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Tips for Visiting Hollywood, California

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  21 Comments

Hollywood. Tinseltown. Showbiz City. This post offers planning tips for visiting the neighborhood in Los Angeles that has a reputation as being the epicenter of the film business, a glamorous spot to rub elbows with celebrities. With the Oscars showcasing the glitz and splendor of Hollywood tonight, I thought this would be a perfect post […]

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Kiyomizudera Temple Photos & Tips

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  12 Comments

Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto is one of the most popular temples in Japan. This post features my photos from the Temple, plus tips and other assorted info about it. This Temple is another of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, and ranks as probably my second favorite site in Kyoto after Fushimi Inari Shrine. It was […]

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Hogwarts Castle Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  5 Comments

This post offers a photo tour of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Japan, both inside and outside, to showcase this impressive feat of theme park design. This castle is home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan theme parks. All of the interior […]

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Hanami Party at Himeji Castle!

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  22 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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Yoho National Park Trip Report – Part 1

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  5 Comments

Everyone knows the best time to begin a trip report is a year and a half after you started writing Part 2 of that report. In the spirit of that, today’s post is Part 1 of my trip to Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Timing-wise, this trip falls shortly after my post about […]

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Third Man on the Matterhorn

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest, Reports  •  9 Comments

This covers our visit to Zermatt, Switzerland, where we spent approximately 85% of our time gazing longingly at the Matterhorn, which is arguably one of the most recognizable mountains in the world. Along with a recap of our trip, we’ll offer a few tips for seeing Zermatt, and thoughts on Switzerland, in general. As for […]

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Our Visit to Neuschwanstein Castle

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest, Reports  •  13 Comments

Neuschwanstein Castle, or Schloss Neuschwanstein in German, is one of the world’s most famous castles, most notable to Americans for inspiring Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. To be perfectly honest, this was our big motivation for visiting, and because of the epic landscape opportunities of the castle. In this post we’ll share our experience visiting the […]

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The Devious Deer of Nara, Japan

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Nara, Japan is an excellent place to visit, and a big part of this is the wild deer that roam the city. You read that correctly. So, if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “gee, I really want to go to a park where I can interact with and feed a bunch of deer” then it’s […]

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Universal Orlando Resort Trip Report

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  11 Comments

After promising this months ago, my Universal Orlando Resort trip report is finally done. This trip report covers my first visit to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade areas opened. Actually, my first visit in a long time. Not to date myself, but my last […]

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Photos & Tips

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  8 Comments

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the top sights in Kyoto, Japan, with its dense pathway of bamboo that stretches as far as the eye can see. The Bamboo Grove is part of Sagano Bamboo Forest, which is located near the outskirts of Kyoto, just below the mountains. If you daydream of bucket-list travel locales, […]

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