I’d been in Athens for a week, so I was well past-due to check out the Acropolis. Lucky for me, the weather was warm and sunny that day, with clear visibility all the way to the ocean. The Acropolis is a complex of several ancient buildings situated at the top of a rocky outcrop with a 360 degree view of Athens. Continue reading The Acropolis, Athens, Greece
If I had to sum up Rotterdam in one phrase, it would be “City of Creative Architecture.” What Rotterdam lacks in classic European charm, it makes up for in innovative and creative structures that you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Continue reading Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
The second Dutch city I explored was The Hague, or Den Haag. A short hour-ish train ride from Amsterdam and you’re there. I love how small this city is, very walkable with lots of character, cafes, and museums! Continue reading Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Oh, Amsterdam! My first trip to Europe began here in this big, beautiful city. From my first venture into Centraal I was in love! It is clean, walkable, bike-friendly, has great public transit, and most everyone speaks English. Continue reading Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
What better time of year to visit Alaska than New Year’s in the dead of winter?! I was coerced into this frosty adventure by a good friend and promised an amazing New Year’s Eve at a concert by one of my favorite artists, Slow Magic. The day after the show, we decided to make the most out of our four hours of daylight by driving south from Anchorage to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Here are a few of the best photos from that visit. Yes, it was as cold as it looks! Continue reading New Year’s in Alaska!
The town of Tulum is a quick hour drive south of Playa del Carmen. It’s known for its hippie vibe and beautiful Mayan ruins at the top of sheer limestone cliffs overlooking the turquoise blue Caribbean. Continue reading Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
While I was living in Playa del Carmen, a group of my friends from back home rented a beautiful luxury home in Akumal for ten days and invited me over to visit. Akumal is a small town about 30 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. It is known for its year-round population of several species of sea turtles and other marine life which inhabit a coral reef a short distance from the beach. It is an amazing place to snorkel as you are almost guaranteed to see a sea turtle, if not several, as they graze along the ocean floor where the sea grass grows. Continue reading Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
I had been hearing from everyone, it seemed, that I should make an effort to visit Isla Holbox. As luck would have it, some friends of mine had a trip planned and invited me to tag along last minute! Isla Holbox is a small island just north of the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Continue reading Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Chichen Itza is the well preserved archaeological site of the ruins of an ancient Mayan city and one of the new seven wonders of the world. El Castillo is the main attraction, the large pyramid most people think of when you say “Chichen Itza”. Only a two-hour drive from Playa del Carmen, it’s definitely a must-see if you’re in the area. Continue reading Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most beautiful and diverse parks in the United States. It is renowned for its wide variety of geothermal features including geysers, mud-pots, hot springs, and its best-known geyser, Old Faithful. Yellowstone is also home to a plethora of wildlife species including bison, wolves, elk, moose, and several species of birds and bears.