The Hallig world in North Frisia

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Fri, 10/30/2020 - 11:59

The ten German Halligen are grouped in a circle around the island of Pellworm. These "young" islands only exist in the North Frisian Wadden Sea. Their land masses protrude a few meters from the sea and are regularly flooded by strong floods (colloquial: "Landunter"). Their residents live in houses on artificial embankments, the terps. These are high enough to withstand "normal" storm surges.


Hawaii - Kauai: island of trails

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 03/21/2020 - 17:49

Kauai, the garden island, lures with impressive trails to waterfalls and the lush cliffs in the north of Kaua'i stand in stark contrast to the drier west side. There are long sandy beaches on the coast and the heavy surf can sometimes be threatening. We had strong wind and the palm leaves flew past the window of our hotel, so that weather-related hikes were out of the question. But after the storm subsided, we went out into the impressive landscape.


Hawaii - Big Island: Hilo

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 03/21/2020 - 12:18

Hawaii or Big Island is the largest island in the US state of Hawaii. When the "Pacific Plate" moved over a hot spot in this region, the volcanoes that formed the current morphology of the island emerged. The five largest volcanoes are called: Kohala, Hualalai, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. At the top of Mauna Kea, the Mauna Kea Observatory is one of the most important astronomical observatories.


Hawaii - Honolulu and Waikīkī on O'ahu

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:34

When you talk about Hawaii, you think of hula, volcanoes and surfing and places like Waikīkī, a district of Honolulu, the capital of the state of Hawaii. Waikiki with its famous hotel beach and the Kalakaua promenade is the tourist center of Oahu. Honolulu means "protected bay" and has 337,000 inhabitants. (Wikipedia)

Honolulu was also our first port of call on our trip, fromwhere we started to visit four of the impressive Hawaii islands.


Tidal Island of Omey

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 12/26/2019 - 13:05

Omey Island (Irish Iomaí) is located near Clifden and can be reached over a wide sandy beach at low tide. This is also possible by car, as a "fairway" is well marked - but one thinks "just do not stop" when crossing.

There is a lake and a sacred spring on the island. The island is considered a place of worship for Saint Feichin of Sligo, who founded a monastery here, where he died in 664 AD.


Neuwerk - Germany's unknown island

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 18:30
The island of Neuwerk is located about 15 km from Cuxhaven in front of the mouth of the Elbe and administratively belongs to the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, to which it is still 120 km away. But how many Hamburgers know their great suburb? Many of the people we asked didn't even know the name of the island.

Taquile - knitting men's island

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/08/2019 - 14:54
Taquile (Spanish) or Intika (Quechua) is an island in the Peruvian part of Lake Titicaca. It is about 45 km from the Peruvian coastal town of Puno. The island is about 5.5 km long and up to 1.6 km wide. The highest point is at 4,050 m above sea level. The approximately 1500 inhabitants are organized in a cooperative and refrain from the presence of a police unit.

The Moon-Island in Lake Titicaca

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/08/2019 - 14:17
The area on Lake Titicaca was originally a settlement area of ​​the Aymara Indians and the Incas. In and around the lake are the legacies of these cultures to find as well as on the approximately 100 acres Isla de la Luna (Moon Island), which is also known as Isla Koati. According to legend, on this "holy" island of the Incas, Wiracocha ordered the moon to ascend to heaven.

The Sun-Island in Lake Titicaca

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/08/2019 - 13:24
Although the sun was scarce on our Copacabana Bolivia boat trip to the "Sun-Island", traveling to the place where, according to legend, Inca mythology began, it was impressive. The Inca Garcilaso de la Vega describes that on the sunny island, siblings Manqu Qhapaq and Mama Uqllu at the ritual stone Titiqaqa emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca. They are considered Adam and Eve of the Inca culture.

Easter Island, an important legacy

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 12/07/2019 - 15:48
Enigmatic, mysterious, mystical - despite many years of research, many questions remain open at Chile's Easter Island. Why do the Moai, who are placed along the coast, all look to the interior of the island, with the extension of their line of sight intersecting at about a point? Did aliens land here?