Your next base could be Salina; the lushest of the islands and famous as the location for the film ‘Il Postino’, and another stop where a motor scooter tour would be worthwhile. Another short hop from Salina will take you to Panarea, where you can mingle with a surprisingly large number of posers, frolicking on its small beach and straddling expensive yachts in a conspicuous yet often strangely vacuous display of excessive wealth; But I shouldn’t be too facetious. After all, I have some wonderful memories of time spent on Panarea: my honeymoon. Back when Bill Clinton was still in power, my clever, soon-to-be wife, contacted a little known hotel and asked whether we could spend a couple of nights there. The hotel declined stating that they were still closed for pre-season preparations, but when they heard about the reason for her inquiry, they rolled out the red carpet, quite literally. We were the only guests and the cook bashfully asked us whether he could try out some new recipes on us. I have never eaten so well. Today, Hotel Raya is the place to be on these islands, but the lack of crowds and an unpretentious atmosphere that we encountered on that magical occasion are just like my honeymoon: a distant yet cherished memory.