Tuesday, 2 November 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM CURAÇAO

 Curaçao is an island off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean Sea. It is the central and largest of the so-called ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao). The island is about 65 km (40 mi) long but only 5-13 km (3-8 mi) in width; it has a permanent population of about 140,000. Klein Curaçao is a 1.7 km2 uninhabited island south-east of Curaçao and the light station buildings are the only structures on the barren island. Built in 1850, the 20 m (66 ft) round masonry tower is connected to two ruined 2-story keepers’ houses. Previously abandoned and still endangered, this historic lighthouse was nonetheless reactivated with a solar-powered LED beacon in the restoration of Curaçao's aids to navigation.
The postcard brings a dark blue stamp depicting Curaçao old buildings and the effigy of Queen Juliana issued in 1958. The other stamp is a 2010 flower issue with red azaleas. Thank you, Jean Pierre!

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