Hi from Rick: Touring Europe's Northern Delights
Traveling in countries where civilization butts up against nature, I feel the strength of a people. From the dunes and dikes of the Netherlands to the foreboding peaks and powerful fjords of Norway, these are places where man and nature seem to have shared the same crib.
Riding a ferry up Sognefjord on the far west coast of Norway, I stayed on the car deck — just to be alone with the fjord. I climbed atop a giant cleat, hung on to a fat hemp rope, and tossed little bits of my sandwich high into the air — collecting a circus of acrobatic seagulls looping and diving for tiny bites of my lunch. Feeding those Nordic birds was actually more gratifying than feeding myself as they connected me in a playful way with Norway’s nature. Dwarfed under black cliffs rocketing out of the glassy water... Read more