My Grandfather’s Island

Okay – it’s not about Paris but two islands off the coast of Sicily: Lipari and Salina, part of a chain called the Aeolian Islands. My grandfather came from the former, my grandmother the latter. After they left in the late 19th century they never went back and because they were practically infants at the time, they had no recollection of the islands or our family’s story.

In 2003 I took my family there to show my daughter something of her heritage and also to try and unravel a mystery that has haunted me all my life.

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