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Review: Is Chi Lin Nunnery Worth Visiting?

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  No 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  •  1 Comment

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 Ch√Ęteau 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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Park Hyatt Toronto Review

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotel Reviews  •  No Comments

Park Hyatt Toronto Yorkville is a luxury hotel in downtown Toronto, Canada with a contemporary design. This review features photos of the guest rooms, common areas, the view from the hotel, some notes about the location, and our thoughts on whether the Park Hyatt Toronto is worth the money. This Park Hyatt is located in […]

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Tips for Night Photography

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  7 Comments

Taking photos at night can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. This post covers what you need to know about nighttime photography, what equipment you need, and some best practices to get great photos at night! Nighttime photography can be intimidating, especially for beginner and novice photographers. The primary reason […]

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Designing Disney: The Ahwahnee Hotel Photo Tour

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Designing Disney  •  No Comments

The Ahwahnee Hotel is the flagship National Park lodge at Yosemite National Park, designed with a careful blend of rustic architecture and luxury. It’s a National Historic Landmark that was designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. The Ahwahnee is located below the Royal Arches rock formation in a meadow area that was a Native American […]

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Review: Is The Kyoto Monkey Park Worth It?

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  2 Comments

Iwatayama Monkey Park is a gathering place of Japanese Macaque monkeys in Kyoto, Japan. This monkey park in Japan is extremely cheap to visit (~$5), so whether it’s worth it to visit¬†Iwatayama Monkey Park in Kyoto is mostly a question of time. If it’s your first time visiting Kyoto, chances are you will not allocate […]

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Tips For Taking Photos Into The Sun

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  6 Comments

Shooting into direct sunlight can make for intriguing and compelling photos. This post covers techniques for taking photos when shooting into the sun, recommended settings when taking photos into the sun, and what to avoid. Depending upon your perspective, this may not seem like all that earth-shattering of advice–it may be your standard practice, anyway. […]

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