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

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!

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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

158 santorini

This next card has travelled from one of the most popular islands in Greece - Santorini. It was sent by my dear friend Yukina, while she was on her trip accross Europe.

Yukina really loved the island - as she wrote "it is beautiful, every building is cute, every view is great and all the food is delicious". She was also moved by the beautiful sunset over the town of Oia. "No island can be better than Santorini" she says!

Of course, I would love to visit Santorini one day too, but I also think I'll be pretty scared there. What you can't see on the most typical photos is how high up the towns are located, and how steep the roads leading to them are. The cliffs of Santorini are actually 300m high, and to get from the port to the villages on top you have to take a cable car or walk up 588 stairs!

Thank you Yukina for this beautiful card!

santorini

country
Greece
inhabitants
15,550
postcard sent
distance travelled
~1695km
map source

source: Maggie Meng
source: Maggie Meng

157 symi

This next card is also from Greece, from the island of Symi. It was sent by Maili, whose mother visited the island in 2015.

It must be a beautiful place, just have a look how the tourism website advertises this island: "While approaching the port of Symi, one has the overwhelming feeling of entering a perfectly painted image of a scenic traditional village. As a rule, people remain agape and cannot take their eyes off the spectacular sight."

On the other hand, last year there where not only tourists, but mostly refugees who arrived to islands in this region. Maili's mother visited also islands od Rhodes and Kos, and she mentiones that there were boats with refugees arriving from Turkey, and many people living in tents on the islands.

Thank you Maili for sending this card!

map source

symi

country
Greece
location
in the Dodecanese island chain
inhabitants
2590
biggest town
Symi
postcard sent
distance travelled
~1066km
sent from
Estonia

source: charley1965
source: Jenny

156 milos

This is the last card sent by Eva from her holidays in the Cyclades islands in Greece. It is a recipe for a traditional dish of Milos island, Eva found it in one of the restaurants.

Eva mentioned a couple of times that the Greek food is delicious, it's not hard to believe. I have tried some here in Poland, but I guess it is nothing to compared to the dishes you get in Greece!

There are also plenty of articles listing the most popular Greek food, like this one with 20 dishes you should eat in Greece. It includes the well known gyros, moussaka and greek salad, there are also olives, octopus, feta cheese, honey & baklava, and lots of other delicious sounding dishes: dolmades - rice wrapped in grape leaves, Taramasalata - fish roe dip, Sfougata - fried cheese balls or Pies of Kythnos - pastry filled with a cheese and honey. I'm curious, Eva, have you tried them all :)?

If you can't read the recipe from the card, here it is:

Milo's Pitarakia - traditional cheesepies.

Ingredients:
Dough: 1 1/2 kilos flour, olive oil, salt, water.
Filling: Halaka's fried cheese, 2 big onions, pepper.

Mix the ingredients of the dought and work with your hands. Roll and cut the dough sheet with a coffee saucer on round parts. We rub the cheese with grater and we cut the onion in small pieces. We drop the pepper and we mix again. We fill the flour (dough) sheets, we shut them with a fork and fry them in olive oil." Enjoy :)

Thank you again Eva for all the lovely cards!


source: Or Hiltch
source: ohhenry415

155 naxos

Here is another card from Eva's greek holidays. This one is from the last island she and her husband visited - Naxos.

It is the largest of the Cyclades, much larger than the tiny Folegandros, so it must have been interesting to visit such a variety of places. And that's actually what Eva wrote on this card - that she is amazed by the big differences (historical, cultural, geological) between the islands. Naxos has a long and complex history, Eva says. It seems that every civilisation has been there! The card shows you "Portara", a gate to an ancient temple of the god Apollo (nowadays is a popular spot to watch the sunset).

One more interesting thing that Eva mentioned, is that you never feel alone while sailing among Cyclades, there is always an islands nearby. It seems like a wonderful holidays, thank you so much Eva for the time you took to send all those beautiful cards! :)

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naxos

country
Greece
location
in the Aegean Sea
inhabitants
18,904
biggest town
Naxos city
postcard sent
distance travelled
~1620km

source: trevorklatko
source: Howard Chalkley

154 milos

Milos, another beautiful island visited by Eva.

This next card shows the beach of Sarakiniko in the north of the island, as Eva says "a landscape you wouldn't expect to find in there". But since Milos is a volcanic island, there are some "nature's miracles" you can find. Eva wrote also that swimming among these white "ghost stones" is really special, but that they get terribly hot during the day. I can imagine that, but still it looks like a great place to visit!

The island however is known not only for its landscape, it is especially famous for the statue of Aphrodite,the "Venus de Milo", which now can be found in the Louvre. The statue is quite characteristic, with both of her arms missing. It is thought to be created by Alexandros of Antioch between 130 and 100 BC. Its name comes from the fact that is was discover on the island of Milos. It was 8 April 1820, and it was found by a peasant named Yorgos Kentrotas, inside the ancient city ruins of Milos, the current village of Tripiti.

map source

milos

country
Greece
location
in the Aegean Sea
inhabitants
4977
postcard sent
distance travelled
~1640km
sent from
Milos

source: Jacopo Della Porta
source: ptorrodellas

153 sifnos

Sifnos, another island visited by Eva. She was actually writing this card in the same place this photo was taken, amazing! Eva descibes this island as a beautiful and peaceful place, so I am not surprised that she fell in love with it.

One of the most fascinating things about this island is that there are 360 churches on Sifnos, almost one for each day of the year! That's actually quite incredible, it is more than on any other island in Cyclades, and definitely more than I can imagine on such area (73.94 km2). Because of it, there are also many festivals held on Sifnos.

The island is also known for pottery. Since ancient times, there has been a great tradition in pottery, and pottery shops can be found all around the island. Also traces of old potteries can be found at villages such as Faros, Platis Gialos, Kamares and Vathi. If you'd like to learn more about art & culture of Sifnos, visit its website.

map source

Sifnos

country
Greece
location
in the Aegean Sea
inhabitants
2625
biggest town
Apollonia
postcard sent
distance travelled
~1616km
sent from
Faros - Sifnos

source: almekri01
source: Koen

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