Photo Friday – Chateau d’If

One of my favorite books is The Count of Monte Cristo.  I might go so far as to say that it’s my favorite book not written by Isaac Asimov.  If you’ve read this book you know that the first quarter or so takes place as the main character is in prison at the Chateau d’If in the Marseille harbor.  One of my favorite moments of this trip was getting to go see the Chateau d’If and even read the book on my kindle while in the prison.  This photo was taken as the boat left the island to return to the harbor.

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Photo Friday – St. Emilion

This photo was taken when visiting the small town of St. Emilion on a tour a several vineyards in the Bordeaux region (btw, I would highly recommend BordoVino Tours).  This is a stitched pano made from 5 separate photos taken at 27mm equivalent focal length.  In hindsight, I wish I had made it a double row pano at a larger focal length.  But, it still turned out pretty well considering I didn’t have a tripod.

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TripIt vs. Kayak My Trips

Almost a year ago I wrote the post The Best Travel Itinerary Manager and it quickly became my most popular post.  In that post I gave my preference for Kayak over the established TripIt for managing itineraries.  Since then I’ve used them much more and they’ve both had updates so I thought it might be a good idea to review them again in a little more depth.  I’m covering TripIt since it is the entrenched favorite and Kayak My Trips because it is second place in google searches and is my favorite. Continue reading “TripIt vs. Kayak My Trips”

Photo Friday – Giant’s Causeway Cliff

This was taken last May on the same trip that I proposed to my girlfriend.  Everybody else was taking photos of the ocean so I turned around and saw this lovely image.  I’d like to think it captures the feeling of being there better than one of just the cool rocks and the ocean.  Despite being a little tipsy having just come from a 9 shot whisky tasting, I think the photo actually turned out pretty well.

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Photo Friday – Kensington Garden

This is one of the first photos I’ve retouched from our trip to the UK about a week ago.  This is the sunken garden at Kensington Palace, which is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live.  My girlfriend is a huge fan of British royalty and was a European History major in college so I took her to London to propose.  I shot this photo the day before as I was scouting out the right location to do it.  I ended up proposing (just after afternoon tea) on the other side of the fountain, closer to the palace.  And yes, she did say yes!

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Photo Friday – Princes Pier Posts

This is the part of the remains of the famed Princes Pier in Melbourne, Australia. The pier operated from 1915 to 1969.  In 2006, the first 140 meters of pier were fully restored and the rest of the pier was removed.  However, they left the oh-so-photogenic pylons and I had tons of fun shooting them.

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Photo Friday – Cancun Lighthouse

This is a cool old lighthouse at the northeast end of the giant row of hotels that is Cancun.  It is only accessible by staying at the Dreams Riviera Resort – or by sneaking in ;).  Here are the lat/long coordinates if you want to put it into google maps: 21.137485, -86.741162

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The Best Travel Itinerary Mangers – TripIt, Kayak, TripCase, and WorldMate

One of the blogs I follow (Thread Tripping) recently had a post about different itinerary managers.  These managers offer a convenient place to keep all of your reservation information and dates.  I had no idea there were options other than Tripit so I signed up for all of them and gave them a try.  I imported my next three trips: a weekend in San Diego, my Honeymoon, and a ski trip to Utah.  It included a variety of air and hotel types including a Southwest booking for two people on points, which turned out to be the most difficult to import because of the way Southwest generates two confirmation numbers for one email.  Here are my thoughts and the one I’m going to be using going forward.

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The Best Travel Accessories and Gadgets

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After several years of traveling (and even more years addicted to gadgets) I’ve found that there are certain things that I just can’t travel without.  These are things that make travel easier and reduce a lot of the common little problems that get in a way.  They aren’t going to make or break your trip, but they may make it just a little bit easier. Continue reading “The Best Travel Accessories and Gadgets”