California

Yosemite Firefall Photography Tips

Yosemite National Park’s Firefall at Horsetail Fall is a natural phenomenon that can be seen for a couple of weeks each year in late-February, assuming ample water flow. This post highlights some of my tips for photographing the Firefall, based upon my experiences over the last several years. (Last updated February 3, 2018.) First, the […]

Japan

Minions: the Duffy of Universal Studios Japan

Minion Park is the newest addition to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, a moderately elaborate mini-land anchored around Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, a 3D ride through Gru’s lab, which replaced Back to the Future: the Ride. In this post, we’ll share some info and thoughts about Minion Park. When Universal Studios Japan announced that Despicable Me Minion […]

France

Château du Clos Lucé Review & Tips

Château du Clos Lucé is located in Amboise, France near the Loire River in the Centre Val de Loire region. The castle’s claim to fame is being the residence of Leonardo da Vinci during the last 3 years of his life. You can’t miss this fact when visiting, as Château du Clos Lucé’s entire existence […]

National Parks

My Top 10 U.S. National Parks (So Far)

If you’ve perused the National Parks category of the blog, you might know that I’m a huge NPS enthusiast. In this post, I wanted to share my favorite parks from Maine to Hawaii, and everywhere in between. For a number of years growing up, we took two vacations every year: Florida in the late winter […]

Universal Studios

Minions: the Duffy of Universal Studios Japan

Minion Park is the newest addition to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, a moderately elaborate mini-land anchored around Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, a 3D ride through Gru’s lab, which replaced Back to the Future: the Ride. In this post, we’ll share some info and thoughts about Minion Park. When Universal Studios Japan announced that Despicable Me Minion […]

Hawaii

Merriman’s: Top 10 Restaurant in United States?

On our last visit to Hawaii, we dined at Merriman’s for one of the best meals we’ve ever had. So, when TripAdvisor released their Travelers’ Choice Awards, I was not too surprised to see it rank #10. (Along with another favorite of ours, Victoria & Albert’s in Walt Disney World, which ranked #2.) In this […]