In Corsica's interior, the growl of the wild boar meets the melody of a lullaby. To hear those softer sounds, drive the wiggly Strada di l'Artigiani (the Road of Artisans) in the Balagne region, a route dotted with the workshops of chefs and craftspeople. Stop in the petite, stone hamlet of Pigna, a thriving music center known for traditional Corsican polyphonic chanting and lute-like cetera music. At the Scata Musica shop, owner Marie-Claire Darneal and other women handcraft brightly-painted music boxes of lime wood. The designs -- cows and goats; wild flowers from the aromatic brush, or maquis; and local seashells like the Eye of Saint Lucie -- offer a window into Corsican life and culture. The songs are equally traditional: "O Ciucciarella," the most popular, is a famous Corsican lullaby, and "O Lumeu" is a tune reapers once sang during the wine harvest. To learn the words, just flip over the box for the Corsican lyrics (and English translation) and then sing along. 011-33-495-617-734
At Isla Secas Resort, it's just you and 13 other guests (if that) on a 16-island archipelago. Here, your getaway can be as adventurous and secluded as you want, but luxury touches (like dinner waiting for you in your private yurt suite) make it the best of both worlds. Islands photographer Jon Whittle experienced it all first-hand — here's how you can do it too.
Islands’ staffers beg for trips. Occasionally, an island begs for a staffer. In this case, call it a Z thing. Staff photographer Zach Stovall arrived on Zanzibar and felt like he stepped into an Indiana Jones movie. He loves those movies. Maybe that explains why this gallery, originally slated at ten images, ballooned into an epic adventure. Follow his trip’s highlights and plan yours with our Do’s and Don’ts Zanzibar travel guide.