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 !

Monday, 23 January 2017

CHAD - République du Tchad

Officially the Republic of Chad (Arabic: جمهورية تشاد‎ Jumhūrīyat Tshād; French: République du Tchad), is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north,Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest and Niger to the west. It is the fifth largest country in Africa in terms of area.
Chad has several regions: a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt in the centre and a more fertile Sudanian Savanna zone in the south. Lake Chad, after which the country is named, is the largest wetland in Chad and the second-largest in Africa. N'Djamena, the capital, is the largest city. Chad is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. Arabic and French are the official languages.

 
These  beautiful covers from Chad sent by my Chinese friend Zhang Fan with the help of his contact working in Chad. Unfortunately they forgot to send as registered mail. The covers posted on December 27, 2016 and I received in my hands on January 16, 2017. Thank You dear friend for the great covers.

Friday, 30 December 2016

KOSOVO - SERBIAN POST

There are some post offices in Pristina Region, capital of Kosovo is still operated by Serbian Post. This information I came to know from my Slovenian friend Zant Trost, who is a fruits label collector. He recommended me to a Serbian girl Natalija who can help me to send back my covers from Serbian Post office in Kosovo. It was really amazing, and in 2016 Serbia issued 4 stamps of Churches which are geographically in Kosovo. My another Serbian friend Emanuel gifted those sets of stamps alongwith another set of Serbian birds stamps and butterflies stamps. I prepared the covers with the Kosovan Church stamps and sent to Natalija, she went to a Serbian Post office in Pristina region called Kosovska Mitrovica and sent back as Registered. 



The covers sent on October 26, 2016 and I received in my hands on November 10, 2016 . She sent another cover as normal post , which is also arrived safely on November 20, 2016. Thank You Zan, Natalia and Emanuel for the big help to get a perfect cover from Serbian Post in Kosovo.