San Francisco: The Redwoods

I know the Redwoods aren’t technically in San Francisco, but it was all in the same trip for me, so I am grouping it in there. The best part of the forest for me was going on a hike to try and find the beach. Only in Northern California, right? It ended up being twelve…

San Francisco: Alcatraz

Prison. Am I the only one who thinks it’s a really funny concept? I mean, who said, “ok, we are going to take all these people who made stupid choices and did bad things, and put them next to each other in little rooms with bars on the front. And they can all hang out…

San Francisco: The City

San Francisco has a reputation for being a little crazy. But I’ve always liked crazy. The city is so inspiring to me, so many stories to watch, new things to experience. I loved the time I was able to spend there. The French might say that a city can be judged by the quality of…

Germany: Cologne (Köln)

We ascended the stairs from the parking lot and came to a surface where the wind whipped through our hair and the rain threatened to fall. But there, standing erect in the middle of the high fashion shopping center, was an 800 year old cathedral. The Cologne cathedral is absolutely stunning, inside and out. The…

Germany: Concentration Camp Hinzert

One would never think, driving through the picturesque German countryside, that so much atrocity could have occurred in such a tranquil place. But nestled in the trees not far from Trier, is a memorial site for the SS Special Camp/ Concentration Camp Hinzert. Operational during World War II from 1939-1945, the camp housed 13,000 prisoners….

Germany: Trier

Trier is the oldest city in Germany, founded by Augustus Caesar in 16BC. It houses many important Roman monuments. Due to the bizarre weather conditions while we were there, the pictures are a bit waterlogged, and we didn’t hit all the sites, but what I did see was pretty amazing. Plus, German food has proven…

Germany: Bernkastel-Kues

Bernkastel-Kues is a pleasant little village in the middle of Germany’s wine country. It lies beneath the Castle Landshut, which was burned to the ground in 1692. I didn’t find out too much about the history, but it was a lovely place to take pictures:

Stuck on the Autobahn

Snow in Germany is absolutely gorgeous. Everything looks like a winter wonderland. Still, it has it’s drawbacks (such as getting stuck on the autobahn for 3 hours). Nevertheless, it made for a great photo opportunity. Hope you enjoy-

London: In Review

Before heading back to the airport, we stopped at Planet Hollywood to grab some lunch. There was a bunch of cool film stuff in there, handprints and kisses from famous actors. The atmosphere made me feel like I was back in the States for a little while, which was nice.   The best thing about…

London: Bond in Motion

The London Film Museum is currently hosting the Bond in Motion exhibition. It is the largest collection of 007 paraphernalia in the world. So many beautiful cars. Aston Martins, with built in weapon and missile systems. The only disappointment was that I couldn’t sit inside one. They also had a bunch of props and scripts…

London: Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. I was expecting pretty decorations and a modest Christmas Market like others I’ve seen. Man oh man, did I underestimate them. It was enormous! It just kept going and going and going. Line upon line of booths selling food and Christmas trinkets among other things. Then in the middle of…

London: Baker Street

  Have I mentioned that I’m a big BBC fan? Of Moffat’s work in particular. Well, being in London I couldn’t very well pass up an opportunity to check out the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Located at 221B Baker Street, it occupies the exact spot that Doyle wrote of in his original detective stories. It is…