Spotlight Thursday – Wandering along the White Cliffs of Dover, England

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my ‘I am going to travel while job hunting trip’ to Europe.  Well actually, my plan to spend a couple months in Europe became two weeks in the UK because I pretty much set-up two interviews with in three days of landing in London.  As part of the trip, I took the bus down from London to Canterbury and then Canterbury to Dover.  Upon arriving at Dover, I visited Dover castle and the newly opened, Dover tunnels.  I then took a taxi over to the White Cliffs of Dover. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – Canaletto’s humor in the rebuilding of Warsaw, Poland

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my trip to Warsaw, Poland.  It is a vibrant young city, yet it has a very historical feel to it.  Wandering thru the streets, one can see the architecture from the 13th to the 21st century.  Yet, just 15% of the buildings were built before 1944.   Warsaw was the third most destroyed city during WWII.  It sits be Hiroshima and Nagasaki in destruction.  The rebuilding of Warsaw, Poland was a monumental effort with amazing results. Continue Reading . . .

Taking a Nap in a Giant’s Shoe in Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

I was shocked as the view changed from the rugged coast line of Ireland to the geological wonder of Giant’s Causeway before my very eyes.  I had driven to Northern Ireland as part of a whirlwind road trip around the Isle of Ireland. I truly felt like I had stepped into the land of Giants. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – Amusment that never came to Pripyat, Ukraine

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my dark tourism tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  Pripyat, Ukraine was a  hip young city in Ukraine that was virtually unknown outside of the region.  That anonymity was elevated to infamy in the early hours of  26 April 1986.  Just a few miles away from the city was the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station (Cherynbol, the Soviets couldn’t call it the Lenin disaster after all). Continue Reading . . .

Journeying to the see the Iceburgs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

I am up before dawn and packing my bags.  Surprisingly, it was just after 9 am and I had beaten the sun up.  I double checked my hostel room and headed upstairs for breakfast.  I had some of my favorite local Icelandic yogurt while I did a quick weather check.  The weather report was clear but I had learned over the last six days that the weather could change in an instant.  I walked out of my hostel and into the bitter Icelandic cold.  The sky was just starting to get light as I gassed up my car for the next stage of my Icelandic Winter Road Trip.  I had a little over two hours drive ahead to get to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Continue Reading . . .