I can’t seem to stop myself. All my photos of Tuscany so far are of this magnificent landscape. It is classic and stunning with rolling hills and heavy in agriculture – although that is declining as part of the regional economy. I have yet to seen an uncultivated piece of land. Lets be honest, this [...]
A man poles his way up the River Arno just outside the Uffizi Gallery, one of the very first modern museums, open to the public since 1765. At 150 miles long, the river Arno originates up in the Apennines at Mt. Falterona. It passes through Florence, Empoli and Pisa and empties into the Ligurian Sea [...]
On Wednesday I leave for ten days in Tuscany. I’ve been to Italy a number of times but never Tuscany and I haven’t been back to Italy since my last visit to Venice in 1998. Needless to say I’m excited. Oh and…before you read any further I have to do this: By choosing to click [...]
Yes, I know how easy it is to get into total relaxation mode as soon as you step off the plane and into the Spanish sun. Down the beach by day, lying on a sun lounger by the pool at midday and a tour of the bars and restaurants in the evening can easily slip [...]
Should foreigners pay more? That was the question back at the beginning of summer when a heated discussion ensued among travel bloggers on Facebook. At the center of the debate was the tendency of some world governments to charge foreign visitors more than locals to enter a national monument, archaeological site or wildlife park. The [...]
It always happens this way. Its not like our summers aren’t full of all kinds of activity but when late August rolls around I feel that winter haunts like the Grim Reaper. I’m not a fan of winter. So, the kids and I always dash off to squeeze in every summer-time adventure we hadn’t yet [...]
Late season summer deals are a great way to avoid the crowds and enjoy a relaxing, European holiday. However, some places are better to head to during late season than others. If you’re looking to enjoy the sun, the destinations below are some of the best to check out. Lycian Coast, Turkey Head to the [...]
Behold! The Milky Way. I’m not really sure what else to say about it….a giant sweeping mass of stars above our camp at Great Sand Dunes National Park. And there below is our little tent out under that mass of stars. It was one of those great weekends when you just don’t want to come [...]
”Albeit they have neyther meadows, nor pastures, nor arable grounds neare their city…they have as great abundance of victuals, corne and fruites of all sorts whatsoever…being plenteously ministred unto them from Padua, Vicenza, and other bordering townes and places of Lombardy….As for their fruits, I have observed wonderful plenty amongst them, as Grapes, Peares, Applees, [...]
Cumbres Toltec Railroad I mentioned in the MY SHOT of the Day from Sunday that kids and I rode the Cumbres Toltec Railroad Friday with my father and his wife at the end of last week. The ride is just a blast and I’ll have a little photo essay about this ride on the Cumbres [...]
Another addition to my list of Old Catholic churches. This is San Isadore Church in Las Mesitas, Colorado, destroyed by fire in 1975. The day after the kids and I rode the Cumbres-Toltec Railroad with my dad and his wife (photos from that trip this week) we drove up back the Conejos River to take [...]
Editors note: this is an updated version of an article I published here nearly three years ago. Ancient Games Go North Here’s a study I stumbled across that combines three of my favorite things: The Arctic, the Arab world and cultural connections in the ancient world. The question is, how could a board game that [...]
Archaeology, beer and food have motivated award-winning author and photographer Jim O’Donnell’s twenty-five years of travel to over forty countries on five continents - and are at least partially to blame for the five languages he is sure he can stumble through. Jim is the author of “Notes for the Aurora Society”, and “Rise and Go a collection of 200+ images and short stories from Around the World as well as numerous other sordid tales, articles, half-finished novels, works in progress, essays and other scribbling. Jim is the owner and head monkey here at Around the World in Eighty Years.
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- Should Foreigners Pay More? Damn Straight. September 19, 2013
- On The River Arno – Florence – My Shot of the Day, September 28, 2013 September 28, 2013
- “No. No. You May Not Have an Americano” – My Shot of the Day – October 5, 2013 October 5, 2013
- Larciano Castello – My Shot of the Day – October 9, 2013 October 9, 2013
- Australia’s Most Delectable Food Trails November 25, 2013
- Taos Mountain, New Mexico – My Shot of the Day – November 23, 2013 November 23, 2013
- I’m Off to Costa Rica in Two Weeks! November 20, 2013
- Five Barcelona Museums Not to be Missed November 18, 2013
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