Picture of the Week: A Tribute to Dallas

Picture of the Week: A Tribute to Dallas

This week was a tough week for the city of Dallas. During an important conversation on race relations in America, a lone gunman took it upon himself to cause terror and destruction against a police department that has actually been lauded for reaching out to minority communities. Like I mentioned in my video, it was just a tough time (and still is). But Dallas is a city of strong and loving people and I was happy to see that Dallas responded in a strong and loving way.

Anyway, I don’t have a new picture to share this week (I mean I do, but I’ll get back to our regularly-scheduled programming next week), I just wanted to share some of my favorites of Dallas that I’ve taken over the years, to show you the city I love and the city I call home.

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On the Dallas shooting and everything else…

On the Dallas shooting and everything else…

Dallas was in the news last night for the most unfortunate reason: gunmen opened fire on Dallas police officers who were providing security for a protest against police violence.

I have no doubt you have already heard about the event, and also the events that initially prompted the protests, so I won’t recount any of the events, plenty of people who have done it better than I possibly could.

I set up my camera and a light this morning and just starting talking into the camera. I don’t know if it was more for me than for anyone else, but I wanted to share it with you either way.

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Picture of the Week: The Most Epic Fireworks Photo EVER

Picture of the Week: The Most Epic Fireworks Photo EVER

Greetings! Sorry for the delay for the PotW this week. The United States and Americans worldwide celebrated the Independence Day holiday this weekend. In that spirit I took a couple of days off of work and enjoyed a four-day weekend! Many of you have probably figured out that I have been severely stressed out recently and it finally caught up with me last week. This weekend was just what the doctor ordered: relaxing with good friends at pool parties and quite a few adult beverages!

I’m back at work and feel relaxed and ready to take on the world. I may actually book a trip to Europe to celebrate! Anyway, America loves fireworks around New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July. One of the biggest fireworks displays in the country is in Addison, Texas, a suburb very close to Dallas. They call it Kaboom Town, and for good reason. Click through to see the amazing shot!

Embrace the Turbulence: A Lavatory Explosive

Embrace the Turbulence: A Lavatory Explosive

A few days ago someone asked me why I blog. My response was “I enjoy sharing stories of life on the road with my readers” and I think that’s accurate. Having said that, I think the time has come to invite new voices to share their stories, since there are so many interesting people with whom I cross paths in the skies!

I’d like to introduce you to my good friend The Travel Director (she’s headquartered at www.thetraveldirector.com, on Facebook at The Travel Director, and on Instagram at @thetraveldirector). What is The Travel Director, you ask? Straight from her mouth:

The Travel Director is an extension of the event planning industry and is hired on a contractual basis by third-party event planning companies as an extension of their team. Fueled by wanderlust, this “warrior of the sky” travels the globe executing high-end events at a first class level.

As we’ve traded stories over the past month or so, The Travel Director has graciously agreed to share some of her favorites with Andy’s Travel Blog. So, without further ado, please welcome The Travel Director!

Picture of the Week: Macro Edition

Picture of the Week: Macro Edition

Every once in a while I’ll take my camera if I’m walking around a place where I think there will be flowers or other interesting things to photograph. Something I’ve been getting into more and more lately is macro photography. I own the Sony 90mm FE macro lens, which is one of my favorites for portraits, but only recently I’ve started actually using it to shoot close up images.

Well that was a long explanation…I found a pretty flower that had a bunch of miniature blooms on it so I took a picture of it. Click through for this week’s Picture of the Week!

The American Express Centurion Lounge in Houston is now open!

The American Express Centurion Lounge in Houston is now open!

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of American Express’s Centurion Lounges (Here are my Dallas and New York LaGuardia Centurion Lounge reviews). I find the level of service and the various amenities to be a cut above even the nicest airline lounges in the USA.

As of today their most recent addition to the lounge network is now open at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport! Located in Terminal D (the main international terminal for everyone except United), the lounge retains the feel and decor of the rest of the lounges in the network, as you’ll see in the post!