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What do the Spirits say?

AUSTRIA | Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 | Views [15] | Video

As travel is currently restricted, I  spend lots of time exploring the mountains and valleys close to home.  The pandemic and pending election in the U.S. give cause for concern and I choose to find solace in nature. This new videopoem relates ... Read more >

Tags: mountains


A Quick Trip to Kirchberg Plateau

LUXEMBOURG | Sunday, 29 Dec 2019 | Views [87]

A quick trip to Kirchberg Plateau in Luxembourg.  Train travel in France and Belgium this Advent and Christmas season necessitated a sense of humor and flexibility. I knew that there were strikes affecting public transportation in France, but ... Read more >

Tags: city visit


Photos: Sculpture in Luxembourg

LUXEMBOURG | Saturday, 28 Dec 2019 | Photo Gallery


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A New Day, A New Decade

AUSTRIA | Thursday, 26 Dec 2019 | Views [125] | Video

Every year I make a video from photos taken during the previous 12 months and compose a text to go along with the photos.  This year's photos were mostly from Salzburg and Land Salzburg, but there are also a few from Sicily and Japan.  I hope ... Read more >


Photos: Advent in Brussels

BELGIUM | Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Advent in Brussels

BELGIUM | Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 | Views [89]

Advent in Brussels  Christmas lights hang across the streets, on signposts, on man-made and nature-created trees and on the roofs of all the Plasir d’Hiver market stalls. Crèche dominate squares and churches. Welcome to Advent ... Read more >

Tags: advent markets, churches, city visit, museums


An Autumn Day in Seoul

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 11 Nov 2019 | Views [219]

My first introduction to South Korea came on the Peach Airline flight that showed a video of Yeongdo Island that had been illegally annexed by the Japanese and after recovery was now a symbol of independent Korea.  The advertisements and videos ... Read more >

Tags: city visit, museums, sacred sites


Glimpses of Japan

JAPAN | Monday, 11 Nov 2019 | Views [119]

Ok. Now I am really confused. Both American and European plugs work, they drive on the British side, the trains go at lightning speed and there is a 16 hour time differential from here to my U.S. family and students. Welcome to cosmopolitan Tokyo, where ... Read more >

Tags: city visit, museums, sacred sites


Photos: An Autumn Day in Seoul

SOUTH KOREA | Saturday, 9 Nov 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Kyoto, Ise, Nara

JAPAN | Thursday, 7 Nov 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Tokyo & Mt. Fuji

JAPAN | Wednesday, 6 Nov 2019 | Photo Gallery


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A Quick Jaunt to Western Sicily

ITALY | Thursday, 16 May 2019 | Views [298]

Quick Jaunt to Sicily  I’ve been looking for a house in the Salzburg region and have been incredibly frustrated with what is on the market for exorbitant prices.  In order to escape a cyclone of despair, I looked for cheap flights ... Read more >

Tags: ancient ruins, churches, city visit, museums


Photos: Western Sicily

ITALY | Thursday, 16 May 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Reflections: The Tao

AUSTRIA | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018 | Views [260] | Video

Each year I do a photo montage with images I took during that year.  The link to this year's is attached.  I hope you enjoy the video, which has images from North America, Europe and Asia.  

Tags: photo montage


Photos: Ancient Caria, Turkey

TURKEY | Wednesday, 3 Oct 2018 | Photo Gallery


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Ancient Caria, Turkey

TURKEY | Wednesday, 3 Oct 2018 | Views [324]

Key Archeological sites in Ancient Caria and neighboring areas       The Ionian Coast of Turkey is famous for its crystal clear blue waters, lengthy tree-lined beaches, and hidden coves accessed best by boat.  On the coast as well ... Read more >

Tags: cities, landscapes, off road, religious sites


A Visit to the Queen Mother of the West & parting Urumqi

CHINA | Thursday, 30 Aug 2018 | Views [277]

Visiting the Queen Mother of the West  The car ride from Urumqi through what used to be barren desert landscapes was filled with new construction, highrises, and coal power plants, which may be a contributing factor to there being more air ... Read more >

Tags: landscapes, religious sites


A Day in Urumqi

CHINA | Thursday, 30 Aug 2018 | Views [221]

A Day in Urumqi  We were flying at dusk as we came close to the capital city of Xinjiang province and were greeted by a spectacular scene off the left side of the plane. The Tian Shan mountains rose in rivets of brown waves to crest in white ... Read more >

Tags: cities, religious sites


Photos: Urumqi & Tian Chi

CHINA | Saturday, 25 Aug 2018 | Photo Gallery


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Dunhuang Region & Mogao Caves

CHINA | Friday, 24 Aug 2018 | Views [254]

Dunhuang and the Mogao Grottoes   When we got off the flight from Beijing we were confronted with a hot blast of air that almost took my breath away.  Yes, this is the Gobi Desert.  As we made our way with the taxi to our hotel ... Read more >

Tags: cities, landscapes, off road, religious sites


Photos: Day Trip from Dunhuang

CHINA | Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang

CHINA | Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018 | Photo Gallery


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Travel Tips for Central Mongolia

MONGOLIA | Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 | Views [0]

Traveler Tips for Central Mongolia: 1.    Car/roads/no signs When traveling through Mongolia it is imperative to have a good knowledgeable driver and a four wheel drive vehicle.  There are only a few paved roads, and ... Read more >

Tags: cities, landscapes, off road, religious sites


Photos: Central Mongolian Countryside

MONGOLIA | Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 | Photo Gallery


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Time in a Timeless Mongolia

MONGOLIA | Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 | Views [293]

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Ulan-Ude

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Friday, 10 Aug 2018 | Views [337]

Ulan-Ude Our first surprise came when the taxi driver who picked us up from the train station didn’t take us to the hotel I had booked through booking.com, but to another one.  I kept trying to show him the paper with the reservation, ... Read more >

Tags: cities, religious sites


Photos: Ulan Baatar

MONGOLIA | Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 | Photo Gallery


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Irkutsk and Olkhon Island

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2018 | Views [321]

Exploring Northeast Asia– August 2018 Day 1 – Arrival, Outdoor Museum, Lake Baikal I was luckily met by my travel companion, Paul,  and guide, Ivan,  at the Irkutsk airport after the arrival of my delayed flight from Moscow.... Read more >


Photos: Ulan-Ude

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Tuesday, 7 Aug 2018 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Irkutsk and Olkhon Island

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Tuesday, 7 Aug 2018 | Photo Gallery


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