Just back…

…from the Isle of Man.

Not me, sadly, but Nat Geo travel books editor Larry Porges, who said numerous nice things about my favourite island:

Biggest selling point: It’s fourfold.

1) The beautiful scenery—rich green hills peppered with bright yellow gorse, dramatic cliffside vistas, thatched-roof villages, tumbling waterfalls, and the 2,000-foot Snaefell mountain overlooking it all.
2) Unusual wildlife, including tailless Manx cats, four-horned Loaghtan sheep, and a small population of feral wallabies in the north.
3) Sincerely friendly residents. I was only on the island four days and have been in touch, via email, with six different people since my return.
4) A storied history and heritage. Three highlights: remnants of medieval Viking castles, 1,000-year-old Tynwald Hill (site of the oldest continuous parliament in the world), and a charming Victorian-era narrow-gauge steam railway that chugs around the island’s south.



More homesickness (despite the fact my family was once escorted off those very same fields by a maniacal farmer with a shotgun).

You can read the rest of his review here.

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