Elementary, My Dear Watson

Ferry across the Connecticut River, from Chester to Hadlyme, to a “Once upon a time,” kingdom. Perched on the summit of “The Seventh Sister” the highest of seven imposing hills, is the formidable Gillette Castle. Built of local fieldstone, the castle with its tower and turrets, reigns over the lower Connecticut River Valley like a medieval fortress on the Rhine.

Robert Louis Stevenson and Western Samoa

Western Samoa claims the largest proportion of full-blooded Polynesians in the world. At last count there were 162,000 of them, a collection of robust, often tattooed, sometimes obese, lava lava clad folks who live on the two main islands of Savai’i, and Upolu.