Montenegro’s Lake Skadar National Park: A Day Trip and Boat Ride

Having emerged from the long mountain tunnel that separates Lake Skadar National Park from Montenegro’s coastline, the landscape was decidedly different. Gone were glimpses of the expansive Adriatic. In its place was Lake Skadar, Southern Europe’s largest lake.

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A Sunset Safari in South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park

As golden-hour rays of sunshine cast shadows upon South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park, we remained cautiously optimistic that we’d spot wildlife. Our open-air safari vehicle rolled through the stunning landscape, characterized by sage-colored foliage and terracotta-hued soil. Water droplets sparkled on the vegetation, the result of an earlier rainfall that had quenched Addo’s parched terrain.
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Into the Forest: Watching a Wild Deer Feeding in the German Alps

Sitting on the wooden benches of a rustic shelter, our group waited patiently. We shivered quietly and watched for signs of life in the frosted forest before us. It was twilight, and we had come to watch a feeding of wild deer in the Graswang Valley in the German state of Bavaria. These feeding sessions, called Wildtierfütterung in German, are a popular local tradition, and just one example of Germany’s penchant for respecting the environment

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The Last Days of Summer – Oberammergau, Germany

Oberammergau pictures

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
-Henry James

As we welcome autumn to Oberammergau – with its bounty of festivals and harvests – here is a peek at the scenes we glimpsed during our last summer strolls.

Here’s to beautiful fall foliage, and Bavaria’s winter wonderland vistas that await us just around the corner. I hope they’ll arrive fashionably late, though.

Oberammergau scenes 3

Flowers in Bavaria 2

Flowers in Bavaria

Kofel in Oberammergau

Oberammergau scenes 2

Where in the World?

Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

An Afternoon at Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France

Artist Claude Monet‘s name is synonymous with his dreamlike paintings which were inspired by his graceful gardens in Giverny, France, where he lived for 43 years. In 1980, his home and garden were opened to the public allowing Monet’s canvases to come to life.

Today, visitors to Giverny can see Japanese-style footbridge that spans the property’s small pond, clusters of water lilies wearing faint pink flowers, and pathways studded with clusters of vibrant blooms.

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Hiking to Greece’s Majestic Meteora Monasteries

It is a perfect marriage of nature and of manmade beauty. Crowning the tops of otherworldly rock formations are Eastern Orthodox monasteries, some constructed more than 700 years ago. Built by monks who were trying to escape persecution, there were once more than 20 monasteries. Over the centuries, however, weather and neglect took their toll, leaving today’s six active monasteries, several that are closed to the public, and others in ruins.

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The Perfect Skopje Excursion: Exploring Macedonia’s Matka Canyon

 

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare

Though I love the energy and cultural offerings characteristic of large cities, I am most at home in natural settings. During my childhood, I’d go ‘on safari’ in my backyard, passing away hours hiking and hunting for fossils and critters. It comes as no surprise then that during our travels to *Macedonia, I was eager to escape the southeast European nation’s hectic capital city of Skopje to visit the serene Matka Canyon, which is only 30 minutes’ drive from Skopje.

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Photo du Jour: The Flight of a Bumble Bee – Perast, Montenegro

In the sleepy town of Perast, Montenegro, we were drawn to a canopy of wisteria, intoxicated by its delicate perfume and enchanting, lavender hue. The symphony of hundreds of bees at work enhanced the moment.

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