Thai Longtail Boats

One of the classic postcard pictures of the Thai islands involves the longtail boats. Wooden boats with brightly colored hangings driving by a motor on a very long stick behind. You don’t get very far in the island area without seeing (or riding in) them. I was fascinated by the images and sense of the…

Venice : City of Fantasy and Illusion

Venice is a fantasy city for me. It leaps directly out of the pages of a book. Actually it is probably the other way around, the intrigue and romance of Venice has influenced so many books. One thing that links the fantasy and reality is the concept of Illusion. Foggy dark alleys, confusing sounds with…

Historic Delfshaven in Pictures

There is not a lot of historic old buildings in Rotterdam. Historic Delfshaven is an exception.The neighborhood of Delfshaven has more of an old world charm than the modern city center of Rotterdam. We went twice during our trip to the city, both times to visit the city brewery which is there. The area is…

Mud Pots in Rotorua, New Zealand

New Zealand in general is a hotbed of geothermic activity. Earthquakes and volcanoes, you name it. Rotorua, in the north island, is a center for a lot of the “cool” stuff. Stuff like oozing holes in the ground or smoking pits, you know, the entertaining aspects of this geothermal stuff. So this kind thing needed…

Dive into a Bächle

We live in Freiburg, Germany. The Bächle are a unique feature of this Black Forest town. They are small gutters alongside the roads in most of the old town which run with clear water. It is clean enough that kids play in them in the summer. The entire old town has them and they vary…

Walking the Travertines at Pamukkale

Pamukkale was the wild card destination on our Turkey Honeymoon. It was something that I had seen tiny pictures of on a friend’s camera screen and wanted to see it. I didn’t really know what to expect or exactly where it was, other than Turkey. I knew I wanted to see it and we did…