Solo trip to Istanbul Turkey – Land of Both Ancient and Modern

Solo trip to Istanbul Turkey – Land of Both Ancient and Modern

After my first solo trip to Istanbul Turkey it turned into one of my favorite cities in the world. Istanbul is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. The first time I visited on my own I stayed in the Sultanahmet district due to the abundance of historic sites within walking distance and the availability of […]

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Traveling Solo Builds Confidence

Traveling Solo Builds Confidence

Traveling solo builds confidence. All of our life experiences help to shape us and build up our collection of knowledge and memories. My experiences traveling independently have taught me about being able to adapt to new situations and being flexible with outcomes. When I went Hill Tribe Trekking in Pai, Thailand we had to walk […]

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Huatulco Oaxaca Mexico Relaxing Beach Resort Town

Huatulco Oaxaca Mexico Relaxing Beach Resort Town

Huatulco Oaxaca Mexico is almost due south from Austin, Texas. It’s a resort town situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Oaxaca. I visited Huatulco in 2000 and remember it as a very laid back place. Much different than my solo trip to Mexico City. Population of Huatulco Mexico The population […]

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Spring in Austin TX Red Bud Begins Blooming

Spring in Austin TX Red Bud Begins Blooming

Spring in Austin, Texas starts early compared to my hometown of Calgary Alberta Canada. When I see the red bud trees blooming I consider it the first sign of spring in Austin. Noticing a few red bud trees blooming in Austin in late February I decided on a visit to Zilker Botanical Gardens to see […]

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Graffiti and Street Art Around the World

Graffiti and Street Art Around the World

Traveling around the world I enjoy walking around exploring the neighborhoods of my temporary location. Graffiti and street art always catches my eye. In Buenos Aires I stayed in the Palermo Soho neighborhood and walked throughout the neighborhood, there was plenty of creative graffiti in the area.           Rio de Janeiro has […]

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Portuguese Man O’ War – Looks Pretty but Don’t Touch!

Portuguese Man O’ War – Looks Pretty but Don’t Touch!

This Portuguese Man O’ War arrived on the beach of St Jos Island in Texas while I was walking along taking photos of the collection of things washed up on shore. The Portuguese Man of War was by far the most interesting and colorful item on display at the beach. Also known as a blue […]

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Flowers in Photos from Around the World

Flowers in Photos from Around the World

Traveling to faraway places I enjoy seeing the various types of flora and fauna of a region. I have seen Impatiens growing wild along the mountainside of Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. I was reminded of Texas when I saw endless fields of wildflowers while on a train journey from Casablanca to Marrakech in Morocco. Traveling […]

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Hiking Enchanted Rock Texas Day Trip from Austin

Hiking Enchanted Rock Texas Day Trip from Austin

Looking for places to hike in Texas Hill Country? Add hiking Enchanted Rock State Park to your bucket list. Hiking Enchanted Rock is one of the best day trips from Austin or San Antonio. In the Hill Country of Central Texas lies a massive granite boulder known as Enchanted Rock. The huge granite mass known […]

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Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Located at the Montreal Botanical Gardens the exhibit Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013 included 48 entries from 19 countries. It took me two visits to view the entire exhibit and lucky for me the tickets were good for two days due to the size of the exhibit. Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal started in 1998 and the first exhibit […]

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Beautiful Doors of Urgup Turkey Cappadocia Region

Beautiful Doors of Urgup Turkey Cappadocia Region

Staying in the town of Urgup I walked the neighborhood in the mornings and viewed a gallery of beautiful doors. When I notice a distinct character I enjoy photographing architectural features of a city or town. For instance when I walked around La Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City I enjoyed seeing the art deco features. […]

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Road Trip from Austin to Fort Worth – Visit to The Modern Art Museum

Road Trip from Austin to Fort Worth – Visit to The Modern Art Museum

It was the Kimbell Art Museum’s exhibit the Age of Picasso & Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago  that enticed me to make a road trip to Fort Worth this past weekend.  For several years I heard from friends and acquaintances that Fort Worth was home to many renowned art museums and they […]

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Travel Tips – Less Stuff and More Travel – More Happiness

Travel Tips – Less Stuff and More Travel – More Happiness

Shortly after moving to Austin, TX in 1999 I began daytrading with a proprietary trading firm and spent six years daytrading. I did little travel during that time, a few North American destinations including my annual trip to Calgary to visit family but no international travel. I was making steady money but not a lot […]

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