Great Wall Sunrise

Today is the Chinese New Year and what better way to celebrate then to post one of my favorite photos from my trip to China. This image was taken as the sun rose over The Great Wall. The Great Wall spans over 5,500 miles and very little of it has been restored. The majority of people who…

View from Zhengbeilou

This is the view from the Zhengbeilou Tower on The Great Wall. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful spot along the 5,500 mile Wall. The “easiest” way to get here is via the restored section of Mutianyu. However, Zhengbeilou Tower isn’t a part of Mutianyu. It is part of the unrestored section of…

Ancient Sunrise

The legendary Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia has been a dream destination of mine for years. I finally got to go in October of 2014 and I must say that it didn’t let me down. Siem Reap, which is the present day city that the temple ruins lie in and around, is very much a…

Terrifying Trek – The Great Wall Unrestored

At times, Jake and I had a few choice words for The Great Wall, and rightly so. This picture captures a rather strong moment of select wording, defeat, and confusion on how to move forward on this terrifying trek. Check out the vertical wall of crumbling rock and tell me you wouldn’t feel the same……

Cambodian Sunrise

Angkor Wat in Cambodia is a stunning ancient wonder. The unique architectural beauty of the Khmer Empire stands in stark contrast to many other ancient wonders. For those who have never visited this place, Angkor Wat’s main temple complex is what is often photographed with the small reflecting pool in front, but the Angkor Wat…

Many Faces of Bayon

The Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom is an amazing feat of architecture from the 12th century Khmer Empire.  The ruins from the Khmer make it obvious that they held art in the highest regard when constructing their temples. The ancient ruins are filled with thousands of hand carved reliefs. The amount of labor and dedication…

Pyramid of the Magician

When I think of pyramids, I picture isolated ruins standing alone as monuments to the ancient civilizations that created them. The ancient Mayan Pyramid of the Magician isn’t like that at all. At 131′ high this pyramid does tower over the surrounding flat land of the Yucatan Peninsula, but it doesn’t stand alone. It stands like…

Reflections of the Past

Travel to me is about the moments spent experiencing unique cultures and places. I really like to do this in places where the culture no longer really exists. Trying to find that piece of our collective past that is extinct. To dream about what life must have been like so long ago…. Angkor Wat and…

The Rounded Pyramid

This is the Mayan Pyramid of the Dwarf (aka Pyramid of the Magician), the crown jewel of the ancient city of Uxmal on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It has rounded corners that make it unique among the ancient pyramids of the world. The legend is that the Dwarf Magician was born from an iguana egg to a…