Space Shuttle Enterprise

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

One of the world’s most visited museums, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has an incredible array of original artifacts from the history of flight and space exploration. During its visitor numbers heyday in the late 1990s through the early 2000s, the Smithsonian‘s National Air and Space Museum in…

Aya Sofya interior with tourists

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul’s Byzantine Jewel

…Sultans is part of Hagia Sophia but has a separate entrance around the side of the complex. You can find more information here. Hagia Sophia’s official website John Freely, *The Grand Turk: Sultan Mehmet II – Conqueror of Constantinople and Master of an Empire*, (New York: Overlook, 2009). ↩ Quoted…

Exterior of Trinity Church Bellingshausen Station Antarctica

Trinity Church, The Church at the Bottom of the World

…to 80 knots). The church was consecrated on February 15, 2004, by the Bishop of Sergiyev Posad and the Namestnik of Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra. They, along with a group of other clerics, pilgrims, and sponsors, traveled to King George Island for the occasion. As the divine liturgy was underway the clouds…

Wild Oats XI 2009 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Start

Start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2009

These are photos of the start of one of the world’s great ocean racing events, the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and starting every year on Boxing Day (26 December), the 2009 race was the…

Antikythera Mechanism Exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece

The Antikythera Mechanism, The World’s Oldest Computer

When sponge divers off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900 stumbled upon a bronze hand with a finger missing, underwater archaeologists swept in to find an incredible collection of statues and coins. Working with the limits of early-20th-century underwater excavation, they recovered what they could. Much…

Living Area of Wordie House Historic Antarctic Base

Wordie House, An Antarctic Home Very Far Away from Home

Candidates, SINGLE, must be keen young men of good education and high physical standard who have a genuine interest in polar research and travel and are willing to spend 18-30 months under conditions which are a test of character and resource. — London Times advertisement for the Falklands Island Dependency…

Plaza de la Catedral Casco Viejo Panama City

Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Standing on the western side of Plaza de la Independencia (or Plaza de la Catedral), the Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (or Metropolitan Cathedral), is one of the largest churches in Central America. It dates to 1688 to 1796, but went through a long period of neglect….

9/11 Commission Hearing 8

Eighth public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States held its eighth public hearing on March 23-24, 2004, in Washington, DC. The two-day hearing investigated the formulation and conduct of U.S. counterterrorism policy, with particular…

White House in the Snow

A Washington Winter Wonderland

…all the way back to 1922, with the Knickerbocker storm dumping 28 inches. More recently storms in 2016, 2010, 2009, and 2003 have all dumped over 16 inches. And while even small amounts of snow can create a surprisingly large amount of havoc for the area’s legions of commuters and…

9/11 Commission Hearing 11

Eleventh public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States held its eleventh public hearing May 18-19, 2004, at New School University in New York City. The two-day hearing examined the response of local and federal…

9/11 Commission Hearing 12

Twelfth public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) held its twelfth and final public hearing June 16-17, 2004, in Washington, DC. The two-day hearing focused on two distinct…

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Wat Si Saket, Vientiane

Wat Si Saket (or Sisaket Temple) is probably the oldest temple in the Lao capital still standing. But it’s newer than it looks, having been built in 1818–so many of the others have been the victim of a string of wars in the 20th century. Just across the street from…

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. ↩…

Towamba River Valley, a Beautiful Spot in the Australian Outback

…Towamba Village Like the string of settlements along the valley such as Rocky Hall and Burragate, Towamba (not to be confused with Toowoomba, which is in southeast Queensland), is more a village than a town–its recorded population is just over 200. Towamba itself dates back to the 1840s when it…

Mt Kilimanjaro Stars and Camp at Lava Tower

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Tips, Gear Recommendations & What to Expect

Here are some of the lessons I learned for next time I climb Kilimanjaro, along with some tips and gear recommendations. I’m by no means a hardcore mountain climber, although I’ve spent a good bit of time backpacking, camping, and traveling on all seven continents. But there are things about…

Harlech Castle Panorama at Dusk.

