People from each of these countries have visited my web site, according to these statistics. I would like to make a return visit to some of these countries one day.

map San Marino [.sm]

Independent since AD301, population 30000, total land mass 61km. Completely surrounded by Italy, in north. Reach it up cable car.

map Andorra [.ad]

Tiny, between France and Spain, in Pyrenees. Lots of skiing. In summer, good hiking. Population 64,000, speak Catalan and French. Village festivals between July and September. Hamlet of Llorts set amids tobacco fields, untouched and beautiful for hiking. Hang-gliders.

map Moldova [.md]

Near Romania. First ruled by Dragos 1351-1353, Sas son of Dragos 1354-1358, Balc son of Sas 1359. Became independent from USSR in 1991.

map Kiribati [.ki]

Pronounced 'Kiribas, means "smell of the sea", formerly 'Gilbert Islands', on International Date Line and equator, in central Pacific ocean. Population 70,000. Consists of 33 coral atoll islands. Part of commonwealth. No tourism, no history, no facilities. Canoe-building. English widely understood in the capital; less so in outer islands. Includes Christmas island. Catholic.

map (detail) map Cocos (Keeling) Islands [.cc]

In Indian Ocean, administered by Australia, population 700, speak English. Discovered by William Keeling of East India company. Copra is chief product.

map Niue [.nu]

Population 1800 (smallest self-governing state in word), associated with New Zealand, near Fiji and Tonga to east of Australia, speak English. Walking, biking, fishing, diving, wonderful caveing (although must get guide or advice so as not to stumble into the 'taboo' burial caves). Flights from new Zealand and Honolulu.

map Antigua and Barbuda [.ag]

In Caribbean, near Dominica, Martinique. Partly adminstered by Britain. Millionaire tourists and backpackers and packages. Also cricket. Near Monserrat.

map Aruba [.aw]

Small island north of Venezuela, east of Colombia, right next to Curacao. Capital Oranjestad. Part of the Netherland Antilles, with Spanish colonial past. Largest exported of Aloe Vera. Tourism employs half the island's population. Mainly packaged holidays and cruise ships. Cactuses.

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Cocos islands Cocos islands (detail)
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