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Alive On Arrival

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 Britain's most remote inhabited island. We flew in this morning. It feels like we are walking into a painting. Think Norway meets Hawaiian islands and Father Time and Mother Nature have a field day. Far Out Yet Still Close   No man is an island, as John Donne wrote, but, north of the border, you can live on one. Scotland's. The Shetland's is good like that, with 15 inhabited ones to choose from. We are here in Fair Isle. Britian's most remote one. It feels like we are moving through paintings as the ever changing weather lights the landscape in unique and splendid ways. Thanks to the popularity of the TV Series Shetland, we have had  it on our radar as places to visit this year.  Of all the 115 islands  in the archipelago,  just a few- 15- are inhabited ones. We are at to Britain's most remote island, Fair Isle.  First, Sarah and I flew into  Lerwick, Sh etland's mainland via Edinburgh, Scotland.  Next, we got a PCR test for Covid (Think Positive Test Negative)

St Ninians Isle, Shetland

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  Despite its icy temperatures, a Shetland beach-St Ninians- has been named among the best places in the world to swim, alongside those in the Caribbean, Australia and the Mediterranean. 

Shetlands-Viking Vibes

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 No man is an island, as John Donne wrote, but, north of the border, you can live on one. Scotland's. The Shetland's is good like that, with 15 inhabited ones to choose from. We are here in The Mainland, staying in Lerwick.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif)  

No Man Is This Island

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Far Out Yet Still Close   No man is an island, as John Donne wrote, but, north of the border, you can live on one. Scotland's. The Shetland's is good like that, with 15 inhabited ones to choose from. We are here in Fair Isle. Britian's most remote one. Thanks to the popularity of the TV Series Shetland, we have had  it on our radar as places to visit this year.  Of all the 115 islands  in the archipelago,  just a few- 15- are inhabited ones. We are going to Britain's most remote island, Fair Isle.  First, Sarah and I fly into  in Lerwick, Sh etland's mainland via Edinburgh, Scotland.  Next, we get a PCR test for Covid (Think Positive Test Negative). Then, we  follow-on to  Fair Isle,  population 55, now 57!  What a place to self-isolate during the global pandemic! At first I thought Fair Isle was- the Faroe Islands (That's Danish and in the sub Arctic Circle). The Shetland Isles are located in the North Atlantic, Closer  to Norway than to Aberdeen. Go Vikings! F

Dover-White Cliffs

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  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif)  Looking at these chalky cliffs which form part of the English coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France. The Disney Magic docked in the background. Don't get to close Sarah! It was the best of vibes. It was the worst of vibes. We waited for 2020 to have that perfect vision.  Nobody could predict what they'd be seeing and doing this year- washing our hands constantly,  wearing a mask and social distancing because of the global plague. Summer sailing in the Norwegian Fjords, The Baltics or  through Alaska's wildlife super highway, Glacier Bay  are on pandemic event time- no one knows when it will end. Tis the  Caribbean sailing  season but all fleets have come to a grinding halt, until sometime in 2021.  DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP.  . B.C. Before Covid- The Disney Magic was full of activities onboard and at the port of call, Cast Away Cay.