Day-Tripper Defense

 Day Tripper Defense

This well-armed gentleman’s job is not to break up riots
or keep the peace in a time of war.

He stands guard at the gates of the splashy Mahogany Bay Cruise Center
on the southwest coast of Roatan, one of Honduras’ three Bay Islands.

Stationed at the exit, it would appear that he’s keeping his country safe…
from tourists.


Under My Umbrella (Ella, Ella)

 Under My Umbrella (Ella, Ella)

This Roc-a-Fella wants you to know that you can stand under his umbrella,
any old time.


Photo taken at Taipei’s Shilin Night Market 

Hat tip to pop star Rihanna and her (inexplicably popular) song, Umbrella


Bad Hair Day of Mammoth Proportions

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Not all ski-wear is designed to flatter…
or is even exactly designed, for that matter.

Sometimes it just keeps the sun off your head,
Or makes people laugh when they see you, instead.


Photo taken in The Village at Mammoth
in the Eastern Sierra ski resort town of Mammoth, California


Cooking With Poo

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In Thai, the word “poo” means crab.

It’s actually pronounced bhoo, but is always spelled with a “p”…
…and I, for one, would have it no other way.


Cooking With Poo
was photographed in the Bangkok Airport
by my fellow snarkist,
James T. Clark of Nomadic Notes


Reverence for the Twelve Apostles

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The only thing as amazing as the water- and wind-carved
limestone formations known as the Twelve Apostles,
set along Australia’s legendary Great Ocean Road:

Taking a photo of even just one of them…with your iPad.


Photo courtesy of the hilarious iPadtography


Christmas in February

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Proof that the Christmas spirit keeps no calendar…
and apparently, feels no change in temperature.


Photo taken on O’ahu’s Waikiki Beach,
February 8, 2013


Mayan Hordes

 Mayan Hordes

What it’s really like to visit the ruins of Tulum, Mexico on a cruise-ship tour.


Waiting for Change to Come

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Not everyone is awed by the pomp and ceremony
of Copenhagen’s Vagtparade (changing of the guard).

Some folks just want the whole thing to be over with, already.


Photo taken at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
by Andy Higgs, itinerant Europe-wanderer of Grown-Up Travel Guide


Drive-Thru Tapas

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In Ronda, one of the fabled White Towns in the Andalucia region of southern Spain, this ranchero simply sidled his horse up to the bar, ordered a beer and some tapas, ate his fill and handed the dirties back down to the waitress –-all without dismounting.

Makes you kinda wonder what else he does in the saddle.


Photo taken by Shelly Lachish,
eloquent writer/wildlife ecologist/explorer behind The Travel Affair


My Dog is Famous

 My Dog is Famous

All the proof you need that Japanese people love Pembroke Welsh Corgis.


My dog, Toby, at the Joullian Vineyards Tasting Room
in Carmel Valley Village, California