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Isola Tiberina
Tiber Island
#About the Island

Tiber River is the third longest river in Italy. The island you see has an elongated shape, 270 meters long and 67 meters wide.

Tiber Island (Isola Tiberina) is also known as the "island between the two bridges," because both sides were connected to either bank of the river by bridges - the Four-Head Bridge and the Cestius Bridge.

Each year, during the summer months, the "Isola del Cinema " festival is held here. It features classic and modern Italian films alongside international films. They are screened at the festival on large screens, across the island, under the sky.

#History of Tiber Island

In 291 BC a temple for the god of medicine Asclepius was built on the island of Tiber. The entire area became sacred and the sick and crippled would arrive here to be healed.

The medical tradition of the place continues to this day. Among other things, you can find a Jewish hospital on the island. This hospital was established in 1881, because it was near the Jewish ghetto of Rome at the time. The food in it was kosher and had no Christian features.

#Legend of the Island Created During the Revolution

If you are interested in a more exciting story about the creation of the island, Roman legend has it that when the raging crowds brought to the downfall of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, the seventh and last king of Rome, they threw his body into the river. It is then told that the dirt that accumulated around the body which sank to the bottom of the river became an island.
le Saint-Louis
Saint-Louis Island
#About the Island

The two natural islands on the Seine River in Paris - The Île de la Cité and the Île Saint-Louis, belong to the fourth district of the city. The smaller of the two is Ile Saint-Louis, a small jewel in the Parisian landscape, is where you are now.

It is connected to Paris via the Saint-Louis Bridge. You can walk around the island using the street Quai de Bourbon on the Seine banks and enjoy the views on the old homes. Pay attention to the special gardens as well. You should be sure to visit Louis Aragon Square, at the house of the famous sculptor Camille Claudel (the lover of the sculptor Rodin) and at the house of the chemist Marie Curie.

Today you will find here mainly residential buildings, but in the past the island was divided into two, with the agricultural section being used as grazing fields for cattle and a wood storage area. Many of the buildings you see here were built in the 17th century (between 1613 -1664) by the architectural brothers of the Le Vau family. The island became a quiet and serene place in the heart of the lively city.

A Closer Look at the Island:

St. Anastasia Island
St. Anastasia Island
#About the Only Populated Bulgarian Island

One of the special experiences in Burgas and Nessebar is going sailing to the unique rocky island that is on the Bulgarian Black Sea, the St. Anastasia Island.

This is a volcanic small island in the Burgas Bay, the biggest bay in the Bulgarian Black Sea. In its history, it was used as a religious hiding spot, a lonely prison, and a place to pirates. One of these, by the way, hid a golden treasure in the beaches, that has not been found to this day.

The island itself was created from a volcano eruption. Storms and sea waves throughout the years created the interesting shape of the volcanic rock, in the shape of dragons, mushrooms, a sun gate, and a fossilize pirate ship.

In the island, named after St. Anastasia, you will see a small historic museum and a beautiful small church, you can experience creating medicine from plants from the pharmacy here. Visit the local lighthouse, that can be entered sometimes.

In addition to the wonderful public beach, there are restaurants, pubs, and rooms for accommodations.

#What is There to do Here?

A visit to St. Anastasia Island will show you a small island, that used to be a prison, and today has become a nice attraction to tour.

The small beach on the island is fun and great for sunbathing. The chapel that was rebuilt is interesting to see, the only one left on the Bulgarian islands from the Middle Ages. All the other churches on other islands are in ruins.

The lighthouse, that shows boats the way to this day, reaches up to 10 kilometers, is on the northern part of the island. It was opened in 1914, and replaced the lighthouse from 1889 that was built on the island by a French company, and was a metal rod 40 meters tall.

Today, the St. Anastasia Island is one of the most romantic places on the Bulgarian islands. You can dine here in restaurants with authentic Bulgarian food, in what was a monastery from the Middle Ages, and in the 20 century was used as a prison, and today it is a hotel.

#History of the Island

This small island has an interesting history. Archeological findings and underwater research were here done in 1973, and settlements were found from the 4th and 6th centuries BC.