Harlech Castle

…Kings statue outside the castle walls. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com What to Know Before You Go You’ll be walking over uneven and sometimes slippery ground. The ramparts aren’t accessible to wheelchairs or strollers. Arnold Taylor, *Harlech Castle*, 4th ed (Cardiff: CADW, 2002). ↩…

Arco Chato at Iglesia Santo Domingo in Casco Viejo

Iglesia Santo Domingo and the Arco Chato

The Iglesia Santo Domingo (or Church and Convent of Santo Domingo) isn’t much to look at anymore. It has long been a shell of brick ruins. There’s no roof, and while there are still walls, they’re mostly crumbling. It was built in 1678 but destroyed by fire in 1756. It…

The Emporer's Room at Ferme du Caillou Waterloo

Napoleon’s Last Headquarters

It was here that Napoleon spent his last night before his empire crumbled for a second time. About two miles up the road to the north, the Duke of Wellington‘s multinational army bivouacked for the night. Not quite three miles behind them, in the village of Waterloo, Wellington himself fretfully…

Gran Hotel Cuidad de Mexico Atrium

Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico

The Gran Hotel Cuidad de Mexico is well worth a visit even if you’re not staying there. It sits on a corner of the Zocalo in Centro Historico, the old-town portion of Mexico City that was itself designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. There are newer, fancier,…

Mt Kilimanjaro Stars and Camp at Lava Tower

Climbing Kilimanjaro

We’re in the heart of Africa. The equator is only a little over 200 miles to the north. To the west and south, we’re looking out over the plains of Tanzania with their lions, elephants, and giraffes, although the animals are all too far away for us to see. In…

9/11 Commission Hearing 7

Seventh public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) held its seventh public hearing on January 26-27, 2004, in Washington, DC. The two-day investigative hearing developed facts and circumstances…

9/11 Commission Hearing 9

Ninth public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States held its ninth public hearing on April 8, 2004, in Washington, DC. The Commission heard testimony from Dr. Condoleezza “Condi” Rice, Assistant to the President for…

9/11 Commission Hearing 10

Tenth public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States held its tenth public hearing April 13-14, 2004, in Washington, DC. The two-day hearing examined the performance of law enforcement and the Intelligence Community prior to…

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate

Over several years, I’ve spent quite a bit of time on matters Berlin, and I’ve long been fascinated by the Brandenburg Gate (in German: Brandenburger Tor), Germany‘s most recognizable landmark. While the Eiffel Tower probably scores higher in terms of universal recognition, there are few landmarks that are so symbolic…

Hoa Lo Prison Hanoi Hilton Conditions

The Hanoi Hilton

…Faith of My Fathers (New York: Random House, 1999) 190-91. ↩ Politburo Resolution No. 194-NQ/TW, 20 November 1969, in Nguyen Quy, ed., Van Kien Dang Toan Tap, 30, 1969 [Collected Party Documents, Volume 30, 1969] (Hanoi: National Political Publishing House, 2004), pages 303-305. Translated by Merle L. Pribbenow. ↩ Stanley Karnow, Vietnam:…

Caernarfon Castle Cannons

Caernarfon Castle

…Charles, the current Prince of Wales. They continued a long tradition. The first English prince of Wales was born within the walls centuries earlier.1 Photos of Caernarfon Castle Visiting Caernarfon Castle’s Official Website | Visitor Information Arnold Taylor, Caernarfon Castle and Town Walls (Cardiff: Cadw, Welsh Assembly Government, 2004). ↩ ↩…

Fishermen on Galata Bridge Istanbul

Galata Bridge

The Galata Bridge has multiple personalities. It spans the Golden Horn from Eminonu to Karakoy and provides both a real and symbolic link between two key parts of the city. On the top level, a constant stream of road and tram traffic makes the bridge bounce as the cars, buses,…

