Mediterranean

Napoleon’s getaways in Elba

In this post I follow in the footsteps of Napoleon. A man that still intrigues many today. To put it mildly. There exists a genuine Napoleon cult. How do you explain a Napoleon apron? :-) Elba gets it right when it comes to merchandising.

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Elba | Mesmerizing mountain villages

Situated at an altitude of 375 m, Marciana is the highest town on the island and one of the oldest, as testified to by the Pisan Fortress that dominates the town, and in which the population took refuge during pirate attacks.

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Pianosa | An Italian prison island frozen in time

Elba, where Napoleon was first banished to and escaped from and St Helena where he was banished to a second time and eventually died. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held captive and… Pianosa, where the most dangerous mafiosi serve(d) time. This post is dedicated to the lovely island of Pianosa, a stone’s throw away from the Tuscan island of Elba.

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Sicily – Egadi Islands | Favignana & Levanzo

Discover fantastic Favignana and laid back Levanzo.

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Sicily – Egadi Islands | Magical Marettimo

If you ask me, Maréttimo is one of Sicily’s best kept secrets. Even in high season, you’re lekely to have much of the place to yourself. And yes, it’s a hiker’s and diver’s paradise.

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Cyprus | Silent War Witnesses And Countryside Dreams

It’s not uncommon to come across virtually deserted villages throughout Paphos Region. Many of these villages became ghost towns after the Turkish invasion of Northern Cyprus in 1974. As the Turks-Cypriots fled north, they left their homes as they were. The land and property being held protected for the day they might return. The result is that villages stand empty for nearly 40 years now, during which time they have decayed to the point of being ruins. Related PostsOuter Hebrides | St. KildaSardinia | Mining The Past In The SouthSardinia | Mining Memories In MontevecchioSardinia | […]

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La Marmora Washery, Nebida

Sardinia | Mining The Past In The South

This is where it all began. I mean, why I took a specialist interest in mining stuff. The mines of southern Sardinia: Monteponi, Masua, Iglesias, Ingurtosu & Piscinas. Related PostsElba | Going underground in the Ginevro mineNapoleon’s getaways in ElbaElba | Mesmerizing mountain villagesPianosa | An Italian prison island frozen in timeSicily – Egadi Islands | Favignana & Levanzo

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Sardinia | Mining Memories In Montevecchio

Mines, not your average tourist attractions. But instead of beaching yourself on Sardinia’s glitzy northern ‘jet set’ coast, try digging into the -industrial- heritage of the deep south. Related PostsElba | Going underground in the Ginevro mineNapoleon’s getaways in ElbaElba | Mesmerizing mountain villagesPianosa | An Italian prison island frozen in timeSicily – Egadi Islands | Favignana & Levanzo

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Sardinia | Mythical Mamuthones In Mamoiada

In the Italian tradition the Carnival has always been an occasion for wild parties, bright colors and funny masks. In Mamoiada, Sardinia, forget all this. Or at least be prepared for a mystical experience. Team up with the Mamuthones! Related PostsElba | Going underground in the Ginevro mineNapoleon’s getaways in ElbaElba | Mesmerizing mountain villagesPianosa | An Italian prison island frozen in timeRobben Island | Free Nelson Mandela!

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Sardinia | Mines of Monteponi, Masua, Iglesias, Ingurtosu & Piscinas

                                    Ingurtosu Mine       Related PostsElba | Going underground in the Ginevro mineNapoleon’s getaways in ElbaElba | Mesmerizing mountain villagesPianosa | An Italian prison island frozen in timeSicily – Egadi Islands | Favignana & Levanzo

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