Maritime cultures are intensely practical and very often highly spiritual or superstitious. To live near the sea is to welcome her bounty and be awed by her power. Those in maritime communities learn the methods of mastering this vast resource to the extent that is possible, while developing a healthy respect for the wild unpredictability of the world's waters and marine life. Maritime traditions reflect the tangible and intangible dimensions of the nautical life, and encompass hard skills such as boat-building, fishing, salt harvesting as well as nuanced and mystical rituals, ceremonies and festivals.
The Tuscan spa town of Montecatini offers life lessons in how the flow of life ensures eventual harmony. Experience its cultural landscape from the perspective of local people, and learn about the history of its healing spring waters; the philosophy of its Art Nouveau architecture; the challenges and bounty of Fucecchio Marsh; and the story behind Bargilli Cialdi di Montecatini, one of Italy's best-loved sweets. Find out the true secret behind La Dolce Vita!
Go off-the-beaten path with Francesca Lamantea for a taste of local, small town coastal life with a visit to Goro in the Province of Ferrara in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 80 kilometres northeast of Bologna and about 50 kilometres east of Ferrara, near the mouth of the Po River. Meet fisherman Roberto and learn about life harvesting clams & mussels, and feast your eyes on some of the tasty traditional dishes served at popular fish festivals!
Guest writer & archaeologist David Pearlman shares the Neolithic parts of Cyprus, a country which he has called home for almost 40 years. He shares an age-old rumor that what attracted Cyprus’s initial colonization was the presence of the island’s attractive beaches. David reveals the secrets shared by locals of non-touristy spots of spectacular beauty such as Ayios Yeoryois tis Peyias and the Avakas Gorge. Let him give you a glimpse of an off-the-beaten path piece of paradise!
There’s nothing quite like a good view, and especially not in Scotland: land of lochs, soaring mountains and mysteries. Here we’ve put together some of the best views in Scotland to take in on your visit to this beautiful part of the world.
The reasons to travel are many & varied. One of those is to reconnect with a sense of awe & wonder at the world, and to be reinvigorated when life's inevitable challenges have sapped us of our joie de vivre. In this account, Scotland's Loch na Keal on the Isle of Mull and a daily dose of rainbows provide much-welcome brushes with the Divine and rejuvenation. Learn why the word 'Wow' was invented in Scotland!
While visiting Deer Isle in Maine, I had the chance to speak with Julie Eaton - a lobster boat captain - and learn more about lobster fishing in Maine as well as learn about her journey to the ocean in a world of men.
The towns of Piran and Portorož are located on Slovenia’s 28-mile stretch of Slovenia’s Adriatic coastline, and are awash in customs associated with the sea. Experience the area’s historic salt-harvesting and maritime traditions with a visit to Sečovlje Salt Pans and by attending the annual St George Festival, which celebrates divine intervention rescuing fishermen from a thunderstorm. Soak up the exuberant Neptune’s Baptism, a procession by boat from Portorož to Piran. Indulge in some thalassotherapy at one of the seaside spas. BCD offers you the up-close and personal experience of seeing Slovenia through the eyes of its locals.
These are some of the best Lochs, Scotland. With over 31,000 lochs scattered around Scotland it's no wonder that they hold such a powerful place in Scottish folklore and history.
Ever heard of Puffin Therapy? Meet Skipper Iain Morrison, who coined the term, and hear the story behind it! Let Iain guide you through the islands of the Inner Hebrides, which offer encounters with Orcas and Sea Eagles, as well as the adorable Puffins! Get Iain’s take on the distinct personalities of each island and a glimpse of life growing up on the Isle of Mull. BCD gives you the lay of the cultural landscape in a way no other site does, connect with Scotland's Inner Hebrides islands.
This intriguing Q & A with manager of the Oselvar Workshop in Os Norway reveals secrets behind the Vikings revolutionary boat building techniques. Åsmund Lien describes how he and a team of artisanal boat-builders are carrying on a 2,000-year tradition working with the fabled Norwegian wood.
Malta's known for its colorful boats; let BCD introduce you to local skippers who offer the history & traditions behind crafts known as Dghajsas, Frigatinas and Luzzus. Take a tour with BCD of Malta's Grand Harbor with impressive architecture created by Knights of St. John. Enjoy a virtual visit the aquamarine waters of the Blue Grotto. Experience the lively fishing harbor of Marsaxlokk Bay where boats sport the Eye of Osiris!