Of all places I've been this year so far, The Isles of Scilly have been my favorite. Bold statement, I know. But they are simply like nowhere else I've been and so removed from reality. And The Star Castle Hotel is so warm and welcoming, not to mention such a focal point in the history of the islands.
Here is my latest piece on National Geographic: Isles of Scilly: The Land That Time Forgot
I met a very nice man on the flight from Scilly back to Penzance, who introduced me to his son (in his early 20's, lives in London) via e-mail. I asked Christian May about why he loves Scilly so much and thought what he wrote was so beautiful, especially, "A day on the islands is worth a week anywhere else."