"I've long been passionate about travel; international travel in particular. It is not only gratifying and memorable but also quite enlightening as it broadens one's perspective to experience new cultures. Thus far, I've been to over 400 cities in over 50 countries on 6 continents. (I don’t actually keep track of that, it’s just one of those apps that I occasionally update.)

My paternal grandmother once said, "Always have a trip on the books. It gives you something to look forward to." She was right; as always. That's a motto I’ve tried to live by!

My father believed that including yourself or a travel mate in photos provided for context and personalization, and more importantly, a conduit for memory retrieval. He was right; as always. I occasionally snuck some others in, as well."

[DISCLAIMER: A lot of these photos were taken on iPhones (all the way back to the 4S.)]

  • Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

    Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes some 1,600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. This shot was taken from Sung Sôt or “Surprise Cave” which is one of the largest grottoes in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay.

  • St. Mark’s Basilica on St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy

    Saint Mark`s Basilica, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city`s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge`s Palace. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has been the city`s cathedral only since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, formerly at San Pietro di Castello.

  • Ivan the Great Bell Tower in the Kremlin Complex in Moscow, Russia.

    The Ivan the Great Bell Tower is a church tower inside the Moscow Kremlin complex. With a total height of 81 metres (266 ft), it is the tallest tower and structure of Kremlin. It was built in 1508 on Cathedral Square for the 3 Russian Orthodox cathedrals, namely the Assumption (closest to the tower), the Archangel and the Annunciation, which do not have their own belfries.

  • The great dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    The interior of the great dome of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, honoring the Holy Spirit.

  • Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

    A corridor in Angkor Thom

  • Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland

    This is a public park in the center of town shown in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. This view is from atop the 288 steps of the Walter Scott Monument.

  • Nissan Figaro. Summer in Stockholm, Sweden.

    The Figaro was introduced at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show under the slogan “Back to the Future”. Production was between 1991 and 1992. It was built by a Nissan special projects group called the Pike Factory who also produced other niche automobiles Be-1, Pao, and S-Cargo. The Figaro however was by far the most popular. Only four colours were available: Topaz Mist, Emerald Green, Pale Aqua, and Lapis Grey. Ironically the least popular was Topaz Mist, only 2000 were finished in this colour, which now has become the most sought after shade. It is fashionable now to completely re-colour a Figaro.

  • Camogli, Italy

    Camogli is a fishing village and tourist resort located on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino, on the Golfo Paradiso in the Riviera di Levante, in the Metropolitan City of Genoa, Liguria, northern Italy. Camogli is one of the largest areas of the Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino, and a part of the Portofino Marine Protected Area.

  • Imperial Eagle at the Kremlin Palace in Russia

    Imperial Eagle atop the entrance to the Soviet-era State Kremlin Palace.

  • Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy.

    The Bridge of Sighs is an enclosed bridge made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, passes over the Rio di Palazzo, and connects the New Prison Prigioni Nuove to the interrogation rooms in the Doge`s Palace. The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment.

  • Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia

    Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres). Towards the end of the 12th century, Angkor Wat gradually transformed from a Hindu centre of worship to Buddhism, which continues to the present day. Angkor Wat lies 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) north of the modern town of Siem Reap, in an area of Cambodia where there is an important group of ancient structures, it is the southernmost of Angkor's main sites.

  • Santorini, Greece

    Oia is considered the oldest settlement on the island.

  • Casa Milà in Barcelona. Spain

    Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera or "The stone quarry", a reference to its unconventional rough-hewn appearance, is a modernist building in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the last private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudí and was built between 1906 and 1912.

  • Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square

    The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, commonly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral, is a church in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, or Pokrovsky Cathedral. It was built from 1555–1561 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.

  • Prague Castle in the Czech Republic

    Prague Castle is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept within a hidden room inside it.

  • Local village artist

    Kampong Cham, Cambodia

  • The streets of Mahón, Spain

    Mahón is the capital city of the island of Menorca. It has one of the largest natural harbours in the world: 5 km (3.1 mi) long and up to 900 metres (2,953 feet) wide. The water is deep but it remains mostly clear due to it being slightly enclosed. It is also said to be the birthplace of mayonnaise.

  • The peak of Monte Solero on Capri Island in Italy.

    The highest point of Monte Solero on the island of Capri in Compania, Italy.

  • La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

    The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Gaudí's work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica, distinct from a cathedral, which must be the seat of a bishop.

  • Fishing Boats in Guatemala

    Chisec, Guatemala

  • Ivan the Great Bell Tower

    Two of the 22 bells of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the tallest of the towers in the Moscow Kremlin complex, built in 1508 for the Russian Orthodox cathedrals in Cathedral Square.

  • The Kaknäs tower is a TV tower in Stockholm, Sweden. It is a major hub of Swedish television, radio and satellite broadcasts and once was the tallest building in the Nordic countries.

    The Kaknäs tower is a TV tower in Gärdet in Stockholm, Sweden. It has 72 pillars. The tower is a major hub of Swedish television, radio and satellite broadcasts. It was finished in 1967, designed by architect Bengt Lindroos, and the height is 155 metres (509 ft) or 170 metres (560 ft) with the antenna included. For a few years Kaknästornet was the tallest building in the Nordic countries until Näsinneula was opened in Tampere, Finland in 1971. It was surpassed in 2005 by the Turning Torso in Malmö. The tower is owned by the national Swedish broadcasting company Teracom. Its name comes from the ancient name of the area, Kaknäs.

  • Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Russia

    The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few hundred metres southwest of the Kremlin.

  • Karl Marx Monument

    This is the last standing monument to Karl Marx in Russia. It is a large statue, carved from a single stone block that also functions as the plinth. It’s located in Teatralnaya Square, directly across the street from the Bolshoi Theatre. The inscription reads, “Proletarians of all countries, Unite!”

  • Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

    Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes some 1,600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.