Sunrise on Tower Bridge

[caption id="attachment_3212" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Tower Bridge, London. Photo by Joe Newman.[/caption] It's not the subject of nursery rhymes but, then again, London's Tower Bridge has never fallen down. I took this photo at sunrise, standing near the Tower of London....

Photo by Flickr user  Zach Dischner.

Dublin’s on tap

On Tuesday night, I'm taking the red eye out of Dulles on a non-stop flight to Dublin. It's my first trip to Ireland, and it's going to be in and out -- 48 hours in Dublin, 48 hours in London and then back home. My girlfriend...

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A new tent and a grand plan

I guess it doesn't matter how old you are, when your new tent arrives, you're obligated to set it up in your living room and sleep in it. The tent arrived today and is one of several packages I'm expecting as I gear up for an...

Moulton Barn, Grand Tetons

First, there was Ansel Adams . . .

[caption id="attachment_2319" align="aligncenter" width="640"] "The Tetons and Snake River" by Ansel Adams, 1942.[/caption] Standing at the Snake River overlook in Wyoming, the first thing a true Ansel Adams fan will tell you is that the trees weren't there when the legendary landscape photographer took his iconic...

The malevolent beauty of Yellowstone

Grand Prismatic Pool, Yellowstone National Park / Photo by Joe Newman This is where the world as we know it will end. Here in the northwest corner of Wyoming -- the American Serengeti, if you will, where three to four million tourists a year come to...

midnight in paris

Un, deux, trois, action! Countdown to Paris

In preparation for our trip to Paris this Friday, I've been watching Netflix movies set in the City of Light. First up was the French film Paris, the Juliette Binoche and Romain Duris movie about the parallel lives of several Parisians. It has the subtlety of...

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Saturday brunch at The Source is a dim sum gain

[caption id="attachment_743" align="alignright" width="388"] Sea Scallop Sui Mai / Photo by Joe Newman[/caption] I admit that I'm a dim sum snob. If it doesn't come in a bamboo steam container served from a push cart, it's already got two strikes against it. Which meant Saturday brunch...