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Taiwan | Fo Guang Shan, the largest Buddhist monastery

I slept one night in Fo Guang Shan monastery. In the evening I took part in a ceremony of chanting monks and the next day I joined a grand tour of the premises and practiced calligraphy. Later that day I paid a visit to the imposing Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.

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Taiwan – Taipei | ISLAND CAPITALS

Visiting Taipei during typhoon Megi in 2016… I did get to visit a few of the city’s highlights.

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Sanxiantai | Taiwan’s Three Saints Island

Dragon bridge Sanxiantai was originally a headland, but the sea gradually eroded the neck of the promontory, creating an offshore islet. Tourists who used to visit this place could only reach the island during low tide. In 1987, the famous 400-meter-long eight-arched footbridge was built. It was designed to mimic the shape of waves and resembles a mythical dragon stretching across the sea. It has become the most renowned landmark on the East Coast of Taiwan.

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Sanxiantai (c) Sylvie De Weze-15 Sanxiantai (c) Sylvie De Weze-14 Sanxiantai (c) Sylvie De Weze-16 Sanxiantai map Sanxiantai (c) Sylvie De Weze-09 Sanxiantai (c) Sylvie De Weze-03
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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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Helgoland (c) Sylvie De Weze-19 Helgoland (c) Sylvie De Weze-02 Helgoland (c) Sylvie De Weze-23 Helgoland (c) Sylvie De Weze-04 Helgoland (c) Sylvie De Weze-06 Helgoland (c) Sylvie De Weze-07
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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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James Bond_Mouse Island_Corfu Mouse Island (Pontikonisi) – Corfu (c) Sylvie De Weze-05 Mouse Island (Pontikonisi) – Corfu (c) Sylvie De Weze-07 Mouse Island (Pontikonisi) – Corfu (c) Sylvie De Weze-02 Arnold_Böcklin_-_Die_Toteninsel_III_(Alte_Nationalgalerie,_Berlin) Mouse Island (Pontikonisi) – Corfu (c) Sylvie De Weze-04
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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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Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_road out of Jamestown to Half Tree Hollow © Sylvie De Weze Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_Jamestown © Sylvie De Weze copy Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_High Knoll Fort_2 © Sylvie De Weze Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_market downtown © Sylvie De Weze copy Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_former flax worker – Harold Francis © Sylvie De Weze copy Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_Jamestown Harbour © Sylvie De Weze copy
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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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Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_Napoleon_The Briars_staue_2 © Sylvie De Weze copy Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_Napoleon_The Briars_exterior © Sylvie De Weze copy Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_Napoleon_Longwood House_original wallpaper © Sylvie De Weze copy Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_Napoleon_Longwood House_dining room © Sylvie De Weze Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_Napoleon_Longwood House_exterior – garden © Sylvie De Weze Ellys Eyeland_St Helena_Napoleon_Longwood House_dressing room – death mask © Sylvie De Weze copy
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Elba | Where the mountains rock

The Tuscan island of Elba has many faces. Of course, there are the beautiful beaches, but when you head inland for its mountainous interior, you’ll be rewarded with splendid hikes. And that’s just what I did.

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Elba (c) Sylvie De Weze-11 Elba (c) Sylvie De Weze-14 Elba (c) Sylvie De Weze-18 Elba (c) Sylvie De Weze-08 Elba (c) Sylvie De Weze-27 Elba (c) Sylvie De Weze-17
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