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
We’re not close followers of ABC’s The Bachelor, but we can’t help but notice when the show visits an island we know well. If you want to give your honey the full Bachelor experience (or get to know your top three better), here’s a quick guide to all of the episodes' spectacular backdrops. — Zach Stovall
Confession: we can't get enough of the monkeys in this video. (Just watch.) Even cooler: This one-day road trip film is part of a project for videos that are going into Indonesia's taxis. Worth the ride? We think yes.
Grand Cayman is one nonstop flight from 14 U.S. cities (think about boarding a plane in Detroit or Philly or Dallas at 7 a.m. and landing here before lunch). All the major cruise lines also stop in Grand Cayman. Pass the tourist kiosks and follow us. This is how we do Cayman.