In August, I took you on a month-long virtual journey across Europe, stopping at major cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Prague.

You can experience European urban life in wondrous ways in each of them.

Police At the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

But they are densely populated, and the physical and emotional stimulation of being out and about in them can be intense.

(Stig Nygaard Flickr Photo)

(Stig Nygaard Flickr Photo)

You’re not going to feel that way if you head to the Faroe Islands, northwest of Scotland, halfway between Iceland and Norway.

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Video Storytelling, Two Ways

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Recently the “Starz” network decided so sponsor an unusual movie-making contest: Give two directors the same script, allow them to produce two different films, show them both in theaters, and award a $250,000 prize to the one whose film gets the most votes via social media. This isn’t a new idea. Hollywood has been turning […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: All Hail The Queen!

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The Queen Mary made her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York in May of 1936. Her final summer of service was in 1967. The days of sailing the seas aboard this majestic ocean liner may have come and gone, but you can still enjoy the elegance of those long-past days of transoceanic travel, […]

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The Hobbit Battles Back (While Reminding You To Fasten Your Seatbelt)!

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There are times when I wonder if movie director Peter Jackson ever read more than these two books in his entire life: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, both written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson’s “Lord” trilogy of films, released from 2001-2003, were a box office bonanza and also dramatically increased tourist travel to New […]

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Tales Told From The Road Weekly Travel News Update

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(This edition of the Tales Told From The Road Weekly newspaper features a wide-range of travel-related stories.) Get more travel news! Subscribe to our e-mail updates! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan

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First Take: New iPads, iMac, Apple Pay, and “Yosemite”

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About a month ago the world went amok (well, sort of) when Apple announced the release of two new smartphones: The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. With much less fanfare, last week the Cupertino company unveiled other new products: The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, a new iMac desktop with Retina […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Take Me Out to The Ball Game

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It’s the time of year when leaves are changing color and Americans are getting ready to carve Halloween Pumpkins. And that means that, like Reggie Jackson, I’m “Mr. October.” No, you won’t see me slugging homers over the fence during the World Series, but after largely ignoring what was happening during the 162-game regular season, […]

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“Omar” – A Pack of Liars

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Depending on how you calculate it, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has simmered along, occasionally boiling over, for almost 30 years, or since before the mid-mark of the 20th century. So it figures that a  movie whose story is set on both sides of the “Israeli West Bank barrier,” a 25-foot-plus high “security” wall, would focus on […]

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Athens: It’s All Greek to Me

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I should be in Athens now. But I’m not. A half-century ago I was history major in college and the history that I found most fascinating was that of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Why, I can’t say. My high school Latin teacher, who sometimes wore his U.S. Army Reserve officer’s uniform to class, was […]

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Jet Lag: There’s An App For That

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One unpleasant aspects of long distance air travel has nothing to do with airports or airplanes. It’s “jet lag” and its all about time zones. Despite the fact that we have learned to artificially light up our lives and dispel darkness with electricity, we  seem to be cued to wake us up when the sun […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Turning Your Photos Into “Wall Art”

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Several years ago I framed 8 x 10 prints of vacation photos and hung them in a hallway and family room of my home. Gradually, those photos were replaced by photos or family or ones taken by a local professional photographer. I was intrigued by “wall sized” photos that custom photo labs near my home […]

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You Be The Movie Critic

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Professional critics who are paid to write movie reviews see far more films that most of us could bear to watch. For us, going to the movies is fun. For them, it’s work, work, work. Last week, I got to be a “movie critic” of sorts. I saw 15 films. In a single night. Actually, […]

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Hanging Out in “Beserkley”

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“California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.” That lyric from the Mama and Papas’ hit song, California Dreamin, could have been playing on the radio in my 1960 Alfa Romeo as I drove south from Seattle, through Oregon, and on to San Francisco at the end of 1967. Having completed Air Force “boot camp” in […]

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4K: The Next Generation of TV and Video

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Coincidences, coincidences, coincidences. Writing about technology is like life in general: Stories get written because of coincidences. By coincidence, my wife had a “supporting role” in a documentary “short” that screened at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County, just north across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. By coincidence, while listening […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: The “RAW” Truth

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Ever since I bought my first digital point-and-shoot camera several years ago, professional photographers have been urging me to record my digital images in “RAW” rather than JPEG format. Their argument was that RAW photo files contained more “information” and, therefore, would produce much better final images. Better photos sounds, well, better than no-as-good-as photos. […]

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The Right to Bear Cameras

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“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” That’s the protection citizens gained when the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified on December 15, 1791. That amendment, of course, makes no specific mention of a freedom to photograph. Nearly a decade would pass before anyone […]

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Doing It In Denmark

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“To be or not to be (a place that offers up more than pickled herring to tourists)?” In Copenhagen, that is the question. And the answer is that while food is involved, there’s a lot more to that Scandinavian city than that famous fish-in-a-jar. See this related article from The New York Times for more […]

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We’ll Always Have Paris (Apps)

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When I spent five days in Paris back in 1999, I used paper maps and printed guidebooks to find my way around. But that was seems “So 20th Century” in today’s world when travelers circle the globe with smartphones in their hands and pockets, and tablets in their carry-on bags. Here are three apps that […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: The “Colorless” City of Light

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Fifty Shades of Grey might be a great title for a book or a movie, but in photography, unless one is shooting in color, it’s best if everything is shown in shades of black and white, not grey (or gray). And while the French Impressionists painted Paris in color, the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, is […]

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Defining The Big Apple: “New York 101″

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Last week in “Central Park: The Big Apple’s Backyard” we looked at how that big green open space defines New Yorkers’ “play space.” But what objects define the city itself?

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Finding Florence

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Rome, Venice, Florence. Venice, Rome, Florence, Florence, Venice, Rome. In any order you choose to place them, this triumvirate of Italian cities beckons travelers to come and “Mangia, mangia!” by taking in glorious food, art, architecture and history, gastronomically and visually. During our month-long virtual trip across Europe in August, we didn’t make it to […]

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