PHOTO TOUR: Cedar Hill aka The Frederick Douglass House

  Cedar Hill is the last home of former slave, author, orator, publisher, abolitionist and women’s rights activist, Frederick Douglass.  Born into slavery, he never knew his mother, and it goes without saying that he lived in extreme poverty.  He died a free man, with a home that boast … [Read more...]

Photo Tour: Washington DC in Black & White

While in DC, the photos I took during the first day weren’t as vibrant as they could have been do to the filter I had on my lens.  And, I didn’t notice it until it was pretty much too late.  The quick fix was making some of them Black & White.    *To enlarge … [Read more...]

New York City: Day Trip to The Walkway Over The Hudson

It’s autumn.  That means it’s time for visiting locations that provide a great leaf-peeping show.  For a great day trip out of Manhattan, check out The Walkway Over The Hudson, located in Poughkeepsie,  It's a quick 1.5 hour drive outside the city. What was at one time the world’s longest bridge, … [Read more...]

San Diego Hometown Tourist: Balboa Park

Balboa Park is San Diego's jewel.  America's largest urban cultural park has more than 30 Museums, Performing Arts Venues, and Sports and Recreational Facilities, along with numerous gardens and restaurants.  Sandwiched between 6th Ave. on the west and Park Blvd. on the east, Balboa Park is 1200 … [Read more...]

Amsterdam and Porcelain Houses

One of my travel collections consists of KLM Delft Blue miniature houses. They come out with new house every year, and each one is numbered.   Some might say that the coolest thing about them is that they come filled with Bois Jenever (dutch gin).  What I find most cool is that they are replicas of … [Read more...]

San Diego Hometown Tourist: Presidio Park

Perched up on the top of a hill at the entrance into “the valley” Presidio Park is one of my favorite parks in San Diego.  With views over Mission Bay to the Pacific Ocean, it's a favorite for sunset watchers. As a major symbol of the city, it stands atop the hill recognized as the site where … [Read more...]

Top Spots for the Best Views of Seattle

Seattle is one of my favorite cities.  It would be #1 if I didn't love Manhattan, London, Amsterdam and Stockholm.  One of the things I love is that some days when I'm riding around or just hanging out I feel like I'm in a lovely painting of blue skies, perfect cumulus clouds, green tree lined roads … [Read more...]

[VIDEO] Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade 2012

Dutch people overwhelmingly support equal rights for gays, and the country became the world's first to fully sanction gay marriages in April 2001.  So when I found out it was Gay Pride week the weekend I was going to Amsterdam, there was no way I was going to miss the parade.  I expected something … [Read more...]

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; My Trip of Firsts

Jeddah the gateway to Mecca is said to be the largest cultural melting pot in the world, and that this is the reason for its chilled vibe.  I don't know if this is true, but I do know that in the almost 4 yeas that I've lived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that those 3 days I spent in Jeddah were … [Read more...]

Life Lessons: My First Solo Vacation

I've traveled solo numerous times.  Typically, those were business trips in which I was in and out of the city so quickly that I didn't have time for anything except the business I was there to conduct.   I had never really considered going on a vacation by myself.   I don't know why.  However, when … [Read more...]