Sunday, February 24, 2013

A postcard from the West Indies: Port of Spain, Trinidad

Port of Spain is the capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. With 51,000 inhabitants it’s the largest city. Thanks in large part to its fine natural harbour, Port of Spain was made Trinidad's capital in 1757. 

Cruise ships dock is right next to Port of Spain's downtown, which has an urban feel, with skyscrapers, a financial center, arcade malls and debilitating rush-hour traffic. 

From a set of 5 stamps about local herbal medicine: Vervine.

Vervine is found in many parts of the Americas and the Caribbean. In Jamaica vervine is used for nervous disorders, as an eye tonic and to clean wounds. In the Eastern Caribbean vervine is used for colds, fevers, and worms.


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