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Samhuinn

By Philippa Burne, UK, October 2011

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There’s just something magical about islands. I’m not sure what it is. I love the sea and I love the idea of solitude, although I doubt I’d like the reality of being Robinson Crusoe. Elba is an island with particular resonance because it’s where Napoleon was imprisoned in 1814. Mind you, he was made sovereign of the island, and allowed to have 600 loyal soldiers with him. Perhaps unsurprisingly he managed to escape within a year, clearly not appreciating the wonderful beaches, glorious views and excellent walking trails.

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