The St. Anastasia Monastery on the island was built in the Middle Ages, and is the only preserved monastery on the island, at least part of it. The earliest recording of the island's existence is from the 15th century. During the years the monastery was attacked by pirates, and there is a legend about the treasure still hidden on the beach.

At the end of the 17th century, the Dutch cartographer Nicholaes Witsen was the first to map the island.

Around 1920 the monastery was abandoned, and the building became a prison. Here communists at the time were held, and the St. Anastasia Island received the nickname the Bolshevik Island.

Throughout the years, communist prisoners that were held at the prison on the island managed to escape and reach Burgas. At a certain point, the distance and difficult maintenance forced the government to transfer the prisoners from here to a police station in Burgas, with some being released. Some managed to rise to power in Bulgaria later.

Starting from the 1960's and until the 1980's, the island filled with artists, bohemian people of Burgas, and the island became a popular tourist attraction.

In 2001 the St. Anastasia Island received a title, a point of cultural and historical Bulgarian destination. Today you can get accommodation in the monastery from the Middle Ages, which used to also be a lonely prison.

#The Island's Legend

St. Anastasia is a place full of stories and legends that have been associated with it over the years. There are those who note that during the Vikings, these wonderful seafarers visited it. Others can tell of a miracle that took place many years ago when in the mystical island a drunken captain fell from a high cliff, and miraculously survived unharmed.

But the best-known legend is about the fossilized pirate ship on the island of Anastasia. The remnants of the ship, according to legend, are what remains of a pirate ship that attacked the island many years ago.

According to legend, the reason for this attack was a gold treasure buried on the island by a dead pirate. The pirates who were looking for the treasure hoisted their ship on the island and the frightened monks in the convent locked themselves in the church and prayed to Saint Anastasia to save them.

According to the legend, Saint Anastasia heard the prayer of the pleading monks against the pirates who raided them. She sent a terrible storm through the sea. In the storm, the pirate ship was thrown ashore and crashed. Its remains, the fossils, say the Islanders, are still there today and can be seen on the beach.

The secrets of this mysterious island have no ended. Some believe that on the island there are two hidden dungeons with many secrets hidden inside. There were well hidden, and have no been found to this day, but the search continues.


A boat from Burgas can be found at Magazia 1 station. It is about a half hour ride.

There is also a cruise to the port of Nessebar.

The island has a restaurant that offers local and authentic foods, creative from very old recipes.

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Lantau Island
Lantau Island
#About the Largest Island in Hong Kong

The largest out of 235 islands spread around Hong Kong is Lantau Island. Lantau is located about a half hour boat ride, and about 10 kilometers west of Hong Kong Island.

Lantau Island is located at the mouth of the Pearl River. It is about 147 square kilometers large, twice the size of Hong Kong Island. Lantau Island is the largest island out of the 235 islands scattered around Hong Kong. Lantau is mostly made up of villages, with a small population.

The most popular attraction on the island is the Big Buddha, which is the largest in Asia, and the largest of its kind in the world. Most of the park is conservation and National Park land. There are wonderful hiking trails, places to lay down on the beach and wander around the picturesque fishing villages.

At the end of the 1990's, with Hong Kong going back under Chinese power, the modern Chek Lap Kok airport began operating here. Since then, underground tunnels and wonderful bridges have been built that connect Lantau to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

#What is on the Island?

Among the popular sites on the island, you will find the village of Tai O, the Buddhist Po Lin Monastery, Tung Chung village and Silvermine Bay. Also, Mui Wo beach on the east side of the island is great, without almost any tourists coming there. There is wonderful nature, peaceful villages, organic farms, and old viewpoints from the beginning of the 20th century.

At the northwest corner of the island is the Hong Kong airport, and Disneyland Hong Kong, the successful Disney amusement park.

The most famous and successful attraction on the island is without a doubt the Big Buddha, in Po Lin Monastery, where many tourists and Buddhists come from around the world to see. It is 34 meters tall, and weighs close to a fourth of a ton, and is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. At its footsteps is the Po Lin Monastery.


Mui Wo on the east side of the island is a wonderful nature area with waterfalls, looks of green and water, small villages that are not commercialized. Worth the trip for nature lovers!

