The Montego Bay on Jamaica

24 May 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Montego Bay © flickr.com - Annsabananna

Montego Bay © flickr.com – Annsabananna

Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish and the second largest city in Jamaica by area and the fourth by population (after Kingston, Spanish Town and Portmore). It is a tourist destination with duty free shopping, a cruise line terminal and several beaches. The city is backed by picturesque low mountains.   read more…

Port Royal on Jamaica

22 May 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Port Royal Cays © NASA World Wind

Port Royal Cays © NASA World Wind

Port Royal is a city located at the end of the Palisadoes at the mouth of the Kingston Harbour, in southeastern Jamaica. Founded in 1518, it was the centre of shipping commerce in the Caribbean Sea during the latter half of the 17th century. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692 and a subsequent tsunami, and fires. Severe hurricanes have regularly damaged it. Another severe earthquake occurred in 1907.   read more…

The Caribbean island of Jamaica

3 February 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Kingston Harbour Sailing Race © Gwyneth Davidson

Kingston Harbour Sailing Race © Gwyneth Davidson

Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 234 kilometres (145 mi) in length, up to 80 kilometres (50 mi) in width and 10,990 square kilometres (4,243 sq mi) in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola, the island harbouring the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Its indigenous Arawakan-speaking Taíno inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning the “Land of Wood and Water”, or the “Land of Springs”.   read more…

Country overview

9 November 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

In addition to the regular search function, a country overview is available here. Click on the country name to see all currently available blog entries.   read more…

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Pangaea – Explore, learn, act

1 June 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Environment, Tall ships, Yacht of the Month

Pangaea © daimler.com

Pangaea © daimler.com

A globally unique environmental project was launched at the Monaco Yacht Club when the biggest polar exploration sail boat ever built, the PANGAEA (Greek for “all earth”), was baptized by Mrs. Gaynor Rupert at a ceremony attended by H.S.H. Prince Albert II. This marks the start of a four-year expedition around the world headed by adventurer Mike Horn and that is sponsored by exclusive partner and main sponsor, Mercedes-Benz. The motto of the expedition is “explore – learn – act”. Mike Horn and Mercedes-Benz hope that it will encourage young people to make an active contribution to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources.   read more…

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