Hello, my name is Anna. This blog is about all the beautiful islands around the world.

169 ishigaki

This beautiful card was sent by Tomoko from the island of Ishigaki, Japan.

Tomoko went there on vacation with her family in May, but as she described in the card, it was already as hot there as if it was summer. Ishigaki is one of the southernmost islands of Japan, and the climate, landscape and culture are different from the main islands of Japan. The culture of the island is actually influenced also by Taiwan, located just 300km from Ishigaki. Similiar to nearby Okinawa, the food here also differs from the main japanese islands. Meat is very popular on Ishigaki, and the island is famous all over the country for its beef.

The island is perfect for anyone who loves tropical paradises. Most of its area is protected as a part of Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, and the most spectacular places are Mount Omoto and Kabira Bay. Tomoko confirms this in her card, and she also loved walking around mangrove forests :).

ishigaki

country
Japan
location
in the Yaeyama Islands archipelago
inhabitants
48,000
postcard sent
distance travelled
~9016km
sent from
Ishigaki

Thank you so much Tomoko for this beautiful card, I love the stamps and cancellations too!


source: Dolapo Falola
source: Dick Thomas Johnson

168 la maddalena


A card from island called La Maddalena sent by my friend Magda, how great is that :)?

Although Magda shares her name with this island, it has actually not always been called La Maddalena. The Romans called the island Ilva, Fussa and Bucina, in the Middle Ages it was known as Bicinara, in the 16th century it got the name of Santa Maria Magdalena, and only after that - La Maddalena. Interestingly, the island has also its own Sardo-Corsican dialect known as Maddalenino.

The Maddalena Archipelago is located just 2 kilometres from Sardinia. Magda went on a sailing trip there, and the area was supposed to be full of dolphins (it is a part of national park), but at that time there were not too many of them. I am sure though the beautiful views and crystal-clear waters made it still an amazing holiday.

Thank you Magda for this beautiful card!


map source: etineris.net

la maddalena

country
Italy
inhabitants
11,407
biggest town
La Maddalena
postcard sent
distance travelled
~1450km



source: SantiMB.Photos
source: piermario

167 hornos island

This card has travelled from very very far away, from Cape Horn in the southern tip of Chile. As you can see, it was not sent from the island, but "posted at high sea" onboard the Selma Expeditions ship.

It was sent by mr Bruno Salcewicz, whose dream was to see Cape Horn. Some time ago I came across his crowdfunding project and I decided to contribute a small sum, and got this card in return. :) The island is best known for being the location of the already named Cape Horn - the southernmost part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and place where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans collide. Hornos island is often considered South America's southernmost island, but there are islands located even further south - the Diego Ramírez Islands.

There's a Chilean Navy station on the island, with a couple of buildings including a chapel and a lighthouse, and a memorial, with a sculpture of an albatross, in honour of the sailors who died while attempting to "round the Horn".

source: http://www.caphorniers.cl

hornos island

country
Chile
location
at the southern tip of South America
inhabitants
at the Chilean Navy station
postcard sent
distance travelled
~14,150km
sent from
posted at sea, near Cape Horn

source: Daniela Goulart
source: Wikimedia

166 curaçao

This next card has travelled from the island of Curaçao, which together with uninhabited Klein Curaçao makes up a country (Curaçao) in the southern Caribbean Sea, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

For me this island is all about the colours! First of all I associate its name with the bright blue liqueur (and only now I realised that I've always read the name wrong, the pronounciation should be /ˈkʊrəsaʊ/ kur-ə-sow). Then there's of course the amazingly colourful Dutch-style houses in the capital's harbour. I must say that even with the colonial history of Curaçao, I actually did not expect to see such architecture on a carribean island, and when I first saw pictures from Willemstad it just seemed unreal! And then, it turns out that lots of houses on the island are not only unusually colourful on the outside, but also on the inside. Apparently many traditional homes have kitchens with red walls and white dots, to repel flies and mosquitoes. What a creative way to deal with bugs, isn't it?