The Big Buddha:


The Island's Nature Including Mui Wo:



Museum Island
#About the Island with the Important German Museum

The Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is Berlin's cultural center. A number of important art and science museums are located on this natural island, located on the Spree River from 1830, and is considered a source of pride for Berliners.

Among the museums is the famous museum for antiquities, the Pergamon Museum, which houses one of the most important collections of antiquities in the world.

Also on the island are several other museums:

The Old National Gallery - featuring 19th-century German art.

The Neues Museum - which displays ancient Egyptian art, an ancient papyrus collection, prehistoric exhibits and antiques from the classical period. The most famous item in the museum is the statue of Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt.

The Bode Museum - a museum dedicated to the art of Byzantium, medieval art and early modern art.

Due to the architectural importance of the museum buildings themselves, the whole island was declared a World Heritage Site. In the large, pleasant park next to the large museum plaza, the Lustgarten Park, one can relax a little while strolling between the museums.

#The History of Museum Island

The foundations for the island were put up by King Frederick Wilhelm IV in the first half of the 19th century. He decided to establish a museum complex, to which he would transfer the royal family’s collections, a generous decision that allowed the German public to enjoy the kingdom’s treasures that had been compiled by kings for generations.

For this purpose the king chose the northern side of the island inside Berlin, which was formed between the arms of the Spree River, which passes through the city. He ordered the architect Schinkel, whose work he admired and loved, to set up the first museum on the Museum Island.

Before the bombings of World War II, the authorities moved most of the contents from the museums outside the Berlin city area. This was done to protect the items from destruction. Things that could not be removed from Berlin were covered with sandbags. During the last bombardment over Berlin in the war, the Americans completely destroyed the island. The fact that most of the items were taken out of it before the bombings kept them from being completely destroyed.

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Governors Island
Governors Island
#About the Island Where the British Governor of New York Sat

One of the well-kept secrets of New York is a close by island, where no one lives, and is only a few minutes away from Manhattan. It is open to visitors every summer, only on the weekends.

Governors Island, named so because when England was still in power, the Governor of New York sat here. The island is 700,000 square meters wide, and is considered part of New York City. In the past, the United States military also used the island, as well as the Coast Guard. It is located one kilometer from Manhattan, and from here you can look at the New York skyline.

In 2003 the municipality of New York bought the island for the price of only $1.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is in charge of the island, and its caring and preservation. There are 1,600 trees, and historic buildings, as well as different attractions, like a souvenir shop, a children's art museum, and other seasonal activities.
Cheung Chau Island
Cheung Chau Island
#About the Chinese Fishing Village Where Time Stands Still

The main center at Cheung Chau Island is a traditional Chinese fisherman village, where time seemed to stop. The island is not far from the city center, about a half hour ferry ride. The meaning of the name "Cheung Chau" means "Long Island."

The island is great for a trip outside the city. A relaxed trip along the promenade on the waterline is a great opening for a visit here. Later on, you can rent bicycles and ride along the harbor.

You can also spend some leisurely hours on the beach, in the alleyways and the harbor. You can always spend your time at the pleasant cafes, eating seafood in fantastic restaurants on the island and seeing the locals and how they live. These, by the way, are nice and sweet people. They are always happy to hello, even with their broken English.

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A Tour:

le de la Cit
Île de la Cité
#About Île de la Cité

Île de la Cité is an island, one of two natural islands located on the Seine River. These islands are the original core of Paris. People have been living on the island for more than 200 years and this one of the oldest residential parts of Paris. It has an ancient and modern history. In the past the island was mainly used for residential and industrial purposed, however today the police headquarters is here, the Paris Hall of Justice, the hospital Hotel de Ville, and more. Only the western and northern parts were cleared of their inhabitants, and you can also find remains of houses from the 16th century.

In front of the Paris Hall of Justice used to stand here a palace where the kings of France lived. When the monarchy cleared this island and moved to live in different palaces, a vast area was opened and many wide square and streets were built, filled with alleyways and bunches of houses. This area then turned into a dense quarter. Île de la Cité is the most western of the two islands and houses big public buildings like the Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle Church, the magnificent Police headquarters, the Hall of Justice, and more.