Students at Mayan Ruins of Coba

Coba’s Mayan Ruins on the Maya Riviera

As you wander over and around the Mayan ruins of Coba, now very weathered and overgrown with forest vegetation, it’s hard to imagine that before the Spanish arrived, going back 1,300 years, upwards of 50,000 people lived here. And while the full extent of the city is still not fully…

Sunset at 1770 Queensland

Town of 1770

…a gateway to the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. And, of course, there’s that beautiful view out over the ocean, which probably still looks quite a bit like it did when Cook saw it nearly two and half centuries ago. David Hill, 1788 (Sydney: Random House, 2009) 173. ↩…

Newark New Jersey Downtown Aerial Photo at Night

Newark at Night from the Air

Newark, New Jersey, isn’t exactly known as a jewel of the American northeast. But from certain vantage points, it can actually be quite pretty. Glittery, even. A recent job in the Newark area required hanging out of a helicopter to get some footage. On the way back from the site,…

The River Outpost of Nong Khiaw

We’d arrived late at night, after about eight hours of driving on bumpy, dusty, windy roads through the mountains of the northern Laos provinces of Luang Namtha and Oudomxai. In the dark, there hadn’t been much to see–it’s not exactly lit up like Times Square. There was a bridge. Somewhere…

Facade of Centro Cultural Convento San Francisco, Granada, Nicaragua

Granada’s San Francisco Convent and Museum

Behind that impressive facade that was once a convent and church, standing above most of the city of Granada, is the city’s main museum. Its exhibits are rather eclectic, but many of them relate in some way to the history of Granada and the nearby region. The building facade used…

Surfers Paradise skyline panorama

Australia’s Picture Postcard Beach

Surfers Paradise might have a terrible name, but it has a fantastic beach. It’s exactly what you think of when you think of a Queensland Beach (Tourism Queensland has obviously done something right there!). Because it’s well south of the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef and there are no…

Torre Latinoamericana View North over Mexico City

The View from Mexico City’s 44th Floor

For a city with such a huge population, Mexico City has surprisingly few skyscrapers. The geology of the old lakebed upon which much of the downtown area is built doesn’t help. Nor does being near an active earthquake zone. The most prominent skyscraper anywhere near the downtown area is the…

World War II-era Batteries at Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

Defending Charleston Harbor

…used to fend off the approach of nine British ships that were collectively mounting 200 guns. After 9 hours of shelling, the ships were forced to retire and turned away from occupying Charleston. A week later, on July 4, delegates in Philadelphia signed the Declaration of Independence less than a…

North Pole Expedition Museum in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

North Pole Expedition Museum in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Longyearbyen isn’t very big, but there are two museums in town. This is the older but smaller of the two. It focuses on efforts to reach the north pole with various types of aviation, some successful and some not. You’ll sometimes see the North Pole Expedition Museum referred to by…

Fijifilm X-Pro2

Saucer Magnolias at the Enid Haupt Garden in Washington DC

…The X-Pro2 has an APS-C sensor, so the 23mm lens on it is the equivalent focal length of 35mm on a full-frame camera, which makes for a mildly wide perspective with a lot of versatility. It was shot at ISO 200 at ƒ/2.8 at ¹⁄₁₅₀₀ sec. I also had a…

American Builders Quarterly (Fall 2009)

The fall issue of the American Builders Quarterly includes a shot I did for one of Alexandria’s premier custom home builders, Bonitt Builders. They do some really stunning work that is an absolute pleasure to shoot–it’s no wonder they keep winning so many awards for their work. Check out their…

Mt Kilimanjaro Crater Camp Ice Glacier

Lemosho Route / Day 6

Our guide was right when he said that today would be the hardest day of the climb. But it was “very doable,” he kept saying. We also found out why we’d had to sign waivers for the Western Breach back to Londorossi Gate. A couple of American climbers and a…

Great Court of the British Museum in London

The British Museum

The British Museum is one of the world’s great museums. With over 8 million pieces in its permanent collection, it features a remarkable representation from around the world. The ways in which some of the artifacts were acquired–some say pilfered, some say protected–is rightly controversial. A sizable portion of the…