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Move Over Mountains, Cows Are the Real Reason to Visit Switzerland

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Random Oddities  •  1 Comment

The title seems silly, doesn’t it? The landscape of the Swiss Alps is some of the world’s most jaw-dropping, and yet a bigger selling point of Switzerland is…cows? Animals that are seemingly the sole inhabitants of miles (and miles…and miles…) of the most boring interstates in America? Perhaps cows are a novelty if you’re a […]

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Eikandō Zenrinji Temple Review & Tips

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

Eikandō Zenrin-ji is a sprawling Buddhist temple located at the base of the northern edge of the Higashiyama mountain range in Kyoto, Japan. This post offers our thoughts on whether Eikando is worth a visit, and if so, how to incorporate it into your tour of Kyoto. Along the way, we also offer photos of Eikandō […]

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The Peyto Lake Snow Chase

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  19 Comments

Our drive on the Icefields Parkway from Jasper National Park back down to Banff National Park seemed interminably long. That was before the scattered snow showers lifted, revealing an absolutely stunning landscape. We stopped a couple of times for quick roadside photos (like the above), but were otherwise on a tight schedule trying to get back down […]

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Sign-Up for Our Free Travel Newsletter!

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Random Oddities  •  20 Comments

You may have noticed that we added an email sign-up box to the left sidebar a couple of weeks ago, which was done in preparation for the launch of our newsletter! We launch the newsletter in Summer 2017, which will include updates from the blog, interesting news pertaining to travel, and free downloadable wallpapers. We are […]

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Hanami Party at Himeji Castle!

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  21 Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you combined a frat party and a beloved world heritage site? I’m guessing no, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a blast at Himeji Castle’s cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami) held each year during sakura season. In this post, we’ll offer some hanami at […]

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Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Review

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotel Reviews  •  4 Comments

The Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is a five-star luxury hotel in Switzerland, offering views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. It’s won myriad awards and accolades, and is a stunning example of Belle-Époque architecture worthy of its “palace” moniker. This review of Fairmont Le Montreux Palace features room photos, our thoughts on whether it’s […]

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To Honor America

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  29 Comments

The words “hero” and “patriot” get thrown around a lot these days, to the point that they are almost devoid of all meaning. Well, I’m about to regale you with a tale that will remind you all what it means to be a True American Heroic Patriot™. In this post, I share the exact moment […]

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Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum Review

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews, Dining  •  11 Comments

This post reviews Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, which is located outside of Tokyo, Japan. In our review, we’ll offer photos of Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, our thoughts on the ramen, and whether it’s worth your time and money to go here while visiting Tokyo. On our last visit to Japan, we went to two ramen museums, including this one in […]

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Château de Chillon Review & Tips

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

Chillon Castle (or Château de Chillon) is a medieval castle on Lake Geneva. This post offers our review of Switzerland’s most popular historic building, tips for making the most of your experience, and a ton of photos from our visit. Before any of that, we’ll offer a brief historic overview to give you an idea […]

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