Adige River of Verona Italy

Beautiful Day Trip to Verona, Italy

Adige River of Verona Italy

Verona, perhaps one of the prettiest of Italian cities, makes for a very nice day trip from Bologna. Arriving at the Verona Porta Nuova station via comfortable high speed train, visitors still have a full day to explore even after the hour and twenty-minute train ride. With my 50mm lens firmly in place, I set off to see what this city has to offer. Verona, at first glance, feels modern, classy and clean with it's Read More

Burano island, Venice

Burano, Italy: Venice’s Rainbow Island

Burano island, Venice

I hereby dub thee, "Rainbow Island". This famously picturesque Venetian island with its canals and brightly colored buildings is one of the most popular destinations for a day-trip from Venice, Italy. Back in the 16th century Burano's popularity grew with a thriving lace-making industry, a tradition which continues today thanks to a few dedicated families and their lace shops. These days though, some visitors come to follow Read More

Griffith_Observatory-south view

The Iconic Griffith Observatory

Griffith_Observatory-south view

I practically grew up at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. I remember Earth Day celebrations in the park where I planted tree saplings with my Dad, walked the forest trails and became totally mesmerized by that giant swaying ball in the Griffith Observatory lobby. Seriously, I would watch it for hours trying to decide if it was swaying from the Earth's magnetic pull or rather some machine in the ceiling. While there is much to Read More

King Street Train Station Seattle Ticket Doors

Celebrating Seattle: Historic King Street Train Station

King Street Train Station Seattle Ticket Doors

  I was in for a surprise when I boarded the Amtrak Cascades train in Vancouver, heading to Seattle. The restoration of the historic King Street Station in Seattle is a truly beautiful sight and I recommend it to anyone visiting the city. Originally built in 1906, the railway station is actually on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years, unfortunately remodeling concealed the original ornate Read More

Paris Grand Mosque mosaic fountain

Off the Beaten Path in Paris: The Grand Mosque

Paris Grand Mosque mosaic fountain

With Paris being today's most popular tourist destination in the world, you wouldn't think there are any 'hidden' gems to speak of. I however, may have found one courtesy of my culture-loving Parisian friends whom I visited recently. Do you know of Le Jardin des Plantes, the 69-acre botanical garden in the 5th arrondissement? Across the street from that garden is a little oasis where we spent an afternoon sipping mint tea and Read More

Coastal Downtown Chicago

Chicago’s Priceless View from the Top

Coastal Downtown Chicago

One of the best ways to see Chicago is from 1,000 feet high at the John Hancock Observatory (aka Chicago 360), and yes, it's better than the view from the Sears Tower. There are interactive kiosks and historical murals throughout so you can learn exactly you’re looking at if you want to know. I personally just have fun checking out the 360 degree views and taking pictures. Did you know that Chicago has a beach? Like, a real Read More