An Evening Promenade – Jongdok Islet, Wonsan

Wonsan has been an important port since it was established in around 1880, primarily for trade with Japan. In 1919, during their occupation of the Korean Peninsula, the Japanese further developed the port and built a causeway/breakwater out to Jangdok Islet on which they built a lighthouse – for the protection of the harbour and shipping, mainly their own.

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Ascension Island – A Dot In The Atlantic


Ascension Island is a tiny dot (88 square kilometres) in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, some seven degrees south of the equator. It is one of the most remote inhabited places on the planet. Do visit it – you won’t regret it.

(Oct 17 update – sadly the termination of flights to/from the UK and the closure of the Island’s only hotel have made a private visit to the island pretty difficult to arrange  – hopefully a solution to transport problems will eventuate in the neat future). Continue reading “Ascension Island – A Dot In The Atlantic”

White Island – Carvings and Church


Should you have even a passing interest in the early Christian and monastic history of County Fermanagh then a visit to White Island in the eastern part of Lower Lough Erne is certainly worthy the hour or so it takes.

The primary attraction here are a number of stone figurine carvings embedded in the wall of the ruined church building. Continue reading “White Island – Carvings and Church”