Getting “Out There” – Your Travel Inspiration

When you abandon your armchair, you have two hands free – one for a map and one for your camera!

To inspire you, here are some images of a recent trip I took to Istanbul, Frankfurt, Rome, Casablanca, Lisbon, and Athens.

The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Bozdogan Kemeri (Aqueduct), Istanbul, Turkey

Bozdogan Kemeri (Aqueduct), Istanbul

Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey

Eminonu, Istanbul

Cruising the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey

Cruising the Bosphorus, Istanbul

Miniaturk, Istanbul

Miniaturk, Istanbul

A model of the Fortress of Europe, Istanbul

A model of the Fortress of Europe, Istanbul

The smallest mosque in the world lies in Miniaturk, Istanbul

The smallest mosque in the world lies in Miniaturk, Istanbul

The ancient Turkish city of Marmara: larger than (em, in) life

The ancient Turkish city of Marmara: larger than (em, in) life

If you don't eat your hotel's continental breakfast, there are plenty of stray kittens in Istanbul who will!

If you don’t eat your hotel’s continental breakfast, there are plenty of stray kittens in Istanbul who will!

The stunning Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul

The stunning Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Beyoglu, Istanbul

Beyoglu, Istanbul

Looking out on the Bosphorus, Istanbul

Looking out on the Bosphorus, Istanbul

Roemer Square, Frankfurt, Germany

Roemer Square, Frankfurt, Germany

More of gorgeous Roemer Square

More of gorgeous Roemer Square

Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt, Germany.  Does anyone know why there is Greek inscribed on the bridge??

Not something you see every day... in Frankfurt, Germany

Not something you see every day… in Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt Hbf (train station)

Frankfurt Hbf (train station)

Foro Romano, Rome, Italy

Foro Romano, Rome, Italy

Rome: This is what I look like with no makeup and too much alcohol. I have no idea who the woman is to the right

Rome: This is what I look like with no makeup and too much alcohol. I have no idea who the woman is to the right

The Coliseum, Rome

The Coliseum, Rome

Foro Romano, Rome

Foro Romano, Rome

These Roman guys were too expensive to pose with, boo hoo

These Roman guys were too expensive to pose with, boo hoo

The Foro Romano

The Foro Romano

The Spanish Steps, Rome

The Spanish Steps, Rome

The view from the Spanish Steps

The view from the Spanish Steps

The Imperial Fora, Rome

The Imperial Fora, Rome

What Rome looks like when you're really jet-lagged

What Rome looks like in the morning when you’re really jet-lagged

The Piazza di Spagna, Rome

The Piazza di Spagna, Rome

I have no idea what this is! (Rome)

I have no idea what this is/was! (Rome)

A final shot of the wondrous Coliseum

A final shot of the wondrous Coliseum

Outside the medina in Casablanca, Morocco

Outside the medina in Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II Mosque

Another view of the gorgeous mosque, right on the shores of the Atlantic

Another view of the gorgeous mosque, right on the shores of the Atlantic

The urban scene in Casablanca, Morocco

The urban scene in Casablanca, Morocco

People-watching in Casablanca

People-watching in Casablanca

The beach scene, Casablanca

The beach scene, Casablanca

Suburban mosque, Casablanca

Suburban mosque, Casablanca

Closest thing you get to a boardwalk in Casablanca

Closest thing you get to a boardwalk in Casablanca

Casablanca

Casablanca

The courtyard of Hassan II Mosque

The courtyard of Hassan II Mosque

Beautiful Casablanca

Beautiful Casablanca

Casablanca

Casablanca

The beach scene, Casablanca

The beach scene, Casablanca

Downtown Casablanca

Downtown Casablanca

Another view of Hassan II Mosque

Another view of Hassan II Mosque

Mohammad V Airport, Casablanca

Mohammad V Airport, Casablanca

Aerial of Casablanca

Aerial of Casablanca

Approaching Lisbon

Approaching Lisbon

The Golden Gate Bridge doppelganger: the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal

The Golden Gate Bridge doppelganger: the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal

The Monument to Discoveries, Lisbon

The Monument to Discoveries, Lisbon

Baixa District, Lisbon

Baixa District, Lisbon

The Lisbon tram

The Lisbon tram

Jeronimo Monastery, Lisbon

Jeronimo Monastery, Lisbon

Torre Belem, Lisbon

Torre Belem, Lisbon

Jeronimo Monastery, Lisbon

Jeronimo Monastery, Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Aerial of Lisbon

Aerial of Lisbon

View of Athens from Filopappos Hill

View of Athens, Greece from Filopappos Hill

You don't really go to

You don’t really go to “the park” in Athens — you go to “the rock”

View of the Acropolis, Athens

View of the Acropolis, Athens

Here I am after climbing to the top of Lykovittos Hill, Athens

Here I am after climbing to the top of Lykovittos Hill, Athens

The Roman Forum in Athens

The Roman Forum in Athens

Aerial of Athens

Aerial of Athens

The Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

The Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

A final look at Athens and Lykovittos Hill

A final look at Athens and Lykovittos Hill

Here are some images of a recent trip I took to Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Croatia.

