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Photo Essay- Florence at Night

Photo Essay- Florence at Night

Exhausted from a number of consecutive long days, I entered Florence on fumes. I’d been to Florence twice, in 1997 & 1998, and it hadn’t been my favorite city on either visit. I ended up having a lovely evening strolling around the city’s ancient center, with it’s impressive Reniassance-era Duomo and gothic Palazzo Vecchio. The outdoor […]

East 2014 By the Numbers

East 2014 By the Numbers

The third installment of my popular “By the Numbers” series.

Eurail Pass- A Great Deal

Eurail Pass- A Great Deal

On this past trip to Europe, as I did on my 1998 & 1999 trips, I took advantage of using a Eurail pass. In all my travels, I’ve found very few things I consider as much of a deal as the Eurail pass. Available in the United States from two companies, Rail Europe and Eurail, […]

Bikes, Cheese and Flowers- My Stop in Holland

Bikes, Cheese and Flowers- My Stop in Holland

(Once again- I’ve proven to be a terrible ‘on the road’ blogger. I’m not taking it too hard, I’m here to see and not blog, and I am certainly doing that.- Don’t forget to follow my social media sites- my personal and blog Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram (esmith7273) and Untappd– I have been doing better on those.) Four excellent […]

Finding the Real Iceland

Finding the Real Iceland

It’s been too long since I updated my blog, but I have been doing an excellent job of updating my personal and blog Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram (esmith7273) and Untappd. I’m going to pick up here were I left off in the last post, which was after my first two days in Iceland. The second two days in Iceland […]

Iceland is Still Awesome

Iceland is Still Awesome

So, I’m on the night of my third day, and 15 years after my first visit here, the overriding theme remains the same- Iceland is awesome. I’m not going to write full blog posts (for me that means the long-winded 2,500 word pieces that became a staple of my post-New Zealand trip recaps)- those will […]

The Dark Horse Brewing Company

The Dark Horse Brewing Company

In my position of Ashley’s ‘unofficial’ photographer, I, along with my friends Keath & Gabe, visited the Dark Horse Brewing Company and their attached brewpub this past weekend. Dark Horse is the first of Ashleys of Ann Arbor’s featured brewers in their 30th Anniversary celebration. The brewery tour was led by a knowledgeable and affable young […]

Goose Island Brewpub & Tour

Goose Island Brewpub & Tour

On my July visit to Chicago, I visited The Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub and took the short tour they offer. Goose Island is Chicago’s Best Known Craft Brewer. The Clybourn facility is where it all started back in 1998. The company’s main brewery today is located a few miles away. I showed up for my […]

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain

It’s one of Chicago’s signature landmarks.

Outstanding Views of Wellington

Outstanding Views of Wellington

As with everything on this trip, I’ll have many longer posts to describe Wellington, New Zealand’s fun & attractive capital. Since it’s already really late and I have the long drive to Taupo tomorrow morning, I’m going to post pictures of the city from the many great viewpoints offered here. From the top deck of […]

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