I love stars and stargazing and I just found out a lovely place for all star-lovers. It is an island named Sark. In January 2011 an organization from US called the International Dark Sky Association or IDA announced this island as the first dark sky island in the world. You might consider this place to be the weirdest place after reading about it.
This Sark island is located in the Channel Islands in the Southwestern English Channel, off the coast of Normandy, France.
It is only three miles long and one mile wide. It was a feudal state until 2008 (feudalism- political, economical and social system in Medieval Europe from 9th to 15th century. There was some person farming a piece of land for a lord and agreeing to serve in war in exchange for getting to live there, this island was one of those places). Actually it was the longest-running feudal state in the world.
The nights on this island are so dark you can see all of constellation, stars, meteors flying and even the whole Milky Way. Just imagine this paradise for a stargazer!
There are no street lights, locals exchanged them for a head torch. Population here is 600. They are like a huge family. All cars are banned from the island and the only vehicles they have are the tractors! Tractor buses transport people from the harbour to the hilltop very fast I guess. They even have tractor ambulance and tractors for firefighters. It all looks like a ridiculous child’s play to me.
Sark Astronomy Society or SatroS had been collecting money and raising funds to build an observatory. It should be open by now. I certainly put this place on the “places to visit” list. Sarkiens wait for me!