TraveLit--A blog about travel literature.
Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys.
Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.―Richard Burton
February 24, 2014 8:08 AM EST
I feel just the opposite! I find them to be irresistibly charming microcosms. I remember fondly a tiny island, Ortigia, off the coast of Syracuse, Sicily: an island off an island. The shorter the street, the narrower the alleyways, the more I loved it. Of course, the world itself was too small for Richard Burton.