Thursday, December 9, 2010

Island Dreams

Artwork by Aimee Stewart.

It always happens to me. We get a few snowflakes and I start dreaming of travel and warm climates. Lately, I have been daydreaming about islands; a few I cherish and visited in the past and some I hope to see in the future. Please join me on an island journey to some special places. Pack light. It’s tee shirt, shorts and flip flop time!

Rice terraces on magical Bali

Bali is my favorite island adventure. It definitely has cast a spell as we have returned over 17 times. We hosted 3 tours for Wesco Fabrics customers and friends in the past. The culture is totally unique and the resorts are the most beautiful in the world! Who knows, we may even do another group tour someday.

The Big Island’s Punaluu Black Sand Beach.

Akaka Falls plunges 442 feet.

I love the Big Island of Hawaii. My brother has lived there for over 30 years and been my guide to his many “secret” places. The contrasts are amazing; from Hilo’s funky time warp downtown to the ritzy splendor of the drier Kona Coast.

Saint Peter Port, Guernsey.

My daughter Lisa and her family hike on one of Guernsey’s cliff paths.

The island of Guernsey holds a favorite place in my heart. Many years ago, my sister left the Bay Area to marry her “pen pal”. The island is a very beautiful place for a holiday.

The island of Sark is the smallest of the four main Channel Islands, located between England and France. It can be reached by a ferry from St. Peter Port. No cars are allowed on the island which makes it wonderful for hiking and biking. I remember a wonderful lunch where we had a Sark lobster!

Hvar Town.

The island of Hvar, on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, is very beautiful. The waters are clear and warm and great for swimming. European tourists flock to Hvar Town in season for the sun and the nightlife. I cannot wait to return.

The Citadel in Corsica’s Calvi.

Corsica’s Rondinara Beach.

I was totally unprepared for the rustic beauty and diversity of the island of Corsica. French tourists want to keep it a secret for themselves, and I can understand why. It is the Mediterranean’s most mountainous island and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The island of Capri has mesmerized and captivated visitors since Roman Emperors built holiday villas there. Marla and I are hosting a Wesco Fabrics’ tour to the Amalfi Coast in September and will take guests to visit lovely Capri.

Years ago I purchased an 18th century map of the “ile des Porquerolles.” I have dreamed of going there for years. The island is a 25 minute ferry from Hyeres on the French coast.

The island of Port-Cros is a neighbor of the ile des Porquerolles and is a French National Park. It looks perfect for hiking and cycling as no cars are allowed.

Marla and I sailed to the Seychelles Islands, 994 miles off the coast of Kenya. The French character of islands is quite unique. The beach above is “Anse Source d’Argent” on the beautiful island of La Dique. Sadly, the area has been plagued recently by Somali pirates that capture ships for ransom.

Aerial view of the island of Sainte-Marguerite.

Marla and Holly explore the castle on Sainte-Marguerite.

Often overlooked by visitors to Cannes on the French Riviera, the ferry takes only 15 minutes to transport you to a quieter, enchanting world. The island is famous for the prison, “The Fort Royal”, in which the “Man in the iron mask” was once held in the 18th century.

The Four Seasons Hotel on Thailand’s Koh Samui.

Marla and I loved “Dining on the Rocks” at the Six Senses Samui Resort. The weather is warm and fantastic view of the sea hypnotizes while you dine. Koh Samui is one of our favorites! We took Wesco customers there in 2009.

I hope you have enjoyed my island tour. Saint Augustine once wrote “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” How true that is.

***We have space available for the Wesco Fabrics’ September 2011 luxury tour of Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Want to join us? Gorgeous accommodations in Positano, tours of Amalfi, Ravello, and Capri, fine dining, and of course, limoncello. It will be a grand la dolce vita holiday! I can answer your questions at

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