Saturday, 29 April 2017

HONDURAS - República de Honduras

The Republic of Honduras (Spanish: República de Honduras), is a republic in Central America. It was at times referred to as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras, which became the modern-day state of Belize. Honduras is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.
Honduras was home to several important Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya, prior to being conquered by Spain in the sixteenth century.
Honduras literally means "depths" in Spanish. The name could either refer to the bay of Trujillo as an anchorage, fondurain the Leonese dialect of Spanish, or to Columbus's alleged quote that "Gracias a Dios que hemos salido de esas Honduras" ("Thank God we have departed from those depths").

These beautiful covers sent to me by my good friend Raul from Clononia Kennedy in Tegucigalpa. The cover posted on April 03, 2017 and I received on April 26, 2017.  Honduras issues stamps in limited numbers but the thematic stamps looks nice. Raul Specially requested for clear postmark and sent the covers well protected to prevent damage.Thank You very much for your great help.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

RODRIGUES ISLAND - MAURITIUS Autonomous outer island

Rodrigues (French: Île Rodrigues) is a 108-square-kilometre (42 sq mi) autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, about 560 kilometres (350 mi) east of Mauritius. It is part of the Mascarene Islands which include Mauritius and Réunion. It is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by coral reef, and just off its coast lie some tiny uninhabited islands. The island used to be the tenth District of Mauritius; it gained autonomous status on 10 December 2002, and it is governed by the Rodrigues Regional Assembly. The capital of the island is Port Mathurin.
Its inhabitants are Mauritian citizens. As of 2014, the island's population was about 41,669, according to Statistics Mauritius. Most of the inhabitants are of mixed African and French descent. Its economy is based mainly on fishing, farming, handicraft and a developing tourism sector.
The island (together with Agaléga and Saint Brandon) forms part of the larger territory of the Republic of Mauritius with the President as head of state and the Chief Commissioner as head of government.


These two beautiful registered airmail covers came from Port Mathurin post office, the capital city of Rodriguez Island. The covers are posted on April 10, 2017 from  Port Mathurin post office and received in my hands on April 17, 2017. The Post office staff clearly postmarked and affixed barcode label perfectly. The cross marks over the envelopes are annoying, but I think that is the costom they do while sorting registered mails. Thank You very much the Mauritius Post for the perfect service.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

CARIBISCH NEDERLAND - Bonaire / Boneiru

Bonaire (pronounced /bɔːˈnɛər/ or /bɒnˈɛər/; Dutch: Bonaire, pronounced [boˈnɛːr(ə)]; Papiamentu: Boneiru) is an island in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Together with Aruba and Curaçao, it forms the group known as the ABC islands, located less than a hundred miles off the north coast of South America near the western part of Venezuela. Bonaire is a popular destination for SCUBA divers, and it is also well known for easy access to its various reefs from the shore.
The Caribbean Netherlands (Dutch: Caribisch Nederland) are the three special municipalities of the Netherlands that are located in the Caribbean Sea. They consist of the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba, although the term "Caribbean Netherlands" is sometimes used to refer to all of the islands in the Dutch Caribbean. In legislation, the three islands are also known as the BES islands (a more traditional acronym of their names). The islands are currently classified as public bodies in the Netherlands and as overseas countries and territories of the European Union; thus, EU law does not automatically apply.
Bonaire (including the islet of Klein Bonaire) is one of the Leeward Antilles and is located close to the coast of Venezuela. Sint Eustatius and Saba are in the main Lesser Antilles group and are located south of Sint Maarten and northwest of Saint Kitts and Nevis.


My first registered airmail cover from The Caribbean Netherlands Bonaire Island. after 2014, The postal service of Caribisch Nederland is taking care by FXDC, a private company. They issue separate stamps for each Island - Saba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius. The country code is same for the three islands - BQ. FXDC use Blue barcode label for registering letters provided by UPU. Thank You very much Bonaire post office staff for the big help


Monday, 20 March 2017

GREANADA CARRIACOU AND PETITE MARTINIQUE

Carriacou is an island of the Grenadine Islands located in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, northeast of Grenada and the north coast of South America. The name is derived from the Carib language Kayryouacou.
Carriacou is a dependency of Grenada and part of the Carriacou and Petite Martinique Constituency. Carriacou is the largest island in the Grenada Grenadines. It is also the largest island in the Grenadine Islands (Vincentian and Grenadian Grenadines). It is located at latitude 12° 28' N, longitude 61° 27' W. Carriacou is home to 8,000 people. The capital city is Hillsborough, the only town or city on the island. The rest of the island settlements are very small villages.


This is the first cover from Carriacou island of Grenada Grenadines. The cover posted from Hillsborough, the capital of Carriacou Island on February 24, 2017 and I received on March 17, 2017. Grenada post issues a series of thematic stamps every year. Genada stamps can be seen in three names - Grenada, Grenada Grenadines, and Grenada Carriacou & Petit Martinique. The last one is the northern most group nearby St.Vincent's Grenadines, and the Petit Martinique post office has no postmark too.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

EQUATORIAL GUINEA - República de Guinea Ecuatorial

Equatorial Guinea officially the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Spanish: República de Guinea Ecuatorial, French: République de Guinée équatorialePortugueseRepública da Guiné Equatorial), is a country located in Central Africa, with an area of 28,000 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). Formerly the colony of Spanish Guinea, its post-independence name evokes its location near both the Equator and the Gulf of Guinea. Equatorial Guinea is the only sovereign African state in which Spanish is an official language. As of 2015, the country has an estimated population of over 1.2 million.
Equatorial Guinea consists of two parts, an insular and a mainland region. The insular region consists of the islands of Bioko (formerly Fernando Pó) in the Gulf of Guinea and Annobón, a small volcanic island south of the equator. Bioko Island is the northernmost part of Equatorial Guinea and is the site of the country's capital,Malabo. The island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe is located between Bioko and Annobón. The mainland region, Río Muni, is bordered by Cameroon on the north and Gabon on the south and east. It is the location of Bata, Equatorial Guinea's largest city, and Oyala, the country's planned future capital. Rio Muni also includes several small offshore islands, such as Corisco, Elobey Grande, and Elobey Chico.


 
 

Equatorial Guinea is one of the most rare country for philatelists, especially cover collectors. The main reason is there is no properly working postal system , especially in mainland. My friend Marcus visited there last year , he took my pre-prepared airmail envelopes to the post office in Bata, unfortunately the post office staff said, no international mails are receiving ! Then he handed over my envelopes to a local contact and instructed to send back once the postal system resume normal. Marcus again visited Bata in 2017 February, but the postal system is still in the same situation. Then he again paid money for postage and requested for postmarking my envelopes, they did. he took back all those covers and posted to me when he visited India. It was a big surprise when I opened the packet ! He said the postal system is working only in capital city Malabo. On the last cover , the stamp[s he bought from Bata post office and affixed. Postage rate is 2000 FCFA, that is the R rate, but there is no R label affixed. eventhough the postmark is poor and not clear, it is big asset into my collection. The covers postmarked on February 09, 2017 and I received in my hands on march 13, 2017. Thank You Marcus for the big help !