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People who enjoy travel, are more apt to include picture taking within their travel activities. Likewise, people who enjoy photography are more apt to enjoy travel for the increased opportunities to not only visit and experience sometimes exotic destinations, but to record their memories of those travels.
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I am not the only one who makes picture taking an integral part of all recreational travel. My wife and I may not fall into the league of sophisticated world travelers. We've not hit all of the "must see" exotic destinations of the Condé Nast Traveler crowd. Nor are the destinations of the Rich and Famous on our list of places we've been to or likely to get to.

We're just regular travelers like the rest of you. We like to get away as time and (yes, that old limiter) finances allow. Our time allows for maybe three or so weeks out of each year. We like to take ocean cruises. We like to visit and hike the trails in our beautiful National Parks. We like to see places we have not seen before. Every trip we make, we carry our cameras. Even my wife Sandy who is not what you would call an avid photographer, has gotten more into the act of shooting and I'm proud to say she's coming along nicely as her amount of shooting increases.

I created this page as a means of blending the two activities a little more. Not every tip or article posted here will be directly related to the photographic side of travel but anything which helps make the travel experience a little more enjoyable will make the pictures shot on the trip more memorable.

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Has Barcelona Gotten A Bad Rap? A visit to Barcelona, Spain came about as the result of it being the terminating point of the Mediterranean cruise we took. As it is a place we had never visited before, we elected to spend an additional two days there to do some sightseeing before we returned home following the end of the cruise. Barcelona turned out to be far more than we expected and it turned out to be less than we expected.

Lewis N. Clark Luggage Rfid Waist Stash, Taupe, One Size

What is The Best ONE Camera Lens For Travel? You can carry your entire bag of lenses and accessories or you can carry one lens which will cover it all. Is one lens enough?

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours

Hop On Hop Off Bus Sightseeing One of the best ways to see a new city, that is, one you have not visited before, is by the Hop On Hop Off bus system. See the major sights aboard an open-top double-decker bus, and with over 45 stops to choose from you can hop on and hop off all around the city. Spend as much or as little time at places of interest before jumping aboard for the next stop - the choice is yours! Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

  • Barcelona hop-on hop-off city bus tour
  • Explore Barcelona on board an open-top, double-decker bus
  • Hop-on hop-off Barcelona between the three tour routes and 45 different stops
  • Sights along North-South route include La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Football Club, Port de Olimpic, Parc de la Ciutadella, Zoo and much more
  • Guidebook and discount voucher booklet included
  • Onboard guides provide personalized attention

We used a two day pass to first make the rounds of the routes and then the next day we hopped off at the points we had selected from the previous day which we wanted to spend some time and explore.
Venice, Italy is known for its canals. Venice is also a very "walkable" city. All it takes is a couple of days to walk through the streets and alleys, they're actually streets but are very narrow so we might think of them as alleys, to get a flavor of the city. Of course if you have more time than a couple of days (highly recommended) all the better to really explore the city it will be one of those visits not soon forgotten.

Venice is not all walking though. It is an absolute must, you must see the city by water. Whether that be by gondola or boat tour of the Grand Canal, it looks different when seen from the water. Of course, a gondola ride is a must.

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Sandy and enjoyed a sunset gondola serenade through the canals of Venice.

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Make Sure You Have The Correct Voltage When you visit a new city in a different country, are you sure your electrical devices will work there? Can you use them safely on the different power outlet voltages you may encounter? Will you even be able to plug them into the electrical outlets?

Park Where the Scooters and Motor Bikes Park

Explore Barcelona in a unique and exciting way – by GoCar! Easy and fun to drive, the GoCar is guided by GPS (Global Positioning System), which means that the car always knows where you are, even if you don't. As you drive near La Sagrada Familia or Park Güell, the GPS tells you where to turn and what you're passing, and it waits patiently if you want to stop. With three different itineraries and tour lengths to choose from, you can discover Barcelona on your own schedule! Barcelona GPS-Guided GoCar Tour

  • Self-drive GoCar tour in Barcelona guided by talking GPS
  • Travel around Barcelona at your own pace
  • View Gaudí's masterpieces such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell,
    Casa Batlló and Casa Milá (La Pedrera)
  • Visit Barcelona's charming neighborhoods including Gracia, l'Eixample,
    Barceloneta and Bonanova
  • See sights that interest you such as La Monumental bullring, Camp Nou, Montjuic, Olympic Port and Tibidabo
  • Choose between three different routes

Sandy and I saw several of these GoCars on the streets in Barcelona. We did not realize that they were GPS guided tours and of course you can rent them for independent touring of the city if you don't want to do the guided tour thing. Unlike some of the other European cities we visited Barcelona looks to be much more laid back and not quite as traffic congested. No large city is free of traffic challenges but, though we did not have the time to rent a car or other vehicle for our own exploring, it looked obvious that driving there would be no more challenging than what we would find in any of our cities here in the U.S.

There's no better way to see the sights and learn the history of Barcelona than by joining a bike tour!

  • Four-hour cycling tour of Barcelona's attractions
  • Bicycle and insurance included
  • Choice of morning and afternoon tour times
  • Rain poncho (if needed) and child-seats and helmets (on request)
  • Illuminating commentary from your expert English-speaking guide

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