Sunday, September 6, 2009

Roben Island, South Africa

Its been a while since i posted a South African card...and actually this is the first view card from there...the others were maps and a flag.
And apart from being a viewcard its also a UNESCO :)
From the back of the card: Roben Island lies 9/678 km from Tabie Bay Harbour and 7.03 km from Bloubergstrand. It was here that Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years with many of his comrades . Today the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When you look at the island (the small picture at the bottom left corner) you would think its one of those Paradise called islands and not something that used to be such a torment. However, i dont know who took the pictures, but they seem soooo beautiful and have such a lovely tone, that you cant at a single moment grasp the idea that this is a prison, even when you take a look at the high fence and that small poor "room".
and here come two nice stamps. the one on the left is from a set of definitives issued in 2000 from the "colourful species" series, showing birds, fish and butterflies...and the other one...arrgh, i hate it when i end up being unable to find info about a certain stamp...i really need to gather a number of useful philately links....whats more surprising, the stamp was issued in 2009...so its not like coming from prehistoric times...yet, i just couldnt "locate" it

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