I visited Christmas Island for some meetings this week. It is the largest coral atoll in the world – 150 square miles or so and a lagoon about the same size. It is in a remote area of the Pacific as part of the Northern Line Islands of Kiribati. I basked in the wonderful warmth of welcome from the people of Kiribati as well as the warm tropical breeze. I had read as much as I could about Christmas Island before I went and in many ways it was as expected – many coconut trees and houses with tin roofs or grass thatch – a beautiful lagoon and a warm pacific ocean – and a small population of welcoming folk, however I had not expected to fall in love with this special place and its warm and kind people. I took many photographs – here are a few to give you a sense of the island.