The Brandenburg Tor, Berlin

The Brandenburg Tor, Berlin

Potsdamer Platz, Berlin

Potsdamer Platz, Berlin

Parliament Building in Warsaw

Parliament Building in Warsaw

The Hard Rock Cafe next to the Palace of Science and Culture

The Hard Rock Cafe next to the Palace of Science and Culture

The Hofburg Palace, Vienna

The Hofburg Palace, Vienna

The Hundertwasserhaus residential living experiment in Vienna

The Hundertwasserhaus residential living experiment in Vienna

Viennese fountain

Viennese fountain

The Charles Bridge, Prague

The Charles Bridge, Prague

Prague skyline

Prague skyline

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

St. Mark's Church, Zagreb, Croatia

St. Mark’s Church, Zagreb, Croatia

The capital of Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia

Ljublana

Ljublana

Budapest

Budapest

The Danube, Budapest

The Danube, Budapest

Hungarian Parliament in Budapest

Hungarian Parliament in Budapest

Bratislava Castle, Slovakia

Bratislava Castle, Slovakia

Here are some images of a recent trip I took to Russia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Sweden.

Cruising past the Kremlin on the Moscow River

Cruising past the Kremlin on the Moscow River

Starbucks Coffee -- a morning godsend in any language?

Starbucks Coffee — a morning godsend in any language? (Moscow)

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

The Kremlin, Moscow

The Kremlin, Moscow

Financial district, Moscow

Financial district, Moscow

How to ease anxiety over the language barrier? Learn the alphabet and the place names, and you'll go far.

How to ease anxiety over the language barrier? Learn the alphabet and the place names, and you’ll go far.

Novodevichiy Convent, Moscow

Novodevichiy Convent, Moscow

These port-o-potties might not go over so well in the U.S.

These port-o-potties might not go over so well in the U.S.

Soviet architecture, Moscow

Soviet architecture, Moscow

Outside the VDNKh Exhibition Center, Moscow

Homage to the Soviet space program, VDNKh Exhibition Center, Moscow

Steller's Sea Eagles, Moscow Zoo

Steller’s Sea Eagles, Moscow Zoo

The Siberian Wild Boar, Moscow

The Siberian Wild Boar, Moscow

Tourist fun, St. Petersburg, Russia

Tourist fun, St. Petersburg, Russia

Cruising along the Neva River, St. Petersburg, Russia

Cruising along the Neva River, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

Church on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

Church on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg, Russia

Smolnyy Convent, St. Petersburg, Russia

Smolnyy Convent, St. Petersburg, Russia

A final look at Russia: Red Square, Moscow

A final look at Russia: Red Square, Moscow

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, Helsinki, Finland

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, Helsinki, Finland

Why hug a tree when you can live under one? Helsinki, Finland

Why hug a tree when you can live under one? Helsinki, Finland

Vilnius Fortress, Lithuania

Vilnius Fortress, Lithuania

Vilnius Cathedral, Lithuania

Vilnius Cathedral, Lithuania

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A “Blow Me Babushka” band member on the streets of Riga, Latvia

The House of Cats, Riga, Latvia

The House of Cats, Riga, Latvia

One of many summer solstice decorations found around Riga, Latvia in June

One of many summer solstice decorations found around Riga, Latvia in June

It appears that after 23 years without Communism, the Latvians still haven’t quite figured out how to put together an effective advertisement

It appears that after 23 years without Communism, the Latvians still haven’t quite figured out how to put together an effective advertisement

Outside the medieval walls of Tallinn, Estonia

Outside the medieval walls of Tallinn, Estonia

Kadriorg Palace Gardens, Tallinn, Estonia

Kadriorg Palace Gardens, Tallinn, Estonia

Flying over suburban Stockholm, Sweden

Flying over suburban Stockholm, Sweden

Grona Lund, Stockholm, Sweden

Grona Lund, Stockholm, Sweden

$75 buys... one night at this windowless hostel room in pricy Stockholm, Sweden!

$75 buys… one night at this windowless hostel room in pricy Stockholm, Sweden!

Main harbor, Stockholm, Sweden

Main harbor, Stockholm, Sweden

Local office worker taking in the rare 80-degree lunch hour sun

Local office worker taking in the rare 80-degree lunch hour sun

Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Adolf Fredriks Church, Stockholm, Sweden

Adolf Fredriks Church, Stockholm, Sweden

Baby reindeer at Skansen, Stockholm, Sweden

Baby reindeer at Skansen, Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen Park, Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen Park, Stockholm, Sweden

Quintessential Stockholm, Sweden

Quintessential Stockholm, Sweden

In case you’re not sure, this isn’t Exit 2A… oh wait it is. Time to head home!

In case you’re not sure, this isn’t Exit 2A… oh wait it is. Time to head home!

18 thoughts on “Getting “Out There” – Your Travel Inspiration

  1. You did a great job of shining the spotlight on parts of the world I am unfamiliar with. Perhaps we will need to add some of these destinations to our growing list of places we must see. Your photos are fantastic. – Mike

  2. Showed these shots to my son, not yet 7, bc we’ve been learning European geography and history this year. Yeah, I don’t know why the Greek hangs over a German bridge. And that woman looks like she does have makeup on and doesn’t seem overboozed.

    lol.

  3. Love the pictures, and many are familiar from my travels.. I thought though that it was too many pictures for one post and IMO each country deserved it’s own post and those pictures displayed. I especially liked the Turkey pictures, I desire so much to visit there again.

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