Archive for December, 2011

Travel Tweeter of the week

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I am super honored to end the year by being named Johnny Jet’s Travel Tweeter of the week .

Be sure to check out Johnny Jet’s Hot Spots 2012 Special, debuting on Travel Channel January 1st!



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2011 Year Review: Life of a traveler

Happy Hour at the HalekulaniCaterpillar Cocktail Hour

From guerilla dinners in Manila to getting geisha-fied in Tokyo, to riding a camel in Giza, 2011 was quite a year in the life of a traveler!

Giza Road TripPalm tree in Manila

I flew over 200,000 miles, started this multi-media trip diary, added Ecuador, the Philippines, Israel and Jordan to my list of countries visited, and had images shot on my iPhone shown in exhibitions on both coasts. It’s quite a whirlwind in retrospect!

She Always Swims Alone iPhoneography, TelAvivJesus Cave Holy Sepulchre, Camera Plus, JPBBiker Babes (with Legal Beagle, Kelly Teller)

I’m currently in Paris where I’ll ring in the new year and look forward to my plans for 2012- including an iPhoneography exhibition in Miami, and celebrating the Year of the Dragon in Singapore. PlaneSydney in the Rain

As the year draws to a close, here’s a  mashup video of some of my favorite travel videoclips of 2011.

Much thanks to all my travel companions along the way (and behind the camera) it’s been a blast and I couldn’t have done it without your help. To all of you visiting this blog, I raise a glass and toast to all the best in 2012!

Christmas Eve at a Bedouin Camp, Wadi Rum, JordanCamel pic

@MissSmartFlyer at ASI in Palm Springs

@MissSmartFlyer at ASI in Palm Springs


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Impressions of a trip to Sakkara and Giza

No Trip to Egypt would be complete without seeing the The Great Pyramids of Giza. 110 pyramids are known in Egypt although some are more famous than others. They are absolutely the one “must see” if you visit the country.

A pyramid at Sakkara in Memphis, autostich

An auto-stitch iPhoneography panorama of Pyramid of Djoser (Sakkara)

On our second day of touring, we set out to visit the ancient site of Sakkara, also known as the “The Pyramid of Djoser.” Sakkara is one of the most significant relics of ancient Egypt. It’s important because it pre-dates the more famous and flashy great pyramids of Giza. Sakkara is old school as far as pyramids go, and you can go inside this one.

Road Trip to GizaFist bump at the pyramids

Egypt tourist attractions

While our day trip to Alexandria was frustrating because of disruptions “because of the revolution” this day highlighted one of the benefits of traveling to a country in the midst of a revolution: there are virtually no tourists and we had the complex  almost entirely to ourselves.

Camel between 2 pyramidsCamel Close up

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Road trip to Alexandria, Egypt

Greetings from Cairo! It was a great honor to make a presentation on the Art of Travel Blogging at the IOETI Conference in Egypt.

After the conference finished, the speakers got to tour Egypt for 3 days to see some of the country’s highlights.

Day #1 – Road Trip to Alexandria

Our first day was scheduled to be a road trip day to Alexandria to see the library. Alexandria is about 4 hours by car from Cairo. We got up early and hit the highway, unfortunately once we got there we learned that the library was closed due to protests being held outside.

The exterior of the Alexandria library

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The locals are very sweet and welcoming. Many came over and said “hello, welcome to Egypt. Where are you from?” When one young woman asked how I was enjoying my visit in Alexandria, I admitted being bummed the library was closed.

“Oh, I am sorry! … That is because of the revolution,” she explained. I told her not to worry–  I’m American and standing in the way of a revolution isn’t the way I roll.

The exterior of the Alexandrian library is indeed gorgeous, and makes me far more eager to see what’s inside. I know there is an Anwar Sedat Museum, which has the uniform he was wearing when he was assassinated on display. I look forward to checking this out the next time I get to Alexandria.

Egyptian Sunset (iPhoneography)The Alexandria Library exterior

I was also happy to find the wifi working so made a “wifi drive-by” pit stop before the long journey back to Cairo.

Here is a photo set of  road trip pictures from my day trip to Alexandria.

More to come soon– including the pyramids, the Sphinx, and a hump by hump “camelparsion” of Egyptian vs. Jordanian camels, as I head to country #74- Jordan!

AlexandriaAlexandria citadel

The Citadel

Alexandria chickensChickens at the market

Chickens in the side streets

Alexandria street scene, iPhoneographyPool Hall Hustler Alexandria

Egyptian streets

Egyptian cat at the Citadel in AlexandriaEgyptian Cat


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EyeEm Advent Calendar

I’m thrilled that one of my mobile photography images from yesterday’s road trip to the pyramids in Giza is featured in the EyeEm Advent Calendar. Road Trip to GizaRoad Trip to Giza, Egypt

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