The card was sent by Telenn, and as she wrote "Curaçao is very warm and dry. There are lots of cacti and lizards and the marine life is amazing" She saw a turtle swimming by already on her first day on the island, how cool! There's also a smaller uninhabited island nearby called Klein Curaçao, which Telenn was planning to visit after she sent the card, hope she liked it as well :)

I really love this card, what a beautiful map, big thanks to Telenn for helping with my project!<3

curaçao

country
constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
location
in the Caribbean Sea
inhabitants
~158,000
distance travelled
~8755km
sent from
Curaçao

source: PROBabak Fakhamzadeh
source: Anyul Rivas

165 l'ile noire

Hello! First of all I am sorry to everyone who has contributed to my project and is waiting for their postcard to be published, I know it's taking ages, but I've been extremely busy recently and I promise I'll try to publish all of your beautiful cards as soon as possible. And if any of you hasn't recieved cards from me - please let me know, and I'll send them again!

Today I have something special for you - a card from an imaginary island - The Black Island ( L'Ile noire) from the world of Tin Tin! :)

It was sent by Eva (of course! she always has such fantastic mail ideas :)) She found it while visiting the Museum of Comics in Brussels, and she only wished she could send it from the Black Island (although it looks small and there's probably no post office there ;)). I like comics a lot, so I was really pleasantly surprised with this card, although I must admit I've never read Tin Tin's adventures (I guess it's time to change it :))

Eva also asked if I thought of including literary/imaginary islands when I started my project - I actually have not, because there are already soo many real islands in the world, but it's actually a lot of fun getting to know those imaginary ones too :) So if you ever come across any other fictional islands, be sure to let me know :)

l'ile noire / black island

country
Scotland (fictional)
inhabitants
a gang of counterfeiters
postcard sent
distance travelled
~959 km
sent from
Brussels

164 alcatraz

Today on the blog: Alcatraz island!

Even though it's tiny (511m by 180 m and is 41 m at highest point during mean tide), most people know its name. Alcatraz is home of the US first maximum security prison, which opened in 1934 and closed in 1963. But do you know what the name actually means? It was in 1775 when Spanish Lieutenant Juan Manuel de Ayala sailed through the Golden Gate and named the rocky island “La Isla de los Alcatraces,” which can be translated to “Island of the Pelicans.”

During the 29 years the prison was in use, it held some of the most notorious criminals in American history, including the famous Al Capone. Interestingly, even though in pop culture it is portrayed as one of the toughest prisons, in reality many prisoners considered the conditions inside Alcatraz to be more attractive than at other places, and many even asked to be moved there.

But criminals were not the only inhabitans of this island. There are also cormorants, orange-footed pigeon guillemots, snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons and several more bird species, that you can get really close to, which makes Alcatraz a birdwatcher's paradise.

Big thanks to Gosia and Piotr for sending this card! :)

alcatraz

country
USA
location
in the San Francisco Bay
inhabitants
0
distance travelled
~9134km
sent from
Alcatraz

source: SouthernWI
source: Jitze Couperus

163 saint helena

This next card has travelled from one of the most remote islands in the world - Saint Helena.

You might know it as the place of Napoleon's exile, Saint Helena is indeed a difficult place to escape from. It is located in the South Atlantic Ocean, more than 2,000 kilometres from the nearest landmass. Until recently, th only way you could get there was by ship, RMS Saint Helena, which runs between St Helena and Cape Town, also visiting Ascension Island. The voyage takes 5 days. However, a couple of years ago British government decided to build an airport on the island, and the first aircraft landed there in 2015.

Jessi, who sent this card wrote that "it shows the Flagstaff Hill and the Barn. The barn is the flat top hill. A man used to live there back in the day. If you go out to his cave today you will see where he used to sleep and all the equipment he used." Thank you so much Jessi for adding this fascinating island to my project!

source: global panorama

st helena

location
in the South Atlantic Ocean
inhabitants
4255
biggest town
Jamestown
postcard sent
distance travelled
~7734km

source: Pat Reynolds
source: PRODavid Stanley

162 okinawa

This next card was sent by Tia from Japan, it shows you the Cape Zanpa Lighthouse on the southern island of Okinawa.

