Top 10 Things to Do in Paris

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  5 Comments

In this post, we cover the top 10 things to do in Paris, France. The City of Light is like the “Most Interesting Man in the World” of places to visit. Sophisticated yet fun, approachable yet outrageous–you’ll never run out of things to do in Paris, and narrowing down a list about its “best” points […]

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Chateau Montpoupon Review & Tips

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Château de Montpoupon is a castle in the Loire Valley east of Tours, in a picturesque valley at the edge of a forest. We were big fans of this stop on our recent trip to France, and in this post, we’ll make the case for visiting Château de Montpoupon, sharing some photos along the way. […]

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Yasaka Shrine Info & Tips

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka Jinja) or Gion Shrine, is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. The shrine is located between Gion District and Higashiyama District, making it a spot that’s relatively easy to visit when walking between the two districts or to Kawaramachi Station. In this post, I’ll share some photos of Yasaka […]

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Musee de l’Orangerie Review & Tips

Posted on May 29, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Musee de l’Orangerie is an art museum in Paris famous for being chosen by the impressionist painter Claude Monet as the permanent home for his Water Lilies (Nymphéas) paintings, which are displayed in two large oval rooms. In this post, we’ll cover whether Musee de l’Orangerie is worth a visit to see these large installations by Monet and […]

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Guide to Grand Cayman

Posted on May 21, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  6 Comments

The Cayman Islands are one of the most picturesque locations in the Caribbean, popular with vacationers and cruise-goers alike. In this guide, we’ll offer tips for visiting Grand Cayman, including the best (and worst) things to do, where to eat, where to stay, and more. I’ll also share a bunch of photos I’ve taken in […]

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Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park Review & Tips

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a coastal park on the big island of Hawaii. In this post, I’ll review the park, share some photos I took when we went here, and offer some tips for visiting. First, a bit of filler. Uh, I mean background… Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park contains 420 acres […]

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Learn From Our Mistake: Sainte-Chapelle is a Paris Must-Do!

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  12 Comments

Sainte-Chapelle is a Gothic chapel in Paris, France, about a block from Notre Dame Cathedral. In this post, we’ll cover tips for visiting, offer our review, share photos, and also where we’d slot Sainte-Chapelle into an itinerary of Paris. First, an admission that we goofed. We had never visited Sainte-Chapelle until our most recent trip […]

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Tips for Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  3 Comments

This post covers our tips for enjoying and saving money at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, an annual event at Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California. Basically, what Food & Wine Festival is to Disney California Adventure, the Boysenberry Festival is to Knott’s Berry Farm–except literally everything on the menu features boysenberries. That might sound odd at […]

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Louvre Museum Review & Tips

Posted on May 14, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  11 Comments

Musée du Louvre in Paris is probably not best viewed as a museum, at least for planning purposes. Think of it as Wal-Mart on Black Friday, except instead of racing for cheap TVs inside of an ugly big-box, you’re trying to get inside a veritable palace to see stunning works of art. As poor of […]

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The Broad Art Museum Review & Tips

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

The Broad is a free museum in downtown Los Angeles, California with an impressive collection of contemporary art, including conceptual art. It’s an impressive museum that cost $140 million to build only a couple of years ago. This review of the Broad offers photos from inside its galleries, tips for visiting, and pros and cons […]

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