Entries by Tom Bricker

Eiffel Tower Photos

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 […]

Review: Is Tuzigoot National Monument Worth It?

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 […]

The Ahwahnee Hotel Photo Tour

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 […]

Cool Japanese Vending Machine Beverages

If you’ve visited Japan, you know the Japanese love vending machines. In Tokyo, there is literally a beverage vending machine on every block, and in most cases, more than one. These vending machines offer a wide variety of beverages, from delicious bubble gum flavored soda to hot coffee, to an odd assortment of drinks in […]

Photomatix 5 Review

Photomatix 5 is HDR photo editing software for fusing or tone-mapping multiple exposures into a single, high dynamic range photo. This Photomatix review details the pros and cons of the latest version of Photomatix, with screenshots from the program and sample photos that I’ve edited using Photomatix. All of the photos here have been processed […]

Conrad Macao Review (Macau, China)

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 […]

Fall on Rockefeller’s Carriage Roads in Acadia National Park

Like all National Parks, Acadia has an interesting history. It was originally private property donated by wealthy philanthropists to the government for the purpose of establishing the park. It became a National Park in 1919 as “Lafayette National Park” but had its name changed about a decade later to Acadia National Park. A map of […]

Sunrise from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Straddling the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina and rising 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s highest point. It is also the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest point east of the Mississippi. Only North Carolina’s Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Craig are taller, and they each have less […]

Portland Head Light – Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Portland Head Light is a historic lighthouse, widely regarded as the most beautiful in New England, located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The lighthouse sits at the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor, within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine. This channel is very active, or at least was while we were there. Portland Head […]

Sunset on Four Mile Trail in Yosemite

Here’s the winter sunset from Four Mile Trail in Yosemite National Park. Four Mile Trail runs from the Yosemite Valley up to Glacier Point, which is one of the best views in Yosemite. Unfortunately, in the winter, the trail is closed after Union Point. It probably should be closed before Union Point (at least when […]