One of the things Okinawa is best known for is the presence of U.S. military bases on the island. There are 32 of them and they occupy around 25% of the island's area.

My first encounter with Okinawa was with its cuisine - last year I tried Taco rice, which turned out to be one of the most popular dishes on this island. It consists of taco-flavored ground beef with rice, usually served with cheese, lettuce, tomato and salsa. Okinawan cuisine differs from the one on mainland Japan, there are Chinese, Southeast Asian and of course American influences. Fun fact - Hamburgers shops were open on Okinawa earlier than on the mainland Japan. Intresting is also that Okinawans eat relatively little seafood and rely mostly on meat.

Thank you Tia for another great card!

Okinawa

country
Japan
location
in the Pacific Ocean
inhabitants
1,301,462
biggest town
Naha
distance travelled
~9063km

source: PROIppei & Janine Naoi
source: dvids

161 spiekeroog

This next card was sent by Liane, from her holidays on the German island of Spiekeroog.

It is one of the East Frisian Islands and it is part of the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage Site. It has only 18.25 km2, there are no cars on the island and you can reach it by a daily ferry from the German mainland. Island's name was first mentioned in 1398, as Spiekeroch, when it was a hiding place for pirates. Nowadays it is believed that word "Spiekeroog" means "storage island".

Liane wrote in her card that during summer the island is full of tourists. A survey from 2003 confirms it, claiming that there are 640,000 tourists visiting Spiekeroog each year. Those who come to this island can of course enjoy the nature, but there are also other interesting sights, like a 3,50 m high sculpture on the dunes, or the Shell Museum (Kuriose Muschelmuseum) with an exhibition of 2000 shells from all over the world. // Thanks Liane!

map source

spiekeroog

country
Germany
location
off the North Sea coast of Germany
inhabitants
776
biggest village
Spiekeroog
distance travelled
~778km
sent from
Spiekeroog

source: daniel.stark
source: Tobias Horvath

160 saltspring island

Here's another Canadian card kindly sent by Laura.

It shows the Saltspring island and the Ganges town. As the card explains "Saltpring is a part of the Gulf Islands. The picturesque islands are situated in the Strait of Georgia which runs between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. Ganges is the business centre for Saltspring Island." Laura added also that the town is build on top of a large archeological site inhabited by First Nations. Last summer there was a huge news story of a man, who wanted to build over a burial island, which is just outside the frame in this photo.

One of other interesting things I found out about the island, is that it has its own currency. The Salt Spring Dollar is issued to promote local history, art and goodwill. Each denomination consists of a world renowned Salt Spring artist’s work and it can be used at par with the Canadian dollar on the island. That's so cool!

map source: lonelyplanet

saltspring island

country
Canada
inhabitants
10,234
postcard sent
distance travelled
~8737km
sent from
Saltspring island

source: Mark Faviell
source: Mark Faviell

159 quadra island

Quadra Island is the largest and most populous of the Discovery Islands in Canada. It is located between Vancouver Island and the mainland coast of British Columbia. Island's website says "Quadra's people enjoy a rural lifestyle surrounded by breathtaking coastal scenery and a clean unspoilt environment. The First Nations residents and global migrants together create a harmonious community rich in art and culture."

Laura, who sent this card, stayed on the island in a First Nations run lodge. She says it was beautiful, right on the water and on an ancient archeology site, where Captain Vancouver landed in the late 1700s.

In the photo here you can see Mine lake at Quadra island. It says there that "the surrounding wilderness area of forests and lakes can be accessed by hiking trail, canoe and horseback. Preserved as park, the Main Lake chain will provide recreation and inspiration for generations to come". Thank you Laura for sending this card!

map source: wikipedia

quadra island

country
Canada
location
along the Inside Passage, BC
inhabitants
2700
biggest town
Quathiaski Cove
postcard sent
distance travelled
~8296km
sent from
Quadra island

source: Dan Clancy
source: David Stanley

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My big dream is to receive postcards sent from every island in the world (at least those that have a postbox). If you would like to help me, please contact me at letters.from.islands@gmail.com.

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