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This site is for active and independent travelers rather than tourists. Travelers embrace the unexpected. Travelers get lost and in doing so stumble upon new experiences. We tell our story with words, beautiful photos while providing historical context. Enjoy our beautiful world.

"The traveler see's what he see's, the tourist see's what he has come to see." - G.K. Chesterton

Newest Content - Exploring Athens through Photography

Athens is the birthplace of democracy and western culture. Home to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes and Alexander the Great. Many travelers to Greece start or end in Athens. But with 5 million locals the question is What is the best way to see the highlights? The answer - Explore Athens with a professional photographer. Dimitris of Athens Photo Tours is a home grown professional photographer who knows the back streets, quiet places and how to navigate the Acropolis with the least amount of stress.

Read about Athens here.

Travel Stories

This is our travel blog. A collection of stories of our travels. We have written about Venice, Barcelona, Zermatt, Park City, Yellowstone, Zion, Jackson Hole, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia.......

Photo Galleries

See the world through our photos. Rick uses a Leica M camera to get high quality images with a small and light camera. Galleries of Croatia, Switzerland, Barcelona, Yellowstone, and more......

Photography, Camera Reviews, and More.

Rick writes about his photography. Check out the review comparing the new Leica Q2 to the Leica M10. There is also a comparison review of the Leica M240 to the Leica M10 and moreā€¦.

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