Tag Archives: vacation

Free Photography Exhibit at Appletree Books

Internationally-published photographer Alex Shaland has a life-long passion for travel. Together with his wife, travel writer Irene Shaland, they have explored close to 70 countries. His photographs have appeared in more than twenty magazines published in the USA, Canada, UK, … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Art and Artists, Books, General, Travel Photography | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrating a Milestone Anniversary inside the Enchanted Fig Tree of Australia

Alex and I have traveled to nearly 70 countries. We celebrated our birthdays and anniversaries in places like a street corner café on Easter Island, tiny seafood restaurant in Cochi, Kerala,  a second century BC villa –turned Renaissance palace-turned art … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, General, Nature, Travel Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Where to Stay on Kangaroo Island, Australia: the Sea Dragon Lodge is an Excellent Choice

Since childhood, I always wanted to live among the animals of Australia – even if for a few days only. And this was how the Kangaroo Island, a small dot in the Indian Ocean, materialized first in my imagination, and … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Travel Photography, Travel Tips | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Chasing the Elusive Northern Lights in Iceland

by Alex Shaland All visitors to Iceland fall into two distinctive categories: those who saw the northern lights and those who did not. When Irene set her trip target on Iceland, she was determined to place herself, our daughter, and … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, General, Nature, Travel Photography, Travel Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Face-to-Face with Africa and other Wildlife Photography Exhibit

Cuyahoga County Public Library Orange Branch Presents Photography Exhibit: Face-to-Face with Africa and other Wildlife by Alex Shaland November 5th – December 1st 2015 Cuyahoga County Public Library Orange Branch, 31975 Chagrin Boulevard Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124   Phone: 216-831-4282 Internationally-published artist photographer … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, General, Safari, Stock Photos, Travel Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Magazine Publishes Irene Shaland’s Swiss Alps Article

              It was great news when our Alps article appeared in Europe. The UK/French travel magazine Holiday Magazine published Irene Shaland’s latest travel article “The Non-Skier’s Guide to Enjoying the Swiss Alps”  This used to … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, Travel Photography, Travel Tips | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Overlooked by visitors, Catania is a masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque

The third largest city of Sicily, a UNESCO-listed Catania lies in close proximity to the majestic mountain Etna. The city was always subject to the brooding moods of that volcano.  In the late 1600s, Mt. Etna struck twice: first drowning … Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Travel Photography, Travel Tips | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Discovering Palermo and Sicily with Bianca Del Bello

I met Bianca Del Bello by pure chance when searching for experts in Palermo Jewish history.  After a few email exchanges, I knew that I met not only a superbly knowledgeable historian but also a friend with a big heart.  … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, General, Italy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Palermo Italy

Our exploration of Sicily began in Palermo, the main city of the island. Irene’s heroic efforts to prepare me for the trip paid off: I read Lonely Planet’s Sicily cover to cover, but Palermo came to life only when our … Continue reading

Posted in History, Italy, Travel Photography, Travel Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A quick look around Milan Piazza del Duomo

Take a quick look around Milan famous main square, Piazza del Duomo, with its Duomo Cathedral, Victor Emmanuel II statue, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Milan is a perfect stop on a European vacation trip.   For more images of Milan … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, General, Italy | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments