Great Destinations Radio Show: Statia

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Keri Jones reports from St Eustatius (Statia). This Dutch Caribbean island was once one of the busiest and most affluent ports in the ‘New World’, until the local Governor made a big mistake!

He helped the American colonies secure independence from Britain by allowing them to smuggle ammunition to North America through his port. War followed. Statia is now described as “the Pompeii of the Caribbean” because so many historic buildings have been abandoned. This nontouristy island offers some of the best diving in the region in its Marine Park and there’s incredible views from the top of the dormant volcano known as the Quill.

Also this week…

Northern Light Activity Breaks in Tromso, Norway
The spectacle of the Northern Lights can be a life changing experience and often brings people to tears. It’s something that many travellers want to see at least once in their life. Keri spoke to Laura Greenman from Magnetic North Travel, who organise trips to view the Northern Lights, about what you can expect to see.

Food Festivals in Sicily
Italy is renowned for its fantastic food and if you want to combine amazing scenery with plenty of tasting opportunities you should head to Sicily. It has some of the best food festivals in the country, as
Ellie Poulton, from specialist tour company Solo Sicily, explained to me.

Bethlehem and the Holy Land
With Christmas on the way, you might be planning about a trip to one of Europe’s popular festive markets or taking the kids to meet Santa in Lapland. But how about visiting the place where it all started? Keri spoke to James Smith, author of the blog, about his experiences in the Holy Land. He started by telling me what you can expect to see in Bethlehem, including the stable where Jesus was born.

Travel blogger Rebecca Hall on the amazing architecture in the second city of the Netherlands.