I finally made it to Amsterdam. That one European city you hear about all the time since you were about the age of 15. Why? Because there is legal marijuana and the Red Light District of course!
So, my objective of this blog post is to erase that image that people have of Amsterdam. The marijuana and the Red Light District is just a fraction of what the city has to offer. Sure, you can argue that it brings tourism which equals business which equals jobs which equals money, but in reality, it’s the wrong kind of tourism because it just brings people that will most likely disrespect the city (Las Vegas, that includes you too).
What I am trying to get to here is that Amsterdam is one of the best cities I have ever been too so far. Everything from the friendly people, to the endless canals, to the bicycles, to the variety of food, to the parks, Amsterdam is everything a city should be. Sure, the marijuana doesn’t hurt. This city has something to offer to everyone. If you enjoy museums, I recommend you check out the Anne Frank House (yes, I never actually realized she lived in Amsterdam), the Van Gogh Museum, and the EYE Museum of film. I also recommend exploring the city by bicycle, which was my favorite part of the city. They truly are the only bicycle city in this world. A fact that I learned from someone I met over there said that the canals are about 6 meters deep (roughly 18 feet), and that 3 meters of it is old bicycles dumped into the canals. Oh ya, and there are more canals than Venice, Italy. So that just gives you an idea of how many bicycles there are in Amsterdam!
Below are some of my favorite pictures from the trip. Of course I had a lot more where that came from, but I want to save some maybe for a future post, depending if you liked the pictures or not!
Welcome to Nice, France
Enjoy some of my newest photos taken from atop of the world famous Castle Hill in Old Nice. Click here if you are interested about the history of Castle Hill!
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My Top-10 Hawaiian Sunsets
About 10 days ago I posted a picture of one of my favorite sunset shots that I took in Hawaii. You can view it here (Hawaiian Sunset at Turtle Bay Resort). In that blog post I explained that about 75% of my pictures from that trip were sunsets (but really, who can blame me?). So, today I am offering you a look at my top-10 favorite sunset shots that I took from that same Hawaii trip. How would you rank them?
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Lover’s Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Welcome to Lover’s Beach, Cabo San Lucas, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Only the bravest of adventurers can set foot on these majestic sands because there is no dock, no direct access, and often times large waves to restrict any average tourist from coming. Don’t believe me? Just look at the images below and you will notice that there is not one single person other than myself and my girlfriend on the beach. During the day you can take a glass-bottom boat and try and jump out to swim to the sands, but most people just watch and take pictures from the water. My girlfriend and I pursued a more non-traditional route and walked along the entire peninsula until we reached it. The excursion took us about an hour, but it was an absolutely amazing experience to do it. Have you ever been to Lover’s Beach before? Share your experience in the comments!
Fun fact of the day: There is a ‘Divorce Beach’ adjacent to ‘Lover’s Beach’. The name ‘Divorce Beach’ was given because of the high volatility of the ocean, similar to an unsteady relationship.
The Malibu Bandit
I took this photo in Malibu, California at Leo Carrillo State Beach. I put this photo under my ‘lucky’ category because it is one of those moments where you don’t have any time to react, you just have to press the shutter release button. I am sure most photographers can relate to moments like these in life. If only the wave was breaking in the background! I hope you enjoy this photo. Keep an eye out for more of my work. Don’t forget to like and share!