Monthly Archives: March 2011

My 10 Favorite Buildings and Structures

Posted by on March 23, 2011

This the seventh installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

This is by far the most fun I had putting a list together. Buildings are something I never really explicitly thought about before I set out to make the list. I have a love for big and tall things, so you will see that represented.

For the purposes of this list, I included old and new structures. I focused on either the architecture, the scale, or some other oddity. I considered buildings, airports, towers, bridges, or anything which has been made by people.


My 10 Favorite Cuisines

Posted by on March 21, 2011

This the sixth installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

All of these lists are subjective, but this is probably going to be the most subjective.

For starters, I’m not really a foodie. I’d like to think that I am, but I’m not. I don’t obsess about food. I don’t take photos of food. I don’t collect recipes.

Second, I can’t eat wheat. I have an intolerance to gluten so that means I don’t eat a lot of foods. That has a dramatic effect on what I like to eat.

Finally, I’m painting with an extremely broad brush. I am well aware that there are differences between northern and southern Indian food, or between Hunan or Szechuan cuisine.

My 10 Favorite Nature Sites

Posted by on March 18, 2011

This the fifth installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

In many ways, this list was easier than creating a list of historic places. Natural sites and national parks tend to be much larger and you have to get out of the city to experience them. Most of the sites on this list were the result of going out of my way by car or boat. The total list I had to work with was smaller.

You will also notice a reverse bias from my previous lists. My other lists leaned in favor of Asia or Europe where as this list tilts in favor of North America. The fact is, North America, in particular the American West, as one of the greatest diversity of great natural attractions in the world. You have stunning mountains, canyons, deserts, rain forests and some of the largest mega fauna outside of Africa.

I have left aquatic sites like the Great Barrier Reef and Palau off of the list because they were listed on the list of my 10 favorite SCUBA diving sites.

My 10 Favorite Historical Sites

Posted by on March 17, 2011

This the fourth installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

This was an extremely difficult list to compile. How do you evaluate how historic something is? Where do you put the boundries around it. Most European and Asian capitals have a very deep history, so trying to pick and choose was hard.

The list is biased towards more ancient history, which is why cities like London and Paris were left off. You will also find no American or Canadian cities on the list, even though places like Boston and Quebec City are quite historic. I have visited several archeology digs, but left those off as well because there is very little to see when you visit.

My 10 Favorite SCUBA Sites

Posted by on March 16, 2011

This the third installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

Of all the lists in this series, this is the one that I might be the least confident about. I’ve done a fair amount of diving (about 100 dives) but I am a far cry from some of the real professionals out there. I could see how a real dive pro could put together a list as good or better than mine without any overlap.

I also do not have many photos to show for this list. I’ve only taken underwater photos on a few of my dives. The cost and weight of underwater photography gear is too heavy and expensive for me to justify carrying around.

Learning to SCUBA dive is one of the best things I’ve done since I started traveling.

My 10 Favorite Museums

Posted by on March 15, 2011

This the second installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

One of my favorite activities is visiting the great museums of the world. Unlike my list of favorite cities which had a heavy Asia/Pacific bent, this list has a heavy European bent. The simple fact is, Europe has far better museums than Asia.

I’ve researched other list of great museums in the world and there seems to be at least a general consensus on what are the top museums. I’ve been able to visit most of the museums and my list isn’t radically different.

I don’t have photos for many of the museums because some museums do not allow photography and I often just never think to take a photo of the exterior of a museum. (more…)