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Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Cultural Exploration, Destinations, Italy, Photography | 18 comments

How To Spend A Romantic Day in Bassano Del Grappa

How To Spend A Romantic Day in Bassano Del Grappa

I’ve been thinking about writing something for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, and every time I do, an image of a broken heart that I saw on the side of a building pops into my mind. I thought that seemed like the ultimate anti-Valentine’s Day image, until I saw this article on the Condé Nast Traveler website – and suddenly I knew what the image of the heart was trying to tell me. The Condé Nast article was actually a photo essay, called 10 Alternatives To Famous Romantic Spots For Valentine’s Day. The list included the Italian town of Bassano del Grappa, which just happens to be where I saw and photographed the heart on the wall. It’s a beautiful little town on the Brenta River, just an hour away from Venice. I happen to agree with the editors at Condé Nast Traveler – Bassano del Grappa would be a great place for a Valentine’s date, or a romantic date, any time of the year. The architecture, frescoes, cafes,...

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2015 in Cultural Exploration, Destinations, Photography | 16 comments

The surprising colors of St. John’s, Newfoundland

The surprising colors of St. John’s, Newfoundland

On a distant shore, on an island known as the Rock, colors stand out against the grey skies, green forests, and dark, millenia-old stone. There are many legends as to why St. John’s, Newfoundland sports so many colors.     For sailors and fishermen, brightly colored houses helped them find their way home through the fog and inclement weather. Colors highlight the beauty of nature, such as just-picked edible flowers adorning delectable meals. There’s a strong tradition of storytelling and community gathering, and the colorful costumes worn by mummers delight – so much so that there are mummer ornaments for Christmas trees! You’ll find colorful laundry on the line, colorful boats, and, of course, brilliant colors painted in the sky. On a recent visit to St. John’s, I was entranced by the colors surrounding me, whether they were shining in the sun or peeking out from the fog. It was all I could do to not gawk constantly. I guess if you live there long enough, you become used...

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Destinations, Photography, USA | 9 comments

Photo Essay: Solitude In America’s National Parks, Utah

Photo Essay: Solitude In America’s National Parks, Utah

I’m very excited to share this photo essay of the beautiful American west by Dallas photographer, David Spector. David had planned a road trip to Arches and Capitol Reef National Parks, two of Utah’s five national parks. He booked a room that had no actual address, only map coordinates. The next morning he awoke to find himself in this beautiful landscape where he could wander in solitude on unpaved trails. The following images were taken at sunrise in Capitol Reef Park, and sunset at Arches National Park. I love that these images are not the usual photographs of the red rock arches or sandstone monoliths of Utah’s national parks, but simple landscapes that evoke a sense of place.  Solitude in America’s National Parks   If you’d like to learn more about Capitol Reef I’ve included this interesting National Geographic article link for you. To see more of David’s images from his Utah road trip visit his gallery: www.specto-graphy.com/story David Spector is a Dallas photographer who specializes in portrait, landscape...

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Destinations, Museums, Photography, Texas, USA | 19 comments

17 Reasons Why You Should Go To The Texas Hill Country Now

17 Reasons Why You Should Go To The Texas Hill Country Now

You’ll want to go to the Texas Hill Country now because it’s spring time and that means the wildflowers are in full bloom. The highways and roadsides are a kaleidoscope of color, everything is lush and green, and it’s absolutely stunningly beautiful. Go to the Texas Hill Country now before it is 100 degrees in the shade (that comes soon enough, maybe even as early as June). Go to the Texas Hill Country now because, even though it’s not exactly off the beaten track (Texas Highways, National Geographic and Southern Living are just a few of the publications that have featured the Hill Country), it’s still far from crowded. Based on what I understand from the locals, weekends are ridiculously busy and the many small towns that comprise the Hill Country receive 100,000 to 200,000 visitors on the weekends and during festivals. Go during the week if you can. Go to the Texas Hill Country now to see the wide open spaces, the star-filled skies, drink award-winning wines, and...

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in California, Destinations, Photography, USA | 48 comments

Top Tips For Driving Highway 1: Ultimate California Road Trip

Top Tips For Driving Highway 1: Ultimate California Road Trip

Want to take the ultimate California road trip? Drive California’s Highway 1 along the Central Coast. It’s rightfully rated as one of the top road trips in the world. This is a particularly breathtaking drive, especially through Big Sur, where the Santa Lucia mountains plunge into the sea, and the surf and wind relentlessly pound the rocks and shore below and bend the native cypress trees into otherworldly shapes. You’ll see coves painted in shades of turquoise, sapphire, and teal, that will make you long to plant your flag and declare that beach your own. It’s a wild remote beauty that will definitely have you pondering the mystery of the universe, if you’re the pondering type. Before you embark on the ultimate California road trip, let me share a few tips to help you along the way. While it’s a fun drive, it can be very challenging and demands 100 percent of your attention. I’ll also share some of the top attractions from Monterey to Cambria. Keep in mind...

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