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Mt Kilimanjaro Stars and Camp at Lava Tower

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Tips, Gear Recommendations & What to Expect

…read through the CDC recommendations for Kilimanjaro. Altitude medications Altitude sickness, or acute mountain sickness (AMS), can be very serious indeed, and it’s something to talk to your doctor about ahead of time. There are some medications that can help reduce the effects of altitude on the body, and it’s…

Churchill War Rooms London Updating Map

The Churchill War Rooms

This was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s underground command bunker during some of the dangerous days of the Blitz. With V2 rockets terrorizing London nightly, a small number of government and military officials, with a skeleton support staff, and, for meetings, the Cabinet, continued coordinating the war effort from the…

Waterloo Battlefield

The Battlefield of Waterloo

…large mound of earth with the bronze statue of a lion on top. Appropriately enough, it’s known as the Lion’s Mound (or Butte du Lion). It provides a sweeping view of the battlefield, but it didn’t spring up until 1820, when the King of the Netherlands ordered it be built…

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9/11 Commission Hearing 10

…law enforcement and intelligence communities. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, and FBI Director Robert Mueller III testified before the Commission, as well as former Attorney General Janet Reno, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and former Acting FBI Director Thomas Pickard. More information is available here….

An Oasis in Texas

“How many Austinites does it take to change a light bulb? Four: One to change the bulb, and three to talk about how cool the old one was, before the yuppies came along and changed it.” [Joe Yonan, “Austin, Tex., Keeping It Weird,” Washington Post, 14 January 2011.] Austin is…

Bangkok City View at Night

Dinner on Top of the World

…added rooftop restaurants. And we’re not talking buildings that are two or three stories high. I took these photos during dinner at the Vertigo restaurant on top of the Banyan Tree Hotel. The restaurant is on the 61st floor. And this is the view. Not bad. Not bad at all….

Arco Chato at Iglesia Santo Domingo in Casco Viejo

Iglesia Santo Domingo and the Arco Chato

…things that local advocates pointed to when talking up Panama City’s seismic stability when the choice for where to build a canal linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans was down to a choice between Panama and Nicaragua. The Flat Arch did eventually fall–in November 2003–and has since been resurrected. On…

Mt Kilimanjaro Lemosho Glades Trailhead Forest Trail

Lemosho Route / Day 1

Right, time to go for a bit of a walk. We’ve been talking about climbing Kilimanjaro for a couple of years. A lot of planning, ridiculous amounts of time and money spent at REI, and some long flights later, we’re here at the edge of Kilimanjaro National Park. The crew…

Ek' Balam Tomb of Ukit Kan Le'k Tok'

Ek’Balam, Maya City of the Jaguar

…© David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com https://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?&n=NaN&imageid={98C278CF-58E5-462B-A42E-85C936FE5CAB} A panorama of the Acropolis from ground level. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com Panoramic Virtual Tour Here’s a 360-degree…

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse on the Outer Banks

…my post on Krakow’s Rynek Glowny.) I love that the stars showed up even thought it was handheld. Karen Bachman, Insiders’ Guide to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, 30th edition, (Insiders’ Guide, 2009), p.48. ↩ http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=355. ↩ Martha Waggoner, “Blackbeard’s Anchor Found Off the Coast of North Carolina,” Associate Press, 27 May 2011. ↩…

The Emporer's Room at Ferme du Caillou Waterloo

Napoleon’s Last Headquarters

…tables on which he laid out his battle plan are there. There are various Napoleonic knick knacks, period artifacts, and ammunition and weapons recovered from the battlefield. There’s also a skeleton of a hussar killed during the battle laid out and rather exposed in a glass cabinet in the middle…

Belem Tower in Lisbon at Dusk

Belem Tower, Guarding the Entrance to Portugal’s Global Empire

…souvenir shops to the ornate stained glass windows at Pena Palace in Sintra. The tower has surprising decorative flourish–it was, after all, the gateway to the vast Portuguese empire. But its thick limestone bricks are impressively solid, in keeping with its primary purpose. It was part of a defensive net

9/11 Commission Hearing 8

…emphasis on the period from the August 1998 embassy bombings to September 11, 2001. The Commission heard from current and former top-level administration officials. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage testified, as…

Reunification Palace Tank Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City’s Reunification Palace

…command desks in the basement bunker. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com The Cabinet Meeting Room. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com The office of General Nguyen Van Thieu in the basement military command center. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com The open rooftop atrium of the residential section. The…

The River Outpost of Nong Khiaw

…[license topic=”Nong Khiaw Laos”] What to Know Before You Go There aren’t many places to exchange currency here or to get a cash advance on your credit card, so best bet is to arrive with cash on hand. Some of the hotels provide internet, but not many and it’s often…

Photo of Cu Chi Tunnels Tourists in Tunnel Hole

Cu Chi Tunnels

…the most bombed, most gassed, most shelled, and most defoliated piece of real estate in history. I’m in one very short section of tunnel of what was a network running hundreds of miles in southwest Vietnam on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. I’m in the very top level…

Belfry of Bruges, Belgium

The Belfry of Bruges

…top that you can still see there. On top of that was a wooden spire decorated with statue of Saint Michael slaying a dragon. But it turns out that as nice as the Saint Michael might have looked, it also served as a lightning magnet. In 1493, one strike sparked…

Vietnam’s Perfume River

…Behind the market, families living on boats bathe in the river; it’s their kitchen and bathroom. Fishermen try their luck with nets and long, thin, wooden boats known as sampans. But for the most part, there’s surprisingly little use made of the Perfume River, at least in the section that…