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Review: Is Tokyo Skytree Worth Doing?

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  10 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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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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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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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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Tips for Night Photography

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  11 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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Nature’s Neon in Shinjuku, Japan

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

Shinjuku is an interesting ward within Tokyo, Japan. By day, it’s a business district, where salarymen carrying suitcases, wearing trimly-cut suits scurry from meeting to meeting. It’s not all concrete and towering buildings, as people enjoy the natural world in Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the largest parks in Tokyo. As day turns to night, it’s […]

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Conrad Macao Review (Macau, China)

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  1 Comment

The Conrad Macao Cotai Central hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel located in Macau, China. At present, it is the #1 rated hotel (out of 82) on TripAdvisor for Macau. The hotel touts itself as a multi-award winning destination hotel in Macau, perfect for discerning travelers. It has a range of amenities from fine dining […]

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Arc de Triomphe Streaming Traffic at Night

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  4 Comments

I’ve already shared how, on our first night in Paris, I foolishly stood in the middle of the road while photographing the Eiffel Tower. I apparently hadn’t learned my lesson a few nights later, because I did the exact same thing while standing on the Champs-Élysées, photographing the Arc de Triomphe.

At first it seemed fairly safe, as there was about 4 feet between the lanes, marked with white lines on the ground. Unfortunately, this area seemed to be the de facto “moped lane” and within a few seconds of setting up my tripod, I was again jumping out of the way as a moped zoomed towards me. (Here’s the long exposure taken while I jumped out of the way!) After that, I decided not to spend too much time trying for this photo…

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Traffic Streaks Past London’s Big Ben

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  1 Comment

One of the great things we did in Europe was get lost. A lot. In London this mostly consisted of wandering around on foot without resources like Google Maps as a safety net. It was really a liberating experience, and something we’d recommend. Instead of rushing from one tourist spot to another, we wandered around, […]

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