I have nailed down a fantastic trip–in fact, back to back trips–that I am very excited about. On September 27, I’ll fly to Rome and then to Sardinia, the big island over Corsica that’s famous for being the home to some of the longest-living people on Earth. I visited the island way back in 2008, with the Italian Tourism commission, and at that time I enjoyed what I called “the 50-foot meal” where all of the ingredients were from one local farm. The town of Orroli has just 2700 residents, and boasts an amazing 35 citizens over the age of 100!
On this trip, our focus will be eco-tourism, the trip is being set up by MEET, which stands for Mediterranean Experience of Eco-Tourism. We will be visiting Sinis Marine Protected Area, on the western coast of this big island with so few people living there.
After this trip, I will fly down to Provence, France where another undiscovered region awaits. Here I will visit Port-Cros National Park, where hiking, kayaking, in fact anything but driving will be how we’ll get around! The park is part of the coastal archipelago of the islands of Hyeres. It’s the oldest marine park in Europe, and it’s filled with whales, turtles, and even puffins! We will be trying to show how eco-tourism can benefit the region and how you can live with a light footprint even in a touristy area such as the south of Provence.