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Portland’s Bridges at Night

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Portland is becoming an annual trip for me.

There is so much I love about the city.  The food is fresh, affordable, and creative.  Portland has the best concentration of craft breweries in the country.

And I love the people, the culture, the vibe.

On my recent trip, I wanted to leverage what I More >

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My Top 11 Amsterdam

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I absolutely loved my time in Amsterdam.  It is a city I would like to spend months exploring.

There are so many things to see and do.  So if you only have a short time in Amsterdam, take a look at my personal top 11 list (because I couldn’t stop at 10) to help you plan your visit.

My Top 11 More >
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PHOTO: Frankfurt’s Alte Opera at Night

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Alte Opera

The Alte Opera (Old Opera) is my favorite Frankfurt site to visit at night.  One of my goals on this European trip was to work on my night photography.

Based on the contrast of shadow and light areas in this scene, I decided to take multiple exposures and create an HDR image.  I used to More >

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My top 5 contemporary art museums in Frankfurt

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After a jam-packed itinerary in Amsterdam, I was looking forward to relaxing a bit in Frankfurt.  I wanted to drink German beer, try some German food, explore the neighborhood, and check out a few museums.

I read that Frankfurt is considered the cultural capital of Germany.

I’m not sure if that is More >

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Photo Essay: Old Jewish Cemetery of Frankfurt

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One of my favorite discoveries in Frankfurt happened by accident on my last full day in the city.

As you may know, I like to photograph cemeteries, especially in other countries and cultures.  I walked by the walled old Jewish Cemetery in Frankfurt and saw that the gate was locked.

But I More >

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It’s all about the green sauce

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I met up with Nate, a friend from college who has been living in Frankfurt for quite a while. I had been enjoying the international food options in Frankfurt, but I couldn’t leave the city without trying some traditional German food.

Nate introduced me to some Frankfurt specialties in a traditional More >

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5 things that surprised me about Frankfurt

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I have not read much about Frankfurt being a tourist destination.

I decided to visit because a good friend from college moved there temporarily for work.  What better reason to visit a European city?

She told me it is a pleasant city and offers easy access to some tourist hot spots More >

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Bonding over food, culture, and philosophy in Frankfurt

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When I contacted eat-the-world, I was expecting a food tour through a pleasant neighborhood.

What I got was a most enjoyable afternoon discussing the important things in life — food, history, culture, politics, values, and passions — with an incredible woman from Frankfurt.

Frankfurt Food and More >
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Creativity, diversity, and community in the streets of Amsterdam

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I love cities that exude creativity, energy, diversity, and community.

Amsterdam definitely has those values.  There are two places I start when exploring a new place.  The first is food culture.  The second is art.

To me street art is the most accessible art.

And after learning so much about the More >

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I love how much the Dutch love cheese

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The Netherlands is the second most cheese eating country.

Each person consumes 20 kilos per year.  That’s 44 pounds!

I believe the country would be happy to adopt me as I would contribute to pushing them into the number one spot.  Perhaps if I decide to move there, I will put that on my visa More >

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