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Why Craigslist is a Great Resource to Find a Place to Stay When Traveling

 Why Craigslist is a Great Resource to Find a Place to Stay When Traveling

I’ve had my fair share of “interesting” hotel accommodations. There was the time baboons entered the room unexpectedly, when I pretended to be a rock star in Miami, what I did when I had a five-star lobby to myself and when I was the only person staying at the hotel.  And while hotels are easy to book, somewhat predictable and generally comfortable, renting an apartment is a worthwhile endeavor you seek out on your next adventure – where ever it may be. And for that, I use Craigslist.

What Boundaries? Live Your Dream; Travel Book Review

 What Boundaries? Live Your Dream; Travel Book Review

What Boundaries? Live Your Dream! is a travel book by fellow travel bloggers Lisa Chavis and Cheryl MacDonald of What Boundaries Travel.

Buy it.

Let me tell you why…

First things first, Lisa and Cheryl are wonderful friends of mine. Their zest for life, adventure and travel is infectious. And that spirit continues in their book. It’s a quick, fun read as they recant their tales from a backpacking trip throughout Europe. You’ll laugh as they drive through Italy with underwear hanging from the back of their car (dryers tend to, well… not dry in Europe), empathize with an encounter with pickpockets in France, share in the frustration of missing that one, perfect, photo spot on the Island of Santorini in Greece and chuckle at their muddy trek into the cow and horse pastures of Austria.

Bicycles in Amsterdam

Today’s post is a quickie and includes one of my favorite photos. On a backpacking trip in Amsterdam a few years back I exited the train station and encountered this bike rack.

Many people associate the dutch with bicycling – but I never thought they were this serious about biking!

 Bicycles in Amsterdam

Can you imagine trying to find your bike in this mess? And then having to get it out if it was in the middle of the pack? Yikes!

Have you ever been biking in Amsterdam? What was your experience like? Share by commenting.

7 Black & White Photos of Paris

Hey adventurers,

Happy Monday. Paris is a great city to photograph (be sure to check out my tips on taking photos of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe before you visit). But it’s an even better city to photograph in black and white. Here are a few of my favorites.

 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Carousel at the Sacre Coeur
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Harpist at the Sacre Coeur
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Notre Dame Gargoyle
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Monmartre Building
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Moulin Rouge
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Eiffel Tower
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
The top of the Eiffel Tower

Have a favorite? Share by commenting. You can also upload your best black and white photo on the adventureswithben facebook page.

How to Photograph the Arc de Triomphe with Light Trails

The Arc de Triomphe at the end of the Champs Elysee in Paris, France is one of the country’s most recognized landmarks (aside from the Eiffel Tower). It’s located in the center of a traffic circle with cars whizzing around. It makes taking a clear picture of the monument without a truck in the way very difficult.

So instead of fighting the traffic, use it to your advantage and take a picture of the Arc de Triomphe with Light Trails (the blurry streaks of lights at the bottom of the photo). Here are some photography tips for your next trip to Paris.

How to Take a Picture of Neuschwanstein Castle

Browsing through calendars, travel books and online, you can see all these amazing photos of landmarks. I always wanted to know “how did they take that” – because my photos never looked that good. So I’m writing a series of these “how did they take that” posts to make you a better a travel photographer.

Last week I wrote a post about How to Take a Photograph of the Eiffel Tower. This week, the series continues with How to Take a Photograph of Neuschwanstein Castle.

How to Photograph The Eiffel Tower

Hey Adventurers,

Today’s post is a quickie. Something different from the normal, wordy posts. I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite photos I took of the Eiffel Tower. Took this in October of 2008.

 How to Photograph The Eiffel Tower

How I took it (with my Canon Rebel Xti)

If you’d like to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower like this, here’s some tips to help you replicate it:

  • You’ll need to place your camera on a tripod
  • Shooting at dusk provides you with fantastic light
  • I used a shutter release cable to keep the lens open long enough to create this colorful effect

Manneken Pis: Brussels, Belgium

 Manneken Pis: Brussels, Belgium

Yes, that statue is doing what you think it’s doing. The educated know that Brussels, Belgium is the center of the European Union. The slightly irreverent (which would include myself), know that Brussels is the location of the famed Manneken Pis Statue.

I’m a sucker for kitsch. If you have a landmark in your hometown that is well-known, tacky and very touristy, chances are you’ll find me there when I’m in town. Yes I do go visit the more “cultured” attractions a city has to offer, but there is something very fun about seeing, in this case, Jerome Duquesnoy (the name of the statue) taking a leak for travelers from around the globe.

A Visit to the Mont Saint Michel, France

 A Visit to the Mont Saint Michel, France

Sometimes when I am reading through books, magazines or websites there are places in the world that I see and I say, “I would love to go there, but I’ll never make it”. The Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France was one of those places. Why was it so difficult? Simply because it is far from Paris and removed from the normal tourist route. In order to visit the Abbey travelers must board a train to nowhere. Arriving in a little town called Pontorson, they must board a city bus to the Mont Saint Michel. The logistics of timing it all turn off many. With a risky spirit and some luck, Brian and I took the chance for a once in a lifetime moment.