, #wefenpicnicmeadow, #hellbrunnpalace, #nonnbergconvent and the very cool if a little strange gnome harder and hedge maze Park where part of do re mi was sung! It's been so awesome taking in all the areas I know from the film, but at the same time it's hard to imagine this beautiful lush country covered in deep snow. Im off tomorrow for a two day trip to #Vienna. I am hoping to have time to take in the cities awesome architecture such as the #Rathaus and visit some of the museums like the gorgeous natural history museum and the #belvederemuseum. I am also having a day at Vienna's #prateramusementpark, I can't wait to have a relaxing day of rides and fun. Then it's off to my next location, where I will catch up with you on Tuesday. Herbert x #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #hamster #hamsters #art #tourist #travel #holiday


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Hi friends, I am still in #Italy, I've just finished touring the amazing arceological sites near #naples of #Pompeii and #Hurculaneum. These two towns were destroyed by the #mountVesuvis in 79Ad covering the towns in a layer of Ash and pumice which has encased them and preserved them. As a kid I loved #uppompeii a comedy starring #FrankieHoward and it got me interested in history, however, a few years ago I watched some amazing documentaries on the BBC by #MaryBeard a professor of classics at Cambridge and I knew I really had to come and see these awesome places for myself. It's incredible how much has been preserved from furniture to very rude graffiti on the walls. The two sites give an amazing snapshot onto everyday life of the different sections of roman society. I don't think I can convey how epic this place is and also how sad as amongst the finds are skeletal and plaster casts of the molds created by Ash and pumice covering people in their final positions after bring suffocated by gases from the volcano, these poor souls didn't escape and bare a brutal reminder of the power mother nature has over us. I'm sad to be saying good by as this is a mecca for a #history loving hammy like myself. But tomorrow I'm heading off to the capital city, #Rome and the #Vatican city, to see the epic churches, #micelangelo 's frescoes, and to take in the Roman buildings still standing in this city such as the #forum, #theColosseum and the #pantheon. Its going to be awesome. Then it's off to a new location, and I will catch up with you there on Thursday. Herbert x Want one of my postcards? you can now get them from my Redbubble store:  https://www.redbubble.com/shop/hammyspostcards?iaCode=u-card-post I've also got the designs on other items in the shop and in my society6store https://society6.com/s?q=hammyspostcards&context=hammyspostcards #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #hamster #hamsters


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Caio, I'm in #Italy! And what a country this is, its packed full of awesome history, archetecture, food and fashion! I began my trip here with a day in #Milan, best known I guess as being the home to fashion. The city is filled with high end stores, and you can bet I got myself a fancy t-shirt or two to take home. Besides shopping I also wanted to check out the cathedral, #duomodimilano which is a multi spires graceful building, and #sforzeroCastle which too is stunning. I also managed to have a brief wander through #sempionepark. I think though that the best part of my Milan trip was getting to see in person the #leonardodavinci masterpiece of the #lastsupper which hangs in the #museum of Milan. Its a true work of art. I am now on a two day stay in #Venice, which due to being built over 100plus Islands in a lagoon in the adriatic sea, and lacking no roads is very wet! Its so strange having to remember not to walk too far out a door as you can easily end up having a early bath in a canal! Today II got to go on a #gondola which was a very cool experience, and I had an Italian version of a cornetto so I could do the just one more Icecream song parody photo (it's from a long running English advert). I got to travel the city and take in the archetecture such as down the #Grandcanal which is lined with a mixture of gothic and renessance palaces. I also got to float under the #bridgeofsighs which many a prisoner crossed as they were taken from their prison cell over it to be interrogated in interrogation room in #Dogesplace. Herbert x Tomorrow I'm going to try more yummy pasta and do a bit more sightseeing in places like #stmarkssquare which has some awesome byzantine mosaics, and a rooftop view of Venice from the #campanilleBellTower. Catch you Tuesday Herbert x Want one of my postcards? you can now get them from my Redbubble store:  https://www.redbubble.com/shop/hammyspostcards?iaCode=u-card-post I've also got the designs on other items in the shop and in my society6store https://society6.com/s?q=hammyspostcards&context=hammyspostcards #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #hamster #hamsters


