Sunday, 19 August 2012


One more card for today.. and it's a new country in my collection! Bonaire is one of those places I hadn't even heard of before joining Postcrossing.

Bonaire is a special municipality (officially public body) of the Netherlands, consisting of the Caribbean island of Bonaire and, nestled in its western crescent, the uninhabited islet of Klein Bonaire. Together with Aruba and Curaçao it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. The name Bonaire is thought to have originally come from the Caiquetio word 'Bonay'. The early Spanish and Dutch modified its spelling to Bojnaj and also Bonaire, which means "Good Air".

Bonaire was part of the Netherlands Antilles until the country's dissolution on 10 October 2010, when the island (including Klein Bonaire) became a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands.

This postcard shows Ceru Bentana in the Washington-Slagbaai National Park. Ceru Bentana (the "Window in the Hill"), a striking natural monument in the park, is surrounded by native plants like the towering Kadushi cactus.

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