#The Island's History

In the year 52 BC a Celtic tribe lived on the island in the name of Parisii, and around it Roman construction slowly began. If we take for example the place where today the Notre Dame is located, in the past this used to be a worship site for the Roman God Jupiter. For the remains, you can do some minimal detective work and visit the old crypt in the Notre Dame.

At a later period, Christians who were fleeing their homes from barbaric tribes settled here. During the Middle Ages this island became an important political and military spot.

The oldest residential area to survive to this day is "Old Monastery."

Within the construction work that went on here in the 19th century by the Baron Haussmann, the face of the island was changed completely. Haussmann cleared 25,000 residents and placed them elsewhere. He destroyed homes, streets and any building that disrupted the view from the Notre Dame. The square in front of the church was destroyed as well. Haussmann's work was stopped in 1869, before he got a change to destroy ancient remains on the island.

Downstream at the edge of the island, you will find the Wille Glenn (The Green Knight) Park, named after King Henry IV.

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Prince's Islands
Prince's Islands
#About the Marble Sea's Islands

In the Marble Sea, the Sea of Marmara next to Istanbul, there is a group of 8 islands called the Prince's Islands, or the Princes. Four of them are in habited, and three are very popular tourist destinations; Buyukada, Burgaz, Heybeli Ada. In Heybelie Ada is the Turkish maritime school.

The peace and quiet on the islands is a big contrast from noise and pollution of Istanbul. Together will the peaceful air, and the sea that surrounds then, have made the Prince's Islands a preferred vacation location for Istanbul's residents and foreigners.

During the Byzantine Empire era, these islands were used as a place for princes and princesses who were not the rulers. During this time many of the churches and monasteries were built, and they were nicknamed the Monk's Islands. In the 19th century the islands started to be settled, and residents were mostly immigrants, among them Greek, Jews, Armenians, and a few Turks of statue.

The largest of the islands is Büyük Ada.


You can reach the islands from ferries on any Istanbul port.

This ferry is also a great way to buy a not-expensive ticket for sailing the Bosphorus.

It's worth to visit more than one island, as they are each so different in their personalities.

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Great War Island
#About the Island in the Center of the Danube River in Belgrade

The island known as the Great War Island (Veliko Ratno Ostrvo), is known in Belgrade as the island where the Turks planned their attack on the fortress of Belgrade when they planned to conquer the city.

Eventually, the Turkish conquering of the city was complete, and not necessarily from the island...but who can think about that when in the wonderful island, right at the points where the Sava and the Danube meet, there is a wonderful nature reserve where hundreds of bird species live.

Like all nature reserves, on the Great War Island you can visit, but there is no accommodation for overnight stays.

A Closer at the Island and Its Views:


Another Look at the Island:

Ada Ciganlija
#About the Island that is a Vacation and Athletic Destination for Locals from Belgrade

If you are looking for something to do on the weekend in Belgrade, Ada Ciganilja is a great place to spend the afternoon hours on a weekend, especially the sun rays on a wintery weekend, or the cooler hours of the summer.

The island, whose size is about 8 square kilometers, is nicknamed by locals Ada. The island is located in the middle of the Sava River that passes through the city, only a few kilometers from the meeting of the river with the Danube River.

Next to the promenade is the island's beach, over 7 kilometers long. Next to the beach are grassy areas, sporting facilities and water sporting facilities, picnic tables, and more.

Of course along the beach there are many cafes and oyster restaurants, some located on large boats that dock along the harbor.

Ada is a favorite vacation spot in the city. In summer, the beaches to the lake are packed with sunbathers and swimmers in the chilly water. On the long promenade locals all year along stay active, they walk, run, ride bikes, and rollerskate. There are also soccer, tennis, and volleyball courts, a climbing wall, a great bunjy facility, golf course, and more.

A Closer Look at the Island and Its Beach:


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Liberty Island
#About the Statue of Liberty Island

Liberty Island is the most well-known among the islands around New York Harbor. It is one of the main symbols of the city.

The island is located where the Hudson River meets the Bay. It was controlled by Holland, England, and even France for a short while. In the past, the island was used as a military port called Port Wood. For its special shape, the island won the nickname "Star Post." Throughout the years it has been given many other nicknames, like "Great Oyster Island, " "Love Island," and more.