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Hello from sunny Spain, There's so much to do and see in #Spain and not enough time, so I've decided to concentrate on a specific theme for my flying visit. I'm taking in some of Spain's famous art and try and learn more about the artists who have created it. I started my trip in #Barcelona, which is the capital of Spain's #catalonia region. It is full to bursting with art! I've seen the archetectural wonder that is #casabatlo, an apartment building which was designed by #Gaudi, that is the most organic and wavy structure I've seen and feels like it should be alive. I've also taken in the #mosaics of Gaudi around the city and visited his home which is now a museum and also the #gaudiexperiencia. Then I went to the #picassomuseum which is dedicated to #picassos work. Where I learnt more about the influential artist of the 20th century. Today I got to pay my respects to my favourite artist, the amazing #salvadorDali, who is interned in his own museum in #Figures, #Griona. I love the surrealism of #Dali, and the moment you set eyes on the museum it hits you, as it's roof is lined with eggs and golden statues! It's a dream come true and I still can't wrap my head round all I saw, I also went to the house he shared with his muse and wife Gala which also has an egg statue! It's been awesome. Tomorrow I'm off to #Madrid to visit the Royal palace, which has 2000 rooms, an armoury and a gorgeous manacured garden. Then it's off to the #MuseoNationalDelPrado, which has a fabulous collection of European art. Then finally the #PalacioDeCristal, which is a glass house built in 1887 and home to a number of contemporary art pieces. I'm off to rest up now and think about the amazing art of Dalí I saw today, I'll catch you on Thursday, Herbert x Hey, would you like one of my Postcards? you can now get them from my Redbubble store:  https://www.redbubble.com/shop/hammyspostcards?iaCode=u-card-post I've also got the designs on other items in the shop and in my society6store https://society6.com/s?q=hammyspostcards&context=hammyspostcards #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #hamster #hamsters


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Hi friends, I've finally made it to #Morocco! I'm currently in #Marakesh which is a epic place full of bright colours and yummy smells. I have been looking round the markets here including #jemaael-fna which is in the media Quarter. My favourite thing to look at and smell are the spices which are often heaped up in eye catching mounds. Whilst I'm here I'm hoping to have a look at the #saadianTombs which date back to the saadain dynasty. They had been lost for meny centuries until in 1917 they were spotted in an aerial photograph. Then I'm off to paddle in the #Atlanticsea, have a trek and check out the #ouzoudfalls. And then I'm off to see the #ergChebbi #desert. It's going to be a busy few days. I will catch up with you on Tuesday at my new destination, till then be good and take care Herbert x Hey, would you like one of my Postcards? you can now get them from my Redbubble store:  https://www.redbubble.com/shop/hammyspostcards?iaCode=u-card-post I've also got the designs on other items in the shop and in my society6store https://society6.com/s?q=hammyspostcards&context=hammyspostcards #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #hamster #hamsters


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Technical difficulties...... A message on behalf of Herbert Hammy (from his mate Bill). Hi folks Bill here, my mater herb is still on safari in #SouthAfrica, he was supposed to be in a different place by now but he was having so much fun he has stayed on a little. Sadly he's out of range of the post now, maybe those lions ate the carrier pigeons, but he asked me to tell you that he hasn't been eaten, that he's seen a leopard real close and he's having a really awesome time. He also said he will be back on schedule on Thursday and he will see you then This ends herbs message Best wishes Bill #HammysPostcards #travel #HerbertHammy #cartoon #illustration #story


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Shush! I'm currently on #safarilive in the epic grassland of #southafrica and there is a #lion just outside my tent, so we have to be quite as I really don't want to be a snack! It's so amazing here with all the vast areas of habitat and the truly awesome animals who live here, I've gotten to see #elephants, #gitaffes, #zebra, lions #hippos and the national animal of South Africa, the #springbok. We are camping tonight and if I'm honest that's making me a tad nervous as I really don't want to end up as brunch, but that said I couldn't not come to this country and not pay homage to some of the rarest most endangered species on the planet. I think we really need to do more to help them as it's so sad to think that creatures like mighty #rino are hunted for a small part of their body, its so sad that people have been blinded by greed and have destroyed too many species in the process. On Saturday I am headed to #Johannesburg which is the thriving capital city, and I'm hopfully going to look round some of the places my aunt used to go when she lived here as a young hammy. Then its off to take in the glorious #tablemountain and look round #CapeTown, before I have to go to my next destination. Now I'm going to pretend I'm not tasty ill catch you on Tuesday. Herbert x Hey, would you like one of my Postcards? you can now get them from my Redbubble store:  https://www.redbubble.com/shop/hammyspostcards?iaCode=u-card-post I've also got the designs on other items in the shop and in my society6store https://society6.com/s?q=hammyspostcards&context=hammyspostcards #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #hamster #hamsters


