Author Archives: CB Driver

#Chinese Lantern #Festival Terracotta Army: #Philly #Photo of the Day

Terracotta Soldiers

Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, would be pleased to see this photo taken at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Philadelphia. The handmade lanterns represent soldiers in his impressive and imposing Terracotta Army, platoons of clay soldiers constructed to protect him in the afterlife. They are just a handful of the hundreds of lanterns illuminating…

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15 Classic #Cars in #Cuba: A Photo Journey to the Past #travelpics #classiccars

Red Cuban Car

Classic cars, many from the 1950s, are everywhere in Cuba—and they’re fun to photograph and to ride in. You spot them as soon as you exit the airport, and it’s likely that your taxi to your ‘casa particular’ (private room in someone’s home) will be one. I found myself oohing and ahhing when I saw them,…

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Biking in #Cuba–Advice Needed!

Biking in Cuba–sounds awesome, right? Take a people-to-people group tour on bikes? Bike independently? Or maybe just use the bikes for day trips? And if you go with Option 3, then how to pull it off? Might sound simple, but could it actually be tricky? I’m considering a trip to Cuba with my boyfriend in June–an…

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Meet El Caribeño, the Coolest Dude in #Colombia #ttot #tbex #Caribbean

Imagine living on a Caribbean beach, complete with white sand and turquoise water… Your job: running a small bar that serves food (from local restaurants). In between serving drinks, you chill out with the customers and, during/after a gorgeous sunset (which occurs pretty much every night), you dance in the sand. Meet ‘El Caribeño,’ a man who’s…

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Guess What, Guess Where! Trippy #Travel #Photo Game 38! #tbex #ttot

Ready to play Trippy Travel Photo Game #38 and possibly win a mention/link back to your site? It’s easy! Just… 1. Look at the Photo/Study the Details

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7 Fun/Surprising Facts About Dumplings


  (Guest post by Dr. Martha A. Brozyna of Passaic County Community College; complete bio found below) Raviolis. Empanadas. Samosas. Pierogis. Although they come from different cultures, they are all essentially dumplings. Fried, baked, steamed, fried, or boiled; they are several ways to cook them, but one thing is sure; almost everyone around the world…

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Takoyaki–Japanese Octopus Balls (Photo of the Day)

Takoyaki at Mitsuwa

I had the pleasure of trying Takoyaki (“octopus balls”), a popular Japanese street food, yesterday at the Mitsuwa Summer Festival in Edgewater, New Jersey. The festival, an Asian food lover’s delight, featured many foods I enjoy and some I had never heard of, including this truly delicious one. Crispy on the outside and soft and…

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Clouds Floating in Water at Wawayanda State Park (Photo of the Day)

Wawayanda State Park

Visiting Wawayanda State Park–located in Sussex County, New Jersey–almost always makes me happy (except for when I spot a bear or two). The hiking/mountain biking trails are great and offer something for everyone regardless of ability, and the park is simply gorgeous. There are wetlands, as seen in this photo, and a lovely lake that I’ve…

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The Woman Who Used My Arm as a Handrail (Random Travel Moment 14)


Where: On a Boat I had no clue, but I’d just gotten on the wrong boat. I was on my way to Nainathivu, an island off the coast of Jaffna Penninsula in Sri Lanka. (Story coming soon.) Hundreds of people, on their way to a Hindu festival, had crowded on and taken up every inch of…

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Kronosaurus Skeleton, Fossil Museum, Villa de Lleyva, Colombia: Trippy Travel Photo 37

TTP 37

This photo of a Kronosaurus skeleton was taken at Museo El Fósil (a fossil museum) in Villa de Lleyva, Colombia. The short-necked plesiosaur from the Cretaceous period, related to the crocodile, was discovered in 1977. It is is a large fossil–around 20 feet long–and it’s approximately 115 million years (give or take a few mill) old. The museum…

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