Today, the island belongs to the federal government of the United States. Since the 2001 terror attack on 9/11, it is protected 24 hours a day by the United States Coast Guard.

#History of Liberty Island

In 1746 the island was purchased by Archibald Kennedy, at the price of 100 pounds, to build a summer home. Though the state confiscated part of the island in order to establish an observation site to warn neighboring cities against enemy invasions.

In 1756, while an epidemic was raging in Philidelphia, the island was used to enclose those suffering of Smallpox. In 1759 New York purchased the island for 1,000 pounds.

Today, you can see the Statue of Liberty on the island, and it is not inhabited by anyone. You can arrive here by ferry that leaves from Battery Park on Manhattan, and also from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

In 1877 Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi offered to create the statue "Liberty Enlightening the World." In 1916, the statue was damaged in the Black Tom explosion.

In 1924 the statue was declared a National Monument, and in 1933 the island moved to the ownership of the Interior Department, overseen by the Parks and Recreation Department. The remains from the Fort are used as the base for the statue, but most of what was here was destroyed between 1944-1950.

#How the Statue was Damaged in the Black Tom Explosion

The Black Tom explosion was a terror attack by German agents, that took place in Jersey City in New Jersey, on July 30th, 1916.

The plan was to destroy American ammunition that was on its way to the Allied forces during World War I. During this incident, the United States had not yet declared it was joining the war, is famous for the damage it caused the Statue of Liberty.
Hydra Village
#About the Island where Mules are the Main Form of Transportation

The Island of Hydra is a long and narrow island that lies across from the southern beaches of Greece. The capital of the small island lies on the large cliff, along the water line. All that is interesting in Hydra is located on the water line, and on the streets closest to it. If you walk a kilometer on the beach line towards the west, you will reach an authentic village, with very few tourists, called Kamini.

In the 1960's Hydra became a center for bohemian artists to meet, authors and the shining inner circle, and until today the island still constitutes a popular vacation destination for the residents of Athens and many tourists. There are excellent restaurants and fun night life.

Many vacationers come to the beaches of the island. Hydra is a special island in Greece, it is less an island for spectacular beaches and more a place for a relaxing atmosphere, calm and special. This may have to do with the fact that no motorized vehicles are allowed, no motorcycles or cars, or motorized boats. Moving between the island villages is by mules only, there are no roads or traffic lights on the island. This might sound outdated, but it is exactly what gives Hydra its special charm, and turns it into a first class day trip destination for tourists coming from Athens.

In the past Leonard Cohen bought a house near the monastery on the island, the legendary singer-writer. He lived here for a long period, and inspired by Hydra and its atmosphere, he wrote some of his most famous songs here.

#History of the Island

In recent centuries Hydra has gained a very interesting history. During the 18th and 19th centuries, it was the center of important marine time merchants. Back then, many rich merchants lived here, that made their fortunes from trading legal, as well as illegal merchandise, not once these trades were tied to smuggling and piracy.

The big stone houses were built by rich locals on the island in a style that characterized the strong merchant cities of the Mediterranean Sea. The houses surround the port until today and remind of the Italian cities Genoa and Venice.

The old canons that are still on the walls of the port of Hydra, directed towards the sea, tell the tales of the need to fortify the port and defend access to it, from hostile guests and unwanted forces. The fact that it was able to defend itself in those times, Hydra was more or less an independence island, that somehow managed to distance itself from the rule of the Ottomans then, who ruled Greece.

The independence war of Greece turned the merchants of the island to supporters, and they made a fleet of boats available for the navy of the Greek rebels of the Ottoman Empire. Thanks to this fleet, one of the most important factors in the Greek victory, the Turks were removed, and Greece gained its independence. Georgios Kountouriotis, a Hydra born local, one of the independence war heroes, became the Prime Minister of Greece in 1848.

From here, Hydra became a peaceful and serene place, until the 1960's, when it was 'occupied.' This time, the occupiers were celebrities and well-known people, like the singer Leonard Cohen, and the movie star Sophia Loren who moved here during different periods, and made this island famous around the world.


Each day at 8:30 am there is a ferry to Hydra. It is a 3.5-hour ferry ride.

