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  1. Avatar Kay Pihl
    April 21, 2017 @ 7:38 am

    I love lists, too. I’ve been to Cocos Island, Virgin Gorda, and Los Roques, Venezuela. Sounds like an enchanting island.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      April 22, 2017 @ 12:11 am

      I’ve been to Curacao, Boracay, Virgin Gorda and now Favignana. I can’t believe the Philippines isn’t on there.

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  2. Avatar Un po' di pepe
    April 21, 2017 @ 1:56 pm

    Favignana sounds wonderful! Interesting that the Cook Islands are #1 on the list. I was there in 1988 when it still had only 1 large ish international hotel. I’ve heard it’s totally different now and packed with resorts. Nice to see it still made best beach! Ciao, Cristina

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      April 22, 2017 @ 12:11 am

      Thanks for the warning on Cook Islands, Cristina. I guess I’d go just to see the colors but I’d brace for the sticker shock.

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      • Avatar Un po' di pepe
        April 22, 2017 @ 5:39 pm

        Oh I don’t think the Cook Islands are as overdeveloped as some tropical places, it is just comparing to when I went it sounds so different. I’m sure it is still worth the visit!

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  3. Avatar desireemargaux
    April 24, 2017 @ 10:41 am

    As I was reading your post, I had a good chuckle when you mentioned the frigid waters during springtime. In 2015, my husband and I spent the month of March in Italy for our honeymoon. We took a bus from Salerno to Amalfi (originally were planning to see Positano, but the scary “death bus” changed our minds, so we exited our ride in much closer, Amalfi) to visit a beach and enjoy the sea. My husband was so excited to purchase a European speedo-style swimsuit at a local boutique, I opted for something more modest! Off we went, stripping-down to our stylish swimwear to jump into the inviting sparkling water ahead! As we ran and jumped in, we instantly realized that freezing water does literally take your breath away! I’ve never been in water that cold; it felt like tiny needles all over my body! Totally worth it!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      April 29, 2017 @ 1:47 am

      YOU WIN! Desiree, I don’t know if you were aware of it, whether it’s why you wrote me, but I had a contest to give a “Lonely Planet” to be the best comment I received on this Favignana blog. You had the best one so … where’s your next trip? I’ll send you a Lonely Planet for that destination. If you don’t have a trip planned, I’ll wait. Tell me where you travel next and I’ll send you the book. Just send me a mailing address. By the way, don’t get too cocky. I only received three comments. So my cheap experiment in jacking up readership failed miserably. But I thank you for writing and will pay you back kindly. Write me at Johnhenrome@gmail.com.

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  4. Avatar desireemargaux
    April 25, 2017 @ 11:47 am

    As I was reading your post, I had a good chuckle when you mentioned the frigid waters during springtime. In 2015, my husband and I spent the month of March in Italy for our honeymoon. We took a bus from Salerno to Amalfi (originally were planning to see Positano, but the scary “death bus” changed our minds, so we exited our ride in much closer, Amalfi) to visit a beach and enjoy the sea. My husband was so excited to purchase a European speedo-style swimsuit at a local boutique, I opted for something more modest! Off we went, stripping-down to our stylish swimwear to jump into the inviting sparkling water ahead! As we ran and jumped in, we instantly realized that freezing water does literally take your breath away! I’ve never been in water that cold; it felt like tiny needles all over my body! Totally worth it!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      April 25, 2017 @ 12:04 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Desiree. I grew up in Oregon so I have always been in colder water but shivering in depths isn’t my idea of beach life. Instead, we are planning a return trip to Favignana in October.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      April 29, 2017 @ 7:08 am

      Did you get my reply about winning my contest? Write me at johnhenrome@gmail.com

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  5. Avatar desireemargaux
    April 29, 2017 @ 6:45 pm

    I’m so excited to win and I promise not to get too cocky about it! I emailed you directly with my info! Can’t wait to read your upcoming blogs!

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  6. Avatar Geoff of Nottingham
    May 31, 2017 @ 2:36 am

    loved your report (as always), but jealous. Why, did I hear you ask? When we visited in september 2016,as we were staying in Trapani on Scily, we hired 2 bikes as well… but they must have been the worst bikes in the hire shop. Rusty chains, gears missing – why we didn’t refuse them, I don’t know to this day. Still, we managed to get round most of the island, visiting Cala Rossa (like you we didn’t take swimsuits, and then going north through the tunnel under the hill to the lighthouse.

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  7. John Henderson John Henderson
    May 31, 2017 @ 2:41 am

    Sorry to hear about your bike troubles. Bike rentals are really hit and miss around the world. I rented a bike in Troyes, France, to cycle through its champagne country and the seat fell off. I had to ride on the frame with no seat. Thanks so much for the comment.

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  8. Avatar Geoff of Nottingham
    May 31, 2017 @ 4:01 am

    Sorry, me again. if (when) Marina takes you back to Sciliy, take time to go down to ‘Montelbano’ Country in the South East corner. Ragusa is lovely, Monica has that slightly down-at-heel feel, with some highlights – Church of San Giorgio, with a sundial inside. AND Chocolate!!!!!. Take a trip to Punta Secca where Montelbano’s house is located. You can swim off the same beach he does – It is a really good beach. Sorry to go on about Scily, but it really is a great place to stay.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      June 1, 2017 @ 8:09 am

      I will forward those suggestions to Marina who loves Sicily as much as I do. Thanks! From both of us.

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  9. Avatar Therie
    June 1, 2017 @ 7:26 am

    Goodness! If only I could dive into my computer screen straight into that sparkling beach! It’s crazy beautiful!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      June 1, 2017 @ 8:08 am

      Yes, it is tantalizing isn’t it. We’re going back in October to actually dive into the water. Thanks so much for the comment.

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