The Vatican Museum, the Vatican “Spiraling Down“ Every visitor to Rome should visit the Vatican Museum at least once. It’s a “must do.” The displays are fabulous; the history on display is phenomenal. The crowds are epic. The normal visitor will stand in line for quite a while and then join the parade of thousands, [...]
Piazza della Rotonda, Rome, Italy “Night at the Piazza della Rotonda“ Two weeks ago, Nancy and I were lucky enough to find ourselves in one of the world’s most romantic cities — Rome, Italy — for Valentine’s Day. We found ourselves at sunset relaxing with a drink in one of the neat little cafes around [...]
(HDR image of the Buddhist stupa at the top of the Bramavihara-Arama Temple, near Banjar, Bali.) The Bramavihara-Arama Buddhist Temple is the religious site to visit in northern Bali; so, we went. The temple is vertical, with grounds, gardens, and shrines on several levels. At the top I emerged at an enormous open space, with wide lawns and seating steps set amongst manicured gardens, leading across a broad stepped field to this impressive stone stupa. The spiritualist in me reveled in the quiet majesty.
(HDR landscape shot of Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia.) The bottom of the ancient volcano, now verdant and dotted with houses and villages, falls away to the new volcano, Mount Batur and its nearby lake. Beyond the lake is Bali’s tallest mountain, Mount Agung.
HDR image of the beach at Siladen Island, Indonesia, with a lounging platform, hammock, and clear view of the open sea beyond.