A Closer Look at the Island of Hydra


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The Beaches and Sea Around the Island:

Lamma Island
#About the Big Island Around Hong Kong

The Island Lamma is the third in its size from the external islands of Hong Kong. This is a quiet island with many great places to eat, with great seafood, whose names and flavors pull in tourists and locals alike.

In the past few decades the island has transformed, from a small island with a few thousand residents to a perfect living destination for businessmen looking for peace and quiet. The vibrant and busy city is put aside here, with small private, peaceful and colorful homes. Wide sidewalks are here instead of the busy city streets that are full of traffic, with blue skies above, and not the city sky full of skyscrapers.

Lamma is about a half hour ferry ride from the city of Hong Kong, but the difference between them is huge. There are no skyscrapers on this island, or noisy transportation vehicles, with beautiful views and preserved green nature.

Here arrives anyone who wants to travel in nature, and change the urban atmosphere of Hong Kong for the natural peacefulness of the wilderness. If you only look, you will find wonderful views, incredible landscapes, exciting nature, and the island's beaches are considered the beast in the Hong Kong region.

Hikes and walking trails on the island are considered by many tobe fun and unique activities here. Side by side of nature and the beautifully unique views, you can wander around the ancient and intriguing fishing villages, that manages to preserve the Chinese agricultural tradition to this day.

#Places to Visit on the Island

Want to lay and sunbath on a great white sand beach? Lo So Shing is exactly that.

Hikes? There are a few hiking trails on the island, the hike from north to south is the favorite.

Want good food? For those interested in good food we recommend finding Sok Kwu Wan, a large village that is known for its amazing fish and seafood restaurants.

Also, in the not faraway island Cheung Chau, there is plenty of charm. There are traditional fishing villages where you can find great fresh seafood and fish restaurants, souvenir shops and bicycle rentals for wandering around the island, around authentic alleys.


The ferry to Lamma Island leaves from port number 5 on the eastern Outlying Islands in Central.

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#About the Island of Lepers, Sofia's Island

Spinalonga means "long thorn" in Greek. It is located in the Mirabello Bay of Crete, which for many years served as a leper colony. Leprosy patients were removed in ancient times from the healthy community, so that other people would not become infected by the terrible disease.

Once a week, the local priest would sail to the leper colony from the village of Elounda on the northeastern tip of the island, to ease the suffering of the sick who longed for their families. It was at this island that they withered until they died of the incurable disease.

The Island, then known as the "Island of the Living Dead," served as a leper colony until 1953. Victoria Hyslop's best-selling novel "The Island" gave the island character and life in the face of its difficult history. In doing do it also turned the island into one of Crete's most famous attractions.

Upon reaching the island, one comes through the "gate of the condemned" - the entrance gate from the sea, through which the new lepers entered the island. Above it is written in Roman an ancient inscription that was so suited to the sad settlement: "May God preserve you."

Many of the tourists who come to see the remnants of the lepers' village also turn their attention to the dead in the cemetery where the lepers of the island were buried. The cemetery is divided by the classes: While the poor were buried under the cobblestone floors, thrown into a pit without so much as a funeral, the high-born lepers were granted their own graves.

#What Can be Seen at Spinalonga?

At the center of the small island of Spinalonga stands a hill, atop which stands an ancient fortress. The Venetians built the fortress and its surrounding walls, atop the solid rock of the island in 1579. Later on, the Ottomans came into power and ruled the island, and it was used, among other purposes, for smuggling. When the island became part of Greece in 1903, the Greek government established the leper colony.

Look carefully at the guard towers of the citadel and you will see that they have small openings in the bottom, which enabled the guards to relieve themselves, without abandoning their posts…

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Île aux Cygnes
#About Swan Island

Swan Island, which is usually less known to tourists, is an artificial island built in 1827. Its original purpose was to protect the Port of Grenelle. Today it is a cute corner that attracts a lot of people. The length of the island is 850 meters. The name, "Swan Island" is a little deceiving since there are no swans here!

One side of the island connects with the Pont de Bir-Hakeim Bridge (the one near the metro station by the Eiffel Tower). The other side of the island connects with a bridge where the Statue of Liberty is located.

Yes, we were not mistaken. Though the original Statue of Liberty is located in New York City, smaller replicas of the statue are located all around France. The most famous one is erected here, on Swan Island. The statue faces towards the Atlantic Ocean, looking at the original statue in New York City.

