Emilie

Kayaking adventures among glaciers – and orcas

From The Philadelphia Inquirer -‘They’re real mean. Will kill you in a second if they get ahold of you,” said my husband as I opened the door of our cabin and stepped out onto the deck. I could hear the commotion about 50 feet to the left. A crowd was gushing with deep “Ah’s” and…

Ljubljana, Slovenia’s Capital and a Lovely City for a Sojourn

Ljubljana, pronounced [ljuˈbljàːna] is a lively university town in Slovenia, the country wedged between Austria and Italy. After an 1895 earthquake, architect Jose Plecnik redesigned the town using aspects of Roman, Medieval, Baroque and Hapsburg architecture that reflect its  history. I keep thinking of it as  “Little Venice”  because of the  small bridges that arch …

Hiking With Reindeer Near Fairbanks, Alaska

I cringed as the tip of the reindeer’s wide antlers brushed against my elbow.  The terrain in the boreal forest at the Running Reindeer Ranch was slightly hilly, and if the animals behind me lurched ahead maybe they would knock me down. “Don’t worry.  They are the gentlest animals ever, and I can tell that…

Dubrovnik, Croatia, A Fairyland City on the Dalmatian Coast

It’s not surprising that the outside scenes for the HBO fantasy “Game of Thrones” are filmed here. Located on the Dalmation Coast, east of Italy on the Adriatic Sea, the walled city of Dubrovnik juts out into the bright blue water like an unwieldy Ottoman fortress  with many rounded section and towers. The interior—carless, by…