Sign of "Don't Forget", a carpet and souvenir vendor in Mostar

An Ottoman State of Mind

The tourist season had not begun yet in Mostar, and there were a sprinkling of mostly eastern European tourists getting a head start on their vacation. As we were wandering around the Kriva Cuprija, or the crooked bridge – that looks like a replica of Stari Most but did survive the bombings of the Yugoslav […]

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A triple arch in the medieval city of Trogir, Croatia

A Day in Trogir, Croatia

Trogir, about an hour north of Split in Croatia, is a quintessential medieval town sitting on a small island in the Adriatic Sea. Connected by short bridges from the mainland, it almost feels as if Trogir sits on the banks of a large river, and not as an island. Trogir can be visited leisurely in […]

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Diamond ring just when Totality ended. Time to put glasses pack on.

A diamond is for a Moment

A few years ago, we drove 4 hours to Chico, California, to witness our first (technically, second, but I was too young to remember the first one) solar eclipse. That was an annular – where the Moon does align completely with the Sun, but it is a little closer to the Earth, resulting in a […]

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Town of Perast along the Bay of Kotor, at dusk

Marketing in Paradise

What do you sell when you are already in Paradise? As we crossed over the dry high plateau that covered most of the Republic of Srpska into Montenegro, all we encountered was an hour long wait, with none of the smart talk that we had experienced while entering Bosnia, even though our own President had […]

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The Ottoman Old Bridge (or Star Most) across the Neretva River in Mostar

Welcome to Bosnia, Mr. Trump

We left the hip town of Split quite early in the morning, and hurriedly drove to the Croatia-Bosnia border. I wanted to cross the border, drive through the town of Pocitelj and reach Mostar well before sundown. It was as if I was planning to enter the battle-ridden town of Mosul instead of the gem […]

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Blue hour and sunset around the town of Rovinj in the Istrian peninsula of Croatia

Rovinj to Goa

Our last evening in Istria was spent wandering around the artistic and beautiful streets of Rovinj, slowly making our way up the narrow alleys to the top where the Church of St. Euphemia stood with its imposing bell tower modeled after St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. It was early July but even at 6.30 pm, […]

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Car against the massive red rock formations approaching Monument Valley

When should you upgrade your camera?

What we have heard time and again – camera doesn’t matter, the photographer does. duChemin does this with stunning proof. But like all claims, there are constraints, assumptions, and boundary conditions. Yes, one can make stunning photographs even with a pinhole camera if one desires, but boy, will it make your life difficult. The state of the art […]

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Temple of Poseidon overlooking the Aegean Sea at Sounion (Sounio) against the Milky Way

Even better than the real thing : In the world of image AI

(with apologies to U2) “That’s fake fog.” “That photograph has a fake sky, blended from somewhere else. ” “The skin tones on that portrait are completely plastic. Are we looking at a human face or Barbie?” “The color gradients on this image look so unnatural. ” As we flip through photographs on our Facebook or Instagram feeds, 500px […]

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An itinerary for traveling to Greece

A sample family travel itinerary for Greece for about 15 days. We took this journey with kids through mainland Greece and 2 islands out of the 3000+ that Greece has. The primary purpose was to delve systematically through Greece’s 4000+ year old history and see the significant sights in that timeline. Over 15 days in […]

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The Crow and the Egret

There are 3 premier castles in Japan – all UNESCO World Heritage sites – Kumamoto, Himeji and Matsumoto. From what we had seen in Google Maps, Google Images and 500px, the two castles definitely worth visiting were the Crow and the Egret – that is, the Matsumoto and Himeji Castles, respectively. And in our opinion, the […]

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Every camera failed me

Kyoto on a cold winter evening. Add to that, torrential rain. The usually cold, silent, brooding dark alleys become even more mysterious, suspiciously reflecting the red lights of the paper lamps that line these alleys, welcoming passers-by to peer into the curtained doors of the restaurants and tea-houses that are scattered all throughout Gion, one of the oldest neighborhoods […]

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Traveling to Japan for the first time – An itinerary

How long For our first visit to Japan, we wanted to target the highlights but still seek out a few culturally and historically significant locations which initially seemed a bit out of the way for a first timer. We spent a total of 10 days, including the days lost to travel, and as with every […]

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