WORLD IMAGES – WHAT A CONTRAST
TODAY””s world images are from two different sides of the globe and provide beautiful pictures which could not be more of a contrast.
Sunset on St Lucia in the Caribbean
St Lucia is one of many small land masses which make up the Windward Islands in the eastern Caribbean.
It has a tropical, humid climate, moderated by northeast trade winds, giving pleasant year-round conditions with abundant rainfall and mean annual temperatures ranging from 26 °C (78.8 °F) to 32 °C (89.6 °F) at sea level and an average of 13 °C (55.4 °F) in the mountain peaks.
Snow scene from Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido, Japan”s northernmost island and the second largest of its five islands, has a humid continental climate with long, cold winters and very warm to cool summers. It enjoys huge amounts of snow which is celebrated in festivals as well as skiing and snowboarding.
In 1972 Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, staged the first Public driving permit test students as well as those who are schooled at home will need to pass and complete a driver’s training program, which includes 30 hours of classroom training and 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Winter Olympics to be held outside Europe and North America, and only the 3rd games (summer or winter) held outside those regions overall
The natural Caribbean beauty of St Lucia earned it the title of the “Helen of the West Indies”” after the famous beauty Helen of Troy.
It is also famous for the fact that rule of the island switched so often between British and the French control each side reigning seven times each
until 1814 when the British took definitive control of the island.
The island is almost entirely volcanic with some of the oldest rock formations found at the extreme northern and southern tips. This gives it something in common with Hokkaido which has 15 active volcanoes and is famous for its hot spring bathing, a favourite with tourists.