Château de Chambord Photos & Tips

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  1 Comment

Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley of France is one of the most famous châteaux in the world, featuring French Renaissance and medieval architecture. This post offers a photo tour of Chambord, info about the chateau, and my tips for making the most of the experience. For starters, Chambord is the largest château in […]

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Mont Saint Michel Tips & Photos

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  15 Comments

If you’re thinking of visiting Mont Saint Michel in the Normandy region of France, there are some things you should know prior to visiting. This post covers tips for planning your trip to Mont Saint Michel, photos of the area, and a general review of Mont Saint Michel. For starters, a little background is in […]

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The Incredible Journey to Half Dome’s Diving Board

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photos, Reports  •  16 Comments

For today’s 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, I wanted to share a hike I made over the weekend to the “Diving Board” in Yosemite National Park, a spot made famous by Ansel Adams’ “Monolith” photo. This location stands a stone’s throw from the face of Half Dome, offering a close-up view of that […]

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Milky Way Over Racetrack Playa

Posted on May 17, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  3 Comments

A little over a year ago, I made my first visit to Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park. (I wrote some nonsense about it and alien life here following the trip.) I was instantly enamored with the place. It was beautiful, tranquil, photogenic, and a bit mysterious. It was also a challenge to visit. […]

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Silver Pavilion Review, Tips & Info

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

This post offers tips for visiting the Silver Pavilion, which is one of Kyoto’s most popular zen temples and gardens located at the edge of the Higashiyama mountains. It’s actual name is Ginkakuji, but the temple is known colloquially as the Silver Pavilion (…or Ginkaku-ji or 銀閣寺…I’m just going to refer to it as the […]

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La Brea Tar Pits Info & Review

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews, Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Monsters used to roam the streets of Los Angeles–and I’m not just talking about Lindsay Lohan–right where the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum are located today! Well, technically they weren’t monsters (not like LiLo, at least), but the La Brea Tar Pits and its museum showcase some of the prehistoric creatures that once roamed […]

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Review: Is Tokyo Skytree Worth Doing?

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  6 Comments

Tokyo Skytree is the tallest building in Tokyo, with an observatory and restaurant at its higher levels overlooking downtown Tokyo, and a large shopping structure at lower levels. This post provides tips and a review of what the Skytree complex has to offer. First, some basics. The Skytree is a relatively new addition to the […]

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Sony a7R II Landscape Photos

Posted on Mar 6, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  3 Comments

I’ve been using my Sony a7R II for nearly 2 months now, and while I’ve listed it as the camera used in a few blog posts on TravelCaffeine, I haven’t mentioned why it’s the camera I’m using instead of my Nikons. I did that in my Why I’m Going Mirrorless: Volume I post over on […]

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