Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Aran Islands


Aran Islands, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Before heading to Aran Islands, I spent one night in Galway, which located at the west coast of Ireland. It is a nice town with lots of sea birds around the old pier.

Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands, has the semicircular Dun Aengus located on the south cliffs. The cliffs here is amazing and no fence is installed. So, you can sit on the cliff, like me.

4 comments:

simon said...

tak,
take care.
simon

港女墮火山口亡 獨遊剛果出事 拯救兩日失敗
(明報) 07月 08日 星期日 05:05AM
【明報專訊】在中非國家剛果民主共和國旅遊的34歲香港女子鄭兆茵,前日(周五)隨當地導遊到東部的尼拉貢戈(Nyiragongo)活火山拍照時,不慎跌進火山口100米下的位置。由於火山不斷噴出毒煙

,加上能見度低,聯合國 維持和平部隊要連續兩日展開搜救,至本港時間昨晚10時許在火山口200米下發現鄭女,她當時已無生命象,相信已經死亡,但暫未能夠移走其屍體。

本港入境處 發言人表示,已聯絡事主家屬,並會為他們提供一切協助。當局亦會繼續跟外交部駐港特派員公署、中國駐剛果民主共和國大使館保持聯絡,密切留意事態發展。

火山口200米下發現屍體

聯合國駐剛果民主共和國特派團發言人薩伊克接受本報記者查詢時表示,於當地時間昨午5時(香港時間昨晚10時許),3名拯救人員在火山口下200米,發現鄭女躺在石堆中,已無生命象,相信已死亡。由於現場環境惡劣,救援人員暫時仍無法將其遺體吊上火山口頂。

34歲鄭兆茵 持特區護照
中國駐非洲剛果民主共和國大使館趙姓大使秘書向本報記者表示,該女子叫鄭兆茵(Cecilia Jing),34歲,持特區護照。她從烏干達取得剛果民主共和國簽證後,獨自到當地旅遊。

出事地點尼拉貢戈火山,位於剛果民主共和國東部的北基伍省,接連鄰國盧旺達,由印度 維持和平部隊管理。該火山屬層狀火山,被喻為全球16座最危險火山之一(見另稿),過往亦曾有一個人發生類似意外。意外發生在當地時間周五下午,鄭女在一名嚮導陪同下,沿一條常用的固定路線登山。她拍照期間,疑不慎墮進100米深的火山口,距離達1000℃高溫的熔岩湖尚有百多米。

當地的火山觀察部門主管曾表示,目擊鄭女躺在火山口約100米下的位置,身體有活動,相信當時她仍生存。事發後,維和部隊隨即派直升機到現場搜索,但未發現鄭女蹤影,擔心她已跌落深達1200米的熔岩湖之內。由於能見度低,加上入黑,維和部隊暫停搜救工作,至當地時間周六早上(香港下午時間),才再次派直升機及地面部隊等25人的救援隊伍到現場搜索。惟現場充滿有毒氣體,已估計她生還機會極低。

活躍火山泥土鬆 釋大量毒氣

香港地貌岩石保育協會主席吳振揚表示,事發現場的火山位於東非大裂谷邊陲,是一個大型的活躍火山,就地質旅遊角度來看,火山雖然有相當吸引力,但活火山泥土鬆,路面十分不穩定,火山口亦會噴出二氧化硫,並非安全的旅遊地點。

本港並無旅行團前往當地,但有旅行團會前往其他地方遊覽火山。東瀛遊執行董事禢國全表示,該社會辦團前往日本 鹿兒島熊本縣的阿蘇火山。他說,遊客可乘巴士再轉吊車登上該睡火山,遊客可看到火山口內的情,但火山口有警界線,提醒遊客切勿超越,若天氣不穩或火山有移動,吊車會關閉,他說,要確保安全,最重要是旅客自律。

Tak said...

I will be very carefull all the time.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I've gone through this entire blog reading about the places you've been and you sound really knowledgeable about traveling to different destinations. I'm commenting on this particular post because I've decided to take an extended trip to the aran islands. I'm going by myself and I have to admit I'm not the most experienced at making important travel decisions. I don't want to be too public with this excursion so, I thought, who better to ask than a blogger that I can remain anonymous to. My first question is which island of the three would you recomend to stay? I don't necessarily need the island with the most to busy myself with but more the island someone would feel most comfortable on. Do you have any suggestions of places to stay on the aran islands? Updated information on the hotels are difficult to come by and the people living there are hard to access. I really hope to get a reply to this comment as soon as possible. Any more suggestions would be more than appreciated. Thank you in advance if you choose to reply.
Sincerly, a stranger

Tak said...

Hi Stranger,

Thanks for visiting my blog.. I believe what i have done before it only joining a day trip to Aran Island, so I cannot recommend anything on where to stay.

And, why worry about asking question in forum. You can use a frank name or whatever. No one will care who you are but they will try to help you out.

Open and ask questions. I believe you don't need to worry about it.

Enjoy yr travel!