Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

August 13, 2012

Francis Unson:

When you travel to Budapest, Hungary, you can take the tourist track, do what the locals do, or both.  What does the capital and largest city of Hungary have to offer?

Originally posted on our souls are birds:

ohhhh budapest.  you deserved so much more of my time instead of a scant 28 hours! if only i hadn’t done some bookings while half-asleep, if only i hadn’t gotten lost and wandered around the city for a couple hours, if only i hadn’t had to hang out in my suite and do laundry–we would have become so much better-acquainted!   but, the suite i got to stay in was really cool and communist-looking.  maybe that doesn’t even make sense.  it had the world’s least comfortable couch (seat was 2.5 feet wide, back was maybe 6-8 inches high…), dark carpeting, wallpapers, 12 ft ceilings, and a set of incredibly beautiful 12ft tall doors!

not the building i stayed in, but nearby

budapest was different than the other former-communist places i’d been.  for one, there were sex shops everywhere.  bars open at 8 am, with people drinking.  slightly dingy buildings, not…

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August 8, 2012

Francis Unson:

The Longji Rice Terraces in Guilin, Guangxi, China, are a place you must see up close to believe.  Not only are rice terraces aesthetically appeasing, but they, in short, feed China.

Originally posted on Plus Ultra:

Hair wrapped artfullyin a turban of black cloth, her tough frame is softened by a lilac top and short frilly skirt. As she saunters in and out of the room, I watch the light momentarily catch on her earrings – they are two silver crescents, raw and slightly tarnished, sweeping around a hollow in the shape of the full moon.

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August 6, 2012

Francis Unson:

Like most people, when they think of Chicago, they immediately think of architecture. How about Chicago’s hidden gem: gardens?

Originally posted on Rainy Days Aren't Always Bad:

You think of Chicago and you think architecture. You think bone chilling cold winters. Television buffs think of George Clooney and ER. You think industrial revolution. You think The Jungle and Sister Carrie. You think the mob and Al Capone. But, I certainly never thought gardens. Chicago has gardens at every other turn. You go two blocks and there’s a garden or a park. Not whimpy gardens but really fully maintained beautiful ones. With flowers bulging at the seams.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park

Wishing Well Canal at Millennium Park

Garden at Millennium Park

Bee at the Garden

Garden at Millennium Park

Gardener Grooming the Garden Grounds

Millennium Park Garden

Chicago Skyline from the Garden

Pretty in Blue

Millennium Park

Millennium Park Founders Arch

Millennium Park Founders Arch

Grass Steps at Chicago Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Flower in Fourth Presbyterian Church Garden

Garden Arch near beach

Garden near beach

Olive…

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July 6, 2012

Francis Unson:

The Shard, the tallest building in the UK and, indeed, Europe, stands at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft).  The Shard is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the 330-meter (1,083 ft) concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station.

Originally posted on A Life In London*:

Freshly constructed, Europe’s tallest building looks like a giant alien mothership has landed.

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July 2, 2012

Francis Unson:

How do the locals of Montreal, Canada spend their summer?  By shutting down a street so that vendors can setup shop in order to sell food, souvenirs, and other things.

Originally posted on Tomorrow Never Knows {photography}:

Montreal loves any excuse to shut down a street and we Montrealers love walking down the middle of the street without getting hit by a car (though we already jaywalk any chance we get). Two weekends in a row most of the St Laurent Boulevard – aka the Main – was closed for the sidewalk sale and we got to soak in the sun while spending money and eating street food & mango on a stick. Summer in Montreal just can’t be beat.

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June 27, 2012

Francis Unson:

Welcome to Montreux, Switzerland, the playground of the rich and famous.

Originally posted on Milad Maymay Photography:

Montreux is a resort town for the rich and famous.  Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, it is most famous for its jazz festival, posh hotels and casinos.  It is also very picturesque.  Hence, here are some photographs I took during my visit.

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June 26, 2012

Francis Unson:

Would you want to come home after an incredible trip to the Alaskan wilderness?  After a week-long road trip, Sarah and her family certainly did not want to.

Originally posted on Are We Home Yet?:

Part I

My boys and I – Will, Hickory and I, that is – just returned from a week-long road trip through Alaska’s interior.

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I.did.not.want.to.come.home.

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Our travels took us along the Glenn Highway to Lake Louise, into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park along the Nabesna Road and then further into the Park via the McCarthy Road to McCarthy and Kennecott, two quirky towns perched on a glacier full of fascinating history.  We finished our trip in Valdez  where we took an incredible kayaking trip to the Columbia Glacier.

We weren’t sure how it would go traveling with our beloved dog.  I mean, we love him but we can hardly expect the rest of Alaska to love (tolerate) him quite as much as we do.

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As it turns out, Hickory is the consummate traveling companion.  Quiet, contemplative – a true minimalist – he required few rest stops.  He did, though, every once in a while, get a…

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June 25, 2012

Francis Unson:

Wan-Ting’s wonderful photos from a 20-day work experience trip with EcoFieldTrips to Tioman Island, a small island located 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang, from a scaly-breasted munia (Lonchura punctulata) to an underwater treadmill that was probably used as reef-building material.

Originally posted on C'EST LA VIE:

At the beginning of May I left for a 20-days work experience trip with EcoFieldTrips, a company that mainly organises and lead fieldtrips in Tioman for school groups. Tioman is a small tropical island on the east coast of Malaysia that’s approximately half the size of Singapore. Most of the island remain happily undeveloped – the main industry is tourism, concentrated in a few small villages along the coast. During the duration of 20 days I did 4 school trips almost back-to-back: UWCSEA 1 (United World College South East Asia), UWCSEA 2, TTS (Tanglin Trust School), and Nexus Kuala Lumpur. UWC and TTS are both international schools in Singapore on the IB (International Baccalaureate) syllabus. The groups were spread out across a spectrum of age groups too. The UWCSEA groups were the oldest (17-18 year olds), Nexus was 15-16, and TTS had the little 12 year old kids. It probably won’t…

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June 21, 2012

Quote of the week from “The Lord of the Rings”.

June 21, 2012

Francis Unson:

New Zealand is no stopover to your destination.  New Zealand is the destination.

Originally posted on walking around with a camera:

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A.  Hello friend and/or family member.  Here are some pictures of the New Zealand landscape.  Thanks for stopping by.  Geez, it’s been a long time since we’ve…

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