Category: Architecture

Great architecture from around the world

Jun 04

Things to Do on Flores Island other than Komodo National Park

Every tourist you meet on Flores Island has visited or is on their way to Komodo National Park for its wildlife both on land and in sea.  But Flores Island has so much more to offer.  There are many Things to Do on Flores Island other than Komodo National Park. See if you think so …

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May 22

Long Layover in Taipei (Taipei 101)

You gotta love long layovers.  It sometimes allows a twofer on a longer trip.  I had previously flown through Taipei, Taiwan but the layover was too short to go outside.  On my way to Indonesia, I had a long layover in Taipei… a whopping 19 hour overnight stop. Clearing Immigration Immigration is quite efficient.  No …

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May 08

Fun Things to do in Huntsville, Alabama (I heart HSV?)

When planning a vacation, Huntsville isn’t at the top of many lists, but maybe it should be.  For a 200,000 population, the city has a home town, relaxed feel.  And the city has the highest per capita of Ph.D’s, a huge art scene, and friendly population so it’s a great place to mingle with the …

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May 07

Top Things to do in Nashville (Music City, USA)

Nashville is Music City USA, but also party central USA.  There are endless concerts, tours, sporting events to keep a person busy for days.  I had the pleasure to spent 4 days and 4 nights there.  Even as a solo female, I was able to meet lots of people and have a fun time.  There …

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Apr 24

Traverse City State Hospital Extended Tripod Photography Tour (Sanity Check)

Last year, I really enjoyed visiting the deserted buildings of Pripyat, Ukraine in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  So, when I heard about the Traverse City State Hospital Extended Tripod Photography Tour with a professional photographer at the deserted buildings of the Traverse City State (Mental) Hospital, I had to go.  These tours only run a …

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Apr 08

Winnipeg Manitoba (The Short Journey to Churchill)

Anyone on their way to or from Churchill should definitely consider a stop in Winnipeg Manitoba.  Visiting the zoo is a nice companion to your Polar Bear excursions in Churchill, and you can see bears up close and personal.  There are plenty of other things to do. Arrival in Winnipeg We arrived in the very …

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Apr 02

Visiting Kyiv Ukraine (Chicken Kiev in Kyiv)

In early 2016, Ukraine was not on my travel radar at all.  Russia had been aggressive towards them and Crimea was basically a no-go zone.  My real destination was Jordan.  Petra has been on my wish list for years, as well as Syria, and after seeing what had happened in Syria I wanted to get …

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Apr 01

Visiting Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – Soloeast Tour (Chernobyl Diaries)

Most people visiting Chernobyl do so in a whirlwind 1-day tour from Kyiv, with 2 hours diving each way.  It’s also possible to do longer trips, but these are much more expensive and for those that have a deep interest in Chernobyl.  My friend and I decided to do the middle trip – a 2-day …

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Apr 01

The Russian Woodpecker (Chernobyl Exclusion Zone)

A highlight of a Chernobyl tour is a visit to the Russian Woodpecker, or Duga-3.  It’s a 1 km long, by 150 meter high hunk of rotting metal radar technology.  The “woodpecker” name comes from the tapping sound it makes while in use.  This remnant of Cold War time was a way for the Soviets …

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Apr 01

Pripyat in Pictures (Chernobyl Exclusion Zone)

On April 25, 1986, the city of Pripyat, Ukraine had a population of 50,000 people.  Many of them employees of the Chernobyl Nuclear plant and their families.  Within a couple days, everyone would be evacuated after the April 26 accident.  The pictures here show the impact of 30 years of desertion on the city of …

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