Tuesday, July 08, 2014


Another day, another new country label! This time, the breathtaking beautiful island of São Tomé, the biggest of the Sao Tome and Principe archipelago, that my sister in law visited last month (it was my recommendation, I went there with my wife in the beginning of 2013 and let me tell you that it is one of the most beautiful places I've been in all my life - a little African equatorial paradise with amazing landscapes, wonderful seafood, warm and friendly people and a respect for its history that started when the Portuguese discovers first reached the (until then inhabited) island in December 21 (St Thomas's Day, hence the name given to the island) in the year 1471. This column is a replica of a Portuguese "padrão" and is located in the northern shore, on the exact spot where the boats set anchor for the first time in São Tomé. Thank you so much Mila, after Cabo Verde, you helped me with my collection sending me another 'hard-to-get' country postcard. This postcard took 11 days to arrive!
Padrão of Anambó, São Tomé - SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
São Tomé and Príncipe, officially the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. It consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, located about 140 km apart and about 250 km off the northwestern coast of Gabon. Both islands are part of an extinct volcanic mountain range. São Tomé, the sizable southern island, is situated just north of the equator. It was named in honour of Saint Thomas by Portuguese explorers who arrived at the island on his feast day on the western shores of the island, a small village called Anambó.


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