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. Some of the very prodigious structures obviously showed signs of dilapidation, which led me to conclude that some of the most trivial, common issues with roof no matter how small they are, lead to the hamartia of a whole heritage. 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 . . .