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Life in the wild is a bitch

We did indeed see lions but not just lying in the shade sleeping. We caught a group of young lions in the process of killing a water buffalo. At first we only spotted the usual females and young males under a tree. Our guide said they had killed a few days ago so they were […]

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The ANIMALS of Meru

Meru is a remote park with few visitors so the animals are still wild and do not walk up to cars to get photographed the way they do in the Masai Mara, so each photo is a bit more of a victory as it is also more of a challenge. On the other hand it […]

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Life on safari

We arrived to Meru park by plane, a very small plane, yet not as small as the one we would take to leave three days later. But one thing at a time.   The scenery is varied, there are some very dry areas and some very lush greenery along the rivers. There are mostly plains […]

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Naipoki in the afternoon

We returned to the Sheldrick orphanage for a more “private” visit. The elephants are brought back from the forest to their pens for the night. The smaller ones have a totally enclosed room while the bigger ones have a larger pen that is partly open to the skies. All have a cot for the keeper […]

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Karen Blixen’s house

After the elephant orphanage, I stopped at the Karen Blixen house. She is the author “Out of Africa” and that is where she lived and where the film was shot. It has some authentic pieces and some copies, some are gifts from various organizations, some are props left over from the movie. But it all […]

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The David Sheldrick foundation

I came back! Again an amazing morning spent watching the orphaned babies drink ther milk and frolick in the mud. The smallest is Naipoki  “my” baby.

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Kenya flowers

My next visit, in the vicinity of the tea growing farms was a Calla Lillies farm. I had always only seen white ones used mostly in wedding bouquets before so I was in for a big surprise! This farm grows them by the thousands in very color combination you can thing of and in heights […]

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Kenya

Whoever says all of Africa is dry and desertic should come to Kenya. As I visited a tea farm not far from Nairobi today, I was once again struck by the lushness of the vegetation . We got a thorough explanation of the culture, harvest and treatment of the tea leaves. Kenya ranks third in the […]

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Flying

I am about to board a plane with the name “Maria Callas” written below the cockpit window. I wonder if they play her music on board or if each KLM plane bears the name of a different artist… maybe planes have godmothers the way ships do… I will have to check on the next plane […]

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The Barcelona story is up!

Finally!! Another trip story!!! It was a one week city trip, in early May (I know I know it took me a long time to write) …. to Barcelona, Spain. Olé!! Check it out!