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Hello or Salma from the 4th largest island in the world. I've arrived in the beautiful island of the #RepublicofMadagascar. It's a  beautiful place which has only had human inhabitants for around 10,000 years, from around 350bc/550ad. I arrived in the capital city, #Aantananarivo which is situated in the countries Highland region. It has just over 1 million residents. I really loved that they have a lake in the city called #lakeanosy which provides the city with the same hydraulic power. I also looked round the ruined ancient fortress, #ambohimanga. Visited the #botanicalandzoologicalgarden of #tsimbazaza and its accompanying museum which was very excellent. This country is really trying to conserve the islands flauna and flora and has a number of reserves. I am hoping to visit both the #ranomafananationalpark and the #isalonationalpark whilst I am here. I so want to meet some of the locals like the #tomatofrog, #satanictailedleafgeko and the sleek looking #fossa. I am also hoping to get to see the #lemurs at the  #nosybe #lemurialand I just arrived in the lowland rainforest and I've met a really nice local who is a very swave colourful looking chap who is a #panthachaneleon. I love that he can change the colour of his outfit at the blink of an swiveling eye! I'll catch up with you on Thursday, but now we are off to look round this stunning #rainforest. Herbert x Hey, would you like one of my Postcards? you can now get them from my Redbubble store:  https://www.redbubble.com/shop/hammyspostcards?iaCode=u-card-post I've also got the designs on other items in the shop and in my society6store https://society6.com/s?q=hammyspostcards&context=hammyspostcards #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #hamster #hamsters #madagascar


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Dear all, Well I've finally made it to #Egypt, the land of sand and history that will make you quake in your boots. I really wanted to be here today, As back home they are celebrating #Dday and those who fought in #worldwar2. My grandad was actually stationed in Egypt and I spent many a afternoon listening to his tales of pyramids, mummies and the #spynx. It is a dream come true to see them for myself and retrace a few of my grandfather's footsteps. I'm actually writing this under the gaze of the #greatspynx of #Giza. Which is awesome! Whilst I'm here I am of course going to dive deep into the archaeological history, I'm planning on visiting several museums like the #museumofegypt and the #museumofegyptianantiquties. I want to also visit some of the really iconic temple sites such as the huge temple complex at #karnak, which has over 200 structures and a giant temple dedicated to #amenra. Also the #AbuSimbelTemple, which was built over 3000 years ago for #ramassesii. other temples on my list is the #templeofHirus in Edfu and the beautiful #MortuaryTempleofHatshepsyt. I of course am going to check out the #valleyofkings, and I'm hoping to see inside a #tomb. As long as there is no #mummies at home. I am also looking forward to visiting a bazzar and get some goodies to bring home, and also to visit the #hangingchurch, who's roof is in the shape of #noahsark whilst in #Cairo. Finally I want to see the #Nile and imagine that I am one of the characters from the #agathaChristie book #deathonthenile. I was thinking of going on a #camel trek but they keep giving me weird looks and curling their lip as if to spit at me so maybe not.... Catch you on Tuesday... I'm off to find me a cool drink! Herbert x Check out my etsy shop Www.herberthammy.etsy.com #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #worldtrip #travel #hamster


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Hi friends, Today you find me hunting for #fairies in #cappadolcia, #turkey. These strange hills are known as fairy homes but I have yet to find one. They have also in places been carved out to make homes for the #troglodytes during the bronze age. Turkey has so much ancient history to explore and I've so little time to check it out. My must sees whilst I am here include #Ephesus, on the Agean side of Turkey, which was during the 1st century B.C was one of the largest cities in the #Roman empire. I also want to explore #istanbul which was the capital city of the ottoman and byzantine empires. IIt's also today Turkey's largest city and known for a great night out. I also can't come to Turkey without exploring #Ankara, the countries capital city. I especially want to visit the #museumofanatolianCivilization. My final destination will be to see the seadide port of #marmaris. Which lies situated in a valley of pine tree covered mountains. But first I am going to find me a fairy! Catch up with you on Tuesday Herbert x Check out my etsy shop Www.herberthammy.etsy.com #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #travel #sightseeing #tourist #hamster #hamsters #culture #history #art


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Hi friends, I have made it to #Romania, I am really looking forward to exploring the country, which has some awesome hiking areas and one of the craziest roads I've ever seen called the #transtagarasanhighway. I also want to check out the villiage at #dimitrieGusti which is a open air museum. I am also going to attend the #Blackchurch in #brașov. However, I am currently all dressed up and ready for dinner at the amazing #brancastle in #transilvania. It was a surprise invitation as I was wandering the streets of the medieval town of #sighisoara, which is famous for being the birthplace of #vladtheimpaler when I was approached by a nice man called Vlad who invited me to see his castle which inspired the famous book #dracula by #bramstoker. I jumped at the chance and he said I could join him for a bite to eat! Right here I go, ill catch you on Thursday at my next destination Herbert x Check out my etsy shop Www.herberthammy.etsy.com #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #travel #sightseeing #tourist #hamster #hamsters #culture #history #art #vampire #countdracula


