Finding Pink Flamingos in the Camargue, South of France

Pay a Visit to the Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau
Come to the Camargue, she said

In the south of France, the Rhône river delta spreads out wide through reedy marshes, farmland and salt flats before flowing right into the Mediterranean. This region is called the Camargue. At once mythical and medieval, this beautiful area is home to cowboys, gypsies, black bulls, wild white horses and graceful pink flamingos. These are what we came to see. The Ornithological Park at Pont de Gau is a perfect place to experience the unique long-legged and pink feathered fowl up close and personal. Continue reading “Finding Pink Flamingos in the Camargue, South of France”

Exploring the Swiss Alps | A Royal Ride to Männlichen and Hiking Down

A beautiful day out in Switzerland’s Jungfrau region
WE’RE TAKING TRAINS, GONDOLAS AND WALKING SHOES

Switzerland is stunning. I’ve been here before. But it has taken me 25 years to get back. I can’t tell you why. It took so long. It was wonderful then. As a Teva wearing, backpack toting recent college graduate from the United States, together with my boyfriend – now husband – we adored our stops in Switzerland on a two-month European tour back in 1994. So when the opportunity arose to route our grand European road trip through the Swiss Alps this summer, I was seriously excited. The mountains were calling and I needed to go. And so do you. Come to the Bernese Oberland, she said. Continue reading “Exploring the Swiss Alps | A Royal Ride to Männlichen and Hiking Down”

Sustainable Crabbing and Fishing Experiences Around the World

How to Keep Your Seafood Catch Sustainable
Respecting local regulations and limits to fish and crab responsibly

I grew up crabbing and fishing. Maybe you can blame my dad. He tied flies for fun and loved to cast a long line in every eddy he could find along the cold clear McKenzie River outside Eugene, Oregon where we called home. But I remember fishing and crabbing with him even before we moved to Oregon.

Every summer we’d travel back to my Grandmother’s lake cabin outside Lawrence, Kansas and every cousin who could would try to catch whatever swam in those waters. My dad would load the old minnow bucket with minnows and let it dangle in the water just off the dock. He taught us to scoop up a wiggly little bait and slide it onto a hook so that it wouldn’t fly off the minute we cast.

In the coastal marshes of South Carolina, near where we lived for awhile, he taught us to tie chicken legs to a string and carefully lure in the crab and scoop them up in a net. Now that I’ve lived in Scandinavia for several years, I’ve seen this same technique used by young Danes and Swedes for good summer fun. Many a dock in Denmark has a place to keep the crabs for “inspection” for a bit before returning them to the cold clear Baltic Sea.

From a young age, my dad showed us how to use proper techniques and equipment, how to clean and definitely how to enjoy our catches. Memories are still strong of the fish cleaning hut at Diamond Lake, in Oregon, where he would gut the days’ limit looking inside each fish’s stomach to see what fly he should try the next day. He taught us the value of adhering to legal catch limits to keep stocks sustainable and available for years to come. Continue reading “Sustainable Crabbing and Fishing Experiences Around the World”

Five Easy Day Trips Just Outside of Copenhagen

Take Some Time to Explore More of Denmark
EXTEND YOUR DANISH EXPERIENCE

You don’t have to go far beyond the Danish capital to see what else this country has on offer. See a different side of what Denmark has to offer on one of these five easy day trips outside Copenhagen. There is something here for all interests and inclinations. Just take your pick. Continue reading “Five Easy Day Trips Just Outside of Copenhagen”

Spend a Weekend Away in the West Sweden Archipelago on Tiny Åstol Island

Explore the beautiful Bohuslän region north of Gothenburg
Come to Sweden, she said.

With over 200,000 islands in between her borders, Scandinavian sister Sweden boasts the most islands offshore of any country around the world. Exploring archipelagos is an essential part of the experience here in Sweden if you ask me. Even the Swedish capital Stockholm straddles a series of islands that are best experienced by boat. But if you want to see Sweden off the beaten path, beeline to Bohuslän. This is Western Sweden. And it is beautiful. Continue reading “Spend a Weekend Away in the West Sweden Archipelago on Tiny Åstol Island”