Sunday Special – Jindo – Modo Land Bridge, South Korea


In the southwest corner of the the peninsula that is South Korea is Jindo Island. It is the country’s third largest island, being separated from the mainland by the Myeongnyang Strait. Most folks cross to and from this island by way of a 484m/1588 ft cable-stayed bridge. A engineering master in and of itself this bridge is usurped by another. Running between Jindo Island and the smaller Modo Island is a land bridge constructed by mother nature. A few times per year (often between late Feb and mid-June) tidal harmonics result in an unusually low tide and create this “land bridge” for a short period of roughly an hour. As a rare natural phenomenon it has been called the “Moses Miracle” since it resembles a parting of the seas, a famed story in the bible. During this occurrence tourists and locals flock to participate the Jindo Sea Parting Festival to celebrate nature and food. Folks dig for clams, chow down on food from the numerous vendors and watch plays based on the legends surrounding this unique expression of nature. Sounds like it could be fun and that gum boots are definitely in order.

Jindo - Modo Landbridge

Jindo – Modo Landbridge

Photo credit: Jindo County Tourism and Culture 

The Map Project – Istanbul, Turkey


I’m loving The Map Project posts! I hope you are as well. Today we head to Istanbul, Turkey courtesy of Deklan. Enjoy!

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Hi it’s Deklan! I am happy to share Eeva’s adventure in Istanbul for her blog today.

Istanbul is a very big city in Turkey. It has 18% of the country’s inhabitants. It is in Europe and Asia. It is on the coast of the Black Sea.

It is the only city in the world that is on two continents.  It is not the capital of Turkey, Ankara is the real capital since it became the Republic of Turkey in 1923

When Eeva was in Istanbul, she sent us pictures and a video of the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi.¬†¬† I loved them!¬† I loved how they danced and twirled around and around so much.¬† I tried to do it too for a long time but I got really dizzy and fell down.¬† I tried to tilt my head like them too.¬† Seeing these dancers was my favourite part of Eeva’s big trip!

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World

The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

The Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Interior of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Interior of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Whirling Dervish

Whirling Dervish

Sunday Special – Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland


When I was in (The Republic of) Ireland many told me to visit Northern Ireland (U.K.) to see the Giants Causeway as I would be amazed by the unique scenery. The photos I saw were stunning, but alas I did not visit this area. I wish I had, however, it only means that I will need to make a return voyage to my favourite island on the planet! And then I will see both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Giants Causeway is an expansive area filled with basalt columns as a result of ancient volcanic activity where lava filled the chalk beds and then cracked as they cooled. However, the lore of the region claims that it was the giant¬†Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool)¬†that¬†built the causeway as a “bridge” for Scottish giant Benandonner¬†to come to Ireland and face Fionn in a contest of strength. It is an area where one can see the North Atlantic coast, a variety of birds and the incredible landscape. ¬†In 1986 is was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I can not wait to see it!

Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain). Taken by Patrice78500 

Giants Causeway

Giants Causeway

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – User: Petr Broz (Chmee2)

The Map Project – Sofia, Bulgaria


Please enjoy this installment of The Map Project, brought to you by Rhiannon.

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This is the Bulgaria Coat of Arms

This is the Bulgaria Coat of Arms

Romania is to the north of Sofia and Macedonia to the west.  Greece and Turkey are to the south and the Black Sea is to the east.  Bulgaria has a population of 7.4 million people.

Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe that hasn’t changed its name. Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria was founded 7000 years ago!¬† This makes it the 2nd oldest city in Europe!

Sofia, is the only big city in Europe that is just 15 minutes away from Vitosha Рa huge mountain. Black Peak (Cherni Vrah), is 2290 metres at its highest peak.  You can hike and ski on this mountain.

When the first McDonald’s opened in 1994, people would stay for hours! They had to¬† put up a sign, ‘Buy. Eat. Go.’ and imposed a one-hour time limit!

Eeva loved Sofia, Bulgaria because it was so pretty and the people were very nice to her.

Rhiannon :o)

The following photos are taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World

An former thermal bath in Sofia

An former thermal bath in Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Statue of St Sofia - this statue replaced one of Lenin

Statue of St Sofia – this statue replaced one of Lenin