Postcards from Outcast Isle

Imagine standing here, looking across to the mainland, knowing that’s where your family and friends are – and where you might not set foot for 20 years or so. View of Cape Town from Robben Island. Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years of [...]

Coxen’s Hole

Ah, Roatan. You probably think of sandy beaches, Caribbean waters blue as blue could be, scuba diving and snorkelling on the gorgeous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. And you'd be right. Then there's wildlife: iguanas the size of dogs, birds of every imaginable colour, dolphins, sharks, macaws [...]

2014-07-25T09:19:32+01:0023 October 2013|Americas with kids, Honduras, Islands, Quirky corners|

Exploring Suomenlinna

At the entrance to Helsinki's harbour lies a group of islands that is home to Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, a popular day out in the Finnish capital. And what is the meaning behind this intriguing name, you ask? Well, Suomenlinna means Finnish Castle. You'll also see [...]

2018-01-08T11:44:26+01:0017 September 2013|Art and architecture, Finland, Islands, UNESCO World Heritage|

World at a Glance: Kunta Kinteh Island

Many years ago, I was sailing on the River Gambia, and stopped here at what was then known as James Island. The tiny, yet important, island was renamed Kunta Kinteh Island in 2011. The River Gambia gave Europeans access to Africa's mysterious interior. Many were [...]

2014-10-25T10:29:57+01:0024 July 2013|Gambia, Islands, UNESCO World Heritage|

The Road to Gjógv

A road trip in the Faroe Islands is a treat, with awe-inspiring vistas or colourful little villages whichever way you turn. Around a bend in the road, this is what you might see: ... or this: We're on Sheep Islands, so you will also see [...]

Arctic Sortland: Norway’s Blue Town

At 68° north, a fair distance above the Arctic Circle, is Sortland, Norway's Blue Town. Sortland is the capital of the Vesterålen Archipelago; less famous, perhaps, than its neighbour to the south, the Lofoten Islands, yet just as stunning. But why is Sortland blue?

2014-08-15T16:49:37+01:0030 December 2012|Art and architecture, Islands, Norway, Norway, Quirky corners|
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