• Voormalige eilanden in Nederland | Stevensweert

    Voormalige eilanden in Nederland | Stevensweert

    “Eilanden hebben iets speciaals. Ze zijn omringd door water. Vanwege het isolement is de sfeer er anders. Bij storm kun je niet weg en anderen kunnen jou niet 1-2-3 bereiken. Een ongerept stukje land midden in het water met een prachtige natuur. Dat biedt volop kansen voor het maken van mooie wandelingen.” Ik kan het niet beter verwoorden dan de auteur van de wandelgids ‘De mooiste eilandwandelingen van Nederland’.

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  • Ascension’s Green Mountain | From lookout to ecological experiment

    Ascension’s Green Mountain | From lookout to ecological experiment

    Biological clean slate When there is one island in the middle of the tropical South Atlantic, with the nearest island 700 miles away, and the nearest mainland 900 miles away, it is inevitable that everything about the place is unique. When Ascension Island first rose from the sea, it was devoid of life, a biological clean slate. Indeed, from that first day, every living thing on the island had to fly, swim, drift, get blown or be carried here.

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  • Sanxiantai | Taiwan’s Three Saints Island

    Sanxiantai | Taiwan’s Three Saints Island

    Dragon bridge Sanxiantai was originally a headland, but the sea gradually eroded the neck of the promontory, creating an offshore islet. Tourists who used to visit this place could only reach the island during low tide. In 1987, the famous 400-meter-long eight-arched footbridge was built. It was designed to mimic the shape of waves and resembles a mythical dragon stretching across the sea. It has become the most renowned landmark on the East Coast of Taiwan.

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  • Heligoland | The Gibraltar of the North Sea

    Heligoland | The Gibraltar of the North Sea

    Long military history Heligoland, spelled Helgoland in German, has a long military history because of its strategic location. Occupied originally by Frisian herdsmen and fishermen, the island came under the control of the dukes of Schleswig-Holstein in 1402 and became a Danish possession in 1714. Seized by the British navy in 1807, it was formally ceded in 1814 to Britain, which in 1890 transferred it to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar and other African territories.

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  • Vido | Corfu’s Alcatraz and cemetery island

    Vido | Corfu’s Alcatraz and cemetery island

    The Venetians’ Alcatraz Vido island has played an important role throughout the centuries in the history of Corfu and has always been a strategic point in Corfu’s defences. The Venetians, who occupied Corfu from the 15th to the 18th Century, decided that the island could serve as an Alcatraz. According to legend, during their occupation there were tunnels built between Vido and Corfu Town and criminals were transported though these tunnels to the island, where they were imprisoned.

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  • Sint-Helena | Schitterende Afzondering?

    Sint-Helena | Schitterende Afzondering?

    In 2014 reisde ik voor anderhalve maand naar Sint-Helena. Een eiland in het letterlijke midden van nergens. Ik kreeg daartoe de kans door een beurs van Fonds Pascal Decroos voor mijn project ‘Schitterende Afzondering’. Aanleiding was de komst van de luchthaven begin 2016 die een eind zal maken aan vijf eeuwen isolement. De vraag die mij prikkelde was: hoe ervaren de Saints, zoals de inwoners van Sint-Helena genoemd worden, ‘de wereld als dorp’? Ik schreef erover voor MO* magazine en De Standaard Weekblad.

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  • Elba – Pianosa | An Italian prison island frozen in time

    Elba – Pianosa | An Italian prison island frozen in time

    Elba, where Napoleon was first banished to and escaped from and St Helena where he was banished to a second time and eventually died. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held captive and… Pianosa, where the most dangerous mafiosi serve(d) time. This post is dedicated to the lovely island of Pianosa, a stone’s throw away from the Tuscan island of Elba.

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  • Robben Island | Free Nelson Mandela!

    Robben Island | Free Nelson Mandela!

    Robben Island lies 9.67km from Cape Town, across the icy, shark-ridden waters of the Atlantic. Windswept and waterless, the 518ha island has long been a place of banishment and despair: Infamous as an apartheid-era, Maximum Security Prison from the 1960s to the 1990S, its most famous prisoner was Nelson Mandela. Today, the island is a national monument and World Heritage site celebrating the triumph of the human spirit over the shackles of the past.

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  • Small Isles – Eigg | The first 100% self-sustaining place on earth

    Small Isles – Eigg | The first 100% self-sustaining place on earth

    Known as the Jewel of the Hebrides, its fertile pastures, sheltered bays and mild climate have long marked Eigg as an attractive site for settlement, with human occupation dating back to 8000 years. Today, Eigg, one of the four Scottish Small Isles is to be the first 100% self-sustaining place on earth.

