LONG BAY AND BELMONT POINT (TORTOLA) _ 0492

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This mile-long, white sand beach, bordered by coconut palm and seagrape trees against foaming breakers over emerald reefs, captures the eye as one of the world’s most photogenic beaches, its vista closed by a picturesque green mound at Belmont Point.
http://www.b-v-i.com/

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From British Virgin Islands
Travel from April 28 to May 14
A big suprise from Arnold (y)
Thank you so much !

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STONEHOLE BAY (BERMUDA) _ 0489

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Located in Warwick Parish, here you’ll find a stunning combination of water, sand, and rocks. Listen to the swishing sounds of the ocean against the limestone rock formations.
http://www.shipsandcruises.com/

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From Bermuda
Travel from April 29 to May 11
Thanks Denise   !

LAGOON OF RANGIROA _ 0438

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Rangiroa is an atoll in the archipelago of the Eastern Tuamotu. The atoll is located 350 km northeast of Tahiti. This is the second largest atoll in the world, Tahiti fit on the inside. Every day Air Tahiti serves the atoll several times. The airport is located on the main island, 2,000 people live there.
http://www.rangiroa-atoll.com/

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From  French Polynesia
Travel from April 3 to April 14
Thanks Sarah !

BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII _ 0433

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Hawaiʻi is said to have been named for Hawaiʻiloa, the legendary Polynesian navigator who first discovered it. Other accounts attribute the name to the legendary realm of Hawaiki, a place from which the Polynesian people are said to have originated (see also Manua), the place where they go in the afterlife, the realm of the gods and goddesses. Captain James Cook, the English explorer and navigator who discovered the Hawaiian Islands called them the “Sandwich Islands” and was killed on the Big Island at Kealakekua Bay following the theft of a ship’s boat.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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From USA
Travel from Mar 27 to April 8
Thanks Denise !

SCENE NEW CALEDONIA _ 0431

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From New Caledonia
Travel from Mar 21 to April 3
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FLORES, PONTA DELGADA _ 0414

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Ponta Delgada is a rural civil parish in the Azorean municipality of Santa Cruz das Flores, on the Portuguese island of Flores. The population in 2001 was 453 inhabitants, occupying an area of 18.72 square kilometres (7.23 sq mi), along the northern coast from the regional capital. It is the third oldest religious parish on the island of Flores, only preceded by the communities of Lajes and Santa Cruz das Flores.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Azores, Portugal
From Azores ( Feb 23 ) _ Missent to ThaiLand  _ To VietNam ( April 8 )
Thanks Carlos about great postcards !

NORTH SHORE, O’AHU _ 0407

Footprints in paradise

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From USA
Travel from Mar 27 to April 3
Thanks Denise !

NAPLES (italy) _ 0405

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy, after Rome and Milan. As of 2012, around 960,000 people live within the city’s administrative limits. The Naples urban area has a population of between 3 million and 3.7 million, and is the 9th-most populous urban area in the European Union. Around 4 million people live in the Naples metropolitan area, one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Naples, Italy
Travel from Mar 18 to Mar 27
Thanks Roberto !

POIPU BEACH (KAUAI) _ 0404

Poipu Beach is a smile of sand where the sunsets are a sacrament, holding the world in a chalice of color while the sea and sky melt into golds, pinks and sometimes a flash of emerald. Dr. Beach, a noted authority on beaches, recently ranked Poipu Beach number one in the U.S.
http://www.aloha-hawaii.com/

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From USA
Travel from Mar 27 to April 3
Thanks Denise !

PHOENIX FLOWER (ANSE VATA) _ 0400

A popular tourist beach. On windy days you can watch or join wind- and kite-surfers skimming across the bay.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ IMG_3643 “KANAK, l’Art est une Parole” stamps
Fragment of a roof finial of a large clan house, sculpture of the Kanak people made of Houp wood, New Caledonia, late 14th century—early 15th century
Wooden carvings in the shape of hawks, ancient gods, serpents and turtles are also popular. The Grand Huts, also known as grande case (chef’s hut), are decorated with the filial of fleche faitiere representing the ancestral spirits, symbolic of transition between the world of the dead and the world of the living. The wood carving is shaped like the spear-like carving that adorns the top of the grande case. It comprises three parts; the flat crowned face representing the ancestor with a long, the rounded pole run through by conch shells mounted on it that represents the ancestor’s voice, and a base with the pole fixed to it to symbolize the link between the clan and the chief. The central piece is also flanked by wooden pieces with sharp points (facing downwards) that are intended to prevent bad spirits enveloping the ancestor in the central part. As it represented the power of the chiefs over their subjects, it was adopted as flag of the Kanaks by the organization leading the independent movement in New Caledonia. The arrow or the spear normally has a needle at the end to insert threaded shells from bottom to top. After the death of a Kanak chief, the fleche faitière is removed and his family takes it to their home. Though it was allowed to be used again as a sign of respect it is normally kept at burial grounds of noted citizens or at the mounds of abandoned grand houses.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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From New Caledonia
Travel from Mar 21 to April 3
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NORTH SHORE-OAHU _ 0399

If there is such a thing as a perfect wave, you’ll likely find it on Oahu’s North Shore. The big, glassy winter waves of this legendary surf mecca attract the best surfers in the world, while summer waves are far smaller and more gentle – all of which makes the North Shore the perfect surf spot for beginners and veterans alike.

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Stretching for more than 7 miles, the beaches of the North Shore host the world’s premier surfing competitions during the peak, winter months, including the Super Bowl of wave riding, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (November – December). Stroll in the thick sands of Waimea Bay, Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach — just leave the surfing to the pros.
http://www.gohawaii.com/

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From USA
Travel from Mar 27 to April 3
Thanks Denise !

KAILUA KONA TOWN HAWAII _ 0397

Kailua Kona Town Hawaii – The Big Island
Kailua Kona, often referred to as “Kona” by the locals, is the main western city, population 34,000 (2012), of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is nestled on the western coast of the Hualalai Volcano. In ancient times, this area was considered the premier place to live due to the excellent weather and good water. Many kings made their homes here. It was the home of King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian Islands.

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From USA
Travel from Mar 27 to April 3
Thanks Denise !