Island Travel

Heligoland | The Gibraltar of the North Sea

Long military history Heligoland, spelled Helgoland in German, has a long military history because of its strategic location. Occupied originally by Frisian herdsmen and fishermen, the island came under the control of the dukes of Schleswig-Holstein in 1402 and became a Danish possession in 1714. Seized by the British navy in 1807, it was formally ceded in 1814 to Britain, which in 1890 transferred it to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar and other African territories.

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Mouse Island | Corfu’s most photographed spot

Ulysses’ ship Pontikonisi Island is situated just south of Corfu town near the resort of Perama and Kanoni. In summer, fishing boats depart frequently from the church of Panagia Vlacherna and go to the legendary Mouse Island, just 5 min boat ride. This lush green island took this name due to its tiny size. Pontikonisi Island means ‘Mouse Island’ in Greek. According to mythology, this rocky island is the ship of Ulysses that was stoned by god Poseidon. In the centre of the Mouse Island, there is the 11th or 12th century Byzantine church of […]

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Vido | Corfu’s Alcatraz and cemetery island

The Venetians’ Alcatraz Vido island has played an important role throughout the centuries in the history of Corfu and has always been a strategic point in Corfu’s defences. The Venetians, who occupied Corfu from the 15th to the 18th Century, decided that the island could serve as an Alcatraz. According to legend, during their occupation there were tunnels built between Vido and Corfu Town and criminals were transported though these tunnels to the island, where they were imprisoned.

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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.

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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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Elba – Napoleon’s get-aways

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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Elba – 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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