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Travel Blog

This site is for active and independent travelers rather than tourists. When you travel you encounter the unexpected. A traveler might get lost. But in getting lost you find new experiences. We share what we learn and tell our story with pictures while providing a historical context. We hope you enjoy our blog describing the beauty and experiences of our travels. Click the destinations below to learn more of both history and travel.

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

Greece - Athens Photography Tour

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.

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Costa Rica is Pura Vida!

Legend has it that Costa Rica got its name from Columbus who believed he discovered the land of gold and silver. The “Rich Coast” stuck even though Columbus was wrong about the gold. This land is rich with beautiful beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, mountains, active volcanoes, lush rain forests and astounding biodiversity.

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Winter Wonderland in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park or “Wonderland” as it was called a hundred years ago, was a popular tourist destination for many city dwellers on the East coast. Today, the stagecoaches are long gone but getting there in winter still takes time and effort.

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One unexpected pleasure of creating Travel is Beautiful is the opportunity to make new friends in foreign lands. Tamas is one such friend who kindly met us at the airport and shared his beautiful city, Budapest.

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Floating 200 miles through the Grand Canyon - 12 Timeless Days - Part 2

During the Summer of 2018, I joined an OARS expedition spending 12 unforgettable days to float almost 200 miles down the Colorado River through the bottom of the Grand Canyon.   This is Part 2 of the journey - the remaining 100 miles from Phantom Ranch to Whitmore Wash.  You can read the first part here.

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Floating 200 miles through the Grand Canyon - 12 Timeless Days - Part 1

During the Summer of 2018, I joined a group of strangers to float 188 miles down the Colorado River along the bottom of the Grand Canyon. This trip turned into one of the best trips of my life.

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