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RobC

New Zealand

Have not been everywhere... yet! But I'm on my way, with 46 countries and counting. Stay tuned for more.

Oct242011

Tour/Activity

San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour

San Francisco, California

My Photos

  • Wine Country
  • Muir Woods
  • Muir Woods

Oct242011

Tour/Activity

Niagara Falls Day Trip from New York by Air

New York City, New York

My Photos

  • Niagara Falls
  • Niagara Falls
  • Niagara Falls
  • Niagara Falls
  • Niagara Falls
  • Niagara Falls
  • Niagara Falls

Aug092011

Tour/Activity

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco, California

My Photos

  • SF Tour
  • SF Tour
  • SF Tour

Dec212010

Travel Recommendation

Island trips from Phuket

Phuket

My Recommendation Tip

A lot of people are down on Phuket because it's a little sleazy at night; and that's fair enough, but it's also a fabulous jumping off place for the islands of the Andaman Sea. I've been on islands all over the place but there's nothing quite like these little dots -- well, some are quite big, with villages and whatnot -- that jut out of the sea like spikes. The tour I took went to a few islands, including the one they call "James Bond Island" because of the movie. Don't miss this tour! I don't think I've ever taken more photos in my entire life than on this day, it was all so beautiful.

My Photos

  • It is where it is!
  • James Bond Island
  • One of our tour boats
  • Andaman Sea Scene

Dec212010

Travel Recommendation

Tasmania's West Coast

Tasmania

My Recommendation Tip

You could argue that it makes no sense to fly all the way to Australia, then fly another hour to get to an even more remote island, but it really is worth it. And when you get there, drive for another couple of hours to the west coast, it's completely remote, no-one will find you! My favourite tour there was the Gordon River cruise. It's a world heritage area, tons of natural beauty, lots of wildlife and the history is amazing. Hearing the story about the last boat built on Sarah Island is worth the trip! The other bit I liked was watching the salmon being fed. You don't see that every day.

My Photos

  • Sarah Island
  • Sarah Island
  • Going up the Gordon.
  • Black snake!
  • Salmon Feeding Time
  • The lighthouse at Devils Gate

Oct042010

Travel Recommendation

Kakadu National Park

Northern Territory

My Recommendation Tip

I spent a week here last year and still can't get it out of my mind. Besides the heat (it's HOT) and the distances (it's Australia, everything is far away!) you will love seeing the birds and other wildlife in their natural environment, and the old, old, old rock paintings. The food out here is good too, lots of barramundi (local fish) and a good chance to try kangaroo as well!

My Photos

  • Juicy.
  • Early signature.
  • Gorging ourselves on nature.
  • Universal themes.
  • 40,000 years old!
  • Great signs.
  • Jabiru
  • Stay in the car!

Oct042010

Travel Recommendation

Hobart's Waterfront

Hobart

My Recommendation Tip

Hobart's waterfront area, including Constitution Dock and Salamanca Place, is easily the most tranquil and beautiful I've seen anywhere. The fact that the heart of the city is right at the water's edge is really surprising: you can throw a rock from the steps of the State Parliament into the water! Salamanca is just gorgeous, and if you are there on a Saturday, the market is world class. There are cute little boats doing tours of the river but for my money just wandering around the various docks, stopping in bars and cafes, looking at boats or eating the scrumptious fish and chips from the floating shops makes it a unique place. There's a few hotels on the docks themselves and if you can stay here, even better!

My Photos

  • Outside my window
  • Tall ships in Hobart
  • Working port, downtown
  • Hobart's Mt. Wellington from the City

Oct012010

Travel Recommendation

3 things you should do in NYC

New York City

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
I'm all for any suggestion that gets people away from Times Square and all that shopping mayhem in Midtown. It's hard to believe but loads of people never go below 34th Street! Crazy. I haven't done the Tenement Museaum, but all your other suggestions are spot-on.

Sep172010

Travel Recommendation

Street Art in Barcelona

Barcelona

My Recommendation Tip

I love street art, even if some people hate it, and don't know the difference between some stupid tags, meaningless graffiti and the beautiful pieces you can see on walls all over Europe. And Barcelona has a really liberal attitude towards this kind of art, so it's a great place to walk around and enjoy the work at no cost! I mentioned this to one of the guides on the bike tour I did and he told me some great places, but really you just have to walk around and keep your eyes out to see fabulous pieces everywhere. There may be cities where there's more street art than Barcelona, but I haven't found them yet. I've attached a few pics of some favourite pieces; I don't know if they'll still be there, but if they aren't there's probably something new and cool in their place. Most of the best stuff I saw was in the Born, but that's also where the clean-up crews are hardest at work. It seems like they leave all the best pieces though; I know for a fact that some of the Miss Van stuff I saw in 2005 are still there in 2010.

My Photos

  • Barcelona Graf #5
  • Barcelona Graf #4
  • Barcelona Graf #3
  • Barcelona Graf #2
  • Barcelona Graf #1

Sep172010

Travel Recommendation

Walk & Bike in Barcelona

Barcelona

My Recommendation Tip

More than any city I've been to in Europe, Barcelona is best enjoyed on foot and on a bike. It's small, but not so small that you can walk around it; it's mostly flat; there's something to see every step of the way; and there's a million bars and cafes to stop as you get tired. I did a Tapas Walking Tour and a half-day Bike Tour, and gave them both five star reviews. Barcelona is really deep from a cultural viewpoint, it's one of those places where you won't know what you missed unless you did the tours and heard the guide. Music, art, history, wine, food, religion... the Catalan region is a real surprise for first-time visitors. While I was there I also did a day tour to Montserrat, way up on a mountain an hour or so out of town; that was cool too, but I liked being in the city better, on foot and close-up to the people. The bike tour was especially fun; there were a few older people who were a little concerned that they would fall behind the younger set, but we stopped every few minutes and nobody got too tired. We did see a lot of the city we would not have seen on foot, though. And the guide was hilarious. A real bonus.

My Photos

  • Tour stop.
  • Candy stores are everywhere
  • Barcelona equals food!

Sep152010

Travel Recommendation

Photography tours in New York

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

New York City is so full of great photo opportunities it's almost overwhelming. I've struggled to find ways to get myself in the frame, and I've found photography walking tours are a good option. I've done these in a few places now. Good way to learn about the city, find locations for photos, and be in every photo. The New York tour is especially good because NYC is really a pretty complex place, and the guide helps you learn to navigate the subway, explains how the street grid works, the best food to buy from vendors and all sorts of other useful advice. He also snaps incessantly, so by the end of the day you have hundreds, I'm not kidding, of photos. And he's probably a better photographer than you are, anyway. I enjoyed some other walking tours in NYC, but looking back this is the one with the best memories: all because of those photos. It's strange to think there's a tour that's all about taking pictures, but believe me, it works!

My Photos

  • Times Square was all mine!
  • Holding onto the Bridge

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