Island Travel

Iceland

I’ve walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesn’t necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesn’t really tell you what you’re looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move. ~Olafur Eliasson

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Sint-Helena | Schitterende Afzondering?

In 2014 reisde ik voor anderhalve maand naar Sint-Helena. Een eiland in het letterlijke midden van nergens. Ik kreeg daartoe de kans door een beurs van Fonds Pascal Decroos voor mijn project ‘Schitterende Afzondering’. Aanleiding was de komst van de luchthaven begin 2016 die een eind zal maken aan vijf eeuwen isolement. De vraag die mij prikkelde was: hoe ervaren de Saints, zoals de inwoners van Sint-Helena genoemd worden, ‘de wereld als dorp’? Ik schreef erover voor MO* magazine en De Standaard Weekblad. Related PostsSint-Helena, de reis die mijn leven veranderde op Radio 2My photograph for ‘Saints’ documentary film posterSporen van […]

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Sporen van Napoleon op Sint-Helena

Sint-Helena valt voor veel mensen samen met de ballingschap van Napoleon. Die vereenzelviging van hun eiland met de voormalige keizer kunnen de Saints, de inwoners van Sint-Helena, maar matig smaken. “Beperk ons niet tot de zes jaar dat die Fransman hier woonde, please!”

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Napoleon’s getaways in Elba

In this post I follow in the footsteps of Napoleon. A man that still intrigues many today. To put it mildly. There exists a genuine Napoleon cult. How do you explain a Napoleon apron? :-) Elba gets it right when it comes to merchandising.

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Elba | Mesmerizing mountain villages

Situated at an altitude of 375 m, Marciana is the highest town on the island and one of the oldest, as testified to by the Pisan Fortress that dominates the town, and in which the population took refuge during pirate attacks.

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Pianosa | An Italian prison island frozen in time

Elba, where Napoleon was first banished to and escaped from and St Helena where he was banished to a second time and eventually died. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held captive and… Pianosa, where the most dangerous mafiosi serve(d) time. This post is dedicated to the lovely island of Pianosa, a stone’s throw away from the Tuscan island of Elba.

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Robben Island | Free Nelson Mandela!

Robben Island lies 9.67km from Cape Town, across the icy, shark-ridden waters of the Atlantic. Windswept and waterless, the 518ha island has long been a place of banishment and despair: Infamous as an apartheid-era, Maximum Security Prison from the 1960s to the 1990S, its most famous prisoner was Nelson Mandela. Today, the island is a national monument and World Heritage site celebrating the triumph of the human spirit over the shackles of the past.

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Outer Hebrides | Benbecula, Berneray, Grimsay & North Uist

The Hebrides are a vast patchwork of islands big and small. In this post, I cover another four.

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Outer Hebrides | Eriskay & South Uist

South Uist and Eriskay are islands of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. In South Uist there is a nature reserve and a number of sites of archaeological interest, including the only location in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been found. South Uist, in common with the rest of the Hebrides, is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Gaelic language in Scotland.

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Outer Hebrides | Barra & Vatersay

Outer Hebrides | Barra & Vatersay

Apart from the adjacent island of Vatersay, to which it is connected by a causeway, Barra is the southernmost inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. It makes Vatersay the westernmost permanently inhabited place in Scotland.

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