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The Lighthouse at Klein Curaçao paired with Heidi Merrick Grecian Dress.

The Lighthouse at Klein Curaçao paired with Heidi Merrick Grecian Dress.


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desert islands do not have to be deserts. This incongruity occurred to me as I read about Noma chef René Redzepi’s picks for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. The septuagenarian broadcast asks luminaries to choose eight pieces of music, a book (in addition to the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare) and a luxury. For the latter, Redzepi considered a “sun-driven espresso machine,” but instead identified something that would remind him of home (Copenhagen): “one full day of snow.” If waves threatened to wash away his cache, forcing him to save only one album, he would clutch “One” by Metallica. Before I can come up with my desert island discs, I need to first imagine my isle: Klein Curaçao suits with less than a square mile of sandy expanse shaded by sporadic coconut palms, offering the Caribbean country’s longest and whitest beach uninhabited by people save for passing fisherman and swimming divers. I would play my music and read Shakespeare in this crumbling 19th-century lighthouse, donning this Grecian dress, which would double as a picnic blanket, hammock or sunbrella. Alone but not deserted.

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