The island itself has green trees, and during summer and fall these will be a beautiful background for photos of the Seine River, as well as Eiffel Tower photos. To relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, you can sit on one of the benches on the island and stare at the Seine River and the boats sailing on it.

One of the island's advantages, is that its less visited and most people who come here are locals. It is a place to taste the authentic Parisian experience, the less touristy and less busy side.

A Closer Look at the Island of Swans

#About the Largest of the Prince's Islands

Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while?

A relaxing and easy day trip is to Büyük Ada. Its name, Big Island, points to it being the largest island, 5 square kilometers. The Prince's Islands, a group of islands in the marble sea, a short distance from southern Istanbul.

The island, one hour away from Istanbul by ferry, has 20,000 residents. During summer and especially during hot days, many Turkish families come to visit, and the upper class rents out summer homes on the island.

This island has no cars, and most of the commute on this island is by a horse drawn carriage, by bike, or by foot. The zero cars here improves the air quality, as opposed to the air in Istanbul, here you will breath fresh and clean area.

The style of building here is also very different than in Istanbul.

In the Byzantine period, the island Buyukada was called in the Greek name, Prinkipo, today it has several beaches, which will usually be full of visitors.

On the island you will find an abundance of restaurants, mostly specializing in seafood, with mezzes on the side. The tourist restaurants are not cheap, but usually prepare delicious and fresh fish.


Want to walk a little? - Whoever wants to do the walking tour, it's one hour to the top of the hill in the center of the island, and overlook the panoramic view from the top.

The island has many resorts, with pools, beautiful beaches, and more pampering than most beaches.

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#About the Island of Pistachios, Close to Athens

The Island Aegina is 25 kilometers from Athena, and is part of the Saronic Islands of the Saronic Gulf. The beautiful and loved island is adored by the people and artists of Athens, thanks to them there is quite a lot of cultural activity in the summer nights.

Aegina is considered a heaven for pistachio lovers. Pistachios that are grown on the island are considered very special. They are marketed around Greece and even Europe. You can taste and buy then on every corner on the island in a variety of shapes, including cakes and treats based on pistachios.

In summer, well off residents from Athens come to their second homes on this island and join the hundreds of locals that work in Athens and take daily ferries to work and back.

Aegina is a quiet, peaceful and modest island, with a calm Greek character, very different from the known Cyclades Island, with the magnificent beaches like Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, or the powerful look of islands like Santorini.

The island is named after Aegina, the mother of Aeacus. According to Greek mythology Aeacus was born on this island, and was also its ruler. In the 7th century BC up to the 5th century BC sat here Aegina Polis, the city-state that was the enemy of Athens. In the 16th century, in the war of the Turks and the Venetians, the Ottoman fleet conquered the island. Turkish soldiers killed 6,000 people, including the majority of the men. They then took the women and children for forced labor. In the 19th century Aegina was the temporary capital of Greece, and then returned to its relative obscurity.

The port of Aegina is an important center of the town, also called Aegina. This is a vibrant town and peaceful town all at once, that except for its lively market, offers a variety of tavernas, cafes and different stalls. You can wander around here and spend a few nice hours, with great food, a sea breeze and peaceful Greek atmosphere, that are not crowded.

#Attractions for Entertainment for a Day Trip on the Island

In Aegina you will find one of the best gyros in Greece. The high-quality souvlaki is located in Appia 32 in Aegina. This is the main street, parallel to the port and marina.

More great tavernas can be found near the gyro mention above, in a street parallel to the marina street. Cross the famous fish market of Aegina and reach it.

In the port, you will see the single standing column from the Temple of Apollo. This temple in the past stood in the port area.

The remains of the ancient synagogue, that was on the island in the 3rd century BC, can seen behind the hotel Avrá.

Many tourists go to the beaches of the Aegina marina, the most popular on the island. A rented car or bike will bring you right to the beach and the small beach town nearby, Agia Marina.


Aegina is connected to Athens by dozens of ferries and hovercrafts daily. Each day from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm they sail back and forth, from Piraeus to Aegina, and back - an hour-long trip by ferry, and only 40 minutes by hovercrafts.

