Autumn colors on the shores of Lake Tahoe

Vivid colors and crisp daytime temperatures signal the onset of autumn at Lake Tahoe, California.

Irish town

AirBnB is very popular, widespread, and fairly reasonably priced in Ireland. As a result, you’ll find that most towns currently offer a wide variety of rental options to tourists. The first part of this post lets you know what to expect in a typical Irish AirBnB and gives you some advice on what to bring […]

Kite sufer on Lake Tahoe

View this post on Instagram Solitary kite surfer taking advantage of strong winds kicked up by an approaching storm front. Incline Beach, Lake Tahoe. Elevation 6,229ft (1,900m). Water temp: 43 F (6 C) Outside air temp: 39 F (4 C) Wind: Sustained at 25 mph (40 khm), gusting to 40 mph (64 kmh) Number of […]

Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe

Looking south on Lake Tahoe toward Sand Harbor on a surprisingly warm and sunny day in mid-November. The newly constructed Tahoe East Shore Trail, a three-mile-long biking/walking path, runs from the Harbor up to Incline Village and will eventually connect up with various other existing and planned Tahoe trails to completely encircle the lake. In […]

Tahoe Surfer

View this post on Instagram Lone surfer hitting the waters of Lake Tahoe at Incline Beach on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Elevation 6,229 feet. A strong storm front kicked up a sizeable wind swell – enough to be rideable. Water temp:  49F (9C) Air temp:  39F (4C) Wind: Steady at 20 mph (32 kph). For […]

Patchwork of greens, Irish countryside

Small farms and fields and low stone walls creating a patchwork of greens in the Irish countryside. Over 1/3 of Irish residents live in rural areas, with County Leitrim in the center north of the country being the most rural. Despite a population of only 4.8 million people, there were over 137,100 family-held farms in […]

Pumpkin riot, Rodoni Farms

Pumpkins rioting at Rodoni Farms, Santa Cruz, California, October 2019. This photo shows the leaders of the mob trying to hotwire the farm’s pickup truck to make their escape. The uprising was apparently thwarted when the pumpkins realized they needed hands, eyes, and feet to drive. Rodoni Farms declined to comment on the incident, but […]

Irish shrine booth

A unique way to talk to God. This dilapidated phone booth in the small town of Castlerea, Ireland has been converted into an impromptu shrine to Mary. Proving that an Irishman’s sense of practicality is surpassed only by his sense of humor. It also gives new meaning to the phrase, “Can you hear me now?” […]

L'homme de Pierre statue

L’homme de Pierre (Stone Man) statue in the courtyard of the Chapelle-Saint-Elme in Villefranche-sur-mer. Created by artist Max Cartier, it is one of a number of stone men statues created in the late 1980s. Visitors who fly into Nice will have seen a similar statue, Le Voyageur (The Traveler), in the roundabout between Terminal 1 […]

Villefranche-sur-mer Naval Flower Battle

The Villefranche-sur-mer Naval Flower Battle is one of those quirky small-town festivals that most tourists hope to run across. Usually held the first Monday after the start of the three-week Nice Carnival celebration, the action is centered on the seafront of the tiny town of Villefranche-sur-mer (population 5,500) a couple of miles east of Nice. […]

Gar Woods pier, Lake Tahoe

Snow clouds building over the Gar Woods pier on Lake Tahoe at sunset. Located in Carnelian Bay on the northwest side of the lake, Gar Woods has an outdoor patio ideal for drinking and dining during the short but spectacular summer season.

walking tour of public art

The purpose of this walking tour of public art in Nice is to introduce you to some of the more interesting artworks on display in town. With the exception of the stairs at the beginning and end, the tour takes place on level ground. The entire tour can be completed in about an hour, but […]

Nice airport airlines

If you need to find out which airlines fly into and out of Nice Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, do so before heading to the airport. That’s because the names of the airlines are not displayed anywhere on the approach roads to each terminal. As a result, if you don’t know which terminal you […]

Godzilla, Nice Carnival

Godzilla “walking” through Place Massena during Carnival in Nice (2018). The celebration is one of the largest carnival events in the world. Each year, over a million visitors come to cheer on the bands, gape at the floats, and marvel at the giant balloons during the festival’s 15-day run. The theme of Carnival changes each […]

Musee des Beaux-Arts

The Musee des Beaux-Arts is one of the smaller art museums in Nice, but it’s one of my favorites. Because it’s somewhat isolated and competes with the world-famous Chagall and Matisse museums, it’s never crowded. That’s everyone else’s loss as far as I’m concerned. What they’re missing is a number of truly beautiful works of art, some […]

breakfast in bondi - top 5 cafes

Bondi Beach is world renown for great surf and a vibrant social scene. It also has a wide range of excellent casual restaurants where you can get locally sourced, fresh, and delicious meals. So to help you narrow down the list of choices, here are what I consider the five best places to grab breakfast […]

Nice Carnival - Parade Float

The Nice Carnival celebration is one of the largest carnival events in the world, attracting over a million visitors during it’s 15-day run. The theme of Carnival changes each year. In 2017, it was Energy. This year, it was Space. In 2019, it will be Cinema. Despite the different themes, the overall style of the […]

Skiers at Isola 2000, Nice, France

Young skiers at Isola 2000 ski field, 60 miles (96 km) north of Nice, France. Set in a high valley inside Mercantour National Park on the dividing line between France and Italy, the ski field gets its name from its altitude (2000 meters/6560 feet) rather than from any association with the year 2000. For full […]

Nevada from Lake Tahoe mountain ridge

View out over Nevada from the top of the 7,600 foot mountain ridge that forms the divide between California and the Silver State at the southern end of Lake Tahoe. Although the valley in view is only 1,500 feet lower than the lake, the Sierra Nevada mountains block much of the rain and snow that […]

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, Indiana

Ceiling of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Consecrated in 1888 after 17 years of construction, this neo-gothic landmark now attracts over 50,000 visitors a year. The 116 stained glass windows, created by Carmelite nuns in Le Mans, France, add color, light, and airiness to […]

Musee d'Orsay rooftop statue

One of three large statues on the rooftop of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris looking across the Seine to the Louvre Museum. This statue, entitled Orleans, was created as an allegorical representation of the city of Orleans, which was one of three major cities served by the train line that originated in the building when it […]

Wicklow countryside

View out over County Wicklow, Ireland. Despite being just south of Dublin, which is experiencing a huge internet-fueled building boom, much of Wicklow remains undeveloped. Small towns and patchwork fields bounded by hand-built rock walls line the coast. Inland, wild scrubland prevails, with soft bracken and hearty gorse covering the gently rolling hills.

Chagall's Le prophète Elie (The Prophet Elijah) mosaic

Marc Chagall’s mosaic Le prophète Elie (The Prophet Elijah) on the wall of the Musée Marc Chagall in Nice, France. Created in 1970 specifically for the outer wall of the museum, the mosaic depicts religious scenes relating to the many miracles God performed through Elijah. The beauty and simplicity of the work is enhanced when […]

wifi cafes in nice

If you’re looking for wifi cafes in Nice, you’ll have a lot of options to choose from. This is a technologically advanced country with reliable, fast internet available almost everywhere. It’s also a country where the act of grabbing a cup of coffee is practically an art form. So it’s not just a matter of […]

Grgur Ninski Statue, Split, Croatia

Twenty-eight foot tall bronze statue of Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin) located in Split, Croatia. The statue was originally erected in 1929 within Split’s Diocletian’s Palace, but was moved in the mid-1950s to its current spot just outside the Old Town’s Golden Gate. The statue was created by Croatia’s most famous sculpture, Ivan Meštrović. Other […]