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Aeolian Islands: Potent Enough to Withstand the Trade-Winds of Time

The Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily have a culture of their own, an archipelago of 8 islands clustered in the Mediterranean just north of Sicily. Fascinated by islands, I like to explore how each island expresses itself, out in the wild on its own, with a rich sea life to draw from and the ingredients at hand that have given us the Mediterranean diet — wild plants such as fennel, oregano, rosemary and the cultivated citrus, olive and hot weather vegetables. Their gardens are often protected by rock walls to protect from the wind and ensure a good harvest to put up for the winter.

There are two volcanos, Stromboli being one of them, and there is nothing like sitting on your boat at night, right at the foot of the volcano, watching it spew fire into the dark of night. These are off-the-beaten-path destinations that hold innocence as well as wisdom and a history worth touching into. Different than other island clusters, one practically has the sea to oneself, adding that sense of ancient adventure. Continue reading…