The glow of the volcano was apparently what attracted
Captain James Cook on the first European
journey to the island in 1774. Today the mountain is a sacred area for
the John Frumcargo cult. Members of the cult revere John Frum, a deified
messenger who foretold the bringing of wealth to the island by American forces, and
believe he resides in Mount Yasur with his countrymen. The village of Sulphur
Bay, the center of the movement, claims the volcano as part of their territory.
The city was destroyed by the Goths in
263, and although rebuilt, the city's importance as a commercial centre
declined as the harbour was slowly silted up by the Küçükmenderes River. It
was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD.
Begur has 3,986 inhabitants (according to the census of
2005). It is an important tourist attraction in the Baix Empordà. During the summer, the population can exceed
Despite its tourist character, the village has important
historical remnants that go back in early history. The castle of Begur is a
good example of medieval remains. The castle was constructed in the 16th and
The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built
during the Venetian period. It
is located on the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), one of
the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea. Some have called it the southern-most fjord in
Europe, but it is a ria, a submerged river canyon. Together with the nearly
overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive and
picturesque Mediterranean landscape.
Regarded as the capital of eastern Algeria and the centre
of its region, Constantine has a population of 448,374 (938,475 with the agglomeration), making it the third largest
city in the country after Algiers and Oran.
There are museums and important historical sites around the city.
It is often referred to as the "City of
Bridges" due to the numerous picturesque bridges connecting the mountains
the city is built on.
Constantine was named the Arab Capital of Culture in 2015
an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the
capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that
unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the
kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan
plains alone, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still
survive to the present day.
Thanks to Jobbo for this breathtaking postcard from Myanmar
The Merlion (Malay: Singa-Laut) is a well-known marketing icon
of Singapore depicted as a mythical creature with a lion's
head and the body of a fish. It is widely used as a mascot and national personification of
Singapore. The Merlion was first used in Singapore as the logo for
the tourism board. The Merlion is similar to the heraldic sea-lion which occurs in a number of different artistic
While there is evidence showing that Kyrenia has been
populated since ca. 5800–3000 BC, it is traditionally accepted that the city
was founded by Achaeans from
the Peloponnese after the Trojan War. As the town grew prosperous, the Romans
established the foundations of its castle in the 1st century AD. Kyrenia grew
in importance after the 9th century due to the safety offered by the castle,
and played a pivotal role under the Lusignan rule as the city never capitulated. The castle
has been most recently modified by the Venetians in the 15th century, but the
city surrendered to the Ottoman Empire in 1571.
The city's population was almost equally divided between
Muslims and Christians in 1831, with a slight Muslim majority. However, with
the advent of British rule, many Turkish Cypriots fled to Anatolia, and the town came to be predominantly inhabited
by Greek Cypriots. While the
city suffered little intercommunal violence,
its Greek Cypriot inhabitants, numbering around 2,650, fled or were forcefully
displaced in the wake of the Turkish invasion in
1974. Currently, the city is populated by Turkish Cypriots, mainland Turkish
settlers, and British expats, with a municipal population of 33,207.
Kyrenia is a cultural and economical centre, described as
the touristic capital of Northern Cyprus. It is home to numerous hotels,
nightlife and a port. It hosts an annual culture and arts festival with
hundreds of participating artists and performers and is home to three
universities with a student population around 14,000