Posts Tagged ‘slow travel’

Combat de la Rouge-Mare

Combat_de_la_Rougemare_et_des_Flamants

Slow Traveling is exciting because it is not about the big and expected stories of visiting major landmarks or tourist traps, but rather the surprise of an unexpected small and beautiful story around a not well-known monument or place. Last week we visited the Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy. Quite an achievement for us, because of the…

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How to improve your mermaid spotting skills.

Mermaid in steel door in Wick, Scotland.

Paddling around this enchanting landscape of the Scottish coastline, illusions of magical creatures under the waves start floating around in my head. It is almost tangible that there must be mermaids around. Mermaids, sirens and selkies are all part of the seafaring folklore. They have been depicted at maps of the world from the middle…

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Foraging companionship and the taste of seaweed

Plate with fried seaweed, Dulse

“Do you know the different types of seaweed?” the guy asks, he’s one of the 14 nephews and cousins we just met. They stay in the large house for the yearly work party on the currently unpopulated island of Ensay or Easaigh in Gaelic. Standing side by side, the house and chapel shape the deep…

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As dangerous as a visit to my mother-in-law

Charlotte in kayak with basking shark close to South Uist

‘Are you sane?’ she asks when we tell her we will round the Mull of Kintyre the next day. We are not surprised by the question, ‘Is that not dangerous?’ It is regularly asked when we arrive somewhere with our kayaks. People and especially my mother-in-law, think that we risk our lives when we go…

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Silence is a troublemaker

‘Our thinking is like a boat on the water, pushed along by the waves and influenced by the wind.’ Hazrat Inayat Khan And what happens to our thinking when the boat is on the water but there is no wind nor waves and only silence? What does it do to your mind if this happens…

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May the fish be with you.

Pollock on deck of kayak, with a spool of fishing line.

Kayaking makes you hungry. We had some romantic ideas and mouth-watering dreams about catching fish as we went. Easy peasy, fish swim by them self, no need to carry extra weight. Just throw out a line and catch fish, simple….. Or not…..It took us three years to learn how to seriously catch fish. We both…

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