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A Crazy Day of Dune Bashing in Southern Qatar

Hundreds of tracks in the sand

I knew our drive out from Doha was going to be interesting as soon as we started our journey to the sand dunes from my hotel. Our driver, a large Omani soon crossed to the other lane of traffic and stunned an opposing driver by doing so. He had one hand on the wheel, one hand on his mobile and his eyes were looking somewhere else. Once he got off the phone he became quite liberal with the use of the horn and headlights - using both many times … [Read more...]

GoPro Hero4 Black


The GoPro Hero4 Black is the latest premium camera in the GoPro series of cameras. We tested this camera in a number of environments including mounted to a bicycle, in and under water and in low light conditions. Features Low light performance 12mp Photos A number of video frame rates Built in WiFi & Bluetooth Ability to control camera remotely Night & Time Lapse settings Pros And as with other GoPro cameras there are a fleet of ad … [Read more...]

Exploring Vienna the Best Way, by Bicycle!

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Arriving in Vienna was a shock after the calm and small town feel of Bratislava we have enjoyed the past few days. We were deposited right in the Museum District - which is a busy section of the city filled with massive and imposing historical buildings in all directions. Vienna has so much to see that we quickly decided trying to see some of its impressive architectural offerings on foot was not a good idea. We have been here several times on … [Read more...]

Artistry and Foodie Craft in Paso Robles

Crab Timbale—Avocado, Corn, and Robbins Family Mandarin Olive Oil

From a tastefully arranged table featuring delicious, beautiful food to an Art Deco-infused wine tasting at the top of Paso Robles, foodie visitors and locals to this exciting wine country can find rich aesthetic experiences in the midst of their gastronomic discoveries. The wine’s the thing, of course, but there’s so much more to experience in Paso beyond just wine tasting. Blending together foodie art with a tour of this northern San Luis … [Read more...]

John Wayne Airport Launches first #JWAconnects Photo Contest


SANTA ANA, Calif. - Today, John Wayne Airport (JWA) launched its first ever photo contest to encourage Airport travelers and visitors to share how JWA connects them to what's important. Using #JWAconnects, participants 18 years or older and non-County of Orange employees can enter by uploading their original photos at from December 17, 2014 through February 17, 2015. #jwaconnects Photo Contest The public can vote … [Read more...]

Dreaming of a European River Cruise

Modern Vienna along the shores of the Danube

I am usually in Europe several times a year; one of my favorite cities for exploring is Vienna. I was there earlier this year - because it is a sizable city I found the best way to explore it (especially with limited time) is via bicycle. The city of Vienna maintains bicycles in public stations scattered throughout the city - it is easy to rent a bike and then drop it off in another location as needed. Vienna in fact was recently voted the … [Read more...]

Eating My Way Through San Juan

Condado Beach, San Juan

When I first started exploring Puerto Rico, I found what I was seeking: Caribbean beaches, stylish hotel rooms by the sea, a capital city with a pulsating beat and genuinely warm locals. What I never expected to find was a mouth-watering culinary scene. Contemporary Cocina Criolla is a fusion that mirrors Puerto Rico’s diversity and is a powerful lens into its history. Its predominate influences are indigenous Taíno blended with an ample measure … [Read more...]

Ozzywood: Extras at Ayers Rock


John M. Edwards lucks out on a lucrative commercial gig at Australia’s awesome Uluru (Ayers Rock)—but with one problem: he was not actually cast to be in it! Celebration of a nation! Celebration of a nation! Let’s make it great . . . In 88! Come on and give us a hand! --“Australian Bicentennial,” Mojo Advertising Co. I lucked out finally while on a much-needed “smoko” at the Alice Springs Abattoirs, where I worked for … [Read more...]

International Search Launched to Find London’s Official Guest of Honour


Visit the Science Museum with physicist Professor Stephen Hawking See a West End show with Jessie J Visit the Royal Opera House with world-famous Spanish singer and conductor, Plácido Domingo Take afternoon tea at Lord’s Cricket Ground with Downton Abbey’s butler Carson, actor Jim Carter Dine with Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton VISITLONDON.COM, the official Visitor Guide to the capital, together with the GREAT Britain campaign, have … [Read more...]

Long Weekend in Bratislava, Slovakia

Bentianna, a drink made from a 15th century recipe

I had arranged to meet my brother for a long weekend in Bratislava. He was on his way from Verona Italy where he lives and I was on my way from Kyrgyzstan where I had been trekking the past few weeks. We arrived at our floating Botel on the Danube River within 1 minute of each other. Talk about great timing! Ready to imbibe in some alcohol after a several week dry spell we immediately headed to the Grand Cru tasting bar, and ordered several … [Read more...]