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Oahu - Surfing GoPro Pic with Diamond Head in Waikiki

Having a rough day at work? Winter blues got you down? Maybe this will help warm your spirits. Take a break from your routine with this compilation of photos I took during my time back home in Hawaii (specifically on Oahu, where I grew up, and Kauai). Photos were taken with my iPhone, as I left my DSLR in San Francisco, and originally posted online (hey, follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!).

I’ve also included a compilation of vintage Hawaiian music from YouTube below which you can play to add to the escape. If you’re on a desktop, hover your cursor over each photo for more details. read more »

Colonial Williamsburg - Emily James as Edith Cumbo Inside R. Charlton Coffeehouse

Colonial Williamsburg is heaven for anyone even remotely interested in America’s past. The living-history museum covers 301 acres of land in Williamsburg, Virginia, not far from Jamestown and Yorktown, two other notable sites. Built with no small amount of funds and effort from the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., along with a number of community organizations, the town meticulously preserves the sights and sounds of Williamsburg right before the American War of Independence.

Is it worth visiting? Definitely. If you’ve any love for history, Colonial Williamsburg is an immersive and fun experience. The passion exhibited by the knowledgeable actors/scholars/workers here is incredible and infectious. It’s also an ideal attraction for family travel, as it gets the kids out of the textbook to see history tangible and alive. read more »

Panorama of Ennetbürgen

EUROPE 2015 RECAP

Here are the panoramic photos I took during my recent 2015 Europe trip to England, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, thus far unposted. To learn more about the places below, as well as the other cities I visited during this trip, check out the following recap:

4/15-4/20: London
4/20-4/26: Palermo
4/26-5/1: Catania
[5/1: Crossing the Strait of Messina on a train in a boat]
5/1-5/7: Salerno, Vietri sul Mare, Cava de’ Terreni, Paestum, Monteforte Cilento, Acciaroli
5/7-5/10: Naples
5/10-5/16: Rome
5/16-5/20: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano
5/20-5/24: Pisa
5/24-5/28: Camaiore, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Viareggio, Pietrasanta
5/28-6/3: Bologna, Reggio-Emilia
6/3-6/10: Milan, Expo 2015, Arenzano
6/10-6/15: Lucerne, Interlaken, Mürren, Bern, Basel, Ennetbürgen
6/15-6/22: Zürich
6/22-6/26: Alsfeld, Frankfurt, Rasdorf, Breitenbach am Herzberg

Place your mouse cursor over the photos and move left and right to reposition them (unfortunately it doesn’t work on mobile devices). Enjoy! read more »

Alsfeld, Germany - Historic Center

As I entered Germany by train, it seemed like a year ago that I began this Europe trip in London when really it had only been two-and-a-half months. The constant moving and reshuffling of living quarters (not to mention flatmates) made it seem more like a series of many trips interconnected rather than a single journey. Each stop was a fresh start with a new city and a different way of life. My transition from my time in Switzerland to that of Alsfeld would be my last, save for the subsequent long voyage home. read more »

Town of Mürren

It was burning hot in Milan when I left, and by then I was longing for the Swiss chill, the idea of being in the mountains sans burning skin and free from the hell spawn that is the mosquito.

The train from Milano Centrale into Switzerland was by far the most breathtaking voyage by rail I have ever embarked on. Lakes. Waterfalls. Roads elevated to the heights of grandiose mountains. Gasps of wonder were not uncommon from our train carriage. read more »