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Granville Island
#About the Island of Wonderful Food at the Heart of Vancouver

Granville Island is a small island, located on the southern side of the False Creek Bay. Between the island and the downtown is a river with two bridges, on the southern bridge is a pedestrian bridge.

This island, in the past a neglected and dirty industrial area, is a must see place in the city. There are many boutique stores, galleries, interesting street performances, nice gardens, a summer water park, beer brewery, and a great atmosphere.

The famous Granville is known for its food market and artists. Next to the flourishing market with restaurants, food stalls, and many local foods, there is hand-made art by artist, like ceramics, glass, fashion accessories, and more. This is a must visit site!

#What Can Be Seen Here?

On Grandville Island you can see a few attractions:

Granville Island Public Market - a fresh food market considered the most famous attraction on the island.

Granville Island Children Market - a market for children and their families with 30 stores and activities for children, as well as attractions for young kids.

Grandville Island Water Park - a nice water park that is open between May-September and is located next to the Children Museum.

Boat Sailing - there is a place to rent boats and sailing on your own, or join an organized tour.

The Brewery - Granville Island Brewing Co. on the island is a fun place for beer lovers, a place to get to know the steps of beer making, and tasting different flavors.

#History of Granville Island

It is hard to believe it, but Granville Island used to be a grey and dirty industrial area. Back then, neglected factories and buildings that were falling apart were here, and kept getting worse with the poor population, and rising crime.

Only at the end of the 1970's the island went through a serious upgrade. The local authorities put through a major effort to renovate, and the island became a magnet for tourists and local residents on weekends.

This is how in the 1970's the island was renovated from what used to be an industrial area, full of neglected factories and old workshops, into a great complex, with great tourist attractions, great restaurants, theaters, galleries, and more.

Today, Granville Island is considered a main tourist destination. There are street musicians on every corner, great food sold in the market, children's market with a great and fun atmosphere.


Entrance to the island is free of charge.

Come to walk around here without a car, since there is limited parking. It is best to come here on foot by the pedestrian bridge, or the Sea Bus boat.

In summer there is a small water park that operated here, entrance here is free.

Information center for the island's visitors is at 1592 Johnston Street.

Many of the stores are closed on Mondays, so try coming here on other days.

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Vancouver Island
#About the Nature Filled Island Near Vancouver

Vancouver Island is an island near the city of Vancouver, and the largest in western Canada. Like the city of Vancouver, this island is named after Admiral George Vancouver, who was researching the beaches of the Pacific Ocean between the years 1791-1794, and discovered it.

From the nature views of mountain in the middle of the islands and to the waterfalls and lakes in the north, nature here is endless.

In the southeast tip of the island is the large city and the capital of British Columbia, Victoria. This is a place surrounded by nature. About half of the island's population lives in Victoria, the population totals 750,000 residents.

There are a number of smaller towns around the island, like Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay, and Campbell River.

#Island Geography

At the length of 460 kilometers, 80 kilometers in width, and an area of 32,134 square meters, Vancouver Island is the largest island in every category, with many lakes and streams. The eastern beaches are relatively flat, while the western beaches are rocky and full of bays and cliffs.

Strathcona Park, at the center of the island, spreads on about 2,500 square kilometers, and the middle is a snow-capped mountain range, throughout the whole year. These mountains are also the highest points of the island, like the top peak that reaches a height of 2,195 meters above sea level.

On the eastern side of Vancouver Island is another island discovered by George Vancouver, called Discovery Island.

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Granville Market
#About the Wonderful Food Market on Granville Island

On Granville Island is the Granville Island Public Market, and is without a doubt the main attraction of the island.

This is a covered food market, including a farmers market that offers delicacies from nearby farms and plenty of fresh produce. You can buy many prepared foods as well, like vegetables, fruits, meats, sausages, fish, chocolates, dairy products, cookings, baked goods, baguettes, and different loaves of bread.

In addition to all the food that is sold here, in the market there are many stalls with flowers and decorations, and amazing street food of all styles and flavors.


Part of the stores and galleries on the island are closed on Mondays, so it is best to come on other days of the week.

On Granville is a small market, just for children. Whoever comes here as a family or with children should take a look.

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