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1. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru, 1026 posts) 1 Mar '05 13:28

I think we probably all agree that passport stamps are dull as dishwater, but has anyone got any unusual, interesting ones.

I have a couple of happy looking penguins, wearing bowler hats looking like they are doing some kind of tap dance routine. All my others are sooooooooo boring. My penguins even got a Thai customs official laughing and joking, but things became complicated when i had to explain where in the world South Georgia was!!!!!!!!

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive, 3745 posts) 1 Mar '05 21:34

In an old passport, I have an English stamp with a black cross drawn through it ... when I was refused entry at Dover, and then given temporary leave to enter the country.

3. Posted by BritHockey (Full Member, 34 posts) 2 Mar '05 10:16

Quoting daveh

things became complicated when i had to explain where in the world South Georgia was!!!!!!!!

Just across the border from North Florida, surely?

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru, 1026 posts) 2 Mar '05 12:06

Are the locals about 3 ft tall, and usually found standing around in big crowds out in the open, looking cold and bored????:)

5. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member, 272 posts) 2 Mar '05 13:08

I'm quite sad, i try to show off my passport at any oppurtunity.

I went to that place in Wales where they have the longest word in the world, its a train station. Inside the gift shop they have a rubber stamp and ink for your passport So ive got a welsh dragon with the word:

"Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch"

The name translates as 'St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave'.

Sounds cool, but actually it's just an empty train station near a beach and old town.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 2 Mar '05 13:32

Is it normal for some countries not to stamp your passport? I have nothing for Spain or Gibraltor - or England, come to think of it, although I crossed from N. Ireland so that may be why.

I was always disppointed about Gibraltor, though.

7. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 2 Mar '05 13:59

My husband traveled throughout Europe and the only 2 places that stamped his passport were Luxembourg and Dover. He visited Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, the UK, and 2 or 3 I don't recall off hand.

8. Posted by BritHockey (Full Member, 34 posts) 2 Mar '05 19:02

Quoting tway

Is it normal for some countries not to stamp your passport?

Yeah it depends on where you came from. I have been to 22 or so European countries and only have stamps from the chosen few. Mainly Eastern European countries and non-EU nations (at the time all EU was in "western" Europe).

In Liechtenstein you can pay for a passport stamp. 2 Swiss Francs if I recall. Don't ask the border guard for it, you'll find it in the tourist office.

9. Posted by idz (Full Member, 27 posts) 3 Mar '05 09:26

I have a rejected-stamp in my norwegian passort from Sweden! Beeing neighbours and all, we really don't need a passport to travel between the countries. I brought mine because I was going to a demonstration, and they stamped it rejected for 48 hours...and drove me back to Norway in a police car, such a waste of money...
Very strange country, the demonstration was legal and all, no reason, just for the hazzle...

Idz ;)

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive, 3745 posts) 3 Mar '05 19:38

Quoting idz

I have a rejected-stamp in my norwegian passort from Sweden! Beeing neighbours and all, we really don't need a passport to travel between the countries. I brought mine because I was going to a demonstration, and they stamped it rejected for 48 hours...and drove me back to Norway in a police car, such a waste of money...
Very strange country, the demonstration was legal and all, no reason, just for the hazzle...

Idz ;)

Which country (Norway OR Sweden) considers the other to be its "little brother"?