Checking in with friends around the globeWritten by Roger Holliday Claudia Fischer | | firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mails announcing the exciting launch of the TFP “Star” to our Toledo Free Press travel correspondents around the world found them all in a state of hyperactivity…
Sydneysiders, Robert Matthysen and Martin Woodward, for example, are getting ready to go “hug-a-ranga”. Translation: Our globetrotting Aussie pals are jetting off next week to the jungles of Malaysia to look for orangutans.
The Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve is the home of the last wild orangutans of Northern Borneo and it’s been Martin’s lifelong dream to see them in the wild. His recent 50th birthday provided just such an inventive and photos and a report has been promised…
Over in the U.K., antiquarian bookseller, Keith Fletcher, has spent much of the winter commuting between his country home in a tiny Hertfordshire village and a new chalet the family has acquired in the French ski resort of Montgenevre..
Commutes like this are quite common among Brits and made financially feasible by the cheap intra-Europe flights offered by low cost airlines like Easy Jet and Ryanair often for as little as $5 a person roundtrip!
Keith and wife Marina are also busy planning a spring wedding for one of their sons. It’ll be a traditional at-home affair by all accounts. Think big tent in an adjoining pasture. Lots of summer dresses and wide brimmed hats, Blazers and old school ties. Cleverly crafted, understated speeches and witty toasts. A grouse flyover is a possibility. And almost certainly dollops and dollops of strawberries and cream. Oh, how we wish we could be there…
More nuptial news comes from deep in Germany’s Black Forest where correspondent Stephen Dodds has announced that he’s finally going to marry his long-time partner, Marzia.
As ex-pat Brits, they still have a bunch of Teutonic hoops to jump through as well as trying to persuade their extended families to actually cross the English Channel for the “Euro-wedding”. No small task apparently.
The couple is also searching for the just the right place to honeymoon…or “Flitterwoche” (flitter week) as the Germans so colorfully call it. Dresden is currently in first place for its arts and cultural scene…and the fact that they’ve never been there.
Thousands of miles away in South Africa’s wine country, our entrepreneurial contributor Andre Loubser has somehow found time between writing books, building exotic cars and designing stuff…to celebrate his own 70th birthday.
Last week, he and his British wife Gill–packaging magazine editor and accomplished Scottish dancer–convened a communal luncheon for several other family members who also had February birthdays.
They probably scorched an ostrich or two on the grill he designed. Downed flagons of local Constantia wines. Perused the photo albums. And discussed the family heritage.
Andre and Co., it appears, come from good French Huguenot stock driven out of France in a big hurry by the Edict of Nantes in 1688. Andre likens their setting out in a sailing ship in the 17th-century for an unknown destination to boarding a space ship to Mars today. And he’s probably also designing one right now!
We’ll be hearing more from him very soon as the World Soccer Cup takes place in South Africa this June…and according to travel agents, US interest is running high.
Back on the homefront, the first inklings of spring arrived when a worm of robins (yep. that’s the collective noun for a flock of them) began feasting on the red berries in our backyard trees…and then proceeded to evacuate said berries all over our cars!
But if that’s what it takes to be the harbinger of spring…so be it.
We’ll be celebrating the advent of the new season…and the TFP “Star”…by driving up to Lansing for the 15th Annual Quiet Water Symposium.
Billed as “an event for those who share a love of outdoor, non-motorized recreation” we’ll learn how to birdwatch from a kayak, tie flies, explore the best trails in the UP, restore canoes and then paddle safely…something we haven’t always managed to do.
We expect it to be a very green and very hushed affair…and the perfect preface for our Northern Michigan cabin opening next month.
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