Archive | November 2012

“The real voyag…

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

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First time in London?

Mikes road planner: Its been a while since i was on a plain traveling somewhere far away. I looked at this photo and i got reminded of the first time i landed in London. it was after a long time i had my London route planner all sketched up. it was the air you breath and the people u get to see that really took me 🙂

Dear Leila


Just wanted to drop in and say hello! We made it to London a little over a week ago, but I’m still without wifi. I was so desperate, I tethered my laptop to my phone, but the connection is horrible, which is why I’m only posting one photo.

Things have been so busy, we haven’t really had a chance to explore the city. Setting up cellphones, bank accounts and finding an apartment while living in community housing has pretty much consumed our days. I can’t wait to get out and see everything!

More photos coming soon.

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Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Mikes road planner: A USA TRIP is such a terrific adventure, getting there and traveling beyond!
i do miss cloudy Carolina, through those photos i remember.

nomadruss in words and photos

I had the chance to spend some time in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina during the Fall season. These images are the result. There will be more to come…

This first image was made at the southern end of Table Rock Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest. Little Table Rock and the Linville Gorge can be seen in the distance.

There was just a hint of the coming fall along the Linville River in the Linville Gorge, near the Pinch In Trail junction.

A crisp fall morning along the shores of Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Dew drops form on the changing colors of Fall, Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall colors emerging in the Pisgah National Forest

Fall Colors adorn the trees between Table Rock Mountain and Hawksbill Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina. Photo made on the rocky outcropping just above Devil’s Cellar.

More…

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Bonjour, Paris…

vive la france

vive la france (Photo credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³)

: Did you know that the French language is regarded as the most romantic language today?its roots is in the Latin language. and is the only language that survived from the languages that grew from Latin. I love france, and i recommand to plan a trip to France.

Peter Carlsson Photography

This one is an oldie – From before Iceland. I don’t think there’s anything to say about Paris that hasn’t been said before… I’ll keep coming back because it’s an amazing place.

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Thailand is a true paradise on earth

thailand ko phi phi 02

thailand ko phi phi 02 (Photo credit: FriskoDude)

Thailand welcomes 19 million visitors annually, a figure that is almost one third of its population, which is about 67 million. It is one of the most visited countries in all of Southeast Asia.

Visitors planning a trip to Thailand tend to fall into two groups: those looking to visit Bangkok and those looking to relax in Thailand’s rural and coastal locales.

Bangkok is a heady mix of tradition and contemporary elements, and has become a favorite with those looking to party. Its streets feature a wealth amenities and attractions, from temples to markets, from shopping malls to picturesque gardens. Those looking for something out of the ordinary should check out the floating markets in Damnoen Saduak near the city.

Thailand is actually home to a variety of oddities. These include the Phanom Rung temple, which stands on an extinct volcano and the world’s largest crocodile farm, which is found in Samut Prakan. Not everything in the country is strange though.

Many people base their Thailand trip planning around its beautiful beaches. The white sands are ideal for lazing and enjoying the warm waters that lap against them. Others head inland to the countries jungles, where elephant rides lay in wait.

Some must know facts YOU should know about Singapore

Singapore night skyline

Singapore night skyline (Photo credit: AndyLeo@Photography)

Now I’m maybe a pirate, but I’m no big diver, and I don’t believe I’m a big swimmer, but if you are then Singapore is the place for you. It is a group of islands, a part of the united nation, and a real paradise for divers, and sea lovers.  Here are some facts about Singapore.

Singapore is the home of 5.2 million people and with millions more visiting every year, Singapore has grown into one of the premier vacation destinations in Southeast Asia. Those planning a trip to Singapore should prepare themselves for a vibrant city that mixes the old with the new.

The city-state – which is located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula – is a lively mix of multiculturalism. It features no fewer than four official languages as well as an extensive list of recognized and practiced religions.

The Thian Hock Keng temple and Sultan Mosque are two of Singapore’s most popular tourist destinations, and examples of the magnificent array of religiously-significant structures found within the city. They share the streets with some astonishing street markets as well as stores, restaurants and other modern amenities.

The Tiger Sky Tower is the perfect place to get a bird’s eye view of Singapore. On a clear day it’s possible to see as far as Indonesia from the observation tower. Other modern attractions include Universal Studios and the Singapore Zoo. The latter offers a nighttime safari which allows visitors to see nocturnal creatures hard at work and play.

With the third largest gambling market in the world, your Singapore trip planer might also include a visit to one of the city’s impressive casinos.

Review: Diethnes (Sydney CBD)

Mikes road planner: I found while visiting Australia backpacking way back, that Australian have pretty decent cooking, and there dishes are very tasty, perhaps its very similar to what i’m used to eat. and maybe i’m just hungry right now and this picture of this dish made me hungrier.. thats what happens when you’re a pirate 🙂 but while researching for Sydney route planner don’t forget to schedule some time for the food experience, and maybe take a wine tour… but thats a different post coming up soon!

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My sister’s 8th anniversary in Australia was last month. She was craving Greek food and wanted to revisit Yiamas but we decided to try a new place instead. Diethnes had been on my radar for a while thanks to good customer reviews; finally it was time to see if it lived up to the hype.

The restaurant is located on Pitt Street, but it’s quite hidden below ground level. Inside it’s very spacious and has a warm 80s kind of feel. Our waiter overheard us while browsing the menu and asked “¿hablan español?” (do you speak Spanish?). He was a super polite and helpful Argentinian.

As per usual we ordered a bunch of dishes to share, nothing too exotic: a Greek salad, anchovies, octopus and souvlaki.

The Greek salad came first. The menu has different prices for small and large servings, as well as for local and…

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