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Sardinia Escapes Stories. An interview to Maria Raoul.

Marisa Raoul: The Australian who didn’t get lost in translation

Writer, journalist, photographer and avid traveller, Marisa Raoul has come back and forward to Sardinia for over 30 years. Born in Sydney, Australia, to an Italian father and English mother, she has travelled extensively to Italy since she was a teenager. Author of two travel memoirs (Ma Folie Francais, Club Mauranges), she is currently writing her third book, The Journey. Besides her website www.marisaraoul.com , she runs a successful Instagram blog gallery named @sardiniamylove boasting more than 18.000 followers, which expresses her extreme passion for the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Marisa is also a published lyricist and has written the English version of the modern opera "Eterno Divenire" for the Sardinian composer/musician Andrea Cutri. In her own words: "our genius lies in our capacity to imagine always greater than we are".[/vc_column_text][eltd_blockquote text="Tell us about your first encounter with Sardinia, when did it all start?"][vc_column_text] I was fortunate enough to be invited to stay in Sardinia for the first time when I was just 21 years old. I had just started working as an international air hostess for Qantas at the time and had met a lovely Belgian man who was dating one of my best friends. He mentioned his family owned a home in Sardinia and that I was welcome to stay. Being young and adventurous, I decided to take up his offer. To cut a long story short, I ended up spending an exciting week in his family villa at Torre Delle Stelle (a small village along the South-East coast, 20 km from Cagliari) and I felt like I had landed in heaven! It was so far removed from my life in Sydney. The beaches I visited were spectacular, the food was amazing and I felt like I'd landed on some exotic film set surrounded by gorgeous people. My love affair with Sardinia started at that time! [/vc_column_text][eltd_blockquote text="You often describe your passion for Sardinia as extreme. What does this word mean to you?"][vc_column_text] I suppose the word extreme might sound over the top to some people, however, from the time I first visited the island I felt like I had been bewitched by some magical and mysterious force...