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Universal Orlando Resort Preview Center

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  News  •  26 Comments

This weekend I said hello to an old friend. No, not the dragon perched atop Gringotts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley in the photo above, but the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, which I had last experienced in my early high school years. On […]

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Ruminations on Travel Photography

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  6 Comments

Most of the time, my head is filled with random thoughts that are totally irrelevant to whatever I’m doing at the moment. These typically relate to certain recurring topics, as well as general oddities. One of the recurring topics is photography. As I have had these thoughts, I thought they might be interesting useful okay filler […]

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Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Review

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotel Reviews  •  No Comments

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is a 5-Star luxury kotel adjacent to the Hong Kong Convention Center along Victoria Harbour. Guest rooms are well-appointed, and many feature stunning views of the harbor and Hong Kong skyline. Much like the city of Hong Kong itself, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has the feel of “East Meets West.” […]

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Things To Do In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Travel Tips  •  2 Comments

Looking for tips and the best activities in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? Here are our top 10 picks for things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This National Park is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, about 45 minutes from Hilo Airport and 2 hours from Kona Airport. While Volcanoes National Park is […]

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Review: Is Chi Lin Nunnery Worth Visiting?

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  2 Comments

This post offers tips, information, and a review of Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden, a Buddhist temple and garden in Kowloon, Hong Kong. While the nunnery and garden are technically two distinct places, they flow into one another, so we’re going to cover them in a single post. The Chi Lin Nunnery is […]

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Palace of Versailles Tips

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Travel Tips  •  6 Comments

The Palace of Versailles is a royal palace with gardens built by King Louis XIV and located just outside of Paris, France. This post covers tips for visiting and making the most of your time at the Palace of Versailles (or the Château de Versailles, as it’s known in French), plus a ton of my […]

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Tips for Photographing Sunsets

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  2 Comments

Sunset landscape scenes can make for some of the most beautiful photography subjects, and this guide will offer you tips for taking better photos of sunsets. Sunset photography can be really challenging, as it (along with sunrise) is typically the time of day when there is the most dynamic range in a single scene. Add […]

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Eiffel Tower Photos

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photos  •  2 Comments

The Eiffel Tower, or “Tour Eiffel” as it’s known in French, celebrates its 125th birthday (or is it anniversary…it doesn’t seem like inanimate objects are “born”) today. Either way, happy 125 years of existence, Eiffel Tower! The Eiffel Tower opened in 1889, and immediately became the iconic symbol of Paris, and a tourist destination for […]

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Review: Is Tuzigoot National Monument Worth It?

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  2 Comments

If you’re visiting Sedona, Arizona, you might consider taking a side-trip over to nearby Tuzigoot National Monument. This post covers whether Tuzigoot National Monument is worth the time, along with what to expect there to help you decide if you should visit the Tuzigoot ruins. First, let’s cover getting there. From Sedona, Arizona, it’s about […]

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