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  • Molokai | On a mission: Kalaupapa, Father Damien’s leper colony

    Molokai | On a mission: Kalaupapa, Father Damien’s leper colony

    De bewoners van Molokai zijn trots op hun Friendly Isle, het laatste onbedorven eiland van de met toeristen overspoelde Hawaïaanse archipel. We zijn erg geneigd hen gelijk te geven. Alles lijkt hier een pak minder snel te gaan en daar hebben we hoegenaamd niets op tegen. Maar net als zoveel andere bezoekers komen we hét icoon aan de noordkust van Molokai opzoeken: de leprozenkolonie van Kalaupapa. Wandel je mee in de voetsporen van Pater Damiaan?

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Voormalige eilanden in  Nederland | Schouwen

Voormalige eilanden in Nederland | Schouwen

“Eilanden hebben iets speciaals. Ze zijn omringd door water. Vanwege het isolement is de sfeer er anders. Bij storm kun je niet weg en anderen kunnen jou niet 1-2-3 bereiken. Een ongerept stukje land midden in het water met een prachtige natuur. Dat biedt volop kansen voor het maken van mooie wandelingen.” Ik kan het niet beter verwoorden dan de auteur van de wandelgids ‘De mooiste eilandwandelingen van Nederland’.

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Elba | Where the mountains rock

Elba | Where the mountains rock

The Tuscan island of Elba has many faces. Of course, there are the beautiful beaches, but when you head inland for its mountainous interior, you’ll be rewarded with splendid hikes. And that’s just what I did.

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German Wadden Islands | Wangerooge

German Wadden Islands | Wangerooge

A short history Wangerooge is one of the 32 Frisian Islands (or Wadden Islands) in the North Sea located close to the coasts of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. It is the easternmost and smallest of the inhabited islands in the East Frisian Islands.

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German Wadden Islands | Spiekeroog

German Wadden Islands | Spiekeroog

Spiekeroog is one of the East Frisian Islands, also known as the Wadden Islands, off the North Sea coast of Germany. The only village on the car-free and greenest (!) of all Frisian islands is also called Spiekeroog. The island is part of the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Today tourists mainly flock to the 15 kilometres of sandy beaches.

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Corfu | capital Kerkyra & mountain village Pelekas

Corfu | capital Kerkyra & mountain village Pelekas

I set out to walk the Corfu Trail but an inflamed hip joint kept me from doing so. Luckily I reserved a couple of days in Corfu Town (also known as Kerkyra) before starting the – interrupted – journey. And glad I did! I visited the major highlights in the town’s surroundings and in Kerkyra itself.

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Taiwan | GRAND TOUR

Taiwan | GRAND TOUR

Let me take you on a trip all around the island of Taiwan.

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Taiwan | Fo Guang Shan, the largest Buddhist monastery

Taiwan | Fo Guang Shan, the largest Buddhist monastery

I slept one night in Fo Guang Shan monastery. In the evening I took part in a ceremony of chanting monks and the next day I joined a grand tour of the premises and practiced calligraphy. Later that day I paid a visit to the imposing Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.

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Taiwan – Taipei | ISLAND CAPITALS

Taiwan – Taipei | ISLAND CAPITALS

Visiting Taipei during typhoon Megi in 2016… I did get to visit a few of the city’s highlights.

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Mouse Island | Corfu’s most photographed spot

Mouse Island | Corfu’s most photographed spot

Ulysses’ ship Pontikonisi Island is situated just south of Corfu town near the resort of Perama and Kanoni. In summer, fishing boats depart frequently from the church of Panagia Vlacherna and go to the legendary Mouse Island, just 5 min boat ride. This lush green island took this name due to its tiny size. Pontikonisi Island means ‘Mouse Island’ in Greek. According to mythology, this rocky island is the ship of Ulysses that was stoned by god Poseidon. In the centre of the Mouse Island, there is the 11th or 12th century Byzantine church of […]

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Genomineerd voor Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2017

Genomineerd voor Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2017

Ik werd genomineerd voor de Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2017 in de categorie Marc Meulemans Award voor artwork. En dat met een foto van de ‘Balloon Man’ van Sint-Helena. De foto siert de lp-cover van de soundtrack bij de documentarire ‘Saints’ van Dieter Deswarte.

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