The Oldest Building in Amsterdam

The Oude Kerk

Old Church in Amsterdam

A photo I took of The Oude Kerk (“old church”), ‪Amsterdam‬’s oldest parish church and oldest building; it had seen several renovations but the building itself is 800-year-old! It is located alongside a canal in the middle of Amsterdam’s Red Light district.

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Riding Animals in India

These were some of those opportunities and decisions we made to get out of our own comfort zones and experience new stuff and have fun while we can. We traveled to India for business and pleasure, and during the trip I got to ride these two animals. We were driving through a certain dirt road and saw a camel and its handler on standby at the side of the road waiting for anyone to ride it for a little fee. We were there already so we grabbed the opportunity of riding a camel! It was quite an experience as I had never rode on one before. The ride was so rough and bumpy though as you can imagine with those long legs (boy did it walk so fast!), and the saddle was wooden with the parts spaced far apart that you could feel the hard edges because there was no cushioning. It was very uncomfortable, nonetheless, I had several belly laughs, while holding onto the saddle itself for dear life! Continue reading “Riding Animals in India”

Meteor Crater in Arizona

Experience the impact! 🙂 More than 2 million tons of TNT was said to be the force of the celestial object that made this remarkable planetary crater upon impact, a huge hole in the ground. Roadtripper showed a Meteor Crater attraction in Winslow, AZ, which was just within a few mile radius along my general route. So drove I to see the result of the impact of the meteorite from space hitting the earth! Others say it is just a hole, but a rare one that was formed by a 130’ wide meteor, it is 2.4 miles in circumference, nearly one mile across and more than 570 feet deep. It is huge, the tourists look so small compared to it. The whole crater won’t fit into a regular camera from any of the vantage points, you need a wide-angle lens, or in today, ones even phones with panoramic capabilities.

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Lowell Observatory Pluto Telescope

Lowell Observatory Telescope

My parents in front of the historical 13 inch Astrograph (a type of telescope employed exclusively to take pictures) used to discover Pluto in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.

This was at Lowell Observatory, Mars Hill Campus, in Flagstaff, AZ, which was named as one of “The World’s Most Important Places” by Time Magazine in 2011 (pp 112). It was established in 1894. It was also here at Lowell Observatory that the rings around Uranus was discovered in 1977. Continue reading “Lowell Observatory Pluto Telescope”

Horseshoe Bend : A Must-See in Page, Arizona

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Located just two-hour drive from Desert View in Grand Canyon, in Page, Arizona off Highway 89, was the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River that I have heard/read about after my solo trip to the Grand Canyon two years prior. One of the tourists’ comments was it could easily be the most beautiful of sights. And I say indeed and it was even more beautiful than the Grand Canyon itself!

The Horseshoe Bend was so named because of the horse-shoe shape bend of the river. Perhaps Continue reading “Horseshoe Bend : A Must-See in Page, Arizona”