Venice Hidden Gem:  Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Italy / Photo Essays / Venice

Venice Hidden Gem: Scala Contarini del Bovolo

The Scala Contarini del Bovolo literally means the ladder Contarini (a surname) of the snail. Standing before the palazzo, it’s not a stretch to see where the name originated. The steps were originally designed for the Contarini family, and the snail-like spiral of the steps is clear.
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Things I Saw in Thailand Traffic
Bangkok / Koh Chang / Photo Essays / Thailand

Things I Saw in Thailand Traffic

One of the things I really value about traveling, is that we have to learn to put our “Americanness” aside.  We realize that, while sometimes it does seem so, the whole world does not speak English.  The concept of “keeping up with the Joneses” is entirely different in other countries.  Safety regulations are wildly different. … Continue reading

Wandering Plaka
Athens / Greece / Photo Essays

Wandering Plaka

I love travel books.  Often, when browsing a bookstore, I find myself in front of the travel books and maps of foreign cities.  The debate begins: I don’t need another travel book.  I really don’t need another travel book on my shelf.  Am I even ever going to go to Bucharest? …Well, I mean, look … Continue reading