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Beyond the Destination: Your World. Our Perspective.

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region or by type, including blog post, field report—daily recap of a past expedition with photos—video, or image slideshow. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Sumela Monastery
October 5, 2011
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We stepped out into the cool crisp air of a shaded streamside valley in northeastern Turkey. The temperature here in the mountains was noticeably different than the Black Sea coast from where we came, some 4,000 feet below us. Imbedded in the cliff face high above our heads sat the spectacular Sumela Monastery, its buff-colored stone glistening in the bright morning sun.

Local vans whisked us up the final bit of narrow winding road, but the last 300 meters to the Monastery could only...

Amasra, Turkey
September 19, 2011
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Under a glorious blue sky, we wandered the narrow winding streets of the coastal village of Amasra.  From a high bluff above town, we watched a pair of dolphins attend to a small fishing boat, and admired the rugged north coast of Turkey as it dropped off precipitously into the glistening blue waters of the Black Sea.

Back in town, we carefully meandered past colorful stacks of tomatoes, plums, figs, and other fresh produce in a bustling open-air market, where change for our fruit and...

Dubrovnik, Croatia
April 21, 2009
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Springtime is the best time to be in the Adriatic. The hillsides are ablaze with poppies, irises, and gorse and the medieval walled cities are filled with festivals of the season. We watched Easter Pageants in Malta and Sicily and toured the palaces, archaeological sites, and bustling mountain-top bazaars of Corfu and Albania.

In Montenegro we spent the early morning on deck watching as our ship navigated the winding fjord of Boka Kotorska. Once we were alongside beneath the walls of...

The Fabled Adriatic
March 20, 2009
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As lifelong adventurers we are constantly seeking our own secret paths. When we were children these paths might have begun with the simple shortcuts home from school, through a neighbor’s yard, or across a wild meadow. Later, these paths took the form of roads and hidden delights we discovered while extending the borders of our surroundings, venturing farther afield and around the globe.

Now our travels take us to foreign cities and villages where we wander labyrinthine...

Bornholm Island, Denmark
March 31, 2011
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In my many years of travel, I have found that each season seems to claim a region for her own and is the place she brings out her very best.

Spring chooses the Mediterranean and fills the shores with bird-song and a colorful explosion of wild flowers. Autumn picks the Black Sea after harvest, when families gather and tables groan under the weight of feasts and wines. And summer has chosen the Baltic, where she lengthens her days and breaks out her best along the southern amber shores...

Sumela fresco, Turkey
October 15, 2012
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Kevin Clement was so inspired by his time circumnavigating the Black Sea, he put pen to paper and crafted a poem to remember.

 

The Discharge of the Trite Brigade

The verse that started it all (my contest entry):

 The leeches, when we reached Batumi,
Found their glass insufficiently roomy.
They said, “We’re heading out.
“We’ll be crawling about,...

Atiu Island, Cook Islands
October 19, 2012
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You may have noticed a new look gracing Zegrahm’s website, Facebook page, and fall Traveler’s Guide, among other applications. Several months in the making, we are excited to finally be sharing our new logo with you. Since logos are often “the face” of a company, we thought we’d share with you how we settled on the new look.

When Zegrahm’s six cofounders started the company, they...

Kakaban Island, Indonesia
December 4, 2012
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In the spring of 2013, travel to a world of fascinating cultures, luscious landscapes, and an amazing diversity of tropical flora, fauna, and marine life. A place where orangutans and jellyfish provide fodder for stories that will amaze your friends and family for years to come.

In 2006, Rodica W. joined her first Zegrahm voyage, Brunei to Bali, and learned the true meaning of the phrase, 'Expedition Stop.'

“On the sixth day of the voyage, just as we were...

Inspiration in the Galapagos
August 6, 2012
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The Galápagos Islands have been referred to by Herman Melville as ‘enchanted,’ and by Charles Darwin as ‘a living laboratory of evolution.’ I was privileged to live there for seven years and carried out marine research in the archipelago for more than three decades. While I concur with both of these famous visitors, I would like to add that not only is a visit to this fabled island group an adventure, it is also a life-changing experience.

In June 2012, 10-year-old Ben (pictured above...

Pentecost Island
August 21, 2012
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Did you know that though the art of bungee jumping in the western world has been around for nearly 40 years, the origins of the sport date back much further? Take a cruise with us to Pentecost Island, Vanuatu in the South Pacific…

Home to naghol, or land diving, the men of Pentecost have been participating in this ritual for decades. Legend has it that a woman was trying to escape her abusive husband and ran up a tree to hide. He followed her and she jumped out of the tree—...

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