Review: Is World of Coca-Cola Worth It?

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  10 Comments

World of Coke is, essentially, a shrine to Coca-Cola located in Atlanta, Georgia adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium. At first blush, visitors to Atlanta might assume it’s a simple “Coke Museum,” but it’s much more. It contains multiple exhibits, each centered around Coca-Cola and its history, from art displays to inside the “Coca-Cola Vault” to […]

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The Incredible Journey to Half Dome’s Diving Board

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  18 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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Things To Do In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  21 Comments

With its large size and variety of year-round offerings, it’s no surprise that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the United States’ most visited National Park, with over double the number of annual visitors that the second most popular National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, sees. This post provides a guide to Great Smoky Mountains […]

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Paris, France Photo Spots & Tips

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  13 Comments

Paris, France is the “City of Lights,” but it might as well be the city of classic beauty. Photographing Paris is a delight for photographers, as the city has so much variety and incredible architecture, among other things, that it’s almost difficult to capture a bad photo. If you’re considering a trip to Paris, this […]

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Things To Do In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  13 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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San Diego Zoo Info & Tips

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  7 Comments

San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the country, and for good reason. This post offers a review of the zoo, photos from the animal exhibits, and various tips & tricks for making the most of your visit to the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo had been on my […]

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Moulin Rouge Info & Tips

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

The Moulin Rouge, with its red windmill pop culture prominence, is probably one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. On our first trip to France, we visited this iconic show. By “visited” I mean that quite literally, as we went to the location but didn’t go to an actual show. In the process, we […]

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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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Review: Is Chi Lin Nunnery Worth Visiting?

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 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, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  7 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 Ch√Ęteau de Versailles, as it’s known in French), plus a ton of my […]

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