Category Archive: 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.  See if you think so too… Note that sites are listed from West to East.   Labuanbajo Sunsets I …

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May 22

Long Layover in Taipei (Subtitle: 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 whopping 19 hour overnight layover in Taipei. Getting to downtown takes 35-50 minutes depending if you take …

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Apr 24

Traverse City State Hospital (Subtitle: 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 “Extended Photo Tours” with a professional photographer at the deserted buildings of the Traverse City State (Mental) Hospital, I had to go.  These tours only run a couple times per year, so …

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Apr 02

Visiting Kyiv (Subtitle: Chicken Kiev in Kyiv)

Traveled May, 2016 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 …

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Apr 01

Visiting Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Subtitle: Chernobyl Diaries)

Traveled May, 2016 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 …

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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 …

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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. Pripyat was a great …

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Mar 31

Xi’an, China (Subtitle: Warrior Pose)

Traveled Aug, 2012 Edna and I said goodbye in Beijing because she had to go home.  I stayed for a glorious smog-free day in Beijing and then continued with an overnight train to Xi’an.  Although I had a berth for this overnight ride, it was the 3rd (top) bunk.  I made sure I didn’t drink …

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Mar 31

I’m in the 1%! (Destination: Beijing, China)

Traveled Aug, 2012   Beijing marks the end of the Trans-Mongolian railway.  Upon arrival in Beijing, we had some busy days of sightseeing in the capital including the following visits:  Temple of Heaven Great Wall of China Summer Palace Many Parks Dumpling night at the hostel & Peking Duck Forbidden City Tiananmen Square The night …

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Mar 21

Bukhara Uzbekistan (Shop Til You Drop!)

Thurs, Oct 31, 2013 Happy Halloween! I went out for a short walk to the nearby cathedral shortly after sunrise. After breakfast, we departed Samarkand. We had a bit of bumpy roads for the first hour but then flat roads thereafter. Just after noon, we stopped at a town to get lunch. During our afternoon …

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