14 Jan, 2016 in Philadelphia
Eastern State Penitentiary Museum Philadelphia Pennsylvania-001

I love funky museums that show me something different and unexpected and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was just the thing.  A real functioning prison from 1821 to 1971 turned museum this will give you a chance to revisit the history of how prisons evolved over the years. It’s not only about incarceration, and the American […]

13 Jan, 2016 in Rome
Altare della Patria Piazza Venezia Rome-013

If you’re looking for scenic views from a hilltop at ancient Rome, then head over to the Terrace of the Chariots at the Altare della Patria near Piazza Venezia and take it all in. If you’re willing to wait a bit and put in some cash, you can even take the elevator higher up for even more […]

10 Jan, 2016 in Munich
Munich Old Town Germany-009

Munich has a lovely old town area, and even in lousy weather it’s nice to walk around. I visited the area a few times, and there was lots to discover every single time.   Join me on my walking tour of the old town of Munich…   Marienplatz & Frauenkirche     Old Town Hall   […]

9 Jan, 2016 in Eastern Spain, Visions
Visions of Figueres Spain (9)

Cheap Ryanair flights to Barcelona arrive at the Girona airport, one hour north from Barcelona. From what I’ve heard, more people just hop on the bus to Barcelona upon arrival, without taking the time to see if there’s anything worthwhile in the area. There are a few things to do in the area, the most […]

8 Jan, 2016 in London, Visions
Visions of London United Kingdom Britian (2)

The nice thing about living in the center of Western Europe is that all the big cities are within reach. A 3 hour train will get me to Paris, Amsterdam, or Frankfurt, and in 4 hour I can be in London. A few weeks after moving here I decided to test it out and give it […]

7 Jan, 2016 in Eastern Spain, Visions
Visions of Valencia Spain (11)

Valencia may have been just another Spanish city with a nice old city center, but just before saying my goodbyes I went to see the new City of Arts and Sciences and was in for a big surprise. I heard they did something special, but this sort of futuristic sci-fi city was not was I […]

6 Jan, 2016 in Southern Spain, Visions
Visions of Alicante Spain (8)

To warm up for Christmas, I decided to head down to southern Europe and see a bit of Spain. Aside from a trip to Barcelona Catalonia over 15 years ago, I have never really had the chance to explore Spain, and so I was thrilled and excited about this visit. Alicante was the last stop before heading back. […]

19 Dec, 2015 in Yearly summaries

What did 2015 look like? 2015 marked yet another change in my life. After moving to the US following ~10 years on and off in Asia, I moved to the Netherlands in Europe to start yet another adventure. The time spent in the US provided me with some significant challenges, also on the travel side, but […]

17 Dec, 2015 in Vancouver
Capilano Suspension Bridge Vancouver Canada (13)

Lots to see and do in Vancouver, but the national parks just North of the city rising over the mountains are probably what makes Vancouver special and memorable to me. During my short time in Vancouver I had the change to visit two such attractions with a special shuttle leaving from the conference center. The first was […]

16 Dec, 2015 in Saint Petersburg
Peter and Paul Fortress Saint Petersburg Russia (11)

While roaming around Saint Petersburg on foot, exploring canals, and viewing gorgeous architecture I arrived at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Built by Peter the Great in the 18th century, this fort commands the water pathways of the Saint Petersburg area, and was later converted to an Alcatraz like prison. You can go up to […]

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