Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

Red Bay Basque Whaling Station UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station: Situated in Labrador, in north-eastern Canada, on the shores of the Strait of Belle Isle, Red Bay was an Arctic maritime base for Basque mariners in the 16th century. It is the earliest, most comprehensive and best preserved archaeological testimony of a pre-industrial …

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Photographing Vietnam’s Rainy Season

My friend and two-continent club member Sherry Ott is a prolific travel photographer and blogger. She recently visited Vietnam during the rainy season. While that might be a deterrent for most people traveling, Sherry managed to find inspiration and beauty in the rain. Here is Sherry…


I often get people who tell me they are skipping a country in Southeast Asia because it’s rainy season, monsoon season, or it’s ‘just too hot’ at that time of year. Little do they know that traveling in rainy season is one of my best-kept travel secrets and I always wonder if I should tell them what they are missing when they skip countries or locations due to a less than desirable weather season.

From a cultural experience and photography standpoint, inclement weather seasons are a wonderful opportunity to see how the locals really live in situations that we would deem less desirable. You get a true feel for the country and local culture and traditions through the ‘tough’ times. On top of it, you get introduced to a number of new products that are used in that inclement weather season that you probably never even dreamed of. In Vietnam, you’ll see surprising products such as the double-headed ponchos or ponchos with a headlight window.

On my recent trip to Saigon during the rainy season, I was lucky enough to have the skies open up and pour down their wrath on city streets. I was on a motorbike myself, so I had a great perspective on photography and luckily I had proper rain gear for my camera. I watched as the streets flooded rapidly and the Vietnamese locals didn’t skip a beat. Rain doesn’t stop them – and it shouldn’t stop you.

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Impressions of Wisconsin

One of the fundamental truths I’ve learn from traveling is that everyone is proud of where they are from.

I am no exception.

I grew up in Wisconsin like circus elephants, you can take the boy out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take Wisconsin out of the boy. Even thought I haven’t lived in Wisconsin full time for almost 20 years, I still have an immense amount of pride in where I am from.

I spent the last week in August driving around my state, visiting many popular attractions and destinations. It was a trip which let me get back to my roots and see places that I haven’t seen in a long time.

Here are some of the first impressions from my trip as seen from my iPhone.

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Announcing the North American National Parks Project!

As most of you know, during the last 6 1/2 years of traveling around the world, I’ve set to visiting as many UNESCO World Heritage sites as possible. One question I always get is if I plan on visiting them all, and the answer is, no. I’m not sure it is possible as they are always adding about 20 new sites every year. Moreover, some of them are extremely remote and difficult to visit. To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever done it or even come close.

In the back of my mind, however, I have been also attempting something else: To visit and photograph all the National Parks of the United States and Canada.

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Exploring Wisconsin

This week I’m going to be doing something a bit different. I’m going to spend it exploring my home state of Wisconsin. Usually, when I’m in Wisconsin I’m here to relax and catch up on work. Like most people, I’ve never visited many of the significant things in my state because I felt like it …

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