St. Vincent and the Grenadines

9 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Mayreau - Saline Bay © Moiom

Mayreau – Saline Bay © Moiom

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Lesser Antilles chain, namely in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lie at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean. Its 389-square-kilometre (150 sq mi) territory consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines, which are a chain of smaller islands stretching south from Saint Vincent Island to Grenada.   read more…

Block Island off Rhode Island

31 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  9 minutes

Old Harbor © Swampyank/cc-by-sa-3.0

Old Harbor © Swampyank/cc-by-sa-3.0

Block Island is part of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 13 miles (21 km) south of the coast of Rhode Island, 14 miles (23 km) east of Montauk Point on Long Island, and is separated from the Rhode Island mainland by Block Island Sound. The island is part of the Outer Lands region, a coastal archipelago. The Nature Conservancy added Block Island to its list of “The Last Great Places”; the list consists of twelve sites in the Western Hemisphere. About 40 percent of the island is set aside for conservation.   read more…

Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina

27 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  6 minutes

Battle of Sullivan's Island monument © Brian Stansberry/cc-by-3.0

Battle of Sullivan’s Island monument © Brian Stansberry/cc-by-3.0

Sullivan’s Island is an American town and island in Charleston County, South Carolina, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor, with a population was 1,900. The town has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), of which 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (27.11%) is water. The Ben Sawyer Bridge connects Sullivan’s Island to Mount Pleasant. A bridge spanning Breach Inlet connects it to Isle of Palms. Sullivan’s Island is part of the Sea Islands.   read more…

Theme Week Wales – St Davids

9 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

St Davids Cathedral © Chrisrivers/cc-by-sa-3.0

St Davids Cathedral © Chrisrivers/cc-by-sa-3.0

St Davids, is a city and community in Pembrokeshire. Lying on the River Alun on St David’s Peninsula, it is Britain’s smallest city in terms of both size and population, the final resting place of Saint David, the country’s patron saint, and the de facto ecclesiastical capital of Wales. St Davids was given city status in the 16th century due to the presence of St David’s Cathedral but lost this in 1888. City status was restored in 1994 at the request of Queen Elizabeth II.   read more…

Theme Week Brittany – Fougères

1 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© S. Möller

© S. Möller

Fougères (Breton: Felger) is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine department. Fougères’ major monument is a medieval stronghold built atop a granite ledge, which was part of the ultimately unsuccessful defence system of the Duchy of Brittany against French aggression, and part of a tripartate with Vitré   read more…

County Donegal in Ireland

29 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Donegal map © Kanchelskis/GFDL

Donegal map © Kanchelskis/GFDL

County Donegal is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Border Region and is also located in the province of Ulster. It is named after the town of Donegal. Donegal County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 160,927 according to the 2011 census.   read more…

The Saint Lawrence River

25 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Map of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River © Kmusser/cc-by-sa-2.5

Map of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River © Kmusser/cc-by-sa-2.5

The St. Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin. The river traverses the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and forms part of the international boundary between Ontario and New York in the United States.   read more…

Theme Week Brittany – Concarneau

9 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Aerial view of Ville Close, harbour and town centre © Ronan Voltz

Aerial view of Ville Close, harbour and town centre © Ronan Voltz

Concarneau (Breton: Konk Kerne, meaning Bay of Cornwall) is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France.   read more…

Alcochete on Tejo river

2 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Old part of the city © Joaquim Alves Gaspar/cc-by-sa-3.0

Old part of the city © Joaquim Alves Gaspar/cc-by-sa-3.0

Alcochete is a municipality in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 17,569, in an area of 128.36 km². The municipality is composed of three parishes and is located in Setúbal District.   read more…

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