Archive | October, 2010
October 31, 2010

POTD: A perfect lunch in Berlin

During one of our family holidays to Europe we visited a Christmas market in Berlin and dined on sausage and beer in the freezing cold temperatures.

October 30, 2010

POTD: Train travel in Russia

russia train travel

russia train travel

A cheap holiday in Russia can be made even cheaper by booking the luggage compartment instead of a bed, as Luke shows us in the above photo. Taken on an overnight train trip to St. Petersburg, before a train attendant could catch him in the act (and we hadn’t even started drinking yet).

October 29, 2010

POTD: Franciscan Monastery on Lopud Island, Croatia

lopud island monastery

lopud island monastery

Croatia was another last minute holiday we booked during our spring break in London. Once we arrived in Dubrovnik, we hopped a ferry to Lopud, a small island off the coast. This Franciscan monastery dates from 1483.

October 28, 2010

POTD: Ronald McDonald in Luxor, Egypt

egyptian mcdonalds

egyptian mcdonalds

Don’t worry, you can still get your Big Mac fix during your Egypt holidays. This is the police officer assigned to guard the McDonald’s in Luxor, Egypt.

October 27, 2010

POTD: Lough Tay (aka the largest pint of Guinness in the world)

lough tay

lough tay

During a family holiday to Ireland we took a tour of County Wicklow, where Lough Tay is situated. The estate in the photo belongs to the Guinness family, who imported the white sand, thereby making the lake appear to be a giant pint of Guinness.

October 26, 2010

POTD: Venetian Canal

A canal in Venice, Italy. One of the great things about living in London was the availability of cheap holidays. We flew to Rome and Venice for less than $100 and stayed in cheap apartments and B&B’s.

October 25, 2010

POTD: The Watergate

watergate

watergate

As students at The George Washington University in downtown Washington, D.C., my classmates and I had the atypical college experience; we didn’t have a football team or expansive lawn on which to play frisbee, and most of the dorms consisted of former hotels and apartment buildings that the university acquired to house the burgeoning student population. During my freshman year I lived at the Hall on Virginia Avenue (HOVA), which was a former Howard Johnson’s hotel. My dorm was situated directly across the street from the infamous Watergate complex, site of the burglaries that eventually led to the downfall of President Richard Nixon. My room, 419, was the original site of the burglars’ “lookout room” from which Alfred Baldwin and James McCord monitored the DNC office. The photo above shows the view from my room.

October 24, 2010

POTD: Bibi-Heybat Mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan

Bibi-Heybat Mosque

Bibi-Heybat Mosque

The Bibi-Heybat Mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan, undergoing renovation in 2006. The original mosque was built in the 13th century and destroyed by the Bolsheviks in the 1930s during an anti-religious campaign. This new mosque was built in the same site in the 1990s, following Azerbaijan’s independence from the Soviet Union.

October 23, 2010

POTD: Playa Tamarindo

playa tamarindo

playa tamarindo

For the past two years my friends and I have gone down to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in Playa Tamarindo. This is the camp’s backyard. Not bad, eh?

October 22, 2010

POTD: Döner kebab

doner kebab

doner kebab

The German national dish ;). This was from a small fast food restaurant in Berlin and was absolutely delicious.