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Islands Without Cars with Kira Hesser Previous Broadcasts

France's Isle of Porquerolles (Episode #106H)

KQED Life: Mon, Aug 14, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

Just 20 minutes by boat from France's famed Cote d'Azur, the island of Porquerolles is dotted with five small ranges of hills, lined with cliffs and beaches and is renowned for the best weather in France with 275 sunny days per year. In 1912, the entire island was purchased by Francois Joseph Fournier as a wedding present for his second wife. He then planted ... among other things ... 500 acres of vineyards ... and built a hotel. Everything is small, intimate and bathed in the scent of eucalyptus and pine. There are no beachside shops or fast food. There is no smoking allowed outside of the village. And building on the island is mostly forbidden. What there is, is nature ... a grand hotel ... and a great story of conservation and consideration.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

The Greek Island of Hydra (Episode #105H)

KQED Life: Tue, Aug 1, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

"The Greek Island of Hydra" is an exploration into the lives of American and British ex-patriot writers and artists who have responded to the Siren's call and reinvented their lives on this tiny, preserved, architectural and historical landmark - which also happens to be the only developed Greek island without cars. Interviews include internationally acclaimed Hydriot artist Panayotis Tetsus at a showing of his paintings, along with a host of ex-patriots who have followed in Henry Miller and Leonard Cohen's footsteps to make Hydra their home. This is an opportunity to see what it's like to escape to a Greek island.

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