Getting to Ascension Island by Sea


Excluding being a passenger on a cruise ship (see separate review – Arriving on a Cruise Liner) or yacht there are two ways of getting to or from Ascension Island – air or by sea. What makes life easy (if not cheap!) is that there is only one option for each – different and interesting though they are. Effective April 2017 it is no longer possible for civilians to fly into or out of Ascension Island.  Continue reading “Getting to Ascension Island by Sea”

The Post Office and Philatelic Bureau


The postal history of St. Helena extends back well before 1815 but it wasn’t until 1815 that the first Post Office was established on the Island shortly after which the first handstruck stamp was introduced. The first adhesive stamp, a 6d blue imperforate stamp portraying Queen Victoria, was issued on 1 January 1856. Continue reading “The Post Office and Philatelic Bureau”

Anne’s Place: “Nautical Ambiance”


Somewhat of an institution in St Helena, Anne’s Place has been serving yachties and other visitors to St Helena now for over 30 years. Anne’s Place was originally run, as the name suggests, by Anne Sim and is now run by daughter Jane retaining its very nautical feel with flags and ships memorabilia in abundance. The ‘ceiling’ is actually a canopy constructed of flags from all over the world, many signed by the vessel’s crew and telling the story of their visit. Continue reading “Anne’s Place: “Nautical Ambiance””