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

Magnificent Lake Skadar is the largest lake in Southern Europe. It is also home to a dazzling array of wildlife.

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

One of South Africa’s largest national parks, Addo was established in the 1930s to protect about 10 elephants. Today, it’s home to more than 600.

The Last Days of Summer – Oberammergau, Germany

“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,Continue reading “The Last Days of Summer – Oberammergau, Germany”

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’sContinue reading “An Afternoon at Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France”

Hiking to Greece’s Majestic Meteora Monasteries

Meteora showcases the perfect marriage of natural and man-made beauty. Crowning the tops of otherworldly rock formations are Eastern Orthodox monasteries — some constructed more than 700 years ago. Monks trying to escape persecution originally built 24 monasteries here. Over the centuries, weather and neglect took their toll on the structures, leaving today’s six activeContinue reading “Hiking to Greece’s Majestic Meteora Monasteries”

The Perfect Skopje Excursion: Exploring North 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’m 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,Continue reading “The Perfect Skopje Excursion: Exploring North Macedonia’s Matka Canyon”

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.