Colmenar is a small town in the mountains north of Málaga, in the region of southern Spain called Andalucia. Colmenar was a 45 minute drive from the coastal area where I stayed, and it made a nice day trip by car.
In early September I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, and it is one of my favorite gardens.The “Botanics,” as it is known locally, is a beautifully maintained and diverse botanical garden. As with many of the state run attractions in Scotland, the Botanics is free! There is no entry fee.
We enjoyed visiting the glass houses, both old and new.
On September 26 – 28th 2014, I attended the joint BIBBA (Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association) and SICAMM (Societas Internationalis pro Conservatione Apis Mellifera Mellifera) Conference in Llangollen, Wales.
Llangollen is a beautiful town of about 3,000 people, and is situated on the River Dee in the northern part of Wales. Continue reading “BIBBA and SICAMM Conference – Llangollen, Wales”
Please forgive me for a bee story that contains no real bees, except the oh-so-beeish Ape Car.
The Ape Car is a 3 wheeled light-industrial vehicle built by Piaggio in Italy. The idea for the Ape (Italian for bee, and pronounced ah-pay) was conceived by the inventor of the Vespa motorbike. Continue reading “The Ape Car”
During our recent stay in Italy, I had the opportunity to use a friend’s wood shop and build a few unique Warre hives. We were staying in the small town of Gavirate. This small town is in the lakes district of northern Italy in the Lombardy region. It is at the foothills of what is called the “pre-Alps” which are the smaller hills before you officially get into the Italian Alps.
The wood shop was about 13 km away in a small village called Inarzo. I borrowed a bike and commuted to ‘work’ by bike most days. For part of the trip I was able to cycle along a paved path along Lago Varese.
We recently explored Klein-Erzgebirge in Oederan, a short drive from where we were staying in Chemnitz, Germany.
Klein-Erzgebirge is a miniatures park that has been around for decades. The buildings and scenes are recreations of things you would see in the surrounding region, the Erzebirge (also known as the Ore Mountains). Continue reading “Klein-Erzgebirge”
I recently spent several days exploring the monasteries of the Fruška Gora area of Serbia. This region is about an hour north of Belgrade.
There are 15 Serbian Orthodox monasteries in the Fruška Gora area. Fruška Gora is also a National Park with beautiful forested hills, and has a peak that is 539 meters (1,768 feet) high. Continue reading “Fruška Gora”
About an hour southeast of Belgrade, Serbia, is a small city called Smederevo. There is an amazing fortress there, and we spent a day there recently, exploring the fortress. It was built in the 15th century.
Swallows and pigeons have taken to nesting in the fortress walls. Continue reading “Smederevo”
We recently spent a wonderful day at the Hortus Botanicus (botanical garden) in Amsterdam. What made it even more special is that there are bees there! The garden has a small apiary right along a canal, with several bee hives, and a volunteer beekeeper oversees the hives.
The Dutch in Amsterdam have created an interesting way for folks in the city to keep bees. It is called a bijenpark, or bee park.
There are several within a short bus ride from the Amsterdam center. I visited the Oude Bijenpark (Old Beepark), Nieuwe Bijenpark (New Beepark) and the Bijenpark Waterland in the northern part of Amsterdam. Continue reading “Bee Parks in Amsterdam”