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Hi friends, Well I finally made it to #Kiev the capital city of #Ukraine. And wow its awesome here. I've only had a few hours to Potter round the city but I'm already blown away by it. #stMichaelsMonestry with its golden domed gateway is a glorious piece of architecture. Tomorrow I am going on a tour of #chernobyl and also the abandoned city of #pripyat, to see how both were devistated by the worst nuclear disaster that happened on the 26th April 1986. One of the tours includes seeing the abandoned amusement Park at Prypiat. I wanted to visit to try and understand more about what happened and to also see how nature is reclaiming the land. Then I am off to have ago at #seiklar 's adventure rope park, I'm a little unsure about this given my not being comfy with heights but I just had to try. I'm also hoping to visit the beautiful train tunnel of love at #Klevan which is supposed to grant wishes to visiting lovers! As well as checking out the #odessa #catacombs and the submerged settlement and remains of a cave monestry in #kamianetspPodilskyi. Then its on to the next stop on my trip... Catch you on Tuesday Herbert x Check out my etsy shop Www.herberthammy.etsy.com #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #travel #sightseeing #tourist #hamster #hamsters #culture #history #art


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Hi friends, Can you believe it I am in #Russia! I started off in #Moscow where I took in #RedSquare and all the historic buildings and monuments, and I peeped at the #kremlin. Then I went to #stpetersburg which is the 2nd largest city, (Moscow being the largest). I went and saw some #ballet, I couldn't come to Russia and miss that! I also went to the #HermatageMuseum. I was very struck by how ornate these two cities feel, especially St Peters burg which to me is like a #fabergeegg, really pretty and delicate. Then I went to #Kamchatka and took in the natural geography of the #articTundra including some scary volcanos and the hot springs and geysers. I am now in #yakutsk, I wanted to come here as like where I grew up in #Dorset it is filled with fossils all preserved in the #permafrost. Unlike my childhood home though they have a lot of #mamoths I went and saw the awesome #mamothnuseum and oh boy were they so cool looking and big. I am hoping to also visit the #MelnikovPermafrostInstitute whilst I am here, which has an actual carcus of a wooly mamoth calf preserved below ground in below freezing temperatures. It's been really eye opening here but soon I'm off to my next destination, can you guess where I will be on Thursday? Till then wish you were here Herbert x Check out my etsy shop Www.herberthammy.etsy.com #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #travel #sightseeing #tourist #hamster #hamsters


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Hi, I wish you were here in #Poland or as it's formally called #therepublicofpoland. Its awesome! So far I've been to see the #tatramountains, and the jaw dropping #wieliczkasaltmine which has awesome salt carvings and salt sculptures. It looks incredible! Then I went to #krakow and saw a lot of the preserved medieval history. I'm now in Poland s capital #Warsaw which has amazing views over the city. I have been to see the Royal Castle here and #LazienkiPark. The most moving thing I saw was the #RisingMuseum which was opened in 2004 for the aneversary of the #WarsawUprising in 1944. It documents when the #polish people fought back against the German invasion to regain their country leaving the city in ruins. Its really is something everyone should visit. It even let's you crawl through a mock up of a sewage tunnel and has a lot of interactive exhibits. Tomorrow I am off to #gdansk where I am hoping to see the famous #longmarket and #neptunesfountain. Then it's off to my next destination... Catch you on Tuesday Herbert x Check out my etsy shop Www.herberthammy.etsy.com #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #travel #sightseeing #tourist #hamster #hamsters #culture #history #art


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Wish you were here! I'm currently sat in a cafe in #Prague, the capital of the #czechrepublic enjoying a beer. It's a lovely country, and filled with so much to see and do. I've been to see the #punkavacaves, #lakemacha and the #macochagorge. Which were all stunning and very scenic. Now I'm in Prague, I've seen some amazing #architecture ranging from the medieval building that is home to the truly ornate and fabulous #astronomicalclock to the very modern yet stunning building known as the #dancingHouse. I've been along the canal and wandered over the #charlesbridge which dates back to 1357 which has a stunning view of the city and river. I also visited the #lennonwall that is covered in #graffiti all related to #johnlennon and the #beatles, it's a mass of song lyrics, messages and love and carries a message of hope and peace. It was started at the time John lennon was assassinated and has continued to be added too ever since. Its always altering and the original artwork is lost under dacades of messages. It's a really moving artwork that will never be the same for long. I am off to look roung #PragueCastle and the old town square tomorrow before I am off to my next destination. (can you guess where that will be?) but tonight I'm going to enjoy the ambeance, and culture of this lovely city... Catch you on Thursday Herbert x Check out my etsy shop Www.herberthammy.etsy.com #HammysPostcards #cartoon #illustration #story #worldtrip #adventure #journey #travel #sightseeing #tourist #hamster #hamsters #culture #history #art


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