Emilie

Running With the 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…

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 …

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…