Stockholm’s World Heritage Site: Skogskyrkogården

Try saying "Skogskyrkogården." Go on, try it. I've tried to say it at least 20 times, with my special Swedish speaking friend pronouncing it, all in the hope that I would actually hear the subtle difference between what I'm saying and what he's saying.  I still don't think I'm saying it right, … [Read more...]

Stockholm: Humlegården

Humlegården is a perfect gem of a park in the middle of the exclusive Östermalm district.  It was established by King Johan III in the 16th century but did not open to the public until 1869. The name humle, meaning hop, indicates that hops were one of the major plants grown in the garden and may … [Read more...]

Waikoloa Rock Graffiti

When you leave Kona airport on the Big Island of Hawaii, you pretty much have 2 options in regards to direction, you can head south on Highway 19 aka Queen Kaahumanu Hwy (try saying that three times fast) and that will take you into Kailua-Kona  and loops around the southern half of the island.  Or, … [Read more...]

Photography: Ocean Beach Shootout

Ocean Beach is a small beach community about a 10 - 15 minute drive northeast of downtown San Diego.  OB is about as unpretentious as San Diego beach living gets.  Home to my co-op (yes, I'm a member) Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market, it's one of the few places left in San Diego (or the rest … [Read more...]

Train Travel In Europe. I Love It!!

One of the things I love about going to Europe is traveling by train. During our summer vacation, in September, we rode the train from Amsterdam to Brugge, then from Brugge to Brussels. Train travel is easy. It provides restful down time during your vacation plus there’s the added value of the ever … [Read more...]

Photography: Shaybah, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia

I have never seen anything like Shaybah. Yea...I've seen sand dunes on photos and television, but here they were now, live and in living color, and they are indeed one of nature's wonder to behold. The sand is fine, soft and range in colors from light tan to a burnt orange. The only thing located … [Read more...]

Photo Tour: Amsterdam City Center

Amsterdam's City Center is one of my favorite. On this photo tour, I woke up in the early morning hours, grabbed my camera, and walked around snapping shots, while I worked on taking photos in low light conditions (early morning hours), night time conditions (just after dusk). I was also trying to … [Read more...]

Photo Tour: Amsterdam Country Bike Tour

The one thing you can't ignore in Amsterdam are the bicycles.  They are everywhere.  When you cross the street you have to watch out for people on bikes, not automobiles.  This is a biking culture and you will see people pedaling rain or shine.  Bike paths connect the entire country.  So, you know … [Read more...]

Amsterdam Hotel Review: Hotel Pulitzer

Our stay at the Hotel Pulitzer was met with both anticipation and expectation.  I had read a lot of good things about this hotel and the idea of staying in a hotel comprised of 25 restored 17th and 18th century historical canal houses appealed to me.  I mean really, in Amsterdam, you have to … [Read more...]

One Day While in Brussels…

When I first considered Brussels as one of our stops during our European vacation I didn't think much about it.  Brussels is known for its beer and mussels, two items in which I do not indulge.   Since time was limited, I decided to give Brussels just one day.  We arrived by train from Brugge.  And, … [Read more...]