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Iao Valley in Maui

Iao Valley is an easy day trip from Kaului Airport in Maui. I hear there are nice beaches on the north shore of Maui too. Why would anyone want to sit on a beach when they can hike in a jungle, get rained on, and come back covered in mud? Yes that is rhetorical. My idea of a good time …

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Green Bay Indonesia – Teluk Hijau

Green Bay Indonesia is a popular place for a local holiday on East Java Island. I was here on new year’s eve, but this wasn’t my destination. I was headed to Meru Betiri park when my driver; Rudy Hartono, pulled into a random parking area and didn’t tell me where we were going or why we were stopping here. He asked me to …

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Maui Twin Falls Lagoon

Maui Twin Falls isn’t the most glamorous waterfall, or the tallest, or the most beautiful. It is easily accessible and a favorite swimming hole for those who live on the north coast of Maui; or so I was told. For that reason it was a perfect stop when I had a day to kill in Maui. The trees on the …

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Cuba’s Doorstep Life

Doorstep life in Cuba is the best way to take in the world, keep up with your neighbors, and to pass the time. The life of Cuba is in the streets and for the most part the streets come to everyone’s doorstep. The scenes are a little different as you pass through different cities in Cuba, but the purpose is …

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Cuba – City or Countryside?

Cuba’s cities are very diverse. Life in a big city like Havana is different in many ways from life in the rural communities such as Viñales. I didn’t get to any extremely rural corners of the island nation, but the differences I saw were something that could also be felt. Not that this is unique to Cuba. Every country has …

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Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth

Another church; really? Yeah, I often have that response when somebody tells me that I simply have to see the one in their town. Churches are not always a mandatory stop for me. So why see Basilica of the Annunciation?  There is historical significance here, but I enjoyed it for the main reason that most churches draw my attention – the …

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Tobacco House in Cuba

This tobacco house in Vinales Cuba is where some of your favorite Cuban Cigars start out. I wasn’t expecting everyone here to be so inviting, but they all played along while I went through making my pictures. Some of the plants from here go to fancy cigar factories and some are rolled and smoked by the locals. So this is what …

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Birthplace of Christ

The birthplace of Christ is something most everyone wants to see when they visit Bethlehem. With a lot of religious historical sites in Israel, the question is; where did that really happen? Often you’ll get different answers or at best a commonly agreed upon location where said event is likely to have maybe, we think, possibly taken place. To be …

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A Walk in Bethlehem

Bethlehem was not a researched stop where I had a list of shots and places I wanted to see, but I knew I wanted to spend a few days in Bethlehem. Everything in Israel has some religious and historical significance so I knew I would find some sites for those purposes and come away with some photos. My standard procedure is to …

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Developing the Travel Experience

Developing the experience of travel through photos isn’t all that difficult but it is something that has to be learned. I prefer to tell stories in photos and it’s just as easy to be lazy when composing a story with photos as when doing it with words. When I started sharing photos I had no plan other than to use …