"Alaska"

FOREST FLAIR

FOREST FLAIR

Alaska, USA

You are in Girwood, a village surrounded by woods. During the winter months, this is a well-known skiing destination very popular with Anchorage young crowd. The wooden houses are empty, the trees are skinny, a deer wanders in the unfenced garden of a chalet and the ski lift is closed. It’s summer and no one seems to be around in this cool August evening outside the city, that in Alaska means in the woods…

Rustic Goat

Rustic Goat

Alaska, USA

At the crossing with a big Boulevard with an American name there’s a modern glass and wood building. At the bar they serve fragrant beers. In Alaska the wooden oven seems to have replaced the gas cooker. From this oven they take out genuine, skilful and seasonally inspired food. The Cauliflower Flat Bread is an oven-baked cauliflower cracker filled with ricotta cheese, rocket, red and yellow beetroot, mushrooms and roasted onions. You sit at long wooden tables accessorized with white linen napkins. When the waitress describes to us her favourite dessert is like listening to a modern folk song that talks about summer, a tent in the woods, a bonfire, roasted marshmallows on sticks and hot chocolate bowls to dip them into. In the parking, a light blue vintage van and sport bikes await a crowd with a passion for uncomplicated American fare.

If you’re a hippie, come to Seldovia

If you’re a hippie, come to Seldovia

Alaska, USA

Seldovia is a wilder version of Halibut Cove. It sits on deep green and mysterious sparkling waters. You have to check the tide before you start walking toward Outside Beach. The old boardwalk is melancholic and peaceful. You’re surrounded by colourful wooden cabins (red, turquoise, blue) built on pilings over the slough and flowers, and can spot eagles and seagulls. Even on a rainy day, Seldovia is magical. In the morning, the paths in the forest are muddy with plenty of wild berries to pick. As you’re surrounded by deep green giant leaves and orange spotty mushrooms, you feel like Alice in Wonderland. Suzie and Jerry own the most beautiful cottage on the old boardwalk and rent it out to visitors…

HALIBUT COVE

HALIBUT COVE

Alaska, USA

Since 1966 this green varnished wooden fishing boat has been sailing on the sheltered icy light-blue water of the bay serving as passenger ferry to Halibut Cove. The captain pokes her head out of the small square window to make an announcement. She’s a young looking woman: blond, big eyes, wearing summer boat shoes. She has the smile and the look of someone who was born for these adventures at sea, like one of Wes Anderson’s characters. Welcome aboard the Danny J! Rain ponchos are available on board to protect you from water and rain. Here’s the Gull Island’s sea bird sanctuary, the dream of keen birdwatchers…

WELCOME TO HOMER, THE CITY WHERE PEOPLE LIKE TO LIVE

WELCOME TO HOMER, THE CITY WHERE PEOPLE LIKE TO LIVE

Alaska, USA

It’s summer in Homer, Alaska. You’re in your favourite American indie movie with people in jeans, flannel check shirts and rubber boots, holding cups of piping hot coffee. There’s nothing you would change, included that authentic hippie spirit that is in all Alaskan generations and that deeply inside you wished it run in your veins as well. At 5pm, ’90s car and pick-up trucks arrive on the Old Town’s beach and stop one next to the other to look at the sunset over the bay, like in a natural drive in. As Homer Split is illuminated by the last ray of light, it turns into a golden tongue jutting out into the bay, right to the very tip. It’s a campground perfectly integrated in the surrounding nature and deeply connected to water, sailing and fishing (The Fishing Lagoon is crowded with men and women with fishing rods and bags). You warm up around the campfire where they’re grilling fresh filleted fish, and enjoy the owner’s family and their friends company. Together, you wait for another day to end in the Kenai Peninsula…