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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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Elba – 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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Robben Island | Free Nelson Mandela!

Robben Island lies 9.67km from Cape Town, across the icy, shark-ridden waters of the Atlantic. Windswept and waterless, the 518ha island has long been a place of banishment and despair: Infamous as an apartheid-era, Maximum Security Prison from the 1960s to the 1990S, its most famous prisoner was Nelson Mandela. Today, the island is a national monument and World Heritage site celebrating the triumph of the human spirit over the shackles of the past.

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Outer Hebrides | Benbecula, Berneray, Grimsay & North Uist

The Hebrides are a vast patchwork of islands big and small. In this post, I cover another four.

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Outer Hebrides | Eriskay & South Uist

South Uist and Eriskay are islands of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. In South Uist there is a nature reserve and a number of sites of archaeological interest, including the only location in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been found. South Uist, in common with the rest of the Hebrides, is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Gaelic language in Scotland.

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Outer Hebrides | Barra & Vatersay

Outer Hebrides | Barra & Vatersay

Apart from the adjacent island of Vatersay, to which it is connected by a causeway, Barra is the southernmost inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. It makes Vatersay the westernmost permanently inhabited place in Scotland.

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French Antilles – Guadeloupe | Îlet Gosier

An island of an island… Gosier Island is just a stone’s throw away from the ‘continent’ of Guadeloupe. If you want to escape the rather busy beach of Le Gosier on the shoreside , this is your call.

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Small Isles – Eigg | The first 100% self-sustaining place on earth

Known as the Jewel of the Hebrides, its fertile pastures, sheltered bays and mild climate have long marked Eigg as an attractive site for settlement, with human occupation dating back to 8000 years. Today, Eigg, one of the four Scottish Small Isles is to be the first 100% self-sustaining place on earth.

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Dutch Antilles | Saba

Saba’s nickname does the island justice: ‘The Unspoiled Queen’. This baseline refers to her unspoiled nature and inhabitants. ‘The best way to describe this unique island with only 1400 people is to list our “have nots”. Saba has no crime, no traffic or traffic lights, no pesty insects, no crowds, no fast food restaurants, no casinos, no cruise ships.

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Dutch Antilles – St Eustatius – Oranjestad | ISLAND CAPITALS

St. Eustatius, or Statia, is definitely one of my favourite Caribbean islands. Why? It’s off the beaten track and nothing much happens. That’s the specific allure. You can just ‘be’ and unwind.
Let me take you on a historical tour around the island’s capital, Oranjestad.

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