Tulum, Mexico: not the kind of story we need right now

The Maya civilization was incredibly advanced. We all learned about their refined alphabet and cutting edge knowledge of astronomy and mathematics as kids in school. Well, I visited the ruins of Tulum over New Years, and was struck by how much I didn’t know. They were master traders and incredible artists. Politics and urban lifestyles…

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Explore an Ancient Seaport From Home During Quarantine

Oia in Santorini nowadays is known for its sunset views. However, this settlement in the northern hilltops dates back to the early 1200s. It served as one of the city’s major seaports for trading and travel. One of their major exports was wine, which remains the case to this day. In fact, they’ve been producing…

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Tour Athens From Your Couch

Last year, I traveled to Greece. Last week, I finally found time to edit the pictures I took there. In light of the current pandemic, I thought I’d share old travel pictures with all of you. Helpfully these images will provide you a bit of virtual relief for your cabin fever. Around 15 years ago,…

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Strasbourg: The Christmas Market Capitol of the World!

Welcome to Strasbourg, France–the currently one of the jolliest place on planet earth! Right on the eastern boarder between France and Germany, this quaint little town dating back to at least 12BC, still proudly boasts a beautiful range of historic buildings from Medieval to Art Nouveau. Every year from the end of November through the…

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Flåm: A Once in A Lifetime Norwegian Transportation Experience

When the sun’s not shining in Norway (which is most of the time), it’s a moody country. Clouds roll in over the fjords and the lighting is absolute glory. Boating is a great way to see all that Norway has to offer, (which you’ll soon see as you scroll through the pictures below), but it…

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Bergen?

Norway is a beautiful beast of a country. These Nordic lands are perhaps most known for their unique fjords, which make up the majority of its coastline. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, following Oslo, with a population of just over 280,000 people. City Center, also called Byfjorden, which translates to “the city fjord,”…

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Zurich, Quite a Pretty Little City

Welcome to beautiful Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city. Even though I only experience about 24 hours of this beautiful spot, I’d jump at the opportunity to go back. They city of Zurich sits perched atop Lake Zurich (which happens to look quite a bit like a banana from above). Many boats and swans bob about in…

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Switzerland is One Part Fairy Tale, One Part Inspiration for Artists

The Rhine River, originating in the Swiss Alps, flows through Germany and the Netherlands, emptying into the North Sea. Along the way, you’ll find Rhine Falls. Located on the boarder of Schaffhausen and Zürich, it is the largest waterfall in all of Europe. In the photo below you can see two separate falls, divided by a rock…

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Every City Should Have a Riverwalk

In the early to mid 1900s, a series of fatal floods convinced the people of San Antonio that something had to be done to protect the city from the raging river waters. Funded by Works Progress Administration, the agency established by Franklin Roosevelt to boost the economy and carry out public works, dams and gates were…

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Lausanne, Switzerland

As I mentioned in the previous post, Eamon and I flew early morning from Paris to Geneva, then immediately took a train to Lausanne, spent a few hours wandering around there, hopped back on the train to Geneva, walked around there for a few hours, and then boarded a late flight back to Paris that…

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