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Knoxville to NOLA

Sean and I are now in New Orleans.

We left Knoxville after eating breakfast at a Wafflehouse and checking out the Sunsphere.

Making our way through Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Today we went to the Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium after breakfast at Café Fleur De Lis, which was the best breakfast I’ve had in a while.

Then we took a stroll down Magazine Street to see some of the Garden District.

We had dinner at an oyster bar and seafood restaurant called Desire. The oysters were spot on, as was the crayfish etouffé.

We further strolled down Bourbon where the football fans were getting their party groove on as were some great street performers.



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Well this is boring…

The City of the Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain is a pretty remarkable place.

City of the Arts and Sciences


However, I managed to find one monotonous exhibit that you desperately want to see, but can’t stand to watch.

I waited for about 15 minutes, filmed half of that, and edited it down to 2-3 minutes.

You will just want to see how it ends.


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City of the Arts and Sciences At Night

I was just flipping through some (I mean hundred really) of my photographs from my trip to Valencia, Spain.

This photo of the City of the Arts and Sciences at night has to be on of the best architecture photos I’ve taken. The quality of the photograph isn’t great or anything, but the composition and its aesthetics, like the water reflection, is why I like it so much.

Several City of the Arts and Sciences buildings.


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100 Words For London


Parliament - see it at all times of day.


There are hundreds of words to describe London, but here are 100.

  1. Posh
  2. Poverty
  3. Clubbing
  4. Diverse
  5. History
  6. Fashion
  7. People
  8. Buildings
  9. Dance
  10. Films
  11. City
  12. Gardens
  13. Tourism
  14. Fast
  15. Cobbled
  16. Business
  17. Hip-hop
  18. Newspapers
  19. Rich
  20. Food
  21. Aesthetic
  22. Dark
  23. House
  24. Noise
  25. Big
  26. Languages
  27. Warm
  28. Pop
  29. Wet
  30. Digital
  31. Theatre
  32. Late
  33. Tea
  34. Dreary
  35. Free
  36. Expensive
  37. Parks
  38. Poor
  39. Television
  40. Graffiti
  41. Riding
  42. Trendy
  43. Clean
  44. Seeing
  45. Museums
  46. Culture
  47. Dirty
  48. Watching
  49. Punk
  50. Old
  51. New
  52. Fresh
  53. Hip
  54. Delicious
  55. Loud
  56. Close
  57. Underground
  58. Far
  59. Quiet
  60. Trees
  61. Beautiful
  62. Ugly
  63. Reserved
  64. Awake
  65. Centered
  66. Gated
  67. Photogenic
  68. Canalled
  69. Hills
  70. Buses
  71. Pavement
  72. Grass
  73. Cabs
  74. Accents
  75. Shrubs
  76. Lonely
  77. Passion
  78. Fountains
  79. Collective
  80. Biscuits
  81. Pubs
  82. Monuments
  83. Proper
  84. Open
  85. Humorous
  86. Protective
  87. Accepting
  88. Fun
  89. Hard
  90. Easy
  91. Love
  92. Poetry
  93. Traffic
  94. Rude
  95. Eager
  96. Wild
  97. Kind
  98. Mighty
  99. Proud
  100. Exceptional

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Photo of the Day – Westminster

April 17, 2010

From within the abbey.

Westminster Abbey is well worth the price one has to pay. An entrance fee gives one a well designed map and audio guide, as well as entrance to the abbey museum and cloisters. 

Westminster is hands down the most impressive cathedral and abbey I have seen. There is no reason why any other piece of architecture can beat out the abbey. It’s detailed and ornate design is complex yet calming. It has buried the remains of the royal monarchy – and many famous writers and poets. Brilliant writers such as Tennyson were laid to rest in the abbey, while tributes to other great writers – William Shakespeare (buried in Stratford-upon-Avon) are also accounted for. This was enough to satisfy me, but the architecture is so brilliant, it’s hard not to be in awe.

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Photos of the Day – Holland, Brugge, Docklands

April 2, 2010

Drove out to Dover, drove right on to the ferry and sailed to Calais - too bad the French decided to strike extending our journey to 6 hours.


April 3, 2010 

Checked out a clog farm, which is what the Dutch are known for. Many still wear clogs today.


April 4, 2010

Holland is also known for tulips, so I checked out on of their tulip farms.


April 5, 2010

On route back to London, I stopped in Brugge, a historic and adorable Belgium town.


April 6, 2010

Today I checked out London's Docklands and the museum. It's an interesting side of London that's easy to miss.

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Why Paris Disappointed Me


It looks best at night.

I really hate to complain. Well, not really. But I hate to complain about such a great city like Paris. I mean, it’s the heart of France. Yes? No? There’s a lot of culture. International recognition. It boasts of Napoleon and the Louvre. The Louvre! But there were several things that I see as the downside. They kind of disappointed me. Maybe London has spoiled me (not that this is an English verses French kind of thing).

What Mona sees everyday.

10 Reasons Why Paris Disappointed Me:

  1. Watch out for land mines because there’s dog poopy everywhere
  2. The winter gardens aren’t as well-kept as other cities like London
  3. Smells similar to a waft of air from sewage plant
  4. There’s an exceptional amount of litter
  5. If you attempt French out of courtesy, you’re still greeted with hostility
  6. The metro smells worse than the waft of airs outside
  7. Lots of gypsies come up to you asking, “Do you Speak English?”
  8. There’s a startling number of homeless people, or at least that can be seen
  9. The automatic metro doors wait for no one – don’t get your head slammed
  10. The Louvre is more busy than a shopping mall


Entertainment for the kids.


Too bad you have to pay... more than its really worth.


If you take a boat ride, do it on a sunny day.


More free entertainment for the kids.


Update: March 9, 2010, 10 p.m., London

FYI – Major Cities I’ve been to:

  1. Barcelona
  2. Florence
  3. Kaunas
  4. London
  5. Madrid
  6. Montréal
  7. Nice
  8. New York City
  9. Paris
  10. Quebec City
  11. Rome
  12. Valencia
  13. Vilnius 
  14. Washington, D.C.


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