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This is one of our favorite memories from San Francisco.  We took a tour on a Volkswagen bus with the company Vantigo.  The bus takes you all over the city and you get to see stellar views like this one.  We highly recommend this tour when visiting San Francisco, but we can’t promise that you won’t want to go in search of buying your own bus and living the van life afterwards…. Read More

It’s Christmas time in the city, and Paul and I made sure to kick off the holiday season with a Seastreak cruise into downtown New York.  We’re committed to getting our SPG stays in before January 1, and the city gives us plenty of opportunity to move between hotels and rack up our stays.  We enjoyed a stellar upgrade at the W Downtown on Friday night.  They gave us a luxurious corner… Read More

This is my Paris.   Several years ago, Paul and I rented an apartment in the 1st Arrondissement of the beautiful city of Paris.  We stayed for the entire month of July.  If you travel back in time on our blog, you can find many posts about our experience and learn about how it significantly changed our lives for the better.   This weekend angry protesters lit the Champs Elysees ablaze in… Read More

New York City and pizza.  Two of the best things in America. So, let me tell you a little story.  I know nothing about the pizzeria in this photograph, but I’m going to use this photo as my excuse to tell you about the pizzeria I LOVE in New York City.  Harry’s Italian on Gold Street is just about the best thing on Earth, and unfortunately, we only recently realized it.  Paul… Read More

Last August, Paul and I took a trip to California.  It was one of those trips that I so badly wanted and needed, but I was so torn about taking.  My mom was ill, and I wasn’t completely sold on jetting off to the other side of the country for a week.  Paul convinced me that everything would be okay and that if I needed to, I could hop on a plane… Read More

Paul took this photo of Lady Liberty on the ferry ride back to Manhattan after an afternoon on Governor’s Island. Governor’s Island has become our go-to place for fun in the city.  The short ferry ride costs $3 a person, which guarantees incredible views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.  Once there, we recommend renting a bicycle and cruising around the island.  Afterwards, grab a seat at Island Oyster to bask… Read More

Asbury Park has gone through quite a renaissance over the past ten years.  There are not many places left that give you the feel of the old days in Asbury.  The Wonder Bar is one of the few places left untouched by the restoration projects. This image struck me as the tale of the little guy being engulfed by modernization.  A beacon of the past in the face of the giant new… Read More

Street photography has been a genre with which I have become more and more fascinated recently.  It is very different from landscape photography in a variety of ways.  When I shoot landscapes, I am very methodical in the way I set the shot up.  I usually have my camera on a tripod.  I set my aperture and shutter speed and check my ISO setting.  Then I make my exposures.  I have the… Read More

For the first six of our eight years of marriage, Michelle and I spent our wedding anniversary away from home. We celebrated in beautiful places like Florence, Provence, and Napa. The last two years we have celebrated close to home in our favorite little city, Asbury Park. We are trying to make the best out of our present circumstances, so we spend our day lounging by the pool at the Asbury Hotel,… Read More

We took the Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver to meet up with the ship that was to whisk us off to Alaska.  I would highly recommend taking the Amtrak Cascades if you ever get the chance.  This turned out to be one of the best decisions we made, as the train takes you on a relaxing ride along the Pacific Coast. Vancouver turned out to be one of my favorite cities to… Read More