Like everything in my life, making travel documentaries was something I fell into. Someone else was supposed to do a series called Islands of Britain in 2009, but they gave up and it was stirred under my nose. I thought, “I would love to do that. The series was sold to Australia and a production company asked me to do a series called Islands of Australia. Then, in 2018, I decided to do Islands of America. It’s a very good concert, I must say!
One part of the world I had always wanted to explore was the Pacific. Since I was a child, I have had a fascination with this corner of the world, thanks to my father. He was a pacifist and during WWII he was a conscientious objector.
He always tried to interest me when I was little in things that had nothing to do with guns, men of action and war, and he bought me an amazing book, Kon-Tiki and I, by Erik Hesselberg, on the Kon -Tiki Expedition – only four men and a small sail, rope and balsa boat, which crossed the Pacific Ocean. I was addicted to their adventure – the unexplored desert islands and the incredible marine life. And I loved all the photos; there’s one I remember of a whale shark passing under their raft.