Scotland, Visit Scotland, Scottish Independence, Durness, Melness, Kinlochbervie, Ullapool, Visit Ullapool, West Coast of Scotland, travel, backpacking, Melrose, Inverness, Glasgow, Surfing in Scotland,

THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND

Although I grew up in Scotland, until age 12 when my family moved to the U.S., there was still much of the country I’d never seen. Over the years I...
Berlin, Dresden, Photographs from a week in Germany where I explored Berlin , the city of Dresden and Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany, Travel, Backpacking, Europe, Cold War, Travel Photography, trip around the world,

GERMANY PHOTO GALLERY

Mark spent a week in Germany where he explored Berlin, the city of Dresden and Saxon Switzerland National Park. Berlin, Germany Checkpoint...
Berlin, Germany, Travel

MARK IN BERLIN

All I wanted was some late dinner and some Advil. Suddenly there were glamorous, high-heeled women stepping out of the shadows on the side walk and...
Dresden, Germany, Where to stay in Germany, Where to stay in Dresden, Kangaroo-Stop Hostel, Kangaroo Stop, Saxon Switzerland, Travel, Hostel, Hostel Review,
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KANGAROO-STOP IN DRESDEN

While staying with friends in Berlin, I decided to escape the city for a couple of days, (as it was my hosts' wedding anniversary that same week)....
Lofoten, Norway, Moskenes, Hamnøy, Bodø, Visit Norway, Travel, Backpacking, Scandinavia, ferry to Moskenes, hiking in Norway, fishing, Cotopaxi, Gear For Good, Fjord, Reinefjord, Mount Reinebringen

NORWAY PHOTO GALLERY

It took three flights and then a three hour ferry ride from Bodø to Moskenes, but it was well worth the trip to visit Lofoten in northern Norway....
Time well spent visiting friends in Helsinki and family in Tampere, Finland. Lots of good food, fishing, boating, relaxing and sauna.

FINLAND PHOTO GALLERY

Time well spent visiting friends in Helsinki and family in Tampere, Finland. Lots of good food, fishing, boating, relaxing and sauna... plus roller...
Finland

WELL FED IN FINLAND

We hadn't even reached the Russia-Finland border and I was already enjoying my first Karelian pie. Riding the train from Saint Petersburg to...
During our short stay in Saint Petersburg, Russia, we visited the Hermitage, (Winter Palace), Peter and Paul Fortress, Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, the flea market at Udelnaya and took a lovely, evening boat ride.

SAINT PETERSBURG PHOTO GALLERY

During our short stay in Saint Petersburg, Russia, we visited the Hermitage, (Winter Palace), Peter and Paul Fortress, Church of Our Savior on...
When visiting Moscow, we loved Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin so much that we visited them repeatedly.

RED SQUARE

Being an 80s baby that grew up in the west, my perception of Red Square was always a rather gloomy one: a dark, cloudy sky over dingy brick buildings...
Trans Mongolian Railway

LESSONS LEARNED ON THE TRANS-MONGOLIAN

Stepping off the train in Moscow, we officially ended our journey on the Trans-Mongolian Railway, (although we'll have plenty more time on trains,...
Khuzhir, Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, Travel, Backpacking, Russia, Trans Mongolian Railway, Irkutsk, Epiphany Cathedral, Church, Beach, Shaman Rock,

IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL PHOTO GALLERY

Images from our first stop along the Trans-Mongolian Railway in eastern Russia-- Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. After one night in the city, we spent three...
Trans-Sib Hostel, Irkutsk Russia.
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TRANS-SIB HOSTEL IN IRKUTSK

The Trans-Sib Hostel in Irkutsk was our first hostel stop in Russia. We only stayed for a single night as the very next day we set out for Lake...