If traveling was free, you’d never see me again! Nonetheless, I have been very fortunate to have had some amazing travel experiences: cruised the Yangtze River in China, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, surfed the sand dunes of Sosusvlei in Namibia, swam with dolphins in Bermuda, and watched the sunrise from the Mt. Haleakala Volcano in Maui, Hawaii. Italy’s history and culture makes it one of my all-time favorite destinations, while many cities in the US (particularly the East Coast) also hold a strong attraction for me. Here are some highlights . . .
The Junior Golf World Championship was hosted at Pinehurst Golf Resort, in North Carolina. My focus on this trip was to capture every possible golf stroke that Tyla-Jade (my 12-year old niece) made, with my camera . . . which means I am not sure if this should really be counted as a vacation trip!
This was Tyla-Jade’s first world championship and she held her own against peers who have competed at the last 2-3 world championships. Just like regular vacation trips, I took way too many photos and now need to process them to create a Facebook album.
The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City, is one of my favorite military museums. The USS Intrepid aircraft carrier forms the centerpiece of the museum. The USS Growler is the only American guided missile submarine open to the public.
The British Airways Concord on display at the museum is the record-breaking plane – the Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD – that crossed the Atlantic Ocean on February 7, 1996 and took only 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds.
The recent renovations added the Space Shuttle Pavilion which showcases the space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program. Seventeen dynamic exhibit zones feature original artifacts, photographs, audio, and films that immerse visitors in the science and history of Enterprise and the space shuttle era.
I have visited Washington D.C. several times and it is certainly one of my favorite cities of all time. The monuments and memorials are absolutely awe-inspiring! If you ever get the chance to visit, be sure to include the walk around the Tidal Basin so that you can see the Jefferson and Roosevelt memorials.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum is second only to Yad Vashem in Israel. Everything is beautifully and thoughtfully laid out. The guided tour is nothing short of gut-wrenching.
Arlington Cemetery is very close as well so be sure to also take that it – the Changing of the Guard is really something to see!